Announcing GNOME Do 0.8. With 20 new plugins, faster search, better results, animated themes!

Announcing GNOME Do 0.8. With 20 new plugins, faster search, better results,
animated themes, and 111 fewer bugs, your desktop’s killer app just got killer-er.

Awesome New Plugins

Banshee, Bibtex, Cl.ickable, Claws mail, Google search, Opera, Ping.FM, Remember the Milk, System services, TinyUrl, Tracker search, and Translate to name a few. Plugins also install much faster now.

Faster Search, Better Results

Memory usage is down, and searches are noticably snappier. Our relevance algorithms are also better than ever — Do will learn your habits and offer personalized search results immediately.

Animated Themes

Do’s themes — Classic, Mini, Glass, and the newly added Nouveau and Docky — now sport gorgeous animations and dropshadows. Watch for falling jaws.


Docky is our attempt to make Do more discoverable and memorable. It’s the same Do you know and love, just a little friendlier.

File Previews

We’ve added preliminary support for viewing file thumbnails, so you can better recognize the images, movies, and documents you encounter in Do. If your file manager displays thumnails, Do will attempt to show them.

Improved Text Entry

With support for copy, paste, and longer lines of text, Do’s new extended text entry mode is perfect for composing emails and tweets. Activate text entry mode by pressing your period key.

Many Bugs Exterminated

82 core bugs and 29 plugin bugs have been meticulously tracked and squished. There’s still a lot of work to do, but Do 0.8 is one well-oiled machine.

New Plugin API

In creating a more cross-platform codebase, a wonderful, platform-agnostic plugin API emerged. Plugins now have extensive access to notifications, logging, relevance information, threading tools, and much more.

Howto Install:
8.10 (Intrepid) $ sudo aptitude install gnome-do
8.04 (Hardy)

If you are upgrading from an old installation of Do, please be sure to completely remove your old version.

$ sudo aptitude purge gnome-do gnome-do-plugins gnome-do-plugin-rhythmbox

and remove the Do plugins configuration directory

$ rm -rf ~/.local/share/gnome-do/plugins/

Once you have removed your old installation, or if this is your first time, follow these instructions.

Add the Gnome Do PPA Repository to your sources list. (See the Ubuntu Repositories).

deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

In Synaptic Package Manager, search ‘gnome do’ or install from the terminal:

$ sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install gnome-do
7.10 (Gutsy)

Add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list (here’s how)

deb gutsy main
deb-src gutsy main

then run

$ sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-do

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Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS, the
second maintenance update to Ubuntu’s 8.04 LTS release. This release
includes updated server, desktop, and alternate installation CDs for the
i386 and amd64 architectures.

In all, over 200 updates have been integrated, and updated installation
media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded
after installation. These include security updates and corrections for
other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and
compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.

To Get Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS

To download Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS, or obtain CDs, visit:

We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available at:

About Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS

This is the second maintenance release of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, which
continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes
until April 2011 on desktops and April 2013 on servers.

Over 200 post-release updates have been integrated, and a number of
bugs in the installation system have been corrected. These include
security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a
focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.

See for a full list of Ubuntu security updates.
As of 2009-01-20, all updates affecting packages on the CD have been

A summary of notable updates follows. See for specific information about a
particular bug number. A complete list of post-release updates can
also be found at:

Installer Updates

* Create sambashare group and add the initial user to it (#238224)

* Permissions on some system files and directories were set wrong when
installing from Desktop CDs. For users tracking the recommended
hardy-updates repository, this issue has already been corrected
post-install (#288479)

* Record the partition table as changed when a single partition’s file
system type has changed, fixing bootloader installation failures
when installing onto existing partitions (#149832)

* Fix writing of /var/log/installer/oem-id in OEM mode (#251751)

* Use the correct mirror for -security in the event of
apt-setup/security_host being preseeded (#306356)

Desktop Updates

* Fix a race which can lead to a gvfs-fuse-daemon crash when closing
session (#235698)

* Prompt for restarting session when installing samba to take into
account sambashare group membership and the need for libpam-smbpass to
create NTLM password hash (#212098)

* Fix undeletion of menu items with the alacarte menu editor (#225941)

* Stop/start anacron on suspend/resume and on power-cycle (#249220)

* Fix hang on “Loading…” when opening a PDF file (#256048)

* Fix incorrect handling of authentication cases leading to excessive
gnome-keyring CPU usage (#236171)

* Fix printing to remote ipp:// printers (#258104)

* Don’t look for a Trash directory on autofs mounts (#210468)

* Fix GNOME session blow-up when using GUI to join a Windows domain

* Fix ICQ connections in pidgin (#244591)

Server updates

* Fix race with mdadm/devmapper while looping for the root filesystem

* Revert “TC action parsing bug fix”, which broke shorewall and

* Support booting degraded RAID devices (#290885)

General Updates

* Set hdparm power management to 254 for all hard drives while on AC, and
while on battery (note that suspend/resume still breaks this, and a more
complete fix will be forthcoming for Ubuntu 8.04.3) (#59695)

* Support CDs with no uncompressed Packages files, only compressed ones,
enabling upgrade to future releases using CDs (#255545)

* Conflict with old mysql 4.1 packages to ensure smooth upgrades from
Ubuntu 6.06 (#208695)

* Backport cifs.upcall, to support Kerberos-authenticated CIFS kernel

* e1000 checksum recheck after reset (#60388)

Helping Shape Ubuntu

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways
you can participate at

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren’t sure, try asking on the #ubuntu channel on, on
the Ubuntu Users mailing list, or on the Ubuntu forums:

About Ubuntu

Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, and
servers, with a fast and easy install and regular releases. A
tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and
an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away.

Professional technical support is available from Canonical Limited and
hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about
support, visit

More Information

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Play Texas Holdem Poker in Ubuntu with PokerTH

There is a brand new PokerTH 0.6.3 version, check it out!
These are the major changes:
We introduced a new startwindow separate from the gametable. There is also a new chance tool which shows the chance of the current hand. The ingame kick was redesigned, introducing a vote kick procedure. You can start a vote to kick a user by right clicking on the player’s avatar. Some new translations were added (finnish and danish). PokerTH is available in 18 languages now!

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