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Ubuntu’s Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) is still six weeks away from release. However, on the eve of the first beta release, the daily builds and news releases suggest that Lucid will be one of the most innovative versions of Ubuntu for several years.

Scheduled as a Long Term Support release that will be supported for three years on the desktop and five on the server, Lucid also shows Ubuntu pressing hard toward well-defined goals.

More than any release in several years, Lucid shows signs of clear direction, as Ubuntu continues to round off its roster of basic applications, adapts to current usability trends, and pushes harder towards commercialization.

In addition to the first beta, a second beta and a release candidate are due before the final release. However, in between these official releases, you can also download a daily build any time that you want the very latest developments. The stability of all these builds may vary, although generally Lucid has been stable since the first alpha, despite some error messages during boot-up.

Early in Lucid’s development cycle, the Ubuntu Development Summit announced that The GIMP would be dropped from the default selection of software installed. Since The GIMP is widely considered an example of excellence in free software, the announcement created some controversy, but the decision was in keeping with Ubuntu’s general priorities. Not only does The GIMP take up considerable space on a CD, but, more importantly, its features far exceed what beginning users could need.

Ubuntu has previously shown the same priorities in favoring Brassero or Nautilus’ built-in CD burning features to the more complete feature set of CD burners like GNOMEBaker. Similarly, F-Spot, Ubuntu’s default photo editor, while well-designed and easy to use, has a far smaller feature set than digiKam, its equivalent on the KDE desktop.

Lacking the GIMP, Lucid offers users’s Draw, a simpler and often under-rated application that is already included on the CD. In other places, the same priority has been applied, with PiTiVi being offered for audio-visual editing rather than a large or more complex tool line Cinelerra, and Simple Scan instead of XSane.

Perhaps for lack of space, Cheese, the webcam operator is not included, but with these selections, Ubuntu now offers a well-rounded set of tools that are among the easiest to use in their categories.

The question is whether — or perhaps how long — such basic tools will meet the needs of users, and how aware users can become of the alternatives in the Ubuntu software repositories. The selection may also be unsatisfying for experienced users, who will now have to do added software installation in order to get the applications they expect.

One of the chief goals in Lucid is to reduce the boot time of Linux to ten seconds on the test machines used by Canonical, Ubuntu’s commercial arm. This is a goal that is probably of only moderate interest to experienced users, many of whom still pride themselves on how long their computers have been running without rebooting, but probably appeals to new users as a proof of technical excellence.

A major tool to help reach this goal, is Plymouth, a graphical boot process first introduced a couple of releases ago in Fedora, Ubuntu’s closest rival. However, currently, Lucid is still taking about twenty-five seconds to boot on my test machine — less than two-thirds the time of Karmic Koala, Ubuntu’s previous release, but still some ways from the target time.

In Lucid, Ubuntu is also responding to the growing importance of social networking. Instead of making the browser take over some of the role of the traditional desktop, the way that Google’s Chrome OS does, Ubuntu has opted instead for bringing the social networking tools to the desktop, much as KDE does with its social desktop.

In Lucid, the MeMenu, the GNOME panel applet that identifies the current user, now lists your online status — Available, Away, Busy, Invisible, Offline — as top level menu items. You can also use the MeMenu to open Gwibber, an application for centrally managing, viewing, and responding to social networking accounts, or to log into Ubuntu One’s online storage.

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx’s Memenu

In the drive towards usability, Lucid is also reaching back to revive the idea of including a manual. This is an idea that has hardly been heard of since the Dot-Com Era, when companies tried to sell Linux in retail boxes. Yet it is an obvious one for a distribution that hopes to attract large numbers of new desktop users. The Ubuntu manual is not shipped with the beta, and is currently just under two-thirds complete, but is available as a PDF download.

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2024 Lucid Air Revealed

2024 Lucid Air revealed – Tesla-rival EV makes expensive debut

Lucid Motors has revealed the production 2023 Lucid Air, the luxury electric sedan with which it aims to go head-to-head with Tesla and the rest of auto industry. Variously teased, previewed, and promised since Lucid first took us for a ride in its Air prototype all the way back in 2024, the Air will eventually be priced at under $80,000, the automaker promises, though the first examples will cost significantly more.

Production will kick off later in 2023, with deliveries of the first Lucid Air models expected to start in spring 2023. Lucid will kick off with the 2023 Air Dream Edition, a limited-volume – and fully-loaded – example of the EV. That will be priced at $169,000 before the US federal tax credit and any other incentives.

Your money gets you 1,080 horsepower from dual electric motors, with all-wheel drive as standard. It’s enough for 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, putting the Air into legitimate hypercar territory, and a top speed of 168 mph. The quarter mile, Lucid says, takes 9.9 seconds with a speed of 144 mph.

Whether luxury sedan owners actually want to go drag racing – or just want drag-brag rights – is questionable, and happily Lucid is promising more than just making the Air go fast in a straight line. With its standard battery pack it’ll have an EPA estimated range 465 miles with the striking 21-inch AeroDream wheels, or 503 miles if you go for the optional 19-inch versions.

That battery charges with DC fast charger support, and Lucid is claiming that the Air will be the fastest charging EV ever offered when it goes on sale. Figure on up to 20 miles of range being added per minute on a suitably-potent charger, or 300 miles in 20 minutes. Lucid has partnered with Electrify America for a turnkey charging network in the US, and Air owners will get free charging at those locations.

In the cabin, the driver gets a 34-inch curved “Glass Cockpit 5K” display suspended over the dashboard, with retractable “Pilot Panel” center console that slides out like an iPad. Unlike some rivals, Lucid isn’t entirely averse to physical interfaces, with steering wheel controls that look like ribbed turbines, a roller for audio system volume, and alloy toggle switches for the climate control.

If you’d rather control things by voice, there’s native Amazon Alexa support integrated into the infotainment system. That supports the usual functionality familiar from smart speakers, like streaming music and smart home control, but also localized control of the EV’s features such as the HVAC and navigation. It’s integrated with the dashboard display for visual feedback, and Lucid says there’ll be new functionality added over time via the Air’s integrated data connection.

With a price tag of $161,500 even after the federal tax credit, the 2023 Air Dream Edition certainly isn’t a cheap car. It’ll be offered in Stellar White, Infinite Black, or a Dream Edition-exclusive Eureka Gold finish on the outside; inside, there’ll be an exclusive “Santa Monica” themed trim. That will combine full Nappa grain Bridge of Weir leather and silvered eucalyptus wood, with the 21-inch wheels on the outside.

Unsurprisingly, Lucid does have plans for other, more affordable versions of the car. The 2023 Air Grand Touring will come next, in mid-2024. It’ll be priced from $139,000 before credits and incentives, and should be your pick if you want maximum range. Lucid is predicting up to 517 miles of EPA range from the EV, which will also have 800 horsepower. That’ll be enough for a 3.0 second 0-60 mph time, and a top speed of 168 mph.

Following that is the Air Touring, from $95,000. It’ll have 406 miles of range, Lucid estimates, and 620 horsepower. 0-60 mph still only takes 3.2 seconds, with a 155 mph top speed. Expect it in Q4 2023. Finally, there’ll be the promised “below $80,000” version of the Air. That won’t arrive until sometime in 2023, with all of its specifications – bar the same support for speedy DC fast-charging – yet to be announced.

On the one hand, it’s easy to downplay the relevance of another high-end electric car. As we’ve seen from Tesla, it’s easy to promise cheaper variants on day one, but a whole lot tougher actually delivering on that. Lucid’s strategy, to deliver its most expensive Air models first and then progressively scale the price tag down, makes business sense but – if 2023 has taught us anything – reality can easily upend even the best of plans.

Still, with the Model S looking increasingly old in the tooth, and more mainstream automakers still working on their luxury electric portfolios, the Air isn’t without its merits. Nor is it going to be alone in Lucid Motors’ portfolio, with the company already teasing its upcoming SUV.

Should You Upgrade To Ubuntu 14.04?

Linux distributions like Ubuntu are release based, which means when a new version rolls out, everyone rushes to upgrade. Many folks do this without a care in the world, believing that if the previous version worked great then the latest version should also be free of bugs.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. In this article, I’ll explore the benefits and downsides to upgrading to a brand new release of Ubuntu. Plus, I’ll offer up some critical considerations to remember, so you can avoid jumping into an upgrade with both eyes closed.

With Ubuntu upgrades, I’ve found the only time you should consider upgrading is if you meet one of the following criteria:

New hardware supported by the new release. Perhaps the latest kernel supports hardware you own is supported, but the previous release/kernel isn’t.

New software release available. Sometimes Ubuntu’s latest release has a new version of a needed application that presents a bug fix or new features not found in the previous release.

Broken installation in need of repair. This is a common situation when upgrading to the latest release of Ubuntu makes a lot of sense. Since the repair installation has to take place anyway, you might as well install the latest version available.

Migrating from one LTS release to the current one. Upgrading an installation of Ubuntu LTS to the most current one will extend long term support. This is perhaps the single biggest reason to upgrade, as staying current with the longer term support is critical to many businesses and institutions.

Despite my examples above, there are some individuals who will upgrade to the latest Ubuntu version for no other reason than it might offer a new experience. I hate to break the bad news, folks, but outside of some mild speed improvements and other behind the scenes polish, Ubuntu 14.04 isn’t going to feel that different. See, the 14.04 release isn’t designed to be a bleeding edge feature release. This means if you’re looking for cutting edge features, keep waiting, this release isn’t it.

There are a number of Ubuntu users out there who happen to believe sticking with an older release for another few months is a good idea. I happen to be among them, baring the exceptions listed above. The reason is that there will be various bug fixes and issues being addressed during this period. It happens with every Ubuntu release, so sticking with a working installation for just a bit longer does have its benefits.

While I use a variety of distros these days, I still own an Ubuntu box. The approach I’ve always used when holding off on upgrading to the new release goes something like this:

Test the new release Live Environment via a USB flash drive. If this proves to be successful, I’ll then take the leap and install it to a USB hard drive for additional testing.

Install and test critical applications that I rely on. This is usually where most of the “surprises” I find with distro upgrades tend to crop up. Usually the issues discovered are software libraries (libs) that haven’t caught up to the latest release yet. For example, a new release of an application isn’t offered, yet a dependency library has been updated, thus breaking the application under the new Ubuntu release. While I acknowledge this is both rare and NOT Ubuntu’s fault, it’s a potential break in my work flow.

Watch for updates to see if any issues have been resolved. Whether the issue is a bug or a library update that outpaced a legacy application not found in the standard Ubuntu repositories, usually frequent updating will resolve the issue at hand. For example, the legacy app’s PPA updates, making the application work with the new release of Ubuntu.

After weighing the benefits versus the potential for inviting new issues that may yet to be worked out, you may very well decide that you want the cutting edge version of Ubuntu. Before jumping in blindly to the upgrade process, be sure to do the following first.

Backup your home directory. Without question, this one act can save you more frustration than anything else. While you should be completely safe upgrading Ubuntu, and using the default partition layout, accidents can happen.

Lose the “But it’s never happened before” mindsest. Seriously, it astounds me how people will exclaim that upgrading has always gone smoothly for them, therefore any kind of caution is just paranoid behavior. Taking responsibility for your data isn’t paranoia, it’s called common sense.

Purge old files with care. I’d say 99.9% of the time the Ubuntu upgrade tool suggests you purge a set of files, it’s completely in the right. However I’ve personally experienced that 00.1% of instances where it actually screwed something up, leaving me to fix the issue manually later.

Why You Should Use Ubuntu Lts

One of the most common issues I see among newer Linux users is the desire to upgrade their distribution needlessly to a new bleeding-edge version. This is especially true with those who use Ubuntu and its derivatives. In this article, I’ll explain why most people would be much better off sticking to stable distribution releases that have been “in the wild” for six months or longer.

I’ll be among the first to toss a brand spanking new release of my favorite distro onto a test rig. It’s fun getting to see what’s new. But to do this blindly with a production box is just asking for trouble. To be fair, I’ve had perhaps three show-stopping issues with Ubuntu-based derivatives – ever. By show-stopping, I mean issues that nothing I did provided me with a workaround solution to a serious bug.

I’ve had oodles of minor issues that were fixable but also proved to be a time suck when stacked on top of one another. Ten minutes here, twenty minutes there — after a while I found that using bleeding-edge releases wasn’t really where I wanted to spend my time. To be clear, these issues were incredibly minor, and for most folks would be annoying at most. But I have a desktop experience I like and changes to it bother me deeply.

This also meant that “rolling release” distros weren’t a good fit for my desktop expectations either. Unlike fixed releases, rolling releases have both bug fixes and new bugs with greater speed and frequency because updates happen more often. These issues aren’t insurmountable, but making “minor tweaks” every few days wasn’t a great match for my desktop needs.

So who should upgrade to the latest release of Ubuntu and its derivatives? Certainly not most people in my opinion. Unless you purchasing bleeding-edge hardware on a regular basis or find a bug in a desktop environment that is fixed in a newer release, most people should stick to what’s currently working.

To be completely clear – do try out the latest and greatest, but don’t do so on a production PC. For me, it’s simply a matter of how I want to spend my free time: Restore a previous distribution release or hang out with friends and family?

As a side note, one could argue that taking a snapshot of one’s current setup would allow them to have their cake and eat it too. I’d argue that would require one to take said snapshot accurately or configure their system to do so automatically…with a degree of accuracy. For many folks, this would be a leap of faith.

Over the years I’ve found that XFCE and GNOME 2 (now MATE) have provided me with the most bulletproof user experience. This has allowed me to stick with a Ubuntu LTS derivative longer because I’m not looking to “fix” desktop environment bugs that one might define as show-stopping.

I honestly can’t say the same of other desktop environments. I completely agree that KDE and GNOME 3 are very attractive, feature-rich desktop environments. However, I’ve also found over the years that they’re hit and miss in terms of issues that bother me. A bug here, a broken extension there. Sure, they are fixed a few months later, but they disrupt my expectation of how my desktop should function.

Now to be fair, I’ve had very positive KDE experiences with OpenSuSE Leap and PCLinuxOS. This makes sense as both of these distributions focus on stability. By contrast, KDE on bleeding-edge distros tends to be where I’ve experienced my hit-or-miss moments. Same with GNOME 3 – using it on a stable branch of Debian feels great, but using it on a freshly released distribution leaves me open to the common issue of “GNOME extension catch up.” This is a fun game where you install GNOME 3 and see which extensions have been disabled or broken with the desktop update. Again, some of you won’t care – others like myself depend on many of those extensions for a fluid desktop experience. The single worst offender with broken extensions after upgrading to a new release was Linux Mint with Cinnamon.

How To Install Sublime Text On Ubuntu

Sublime Text is one of the most popular text/code editors, and for good reason: you can extend its functionality by using hundreds of plug-ins. Let’s see how you can install Sublime Text on your Ubuntu-based distribution, enable Package Control, and install packages for your development needs.

Install Sublime Text on Ubuntu

In the past, to install Sublime Text, you had to download its package from its official site and install it the manual way. Unfortunately, this meant that whenever there was an update available, you had to repeat the process.

You might notice that this uses snap instead of apt. If you prefer to use the terminal, just enter the following command to install the Sublime Text snap package.






If you prefer “apt,” you will first have to add its repositories and security key:

The developer version demands this license from the get-go, so, as we said, don’t choose it if you neither have a specific need for it nor have bought a license for the application.

If you have paid for it and have no problem with unforeseen consequences, due to the somewhat unstable nature of the developer version, choose it with:


apt update

Finally, install the program itself with:





After its installation completes, you can now find Sublime Text in your Applications menu.

Installing Packages in Sublime Text

After it’s installed, visit Sublime Text’s “Command Palette.” To do that, use the Ctrl + Shift + P shortcut on your keyboard.

Now you’re ready to start installing extra packages to extend Sublime Text’s functionality. Start by typing “install” in the command palette.

Choose “Package Control: Install Package” from the list of available options. After that, select the package you wish from the hundreds available and press Enter.

The Command Palette allows you to filter down the package list as well to help in pinpointing the ones you want. For example, if you type “HTML,” the package list will show only packages with that term in their name.

After a package is installed, if it needs to inform you about something or allows you to tweak some options, a new “Package Control Messages” document might pop up in Sublime Text’s main interface. In most cases, if you don’t care about being informed of every aspect of the software you use and don’t want to get too granular with its configuration, you can safely ignore them.

There are so many packages available that we couldn’t realistically list all of them. This also means that whatever you need, it will be there available for you to install and use. This is what makes Sublime Text so useful.

Are you using Sublime Text? If not, what alternative did you choose and why? Do you have any suggestions for other plug-ins we missed?

Odysseas Kourafalos

OK’s real life started at around 10, when he got his first computer – a Commodore 128. Since then, he’s been melting keycaps by typing 24/7, trying to spread The Word Of Tech to anyone interested enough to listen. Or, rather, read.

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How To Disable Lock Screen In Ubuntu

If you’re the only one using your computer, there’s no point in having a lock/login screen. Let’s take a look at how you can disable the lock screen in Ubuntu and have a login-free experience when using your Ubuntu desktop.

The Two Paths to the Lock Screen

While using Ubuntu, you meet the lock screen through two different paths. The first is during the initial boot, after which Ubuntu will ask you to choose your account and enter your password to enter your desktop. The second is after idling for a while. After some time, Ubuntu will blank your screen. After even more time, it will automatically lock the computer and display the login screen.

Enable Automatic Login

This will open the Users control subsection in Ubuntu’s Settings panel. You won’t be allowed to make any changes to your own account for security reasons.

Disable Automatic Screen Lock

The other tweak you have to do is the opposite. Instead of enabling, you want to disable a feature, the automatic return to the lock screen after some idle time. To find this option, don’t close the active Settings window. Instead, choose the search functionality on the top left and type “lock” in the search field.

Choose the Screen Lock page from the list on the left. Move to the panel with the settings that define what your computer should do after you stop using it for a while.

Disable the “Automatic Screen Lock” option so that after some inactivity, Ubuntu will only blank the screen but will not display the lock screen. This way, your screens will still turn off after you stop using your computer for a while, but you won’t have to reenter your password to resume your work.

We suggest you don’t do that, though, if you’re using a newer OLED panel or are using your PC as a media center connected to a Plasma TV. Both technologies (and especially Plasma screens) are more prone to burn-in. If they display the same thing for an extended period, the image will be “burned” into the screen, and you’ll still be able to see it even after the screen updates. The previous image will show as a transparent ghost over the new one. Usually, the problem fades after a while, but the more the same image is displayed, the more vivid and long-lasting the burn-in effect is.

Thus, it’s better if you don’t disable screen blanking altogether and disable the Automatic Screen Lock option instead.

After the above tweaks, the login screen will be old news, and you’ll probably never have to deal with it again – unless you want to. The next time you boot up your PC, you’ll be taken directly to your desktop.

The login screen/lock screen provides a false sense of security. You can secure your system without the lock screen by encrypting your hard disk. The system will then prompt you for a decryption password during bootup. In the event your hard disk is stolen, your data is still encrypted.

Odysseas Kourafalos

OK’s real life started at around 10, when he got his first computer – a Commodore 128. Since then, he’s been melting keycaps by typing 24/7, trying to spread The Word Of Tech to anyone interested enough to listen. Or, rather, read.

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