This may sound like sacrilege, but it's not: Ubuntu Linux can be useful even if you’re a hardcore Windows user.
That's because there’s no way to boot a full Windows system from a USB stick to troubleshoot your PC—well, not without an Enterprise version of Windows and Windows To Go—but anyone can make a free Ubuntu USB drive, CD, or DVD. A Ubuntu live drive can be used as a digital Swiss army knife to troubleshoot all sorts of problems with any PC, whether you need to recover files from a failing computer, diagnose hardware problems, perform a deep virus scan from outside Windows, or even reset a forgotten Windows password.
Its been two months since we had our alpha release and since then Ubuntu 14.04 has released as "stable". That means the core for our upcoming Bodhi 3.0.0 release is finally stable enough for me to stamp a "beta" label onto it. For those that do not really care what I have to say and just want a download link, this beta release comes in the following three flavors:
32bit - ISO Image, MD5sum
64bit - ISO Image, MD5sum
Chromebook - ISO Image, MD5sum
According to the mailing lists, Canonical has officially start the development of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, scheduled for the 17th of October 2014.
But if everything happens as announced at the previous UDS, Unity 8 (over X.org) will be implemented on Ubuntu 14.10, while Mir will be already usable by October 2014, despite the fact that it will get set by default on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, along with systemd, which will replace Canonical’s Upstart init system. A demo video of both Unity 8 (Mir) and Unity 7 (X11) running on Ubuntu 14.04 is available.
Xubuntu 14.04 LTS has been released in the wake of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS so it’s time for a full review. Xubuntu 14.04 is a long term support release, so the focus is really on stability and finesse, not on adding tons of new features. Xubuntu uses the Xfce desktop environment instead of Unity, so it works very well as a lightweight alternative to regular Ubuntu. Xubuntu can be particularly useful if you have an older or otherwise underpowered computer.
This release of Ubuntu Tweak contains a few small fixes.For example the nautilus scripts support for Ubuntu 13.10 and later has been fixed and the tool does not crash anymore when sources.list is not parsable.
The following is the full list of small fixes of Ubuntu Tweak:
Fix the nautilus scripts support for Ubuntu 13.10 and later
Going to workspace adjustment automatically add keyboard shortcut for fade screen
Missing options: fonts, desktop icons,window, file manager
Never crash when sources.list is not parsable
That's right. Business, with a capital B. It's too late for me to
write anything coherent, so here's a quick list of things we did
pre-opening to make your life more painful^Winteresting:
- ruby-defaults updated to 2.1
- boost-defaults updated to 1.55
- new binutils snapshot
- tiny unicorns in every package
Cubuntu is the first third-party operating system based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS released so far and also one of the few OSes that kept Unity for users.
Most developers usually choose to remove the Unity desktop environment and focus on others, but the makers of Cubuntu left Unity in place and added a number of other desktop environments, like Cinnamon, GNOME Classic, LXDE, and OpenBox.
If you're new to Linux or the Ubuntu Unity interface, the overall performance and polish will be all that matters. If you're still bothered by Unity's look and feel, be sure to try one of the other Ubuntu desktops. The interface integration and the other desktop interfaces have a really smooth integration with Ubuntu's execution. That will leave no doubt about why Ubuntu is a leading Linux distro.
Originally, Ubuntu was a great thing. Years ago I used a Unix like system for various things and got comfortable with what we now call the “command line.” Then I used DOS, and that was still a command line operating system (but with different commands) and that was pretty good for the late 20th century. Then Windows came out and I switched to that, and later used both Windows and Mac operating systems to do my work. Eventually, I wanted to get away from those proprietary operating systems and try out Linux, which by then was a Unix like system that had windowing capabilities but also a powerful command line interface.