piboards: The Orange Pi Zero with the H2+ SoC is a Linux single board computer that is great for maker projects and IoT scenarios.
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."
EVERSPACE still dealing with Unreal Engine bugs, possible workaround found for Linux
A Linux version of EVERSPACE [Steam] might finally be on the horizon, as the developers shared more details on the bug and a user on Steam pointed the developer to a possible workaround for now.
Moribund, a brutal local multiplayer brawler released with Linux support
Good to see more local multiplayer games! Moribund [Steam, Official Site] recently released for Linux and it's brutal, so grab a friend and annihilate them.
The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile & Charlie Murder to released soon with Linux support
Game porter Ethan Lee has been working away behind the scenes and it seems both The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile [Steam Link] & Charlie Murder [Steam Link] will release soon with Linux support.
- Serious Sam HD: The Second Encounter is now available on the Fusion engine with Vulkan
- Another weekly look at some good Linux gaming deals going on right now
- Stellaris: Utopia expansion released, some thoughts on the game as a whole now
- The Great Whale Road, a story-driven turn-based tactics game with RPG elements, my review
- OSDL, OIN, Linux Foundation, PAX and the Likes of Them Dodge the Real Problem, Which is Software Patents
- Like EPO ‘Grants’ (up 40% in a Year), Patent Trolls in Europe Are Growing at Double-Digit Rates (Now 20% of All German Lawsuits)
- At the Courts, Another Reminder of PTAB’s Importance and Ericsson’s War (via Patent Trolls) Against Linux and Android
- IBM, IPO, AIPLA, ABA and Other Lobbying/Front Groups of the Patent Microcosm Are Trying to Change US Law for Software Patents
- LexOrbis is Wrong About Software Patents
- The EPO’s Management is Silencing Its Critics by Sheer Intimidation
- Thorsten Bausch (Hoffmann Eitle) Bemoans Declining Quality (Service and Patents) at the European Patent Office
- Is Bristows UPC Falsifying UK-IPO Quotes or Just Using Informal Words to Lobby for the Unitary Patent (UPC)?
- Links 6/4/2017: CentOS Linux 6.9, Ubuntu is Back to GNOME
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.
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?submitted by /u/CENTSOARER
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?submitted by /u/dont_think_so_
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