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Ubuntu 17.10 Will Have an Always Visible Dock, Wayland Session by Default

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GNOME Project's GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) developer conference is now over, and Canonical's Didier Roche was there to collaborate with the GNOME team for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release.

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A quick look at the decline of Ubuntu Membership

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An Ubuntu Membership is best described as recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community. Back in January 2015 when I was successful in being granted an Ubuntu Membership there were, according to, around 750 Ubuntu Members. As I write this, just over two and a half years later, the number has unfortunately reduced to 706.

With a little time to spare on a rainy Saturday afternoon here in the UK, I thought I would take a quick look at that Launchpad group by copying the membership information into a spreadsheet. I sorted the entries by joining date and then grouped them by year. In order to keep things simple I only included those members that had secured their membership directly through the Ubuntu Membership Boards and ignored those users that had made their applications through other means such as the Ubuntu Forums, the Kubuntu Council or the IRC Council. I was left with just 452 members that I was most interested in looking at, that is the "general users" of Ubuntu.

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A Quick Look At Ubuntu MATE 17.04

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​Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. It is ideal for those who want the most out of their computers and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements, it is suitable for modern workstations, single board computers and older hardware alike. Ubuntu MATE makes modern computers fast and older computers still usable.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview, (K)ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS, and Release Schedule

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" Preview Part 1: How It Looks

    Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" is currently in pre-release stage (development version) and planned to be released on October 2017. This release would bring huge changes to mention some: changing user interface from Unity to GNOME, login screen from LightDM to GDM, many functional changes, and a still-unknown new future. I write this article as part one to give you overview about how Artful desktop looks. I wish the best and better future for Ubuntu by heading to this direction.

  • Kubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Update Available

    The third point release update to Kubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) is out now. This contains all the bug-fixes added to 16.04 since its first release in April 2016. Users of 16.04 can run the normal update procedure to get these bug-fixes. In addition, we suggest adding the Backports PPA to update to Plasma 5.8.7. Read more about it:

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 4 Aug 2017
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark Release Schedule

    Ubuntu 17.10, which is codenamed the Artful Aardvark, is currently penciled in to ship on 19th October, 2016. The release date Ubuntu 17.10 has now been firmed up as are the other development milestones leading up to the mid-October, after a long time Ubuntu making Gnome its default desktop environment, Ubuntu community can help iron this transition from Unity to Gnome by testing pre-release version.


Ubuntu: Ubuntu's Desktop Dock, New Kernel Patches, New LTS

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  • Phew, Ubuntu 17.10 Will Have a Desktop Dock (Of Sorts)

    If you were worried Ubuntu 17.10 would use a vanilla GNOME Shell desktop, you can relax. Ubuntu says the release will have a desktop dock.

  • Canonical Releases New Linux Kernel Security Update for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.04 LTS

    Canonical released new Linux kernel security updates for Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating systems, as well as updated HWE (hardware enablement) kernels for Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and the recently released Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS maintenance update.

    Available for 64-bit and 32-bit hardware architectures, as well as for Raspberry Pi 2, the new kernel updates patch a total of four security issues affecting the Linux 4.10 and 4.4 LTS kernels of Ubuntu 17.04 and 16.04 LTS, as well as their derivatives, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, Ubuntu Budgie, and Ubuntu Kylin.

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Officially Released with Linux Kernel 4.10 from Ubuntu 17.04

    Canonical launched the third point release of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system series, Ubuntu 16.04.3, which brings updated kernel and graphics stacks.

    Powered by the Linux 4.10 kernel and Mesa 17.0 graphics stack from Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS is here for those who want to install the long-term supported Xenial Xerus series of operating systems on new computers which were or weren't supported by Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS or a previous point release. However, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS doesn't ship with support for 32-bit PPC architectures.

  • Canonical releases Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS with new kernel

    Canonical has released the latest point release (or service pack in Microsoft language) for Ubuntu. Ubuntu 16.04.3 rolls all the updates the operating system has received into the ISO to save users having to re-install all the available updates. In addition, 16.04.3 ships with a new Hardware Enablement (HWE) stack which includes an updated kernel.

Ubuntu: Ubuntu 16.04.3, Lubuntu 16.04.3, and More

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Ubuntu: New LTS Release, Window Controls Back on the Right, Wayland Stays, Chair Wanted

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  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS released

    The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
    (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well
    as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

    Like previous LTS series', 16.04.3 includes hardware enablement stacks
    for use on newer hardware.  This support is offered on all architectures
    except for 32-bit powerpc, and is installed by default when using one of
    the desktop images.  Ubuntu Server defaults to installing the GA kernel,
    however you may select the HWE kernel from the installer bootloader.

    As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated
    installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to
    be downloaded after installation.  These include security updates and
    corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining
    stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

  • Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Released, Updates The Hardware Enablement Stack

    Officially out today is Ubuntu 16.04.3 as the newest point release for this Ubuntu Long Term Support (LTS) release.

    As is tradition for Ubuntu LTS releases, 16.04.3 features a new "hardware enablement stack", which is basically pulling in the newer Linux kernel, Mesa, and other components from Ubuntu 17.04. This means Ubuntu 16.04 is now onto the Linux 4.10 kernel and Mesa 17.0! A nice upgrade for those sticking to Ubuntu LTS releases rather than riding each six month release cycle.

  • Ubuntu @ GUADEC 2017 and plans for GNOME Shell migration

    We came with some topics we wanted to discuss in mind but no pre-made decisions (Ubuntu artful is just a transitioned Unity -> GNOME Shell environment at the moment) and we wanted to get things figured out at GUADEC, as a community. Talking extensively with the GNOME design team and key GNOME Shell & experience contributor (Allan, Florian, Jakub, Matthias) helped us figuring out where we should head down, with a common upstream agreement and understanding. We discussed what is great in the GNOME Shell experience, what we thought was good in the Unity one, how some notions may be desirable in the future, what we can port back to the upstream repositories and such.

  • Ubuntu Is Moving Windows Controls Back To The Right

    New details about what the Ubuntu desktop will look like in Ubuntu 17.10 have surfaced — and there are some major changes ahead. Among them a change in the position of window controls (or window buttons, depending on your preferred parlance).

  • Ubuntu will revert window controls to the right-hand side in next release

    Following a survey carried out last month, Ubuntu will begin shipping with the minimise, maximise, and close buttons on the right-hand side of windows. In the survey 46.2% of people said they prefer their window controls on the left-hand side and 53.8% said they prefer them on the right.

  • Wayland Confirmed as Default for Ubuntu 17.10

    Wayland WILL ship as the default display server in Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark'. The confirmation comes by way of Canonical's Didier Roche.

  • Wayland display server will be on by default in Ubuntu 17.10

    Canonical's Didier Roche has confirmed that the Wayland display server will be used by default in Ubuntu 17.10. The older Xorg will still be available on all installs if you need to fall back but it'll no longer be the default option. Canonical hopes that this will give people enough time to test Wayland for lingering bugs before the rollout of the long term support release, Ubuntu 18.04, in April 2018.

  • It Looks Like Canonical Is Still Committed To Wayland On Ubuntu 17.10

    There has been some mixed messages by Ubuntu developers in recent weeks about the default GNOME Shell session planned for Ubuntu 17.10 and whether Wayland would be used. The latest is that Wayland-by-default is still on.

    Fresh from GUADEC, Canonical employee Didier Roche blogged today about his experience at the annual GNOME conference.

  • Finding an Ergonomic Computer Chair an Ubuntu User can Afford

    Did the chair work with Ubuntu? Darn tooting! As well it should have, since the guy I bought it from was running Debian on his too-cool transparent computer, and Ubuntu’s a Debian derivative. I later checked Mint, Fedora, and SUSE. All good. Windows, even. No kidding. Sometimes you hold your breath when you buy something new and crank up Windows (Windows 10 in this case) because… well… you know how Windows can be.

Debian and Ubuntu: LTS, Debian on the Raspberry Pi3, and Development Updates

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  • Debian on the Raspberry Pi3

    Back in November, Michael Stapelberg blogged about running (pure) Debian on the Raspberry Pi 3. This is pretty exciting because Raspbian still provide 32 bit packages, so this means you can run a true ARM64 OS on the Pi. Unfortunately, one of the major missing pieces with Debian on the Pi3 at this time is broken video support.

    A helpful person known as "SandPox" wrote to me in June to explain that they had working video for a custom kernel build on top of pure Debian on the Pi, and they achieved this simply by enabling CONFIG_FB_SIMPLE in the kernel configuration. On request, this has since been enabled for official Debian kernel builds.

  • The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 514
  • Weekly Kernel Development Summary – Aug 2, 2017
  • Artful Aardvark Alpha 2 Released

    The second alpha of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

    This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Ubuntu Budgie and Ubuntu Kylin.

Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon Gaming Performance With Linux 4.13 + Mesa 17.2

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In the past few days I have posted benchmarks showing how AMD's latest open-source Radeon Linux driver code is faster than their hybrid/proprietary driver for OpenGL and perhaps most excitingly is finally how AMD Radeon GPUs are beginning to really compete with NVIDIA GPUs on Linux and in some cases performing better against the GeForce competition than they do under Windows. This comes after years of work on their open-source driver stack and especially a lot of work done over the past year not only by AMD but also Valve and other open-source contributors to Mesa, their RadeonSI Gallium3D driver, their AMDGPU LLVM compiler back-end continues to be refined for compute and graphics, and the AMDGPU kernel driver. So here are the latest Windows vs. Linux gaming benchmarks on the Radeon side to see where things stand now with this latest code.

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Ubuntu and Debian Development Reports

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