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  • Another Day, Another Anomaly: Paramount Issues DMCA Takedown On Ubuntu Linux Torrent

    The legacy copyright industries keep insisting that it's "easy" to recognize when something is infringing and thus it's "easy" to stop copyright infringement. They're very, very wrong on both counts for a variety of reasons. We could go into the details for why, but it's easier to just let them show us themselves. Not too long ago we wrote about Warner Bros. issuing DMCA takedown notices on its own sites (and also Amazon and IMDB links for its movies), and now TorrentFreak alerts us to Paramount issuing a DMCA takedown on a torrent of Ubuntu, the popular version of Linux that many people use all the time.

    It's kind of a weird request, and it's not at all clear why it's included in this takedown notice, which is for a variety of movies. In the section on the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction, Paramount (filed by notoriously clueless IP Echelon), it includes a link to a torrent of an Ubuntu iso.

  • Big Content orders old version of Ubuntu to be censored

    While Google is normally pretty good at stopping daft take-down requests from the movie studios, it seems to have missed a doozy.

    Paramount Pictures ordered a takedown of a link to a 32-bit alternate install image Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS because it apparently infringed on Paramount movie ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction‘.

    The link pointed to a stock and dated old Ubuntu release which has nothing to do with the god awful flick.

Snapd 2.14.2 Snappy Daemon Released to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Fedora 24 (COPR)

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One day after announcing the availability of the first Beta images of the forthcoming Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 operating system for IoT and embedded devices, Canonical's Michael Vogt informed us about the release of the Snapd 2.14.2 Snappy daemon.

Snapd is the brain behind the Snappy technologies used for installing and running Snap universal binary packages in Ubuntu Linux and other GNU/Linux distributions that support it, and Snapd 2.14.2 is currently the most stable and advanced version, available now for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Fedora 24 (in the COPR repos).

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Also: Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.16 Snappy Creator Tool for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

These Are the New Default Wallpapers of Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 (Yakkety Yak)

Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • ZTE ‘Seriously Considered Ubuntu’ for New Crowd-Sourced Phone

    ZTE will announce round-one winners of its crowd-sourced smartphone contest tomorrow but, despite getting the most votes, Ubuntu won't be selected.

  • Ubuntu Torrent Removed from Google for ‘Infringing’ Transformers Movie

    Did you know that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS infringes on the copyright of big-budget Hollywood movie ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’?

    Of course you didn’t know that.

    Because it doesn’t!

  • Linux Lite 3.2 Arriving On November 1 With Dual-booting Support

    Jerry Bezencon, Linux Lite Creator, has announced that Linux Lite 3.2 be released on November 1 with the support for dual booting Windows and other Linux-based distros. The development of this release is expected to start soon and it’ll be followed by the first Beta release in mid-October.

  • Linux Mint 18 KDE edition released

    Last month, Clement Lefebvre of the Linux Mint project announced the release of Linux Mint 18 KDE beta. Now that the KDE edition has been refined, a stable version has been made available. Anyone running the beta build can hit the refresh button in Update Manager and apply any outstanding level 1 updates, doing this will make your install the same as the stable release. Unfortunately, those on Linux Mint 17.3 KDE can't upgrade to this release due to Plasma 5.

Debian and Ubuntu News

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  • debhelper 10 is now available

    Today, debhelper 10 was uploaded to unstable and is coming to a mirror near you “really soon now”. The actual changes between version “9.20160814” and version “10” are rather modest. However, it does mark the completion of debhelper compat 10, which has been under way since early 2012.

  • Unseen changes to lintian.d.o

    We have been making a lot of minor changes to lintian.d.o and the underlying report framework. Most of them were hardly noticeable to the naked. In fact, I probably would not have spotted any of them, if I had not been involved in writing them. Nonetheless, I felt like sharing them, so here goes.

  • Launcher List Indicator Update Adds PPA, New Workspaces Features

    Did you find the Launcher List Indicator we wrote about recently useful? If so, you’ll want to check in with the latest version that’s available.


    Well, a number of you said how more useful this applet would be if the launcher lists changed depending on which workspace you use.

    Well, this applet now supports exactly that!

  • Download Linux Mint 18 KDE Edition

    The KDE Edition of Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" was officially released recently at Friday, 9 September 2016. You can download the ISO files from these links.

Leftovers: Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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  • The first international UbuCon in Europe

    UbuCon Europe 2016 is the first conference dedicated to the European Ubuntu community. Look forward to two days full of talks, workshops, demos, exhibitions and (hopefully) great food! Social events in the evenings will give you the opportunity to meet fellow community members and visit some of Essen's most beautiful sights!

  • [Older] Canonical certifies big software solutions at Facebook’s new lab

    Today at the OCP Technology Day, Facebook announced the grand opening of its new hardware lab space in Menlo Park to validate and certify software solutions and Canonical was one of the first to test its solutions are OCP compliant.

    At the new lab, enterprise and carrier-grade Big Software solutions were deployed including OpenStack Mitaka and Ubuntu Storage on OCP Leopard, Honey Badger, and Knox. These solutions were deployed to bare metal in time measured in minutes and hours instead of days or weeks due to the use of two key technologies: Juju and MAAS, both of which are tested and validated at Facebook’s new facilities.

  • Compiling Ardour on Ubuntu Linux from Source Code
  • Design Team working on Spices website

    About a week ago, I decided to create a new team, dedicated to artwork, style and design for Linux Mint. The main goal of this team is to restyle our various websites, but also long term to work in coordination with the development team to make various aspects of our distribution more pleasing to the eye.

    Artists who recently helped with web design were invited to join, and the team now has 8 members.

    I’d like to thank Carlos Fernandez already for his involvement and Eran Gilo for the beautiful work he’s already produced.

  • Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Edition : See What's New

    Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon Edition is the latest version of Linux Mint 18 featuring the latest Cinnamon 3.0 as default desktop environment.

Paramount Wipes “Infringing” Ubuntu Torrent From Google

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It's no secret that copyright holders are trying to take down as much pirated content as they can, but targeting open source software is not something we see every day. Paramount Pictures recently sent a DMCA takedown to Google, listing a copy of the popular operating system Ubuntu. An honest mistake, perhaps, but a worrying one.

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Linux/FOSS Events (UbuCon Europe, Node.js Hackathons)

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  • You Can Now Register for the First European Ubuntu Conference, c

    Softpedia was informed by Marius Quabeck from that the registration for the upcoming UbuCon Europe conference for Ubuntu Linux users and developers is now open.

    We informed our readers about UbuCon Europe, which is the very first European Ubuntu conference put together by a group of Ubuntu members, earlier this year, and told them that it would take place between November 18-20, at the Unperfekthaus in Essen, Germany.

  • Bloomberg to Hold Weekend Node.js Hackathons in New York and London

    In 2014 Bloomberg hosted its first "Open Source Day" event, which was an experiment to see if we could combine the company's long history of volunteerism with open source collaboration. We brought one of the Git project's core developers to New York City, got about 30 employees signed up, and they spent the day learning how to build, test, and improve Git. The event was such a success that we've held a half-dozen more, and they've grown into weekend events with attendees from our Engineering team, local universities and colleges, and of course the open source community.

Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Now Has a Default Wallpaper, Available in Two Flavors

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The development of the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) operating system continues at a fast pace, and we can see more and more software updates arriving every single day in its official software repositories.

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ARTIK is the Tizen’s Trojan Horse to dominate the IoT ecosystem

As part of the Forum “Tizen for the Internet of Things” held on September 22 in Moscow, Samsung Electronics has presented a new family of maker boards and modules named ARTIK, in addition to the infrastructure of the operating system Tizen 3.0. Samsung ARTIK’s value proposition, as declared by Samsung, is to reinvent the prototyping process by leveraging world-class data security granted by the company as well as a wide array of tools, both hardware and software, such as the ARTIK Modules and Cloud, formerly known as SmartThings Open Cloud. Read more

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Android Leftovers

  • Google Pixel review: The best Android phone, even if it is a little pricey
    Welcome to the age of Google Hardware. Apparently tired of letting third-party Android OEMs serve as the stewards of Android handsets, Google has become a hardware company. (Again). Earlier this year Google, launched a hardware division with former Motorola President Rick Osterloh at the helm. With the high-ranking title of "Senior Vice President," Osterloh doesn't oversee a side project—his group is on even footing with Android, Search, YouTube, and Ads. The hardware group is so powerful inside Google that it was able to merge Nexus, Pixel, Chromecast, OnHub, ATAP, and Glass into a single business unit. The group's coming out party was October 4, 2016, where it announced Google Home, Google Wifi, a 4K Chromecast, the Daydream VR headset, and the pair of phones we're looking at today: the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. The arrival of the Pixel phones marks the apparent death of the Nexus line; Google says that it has "no plans" for future Nexus devices. With the new branding comes a change in strategy, too. The Pixel brand is about making devices that are 100 percent Google, so despite Google's position as the developer of Android, get ready for Google-designed hardware combined with exclusive Google software.
  • Hands-on with the LeEco Le Pro3: services first, Android second
    LeEco’s flagship Le Pro3 smartphone isn’t trying to compete with the Google Pixel, which puts modern Google services in front of a stock Android backdrop. After playing with the Le Pro3 at the company’s U.S. launch event in San Francisco today, I’m left feeling that it’s an easy, low-cost way to get the full experience of LeEco’s applications. There are proprietary LeEco utility tools like the browser, email, calendar, messages, notes, and phone apps, along with bloatware like Yahoo Weather, but mostly the Pro3 is a means of distribution for the LeEco apps, like Live, LeVidi, and Le. There is also a standard-issue My LeEco app for managing services like EcoPass membership. Under it all is the EUI custom user interface. If you swipe left from the home screen, you see videos that LeEco recommends you watch — not Google Now.
  • Report: Google reaches agreement with CBS for 'Unplugged' web TV service - Fox and Disney may follow