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Ubuntu 15.04 Will Attempt To Better Update CPU Microcodes

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Dimitri John Ledkov of Intel has added support to the Ubuntu-Drivers-Common framework for having CPU family detection and being able to install the appropriate CPU microcode update packages depending on the reported processor family. It's basically just making sure the right CPU microcode packages are installed rather than having them not installed or having all of them in place.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Ported to Raspberry Pi 2

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Linux
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The Ubuntu MATE community has been very active and supportive of the project, so much so that someone has just released a version of the Ubuntu MATE distro for Raspberry Pi 2.

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Meizu M1 Note confirmed to go international after Ubuntu Touch-powered variant

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Chinese smartphone brand Meizu, often looked at as the next Xiaomi in terms of outdoing major brands, had recently announced the open-source Canonical Ubuntu-powered MI Note. It now looks set to take this handset outside China and make it international.

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Ubuntu finally comes to phones, but don't expect major retail sales push for at least 12 months

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After a three-year gestation period, the Ubuntu operating system is finally on real, live smartphones that are being sold to consumers. However, don't expect a huge retail or advertising push for the platform on phones this year, according to Ubuntu's top mobile executive.

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MK80 Linux Edition is an octa-core Ubuntu mini PC

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Linux
Ubuntu

The MK80LE runs Ubuntu 14.04 Linux and supports hardware-accelerated video when using the VLC media player. As far as I’m aware this doesn’t mean that all Ubuntu apps can take advantage of the computers PowerVR G6230 graphics, but it does at least mean that you shouldn’t have problems playing HD video.

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New Ubuntu Phone Flash Sale Confirmed for March 12

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We have some really great news for you today, as BQ announced a few minutes ago on Twitter that a new flash sale of its BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone would take place tomorrow morning, March 12, starting 9 AM CET (Central European Time).

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15 Must Have Ubuntu Enhancements

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Anytime I'm forced to use Windows or OS X I instantly find myself missing the specific features I enjoy on the Linux desktop. More specifically, it's the post-installation enhancements that make using someone else's computer near painful.

In this article, I'll share my favorite Ubuntu Linux enhancements and how I use them to get more value out of my desktop experience.

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X.Org Server 1.17 Makes It Into Ubuntu 15.04

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Graphics/Benchmarks
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X.Org Server 1.17 has made it into Ubuntu 15.04.

While Mir will power the Ubuntu Touch devices, X.Org Server 1.17.1 will be used as the default desktop display server for this next Ubuntu Linux release due out in May. Xorg-server 1.17.1 was uploaded to the Ubuntu Vivid archive yesterday to replace the old 1.16 series.

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Ubuntu just switched to systemd, the project sparking controversy throughout Linux

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It’s official: Ubuntu is the latest Linux distribution to switch to systemd.

After a civil war in Debian that spawned a fork named Devuan, Ubuntu has now flipped the switch. Ubuntu announced plans to switch to systemd a year ago, so this is no surprise. Systemd replaces Ubuntu’s own Upstart, an init daemon created back in 2006.

As the official announcement says, “brace for impact.”

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GNOME News: Black Lab Drops GNOME and Further GNOME Experiments in Meson

  • Ubuntu-Based Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 Drops GNOME 3 for MATE Desktop
    Coming about two weeks after the release of Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11, which is based on the Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system using the HWE (hardware enablement) kernel from Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Black Lab Enterprise Linux 11.0.1 appears to be an unexpected maintenance update addressing a few important issues reported by users lately.
  • 3.26 Developments
    My approach to development can often differ from my peers. I prefer to spend the early phase of a cycle doing lots of prototypes of various features we plan to implement. That allows me to have the confidence necessary to know early in the cycle what I can finish and where to ask for help.
  • Further experiments in Meson
    Meson is definitely getting more traction in GNOME (and other projects), with many components adding support for it in parallel to autotools, or outright switching to it. There are still bugs, here and there, and we definitely need to improve build environments — like Continuous — to support Meson out of the box, but all in all I’m really happy about not having to deal with autotools any more, as well as being able to build the G* stack much more quickly when doing continuous integration.

Fedora and Red Hat

Debian and Derivatives

  • Reproducible Builds: week 108 in Stretch cycle
  • Debuerreotype
    The project is named “Debuerreotype” as an homage to the photography roots of the word “snapshot” and the daguerreotype process which was an early method of taking photographs. The essential goal is to create “photographs” of a minimal Debian rootfs, so the name seemed appropriate (even if it’s a bit on the “mouthful” side).
  • The end of Parsix GNU/Linux
    The Debian-based Parsix distribution has announced that it will be shutting down six months after the Debian "Stretch" release.
  • Privacy-focused Debian 9 'Stretch' Linux-based operating system Tails 3.0 reaches RC status
    If you want to keep the government and other people out of your business when surfing the web, Tails is an excellent choice. The Linux-based operating system exists solely for privacy purposes. It is designed to run from read-only media such as a DVD, so that there are limited possibilities of leaving a trail. Of course, even though it isn't ideal, you can run it from a USB flash drive too, as optical drives have largely fallen out of favor with consumers. Today, Tails achieves an important milestone. Version 3.0 reaches RC status -- meaning the first release candidate (RC1). In other words, it may soon be ready for a stable release -- if testing confirms as much. If you want to test it and provide feedback, you can download the ISO now.