[svlug] Dapper Drake (was: looking for entrepreneurs in the bayarea)
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Jun 2 17:09:45 PDT 2006
Quoting bruce (bedouglas at earthlink.net):
> now i understand whay london/england is 2nd rate...
Actually, I used to live within about a half-mile of Sanatan Rai's
address, in the borough of Southwark, London -- and can say that I've
seldom, maybe never, lived in a more pleasant, cosmopolitan place in all
my life. (Drop me off to find a restaurant near the Elephant & Castle
any time; I'll be happy.)
Sanatan, please be reassured that not all of us in Silicon Valley are
Meanwhile, wrenching discussion back on-topic: Ubuntu Linux "Dapper
Drake" v. 6.06 was released yesterday, exactly on schedule -- and they
keep being impresive in more areas all the the time. This time, there
are five "flavours" (editions, what-have-you) of disk images, each
released in fully supported form for i386, AMD64, and PowerPC:
Ubuntu - GNOME desktop by default
Kubuntu - KDE desktop by default
Xubuntu - Xfce desktop by default
Edubuntu - kids'/educational packages
Ubuntu Server (self-explanatory)
There's a la carte paid technical support contracts, and a support
lifetime of five years for the server release, three years for the
For each of the three CPU platforms, there is (as before) two
alternative CD images as a starting point, except things are now a bit
Before, there was a live CD, usable _only_ as a live CD (no installation
option), and an install CD. That's now gone.
Now, you have the "Desktop CD" for most purposes. It fires up in
live-CD mode, and you then have the _option_ of running a slick,
no-brainer GUI installer program from it. There is also the "Alternate
CD", which boot up into the traditional Ubuntu text-based installation /
upgrade program, borrowed from Debian.
My understanding is that you need the "Alternate CD" if you want to use
a Dapper Drake CD to upgrade your existing Ubuntu installation; that the
"Desktop CD" can't handle that. (Alternatively, existing installations
can be upgraded without CDs just through Internet package fetches.)
Experience suggests that the older, text-mode installer's probably a bit
more robust and flexible (albeit less flashy and novice-friendly).
I'm going to be testing out both CDs on a PowerPC laptop, this weekend.
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