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Sunbird and Lightning removed from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

October 13, 2010 1 comment

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I assume you already read my previous article about Ubuntu having removed Sunbird and Lightning from their repositories for version 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx. If not, just follow the link.

In the “old article” I explained how to recover your calendar entries (Sunbird or Lightning), if you had upgraded your Ubuntu installation to 10.4 from any other previous version. Today I will focus on how to recover your calendar if you upgraded from 10.04 Lucid Lynx to 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. If you already upgraded to the newly released version, you will have noticed that your calendar is once again gone. But don’t panic: your data should be still there, and easy to recover.

The first thing you have to do is to make a backup in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Close Thunderbird
  2. Open Nautilus
  3. Look for /home/your-username/.thunderbird/
  4. Make a copy of everything that is in this directory.

So you are ready to start the recovery.

  1. Open your browser (you already have it open if you are reading this).
  2. Go to the Lightning FTP site and look for an up-to-date copy of Lightning.
  3. At the time of this writing, the latest version is the release candidate (1.0 B2 RC3) from the contributions site. The file is named lightning.xpi (right click on this link and “save-file-as…” e.g. onto your desktop). This is the required version if you run a 64-bit version of Ubuntu (why bother about 32-bit?).
  4. Notice that you should not install the extension over Firefox. If you launch the XPI file directly from within Firefox, you won’t break anything, but you will get an error message saying the extension is not compatible.

Next open Thunderbird and go to menu Tools > Addons > Extensions. You will see that the Lightning extension is still there, but as Disabled. Don’t try to update the file directly because the extension that Thunderbird finds is not compatible. So first remove the old extension. Don’t worry, it won’t delete your data or settings.

Then restart Thunderbird. Go to menu Tools > Addons > Extensions and click the INSTALL button. Look for the lightning.xpi file you saved before, click OK, wait three seconds for the button to get active and install the extension.

Restart Thunderbird once again and the magic should have happened. Your calendar and your data should be back.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat released

October 10, 2010 Leave a comment

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Ubuntu 10.10Ubuntu 10.10 has been launched today, October 10 2010 exactly at 10:10 and is ready for general consumption. Download your version using the links below. These are the bittorrent links, so feel free to connect with your favorite bittorrent client. No worry, the more people using these links, the faster the downloads.

Some highlights:

  • Focused on home and mobile computing users, Ubuntu 10.10 introduces an array of online and offline applications to Ubuntu Desktop edition with a particular focus on the personal cloud.
  • Ubuntu Netbook Edition users will experience an all-new desktop interface called ‘Unity’ — specifically tuned for smaller screens and computing on the move.
  • Also includes:
    • a brand-new Ubuntu font family,
    • a redesigned system installer,
    • the latest GNOME 2.32 desktop,
    • Shotwell as the new default photo manager, and a number of other features.

See the release announcement, press release, and release notes for further details.

What’s new in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

August 8, 2010 1 comment

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Two days ago, Martin Pitt -stable release updates manager in Ubuntu- announced the release of the third alpha version of Ubuntu 10.10, internally known as “Maverick Meerkat”. Maverick Meerkat alpha 3 will become Ubuntu 10.10 in October 10.

It is interesting to devote some time to the Maverick blueprint list to know the details in the feature development. For a detailed analysis of Ubuntu’s Maverick Meerkat release cycle, have a look at at this post.

Let’s go through new features in this alpha 3 release. From the visual point of view, there aren’t too many changes since alpha 2. The most important interface changes were introduced to Unity. Most of the development focused on Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

Ubuntu Desktop got some improvements to the Sound Indicator, Ubuntu Software Center and that’s about it while Unity in Ubuntu Netbook Edition got some major changes, there is also a new Indicator DateTime. An important decision is that Ubuntu 10.10 will ship with Firefox 3.6 and Ubuntu Netbook Edition won’t have Chromium by default after all (it will also ship Firefox 3.6). Also, Ubuntu 10.10 will have a new font that is already available for testing (you will need a Launchpad account).

One of the most innovative part of this alpha released is OneConf. You should know that the first version of OneConf has been released. It is available in the default software repositories. OneConf can be installed as usual via the Synaptic Package Manager. It allows you to synchronize the applications installed on your Ubuntu desktops, laptops or netbook machines, via the Ubuntu One service. After the installation, OneConf can be found in the File menu of the Ubuntu Software Center application and it is entitled “Inventory on Ubuntu One“.

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