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Ubuntu: 4 days with Edgy Eft

Those who have been keeping up with the latest tech news would inevitably have heard that Canonical has just released version 6.10 of Ubuntu, codenamed Edgy Eft. Being a Ubuntu lover, I’ve recently installed Edgy and decided it was time to share my experience with it.

But first things first: if you’re a current Dapper Drake user, (the previous version of Ubuntu), DO NOT UPGRADE!!! Edgy is NOT a stable release, (which is why it’s called Edgy!), therefore, Canonical advises everyone to back up their data and do clean install. Too many people have failed to heed this advice, much to their own peril. Don’t be one of them.
Take it from Mark Shutteworth, founder of Ubuntu:

Edgy is all about cutting edge, perhaps bleeding edge, brand new code and infrastructure. It will be the right time to bring in some seriously interesting but definitely edgy new technologies which lay the groundwork for the next wave of Ubuntu development…

…We will for the first time possibly have to say to new users “Edgy gets
security updates etc for 18 months but seriously consider Dapper if you
need the most polished platform”.

For those who just can’t listen to advice and still want to upgrade, read this article. Those who want to try out Edgy and don’t like troubleshooting, (or have tweaked their system to the max), do what I did: burn the ISO, back up your data and do a clean install. Everyone else, just wait for the next stable release, codenamed… *ahem* …Feisty Fawn. You can stop laughing now.

Keep in mind that this release does not have the visual enhancements that a lot of people were expecting; rather the improvements are ‘under the hood’. That means more speed, faster bootup, the latest programs and the groundwork for the new technology we should be seeing in Feisty Fawn. Additionally, a lot of the programs installed by default in Edgy are in beta, so Canonical stresses that anything that can break, will.

Having said that, however, I’ve found Edgy to not only be faster than Dapper, but more stable, too. That’s correct, all that breakage I was expecting just didn’t happen. I’ve also noticed that Edgy Eft has corrected some problems I previously had in Dapper. But that’s for later. First, for the specs of the computer I’ve installed Edgy on. Low end users will be happy to know I’ve installed it on my old, obsolete computer and its running beautifully.

Comp specs:

Processor: Pentium III 750Mhz
Memory: 384MBs
Video Card: ATI 9000 64MBs
Sound Card: Soundblaster PCI

So, on to the meat of the article: the pro’s and con’s that I’ve experienced with Edgy.

Pro’s:

Speed: Though I had tweaked my previous Dapper installation to the max, my default installation of Edgy – without tweaks – was faster than Dapper. Shocking.surprised I think most users consider it a given that an updated release usually requires a hardware update to run smoothly. Not so with Edgy.

I’ve also noticed that the latest versions of OpenOffice and Firefox 2.0 also have experienced speed increases. In OpenOffice in particular, I’ve noticed a decrease in loading speed by about a third. The latest version of the Gnome, 2.16, is much more snappy, and a known bug in the Nautilus file manager that caused slowdowns after a few days of uptime, has been fixed.

Bootup: Perhaps the biggest complaint regarding Dapper was the astronomical slow bootup speed. The majority of users average around 30-40 seconds on bootup. Completely unacceptable.

So the first thing Canonical did was replace Linux’s outdated bootup manager, Init, with Upstart. The difference is amazing. My bootup speed on Dapper was around 40-45 seconds. On Edgy, it’s now down to 20 seconds. Of course, I rarely shut down my computer anyway, so this wasn’t a big deal, but for laptop users this is essential.

Stability: Yeah, yeah, I know Canonical says Edgy is an unstable release. However, that hasn’t been my experience at all. The strange thing about Edgy is that it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what is more stable about it; it’s more of a feeling than anything. Go ahead and roll your eyes, but I’m serious. The system just feels more sturdy.

Memory management: For me, this was one of the most noticeable improvements. Linux has alway been touted as being one of the best OS for memory management, which makes it a long-time favorite among college students who just can’t afford newer hardware. I’m happy to say that Linux has just improved in this area, and Edgy takes advantage of it.

In my previous Dapper installation, running Firefox with three or four tabs open, along with two OpenOffice documents for 24 hours straight would cause my memory usage to near the 280-300MBs. Open up Opera and Gimp and noticeable slowdowns would ensue. This was no surprise as both Firefox and OpenOffice are known to be resource hogs.

So imagine my surprise when I installed Edgy and left both OpenOffice and Firefox open for a whole day. The next morning my comp was still running smoothly. To test it out, I then opened Opera and another OpenOffice document and found that slowdown was slight but still usable; opening up Gimp and the system slowed down a little more, but again, it was still usable. And this is definitely not a high-end computer I’m running Edgy on.

My initial thought was that Firefox and OpenOffice have both dramatically reduced their memory usage, but a quick look at the system monitor showed I was using around 300MBs of memory, so I can only give the credit to Edgy.

Problems fixed: I never really had a serious problem with Dapper, but there is one critical problem and not so vital problem that Edgy fixed for me.

Now I never use my floppy, which is probably why I never realized that Dapper wasn’t detecting it. However, afting installing Edgy I noticed my floppy drive was suddenly being listed in the device section. Even though I have no use for the floppy drive, it does mean one thing: hardware support for Linux has just gotten even better. Especially considering this is a generic floppy drive only shipped with Gateway computers that are no longer being made. And I’m talking about a six year old computer, so thats got to count for something.

The only critical problem that I’ve had with Dapper was my electricsheep screensaver – and, yes, I consider that critical! Electricsheep is the best looking screensaver in existence today, and after installing it in Dapper, all other screensavers have now become obsolete. However, I did have the problem with the zoom mode. No matter what I did, I could never get electricsheep in full screen; it would always revert back to a 800×600 box. A quick look at the UbuntuForums show this is a common problem, so I wasn’t alone. Edgy, however, fixed this problem automatically and now I’m enjoying electricsheep in it’s full screen glory.

Cons:

Default wallpaper: You may think I’m being picky, but what has the Ubuntu team done to the wallpaper?! Aaack! The horror!! For those complaining about Ubuntu’s ‘browness’, you tell me what looks better:


surprised

laughing

That’s right, I thought so. What’s with all the tan? It’s hurting my eyes. I don’t understand how this wallpaper got past the development stage, but it’s back to the drawing table for the next release.

Beryl/Compiz: Granted, I understand that not everyone has the latest graphics cards to handle Beryl or Compiz. Still, it would have been nice to see some visual cutting edge effects within the default installation, instead of having to wait another six months. (Those who don’t know what I’m talking about, look here). The good thing is, Beryl and Compiz are available through the official Ubuntu repositories, so it’s an easy download through Synpatic Package Manager.

Taskbar icon settings: I generally keep a set of shortcuts on the upper task bar of Gnome. These include Opera, Firefox, the terminal, desktop wallpaper changer and my new favorite, Tomboy Notes, (a less resource hungry note taker similiar to Microsoft OneNote).

But what I noticed with Edgy is that moving these shortcuts around the taskbar would cause Gnome to lose their settings, which then required me to retype the title and the command line all over again. I’m guessing this is a Gnome specific error, but its something that needs to be looked into.

And that’s about all the complaints I have for Edgy Eft, everything else is pretty much perfect. Edgy is not the revolutionary update people were expecting, but it’s a solid release that improves on just about everying… except for the wallpaper. So for those still straddling the fence on this one, go ahead and install Edgy, (install not upgrade!). I’ve only been using Edgy for four days, and Dapper has already been forgotten.

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32 thoughts on “Ubuntu: 4 days with Edgy Eft

  1. Mango Bard on said:

    See http://www.ubuntume.com/
    Ubuntu Muslim Edition

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  2. itools is a very strange program. I can never find it. There is no such command called “itools or even itool”. I man page itools & itool — nothing.

    Let’s see, I install xpdf, I have command called xpdf, I can names millions here.

    Creating apps for fellow Muslims is a good idea, but for g-d sake make is easy!!!

    Salaam, Asif. I feel your pain as it took me a bit of searching to find out the commands to run this program. I got this from the Arabeyes mailing list:

    ical: A Hijri calendar.
    idate: a converter between Hijri/Gregorian dates.
    ipraytime: Prayer times, schedule and Qibla.
    ipreminder.pl: a prayer time reminder

    My 2nd post is about “Namaztime”. Those of you who do lot of kernel compiling or using any “tar.bz and tar.gz” base apps — will be shock to know that there is no “how to install!” file.

    If you go the beginners section in the Ubuntuforums, you’ll notice most new users complain about setting up their wireless, (Broadcom!), or compiling a program. For the most part, it isn’t too hard, but problems crop up sometimes. For namazTime, the hardest problem was figuring out developer package I needed to install. It was the glade developer packages, if your interested.
    But other programs give me a harder time. Like yesterday, I downloaded Open Convert -.LIT because I wanted to convert a .lit file to .htm. I took me half and hour of fustration before I found out I had to modify the Makefile. After that, everything went smoothly.

    But I think this highlights the fact that Linux needs a standard packaging system. At the moment, this is the only thing that Linux lacks.

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  3. My 2nd post is about “Namaztime”. Those of you who do lot of kernel compiling or using any “tar.bz and tar.gz” base apps — will be shock to know that there is no “how to install!” file.

    Once again compiling a program is not very hard for any Linux user — provided that programer have included an easy to read manual & and a decent README file. I have been using Linux for six years, I have compiled kernel, installed apps .deb and source to install apps on Debian base, and rpm on redhat base, and of course Gentoo. It was easy b/c of above listed reason.

    If you don’t blieve anything I said then just go to their site and see yourself.

    You know I really love to see islamic programs in Linux, and I know it’s gonna take some time b4 they can be used through synaptic or emerge. But this is just a bad design — very bad.

    I hope some of you can help these programers with tech manuals cos most of us ain’t wasting our time decoding c++ files.

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  4. itools is a very strange program. I can never find it. There is no such command called “itools or even itool”. I man page itools & itool — nothing.

    Let’s see, I install xpdf, I have command called xpdf, I can names millions here.

    Creating apps for fellow Muslims is a good idea, but for g-d sake make is easy!!!

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  5. rashid on said:

    Subhanallah! I’m sorry; what a terrible loss. I don’t know what to say. I had no idea her illness was so serious. 😦

    Nor did I…

    Inshallah, Allah will reward you for your patience. And, may Allah grant your mother a place nearest to Him, and reward her for her illness. She died on a holy day, so it can only mean good, Inshallah.

    I know you’re still grieving, but when you get the chance, tell me her name. I’ll make dua for her in my prayers, Inshallah, and I’ll tell my family to do the same.

    Jazakallah khayran ukthi

    Her name was Redha.

    Adham-Allahu ajraka, wa-ahsana azaa’aka wa ghafara li-mayyitika

    Ameen.

    -Rashid

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  6. Salaam Abdus Saboor,

    Sorry for the late response; I’ve been too busy lately.

    As for itools…. I’m not really sure about the configuration. 😦 The thing is, I don’t use it since it’s terminal only. I had assumed that it would take the time your clock was set at though.

    You may want to subscribe to one of the Arabeyes mailing list, (their the developers of itools), and ask them how to configure it.

    Otherwise, try looking into namaztime. That works great. I’m sorry I can’t help any better than that. 😦

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  7. Abdus Saboor on said:

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    I just gave this ‘itools’ a try… but it is not configured correctly.. I mean I am not based in Al-Makkah Al-Mukarramah, so the prayer timing there won’t help me exactly ! How do I configure this to use my locality instead of Saudi ?

    Jazakallah

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  8. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

    NMC, this is what I was referring to.

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  9. 😦

    Subhanallah! I’m sorry; what a terrible loss. I don’t know what to say. I had no idea her illness was so serious. 😦

    Inshallah, Allah will reward you for your patience. And, may Allah grant your mother a place nearest to Him, and reward her for her illness. She died on a holy day, so it can only mean good, Inshallah.

    I know you’re still grieving, but when you get the chance, tell me her name. I’ll make dua for her in my prayers, Inshallah, and I’ll tell my family to do the same.

    Adham-Allahu ajraka, wa-ahsana azaa’aka wa ghafara li-mayyitika

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  10. rashid on said:

    Sorry (_sister_ ) NMC for late reply…my mother passed away on Friday 5th… inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi wa rajioun. Keep her in your duas insha’Allah

    -Rashid

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  11. I was wondering how is the rendering of Arabic on Ubuntu because it’s terrible on Mac OS X.

    Salaam sis,

    Personally, I’ve never seen Arabic font rendering in OS X, so I can’t compare, but I’ve uploaded some pics that you can look over for yourself:

    First site: Ghazali.org

    Second site: Jannah.com

    Third site: QQuran

    Was that what you were looking for?

    On a side note, I know Arabic speakers who say Arabic font rendering on Ubuntu is better than XP… but that ain’t surprising… 😀

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  12. Wow, jazakallah khayran for the links. I had already tried the first one but not the second. The second one shaved 10 seconds off my boot time 😦 I’m on 30 seconds booting now 🙂 (20 seconds logging into KDE…)

    So you’re slowly getting there. Maybe when Feisty is released you’ll be down to 20 seconds flat. 😀

    Checkout KDE when KDE4 comes out

    There is a huge discussion on KDE4 going on right now in the Ubuntuforums. I must say, it is looking good. I’ll probably give it a spin when it’s released, Inshallah… whenever that’ll be.

    Insha’Allah yes I’m working on it. So far have made a debian package which changes things like artwork, tasmiyah at kde login time, and some basic settings but needs a lot more work and testing (and need to remaster an official livecd to add in the packages by default etc)

    Ma’shallah. 😀 It’s getting there. Write me back when you need extra testers. As I said, I’m not very knowledgeable – can’t even get Gentoo working properly – but I’ll do my best, Inshallah. I’m definitely looking to help in any way I can. 😀

    Subhanallah though, I can not work on this at the moment. My mother has become very ill and is in hospital. Remember her in your duas please brother 😦

    😦
    Inshallah, I’ll make dua for her in my prayers. And, Inshallah, she’ll be blessed during her illness.
    Also, I’m not sure if you’re alreadying this, but I’ve found that reciting Al-Fatiha over a sick person always helps.

    … oh, one last thing: I’m a sister. 🙂

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  13. Asalamu alaykum,

    I was wondering how is the rendering of Arabic on Ubuntu because it’s terrible on Mac OS X.

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  14. rashid on said:

    Wow, jazakallah khayran for the links. I had already tried the first one but not the second. The second one shaved 10 seconds off my boot time 😐 I’m on 30 seconds booting now 😀 (20 seconds logging into KDE…)

    I had tested out SuperKaramba a few months ago, but it never worked well for me. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong. 😦 I even had KDE installed… x_X. I’ll probably try it again one day, just not now… I’m quite happy with Gnome. 😀

    Checkout KDE when KDE4 comes out 😉

    Ooh, just what I’ve been looking for! If you get this done, I’ll have it installed on all my comps, Inshallah! 😛 You’ll make a lot of brothers and sisters happy, like my whole family. If you have the time, you can even make a post on it on the Ubuntuforums; I’ve come across quite a few people who are interested.

    Insha’Allah yes I’m working on it. So far have made a debian package which changes things like artwork, tasmiyah at kde login time, and some basic settings but needs a lot more work and testing (and need to remaster an official livecd to add in the packages by default etc)

    Subhanallah though, I can not work on this at the moment. My mother has become very ill and is in hospital. Remember her in your duas please brother 😦

    Inshallah, I’ll try to help the best I can. Just throw me some ideas here. 😀
    I don’t think it’s doomed to failure; it just takes determination. Just think about all the rewards you’ll get if you complete it, that’ll encourage you. 😀

    I would like to help with the CD, too, but I’m not sure if I’m knowledgeable enough… I’m in the middle of a networking install of Gentoo; I’m halfway through at the moment, but it hasn’t been easy going. 😦

    Keep me updated on the progress.

    Insha’Allah.

    Done! Just use the {blockquote} {/blockquote} tags, but with these >, not these }, if that makes any sense. 😀

    Hehe…got it 🙂

    -Rashid

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  15. Yeah thats right, you were just fortunate 😛

    Let’s hope it stays that way for Feisty Fawn. 😀

    Do you think its cos of the RAM…?

    I could be wrong, but from what I’ve heard RAM and bootup speed is completely independent from each other. So, apparently, it doesn’t matter if you have 128Mbs of RAM or 1Gb, you won’t see speed difference.

    Got to look more into that, but I think it’s true. On my old computer I based this review on, (a PIII with 384Mbs RAM), bootup speed is 20-25sec. On my 3 year old comp, (AMD 2.16Ghz with 512Mbs RAM), bootup speed is still 20-25sec. Then on my laptop with Edgy, (Thinkpad R60 with 1Gb of RAM), bootup speed is between 30-35sec.

    So I’ve come to the conclusion that there is just something about my hardware setup on PIII that Edgy particularly likes…. not that I’m complaining. 😀

    If you haven’t done it already though, I suggest these two howto’s to get up to speed. I no longer use these tweaks on Edgy, but on Dapper I considered them essential.

    HowTo: Speed up ubuntu boot process – the way you can feel it.

    Improve bootup speed by reprofiling bootup

    btw about itools and libitl…its a library/backend. There are some nice frontends for it like SuperKaramba 🙂

    I had tested out SuperKaramba a few months ago, but it never worked well for me. I’m not sure what I was doing wrong. 😦 I even had KDE installed… x_X. I’ll probably try it again one day, just not now… I’m quite happy with Gnome. 😀

    Insha’Allah I actually plan to give it a shot…tryna get some bruthas together to work on it. Take a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomization/6%2e06 insha’Allah (stuff applies to Edgy also as far as i know)

    Ooh, just what I’ve been looking for! If you get this done, I’ll have it installed on all my comps, Inshallah! 😛 You’ll make a lot of brothers and sisters happy, like my whole family. If you have the time, you can even make a post on it on the Ubuntuforums; I’ve come across quite a few people who are interested.

    If I did give it a shot (probably doomed to fail miserably :P) would you be interested in helping out with artwork/anything you can do?

    Inshallah, I’ll try to help the best I can. Just throw me some ideas here. 😀
    I don’t think it’s doomed to failure; it just takes determination. Just think about all the rewards you’ll get if you complete it, that’ll encourage you. 😀

    I would like to help with the CD, too, but I’m not sure if I’m knowledgeable enough… I’m in the middle of a networking install of Gentoo; I’m halfway through at the moment, but it hasn’t been easy going. 😦

    Keep me updated on the progress.

    And I look forward to your post about islamic apps in linux 😀 You’re thoroughly in my livebookmarks folder 😉

    Inshallah. You’ve given me encouragement now. 😉

    P.S. How do you quote in blog posts? [quote]does bb[/quote] code work?

    Done! Just use the {blockquote} {/blockquote} tags, but with these >, not these }, if that makes any sense. 😀

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  16. Don’t feel bad about it; not all people get such great bootup speeds with Edgy. I think it all depends on your hardware. For me, it was huge improvement over Dapper, (50secs to login screen :-O), but for most, I think the speed increase is moderate.

    Yeah thats right, you were just fortunate 😛 Do you think its cos of the RAM…?

    Yeah, I’ve tried itools, and it’s just not for me. At the moment, I’m using namazTime. I find it’s fast, >lightweight and is pretty much accurate for my time zone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the adhan. 😦

    Jazakallah khayran for the link. I’m gonna give it a go insha’Allah 🙂

    btw about itools and libitl…its a library/backend. There are some nice frontends for it like SuperKaramba 🙂

    I’ll leave it to the professionals, hehe 😀 But I wasplanning on doing an article about Islamic programs for Linux… but I keep falling behind. 😦

    lol akhi, professionals?? Tsk 😛

    Insha’Allah I actually plan to give it a shot…tryna get some bruthas together to work on it. Take a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCDCustomization/6%2e06 insha’Allah (stuff applies to Edgy also as far as i know)

    If I did give it a shot (probably doomed to fail miserably :P) would you be interested in helping out with artwork/anything you can do?

    And I look forward to your post about islamic apps in linux 😀 You’re thoroughly in my livebookmarks folder 😉

    Fi aman illah

    -Rashid

    P.S. How do you quote in blog posts? [quote]does bb[/quote] code work?

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  17. Woah, 20 seconds!? I’m on a P4 2.8GHz 256MB nvidia FX5500 box here and my bootup is 40-45 seconds 😦

    Don’t feel bad about it; not all people get such great bootup speeds with Edgy. I think it all depends on your hardware. For me, it was huge improvement over Dapper, (50secs to login screen :-O), but for most, I think the speed increase is moderate.

    As for prayertime programs, theres SuperKaramba applets that use libitl and itools to calculate prayertimes and display them as a nice eye-candy widget, and play adhan when its time to pray 🙂 (though in my experience the calculations are inaccurate compared to what my “local” masjid says)

    Yeah, I’ve tried itools, and it’s just not for me. At the moment, I’m using namazTime. I find it’s fast, lightweight and is pretty much accurate for my time zone. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the adhan. 😦

    As for Ubuntu ME…lets do it! 😀

    I’ll leave it to the professionals, hehe 😀 But I was planning on doing an article about Islamic programs for Linux… but I keep falling behind. 😦

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  18. Woah, 20 seconds!? I’m on a P4 2.8GHz 256MB nvidia FX5500 box here and my bootup is 40-45 seconds 😦

    KDE alone takes 20 seconds for me…thats insane that you can bootup in 20seconds! Subhanallah!

    As for prayertime programs, theres SuperKaramba applets that use libitl and itools to calculate prayertimes and display them as a nice eye-candy widget, and play adhan when its time to pray 🙂 (though in my experience the calculations are inaccurate compared to what my “local” masjid says)

    As for Ubuntu ME…lets do it! 😀

    -Rashid

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  19. Glad it helped.
    I’m going to try to test out some of the programs I downloaded today. I’ll try to get a post out once I’m done. Hopefully I’ll finish before Dec… too many finals… 😦

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  20. Tweedicus on said:

    Thanks for that, if you do get a chance, perhaps in the future you could blog/post when you find useful applications for Ubuntu.

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  21. Don’t feel bad; it took me quite a while to figure it out, too! Documentation is practically non-existent. So after a lot of searching I found that itools is a command line program. Meaning: no desktop applets available, unfortunately.
    It’s done through the terminal and I’ve listed the commands in bold:
    ical: A Hijri calendar.
    idate: Some type of converter between Hijri/Gregorian dates.
    ipraytime: Prayer times, schedule and Qibla.
    ipreminder.pl: Apparently, a prayer time reminder, though this doesn’t work for me.
    In either case, this just won’t do. It may be convenient when I’m using the terminal, but most of the time I’m not, so I need a desktop prayer reminder… with the adhan, preferably 😀
    I’m going to fool around with some of the other programs listed on Sourceforge when I’ve got the time and see what happens.

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  22. Tweedicus on said:

    Any idea where itools is after it’s installed. I know it’s installed and it’s there somewhere, only I can’t find it.

    With humility…

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  23. Neurocentric, a lot of people seem to notice different results on the upgrade; improvements for some, not for others, which is why I did a clean install. Tweedicus seems to be one who had luck with the upgrade.

    Hehe, I actually did a clean install of XP on my mother’s comp and it was working good for a while. Then two months later it started dragging along again, so we ended up having to buy more memory. If you still use XP, though, don’t go without CCleaner. It saved my comp many times in the past.

    Also, the pic doesn’t work. 😦 Can you repost it, I’m curious now. Thanks.

    Salaam 🙂

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  24. Ah, you gave me an idea for my next post, Tweedicus. 😀 There are actually a couple of Islamic programs for the Linux/Unix platform. A quick search on Sourceforge brings up a couple. I already know that Zekr works, but I’ll have to try the rest later on and post the results.

    Arabeyes also has a some Islamic projects, (they make Kprayertime), but they seem to be mostly concentrated on translations projects. I think the Islamic Linux community needs to put its effort together on making an Islamic geared Ubuntu distro, much like Christian Ubuntu. It’s a shame it hasn’t been done before. 😦

    And thanks about itools. I’ve always seen it in the repository, but I wasn’t sure on what it did. Downloading now… 😀

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  25. Salam alaikum,

    This is the brown wallpaper that Ubuntu deserves:

    I did the upgrade on my wife’s PC, but not on my laptop. No noticable improvement, so may do a fresh install (sometime), tho’ we have always been happy with it in general. Tho’ despair with XP has also warn off having done a thorough defrag.

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  26. Tweedicus on said:

    By the way, try, if you haven’t already, itools – available in Synaptic. It’s an Islamic prayer package and calendar.

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  27. Tweedicus on said:

    Sorry! I’ve never used Athan software even on XP. If you find any, other than KPrayertime, please put a blog post up on it. As for wallpapers, yes Edgy looks yucky, worse than XP even, but once users learn how to manipulate the possibilities are endless. Now my desktop looks yummy, after a few visits to art.gnome.org.

    If google have developed Gubuntu for internal use, maybe you could develop Mubuntu — a Muslim friendly desktop.

    Best salams.

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  28. Tweedicus, I completely agree; even though Edgy hasn’t changed visually, the whole system just works much smoother, and puts a whole new life into my older comp. Being a former Windows user, I thought Dapper was the best out there, but Edgy puts it to shame. I’m just hoping Feisty Fawn can top it.
    I agree about XP, too. I noticed recently, when I was forced to use IE to view a certain site, how clunky everything felt. Even the file navigation felt sloppy and unnatural. Makes me wonder how I put up with it for so long. I guess it shows that some people are just made for Linux… or Linux is made for them. 😀

    Edit: By the way, do you know any good Athan programs besides KPrayertime?

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  29. Tweedicus on said:

    I know what you mean about Edgy. It’s my sole OS, it just ‘feels’ more stable, it’s a vibe, like it just won’t break. XP feels brittle, and even, to a certain extent does the Dapper. Clean install didn’t work for me though, upgrade was the only way. Now I don’t use anything save Ubuntu. And everything is free, with no companies monitoring my every move. Despite the warnings would recommend Edgy over Dapper everytime. Can’t see me using another OS ever. It’s like it combines the best of Mac and XP and throws out the trash. Still a work in progress but every six months it catches up a little more.

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  30. No problem about the avatar, it’s not mine. I found it on a site with about 1001 Apple logos.

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  31. Hehe, I guess this new wallpaper does have fans. I still can’t stand it.
    Anyway, I’m glad you waited before rushing off to upgrade like some people. 😀 Just don’t expect any huge graphical enhancements – unless you install Compiz or Beryl which is now available in Synpatic. Speed, faster boot-up and the latest programs are the name of the game in this release.

    If Dapper worked fine for you, then Edgy should be an improvement. Also, here are two good sites if you need extra wallpapers:

    Gnome-Look
    KDE-Look

    And I liked your avatar so much I had to copy it. Hope you don’t mind. 😀

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  32. I was actually waiting for your review. Many thanks. I’ve never liked dark wallpapers so I like the new one better. In sha Allah, I might put Edgy through its paces this weekend.

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