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How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 From a Previous Release

11 hours 27 min ago

Now that the Ubuntu 17.10 release is officially out many of you will be faced with the decision of whether to upgrade, or not. In this post we’ll show how to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 from Ubuntu 17.04, plus provide a few pointers to those of you who want to upgrade from 16.04 LTS. As we mention […]

This post, How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 From a Previous Release, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download

14 hours 54 min ago

It’s not just Ubuntu 17.10 release day — brand new versions of Ubuntu’s family of official flavors are also available to download. You can download the latest releases of Ubuntu Budgie 17.10, Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Kubuntu 17.10, Xubuntu 17.10 and other official Ubuntu flavors right now. And there’s something to suit everyone. All flavors share […]

This post, Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10

15 hours 56 min ago

We show you how to enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10, a handy blue-light filter feature that can help improve your sleep patterns and reduce eye strain.

This post, How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10

16 hours 27 min ago

Here's a list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' that will help you to get the most from your new freshly installed OS.

This post, 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New

16 hours 55 min ago

You can now download Ubuntu 17.10. It includes a custom GNOME Shell desktop, new and updated apps, and a number of interesting under the hood changes.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video]

Thursday 19th of October 2017 01:24:00 AM

Ubuntu 17.10 features a big set of changes, including the GNOME Shell desktop by default. We spotlight this, plus other Ubuntu 17.10 changes, in this video.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tiling Terminal Emulator Tilix 1.7.0 Released with Minor Improvements

Sunday 15th of October 2017 01:29:29 PM

Although a modest release, Tilix 1.7.0 brings some timely bug fixes and feature improvements to the app formerly known as Terminix.

This post, Tiling Terminal Emulator Tilix 1.7.0 Released with Minor Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Do You Plan to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10? [Poll]

Sunday 15th of October 2017 01:08:06 PM

Chances are you've some ideas if you will upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 when it's release this coming Thursday, so share your intentions with us in this poll.

This post, Do You Plan to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Write is a Fantastic Handwritten Notes App for Linux

Friday 13th of October 2017 03:23:35 PM

Write is a free app that lets you make handwritten notes on Linux using a touchscreen and stylus (or a smudgy finger), with features tailored for this use.

This post, Write is a Fantastic Handwritten Notes App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Panel Adds Support for Dynamic Transparency

Wednesday 11th of October 2017 06:53:16 PM

The popular Dash to Panel GNOME extension has added support for dynamic transparency introduced in GNOME Shell 3.26.

This post, Dash to Panel Adds Support for Dynamic Transparency, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Success — Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Its Goal

Monday 9th of October 2017 08:20:01 PM

Purism’s crowdfunding campaign to create a pure Linux smartphone has reached its goal. The security-conscious US-based Linux laptop vendor has raised the full $1.5 million target it sought. The money will be used to help fund the development and manufacture of a 5-inch privacy-focused smartphone, dubbed the ‘Librem 5’. And all with two weeks left to […]

This post, Success — Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Its Goal, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Script Helps Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux

Monday 9th of October 2017 12:57:36 PM

You can install Photoshop on Linux using PlayOnLinux using a new script. The script will install Adobe CC apps correctly on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

This post, This Script Helps Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Google Chrome Now Uses Native GTK Window Buttons on Linux

Sunday 8th of October 2017 11:53:27 PM

Google Chrome now draws native GTK window buttons for minimisze, maximize and close in the latest development builds rather than using custom controls.

This post, Google Chrome Now Uses Native GTK Window Buttons on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats

Sunday 8th of October 2017 11:38:02 AM

Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu's Unity desktop has reached version 1.0. It adds more meteorological metadata including 'feels like' temperature.

This post, Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lenovo Unwraps the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad

Thursday 5th of October 2017 02:17:56 PM

The Lenovo ThinkPad 25th Anniversary Edition has been officially unveiled — and it seems last month's leak was spot on.

This post, Lenovo Unwraps the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Purism’s Linux Phone Crowdfunder Just Passed $1 Million

Thursday 5th of October 2017 11:29:13 AM

Over $1 million has now been pledged to Purism's Linux phone crowdfunding campaign, which aims to create a privacy-focused smartphone.

This post, Purism’s Linux Phone Crowdfunder Just Passed $1 Million, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

First GNOME 3.26 Point Release Is Now Rolling Out

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 06:35:26 PM

The first point release update to GNOME 3.26 has been released, and brings a number of bug fixes to many parts of the GNOME 3.26 desktop.

This post, First GNOME 3.26 Point Release Is Now Rolling Out, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mailspring is a Powerful New (Semi Open Source) Email App

Wednesday 4th of October 2017 12:05:45 PM

Mailspring is a free, open source desktop email client for Windows, Mac and Linux. It's a fork of Nylas Mail, but with a native core and better performance.

This post, Mailspring is a Powerful New (Semi Open Source) Email App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Voting Open – Help Choose the New LibreOffice Mascot

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 01:12:49 PM

You can help choose the new LibreOffice mascot by voting in the LibreOffice mascot survey. The 7 most popular designs will then be put to another vote.

This post, Voting Open – Help Choose the New LibreOffice Mascot, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Geary 0.12 Released, Here’s How To Install It on Ubuntu

Tuesday 3rd of October 2017 11:19:05 AM

Geary 0.12 has been released, the first major update of the app since 2016. It features, among other changes, improvements to the rich text composer.

This post, Geary 0.12 Released, Here’s How To Install It on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat and Fedora Leftovers

Devices: Beelink S1 Mini PC, Aaeon’s SBC, Kobo and LEDE

  • Beelink S1 Mini PC and Linux – Comedy Gold
    The Beelink S1 is a small, silent mini PC released in August 2017 retailing for around 300 dollars (250 euros). It’s produced by Shenzhen AZW Technology Co Ltd, a Chinese company that focuses on Android smart TV boxes, Intel mini PCs, and home cloud TV boxes. The S1 ships with an activated copy of Windows 10. But what makes this mini PC interesting? For starters, it purports to run Ubuntu. Combined with a quad core Celeron CPU, dual monitor support (HDMI and VGA), 4K video, expansion options, together with a raft of other features, the machine looks a mouthwatering prospect compared to many other mini PCs.
  • Kaby Lake Pico-ITX SBC features dual M.2 slots
    Aaeon’s “PICO-KBU1” SBC is built on Intel 7th Gen U-series CPUs with up to 16GB DDR4, dual GbE ports, and M.2 B-key and E-Key expansion. The PICO-KBU1 SBC is equipped with Intel’s dual-core, 15W TDP 7th Gen U-series CPUs from the latest Kaby Lake generation. Other 100 x 72mm Pico-ITX boards that run Kaby Lake U-Series processors include Axiomtek’s PICO512. As usual with Aaeon, no OS support is listed.
  • Kobo firmware 4.6.9995 mega update (KSM, nickel patch, ssh, fonts)
    It has been ages that I haven’t updated the MegaUpdate package for Kobo. Now that a new and seemingly rather bug-free and quick firmware release (4.6.9995) has been released, I finally took the time to update the whole package to the latest releases of all the included items. The update includes all my favorite patches and features: Kobo Start Menu, koreader, coolreader, pbchess, ssh access, custom dictionaries, and some side-loaded fonts.
  • LEDE v17.01.4 service release
    Version 17.01.4 of the LEDE router distribution is available with a number of important fixes. "While this release includes fixes for the bugs in the WPA Protocol disclosed earlier this week, these fixes do not fix the problem on the client-side. You still need to update all your client devices. As some client devices might never receive an update, an optional AP-side workaround was introduced in hostapd to complicate these attacks, slowing them down."

Samsung Leftovers

OSS Leftovers

  • FOSDEM 2018 Real-Time Communications Call for Participation
  • Top Bank, Legal and Software Industry Executives to Keynote at the Open Source Strategy Forum
  • Copyleft is Dead. Long live Copyleft!
    As you may have noticed, we recently re-licensed mgmt from the AGPL (Affero General Public License) to the regular GPL. This is a post explaining the decision and which hopefully includes some insights at the intersection of technology and legal issues.
  • Crowdsourcing the way to a more flexible strategic plan
    Trust the community. Opening a feedback platform to anyone on campus seems risky, but in hindsight I'd do it again in a heartbeat. The responses we received were very constructive; in fact, I rarely received negative and unproductive remarks. When people learned about our honest efforts at improving the community, they responded with kindness and support. By giving the community a voice—by really democratizing the effort—we achieved a surprising amount of campus-wide buy-in in a short period of time. Transparency is best. By keeping as many of our efforts as public as possible, we demonstrated that we were truly listening to our customers and understanding the effects of the outdated technology policies and decisions that were keeping them from doing their best work. I've always been a proponent of the idea that everyone is an agent of innovation; we just needed a tool that allowed everyone to make suggestions. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Crowdsourcing our first-year IT initiatives helped us create the most flexible and customer-centric plan we possibly could. The pressure to move quickly and lay down a comprehensive strategic plan is very real; however, by delaying that work and focusing on the evolving set of data flowing from our community, we were actually able to better demonstrate our commitment to our customers. That helped us build critical reputational capital, which paid off when we did eventually present a long-term strategic plan—because people already knew we could achieve results. It also helped us recruit strong allies and learn who we could trust to advance more complicated initiatives.
  • Reform is a DIY, modular, portable computer (work in progress)
    Want a fully functional laptop that works out of the box? There are plenty to choose from. Want a model that you can upgrade? That’s a bit tougher to find: some modern laptops don’t even let you replace the RAM. Then there’s the Reform. It’s a new DIY, modular laptop that’s designed to be easy to upgrade and modify. The CAD designs will even be available if you want to 3D print your own parts rather than buying a kit. You can’t buy a Reform computer yet. But developer Lukas Hartmann and designer Ana Dantes have developed a prototype and are soliciting feedback on the concept.
  • New neural network teaches itself Go, spanks the pros
    While artificial intelligence software has made huge strides recently, in many cases, it has only been automating things that humans already do well. If you want an AI to identify the Higgs boson in a spray of particles, for example, you have to train it on collisions that humans have already identified as containing a Higgs. If you want it to identify pictures of cats, you have to train it on a database of photos in which the cats have already been identified.