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Phoronix: Ubuntu Server Exploring A New Installer & More

Thursday 6th of April 2017 04:04:05 PM
Dustin Kirkland, the leader of product manager at Canonical, recently asked the folks at HackerNews what they would like to see done for Ubuntu 17.10. He's collected their feedback and offered a few insights into the current happenings...

LinuxToday: Orange Pi Zero Overview

Thursday 6th of April 2017 04:00:00 PM

piboards: The Orange Pi Zero with the H2+ SoC is a Linux single board computer that is great for maker projects and IoT scenarios.

TuxMachines: Canonical Layoffs

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:53:28 PM
  • Staff and projects shed as Canonical enters biz fitness regime to look trim for investors

    Canonical is axing staff and closing projects under a sudden commercial get-fit regime.

    You may have read that Canonical is killing its never-delivered Unity 8 project but what everybody missed is that Canonical is also cutting staff.

    Nor will you have read why.

  • Canonical Reportedly Slashing Jobs, Seeking Outside Investment

    Following news of Ubuntu abandoning Unity 8 there are now reports of headcount reductions happening at Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth eyeing possible outside investments into the company.

    Our friends at The Register have just issued a report that more than half the team who worked on Unity 8 is being let go. Some Unity developers are being assigned to other departments at Canonical while other developers not finding a good fit elsewhere are being sent to the door.

  • Some In The Ubuntu Community Want To Fork, Maintain Unity 8

    Following yesterday's news of Canonical dropping work on Unity 8 and Ubuntu Phone and switching back to GNOME as their desktop environment, some community developers are determined to keep the projects going.

    Marius Gripsgård who is known for his work on UBports, the community effort trying to port Ubuntu Touch to as many devices as possible, is determined to keep going and looking to maintain Unity 8. He wrote on Google+ yesterday, "I'm not giving up! I will do my best to keep Ubuntu touch and Unity8 standing on both it's legs! It will be hard. The Ubuntu touch wheel is still spinning, and it has enough momentum to spin until we start spinning it with hopefully with greater force. Expect some news and idea drafts from the Ubports team in the coming weeks."

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TuxMachines: Games for GNU/Linux

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:49:42 PM

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Phoronix: NVIDIA 381.09 Linux Beta Driver Released: New Kernel Support, Updated Vulkan

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:46:55 PM
Coinciding with today's NVIDIA Titan Xp announcement is a new beta Linux driver release!..

Linux.com: Fabulous Bash Navigation Shortcuts

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:41:30 PM
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Reddit: Results From Ubuntu's Hacker News Post

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:30:42 PM

Phoronix: RandR 1.6 Proposal Around The Work On Linux VR HMDs Support

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:27:22 PM
For those wanting to follow the work Keith Packard is doing for Valve around better supporting VR HMDs (Head Mounted Displays) on the open-source driver stack, he's made a proposal for some changes in what would become RandR 1.6...

TuxMachines: Fatdog64: More Bark Than Bite

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:10:05 PM

Fatdog64 has the potential to outpace similar Linux distros, but its developers first must fix the numerous flaws that are holding it back.

Loading much of a distro's core elements into RAM is a proven method for delivering lightning-fast performance. However, Fatdog64 gets in its own way by failing to provide an option for storing essential files on the hard drive, which would reduce the need to read them from the CD/DVD or USB drives. Its performance is therefore noticeably sluggish compared to Puppy Linux and other "portable" distros.

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Phoronix: NVIDIA Rolls Out The Titan Xp Graphics Card For $1200 USD

Thursday 6th of April 2017 03:09:51 PM
NVIDIA's newest graphics card in the ultra high-end Titan line-up is the Titan Xp, a Pascal card that will set you back $1200 USD...

Reddit: Some questions to Unity 8 fork and Ubuntu community

Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:54:05 PM

Hello redditors, Linux community:

The news are all over the place. Ubuntu is abandoning their efforts to provide us a GNU/Linux cellphone and, in the way, is shutting down Unity 8, pursuing GNOME as their default DE for Ubuntu 18.04. I have some questions:

1) Is this DE election a temporary solution? Being 18.04 an LTS within a year you need something polished and we all know GNOME 3.24 is already a very polished and solid edition. But even small projects as Solus have the resources to provide (and even rewrite) it's own DE in a short period of time, I can expect Ubuntu will, as well, build a new DE flagship after LTS.

2) Will Unity 8's new fork will insist on using Mir? Is there a way they can reroute development to use Wayland instead? Here I am clueless. I know Mir initially shared a lot of code with Wayland, but today it seems unlikely and really, to develop a whole graphics server seems like a very heavy task if it's gonna be used only by Unity 8's fork. Extra question: Will the fork have a new name as usual?

3) Is the CLA dead now? One of the most polemical issues of Mir and Unity 8 was the CLA required to be signed by developers wishing to donate source code. People talk about asymmetrical contributions and some issues about the control of the source code popped up.

So, I'd like to take this news as good news. Ubuntu created a DE were a lot of people felt in place and they basically kept it unchanged for a lot of time: I can infer people using Unity, they more or less like things basically unchanged, but I reckon they'll feel alienated in GNOME. This is an exciting moment for me, I can't wait to see what Ubuntu will bring to the desktop as they used to do before pursuing convergence, I'm excited about the Unity 8 fork and the possible ramifications of this hard work put in the hands of a community and Ubuntu's community future reaction is something I don't wanna miss, it's a hard test this one. Any insights?

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Reddit: Why did Ubuntu go with Gnome rather than KDE as the new default desktop?

Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:44:42 PM

Unity was originally derived from Gnome so for some users it might therefore be less of a transition to have Gnome as the new default. Still KDE has come a long way and from the passionate discussion on this forum it seems as if quite a few users prefer it. And given that Ubuntu wants to be a stable and accessible base for the wider Linux community, the fact that KDE is Qt based could be seen as an advantage since that means that more people can develop for it.

So what do you think the main reasons are that they went with Gnome? Looks, convenience, stability, or something else altogether?

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LXer: Building a secure bootloader for the Quark D2000 and SE

Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:28:53 PM
At ELC 2017, Intel’s Daniele Alessandrelli related how his team built a QM-Bootloader for Intel’s MCU-like Quark D2000 and SE with secure firmware upgrades. Years after Intel released the low-power, Linux-compatible Quark X1000 processor, which runs on the Intel Galileo and numerous IoT gateways, the chipmaker last year launched three microcontroller-like Quarks that do not […]

Phoronix: Canonical Reportedly Slashing Jobs, Seeking Outside Investment

Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:24:52 PM
Following news of Ubuntu abandoning Unity 8 there are now reports of headcount reductions happening at Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth eyeing possible outside investments into the company...

LinuxToday: Golang to the rescue: Saving DevOps from TLS turmoil

Thursday 6th of April 2017 01:00:00 PM

Find out about a use case that created a need for testing certificate chains, appropriate web server security settings, and the Go code used for...

LXer: Growing Ubuntu for Cloud and IoT, rather than Phone and convergence

Thursday 6th of April 2017 12:27:21 PM
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.

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