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  1. Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Canonical released a new Linux kernel security patch for its long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system series to address several security vulnerabilities. The Linux kernel security update addresses three vulnerabilities, including a race condition (CVE-2019-6133) in Linux kernel's fork() system call, which could allow a local attacker to gain access to services were authorizations are cached, and a flaw (CVE-2018-18397) in the userfaultd implementation, which could allow a local attacker to modify files. Both issues were discovered by Jann Horn. Furthermore, the kernel security patch addresses a vulnerability (CVE-2018-19854) in Linux kernel's crypto subsystem, which leads to leaked uninitialized memory to user space under certain situations. This would allow a local attacker to expose sensitive information (kernel memory). These security vulnerabilities affect Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and all of its official or unofficial derivatives.Users are urged to update their systems as soon as possibleCanonical urges all Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) users, as well as users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems who are using the Linux 4.15 kernel from Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, to update their installations as soon as possible. The new kernel versions users have to update their machines to are linux-image 4.15.0-46.49 for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS systems, linux-image 4.15.0-46.49~16.04.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS systems, and linux-image 4.15.0-1040.44~14.04.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS systems on Azure. The updated Linux kernels are available for 64-bit and 32-bit systems, as well as for Raspberry Pi 2 devices, OEM processors, cloud environments, Amazon Web Services (AWS) systems, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) systems, and Oracle Cloud systems. To update your installations, follow the instructions provided by Canonical at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Security/Upgrades. Source
  2. BERLIN — In a keynote at the OpenStack Summit here, Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Inc and Ubuntu, detailed the progress made by his Linux distribution in the cloud and announced new extended support. The Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Long Term Support) debuted back on April 26, providing new server and cloud capabilities. An LTS release comes with five year of support, but during his keynote Shuttleworth announced that 18.04 would have support that is available for up to 10 years. "I'm delighted to announce that Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for a full 10 years," Shuttleworth said. "In part because of the very long time horizons in some of industries like financial services and telecommunications but also from IOT where manufacturing lines for example are being deployed that will be in production for at least a decade ." OpenStack The long term, stable support for the OpenStack cloud is something that Shuttleworth has committed for some time. In April 2014, the OpenStack Icehouse release came out and it is still being supported by Canonical. "The OpenStack community is an amazing community and it attracts amazing technology, but that won't be meaningful if it doesn't deliver for everyday businesses," Shuttleworth said. "We actually manage more OpenStack clouds for more different industries, more different architectures than any other company." Shuttleworth said that when Icehouse was released, he committed to supporting it for five years, because long term support matters. "What matters isn't day two, what matters is day 1,500," Shuttleworth said. "Living with OpenStack scaling it, upgrading it, growing it, that is important to master to really get the value for your business." IBM Red Hat Shuttleworth also provided some color about his views on the $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat by IBM, which was announced on Oct. 28. "I wasn't surprised to see Red Hat sell," Shuttleworth said. "But I was surprised at the amount of debt that IBM took on to close the deal." He added that he would be worried for IBM, except for the fact that the public cloud is a huge opportunity. "I guess it makes sense if you think of IBM being able to steer a large amount of on prem RHEL workloads to the cloud, then that deal might make sense," he said. Source
  3. Ubuntu founder and Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth recently talked to me about his plans for his company, operating system, clouds, and containers. Mark Shuttleworth looked good at OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. Not only were his company Canonical and operating system Ubuntu Linux doing well, but thanks to his microfasting diet, he's lost 40 pounds. Energized and feeling good, he's looking forward to taking Canonical to its initial public offering (IPO) in 2019 and making the company more powerful than ever. It's taken him longer than expected to IPO Canonical. Shuttleworth explained, "We will do the right thing at the right time. That's not this year, though. There's a process that you have to go through and that takes time. We know what we need to hit in terms of revenue and growth and we're on track." In the meantime, besides his own wealth -- according to the BBC, his personal wealth jumped by £340 million last year -- he's turned to private equity to help fuel Canonical's growth. And, where is that growth coming from? Well, it's not the desktop. Found as users -- and Shuttleworth himself -- of the Linux desktop, Canonical's real money comes in from the cloud. Ubuntu remains the dominant cloud operating system. According to the May 8, 2018 Cloud Market statistics, on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud, Ubuntu dominates the cloud with 209,000 instances, well ahead of its competitors Amazon Linux AMI, 88,500; Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS's 31,400, and Windows Server's 29,200. As another data point, the executives at the OpenStack cloud company Rackspace told me that although their company had started with RHEL, today it's 60/40 Ubuntu. OpenStack has been very, very good for Canonical, which is more than you can say for many companies that tried to make it as OpenStack providers or distributors. "With OpenStack it's important to deliver on the underlying promise of more cost-effective infrastructure," Shuttleworth said. Sure, "You can love technology and you can have new projects and it can all be kumbaya and open source, but what really matters is computers, virtual machines, virtual disks, virtual networks. So we ruthlessly focus on delivering that and then also solving all the problems around that." So it is, Shuttleworth claims, that "Canonical can deliver an OpenStack platform to an enterprise in two weeks with everything in place." What's driving Canonical growth on both the public and OpenStack-based cloud is "machine learning and container operations. The economics of automating the data center brings people to Ubuntu." That said, "The Internet of Things (IoT) is still an area of investment for us. We have the right set of primitives [Ubuntu Core, Ubuntu for IoT and Snap contanizeried applications] to bring IoT all over the planet." But, it's "not profitable yet". Shuttleworth thinks Ubuntu will end up leading IoT, as it has the cloud, "because a developer can transfer their programs from a workstation to the cloud to a gateway to the IoT. I want to make sure we build the right set of technologies so you can operate a billion things with Ubuntu on it." To make this happen, Shuttleworth said Canonical currently has just short of 600 full-time developers. As for the desktop, Shuttleworth finds it a "fascinating study of human nature that Unity [Ubuntu's former desktop] became a complete exercise in torches and pitchforks. I'm now convinced a lot of the people who demanded its demise never used it." That's because, while "I think GNOME is a nicely done desktop," many Ubuntu users are now objecting to GNOME. Shuttleworth also had kind words about the KDE Neon, MATE, and LXDE desktops. Still, "I do miss Unity, but I use GNOME." Shuttleworth would like to see the open-source community become "safer to put new ideas out into it." Too often, "it's obnoxious to someone else's labor of love." That said, in business competition, Shuttleworth said, after people criticized him for calling out Red Hat and VMware by name in his OpenStack keynote speech, "I don't think it was offsides to talk about money and competition. OpenStack has to be in the room where public clouds are discussed and Ubuntu has to be in the conversation when it comes to cloud operating systems. No one has questioned the facts." In a way, though, having given up on innovating on the desktop and on the smartphone market has been a blessing. "I can work with more focus on cloud and the edge and IoT. We're moving faster. Our security and performance story can be tighter because we can put more time on both them." One thing that Shuttleworth believes Canonical does better than his competition is delivering the best from upstream to its customers. "Take OpenStack, we didn't invent a bunch of pieces. We take care of stuff people need by trusting the upstream community. People find this refreshing." Canonical also succeeds, he thinks, because they eat their own dog food. "We learn stuff by operating it ourselves and not just developing it. We experience what it's like to operate many OpenStack and Kubernetes stacks. We then offer these complex solutions as a managed service, and that reduces the cost for users." The result is a company that Shuttleworth is sure will lead the way in the cloud and container-driven world of IT. Source
  4. GNOME 3.26 will be the default desktop environment Work on the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system continues, and Canonical's Will Cooke is back with more information on the Ubuntu Desktop team bakes for the final release, which will land on October 19, 2017. Last week, we told you that Ubuntu 17.10 will support all known driverless printing standards and that captive portal detection is now enabled by default. Also, Ubuntu 17.10 received initial support for PolicyKit authentication in the Snapd Snappy daemon, to finally allow users to install and remove Snaps from the Snappy Store without having to create an Ubuntu One account. And now, it looks like Ubuntu Dock is getting support for indicators and notification badges. This is great news for those using apps that support libappindicators, as the soon-to-be-released GNOME 3.26 desktop environment won't ship with support for indicators. On top of that, enabling notification badge support in Ubuntu Dock is a must for ex-Unity users. "We’re adding notification badge support to the Dock extension. This branch has been proposed to the upstream project and is awaiting review," reveals Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Director, Canonical. "We’ve packaged the KStatusNotifier extension to provide support for indicators. This will provide support for apps which use libappindicators which was removed from GNOME 3.26." Wayland session won't work on PCs with non-hybrid Nvidia GPUs As you are aware, Ubuntu 17.10 will be using the next-generation Wayland display server by default instead of X11 (X.Org Server), which is available as an alternative from the GNOME Display Manager (GDM). But, Will Cooke warns users that the Wayland session won't work on PCs with non-hybrid Nvidia GPUs, unless they enable the experimental KMS support, which will break X11. As such, people with this kind of systems won't see the X11 session to not end up with a broken Ubuntu installation if they feel adventurous to enable Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) for the Wayland session. Meanwhile, the Ubuntu Desktop team still works to improve the video playback performance in Ubuntu 17.10 to reduce CPU usage, and hardware-accelerated video support on Intel GPUs. Other than that, the Ubuntu Desktop team worked to sync the mobile broadband provider info from Debian Sid. On the other hand, it looks like the Ubuntu Kernel team still works on rebasing Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) on the recently released Linux 4.13 kernel. The Final Beta is expected later this month, on September 28, and it will give us a glimpse of what's coming to Ubuntu Linux this fall. Source
  5. Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) - Stable - Final - Direct Download & Alternate Downloads: Ubuntu is distributed on two types of images described below. Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Ubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There is one image available: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. Server install image The server install image allows you to install Ubuntu permanently on a computer for use as a server. It will not install a graphical user interface. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) server install image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) server install image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. A full list of available files, including BitTorrent files, can be found below. If you need help burning these images to disk, see the Create a bootable USB stick on Windows or the Image Burning Guide or the USB Image Writing Guide. Download Pen Drive Linux's USB Installer Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavours: For Ubutnu Flavours downloads, you can view here. Ubuntu Flavour - Lubuntu - 17.10 Lubuntu is distributed on two types of images described below. Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Lubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Alternate install image The alternate install image allows you to perform certain specialist installations of Lubuntu. It provides for the following situations: setting up automated deployments; upgrading from older installations without network access; LVM and/or RAID partitioning; installs on systems with less than about 384MiB of RAM (although note that low-memory systems may not be able to run a full desktop environment reasonably). In the event that you encounter a bug using the alternate installer, please file a bug on the debian-installer package. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) alternate install image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) alternate install image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Kubuntu - 17.10 Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Kubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Xubuntu - 17.10 Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Xubuntu without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 192MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Ubuntu Kylin - 17.10 Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Ubuntu-Kylin without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Ubuntu MATE - 17.10 Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Ubuntu-MATE without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Ubuntu Budgie - 17.10 Desktop image The desktop image allows you to try Ubuntu-Budgie without changing your computer at all, and at your option to install it permanently later. This type of image is what most people will want to use. You will need at least 384MiB of RAM to install from this image. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) desktop image Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) desktop image For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg Ubuntu Flavour - Ubuntu Studio - 17.10 Install/live DVD The combined install/live DVD allows you either to install Ubuntu-Studio permanently on a computer, or (by entering 'live' at the boot prompt) to try Ubuntu-Studio without changing your computer at all. There are two images available, each for a different type of computer: 64-bit PC (AMD64) install/live DVD Choose this to take full advantage of computers based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, Core 2). If you have a non-64-bit processor made by AMD, or if you need full support for 32-bit code, use the i386 images instead. Choose this if you are at all unsure. 32-bit PC (i386) install/live DVD For almost all PCs. This includes most machines with Intel/AMD/etc type processors and almost all computers that run Microsoft Windows, as well as newer Apple Macintosh systems based on Intel processors. Signing Certificates For Verification: MD5SUMS MD5SUMS-metalink MD5SUMS-metalink.gpg MD5SUMS.gpg SHA1SUMS SHA1SUMS.gpg SHA256SUMS SHA256SUMS.gpg
  6. The first step towards an all-Snap Ubuntu OS Ubuntu MATE leader Martin Wimpress is pioneering pre-installed Snap support in his Ubuntu distro by shipping the forthcoming Ubuntu MATE 17.10 release as the first distro with a Snap app installed by default. The Snap app in question is for the pulsemixer curses-based command-line sound mixer for the popular PulseAudio sound server, which is installed by default in Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) and other opt-in flavors, such as Ubuntu MATE. Pulsemixer will only be available as a Snap package in Ubuntu MATE 17.10, as the first step towards an all-Snap Ubuntu system. "Pre-installing Snaps by default in the desktop images was an outcome of the Ubuntu Rally that took place in New York a couple of weeks ago," said Martin Wimpress. "Installing the pulsemixer Snap by default in Ubuntu MATE 17.10 is being used a pilot and what we learn will help the Ubuntu Desktop team with their efforts to ship Snaps by default in Ubuntu 18.04." Call for testing for Ubuntu MATE 17.10 with pre-installed Snap According to Martin Wimpress, the size of the Ubuntu MATE 17.10 ISO images hasn't been affected significantly due to the installation of the pulsemixer Snap by the default, which was selected because of its smaller size and usefulness for Ubuntu MATE users, but also because it's not available for installation from the official Ubuntu repositories, nor the Debian ones. A call for testing has been put out if you want to help the Ubuntu MATE developers test the upcoming release with the pulsemixer Snap installed by default. To do that, you need to download the latest Ubuntu MATE 17.10 daily builds for either 64-bit or 32-bit computers, write the ISO image to a USB flash drive, boot it in live mode or install it on your PC, and test the pulsemixer Snap. Ubuntu MATE 17.10 will launch next week on October 19 with the latest MATE 1.18 desktop environment by default, the Linux 4.13 kernel, and numerous other new features and improvements, especially to the in-house build apps like MATE Tweak. Ubuntu MATE 17.10 won't be dropping support for 32-bit installations, yet it will inherit many of the features of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark). Source
  7. Ubuntu 17.10 Final Beta is expected on September 28, 2017 Canonical is still working on polishing its upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, due for release next month on October 19, and today we'd like to offer you a first look at the new control center that'll be implemented in this release. You probably already know that Ubuntu 17.10 will be the first release of the popular OS in years to ship with the GNOME desktop environment by default, though Canonical's engineers are working day and night to customize the default Ubuntu session to make it easier for Unity users the next time they upgrade their PCs. Therefore, Ubuntu 17.10's default GNOME session won't be a vanilla one, like that of the Fedora Linux operating system, but one that tries to resemble the look and feel of the deprecated Unity user interface, which was used by default since Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) and was based on the GNOME Stack. A GNOME vanilla session will be available for installation as well, if you don't like what Canonical did to the GNOME desktop environment, but you probably won't have any trouble using the default one. We already showed you the new Ubuntu Dock, and today we're giving you a first look at the new control center. Here's what Ubuntu 17.10 Control Center looks like As of yesterday, those using Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds on their computers have probably noticed that there's a completely revamped control center when they clicked on the wheel icon in the system menu in the system tray area. And it's nothing like the old Ubuntu Control Center used in previous releases. The new Ubuntu Control Center is a slightly revamped version of the GNOME Control Center of the forthcoming GNOME 3.26 desktop environment launching tomorrow, September 13, 2017, and it features an all-new navigation system with all sections listed on the left side of the window at a glance. While most of the settings sections offer single pages, there are a couple of sections that opens another list of sections, such as Devices and Details, which feature multiple entries. The settings of the new Ubuntu Dock are also available in the new Ubuntu Control Center, which comes with built-in search functionality. Check out the screenshot tour below to see the new Ubuntu Control Center in action, and you can download the latest daily build ISO image of Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) if you want to take it for a test drive. We think that it's cool, modern, and very handy, and it was about time to get a face lift. More Images[22] Source
  8. The new release also adds dynamic filesystem updates Canonical announced the release of Snapd 2.27 Snappy daemon for Ubuntu Linux and other supported GNU/Linux distributions. This is a major release that adds significant improvements and new features. The biggest new feature implemented in the Snapd 2.27 release is Android boot support, which should bring the Ubuntu Snappy technologies to a wide range of devices that are powered by Google's Linux-based Android mobile operating system, implementing support for transactional updates. "The snapd boot sequence can now handle Android-style boot management. We’re especially happy about this as it opens up a new range of devices for snapd that will support transactional updates of the OS and the kernel with automatic reverts on boot failures," said Gustavo Niemeyer. Another interesting feature introduces in the Snapd 2.27 release is the snap-update-ns tool, which has been in development for a very long time. The tool promises to allow for changes to be performed dynamically in the file system inside the Snap mount namespace, which wasn't possible until now. Additionally, Snapd 2.27 comes with new "install" and "remove" hooks that let Snaps to implement a logic that's enabled only when it's removed from the system or installed for the first time, and adds support for the snapctl tool, which opens up a communication line between any Snap and the Snapd daemon. New and updated interfaces, new aliases and commands Among other improvements implemented in Snapd 2.27, we can mention a new "title" field designed to hold a high-level, normally uppercased name for the Snap app, new "--unaliased" parameter to the "snap install" command for installing Snaps that don't have any aliases enabled, and new "--last=" parameter to the "snap abort" and "watch" commands, allowing them to operate on the last change. The seccomp argument filtering was re-enabled in this release of Snapd, which renames the "snap change" command to "snap tasks," adds new "search" alias for the "snap find" command, adds support for displaying snap types under the Notes column via the "snap list" command, as well as suppor for the "snap info" command to display more information. Lastly, Snapd 2.27 introduces the broadcom-asic-control, greengrass-support, and password-manager-service interfaces, and updates numerous others, including alsa, browser-support, log-observe, mir, mount-observe, network-control, optical-drive, optical-observe, pulseaudio, screen-inhibit-control, system-observe, timezone-control, unity7, and x11. Source
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Hi All, Just wondering if Nokia with Canonical makes Ubuntu Touch Devices, does people love it and buy to help support Ubuntu Touch development? My wish is that Nokia should join hands with Canonical to make Ubuntu Devices. If that happens, all lazy s/w app giants will create apps supporting Ubuntu Touch platform. I'm calling s/w app giants as lazy bcoz if they would've supported Ubuntu Touch earlier, the OS could've been overtaking Android & Windows Phones(or Windows 10 Mobile) by now. All Nokia & Ubuntu/Linux fans(incl. myself) or devs out there, please suggest Nokia to create Ubuntu Devices in future ASAP. Please vote and provide feedback in comments(if any). Members please note that I'm referring to the future and not now. I'm not a fool to ask for/suggest a change in the first year of re-emerged Nokia. @steven36 & @teodz1984: Please read the desc carefully before providing comments.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Meet The GPD Pocket, A 7-inch Ubuntu Laptop The GPD Pocket Do you have small hands? Are you a Borrower? Do you consider 10-inch netbooks to be monstrous? If so, the GPD Pocket may be right up your (very miniature) street. GPD Pocket, 7″ Laptop The GPD Pocket is a 7-inch laptop that’s small enough to slip in to a pocket — and it will apparently be available in two versions: with Windows 10, and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. As reported on Liliputing, GPD (the company who makes the device) is currently only showing the device off a few fancy renders and photos with a prototype unit. But GPD has form for releasing other (similar) devices, like the GPD Win, and Android gaming portables, so although a novelty this latest device is unlikely to be outright vapourware. The GPD Pocket touts some impressive specifications for the size, including a quad-core Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor (the same one used in the Microsoft Surface 3), 4GB RAM and a high-res IPS touch display: 7-inch IPS touch display Intel Atom x7-Z8700 (quad-core @ 1.6GHz) 4GB of RAM 128GB of storage 1x USB Type-C 1x USB 3.0 Mini HDMI Out MicroSD Card slot Courage jack (“headphone port”) 7000 mAh battery The overall dimensions of the device mean you won’t be able to hammer away on a full-sized keyboard, but the chiclet style QWERTY one included (plus a ThinkPad-like mouse nub as there’s no room for a touchpad) looks perfectly serviceable for tweets, forum posts and some basic web browsing. Since I doubt anyone would be using this device as their primary device issues to do with the keyboard size, or lack of palm rest, etc, are unlikely to be primary considerations. No, the GPD Pocket is, as the name suggests, intended as the sort of device you literally slide into your pocket as you head out the door. The “bad” news is that, like everything these days, GPD plan to crowdfund the GPD Pocket over on Indiegogo sometime in February. Currently there’s no indication of pricing or release date, but providing it’s not too weighted at the high-end it could make a nice midrange alternative to Linux hobbyists. Source
  25. uNav 0.64 Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation App Now Available for Ubuntu Phones Map viewer and GPS navigator for car, bike and walking uNav 0.64 comes four months after version 0.63, which was a minor update improving the simulator, adding support for skipping confirmation of routes, rounding off the distance to the nearest turn in guidance mode, fixing the '¿¿¿' string in POI names, adding CartoDB layers, as well as a bash script to generate translations. Not that uNav 0.64 is a major release, but it looks like it adds some improvements than the previous version. Among these, we can mention centering on POI (Point of Interest) in search instead of in an area, correct roundabout of arrow directions for some countries, and Breton voice support. Available now for all Ubuntu Phone users uNav 0.64 also attempts to improve the out-of-the-box experience for newcomers by fixing the main window, which appeared to be unnecessarily large, spicing up the "empty state" of the application, remove "hairdresser" from the POI list, as well as to rename various translation files. If you're the proud owner of an Ubuntu Phone and you're running the latest version of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system (OTA-14), you should find the new uNav 0.64 release on the Ubuntu Store. Existing users can update the application right now through the usual channels. For those unfamiliar with uNav, it's an online and offline map viewer and GPS navigator powered by OpenStreetMap and Mapzen. It features convergence support, which means that you can use it on a desktop too if you're Ubuntu Phone can be converged. The app offers turn-by-turn navigation for bikes, cars, and walking. Source
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