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Mythbuntu Linux Distribution Discontinued

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The Mythbuntu Linux OS that paired the MythTV HTPC software with an Ubuntu Linux base is being disbanded.

The remaining Mythbuntu crew announced tonight, "It's been a long and fun ride from 7.10, but it's time to turn in our badge...Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist. We will take the necessary steps to pull Mythbuntu specific packages from the repositories unless someone steps up to take these packages over. MythTV packages in the official repositories and the Mythbuntu PPA will continue to be available and updated at their current rate."

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Canonical Releases Ubuntu Core 16 (Media Outline)

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 to Introduce New Task Manager with Wallpaper and App Icons

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One of our readers informs us that the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 software update for supported Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices will introduce a new task manager that supports wallpaper and app icons.

It's been one and a half months since Canonical released the OTA-13 version of its Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, and the development of the OTA-14 update has been rather slow during all this time. Those brave enough to use the rc-proposed channel were fortunate to get an early taste of what's coming to the Ubuntu mobile OS.

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With Ubuntu Core 16 Canonical looks to embed itself in the IoT

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Ubuntu Core 16 is released today. Otherwise known as Snappy, it is a pared-back version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system (OS) that's designed for IoT use cases.

On a press call, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth explained that one key difference between Core 16 and its predecessor is the way the software is distributed. On installing software in Core 15 the individual files were spread out all over the disk, as happens with a desktop OS. In Core 16 it remains as a blob.

"In Ubuntu Core 16 we keep all of the software as compressed and signed files," Shuttleworth said. This both takes up less disk space and is also more secure, he added.

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Also: Ubuntu Core 16 coming to a Raspberry Pi near you

Ubuntu Core 16 gets smaller and snappier

Canonical Officially Releases Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 with a Focus on IoT Security

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Today, November 3, 2016, Canonical informed us about the general availability of the final release of the company's Ubuntu Snappy Core 16 Linux-based operating system designed for Internet of Things (IoT).

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IoT-oriented $7 Orange Pi Zero has both WiFi and Ethernet

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The 48 x 46mm Orange Pi Zero runs Linux or Android on a quad-core Allwinner H2, and offers WiFi, 10/100, microSD, USB host and OTG, and a 26-pin RPi header.

Shenzhen Xunlong has added a Raspberry Pi Zero competitor to its Orange Pi lineup of open source hacker boards. The new Orange Pi Zero is selling for just $7 plus shipping, for a total price of $10.30 when shipped to the U.S.

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Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety and Kubuntu 16.10

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  • Kubuntu 16.10 - obey and not destroy

    The times changed, and my best friend is now Xubuntu 16.04, whereas my latest attempts to try Kubuntu back in 2011 and 2012 were not so nice.

    I tried more recent versions of this operating system when I got orders for DVDs through the BuyLinuxCDs.co.uk site, but they impressed me so little that I didn’t bother to write anything about them.

    Kubuntu 16.10 was released few weeks ago, and I decided to give it a go. The results were more impressive this time.

  • 5 Reasons Why Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak Is Worth a Look

    The latest version of the most popular Linux distribution is here, and it’s called Ubuntu 16.10. This release comes six months after its predecessor. The user-friendly desktop doesn’t offer any substantial new features this time around. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, views the existing experience as largely complete.

  • Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak - Cue in Benny Hill music

    Benny Hill's music makes everything better. Fact. Now, I most strongly recommend that you hit Yakety Sax on Youtube, and let it play for the duration of this review. Your reading experience may be improved. Anyhow, it is time to test Ubuntu again. It's only been six month since the rather underwhelming Xerus LTS, and only a few days since I tested it the second time around, with only marginal improvements.

    I am really angry, because I feel that the Linux desktop is dying, and Canonical is slowly spearheading this effort, the same way it once led Linux out of the basement and into the mainstream awareness. But let's see what gives. Maybe Yakkety Yak is a good release. Maybe it will behave nicely on my G50 box. Let us.

You Can Now Create Your Own Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10 Live ISO with MeX and Refracta

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GNU/Linux developer Arne Exton is always ahead of time, and it looks like he has just released a new build of his MeX GNU/Linux distribution that ships with the Refracta tools pre-installed.

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Some Disappointed Apple Fans Are Moving To Ubuntu Linux

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At its October event, Apple tried hard to convince the users that its latest MacBook Pro is machine built for professional users. The company showed off the brand new Touch Bar that changed its appearance depending on the applications running on the screen. The new MacBooks are thinner and more powerful than ever. But, there’s something missing that’s driving away some diehard Apple fans.

Firstly, Apple decided to ditch a large array of connectivity ports–HDMI ports, SD card slot, Thunderbolt 2 ports, and standard USB port. These ports have been replaced by 4 Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports. So, the same power user segment that’s being aimed by Apple, is expressing lots of concerns.

Apart from the disappeared ports, these MacBooks have maximum 16GB of RAM. On the contrary, minimum 32GB RAM is becoming a standard for power users. While Microsoft is presenting itself as the new innovative tech company, some Apple loyalists are turning to another alternative, i.e., Linux.

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Ubuntu Linux Founder Tells OpenStack to Focus on Things That Matter

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n the early days of OpenStack back in 2010 when the project was first getting started, Ubuntu Linux was typically the default reference implementation for all deployments. Canonical and Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth has been a vocal advocate for OpenStack throughout the project's history, though he still has his fair share of criticism as well.

At the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, Spain, last week, a key highlight of the event was a 16-vendor interoperability challenge in which Ubuntu was a participant. For Shuttleworth, interoperability is an admirable and needed attribute in OpenStack.

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7 cool little open source projects that stood out in 2016

In the early days of the open source movement, a lot of the attention was on operating systems, and later on large content management systems. These days, containers are mentioned regularly even in mainstream news outlets. The big tech stories are great, but they miss the other great activity in the niches of the open source space. I've rounded up seven interesting lesser-known projects from the past year. You can see more articles about projects like this in my Nooks and Crannies column. Read more

RaspArch, the Arch Linux Remix for Raspberry Pi 3 SBCs, Now Shipping with Yaourt

After announcing the release of a new version of his Ubuntu-based ExTiX Linux operating system for Intel Compute Stick devices, Arne Exton has announced today the availability of RaspArch Build 161205. RaspArch is a remix of Arch Linux ARM for Raspberry Pi 3 and Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computers, and the latest release is shipping with the long-term supported Linux 4.4.35 kernel and the latest package versions released upstream as of December 5, 2016. "When you have installed RaspArch to your Micro SD Card you can use the system like any other Arch Linux system, i.e. install new programs, etc," said Arne Exton in the release announcement. "Arch motto is KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). RaspArch uses kernel 4.4.35-1-ARCH and the LXDE Desktop environment." Read more

Gentoo-Based Porteus Kiosk 4.2 Released with Linux Kernel 4.4.36, Firefox 45.5.1

Porteus Solutions, through Tomasz Jokiel, announced today the release and immediate availability of Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0, the latest stable version of the free and open source Gentoo-based kiosk operating system for web terminals. Powered by the latest long-term supported Linux 4.4.36 kernel, Porteus Kiosk 4.2.0 ships with some of the latest and greatest GNU/Linux technologies and Open Source software projects, including the recently released X.Org Server 1.18.4 display server, as well as the Mozilla Firefox 45.5.1 ESR and Google Chrome 54.0.2840.100 web browsers. Read more