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Debian and Ubuntu

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  • [GNOME] Maps on the go

    went with the 4 GB version of Debian's latest stable release, because I didn't want to get stuck trying to get a mininal net installation ISO of latest testing going (with trying to figure out which additional firmware would be needed for WiFi, and I was pretty sure something like that would be nessesary). Installation was pretty pain-less except for one thing: Everything on the screen was rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise (more on this later). After having read reviews of people installing Linux on similar devices and claiming external USB keyboards and powered USB hubs are essential, this was refreshingly simple, after all.

  • Debian LTS work, July 2017
  • Ubuntu Artful Desktop Fit and Finish Sprint

    The Artful development cycle is full speed ahead to the Ubuntu 17.10 release in October. As you may have heard, we’re switching the default desktop from Unity to GNOME Shell in this cycle. With such a significant change, we need all the eyeballs we can get on every part of the desktop experience. As usual we will have our regular testing cycles and automated checks that the QA team runs through.

    We are also organising a set of mini-events which we’d love to get our community’s help with. First up is the Desktop Fit & Finish Sprint on August 24th and 25th. Some members of the Ubuntu desktop team will be camped out in the Canonical London office for that Thursday and Friday, and we need your help.

Canonical Outs Linux Security Patch for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Fix Several Issues

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Canonical on Monday published two Ubuntu Security Notice (USN) advisories to inform users of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems about the availability of new kernel updates.

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Debian and Ubuntu: LTS, DebConf17, and Departures from Ubuntu, JAAS & Juju Update

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  • My Free Software Activities in July 2017
  • #DebConf17, Montreal • An evening out
  • Forums. Why do I bother to post?

    Today I called "time" on my postings to any forum other than the Ubuntu Forums. Quite simply I have had enough of those users that hide behind anonymous user-names who seem to only post in a manner that belittles anyone that has an opinion which differs from themselves. Such users take postings far too literally in order to provoke an argument. I think troll is the word that I am looking for here. A recent reply to one of my posts caused me to lose several hours sleep as I was finding it very hard not to think about how to reply to something that had upset me so much. In other words: "Why do I bother to post?"

  • Open Source Champion Zannos Joins Inocybe

    John Zannos, a prominent figure in the open source world, has left Canonical and joined open networking technology company Inocybe as chief revenue officer.

  • JAAS & Juju update: Juju GUI 2.8.0

    Direct Deploy gets your solutions deployed easier and faster. The feature allows you to create Juju cards which will add the specified bundle or charm to a new model and then open directly into the deployment flow. At this point they simply need to complete the deployment flow and will have a deployed solution without having to manually add or modify the model pre-deploy. To see Direct Deploy in action click on the image below or on this link.

Debian vs Ubuntu: Compared as a Desktop and as a Server

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After our CentOS vs Ubuntu comparison and the requests we get, it’s finally time to compare Debian and Ubuntu. These 2 distros are used both as a desktop OS and as a server, so we’ll compare both use-cases.

Ubuntu is based on Debian Stable, so naturally, they are similar in many ways. However, they still have differences. Our comparison will focus more on the differences, but we’ll include the similarities too, so you can better compare them and decide which distro is better for you. This is a controversial comparison, so we expect as much input from you as possible. Leave a comment below, please.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Will Have an Always Visible Dock, Wayland Session by Default

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GNOME Project's GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) developer conference is now over, and Canonical's Didier Roche was there to collaborate with the GNOME team for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release.

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A quick look at the decline of Ubuntu Membership

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An Ubuntu Membership is best described as recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community. Back in January 2015 when I was successful in being granted an Ubuntu Membership there were, according to, around 750 Ubuntu Members. As I write this, just over two and a half years later, the number has unfortunately reduced to 706.

With a little time to spare on a rainy Saturday afternoon here in the UK, I thought I would take a quick look at that Launchpad group by copying the membership information into a spreadsheet. I sorted the entries by joining date and then grouped them by year. In order to keep things simple I only included those members that had secured their membership directly through the Ubuntu Membership Boards and ignored those users that had made their applications through other means such as the Ubuntu Forums, the Kubuntu Council or the IRC Council. I was left with just 452 members that I was most interested in looking at, that is the "general users" of Ubuntu.

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A Quick Look At Ubuntu MATE 17.04

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​Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements, it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and older computers still usable.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview, (K)ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, and Release Schedule

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 1: How It Looks

    Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" is currently in pre-release stage (development version) and planned to be released on October 2017. This release would bring huge changes to mention some: changing user interface from Unity to GNOME, login screen from LightDM to GDM, many functional changes, and a still-unknown new future. I write this article as part one to give you overview about how Artful desktop looks. I wish the best and better future for Ubuntu by heading to this direction.

  • Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Update Available

    The third point release update to Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) is out now. This contains all the bug-fixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April 2016. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bug-fixes. In addition, we suggest adding the Backports PPA to update to Plasma 5.8.7. Read more about it:

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 4 Aug 2017
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Release Schedule

    Ubuntu 17.10, which is codenamed the Artful Aardvark, is currently penciled in to ship on 19th October, 2016. The release date Ubuntu 17.10 has now been firmed up as are the other development milestones leading up to the mid-October, after a long time Ubuntu making Gnome its default desktop environment, Ubuntu community can help iron this transition from Unity to Gnome by testing pre-release version.


Ubuntu: Ubuntu's Desktop Dock, New Kernel Patches, New LTS

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  • Phew, Ubuntu 17.10 Will Have a Desktop Dock (Of Sorts)

    If you were worried Ubuntu 17.10 would use a vanilla GNOME Shell desktop, you can relax. Ubuntu says the release will have a desktop dock.

  • Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.04 LTS

    Canonical released new Linux kernel security updates for Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating systems, as well as updated HWE (hardware enablement) kernels for Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and the recently released Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS maintenance update.

    Available for 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures, as well as for Raspberry Pi 2, the new kernel updates patch a total of four security issues affecting the Linux 4.10 and 4.4 LTS kernels of Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04 LTS, as well as their derivatives, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Budgie, and Ubuntu Kylin.

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Officially Released with Linux Kernel 4.10 from Ubuntu 17.04

    Canonical launched the third point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, Ubuntu 16.04.3, which brings updated kernel and graphics stacks.

    Powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel and Mesa 17.0 graphics stack from Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS is here for those who want to install the long-term supported Xenial Xerus series of operating systems on new computers which were or weren't supported by Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS or a previous point release. However, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS doesn't ship with support for 32-bit PPC architectures.

  • Canonical releases Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS with new kernel

    Canonical has released the latest point release (or service pack in Microsoft language) for Ubuntu. Ubuntu 16.04.3 rolls all the updates the operating system has received into the ISO to save users having to re-install all the available updates. In addition, 16.04.3 ships with a new Hardware Enablement (HWE) stack which includes an updated kernel.

Ubuntu: Ubuntu 16.04.3, Lubuntu 16.04.3, and More

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Security: WPA2, RSA/TPM, and Microsoft Breach

  • Google and Apple yet to fix Wi-Fi hole in a billion devices

    The WPA2 security protocol has been a mandatory requirement for all devices using the Wi-Fi protocol since 2006, which translates into billions of laptops, mobiles and routers. The weakness identified by Mathy Vanhoef, a digital security researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL) in Belgium, lies in the way devices running WPA2 encrypt information.

  • The Flawed System Behind the Krack Wi-Fi Meltdown

    No software is perfect. Bugs are inevitable now and then. But experts say that software standards that impact millions of devices are too often developed behind closed doors, making it difficult for the broader security community to assess potential flaws and vulnerabilities early on. They can lack full documentation even months or years after their release.

  • Factorization Flaw in TPM Chips Makes Attacks on RSA Private Keys Feasible

    Security experts say the bug has been present since 2012 and found specifically in the Infineon’s Trusted Platform Module used on a large number of business-class HP, Lenovo and Fijitsu computers, Google Chromebooks as well as routers and IoT devices.

  • ROCA: RSA encryption key flaw puts 'millions' of devices at risk

    This results in cyber criminals computing the private part of an RSA key and affects chips manufactured from 2012 onwards, which are now commonplace in the industry.

  • Infineon RSA Key Generation Issue

    Yubico estimates that approximately 2% of YubiKey customers utilize the functionality affected by this issue. We have addressed this issue in all shipments of YubiKey 4, YubiKey 4 Nano, and YubiKey 4C, since June 6, 2017.

  • Microsoft remains tight-lipped about 2013 internal database hack [sic]

    A secretive internal database used by Microsoft to track bugs in its software was compromised by hackers [sic] in 2013.

  • Exclusive: Microsoft responded quietly after detecting secret database hack in 2013

    Microsoft Corp’s secret internal database for tracking bugs in its own software was broken into by a highly sophisticated hacking [sic] group more than four years ago, according to five former employees, in only the second known breach of such a corporate database.

Red Hat reduces IoT tradeoffs and Asia Coverage

  • Industry Spotlight: Red Hat reduces IoT tradeoffs
    Organizations rolling out the IoT usually aren’t prepared for the additional complexity. With the IoT, data volumes grow exponentially, infrastructure management gets more complicated and the security vulnerabilities increase disproportionately. Nevertheless, IT departments are expected to handle all these changes competently without proportional increases in budget or other resources.
  • Analyse Asia 211: Red Hat in Asia & Open Innovation Institute with Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen
    Dirk-Peter van Leeuwen, senior vice president & general manager at Redhat, Asia Pacific, joined us to discuss the company’s footprint across Asia and the recent launch of their new Open Innovation Institute in Singapore. We discuss how Asian companies are in different phases of digital transformation from culture to innovation and adjusting against digital disruption.

Samsung and Tizen: Bixby 2.0, Tizen 3.0, GNU/Linux on DeX

Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video]

It’s Artful Aardvark arrival day today (no, really!) and to mark the occasion we’ve made our first video in 3 years! Prime your eyeballs and pop in some earbuds as we (try to) bring you up to speed on what’s new in Ubuntu 17.10. At a smidgen over 3 minutes long we think our video is perfect for watching on your commute; when you’re bleary eyed in bed; or when you get the tl;dr feels thinking about our fuller, longer, and far wordier Ubuntu 17.10 review (due out shortly). Read more