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Ubuntu-Based Exton|OS Linux Distribution Now Ships with MATE 1.14, VLC 2.2.3

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Earlier this week, we reported on the release of a new build of the Ubuntu-based Exton|OS Linux distribution, version 160512, which has been rebased on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus).

However, it was a bit strange that the distro shipped with an older version of the MATE desktop environment, a clone of the old-school GNOME 2 (also known as GNOME Classic) graphical interface, version 1.12.7, despite the fact that MATE 1.14 was released last month.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu 16.04, Xubuntu 16.04, and the Samsung 950 Pro 256G M.2
  • Cinnamon 3.0 Released, Install in Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/15.10 Wily

    Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides many features, including: Desktop effects, including animations, Applets, Desklets, and transition effects; A movable panel equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray; Various extensions; Applets that appear on the panel; Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize: The panel, The calendar, Themes, Desktop effects, Applets, Extensions.

  • ubuntu m10 aquarius tablet

    the new BQ ubuntu m10 convergence tablet - 10 inch - the good the bad the ugly ... plus the logitech keyboard and mouse.

  • Learn About Canonical’s Micheal Hall Exploration of Unity 8 and Mir

    Michael Hall of Canonical is going through an experimental phase with Unity 8 and Mir under 16.04 Xenial Xerus and his tests have revealed more than a few interesting things about the future desktop environment of Ubuntu.

    It’s quite a long documentation that will be continually updated to reflect his latest challenges and experiments, so I’ll basically give you a breakdown on how far his exploration has taken him and you can always visit his blog to fully delve into the lot of his experience with the Unity 8 DE and the Mir display server.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus & Realtek - Various fixes

    If you're as unlucky as I am - although in my case it is purely by choice - then your laptop may have a Realtek Wireless card, in which case you're probably experiencing a load of problems. This is exactly what afflicts my Lenovo G50 machine: intermittent network freezes and other random problems. True for almost EVERY single distro out there.

    I already showed you how to work around the network freeze issue in my article written for Trusty. Now that Ubuntu 16.04 is here, and the problem still persists, it is time to revisit the tutorial. Then, we will handle yet another manifestation of this issue, and that is the total loss of Wireless networking after waking from suspend. I mentioned this in the Xerus distro review, and now we elaborate.

Mark Shuttleworth Challenges OpenStack to Think about Leadership

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Mark Shuttleworth is among the earliest backers of the open source OpenStack cloud effort, with Ubuntu Linux being the original reference platform. Now after 13 releases and broad adoption, Canonical and Ubuntu are still firmly behind OpenStack, though Shuttleworth has a few ideas on how it can be even better.

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Ubuntu Snappy Core Images Available for LeMaker's HiKey 96Boards, Download Now

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Today, May 13, 2016, Canonical informed the Ubuntu community about the availability of HiKey 96Boards from LeMaker enabled with the latest Snappy Ubuntu Core operating system.

To our knowledge, HiKey is one of the first single-board computers (SBCs) to be certified for running the latest Ubuntu Core OS, which you can download right (see link below), and it is also the first 64-bit Octa-Core A53 ARMv8 community development board that is compatible with the Linaro 96Boards CE specification.

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Also: How to work with and manage Scopes in Ubuntu Touch

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Hands-on with the BQ Aquaris M10: The first Ubuntu tablet is here, but it’s not quite finished

    The BQ Aquaris M10 is the first tablet running Ubuntu. It’s also the first device in which Ubuntu delivers on the vision of convergence that started with the Ubuntu Edge campaign. Ubuntu fans will be thrilled to finally get their hands on this unique device, but Ubuntu’s developers clearly have much more work to do.

  • Here are the 10 New Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Features Every Ubuntu User Should Know

    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Codenamed “Xenial Xerus” has arrived. After Six month developments, Canonical officially releases the new Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on April 21, 2016. It now available to download and install on PCs, laptops and netbooks.

  • Trying The Padoka PPA For The Latest RadeonSI Experience On Ubuntu 16.04

    For those currently running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and thinking about trying out the Padoka PPA for easily deploying the latest Mesa code on your desktop rather than using Xenial's stock Mesa 11.2, here are some fresh reference benchmarks.

    In a few days is the main tests I'm working on of looking at the Linux 4.6 vs. DRM-Next-4.7 for Radeon/AMDGPU. But in the process of doing a clean system install and then wanting to be on Mesa Git for when doing those DRM tests, I decided to do a quick Mesa 11.2 vs. 11.3-devel comparison along the way for one of the test graphics cards: the AMD Radeon R9 290.

  • Another Ubuntu Hackathon, with a blend of #convergence [Ed: Microsoft is now grooming Canonical and Ubuntu like it did Novell and Mono (or Ximian and Xamarin beforehand)]

    As we continue our hackathon journey around China, we are back in Beijing! Since the last time we were here in Beijing, Ubuntu’s first tablet, the BQ M10 Ubuntu Edition became available worldwide. It’s more than just another tablet, it’s the first device that brings the true convergent experience to life. For those of you who are not familiar with the term convergence, it means you can turn your tablet into a fully functioning Ubuntu desktop with a set of bluetooth keyboard and mouse. And for developers you only need to write one set of code, which will run across all Ubuntu form factors – you can find out more information on the convergence feature here and here.


    A big thanks to our location sponsor Microsoft China Headquarter for providing the awesome coding space for our developers and all the local communities and friends that made this happen.

Canonical Pushes New Features into the Snappy Integration for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Canonical's Zygmunt Krynicki announced just a few moments ago, May 13, 2016, that a new version of the snapd tool has been pushed to the stable repositories of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Black review

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Weighing in at just over a pound, the Aquaris M10 isn’t an unwieldy tablet, but it doesn’t strike us as lightweight either. It’s definitely a two-hand device, considering the acreage of its 10.1-inch display. Trying to use it with one hand is a sure way to induce wrist cramps and other discomfort.

The Aquaris M10 has a glossy display, while the rear of the device bears a matte finish, allowing for both an improved grip and a more flattering appearance. The device is painted black for the full HD version, while the standard HD version has a bleach white finish. If you were hoping for a higher resolution and the snow-coated exterior, you’ll be hopelessly out of luck.

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Ubuntu Phone Users Can Now View Their Dropbox Camera Uploads via Photos Scope

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Canonical announced on May 12, 2016, that they've updated the Photos Scope for Ubuntu Phone users with support for viewing camera uploads from their Dropbox accounts.

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Will Ubuntu keep the title of the best Desktop OS?

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While working at Dell Inc. in the 2011 I met some Linux enthusiasts that introduced me to Ubuntu. I have heard about SUSE, Debian and Red Hat before but they were never promoted as real alternatives to Windows and OS X. But Ubuntu changed my mindset toward Linux so I decided to give it a try. At the beginning I felt it was too hard to understand so I went back and forth between Ubuntu and Windows until I got used to Ubuntu. My first barrier was the fact that on Windows everything was fixed by installing a software that will do everything for you and on Linux it was all about the Terminal. But once you realize that you don't need to deal with malware and slow performance anymore you simply don't look back at Windows.

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$35 open source RK3288 hacker SBC hits Indiegogo

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A tiny open source “MiQi” SBC that runs Linux or Android on a Rockchip RK3288, with HDMI, GbE, four USB ports, and expansion headers has launched on Indiegogo.

A Shenzhen startup led by Benn Huang called MQMaker launched an Indiegogo campaign for a MiQi hacker board. The MiQi is available in packages starting at $35 (1GB RAM, 8GB eMMC) and $69 (2GB RAM, 32GB eMMC). Last September, the company successfully launched an open spec, OpenWrt Linux-based WiTi router board, now available for $69.

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Leftovers: KDE

  • Plasma Wayland ISO Checkup
    My Plasma Wayland ISOs are building nicely fresh each day. I asked Betty the fuzzy Guinea Pig to gave one a try today and there’s still obvious bugs like no text on task bar and the blue window bars are back but she’s generally impressed at how this is likely to be a good replacement for X in the near future.
  • Call for new KStars splash screen
    KStars gained two seats for Google Summer of Code 2016. The first project is to develop KStars Lite, a small footprint KStars aimed for tablet/mobile and low powered devices. The second project is to port KStars to Windows, including migration of INDI Client library and Ekos. Both projects are progressing along quite nicely and we expect to see stellar results by the end of the summer.
  • KDAB Training Day at QtCon
  • Faster than Fast String Search in Qt
  • Very explicit operator bool
  • Kdenlive: features and next Cafés
    Our monthly Kdenlive Cafés (*) really helped us focusing the development on some awesome features. We now have a small team of really involved people that help us evolve towards the best free open source video editor for professionnals.
  • KDev-Embedded, The alpha version is coming !
    Today one of the most important steps was performed, the first upload to a microController. The code was a blink compiled with a makefile and uploaded with the KDev-Embedded plugin to an AVR microController (Arduino Nano board).
  • Verdigris: Qt without moc
    Verdigris is a header-only library that can be used with Qt. It uses macros to create a QMetaObject that is binary compatible with Qt's own QMetaObject without requiring moc. In other words, you can use Verdigris macros in your Qt or QML application instead of some of the Qt macros and then you do not need to run moc.
  • Kubuntu Party 4 – The Gathering of Halflings
    Come and join us for a most excellent Gathering of Halflings at Kubuntu Party 4, Friday 17th June 19:00 UTC.
  • Some plans do not cooperate with you…
    I reached the creator at the IRC channel of KDE to see if he could help me, and Jonathan Riddel gives me the help that I need it, at the selection of bugs that I could work and others things that I was thinking about Umbrello. After two days, one before the end of submission time, I submitted my project to the KDE Community.
  • Coding at Lakademy
    Today is the third day that Lakademy is happening at Federal University of State of Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), and since the first hour, I’m doing a lot of code. The work is concentrate on my GSoC Project, and finally getting on track on my work in Umbrello.
  • if (LaKademy 2016) goto Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro, the “Cidade Maravilhosa”, land of the eternal Summer. The sunlight here is always clear and hot, the sea is refreshing, the sand is comfortable. The people is happy, Rio de Janeiro has good music, food, the craziest parties of the world, and beautiful bodies having fun with beach games (do you know futevolei?).
  • Breeze Dark Color Scheme
    Just as quick info, with the next KDE Frameworks 5 release, namely KF5 version 5.23, the KTextEditor framework gains a Breeze Dark color scheme. The colors mostly stick to the Breeze color palette, with some minor changes, since KTextEditor needs more colors the the color palette itself ships. To use this color scheme, go to the config dialog and choose “Breeze Dark” in the Fonts & Colors config page. We hope this is useful – mandatory screenshot:
  • kmail 16.04.1 and Novell Groupwise 2014 IMAP server - anyone?
  • Yet Another GSoC Blog
    TL;DR: Well Hey there, Chantara here. I will be working with 2 awesome mentors, Stikonas and teo-, to add LVM and hopefully RAID support for KDE Partition Manager and KPMCore library over my summer with Google Summer of Code. If you’re interested, read on!!! :)
  • KDE Partition Manager 2.2.0
    KDE Partition Manager and KPMcore 2.2.0 are now released with a proper LUKS support! This is a fairly big feature release but it also got tested more than usual, so a lot of bugs were fixed (including some crashes). Unfortunately there is still one more reproducible crash (bug 363294) on exit when file open/save dialogs are used (and very similar crashes actually exist in some other KDE programs, e.g. kdebugdialog or Marble). If anybody has any idea how to fix it I would be grateful.
  • Hello KDE
    Plasma Mobile Emulator will be the solution for developing, testing and accessing plasma mobile system without having to install on real phone.
  • Interview with Neotheta
  • The work on animation features continues
    While the first stable Krita version with animation is just around the corner, I am already rolling up my sleeves with plans to take the feature to the next level. It's Google Summer of Code time again. A lot has happened since last year. Import for image sequences was added, the timeline docker was reworked and a large number of smaller changes and fixes were implemented to make the animation tools ready for inclusion in Krita 3.0. For a nice overview, check out GDQuest's video tutorial.
  • Free Software Artists and their Tools — Part I: David Revoy & Krita
    The idea that Free Software has no decent design programs, and that it is impossible to produce quality art without proprietary apps is one of those myths that refuses to die. For quite some time now, OCSmag has been on a mission to prove otherwise. In this latest series we talk to three artists who use Free Software tools to produce their works.
  • Krita at KomMissia
    Last weekend, ace Krita hacker Dmitry Kazakov attended KomMissia, the annual Russian comics festival. Best quote award goes to the Wacom booth attendants, who install Krita on all their demo machines because “too many people keep asking about it”!
  • KStars on Windows – Alpha version
    Using emerge tool, I started to build KStars on Windows. Since this process could be very troublesome, I used a Windows 7 32-bit virtual machine. Actually, for building KDE sources, the KDE developers recommend the 32-bit version of Windows 7.

Kubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus - Not meant to be

There's one thing that is consistent with the Xenial family of spring disappointments. The disappointment. When one goes bad, you know they all do, and in this regard, Ubuntu LTS delivers badly across its entire range. 16.04 was meant to be sweet hope, salvation and joy, it is just a string of rushed, badly QA-ed images. Kubuntu Xerus does not have any redeeming factors. It's pretty all right, but it's buggy, Samba support is weak, smartphone support is sub-par, package management is atrocious, battery life is just average but still much worse than the spectacularly useless Werewolf release, and there are lots of other small problems everywhere. Nothing about this particular edition oozes confidence, quality or long-term vision. Really sad. 2/10. My weekend has been ruined again, thank you. Don't bother. Bye. Read more

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Cinnamon 3.0.4 Desktop Updates the Overlay Scrollbar, Sound and Menu Applets

While the Linux Mint 18 operating system is still in heavy development, Clement Lefebvre and his team of developers announced a new update for the Cinnamon 3.0 desktop environment. Cinnamon 3.0.4 is now the latest version of the acclaimed GNOME 3-based open-source graphical desktop interface, which will be used by default for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" OS, on the Cinnamon Edition, of course. It comes a few days after the release of Cinnamon 3.0.3. Read more Also: The New Control Center Is Being Worked On For GNOME 3.22