Let me be clear. In reviewing the Aquaris M10, I was very aware that I was reviewing not just the device but the Ubuntu mobile platform. In fact, the review is less about the device than about where Ubuntu stands now in the tablet space and the potential and possibilities the future holds.
Ubuntu mobile is a very promising platform; it just needs some constructive feedback so that developers can improve the user experience. I consider this tablet something similar to Google Glass: a prototype that gives you a glimpse of what to expect from Ubuntu on tablets.
The BQ Aquaris M10 is a 10.1-inch touchscreen tablet powered by Ubuntu Core, and it can be used like a laptop by connecting a keyboard and mouse. The device has the ability to alter its navigation interface by connecting to an external display, similar to Microsoft's Continuum, with a feature Canonical calls “convergence.”
The Debian GNU/Linux distribution will include the ZFS filesystem as a choice from now on, according to an announcement by Petter Reinholdtsen, the developer responsible.
ZFS is a filesystem developed by Sun Microsystems and now owned by Oracle. The licence under which it is released, the Common Development and Distribution Licence, is not compatible with the GNU General Public Licence under which the Linux kernel is released.
According to Ana Guerrero López, a member of the Debian publicity team, the inclusion of ZFS was announced slightly more than a year ago, in April 2015 by the project leader at the time, Lucas Nussbaum.
In an email, Nussbaum wrote "We received legal advice from Software Freedom Law Centre about the inclusion of libdvdcss and ZFS in Debian, which should unblock the situation in both cases and enable us to ship them in Debian soon."
While Firefox is currently the default web browser for Ubuntu 16.04, there are many alternative and special-purpose browsers available to install on Linux. If you're looking for a break from Firefox or need a browser to accomplish a special task, there's probably an alternative browser out there for you.
Earlier today, May 17, 2016, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth published a new blog entry on his website to thank the Ubuntu Community Council for their hard work.
According to Mark Shuttleworth, the Community Council (CC) has done a great job lately at keeping the Ubuntu community happy, unblocked, and healthy. Their role in the grandiose Ubuntu project, for those not in the known, is a critical one if Ubuntu, as a community, wants to be at the top of its game.
The developers do appear to listen to their users. Everything that people have asked for in the past few years has been implemented in one way or another.
This is a long term support release and it feels like it isn't quite ready. I find it hard to believe that nobody working on Ubuntu tried a clean install, followed by installing some of the more popular applications like Chrome, Dropbox and Steam.
The Not Quite So Ugly
The Software Centre has gone.
This would have been great as a point release, say a 16.10 or a 17.04 because you expect some experimentation and you expect the odd cock-up.
The LTS release should be ready to go from day one with only minor issues. Sadly that isn't the case.
There is no shortage of different ways to deploy and manage applications on servers in 2016. Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux and Canonical Inc., has been advocating for the use of Juju and its system of "charms" to help manage server applications since 2011 with the release of Ubuntu 11.10, the "Oneiric Ocelot."