Mark Shuttleworth Speaks on The Future of Ubuntu

  • Episode 64
  • December 9, 2008
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An interview with Ubuntu founder, Mark Shuttleworth. Robbie's favorite web site for desktop wallpaper. Announcing the winners of the Jawbone Bluetooth Giveaway.

Topics Covered:

  • Is Category5.TV "just another Ubuntu support site"?
  • Robbie's Favorites:  InterfaceLIFT - a free place to get great desktop wallpaper for Windows, Linux and Mac computers.
  • Setting your desktop background to a new image in Mozilla Firefox.
  • Live Interview:     Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux.
  • Why Mark Shuttleworth transitioned from being a successful entrepreneur to an astronaut, and then to a provider of a free operating system.
  • Who pays for Ubuntu and why do they go about doing it?  Mark Shuttleworth talks about examples such as Intel and Canonical and how the service-driven software industry differs from the sales-driven software industry.
  • What "Ubuntu" means to Mark Shuttleworth.
  • How users can become a part of the Ubuntu Linux community.
  • What makes Ubuntu Linux stand out from other Linux distributions and other operating systems.
  • With Ubuntu's focus on server, desktop and portable, what is going to be the focus with upcoming releases?
  • Mark talks about portable devices and Ubuntu Linux.
  • Viewer Question:  How long will it take for Ubuntu to go mainstream on the Desktop?
  • Ubuntu Linux - usable by Grandma.
  • What to look forward to with Ubuntu Linux "Jaunty", 9.10.  Mark Shuttleworth talks about using eye-candy to increase productivity.
  • Mark Shuttleworth discusses the difference between the proprietary software world and the free software world when it comes to software and application integration.
  • Improving productivity with Compiz-Fusion's cube.
  • Viewer Question:  What are your thoughts on the relationship between Ubuntu and Debian?
  • Mark Shuttleworth describes the relationship between Ubuntu and Debian.
  • Viewer Question:  I'm planning to get a few EeePC's.  I notice most of them come with Windows XP, but I'm an Ubuntu fan.  What would you choose?
  • Viewer Question:  I need a webcam-enabled chat software that works cross-platform on either Linux or Windows.  What do you recommend?
  • Viewer Question:  Any chance you could re-cast every week?
  • Viewer Question:  I downloaded a script that makes it really easy to rotate any photo in Nautilus.  After rotating a photo, Nautilus shows the photo rotated wrong.  What can I do?
  • Installing nautilus-image-converter
  • Viewer Comment:  Your ticker still says that you're Mark Shuttleworth.
  • Viewer Question:  Carrie, have you watched Heroes yet?
  • Viewer Question:  I got an email from myself, and it's been sent to everyone in my contact list.  I thought I couldn't get a virus in Ubuntu!  What's going on?
  • The dangers of using a Windows-based public computer to check Hotmail, Facebook and Yahoo type services.
  • Viewer Question:  How do you zoom in and out on Stellarium?
  • Viewer Question:  Can you get me moving on setting up my wireless in Ubuntu without having to use ndiswrapper?
  • Viewer Question:  A couple of my friends have lost their passwords on Hotmail and Yahoo by that trojan virus.  How can they get those accounts back?
  • Viewer Question:  I installed Ubuntu 8.04 and added a 1 TB hard drive.  When I upgraded to 8.10, it installed the entire OS on the larger drive and none of my compiz effects work.  Can you help me?
  • Installing proprietary video drivers in Ubuntu Linux.
  • Announcing the winners of the Jawbone Christmas Giveaway contest.
  • Viewer Comment:  Merry Christmas!
  • Viewer Question:  What is the MSRP on the Jawbone headset?
  • Viewer Question:  How do you mount a Windows drive on Ubuntu?  I need to retrieve files from my Windows drive.
  • Backing up your Windows files via the Ubuntu Linux live CD.
  • Viewer Comment:  The Windows drive will not mount for some reason.
  • Viewer Comment:  You can't mount the NTFS drive because it was not shut down cleanly.
  • Viewer Question:  Would you use ntfs-3g?
  • Viewer Question:  Where is the best place to find hardware that is 100% compatible with Linux?  Specifically, WLAN cards and graphics cards.
  • Viewer Comment:  I found that LinuxEmporium.co.uk is good, but laptops can be a pain, and I can't find a UK site for Ubuntu.
  • Testing a laptop with Linux before you buy it.
  • Viewer Comment:  You don't need OpenGL in Linux.
  • Viewer Comment:  Tell them you can buy laptops with Ubuntu preinstalled from Dell.
  • Viewer Comment:  Try System 76 for Linux computers.
  • Viewer Question:  I love the way you can zoom in and talk about your desktop.  What application do you use, and will it work on KDE?
  • How Robbie uses Compiz-Fusion to screencast on Category5 Technology TV.
  • Next week's new feature: the behind the scenes camera!
  • Viewer Question:  Have you ever heard of Project Looking Glass?
  • Viewer Comment:  Beryl was a fork.
  • Viewer Question:  What is a thing on Compiz?
  • Greetz to the new members of the Category5.TV community.

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Notes:

Special thanks to our UK Correspondent, Alan Pope for setting up the interview with Mark Shuttleworth, as well as provisioning for the on-site camera at the Ubuntu Development Summit in California.

When using Quick Search in Synaptic, I called nautilus-image-converter "nautilus-image-rotator" by accident.  Ignore the error; you can type it in correctly:  nautilus-image-converter.

  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Carrie Webb

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