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Ubuntu Touch RTM Branch Updated with Cool New Keyboard and Lots of Changes

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Canonical released last week a new RTM branch for Ubuntu Touch, and now the developers have managed to push a new major update that brings more fixes, updated packages, and a nice, new keyboard.

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Ubuntu GNOME Devs Explain Once More Why GNOME 3.14 Won't Be Included by Default

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GNOME
Ubuntu

Each time a new GNOME version is released, users point to the Ubuntu GNOME devs and blame them for not integrating the latest packages in the distribution. Also, each time, the Ubuntu GNOME developers have to explain why this is impossible.

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Firefox 32.0.3 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Moz/FF
Ubuntu

After Mozilla released the latest Firefox 32.0.3 Internet browser, the Ubuntu maintainers were quick to make the new version available to the supported OSes.

According to the Ubuntu security report, fraudulent security certificates could have allowed sensitive information to be exposed when accessing the Internet. "Antoine Delignat-Lavaud and others discovered that NSS incorrectly handled parsing ASN.1 values. An attacker could use this issue to forge RSA certificates."

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16.3

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The Linux kernel is one of the most important packages in a distribution, so everyone is paying attention to what the Ubuntu developers will decide to implemented. It's been already established the branch of the kernel that will be used in Ubuntu 14.10, but it remains to be seen what specific version will be used.

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Is Oracle Using Canonical to Counter Red Hat?

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Ubuntu

Penguinistas now have another reason not to adopt Ubuntu as their operating system of choice. Canonical and Oracle have each announced, in separate blog posts, that the two companies are working together to insure the compatibility of each company’s Linux offering on the other’s OpenStack cloud implementation.

Such a collaboration isn’t surprising. To be successful in the cloud, Canonical will need to support any Linux distro that potential enterprise customers throw at them, just as they’ll need to support Windows, and to a lesser degree, OS X. What is surprising is that Canonical thought it best to advertise the fact that they’re now holding hands with Oracle, if not in fact dating.

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Mesa 10.3 Landing For Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn"

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Ubuntu

Mesa 10.3 is in the process of making its way to Ubuntu 14.10.

Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical has pushed Mesa 10.3.0 into the utopic-proposed archive after merging the updated Mesa packages from debian-experimental. Confirmation of Mesa 10.3 coming for Ubuntu 14.10 can be found via this change message.

Mesa 10.3 was officially released last week and features many improvements and new capabilities. On the graphics front, earlier this month was when X.Org Server 1.16 finally landed for Ubuntu 14.10.

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Nexus 6 on Ubuntu rather than Android L

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Android
Ubuntu

The Google Nexus 6, aka Nexus X, is heading for an official launch soon and one of its highlights that it will release running Android L, the new version of the mobile operating system. Being able to use a smartphone running pure vanilla Android is really appealing to many people, but some may prefer the Nexus 6 on Ubuntu rather than Android L.

There has been plenty of speculation over the last few months about the Nexus 6. So far even the name hasn’t been confirmed, and there have been recent rumors that it may be titled the Nexus X. One thing that’s a given though is that it will run the Android L update, which is currently with developers and also hasn’t had its final name confirmed.

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Oracle and Canonical collaborate on support for Oracle Linux on Ubuntu

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Linux
Ubuntu

As part of this collaboration, Canonical will support Ubuntu as a guest OS on Oracle Linux OpenStack, and Oracle will support Oracle Linux as a guest OS on Ubuntu OpenStack. Canonical will test Oracle Linux as a guest OS in its OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) program. This gives customers the assurance the configuration is tested and supported by both organisations.

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Enters Final Beta Freeze

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Ubuntu

"As of nowish, the archive is frozen for 14.10 Final Beta preparation, and will continue to be frozen from here until Final release next month. As with the previous release, we have a bot in place that will accept uploads that are unseeded and don't affect images. Don't take this as an open invitation to break Feature Freeze on those components, this is just to reduce the burden on the release team, so we only review the uploads that need very serious consideration," notes Canonical's Adam Conrad.

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Migrating From Windows 7 To Ubuntu: The Ultimate Guide

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
Ubuntu

Despite what all the Linux haters say, choosing Ubuntu is logical and migrating from Windows 7 to Ubuntu is a breeze. This article summarizes the process and provides solutions to some of the most common beginner hiccups.

The Windows Vs Mac Vs Linux debate has been going on for years and doesn’t look to be settled anytime soon. If you are a Windows 7 user and still haven’t made the switch to Windows 8, you may want to consider migrating to Ubuntu 14.04, the latest Linux distro from Ubuntu. In addition to strong support from developers and a massive software repository, it’s free, faster and safer than Windows.

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Patent Troll Kills Open Source Project On Speeding Up The Computation Of Erasure Codes

Via James Bessen, we learn of how a patent trolling operation by StreamScale has resulted in an open source project completely shutting down, despite the fact that the patent in question (US Patent 8,683,296 for an "Accelerated erasure coding system and method") is almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea, following the Supreme Court's Alice ruling and plenty of prior art. Erasure codes are used regularly today in cloud computing data storage and are considered to be rather important. Not surprisingly, companies and lawyers are starting to pop out of the woodwork to claim patents on key pieces. I won't pretend to understand the fundamental details of erasure codes, but the link above provides all the details. It goes through the specific claims in the patents, breaking down what they actually say (basically an erasure code on a computer using SIMD instructions), and how that's clearly an abstract idea and thus not patent-eligible. Read more