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Previewing Ubuntu 18.10 Beta & How To Report Bug

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This is a short review of Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" Beta for both your wishes to enjoy it and to contribute to its development. In summary, 18.10 features new Yaru Theme and GNOME 3.30, it will be released at October this year with 9 months official support until July next year. Also, this Beta release means our chance to contribute by reporting bug we find so we can help Ubuntu development process. I hope you will like it and enjoy contributing!

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Following Mir 1.0, Developers Encouraged To Target Wayland Instead Of Mir Client API

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Last week Canonical developers released Mir 1.0 for the "next-generation of graphical solutions" particularly for IoT device makers. Mir lead developer Alan Griffiths published a bit of a redux today now with the 1.0 release out the door.

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Ubuntu Budgie 18.10 Looks Like an Essential Upgrade

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Ubuntu Budgie 18.10 is released in October and it promises to be the best release yet.

A raft of major improvements are touched on in the preview notes for Ubuntu Budgie 18.10, which spread its wings alongside the regular Ubuntu 18.10 beta on September 27.

Stock Ubuntu 18.10 might be little sparse on visible changes (sans its spiffy new theme of course) but there’s plenty of foliage to sift through over on Ubuntu Budgie’s branch…

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12-Way Intel / AMD Integrated Graphics Linux Tests On Ubuntu 18.10

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Here is a fresh look at the current Linux OpenGL/Vulkan performance of various new and old Intel/AMD systems with integrated graphics using Ubuntu 18.10.

With Ubuntu 18.10 around the corner, I've been carrying out some fresh benchmarks and do have a low-end Linux system benchmark comparison coming up soon. Today is looking at the graphics performance, which was benchmarked in the state it was a few days ago with the Linux 4.18 kernel, GNOME Shell 3.30.0, X.Org Server 1.20.1, and Mesa 18.1.5. Since then Mesa 18.2.1 was added to the archive, so unfortunately this particular article missed out on that upgrade, but the comparison is still very much relevant with not being many changes for the hardware covered by this comparison and the OpenGL/Vulkan software under test.

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Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) Beta released

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The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of the
Ubuntu 18.10 Desktop, Server, and Cloud products.

Codenamed "Cosmic Cuttlefish", 18.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard
at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop,
Server, and Cloud products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu
Budgie, UbuntuKylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu flavours.

The beta images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD
build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of
18.10 that should be representative of the features intended to ship
with the final release expected on October 18th, 2018.

Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server, Cloud Images:
Cosmic Final Beta includes updated versions of most of our core set
of packages, including a current 4.18 kernel, and much more.

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Also: Ubuntu 18.10 Beta Now Available For Testing The Cosmic Cuttlefish

Canonical unveils the official Ubuntu Linux 18.10 'Cosmic Cuttlefish' wallpaper

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Twice a year, a new version of Ubuntu is released -- in April and October. We are currently in September, meaning a new release is just around the corner. As per normal naming guidelines (YY.MM), it will be version 18.10. In addition to a number, Canonical assigns a fun name too -- based on an animal, alphabetically, preceded by a word that starts with the same letter. In this case, Ubuntu 18.04 is using the letter "C." What is it called? Cosmic Cuttlefish.

The name and version number is only part of the tradition, however, In addition, Canonical releases a special wallpaper based on the name. The animal is often a line drawing with the background using the classic Ubuntu magenta/orange gradient color. Today, on Twitter, Canonical unveils the official Cosmic Cuttlefish wallpaper.

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Linux Mint Monthly News

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  • [Linux Mint] Monthly News – September 2018

    Many thanks to all the people who donate to us. Numbers were lower than normal last month but we’re still getting a tremendous amount of support. We’re at an average of $10,000 per month. Although that average decreased slightly over the last three years it is very high, it covers all our expenses, when we need something money is never an issue (whether it’s to scale slowly, invest in security, hosting, CI services or to tackle an emergency) and it allows us to send money upstream when needed and to donate funds internally within our moderation and development teams. We’re able to facilitate development and boost our productivity by making tools available and delegate aspects which would otherwise get in the way. It’s a real help for us, I know I say it every month but I don’t think we’ll ever be thankful enough. If you’re helping us, thank you.

    Now, without further ado, let’s talk about development. With Mint 19 and LMDE 3 officially released our hands are now free to develop and improve our software on top of the new bases (respectively Ubuntu 18.04 and Debian Stretch).

  • Linux Mint / Cinnamon Speeds Up Its File Manager, Updates Other Apps

    Linux Mint lead developer Clément Lefèbvrehas has issued his latest monthly update concerning the activities within this Ubuntu/Debian-derived camp and their work on the GNOME-forked Cinnamon desktop environment.

    The Linux Mint crew is moving forward with their Cinnamon efforts and original Linux desktop applications now that Linux Mint 19 and Linux Mint Debian Edition 3 have shipped. Of their original applications, the Nemo 4.0 file manager is becoming "lightning fast" with numerous optimizations having been added. Nemo's start time as well as folder load times are much faster. There has also been user-interface improvements to Nemo along with the ability to show file creation times when on an EXT4 file-system with Linux 4.15 kernel and newer.

Linux Lite 4.2 Enters Beta Based on Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, Here's What's New

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Based on the Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, Linux Lite 4.2 isn't the major update everyone was waiting for, but a minor, incremental update that brings various small improvements to the Lite Welcome app, an updated Help Manual that will be available in the final release, as well as updated components.

The Linux Lite 4.2 beta is powered by the Linux 4.15 kernel (Linux kernel 4.18 is also available) and ships with up-to-date apps including the Mozilla Firefox 62.0.2 "Quantum" web browser, Mozilla Thunderbird 52.9.1 email and news client, LibreOffice office suite, VLC 3.0.3 media player, and GIMP 2.10.6 image editor.

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KDE neon Rebased on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS "Bionic Beaver"

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KDE neon is a project to deliver KDE's wonderful suite of software quickly. We use modern DevOps techniques to automatically build, QA and deploy our packages. We work directly with the KDE community rather than staying far away in a separate project.

Our packages are built on the latest Ubuntu LTS edition and today we have moved to their new 18.04 release. This means our users can get newer drivers and third party packages. There is an upgrade process from the previous 16.04 LTS base which we have spent the last few months writing and running QA on to ensure it runs smoothly.

We have three editions for different use cases. A user edition for those wanting to use the latest released KDE software updated daily but only released when it passes QA tests. And two developer editions built from unstable and beta Git branches without QA checks for those wanting to test or develop our forthcoming software.

You can use our output via the .deb package archive, installable ISOs and Docker images. We also have work-in-progress Snap packages which we can put more development effort into now that we have rebased on 18.04.

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Also: KDE Neon Rebased To Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Now Official

Ubuntu Minimal Install

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Today we will be going over the installation of the minimalist version of Ubuntu 18.04. You may be thinking of a minimalistic version of a Linux distro as the bare minimum version of a system. If so, you would be correct. The system we are going to install from comes in a 64MB ISO image.
​You can find the image to download in the Ubuntu help wiki for minimalist versions. You will find some important information regarding the burning of images to a CD or a USB stick (I use dd), and even a few pointers to get started. You will also see information about installation on UEFI based systems. It does lack support for UEFI; however, for the purposes of this guide, the system will be installed on a virtual machine.

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    After cracking 2,000 projects referencing Vulkan on GitHub earlier this year, this week it passed the milestone of having more than 2,500 projects. Granted, some of these projects referencing Vulkan are still in their primitive stages, but of the 2,500+ projects are a lot of interesting Vulkan-using projects from RenderDoc to countless game engine initiatives, various code samples, the AMDVLK driver stack, and countless innovative efforts like GLOVE for OpenGL over Vulkan to Kazan for a Rust-written CPU-based Vulkan implementation and a heck of a lot more.
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  • Wine-Staging 3.18 Released With Some New Patches While Other Code Got Upstreamed
    It has been a very exciting weekend for Linux gamers relying upon Wine for running Windows titles under Linux... There was the routine bi-weekly Wine 3.18 development release on Friday but yesterday brought transform feedback to Vulkan and in turn Stream Output to DXVK to fix up a number of D3D11 games. Today is now the Wine-Staging 3.18 release. Wine-Staging 3.18 doesn't incorporate any changes around the Vulkan code (there is a Wine patch needed by DXVK for this new functionality), but does include a lot of other stuff. Wine-Staging 3.18 implements more functions in the user32 code, including cascade windows, GetPointerType, and others. On the Direct3D front are a few additions to WineD3D, including the ability for the Direct3D 10 support to work with the legacy NVIDIA Linux driver. There is also a kernel fix for allowing Steam log-ins to work again with Wine Staging.

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Fedora: A Look at Fedora Workstation 29 and NeuroFedora Update

  • Fedora Workstation 29 Is Looking Up To Be Another Impressive Release, Looking Great
    In addition to Ubuntu 18.10 releasing soon, Fedora 29 is set to be release by month's end if all goes well. I have been running the latest Fedora 29 packages on a number of test boxes and overall it's been running great. Yes, for the past few years I've been back to running Fedora on my main production system (after a few years of a falling out but besides that being a big user going back to the Fedora Core days), but Fedora 29 in particular is feeling really quite polished and great.
  • NeuroFedora update: week 41
    In week 41, we finally announced NeuroFedora to the community on the mailing list and on the Fedora Community Blog. So, it is officially a thing! There is a lot of software available in NeuroFedora already. You can see the list here. If you use software that is not on our list, please suggest it to us using the suggestion form.

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