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Mir 1.0 Appears Close, But No Wayland Client Support Yet Nor Vulkan

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Mir 1.0 might be close to being released for Ubuntu 17.10, but it doesn't yet have Wayland support.

Mir 1.0 has long been said it would happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 release. The 17.10 Artful Aardvark feature freeze is coming up in two weeks and so far this v1.0 release of the Mir display server has yet to materialize. Even after Canonical deciding to drop their grand Mir+Unity8 ambitions, Mir 1.0 was still committed for the 17.10 cycle.

But when abandoning their Unity 8 desktop plans, the Mir 1.0 focus shifted from dropping deprecated libmirclient functions to instead working towards supporting Wayland clients directly. As of this weekend the direct Wayland client support hasn't landed, but it's looking like Mir 1.0 may happen without it.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview and More

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 2: Features & Applications
  • Nemo 3.4 Without Cinnamon Dependencies Available In PPA For Ubuntu 17.04 And 16.04

    Nemo 3.4 (3.4.7 at the time I'm writing this article) without Cinnamon dependencies and with Unity patches is now available in the WebUpd8 Nemo 3 PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04.

    While it comes with some Unity patches, this Nemo version should work with other desktop environments as well, like GNOME (Shell), etc.

  • Canonical Releases Snapd 2.27 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu, Other Linux Distros

    Canonical's Michael Vogt from the Snappy Team was proud to announce the release and general availability of the Snapd 2.27 Snappy daemon for Ubuntu Linux and other supported GNU/Linux distributions.

    Coming exactly three months after the release of Snapd 2.26, which received no less than 11 maintenance updates during this time, Snapd 2.27 is a major version that adds numerous improvements and new features, but also fixes some of those annoying issues reported by users lately.

    We'll start with the interface support, as Snapd 2.27 introduces two new interfaces, namely greengrass-support and password-manager-service. On the other hand, it updates the mir, unity, network-control, screen-inhibit-control, default, system-observe, optical-observe, and default interfaces.

Canonical Works on Improving Video, Audio, and Networking on Ubuntu 17.10

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Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop Manager Will Cooke just informed the community about the latest things the Ubuntu Desktop team is working on for Ubuntu 17.10.

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Ubuntu: Rhythmbox, Kubernetes, Security, Ubuntu Podcast, Snaps

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RaspEX Linux Brings Ubuntu 17.04 with LXDE Desktop to Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 SBCs

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton on Thursday announced the release and general availability of a new stable build of his Ubuntu-based RaspEX Linux operating system for Raspberry Pi 3 and 2 single-board computers.

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Ubuntu: Kernel, Sushi, IMSI Catcher, Ubuntu Core

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  • An Ubuntu Kernel Built With The Latest AMDGPU DC Support

    For those running Ubuntu or one of its derivatives that have been wanting to play with AMDGPU's DC "display code" functionality but can't be bothered to build the branched code, here's a fresh kernel build.

  • Weekly Kernel Development Summary – Aug 9, 2017
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Wants to Ship Sushi By Default

    Ubuntu is considering adding the GNOME file preview utility Sushi as part of Ubuntu 17.10, the next stable release of the Linux distro due for release in October.

  • Simpler recipe on how to make a simple $7 IMSI Catcher using Debian

    The instructions said to use Ubuntu, install pip using apt (to bypass apt), use pip to install pybombs (to bypass both apt and pip), and the ask pybombs to fetch and build everything you need from scratch. I wanted to see if I could do the same on the most recent Debian packages, but this did not work because pybombs tried to build stuff that no longer build with the most recent openssl library or some other version skew problem. While trying to get this recipe working, I learned that the apt->pip->pybombs route was a long detour, and the only piece of software dependency missing in Debian was the gr-gsm package. I also found out that the lead upstream developer of gr-gsm (the name stand for GNU Radio GSM) project already had a set of Debian packages provided in an Ubuntu PPA repository. All I needed to do was to dget the Debian source package and built it.

  • 68% of businesses are struggling to hire talent for IoT

    Businesses are struggling to recruit employees with the skills needed to make the internet of things a success according to a new IoT Business Models report from Canonical – the makers of the IoT operating system, Ubuntu Core.

Canonical Starts Work on a Linux 4.12 Kernel for Ubuntu 17.10 for Raspberry Pi 2

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Canonical on Wednesday announced that the Ubuntu Kernel Team had started work on a Linux 4.12-based kernel for the Raspberry Pi 2 variant of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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Debian and Ubuntu: DebConf17 Videos, From Unity to GNOME Shell, Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

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  • DebConf17 first videos published

    Due to some technical issues, it took a slight bit longer than I'd originally expected; but the first four videos of the currently running DebConf 17 conference are available. Filenames are based on the talk title, so that should be reasonably easy to understand. I will probably add an RSS feed (like we've done for DebConf 16) to that place some time soon as well, but code for that still needs to be written.

  • A Small Unity Feature Missing in GNOME Shell [Video]

    A world of change is headed to Ubuntu as the distro switches from Unity to GNOME Shell. Long time Unity users accustomed to the workflow, feature set and quirks of Ubuntu’s incumbent releases will need to adapt to different ways of doing familiar things in its upcoming ones.

  • The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 515

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #515 for the week of August 1 – 7, 2017, and the full version is available here.

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Ubuntu Community Hub, Ubuntu Foundations Development, Ubuntu in NYC

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  • Ubuntu Community Hub Proposal

    For over four years now, the Ubuntu Community Portal has been the 'welcome mat' for new people seeking to get involved in Ubuntu. In that time the site had seen some valuable but minor incremental changes; no major updates have occurred recently. I'd like us to fix this. We can also use this as an opportunity to improve our whole onboarding process.

  • Ubuntu Foundations Development Summary: August 8, 2017
  • Ubuntu in NYC: Kubernetes in minutes and enterprise support on AWS

    On August 14th, at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, Canonical will be participating in the AWS Summit. Ubuntu has long been popular with users of AWS due to its stability, regular cadence of releases, and scale-out-friendly usage model. Canonical optimizes, builds, and regularly publishes the latest Ubuntu images to the EC2 Quickstart and AWS Marketplace, which ensures the best Ubuntu experience for developers using AWS’s cloud services. And in April, we even launched an AWS-tuned kernel, which provides up to 30% faster boot speeds, on a 15% smaller kernel package, as well as many other features.

Ubuntu 17.10 to Enter Feature Freeze on August 24, Python 3 Transition Continues

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We like the way Canonical keeps the community behind its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system up-to-date with what's going on behind closed doors, and a new newsletter from Ubuntu Foundations Team is out now.

The Ubuntu Foundations Team newsletters highlight some of the biggest things happing behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, and we'd like to inform the reader about some of them, too, in particular those affecting the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

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Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.