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What is Ubuntu?

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The open source community is packed full of intriguing projects and companies, so much so that even the biggest of proprietary vendors have moved to embrace it.

Ubuntu is one of those open source projects that has developed a wide-spread following.

Ubuntu is an open source Linux distribution based on Debian, which is a freely available operating system that uses the Linux kernel.

Initially developed for personal computers, it has developed to being used on servers, and smartphones.

Development of Ubuntu is led by Canonical, a UK based company that was founded by Mark Shuttleworth.

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Hands-on with Ubuntu MATE 16.04 on the Raspberry Pi 2 and 3

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To put things into a fair perspective, keep in mind that we are talking about a computer that costs $25 or so and can be used with a display, keyboard and mouse which a lot of people are going to have on hand already. That means for a very small amount of money, you can have a very nice computer running one of the most popular Linux distributions. Some people (including me) might argue that there are really not many (or any) significant advantages of Ubuntu MATE over Raspbian, but even I can't deny that MATE looks more polished, and if you are accustomed to Ubuntu in general or MATE in particular, then this distribution is the way to go.

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Ubuntu-Based BackBox Linux 4.6 Launches with Updated Hacking Tools, Kernel 4.2

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Raffaele Forte, the maintainer of the Ubuntu-based BackBox Linux operating system designed for penetration testing and forensic analysis operations, announced the release of BlackBox Linux 4.6.

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Also: BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition review

It's Easy to Package Any Software as a Snap for Ubuntu Linux, Says Canonical

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Canonical developer Michael Hall published today a short update on Snap packaging for the Ubuntu Linux operating system, showing us how easy is to package any software in the new Snap format.

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DisplayLink USB 3.0 Driver Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Fedora Linux

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DisplayLink has recently updated their DisplayLink USB 3.0 driver for the latest Ubuntu Linux operating system launched by Canonical in the last week of April 2016, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

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Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition review

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The Meizu Pro 5 is the latest flagship smartphone to run on Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system. Ubuntu is designed to work across all device types – including mobile, tablets, convertibles and desktops – using a common core code. This is similar to Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile.

However, unlike Microsoft’s code, Ubuntu is totally open source and has largely been developed and improved by the desktop OS’s millions-strong user base. This means the OS is capable of evolving and changing at a great pace and has update cycles that would make most sysadmins weep.

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Whatever Happened To Ubuntu Light?

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Amidst the onslaught of Intel-based netbooks in the late 2000s was a custom instant-on OS from Canonical. Ubuntu Light was to be a proverbial glint of free software at the end of a tunnel crowded by clones.

It was a way for OEMs to add extra value to their Windows devices and differentiate themselves from competitors.

It was a way for users to dip their toes into Ubuntu rather than drown at the deep end.

And yet…you are probably having a hard time recalling it.

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Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Switches to GTK3, Adopts Snap Packages for the MATE Desktop

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Softpedia was informed a few moments ago by Martin Wimpress about the development plan for the next major release of the Ubuntu MATE computer operating system.

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Also: Ubuntu MATE 16.10 Moving To GTK3

Is Ubuntu's Convergence the Future of Linux?

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Convergence is not a word on everybody's lips. But if Canonical Software, the company that controls Ubuntu, has any say, it soon will be.

Others may be more skeptical.

Canonical describes convergence as "a single software platform that runs across smartphones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. It is designed to help make converged computing a reality: one system, one experience, multiple form factors."

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 Launches Next Week for Supported Ubuntu Phones and Tablets

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Another week has passed, and the major OTA-11 software update for the Ubuntu mobile operating system, which powers the Ubuntu Phone and Tablet devices, is getting closer to a final release.

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