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Ubuntu: Ubuntu's New Server Installer and Ubuntu 18.10 Plans

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  • Ubuntu's New Server Installer Will Soon Support RAID & LAN Bonding

    With Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS there is a new server installer that is completely redone compared to the Debian Installer it's been relying upon to this point. But it is missing some basic features for traditional server administrators like RAID, encryption, and LVM partitioning.

  • Ubuntu 18.10 – Download Links, Release Date, Features & More

    Ubuntu 18.10 will be released this October, and we already have information about the new Ubuntu’s features, changes, release date, and more.

    Some of you requested an article for 18.10 like we did one for Ubuntu 18.04, so here it is. Though it’s still relatively early, there is some information available about the new features, what will be changed, the name, and more.

Ubuntu in Sports, Snaps, Alternative Looks and Linux Mint 19 Beta

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  • A tennis ball retriever powered by Ubuntu

    A couple years back, Haitham Eletrabi, CEO of startup Tennibot, was practicing his backhand against a ball machine when he came to a frustrating realization: He was spending far more time cleaning up balls than hitting them.

    His solution, Tennibot, is a Roomba-inspired robot that scours the court targeting balls for autonomous pickup.

    It's a quirky application of autonomous mobility, but what caught my eye was the speed of development. In just a couple years the Tennibot team has gone through multiple prototypes and software builds to arrive at a product they plan to ship in January 2019.

  • Top Snaps in May 2018

    Spring has sprung a bounty of applications in the snap store! We’ve hand picked a small selection from those we highlighted during May 2018.

  • EzeeLinux Show 18.22 | Ubuntu 18.04 Follow Up and 10 Years on YouTube

    Some observations on Ubuntu 18.04 including what has changed under the hood and getting Unity to work.

  • How to Make Ubuntu Look More Like Windows
  • Linux Mint 19 Beta Is Now available to Download

    Linux Mint 19 Beta is now available to download with 3 desktop flavors “Cinnamon, Mate and Xfce”. Let’s check the main features you would expect in the final release Linux Mint 19.

    Linux Mint 19 with a code name “Tara” is based on the long term support release Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) which will be supported until April, 2023. So, you would expect receive security updates from Ubuntu repositories along with enhancements from Linux Mint team as well.

  • Linux Mint 19 “Tara” Xfce – BETA Release

    Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

  • Linux Mint 19 “Tara” MATE – BETA Release

    Linux Mint 19 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2023. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

Debian, Ubuntu and Linux Mint

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  • Markus Koschany: My Free Software Activities in May 2018

    Welcome to Here is my monthly report that covers what I have been doing for Debian. If you’re interested in Java, Games and LTS topics, this might be interesting for you.

  • My Free Software Activities in May 2018

    My monthly report covers a large part of what I have been doing in the free software world. I write it for my donors (thanks to them!) but also for the wider Debian community because it can give ideas to newcomers and it’s one of the best ways to find volunteers to work with me on projects that matter to me.

  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 530

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 530 for the week of May 27 – June 2, 2018. The full version of this issue is available here.

  • Design and web team summary – 4 June 2018

    Welcome to the latest work and updates from the design and web team.

    We manage all web projects across Canonical – from to the Juju GUI we help to bring beauty and consistency to all the web projects.

  • Linux Mint 19 betas arrive promising upgrade path from Mint 18.3

    Last week, the Linux Mint team announced that the betas for the Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions of Linux Mint 19 would be made available today. Sticking to that promise, all three versions are available today and also come with a full log of the new features as well as an interesting tidbit regarding the upgrade path from Mint 18.3.

Ubuntu 18.10 Release Date, New Features & More

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We round-up the latest news about Ubuntu 18.10, including the release date, planned features, upgrade process, and more.

You can consider this article your definitive guide to everything you need to know about the upcoming release of Ubuntu 18.10 ‘Cosmic Cuttlefish’.

And as this post is kept up to date with the latest developments, features, and plans you can bookmark it now and check back again at a later date.

Ready to dive in?

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Ubuntu 18.04 + Unity - the desktop you always needed

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Is Unity perfect? Well, pretty much. It remains the most complete desktop package on the Linux market. It's also infinitely better than Gnome 3 in pretty much every regard. I can't think of a single thing that Gnome 3 does better somehow. Which is why Ubuntu 18.04 is a huge huge setback. Luckily, you can choose Unity and forget all about Gnome, and focus on having a shiny, modern and supported desktop.

This is a great thing. It gives the user so much more freedom, and allows them peace and calm and time to choose and adjust while the void created by Canonical's deprioritization of the desktop fills up. I am very happy that Unity works fine in the LTS, and at the same time, it would be nice to see this desktop development continued even as I watch Plasma and wait for it to finally hatch into a beautiful and complete product that it deserves to be. We know it's possible. Zesty did it, and had it had five years of support ahead of it, 'twould have been a no-brainer. So all it takes is for the regression gala to end, and we will have peace. Till then, in the dark hours, when the hold on sanity slips, remember, we will always have Unity. Happy adventures!

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Linux Lite 4.0 "Diamond" Launches Officially Based on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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Dubbed "Diamond" and powered by the Linux 4.15 kernel series from the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, Linux Lite 4.0 series launches officially today as the first release to drop support for 32-bit installations, bringing numerous updated components, new features and major design changes that include new system theme (Adapta) and icon sets (Papirus).

"Faenza icons were dropped as it had not been maintained in some time (albeit there is a fork) and the same for the Arc theme, development seems to have stalled there," said Jerry Bezencon in the release announcement. "Most of our approach to theming in Series 4.x follows the popular Flat design focus. We also now use the Openzone mouse theme."

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Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Review

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Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS are the latest versions of Ubuntu Linux distribution featuring different desktop environments, keeping the software base the same for both of these flavors.

In this article, I am going to talk about the differences between Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the advantages of each of them, the disadvantages of each of them. Let’s get started.

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Ubuntu: MAAS 2.4.0, Ubuntu 18.04.1 and More

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  • MAAS 2.4.0 (final) released!

    I’m happy to announce that MAAS 2.4.0 (final) is now available!
    This new MAAS release introduces a set of exciting features and improvements that improve performance, stability and usability of MAAS.
    MAAS 2.4.0 will be immediately available in the PPA, but it is in the process of being SRU’d into Ubuntu Bionic.

  • Ubuntu 18.04.1 Slated for Release on July 26, Ubuntu 16.04.5 to Land on August 2

    It would appear that Canonical has updated the release schedule of its recently released Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system to inform users on the release date of the first point release.

    The first point release for the Bionic Beaver series, which is a long-term supported Ubuntu release that will receive security and software updates for five years, until April 2023, will be Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS, expected to hit the streets this summer on July 26.

    However, don't expect Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS to incorporate any major changes or new features because it's only a bugfix release shipping with updated components. Most probably, Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS will include all the updates that have been released through the main software repositories until July 26, 2018.

  • Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) Receives First Kernel Live Patch, Update Now

    Canonical released the first kernel live patch for its recently released, yet long-term supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system to address various security vulnerabilities.

    Published last week on May 25, the kernel live patch is available for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS systems running the Linux 4.15 kernel, as well as for Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS systems running the Linux 4.4 kernel. It patches a total of four security vulnerabilities discovered by various security researchers.

    Among these, we can mention a branch-pruning logic issue (CVE-2017-17862) with Linux kernel's Berkeley Packet Filter (BPF) implementation that could allow a local attacker to cause a denial of service, and a memory leak (CVE-2018-8087) in the hwsim_new_radio_nl function that could let local users to cause a denial of service (memory consumption).

  • Ubuntu Server development summary – 29 May 2018
  • Emerging Trends in Financial Services: IoT, AI, and Blockchain

    The world of money is constantly changing. Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things have helped us extract more value from data and utilise it to provide a better service for customers. Leveraging the powerful blockchain technology has resulted in the creation of new financial ecosystems.

  • OpenStack Summit Vancouver: Automating the data centre

    Stu Miniman and John Boyer of theCUBE interviewed Mark Shuttleworth at the OpenStack Summit following the Canonical founder’s keynote in Vancouver. Read on for the full interview, and to hear more on the economics of cloud.

    Rethinking the data centre to make it fully automated from the ground up was the opportunity presented to architects at the OpenStack Summit in Vancouver. That is something that Canonical thinks very carefully about so that anybody can consume it at a reasonable price.

    Cost may not be the most popular subject to ever be discussed at an OpenStack Summit, but it matters to those that want to adopt an open infrastructure without a cost burden.

    Sometimes running and operating OpenStack in-house isn’t always the best solution, sometimes having a company like Canonical put it on rails is the way forward. Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical founder and CEO, told theCUBE: “It’s better for us actually to take it to people as a solution, explain your requirements to us then let us architect that cloud with you, build that cloud then let us operate that cloud. Until it’s all stable and the economics are good, then you can take over.”

  • [Mythbuntu] 18.04 Upgrades

    While Mythbuntu as a separate Ubuntu flavor ceases to exist. Many people continue to use our packaging and have asked questions about 18.04. This page attempts to answer some of these questions.

Kubuntu 18.04 LTS Review: The Friendly Operating System

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Kubuntu 18.04 LTS is complete and full-featured system ready for all desktop purposes. It's easy to use, really, without experimental changes that frequently happens like what we see on Ubuntu, for both long-time and new Kubuntu users. It's complete with all applications included, and it's full-featured with all conveniences and abilities you get including easy access to available software via Discover and Muon. If you use it, you will have 3 years of support of the KDE components plus 5 years of support (from Kubuntu Team) of the Ubuntu base components (from Canonical). Finally, happy using Kubuntu!

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RIP, Printrbot

  • Printrbot has shut down
    Printrbot, a popular Kickstarter-backed 3D printer company, has shut down, leaving only a barebones website and little explanation.
  • Pioneering desktop 3D printer maker Printrbot closes it doors
  • Printrbot Closes Doors, Saddening 3D Printing Fans Everywhere
    In a competitive market, it’s hard for any company to stay ahead of the others, and it’s a sad fact that even some of the most popular and long-lived companies succumb to heavy weather. Printrbot, founded in 2011, had legions of fans who loved its printers’ affordability, ease of assembly and use, and open source freedom. Printrbot 3D printers were 3D printers for the people – only a few hundred dollars, they provided access to 3D printing technology for people who hadn’t been able to afford it before, and although they were simple, they were high quality. Best of all, you could make them your own, tinkering with them and creating new and unique machines, as so many users did. The company was ethical, direct and honest. Some open source 3D printer companies just download files and don’t share. Printrbot dutifully shared its source files and was a rare true open source company.
  • 3D Printing Community saddened by closure of Printrbot 3D printers
    Open source 3D printer manufacturer Printrbot has announced the close of its business, citing poor sales as the reason for the decision. A simple statement on the Printrbot website from founder Brook Drumm reads: “Printrbot is closed. Low sales led to hard decisions. We will be forever grateful to all the people we met and served over the years. Thank you all.” For the time being, Drumm will reportedly be “unreachable” for comments, and plans to share his views and plans for this “final chapter” in due course. The 3D Printing Community however has take to social media in mourning of the company, with figures including Joel Telling (YouTube’s 3D Printing Nerd), Thomas Sanladerer, and Dr. Adrian Bowyer himself weighing in on the close.
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    Printrbot, the 3D printing manufacturer which was founded in 2011 with the launch of its original Printrbot printer on Kickstarter, has announced that it's now sadly closing its doors.