Today, February 4, 2016, Canonical, the company behind the world's most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, was excited to unveil the first ever converged device in collaboration with the Spanish mobile manufacturer BQ.
Canonical is already preparing for the next Ubuntu Online Summit, which should arrive soon after the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).
The recently ended UbuCon Summit that just ended last week was the first one that gathers developers from all over the community under the same physical roof. The Ubuntu Online Summit does the same thing, but the developers sit at home behind the webcam.
The dates for the next Ubuntu Online Summit have been finalized and will take place two weeks after the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Mir 0.19 was quietly released at the end of last week while Mir 0.20 is now officially under development with the latest Bazaar code.
The Mir 0.19.0 changes can be found via this change-log page from their Bazaar repository. As can be seen from the list, Mir 0.19 is mostly about bug fixing. Additional details can be found from Mir on Launchpad.
Ubuntu developers have released Snapcraft 2.1, their tool for building packages as a snap for their new Snappy package management system.
Snapcraft 2.1 is described by the Canonical developers as a "risky and ground breaking release" as it introduces the concept of "skills". Snapcraft 2.1 also now allows uploading of snaps via the Snapcraft client. Snapcraft 2.1 also drops a number of its base dependencies.
Hardkernel unveiled its first 64-bit hacker SBC. The Odroid-C2 has the same layout as the C1+, but has a quad-core, 2GHz Cortex-A53 SoC and a $40 price.
The Odroid-C2’s $40 price may not be as dramatic as that of the similarly 64-bit, ARMv8 Pine A64, which will start shipping to Kickstarter backers later this month starting at $15. However, it’s more affordable than Qualcomm’s $75 DragonBoard 410c, which has a quad-core, 64-bit Snapdragon 410. Clocked at 2GHz, the quad-core, Cortex-A53 Amlogic S905 SoC is likely faster than the 1.2GHz Snapdragon 410 or Pine64’s quad-core, 1.2GHz Allwinner A64. The Odroid-C2 SBC also offers more features, especially compared to the Pine A64.