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X.Org Server 1.16 Lands Officially In Ubuntu 14.10

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

After writing earlier this week about a new AMD Catalyst driver paving the way for X Server 1.16 in Ubuntu 14.10, the updated packages have officially landed within the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" archive.

The updated AMD Catalyst driver has xorg-server 1.16 ABI compatibility, which for weeks was blocking X.Org Server from being updated in Ubuntu to avoid forcing users to run the open-source AMD driver, etc. Now that AMD sent over this updated driver that has yet to be publicly launched on AMD.com, Canonical went ahead and pushed down the X.Org Server 1.16 update and the updated DDX input/video drivers with compatibility for the new server. Those packages are now in the official Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic" package archive for anyone doing daily testing of the distribution.

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Wayland Is Still In Ubuntu 14.10

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Development
Ubuntu

Still packages and found within the Ubuntu Utopic (14.10) archive are the various Wayland packages. Right now within Ubuntu Universe is Wayland 1.5, the Weston 1.5 compositor release, and various other Wayland-related packages like for VA-API acceleration, the basic GLMark2 benchmark for Wayland, etc. Granted, most of these packages were just supplied by the upstream Debian base and are of no special interest to Canonical. The Wayland packages for Utopic can be found by this package search.

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Running The Oibaf PPA On Ubuntu 14.10

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While Ubuntu 14.10 is finally getting X.Org Server 1.16, it doesn't yet have Mesa 10.3 but that can be easily addressed via third-party packages.

Mesa 10.3 will hopefully still make it into Ubuntu 14.10 ahead of its debut next month since Mesa 10.3 brings many new features to the commonly used open-source Intel, Radeon, and Nouveau graphics drivers (along with promising drivers like Freedreno and VC4). If you want to try running the newest open-source user-space graphics driver code on Ubuntu 14.10, it can be easily achieved today using the well known Oibaf PPA.

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Catalyst For X.Org Server 1.16 Readied, Updates In Ubuntu 14.10

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

Two months after the release of X.Org Server 1.16, AMD finally has readied a Catalyst Linux driver update that is compatible with the latest xorg-server ABI. This driver is being sent into the Ubuntu 14.10 archive and thus allowing the entire Linux graphics stack in Ubuntu 14.10 to finally be updated.

Sent into utopic-proposed on Tuesday was a new fglrx driver version. The new fglrx driver is labeled 14.201-0ubuntu1 as a new upstream Catalyst/fglrx release. While there is no full change-log for this driver, the Ubuntu change-log notes that the driver is compatible with xorg-video-abi-18 as the Application Binary Interface requirements for X.Org Server 1.16.

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30 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu

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Ubuntu

At some point in time somebody convinced you to give Ubuntu a spin and now you are thinking "What now?"

This list provides 30 things to do after installing Ubuntu.

Take it one step at a time, bookmark the page and keep coming back.

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Ubuntu for Smartwatches?

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Ubuntu
Gadgets

I read an interesting article on OMG! Ubuntu! about whether Canonical will enter the wearables business, now the smartwatch industry is hotting up.

On one hand (pun intended), it makes sense. Ubuntu is all about convergence; a core platform from top to bottom that adjusts and expands across different form factors, with a core developer platform, and a focus on content.

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City of Turin decides to ditch Windows XP for Ubuntu and €6m saving

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GNU
Linux
Microsoft
Ubuntu

€6m: the amount the municipality of Turin hopes to save over five years by switching from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux in all of its offices.

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Is Mir and convergent desktop hampering the development of Ubuntu?

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The next evolution of Ubuntu is supposed to center around convergence. In order for that to happen, both Mir and Unity 8 must be ready for production environments. They aren't. Period. In fact, the closest thing you can get to even trying the Mir/Unity 8 combination is a special ISO build called Ubuntu Desktop Next.

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Ubuntu Touch RTM Is Getting Closer

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Ubuntu

Before getting Ubuntu Touch on the market, developers will need to release an RTM version of the operating system, and it looks like they are very close to this milestone.

Having an RTM version for an operating system is actually much harder than you can imagine. RTM stands for release to manufacturing, and it means that whatever product you have with this denomination then it's pretty close, if not ready, to get into the hands of the public.

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Canonical Joins Internet Slowdown Day Protest

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Web
Ubuntu

Canonical has decided to join the fight in support for net neutrality and it will be a part of the "Internet Slowdown day" event.

If you're not yet aware of this, the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) in the United States has to make a very important decision that could allow ISPs to provide paid prioritization to companies, which would hugely increase the monopoly of the corporations.

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