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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #79 in English and Russian is available! Here is what  UWN team says about it:

“The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 79 for the week February 17th – February 23rd, 2008 is now available. In this issue we cover the release of Hardy Alpha 5, Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu Developer Week, newly approved LoCos and members, interview with the Ubuntu Server Product Manager, and, as always, much, much more!

  • Hardy Alpha 5 Released
  • Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
  • 5-a-Day
  • Newly Approved LoCos and Members
  • Review of Developer Week
  • Interview with Nick Barcet, Ubuntu Server Product Manager
  • Florida Team Rocks the Florida Linux Show
  • In The Press & Blogosphere
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • Updates & Security
  • Bugs & Translations”

I also updated the design of the site for Russian Translations of the UWN: uwnrus.png

It is not a secret that for many users the last application that prevents them from switching to Linux is Photoshop. Google wants to bring more people to the world of free operation systems and will finance the Wine developers to make Photoshop work better in Linux. Here is what Google says:

“As you may know, Google uses Wine to implement Linux support for Picasa. Beyond that, Google has been supporting Wine in several other ways.

Perhaps the biggest news is that we hired Codeweavers to make Photoshop CS and CS2 work better under Wine. Photoshop is one of those applications that Desktop linux users are constantly clamoring for, and we’re happy to say they work pretty well now. Perhaps not coincidentally, apps like Flash 8 are now starting to work in Wine, too. We look forward to further improvements in this area.

For more about what we’ve been doing, see my post to wine-devel and/or visit our list of Google Wine patches.

Share and enjoy!”


I just wonder why don’t they even talk about CS3? But anyway the stable work of CS2 in Linux would be a good reason to delete Windows partition for people who use dual boot system.

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, will on Thursday begin making commercial applications available to Ubuntu users directly through the desktop, in a step designed to simplify software installation.

The company is making Parallels Workstation for Linux available to users via the operating system’s built-in software update tool, using a feature called the Ubuntu Partner Repository. Parallels Workstation allows users to run Windows and Linux simultaneously on a single system.

“This is the first piece of software we have made available this way, which may make it look a bit odd,” a Canonical spokesman told ZDNet Asia sister site ZDNet UK. “But, very quickly, we will make more commercial software available in that repository, and make buying through the store an option for users that want commercial software running on Ubuntu.”

Parallels, formerly SWsoft, first became widely known for Parallels Desktop for Mac, which allows users to run Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X side by side on Intel-powered Macs. The company recently renamed itself after its best-known product. source

Ubuntu’s next OS release of Hardy Heron will not have a fresh new look. The new theme will have to wait until October of this year! Here is what Kenneth Wimer says:

“Many of the basic questions have now been answered and we can begin to move forward in earnest – remember though, we are not going to change the theme for Hardy radically as it is the last of the LTS cycle (stated in previous mails, launchpad blueprints, irc, etc).”

Many theme concepts can be found in the Ubuntu Artwork wiki. Below is one of the many that have been popular, Gelatin:

The new issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is already available! I would recommend you to read an article about KVM (Linux virtualization system), which will be one of the main features of Ubuntu 8.04.

“KVM enables you to run a complete PC-like system as a process on your regular Ubuntu system. These are known as virtual machines, or VM’s for short. As a user, you can run the next version of Ubuntu to test it before you upgrade your real system. As a developer, you can use it to work on the kernel without having to reboot your host system all the time. As a sysadmin, you can use it to keep your services separated on your servers.”

Also see my Russian translation of the UWN#76:

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #75 is now available.

Some topics covered:

  • Alpha 4 Freeze Ahead
  • 6.06.2 LTS Released
  • MOTU Council Election Open
  • Ubuntu Demo Day, Swindon, UK
  • Hug Day January 29th, 2008
  • Launchpad Logo Competition Continues
  • Full Circle Issue 9 Available
  • In The Press & Blogosphere
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • Updates & Security
  • Bugs & Translation Stats

Check it out here:

And here is my Russian translation as always:

After many months of hard work developers prepared a preview release of Amarok 2.0. The release summarizes all the work done on Amarok2 so far, and includes, but is not limited to, the following features:

  • Redesigned media device architecture
  • Phonon support
  • New Internet Services Framework with numerous plugins
  • Context View
  • New Snazzy Playlist
  • New Podcast catcher system

Main topics covered:

  • Mockup Contest for
  • Ubuntu Case Studies
  • Mugs from Germany for LoCo Teams
  • Ubuntu Forums News
  • In The Press & Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Meeting Summaries
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events
  • Updates & Security
  • Bugs & Translation Stats

I have translated this issue in Russian and planning to keep all issues translated.

Here is the link to my translation:

And the link to original edition in english:

New FreeBSD 6.3 has bin released yesterday, here are some changes:

  • Support for some new drivers and devices;
  • Included software has bin updated;
  • Some security updates;
  • Some bugs fixed

Release notes

Ryan Gordon (he made many well known ports for Linux) confirmed that Linux version of Unreal Tournament is not yet released only because of some delays with PhysX support.