Back in 2010 I wrote a post about Canonical’s business direction, in response to something Bradley Kuhn had posted. Both he and I were worried about Canonical becoming reliant on an “open core” business model – worried not just from the perspective that it would dilute the principle of Ubuntu, but that frankly every time I have seen this executed before it has been a dismal failure.
The posts are worth re-reading in the context of Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement today that Ubuntu will be dropping a number of their in-house technologies and, more importantly, abandoning the explicit goal of convergence. I would also say, read the comments on the blogs – both Bradley and I found it deeply strange that Canonical wouldn’t follow the RHEL-like strategy, which we both thought they could execute well (and better than an open core one).
GNU Social is a social communication software for both public and private communications. It's a microblogging platform in which any person or group of people can run their own nodes of communication, and also connect these nodes to one another for intercommunication. It solves the ownership problem in both the literal and emotional sense: the code, being open source (AGPL), is owned by everyone, and the nodes themselves are so numerous that users can shop around to find a community that best suits them, or start a personal node.
GoboLinux developer Lucas Correia Villa Real announced the release of the first maintenance update to the GoboLinux 016 series, which was a major update of the independently developed Linux-based operating system.
Development of GoboLinux 016 started more than two years, and the major release brought a container-free filesystem virtualization tool called Runner and a daemon-free network manager called GoboNet. GoboLinux 016.01 is the first point release, coming only three and a half months after GoboLinux 016.
UBports' Marius Gripsgård is well known in the Ubuntu Phone community for porting Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to a bunch of devices that we wouldn't even dream to request from Canonical.
In early February, the developer announced that he and his team at UBports managed to successfully port Canonical's Ubuntu OS to the Fairphone 2 modular smartphone, joining the OnePlus One and Nexus 5 ports. Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Phone devices were showcased at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 in Barcelona.
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Univention GmbH, through Maren Abatielos, informs Softpedia today about the official release and immediate availability of the Univention Corporate Server 4.2 operating system.
Univention Corporate Server 4.2 entered developed in early February, and the biggest new change of this release is, of course, the switch to the latest Debian Stable repositories. In other words, the server-oriented operating system is now powered by the Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" series.
The Red Hat Enterprise Linux team, through John Terrill, informs Softpedia today, April 5, 2017, about the availability of the Beta releases of the upcoming Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 and Red Hat Developer Toolset 6.1 tools.
Designed for aspiring developers who want to create modern applications, Red Hat Software Collections 2.4 Beta delivers a set of new language additions that include nginx 1.10, Node.js 6, Ruby 2.4, Ruby on Rails 5.0, and Scala 2.10, along with the Apache 2.4, Apache Maven 3.3, Eclipse 4.6.2, Python 2.7, and Thermostat 1.6 updated runtime languages and databases.
Just two days after releasing the 0.8.5 maintenance update for the Flatpak 0.8 stable series of the open-source Linux application sandboxing and distribution framework, Alex Larsson publishes a new build from the 0.9 branch.
We still don't know if the Flatpak 0.9 series is a stable branch or not, but it's already been adopted by the developers of the Arch Linux and Solus operating systems. Flatpak 0.9.2 is here about 22 days after the first maintenance update in the new series, version 0.9.1.
Critical Xen hypervisor flaw endangers virtualized environments
A critical vulnerability in the widely used Xen hypervisor allows attackers to break out of a guest operating system running inside a virtual machine and access the host system's entire memory.
This is a serious violation of the security barrier enforced by the hypervisor and poses a particular threat to multi-tenant data centers where the customers' virtualized servers share the same underlying hardware.
Qubes OS, an operating system that uses Xen to isolate applications inside virtual machines, also put out an advisory warning that an attacker who exploits another vulnerability, for example inside a browser, can exploit this Xen issue to compromise the whole Qubes system.
- CentOS Linux 6.9 Drops Support for Insecure Cryptographic Algorithms & Protocols
Canonical Outs New Kernel Security Update for All Supported Ubuntu Releases
Canonical released earlier a new kernel security update for all supported Ubuntu Linux releases that appears to patch a vulnerability discovered recently in the upstream Linux kernel packages.
According to the Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3256-1 advisory, the system could be made to crash under certain conditions. The security issue (CVE-2017-7308) was discovered by Andrey Konovalov in Linux kernel's AF_PACKET implementation, which incorrectly validated some block-size data.
CloudLinux 7 Beta Kernel Released to Patch 2 Important Security Vulnerabilities
CloudLinux's Mykola Naugolnyi announced today, April 5, 2017, the availability of a new Beta kernel update for users of the CloudLinux 7 operating system series, patching a couple of vulnerabilities discovered lately.
The announcement comes just one day after CloudLinux released a new stable kernel version for CloudLinux 7 and CloudLinux 6 Hybrid users, which included a fix for an out-of-bounds heap access security issue in XFRM framework of the Linux kernel, which was patched upstream in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.
- Vivaldi Web Browser Gains Yet More New Features
After Congress revokes Internet privacy rules, downloads double of VPN-equipped Opera browser
Opera Software today boasted that the number of new U.S. users of its namesake browser more than doubled days after Congress voted to repeal restrictions on broadband providers eager to sell customers' surfing history.
A Look Back At The Desktop & X.Org/Wayland/Mir Milestones Of Ubuntu
With Unity 8 (and Mir) being years behind schedule, Mark Shuttleworth today made the surprise announcement of abandoning Unity 8 and shifting back to GNOME while also stopping their Ubuntu Phone efforts. This was the biggest Ubuntu shock in years and as such I've thrown together today a bit of a tribute or look back at the various desktop milestones of Ubuntu since its first release covered by Phoronix back in 2004. Check it out if you are a relatively new Linux user or just wish to relive the old screenshots of GNOME2, Ubuntu Netbook Remix, Ubuntu TV, the early Unity days, the ambitious Mir plans, and more.
Ubuntu switches to GNOME desktop and gives up smartphone hopes
Canonical is re-shifting its priorities to its strong suit: The cloud and the Internet of Things.
Ubuntu Rejoins the GNOME Fold
Today we all read the announcement of Ubuntu's decision to refocus on cloud and IoT activities, dropping Unity 8 to move back to a GNOME-based desktop for the 17.04 LTS. This marks a return to the fold, with Ubuntu having originally shipped GNOME all those years ago, and lest we forget, having contributed to early Wayland discussions.
Thunderbird 52.0 is now available as the latest stable release for those using this Mozilla-developed mail client.
The Pisound is a sound card HAT add-on for the Raspberry Pi with 192kHz 24-bit stereo I/O, classic MIDI In and Out ports, onboard knobs, and a user button.
A Lithuania-based Pisound project has tripled its funding goal on Indiegogo, with 23 days left. You can buy the Pisound audio and MIDI card for $89 with shipments expected in July. The 100 x 56mm HAT add-on works with any 40-pin Raspberry Pi board, communicating via SPI, as well as a translator microcontroller for the MIDI interface. The board draws under 300mA @ 5.1VDC, and is powered directly from the Raspberry Pi.