Simmbook – an affordable $190 Business Netbook, with Ubuntu !

Behold! Simmtronics has launched its latest product, the Simmbook which is a netbook, priced at $190 only! The netbook is geared towards business users as it includes IBM Lotus Symphony, SmartWork client suite and various other IBM cloud-based services. The Netbook specs 10-inch display, Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, three-cell battery, and a 160GB hard drive.

Best of all, it comes with Ubuntu pre-installed.

ubuntu-ms: Let’s Translate Ubuntu into Malay language !

I’m writing about this topic because I see there’s still much to be done to localize Ubuntu (or GNU/Linux based operating system in general) into Malay, the official language of my home county, Malaysia.

As of this writing, the translated Malay strings in Ubuntu (Intrepid Ibex) is about 19%, and thus we need more aspiring users who are bilingual to help us translate Ubuntu (or Linux-base operating system in general). So in the near future, we can have Linux distro in our own national language.

How can I help to localized Ubuntu?

  • Easy! you can start by registering an account with
  • While still logged into join the Ubuntu-Translators group
  • Go to Launchpad Translations website, select the latest Ubuntu distributions.
  • Select Malay language, and then pick any project that you wish translate into Malay (ms).
  • Tips: To ensure faster translation, set the filter in “Translating” option to “untranslated items” as shown in the photo below.

What I can get by translating Ubuntu?

  • Sense of satisfaction that you’ve done your part in localizing a Linux distro in your country’s official language.
  • You can get your name on the list of credits on the application you’ve translated.
  • You can earn Karma! Karma is a point system given to active Ubuntu contributors.

    User with a lot of karma can get lots of Ubuntu freebies sent to their doorsteps! Plus you can request to be inducted as one of the Official Ubuntu Members just like our friends, Nicholas Ng and fenris-

  • What are you waiting for? Come and translate Ubuntu!

    Ubuntu Feisty Fawn is approaching end of life support

    Important announcement!

    Those who are still using Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) are advised to upgrade their distribution to later releases as it approaches end-of-life support, this October.

    What is end-of-life ?
    End of life means that the time where a product is no longer supported by its vendor. In case of Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn), it will no longer receive security updates and patches. Normally this would not cause problem to desktop computer, but if you are advised to patch your system as regularly as you can if you are connected to the internet to prevent malicious user from accessing your pc.

    Curious about how long other Ubuntu releases are being supported? you can refer here : Ubuntu Releases and end of life date

    Fancy Ubuntu Hardy Heron Shirt ?

    I found this shirt while surfing the Canonical Store

    The shirt is decorated with art based from the latest Ubuntu Hardy Heron wallpaper making it nice to be worn on LUG or Ubuntu meetups.

    Hardy Heron

    The downside is probably that once Intrepid Ibex comes out, the shirt would be the thing of yesterday, but rest assured as you can still wear it for other activities due to the generic nature of its design.

    As for me, I would consider one if the shirt is available on the local market

    Ubuntu Membership Board Asia and Oceania Region Meeting

    The Ubuntu Membership Asia and Oceania approval board is going to have a meeting on 10 June 2008 11:00 UTC time at #ubuntu-meeting ( server.

    Ubuntu Logo

    The main purpose of the meeting is to grant Ubuntu Community membership to new applicants from Asia and Oceania region. The benefits of being an Ubuntu commnity member are :

    • You will be allocated emails
    • Able to use ubuntu/member/your_nick cloak on Freenode IRC network
    • The right to print business card with Ubuntu logo
    • Syndication of your Ubuntu blog on Planet Ubuntu

    There are still time to apply to be accepted as Ubuntu Community member! Please read the Asia and Oceania Membership Approval Board wiki page for more information.

    p/s : My best wish to nbliang, I hope he will be accepted as Ubuntu Community Member on this round.