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Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) Reached End of Life on April 30, 2015

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On April 30, Canonical, through Adam Conrad, sent an email to all Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) users notifying them that the operating system is no longer supported starting with May 1, 2015.

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Taking Ubuntu’s Monkey for a Ride

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That seems to be the response from desktop users and reviewers of Ubuntu’s latest and greatest, 15.04 or Vivid Vervet. The server and cloud crowd are all abuzz, tearing this baby down to see what it can do. But for the desktop folks — not so much. About all you read is that the new desktop is mainly cosmetic changes: that Unity’s color scheme is now purple, which isn’t quite true — to my eyes, there’s some orange in there too — and that a few things have been moved back to where they used to be. Other than that, everyone complains that this vervet is nothing more than lipstick on a unicorn, as Utopic Unicorn was Ubuntu’s last release.

What this means, of course, is absolutely nothing. The folks at Ubuntu have made it clear that this is mostly a server/cloud release, so it’s not surprising that it offers desktop users little reason to upgrade. Besides, except for those few users who insist on living on the bleeding edge, most desktop users should be using 14.04, Trusty Tahr, anyway, because it’ll be supported until 2019, and our vervet friend will only see support through January.

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Ubuntu Ditches Upstart

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Ubuntu is not the first distro to use systemd. Debian (Ubuntu's daddy) recently made the switch too. Other distros have experienced bugs as a result of the switch. For instance, service managers, which configure the boot config files, must be changed to work with the new init system.

Ubuntu cleverly sidestepped this problem by keeping its old init config file formats in place alongside the new format used by systemd. The version of systemd used in Ubuntu can read both. So old tools that work with the Upstart config settings still work.

systemd does provide a boost in boot performance over Upstart, but some members of the community are concerned that the way systemd handles messages to services will reduce performance and even open the door to denial-of-service attacks.

Clearly, Canonical must have a lot of faith in systemd to abandon Upstart (its own project) in its favor. As time passes, we will see whether this was a wise decision.

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicon) Gets Linux Kernel Update

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Canonical has announced that a few vulnerabilities were found in the Linux kernel packages, affecting the kernel for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicon) operating system, and they have been corrected.

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Xubuntu 12.04 LTS Reached End of Life, Users are Urged to Upgrade to Xubuntu 14.04

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Xubuntu developers informed users today, April 29, that the LTS (Long Term Support) version of the Xubuntu Linux operating system is no longer supported, as it reached end of life (EOL) on April 26, 2015.

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Vivid Vervet Doesn't Have Much Meat on Its Bones

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I looked at Ubuntu's flagship desktop environment, Unity, but most of the technical improvements are rolled into Ubuntu's other desktop choices as well. These include Matte, GNOME and Kubuntu.

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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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