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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Daily Images Now Available for Download

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The Ubuntu developers have already started working on the next Ubuntu version, and the first development images have been produced. Don't expect too much from the new Ubuntu build, at least not yet. It will be a couple of months until some major changes are visible.

If you boot it right now it still says Ubuntu 14.04, so you can see that this is only a placeholder for the features that will get implemented along the way.

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Testing NVIDIA Optimus / DRI PRIME On Ubuntu 14.04

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS there is improved support for multi-GPU laptops (commonly what's branded as NVIDIA Optimus configurations) where there is a discrete NVIDIA GPU used for high performance workloads to complement the low-power Intel integrated graphics. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS features better support for these Optimus / DRI PRIME configurations on both the open and closed-source graphics drivers. Here's the Ubuntu 14.04 multi-GPU experience along with some OpenGL benchmarks and power consumption numbers between the different configurations.

Now that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is out the door, I tested it out on a ASUS Zenbook Prime ultrabook with an Ivy Bridge class Intel Core i7 3517U CPU that has HD Graphics 4000 plus a discrete NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M 1GB GPU.

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INDICATOR NETSPEED DISPLAYS NETWORK SPEED ON THE UNITY PANEL

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Ubuntu

The indicator displays the total current network traffic on the panel and from its menu, you can check out the current download or upload speed as individual values.

Indicator Netspeed doesn't detect the currently used network interface and by default it selects wlan0. So the first time you run it, select the network interface you're using from the indicator menu!

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Booting Ubuntu with systemd: Now in Utopic

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Hot on the heels of my previous annoucement of my systemd PPA for trusty, I’m now happy to announce that the latest systemd 204-10ubuntu1 just landed in Utopic, after sorting out enough of the current uninstallability in -proposed. The other fixes (bluez, resolvconf, lightdm, etc.) already landed a few days ago. Compared to the PPA these have a lot of other fixes and cleanups, due to the excellent hackfest that we held last weekend.

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Linux to the rescue! How Ubuntu can help a computer in distress

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

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.

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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Beta Release

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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

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The Development Of Ubuntu 14.10 Has Already Started

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According to the mailing lists, Canonical has officially start the development of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, scheduled for the 17th of October 2014.

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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.

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Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Reviews
Ubuntu

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.

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.7 Has Been Released!

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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

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Utopic Unicorn (14.10) is Open for Business

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Ubuntu

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

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Linux Foundation and Linux

  • How IoTivity and AllJoyn Could Combine
    At the Embedded Linux Conference in April, Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) Executive Director Mike Richmond concluded his keynote on the potential for interoperability between the OCF’s IoTivity IoT framework and the AllSeen Alliance’s AllJoyn spec by inviting to the stage Greg Burns, the chief architect of AllJoyn. Burns briefly shared his opinion that not only was there no major technical obstacle to combining these two major open source IoT specs, but that by taking the best of both standards, a hybrid could emerge that improves upon both. Later in the day, Burns gave a technical overview of how such a hybrid could be crafted in “Evolving a Best-of-Breed IoT Framework.” (See video below.) Burns stated in both talks that his opinions in no way reflect the official position of OCF or the AllSeen Alliance. At the time of the ELC talk in April, Burns had recently left his job as VP of Engineering at Qualcomm and Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at the AllSeen Alliance to take on the position of Chief IoT Software Technologist in the Open Source Technology Center at Intel Corp.
  • ​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
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  • Linus Torvalds reflects on 25 years of Linux
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    Red Hat was founded in 1993, two years after Linux was announced and the company has been one of the top contributors to Linux. There is a symbiotic relationship between the company and the project. Whitehurst pointed out that it’s hard to talk about the history of Red Hat without talking about Linux and vice versa.
  • There Is Talk Of Resuming OpenChrome VIA KMS/DRM Driver Development
    Two or so years back or so it was looking hopeful that the mainline Linux kernel would finally have a proper VIA DRM/KMS driver for the unfortunate ones still have VIA x86 hardware and using the integrated graphics. However, that work was ultimately abandoned but there is talk of it being restored.

Security News

  • New FairWare Ransomware targeting Linux Computers [Ed: probably just a side effect of keeping servers unpatched]
    A new attack called FaireWare Ransomware is targeting Linux users where the attackers hack a Linux server, delete the web folder, and then demand a ransom payment of two bitcoins to get their files back. In this attack, the attackers most likely do not encrypt the files, and if they do retain the files, probably just upload it to a server under their control.
  • How do we explain email to an "expert"?
    This has been a pretty wild week, more wild than usual I think we can all agree. The topic I found the most interesting wasn't about one of the countless 0day flaws, it was a story from Slate titled: In Praise of the Private Email Server The TL;DR says running your own email server is a great idea. Almost everyone came out proclaiming it a terrible idea. I agree it's a terrible idea, but this also got me thinking. How do you explain this to someone who doesn't really understand what's going on? There are three primary groups of people. 1) People who know they know nothing 2) People who think they're experts 3) People who are actually experts
  • Why the term “zero day” needs to be in your brand’s cybersecurity vocabulary
    Linux is “open source” which means anyone can look at the code and point out flaws. In that sense, I’d say Linus Torvalds doesn’t have to be as omniscient as Tim Cook. Linux source code isn’t hidden behind closed doors. My understanding is, all the Linux code is out there for anyone to see, naked for anyone to scrutinize, which is why certain countries feel safer using it–there’s no hidden agenda or secret “back door” lurking in the shadows. Does that mean Android phones are safer? That’s up for debate.