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Empathy in Ubuntu Karmic

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pinstack.blogspot: There has been lots of support as well as backlash for replacing Pidgin with Empathy in Ubuntu. Discussion has been going acruss multiple mailing lists and forum threads. Although Empathy has improved so much since Jaunty, it isn't perfect.

Orange icon, we love you

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stefanoforenza.com: As many of you already know, Jaunty brought a small but significant change in the Ubuntu user interface: the beloved updates icon doesn’t show up anymore. The pop under technique is (purposely) slightly more obstrusive. Is there any problem with the new behavior?

First look: Ubuntu 9.10 alpha 2 brings Ext4, GRUB 2

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arstechnica.com: Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, is scheduled to arrive in October. Ars takes a look at the second alpha release, which was made available for download last week.

Also: Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 2 "Karmic Koala" on The Dell Mini 9

click2try Run Ubuntu Directly from Open Source Catalog

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(PR): click2try today announced the availability of Ubuntu 8.04 in its online catalog of virtualized Open Source applications. A Community site, click2try enables users to try applications for free and use by subscription.

Also: IBM’s Cloud Will Feature Ubuntu

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble opens door to Linux

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channelregister.co.uk: Shuttleworth once told The Reg he can't wait for Windows 7 on this sub-laptop class of machines because it'll finally give Ubuntu the opportunity to compete fairly against Microsoft's operating system in this emerging market.

10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu Linux

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ubuntulinuxhelp.com: I'm often asked by new Linux (Ubuntu) users what things I do immediately after installing Ubuntu; to tweak it a bit more. Here's the answers for the 10 things I do to customize a new Ubuntu Hardy installation:

Canonical to boost Ubuntu usability by tackling "papercuts"

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arstechnica.com: Canonical aims to improve the Ubuntu user experience by fixing a multitude of minor usability glitches.

Ubuntu Satanic Edition 666.6 (Jesus' Jugular) Review

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extremetech.com: But there's another version of Ubuntu...a dark and evil one. A version so hideous and so terrible that it's name is only spoken in whispers among Linux users...

First encounter with Ubuntu 9.04 and conclusion

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technostarry.com: Previously I was using Ubuntu 8.04 and now after the release of 9.04, I thought to give this new version a try. So, I installed this Jaunty Jackalope over my Hardy Heron.

I Clicked A Button

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customdistros.com: There are many people who look upon Ubuntu most unfavorably for one reason or another. I do have to take issue when some Linux “guru” knocks on another distro for being “too easy”.

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