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Leftovers: Ubuntu (More on Shakeup)

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Ubuntu-Based LXLE 16.04.2 "Eclectica" Released with Btrfs File System Support

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LXLE developer Ronnie Whisler announced the general availability of the final release of his Ubuntu-based LXLE 16.04.2 "Eclectica" computer operating system.

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10 reasons why Ubuntu should use KDE Plasma instead of GNOME

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This is not a GNOME vs Plasma comparison, this specifically for Ubuntu and its users, considering the innovative vision they had till now. Just very personal thoughs ordered by importance for Ubuntu success in my opinion.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Canonical's Dropping of Unity Is Only the Iceberg's Tip

    The news that Ubuntu will be dropping development of key desktop components is probably going to eventually be a boon for enterprise users, especially in the cloud. I say "probably," because there seems to be some kind of shakeup happening at the Linux distribution, and we'll need to see how things pan-out before we can trust what our crystal ball is telling us.

    According to an announcement made Wednesday by Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, beginning next year Ubuntu will be dropping its home grown Unity desktop, replacing it with GNOME, which will bring it full circle to its beginnings as a Debian based GNOME distribution. As they say, everything old is new again.

    In addition to Unity, definitely gone are the Ubuntu phone and convergence, that nifty little feature that automatically switched a phone from a mobile interface to a full scale Linux desktop merely by plugging it up to an external monitor and keyboard. Probably gone as well is Mir, Ubuntu's still under development display server, since GNOME is designed to work and play well with Wayland, and Mir development hasn't gone as smoothly as originally anticipated.

  • Ubuntu Linux 17.04 Review ! Who's this for ?!
  • The Mir “hate-fest”

    Mark Shuttleworth seems to be a little more vocal as of late and in this instance, he’s criticizing the FLOSS (Free/Libre Open-Source) community and their ‘hate-fest’ against Mir. He goes on to call many members of the FLOSS community “deeply anti-social types who love to hate on whatever is mainstream,” which sounds something akin to calling them hipsters.

  • Unity is dead. Long live Ubuntu!

    Several days ago, Mark Shuttleworth publicly announced that Canonical will stop the development of Unity8, the phone and the whole convergence idea. This seemingly sudden and possibly shocking change will come into effect in 2018, with the next LTS release.

    By now, you've heard and read a lot of rumors and stories, analyzing this new situation, the future of Ubuntu as an operating system, and what all this means for us, Linux folks. Well, rather than quoting snippets from the Ubuntu Insights news article, I will focus on what the technical and strategic aspects of the change mean, and why you should be worried.

  • Late Night Linux – Episode 08

    In this special episode, Joe, Ikey and Jesse discuss the bombshell that Ubuntu is abandoning Unity in favour of GNOME for its next LTS and has officially given up on dreams of mobile convergence.

  • Flatpak Apps Are Awesome, But Boy Do They Look Bad on Ubuntu

    This week I installed my third Flatpak app on Ubuntu (the awesome GNOME Twitch 0.4, incase you’re interested) and it was an absolute breeze.

  • Here's how GNOME Shell can look like Ubuntu Unity

    With the recent bombshell that Canonical is quitting the Unity desktop project as well as the overall goals for convergence and returning to GNOME, one can't help but wonder what Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will look like. However, as you will see it is very easy to tweak GNOME to look and feel quite similar to Unity in a matter of minutes, so perhaps this gives an idea.

  • What Ubuntu Needs To Consider To Remain Remarkable

    Ubuntu is probably the most famous Linux distribution worldwide on the desktop. Since its start in 2004, the distribution was downloaded millions of times. The Ubuntu community has grown up largely as well. Today, there are tons of other Linux distributions which are based on Ubuntu. They definitely made a success in creating this huge userbase.

  • Canonical Shuts Door On Unity, Ubuntu Phone And Convergence

    Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical (parent company of Ubuntu), has just announced the shocking news.

  • Insights On Companies/Developers Behind Wayland

    Wayland is the new display server for the Unix-like platforms. The development started around 5 years ago in 2012 in order to create a modern alternative for the 30-years-old X display server which doesn’t inherit its issues. The results are “good” so far. GNOME and KDE teams are working on completing their ports and fixing issues with the new server.

  • Ubuntu Going Back To Gnome Desktop! Did I Hear It Right?

    Yes, indeed, you heard/read it right. A moment of silence for my and your feelings about Ubuntu on phones and desktop "convergence". Yesterday was 5th of April not 1st and it doesn't seem like a April fool joke. For sure I didn't see that coming and it is shocking to me as well.

Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Detailed change log for deepin 15.4 RC2

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deepin is a Linux distribution devoted to providing beautiful, easy to use, safe and reliable system for global users.

After the test of deepin 15.4 RC1, we’ve received a lot of suggestions and feedback, we adopted part of them and fixed a lot of problems, and also added and optimized part of the functions.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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  • Mark Shuttleworth sells Ubuntu to hedge funds.

    Back around 2004/5 I remember a healthy debate with Jono Bacon and others where I prophesied that one day you’d have to pay for Ubuntu. Back in 2012 Canonical started actively asking users to pay for the distribution, now there’s nothing wrong in looking for donations how else are some projects to be supported? What got a lot of people’s backs up was the ‘in your face’ method that was put in place. For me this was an early indicator that finances at Canonical was becoming an issue, especially when services such as the Music Store and Ubuntu One were axed which was a very strange decision given that Canonical had just started to promote a mobile phone solution. A music and on-line storage service is pretty de rigueur in the mobile phone industry, very strange axing those services? The only reason I can think of is money. Mark has been pumping his own money into Canonical Holdings since day one however sadly the group have not been doing as well as you’d think. The liabilities are starting to outpace the assets with Canonical Groups net worth being £-59.4m as of 2016

  • Mark Shuttleworth Reportedly Returning To Role As Canonical CEO

    There's a big meeting going on today at Canonical regarding changes being made at the company. This follows the dramatic news this week of Ubuntu dropping Unity 8 and switching back to GNOME Shell. There's now information obtained that Mark is planning to reprise the role of CEO.

  • Mir Developer Hopes Community Will Use It & Add Wayland Compatibility
  • Canonical drop the Unity desktop environment for Ubuntu favour of going back to GNOME
  • Former Compiz Developer: Free Software Desktop Might Enter A Dark Age

    With the big shake-up this week at Canonical resulting in abandoning Unity and switching back to GNOME, former Compiz developer and Canonical employee Sam Spilsbury has shared a retrospective on his years of working on Compiz and Unity for Ubuntu.

  • The end of a dream?

    We read in the press that Canonical has pulled out of the dream of “convergence”. With that the current support for a whole family of related projects dies.

  • Vale Unity

    Its been almost six years since Ubuntu shipped with Unity as the default desktop and compiz as the underlying compositor. For every release since then, a similar software stack has shipped on every subsequent release up until 17.04 . Those ten releases make up about half of the Ubuntu desktop’s lifespan and certainly more than half of the person-hours invested into the project, so today’s announcement to wind it down is a pretty significant moment.

Unity 8 Now Has a New Home over at UBports, Development Will Start Very Soon

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While some still believe that it will be impossible for a small team to keep the development of the Unity 8 and Ubuntu Touch alive after Canonical's decision to abandon both projects, UBports founder Marius Gripsgård thinks different.

We reported the other day that the leader of the UBports community, a team of skilled developers porting Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to various widely-used mobile devices, such as Fairphone 2 and OnePlus One, announced that he would do everything in his power to keep Unity 8 alive.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu (Not Just Bad News)

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Canonical Layoffs

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  • Staff and projects shed as Canonical enters biz fitness regime to look trim for investors

    Canonical is axing staff and closing projects under a sudden commercial get-fit regime.

    You may have read that Canonical is killing its never-delivered Unity 8 project but what everybody missed is that Canonical is also cutting staff.

    Nor will you have read why.

  • Canonical Reportedly Slashing Jobs, Seeking Outside Investment

    Following news of Ubuntu abandoning Unity 8 there are now reports of headcount reductions happening at Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth eyeing possible outside investments into the company.

    Our friends at The Register have just issued a report that more than half the team who worked on Unity 8 is being let go. Some Unity developers are being assigned to other departments at Canonical while other developers not finding a good fit elsewhere are being sent to the door.

  • Some In The Ubuntu Community Want To Fork, Maintain Unity 8

    Following yesterday's news of Canonical dropping work on Unity 8 and Ubuntu Phone and switching back to GNOME as their desktop environment, some community developers are determined to keep the projects going.

    Marius Gripsgård who is known for his work on UBports, the community effort trying to port Ubuntu Touch to as many devices as possible, is determined to keep going and looking to maintain Unity 8. He wrote on Google+ yesterday, "I'm not giving up! I will do my best to keep Ubuntu touch and Unity8 standing on both it's legs! It will be hard. The Ubuntu touch wheel is still spinning, and it has enough momentum to spin until we start spinning it with hopefully with greater force. Expect some news and idea drafts from the Ubports team in the coming weeks."

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Unreal Engine 4.16 Enters Public Preview State
    Epic Games on Friday released the first public preview of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4.16. There are many changes to find with Unreal Engine 4.16 while some of the highlights include volumetric fog support, a new clothing solver, optimized distance field lighting, garbage collection improvements, and more.
  • Unreal Engine 4.16 Preview
    A Preview of the upcoming 4.16 release is available now on the Launcher and Github. We have made this Preview available so that our developer-community can help us catch issues before the final release. As fixes are implemented, we will release updated previews throughout the development cycle. Please be aware that the preview releases are not fully quality tested, that they are still under heavy active development, and that they should be considered as unstable until the final release. Developers should not convert their projects for active development on preview releases. Please test on copies of your project instead.
  • Watch this highlight reel of iAlwaysSin's Alien Isolation livestreams!
    Last Thursday the newest member of the GOL Livestream Team, iAlwaysSin, completed her live playthrough of the extremely scary Alien Isolation. And, to commemorate this achievement (and all the deaths that occurred in the process) I decided to download and edit all the VODs together into a nice highlight reel. With my sarcastic remarks, of course.

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Manjaro Linux: Reliable and Up to Date, Geekdom Optional

Regular readers can pretty much ignore this one. We’ll be back to cartoons, O’s baseball and the usual inanity soon, tomorrow in fact. I just wanted to revisit my dedication to Linux, prompted by a recent mixed bag of experiences that left me feeling even more positive about a relative newcomer to the distro scene: Manjaro. It all started a few days ago, when I decided to finally try to update the eight remaining Linux installs on my main desktop PC. I’ve been using Linux Mint (18.1 Cinnamon) as my daily driver for several months, originally in an attempt to keep my bandwidth usage to a reasonable level, and then due to inertia/lack of issues. I could have gone with my trusty Debian stable install, my go-to for years up till then, but I guess I was just getting bored. Read more