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Canonical launches Ubuntu Resources website

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Canonical has launched a new website named Ubuntu Resources, a site targetted towards its Ubuntu Touch devices. The site design is still unfinished and is expected to change from its current look.

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Dell Staff Show Ubuntu Linux Some Love

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The instructions, written by Dell engineer D. Jared Dominguez, appeared on Dell's TechCenter community website, which is aimed at IT professionals. Which means they're not likely to find their way to the huddled masses within Dell's customer base.

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Dual boot Android and Ubuntu Touch on Nexus devices

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Ubuntu Touch, the recently launched mobile version of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has been generating quite a buzz for the past year. Ubuntu community have shown interest in the project and the development of core and third party apps have been going at a swift pace. Several developers and enthusiasts have installed Ubuntu Touch on their phones and have given positive reviews for the initial builds.

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Ubuntu Still Working On Stripping Python 2

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For dropping Python 2 from Ubuntu Server, vim, byobu, landscape-client, and OpenStack clients still need to be ported to Python 3. Ubuntu Touch still depends upon the Python 2 Autopilot. For Python 2 on the Ubuntu desktop, there's still many packages to be ported to Python 3 like Hplip, Totem, system-config-printer, Gconf2, etc.

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Ubuntu Touch Has Many Plans For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Besides the other UDS sessions this week that were already covered on Phoronix, many discussions took place about plans to improve Ubuntu Touch during the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS cycle. Canonical developers feel very hopeful and ambitions for their phone/tablet plans in the next six months.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Get Stunning Icon Theme and It's Not Flat - Screenshot Gallery

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Canonical is getting ready to introduce a new icon theme for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) that will be the same across all platforms.

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The Linux Mint Security Controversy Taken Out of Proportions, Distracting From Real Controversies

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Some people want us to believe that Canonical uses FUD to discourage exploration of Mint as an alternative to Ubuntu (which Mint is a derivative of). Those people, however, base their analysis on the words of just one developer [6] whose words are rebutted by the Mint founder [7] (he is also unhappy about the source of the drama, namely Muktware [8,9], which led to more such coverage [10,11,12]). In trying to judge this, the whole scenario was a demonstration of media gone somewhat rogue, hostile where opportunism lies.

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Ubuntu for phones and tablets

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Ubuntu’s Mir won’t replace X in 14.04 desktop and Ubuntu for phones and tablets will eventually support Android apps.
Mir, Canonical's replacement for the X window system, will not make it into the next version of the Ubuntu desktop.

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ARM-based Ubuntu Servers: Ready for Partners?

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While the traditional server market suffers a sales slump, the niche market for ARM-based servers is hoping to catch fire. The latest example: Boston Ltd. has unveiled the Viridis 2.0 Microserver -- a potential alternative to HP Moonshot and Dell Project Copper ARM servers. It's certified to run Ubuntu 13.10 and OpenStack Havana, and powered by ARM Cortexc A15 quad-core processor. So what's the channel partner angle?

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Ubuntu dev, media slammed over 'security' comment

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Among these outlets were the OMGUbuntu and Muktware sites, both of which only deal with Linux and FOSS stories. In that context, it was even more surprising that they carried such reports.

Muktware editor Swapnil Bhartiya was asked whether reporter Monika Bhati, the person who filed the story quoting Grawert and contributing to the hysteria, was a Linux user and also whether she had taken a look at the Mint update utility before writing.

His response: "She is a resident journalist and uses Windows/Linux. We got Robin Jacobs to dive into the git pages and comments in LM to see how updates are labelled."

Jacobs also wrote a story which, in effect, contradicted Bhati's story - and both stories appeared within 4½ hours of each other on November 18.

The editor of OMGUbuntu, which contributed to the same idea being spread, was asked similar questions to those put to Muktware.

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