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04.08.14

Ubuntu News: Community Management, Convergence, Criticism, and Imminent LTS Release

Posted in News Roundup at 3:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • Microsoft Copies Canonical’s Convergence Idea, Cripples It

    Canonical has been working on its vision of complete OS convergence for quite a while now and the first results have already appeared, but it seems that Microsoft is also trying to do the same and it has called it Universal Apps.

  • ​10 reasons why the Ubuntu Phone should be your next mobile device

    The Ubuntu Phone is set to launch this year. With more and more major players getting on board as hardware suppliers, you can bet the darling of Linux mobility will slowly find its way into every market imaginable. The big question mark is the US market. With Android and IOS having a stranglehold on US customers, can this new mobile platform make it? I firmly believe that the Ubuntu Phone not only can be your next mobile device, it should be. I’ll give you 10 reasons why.

  • New Ubuntu Touch App Switcher Looks Awesome

Server

  • Drag-and-Drop Cloud Orchestration with Ubuntu Juju

    No, they’re not kidding. As Sally Radwan, Canonical’s cloud product marketing manager, recently explained, “A few years ago, the cloud team at Canonical decided that the future of cloud computing lies not only in what clouds are built on, but what runs on it, and how quickly, securely, and efficiently those services can be managed. This is when Juju was born; our service orchestration tool built for the cloud and inspired by the way IT architects visualize their infrastructure: boxes representing services, connected by lines representing interfaces or relationships. Juju’s GUI simplifies searching, dragging and dropping a ‘Charm’ into a canvas to deploy services instantly.”

Integration

  • Ubuntu Complete Convergence Demonstrated with the Weather App

    “An example of Ubuntu convergence in action. Here you see the Weather Channel powered Ubuntu weather app first the size of a phone, then a tablet, then desktop, and the content all re-aligns to make the very best use of the space. We then shrink the app back down and everything continues to adjust. All from a single code base,” wrote Jono Bacon on Google+.

  • Ubuntu in your browser

    I remember, when the good folks at Canonical introduced the Ubuntu tour feature on their website, I wished for there to be a way to access my Ubuntu desktop via a browser for real. Although it is possible to use VNC clients to remotely access your Ubuntu desktop from anywhere including your Android phone, it would be sure good to be able to access your desktop from any computing device without having to install a client side application.

Ubuntu One

Criticism

  • Criticism Towards Canonical Is Mostly About FUD and Hidden Interests

    Canonical got a lot of flak over the years for the decisions regarding its Ubuntu operating system, some of them justified, but most were just unfair. The truth is not in the middle as you might think because there are much bigger interests at play.

  • Is Canonical as arrogant as Apple?

    Canonical has had a rocky relationship at times with the rest of the open source community. The company has sometimes gone in its own direction and rather blithely disregarded criticism from others in free software. Datamation takes a look at the root of Canonical’s problem and thinks that it’s more about relationships than it is about specific software issues.

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