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Canonical and Ubuntu: Fresh Snaps, Design; Lubuntu Switching To VLC, KDE 5 LibreOffice Frontend

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  • Fresh Snaps from August 2018

    Another month passes and we’ve got a collection of applications which crossed our “desk” (Twitter feed) during August 2018. We have a mix of social tools, music creation and curation software, password storage systems, developer tools and some fun too. Take a look down the list, and discover something new today.

  • Financial services: escaping the burning platform

    The financial services industry is standing on a burning platform, it’s time to jump to safety or suffer the consequences.

    The platform in this picture is the legacy infrastructure that dominates their IT organisations. From ageing servers and a dwindling workforce that’s even capable of running these monoliths, the pressure to change, for many, would have already forced a leap to safety.

    Unfortunately for banks, that’s not the only pressure they are under. Challengers have emerged where there were none before and changes in regulation are forcing a dramatic rethink of how infrastructure can be approached and what technologies are available for them to use. Compounded by a growing demand from customers for services that are modern, always-on, safe, and simple to use, and you’ve got a perfect storm that FS is having to navigate.

  • Leading the Vanilla design system

    We currently have 47 websites from marketing to cloud applications under our suite of products here at Canonical, the Vanilla squad are working through migrating these sites to our latest release.

    We’ve completed 60% of the migration and are making good headway. Once complete, our codebase will be unified across our sites making it easier for our front-end developers to jump between projects. And from a design perspective we will have a consistent look and feel.

  • Lubuntu Switching To VLC, KDE 5 LibreOffice Frontend

    Lots of changes are happening in the Lubuntu camp.

    It's been busy in the Lubuntu space recently, the Ubuntu derivative that's historically shipped with the LXDE desktop environment. Most notably, Lubuntu 18.10 switching to LXQt by default over LXDE, while the LXQt spin has been experimental up to this point.

    Lubuntu is also planning to switch to Wayland and as part of that to port Openbox to run on the Mir-Wayland code. But this work isn't happening overnight but rather is a goal to have done by Lubuntu 20.10 in 2020.

Robots that run Ubuntu

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The home for innovators, Ubuntu is a place where developers can create what previously lived solely in the realms of fiction. The internet of things, the cloud, and robots are world changing technologies and they’re all running Ubuntu.

With an estimated worldwide spending figure of $103bn by 2020, according to IDC, the field of robotics is one of those transformative industries that is really gaining traction, and it’s not just the manufacturing industry that’s using them, robots are everywhere.

From collecting tennis balls, to social robots, agriculture and retail. Robots are making our lives easier and it turns out that a large amount of them are an Ubuntu robot.

Don’t just take my word for it though, below is a list of of just some of the cool and brilliant ways Ubuntu is being used in the field of robotics.

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Also: Key considerations when choosing a robot’s operating system

Ubuntu: SchoolTool, Lubuntu Development Newsletter, and Patches

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  • How to install School tool on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

    SchoolTool is a free and open source suite of free administrative software for schools that can be used to create a simple turnkey student information system, including demographics, gradebook, attendance, calendaring and reporting for primary and secondary schools. You can easily build customized applications and configurations for individual schools or states using SchoolTool. SchoolTool is a web-based student information system specially designed for schools in the developing world, with support for localization, translation, automated deployment and updates via the Ubuntu repository.

  • Lubuntu Development Newsletter #11

    We have swapped out SMPlayer for VLC, Nomacs for LXImage-Qt, and the KDE 5 LibreOffice frontend instead of the older KDE 4 frontend. We are working on installer slideshow updates to reflect these changes.

    Walter Lapchynski is working on packaging Trojitá; that will be done soon.

    Lastly, we fixed a bug in the daily which did not properly set the GTK 3 theme when configured if no GTK theme had been configured before.

  • The First Beta of the /e/ OS to Be Released Soon, Canonical's Security Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Parrot 4.2.2 Now Available, Open Jam 2018 Announced and Lightbend's Fast Data Platform Now on Kubernetes

    Canonical yesterday released a Linux kernel security patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS that addresses two recnetly discovered vulnerabilities.

Canonical Outs New Linux Kernel Live Patch for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and 16.04 LTS

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Coming hot on the heels of the latest Linux kernel security update released by Canonical on Tuesday, the new Linux kernel live patch security update fixes a total of five security vulnerabilities, which are documented as CVE-2018-11506, CVE-2018-11412, CVE-2018-13406, CVE-2018-13405, and CVE-2018-12233.

These include a stack-based buffer overflow (CVE-2018-11506) discovered by Piotr Gabriel Kosinski and Daniel Shapira in Linux kernel's CDROM driver implementation, which could allow a local attacker to either execute arbitrary code or cause crash the system via a denial of service.

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Debian and Ubuntu: Decommissioned Mirror, TeX Live, and Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

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  • PSA: the.earth.li ceasing Debian mirror service

    This is a public service announcement that the.earth.li (the machine that hosts this blog) will cease service as a Debian mirror on 1st February 2019 at the latest.

    It has already been removed from the official list of Debian mirrors. Please update your sources.list to point to an alternative sooner rather than later.

  • Debian/TeX Live binaries update 2018.20180907.48586-1

    A new set of TeX Live binaries has been uploaded to Debian, based on the Subversion status as of 7 September (rev 48586). Aim was mostly fixing a bug of (x)dvipdfm(x) introduced by a previous upload. But besides fixing this, it also brought the new version of dvisvgm (2.5) into Debian.

    [...]

    The current sources also contain another cherry picked bug fix for dvipdfmx, but unfortunately I will have to stop now using the subversion tree as is, due to the inclusion of an intermediate luatex release I am not convinced I want to see in Debian before the proper release of TeX Live 2019. That means, from now on I have to cherry pick till the next TeX Live release.

  • How to install the Dolibarr ERP/CRM on Ubuntu 18.04
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 544

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 544 for the week of September 3 – 9, 2018.

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13 Keyboard Shortcut Every Ubuntu 18.04 User Should Know

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Knowing keyboard shortcuts increase your productivity. Here are some useful Ubuntu shortcut keys that will help you use Ubuntu like a pro.
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Ubuntu/GNOME Themes and Mir

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  • Ultimate Dark, Ultimate Maia Themes and Ultimate Maia Icons for Ubuntu 18.04/Linux Mint 19

    If you want to skin your desktop with something else then you are on the right page. There is no doubt the default themes of Ubuntu looks great but if you want to switch to something else then nobody is going to stop you from doing that. Let us introduce you to two themes Ultimate Dark and Ultimate Maia, both themes are created by same person. Both themes packs are material design and dark version is easy on eyes. There are several variants for both themes, you can choose whatever you like on you desktop. These themes are compatible with Gnome 3.28 and compatible with other desktops as well such as Xfce and so on. You can find Gnome shell and Cinnamon themes in this pack.

  • Mir Is Back To Running On Phones, Thanks To UBports

    While Canonical divested from their Linux smartphone plans, they continue maintaining the Mir display server as any regular Phoronix reader should know. Mir continues to be developed with Wayland functionality for IoT and desktop use-cases but the Mir news, Alan Griffiths shared they have been working on a new Mir website, bug fixing, progress on improved Snap integration, and a new edge branch for the EGMDE desktop. But what was most interesting is seeing Mir back to running on phones.

Xubuntu Development Update September 2018

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A week later than expected, it’s the September development update! The theme for August (and early September) has been visual improvements, with a few bug fixes tossed in for good measure.

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Ubuntu: OpenStack, Podcast, AndroNet Icons, Dell Precision 5530 Developer Edition

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  • OpenStack Rocky for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

    The Ubuntu OpenStack team at Canonical is pleased to announce the general availability of OpenStack Rocky on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS via the Ubuntu Cloud Archive.

  • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E26 – Twenty-Six Roses - Ubuntu Podcast
  • Get Android Feel On Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint Desktop With AndroNet Icons

    You may have tried different icons themes for your desktop and maybe you may have favorite one but it is good idea to always give a try to new things. If you are Android user then you may love these icons on your desktop. These icons are not extracted from Android OS or any Android rom but designed to give flavor of Android to Linux Desktop. These icons are based on Oranchelo icon theme which you may have seen and used it already. These icons fits with any kind of theme whether it's light or dark, also it works with most desktop environments such as: Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce, Mate, Unity, Lxde and so on (except KDE).
    If you are using Ubuntu/Linux or any Ubuntu based distribution then we have icons ready to install via PPA and if you are using other Linux distribution then you can download icons and save in one of these location ~/.icons or /usr/share/icons. Current this icon pack is in active development which means you can contribute to the icons by any means either submitting bug or creating icons, for more details contact author.

  • Dell Precision 5530 Developer Edition Laptop Launches with Ubuntu Pre-Installed

    Dell's Barton George, founder and lead of the Project Sputnik line of developer oriented laptops, announced the worldwide availability of the latest model in the new Ubuntu-based Dell Precision Developer line-up unveiled earlier this summer.

    Following the developer editions of Dell Precision 3530 Mobile Workstation, Dell Precision 7530 Mobile Workstation, and Dell Precision 7730 Mobile Workstation, as well as Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS pre-installed, meet the Dell Precision 5530 Mobile Workstation Developer Edition, the smallest, thinnest, and lightest 15-inch mobile workstation that comes with the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system pre-installed.

Mozilla Firefox 62 "Quantum" Is Now Available for All Supported Ubuntu Releases

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Firefox 62 introduces Canadian English (en-CA) locale, FreeBSD support for the WebAuthn (Web Authentication) API used for accessing Public Key Credentials Level 1, support for Firefox Home to display up to four rows of top sites, highlights, and Pocket stories, and a new "Reopen in Container" tab menu option that lets users reopen conternized tabs in a different container.

Furthermore, Firefox 62 enables web developers to create richer web page layouts and beautiful typography for sites thanks to the addition of CSS Shapes support and CSS Variable Fonts (OpenType Font Variations) support, as well as a brand-new Shape Path Editor in the CSS Inspector. It also allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec by setting "security.pki.distrust_ca_policy" to 2.

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  • Quantum Computing and Cryptography
    Quantum computing is a new way of computing -- one that could allow humankind to perform computations that are simply impossible using today's computing technologies. It allows for very fast searching, something that would break some of the encryption algorithms we use today. And it allows us to easily factor large numbers, something that would break the RSA cryptosystem for any key length. This is why cryptographers are hard at work designing and analyzing "quantum-resistant" public-key algorithms. Currently, quantum computing is too nascent for cryptographers to be sure of what is secure and what isn't. But even assuming aliens have developed the technology to its full potential, quantum computing doesn't spell the end of the world for cryptography. Symmetric cryptography is easy to make quantum-resistant, and we're working on quantum-resistant public-key algorithms. If public-key cryptography ends up being a temporary anomaly based on our mathematical knowledge and computational ability, we'll still survive. And if some inconceivable alien technology can break all of cryptography, we still can have secrecy based on information theory -- albeit with significant loss of capability. At its core, cryptography relies on the mathematical quirk that some things are easier to do than to undo. Just as it's easier to smash a plate than to glue all the pieces back together, it's much easier to multiply two prime numbers together to obtain one large number than it is to factor that large number back into two prime numbers. Asymmetries of this kind -- one-way functions and trap-door one-way functions -- underlie all of cryptography.
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