Monthly Archives: May 2008

Google Gears: No 64-bit version?

I’m disappointed to learn that “there are no plans for an official 64-bit version” of Google Gears.  Makes it hard to use Google Gears with a 64-bit Linux.  It’d also be nice if Google bothered to mention this in the system requirements, rather than burying the limitation in a discussion group.

Update: apparently there are ways to run Google Gears on 64-bit Linux.  I’ll have to check it out.

Ubuntu 8.04 Questions

Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.04 has been less smooth than I’d like, but I do like the improvements in the new release.

The Canonical partner repository for Ubuntu 8.04 is empty, except for the Opera browser. Why have a repository that is not maintained? The vmware-server packages in the repository for Ubuntu 7.10 haven’t been kept up to date. Canonical claims that Vmware is their premier partner for virtualization and that Vmware Server is available from the partner repository, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I know I can manually install the latest Vmware Server.

Canonical’s press release claims “Over 500 maintained and supported server packages, together with access to more than 20,000 additional components built for 8.04 LTS.” but there doesn’t seem to be any list of the server packages which are supported for five years.

Downloading the upgrade was a lot slower than previous updates.

I especially like the updates in Firefox 3 beta 5 and in the Evince document viewer.