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Canonical Announces Snapcraft 2.19 Snap Creator Tool for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

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Canonical's Sergio Schvezov announced recently the release and immediate availability of the Snapcraft 2.19 tool for creating Snap universal packages, in the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 repos.

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MATE Desktop 1.16 Lands in Ubuntu MATE 16.10, Coming Soon to Ubuntu MATE 16.04

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Ubuntu MATE project leader Martin Wimpress announced today, October 6, 2016, that the latest MATE 1.16 desktop environment has landed in the stable repositories of the upcoming Ubuntu MATE 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system.

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These Are the New Default Wallpapers of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak)

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We reported back in August that Ubuntu project member Nathan Haines put together yet another Free Culture Showcase event were amazing artists would submit their beautiful wallpapers for the upcoming Ubuntu 16.10 operating system.

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Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) to Ship with an Optional Unity 8 Session After All

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We told you earlier this summer that we're switching to use Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) on some of our computers to monitor its development cycle and inform you guys about the new features it gets.

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Ubuntu Leftovers: Dell with Ubuntu, New Unity, Kubernetes on Canonical Ubuntu

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  • Dell XPS 13 laptops with Kaby Lake now available for $800 and up (Windows and Ubuntu options)

    Note that the Ubuntu Linux models are considered Dell’s “Developer Edition” laptops, so they’re not necessarily cheaper than their Windows counterparts. In fact, the most affordable 2016 Dell XPS 13 available with Linux is a $950 version with a Core i5-7200U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage.

  • Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition now available with Ubuntu Linux and Intel Kaby Lake CPU

    When you want a laptop running Ubuntu, you can always purchase a Windows machine and replace the operating system. Why bother with that hassle, though? Instead, it is smart to buy a machine pre-loaded with a Linux-based operating from a company like System76.

    While System76 sells brilliant Ubuntu-powered laptops and desktops, it is not the only game in town. Actually, believe it or not, Dell has long been a proponent of Linux, even before 'Project Sputnik'. Its Ubuntu-powered XPS 13 Developer Edition laptops have been quite popular, and for good reason -- they are built well and are very beautiful. Today, Dell announces a refresh with 7th-gen Intel Kaby Lake processors. The 13-inch laptop even gets a new color option -- rose gold.

    "As you may remember, these systems began life four years ago as Project Sputnik, an open-ended exploratory project. From the very beginning, the effort was designed to solicit and incorporate input from the developer community as to what they wanted in a laptop", says Barton George, ‎Senior Principal Engineer, Dell.

  • Unity 8 Desktop Session Arrives in Ubuntu 16.10

    The latest updates to Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak add a Unity8 desktop session to the Ubuntu login screen.

  • Trying Out The Experimental Unity 8 Session On Ubuntu 16.10
  • Hands On With Unity 8 On Ubuntu 16.10 (Screenshots, Video)

    In case you missed word earlier, the Unity 8 desktop is now available to try out in the latest Ubuntu 16.10 developer images — no need to manually install anything. It’s not the default experience, but it’s there, as an option, right on the login screen (see right).

  • Kubernetes on Canonical Ubuntu, enterprise container portfolio expands

    Dustin Kirkland leads Canonical’s platform products and has said that his firm’s focus is operational simplicity while delivering security, elasticity and compatibility with the Kubernetes standard across all public and private infrastructure.

Ubuntu on Intel Atom mini PCs (Linuxium’s builds for Bay Trail and Cherry Trail computers)

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Over the past few years a number of companies have released small desktop computers with Intel Atom processors. Some ship with Windows software. Some have Linux. And others have no operating system at all.

Want to install your own operating system? If you’re using Windows that shouldn’t be too hard. But Linux may be another story, since many GNU/Linux-based operating systems lack some of the wireless or HDMI/audio features you may need.

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An Everyday Linux User Review Of Kubuntu 16.04

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My experience with Kubuntu has done nothing to convince me that I want to use KDE in the long term. If I did want to use KDE long term then my experience with Manjaro would definitely make me lean in that direction.

This is an LTS release yet there are so many little niggles. New users to Linux will not be enamoured with having to find solutions to simple things like installing software.

The problems are worse than those that I experienced with Ubuntu. At least with Ubuntu I could install a separate application for installing the good stuff like Chrome. With Kubuntu it is command line all the way and searching forums for solutions.

With Linux Mint being so good it is hard for me to recommend Kubuntu 16.04.

I am not the only person to have issues with Kubuntu, read this review by Dedoimedo, he runs into many of the same issues as I did.

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$39 network switching Pico-ITX SBC runs Linux on Cortex-A53

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Globalscale’s “EspressoBin” network switching Pico-ITX SBC offers Marvell’s dual-core, Cortex-A53 Armada 3720 SoC, plus 2x GbE, 1x WAN, SATA, and mini-PCIe.

Globalscale Technologies and its hardware partner Marvell, which have previously collaborated on products such as the Armada 370 Mirabox, have joined forces on a Linux-fueled EspressoBin network switching single-board computer. The EspressoBin is based on a more powerful Marvell Armada SoC: a dual-core, Cortex-A53 Armada 3720 clocked to 1.2GHz.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Canonical Brings Kubernetes to Ubuntu

    It appears as if the guys and gals at Canonical have been working overtime to stay ahead in the cloud, where its Linux distribution, Ubuntu, is the decisive winner as far as the number of deployments goes. Evidently, they'd like to keep it that way. On Tuesday the company unveiled its own fully supported enterprise distribution of Kubernetes. This comes only a week after the company announced it had worked with IBM to bring its own implementation of OpenStack to Big Blue's hardware.

    If you don't know, Kubernetes is a container tool for DevOps that was originally developed by Google but which is now managed by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and available under the Apache open source license. To develop its own distribution, Ubuntu copied its IBM mainframe move and worked with the source, in this case Google. They've come up with what Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is calling a "pure, vanilla version" of the platform.

  • budgie-remix 16.10 beta 2 is now available
  • Addressing FUD

    I find it really despicable to see developers, maintainers and communities from competing projects create and spread FUD about Linux Mint in an effort to promote their own distribution.

    At this cost, getting more users is futile. Of course, a project needs a large audience to succeed, but what matters the most is how happy your users are. If you want your project to work, make it great. If you want to promote it, highlight your own work and efforts.

    At the time when Ubuntu was dominant in the Linux market, it continuously received a huge amount of FUD. It was unfair, it was stupid and frankly, it was embarrassing for the entire Linux community. It still is and it has gotten worse for us because we’re now receiving a significant chunk of that FUD, some of it coming from the very same project who already suffered so much from it.

  • Monthly News – September 2016

    Many thanks to you all for your help, support and donations. This month has been very exciting for us because the release cycle was over, the base jump to the new LTS base was achieved, we had plenty of ideas to implement, nothing got in our way and we could focus on development. Not only that but the development budget was high, and that’s thanks to you, and it tightens the bonds a little more between us. It makes everybody happy, some developers start looking for a new laptop, others use the money to relax. No matter how it’s used, it always helps, and because it helps them, it helps us.

    Another team was set up recently to gather artists and web designers who are interested in improving our websites. This is a new team, with 9 members who just started to get to know each others. It’s hard to predict how the team will evolve, or if it will be successful. It’s hard to know also who in this team might end up being central to our designs and maybe not only to our websites but also to our software, our user interfaces.

FreeBSD 11.0 Comes Up Short In Ubuntu 16.04 vs. macOS Sierra Benchmarks

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Yesterday I published some macOS 10.2 vs. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS benchmarks from a Mac Mini and MacBook Air systems. For those curious if BSDs can outperform macOS Sierra on Apple hardware, I tested the MacBook Air with FreeBSD 11.0 compared to the Linux and macOS results on that Core i5 system. Here are those results.

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New KNOPPIX Release, LibreOffice 5.1.6, Rosa Down

In Linux news today KNOPPIX 7.7.1 was released to the public based on Debian with GNOME 3.22, KDE 5.7.2, and "Everything 3D." The Rosa project is experiencing network issues and folks may experience problems trying to connect to their services the next few days. LibreOffice 5.1.6 was announced today by The Document Foundation, the sixth update to the Still branch for stable users, and a new vulnerability was disclosed in GNU Tar. Read more