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7 Mac OS X Yosemite Features Canonical Needs to Steal to Make Ubuntu Even Better

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While we maybe living in a post-PC era, there is no denying the fact that the desktop OS still matters. Mac OS X is an operating system that is still ahead of Ubuntu when it comes to the race towards the number one desktop. Apple knows that, and that is why they seem to have put a lot of work in making Mac OS X 10.10 "Yosemite" as good as their mobile operating system, which is iOS. The goal here is convergence. Apple wants to build an ecosystem in which the desktop, the mobile, and the wearable operating systems work seamlessly together in harmony. This is the same thing Microsoft is aiming for and so is Google. And yes, Shuttleworth's brainchild Ubuntu is shooting for the same thing by working really hard on the next iteration of the open-source OS. But, with all these efforts, can Canonical match up with its competition?

Well, it can if it takes some of the great things its competitors are doing. Both Apple and Google are known for "borrowing" each other's ideas. If Canonical does a bit of that, its desktop might be able to reach a whole new level. So, if you are an Ubuntu fan wanting some of the best things from Apple's latest Yosemite on your desktop, here is a list of few things Canonical can steal or copy from Cupertino right away.

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Canonical Issues Final Warning for Ubuntu One Closure, Get Your Files Now

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Ubuntu

“This is the FINAL reminder to make sure you have retrieved all your data from Ubuntu One filesync, as we will be deleting all the content permanently on 31st July 2014. After that date, we will no longer be able to retrieve any of your files.”

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Could we See a Linux Tablet Brought to Life with Ubuntu Touch?

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Linux
Ubuntu
Gadgets

Yes, some may argue that Android is molded from Linux Kernel, but the ability to be able to run bash scripts purely in a Linux environment that is not adulterated and polluted with non-Linux features is truly a tech Shangri-La for hardcore Linux lovers.

This helplessness in getting our wish fulfilled for a Linux tablet has many of us desperately digging for a solution that could satiate our thirst for Linux.

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UBUNTU 13.10 SAUCY SALAMANDER END OF LIFE: JULY 17, 2014

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life today. That means that if you use Ubuntu 13.10, you should upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support). That's because after July 17, 2014, "Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 13.10".

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Spotify migrate 5000 servers from Debian to Ubuntu

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Debian
Ubuntu

A while back we decided to move onto Ubuntu for our backend server deployment. The main reasons for this was a predictable release cycle and long term support by upstream (this decision was made before the announcement that the Debian project commits to long term support as well.) With the release of the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS we are now in the process of migrating our ~5000 servers to that distribution.

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Ubuntu 14.04: The good, the bad, the Unity

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Reviews
Ubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 Long Term Support/LTS (Trusty Tahr) proves that it doesn’t matter if you’re Oracle, Microsoft, or Canonical: Bringing a fleet of products into new release revision synch is tough. Canonical is trying to cover the bases of cloud, server, desktop, smartphone/tablet, plus management and support and services add-ons. In this release, Cloud and Server get much attention; Desktop not so much. And the Ubuntu smartphone/tablet bits aren’t reviewed here as there are no “production” versions in the wild.

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Ubuntu With Linux 3.16 Smashes OS X 10.9.4 On The MacBook Air

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GNU
Graphics/Benchmarks
Linux
Mac
Ubuntu

As it's been some months since last running any Linux vs. Mac OS X performance benchmarks, up today are benchmarks of the latest OS X 10.9.4 release on a Haswell-based Apple MacBook Air compared to running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the same hardware with also upgrading against the Linux 3.16 development kernel.

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Ubuntu 14.04: Is Canonical taking on too much?

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Ubuntu

Some hits and some misses as Canonical tries to cover everything from the smartphone to the desktop to the cloud.

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Canonical and Ubuntu Helped Munich Save Millions of Dollars by Ditching Microsoft Products

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Linux
Ubuntu

The City of Munich has become one of the most prominent examples of a city administration that switched from Microsoft products to open source, and it looks like Canonical and Ubuntu were an instrumental part of that change.

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This Is What It's Like To Be A Woman CEO In The Male-Dominated Open-Source Software World

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Interviews
Ubuntu

Jane Silber is the CEO of Canonical, a 650-employee software company best known for two things. Its Linux operating system, named Ubuntu, that competes with Windows and Macs, and its bold plan to take on Apple, Google, and Microsoft with soon-to-be released phones/tablets/internet TV devices.

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Phoenix Is Trying To Be An Open Version Of Apple's Swift

Apple unveiled the Swift programming language at this year's WWDC event but sadly it's still not clear whether Apple will "open up" the language to let it appear on non-Apple platforms. Swift is built atop LLVM and designed to be Apple's successor to Objective-C in many regards while suppoorting C/Obj-C/Obj-C++ all within a single program. With non-Apple folks being interested in the language, it didn't take long before an open-source project started up around it. Ind.ie has today announced their Phoenix project that aims to be a free and open version of Apple's Swift programming language. The work is being led by Greg Casamento who is also the leader of GNUStep, the common open-source implementation of Apple's Cocoa frameworks. Read more

Google Chromebook quietly takes aim at the enterprise

Google's Chromebook is a cheap alternative to a more expensive Windows or Mac PC or laptop, but up until recently it lacked any specific administrative oversight tools for enterprise IT. While IT might have liked the price tag, they may have worried about the lack of an integrated tool suite for managing a fleet of Chromebooks. That's changed with release of Chromebook for Work, a new program designed to give IT that control they crave for Chromebooks. Read more

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Leftovers: Gaming

  • Vendetta Online – Space MMO Game Free Trial without Restrictions
    Vendetta Online is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game developed by Guild Software, Inc, with builds for Linux as well, besides Windows and Mac OS. The game takes place throughout the Vendetta space universe, and players can choose from a large range of factions to play with.
  • Best Android Games that let you Build your Own Farms and Towns
    Being a farmer in the bustling cityscape might not be the ideal dream for you. However, if you are still keen on doing that, you can do it anywhere. But wait, before you head out to your lawn and start planting seeds, relax and pull out your Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Indie Developer Threatens Gabe Newell, Game Removed From Steam
    In a case of common sense going out the Window, Mike Maulbeck developer of the game Paranautical Activity that was only just released in full on Steam has been a bit of an idiot. I only sent word to GamingOnLinux last night about the game being released, and now I'm sending word about this.
  • Steam for Linux Has 14 Discounted Games in "Weeklong Deals"
    Valve runs all sorts of promotions, all the time. The number of games in the Steam catalog is so big that discounted titles are always available. One of the regular discounts is called "Weeklong Deals" and it now features 14 games that run on the Linux platform.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth comes to Mac and Linux this holiday [update]
    The PC version of the game is due out Oct. 24. The Mac and Linux versions don't have a specific date, just that the Mac version will be launching on Steam and the Mac App Store sometime this holiday season. The Mac version will hit first, followed by the Linux version. They will sell for $49.99.
  • The Dark Descent Of Frictional Games: Part One
    In the first of a two part opinion series, we will explore how the Penumbra games through a process of gradual evolution created a solid design template for later Frictional Games titles to follow.
  • Civilization: Beyond Earth Linux Release Date Cleared Up
    Civilization: Beyond Earth is coming to Linux and the Linux release has been cleared up a bit in terms of when we can expect it.
  • Door Kickers Officially Released Today
    The tactical squad shooter has been in Steam Early Access since 3rd September of last year, but was officially released today. The game is now available for Linux through retailers such as GOG, Humble Store and Steam.
  • Warlock 2: The Exiled Now On Linux
    Warlock 2 is a turn-based strategy game of fantasy warfare. Rival against Great Mages, lead mighty armies into fierce battles, wield ancient magic and faith as your weapons. It is now available on Linux, and a new expansion has been released alongside it too.
  • Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth to Arrive on Linux This Holiday
    Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth, the next game in the Civilization series developed by Firaxis and ported for Linux and Mac OS X by Aspyr Media, will be made available for the two platforms this holiday season.
  • Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey Arrives Today on Steam for Linux
    Dreamfall Chapters is a new title in the The Longest Journey saga that was started 15 years ago when the game with the same name launched for the PC. Now, the developers have returned with a sequel that continues the story in the previous two games and it arrives today.
  • SteamOS Update 145 To The Beta (Alchemist) Branch Brings Security Fixes
    Among others, SteamOS update 145 brings a major update for the OpenSSL package has been implemented, a new p7zip package has been added to the repositories, and the plymouth package has been implemented again.