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Canonical Outs Major Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

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Canonical released major kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems patching up to eleven vulnerabilities across all of the supported architectures.

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Canonical, Ubuntu, Unity, KeePassXC Snap, and MAAS

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  • Canonical Wants to Add Hardware Accelerated Video Playback by Default to Ubuntu

    In his latest report, Canonical's Will Cooke reports on the efforts the Ubuntu Desktop team is making to enable hardware-accelerated video playback for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) by default.

    According to Will Cooke, the team's goal right now is to lay the groundwork for a solution that would enable hardware-accelerated playback of video files by default, with a focus on making it work on Intel graphics cards. Suppor for Nvidia and AMD Radeon GPUs should come at a later time thanks to Canonical's new testing infrastructure.

  • More Unity Desktop Features Coming to Dash to Dock

    More features familiar to users of the Ubuntu Unity desktop could be making their way to Dash to Dock, a popular desktop dock GNOME extension.

  • Distributing KeePassXC as a snap

    KeePassXC, for KeePass Cross-Platform Community Edition, is an extension of the KeePassX password manager project that incorporates major feature requests and bug fixes. We are an active open source project that is available on all Linux distributions, Windows XP to 10, and Macintosh OSX. Our main goal is to incorporate the features that the community wants while balancing portability, speed, and ease of use. Some of the major features that we have already shipped are browser integration, YubiKey authentication, and a redesigned interface.

  • MAAS Development Summary – June 12th – 16th

    The purpose of this update is to keep our community engaged and informed about the work the team is doing. We’ll cover important announcements, work-in-progress for the next release of MAAS and bugs fixes in release MAAS versions.

Leftovers: Debian, Ubuntu and Derivatives

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  • Debian9 release party in Tokyo

    We celebrated Debian9 "stretch" release in Tokyo (thanks to Cybozu, Inc. for the place).

  • Debian 9 KDE
  • Debian 9 Stretch Stable Is Released! Check Out The New Features

    Debian 9 Stretch has been released two years after the last major release Debian 8 codenamed Jessie. Before we see Debian 9 features, let me add an anecdote about those funny sounding code names.

  • Debian 9 ‘Stretch’ GNU/Linux Distro Released — Here Are The New Features And Download Links
  • Debian 9 Stretch operating system released
  • Debian devs dedicate new version 9 to the late Ian Murdock
  • Debian 9 released after 26 months of development
  • Debian 9 Edu (Skolelinux) Released — A Complete Linux Distro For Students And Schools
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  • AIMS Desktop 2017.1 released

    The AIMS desktop is a Debian-derived distribution aimed at mathematical and scientific use. This project's first public release, based on Debian 9, is now available. It is a GNOME-based distribution with a bunch of add-on software. "It is maintained by AIMS (The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences), a pan-African network of centres of excellence enabling Africa’s talented students to become innovators driving the continent’s scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency."

  • [Older] Testing Yunit on Debian Unstable ( Virtual machine )
  • Ubuntu 17.10 to Improve Secure Boot for Booting Windows from GRUB, Enable PIE

    Canonical's Steve Langasek presented the first edition of the Ubuntu Foundations Team weekly newsletter with some exciting information about the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

    The first Alpha builds of Ubuntu 17.10 are almost here, due for release next week on June 29, 2017, for opt-in flavors, so the Ubuntu developers are working around the clock to add various new features, such as PIE (Position Independent Executables) support enabled by default for better security, as well as some other improvements in many areas of interest like Secure Boot.

    "PIE is now enabled across all architectures by default in Artful. Targeted rebuilds have been done of packages which would break reverse-build-dependencies due to not being compiled with PIE," says Steve Langasek. "The rest of the archive will now pick up PIE support on i386, armhf, and arm64 over the development cycle with rebuilds."

  • Mission Reports

    Well, taking just over 60 days to write again is not generally a good sign. Things have been incredibly busy at the day job. Finding out that a Reduction In Force is expected to happen in late September/early October also sharpens the mind as to the state of the economy. Our CEO at work is somewhat odd, to say the least. Certain acts by the CEO remain incredibly confusing if not utterly baffling.

    In UK-slang, I guess I could probably be considered a "God-botherer". I've been doing work as an evangelist lately. The only product though has been the Lord's Kingdom. One of the elders at church wound up with their wife in a local nursing home due to advanced age as well as deteriorating health so I got tasked with conducting full Sunday services at the nursing home. Compared to my day job, the work has been far more worthwhile serving people in an extended care setting. Sadly it cannot displace my job that I am apparently about to lose in about 90 days or so anyhow thanks to pending actions of the board and CEO.

  • Linux Mint 18.2 “Sonya” Beta Is Now Available
  • Loki Updates for May

    If you’ve recently installed Loki 0.4.1 you may not have noticed that some of these things are new. But for those upgrading from Loki 0.4.0 here’s a list of updates for the month of May.

Ubuntu, UBports, Quick Look at Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu Studio, and elementaryOS

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  • Building Apps for Linux without Linux

    I spend a lot of my day talking to developers about their Linux software packaging woes. Many of them are using Linux desktops as their primary development platform. Some aren't, and that's their (or their employers) choice. For those developers who run Windows and want to target Linux for their applications, things just got a bit easier.

  • Stable OTA-1, Halium is Heating up, Convergence Works!

    The UBports project is proud to announce Stable OTA-1 for all of our officially supported devices, minus the Nexus 5 (hammerhead) and Nexus 4 (mako).

  • Quick Look at Ubuntu 17.10 June 10 2017 Nightly Release With Gnome as the Default Desktop

    Quick Look at Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark June 10, 2017, Nightly Release With Gnome as the Default Desktop

  • Ubuntu Studio Audio Production Features

    Ubuntu Studio is a Linux distribution loaded with various programs for music and video production. Many of these open source programs are simple to use, and extremely powerful, making this operating system useful for anyone looking to express their creativity without purchasing expensive software. In this video, we cover some of the best programs for audio production included with Ubuntu Studio.

  • "elementaryOS App Store Ships" - Lunduke Hour - May 17, 2017

    In this episode of the Lunduke Hour I chat with the founder of elementaryOS, Daniel Fore. They just shipped a new version of elementaryOS that includes their recently crowd-funded App Store. We talk about what he thinks it'll take to make this App Store successful where so many others have failed.

Latest round of backports PPA updates include Plasma 5.10.2 for Zesty 17.04

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The latest 5.10.2 bugfix update for the Plasma 5.10 desktop is now available in our backports PPA for Zesty Zapus 17.04.

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Canonical and Ubuntu News

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AIMS Desktop 2017.1 is available!

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Linux
Debian
Ubuntu

Back at DebConf 15 in Germany, I gave a talk on on AIMS Desktop (which was then based on Ubuntu), and our intentions and rationale for wanting to move it over to being Debian based.

Today, alongside the Debian 9 release, we release AIMS Desktop 2017.1, the first AIMS Desktop released based on Debian. For Debian 10, we’d like to get the last remaining AIMS Desktop packages into Debian so that it could be a Debian pure blend.

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  • Debian 9 is available!

    Congratulations to everyone who has played a part in the creation of Debian GNU/Linux 9.0! It’s a great release, I’ve installed the pre-release versions for friends, family and colleagues and so far the feedback has been very positive.

  • Bits from Debian: Debian 9.0 Stretch has been released!

    Let yourself be embraced by the purple rubber toy octopus! We're happy to announce the release of Debian 9.0, codenamed Stretch.

    Want to install it? Choose your favourite installation media among Blu-ray Discs, DVDs, CDs and USB sticks. Then read the installation manual.

Ubuntu News: Ubuntu Desktop, Server Development Summary, Ubuntu Foundations Team and More

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Ubuntu News: IBM & Canonical, LXD Containers. Mir 0.26.3 and More

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  • IBM & Canonical: A Virtualization and Cloud Computing (R-)Evolution

    As modern IT evolves, there have been many milestones along the way. Starting with bare metal servers, followed by virtualization, then cloud computing, and beyond. Each advancement has created both challenges and opportunities for IT professionals. Today the industry is focused on deploying solutions that will improve overall IT operations while reducing overhead. Orchestration and modeling solutions help these organizations to integrate, manage, and deploy flexible solutions faster and with more consistency. Canonical and IBM have partnered to help our mutual customers with advanced virtualisation solutions on the IBM z and LinuxONE platforms.

  • Custom user mappings in LXD containers

    As you may know, LXD uses unprivileged containers by default.
    The difference between an unprivileged container and a privileged one is whether the root user in the container is the “real” root user (uid 0 at the kernel level).

    The way unprivileged containers are created is by taking a set of normal UIDs and GIDs from the host, usually at least 65536 of each (to be POSIX compliant) and mapping those into the container.

  • Mir release 0.26.3

    The significant thing with Mir 0.26.3 is that we are making this version available across the latest releases of Ubuntu as well as 17.10 (Artful Ardvark). That is: Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) and, last but not least, Ubuntu 16.04LTS (Xenial Xerus).

  • Mir 0.26.3 Released

    With Canonical divesting in Mir from the desktop and abandoning their mobile phone/tablet ambitions, we might not see Mir v1.0 ever reached as was anticipated to happen for the Ubuntu 17.10 cycle. However, Mir is still being maintained for IoT use-cases and today is a new point release.

  • Make Telegram Look at Home on Ubuntu with this Ambiance Theme

    We've found an Ambiance Telegram theme that helps integrate the popular messaging service's desktop client with the Ubuntu desktop.

  • Kernel Team Summary- June 15, 2017

    This blog is to provide a status update from the Ubuntu Kernel Team. There will also be highlights provided for any interesting subjects the team may be working on. If you would like to reach the kernel team, you can find us at the #ubuntu-kernel channel on FreeNode. Alternatively, you can mail the Ubuntu Kernel Team mailing list at: kernel-team@lists.ubuntu.com

  • Ubuntu's Snapd Daemon Now Works Properly on Raspberry Pi and Raspberry Pi Zero

    More than a month after Canonical's Simon Fels announced that he's working on bringing Snappy's Snapd daemon to the Debian-based Raspbian operating system for Raspberry Pi SBCs, the developer updated Snapd to version 2.26.4.

    Snapd 2.26.4 is the latest stable and most advanced version of the Snappy daemon that allows the installation and manipulation of Snap packages, the universal binary format created by Canonical for its Ubuntu Linux OS and other supported GNU/Linux distributions, and it's available for Raspbian Jessie too.

Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) to Use Linux Kernel 4.13, According to Canonical

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In their latest bi-weekly report, Canonical's Ubuntu Kernel team revealed the fact that they intend to target the Linux 4.13 kernel series for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

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  • Android kernels: does upstream matter?
    There is this false narrative floating around in the dev community on how upstreaming breaks drivers and OEM code. Upstreaming breaking drivers and OEM code is not universally true- in contrast, it defies the very definition of a stable kernel. You see, each and every Android device out there runs a version of the Linux Kernel– and it doesn’t have to be the latest version all the time.
  • Mesa 17.2-RC5 Released, Final Should Come Within One Week
    The fifth and final planned release candidate of Mesa 17.2 is now available for testing.
  • Vulkan 1.0.59 Released With Shader Stencil Export
    Vulkan 1.0.59 is now available this weekend as the latest minor update to this high-performance graphics API. As usual, the bulk of this Vulkan 1.0.x point release is made up of document clarification/fixes to the text. Of those changes, nothing too notable stands out for Vulkan 1.0.59 but there is one new extension.

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