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Links: Ubuntu/Canonical in January 2014

Posted in News Roundup, Ubuntu at 11:16 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: News from the past couple of weeks, touching on the different parts or projects at Canonical




  • Ubuntu 13.04 Received Its Last Major Kernel Update

    A few days before the announcement for the end of life of Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), Canonical has released the last major update of its soon to be unsupported Ubuntu operating system, fixing no more than nine vulnerabilities discovered by various developers in the upstream kernel packages.

  • Ubuntu 12.04 Is More Secure Than Windows 8 and Mac OS X, Says UK Government

    The UK government now says that Ubuntu 12.04 is the safest operating system available, way ahead of Windows 8 and Mac OS X.

    The Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG) is the UK National Technical Authority for information assurance and they’ve done a series of tests to find out what is the most secure operating system available for the governmental apparatus.

    The security assessment made by CESG included the following categories: VPN, Disk Encryption, Authentication, Secure Boot, Platform Integrity and Application Sandboxing, Application Whitelisting, Malicious Code Detection and Prevention, Security Policy Enforcement, External Interface Protection, Device Update Policy, Event Collection for Enterprise Analysis, and Incident Response.

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  • Previewing Canonical’s New Icons for Ubuntu Linux
  • Top 13 developments of Ubuntu in 2013
  • Will Ubuntu dominate tablets in 2014?

    Tech Republic has five reasons why an Ubuntu tablet could do quite well in 2014.

  • What to expect from Ubuntu in 2014

    You won’t see an Ubuntu Edge at CES this week. Ubuntu’s parent company, Canonical, raised $12.8-million on Indiegogo to develop and build this Ubuntu Linux/Android-powered Ubuntu Edge combination smartphone and PC, but it still fell far short of its $32 million goal. So what?

  • Ubuntu hints at full convergence and semi rolling updates

    In an interview with PCpro that it was revealed by Mark Shuttleworth that Canonical is now leading the race for full convergence across all devices and architectures. There is also a possibility of shifting over from bi-annual releases to semi-rolling releases as mobile users are accustomed to updates being released ‘whenever’ they’re ready by the maintainers.

  • Ubuntu 12.04.4 Officially Arrives on February 6

    Canonical has confirmed that the next point release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) will be available on February 6.

    The company has postponed by two weeks the release of the fourth maintenance build, but now the release date has been confirmed and set in stone.

  • Ubuntu 13.10 – The “Marmite” Linux Operating System

    Ubuntu is the “Marmite” operating system within the Linux community. You either love it or hate it.

  • Ubuntu 13.04 Reaches End of Life on January 27, Get Ubuntu 13.10

    Adam Conrad has announced earlier today, January 7, that the Ubuntu 13.04 Linux operating system, also known as Raring Ringtail among its fans, will reach end of life (EOL) on Monday, January 27, 2014, as Canonical will no longer provide security/critical fixes and software updates for it.

  • Ubuntu developer builds Pirate Bay torrent search into operating system

    Torrent search would be added to Ubuntu’s Dash, a central tool that lets users search files and applications on their desktop as well as online sources like Amazon or Wikipedia. The search tool prototype uses the Pirate Bay as a data source. It may be modified to filter out pirated content, but users can change the filters to suit their desires. It’s also possible that a future version could use a different data source.

  • Ubuntu In 2014

    2013 was a phenomenal year for Ubuntu. It is difficult to believe that it was just a year ago today that we announced Ubuntu for phones. Since then we have built and released the first version of Ubuntu for phones complete with core apps, delivered Mir in production on the phone, built a vastly simplified and more powerful new app delivery platform complete with full security sand-boxing, created a powerful smart scopes service to bring the power of native search and online content to devices, delivered a new SDK with support for QML, HTML5, and Scopes, built an entirely new developer.ubuntu.com, created extensive CI and testing infrastructure to ensure quality as we evolve our platform, shipped two desktop releases, extended the charm store, delivered Juju Gui, spun up multiple clouds with Juju, and much more.

  • Introducing Ubuntu Unity for Arch Linux

    Back in June, we were ready to announce the immediate availability for download of a new Linux distribution, called Unity-for-Arch, which used Ubuntu’s Unity user interface on a basic Arch Linux Live CD.

  • Linux distro Ubuntu enables SSD TRIM support by default

    The popular Linux distribution Ubuntu will enable TRIM support for SSDs by default in its upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support (LTS) release. For those unfamiliar with what TRIM is, it is a command the OS instructs to the drive to wipe invalid flash blocks when they are no longer needed.

  • Hurrah for SSD fans! Ubuntu 14.04 will have TRIM turned on


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