Dubbed Ultimate Edition 4.2 Lite, the brand new release of this Linux-based operating system is now derived from the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) distribution and uses MATE 1.8.0 as its default desktop environment.
The good news is that Ultimate Edition 4.2 is now an LTS (Long Term Support) release and will be supported with security patches and software updates until year 2019.
Now this is definitely an interesting statistic no matter how you look at it – Ubuntu Touch, a mobile operating system platform that is ready, technically speaking, for a commercial release, has already hit the 100,000 app downloads mark. While this is far too small compared to the 1 billion downloads that Temple Run has achieved earlier this year, one ought to take into consideration that Ubuntu Touch itself has yet to ship on any other devices to date.
The Ubuntu development team announced a couple of days ago, on July 5, in a security notice that they have updated the Linux kernel packages on the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating systems, fixing a security issue that was found recently in the upstream Linux kernel packages.
The KDE Community introduced the concept of convergence way back in 2008 with the arrival of KDE 4.x (back then it was still KDE Desktop). If you ever tried KDE on your netbook you would have noticed that the desktop that got installed was different from that you would get when you install the same iso on your desktop.
For some brief benchmarking during Independence Day in the US, I ran some tests comparing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS stable against a fresh development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.10.
Over Ubuntu 14.04, the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" in its current development state has the Linux 3.15 kernel (but will end up using Linux 3.16), Unity 7.3.0, Mesa 10.2 (10.3 should make it in time for Ubuntu 14.10), and GCC 4.8.3 (while GCC 4.9 should make it for 14.10).
We are pleased to announce today, July 4, that the Ubuntu MATE Remix 14.04 has reached Alpha stage and is available for download as Live DVD/USB images that can be installed.
Ubuntu MATE Remix 14.04 Alpha comes as a July 4 surprise to many who believed the controversial project would become reality sooner or later. It beautifully integrates the MATE desktop environment into the latest upstream Ubuntu release.
The distribution was developed by a few members of the Ubuntu community and provides users with an old-school graphical desktop environment, which reminds us of the good ol’ times of Ubuntu 10.04.
While Fedora 21 is planning for open-source OpenCL support "out of the box", the same can't be said for Ubuntu 14.10. Ubuntu developers aren't looking for any stock OpenCL support be made available in the next distribution release.
While more OpenCL software is offering code-paths for OpenCL support from LibreOffice to The GIMP for faster processing by leveraging GPUs, there apparently isn't a compelling enough reason for Canonical to support OpenCL out-of-the-box on Ubuntu Linux quite yet. The open-source driver support for OpenCL continues to improve with Intel's Beignet and the OpenCL Gallium3D state tracker for the Radeon/Nouveau drivers, which can now run Bit Coin miners, etc.
Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) signaled its endorsement of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux as a platform for deploying the OpenStack cloud operating system with the release this week of a new reference architecture, which provides detailed instructions on setting up an OpenStack cloud using Ubuntu and other tools from Canonical, such as Juju and MAAS.
In 2013, Canonical - the company behind Ubuntu - attempted to raise $32m via crowdfunding for its Ubuntu Edge smartphone. It didn't make it, but the Ubuntu phone isn't dead. In fact, development is well under way and the Ubuntu phone operating system is very much alive. If you're brave enough, you can download and install the developer version on certain Android smartphones and tablets by following the instructions here.
Kubuntu14.10 Alpha 1 (Utopic Unicorn) is based on KDE 4.13.2, but the developers are tracking the upcoming KDE Frameworks 5, which is now in the works. It's been a long time since a Kubuntu development version didn't integrate an unstable version of KDE, but it looks like users will still be able to test what the makers of this distro are preparing.
“Plasma 1 is our recommended stable offering and what you get from the default download, but is now in maintenance mode. It runs the software you are familiar with and will be getting updates and bugfixes but not new features from now on.
The first alpha of the Utopic Unicorn (to become 14.10) has now been released!
This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu Ubuntu GNOME,
UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.
Pre-releases of the Utopic Unicorn are *not* encouraged for anyone
needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running
into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however,
recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to
help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting
this release ready.
Unlike the previous development branch for Ubuntu 14.04, fewer developers chose to participate in the first Alpha release of 14.10. This is not something to worry about and it's likely that the second Alpha will have more exposure.
Canonical stopped releasing Alpha versions for its operating system for some time now, and only a few of the flavors have decided to keep doing this kind of releases. Ubuntu 14.10 will only get a Beta version right before launch so, until then, users can only expect the flavors to have intermediary builds.
Ubuntu has quite a few flavors under its belt, but there are still a few ones missing, like MATE for example. A few developers, including one from Canonical, are working to make Ubuntu MATE Remix a reality and so far they have done a great job.
MATE is a desktop environment aimed at users who really enjoyed the old GNOME 2, but who also want something different from what everyone else is doing. Most of the major desktop environments are going through big changes, like GNOME and KDE, but the MATE developers are working to keep things the way they were.
If you use Ubuntu 12.04, use the second ( PPA below. For Ubuntu 14.04, you can use any of the two PPAs below.
Tsvetko's stable Cinnamon PPA provides the latest Cinnamon for Ubuntu 14.04 (2.2.13) and Cinnamon 2.0.14 for Ubuntu 12.04 (that's because newer Cinnamon versions don't work in Ubuntu 12.04) as well as all the required packages like Nemo, cinnamon-screensaver, etc.
Who remembers the Ubuntu Netbook Edition or UNE (formerly Ubuntu Netbook Remix)? At about 2009/10, netbooks were all the rage. The technology produced, low powered, low cost, and extremely portable PCs. The netbook (and Microsoft marketing) would eventually drive hardware vendors to produce the Ultrabook. Many distribution spins were created to accommodate this netbook market and that included Ubuntu. Canonical would even work closely with Dell, to deliver a Moblin flavored distribution. As soon as it appeared, it disappeared, although all was not lost. The fundamental design for the UNE would inspire Unity.