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Cinnamon PPA will no longer be maintained for Ubuntu users

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Gwendal Le Bihan, maintainer of the Cinnamon PPA, has confirmed he will be discontinuing the popular desktop environment. At least the stable releases the community has become accustomed to that is. The development of the Cinnamon desktop environment will continue through development builds in a separate nightly PPA.

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RhinoLINUX Lite Xfce Edition 7.0 Is Based on Xubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16

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Linux
Ubuntu

RhinoLINUX 7.0 has been dubbed “Saucy SUZIE” and the code name betrays the roots of the distribution. The developers have used more than just one base for their operating system, namely Xubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) and Linux Mint 16 (Petra). This is rather unusual, especially if we take into consideration the fact that Ubuntu 13.10 is about to reach end of life in a couple of months.

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LightDM 1.11.2 Released for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

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LightDM is a display manager that's mainly used in Ubuntu distributions, but users will find it in other Ubuntu-based distros as well. It's not a visible part of the operating system and it's not something that users interact with at any level.

The LightDM development has been going at a steady pace and its devs have just released a new version that is designed for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn). It doesn’t have too many changes, but there are a couple of interesting ones.

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Will Canonical name a new Pope?

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So who should replace Jono?

My choice, and I hope it’s not el beso de la muerte (that’s the kiss of death, to those who don’t speak Spanish) for me to say it, is California LoCo leader Nathan Haines, who I’ve mentioned in an earlier blog post. Again, I have known Nathan for years and he has been an eloquent advocate and steady leader in the California LoCo for quite some time. There are few in FOSS for which I have as much respect as I do for Nathan, and his leadership skills are top-notch. If Canonical misses the chance to hire Nathan as their Community Leader, they should at least — at the ultimate very least — make him the Community Leader’s monkey boy.

But after thinking about it for awhile, my guess is that Jono’s successor will be Alan Pope, Canonical’s engineering manager, podcaster and all-around good guy. He may not be able to play electric guitar as well as Jono Bacon, but he has the right stuff — for example, a likeable demeanor and a knack for diplomacy for starters, and the same ability to perform the same foot-from-mouth extraction that Jono always performed on Shuttleworth. He would be a good fit for Ubuntu.

So the question becomes this: Are we going to see white smoke from the chimneys at Canonical if they elect Pope?

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Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Now Uses Kernel 3.15 RC5

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As you may know, the development of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn has started a few weeks ago. For now, Ubuntu 14.10 is the same system as Ubuntu 14.04, but with some under-development additions.

While Ubuntu 14.10 was initially based on Kernel 3.13 (the kernel used on Ubuntu Trusty), the developers have recently implemented Kernel 3.15 RC5 to power up Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

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Updated Intel Graphics Stack On Ubuntu 14.04 Has Some Slowdowns

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

For those curious about the impact of running Intel "Haswell" HD Graphics 4600 on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and then pulling in the latest Mesa 10.3-devel code followed by the Linux 3.15 kernel, it's not entirely a happy story if you are looking to maximize your Intel Linux graphics performance capabilities.

Having done a clean install of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS this week on a Core i7 4770K system I figured I would do the usual graphics driver performance update of comparing Ubuntu 14.04 out-of-the-box (Linux 3.13 + Mesa 10.1) against pulling in the latest Oibaf PPA packages to have xf86-video-intel 2.99.911 DDX and the Mesa 10.3-devel Git master code (a big leap from Mesa 10.1.0). Lastly, with the updated Intel user-space graphics drivers I then updated kernel-space by moving to the Linux 3.15 kernel via the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA.

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Netrunner 14 RC1 Is Based on Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, but It Looks Much Better

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

Netrunner 14 RC1, a GNU/Linux distribution based on Kubuntu 14.04 LTS, featuring KDE as the default desktop environment and integrating many GNOME/GTK+ programs to make it Ubuntu-compatible, has been released and is now available for testing.

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Mark Shuttleworth Says That Ubuntu Is Now the Biggest OS in the Cloud

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Server
Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, has been very busy in the last couple of weeks promoting Ubuntu, but not the desktop version. It turns out that Ubuntu is a hit in the cloud ecosystem as well and that it dominates the OpenStack race.

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Catalyst On Ubuntu 14.04 Linux Competes Well With Windows 8.1

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Microsoft
Ubuntu

After this week having carried out benchmarks showing Intel's Windows 8.1 OpenGL driver is outperforming their open-source Linux driver but NVIDIA's driver on Ubuntu Linux is commonly faster than Windows 8.1, the time has come to benchmark several different AMD Radeon graphics cards under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with all available updates and each OS using the latest Catalyst 14.4 driver.

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Candice Swanepoel Likes Ubuntu and Unity in New Axe Commercial

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Candice Swanepoel is a South African model that seem to have a preference of Ubuntu systems and Unity. At least this is what we can deduce from her Youtube channel and the commercial she just posted.

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Red Hat and Canonical to Increasingly Compete with OpenStack

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Red Hat
Ubuntu

Red Hat was flush with announcements in conjunction with the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta last week, as we covered here. The company announced that itt is open sourcing the ManageIQ cloud orchestration platform, and it also announced some important new collaboration deals surrounding OpenStack. However, one thing that also became clear in Atlanta is that Canonical's new focus on delivering and supporting private OpenStack clouds is going to create very direct competition with Red Hat.

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NVIDIA On Ubuntu 14.04 Has Some New Advantages Over Windows 8.1

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Ubuntu

In the past when comparing the Linux and Windows performance with NVIDIA graphics when using their proprietary drivers, the performance has largely been the same. With the very latest drivers on each platform, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS seems to have an advantage over Windows 8.1 in many of the tests. With Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we were using the NVIDIA 337.19 Beta as the latest publicly available driver at the time of testing while for Windows 8.1 Pro x64 the 337.50 driver was their latest equivalent. As usual for ensuring accuracy and being a fair "out of the box" comparison, the stock settings were used for each operating system.

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Edubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr : Video Review and Screenshot Tour

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Edubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr was released few week ago. It the latest of ubuntu-derived based on ubuntu 14.04 LTS that dedicated for users with a modern and complex computing environment suitable for classroom/educational use.

This release is the second LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Edubuntu, it will be supported for 5 years, until April 2019.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Will Target Qt 5.3 Support

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With Qt5 updates coming just every six months and Ubuntu 14.10 coming out in October, it's fairly expected that Qt 5.3 will be part of Ubuntu 14.10 and it's now been mostly confirmed via the ubuntu-devel list. Qt5 is becoming an increasingly important component to the Ubuntu stack due to its use within Unity 8, etc. Qt 5.3 is also a requirement for the upcoming KDE Plasma Next work. Kubuntu developers though don't intend to ship the next-generation KDE stack in Kubuntu 14.10 by default but to just make it available for those wishing to install it after the fact.

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Quick Look: Unity for Arch

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News
OSS
Reviews
Ubuntu
HowTos

A precursory glance at the above screenshot might give the impression that this is yet another Ubuntu Linux review. However, a closer look at the logo in the bottom left corner reveals that nothing could be farther from the truth. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at the Unity desktop environment on Arch Linux.

Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon leaves Canonical to join Xprize

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Looks like it’s time for Open Source community managers to mover on. In the month of April openSUSE community manager announced that he was leaving SUSE to join ownCloud and now Jono Bacon, the rock star community manager of Ubuntu is leaving Canonical.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS AIO (All-In-One) DVD With Ubuntu Derivatives

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Good news isn’t it? Yes, 5 Ubuntu derivatives all in one ISO file. One thing I like about this is no more clearing ISO files of the distros on these AIO ISO from USB drives. Mounting this AIO ISO to a USB drive saves you a lot of time. What do have to say about this AIO DVD?

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Spyware Driver Notification in Ubuntu Shows Just How Vulnerable Windows Really Is

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Microsoft
Security
Ubuntu

The biggest problem with any Windows operating system is the security, whether it's about viruses or back doors, and this spyware “message” in a Linux system about Windows drivers shows just how much of a problem security is for Microsoft's OS.

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User survey: Ubuntu is the top OpenStack OS

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A survey of OpenStack users, done by members of the OpenStack Foundation has found that Ubuntu is by far the most widely used operating system with OpenStack, not Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS (which is in second place).

But the most eye-opening statistics don't involve which distribution is being used. It's who's using it and why -- and what those numbers say about the people who've adopted OpenStack.

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Canonical Updates Ubuntu Linux Mobile Installer for Android

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Android
Ubuntu

Dual-booting Canonical's Ubuntu Linux and Android on tablets and smartphones has moved a small step closer to reality with the release of a new version of the Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer. Codenamed M9, the release offers support for Ubuntu OS upgrades, along with a slew of other enhancements.

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