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Canonical Ports Unity Improvements from Ubuntu 14.10 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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It's easy to think that Ubuntu developers are usually working only on the next version of the operating systems, but they also put a lot of effort into the distros they already released. For example, an important Unity update has been unveiled now for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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Ubuntu Phone: The little phone that could

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I predicted it would fail. Honestly, I didn't want it to -- I was fairly sure the Ubuntu Phone would be just the mobile interface we really needed, but it just seemed Canonical and the Ubuntu Phone were both on a collision course with vaporware-dom. However, like that little train in that adorable children's story, the Ubuntu Phone seemed to keep moving forward. In a few weeks, thanks to bq, the Ubuntu Phone will finally be given a chance on the marketplace... at least in Europe.

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Ubuntu Phone Launches Pushed Until Early Next Year

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There isn’t much time left in 2014 so we suppose it comes as no surprise that Canonical, the parent company behind Ubuntu, recently confirmed that the first Ubuntu-powered smartphones have been delayed until “early” next year. The first Ubuntu-powered devices were originally scheduled to launch sometime in 2014.

“Canonical continues to work closely with its first selected hardware partners, Meizu and bq, to bring Ubuntu phones to market in Europe and China,” Canonical’s vice president of mobile Cristian Parrino recently told PCWorld, without discussing rollouts to other markets such as the United States. The phones are expected to cost somewhere between $200 and $400 when they do launch.

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Git Vulnerability Closed in Ubuntu OSes

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Canonical published some details about a Git vulnerability that has been found and fixed in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Now Uses Kernel 3.18.2

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Ubuntu

Recently, Kernel 3.18.2 has been implemented on Ubuntu 15.04, but the final version of the system will most likely ship with Kernel 3.19.

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ExTix 15.1 Is Now Based on Ubuntu 14.10 and GNOME 3.14 – Gallery

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GNOME
Ubuntu

ExTiX 15.1 64-bit, a distribution based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that uses the GNOME desktop environment, has been officially released and is now ready for download and testing.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Users Get a New Kernel Update

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A few Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been found in Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) operating system and they have been corrected.

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Important OpenSSL Exploits Fixed in All Supported Ubuntu OSes

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Details about OpenSSL vulnerabilities in its Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems have been published by Canonical.

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Fedora 21 vs. Ubuntu 14.10 Power Consumption On An ASUS Zenbook

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Ubuntu

In upgrading to the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon Broadwell ultrabook, I'm debating whether to switch back to Fedora after having used Ubuntu for a number of years on my main production system after some falling out with a few less then stellar Fedora Core releases back in the day (of course, on test systems, there's plenty of Fedora around here but this is just about deciding on my next main OS for business tasks). In waiting for the new Broadwell ultrabook, I've been running some fresh Ubuntu and Fedora Linux tests on some other laptops/ultrabooks in the office.

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Ubuntu Touch Can Now Run X.Org Apps Like LibreOffice

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Ubuntu Touch already has a good selection of apps and more are added everyday, but it looks like Will Cooke from Canonical managed to get the Writer tool from LibreOffice to run on a phone. This opens up a wealth of opportunities.

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