Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Beta Released

You can download a copy and read up on the changes here.  Impress your friends! ;)

Update: I’ve been working on tips forHardy; up to the beta version below the fold…  Its plain text; forgive me :)

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/beta

== Setup Synaptic ==

Wishlist for Default Setting Improvements in Synaptic
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/synaptic/+bug/181955
(also now “Policy Broken”, e.g. packages recommened by ubuntu-desktop that are missing)

deborphan
gui-apt-key (I weep, its so wonderful! =D)

Medibuntu
deb http://packages.medibuntu.org/ hardy free non-free
0C5A2783 (The Medibuntu Team)
has…
libdvdcss2 (libre, but legal issues in some countries)
googleearth
mozilla-acroread (installs acroread and acroread-escript)
skype
non-free-codecs (installs “w32codecs for i386, w64codecs for amd64 and ppc-codecs for powerpc systems”)


## Wine ***watch for Hardy ver
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/ gutsy main
387EE263 (Scott Ritchie)

## Opera
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera testing non-free
6A423791 (Opera Software Archive Automatic Signing Key)

***watch for Hardy ver of realplayer
deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/ feisty partner
installed ONLY for the realplay package
find a good site to test

Miro ***watch for Hardy ver
http://www.getmiro.com/download/ubuntu.php
deb http://ftp.osuosl.org/pub/pculture.org/miro/linux/repositories/ubuntu gutsy/
no public key -> errors :(

== Settings ==

Right-click Ubuntu Icon and Edit Menus
enable various ones
add control centre

numlockx [needed in alpha 6]

gedit [turn off backup file]
nautilus [include a delete command]

gconf-editor
/apps/nautilus/preferences/always_use_location_entry
/apps/nautilus/desktop/trash_icon_visible

nautilus-open-terminal (requires a log out?)

I prefer setting tracker’s key to <ctrl>` (“grave”)

ntp (see Control Center)

For broadcom wireless firmware, install b43-fwcutter

== Compiz ==

simple-ccsm (also installs compizconfig-settings-manager)

Simple -> Effects ->
I chose Ring Switcher
Enable Wobbly
-> Desktop ->
Desktop Cube
Desktop Columns: 4
Desktop Rows: 1

cc-s-m:

effects -> cube gears

utility -> cube caps

cairo-clock

== Games ==

gnome-hearts
gnome-mastermind
gnome-games-extra-data

lightyears
teg
ghextris

pipewalker (grab DEB from http://packages.debian.org/lenny/i386/pipewalker/download until 0.2.1-2 makes it into Ubuntu’s repos; see https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/pipewalker/+bug/202728)

planetpenguin-racer-extras (installs planetpenguin-racer, planetpenguin-racer-data; warning: it resizes the screen, messing up my icons)

solarwolf [warning: caused my system to lock up in Alpha 6]

(LOTS more games; see Add/Remove)

== Internet ==

thunderbird

bittornado-gui

konqueror
opera
links2 (:

GPL’d Java: “IcedTea”
icedtea-java7-plugin (installs other necessary icedtea* packages)
Test: http://www.java.com/en/download/help/testvm.xml

flashplugin-nonfree
Test: http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/
and/or…
Gnash (GPL)
mozilla-plugin-gnash (also installs gnash)

== Audio-Visual ==

libdvdcss2 (from Medibuntu)
libdvdread3
libdvdnav4

audacious [go through settings]

audacity

gstreamer0.10-ffmpeg
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad
gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly
gstreamer0.10-plugins-ugly-multiverse

also…

gstreamer0.10-fluendo-mp3
gstreamer0.10-pitfdll
freepats to play MIDIs in Totem! =D

[totem by default]
vlc
mplayer, mplayer-fonts, w32codecs
gxine
realplay

== Look & Feel ==

gnome-themes-extras

peace-look
tropic-look

edgy-wallpapers
edgy-community-wallpapers
feisty-wallpapers
gutsy-wallpapers

gnome-backgrounds

(gnome-accessibility-themes-extras)

gnome-extra-icons
gnome-icon-theme-*
tango-icon-theme*

xscreensaver-data-extra, xscreensaver-gl-extra
(note: some screensavers use a lot of CPU; newer ones use GPU.  Pay attention e.g. in bubblemon)
[warning: some screensavers in Alpha 6 caused my system to lock up]
electricsheep

ttf-ubuntu-title
[ttf packages]

== Gnome Panel ==

giplet
bubblemon
timer-applet
glunarclock
sensors-applet (note: you may need to install lm-sensors (sudo sensors-detect) and then restart to get it working right)

== Major apps ==

gramps
scribus
inkscape
miro
virtualbox-ose [add self to vboxusers group]

== Minor apps ==

All of file-roller’s dependencies

mimms (run from Terminal)

lshw-gtk (run with sudo)
sysinfo

cheese
dasher
agave
gtick
gcolor2
gnome-specimen
gpaint
tuxpaint

soundconverter

== KDE apps ==

kdegames
krename [[find a good gnome eq.]]
k3b, libk3b2-extracodecs
marble

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