Mark Shuttleworth has said on a number of occasions that the first Ubuntu-powered smartphones should be arriving this Autumn, but unfortunately, the developers yet aren’t available to ship a stable version so soon. Now, a separate branch of Ubuntu Touch that will get RTM status, and will mainly be focused on bug fixes and stability issues.
After a few extremely frustrating hours trying to install Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, the latest version of the Ubuntu operating system for desktop PCs and laptops, on an older netbook style laptop (one with only USB ports) I finally succeeded.
There was one crucial piece of information missing which, if I’d had it, would have made the whole process take perhaps half an hour. But I didn’t have that piece of information and, as a result, there was a lot of tearing out of hair and profane utterances …
Canonical is pushing hard to expand Ubuntu into new consumer markets. In the past year, we’ve seen shiny prototypes of Ubuntu-based mobile phones and tablets, and the company hasn’t given up on its 2012 vision of getting Ubuntu onto TVs either. What’s more, serious work is underway on converging all of these roles into a single chameleonic OS, something even Microsoft hasn’t tried to tackle.
The first beta version of Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, based on Ubuntu 14.04.1 Trusty Tahr LTS, has been officially released, using Kernel 3.13 and the drivers and graphics stack of Ubuntu 14.04. Also, it has support for UEFI and the developers say that the Ubiquity installer for Mac computer will be available until the final release of Freya.
XBMC, an open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub for digital media that is available for multiple platforms, has just reached version 13.2 RC1.
The XBMC developers are still powering on with the development of the XBMC 13.2 branch and they have made a number of fixes and other changes to the distribution. The devs are rapidly reaching the end of the development cycle for the distro and users should start getting ready for the 14.x release, which will also bear a new name, Kodi.