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Will I Have the Latest Software Versions in Ubuntu with Snappy?

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I don't know about you, but I like my Linux distribution of choice to have the latest software versions installed, always. I like to know that I am using an up-to-date operating system. Is that so hard? Apparently yes, if you're using Ubuntu.

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24-hours with the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition: I’m going to need some time to adjust

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On first impressions, it feels more similar to Amazon’s Fire Phone than a straightforward Android phone in the way it presents information. I’m interested to see how the scopes work out over time though, so check back for a full review in the coming weeks.

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Ubuntu Touch to Get a New Thumbnailer and WPA-Enterprise Support

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On June 27, Canonical's Alejandro J. Cura sent to emails to the Ubuntu Touch mailing list, informing users and developers about the latest developments in the mobile operating system that powers Ubuntu phones.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Gets Chromium 43, Snappy Images Coming Soon

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Canonical's Sebastien Bacher sent in his weekly report to inform us all about what has happened in the Ubuntu Desktop and Ubuntu Touch operating systems in the week that just passed.

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Ubuntu's Mir 0.13 Display Server Receives a Major Update, Mir 0.14 on the Way

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Canonical's Cemil Azizoglu sent in his regular report to inform us all about the new features that were implemented in the third maintenance of Mir 0.13, the next-generation display server for the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

Mir 0.13.3 was released on June 26, as reported by Cemil Azizoglu, and it is a major maintenance version that brings important new features, various under-the-hood improvements, and fixes many of the bugs reported by users since the previous release.

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Ubuntu Touch to Receive a LibreOffice Viewer Core App, Calendar Sync Improvements

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On June 26, Canonical's David Planella sent in his regular report to inform Ubuntu developers and users alike about the work done by Ubuntu Community Team in the week that passed.

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Ultimate Edition 4.7 Distro Will be Based on Ubuntu 15.04, Moves to KDE Plasma 5

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TheeMahn, the creator of the Ultimate Edition (formerly Ubuntu Ultimate) GNU/Linux operating system, announced a few days ago that testers are need to test the Beta release of the upcoming Ultimate Edition 4.7 release.

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The Reason Why It's Hard to Buy a Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

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Canonical and Meizu have set up a rather complicated way of getting the new Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, but it's all done on purpose. Unfortunately, not everyone sees this and this has led to some strange conclusions and comments from the community.

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Kubuntu 15.10 Could Be Last Release as Official Ubuntu Flavor

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The first Alpha for Kubuntu 15.10 was made available yesterday, but the announcement itself was overshadowed by a worrying statement from the developers. It looks like the future of Kubuntu, in the greater Ubuntu family, is uncertain.

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Ubuntu Touch Family Gets Another Device, Meizu MX4, Codename "Arale"

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The Ubuntu Touch family has just received a new member, and the developers will need to take into account the fact that a new platform is out there, in the hands of regular users. It also means that a new code name is needed, and in this case it's "arale."

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Graphics: VC4 and AMDVLK Driver

  • VC4 display, VC5 kernel submitted
    For VC5, I renamed the kernel driver to “v3d” and submitted it to the kernel. Daniel Vetter came back right away with a bunch of useful feedback, and next week I’m resolving that feedback and continuing to work on the GMP support. On the vc4 front, I did the investigation of the HDL to determine that the OLED matrix applies before the gamma tables, so we can expose it in the DRM for Android’s color correction. Stefan was also interested in reworking his fencing patches to use syncobjs, so hopefully we can merge those and get DRM HWC support in mainline soon. I also pushed Gustavo’s patch for using the new core DRM infrastructure for async cursor updates. This doesn’t simplify our code much yet, but Boris has a series he’s working on that gets rid of a lot of custom vc4 display code by switching more code over to the new async support.
  • V3D DRM Driver Revised As It Works To Get Into The Mainline Kernel
    Eric Anholt of Broadcom has sent out his revised patches for the "V3D" DRM driver, which up until last week was known as the VC5 DRM driver. As explained last week, the VC5 driver components are being renamed to V3D since it ends up supporting more than just VC5 with Broadcom VC6 hardware already being supported too. Eric is making preparations to get this VideoCore driver into the mainline Linux kernel and he will then also rename the VC5 Gallium3D driver to V3D Gallium3D.
  • AMDVLK Driver Gets Fixed For Rise of the Tomb Raider Using Application Profiles
    With last week's release of Rise of the Tomb Raider on Linux ported by Feral Interactive, when it came to Radeon GPU support for this Vulkan-only Linux game port the Mesa RADV driver was supported while the official AMDVLK driver would lead to GPU hangs. That's now been fixed. With the latest AMDVLK/XGL source code as of today, the GPU hang issue for Rise of the Tomb Raider should now be resolved.

AMD Ryzen 7 2700X Linux Performance Boosted By Updated BIOS/AGESA

With last week's initial launch-day Linux benchmarks of the Ryzen 5 2600X / Ryzen 7 2700X some found the Linux performance to be lower than Windows. While the root cause is undetermined, a BIOS/AGESA update does appear to help the Linux performance significantly at least with the motherboard where I've been doing most of my tests with the Ryzen 7 2700X. Here are the latest benchmark numbers. Read more

GNU: The GNU C Library 2.28 and Guix on Android

  • Glibc 2.28 Upstream Will Build/Run Cleanly On GNU Hurd
    While Linux distributions are still migrating to Glibc 2.27, in the two months since the release changes have continued building up for what will eventually become the GNU C Library 2.28. The Glibc 2.28 work queued thus far isn't nearly as exciting as all the performance optimizations and more introduced with Glibc 2.27, but it's a start. Most notable at this point for Glibc 2.28 is that it will now build and run cleanly on GNU/Hurd without requiring any out-of-tree patches. There has been a ton of Hurd-related commits to Glibc over the past month.
  • Guix on Android!
    Last year I thought to myself: since my phone is just a computer running an operating system called Android (or Replicant!), and that Android is based on a Linux kernel, it's just another foreign distribution I could install GNU Guix on, right? It turned out it was absolutely the case. Today I was reminded on IRC of my attempt last year at installing GNU Guix on my phone. Hence this blog post. I'll try to give you all the knowledge and commands required to install it on your own Android device.
  • GNU Guix Wrangled To Run On Android
    The GNU Guix transactional package manager can be made to run on Android smartphones/tablets, but not without lots of hoops to jump through first.