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Is Cinnamon a worthy replacement for Ubuntu Unity?

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If there's one area of Linux that gets more scrutiny than any other, it's the desktop. From every corner, the haters and detractors abound. Nearly every publication that offers any focus on the Linux desktop at some point posts a piece about getting rid of the default Ubuntu desktop. Cinnamon is one of the primary replacement contenders.

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Deepin's Functionality Is a Bit Too Shallow

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Linux
Ubuntu

The Deepin desktop design is snazzy yet simple to use. It is one of the first Linux distros to take advantage of HTML 5 technology.

Add its home-grown applications such as the Deepin Software Center, Deepin Music Player and Deepin Media Player, and you get an operating system that is tailored to the average user.

The Deepin Linux development team is based in China. The distro so far is available only in English and traditional or simplified Chinese. It is a very young distro that debuted a few years ago and cycled through just one or two full releases per year as it crawled through its alpha and beta stages.

Deepin 2014 Beta is the latest version, released earlier this month to replace a version released last fall. This current release, based on screen shots displayed on the website for the previous version, substitutes the more traditional bottom panel bar with a docking bar that resembles the Mac OS X look.

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Mir Gets Emergency Clean-Up Support

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Ubuntu

An "emergency cleanup interface" has been added to the Mir server for trying to better recover the system in case of problems.

Alexandros Frantzis and Alan Griffiths of Canonical added the EmergencyCleanup interface on Wednesday. What this new Mir display server interface does is allow handlers to be defined that will be called in case of Mir hitting fatal errors. The hope is that if these handlers are called if Mir is going to crash or run into other serious problems, they'll be able to return the system to a usable state in order to provide a clean user experience.

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Elementary OS "Isis" Dev Is Now Available for Download and Looks Amazing

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

Elementary OS "Isis," the next iteration of the famous operating system that managed to capture everyone's attention in just a couple of years, now has a development version available for download.

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Google Chrome 37 Dev Finally Fixes Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Dependency Problems

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Google
Ubuntu

Google Chrome 37 Dev, a browser built on the Blink layout engine that aims to be minimalistic and versatile at the same time, has been released and is now available for testing.

The Google developers have launched a new version of their Chrome browser, but this time it is just the development version, which is not usually suited for everyday use. The Chrome developers work on three distinct branches – Stable, Beta, and Development...

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Canonical Designers Work on Mobile-Friendly Ubuntu Cloud Tool

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Server
Ubuntu

Canonical wants to make it as easy to manage Ubuntu-powered clouds from your smartphone as from a traditional PC. That's the goal behind a new mobile-friendly interface for browsing open source Juju charms that Canonical's design team outlined recently.

Juju is an open source cloud orchestration platform created by Canonical, which means it allows users to deploy apps or services within public or private clouds in a few simple clicks. Pre-configured recipes for launching those services, which Canonical calls charms, are an important component of Juju.

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Applied Micro, Canonical claim the first ARM 64-bit server production software deployment

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"We are pleased to offer the first ARM 64-bit Server-on-a-Chip production silicon with full certification for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, including all the relevant server workloads and tools to allow commercial hyperscale deployments on X-Gene," Applied Micro's vice-president Gaurav Singh said in a statement. "The X-Gene plus Ubuntu offering means enterprises can now capture substantial TCO savings for their scale-out datacenters."

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Wayland LiveCD Updated Against v1.5, Uses Systemd On Ubuntu

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

For those looking for an easy way to play with Wayland/Weston 1.5 along with various Wayland-enabled open-source desktop applications, RebeccaBlackOS has been updated.

Rebecca Black OS has been updated against Wayland/Weston 1.5, has Wayland-enabled GTK / SDL / EFL / Qt / KDE Frameworks 5 support, and shell support for Weston, Orbital, Hawaii, GNOME Shell Wayland, Enlightenment, and SWC. FreeRDP support is now enabled for Weston with this new ISO release. Systemd 212 has also been added to the operating system's Ubuntu 14.04 LTS base for better handling of Mutter-Wayland not running as root.

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Ubuntu Devs Work on Porting Android Apps to Ubuntu Linux

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Android
Ubuntu

So far, most of the talk about Ubuntu convergence—Canonical's effort to make Ubuntu Linux run on smartphones and tablets as well as traditional PCs—is about hardware compatibility. But what about building the applications that Ubuntu mobile users will need? That's a problem Ubuntu developers are now beginning to solve, too.

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Linux users rejoice, here’s Ubuntu on the Surface Pro 3

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The good news is that it seems like there are only a few small things in between a Linux user and a decent Surface Pro 3 experience, and with any luck by the time these devices hit shelves there will be people eager to help implement fixes for most, if not all of these issues.

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  • NVIDIA Making Progress On Server-Side GLVND: Different Drivers For Different X Screens
    While NVIDIA isn't doing much to help out Nouveau, at least the company is contributing to the open-source Linux graphics ecosystem in other ways. In addition to presenting at XDC2017 this week on the Unix device memory allocator API and DeepColor / HDR support, they also presented on server-side GLVND. Server-side GLVND is separate from the client-side GLVND (OpenGL Vendor Neutral Dispatch Library) that evolved over the past few years and with modern Linux systems is supported both by Mesa and the NVIDIA binary driver. Server-side GLVND can help PRIME laptops and other use-cases like XWayland where potentially dealing with multiple GPU drivers touching X.
  • Nouveau Developers Remain Blocked By NVIDIA From Advancing Open-Source Driver
    Longtime Nouveau contributors Martin Peres and Karol Herbst presented at this week's XDC2017 X.Org conference at the Googleplex in Mountain View. It was a quick talk as they didn't have a whole lot to report on due to their open-source NVIDIA "Nouveau" driver efforts largely being restricted by NVIDIA Corp.
  • X.Org Server 1.20 Expected Around January With New Features
    X.Org Server 1.19 is already almsot one year old and while X.Org is currently well off its six month release cadence, version 1.20 is being figured out for an early 2018 release. Adam Jackson of Red Hat who has been serving as the xorg-server release manager held a quick session on Friday at XDC2017 to figure out what's needed for X.Org Server 1.20. His goal is to see X.Org Server 1.20 released in time for making the Fedora 28 version. For that to happen nicely, he's hoping to see xorg-server 1.20 released in January. The Fedora 28 beta freeze is the middle of March so there is still time for the 1.20 release to slip while making the F28 Linux distribution update.

ASUS Launches Its Thinnest and Lightest Flippable Chromebook, the Flip C101

ASUS announced a new Chromebook on its website, the Flip C101, which is a smaller and lightweight version of the C302 model. Featuring a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, the all-new Chromebook is priced at only $299 in the US. Read more

FreeBSD 10.4-RC2 Now Available

The second RC build of the 10.4-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Read more