Lintian 2.5.44 was released the other day and (to most) the most significant bug fix was probably that Lintian learned about Policy 3.9.8. I would like to thank Axel Beckert for doing that. Notably it also made me update the test suite so to make future policy releases less painful.
The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is the most powerful smartphone to have Ubuntu phone software pre-installed. It features a 5.7 inch full HD display, a Samung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM.
If you're looking for a tablet that will allow you to get your work done, one that won't break your bank (the M10 currently runs for around $260.00 USD - purchase here), and one that can serve nearly all your needs (from mobile to desktop), the Ubuntu Tablet has you covered. Once Ubuntu Touch matures, this device will be a game changer...of that there is no doubt.
Canonical, I am seriously impressed.
Yakkety Yak  is now open for development, with syncs from unstable
still running. The development version already starts with some
- GCC is configured to build with -fPIE (and to pass -z now to ld)
by default on amd64 and ppc64el.
- Three library transitions are almost done: boost 1.60, ICU 57,
and libpng 1.6.
- A bunch of library transitions is already triggered by the sync
from Debian. Please help finishing such transitions if you see
- Please expect a change of the GCC compiler to the 6.2 release
Both companies also worked together to bring Bash to Windows 10, something developers have come to love since it was released. It is clear that Canonical is Microsoft’s strongest partner in the open source community, but unfortunately we can’t imagine an acquisition even taking place.
For so long now, the battle has been Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) against anything but not Microsoft. Microsoft has had the upper hand with now near sign of it being toppled. The scenarios are however taking a twist. In an industry that once fiercely pounced on Linux, it is not mending ends to make it a key part of a long-term strategy. Microsoft is embracing open source, eliminating the line between the two ends.
You all know the the word ‘Ubuntu’’ — and if you don’t, how’d you end up here?! — but do you know the correct way to pronounce it?
Without a doubt, Ubuntu 16.04 is said to be the biggest and most significant release of the distro in years. In my opinion, the reason for this release's perceived significance comes down to one thing – Ubuntu snap packages.
The idea (from the user's perspective) behind snap packages is that Ubuntu enthusiasts can have access to the latest software packages without needing to worry about rushing to a new release of Ubuntu. Obviously, one must have 16.04 or higher going forward, but the general idea stands.
Now that more and more users are buying the brand-new BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, the official forums and mailing lists are getting filled with all sorts of questions about how to use the Ubuntu Tablet device.
It's true that until today Canonical didn't publish any detailed information on how users can actually use the various modes of their first ever Ubuntu tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, which anyone can now purchase from BQ's online store for the sum of €289.90 for the Full HD version and €249.90 for the HD model.
While originally Canonical was planning for Vulkan support in Mir by Ubuntu 16.04, that didn't pan out and the support for Vulkan continues to slip.
While Mir developers have demoed early support for Vulkan, it doesn't look like it's a high priority item or a lack of manpower is crippling the Vulkan support from passing the finish line.
Canonical claims it has taken legal advice and that it is allowed to ship OpenZFS with its Linux.
What ever the legal rights and wrongs, Ubuntu's support is clearly aimed primarily at the server use case. ZFS is not an option within the installer. In fact you'll need to install the userland parts of ZFS yourself before you can format disks and get everything working. Still, if you're interested in trying Ubuntu atop ZFS, Canonical has a guide to using ZFS.