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In order to install Linux from a bootable USB stick I need to be able to get to the Boot Selection menu, but on Acer systems with UEFI firmware, this is a bit tricky. The Boot Menu key (F12) is disabled by default, so I first have to boot to the BIOS Setup Utility, by pressing F2 during the power on or reboot cycle. Then in the Main setup screen there is an option to enable "F12 Boot Menu".

That's one trick down, but there's another one which might be required. Depending on what version of Linux you want to install, and perhaps how you feel about Secure Boot, you might want/need to disable that. In the BIOS Setup Utility, on the Boot menu there is an option to disable Secure Boot - but I can't get to it: moving the cursor down just skips over it!

I can change boot mode from UEFI to 'Legacy BIOS', but that isn't what I want to do. I learned (the hard way) with my previous Acer Aspire One, that I have to go to the Security menu and set a "Supervisor Password" before it will let me disable Secure Boot mode. I'm sure this makes sense to someone, but whoever that is, it isn't me.

In this case I am going to start by installing Linux with Secure Boot still enabled, so I don't really have to do this, but I went ahead and set a supervisor password anyway, because I will eventually want to turn off Secure Boot anyway.

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Install Webogram, a client for Telegram in Ubuntu 14.04

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Telegram is a messaging application similar to WhatsApp and uses the internet to send and receive messages between its clients. We, Linux users, love open source products and Telegram founders claim that they will eventually open source the code. More on this can be read from “Why not open source everything? . Apart from the open source affinity, a few more reasons to use Telegram are :

secure messaging
cross platform compatibility
cloud based
free of subscription charges

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10 Changes that Make Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) Better Than Its Predecessor

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Ubuntu 14.04 has now been released. It is one of the biggest milestones for Canonical before it moves towards full-fledged convergence. Being an LTS release, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr focuses on security, stability, and performance. It builds on all the previous Ubuntu releases and makes sure that it makes up for as much technical debt as possible.

Ubuntu fanboys and fangirls are definitely impressed about this release. After all, Trusty Tahr is probably the most trustworthy release coming out of Canonical. We too are excited about the new changes. That's why, we've compiled a list of some of the most compelling reasons that make Trusty Tahr better than previous versions of Ubuntu.

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Lubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr: Video Review and Screnshot Tour

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Lubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is an official derivative of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE). On this release, as the Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Lubuntu 14.04 also come with LTS version, it mean will be supported for 3 years.

With aims to provide a very lightweight distribution, complete, easy to use for desktop and very functional operating system, Lubuntu 14.04 LTS trusty tahr can work on old or low-resource PC and laptops that meets the minimum requirements because the LXDE desktop environment that used lubuntu is very light, optimized and easy to operate.

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Mir 0.2.0 Under Development For Ubuntu 14.10

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Mir 0.2.0 is the new, work-in-progress version of this open-source display server for Ubuntu Linux. The version was bumped for reflecting early development of Ubuntu 14.10, the Utopic Unicorn.

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The Ubuntu Unity Launcher gets a facelift with Unity Drawers

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For the longest time, Ubuntu Unity users have wanted a bit more leverage from the Unity Launcher. As it stands, it's a means to launch applications and get to the Unity Dash. But with the creation of a new tool, Drawers, you can easily organize related items (files, applications, websites, folders, etc.) using "mini dashes" and "quick lists" -- similar to the Stacks feature in OS X. Drawers allows you to organize files together onto the Launcher and even create a Dash-like app menu for quick access to your applications.

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Mozilla Firefox 29 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and All Other Supported Ubuntu Distros

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Canonical has published details about a number of Firefox vulnerabilities for its Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems, and it has released a new version in the official repositories that should take care of the problems

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Get Linux Kernel 3.15.x Soon

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For now, the Linux kernel available is 3.13.x, which is the same from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The system is basically identical with the previous one, even if there are some changes that have been implemented already.

“Our Trusty kernel has been pocket copied to seed Utopic. We have opened the ubuntu-utopic kernel tree. The master-next branch is currently tracking the v3.15-rc3 kernel. We likely won't upload a v3.15 based kernel until a few more -rc releases come out,” said Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury in the mailing list.

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Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr : Video Review and Screenshot Tour

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Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is an official derivative of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, released with many improvement and updates. Come with LTS (Long Term Support) version Xubuntu 14.04 will be supported by xubuntu team and developer for 3 years. Without adding tons of new features, Xubuntu focuses on stability, simple, light and fully customizable.

Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr uses the Xfce desktop environment instead of Unity 7, so it works very well as a lightweight alternative to regular ubuntu desktop. On this release Xubuntu developers have introduced the new Whiskermenu a more modern menu with the ability to easily launch your favorite applications, as well as have a useful search bar and various customizations. You can also find the new Xfwm4 4.11 which includes support for Sync VBlank, Xfdesktop 4.11 and other updates.

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UBUNTU 12.10 END OF LIFE: MAY 16 2014

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That means that if you use Ubuntu 12.10, you should upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10 (Ubuntu 13.04 has already reached end of life) and then (recommended) to 14.04. That's because after May 16 2014, "Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 12.10".

It's also important to mention that PPA maintainers will no longer be able to upload packages for Ubuntu 12.10 after that date.

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Chew on this: Ubuntu Core Linux comes to the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board

Linux and other open source software have been in the news quite a bit lately. As more and more people are seeing, closed source is not the only way to make money. A company like Red Hat, for instance, is able to be profitable while focusing its business on open source. Ubuntu is one of the most popular Linux-based operating systems, and it is not hard to see why. Not only is it easy to use and adaptable to much hardware (such as SoC boards), but there is a ton of free support online from the Ubuntu user community too. Today, Canonical announces a special Ubuntu Core image for the uCRobotics Bubblegum-96 board. Read more