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Canonical/Ubuntu-Related Links for September-October 2013

Posted in News Roundup at 4:22 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • Canonical/Ubuntu

    • The state of XMir
    • More FUD Bites The Dust

      Remember the “GNU/Linux costs more…” FUD from M$ and sycophants? Here’s what the French National Police found:
      “Part of the TCO reduction comes in upfront costs: savings on licences and cost of licence access, and, when it comes to hardware purchasing, the force can buy desktops without an OS already installed, saving €100 or so per PC.

      However, the savings aren’t just from software licences costs: the change has also meant a reduction in local tech support needed, while Canonical charges the organisation €1 per machine per year to provide support.”

    • Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) review: Smart Scopes in, Mir out

      With the Mir display server failing to make the cut, Ubuntu 13.10, rather than being a stepping-stone on the way to form-factor convergence with 14.04, seems more like an obligatory release.

    • Quantal, raring, saucy…

      Saucy, now officially known as Ubuntu 13.10, is a wonderful achievement by a very large and diverse collection of teams and individuals. Each of us is motivated by something different – in fact, we might have very different visions of what the ideal desktop looks like or what the default set of applications should be. But we manage, in the spirit of ubuntu, to work together to make something wonderful like 13.10, which serves the needs and goals of a very large number of people and communities.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 review: The Linux OS of the future remains a year away

      As the user types a search query in the Dash, the partial query is transmitted to Canonical’s servers, which will analyze the input and decide what to present. The new backend uses a number of heuristics to attempt to find the most relevant results to send back to the user. Some of the Internet sources that the new backend can tap include Github, reddit, Wikipedia, Flickr, Google News, The Weather Channel, and Yelp.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’ Final has been released! | Installation Instructions With Screenshots

      Finally, the most expected distribution in Linux World, Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’ final has been released, there is no official release announcement yet, but the download page of Saucy has been updated with the final packages. Just like most of you, We also expected it very long. This awesome distribution has come with plenty of new features and improvements.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander
    • Canonical steals Windows 8.1′s thunder with Ubuntu 13.10 release

      LINUX DISTRIBUTOR Canonical has announced its free Ubuntu 13.10 Linux operating system (OS) release, which is available for both PCs and smartphones from today.

    • Download Ubuntu 13.10 Manual Ahead of Official Release
    • Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux 13.10 Brings Few Changes to Desktop
    • Ubuntu 13.10: OpenStack Havana Support, Cloud, Server Updates

      Ubuntu 13.10 for servers and the cloud will feature OpenStack Havana, new deployment tools and other updates aimed at enhancing the scalability of the Linux-based operating system.

    • Ubuntu 13.10: It just works

      Find out why Jack Wallen thinks that Ubuntu 13.10 is a solid, reliable platform that just works. Do you agree?

    • Ubuntu Phone 13.10: The Runway Is Clear For Mir

      While the Ubuntu 13.10 release is just over one week away, Mir still hasn’t officially landed in the Ubuntu Phone images as the new display server. There’s been some bugs but it looks like it will now be landing rather soon.

    • Ubuntu Spotted on Merc’s Driverless Research Car [Video]

      Google’s now-famous driverless cars initiative seems to have kick-started a new kind of war. Various manufacturers are fighting tooth and nail to bring the most advanced driverless car technology to the market as fast as they can. But what’s even more intriguing to me was the presence of Ubuntu, first on Google’s driverless cars, and now here, on this Mercedes-Benz driverless research car. Autonomous long-distance drive technology demonstration on a Merc.

    • Canonical Gears Up to Release Ubuntu 13.10

      Canonical announced that the next version of Ubuntu for server and cloud environments will be released on 17 October.

    • Canonical’s Saucy Salamander gives Ubuntu some speed

      Canonical continues to make the Ubuntu server edition speedier and more versatile in cloud environments.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 Review: A great Linux desktop gets better

      Ubuntu 13.10 may not be the most exciting desktop Linux, but it is very solid and contains many useful new features.

    • Mir Finally Turned On For Ubuntu Touch 13.10

      After a few days of wrangling, the very latest Ubuntu Touch images have the Mir Display Server replacing Android’s SurfaceFlinger.

    • Top Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 13.10 ‘Saucy Salamander’
    • Ubuntu 13.10 vs. Ubuntu 13.04: Reasons to Upgrade

      Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) is scheduled for launch on October 17, but users of the previous operating systems from Canonical are wondering why they should upgrade at all, given the fact that the new one doesn’t seem to have too many features.

    • Inside the Ubuntu 13.10 Linux ‘Saucy Salamander’ Linux Desktop

      The open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, which in recent years has become one of the most popular distributions, is about to get a major update. On Oct. 17, Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Ubuntu project, will release Ubuntu 13.10, also referred to as the “Saucy Salamander,” with new desktop, server and cloud-facing features. On the desktop, the Saucy Salamander does not mark a dramatic visual departure from its predecessor, Ubuntu 13.04, also known as the “Raring Ringtail.” The 13.10 desktop does, however, benefit from a new Smart Scopes feature, which provides a unified search capability across local and network drives, as well search results from other user-definable online locations. With the Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu has also merged security and privacy settings into one system, making it easier to control and manage. In addition, the new Ubuntu release benefits from the recent Linux 3.11 kernel, providing improved performance and stability. For cloud users, Ubuntu 13.10 includes the latest OpenStack Havana release, as well as improvements to the Ubuntu Juju service orchestration system. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the features packed into the Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander release.

    • Would It Be a Disaster If Ubuntu Ceased to Exist?

      Over the past few years Ubuntu has become somewhat divided from the rest of the Linux community and it could easily be renamed “Linux Marmite,” as you either love it or hate it.

    • Ubuntu, Knee-Deep in the Big Muddy

      Criticism gives you two main choices: either you can learn from it, or ignore it and keep on with what you are doing. Sadly, with the introduction of Smart Scopes on to the dash, Ubuntu 13.10 is mostly opting to ignore criticism, pushing ahead with changes that few seem to want and violating Unity’s original design principles in favor of contradictory new ones.

    • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 337

      Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #337 for the week September 30 – October 6, 2013, and the full version is available here.

    • Karma Machine: An Example of Ubuntu App Convergence
    • Meet Ubuntu Classic Distro, Ubuntu 13.04 Reimagined Without Unity – Screenshot Tour

      Users who wanted Ubuntu without Unity can now try a new distribution called Ubuntu Classic that provides all the features, without any of the Unity components.

    • XMir update for Ubuntu 13.10

      While we are on track to successfully deliver Mir for Ubuntu on smartphones, we are unfortunately not going to be able to deliver Mir + XMir + Unity 7 as the default experience on the desktop.

    • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 336
    • Ubuntu pre-installed and in retail worldwide

      In the early days of Ubuntu, it was always a challenge to promote an OS that was so new and little known to the market; we were often asked ‘Ubun what…?”! Over the years, Canonical has grown rapidly, has innovated even faster and the community has spread the word all across the globe. Today, with over 25 million users, Ubuntu is now a safe and perfect choice for customer, offering a stylish and intuitive interface that is fast, secure.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 final beta: Ubuntu for smartphones is almost here

      There are lots of interesting things ahead for Ubuntu desktop users in the next release, but what’s really going to be important is how well Ubuntu does on the smartphone.

    • Re-Energizing LoCo Teams

      I believe that in the entire history of Ubuntu we are at the most exciting time we have ever experienced.

    • Installing Ubuntu
    • GLAMOR Acceleration Makes It Into Ubuntu 13.10

      One week after writing about the sad state of RadeonSI / GLAMOR support in Ubuntu 13.10, the GLAMOR EGL library has made it through the Saucy Salamander’s queue and landed into the archive for next month’s Ubuntu 13.10 release.

    • How to get the best out of Ubuntu on Nexus 7

      I have been using Ubuntu Touch 13.10 as a daily driver on my Nexus 7 for about two and a half months now. There are a few minor hiccups and setbacks, but I can honestly say that it has improved drastically from the original MWC Demo.

    • Building an Ubuntu App Developer Advocacy Community

      I have talked in the past about how critical I feel app developers are to the Ubuntu convergence story. If developers can go from idea to implementation to publishing quickly and easily, it will make the overall Ubuntu platform more attractive and featureful for users, partners, OEMs, carriers and more.

    • Powerful New Ubuntu PC Unveiled By System76

      A powerful new Ubuntu PC has been revealed by Linux computer company System76.

    • Book review: The Official Ubuntu Server Book (3rd edition)

      All in all, I was very happy with the book. It takes some difficult subjects and boils them down nicely, giving the reader a way to quickly get services up and running. The miscellaneous tips provided are quite useful and will probably save readers a good deal of time over the course of a career. Server administration sometimes comes across as a dark art and it is nice to see a book which so thoroughly shines a light onto the subject. Whether you are studying to become a system administrator or just looking to set up a server at home to handle personal e-mail, I think this is a good text to get newcomers started.

    • Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu Touch Launch Date: Oct. 17

      Will Canonical offerings for PCs, smartphones, tablets catch on?

    • Lightweight Ubuntu Software Center Alternative `AppGrid` Now Available For Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10

      AppGrid, the lightweight (but proprietary) Ubuntu Software Center alternative which we covered recently, was updated yesterday and it should now work on Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10. Initially, the application was only available for Ubuntu 13.04.

    • Ubuntu on Windows Azure gets Juju DevOps

      Want a really easy orchestration tool for Ubuntu on Microsoft’s Azure cloud? It’s here now with Ubuntu Juju.

    • Playing with Coder (on Ubuntu)
    • Full Circle Magazine #77 has arrived!

      Full Circle – the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
      are proud to announce the release of our seventy seventh issue.

    • Ubuntu Linux 13.10 Preview: Docking With Mir

      Ubuntu continues to push the envelope and aggravate the community with each new release. In this newest version, there aren’t any “Unity” type changes to the UI, but one of the more controversial changes in recent memory is just about ready for prime time as they change the underlying Window Manager to “Mir”. Let’s take a quick look at that and some of the other changes from version 13.04 to 13.10.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Final Beta released

      The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 13.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 Beta Review

      The distro before the LTS comes with some new toys in the shape of Canonical’s display server Mir. Is it a sign of good things to come?

    • Ubuntu 13.10 Beta Downloads Go Live – This Is What’s New

      The final beta of Ubuntu 13.10 has been made available for download.

    • Ubuntu 13.04 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 In A VMware VM

      After showing improved performance with the new VMware Fusio 6, are there any upgrades in moving virtual machines from Ubuntu 13.04 to the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 13.10?

      As the latest Phoronix benchmarks to deliver, after I finished that VMware Fusion 6.0.0 testing on Ubuntu 13.04 from the Haswell-based MacBook Air system, I upgraded to Ubuntu 13.10 to see if there’s any performance improvements to find with the 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” packages over 13.04 stable.

    • Ubuntu 13.10 “Saucy Salamander” screen shot preview

      Ubuntu 13.10 , code-named Saucy Salamander, is set to hit a download mirror near you sometime next month. But that won’t happen until major bugs have been fixed.

    • Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Will Not Include GNOME 3.10

      Along with the release of Ubuntu 13.10 Final Beta, Canonical also unveiled the second and final Beta version for the upcoming Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Linux operating system.

    • Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation

      On the surface, based on the second beta just released, Ubuntu 13.10 is shaping up to be a solid, if slightly dull, Linux distro.

    • PicUntu 4.4.3 brings Ubuntu Linux to devices with RK3188 quad-core chips

      Have an Android tablet or TV box with a Rockchip RK3188 processor, and wish it ran a desktop operating system rather than a mobile OS? A new build of PicUntu is available, bringing the full Ubuntu Linux experience to devices with RK3188 processors.

    • Xubuntu 13.10 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
    • Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Beta 1 Screenshot Tour
    • The Elementary Desktop

      Dobbie03 submitted his desktop to our Desktop Showcase, which is what you should do if you want your desktop featured here! All you have to do is post a nice big screenshot of your work to your kinja blog (the one that came with your commenter account), and include links to the wallpaper, widgets, skins, and tools you used to customize it!

    • Canonical Says It’s Not Ignoring Ubuntu Desktop Because of Ubuntu Touch

      Canonical has assured its community that the Ubuntu desktop version is not lagging behind the Ubuntu Touch and that they are just aiming towards complete convergence.

    • Thoughts on Mir and the community

      I, for one, am looking forward to comparing Wayland, Mir and X over the coming year to see which one best serves my needs. When we have options we all win.

    • Who is the Ubuntu Community Council?

      As we come up on just a few more days left to submit nominations for the Ubuntu Community Council, I thought I’d take a few minutes to write about my experiences on the council for the past 4 years (and 2 more if you’ll have me!) and why I highly encourage others to nominate themselves of folks in the community who they feel are qualified.

    • Flavours and Variants

      • Elementary OS 0.2 Luna – now that’s more like it1

        Elementary OS 0.2 Luna is a linux distro that has become quite popular recently. It is based on Ubuntu and designed to look somewhat like a mac. There have been many attempts to get a mac like feel on the linux desktop and Pear OS is the most significant one. However all of them fall short somewhere or the other.

      • And the winner is…

        1. Muelle by Manuel Puentes with 1261 Votes (15%)
        2. Two Jack Lake by C Ayers with 1050 Votes (12%)
        3. A Winter Magic by Luciash D’Being with 1033 Votes (12%)
        4. Smolikas by George Blades Voulgarakis with 923 Votes (11%)
        5. Moody by Robert Wicek with 813 Votes (10%)

      • Multimedia Production Studio ArtistX 1.5 Distro Is Based on Ubuntu 13.04

        ArtistX 1.5, an Ubuntu-based distribution that aims to enable artists and creators from a number of fields to work via a live and free environment, has just been released.

      • New Bodhi Linux Arrives after Six Months with New Schedule

        Just when things were looking pretty dull today, I spotted an exciting tidbit of news. Jeff Hoogland announced a new release of Bodhi Linux today, September 12, 2013. It’s been six months since 2.3.0 was released and today’s announcement addresses that and future plans as well.

      • MintBox 2 ships with Core i5 and Linux Mint 15
      • Linux Mint 15 ‘Olivia’ with MATE Desktop Environment [Overview & Screenshots]

        Each Linux Mint release usually offers four flavors, to say nothing about LMDE: Mint Cinnamon, Mint MATE, Mint KDE and Mint Xfce. The MATE edition is based around a desktop environment forked from GNOME 2, featuring a similar interface and a familiar user interaction experience. MATE started as a need of some users to have the classic GNOME 2.x interface once GNOME 3 was released with huge interface changes. MATE does offer a classic, solid and familiar interface, and it also provides a compositing window manager for graphical effects and transparency.

      • Pear OS 8 Beta 3 Is Now Available for Testing

        On October 3, David Tavares has announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the third and last Beta release of the upcoming Pear OS 8 Linux operating system.

      • Why I’m excited for Linux Mint 16, even though I don’t like Mint

        Every six months, my world gets thrown into a state of pure, blissful chaos.

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