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Ubuntu Phone is shipping, but it appears the software isn’t ready

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Over the last few years, Google and Android have increasingly dominated the mobile scene, with Microsoft relegated to bit-player status. Once-massive players like BlackBerry scarcely stir a ripple in the market. Nonetheless, Ubuntu has chosen to stick its neck out and create a mobile operating system based on its own software to hopefully compete against the massive entrenched players. A new review of the Ubuntu Phone OS puts the operating system through its paces — and finds a great deal wanting.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 to Bring Telephony Improvements, Wi-Fi Hotspot, APN Editor

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On July 24, Canonical's Bill Filler sent in his report on the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers, as well as to inform us all about the new features and bug fixes that will be implemented in the upcoming OTA-6 update for Ubuntu Touch.

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Full-Featured Mir 0.14 Update Finally Lands in Ubuntu Touch, Notes App Updated

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On July 24, Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak sent in his daily report on the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in the last 24 hours, informing us all that the full-featured Mir 0.14 display server update landed in the devel branch of Ubuntu Touch.

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Gets One Last Linux Kernel Update

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On July 23, we reported that the Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system reached end-of-life and that Canonical urges all users that still run the Utopic distribution to upgrade to the current stable release, Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), as soon as possible.

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Ubuntu Phone review: years in the making, but still not consumer-ready

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The smartphone arena is dominated by two operating systems. Gartner's latest figures show that during the first three months of 2015, iOS and Android devices accounted for almost 97 percent of global smartphone sales. With established alternatives from Microsoft and BlackBerry already fighting for the leftovers, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of opportunity for new players. Canonical, maker of the popular Linux distro Ubuntu, is taking on the challenge regardless. With a version of Ubuntu built specifically for mobile, it's hoping to shake up the current duopoly with a fresh approach to content consumption. That's the plan, anyway, but after spending some time getting to know the OS, it's clear Canonical has a lot of work to do if Ubuntu Phone is ever going to be a viable option for even casual smartphone users.

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NBD Vulnerabilities Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Details about NBD vulnerabilities that have been found and fixed in Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS have now been published by Canonical in a security notification.

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Ubuntu Touch Transforms into a PC with Just a Bluetooth Mouse - Video

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Canonical has been talking about convergence for a long time, and we've had some examples along the way, like apps that work both on mobile and PC desktops. It's now possible to observe convergence at a much deeper level, for the entire operating system.

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Canonical Patches Multiple Linux Kernel Vulnerabilities in Ubuntu 15.04 and 14.04 LTS

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After having published details about a new Linux kernel update for its Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system, Canonical has posted two more Ubuntu Security Notices informing users of the Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS OSes about the availability of kernel updates for their systems.

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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Receives a New Linux Kernel Update, Users Urged to Update Now

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On July 23, Canonical posted a new Ubuntu Security Notice informing all users of the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system about the immediate availability of a kernel update.

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GNU/Linux on the Desktop Versus Proprietary Forms

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Graphics: Vulkan and Vega M

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    Of the hundreds of projects for this year's Google Summer of Code, there are many interesting GSoC 2018 projects but one of those that I am most excited for is Vulkan-Virgl for getting this modern API supported with hardware acceleration by guest virtual machines. As implied by the name, this effort is based upon the Virgl project started by David Airlie and originally tasked with getting OpenGL acceleration to guest VMs using a fully open-source Linux driver stack. Virgl has been in good shape for a while now with OpenGL, while this summer the hope is to get the Vulkan API support going for opening up VMs to using this high-performance graphics and compute API.
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    We have been covering the Linux driver upbringing of "Vega M" for the Vega/Polaris graphics found in select newer Intel "Kabylake G" processors. The code is still in flight before it will work in all released versions of the Linux driver components, but for those willing to build the code or rely upon third party repositories, Vega M is now working on Linux. As I have covered in various past articles, the open-source driver support for Radeon Vega M is queued into DRM-Next for the upcoming Linux 4.18 kernel cycle, Mesa 18.1 albeit with new hardware I always recommend using the latest Git (current Mesa 18.2), and there are also binary GPU microcode files needed too.

Plasma 5.13 – Amazing Tux, How Sweet Plasma

Plasma 5.13 is (going to be) a very nice release. It builds on the solid foundation that is the LTS edition, and adds cool, smart touches. The emphasis is on seamless integration of elements, which is what separates professionals from amateurs. It’s all around how the WHOLE desktop behaves, and not individual programs in isolation. And Plasma is making great strides, offering a polished version of an already mature and handsome product, with extra focus on fonts, media and browser connectivity and good performance. There are some rough patches. Apart from the obvious beta issues, those goes without saying, KDE Connect ought to be a true multi-phone product, the network stack really needs to be spotless, and that means full Microsoft Windows inter-operability, Spectacle should allow for configurable shadows and alpha channel, and I want to see if the decorative backend has been cleaned up, i.e. can you search and install new themes and icons without encountering useless errors and inconsistencies. But all in all, I’m quite impressed. The changes are big and noticeable, and above all, meaningful. You don’t just get features for the sake of it, you get things that improve the quality and consistency of the desktop, that maximize fun and productivity, and there’s deep thought in orchestrating it all together. It ain’t just a random bunch of options that happen to work. I like seeing patterns in things, and I’m happy when there’s functional harmony. This spring season of distro testing hasn’t been fun, and Plasma 5.13 is balm for my weary wrists, so hurting from all that angry typing. More than worth a spin, and highly recommended. Full steam on, Tuxers. Read more Also: This week in Usability & Productivity, part 20

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