Finally! Ubuntu 10.04 LTS codenamed "Lucid Lynx" is released. This is by far the most important release as far as Ubuntu is concerned since its inception. Plethora of changes and improvements, even includes a major branding make over.

Google introduced new image search for Android and iPhone. Watch this demo video. Looks promising.

If you think Linux desktops are ugly, think again. Here is an awesome collection of 15 jaw dropping Linux desktop customizations made by users. I wouldn't mind calling them works of art instead of just customizations. They are that good. A good number of them include clever conky modifications. I haven't yet tried to emulate them in my desktop, but surely will, at least some of them. For now, just the screenshots and the source. Watch and enjoy!

Be it desktop clients like Gwibber or web based plugins like Chromed Bird, there is no dearth for good twitter clients in Ubuntu. Pino is Twitter and client for Linux desktop you might want to give a try at. It has an even simpler interface when compared to gwibber and looks promising overall.

This is a small yet so useful hack. By displaying the size of files underneath the files itself, you are immediately aware of the files which occupy a lot of space and those which are not. This is especially useful if you are using a paltry 80 GB hard drive laptop like me ;-). Look at the screenshot below and  you understand what I mean.

A newer version of Boxee Beta with NHL GameCenter LIVE™ support is released. With this new application, users can enjoy live and archived games. A lot of other major changes are also coming your way. Read on.

Boxee Beta
As we have already seen in the post on What's new in Ubuntu 10.04 'Lucid Lynx',  the theme change is a among the major updates going to happen in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04. New theme will have new color schemes which is going to set it apart from all other releases of Ubuntu till date. This is because Ubuntu is undergoing a complete branding makeover and new themes should be seen in that light. Here is a step by step howto on installing these new Radiance and Ambiance themes in Ubuntu Karmic, Jaunty.

Ubuntu Lucid Ambiance and Radiance themes
Gwibber is the default microblogging client for Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. We had a brief review of Gwibber in our upcoming apps for Ubuntu Lucid post. Here we will see a more elaborate review of Gwibber and also how to install the latest Gwibber in Ubuntu Karmic.

All new Banshee 1.6 is released. This is a major release and a lot of new improvements and bug fixes is made to Banshee 1.6. Major changes include the addition of grid view, which makes browsing through your albums a breeze, and also an optional cover art display in lower left corner.

banshee 1.6
An incredible video showcasing the jaw dropping statistics of our new world called Internet.

The next major update of Ubuntu code named Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is scheduled to arrive in April 2010. This is going to be an LTS edition, which means updates will be available for three years in desktop and five years in Servers. Even though Ubuntu 10.04 is going to be an LTS release, a complete overhaul is on the cards. Lets take a peek at what's coming in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Ubuntu Lucid 10.4

Amarok was my favorite among Linux media players, until Amarok 2.0 series started coming in. I totally understand that Amarok 2.0 series is a complete rewrite and I really appreciate the effort they have put on upgrading Amarok. But the bottom line is, Amarok 2.0 series is not yet there. And so I settled down with Songbird and I loved it. But had to remove Songbird for reasons you must have already been all too familiar with.

amarok 1.4
Miro 3 is released! For starters, Miro is widely popular open source internet television application. Miro can automatically download videos from RSS-based channels, manage them and play them. Miro integrates an RSS aggregator, a BitTorrent client (based on libtorrent), and a media player.

miro 3
Ubuntu Artwork in Flickr has finally shortlisted a number of probables for becoming Ubuntu Lucid Wallpapers. And here is our pick. Top 5 Ubuntu Lucid Wallpapers from the ones shortlisted. They are a bit too flowerish though but can make good wallpapers I believe.

VLC is among the most sought after media player application in Ubuntu and we had already featured VLC Media Player in our post describing  Top 5 must have multimedia applications for Ubuntu. Recently VLC Media Player version 1.0.5 has been released. Following is what you need to do to get the latest updates of VLC in Ubuntu, whenever it happens.

[This PPA Won't Work Anymore, Read New VLC Installation Instructions]

Feature List
  • Independent of systems codecs to support most video types.
  • Instant pausing and Frame-by-Frame support.
  • Finer speed controls.
  • New HD codecs (AES3, Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, Blu-Ray Linear PCM, Real Video 3.0 and 4.0, ...)
  • New formats (Raw Dirac, M2TS, ...) and major improvements in many formats.
  • Full set of changes here.
Install VLC Latest Version in Ubuntu Lucid, Karmic
  • Lets see how to Install VLC in Ubuntu using terminal, quick and easy.
  • Before getting started, let me tell you that, the latest version is VLC is 1.0.5 and it is not yet available in following repository as of now, but will soon be available. 
  • But, you can install or upgrade to VLC 1.0.3 in Ubuntu using C-Korn repo. Simply follow the steps.
  • Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal) and copy-paste the following line. Give password when prompted.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:c-korn
  • Done.
Already a VLC user?
  • If you already have installed VLC in your Ubuntu, all you need is an upgrade. 
  • Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal) and copy-paste the following lines.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
  • Done.
Install Latest VLC in Ubuntu
  • If you don't have VLC already installed, then install brand new VLC straight away. Following is what you need to do.
  • Again, Open Terminal(Applications - Accessories - Terminal) and copy-paste the following lines.
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc  vlc-nox vlc-data
  • Done. 
  • Open Applications - Sound & Video - VLC Media Player and enjoy one of it's kind multimedia experience.
[This PPA Won't Work Anymore, Read New VLC Installation Instructions]