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Lubuntu Developers Provide Official PPA with Newer Versions than the Official Repositories

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Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor based on LXDE and it's built by a completely different team. They only use Ubuntu as a base, but the rest of the packages and the work that go with it are provided by an independent team.

The latest version of Lubuntu is an LTS release, just like the Ubuntu system that it is based on, which means that it will be supported by the developers for three years, for various packages, and it will receive updates for the Linux kernel for the next five years.

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OpenVPN Import Broken in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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If you ever used a VPN connection in Ubuntu you know that you need to download a package from the official repository called network-manager-openvpn that allows users to import an openVPN file with all the setting and certificates in place.

This particular feature used to work in the early versions of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but right before the launch something was broken in the network-manager-openvpn packages, which crashes the entire network manager during the import.

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wattOS R8 Is Now Based On Debian Rather Than Ubuntu

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For five years the wattOS Linux distribution has been around as being an energy-efficient distribution powered at its core by Ubuntu, but with their new release they have shifted to being powered by Debian.

WattOS R8 was released this morning and they are now running this distribution off Debian Wheezy with some backports plus some components from Debian Jessie was also pulled in.

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Vixtel Unity Tries To Be An Android + Ubuntu Tablet

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The reported Vixtel Unity tablet is to be a 10.1-inch Retina tablet, dual boots to Ubuntu and Android, supports keyboard connections, is backed by a quad-core processor, boasts 2GB of RAM, and provides 64GB of storage. The company informed us of their existence after we recently wrote on Phoronix about Canonical not actively working on Ubuntu for Android.

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Ubuntu Touch Is Now Based On Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

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Until now, there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.

Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).

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Testing Ubuntu, Debian and LMDE on my new notebook

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I recently picked up an Acer V5-131 at a good price here in Switzerland. In my previous two posts about it I have described configuring and upgrading Windows 8, and installing openSuSE, Fedora and Linux Mint on it. There is at least one obvious omission from that list of Linux distributions — Ubuntu. So this post will focus on installing that, plus Linux Mint Debian Edition (MATE) and the Debian testing distribution (jessie).

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Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) with a 3D Desktop and Funky Dock Was the Future in 2006 – Video

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Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) was a distribution launched back in 2006 that proved to be a real success for Canonical. It's interesting to see what happened with the bleeding edge software that was running back then and how it failed to be adopted in the years that followed.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

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Going back years we have run 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux benchmarks. While the results seldom change, we keep running them as the question of choosing between a 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distribution image is still a popular question... These tests drive in a surprising amount of traffic and I continue to be flabbergasted by the number of people still asking this question when nearly all modern x86 Intel/AMD hardware fully supports x86_64 and it generally means much better performance. Usually the only caveat in not using a 64-bit Linux image is if running a system with less than 2GB of RAM.

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr : Video Review and Screenshot Tour

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is an official derivative of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that uses the popular KDE desktop environment. According to information from the development team, this version offers more stability and also brings the latest apps for KDE.

As Xubuntu 14.04 and Lubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.04 come with long term support. The long term support means it comes with the promise of at least 5 years of support, including patches and bug fixes.

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Ubuntu AIO DVD Has All Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Flavors on One Disk

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Ubuntu AIO DVD (all-in-one), a collection of the most important Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flavors made available on April 17, 2014, is now ready for download.

Canonical released its latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS distribution back in April, and along with it all the other famous flavors were also offered. There is a single problem with this launch, namely that the distros come as separate operating systems and you will have to download five ISOs, including the original, if you want to have all of them.

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Torvalds at LinuxCon: The Highlights and the Lowlights

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