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Xubuntu 17.04 Lands for Xfce Fans with More Apps and Plugins Ported to GTK+ 3

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As part of today's massive Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release, the Xubuntu 17.04 official flavor landed for fans of the lightweight Xfce desktop environment with more optimizations and the latest GNU/Linux technologies.

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Also: Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Lands with MATE 1.18 Desktop, Brisk Menu & Updated Components

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Kubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu Budgie 17.04, Fate of Ubuntu GNOME, and Jane Silber's Departure

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  • Kubuntu 17.04 Debuts with KDE Plasma 5.9 and Folder View from Plasma 5.10, More

    Kubuntu 17.04 was also released today as part of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, and since it's an official flavor, we're gonna take a quick look at its new features.

    Kubuntu 17.04 debuts with the latest, new generation KDE Plasma 5.9 desktop environment customized with some of the goodies coming to the KDE Plasma 5.10 release next month, such as the Folder View instead of the Desktop widget that was used in all previous Kubuntu releases.

  • Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Is Out as Official Ubuntu Flavor with Budgie 10.2.9 Desktop

    Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 launched today as an official flavor of the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system as part of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system release.

    Until today, Ubuntu Budgie was known and distributed as budgie-remix, so this is its first official release as an Ubuntu flavor endorsed by Canonical. Because of this, the Ubuntu Budgie team had a lot of work on their hands during the past six months to remove everything related to the old budgie-remix name, as well as to made other necessary changes.

  • Ubuntu GNOME Will No Longer Be A Separate Flavor

    Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 was released today alongside the other Ubuntu 17.04 flavors, but for those wondering what's happening to Ubuntu GNOME now that Ubuntu 18.04 will use GNOME with Unity being dropped, the Ubuntu GNOME flavor is winding down.

  • Ubuntu creator takes CEO role again after layoffs and death of Unity

    Ubuntu creator Mark Shuttleworth will once again be the CEO of Canonical as the company reduces its staff and narrows its focus to profitable projects.

    Canonical CEO Jane Silber announced her departure yesterday, seven years after then-CEO Shuttleworth asked her to take over the company's top spot. She previously served as Canonical's chief operating officer.

  • Open Source Hippie to Software Standard: Ubuntu CEO signs off on a decade at Canonical

    Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is set to return as CEO, with Jane Silber moving on to pastures new.

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Ubuntu Kylin 17.04 Drops Unity Desktop in Favor of MATE-Based UKUI Interface

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Along with the release of the Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 operating systems, the Ubuntu Kylin 17.04 official flavor launched as well today, April 13, 2017.

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Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Flavor, the Future of Ubuntu Linux, Launches with GNOME 3.24

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As part of today's Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) release, the Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 official flavor made its appearance online as well, so we can now have an in-depth look at its new features.

Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 is the first release of the flavor to ship with an up-to-date GNOME Stack, based on the recently released GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, which is a major update introducing numerous novelties, such as Night Light, a cool feature to protect your eyes by automatically reducing the blue light emitted by your computer's screen.

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Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Officially Released, Available to Download Now

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Today, April 13, 2017, Canonical released the final version of the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) operating system, which has been in development for the past six months, since last October's launch of Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak).

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System76's "Galago Pro" Looks to Be the First Laptop Preloaded with Ubuntu 17.04

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System76 announced today on their Twitter account that pre-orders are available for "Galago Pro," an all-new and powerful laptop preloaded with the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system.

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Also: System76 all-new 'Galago Pro' Ubuntu Linux laptop now available for pre-order

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Leftovers: Debian, Ubuntu and Derivatives

  • Debian Developers Make Progress With RISC-V Port
    Debian developers continue making progress with a -- currently unofficial -- port of their Linux operating system to RISC-V. There is a in-progress Debian GNU/Linux port to RISC-V along with a repository with packages built for RISC-V. RISC-V for the uninitiated is a promising, open-source ISA for CPUs. So far there isn't any widely-available RISC-V hardware, but there are embedded systems in the works while software emulators are available.
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  • deepin 15.4 Released, With Download Link & Mirrors
    deepin 15.4 GNU/Linux operating system has been released at April 19th 2017. I list here one official download link and two faster mirrors from Sourceforge. I listed here the Mega and Google mirrors as well but remember they don't provide direct download. The 15.4 provided only as 64 bit, the 32 bit version has already dropped (except by commercial support). I hope this short list helps you.

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Overlayfs snapshots
    At the 2017 Vault storage conference, Amir Goldstein gave a talk about using overlayfs in a novel way to create snapshots for the underlying filesystem. His company, CTERA Networks, has used the NEXT3 ext3-based filesystem with snapshots, but customers want to be able to use larger filesystems than those supported by ext3. Thus he turned to overlayfs as a way to add snapshots for XFS and other local filesystems. NEXT3 has a number of shortcomings that he wanted to address with overlayfs snapshots. Though it only had a few requirements, which were reasonably well supported, NEXT3 never got upstream. It was ported to ext4, but his employer stuck with the original ext3-based system, so the ext4 version was never really pushed for upstream inclusion.
  • Five days and counting
    It is five days left until foss-north 2017, so it is high time to get your ticket! Please notice that tickets can be bought all the way until the night of the 25th (Tuesday), but catering is only included is you get your ticket on the 24th (Monday), so help a poor organizer and get your tickets as soon as possible!
  • OpenStack Radium? Maybe…but it could be Formidable
    OK the first results are in from the OpenStack community naming process for the R release. The winner at this point is Radium.
  • Libreboot Wants Back Into GNU
    Early this morning, Libreboot’s lead developer Leah Rowe posted a notice to the project’s website and a much longer post to the project’s subreddit, indicating that she would like to submit (or resubmit, it’s not clear how that would work at this point) the project to “rejoin the GNU Project.” The project had been a part of GNU from May 14 through September 15 of last year, at which time Ms. Rowe very publicly removed the project from GNU while making allegations of misdeeds by both GNU and the Free Software Foundation. Earlier this month, Rowe admitted that she had been dealing with personal issues at the time and had overreacted. The project also indicated that it had reorganized and that Rowe was no longer in full control.
  • Understanding the complexity of copyleft defense

    The fundamental mechanism defending software freedom is copyleft, embodied in GPL. GPL, however, functions only through upholding it--via GPL enforcement. For some, enforcement has been a regular activity for 30 years, but most projects don't enforce: they live with regular violations. Today, even under the Community Principles of GPL Enforcement, GPL enforcement is regularly criticized and questioned. The complex landscape is now impenetrable for developers who wish their code to remain forever free. This talk provides basic history and background information on the topic.

  • After Bill Gates Backs Open Access, Steve Ballmer Discovers The Joys Of Open Data
    A few months ago, we noted that the Gates Foundation has emerged as one of the leaders in requiring the research that it funds to be released as open access and open data -- an interesting application of the money that Bill Gates made from closed-source software. Now it seems that his successor as Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, has had a similar epiphany about openness. Back in 2001, Ballmer famously called GNU/Linux "a cancer". Although he later softened his views on software somewhat, that was largely because he optimistically claimed that the threat to Microsoft from free software was "in the rearview mirror". Not really: today, the Linux-based Android has almost two orders of magnitude more market share than Windows Phone.
  • New Open Door Policy for GitHub Developer Program
    GitHub has opened the doors on its three year old GitHub Developer Program. As of Monday, developers no longer need to have paid accounts to participate. "We're opening the program up to all developers, even those who don't have paid GitHub accounts," the company announced in a blog post. "That means you can join the program no matter which stage of development you're in,"
  • MuleSoft Joins the OpenAPI Initiative: The End of the API Spec Wars
    Yesterday, MuleSoft, the creators of RAML, announced that they have joined the Open API Initiative. Created by SmartBear Software and based on the wildly popular Swagger Specification, the OpenAPI Initiative is a Linux Foundation project with over 20 members, including Adobe, IBM, Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.