The KDE Community introduced the concept of convergence way back in 2008 with the arrival of KDE 4.x (back then it was still KDE Desktop). If you ever tried KDE on your netbook you would have noticed that the desktop that got installed was different from that you would get when you install the same iso on your desktop.
For some brief benchmarking during Independence Day in the US, I ran some tests comparing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS stable against a fresh development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.10.
Over Ubuntu 14.04, the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" in its current development state has the Linux 3.15 kernel (but will end up using Linux 3.16), Unity 7.3.0, Mesa 10.2 (10.3 should make it in time for Ubuntu 14.10), and GCC 4.8.3 (while GCC 4.9 should make it for 14.10).
We are pleased to announce today, July 4, that the Ubuntu MATE Remix 14.04 has reached Alpha stage and is available for download as Live DVD/USB images that can be installed.
Ubuntu MATE Remix 14.04 Alpha comes as a July 4 surprise to many who believed the controversial project would become reality sooner or later. It beautifully integrates the MATE desktop environment into the latest upstream Ubuntu release.
The distribution was developed by a few members of the Ubuntu community and provides users with an old-school graphical desktop environment, which reminds us of the good ol’ times of Ubuntu 10.04.
While Fedora 21 is planning for open-source OpenCL support "out of the box", the same can't be said for Ubuntu 14.10. Ubuntu developers aren't looking for any stock OpenCL support be made available in the next distribution release.
While more OpenCL software is offering code-paths for OpenCL support from LibreOffice to The GIMP for faster processing by leveraging GPUs, there apparently isn't a compelling enough reason for Canonical to support OpenCL out-of-the-box on Ubuntu Linux quite yet. The open-source driver support for OpenCL continues to improve with Intel's Beignet and the OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker for the Radeon/Nouveau drivers, which can now run Bit Coin miners, etc.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) signaled its endorsement of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux as a platform for deploying the OpenStack cloud operating system with the release this week of a new reference architecture, which provides detailed instructions on setting up an OpenStack cloud using Ubuntu and other tools from Canonical, such as Juju and MAAS.
In 2013, Canonical - the company behind Ubuntu - attempted to raise $32m via crowdfunding for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It didn't make it, but the Ubuntu phone isn't dead. In fact, development is well under way and the Ubuntu phone operating system is very much alive. If you're brave enough, you can download and install the developer version on certain Android smartphones and tablets by following the instructions here.
Kubuntu14.10 Alpha 1 (Utopic Unicorn) is based on KDE 4.13.2, but the developers are tracking the upcoming KDE Frameworks 5, which is now in the works. It's been a long time since a Kubuntu development version didn't integrate an unstable version of KDE, but it looks like users will still be able to test what the makers of this distro are preparing.
“Plasma 1 is our recommended stable offering and what you get from the default download, but is now in maintenance mode. It runs the software you are familiar with and will be getting updates and bugfixes but not new features from now on.