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Ubuntu: Review of LTS 16.04.02, Latest Developments, and Linux Lite 3.6

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  • Review: Ubuntu LTS 16.04.02 has a long shelf-life
  • Controlling snap releases with channels, tracks and branches – Part 1

    Ever since snaps were introduced, a crucial part of their feature set has been the ability to release a snap on a particular “channel” indicating how stable or production-ready it is. The well-known channel names stable, candidate, beta and edge indicate a snap’s stability, according to the developer, and users are then empowered to choose the level of risk they are prepared to accept when installing a snap.

    From a developer’s point of view, it makes sense to release new changes on edge, which will presumably have a small number of users willing to accept some instability in exchange for bleeding-edge features (but also, tacitly, a disposition to report problems), and as any rough edges are taken care of, release the updated snap to beta, candidate and finally to stable once it’s deemed adequate for anyone to use.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) Beta 1 Out for Opt-In Flavors, Here's What's New

    On the last day of August, the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system entered Beta stages of development, but only for some of the official flavors, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Budgie.

    Ubuntu itself will be available for public beta testing at the end of the month, on September 28, when the Final Beta development milestone is expected to launch for all Ubuntu flavors. Until then, let's have a look at the new features introduced by the Beta 1 release for the opt-in flavors.

  • Linux Lite 3.6 Operating System Launches Officially Based on Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS

    Linux Lite developer Jerry Bezencon had the pleasure of announcing the general availability of the final release of the Ubuntu-based Linux Lite 3.6 operating system.

    Coming five months after the release of Linux Lite 3.4, Linux Lite 3.6 is based on Canonical's latest Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system, which means that it's powered by its long-term supported Linux 4.4 kernel, though users can install a wide range of kernels from the distro's stable repositories. Linux Lite 3.6 also introduces the Lite Sources in-house built app and several improvements across the entire system.

Ubuntu 17.10 Previews

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  • This is what the Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME Shell Theme looks like

    Having decided to keep Ambiance as the default GTK theme in Ubuntu 17.10 it was only a question of when devs would extend the gradated brown palette to the rest of GNOME Shell.

  • Meet the Improved Ubuntu 17.10 Login Screen

    As releases go, Ubuntu 17.10 is going be defined by the huge number of changes it makes — and that includes changes to the default login screen.

    Making a wholesale switch to GNOME for Ubuntu 17.10 means the login screen that greets you after boot up is no longer LightDM and the Unity Greeter but GDM, the GNOME display manager.

Here's What Ubuntu 17.10's Default GNOME Shell Theme and Login Screen Look Like

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Soon after it entered Feature Freeze development stage on August 24, 2017, the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system is yet to receive a polished and final default desktop session which resembles that of previous releases running Unity.

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Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful: Day 9

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A very visual update today on our new Artful default session! This one is, as promised about our new GNOME Shell theme and you can see below some examples of those changes. For more background on this, you can refer back to our decisions regarding our default session experience as discussed in my blog post.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 Preview, Budgie Desktop 10.4 for Debian and Ubuntu

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 3: File Manager

    Here, I show you some screenshots and GIF animations for the Nautilus File Manager 3.25 at Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark". Because the switch from Unity to GNOME, Ubuntu now has some different looks-and-feels when you operate its file manager. So, it's time to see how much it differs. Artful will be released at October 2017 and this article is a preview based on its development version. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Enjoy!

  • Finally, Budgie Desktop 10.4 Is Now Available for Ubuntu 16.04, 17.04, 17.10

    The latest Budgie Desktop 10.4 is finally available for Ubuntu 17.10, 17.04, and 16.04 LTS. The 17.10 users can install it directly from repo, while 17.04 users can use ubuntubudgie PPA, and 16.04 LTS users can use budgie-remix PPA. Big thanks for David and Ubuntu Budgie Team to package and provide all these binary packages of the latest Budgie!

  • Budgie Desktop v10.4 released for Debian and Ubuntu

    Budgie Welcome has been updated with all the latest translations; all the above applets can be installed from Budgie Welcome.

Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint

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  • Monthly News – August 2017

    First, I would like to thank you for your donations and for your support. It’s a real pleasure to work on improving Linux Mint not only because it’s fun to develop and integrate software and technology but also because we see how happy and excited you are about what we do.. and that’s an amazing feeling for us.

  • Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1

    We are preparing Ubuntu MATE 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) for distribution on October 19th, 2017 With this Beta pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for our next (stable) version.

  • Free software activities in August 2017
  • New Debian Developers and Maintainers (July and August 2017)

    The following contributors got their Debian Developer accounts in the last two months:

    Ross Gammon (rossgammon)
    Balasankar C (balasankarc)
    Roland Fehrenbacher (rfehren)
    Jonathan Cristopher Carter (jcc)

    The following contributors were added as Debian Maintainers in the last two months:

    José Gutiérrez de la Concha
    Paolo Greppi
    Ming-ting Yao Wei
    Boyuan Yang
    Paul Hardy
    Fabian Wolff
    Moritz Schlarb
    Shengjing Zhu

  • Ubuntu Rally in NYC

    The Ubuntu Rally, taking place in New York City September 25th-29th, is a forward-thinking five day software hackathon attended by major software vendors, Ubuntu developers working at every level of the stack, and community contributors.

Debian and Ubuntu: Free Software Activities and Artful Aardvark Development

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KDE's Leaner Experience On openSUSE Tumbleweed vs. Ubuntu 17.04

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With the Power Use, RAM + Boot Times With Unity, Xfce, GNOME, LXDE, Budgie and KDE Plasma tests this week, many expressed frustration over the heavy KDE packaging on Ubuntu leading to the inflated results for the Plasma 5 desktop tests. For some additional reference, here is how KDE Plasma (and GNOME Shell) compare when running on Ubuntu 17.04 vs. openSUSE Tumbleweed.

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Ubuntu MATE 17.10 Beta 1 Released

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The first Ubuntu 17.10 beta releases are now available to download. Among the various Ubuntu flavours taking part in this round of testing are Ubuntu MATE, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Budgie, whose changes we highlight below.

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Development of Ubuntu and Bodhi Linux 4.3.1 (Buxfix Release)

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  • Ubuntu Foundations Development Summary – August 30, 2017

    This newsletter is here to provide a status update from the Ubuntu Foundations Team. There will also be highlights provided for any interesting subjects the team may be working on. If you would like to reach the Foundations team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-devel channel on freenode.

  • Security Team Weekly Summary: August 31, 2017
  • Kernel Team Summary: August 30, 2017

    We intend to target a 4.13 kernel for the Ubuntu 17.10 release. The Artful kernel is currently based on Linux 4.12.9. The Artful staging kernel repository has been updated to 4.13-rc7. As a reminder, the Ubuntu 17.10 Kernel Freeze is Thurs Oct 5, 2017.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Will Ship with GNOME Shell 3.26

    Most of us expected that Ubuntu 17.10 would manage to with GNOME Shell 3.26 on board — but it’s nice to hear it confirmed.

    A feature-freeze exception filed pending a package update last week has been approved, and now the first packages of GNOME Shell 3.26 are filtering out through the artful-proposed repository, ready for testing by users of the Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds.

  • Bodhi Linux 4.3.1 Unscheduled Update Released

    It seems like just yesterday that I was posting about Bodhi 4.3.0… Oh wait, it was just yesterday. In a friendly reminder that I am still human – we had a pretty major issue with one of the Bodhi 4.3.0 discs. Most issues we can simply patch via the package manager after the fact without releasing a new set of ISO images, but this issue was fairly unique. The new system was failing to add the official Bodhi repository to the installed system. Because of this I’ve published a set of discs with the 4.3.1 version number.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

Today in Techrights

Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.