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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

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The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

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Forward Momentum in the Ubuntu App Developer Platform

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Last week I was in Orlando sprinting with my team as well as the platform, SDK, and security teams and some desktop and design folks. As usual after a sprint, I have been slammed catching up with email, but I wanted to provide a summary of some work going that you can expect to see soon in the Ubuntu app developer platform.

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Ubuntu mobile takes two steps forward, one step backward

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Vodafone joined Ubuntu’s Carrier Advisory Group, as Ubuntu demoed progress on a unified desktop/mobile UI, but a Debian decision may further isolate Ubuntu.

Canonical has yet to sign up any vendors or carriers for upcoming smart phones running Ubuntu, which is not surprising, considering the first Ubuntu phone release appears to have slipped to 2015. However, the company has signed up an impressive roster of mobile providers that are at least intrigued enough to join its Carrier Advisory Group (CAG). Now, leading European carrier Vodafone has joined the pack, which already includes U.S. carriers including Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.

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Fake Debian Developers Are Trying to Get Steam Keys from Valve

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Gaming
Ubuntu

The distribution of Steam keys to the Debian and Ubuntu developers is being handled by a third-party company called Collabora, which is consulting Valve in open source matters.

One of the Collabora employees, who is actually responsible for sending the keys and verifying the authenticity of the developers, has posted a very interesting blog message, detailing some of the techniques and emails from various scammers.

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Ubuntu store apps won’t work across mobile and desktop in 14.04

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One of Canonical's main goals in bringing Ubuntu to mobile devices is to create a converged platform across smartphones, tablets, and PCs. As such, a developer should be able to write an app that has a single code base yet runs on all three types of devices, presenting a different interface to the user on each form factor.

Technically, this has already been achieved. Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon this week showed off Karma Machine, a reddit client built by a third-party developer using the Ubuntu SDK:

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Debian init decision further isolates Ubuntu

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Going forward, systemd will be Debian's default init system for Linux distributions, an init system soon to be used by every other major Linux distribution other than Ubuntu.

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Early Benchmarks Of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS vs. 14.04 LTS

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After this weekend sharing benchmarks of the recent Ubuntu 12.04 LTS point releases, here's some complementary tests that offer a look at the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance against the current state of the "Trusty Tahr", a.k.a. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

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Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Second call for nominations

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We have received insufficient nominations to fill all of the vacant seats. The deadline for nominations is therefore being extended by *two weeks*. This makes the timescale as follows: - Nominations should be received by: February 24, 2014 00:00 UTC - Election (if any) starts: Febuary 24, 2014 - Election (if any) concludes: March 10 2014: ~12:00 UTC - New members confirmed on: March 10 2014, with terms beginning March 11, 2014

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Expansion of Valve free games offer to Ubuntu developers

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Gaming
Ubuntu

As I'm sure most will be aware, for the last couple of weeks, Valve have
offered access to all Valve produced games free of charge to Debian
Developers [0].

As of today, they have kindly extended this to all registered Ubuntu
Developers [1].

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Vodafone backs Ubuntu - but no sign of smartphone yet

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Vodafone has backed Ubuntu, joining an advisory group run by development backer Canonical to bringing the open-source OS to handsets.

Canonical's carrier advisory group allows operators to have a say in Ubuntu's development on mobile.

Three, EE and T-Mobile have already signed up to the group, which consists of 16 operators in total. The group will close to new entrants in July - but the first major Ubuntu Touch phone isn't expected to appear until next year.

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Performance Benchmarks

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The benchmarks in this article are some straightforward tests done on the same HP EliteBook (Intel Core i5 2520M, 4GB RAM, Intel 160GB SSD, HD Graphics 3000) when comparing clean installs of Ubuntu 12.04.2, 12.04.3, and 12.04.4. Unfortunately the mirrors of the original Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release and the first point release have vanished, so the testing was limited to these three past point releases for the Linux distribution that originally shipped in 2012 and will be maintained through 2017.

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A Look At The New Firefox UI On Ubuntu Linux

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After yesterday's article about the new Firefox UI landing in the Aurora channel, here's some screenshots showing what the new Firefox marked at 29.0a2 looks like on Ubuntu Linux.

Being a big Firefox user myself on my production systems, after writing about the user-interface changes landing in Aurora and the many changes, I decided to try out the updated open-source web-browser.

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Vodafone signs as Ubuntu backer

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Vodafone Group became the latest member of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisor Group, although there has been no further detail on when smartphones powered by the platform will reach the market.

According to a statement from Ubuntu: “Vodafone Group will join national and multi-national carriers in decisions that influence the development of Ubuntu for smartphones.

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Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Officially Released by Canonical

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Canonical has just announced that Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has been officially released for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

Ubuntu releases are always on time, but this latest version arrived with a small delay. That is of little importance because the distributions comes with a wealth of new features.

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Canonical Seeks Even More Independence for Ubuntu Linux

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Canonical's Ubuntu Linux already does many things differently from other leading open source operating systems. And it may soon diverge in yet another respect, with Ubuntu developers in the midst of discussions over replacing Nautilus—the file browser that has long been a core part of many Linux distributions—with something home-grown.

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Ubuntu Developers Planning To Develop Their Own File-Manager For Ubuntu 14.10

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Ubuntu is planning to develop its own file manager which will be introduced with their QT5 powered Unity8 desktop environment from Ubuntu 14.10 onwards. Ubuntu is currently using Nautilus File manager (also known as 'Files'), developed by GNOME developers.Ubuntu users & developers are growing increasingly unhappy with the direction at which Nautilus file manager is leading. There are many necessary features which are missing in latest Nautilus, forcing users to replace Nautilus with their favourite file manager like feature-rich nautilus fork, Nemo or the popular Thunar - which is inarguably one of the best file managers.

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LXLE Gives New Zest to Old Machines

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I have not been a happy user of Ubuntu since the shift to the Unity desktop. Even the Lubuntu version has some bothersome Ubuntu traits attached. Enter the LXLE distro with its Lubuntu-less appearance. It provides a Long Term Support advantage over using Lubuntu and has a larger and more useful default application set. Even on poorly endowed hardware, this distro boots in less than 1 minute.

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Linux on the NUC: Using Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, and the SteamOS beta

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The other side of that coin is that barebones PCs can be good for people who aren’t planning on paying for an OS. You can use your favorite Linux distribution on a barebones PC without paying the added cost for some Windows license you have no intention of using.

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New Kernel Vulnerability Affects Ubuntu 13.10

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On January 30, Canonical announced in a security notice that a new Linux kernel update was available for its Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) operating system, fixing a security issue found recently in the Linux kernel packages.

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openSUSE Review, Ubuntu Happenings, and Zorin OS

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Ubuntu

The newsfeeds were so chocked full of goodies today I only made it half way through. Carla Schroder has a review of openSUSE 13.1 out today and darkduck.com has a screenshot tour of the latest Zorin OS. Linux For You has a look at different Linux career opportunities. Ubuntu 13.04 has reached its end-of-life and www.junauza.com has seven things to expect from upcoming Ubuntu releases.

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