I had a nice email from Jorge Castro of Canonical today, and it seems they are looking at ways for Ubuntu users to get newer Nvidia graphics drivers in an easier fashion.
Currently, if you want to get newer drivers you need to either download them directly from Nvidia, which can get messy and confusing. Or even more annoying is to find a random PPA with more up to date drivers, neither is a very nice option, and it could be made a lot easier for the end user.
Ubuntu developers are finally considering making some sort of changes that would allow users of their operating system - especially Nvidia fans - to get access to the latest drivers.
Canonical has just announced that Firefox 40.0 is now available in the official repositories for Ubuntu 15.04. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Hardkernel’s Odroid project is shipping a replacement for its community-backed Odroid-C1 single-board computer, which debuted last December, and came in fourth place in this June’s LinuxGizmos/Linux.com Linux/Android SBC reader survey out of a field of 53. According to the project, the $37 C1+ “replaced” the original $35 C1 as of July, and the original cases and heatsink will not work with the C1+. Otherwise, processor, memory, and other details are the same, including the 40-pin GPIO connector, which is said to be compatible with later generation Raspberry Pi SBCs.
Kartesio is not based on KDElibs anymore. I made this choice basically for two reasons: the main one is that I wanted Kartesio to run easily also on Windows, and KDElibs building is way too much complex for my taste. The second reason is that KDE developers seemed not particularly interested in Kartesio: maybe that's because this program is designed for science laboratories (in high schools and universities, for example) and this is a way too limited set of users for KDE Edu. Obiously, it's still a program meant to be used on KDE when possible (I'm using Oxigen icons to give that wonderful KDE feeling). But if you really want to use it without KDE, it's not a problem anymore.
Jorge Castro of Canonical has started coordinating some work around providing newer upstream NVIDIA proprietary graphics drivers for users, primarily Ubuntu gamers.
After being dissatisfied with the performance of the NVIDIA Linux driver as currently packaged on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, he resorted to using PPAs for getting the newer NVIDIA Linux driver. He's looking to build on that and to do a better job of testing and making available the newer binary blobs.