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Canonical Announces Support for Kubernetes 1.6.2 on Ubuntu Linux and macOS

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Canonical's Marco Ceppi announced the availability of the Kubernetes 1.6.2 open-source system for automating management, scaling, and deployment of containerized apps in the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes.

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Canonical & NetApp Partner to Supply Ubuntu OpenStack-Based Open Cloud Solutions

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Canonical, the driving force behind one of the world's most popular free operating systems, Ubuntu Linux, has announced today that they are collaborating with NetApp on supplying unique Open Cloud Solutions based on Ubuntu OpenStack and NetApp.

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Canonical Developer Works on Bringing Snap Support to Raspberry Pi's Raspbian

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Canonical's Simon Fels announced today that he's working on bringing the Snapd Snappy daemon to the Raspberry Pi Foundation's Raspbian operating system to allow the installation of Snaps.

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Lubuntu 17.04 - simple evolution

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Lubuntu 17.04 continues to deliver a nice and friendly environment for those who like a light and snappy uncomplicated experience without many graphical bells and whistles. And it still lacks a common theme for applications and their design, because LXDE is not fully a “desktop environment” per se.

The Live session of Lubuntu 17.04 felt quick and snappy for me, which is no wonder on my new laptop.

The only small problem I mentioned in this review was the set of default applications. But that's easy to fix, isn't it?

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Debian goes to Hackathon!

    As a mentor, my role was to ensure that each team have best possible chances of fulfilling the evaluation criteria for the contest. I also helped teams with the development and pitching.

  • My Debian Activities in April 2017

    This month I marked 72 packages for accept and sent one email to a maintainer asking questions. The number of rejections went down to 15. I would name that a good level again.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 506
  • feren OS, a distribution based on Linux Mint releases the 2017.0 'Murdock' edition

    feren OS, a distribution based on Linux Mint has released their 2017.0 'Murdock' edition with tons of new stuff.

    This is a bit of distribution-inception now though, with feren OS based on Linux Mint, which is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian — wow. It includes a customized Cinnamon desktop to give it their own fresh look. It also comes with the Vivaldi browser by default, which I haven't seen any other distribution do.

    In the latest edition of feran OS, they have dropped Mint Welcome, in favour of their own fork of Budgie Welcome called feren Welcome. Continuing the fork of a fork there I see!

Post Unity 8 Ubuntu shock? Relax, Linux has been here before

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If the recent news that Canonical is killing its Unity 8 desktop/phone interface and Mir display server caught you off guard, it’s only because you haven't been paying attention to the ups and down of the Linux world.

Unity 8 and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth's vision of convergence did not find a market in time for it to come to fruition.

Since the news that Unity 8 was being abandoned and staff reshuffled or cut Canonical did happen rather abruptly it is worth asking: What now?

If you've been around the Linux world for long you probably have a pretty good idea.

Red Hat has been down this road before, as has SUSE. If you're new to this and stricken by a Doomsday like panic, relax. Canonical is probably going to be just fine. It's highly likely it will more or less abandon its desktop product to the community, but the core of Ubuntu isn't going anywhere.

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I'm excited for a new Ubuntu release—for the first time in a long time

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It's been many years since I regularly used Ubuntu. Back in "ye olden times" I would consider myself one of the most outspoken advocates for Canonical's Linux distribution—often proclaiming the (near) perfection of Ubuntu—but those times have long since faded into the mist.

Nowadays, I use Ubuntu only when there is a good reason to review a new release—which has happened less and less. And even in those cases, I tend to use it sparingly.

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elementaryOS and feren OS

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  • elementaryOS has a few nice updates available for you

    It's their attention to minor, yet very useful small details like that which make me really respect what they are doing.

    They also adjusted the Power Indicator to enable you to adjust screen brightness directly from it, yet another small, but useful adjustment.

    Their screen-shot tool was also adjusted to give friendlier names of saved files for when uploading to websites, using a dot instead of a colon for separators.

  • feren OS 2017.0 "Murdock" Distro Is Out Based on Linux Mint 18.1, Download Now

    The developers of the feren OS GNU/Linux distribution are kicking off the month of May 2017 with a brand new release of their Linux Mint-based operating system.

    feren OS 2017.0 "Murdock" is now available after being in development for the past several months, it's based on the latest Linux Mint 18.1 "Serena" operating system, which in turn is derived from Canonical's Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) OS, and uses the Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment by default.

Ubuntu-Based MeX Linux Distro Updated with Cinnamon 3.2.8, Linux Kernel 4.10.8

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GNU/Linux developers Arne Exton is kicking off the month of May 2017 with a new release of his Ubuntu/Debian-based MeX distro, which ships with the latest Cinnamon desktop environment and a recent Linux kernel.

MeX Linux was previously based on Linux Mint, but it's now borrowing packages only from the stable repositories of the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Debian GNU/Linux 8.7 "Jessie" operating systems. The latest release, MeX build 170501, is shipping with a custom compiled kernel based on Linux kernel 4.10.8.

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Linux Mint's Plans

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  • Some Of The Features Coming To Linux Mint's Cinnamon 3.4 Desktop

    In the latest monthly progress report on Linux Mint, some of the upcoming changes for the GNOME3-forked Cinnamon Desktop Environment were shared.

  • Monthly News – April 2017

    Many thanks to all the people who donated to us and who help to fund our project. Donations are down to about 60% of what they were last year, but they’re still quite high. In the first trimesters of 2015, 2016 and 2017 we respectively received $23k, $40k and $25k. Our development team has gotten bigger and our budget is being extended to include some administrators and designers. Other figures and metrics indicate we’re growing so this probably just reflects an exceptional year for donations in 2016.

  • Linux Mint Is Adopting LightDM as its Login Manager

    Linux Mint is adopting the LightDM display manager to handle and authenticate user sessions.

    Revealing plans in its latest monthly update, Mint says it will formally drop the MDM Display Manager (MDM) in favour of LightDM with Mint 18.2, release date for which is as-yet unknown.

    The popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution mooted a possible switch earlier this year, noting that it had a key feature MDM lacks (guest sessions), and has become something of a standard across distributions.

  • Linux Mint 13 support ends, LMDE to get MATE 1.18 soon, big changes heading to Cinnamon

    The news from the Linux Mint team was quite interesting this week. First up, Linux Mint 13 has officially hit EOL (end of life), so you really do need to upgrade.

    LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is set to get the MATE desktop version 1.18 "this week" and they have ported mintMenu over to GTK3, since the rest of MATE is now using GTK3 too it makes sense.

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Void Linux - the Strangely Overlooked Distribution

Ahh, Void Linux. You may or may not have heard of it. If you have, more than likely it was by word of mouth, so to speak, from internet comments on a forum, YouTube video or in passing on Reddit. But this little distro rarely gets any press or recognition otherwise. Perhaps it's time that changes, as Void Linux is an interesting distro in its own right and a good alternative to something like Arch Linux. It also has a no-systemd approach. Read more

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