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  1. It's based on the Dash to Dock GNOME extension Ubuntu 17.10, the next major release of the widely-used Ubuntu Linux OS, will be transitioning to the GNOME Shell user interface by default instead of the Unity desktop environment that was used until now. As some of you may already know, Canonical plans to create a modified GNOME Shell experience for the main Ubuntu 17.10 flavor, along with a vanilla one, and they recently revealed the fact that there will be an always visible dock by default, based, of course, on the very popular Dash to Dock extension for GNOME Shell. To keep you guys up-to-date with the development of Ubuntu, we're running the operating system on a daily basis, continuously monitoring incoming packages and other changes. As of August 16, 2017, Canonical's Didier Roche uploaded a package called gnome-shell-extension-ubuntu-dock in Ubuntu 17.10 repositories. It's no brainer that's the package to enable Canonical's modified Dash to Dock extension on the GNOME Shell, and, once installed, it can be easily enabled from the Extensions section of the GNOME Tweaks utility. As of now, the dock won't be automatically enabled after it's been installed, not even after logging out the session. It piggybacks on Dash to Dock Canonical said in one of their recent reports that they have no plans to make major modifications to the Dash to Dock extension, so their modified dock piggybacks on Dash to Dock, using its settings. As we see it, you'll need to have Dash to Dock installed as well to change the look and functionality of the Ubuntu Dock. In terms of design, there aren't any major differences between Dash to Dock and Ubuntu Dock, except for the fact that there's an orange color used for the windows counter indicators, but that can be easily changed from the settings, as well as the position of the dock to anywhere on the screen (left, right, bottom, top), it's size, behavior, appearance, etc. When Ubuntu Dock is enabled by default in the Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds, which should happen in the coming weeks, we believe that Canonical will choose to place the dock on the left side of the screen to recreate the Unity desktop experience. It remains to be seen if Ubuntu Dock will have additional features, but one thing is for sure, you'll be able to disable Ubuntu Dock and use Dash to Dock instead, or any other dock for that matter. Source
  2. The new sound settings are now ready for public testing After getting back from GNOME's GUADEC 2017 developer conference, Canonical's Didier Roche has started a daily blog series about the Unity to GNOME Shell transition for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release. One of the key features of Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment was to allow users to raise the volume over the 100% limit using the multimedia keys of their laptops. The setting wasn't available in other popular desktop environments, such as GNOME, to which Canonical wants to transition for Ubuntu 17.10. Last month, the Ubuntu Desktop team shared their plans to implement the same functionality in their modified GNOME Shell user interface for Ubuntu 17.10, and Didier Roche reports today that the feature is ready for public testing, though it still needs a bit of work until it's ready to land in the stable repository. "Some devices have very low volume even when pushed at their maximum. One example for this is the x220 when most of videos on YouTube, or listening to music in Rhythmbox doesn’t give great results even at maximum volume," said Didier Roche. "PulseAudio can amplify some of those sound devices." Here's how to test the new sound amplification on Ubuntu 17.10 If you're running Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) on your personal computer and you're willing to test the new sound amplification implementation, go ahead and add Canonical's official Ubuntu Desktop Team Transitions PPA to your repositories, and do a full update using the commands below. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/transitions sudo apt update && sudo apt dist-upgrade Once you've installed the PPA and updated your Ubuntu 17.10 operating system, you should be able to raise the volume over the 100% limit using the media keys on your laptop or a physical, dedicated volume button, if available. Please note that you'll have to enable the "Allow louder than 100%" option in the Sound panel in GNOME Control Center. Check out the video below to see it in action!
  3. Ubuntu 17.10 to Improve Secure Boot for Booting Windows from GRUB, Enable PIE Ubuntu 17.10 will be supporting the Python 3.6 series The first Alpha builds of Ubuntu 17.10 are almost here, due for release next week on June 29, 2017, for opt-in flavors, so the Ubuntu developers are working around the clock to add various new features, such as PIE (Position Independent Executables) support enabled by default for better security, as well as some other improvements in many areas of interest like Secure Boot. "PIE is now enabled across all architectures by default in Artful. Targeted rebuilds have been done of packages which would break reverse-build-dependencies due to not being compiled with PIE," says Steve Langasek. "The rest of the archive will now pick up PIE support on i386, armhf, and arm64 over the development cycle with rebuilds." PIE support is good news for Ubuntu Linux users as all PIE-enabled binaries will now be automatically loaded into random locations within the virtual memory, along with all of their dependencies, each time the respective applications are being executed. This makes Return Oriented Programming (ROP) attacks harder to execute properly. Netplan to land in Ubuntu Cloud 17.10, Secure Boot improvements Among other noteworthy enhancements that are coming to the Ubuntu 17.10 operating system later this year, we can mention the implementation of Netplan, Canonical's consolidated YAML network configuration across Ubuntu, in the Ubuntu Cloud images. Netplan is also being used by default to configure networks when installing an Ubuntu Server via the Debian Installer. Other than that, there's good news for those who want to boot Ubuntu Linux alongside a Windows OS, as the Ubuntu developers are working on improving Secure Boot chainloading so you'll be able to properly boot Windows from the GRUB bootloader. Some patches were also added so that users will no longer be prompted to disable Secure Boot when using DKMS modules. Lastly, it looks like Ubuntu 17.10 will be supporting the Python 3.6 series, which is now in the artful-proposed repository, and it looks like the transition to Python 3.6 for Artful Aardvark has begun. In related news, the Ubuntu Kernel team recently announced that they are targeting Linux 4.13 as the default kernel for Ubuntu 17.10, due for release on October 19, 2017. Source
  4. Canonical Launches Its Linux Kernel Livepatch Service for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Users You won't have to reboot your PC when installing new kernels Until today, Canonical's Kernel Livepatch service was available only for those running the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, providing them with rebootless kernel upgrades. Starting today, you can use the Canonical Kernel Livepatch service on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS too. As usual, Canonical lets users to install its Kernel Livepatch service on up to three (3) computers for free, but only on systems running 64-bit Intel or AMD processors. Those who want to enable Canonical Kernel Livepatch on more than 3 machines will have to purchase the Ubuntu Advantage support package. "We are pleased to announce that we have extended our Canonical Kernel Livepatch Service to users running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS," reads the announcement. "The Canonical Kernel Livepatch Service enables runtime correction of critical security vulnerabilities in the kernel without the need to reboot." Here's how to enable Canonical Kernel Livepatch on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Installing the Canonical Kernel Livepatch service on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems is possible because the Snapd 2.20 release announced in December 2016 brought support for this long-term supported version of Ubuntu Linux. And it's super easy to install both Snapd and Canonical Kernel Livepatch. First, you'll have to make sure that you're running the Linux 4.4 kernel. Then, open the Terminal app and paste the command listed below to install the Snapd daemon, which enables installation of Snap packages on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Access https://ubuntu.com/livepatch and get your free kernel livepatch token. sudo apt update && sudo apt install snapd The token should look like this [d3b07384d213edec49eaa6238ad5ff00] so make sure you keep it safe somewhere. To install and enable the Canonical Kernel Livepatch service, run the following commands in the Terminal app, but replace the token in the second command with your own. sudo snap install canonical-livepatch sudo canonical-livepatch enable d3b07384d113edec49eaa6238ad5ff00 That’s it. You can check to see if you're running the Canonical Kernel Livepatch service on your Ubuntu 14.04 LTS machine at any time with the following command. If it says "true" under the fully-patched entry, then it means you're running the latest available kernel for your system. canonical-livepatch status Source
  5. Visual Studio Code running on Ubuntu Linux as a Snap After informing Ubuntu Linux users about the fact that it's possible to install GitHub's Atom hackable text editor as a Snap, Canonical's David Callé is now announcing the availability of Microsoft's Visual Studio Code IDE as a Snap. At the request of many users, the Visual Studio Code source code editor can now finally be installed on any of the supported Ubuntu Linux distributions as a Snap package directly from Canonical's Snappy Store, with a simple command that you need to execute in the Terminal app. "Launched in 2015 by Microsoft, Visual Studio Code has imposed itself as one of the preferred code editors in the developer community. Cross-platform (powered by Electron), it features a marketplace of more than 3000 extensions where any language can find its linters, debuggers and test runners," said David Callé in the announcement. Here's how to install Visual Studio Code as a Snap in Ubuntu Visual Studio Code is known as a very powerful tool for developers, offering them embedded Git control, intelligent code completion, syntax highlighting, snippets, code refactoring, and support for debugging. The IDE is already available for Linux platforms, but on Ubuntu you can now install it just by running the following command. sudo snap install --classic vscode That's it! Easy enough, right? Actually, it couldn't be more easily thanks to Canonical's latest Snappy technologies, and it looks like you'll be able to use the above command to install Visual Studio Code on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), and Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) releases. Once Visual Studio Code was downloaded and installed, you can run it straight from the command line or via the application menu of the desktop environment you're currently using, be it either Unity, GNOME, KDE, Xfce, or LXDE. The best part of this install method is that when new versions of Visual Studio Code are made available upstream, you'll always have the latest release installed. Git integration in Visual Studio Code features delightful commit (and reverts!) management. Source
  6. Ubuntu in the Windows Store Microsoft took everyone by surprise today when it announced at the Build developer conference that Apple is bringing iTunes in the Windows Store, but it now appears that the company has more unexpected news to share. Ubuntu is also launching in the Windows Store, while both Fedora and Suse are coming to the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Basically, the debut of the new Linux distros in the Windows Store make it possible for users to install them as apps on their Windows 10 devices, which means they will be able to run Windows and Linux applications side by side without having to create a dual-boot configuration. “Windows 10 is the first system that allows you to do that,” Microsoft said today at the build developer conference. Ubuntu in the Windows Store This functionality will become available with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update in September, but Ubuntu is already available in the Windows Store, while Suse and Fedora will be released at a later date. The WSL update will also go live at a later time. Microsoft has once again reiterated that it loves Linux, leaving behind all the criticism that even its leaders threw at the open-source world. Steve Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, once called Linux a cancer, but with today’s announcement, it becomes more than obvious that the Redmond-based software giant is now all-in on Linux and open source. “Windows 10 will be the most productive working environment ever,” Microsoft said at the show. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Ubuntu Windows Store listing looks similar to any other app that is available in the Store, and everyone will be available to download and install it free of charge. Since the new Linux distros are published in the Windows Store, it means they will also run on Windows 10 S, Microsoft’s Windows 10 version limited to Store apps and specifically aimed at the education sector. Source
  7. Ubuntu 17.10 Canonical's Adam Conrad has announced that Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) is officially open for development, and it looks like the first daily build ISO images are already available for download. Now that the release schedule of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 operating system is published, the time has come to monitor its development cycle more closely because Ubuntu is going through some though times these days with the move from the Unity user interface to GNOME as default desktop environment after six years. Announced on April 28, 2011, Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) was the first release of the popular operating system to introduce the controversial, yet modern at that moment in time Unity UI, which relied on various components of the GNOME Stack. And now, Ubuntu 17.10, due for release on October 19, 2017, is returning to GNOME 3. First daily builds still use the Unity 7 desktop As expected, the first daily build ISO images of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) are based on the current stable release of the operating system, Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), which means that the Unity 7 desktop environment is still there. But it will be replaced in the coming months when the Alpha 2 milestone hits the streets. Ubuntu 17.10 will be yet another standard version, which Canonical will support for nine months with security updates, until July 2018, so it's the perfect testbed for the GNOME 3 migration. Most probably, Canonical will concentrate on offering users the best GNOME desktop experience ever. If you want to be the first to try Ubuntu 17.10, you can download either the 32-bit or 64-bit Live ISO images right now from our website. Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu also have daily build ISOs available to download on the official FTP server. Please note that these builds are not recommended for daily use. Ubuntu 17.10 Daily Build Source
  8. Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 The world works in mysterious ways, and, sometimes, things will turn out in your favor. It's no secret anymore that Ubuntu GNOME, the official flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment, will become the main Ubuntu edition. We reported earlier this week that Ubuntu GNOME is becoming the main Ubuntu flavor, but, today, the Ubuntu GNOME team also confirmed the change in the release announcement for Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), saying that their project will no longer be a separate flavor starting with the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS next year. "Next year, if you are using either Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS, you will be prompted to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS," said the devs. "The development teams from both Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Desktop will be merging resources and focusing on a single combined release, which provides the best of both GNOME and Ubuntu." Existing Ubuntu GNOME users will be upgraded to Ubuntu Yes, you're reading it right, if you install or already use the Ubuntu GNOME flavor on your personal computer, be it either Ubuntu GNOME 16.04 LTS next year on April you'll have no choice but to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, as there won't be a separate Ubuntu GNOME edition. And, if you'll be using the Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 release announced today, you'll be upgraded to Ubuntu 17.10 later this year. In other words, Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 looks to be the last release of Ubuntu GNOME as a separate flavor. More details on this major change as Ubuntu will be switching to the GNOME desktop environment by default instead of Unity should be revealed in the coming weeks. Until then, you can download Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 right now from our website and enjoy a great release by Jeremy Bicha and Tim Lunn. Source
  9. Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Officially Released, Available to Download Now Will be supported for nine months, until January 2018 If you've been using Ubuntu 16.10 on your personal computer(s) until today, the time has come to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04, which is a powerful release, both inside and outside. It's powered by the latest stable Linux 4.10 kernel series, and ships with an up-to-date graphics stack based on X.Org Server 1.19.3 and Mesa 17.0.3. Only these three new technologies mentioned above are the only reason some of you out there gaming with AMD Radeon graphics cards need to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) right now. But the operating system ships only with up-to-date components and applications. The default desktop environment remains Unity 7, so your beloved Ubuntu desktop environment is not going anyway at the moment. It will also be available in the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release, whose development will start next month. After that, starting with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the GNOME desktop will be used by default. Driverless printing, swap files, 32-bit PowerPC support dropped Among other interesting features shipping with the final release of Ubuntu 17.04, we can mention the implementation of swap files, which are used instead of a swap partition only for new installations of the operating system. So this change is the only one that won't apply if you're upgrading from a previous Ubuntu release. Moreover, the default DNS resolver was switched to systemd-resolved, IPP Everywhere and Apple AirPrint printers are now supported out of the box for a driverless printing experience, and most of the packages from the GNOME Stack were upgraded to GNOME 3.24, though Nautilus remains at version 3.20.4. The gconf utility is no longer installed by default because it is now superseded by gsettings, and among the latest apps installed, we can mention the LibreOffice 5.3 office suite, Mozilla Firefox 52.0.1 web browser, as well as Mozilla Thunderbird 45.8.0 email and news client. Support for 32-bit PowerPC (PPC) architectures has been officially dropped from this release and won't make a comeback. However, PPC64el (PowerPC 64-bit Little Endian) support continues. Ubuntu 17.04 is available for download right now and comes with both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit ISO (i386) images. The rest of the official flavors are starting to appear as well today. These include Ubuntu GNOME 17.04, Ubuntu MATE 17.04, Kubuntu 17.04, Xubuntu 17.04, Lubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu Kylin 17.04, Ubuntu Studio 17.04, as well as Ubuntu Budgie 17.04, which makes its debut as an official Ubuntu flavor built around the Budgie desktop. As usual, we'll have separate articles on the website for most of them, so stay tuned right here on Softpedia Linux for the latest Ubuntu news. Please note that the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release is a short-lived branch supported with security updates for only nine months, from today until mid-January 2018. Screenshots: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-17-04-zesty-zapus-officially-released-available-to-download-now-514853.shtml#sgal_1 Source
  10. Snapd 2.24 released Canonical's Michael Vogt is pleased to announce today, April 11, 2017, the release and immediate availability for download of the Snapd 2.24 Snappy daemon for Ubuntu Linux and other supported GNU/Linux distributions. Snapd 2.24 comes five weeks after the release of the 2.23 stable series of the Snappy daemon, which provides support for installing Snap packages in a Linux-based operating system. It doesn't appear to be a major release, despite the new version number, but it focuses mainly on new features than bug fixes. "The Snappy team is happy to announce the availability of snapd 2.24. After some maintenance releases during the 2.23 series we focused in 2.24 on new features again," reveals Michael Vogt, Software Engineer at Canonical, in today's GitHub announcement. What's new in Snapd 2.24 Among the new features and improvements implemented in the Snapd 2.24 release, we can mention lots of cross-distro enhancements, especially for the Fedora Linux operating system, better internal interfaces code, the ability to allow chroot in base templates, and the addition of the maliit, joystick, and autopilot new interfaces. Talking about interfaces, Snapd 2.24 comes with improvements for the unity8, unity7, mir, browser-support, opengl, framebuffer, location-control, and location-observe ones, along with more improvements for tests and aliases. It also makes it possible to detect devmode by inspecting the AppArmor support in Linux kernel. As for the bugs fixed in the Snapd 2.24 release, we can mention an issue that could have occurred when attempting to transition from ubuntu-core to core, the pi-config.* core settings, and GNOME Software support. More pi-config.* core settings have been added as well. Snapd 2.24 is available for download right now as a source tarball if you want to compile it on your favorite GNU/Linux distirbution, but it should land in the coming days in the stable software repositories of various supported Ubuntu releases, as well as other operating systems, so update when it's available. Source
  11. Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 Are Not Dead, UBports Community Will Keep Them Alive More devices will be transformed into Ubuntu Phones soon In early February, the developer announced that he and his team at UBports managed to successfully port Canonical's Ubuntu OS to the Fairphone 2 modular smartphone, joining the OnePlus One and Nexus 5 ports. Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Phone devices were showcased at MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017 in Barcelona. He also planned on porting Ubuntu Touch to the Nexus 6, Nexus 10, Oneplus X, and Optimus L90 devices in the months to follow, but yesterday's announcement published by Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth on dropping Unity 8 development shattered the entire Ubuntu Phone community. Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 will be kept alive by the UBports team Marius Gripsgård had a different reaction from what we've seen lately from users and developers alike, and he posted a message on his Google+ account announcing that he'll do everything in his power to keep both Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 alive for as long as he can. "I'm not giving up! I will do my best to keep Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8 standing on both its legs! It will be hard," said Marius Gripsgård. "The Ubuntu Touch wheel is still spinning, and it has enough momentum to spin until we start spinning it with hopefully with greater force." In the coming weeks, the UBports founder will soon publish more details about his and he's team plans to keep Canonical's Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system alive. We can't wait to see what the developer has in store next for Ubuntu Phone users, so stay tuned on Softpedia Linux for the latest news. Source
  12. Canonical to Stop Developing Unity 8, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Ships with GNOME Desktop Ubuntu Phone and convergence plans are put on hold If memory recalls, last year during an Ubuntu Online Summit event, Mark Shuttleworth said that a small team of Ubuntu developers would develop and test the upcoming Unity 8 desktop environment for desktop, and if they find it as reliable as Unity 7 is these days, then, and only then, it will become the default for future Ubuntu Linux releases. During these last months, Unity 8 wasn't received very well by the Ubuntu community, and its media coverage was almost non-existent. Personally, I could not even try the Unity 8 session that's available as a preview on the Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) release on any of my computers. However, Unity 8 showed to be quite innovative on the Ubuntu Phone/Tablet devices. But things don't always go as they're planned, and it now looks like Canonical will stop investing in Unity 8, as well as the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Convergence. "I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS," said Mark Shuttleworth in today's announcement. Going back to the roots Yes, you're reading it right, and we're as shocked as you are. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the next long-term support release of the popular Ubuntu operating system is shipping with the GNOME desktop environment instead of Unity 7. It's true that Unity 7, which is based on the GNOME Stack, was always a step or two behind the development of the GNOME desktop, and it always offered users a very old Nautilus file manager. Things have changed in this regard now, and the upcoming Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system will contain many of the components from the recently released GNOME 3.24 Stack, though, Nautilus is still kept at the 3.20.x branch due to the obvious incompatibilites with the Ubunty 7 desktop. The switch to the GNOME desktop could be made right after the release of Ubuntu 17.04 on April 13, 2017. Unity 8 and the Ubuntu Convergence vision are no longer the future of computing that Canonical and Ubuntu founder once thought once thought it was. "I was wrong on both counts," reveals Mark Shuttleworth. "In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms." From here onwards, Canonical will concentrate their efforts on cloud (OpenStack, LXD, Kubernetes, Juju, MAAS, BootStack) and IoT (Internet of Things), as Ubuntu Linux appears to be the most used operating system on both private and public cloud infrastructures. The Snappy technologies will also be developed, for now, as they have a strong community and bring revenue to Canonical's doorsteps. Source
  13. Snapcraft 2.28 released Canonical released today Snapcraft 2.28, a new maintenance update to the tool application developers can use to package their apps as Snaps for Ubuntu Linux and other distros that support the Snappy technologies. Snapcraft 2.28 is here one and a half months after the release of Snapcraft 2.27, and it appears to have already landed in the stable repositories of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), which we're currently using on our PCs at the moment of writing. According to the changelog attached below, a total of 55 changes are included in this update. Prominent new features include support for packaging Snapcraft itself as a Snap, updated python, kernel, godeps, plainbox-provider, and catkin plugins with various improvements or bug fixes, implementation of an optional "source-checksum" property, as well as the enablement of delta uploads by default for the store. Coming soon to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and 16.10 The store got a lot of attention during the Snapcraft 2.28 development cycle, and it now features retries for store calls, the ability to set User-Agent header in store requests, and adds track support to commands. A lot of tests and repo enhancements are also present in this new maintenance release of the Snap creator tool. Among some of the noteworthy ones, we can mention support for versioned stage-packages, implementation of version support for build-packages, support for passing the autopkgtest secret to the container, support for Bazaar branches and snap directory in external tests, and the ability to manually test the kernel snaps. Last but not least, Snapcraft 2.28 adds ROS (Robot Operating System) content sharing demo and makes the ROS demos support exiting after success, updates the FTP source for integration tests, makes the kernel unit tests to be independent of a hardware architecture, and removes the tomcat demo snap. Snapcraft 2.28 also promises to allow developers to run individual autopkgtest suites, and it should be coming soon to both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), so make sure that you update your installations on a regular basis to receive the newest software versions. Snapcraft 2.28 Changelog Source
  14. Ubuntu 17.04 Canonical Adam Conrad announced that the forthcoming Final Beta release of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system is now in freeze until its launch late on March 23, 2017. Ubuntu 17.04 has been in development since October last year, during which it received one Alpha and one Beta milestones, but only for the opt-in flavors. Ubuntu itself will participate only in the upcoming Final Beta release, which is expected to land tomorrow if everything goes according to plan. However, the developer informs the Ubuntu community that the queue freeze will last from March 21 until the final release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) on April 13, 2017, which means that no major package updates will land in the repositories, exception making those that are approved a member of the release team. "As with the previous releases, we have a bot in place that will accept uploads that are unseeded and don't affect images," said Adam Conrad. Don't take this as an open invitation to break Feature Freeze on those components, this is just to reduce the burden on the release team, so we only review the uploads that need very serious consideration." As mentioned before, Ubuntu 17.04 Final Beta is arriving late on Thursday, March 23, and you are urged to download the Live ISO images, install them on a spare computer or partition designed for testing purposes only, and report any bugs or issues you might encounter. The rest of the official Ubuntu flavors will also participate in tomorrow's Final Beta release. Source
  15. Zorin OS 12 hits half million downloads Believe it or not, the Zorin OS 12 open-source operating system passed the half million downloads mark today, as the development team proudly announced the milestone on the official Twitter account of the project. Zorin OS 12 launched last year on November 18 based on the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system. It's dubbed by the development team as "the biggest release ever" and it introduced an entirely new Zorin Desktop experience that promises to make your PC more powerful and enjoyable to use. During these past four months since its release, Zorin OS 12 has been downloaded over half a million times from the official website, according to the Zorin team, who said that more than 60% of these are coming from Windows and Mac users who wanted to migrate to an open-source, Linux-based operating system. "Just over 4 months after the release, we’re excited to announce that Zorin OS 12 has been downloaded over 500,000 times," reads the announcement. "We’re also happy to see that over 60% of these downloads were coming from Windows and macOS, reflecting our mission to bring the power of Linux to people who’ve never had access to it before." Zorin OS 12 Lite Edition is coming soon The first point release, Zorin OS 12.1, also arrived and contributed to the half million downloads mark, along with the Zorin OS 12 Business and Education editions, and it now looks like the development team is working hard to release the Zorin OS 12 Lite flavor featuring the a brand-new Xfce-based desktop environment. A first preview of Zorin OS 12 Lite is coming in the next few weeks so stay tuned on our Linux news section for the latest Zorin OS articles. In the meantime, you can download the Zorin OS 12.1, Zorin OS 12 Business, and Zorin OS 12.1 Education Live ISO images right now from our website if you want to install the Ubuntu-based operating system on your personal computer. Source
  16. Canonical announces Ubuntu Linux 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance) On April 25th, Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS will no longer be supported by Canonical. Why? That is the 5 year anniversary of the release, which is the amount of support time given to an LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Linux distribution. For many home users, this really doesn't matter, as they have probably already upgraded to a newer version. Unfortunately, some businesses do not upgrade as regularly. In fact, some organizations may not be ready to move on from Ubuntu 12.04. Tough luck? Not at all. Today, Canonical introduces Ubuntu Linux 12.04 ESM. This "Extended Security Maintenance" release is not free, however -- organizations must pay for the extended support. "Following the end-of-life of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Canonical is offering Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance), which provides important security fixes for the kernel and the most essential user space packages in Ubuntu 12.04. These updates are delivered in a secure, private archive exclusively available to Ubuntu Advantage customers," says Canonical. The company further says, "All Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users are encouraged to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. But for those who cannot upgrade immediately, Ubuntu 12.04 ESM updates will help ensure the on-going security and integrity of Ubuntu 12.04 systems". If you are interested in leveraging this ESM version of the Linux Distribution, you must become a paid Ubuntu Advantage member. To check out pricing, just head over to the website here. While using this ESM version is certainly a smart move, businesses should also consider upgrading to a newer version of the operating system -- after extensive testing, of course. Source
  17. It Looks Like Ubuntu 17.04 Might Ship with Mesa 17.0.1 and X.Org Server 1.19.2 Both packages are now ready for testing in the proposed repo In his latest blog post, the developer reveals the fact that the long-anticipated X.Org 1.19 display server is now ready for public testing on a special PPA (Personal Package Archive) for Ubuntu 17.04, along with Mesa 17.0.1, which appears to rest in the proposed repository of the forthcoming distribution at the moment of writing. "I’ve prepared X server 1.19.2 along with the driver rebuilds for zesty on the staging ppa here: https://launchpad.net/~canonical-x/+archive/ubuntu/x-staging, " said Timo Aaltonen, Hardware Enablement, Field Expert Squad Team Lead at Canonical. "It also comes with Mesa 17.0.1 while it’s still stuck in zesty-proposed." A call for testing Of course, this is more of a call for testing than an announcement, so don't get too excited. Of course, it will be a huge achievement for Canonical to ship the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release with an up-to-date graphics stack based on X.Org Server 1.19 and Mesa 17.0, which translates to a major performance gain for your gaming experience. Therefore, if you want to see Mesa 17 and X.Org Server 1.19 in Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), we recommend that you set up a special partition and test drive the two technologies from the staging PPA linked above. Make sure that you report any issues you might encounter with your graphics cards, especially AMD Radeon and Intel users. According to Timo Aaltonen, Canonical's plan is to bring both X.Org Server 1.19.2 and Mesa 17.0.1 to the main repos of Ubuntu 17.04 next week, if everything goes well and there won't be any blockers, so fingers crossed for a better gaming experience on Ubuntu. Meanwhile, the Linux 4.10.1 kernel has landed in the Zesty Zapus repos. Source
  18. Firm's efforts in convergence computing recognized by award Convergence computing is an area that attracted the investments of several technology giants, including Microsoft, which tried to tackle this growing business with Windows 10 and its siblings aimed at tablets and smartphones. And while Microsoft itself put a lot of efforts into getting this concept right, it’s Canonical the one that did it right, a recent award received by the company seems to suggest. Canonical, which is widely known as the owner of Ubuntu, received the Orange Outstanding achievement for converged computing & digital openness at the Orange Device Partner Awards ceremony, with event organizers explaining that only “organizations that have contributed to the smartphone revolution” are recognized by this award. In other words, Canonical did a much better job with Ubuntu convergence than Microsoft with its Continuum feature, which is supposed to turn a Windows 10 Mobile device into a mobile PC with the help of an external screen. “This annual event looks back over the last ten years and recognises the rapid evolution of the mobile industry, and we are excited to highlight those contributions by awarding in areas of innovation, design and marketing. We wish all of our awardees the best for 2017,” Yves Maître, Executive Vice President, Connected Objects and Partnerships, Orange, said in a press statement that you can read in full below. Microsoft also planning Continuum improvements While Canonical is getting all the praises for its convergence implementation, Microsoft is also planning several improvements for its Continuum feature that would contribute to a more PC-like experience with a mobile phone. As we’ve explained when we reviewed the Continuum experience with the HP Elite X3 Windows 10 Mobile device, using a Windows phone as a PC is still very limited, mostly because despite the bigger screen, essential features are missing for the time being. With Continuum, there are no resizable windows and no taskbar support, while the entire experience itself proves to be rather slow despite the powerful hardware in the phone. New features, such as window mode, will be released with the Windows 10 Creators Update in April, along with a bunch of other improvements that would contribute to a more genuine PC experience. In the meantime, however, the award received by Canonical shows that Microsoft needs to up the ante and do better in this convergence push, especially given than its mobile platform is trailing behind its rivals. Source
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    Zorin OS 12.1 Released We are pleased to announce the release of Zorin OS 12.1. This new release brings together the latest software updates, bug fixes, new desktop features, performance enhancements and hardware support. Zorin OS 12.1 introduces an updated hardware enablement stack. The newly-included Linux kernel 4.8 as well as an updated X server graphics stack adds compatibility for newer computers and hardware in Zorin OS. One of the new desktop features is an easy way to add app icons to the desktop. Simply open the Zorin menu and right-click on an app to view the option to add it to the Desktop or to Favorites. After installing Zorin OS 12.1, you will have the latest versions of the pre-installed packages. That means less software updates will need to be downloaded after installing Zorin OS onto your computer. All editions of Zorin OS – Core, Ultimate and Business – are now available to download as version 12.1. If you’ve already downloaded and installed Zorin OS 12, you can update your system to 12.1 by installing the latest updates from the Software Updater. In order to upgrade to the newer Linux kernel and graphics stack in Zorin OS 12, you can open the Terminal (by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T) and enter the following command: sudo apt install --install-recommends xserver-xorg-hwe-16.04
  20. KDE Connect Indicator Now Lets You Send SMS from the Ubuntu Desktop Do you want to send SMS messages from the Ubuntu desktop? Well, now you can. Indicator KDE Connect, the handy panel applet that lets interact with your Android phone from Ubuntu, has been updated with experimental support for sending SMS. Yup, you read that correctly: you can send SMS from the desktop without needing to pick up your phone. KDE Connect (the ‘engine’ that works as the bridge between desktop and phone) added SMS reply functionality in its 1.0 release last year, but this is the first time that indicator-kdeconnect (the front-end that lets you use it on Ubuntu and other desktops) has exposed the feature to users. Texting from Ubuntu using this feature isn’t quite as seamless as it is on the Plasma desktop integration , where you can click ‘reply’ to an incoming SMS notification on the desktop. Instead, on Unity, Cinnamon, Budgie and related desktops, you need to select the “Send SMS” feature from the KDE Connect indicator menu, manually enter a phone number, and then enter your message. The SMS itself is still sent via your phone over Wi-Fi, so if you don’t have signal (or enough credit to send a message) don’t expect magic to happen! One downside: you’re given no feedback as to whether the SMS is sent successfully or not. To find that out you will need to pick up your phone and check. As before, you can also see (truncated) received SMS notifications on the desktop while using KDE Connect. Unlike other notifications the bridge serves these do not use the native notify-OSD bubbles on Ubuntu, and instead appear in their own window: While this sounds inelegant this is actually a sensible solution as it means you’re less likely to miss a message alert as they stick around until actioned. Send Multiple Files Other changes to indicator since we last featured it include monochrome icons in GNOME, translation updates and a far simpler file sending experience. You can now send multiple files to your Android devices via the the integrated kdeconnect-send tool. Better yet, trusted devices appear in the Nautilus (or Caja/Nemo/Etc) context menu so that you can send files directly to a device, no device picker required! You can now send multiple files directly to your device I haven’t personally tried this with any file manager besides Nautilus 3.20 so be aware that your own milage may vary with this specific feature. How To Install KDE Connect Indicator on Ubuntu We’ve shown you how to install KDE Connect Indicator on Ubuntu before, but there’s no harm in running over it again, right? First things first: you need to add the following PPA. It contains both the latest upstream release of KDE Connect plus the latest version of the indicator applet for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:varlesh-l/indicator-kdeconnect If you’re running Ubuntu 16.10 you can install both packages using the PPA above but you must run the following command before performing the update and install commands: sudo sed -i 's/yakkety/xenial/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/varlesh-l-ubuntu-indicator-kdeconnect-yakkety.list Finally, install indicator KDE Connect and its engine by running: sudo apt update && sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect Once install has finished up you may need to logout or reboot and back in for the app to start working correctly (you may not; your milage may vary). Set Up KDE Connect on Your Phone That’s your desktop side set-up, on to your Android phone or tablet from the Google Play Store (below) or via F-Droid. << Install KDE Connect from the Google Play Store >> Ensure that your Android phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Ubuntu PC. Then, proceed to pair your device: Launch ‘indicator kdeconnect’ from the Dash In the indicator menu, select ‘Request pairing’ On your phone, accept pairing request That’s it, you’re done! Source
  21. How to Install Wine 2.0 Stable in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04, 16.10 After more than a year of development, Wine 2.0 stable was finally released a few hours ago. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives. Wine 2.0 release highlights: support for Microsoft Office 2013 the 64-bit support on macOS. support for Unicode 9.0 better HiDPI scaling GStreamer 1.0 support an updated Gecko engine More Direct3D 10 and 11 features And much more, see the announcement Install Wine 2.0 (Staging) via official Wine PPA: The official Wine PPA offers Wine-staging packages that are kinda different to the distro packages. Wine Staging provides extra features and fixes, but it’s installed to /opt/wine-staging. Thanks to this, you can have both regular Wine version and Wine-Staging in single system. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wine/wine-builds For 64-bit system, enable 32-bit architecture (if you haven’t already) via sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 Then updates and install Wine 2.0 staging via commands: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install --install-recommends wine-staging To use Wine-Staging, simply add “/opt/wine-staging/bin/” in the fond of executable, for example: /opt/wine-staging/bin/wine /opt/wine-staging/bin/winecfg For more, see the Wine-Staging usage. Install Wine 2.0 (regular) in Ubuntu via Ricotz’s PPA: Rico Tzschichholz is maintaining an unofficial PPA with regular Wine packages. The PPA’s working good though it’s marked as unstable in the name. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/unstable Remove previous Wine 1.8 or other regular Wine packages via command: sudo apt remove wine wine1.8 wine-stable libwine* fonts-wine* && sudo apt autoremove Finally update and install Wine 2.0 via: sudo apt update sudo apt install wine2.0 How to Uninstall: To remove Wine 2.0, simply run the apt remove command in terminal with sudo privilege: sudo apt remove wine2.0 wine-staging && sudo apt autoremove And you can remove the PPAs by going to Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. Source Alternate Source - 1: Wine 2.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux Alternate Source - 2: Wine 2.0 Released, Now Supports Microsoft Office 2013
  22. Canonical Launches Ubuntu Tutorials Linux is arguably the most successful open source project in all of history. The success of the kernel -- and operating systems that use it -- are not due to any one man or woman. Actually, the achievements are thanks to the Linux community. In other words, it is a team effort -- developers, users, and more. For a Linux distribution, such as Ubuntu, to continue its progress, Canonical needs developers to remain interested -- this includes getting new people involved and educated. This week, the company launched Ubuntu Tutorials -- based on Google's open source Codelab. No, it is not self-learning for new workstation users, but for programmers and developers. "Ubuntu tutorials are a topic-specific walkthroughs, giving you a very practical experience on a particular domain. They are just like learning from pair programming except you can do it on your own! They provide a step-by-step process to doing development and devops activities on Ubuntu machines, servers or devices," says Canonical. The Ubuntu-maintainer further says, "You can as well work offline if you desire and always take your tutorials with you! Using the snap technology, we built a tutorial snap including the same content and the same technology as the one you can find on the website." Canonical shares the following details about the tutorials. Just as the Linux community is a group effort, so shall be Ubuntu Tutorials. You see, Canonical is asking for assistance in creating new tutorials. If you are interested in contributing to tutorials.ubuntu.com, the company shares the rather lengthy guidelines here. Will you participate in creating tutorials? If yes, tell me how in the comments below. Source
  23. Canonical to Remove Old Unity 7 Scopes from Ubuntu Because They're Not Secure These won't be supported by Unity 8 anyway April will see the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, but it also marks the fifth year of Unity user interface's implementation, which was first introduced as part of the Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) release. While Canonical's engineers are concentrating all of their efforts on bringing us the next-generation Unity 8 user interface, current Ubuntu Linux releases are still successfully using Unity 7, and so will Ubuntu 17.04. Old, unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes are still out there However, it would appear that the Ubuntu repositories still include some old, unmaintained Scopes that have security issues open, posing a threat to the entire system if installed and used. Most of these are related to some popular music playback apps and include unity-scope-audacious, unity-scope-clementine, unity-scope-gmusicbrowser, unity-scope-guayadeque, unity-scope-musique, and unity-scope-gourmet. Because of that, Canonical is planning on removing these and many other unmaintained Unity 7 Scopes from the official repositories, if their maintainers don't step up to patch any of the existing security issues, and also because Unity 8 won't support them. "Couple this with the decision to turn off online searches by default and I think it's time to consider dropping these Scopes from the archive. Plus of course, the fact that they won't work in Unity 8 in the future anyway," said Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager at Canonical. If you submitted a Unity 7 Scope in the past, and no longer offer security fixes for it, please do everyone a favor and remove it from the repositories as soon as possible. Unity 7 will be supported for a few more years, but it doesn't have to be insecure. Source
  24. Canonical: 2017 Will See a Mir 1.0 Release, Plans to Implement Vulkan Support 2016 was a good year for Mir, says the company behind Ubuntu As most of you are aware, Canonical develops its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir, which, in some ways, is similar to the X.Org Server and Wayland technologies. While Ubuntu on the desktop still uses X.Org Server's components, Mir is currently heavily tested for the Unity 8 user interface that Canonical plans on implementing by default for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, for desktops. However, until now, Mir has only been successfully deployed on mobile devices, powering the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used in various official and unofficial Ubuntu Phone and Tablets. According to Alan Griffiths, Software Engineer at Canonical, 2016 was a great year for Mir, and in 2017 the company plans on releasing the 1.0 milestone of the display server, which should implement the long-anticipated Vulkan support. "2017 will see a cleanup of our "toolkit" API and better support for "platform" plugin modules," said Griffiths. "We will then be working on upstreaming our Mesa patch. That will allow us to release our (currently experimental) Vulkan support." Canonical is working on reducing latency for Mir Canonical worked very hard in 2016 to improve its Mir display server by enabling a client-side toolkit, application, or library to work on Mir, as well as to upstream Mir support into GTK+ 3, Qt, SDL2, and Kodi. They also managed to create Mir Abstraction Layer and released MirAL 1.0, but for 2017 the company plans on enabling Mir on new platforms, upstream their Mesa patch, and enable Mir on a new graphics API, such as Vulkan. Canonical is now working on reducing latency for Mir, and hops that 2017 will be the year when Mir becomes mature enough to be used on desktops, powering the next-generation Unity 8 display server. At the moment, the company did not reveal the exact date when Mir 1.0 will see the light of day, so we can only guess that it could launch sometime around the release of Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), in mid-April, when they'll prepare for Ubuntu 17.10. Source
  25. It’s Time to Ditch Skype and TeamSpeak, Discord Launches Its App for Linux Users The app is now available for Ubuntu Linux and other distros Linux was the missing piece for them to achieve full status and offer their services across all major platforms, both on desktop and mobile. Discord is currently available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, but you can also use it directly from the Web, using a compatible web browser. The app appears to be a direct competitor to Microsoft's Skype VoIP client, as well as the well-known TeamSpeak voice communication platform. It offers a wide range of features, including IP and DDoS protection, in-game overlay, smart push notifications, individual volume control, support for multiple channels, and a modern text chat. Other noteworthy features of Discord include support for codecs, permissions, and custom keyboard shortcuts, a direct messaging system and friends list. It also promises to keep the CPU usage as minimal as possible, offering low latency support for audio and automatic failover functionality. Install Discord on Ubuntu now The first stable release of the official Discord app for Linux systems, versioned 0.0.1, is currently available for download as a binary package for Debian and Ubuntu-based distributions, such as Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint, etc. However, to install it, you'll need to have a 64-bit installation. There's also a source tarball available for download in case you're not running an operating system based on Debian or Ubuntu, but you'll have to compile it. It appears that Discord 0.0.1 already made its way into the Arch Linux AUR repositories, and it's coming soon to Solus, too. Other distros may add Discord to their repositories in the coming weeks. Stoked to announce our super sick app for LINUX. Chris was massaging this for ages but it's like super sick now https://t.co/hQtQpZO95c pic.twitter.com/lVyDkBD3cN — Discord (@discordapp) January 11, 2017 Source