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Ubuntu 16.10 & Unity 8 overview

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The one thing that made me not try to blowtorch my laptop in anger after I was done reviewing the terrible Yakkety Yak was the inclusion of the Unity 8 desktop environment in the distro, allowing for some fresh testing. The word desktop is probably not the best vocabulary choice here, as this hybrid-like environment already blithely powers touch devices like the Ubuntu Phone and the M10 tablet. But we're on a laptop, so.

Anyhow, I wanted to explore Unity 8 some more, but I did not want to do it as part of the distro review. This is why we have this article here, to explore the merits and failings of Unity 8, and see whether we should be really afraid this may become the default and only choice for our desktops one day. Which it might. So read carefully.

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How to Secure Your Ubuntu Network

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In 2016, keeping your Ubuntu network secure is more important than ever. Despite what some people might think, there's much more to this than merely putting up a router to protect a network. You must also configure each of your PCs properly to ensure you're operating within a secure Ubuntu network. This article will show you how.

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Create Your Own Ubuntu 16.10 Live ISO with the New Linux For All (LFA) Distro

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Arne Exton, the developer of many GNU/Linux distributions and Android-x86 flavors, announced today, November 16, 2016, the release of a new version of his Linux For All (LFA) Live DVD.

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You Can’t Move Window Controls to the Right on Ubuntu

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Many of you may recall that this switch wasn’t without controversy. Many users were not happy with the change, which they felt was too ‘mac-esque’ and a break with conventional window button placement.

The good news was that any one who didn’t like the default placement could change the position of window control buttons back to right-hand side. An entire crop of 3rd-party tools, hacks and apps grew up with this option present among them Unity Tweak Tool.

As the years have passed, so too has the memory of this drama. Most of us have long since gotten used to left-aligned window controls, and would find a sudden change back to the right almost as jarring!

One of our Twitter followers got in touch with us this weekend to ask how to move the window buttons to the right in Ubuntu...

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 Slightly Delayed, New Task Manager Gets Fuzzy Background

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After informing us earlier this month about the new task manager that will be implemented in the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 update for Ubuntu Phone and Tablet devices, reader Tomas Vicik is back with more interesting tips.

It appears that Tomas Vicik is using the rc-proposed channel on this Ubuntu Phone to get an early taste of the new features coming to the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system developed by Canonical for various smartphone and tablet models.

He wrote in his last email that the appearance of the default Scopes was refreshed and it looks great, and that the new task manager now features a fuzzy background, which should enchant fans of the Ubuntu Touch OS.

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Docker 1.13.0 Enters Development, to Add Support for Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 25

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This past weekend, the developers of the popular Docker open-source application container engine have published the first Release Candidate (RC) snapshot of the upcoming Docker 1.13.0 release.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Mir windowing system in Kodi

    It will be compile time support, meaning you’ll need to compile with mir support specifically. As Kodi does not support runtime windowing selection. This also means it’ll have a low risk to the main code base. The port supports both opengl and opengles. I also need to test this out on an embedded device (such as raspi/dragon board). Ideally creating a nice kiosk Kodi media center would be awesome running on mir!

  • It’s official!

    The budgie-remix team is pleased to inform the community that the Ubuntu Technical Board has granted official community flavor status to our distro. We are pleased to join and be part-of the superb Ubuntu family.

    Starting from today the distro will be known as Ubuntu Budgie.

  • Ubuntu Budgie Becomes An Official Ubuntu Flavor

    Ubuntu Budgie is now officially an Ubuntu flavor. The team behind Ubuntu Budgie aims at making 17.04 (expected in April, 2017) its first release.

  • List of PPA Repositories for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

    This article provides a list of many popular applications PPAs for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak. It provides PPA addresses for LibreOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, SimpleScreenRecorder, and some more applications (I listed only free software here, please tell me if I made any mistake). It's not complete for now, I will update it when it's needed.

  • We’re Now Hosting Valadoc.org

    About a year ago, we contributed a major visual overhaul to Valadoc.org. This is an essential tool for elementary OS development. Good docs are important both for new and old developers. However, we’ve recently seen some trouble with the server. There has been downtime and, more importantly, search stopped working completely. But, with a little bit of elbow grease, we’ve addressed the situation.

    We’ve seen a number of Valadoc.org mirrors sprout up, all with their own problems as well (namely, links to specific pages broken, which is also a huge issue). Instead of creating our own mirror, we reached out to Florian Brosch (who runs Valadoc.org) and started drafting a way to move forward that keeps uptime of the website high and ensures that important features that were broken got fixed.

Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors Comparison: Ubuntu vs Ubuntu GNOME vs Kubuntu vs Xubuntu

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As promised in my earlier Ubuntu 16.10 review, I have come up with an Ubuntu 16.10 flavors comparison as well, although, I was planning on coming up with this comparison much sooner (but hey, it’s here!)

Unlike in my Ubuntu 16.04 LTS flavors comparison which only included two main Ubuntu flavors (Ubuntu GNOME & Kubuntu), this time, I’ve also added Xubuntu 16.10 to the comparison because it was requested by a couple of my readers. The ISO disc image sizes are as follows: Ubuntu 16.10 (1.6 GB), Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 (1.5 GB), Kubuntu 16.10 (1.6 GB) & Xubuntu 16.10 (1.3 GB). And also, I only chose the 64-bit versions of the disc images for the flavors review as well.

And in this comparison, I’ll only be comparing the performance related data, the stability and hardware recognition of each flavor. I’ll skip new features and whatnot, because you can find information about those features elsewhere, quite easily.

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Enterprise Linux Showdown: Ubuntu Linux

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Canonical's Ubuntu Linux is the newcomer in the enterprise Linux space. Its first release was in 2004; the other two enterprise Linux distributions in this series, SUSE and Red Hat, were born in 1992 and 1993. In its short life Ubuntu has generated considerable controversy, supporters, detractors, excitement, and given the Linux world a much-needed injection of energy.

One of the primary differentiators between Ubuntu, RHEL, and SUSE is Ubuntu unashamedly and boldly promotes their desktop version. RHEL and SUSE soft-pedal their desktop editions. Not Canonical. Desktop Ubuntu has been front and center from the beginning.

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Ubuntu Budgie Is Now an Official Ubuntu Flavor

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Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 2, Will Bring Linux 4.8, Newer Mesa

If you've been waiting to upgrade your Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system to the 16.04.2 point release, which should have hit the streets a couple of days ago, you'll have to wait until February 2. We hate to give you guys bad news, but Canonical's engineers are still working hard these days to port all the goodies from the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) repositories to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, which is a long-term supported version, until 2019. These include the Linux 4.8 kernel packages and an updated graphics stack based on a newer X.Org Server version and Mesa 3D Graphics Library. Read more

Calamares Release and Adoption

  • Calamares 3.0 Universal Linux Installer Released, Drops Support for KPMcore 2
    Calamares, the open-source distribution-independent system installer, which is used by many GNU/Linux distributions, including the popular KaOS, Netrunner, Chakra GNU/Linux, and recently KDE Neon, was updated today to version 3.0. Calamares 3.0 is a major milestone, ending the support for the 2.4 series, which recently received its last maintenance update, versioned 2.4.6, bringing numerous improvements, countless bug fixes, and some long-anticipated features, including a brand-new PythonQt-based module interface.
  • Due to Popular Request, KDE Neon Is Adopting the Calamares Graphical Installer
    KDE Neon maintainer Jonathan Riddell is announcing today the immediate availability of the popular Calamares distribution-independent Linux installer framework on the Developer Unstable Edition of KDE Neon. It would appear that many KDE Neon users have voted for Calamares to become the default graphical installer system used for installing the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers. Indeed, Calamares is a popular installer framework that's being successfully used by many distros, including Chakra, Netrunner, and KaOS.

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