FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to set up ProFTPd with TLS on an Ubuntu 11.04 server. Read more here

Last time we covered tweaking some of Natty’s new features. Now we’ll round off the new install tips with some helpful programs and finishing touches. Read more here

Last time we covered the start of some essential tips for making the most of Natty Narwhal. This time we delve a little deeper with the overlay scrollbars, applets and more. Read more here

You can be the coolest and best-equipped network administrator on the block with Ubuntu Natty Narwhal Linux on a netbook. Netbooks are lightweight and portable, have long battery life, and bright sharp screens — and, thanks to Linux and open source, you can outfit your netbook with all the software network troubleshooting and fixit utilities you’ll ever need. Read more here

I’m writing this review this morning instead of my usual post, since I suffered both the freeze ups and email lose all this morning, which left me in a mood that is none too nice. I am now pondering whether a return to straight Debian or Fedora (which I use on servers) would be wise. Read more here

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.04, code-named
“Natty Narwhal”. 11.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating
the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality,
easy-to-use Linux distribution.

“Form and function are a unity, two sides of one coin. In order to
enhance function, appropriate form must exist or be created.”
-Ida P. Rolf

For PC users, Ubuntu 11.04 supports laptops, desktops and netbooks
with a unified look and feel based on a new desktop shell called “Unity”.
This version supersedes Ubuntu Netbook Edition for all PC netbooks.

Developer reference images are provided for select Texas Instruments (TI) ARM
platforms, specifically the “PandaBoard” and “BeagleBoard”.

Ubuntu Server 11.04 has made it easier to provision servers, and reduce
power consumption. Ubuntu Server 11.04 for UEC and EC2 has a new kernel and
improved initialization and configuration options.

Read more about the features of Ubuntu 11.04 in the following press releases:

http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-transforms-your-pc-experience

http://www.canonical.com/content/latest-ubuntu-offers-business-added-cloud-features-and-sleek-new-desktop-interface

Standard maintenance updates will be provided for Ubuntu 11.04 for 18 months,
through October 2012.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is
available in 43 languages. For a list of available languages and detailed
translation statistics for these and other languages, see:

http://people.canonical.com/~dpm/stats/ubuntu-11.04-translation-stats.html

Ubuntu 11.04 is also the basis for new 11.04 releases of Kubuntu,
Xubuntu, Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

Kubuntu http://kubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
Xubuntu http://xubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
Edubuntu http://edubuntu.org/news/11.04-release
Mythbuntu http://mythbuntu.org/11.04/release
Ubuntu Studio https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/11.04release_notes

To Get Ubuntu 11.04
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To download Ubuntu 11.04, or obtain CDs, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Users of Ubuntu 10.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 11.04
via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see:

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/upgrade

As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of
charge.

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

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/releasenotes

Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/whats-new

http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/features

If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but
aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places:

#ubuntu on irc.freenode.net

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/

http://askubuntu.com/

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

http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate/

About Ubuntu
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Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops,
netbooks and servers, with a fast and easy installation 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 services including support are available from Canonical
and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information
about support, visit:

http://www.ubuntu.com/support

More Information
—————-

You can find out more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website:

http://www.ubuntu.com/

To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s
very low volume announcement list at:

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-announce/

Kate Stewart,
on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu 11.04 fast growing open source operating system ready for release tomorrow Released with boot time locale support for Telugu and Kannada languages Local launguages support will help people, school students and elders start using computers in their native languages More here

The Ubuntu Technical Board has voted not to install the non-free extras package by default during a standard Ubuntu Install. This an option that, if selected, installs proprietary software including hardware drivers, media codecs and the Flash player. More here

Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” is set to be released on Thursday and while there are a number of new features to talk about in this latest release, the Phoronix Test Suite software has been busy analyzing the performance of this latest release. More here

For the four systems tested, the power regression was near universal. With the Atom netbook, the Ubuntu 11.04 release wasn’t always worse than Ubuntu 10.10, but it was worse under graphics. With the other systems, the regressions occurred regardless of idling or load for the disk, CPU, or GPU. The extent of the mobile testing was limited to the hardware available, but spanned Intel Pentium M, Core Duo, Core 2 Duo, and Atom architectures.

I have found myself explaining multiple times over the past few weeks how to get Ubuntu Natty with Unity working in Virtualbox virtual machines, there seems to be a common misconception that it doesn’t work (it does) and a common perception that it is not obvious how to do it (perfectly valid). So this is how. More here

In an ongoing mailing list thread, the Ubuntu Technical Board is discussing whether the new Unity environment is a suitable default for the upcoming Ubuntu 11.04 release, codenamed Natty Narwhal. The prevailing view seems to be that Unity is still on track, but there are a number of technical issues that are still being addressed. More here

For the last few months, on nearly every site I blog for, I have been saying that Ubuntu 11.04 was going to be a big setback for Ubuntu. This “setback” was mostly due to Canonical’s decision to use Unity as the default desktop. More here

Ubuntu 11.04 is one of the most controversial and highly anticipated releases of the popular Linux distro. And the first beta of Natty Narwhal gives you a chance to preview many of its innovations – including the brand new Unity interface… More here

In the short time since the release of Ubuntu 11.04 beta, the OS has received mixed reviews. Some testers say it is the worst Ubuntu beta release ever, while others say they are impressed by its new features. More here

Just a quick reminder that the next Ubuntu App Developer Week starts next Monday on the #ubuntu-classroom IRC channel on Freenode. So get ready for a week packed with sessions on how to develop awesome applications in Ubuntu, straight from the best experts! More here

Most Ubuntu Linux releases change a few things here and there, upgrade the default software packages, and perhaps upgrade the look of your desktop a bit. Not Ubuntu 11.04, code-named “Natty Narwhal.” In its beta release, Natty has a new desktop and app launching scheme, a fast search, some big default app changes, and something of a new mission. Take a look. More here

Is this the end of the road as far as radical design changes for Ubuntu go? Or is there more hidden up the sleeve of the Canonical founder, changes that will make it look more and more like a Dinky Toy than a serious operating system? More here

The next version of Ubuntu’s Linux desktop, due out April 28, will feature some really big changes, including a very new desktop shell running Unity, a “Test Drive” for apps, and a default LibreOffice installation. Try it all out and see how it runs with the public beta. More here

And, truth be told, when you see the version of Unity that should be shipped with the full release, you might start seeing it in a bit of a different light. Even though Unity has had little time for real polishing, it has a fairly sleek look and feel. It’s solid and it works exactly as you would expect. More here

Canonical recently announced the release of Ubuntu 11.04 Beta into the wild, and it has some wondering about the future of the free operating system. More here