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Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Needs Some Testing, Here's How You Can Help

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Canonical's Alan Pope invites the Ubuntu community today to download and test out the latest daily build ISO images of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system to report if things are working correctly or not on their PCs.

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Ubuntu’s Impact on Software Naming Conventions and Testing of Artful Aardvark

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  • Coincidence or Subtle Influence? Ubuntu’s Impact on Software Naming Conventions

    Could Ubuntu have had an impact on the versioning and naming conventions of other software projects, including Windows, Android and more?

    Reader Abu A. pinged us earlier today to share this interesting insight he has on Ubuntu’s contributions to the wider software community.

  • The Artful Aardvark Needs You!

    I don’t consider myself to be psychic and yet, somehow, miraculously, I happen to know what you’re going to be doing later.

    You’re going to help test the Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds on real hardware to uncover unwanted behaviour in user-facing features.

Ubuntu Desktop Testing, Ubuntu Server Development

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Ubuntu Linux and Husarion's CORE2-ROS Make Robot Development Easy and Fun

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Building robots is a challenging task, even for Husarion, a robotic company known for creating a rapid development platform for robots called CORE2-ROS, which, in combination with the popular Ubuntu OS, makes robot development easy and fun.

Husarion's Dominik Nowak explains in a recent blog article how CORE2, the company's second generation robotics controller, and their cloud platform that helps them manage all CORE2-based robots assists those interested in creating robots, using only an SBC (single-board computer) like Raspberry Pi with Ubuntu Linux pre-installed and a real-time microcontroller board.

"Building robots is a challenging task that the Husarion team is trying to make easier," said Dominik Nowak, CEO at Husarion. "CORE2 combines a real-time microcontroller board and a single board computer running Ubuntu. Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution not only for desktops but also for embedded hardware in IoT & robotics applications."

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Also Linux/Ubuntu-based: Review: Flying the super-small, super-fun DJI Spark

Ubuntu Getting Significant Usability Improvements for Bluetooth and USB Speakers

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In his latest report, Ubuntu Desktop team leader Will Cooke talks about some of the latest improvements that landed in the repositories of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system regarding audio support.

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Automated Firmware Updates, New Installer Coming to System76's Ubuntu Laptops

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System76, the computer reseller known for shipping laptops and desktop pre-loaded with the Ubuntu Linux operating system, posted an update on the work they're doing for the Pop!_OS distribution.

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Desktop: GNU/Linux on PowerPC, Decline of the PC, Canonical's and System76's Desktop Work

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  • Revive a PowerPC Mac Running Linux

    I’m about to show you how to turn that old Mac hardware you have into something useful. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ancient PowerBook G4 or a slightly more recent model of MacBook. Just because it can’t run the latest and greatest version of macOS doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. In this article, I’ll show you how you can revive a PowerPC Mac running Linux, like I’m doing on the PowerBook G4 I’m using to write this article.

  • PC shipments hit the lowest level in a decade [iophk: "Microsoft is dependent on OEM sales of Microsoft Orifice and Microsoft Windows"]

    PC shipments are at their lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: July 14, 2017

    GDM has now replaced LightDM. We’re working on the transition between display managers to make sure that users are seamlessly transitioned to the new stack. We’re doing regular automated upgrade tests to make sure everything keeps working, but we’re keen to get your bug reports.

  • Ubuntu 17.10: Continued Work On VA-API, Switching To GDM

    Will Cooke of Canonical has posted the latest weekly status update concerning happenings for the desktop on Ubuntu 17.10.

    As part of the transition to the GNOME Shell desktop by default, GDM has replaced LightDM as the log-in display manager. They've also demoted around 70 packages from their desktop ISOs to help lighten up the weight.

  • Canonical Working Lately on Packaging More GNOME Apps as Snaps for Ubuntu Linux

    Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop director Will Cooke is back this week with another update on what's going on with the development process of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

    It looks like Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop and Snappy teams are putting a lot of effort lately on packaging as much GNOME apps to the Snap universal binary format as possible, by using the gnome-3-24 platform Snap they created recently. With this, they want to make possible the sharing of common libraries between GNOME apps, which automatically translates to smaller Snaps and easy maintenance of them.

  • Is Terminix The Best Tiling Terminal Emulator on Linux?

    Terminix (aka Tilix) is a tiling terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop. It's featured, fast and frequently recommended — here's why you should try it too.

  • System76 Might Make Their Own OS Installer, Will Ship Automatic Firmware Updates

    Linux laptop vendor System76 has provided a status update on their activities around their Pop!_OS Linux distribution.

    System76 developers continue working on this Ubuntu fork and they have been focusing on more GNOME patches from the desktop side. They also mentioned they are considering writing a new operating system installer. So far they have been hacking on Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer, but they are getting the feeling now that it's over-complicated. They are hoping for a very quick and easy install process with all of the initial user-setup being punted off to GNOME's first-run helper.

Audiocasts: Ubuntu Podcast and Ubuntu on The Changelog,

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Ubuntu 17.10 Makes It Easier to Use Bluetooth Speakers and More Ubuntu Developments

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 Makes It Easier to Use Bluetooth Speakers

    Ubuntu will automatically switch sound output to Bluetooth when you connect a Bluetooth speaker, soundbar or headset.

    Connecting a compatible USB audio device will also see the sound output auto-switch to that device.

    While most Bluetooth speakers, headsets and USB audio devices already well with Ubuntu you typically have to dive into the system’s sound settings and manually select the device for audio output.

    In a world where Android and iOS smartphones automatically switch to Bluetooth devices when connected, requiring manual user input is not only a little old-fashioned but may, to users otherwise unaware, appear broken.

  • Ubuntu Foundations Development Summary: July 13, 2017
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Dev Summary – 13th July 2017

Debian, Devuan, and Ubuntu/Yunit

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  • Parrot Linux 3.7 Review Featured with Kernel 4.11 , Debian GNU/Linux 10 Buster, Debian 10 Testing

    A rumor went out in the Linux world that Parrot developer team is trying to switch from Debian GNU / Linux to Devuan GNU/Linux. After the release , they wiped out this rumor via a tweet “Our release team is evaluating a possible migration of our project from Debian to Devuan,”.

    It seems that Parrot developer team is not ready yet to work with Devuan. They mentioned this in a Facebook Status —“It is not an easy migration and we have still to decide what to do.”

  • [Older but no more paywall] A little surprise in the Ubuntu motd

    At the end of June, Zachary Fouts noticed something on his Ubuntu system that surprised him a bit: an entry in the "message of the day" (motd) that looked, at least to some, like an advertisement. That is, of course, not what anyone expects from their free-software system; it turns out that it wasn't an ad at all, though it was worded ambiguously and could be (and was) interpreted that way. As the discussion in the bug Fouts filed shows, the "ad" came about from a useful feature that may or not have been somewhat abused—that determination depends on the observer.

    It is a longstanding Unix tradition to print a message of the day when users log in; in ages past, administrators would often note upcoming software upgrades and/or maintenance downtime that way. Typically that message has come from the /etc/motd file, but Ubuntu has long had a way to dynamically generate messages from local system information (e.g. number of package updates or reboot needed) using scripts in the /etc/update-motd.d/ directory. In Ubuntu 17.04, a new script was added that reaches out to a URL and grabs what it finds there to display as the motd. 


     Ubuntu Product Manager Dustin Kirkland, who is the author of the original dynamic motd as well as the new motd-news feature, soon arrived in the bug thread (after commenting in a related Hacker News thread). In a lengthy comment, he explained how motd-news works along with some history and functioning of the dynamic motd feature he developed back in 2009. He described how Ubuntu is using the feed and how it can be configured to consult a local URL to get news items that would be displayed instead of (or in addition to) the official feed. There are several categories of messages that will be added, including internet-wide problems (such as Heartbleed) or important information about Ubuntu itself (like an EOL date reminder).

  • Yunit packages for ubuntu 16.04 LTS

    The release of Yunit packages for ubuntu 16.04 LTS marks or first milestone, regarding the availability of Yunit for all the supported platforms. Our next steps is to setup a CI infrastructure which will give us the ability to actually start working with the code and start improving Yunit by either fixing existing unity 8 bugs in launchpad or developing new features.

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