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‘Cast to TV’ Lets You Stream Media From Ubuntu to Chromecast

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It just got a little easier for Ubuntu users to cast video, music and pictures to a Chromecast equipped TV direct from the desktop.

We’ve previously shown you how to cast video from Ubuntu to a Chromecast using the open-source MKChromecast tool, and the latest versions of the popular VLC media player has Chromecast support built-in too.

Now there’s a new way for Linux users to cast content to a nearby TV over the local network using Google’s cheap n’ cheerful dongle using a GNOME Shell extension.

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Also: How Tracker is tested in 2019

Ubuntu: Canonical's Report, Exploring Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish", Mark Shuttleworth on Success With OpenStack

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  • Canonical Pulled In $110 Million, Down To ~440 Employees During Their Last Fiscal Year

    For Canonical's fiscal year ending 31 March 2018, the company behind Ubuntu just filed their latest financial documents in the UK on Thursday. These documents with UK's Companies House offer a first look at the financial performance of Canonical since their 2017 shift to focus on profitability and doing away with Unity 8 and mobile/convergence work while laying off a sizable portion of their staff in the process.

  • Exploring Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish"

    Ubuntu Linux gets back to basics with the Ubuntu 18.10 release – an appealing and practical distro that isn't worried about conquering the world.

    Ubuntu is back. The same Ubuntu that I loved back in 2011 before Unity and Gnome 3 happened. Both were great projects, but they broke my workflow, so I moved to openSUSE and Arch Linux with the Plasma desktop.

    Much water has flowed under the bridge since then. Canonical's dream of taking over Microsoft (Windows), Google (Android), and Apple (iOS) didn't materialize, and they decided to reduce their focus on the consumer space.

  • Mark Shuttleworth on success with OpenStack

    As one of the founding members and most popular distributions in OpenStack the conferences, now the Open Infrastructure Summit, are a valuable event that Canonical uses to meet with the open source community.

    During the final OpenStack Summit, Mark Shuttleworth, CEO, Canonical spoke about success with OpenStack being about the OPEX.

    Speaking with TelecomTV, Shuttleworth also discusses the specific requirements of telcos relating to open source deployment, and how these impact the overall direction of the OpenStack community.

Call for testing: Ubuntu Touch OTA-7

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As a new year approaches (or has arrived, for much of the world), we're preparing for the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-7! OTA-7 is slated to come out on Tuesday, the 8th of January. Until then, it needs to be tested to ensure its quality!

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Also: UBports' Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Is Being Prepared With On-Screen Keyboard Themes

What to Expect From Ubuntu in 2019

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This year (2019) promises to be a bumper one for Ubuntu.

We’ve got two all-new short-term releases ahead of us: Ubuntu 19.04 mid April and Ubuntu 19.10 in late October.

Both release will be packed full of the latest software and kernel updates, though the latter release is of particular interest as it it will lay the groundwork for Canonical’s next Long-Term Support release, Ubuntu 20.04.

This year will also see more work done to make the (now not so) new Yaru GTK theme as pixel-perfect as possible; icon set changes to improve visual consistency are underway; and an optimistic proposal to create an ‘editorialised’ Software center that dispenses articles, reviews and tips alongside apps (just like the macOS App Store) should kick in to gear.

But that’s not all, folks!

Below, we highlight five new features, releases and changes we’re expecting to see from Ubuntu in 2019. Our list is based on publicly accessible development plans, wiki pages, forum posts, mailing list e-mails, and the odd secret whisper or two.

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Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Using Yarn on Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions

    This quick tutorial shows you the official way of installing Yarn package manager on Ubuntu and Debian Linux. You’ll also learn some basic Yarn commands and the steps to remove Yarn completely.

    Yarn is an open source JavaScript package manager developed by Facebook. It is an alternative or should I say improvement to the popular npm package manager. Facebook developers’ team created Yarn to overcome the shortcomings of npm. Facebook claims that Yarn is faster, reliable and more secure than npm.

    Like npm, Yarn provides you a way to automate the process of installing, updating, configuring, and removing packages retrieved from a global registry.

    The advantage of Yarn is that it is faster as it caches every package it downloads so it doesn’t need to download it again. It also parallelizes operations to maximize resource utilization. Yarn also uses checksums to verify the integrity of every installed package before its code is executed. Yarn also guarantees that an install that worked on one system will work exactly the same way on any other system.

  • Trying out Pop!_OS 18.10, Distribution Overview and Installation Walkthrough
  • Xfce & Xubuntu 2018 Year In Review

    2018 has been a busy year for Xfce & Xubuntu. As we enter 2019 and continue to inch closer to Xfce 4.14, let’s look back at one of the busiest development years in a while.

Peppermint 9 Respin-2 Released

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Team Peppermint are pleased to announce the latest iteration of our operating system ISO images Peppermint 9 Respin-2 (20190102). This is a bug fix release of the original Peppermint 9 Respin ISO images that fixes 3 issues discovered in the installation routine. There is no need for anyone who has already successfully installed the first Peppermint 9 Respin (20181222) to reinstall this version, this purely fixes bugs in the installation routine.

Peppermint 9 Respin-2 is still available in 32bit and 64bit versions with the 64bit version having full UEFI and Secureboot support.

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Debian's Paul Wise and Chris Lamb Issue Reports, Olivier Berger Retires from Debian and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 559 is Out

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What Is Ubuntu? The Past and Present of the Ubuntu Linux Distro

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Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution in the world. It may (or may not) be the best, but it is definitely the most popular. The distribution, or packaged “brand” of Linux, is developed by Canonical Ltd. for use on desktops, servers, and many other applications.

Ubuntu is also the most popular operating system in the cloud. It’s the operating system Google built its Android development tools around. Ubuntu was the first Linux distribution supported by Valve for Steam. When most people think of Linux, they’re probably thinking about Ubuntu.

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5 Best Free Code Editors for Ubuntu, Linux

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Each editors have their own unique selling point. Developers choose their own IDE as per their comfort and needs. I hope this list helped you to decide which one you would rather pick for development use. Drop a comment below with your views.

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NVIDIA and Ubuntu year in Review

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  • NVIDIA's 2018 Linux Highlights Included Some Open-Source Milestones, But Not Many

    Besides the launch of their successful RTX "Turing" graphics cards, releasing the exciting Jetson AGX Xavier board, and other hardware initiatives, the green giant continued work on their flagship Linux graphics driver that while proprietary continues offering effectively the same feature set and performance as their Windows driver. They did make some open-source surprises this year, but not nearly as many as many in the community would have liked to see.

  • Ubuntu Had A Very Busy 2018 But Not Everything Turned Out As Planned

    There were a lot of accomplishments for Ubuntu users and developers in 2018 ranging from the successful 18.04 LTS release to Ubuntu shipping on more Dell systems to continuing to polish their GNOME Shell based desktop experience. But, also, there were a number of letdowns.

    The Ubuntu plans for shipping with GSConnect for offering some basic smartphone integration from the desktop has yet to materialize as part of the default Ubuntu desktop offering. The Ubuntu survey data that users are prompted to engage in when hitting a new Ubuntu installation also isn't quite transparent yet with that data still largely being closed up and just pushed out partially in static snapshots. Also, unfortunately, Ubuntu hasn't yet tried switching back over to the GNOME Wayland session after shipping their Long Term Support release with the mature X.Org session... Hopefully we'll see them try that transition back to Wayland in 2019 so it can be vetted ahead of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. But even with the year not having executed perfectly, there still is a lot to be happy about for Ubuntu in 2018.

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Ubuntu-Centric Full Circle Magazine and Debian on the Raspberryscape

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OSS: SVT-AV1, LibreOffice, FSF and Software Freedom Conservancy

  • SVT-AV1 Already Seeing Nice Performance Improvements Since Open-Sourcing
    It was just a few weeks ago that Intel open-sourced the SVT-AV1 project as a CPU-based AV1 video encoder. In the short time since publishing it, there's already been some significant performance improvements.  Since the start of the month, SVT-AV1 has added multi-threaded CDEF search, more AVX optimizations, and other improvements to this fast evolving AV1 encoder. With having updated the test profile against the latest state as of today, here's a quick look at the performance of this Intel open-source AV1 video encoder.
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    Hundreds of people around the world contribute to each new version of LibreOffice, and we’ve interviewed many of them on this blog. Now we’ve collected them together on a map (thanks to OpenStreetMap), so you can see who’s near you, and find out more!
  • What I learned during my internship with the FSF tech team
    Hello everyone, I am Hrishikesh, and this is my follow-up blog post concluding my experiences and the work I did during my 3.5 month remote internship with the FSF. During my internship, I worked with the tech team to research and propose replacements for their network monitoring infrastructure. A few things did not go quite as planned, but a lot of good things that I did not plan happened along the way. For example, I planned to work on GNU LibreJS, but never could find enough time for it. On the other hand, I gained a lot of system administration experience by reading IRC conversations, and by working on my project. I even got to have a brief conversation with RMS! My mentors, Ian, Andrew, and Ruben, were extremely helpful and understanding throughout my internship. As someone who previously had not worked with a team, I learned a lot about teamwork. Aside from IRC, we interacted weekly in a conference call via phone, and used the FSF's Etherpad instance for live collaborative editing, to take notes. The first two months were mostly spent studying the FSF's existing Nagios- and Munin-based monitoring and alert system, to understand how it works. The tech team provided two VMs for experimenting with Prometheus and Nagios, which I used throughout the internship. During this time, I also spent a lot of time reading about licenses, and other posts about free software published by the FSF.
  • We're Hiring: Techie Bookkeeper
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Security: Back Doors Running Amok, Container Runtime Flaw Patched, Cisco Ships Exploit Inside Products

  • Here We Go Again: 127 Million Accounts Stolen From 8 More Websites
    Several days ago, a hacker put 617 million accounts from 16 different websites for sale on the dark web. Now, the same hacker is offering 127 million more records from another eight websites.
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    A hacker who stole close to 620 million user records from 16 websites has stolen another 127 million records from eight more websites, TechCrunch has learned. The hacker, whose listing was the previously disclosed data for about $20,000 in bitcoin on a dark web marketplace, stole the data last year from several major sites — some that had already been disclosed, like more than 151 million records from MyFitnessPal and 25 million records from Animoto. But several other hacked sites on the marketplace listing didn’t know or hadn’t disclosed yet — such as 500px and Coffee Meets Bagel. The Register, which first reported the story, said the data included names, email addresses and scrambled passwords, and in some cases other login and account data — though no financial data was included.
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    An exploit code for Dirty COW was accidentally shipped by Cisco with product software. Learn how this code ended up in a software release and what this vulnerability can do.

10 Cool Software to Try from CORP Repo in Fedora

In this article, we will share 10 cool software projects to try in Fedora distribution. All the apps or tools covered here can be found in COPR repository. However, before we move any further, let’s briefly explain COPR. Read more