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Ubuntu: Breaking The Industry Barriers

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Ubuntu Canonical has come under some heavy criticism in the past couple of weeks with its controversial decision to include Amazon shopping results in the Ubuntu Dash search results. When I first read of the news I was also enraged with a certain amount of anger and honestly couldn’t believe that our beloved Ubuntu had fallen victim to the commercial trap.

Ubuntu Adds ‘Amazon Results’ Off Switch

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  • Ubuntu Adds ‘Amazon Results’ Off Switch, Fixes NSFW Issues
  • Unity 6.8.0 Arrives in Ubuntu 12.10 with Performance Fixes
  • Top 10 Paid Apps on Ubuntu Software Center for September
  • 10 Things To Look For In Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 review: finally growing up

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Ubuntu After reviewing the last version of Ubuntu 12 a few months ago I wasn’t too impressed with the OS in general. Ubuntu kept loyal to its obscure following by not dipping its toes into the real reason Windows and OSX are popular. And I’m happy.

Ubuntu 12.10: More to Um Bongo Linux than Amazon ads

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Ubuntu A second beta of Ubuntu 12.10 has arrived and its biggest feature has proved its most controversial: the integration of search results on your desktop.

Ubuntu ‘Won’t Fix’ NSFW Content

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  • Ubuntu ‘Won’t Fix’ NSFW Content in Amazon Unity Results
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 285
  • Lost Ubuntu Password Recovery
  • Fallout from Ubuntu's New Shopping Lens

Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder

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Ubuntu Sending search queries to Amazon by default is bad enough, but backing it up with haughty statements is worse

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Screenshots

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  • Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Screenshots
  • Unity 6.6: Still Regressing On Performance?

7 Things About Gnome 3.6 That You Will Love

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  • 7 Things About Gnome 3.6 That You Will Love
  • Getting Gnome 3.6 Live Image!
  • What users like
  • Ubuntu Gnome Remix beta is out
  • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 2 Released
  • Meet The Ubuntu Women

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2: Preview

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  • Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2: Preview
  • Canonical adds a 'kill switch' for Ubuntu's Amazon search
  • Full Circle Magazine Issue 65

I Feared Uncertain Doubt

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  • I Feared Uncertain Doubt
  • Desktop Dis-Unity: Ubuntu Adds Web-Search to the Desktop
  • Ubuntu Sound Not Working Troubleshooting Tips
  • Ubuntu Studio: A Distro for Recording
  • 5 Best Free Apps For Ubuntu 12.04 – Part 1
  • 12.04 Music Player Review – CPU Usage
  • Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 284
  • Useful Ubuntu One Tips and Tricks
  • How I Saved a Mac Using Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Made Easy Shortens the Learning Curve
  • Pre-release Ubuntu 12.10 has partial support for manual LVM and disk encryption
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Opera Data Breach, Security of Personal Data

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  • On speaking at community conferences
    Many people reading this have already suffered me talking to them about Prometheus. In personal conversation, or in the talks I gave at DebConf15 in Heidelberg, the Debian SunCamp in Lloret de Mar, BRMlab in Prague, and even at a talk on a different topic at the RABS in Cluj-Napoca.
  • TPM Microconference Accepted into LPC 2016
    Although trusted platform modules (TPMs) have been the subject of some controversy over the years, it is quite likely that they have important roles to play in preventing firmware-based attacks, protecting user keys, and so on. However, some work is required to enable TPMs to successfully play these roles, including getting TPM support into bootloaders, securely distributing known-good hashes, and providing robust and repeatable handling of upgrades. In short, given the ever-more-hostile environments that our systems must operate in, it seems quite likely that much help will be needed, including from TPMs. For more details, see the TPM Microconference wiki page.
  • More translations added to the SFD countdown
    Software Freedom Day is celebrated all around the world and as usual our community helps us to provide marketing materials in their specific languages. While the wiki is rather simple to translate, the Countdown remains a bit more complicated and time consuming to localize. One needs to edit the SVG file and generate roughly a 100 pictures, then upload them to the wiki. Still this doesn’t scare the SFD teams around the world and we are happy to announce three more languages are ready to be used: French, Chinese and German!

Second FreeBSD 11.0 Release Candidate Restores Support for 'nat global' in IPFW

Glen Barber from the FreeBSD project announced the availability of the second RC (Release Candidate) development build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.0 operating system. Read more