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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Dies on April 30, Users Are Urged to Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS via Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Do you remember Ubuntu 10.04? Well, we do, and we can tell you that while the Desktop version is no longer supported since May 9, 2013, the Server edition will be supported until April 30, 2015. Back then, when Ubuntu 10.04 was announced, all LTS (Long Term Support) releases were supported 3 years on the Desktop and 5 years on the Server.

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Meet Sirius, the open-source Siri clone that runs on Ubuntu

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Sirius is an open-source virtual assistant, a bit like Apple’s Siri (pictured above), Google’s Google Now, or Microsoft’s Cortana. But unlike those well-known helpers—and like Linux itself—Sirius is an open platform anyone can use and contribute to, from universities to startups. It’s currently being tested on Ubuntu, and you can download and install it on your own Linux PC today… if you’re particularly adventurous.

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A Linux distro for education: UberStudent

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Built on top of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, UberStudent 4.1 "Epicurus" is a customized distribution designed for secondary and post-secondary education. A blurb on the UberStudent website describes the distribution as "Red Hat for education." I was intrigued by this claim and wondered if some customization on top of Ubuntu could really do for education what Red Hat does for enterprise. So I gave UberStudent a try and was very impressed with what I found.

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First Impressions of Ubuntu MATE 14.10

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Ubuntu MATE is currently available in two versions. There is long term support release labelled 14.04 and a short term support release with newer software carrying the version number 14.10. I decided to try out version 14.10 for a week. The project provides release notes for the distribution. Essentially, it looks as through the project takes Ubuntu, strips away the Unity desktop and replaces it with MATE. Most applications, apart from those relating directly to configuring the MATE desktop, appear to be the same across both distributions. The version of Ubuntu MATE I downloaded is available in 32-bit and 64-bit x86 builds and the ISO file is 980MB in size.

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Review: Dell's Ubuntu-powered M3800 Mobile Workstation is a desktop destroyer

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Dell has offered a Linux (Ubuntu) option on some laptops (and servers) for a few years now. Considering my general love for all things Linux, combined with my (often) overpowering desire to play with new hardware, it's rather odd that I've never gotten my hands on a Linux-powered Dell laptop.

That rather egregious offense has now been remedied.

Right in front of me sits the Dell M3800 Mobile Workstation – a 15.6-inch laptop that doubles as a Linux-powered desktop replacement.

No. "Desktop Replacement" doesn't really do this rig justice. This beast of a machine is a desktop destroyer.

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The Ubuntu, Microsoft & SUSE (Bermuda) Triangle

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So what does the old SUSE/Microsoft deal have to do with Ubuntu and Redmond’s new partnership arrangement? The quick answer: everything and nothing. Or, perhaps more appropriate for this stage of the game: It’s too soon to tell. One thing’s for sure, even if the deal turns out to be benign and never develops into anything as toxic as SUSE/Microsoft has been, this is sure to develop into something of a brouhaha in the FOSS user community. At the very least, this will become a hot topic on the forums.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Will Attempt To Better Update CPU Microcodes

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Dimitri John Ledkov of Intel has added support to the Ubuntu-Drivers-Common framework for having CPU family detection and being able to install the appropriate CPU microcode update packages depending on the reported processor family. It's basically just making sure the right CPU microcode packages are installed rather than having them not installed or having all of them in place.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Ported to Raspberry Pi 2

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The Ubuntu MATE community has been very active and supportive of the project, so much so that someone has just released a version of the Ubuntu MATE distro for Raspberry Pi 2.

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Meizu M1 Note confirmed to go international after Ubuntu Touch-powered variant

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Chinese smartphone brand Meizu, often looked at as the next Xiaomi in terms of outdoing major brands, had recently announced the open-source Canonical Ubuntu-powered MI Note. It now looks set to take this handset outside China and make it international.

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Ubuntu finally comes to phones, but don't expect major retail sales push for at least 12 months

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After a three-year gestation period, the Ubuntu operating system is finally on real, live smartphones that are being sold to consumers. However, don't expect a huge retail or advertising push for the platform on phones this year, according to Ubuntu's top mobile executive.

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KDE: Krita 3.2.0 Beta 2, Akademy 2017

  • Krita 3.2.0: Second Beta Available
    We’re releasing the second beta for Krita 3.2.0 today! These beta builds contain the following fixes, compared to the first 3.2.0 beta release. Keep in mind that this is a beta: you’re supposed to help the development team out by testing it, and reporting issues on bugs.kde.org.
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  • KDE Arrives in Almería for Akademy 2017
    We have travelled from across the globe to meet for our annual gathering where we plan and discuss the next year's activities creating free software to share with the world. Almería is in the south east of Spain, a country which has long been a supporter of free software and collaboration with its creators. The sun here is hot but the water is also warm for those who make it to the beach to discuss their work with a pina colada and a swim. Over the last year KDE has run conferences in Brazil, India, Spain, Germany and sprints in Randa in Switzerland, Krita in the Netherlands, Marble in Germany, GSoC in the US, WikiToLearn in India, Plasma in Germany, Kontact in France, and sent representatives to OSCAL in Albania, FOSSASIA in Singapore, FUDCON in Cambodia, HKOSCon in Hong Kong and more.
  • Guest Post: Retired From KDE, by Paul Adams
    Long time no see, huh? Yes, I neglected my blog and as such didn't post anything since Akademy 2014... Interestingly this is the last one where my dear Paul Adams held a famous talk.  [...] During my PhD I was studying Free Software community productivity metrics. I was also working on research into software quality funded by the European Commission. KDE eV (the governance body1 for KDE) was also taking part in that project. At this time KDE was almost ready to release KDE 4. It was an exciting time to get involved.

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