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Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) released.

by Owyn / October 25, 2006 10:51 PM PDT

"There are now two versions of Ubuntu, choose which is best for you:
Ubuntu 6.10, the newest Ubuntu release: If you would like to benefit from the latest Ubuntu features, this is the release for you

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, Ubuntu with long-term support: Choose this to benefit from the long support life-cycle of the 6.06 LTS release. This version is supported for 3 years on the desktop and 5 years on servers.

Time to grab a new desktop CD and re-test the out of box experience on my test system.

Note: My "production" systems are staying at 6.06 + updates, for now anyway.
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Main download slow. Bittorrent much faster (at this time)
by Owyn / October 25, 2006 11:32 PM PDT
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Bittorrent also slow
by 3rdalbum / October 26, 2006 3:40 PM PDT

Bittorrent is also slow, at least for me (it would've taken 20 hours to download through BT). If you can bear the thought of waiting a week, you should wait until demand subsides.

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Do you have port 6881 open?
by Owyn / October 26, 2006 7:31 PM PDT
In reply to: Bittorrent also slow

BT usually gets faster as more nodes are added to the swarms.

The two main reasons BT can be slow are (other than not enough seeds)
- Behind a NAT router and inbound port (6881 by default) is not forwarded.
- ISP is traffic shaping. Enabling protocol encryption usually avoids this.

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Thanks for the tip
by 3rdalbum / October 28, 2006 1:06 PM PDT

Thanks for the tip. I was uploading to at least one other person at the same time, and I've had fast downloads on Bittorrent before, but I'll try opening port 6881 and seeing if that helps.

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by Owyn / October 28, 2006 10:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Thanks for the tip

The mileage may vary on that (port open / forwarded) tip.

First, it usually only applies when you are behind a NAT router.

Second, if you get good speeds from other torrents then you are probably set up properly.

Third, 6881 is the "classic" Bittorrent in-bound port. Depending on your client it could be set to something else, even random at start. There is usually a preference and test setting for the port in your BT client.

Using protocol encryption to avoid traffic shaping is safe but is not a cure all. However, if there are a lot of nodes in the swarm and your speed is low, then it is definitely worth testing. I have been using it since it became available.

Anyway, BT is usually a great way to get a new distro shortly after release. It is quickly seeded and most Penguin heads are pretty good about leaving seeds around for a while after download complete.

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(NT) (NT) Lots of mirrors now. Speed should be fine.
by Owyn / October 27, 2006 10:24 PM PDT
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Ubuntu update is 'Edgy' on boot speed
by Owyn / October 26, 2006 2:49 AM PDT

"Edgy Eft also comes with the newest version 2.6 of the Gnome graphical user interface; fans of the KDE alternative can use a variant called Kubuntu.

The new Linux product also includes Firefox 2.0, released Wednesday, and two applications that use Novell's Mono software foundation: Tomboy, for taking notes, and F-Spot, for sorting, tagging and uploading photos. It also includes version 2.8 of the Evolution e-mail software."

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Hmmm. That review was just a paraphrase of
by Owyn / October 26, 2006 3:09 AM PDT
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