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Divided Over Ubuntu’s Unity

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I have commented in the past on how the needs of the average computer user are sometimes at odds with the wants of the power Linux user. Linux nerds revel in the myriad choices while new users are dazzled and confused. Canonical came up with an environment specifically catered to the novice. It doesn’t change, it doesn’t overwhelm them with choices and it doesn’t get in the way. Sit one of these folks down in front of KDE, Cinnamon, MATE or even the simplistic Gnome 3 and they are just lost. I’ve seen it time and time again. When I put someone in front of Unity, they start clicking icons in the launcher and they say, “OK, this is how I find programs… There’s my browser… Here are the files… Oh, that’s settings… Cool.” They’re good to go and don’t care one bit about the lack of customization or the relative speed of the desktop. They can get to their stuff and that’s all that matters to them. Period.

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Divided Over Ubuntu’s Unity

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I find it very ironic that one of the most divisive things that ever hit the Linux scene is a Desktop Environment called Unity. For those of you who are late to the party, Unity was introduced by Canonical in 2010 and became the default desktop experience on Ubuntu with the release of Ubuntu 11.04. Unity is both loved and hated, depending on who you’re talking to at the moment, and all you gotta do to start a lively discussion is bring it up in mixed (Linux minded) company. Opinions about Unity range from absolute disdain to unabashed “fanboyism.”

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Might Be Delayed with One Day Due to a Unity 8 Security Bug

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Łukasz Zemczak sent today he's regular daily report to inform us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA-9 software update.

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uNav GPS navigator for Ubuntu Touch Receives Several Improvements

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uNav, a turn-by-turn GPS navigator and map viewer for Ubuntu Touch, has been upgraded once more, and a number of features have been improved.

uNav is one of the most downloaded applications on the Ubuntu phones, but that's not all that surprising, given the fact that it's also the only one of its kind. The developer of uNav has put in a lot of effort into building this application, and it's really impressive what he has managed to do with it, especially since it's not ported from another platform or based on another project.

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BQ is about to drop an Ubuntu tablet that doubles as a PC

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After partnering with Meizu and Canonical last year to make Ubuntu-powered phones a reality, Spanish hardware company BQ has revealed that it’s working on the world’s first Ubuntu tablet PC and that it’s preparing to show off the device at next month’s Mobile World Congress (MWC).

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 Is Now Hunted by a Strange Bug That Might Be Fixed in OTA-9.5

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We've been informed earlier by Łukasz Zemczak of Canonical about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the upcoming OTA-9 software update, due for release on January 27, 2016.

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Mark Shuttleworth's Opening Keynote at UbuCon Summit 2016

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The first UbuCon Summit event is taking place these days, between January 21 and 22, at the SCALE 14x Southern California Linux Expo conference in Pasadena, California, United States of America (USA), hosted at Pasadena Convention Center.

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File Roller Open Source Archive Manager Now Supports Ubuntu's Click Packages

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It has been a while since we last heard something from the development team of the File Roller archive manager, which is used by default in the GNOME desktop environment and any GNU/Linux operating system that uses the GNOME Stack.

File Roller 3.20 has just entered development for the upcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, and its development team managed to release the first milestone a couple of days ago. As usual, we managed to get our hands on the internal changelog for File Roller 3.19.1 to share with our readers some details about the newly implemented features.

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ExTiX 16.1 OS Is Based on Ubuntu 15.10, Ships with Linux Kernel 4.4 LTS and LXQt 0.10.0

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton informs Softpedia today, January 20, 2016 about the official release and immediate availability for download of his ExTiX 16.1 computer operating system.

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Ubuntu Phones Will Get a New Music App with Lots of Features After the OTA-9 Update

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Canonical's Łukasz Zemczak has just informed us a few minutes ago about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers in preparation for the forthcoming OTA-9 software update for Ubuntu Phone devices, due for release on January 27, 2016.

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