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Why Ubuntu Keeps the Desktop

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By now, we might expect that in the name of profitability, Ubuntu would be making plans to drop its desktop to concentrate solely on servers and the cloud, where money is undoubtedly easier to make. This is the path forged by Red Hat and SUSE, both of which long ago quit developing mainstream desktop editions in favor of “community developed” distros, which are mainly testing grounds for their respective enterprise stacks. Ubuntu doesn’t seem to be interested in going that route — not yet, anyway.

Why? Because the desktop fits neatly into Canonical’s plans.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Now Works on Raspberry Pi 2

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 is now available for Raspberry Pi 2, which means that users can download it and use it just like any other OS for this platform.

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Canonical to Ship Ubuntu 15.04 with Firefox and Its Own Internet Browser

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Ubuntu 15.04 is shipping with a few interesting features and improvements, but it's also arriving with two Internet browsers installed and one of those browsers is developed by Canonical.

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Kubuntu 15.04 Users Can Install the Gorgeous Plasma 5.3 Beta Desktop

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Kubuntu 15.04 will be made available tomorrow as a stable release, along with all the flavors from the Ubuntu family, and it will be powered by KDE Plasma 5.2. To make things even better, developers have decided to make the latest Plasma 5.3 Beta available to willing users, as well.

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Next Ubuntu Touch Major OTA Update Will Change the Base to Ubuntu 15.04

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Canonical is working to switch the base for Ubuntu Touch to the 15.04 branch, and the devs are sure that it's just a matter of time. From the looks of it, the next major OTA update for Ubuntu Touch will switch the system to the new vivid base.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Arrives Tomorrow with Linux Kernel 3.19.3

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Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) is arriving tomorrow, April 23, and it will be using a modified Linux kernel 3.19.3. The developers say that they are also preparing Linux kernel 3.19.4 and 3.19.5 for the upcoming updates.

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Also: Ubuntu 15.04 Is Now Available on All System76 Products

Ubuntu strips a phone OS to the Core

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At MWC Canonical was showing off something quite clever called Ubuntu Core, While there is not much groundbreaking here, this OS variant puts together existing bits in a very useful way.

Ubuntu Core started out more or less as the Ubuntu Phone OS with all the bells and whistles under the hood that make a mobile OS suitable to the task. The main change between Ubuntu the elder and Phone is not the UI, it is the packaging system. Phone uses containers rather than the traditional Linux methods of shared libraries, everything else is just fluff on top.

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Ubuntu 15.04 container-friendly Linux for cloud and servers arrives soon

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Don't look now but Ubuntu has become the Linux for clouds. On the AmazonElastic Compute Cloud (EC2), for example, Ubuntu is the most popular operating system by an almost two to one margin. 64 percent of production OpenStack users have also chosen Ubuntu to stay on top. Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, is adding even more cloud and container functionality to the next version, Ubuntu 15.04.

With this release, Canonical is adding a new snappy Ubuntu Core. This light-weight Linux is designed for transactional systems, such as cloud container hosts, and smart devices for the Internet of Things. The new Ubuntu will also include updated developer tools and the latest frameworks, languages, databases and packages. On top of this, Canonical's adding its new container-based hypervisor, LXD.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Powers the Desktop, the Cloud, and the Phone

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Canonical is preparing for the release of Ubuntu 15.04, the latest version in the Ubuntu family that will provide a unified experience across desktop, phone, cloud and the IoT ecosystem.

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Daily Builds Of Wayland & Weston For Ubuntu Linux

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While Canonical may be set on making Mir the default display server across all Ubuntu platforms by this time next year, this isn't stopping others from using Ubuntu for Wayland development and using it as an alternative to Mir or the X.Org Server.

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Also: Ubuntu Online Summit 15.05 to Start in May

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