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Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, but still not consumer-ready

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The smartphone arena is dominated by two operating systems. Gartner's latest figures show that during the first three months of 2015, iOS and Android devices accounted for almost 97 percent of global smartphone sales. With established alternatives from Microsoft and BlackBerry already fighting for the leftovers, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of opportunity for new players. Canonical, maker of the popular Linux distro Ubuntu, is taking on the challenge regardless. With a version of Ubuntu built specifically for mobile, it's hoping to shake up the current duopoly with a fresh approach to content consumption. That's the plan, anyway, but after spending some time getting to know the OS, it's clear Canonical has a lot of work to do if Ubuntu Phone is ever going to be a viable option for even casual smartphone users.

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NBD Vulnerabilities Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Details about NBD vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS have now been published by Canonical in a security notification.

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Ubuntu Touch Transforms into a PC with Just a Bluetooth Mouse - Video

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Canonical has been talking about convergence for a long time, and we've had some examples along the way, like apps that work both on mobile and PC desktops. It's now possible to observe convergence at a much deeper level, for the entire operating system.

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Canonical Patches Multiple Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04 LTS

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After having published details about a new Linux kernel update for its Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, Canonical has posted two more Ubuntu Security Notices informing users of the Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OSes about the availability of kernel updates for their systems.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Receives a New Linux Kernel Update, Users Urged to Update Now

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On July 23, Canonical posted a new Ubuntu Security Notice informing all users of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system about the immediate availability of a kernel update.

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Huge Package Overhaul for Debian and Ubuntu

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Debian and Ubuntu are moving to update all C++ packages with GCC5, which was released in April. GCC stands for Gnu Compiler Collection, and it is used to convert source code to executable code and libraries. These compilers are used to build everything from the Linux kernel to user applications, so it's a far-reaching change.

GCC5 has introduced more fundamental updates than previous versions, as it is the first version to fully support the latest version of C++. This new standard, released in 2011, contains numerous improvements to the previous standard, which dates back to 1998. It gives developers the tools they need to build more stable software rapidly, at all levels of the Linux ecosystem.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 to Include Calendar App and Dekko Email Client by Default

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We reported a few days ago that the next major update for Canonical's mobile operating system, Ubuntu Touch OTA-6, will arrive in approximately 6 weeks, around September 1, 2015 or at the end of August if we're lucky.

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LXC Vulnerabilities Closed in Ubuntu OSes

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Canonical released details about a couple of LXC vulnerabilities that have been found and corrected in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, operating system.

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Ubuntu Touch to Soon Get a New Mir Version

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Canonical works on a few Ubuntu Touch branches at all times, besides the current stable one that everyone can get. From the looks of it, the development one is based on the new Wily Werewolf, and it's receiving some interesting changes.

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Ubuntu on Intel Compute Stick, Riddell Intervention

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