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Ubuntu 12.04 Finally Gets Latest Firefox 39 After a Long Wait

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The Ubuntu maintainers for Firefox have finally released the latest 39.x branch of the Internet browser for users of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Gets the Latest LibreOffice 5.0 RC3

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The upcoming Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) will have the latest LibreOffice 5.0 suite when it is made available in October, and in the meantime the newest RC has been made available through the repos.

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The Number of Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Invitations Has Tripled

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Users can only buy a Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition phone if they play a game on the official website and get one of the very illusive invitations. Now, that number of invitations has been tripled.

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Canonical Clarifies IP Policy, No One Else Happy

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In the continuing saga of Canonical versus contributors' rights, a clarification was issued today. Most consensus is that Canonical's "trump clause" fixes the largest part of the intellectual property dispute, but still leaves issues unresolved. The Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy played key roles and have issued their own statements. Bradley M. Kuhn, Matthew Garrett, and Jonathan Riddell weigh in as well.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Desktop Updates Bring Fixes for Mir Backend

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Ubuntu developers are making some really interesting progress with the upcoming Wily Werewolf release, and they have revealed some of the work that's being done for the desktop. It's not much to look at, but there are a couple of items that should be mentioned.

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More Ubuntu: Lenovo and Canonical Announce Laptop Deal

A Grooveshark-Alternative Music Player For Ubuntu Touch Is Under Development

What the Ubuntu IP Announcement means

Canonical Updates Ubuntu Licensing Terms After Two-Year Discussions with FSF

Ubuntu 15.10 MATE Does Not Use The Desktop Cube As The Default WM Anymore

Don't Expect Much from Intel Compute Stick with Ubuntu, Windows Version Is Terrible

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The Intel Compute Stick sounds great on paper, and it's also shipping with Ubuntu, but you shouldn't really get your hopes up. The Windows version is not all that great, and it's quite possible that the Ubuntu edition is not up to par either.

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Canonical and FSF: the Latest

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  • Free software fans land crucial punch in Ubuntu row – but it's not over

    The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) have been bickering with Canonical since 2013 over concerns that certain clauses of the Ubuntu IP rights policy seemed to claim to override provisions of the GNU General Public License (GPL) – something the GPL explicitly forbids.

  • Conservancy & the FSF Achieve GPL Compliance for Canonical, Ltd. “Intellectual Property” Policy

    Today, Canonical, Ltd. announced an updated “Intellectual Property” policy. Conservancy has analyzed this policy and confirms that the policy complies with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL), but Conservancy and the FSF believe that the policy still creates confusion and possible risk for users who wish to exercise their rights under GPL.

  • Compilation Copyright Irrelevant for Kubuntu

    Compilation copyright is an idea exclusive to the US (or North America anyway). It restricts collections of items which otherwise have unrelated copyright restrictions. A classic example is a book collection of poetry where the poems are all out of copyright but the selection and ordering of poems is new and has copyright owned by whoever did it.

Ubuntu Touch Gets Full Shell Rotation with Latest Update and So Much More

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Canonical is preparing to launch a new major update for Ubuntu phones and we now have a few more details about the new features, improvements, and fixes that are going to land very soon.

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Ubuntu 15.10 Desktop Updates Bring Fixes for Mir Backend

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Ubuntu developers are making some really interesting progress with the upcoming Wily Werewolf release, and they have revealed some of the work that's being done for the desktop. It's not much to look at, but there are a couple of items that should be mentioned.

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Canonical's Ubuntu IP policy is garbage

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Canonical have a legal policy surrounding reuse of Intellectual Property they own in Ubuntu, and you can find it here. It's recently been modified to handle concerns raised by various people including the Free Software Foundation[1], who have some further opinions on the matter here. The net outcome is that Canonical made it explicit that if the license a piece of software is under explicitly says you can do something, you can do that even if the Ubuntu IP policy would otherwise forbid it.

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Also: Statement on Canonical's updated licensing terms for Ubuntu GNU/Linux

UBUNTU POLICY COMPLIES WITH GPL BUT FAILS TO ADDRESS OTHER IMPORTANT SOFTWARE FREEDOM ISSUES

​Canonical and Free Software Foundation come to open-source licensing terms

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10 Best Open Source Forum Software for Linux

A forum is a discussion platform where related ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged. You can setup a forum for your site or blog, where your team, customers, fans, patrons, audience, users, advocates, supporters, or friends can hold public or private discussions, as a whole or in smaller groups. If you are planning to launch a forum, and you can’t build your own software from scratch, you can opt for any of the existing forum applications out there. Some forum applications allow you to setup only a single discussion site on a single installation, while others support multiple-forums for a single installation instance. In this article, we will review 10 best open source forum software for Linux systems. By the end of this article, you will know exactly which open source forum software best suites your needs. Read more

(K)Ubuntu: Playing' Tennis and Dropping 32-bit

  • Tennibot is a really cool Ubuntu Linux-powered tennis ball collecting robot
    Linux isn't just a hobby --  the kernel largely powers the web, for instance. Not only is Linux on many web servers, but it is also found on the most popular consumer operating system in the world -- Android. Why is this? Well, the open source kernel scales very well, making it ideal for many projects. True, Linux's share of the desktop is still minuscule, but sometimes slow and steady wins the race -- watch out, Windows! A good example of Linux's scalability is a new robot powered by Linux which was recently featured on the official Ubuntu Blog. Called "Tennibot," the Ubuntu-powered bot seeks out and collects tennis balls. Not only does it offer convenience, but it can save the buyer a lot of money too -- potentially thousands of dollars per year as this calculator shows. So yeah, a not world-changing product, but still very neat nonetheless. In fact, it highlights that Linux isn't just behind boring nerdy stuff, but fun things too.
  • Kubuntu Drops 32-bit Install Images
    If you were planning to grab a Kubuntu 18.10 32-bit download this October you will want to look away now. Kubuntu has confirmed plans to join the rest of the Ubuntu flavour family and drop 32-bit installer images going forward. This means there will be no 32-bit Kubuntu 18.10 disc image available to download later this year.

Suitcase Computer Reborn with Raspberry Pi Inside

Fun fact, the Osborne 1 debuted with a price tag equivalent to about $5,000 in today’s value. With a gigantic 9″ screen and twin floppy drives (for making mix tapes, right?) the real miracle of the machine was its portability, something unheard of at the time. The retrocomputing trend is to lovingly and carefully restore these old machines to their former glory, regardless of how clunky or underpowered they are by modern standards. But sometimes they can’t be saved yet it’s still possible to gut and rebuild the machine with modern hardware, like with this Raspberry Pi used to revive an Osborne 1. Purists will turn their nose up at this one, and we admit that this one feels a little like “restoring” radios from the 30s by chucking out the original chassis and throwing in a streaming player. But [koff1979] went to a lot of effort to keep the original Osborne look and feel in the final product. We imagine that with the original guts replaced by a Pi and a small LCD display taking the place of the 80 character by 24 line CRT, the machine is less strain on the shoulder when carrying it around. (We hear the original Osborne 1 was portable in the same way that an anvil is technically portable.) The Pi runs an emulator to get the original CP/M experience; it even runs Wordstar. The tricky part about this build was making the original keyboard talk to the Pi, which was accomplished with an Arduino that translates key presses to USB. Read more