This release fully removes HAL from the boot process, making Ubuntu faster to boot and faster to resume from suspend.
The likewise-open package, which provides Active Directory authentication and server support for Linux, has been updated to version 5.4.
The Nouveau video driver is now the default for nVidia hardware. It doesn’t support 3D acceleration yet, so if you want 3D acceleration, install the proprietary nVidia driver.
Three different NVIDIA proprietary drivers are currently available: nvidia-current (190.53), nvidia-173, and nvidia-96.
Built-in integration with Twitter, identi.ca, Facebook, and other social networks with the MeMenu in the panel.
The notification area now features more consistent user experience and design for communication, session management, and many other tasks.
The desktop has been beautified with the addition of two brand new themes, Ambiance and Radiance.
Share and sync any folder in your home directory, your existing contacts etc with Ubuntu One.
Ubuntu One music store – Millions of songs are available for purchase from your Ubuntu desktop, integrated with the Rhythmbox Music Player and using Ubuntu One cloud storage for backup and easy sync.
Though most of the bugs are fixed, there are still few known issues with Ubuntu 10.04. Below is the list of known issues with Ubuntu 10.04:
The Thunderbird mail and news client has been upgraded to version 3, but the “Lightning” calendar extension is not yet available for this version.
Hibernation may be unavailable with automatic partitioning
In some cases, ejecting the CD at the end of installation will leave errors. This is fine.
A bug in migration-assistant prevents some users with separate home partitions from completing the install successfully.
Partition alignment changes may break some systems
On some machines, the CD boot fails with the message “The installer encountered an unrecoverable error. A desktop session will now be run so that you may investigate the problem or try installing again.” If you encounter this error, restart your computer with the CD inserted, press any key at the splash screen (when you see the keyboard icon at the bottom of the screen), and select “Try Ubuntu without installing”. Once the desktop appears, use the “Install Ubuntu 10.04″ icon to begin installing Ubuntu.
Setting wireless regulatory domain via module option no longer supported
Ctrl-Alt-Backspace disabled by default in Xorg, configured via XKB
Google has redesigned the image search for Android and iPhone. The redesigned image search will work only with Android 2.1+ devices, so most of the old devices are out of luck. The redesign brings the following features:
The thumbnails are square to maximize the number of images you can get on the screen at one time so you can scan them quickly
You can swipe to see the next or previous page of results, or tap the large, stationary ‘Next’ and ‘Previous’ page buttons
Search result is optimized for speed so that the images appear quickly when you browse
While viewing the image, Google has made the images to appear large by introducing a special image viewing page. With this image viewing page, the black background emphasizes the image and the buttons fade after a few seconds so you can just see images with little distraction and easily browse through the images by swiping from picture to picture.
I was waiting for this news for a long time and it’s here now. According to CNet, Microsoft said that Android infringes on the company’s patented technology and that the infringement applies broadly in areas ranging from the user interface to the underlying operating system. Microsoft and HTC announced they have inked a new patent deal that specifically provides the Taiwanese cell phone maker with the right to use Microsoft’s patented technologies in phones running Google’s Android operating system.
I think since HTC fell on Microsoft’s feet, Microsoft is making it’s threat public and would like other companies to follow suit. I hope Google will take on Microsoft in this patent threat and not act like a coward. According to CNet, Apple picked HTC for the suit because if they sue Motorola, Motorola can bring more patents to the table that Apple might be infringing on.
Update: Beta News reports that Microsoft’s agreement with HTC will allow HTC to use Microsoft’s technology in Android or any other mobile phone and not Android is stepping on it’s patents.
Tor is free software and an open network that provides anonymous surfing of web. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.
Tor is available for Android by installing the package named Orbot. Orbot is an application that allows mobile phone users to access the web, instant messaging and email without being monitored or blocked by their mobile internet service provider. Orbot brings the features and functionality of Tor to the Android mobile operating system.
Orbot contains Tor, libevent and privoxy. Orbot provides a local HTTP proxy and the standard SOCKS4A/SOCKS5 proxy interfaces into the Tor network. Orbot has the ability to transparently torify all of the TCP traffic on your Android device when it has the correct permissions.
Orbot is not currently in the Android Market. It will be available in the market in the very near future. You can install Tor by visiing their website here.
For Android 2.x devices like Droid, Nexus One
You must root your device for Orbot to transparently proxy all TCP traffic.
For non-modified and non-rooted phones, you’ll want to manually configure your specific applications.
If you root your device, whether it is 1.x or 2.x based, Orbot will automatically, transparently proxy all web traffic on port 80 and 443 and all DNS requests. This includes the built-in Browser, Gmail, YouTube, Maps and any other application that uses standard web traffic.
Consumer Reports states that a video promoting Microsoft’s Kin phones are uncomfortable close to advocating sexting (sending nude photos via cell phones). You can watch that in the video below. The report states that the video includes a downright creepy sequence in which a young man is shown putting a Kin under his shirt and apparently snapping a picture of one of his naked breasts. The breast is then shown on the phone’s screen, just before the guy apparently sends it to someone. Next we see the face of a young woman, seemingly the recipient, with an amused expression on her face. The sequence starts around minute 0:30.
I reset my GMail password through the browser while using my desktop. Due to the password change, I was getting an error message alert for my GMail in my Droid. Droid couldn’t sync my GMail account with the server (obvious) since I changed my GMail password. I couldn’t figure out how to change the password in Droid GMail apps. The account setting page didn’t have a password option. The only way I could change was to click the error notification in the notification bar which then asked me to enter the password. I had to enter a captcha string after entering the password and then it started working fine. I think Google should provide an option to enter the password through account setting also. Though clicking the notification bar and entering the new password is easier, people might ignore clicking the notification message and go directly to the apps to check.
Google has/is introducing new features to it’s office suite (Google Docs). They are releasing a preview version of Google Document and Spreadsheet editors and a new standalone drawings editor. The drawing editor is available to everyone now. According to Google, The new standalone drawings editor lets you collaborate in real time on flow charts, designs, diagrams and other fun or business graphics. Copy these drawings into documents, spreadsheets and presentations using the web clipboard, or share and publish drawings just like other Google Docs.
The new Drawing editor is not compatible with Google Gears, so there is no offline support. Google might bring the offline feature later through HTML5.
The new Google Document editor brings real-time editing experience, which means you can now see character-by-character changes as other collaborators make edits. It also brings sidebar chat, similar to spreadsheet, so you can collaborate and discuss with your friends/colleagues. It also brings better import export, revamped comment system, real margins, tab stops and improved image layout.
The new Google Spreadsheet brings significant speed and performance improvements, more responsive and scrolls more seamlessly. It also brings a formula bar for cell editing, auto-complete, drag and drop columns, and simpler navigation between sheets.
The preview version of document and spreadsheet editors will be rolled out over the next few days. Once you receive the update, to try them out, click “New version” at the top of any spreadsheet or go to the ‘Document Settings’ page and select ‘New version of Google documents.’
You might have read my earlier post about Android 2.1 update on my Droid. After I got the update, I thought I would go and download Google Earth from the Apps market, but unfortunately it wasn’t available. When Nexus One was released with Android 2.1, Google announced that Google Earth would be available to other phones once they move to Android 2.1. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available when Droid went to Android 2.1. Now it’s back on Android Market. Go to Android Market and search for Google Earth, download and install. I installed it on my Droid and it worked fine.
It’s similar to Google Maps, but as with the desktop version, you can view 3D imagery & terrains. With the mobile version of Google Earth, you can travel around the globe with the swipe of a finger or a simple voice command — Android’s voice recognition together with Google Local Search make it easy for you to search for cities, places, and businesses anywhere in the world. You can also browse layers of geographic information including roads, borders, Panoramio photos, and more.
Google Earth should run fine on most of the Android devices running Android 2.1, but if the device lacks hardware floating point acceleration, then it won’t run. Google Earth won’t work on myTouch 3G and Droid Eris even if they go to Android 2.1. Source: Google Lat Long blog.