This upgrade was released a day or 2 ago, and I thought I’ll give it a shot at upgrading using apt-get‘s distupgrade. The steps I used:

  1. sudo sed -e ’s/\sdapper/ edgy/g’ -i /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. sudo apt-get update
  3. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  4. sudo apt-get -f install
  5. sudo dpkg –configure -a
  6. Reboot.

Steps taken from Debian Admin.

The first step replaces all occurrences of ‘dapper’ with ‘edgy’ in the sources.list which has the list of repositories apt-get will use (e.g. I have mine pointed to my ISP’s FTP mirror instead), the next step updates the sources.list which is then followed by the upgrade. 5th and 6th step is to check that the process completes properly and the last step is pretty self explanatory.

Only issue I had with the upgrade was VMware Server stopped working, which I’ll probably have to reconfigure/reinstall it as I think some configuration stuff probably got overwritten.

Ubuntu’s documentation wiki has probably more comprehensive explanations on the upgrade steps as well as alternative upgrade choices.

Was released earlier today, and have just upgraded all spherebox hosted blogs. :) You can get the changed files zip only here.

Mozilla FirefoxOne of the more obvious user interface changes in this version of Firefox is the position of the close button for tabs. Practically all other web browsers with tabs have tab closing buttons on each tab as opposed to Firefox’s choice of having it at the extreme right of the tab row up until now. With version 2.0, the default close tab button position is now on each individual tab.

This is probably a good decision in a way, but after such a long time of using Firefox, I’ve been too accustomed to the close button being there and would rather not have that change (I use the scroll button to close tabs nowadays, but selectively closing multiple tabs with the ‘x’ at the end is pretty useful). Fortunately there’s a setting which can be easily changed to accommodate the behaviour you want.

Here are the steps to have the close button back at same position as pre-1.5 days:

  1. Type ‘about:config’ in the address bar.
  2. In the filter textbox that appears below, enter ‘browser.tabs.closeButtons’.
  3. Double click on the browser.tabs.closeButtons preference, and a message box should appear.
  4. Change the value to ‘3’ and click OK.

And you’re back with the close button at the same position as before the latest upgrade! You can easily revert to the default Firefox 2.0 behaviour by changing the value back to 1.


Firefox 2.0 default close tab behaviour

After change of value:

Firefox 2.0 modified close tab behaviour

Here are some other values you could use for that preference:

  • 0 – Display a close button on the active tab only
  • 1 – Display close buttons on all tabs (Default)
  • 2 – Don’t display any close buttons
  • 3 – Display a single close button at the end of the tab strip (Firefox 1.x behavior)

browser.tabs.closeButtons values and explanations taken from MozillaZine Knowledge Base.

Mozilla FirefoxUpdate: Now officially out with a restyled website as well!

Although not out officially via the main Mozilla Firefox site, it’s currently publicly available on the servers for you to download and get it installed!

If you’re interested in knowing the list of new features that comes with this version, check out this page.

Download here.

The latest version should be made available via the automatic software update function relatively soon.

Since googling didn’t work the last time I tried to find a fix, I went through M$‘s Windows Live Messenger’s newsgroup earlier today and actually found a fix to the problem I had! Here’s the fix which worked for me (Credit to Jonathan Yaniv for the steps below):

  1. Go to Start, run, then type “regedit”
  2. Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\microsoft\MSNMessenger\Policies
  3. Delete the key “”
  4. Then, try launching Windows Live Messenger again.

Apparently the full uninstallation I did the last time did not remove any of the messenger registry keys (I forgot to check on that either).

I guess you could say this is probably one of the very few M$ software which I would gladly choose to use over other alternative software. :P Do try out the excellent Messenger Plus! Live extension if you’re already using WLM (adds heaps of features like tabbed chats, etc). Just remember to refuse the installation of the sponsor program unless you want adware/spyware installed on your machine. ;)