itworld.com: For years--indeed, for over a decade--I have heard calls from Linux advocates and fans for a viable and useable desktop platform that even Grandma can use. And yet, here we are in 2012 and the one vendor that is trying to give Linux fans--and the rest of the user community--exactly what they want gets smacked around for it.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #255 for the week February 27 – March 4, 2012.
markshuttleworth.com: Thank you, to those who stood by Ubuntu, Canonical and me as we set out on this adventure. This was a big change, and in the face of change, many wilt, many panic, and some simply find that their interests lie elsewhere.
datamation.com: Ever since the Unity desktop first came to Ubuntu, I've been critical of it and found myself completely disinterested in it. With Ubuntu 12.04 just around the corner, I was shocked to discover that Unity now offers a stable and configurable desktop experience.
Also: Ubuntu 12.04 Open Source OS LTS Offers More Features, Polish
popey.com: With well over 20 million users worldwide, Ubuntu is the most popular Linux desktop. In the 8 years since its first conception the number of Linux users has grown and Ubuntu has been at the head of that growth curve.
datamation.com: Referring to Ubuntu's emphasis on usability, Mark Shuttleworth described making Unity the default desktop environment as "the biggest leap forward in that mission that Ubuntu has ever taken . . . . We brought something new to the very core of the user experience." That was ten months ago.
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
- Ubuntu For Android: Do We Really Need it?
- 'MyUnity' Released With Revamped UI And New Features
- Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 254
- Create Your Own Ubuntu Distro
- Tutorial Video: Reporting a Bug in Ubuntu
linuxinsider.com: Given Canonical's history of abandoned users and product announcements that come up short in execution, Shuttleworth's most recent goal of 200 million users by 2015 doesn't compute.
laptopmag.com: When we first saw the FXI Cotton Candy, a dual-core Android / Ubuntu computer on a USB stick, we were blown away by the unique device’s tiny size and enormous promise, but we were also left wondering when we could buy one.
linuxinsider.com (blog safari): There's no denying the magnitude of Linux's impact on the world of personal computing so far, but you know something has changed when headlines like the ones we saw last week begin appearing.