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Here's what's new in 7 Ubuntu 15.04 offshoot 'flavors,' from Kubuntu to Ubuntu MATE

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Ubuntu 15.04 wasn’t the only new Ubuntu desktop released last week . Seven of the nine official Ubuntu “flavors” released new versions based on Ubuntu 15.04. These all use the same low-level Ubuntu software, but with different desktop environments and tweaks.

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Also: Chromixium: Ubuntu Linux… if it looked like Chrome OS

Canonical to Release Another Major OTA Update for Ubuntu Touch Next Week

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A major OTA update was released for Ubuntu Touch a couple of weeks ago, and it looked like it would be the last one for this branch, but it's quite possible that we'll get another before the switch to the Vivid base.

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Work Has Started on Ubuntu MATE 15.10

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Now that Ubuntu MATE 15.04 has been released, the developers are already looking towards next release and it looks like the wheels are already in motion.

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An About.com Review Of Ubuntu 15.04

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In this review I will be highlighting the major features of Ubuntu for those of you who have never used Ubuntu before.

I will also be highlighting the new features that are available in Ubuntu 15.04.

Finally there will be a look at some of the known issues.

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Old Ubuntu Bug Lets Malicious Users Gain Sudo Access

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It appears that there's a bug in Ubuntu distributions which lets malicious users locally exploit sudo and gain access to the user's account without knowing their password. The bug was submitted to Canonical's Launchpad back in September 2013 by user Mark Smith.

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Annoying Ubuntu Boot Logo Resolution Bug Survives for at Least Five Years

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Many of the Ubuntu long-standing bugs have been fixed, even if some took years, but there is at least one that seems to survive from one iteration to another. We're talking of course about the Ubuntu boot logo.

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Canonical Is Focusing on Ubuntu Desktop Once More

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A new Ubuntu Online Summit is now in the planning stages, and it will start in less than week, giving users and developers an insight regarding the upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 version.

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Also: Ubuntu 15.10 Plans Being Discussed Next Week

First impressions of Ubuntu 15.04

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Canonical's Ubuntu operating system is probably the most widely used Linux distribution in the world. Ubuntu is made available in several editions, including desktop builds, server builds and there is a branch of Ubuntu for mobile phones. Ubuntu provides installation images for the x86, ARM and Power PC architectures, allowing the distribution to run on a wide variety of hardware. The most recent release of Ubuntu, version 15.04, includes a fairly short list of changes compared to last year's Ubuntu 14.10, however some of the changes are significant. Some small changes include an upgrade of the kernel to Linux 3.19 and placing application menus inside the application window by default. A potentially larger change is the switch from Canonical's Upstart init software to systemd.

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My Ubuntu Phone is here!

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The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition comes in a nice, fancy package, with the right dose of orange color. Inside the box, you will find a phone that's neither too big nor too slim. It's more like what the mainstream market used to offer a couple of years ago, which makes far more sense than the ultra-slippery models today. Aquaris reminds me of iPhone 4, not that I'm a great connoisseur of phones and what they should be like, but that's how it is.

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Is Ubuntu moving away from .deb packages? Here is the complete story

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Canonical loves to shake things up. After introducing Unity, HUD, Mir, Click and Snappy the sponsor of Ubuntu is now contemplating moving away from just .deb based desktop and adopting its own Snappy.

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More Mandriva Eulogies

  • Good-bye, Mandriva!
    I think that it is sad that the Mandriva star twinkles no more in the OS universe, but it is good that other distros can continue with its legacy: Mageia, OpenMandriva Lx and, up to a certain extent, PCLinuxOS.
  • Finally! It's the year of Linux on the desktop TITSUP
    Mandriva, a French purveyor of desktop Linux, is being wound up, after becoming totally incapable of supporting usual performance (TITSUP), financially at least. The liquidation notice suggests the company's 2013 was around €600,000 and that the company has between 10 and 19 staff.
  • Goodbye, Mandriva, Thank You for the Mandriva Linux OS
    It is with sadness in our hearts that we inform you today, May 27, about the termination of the French Mandriva company, which is currently in the process of being liquidated, according to a notice posted on the societe.com website.
  • A Linux company that spent 17 years competing with Windows is officially over
    It also had some success in Malaysia. But by 2012, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy, a situation that had happened several times since its early days, in 1998. It was saved for a few more years by Jean-Manuel Croset, who joined as COO in 2011 and soon after became CEO.

Android Leftovers

Leftovers: OSS

  • Downgrading to stable
    The system works fine otherwise and can be accessed via ssh, but restarting kdm doesn't help to fix it, it just changes the pattern. Anyway, as explaining a toddler he cannot watch his favourite youtube cartoons because suddenly the computer screen has become an abstract art work is not easy I quickly decided to downgrade.
  • Researchers to track down obstacles to digital DIY
    An EU-funded research project wants to find regulations and other obstacles that hinder digital Do-It-Yourself companies. A consortium of universities and research institutes in Manchester, Milan, London, Thessaloniki and other cities intends to help small enterprises benefit from digital DIY, help policy makers and prepare teachers and educators.
  • Open Government and geo-data infrastructures at AGIT 2015
    One of the themes at the AGIT 2015 conference will be Open Government and geo-data infrastructures. According to the organisers, the availability of standardised open government services has increased the importance of government geo-data infrastructures, taking the opportunities for using geo-information to a new level. Discussions will focus on questions like what value can be created by building a European 'spatially-enabled society' as part of the European knowledge society, and what are the challenges and prospects with regard to cloud computing.
  • How open data is transforming the business landscape
    Despite pledges by the G7 and G20 to boost transparency by opening up government data, fewer than 8% of countries publish data sets in open formats and under open licences on public sector budgets, spending and contracts.
  • Hubble delivers a more affordable 3D laser cutter
    Hubble is an open source, mid-level laser cutter designed to be affordable, versatile, and hackable. Hubble was created to fill the current gap between amazing, entry-level projects, like MicroSlice, and the expensive, proprietary laser cutters on the market.
  • Smart API integrations with Python and Zato
    As the number of applications and APIs connected in a cloud-driven world rises dramatically, it becomes a challenge to integrate them in an elegant way that will scale in terms of the clarity of architecture, run-time performance, complexity of processes the systems take part in, and the level of maintenance required to keep integrated environments operational.
  • LLVM 3.7 Is Planned For A Late August Release
  • LLVM 3.6.1 Brings R600 & MIPS Fixes
  • The practice of sustaining government ICT standards
  • Share-PSI: PSI implementation is a multi-speed mechanism
    Share-PSI workshops bring together government departments, universities and standards organisations to "identify what does and doesn't work, what is and isn't practical, what can and can't be expected of different stakeholders", the project website states.
  • Security advisories for Tuesday
  • Attackers use email spam to infect point-of-sale terminals with new malware
    However, it’s unusual to see PoS malware distributed through spam, like in the case of NitlovePOS, especially as part of a larger, indiscriminate campaign. This suggests that cybercriminals seek to exploit cases where employees use Windows-based PoS terminals to check their email or perform other risky activities.

Mozilla overhauls Firefox smartphone plan to focus on quality, not cost

After its $25 phones fail to dent the dominance of Google and Apple, the Firefox backer will try to compete using technological superiority -- and maybe by adding key Android apps, too. Read more