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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Now Uses Kernel 3.18.2

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Ubuntu

Recently, Kernel 3.18.2 has been implemented on Ubuntu 15.04, but the final version of the system will most likely ship with Kernel 3.19.

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ExTix 15.1 Is Now Based on Ubuntu 14.10 and GNOME 3.14 – Gallery

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GNOME
Ubuntu

ExTiX 15.1 64-bit, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that uses the GNOME desktop environment, has been officially released and is now ready for download and testing.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Users Get a New Kernel Update

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A few Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been found in Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system and they have been corrected.

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Important OpenSSL Exploits Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Details about OpenSSL vulnerabilities in its Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems have been published by Canonical.

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Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Power Consumption On An ASUS Zenbook

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Red Hat
Ubuntu

In upgrading to the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook, I'm debating whether to switch back to Fedora after having used Ubuntu for a number of years on my main production system after some falling out with a few less then stellar Fedora Core releases back in the day (of course, on test systems, there's plenty of Fedora around here but this is just about deciding on my next main OS for business tasks). In waiting for the new Broadwell ultrabook, I've been running some fresh Ubuntu and Fedora Linux tests on some other laptops/ultrabooks in the office.

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Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run X.Org Apps Like LibreOffice

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Ubuntu Touch already has a good selection of apps and more are added everyday, but it looks like Will Cooke from Canonical managed to get the Writer tool from LibreOffice to run on a phone. This opens up a wealth of opportunities.

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Ubuntu Convergence Is Here and Working, This Music App Is Living Proof

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The Ubuntu Touch platform has a number of applications that have been developed specifically for this platform, but they are actually working on the desktop as well. The same is true for the Music app, which already looks great.

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Locally Integrated Menus in Ubuntu 15.04 to Have Always Display Option

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Ubuntu developers added a new feature called locally integrated menus for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and it was extremely well received. In fact, some users have been asking for some refinements and it will be improved in the near future.

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Systemd and Upstart Comparison and Usage on Ubuntu 15.04 Detailed in Great New Wiki

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Ubuntu

The adoption of systemd in Debian has caused quite a ruckus, but it has other ramifications. For example, Ubuntu will soon use systemd by default, most likely in Ubuntu 15.04. The community has put together a great wiki page that explains the differences between upstart and systemd and how you use it right now.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Might Get Global Menu And HUD Support By Default For Java Swing Applications

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Java Swing Ayatana (JAyatana) is a project that integrates Java Swing applications with Ubuntu's global menu (AppMenu) and HUD.

Using it, you get Unity AppMenu and HUD support for applications such as NetBeans IDE, IntelliJ IDEA, Android Studio, jDownloader and so on.

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