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Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2 Turns Pink to Celebrate the Unicorn – Screenshot Tour

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Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2, the Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and using the Xfce desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing. The developers have prepared a surprise for users, in the form of a small visual change.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Beta 2 Is Out, Features GNOME 3.12 – Screenshot Tour

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The Ubuntu GNOME developers have released the second and final Beta version of the 14.10 branch, and they are getting closer to the stable version of the distribution.

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MK902 II LE is a tiny Ubuntu PC with a Rockchip RK3288 CPU

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Ubuntu

Rikomagic launched a new TV box with a Rockchip RK3288 processor and Google Android software this summer. It’s called the MK902 II and I’ve got one sitting on my desk waiting for me to find the time to put it through the paces.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta Officially Released – Screenshot Tour

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Canonical only releases a single Beta version during the entire six-month development cycle, four weeks before the final version is made available. This has been the case for a while now, but not all flavors follow the same trend.

The new Ubuntu 14.10 is called Utopic Unicorn and the release made today covers the Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Although this is a Beta release for the operating system, it's pretty close to the final build and representative of the final product.

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Ubuntu Touch RTM Branch Updated with Cool New Keyboard and Lots of Changes

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Canonical released last week a new RTM branch for Ubuntu Touch, and now the developers have managed to push a new major update that brings more fixes, updated packages, and a nice, new keyboard.

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Ubuntu GNOME Devs Explain Once More Why GNOME 3.14 Won't Be Included by Default

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Each time a new GNOME version is released, users point to the Ubuntu GNOME devs and blame them for not integrating the latest packages in the distribution. Also, each time, the Ubuntu GNOME developers have to explain why this is impossible.

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Firefox 32.0.3 Lands in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

After Mozilla released the latest Firefox 32.0.3 Internet browser, the Ubuntu maintainers were quick to make the new version available to the supported OSes.

According to the Ubuntu security report, fraudulent security certificates could have allowed sensitive information to be exposed when accessing the Internet. "Antoine Delignat-Lavaud and others discovered that NSS incorrectly handled parsing ASN.1 values. An attacker could use this issue to forge RSA certificates."

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Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Now Based on Linux Kernel 3.16.3

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The Linux kernel is one of the most important packages in a distribution, so everyone is paying attention to what the Ubuntu developers will decide to implemented. It's been already established the branch of the kernel that will be used in Ubuntu 14.10, but it remains to be seen what specific version will be used.

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Is Oracle Using Canonical to Counter Red Hat?

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Penguinistas now have another reason not to adopt Ubuntu as their operating system of choice. Canonical and Oracle have each announced, in separate blog posts, that the two companies are working together to insure the compatibility of each company’s Linux offering on the other’s OpenStack cloud implementation.

Such a collaboration isn’t surprising. To be successful in the cloud, Canonical will need to support any Linux distro that potential enterprise customers throw at them, just as they’ll need to support Windows, and to a lesser degree, OS X. What is surprising is that Canonical thought it best to advertise the fact that they’re now holding hands with Oracle, if not in fact dating.

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Mesa 10.3 Landing For Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn"

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Mesa 10.3 is in the process of making its way to Ubuntu 14.10.

Maarten Lankhorst of Canonical has pushed Mesa 10.3.0 into the utopic-proposed archive after merging the updated Mesa packages from debian-experimental. Confirmation of Mesa 10.3 coming for Ubuntu 14.10 can be found via this change message.

Mesa 10.3 was officially released last week and features many improvements and new capabilities. On the graphics front, earlier this month was when X.Org Server 1.16 finally landed for Ubuntu 14.10.

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