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The Average Ubuntu Install Takes 18 Minutes (And Other Stats)

Saturday 23rd of June 2018 02:04:41 AM

Did you know that the average Ubuntu install takes just 18 minutes? That’s one of several nuggets of information Canonical has collected (and now revealed) thanks to the new “Ubuntu Report” tool included in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. This tool, when given permission to, collects non-identifiable system data about new Ubuntu installs and upgrades and ferries […]

This post, The Average Ubuntu Install Takes 18 Minutes (And Other Stats), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Turok Remastered Roars on to Linux

Friday 22nd of June 2018 01:39:50 PM

A remastered version of ‘Turok: Dinosaur Hunter’ has arrived on Linux. The game first found fame on the Nintendo 64 back way back in 1997, where it helped define the fledgling first-person shooter genre for an entire generation of gamers.  Now a high-definition, remastered port is available to play on Linux, having stomped its way on to the Xbox […]

This post, Turok Remastered Roars on to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Web Browser is Adding a Reader Mode

Thursday 21st of June 2018 11:59:29 PM

An experimental reader mode will ship in the next version of GNOME Web, aka Epiphany. The feature is already available to try in the latest development builds of the GTK Webkit-based web browser, released this week as part of the GNOME 3.29.3 milestone. Reader mode (also known as “reader view”) is a toggle option that strips […]

This post, GNOME Web Browser is Adding a Reader Mode, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Suru Icon Theme Now Covers More Filetypes

Thursday 21st of June 2018 03:35:10 PM

Work on the new Ubuntu icon theme is beginning to pick up steam. As you may know, developers plan to revamp the look and feel of Ubuntu for its next release by shipping the new Communitheme GTK and GNOME Shell theme and the new Suru icon set by default. In a sign that the revamp […]

This post, Ubuntu Suru Icon Theme Now Covers More Filetypes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Intel’s 7th Gen NUCs Are Now “Ubuntu Certified”

Thursday 21st of June 2018 02:15:07 PM

A slate of 7th-gen Intel NUCs are now officially certified for Ubuntu, Canonical has announced. If you’ve had your eye on an Intel NUC for dev work, IoT shenanigans, or to use as an entertainment hub in the living room, you’ll be pleased to know you can install and run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS without encountering any major […]

This post, Intel’s 7th Gen NUCs Are Now “Ubuntu Certified”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A macOS Mojave Inspired GTK Theme Appears

Wednesday 20th of June 2018 02:40:47 PM

A new GTK theme brings the luscious look of macOS Mojave to the Linux desktop. Not that you should be surprised; we’ve written before about how easy it is to make Ubuntu look like a Mac. But thanks to this new macOS Mojave inspired GTK theme that fact is truer, and more faithful, than ever. macOS […]

This post, A macOS Mojave Inspired GTK Theme Appears, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

HackUp is a Desktop Hacker News Client for Linux

Monday 18th of June 2018 05:05:01 PM

Avid readers of social news sharing site Hacker News might be interested in a new app recently added to Flathub. Called HackUp, it is a Hacker News desktop client written in Vala. It lets you browse and read Hacker News submissions without needing to open a web browser (which for a legendary procrastinator like me, is a good thing). […]

This post, HackUp is a Desktop Hacker News Client for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

It’s Official: Total War: WARHAMMER II is Coming to Linux

Monday 18th of June 2018 01:47:37 PM

Good news for any merciless warmongers amongst you: you’ll soon be able to play ‘Total War: WARHAMMER II’ on Linux. Games porting powerhouse™ Feral Interactive has announced that is is bringing the acclaimed strategy title to Linux and macOS later this year. Total War: WARHAMMER II Total War: WARHAMMER II is the sequel to Total War: WARHAMMER, […]

This post, It’s Official: Total War: WARHAMMER II is Coming to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04

Monday 18th of June 2018 11:01:49 AM

Learn how to install the Deepin desktop environment on Ubuntu 18.04 from a PPA. The Deepin desktop is an attractive alternative desktop shell for Linux.

This post, How to Install Deepin Desktop Environment on Ubuntu 18.04, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Google’s VR180 Creator Tool Makes it Easier to Edit VR Video on Linux

Sunday 17th of June 2018 10:42:20 PM

Google has released a new VR video conversion tool for macOS and Linux. It’s called “VR180 Creator” (catchy) and the tool aims to make it easier for people to edit video shot on 180-degree and 360-degree devices like the Lenovo Mirage camera (pictured opposite). And boy is just-such a tool needed! VR180 Creator: Easier VR Video Editing […]

This post, Google’s VR180 Creator Tool Makes it Easier to Edit VR Video on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Deepin 15.6 Released with New App Launcher + More

Sunday 17th of June 2018 03:36:32 PM

A new version of the Deepin Linux distribution is available to download. Deepin 15.6 improves on last year’s Deepin 15.5 release in a number of ways, chucks in a new-look app launcher, and includes a crop of core app updates for good measure. “The new release – deepin 15.6, offers the delicated interfaces and easy-to-understand logics […]

This post, Deepin 15.6 Released with New App Launcher + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Now Play ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ on Ubuntu

Friday 15th of June 2018 09:37:03 PM

A popular PC racing game has sped its way on to the Ubuntu Snap store — and I think you’re gonna dig it. It’s called ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ (TMNF) and, for some of you, it will need zero introduction. First released back in 2008 — a decade ago — TrackMania Nations Forever built a solid reputation […]

This post, You Can Now Play ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Pocket 2: 7-Inch Laptop Gets a Faster Processor

Friday 15th of June 2018 01:40:59 PM

Remember that tiny 7-inch laptop we collectively cooed over last year? Well, an updated model with slimmer bezels and a faster CPU is on the way. The GPD Pocket 2 builds on the things the first-gen model got right, like it high-res screen, high-end build quality, and highly-portable form factor. But there are also a […]

This post, GPD Pocket 2: 7-Inch Laptop Gets a Faster Processor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Enable the Blur Effect in KDE Plasma 5.13

Friday 15th of June 2018 12:47:47 PM

The new blur effect in KDE Plasma 5.13 is wowing a lot of people, us included, but a few of you have been in touch to ask how you can enable or configure the blur on your own system. Plasma 5.13 should (as I understand it) come with the swish new gaussian blur effect enabled by […]

This post, How to Enable the Blur Effect in KDE Plasma 5.13, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mesa 18.1.1 is Now Available to Install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Thursday 14th of June 2018 01:27:40 PM

The latest Mesa 18.1.1 graphics stack is now available to install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Mesa 18.1.1 is the first point release update in the Mesa 18.1.x series, which debuted back in May with Mesa 18.1.0. The Mesa 18.1.x series touts plenty of improvements, including better Vulkan and OpenGL performance, updated Tegra, Nouveau, and Intel drivers, as […]

This post, Mesa 18.1.1 is Now Available to Install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Here – And It Looks Incredible

Thursday 14th of June 2018 12:27:19 PM

Back in May we said that KDE Plasma 5.13 was shaping up to be one heck of a release — now that it’s out, I think I can say we were right. And to demo the key changes arriving in this update of the popular, resource-efficient desktop environment is a spiffy official release video. At a speedy 2 […]

This post, KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Here – And It Looks Incredible, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 11:42:17 PM

Not everyone is thrilled by news that Microsoft is buying Github — and you might think the Linux Foundation is among them. Well, it isn’t. The head of the Linux Foundation says the Microsoft snapping up GitHub is “good news” for the open source community. He also reckons that, rather than sneer about it, we ought to “celebrate […]

This post, The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

CodeWeavers Demo a Windows app Running on a Chromebook using Linux and Wine

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 09:59:15 PM

As you may know Google is bringing Linux apps to Chromebooks — but did you realise that the feature could pave the way for Windows apps, too? Yup, we’re talking Wine, the Windows software compatibility that is a staple part of the Linux app ecosystem. Be it for Adobe Photoshop or games like Fortnite and WoW, Wine […]

This post, CodeWeavers Demo a Windows app Running on a Chromebook using Linux and Wine, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 01:20:12 PM

It might soon be easier to install your favourite Windows apps on Linux, thanks to a fledgling new project. It’s called Winepak and, as you might guess from the name, it’s focused on packaging Wine applications as Flatpak bundles for faster, fuss-free use. So, rather than you having to head out and find, installer, open it with Wine, […]

This post, Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

America Unveils the World’s Fastest Supercomputer (And Yes: It Runs Linux)

Monday 11th of June 2018 12:19:12 PM

America's new star-spangled Summit supercomputer is twice as fast as China's Sunway supercomputer and runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The supercomputer cost $200 million to build.

This post, America Unveils the World’s Fastest Supercomputer (And Yes: It Runs Linux), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Red Hat Woes and Fedora 29 Plans

  • Shares of open-source giant Red Hat pounded on weaker outlook
  • Fedora 29 Aims To Offer Up Modules For Everyone
    The latest Fedora 29 feature proposal is about offering "modules for everyone" across all Fedora editions. The "modules for everyone" proposal would make it where all Fedora installations have modular repositories enabled by default. Up to now the modular functionality was just enabled by default in Fedora Server 28. The modular functionality allows Fedora users to choose alternate versions of popular software, such as different versions of Node.js and other server software components where you might want to stick to a particular version.

GNU Make, FSFE Newsletter, and FSF's BLAG Removal

  • Linux Fu: The Great Power of Make
    Over the years, Linux (well, the operating system that is commonly known as Linux which is the Linux kernel and the GNU tools) has become much more complicated than its Unix roots. That’s inevitable, of course. However, it means old-timers get to slowly grow into new features while new people have to learn all in one gulp. A good example of this is how software is typically built on a Linux system. Fundamentally, most projects use make — a program that tries to be smart about running compiles. This was especially important when your 100 MHz CPU connected to a very slow disk drive would take a day to build a significant piece of software. On the face of it, make is pretty simple. But today, looking at a typical makefile will give you a headache, and many projects use an abstraction over make that further obscures things.
  • FSFE Newsletter June 2018
  • About BLAG's removal from our list of endorsed distributions
    We recently updated our list of free GNU/Linux distributions to add a "Historical" section. BLAG Linux and GNU, based on Fedora, joined the list many years ago. But the maintainers no longer believe they can keep things running at this time. As such, they requested that they be removed from our list. The list helps users to find operating systems that come with only free software and documentation, and that do not promote any nonfree software. Being added to the list means that a distribution has gone through a rigorous screening process, and is dedicated to diligently fixing any freedom issues that may arise.

Servers: Kubernetes, Oracle's Cloudwashing and Embrace of ARM

  • Bloomberg Eschews Vendors For Direct Kubernetes Involvement
    Rather than use a managed Kubernetes service or employ an outsourced provider, Bloomberg has chosen to invest in deep Kubernetes expertise and keep the skills in-house. Like many enterprise organizations, Bloomberg originally went looking for an off-the-shelf approach before settling on the decision to get involved more deeply with the open source project directly. "We started looking at Kubernetes a little over two years ago," said Steven Bower, Data and Infrastructure Lead at Bloomberg. ... "It's a great execution environment for data science," says Bower. "The real Aha! moment for us was when we realized that not only does it have all these great base primitives like pods and replica sets, but you can also define your own primitives and custom controllers that use them."
  • Oracle is changing how it reports cloud revenues, what's it hiding? [iophk: "probably Microsoft doing this too" (cloudwashing)]
     

    In short: Oracle no longer reports specific revenue for cloud PaaS, IaaS and SaaS, instead bundling them all into one reporting line which it calls 'cloud services and licence support'. This line pulled in 60% of total revenue for the quarter at $6.8 billion, up 8% year-on-year, for what it's worth.

  • Announcing the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 for ARM
    Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 7 for the ARM architecture.
  • Oracle Linux 7 Now Ready For ARM Servers
    While Red Hat officially launched RHEL7 for ARM servers last November, on Friday Oracle finally announced the general availability of their RHEL7-derived Oracle Linux 7 for ARM. Oracle Linux 7 Update 5 is available for ARM 64-bit (ARMv8 / AArch64), including with their new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 5 based on Linux 4.14.

Graphics: XWayland, Ozone-GBM, Freedreno, X.Org, RadeonSI

  • The Latest Batch Of XWayland / EGLStream Improvements Merged
    While the initial EGLStreams-based support for using the NVIDIA proprietary driver with XWayland was merged for the recent X.Org Server 1.20 release, the next xorg-server release will feature more improvements.
  • Making Use Of Chrome's Ozone-GBM Intel Graphics Support On The Linux Desktop
    Intel open-source developer Joone Hur has provided a guide about using the Chrome OS graphics stack on Intel-based Linux desktop systems. In particular, using the Chrome OS graphics stack on the Linux desktop is primarily about using the Ozone-GBM back-end to Ozone that allows for direct interaction with Intel DRM/KMS support and evdev for input.
  • Freedreno Reaches OpenGL ES 3.1 Support, Not Far From OpenGL 3.3
    The Freedreno Gallium3D driver now supports all extensions required by OpenGL ES 3.1 and is also quite close to supporting desktop OpenGL 3.3.
  • X.Org Is Looking For A North American Host For XDC2019
    If software development isn't your forte but are looking to help out a leading open-source project while logistics and hospitality are where you excel, the X.Org Foundation is soliciting bids for the XDC2019 conference. The X.Org Foundation is looking for proposals where in North America that the annual X.Org Developers' Conference should be hosted in 2019. This year it's being hosted in Spain and with the usual rotation it means that in 2019 they will jump back over the pond.
  • RadeonSI Compatibility Profile Is Close To OpenGL 4.4 Support
    It was just a few days ago that the OpenGL compatibility profile support in Mesa reached OpenGL 3.3 compliance for RadeonSI while now thanks to the latest batch of patches from one of the Valve Linux developers, it's soon going to hit OpenGL 4.4. Legendary open-source graphics driver contributor Timothy Arceri at Valve has posted 11 more patches for advancing RadeonSI's OpenGL compatibility profile support, the alternative context to the OpenGL core profile that allows mixing in deprecated OpenGL functionality. The GL compatibility profile mode is generally used by long-standing workstation software and also a small subset of Linux games.