7 Apr 2015

What is the most wanted feature in Ubuntu 15.04 family

Ubuntu 15.04 is due to release very soon - just few more days to wait for the next release. You can now even pre-order your own disks with it!

There are plenty new features that 15.04 family has to offer. The question is which is the most expected? Let's vote for that!

I shortlisted some of the features, but of course you're free to add your own under the "Other" section!

The results of the vote will be announced in 2 weeks, just few days before the release date.

31 Mar 2015

Pre-order Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu 15.04

Yes, this is the same time of the year again.

With a release of a new version of Ubuntu 15.04 less than a month away, many of you already looking for downloading of your own ISO image of the system. Yes, that's the next version, codenamed Vivid Vervet.

But many of you are not so lucky, and will need to wait longer, because you can not or do not want to create their own DVDs with operating system images.
We can help!

You can pre-order your own copy of Ubuntu 15.04 (or Xubuntu, or Lubuntu, or Kubuntu), including Ubuntu 15.04 GNOME and Ubuntu 15.04 MATE right now. It means that a DVD with your favourite OS will be burnt to you as early as possible, and dispatched on the 23rd of April 2015, or soon after. Dispatched to anywhere in the world.

How you can get the DVD? Go to http://buylinuxcds.co.uk site, purchase the Ubuntu DVD from there, and in the PayPal comments state that you want version 15.04. If you want K-, L- or Xubuntu, state it also in the same comment. That's easy.

To help you even further, here is a mini-shop which you can use straight away. It supports PayPal checkout, similar to Buy Linux CDs site. And you even don't need a PayPal account to pay - you can do this with your credit a debit card!

UK (2.00 GBP):
Ubuntu 15.04 pre-order (UK)

USA (5.50 USD):
Ubuntu 15.04 pre-order (USA)

Other countries (3.50 GBP):
Ubuntu 15.04 pre-order (Other countries)

And yet another alternative: you can purchase the same disks via eBay.

26 Mar 2015

Zorin OS: Can I keep it, please?

"Dad, my windows are broken."

Oh, no! What has he been up to now? Playing football in the garden again? I better go and have a look. There was no glass on the carpet; no damage to be seen at all.

"What are you on about, son? Winding me up again?!"

12 Mar 2015

Linux Showdown contest is running for YOU!

Linux notes from DarkDuck blog is famous for its contests. But it is not the only place where Linux fans can win prizes.

Want to flex your scripting skills? Also want a chance to win awesome prizes? If so, you should compete in Linux Showdown 8: “The Assembler” that TrueAbility is hosting!

TrueAbility was built with tech professionals in mind and has a vast community of Linux members. Everything from Linux challenges and self-assessments, to blog posts and Linux jobs can be found at TrueAbility.

They are launching an old school challenge to test tech pros' scripting skills and they are calling it their most difficult challenge EVER. It goes live on March 16th, so you have a few days to brush up your Hardware Programming Language: Assembly. The top 50 techs will advance to an even more challenging round 2.

Think you have what it takes to make it on their leaderboard and advance to round 2?

Go sign up now at https://trueability.com/assembler-challenge

Lots of prizes are going to be given away! They range from Linux Foundation Certified Engineer Exam credits and TrueAbility Abilityscreens to DigitalOcean credits and even a D-Link AC3200 Ultra Wi-Fi Router. It doesn't cost anything to join in on the fun. Prove what you've got while winning awesome prizes. You won't want to miss this!

This is a guest post by Raygan

13 Feb 2015

Next Achievement of Facebook Page of Linux Notes from DarkDuck - 500 likes!

I must admit I have never thought about this being possible.
You know that Facebook page of Linux notes from DarkDuck exists almost as long as the blog itself. The page got it 300th like in September 2014. It was only about 320 by mid-January 2015.
And then I saw the number of "Likes" rocketing! The level of 400 "Likes" has been passed on the 24th of January.
It was less than 3 weeks ago, and today, on the 12th of February 2015, I am happy to announce that the Facebook page took another level! There are more than 500 people who "Like" the Linux notes from DarkDuck page!

Thank you to all of you! I appreciate your dedication! I will keep the blog going! Stay connected!

12 Feb 2015

One name really stuck out - Zorin OS

Good morning / evening / afternoon / day / night whenever you are reading this. My name is Antonio and I really like Zorin OS.

I'm fairly new to the Linux community and I had a difficult time around at first when I stumbled across a few threads that were just distro wars. These sort threw me off track and I completely botched my first Arch linux install. Afterwards however, I found Ubuntu and found it to my liking for much except for a few things.

The first thing was the interface. Unity isn't ugly, but I prefer something a little more like the Windows UI that isn't controlled by a brown-orange background.

I then tried to install LXDE onto the distro, which then asked for root permissions to log on and I quickly lost that install as well.

After finding plenty of top 5 to top 50 distro lists, one name really stuck out. Just the name. Zorin OS. Its was a freaky cool name. I installed it quick and... Updates. I was dealing done with Windows updates so I won't lie that I was erked. Then I found out what the 500MB of downloads were for. All of the preloaded software and I flipped.

It was magnificent. I did a little research and found out that Zorin OS 8 was based on Ubuntu 13.10. Knowing that Ubuntu 14.04 was the LTS release, I waited for Zorin OS 9 to come out to buy the premium version.

I would definitely purchase Zorin OS 9 Ultimate if I didn't win it, but I am glad I had the chance to enter your contest.

Thank you!

This is a guest post by Larry Adams, which took part in the joint Zorin OS contest.

24 Jan 2015

Linux notes from DarkDuck Facebook page got more than 400 likes

Most of us like to be noticed. Being it vanity or just pride, it is very important when people like what you do.

That is why I keep informing you about achievements of this blog. Today I am happy to announce that the Facebook page of Linux notes from DarkDuck got more than 400 likes!

If you still haven't done so and if you have a Facebook page, it is your time to act! Like the page, and get the latest news from the blog directly in your Facebook timeline!

Of course, there are many other methods to subscribe to updates from Linux notes from DarkDuck too - look at the right side panel of the page!