It's hard to shock an audience at a technical conference. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu Linux and its parent company Canonical, managed it several times in his OpenStack Summit keynote speech. No news may have been more surprising than that Canonical had ported its Juju DevOps program to its rival's operating systems: Red Hat's CentOS and Microsoft's Hyber-V and Windows Server 2012.
This means that Linux Mint 17, 17.1, 17.2 and 17.3 (so Linux Mint 18 will be based on Ubuntu 16.04) will all use Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a base instead of being based on newer Ubuntu releases, allowing the Mint team to "push innovation on Cinnamon, be more active in the development of MATE, better support Mint tools and engage in projects we’ve postponed for years".
Ricardo Salveti de Araujo of Canonical shared that over the weekend every needed package was approved and as a result they have published their first working image of the x86 Ubuntu Phone/Touch emulator.
There's ubuntu-emulator and ubuntu-emulator-runtime packages that provide the Touch Emulator but those not running the Ubuntu 14.10 development OS will need to add the Phablet Team's PPA for getting the working support.
Between stable builds, the developers launch a large number of Beta versions that integrate a lot of new features. The previous update for this branch was a really small one, but now a more important version has been released, prompting users to upgrade the application.
Most of the time, the Steam client is pretty stable and users don't usually encounter any problems with it, either about performance or stability. This doesn't mean that the software is perfect, because there still are instances where some features or options might not work as expected.
An Ubuntu Touch emulator is one of the few things that Canonical was missing, and now, with the help of Ubuntu developer Ricardo Salveti de Araujo, users are able to test the latest images released by the team before deciding whether to install the operating system on the phone itself.
This is just the first iteration of the emulator and it's still in the early stages of production, which means that you will encounter numerous bugs and the interface is not smooth enough, even if it's running on a powerful system.
Ubuntu has always been about breaking new ground. We broke the ground with the desktop back in 2004, we have broken the ground with cloud orchestration across multiple clouds and providers, and we are building a powerful, innovative mobile and desktop platform that is breaking ground with convergence.
The hardest part about breaking new ground and innovating is not having the vision and creating the technology, it is getting people on board to be part of it.
Canonical is now offering what Shuttleworth called "Chuck Norrris Grade" private clouds. This means that Canonical will offer fully managed, OpenStack private clouds with carrier service service level agreements (SLA)s.
Canonical is adding private cloud hosting to its business model because as Chris Kenyon, Canonical's SVP of Worldwide Sales & Business Development, explained, smaller companies have a great deal of trouble holding on to OpenStack architectures. "It's not uncommon for a company to go through three architects in six months because the demand is so high for OpenStack experts. So to help our customers get up to speed on OpenStack, we decided to offer hosted private cloud services."
GCC 4.9, which was officially released in late April, brings many improvements to the de facto standard Linux compiler stack. Debian and Ubuntu developers are now working on landing this annually-updated compiler stack for their Linux distributions.
The defaults are already pointing to the GCC 4.9 components for GDC, GCC Go, GCC Java, and Gnat (Aada) front-ends on all architectures while the GCC 4.9 default for C, C++, Objective-C, and Objective-C++ front-end handling is a few weeks out. The Fortran support is also in the process of moving to GCC 4.9. When these changes land within the Debian archive, they'll be picked up within Ubuntu Linux, well in time for Ubuntu 14.10.