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Ubuntu: Development Updates and GPD Pocket, The 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

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Canonical is shifting around the trash can icon on the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release, which might give some a sense of déjà vu.

Apple kicked off the trash in the corner trend in 1983, with an easily accessible icon for storing junk on its Lisa computer. In 1995, Microsoft added a "recycle bin" to the DOS replacement, Windows 95.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Rebased on Linux Kernel 4.12, Final Release to Ship with Linux 4.13

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As of today, August 16, 2017, the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system has been rebased on the current stable Linux kernel series, namely Linux 4.12.

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Also: Ubuntu 17.10 to Allow Users to Amplify the Sound on Laptops Through Media Keys

Ubuntu: Dustin Kirkland, Firefox 55, Trash Can Icon, Vanilla and More

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  • Cloud-optimized Linux: Inside Ubuntu’s edge in AWS cloud computing

    While the market’s cloud infrastructure solutions are beginning to consolidate, there remains a multitude of options for software development environments. Of the operating systems available, however, Ubuntu overwhelmingly leads as the operating system in Amazon, according to Dustin Kirkland (pictured), head of product and strategy at Canonical Ltd., the company behind Ubuntu. In fact, about 70 percent of all instances running in Amazon right now are running open-source Ubuntu, Kirkland added.

  • Firefox 55 Upgrade Is Finally Rolling Out on Ubuntu

    Ubuntu users can finally upgrade to the Firefox 55 release on supported Ubuntu releases. 

    The latest stable release of the popular open-source web browser took a little longer to arrive on Ubuntu than usual owing to a last minute point release.

    But the update is now rolling out across supported Ubuntu editions, including Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 17.04, through the standard update mechanism.

    You don’t need to add any PPAs or download things from websites to get the update. Just pop open the Software Updater utility, run a check for updates, and install those that are listed.

  • Ubuntu is adding a Trash Can Icon to the Desktop
  • Vanilla Framework has a new website

    We’re happy to announce the long overdue Vanilla Framework website, where you can find all the relevant links and resources needed to start using Vanilla.

  • Folder Color now has emblem file support

The Internet of Underwater Things: Open Source JANUS Standard for Undersea Communications

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Open standards exist for all manner of wireless and terrestrial communications, but so far none has emerged for underwater communications. Below the waves, submarines, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and undersea sensor stations use a hodgepodge of incompatible proprietary technologies including acoustic, radio, and optical modems.

Manned submarines and many automated subs can surface to communicate over the air, where the bandwidth is much higher, and some submersible AUVs and research stations can be tethered to floating wireless buoys. Yet, there are times when neither option is feasible, and with the huge expansion in AUVs, there’s a growing need for a universal undersea communication standard for persistent mobile communications.


The system was tested in San Diego aboard a highly modified Sea Robotics USV-2600 autonomous catamaran called the Gemellina USV. The sensor-laden catamaran navigates using an Ubuntu-driven computer.

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Ubuntu Budgie Distro: Simple, Clean and User-Friendly

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The Budgie desktop lacks the glitz and glitter found in more seasoned desktop environments. Animation is nonexistent.

That said, Budgie is an ideal desktop environment that is very user-friendly. Its customization options and ease-of-use make it a great trade-off.

Still, its design seems a bit too simplified for seasoned Linux users.

Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distro also offers users a Budgie desktop release. Do not confuse that Ubuntu flavor with the Ubuntu Budgie distro. The two desktop integrations have different appearances and feature sets.

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Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 2

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Let’s continue our journey and progress on transforming current Ubuntu Artful. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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Windows vs Ubuntu: A Look Before You Switch

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When I first thought about writing an article on Windows vs. Ubuntu, I decided pretty quickly that I would avoid trying to get people to switch operating systems. The fact is, that's a deeply personal decision that I simply don’t need to influence.

Instead, this article is written for someone who is considering switching from Windows to Ubuntu, doesn't mind exploring the unknown corners of an operating system they're unfamiliar with and won't give up at the first sign of trouble. This may sound harsh, but this simply isn't an article targeting those who are simply "window shopping" – no pun intended.

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The New Ubuntu Dock (First Look)

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We reported last week that Ubuntu is creating a fork of Dash to Dock, the popular GNOME extension, for use on the Ubuntu 17.10 desktop — but we didn’t know a lot about it.

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AMDGPU-PRO 17.30 Linux Graphics Driver Brings Support for Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

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AMD today released a new update to its proprietary graphics driver for Linux-based operating systems, AMDGPU-PRO 17.30, which brings support for Canonical's recently announced Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system.

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Also: AMDGPU-PRO 17.30 Released With Vega Support, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Compatibility

AMDGPU DC Display Code Gets A Public TODO List

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    Just as a mainframe from decades ago might be ready for retirement, the IT staff who originally procured and installed that system might also be preparing for a new phase in their lives. It’s up to the current and next generation of government IT employees to prepare for that eventuality, but there are indications they may not be ready, despite evidence that older IT professionals are retiring or will soon be leaving their positions. Unfortunately, a skills gap exists even among younger generation IT workers. Agencies are scrambling to find personnel with expertise in cloud service management, cybersecurity, technical architecture and legacy technologies, such as common business-oriented language (COBOL) and mainframes, among other areas. At the same time that many workers are getting ready to retire, leaving behind a wealth of knowledge, many younger IT professionals are struggling to gain the knowledge they will need to take their agencies into the future.
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    Fn, a new serverless open source project was announced at this year’s JavaOne. There’s no risk of cloud lock-in and you can write functions in your favorite programming language. “You can make anything, including existing libraries, into a function by packaging it in a Docker container.” We invited Bob Quillin, VP for the Oracle Container Group to talk about Fn, its best features, next milestones and more.
  • Debian seminar in Yokohama, 2017/11/18
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  • Overclock Labs bets on Kubernetes to help companies automate their cloud infrastructure
    Overclock Labs wants to make it easier for developers to deploy and manage their applications across clouds. To do so, the company is building tools to automate distributed cloud infrastructure and, unsurprisingly, it is betting on containers — and specifically the Kubernetes container orchestration tools — to do this. Today, Overclock Labs, which was founded two years ago, is coming out of stealth and announcing that it raised a $1.3 million seed round from a number of Silicon Valley angel investors and CrunchFund — the fund that shares a bit of its name and history with TechCrunch but is otherwise completely unaffiliated with the blog you are currently reading.
  • MariaDB Energizes the Data Warehouse with Open Source Analytics Solution
    MariaDB® Corporation, the company behind the fastest growing open source database, today announced new product enhancements to MariaDB AX, delivering a modern approach to data warehousing that enables customers to easily perform fast and scalable analytics with better price performance over proprietary solutions. MariaDB AX expands the highly successful MariaDB Server, creating a solution that enables high performance analytics with distributed storage and parallel processing, and that scales with existing commodity hardware on premises or across any cloud platform. With MariaDB AX, data across every facet of the business is transformed into meaningful and actionable results.
  • AT&T Wants White Box Routers with an Open Operating System [Ed: AT&T wants to openwash its surveillance equipment]
    AT&T says it’s not enough to deploy white box hardware and to orchestrate its networks with the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) software. “Each individual machine also needs its own operating system,” writes Chris Rice, senior vice president of AT&T Labs, Domain 2.0 Architecture, in a blog post. To that end, AT&T announced its newest effort — the Open Architecture for a Disaggregated Network Operating System (dNOS).
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    Two organizations founded to help and support developers of free and open-source software have locked horns in public, betraying a long-running quarrel rumbling mostly behind the scenes. On one side, the Software Freedom Law Center, which today seeks to resolve licensing disputes amicably. On the other, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which takes a relatively harder line against the noncompliance of licensing terms. The battleground: the, er, US Patent and Trademark Office. The law center has demanded the cancellation of a trademark held by the conservancy.
  • Open Source Underwater Glider: An Interview with Alex Williams, Grand Prize Winner
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Programming Leftovers

Security: Linux, Free Software Principles, Microsoft and Intel

  • Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds
    Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has offered some very choice words about different approaches security, during a discussion about whitelisting features proposed for version 4.15 of the Linux kernel. Torvalds' ire was directed at open software aficionado and member of Google's Pixel security team Kees Cook, who he has previously accused of idiocy. Cook earned this round of shoutiness after he posted a request to “Please pull these hardened usercopy changes for v4.15-rc1.”
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  • New warning over back door in Linux
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    On Monday, the chipmaker released a security advisory that lists new vulnerabilities in ME, as well as bugs in the remote server management tool Server Platform Services, and Intel’s hardware authentication tool Trusted Execution Engine. Intel found the vulnerabilities after conducting a security audit spurred by recent research. It has also published a Detection Tool so Windows and Linux administrators can check their systems to see if they're exposed.