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Snapcraft 3.0

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The release notes for snapcraft 3.0 have been long overdue. For convenience I will reproduce them here too. Presenting snapcraft 3.0 The arrival of snapcraft 3.0 brings fresh air into how snap development takes place! We took the learnings from the main pain points you had when creating snaps in the past several years, and we we introduced those lessons into a brand new release - snapcraft 3.0! Build Environments As the cornerstone for behavioral change, we are introducing the concept of build environments.

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Tesla Model 3 hack puts YouTube and Ubuntu on the dash

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While Tesla – like every automaker – is happy to talk about performance figures and range of its EVs, it’s typically less vocal about the components it’s using. As the focus on in-car infotainment systems has increased over the past few years, however, more and more car buyers are asking questions about the capabilities (and upgrade potential) of their dashboard systems. Still, few automakers are discussing specifics yet.

That didn’t stop one Model 3 owner, and member of the Tesla Reddit forum, from going digging. He managed to SSH into the infotainment system and get Ubuntu running. That meant he could access YouTube – something the stock Tesla browser doesn’t permit, for safety reasons – as well as get a read-out of the hardware specifications.

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Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • glBSP

    I was surprised to see glBSP come up for adoption; I found out when I was installing something entirely unrelated, thanks to the how-can-i-help package. (This package is a great idea: it tells you about packages you have installed which are in danger of being removed from Debian, or have other interesting bugs filed against them. Give it a go!) glBSP is a dependency on another of my packages, WadC, so I adopted it fairly urgently.

    glBSP is a node-building tool for Doom maps. A Map in Doom is defined in a handful of different lumps of data. The top-level, canonical data structures are relatively simple: THINGS is a list of things (type, coordinates, angle facing); VERTEXES is a list of points for geometry (X/Y coordinates); SECTORS define regions (light level, floor height and texture,…), etc. Map authoring tools can build these lumps of data relatively easily. (I've done it myself: I generate them all in liquorice, that I should write more about one day.)

  • How to Connect Your Android Phone to Ubuntu Wirelessly

    Easy: all you need is a modern Linux distro like Ubuntu and an open-source GNOME Shell extension called ‘GSConnect‘.

    GSConnect is a totally free, feature packed add-on that lets you connect your Android phone to Ubuntu over a wireless network, no USB cable required!

    In this post we talk about the features the extension offers, and show you how to install GSConnect on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and above so that you can try it out for yourself!

Free-floating Ubuntu social bot chats up astronauts on International Space Station

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An Ubuntu-powered social robot called CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompaniON) has begun work on the International Space Station. The self-navigating bot recognizes faces and answers questions relayed to a ground-based IBM Watson computer.

A social robot with an Ubuntu OS has launched on the International Space Station (ISS) to answer astronauts’ questions via voice and an 8-inch display. On Nov. 15, German astronaut Alexander Gerst demonstrated the CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompaniON) robot in action, showing off its facial recognition, voice assistance, and ability to autonomously navigate in the weightless environment of the ISS. CIMON can also play music, document results of experiments, or search for objects using its image recognition capability.

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Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • The alternatives to Windows 10 if you are tired of broken updates

    Linux-based operating systems are free alternatives to Windows 10 which are available in various distributions.

    The term “Linux” technically only refers to the kernel or core program of an operating system, but it is often used as shorthand for any operating system that uses Linux.

    Apart from the obvious advantages of being free and open-source, the vast library of Linux distributions available means that most users should find a version of the operating system which suits their needs.

    Popular Linux distributions which feature similar interfaces to Windows include Ubuntu, Mint, and Manjaro, although there are a variety of other projects, including an actively-developed desktop version of the Android operating system.

    Installing Linux is straightforward, especially for popular distributions such as Mint and Ubuntu.

    Users can visit a secure website hosting the distribution, and download the correct ISO file for their destination system.

    It is important to note that while popular Linux distributions are compatible with a wide variety of hardware, it is still a good idea to check for any compatibility issues before installing.

    Linux falls short of Windows 10 in its ability to run games and certain software suites, however, as there are more Windows-supported games than titles which run properly on Linux.

  • S11E38 – Thirty-Eight Nooses

    It’s Season 11 Episode 38 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

  • Running Android in the Cloud with Amazon EC2 A1 instances

    Specifically, at AWS re:Invent, we demonstrated a fully automated solution deployed by Juju to run Android within LXD containers in the cloud and stream out the display of a gaming app from an Amazon EC2 A1 instance to a mobile phone over the internet. We ran 10 containers each providing an individual Android system on the same EC2 instance. As Ubuntu natively supports a wide range of server architectures including x86-64, Arm, POWER and S390X we used the very same technology our users are familiar with.

  • GitKraken picks up community demand to adopt snaps

    Used by the likes of Netflix, Tesla and Apple, GitKraken is the go-to home for developers who are looking for a more user-friendly interface for Git with integrations for GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket and VSTS (Azure DevOps). Established a couple of years ago, GitKraken offers a Git Client for Windows, Mac and Linux, and Glo Boards for task and issue tracking—both available for teams or individuals, with the former available at an enterprise level, too. Earlier this month, GitKraken published their first snap which is already proving popular amongst Linux users.

    James Quigley, Director of IT at Axosoft (makers of GitKraken), recently attended the Snapcraft Summit in London to progress the release of their snap. James explains how a member of their community kicked off GitKraken’s exploration of snaps…

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Call for Testing, openSUSE T-Shirt and Poster Design Contest, RISC-V Foundation Joins The Linux Foundation, Location Tracking in Android Violates GDPR and FSF Announces 18 GNU Releases

    UBports announces a call for testing for Ubuntu Touch OTA-6. They are asking the community for feedback and have prepared a GitHub project for OTA-6 quality assurance. See the UBports blog for more info on how you can help with the testing and also to see what's new in the OTA-6 release, which is scheduled for December 7th.

Six reasons why developers choose Ubuntu Desktop

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Used in more than 240 countries, by governments, enterprises, and consumers alike, Ubuntu Desktop is the number one Linux operating system (OS) in the world. Ubuntu Desktop is used by leading technology companies in no small part down to the popularity amongst software developers for which it is an attractive platform for a diverse range of applications including robotics, artificial intelligence, full stack web development and embedded devices.
But why is it so popular? This whitepaper examines six key reasons why the developer community turn to Ubuntu. From the rise of AI and machine learning to secure application packaging distribution through snaps, the use of Ubuntu by developers continues to increase.

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Also: Ubuntu available in new AWS Marketplace for Containers

Linux For Beginners: Understanding The Many Versions Of Ubuntu

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Maybe you've been considering ditching Windows for Linux (Microsoft has supplied plenty of reasons lately), or perhaps you just want to dip your toes into the world of fast, secure and open source operating systems to see what all the excitement is about. Either way, it's a good bet that Ubuntu has flown across your radar as you search the myriad distributions out there. It's one of the most popular Linux operating systems in the world due to its ease of use, pleasing interface and stability. It's the perfect gateway into Linux because of how user-friendly it is. But did you know there are seven different "flavors" of Ubuntu?*

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Update for Ubuntu Phones Slated for Release on December 7th

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Coming only two months after the OTA-5 update, which finally rebased the mobile OS on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, the Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 release is expected to introduce more improvements like support for passwords that contain special characters for Nextcloud accounts.

The new Morph web browser received various improvements like support for restoring the previous browsing session at startup, ReCaptcha support, the ability to stop the media when closing a tab, themed scrollbars, better tabbed browsing experience, and support for web apps to access locally stored content on the device.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu Touch OTA-6, Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Ubuntu at KubeCon and CloudNativeCon, DeX and Xubuntu 18.10

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  • Call for Testing: Ubuntu Touch OTA-6

    As I publish this, the OTA-6 update for Ubuntu Touch may have just entered the Release Candidate (rc) channel. It also may not have. It's our job to decide that over the next week.

    We have a set of 25 issues which were closed over the OTA-6 cycle. A summary of the changes can be found below, but for now I'd like to talk about our role in its release.

  • UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 Is On The Way With Browser Improvements, Oneplus One Fixes

    The UBports community is in the process of rolling out the release candidate for their next Ubuntu Touch Over The Air update.

    UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 is getting tidied up for entering the release candidate phase for interested testers while in early December the goal is to get the OTA-6 update officially released. In particular, their target for having Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 buttoned up is 7 December.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 555
  • Ubuntu at KubeCon & CloudNativeCon

    Held between December 10th – 13th at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, KubeCon and CloudNativeCon will be a great opportunity to meet and talk with the Ubuntu team here at Canonical.

    The Ubuntu team will be showcasing their work across Kubernetes and containers and highlighting what makes Ubuntu the platform of choice for developers.

  • Linux on DeX beta tested on the Samsung Galaxy S9

    Two weeks ago Samsung announced the final dates of the new Linux on DeX feature which would allow users to run Linux on Galaxy phones using DeX, their Continuum-like environment.

    The feature is still in beta and is under testing but the folks at XDA Developers managed to get their hands on the latest beta APK of DeX and have posted a review of the desktop environment running on the Samsung Galaxy S9.

  • Hands-on with Linux on Samsung DeX for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Xubuntu 18.10 overview | A operating system that combines elegance and ease of use.

    In this video, I am going to show an overview of Xubuntu 18.10 and some of the applications pre-installed.

Kubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish - Quite all right

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Kubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish is a good distro. Not perfect, not amazing. But good. Better than I'd expect from an interim release, better than either Xubuntu or Ubuntu MATE. Fewer glitches, more solid results overall, with an odd bug here and there to spoil the overall experience. Smartphone glitches, network support and Discover remain the unpolished parts of this distro. The rest was rather solid.

But my comparison will always go back to Zesty, which was the ultimate Kubuntu distro EVAR. Now, after a while, I did get my 18.04 LTS on Slimbook working nicely, and several other test instances are behaving pretty well, and this Cosmic seems to be in the same group. It needs a bit of love before it will love you back, and the papercuts do leave a sore feeling on your fingers. However, so far this autumn, Kubuntu 18.10 is shaping up to be a cautiously fun choice. Grade 8/10. I'd suggest you take it for a spin. We're done.

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An Initial Look At The Intel Iris Gallium3D Driver Performance

One of the most exciting developments in the open-source Intel driver space this year was the Iris Gallium3D driver taking shape as what's destined to eventually succeed their "classic" i965 Mesa driver. With Iris Gallium3D maturing, here's a look at how the performance currently stacks up to their mature OpenGL driver. The Intel Iris Gallium3D driver is designed for Skylake (potentially Broadwell too) support and newer generations while being a forward-looking driver and utilizes their mature NIR compiler support. Iris holds much more performance potential than their classic Mesa driver albeit the developers haven't really taken to performance optimizations yet but rather getting the driver up and running, eliminating test suite failures, and getting to the point of feature parity with the i965 driver. Read more