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GCC 4.9 Will Soon Be The Default In Debian, Ubuntu

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Debian
Ubuntu

GCC 4.9, which was officially released in late April, brings many improvements to the de facto standard Linux compiler stack. Debian and Ubuntu developers are now working on landing this annually-updated compiler stack for their Linux distributions.

The defaults are already pointing to the GCC 4.9 components for GDC, GCC Go, GCC Java, and Gnat (Aada) front-ends on all architectures while the GCC 4.9 default for C, C++, Objective-C, and Objective-C++ front-end handling is a few weeks out. The Fortran support is also in the process of moving to GCC 4.9. When these changes land within the Debian archive, they'll be picked up within Ubuntu Linux, well in time for Ubuntu 14.10.

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Meet errors.ubuntu.com, a Poweful Bug Tracker from Canonical

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Ubuntu

Canonical has a number of interesting services running and most of them are known to users, but others don't usually pop up in conversations. This is just the case with errors.ubuntu.com, a tracker that shows what the most common errors found in Ubuntu systems are

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Canonical Announces The Orange Box $12k USD Ubuntu Cluster Suitcase

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The Orange Box, which isn't to be confused with Valve's video game compilation, is a 10-node cluster computer designed by Canonical and TranquilPC for showing off Ubuntu Linux.

The Orange Box is designed to be a "spectacular development platform" for showcasing Ubuntu, MAAS, Juju, Landscape, OpenStack, Hadoop, and other technologies. Canonical's Orange Box can be a compact cloud, powerful computational machine, or a lightweight cluster

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Pinguy 14.04 Full Edition Is Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but It's Completely Different

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GNU
Linux
Ubuntu

Pinguy OS 14.04 Full edition is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), but the developer chose to depart from the base distribution and adopt GNOME 3.10 as the desktop environment, with a few changes.

The developers of Pinguy OS wanted to make something different from what users can find right now, and one of the ways they can achieve that is by implementing an interesting selection of applications.

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Lubuntu Developers Provide Official PPA with Newer Versions than the Official Repositories

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Ubuntu

Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor based on LXDE and it's built by a completely different team. They only use Ubuntu as a base, but the rest of the packages and the work that go with it are provided by an independent team.

The latest version of Lubuntu is an LTS release, just like the Ubuntu system that it is based on, which means that it will be supported by the developers for three years, for various packages, and it will receive updates for the Linux kernel for the next five years.

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OpenVPN Import Broken in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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Ubuntu

If you ever used a VPN connection in Ubuntu you know that you need to download a package from the official repository called network-manager-openvpn that allows users to import an openVPN file with all the setting and certificates in place.

This particular feature used to work in the early versions of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but right before the launch something was broken in the network-manager-openvpn packages, which crashes the entire network manager during the import.

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wattOS R8 Is Now Based On Debian Rather Than Ubuntu

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Debian
Ubuntu

For five years the wattOS Linux distribution has been around as being an energy-efficient distribution powered at its core by Ubuntu, but with their new release they have shifted to being powered by Debian.

WattOS R8 was released this morning and they are now running this distribution off Debian Wheezy with some backports plus some components from Debian Jessie was also pulled in.

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Vixtel Unity Tries To Be An Android + Ubuntu Tablet

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Android
Ubuntu

The reported Vixtel Unity tablet is to be a 10.1-inch Retina tablet, dual boots to Ubuntu and Android, supports keyboard connections, is backed by a quad-core processor, boasts 2GB of RAM, and provides 64GB of storage. The company informed us of their existence after we recently wrote on Phoronix about Canonical not actively working on Ubuntu for Android.

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Ubuntu Touch Is Now Based On Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

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Ubuntu

Until now, there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.

Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).

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Testing Ubuntu, Debian and LMDE on my new notebook

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Debian
Ubuntu

I recently picked up an Acer V5-131 at a good price here in Switzerland. In my previous two posts about it I have described configuring and upgrading Windows 8, and installing openSuSE, Fedora and Linux Mint on it. There is at least one obvious omission from that list of Linux distributions — Ubuntu. So this post will focus on installing that, plus Linux Mint Debian Edition (MATE) and the Debian testing distribution (jessie).

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Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) with a 3D Desktop and Funky Dock Was the Future in 2006 – Video

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Ubuntu

Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) was a distribution launched back in 2006 that proved to be a real success for Canonical. It's interesting to see what happened with the bleeding edge software that was running back then and how it failed to be adopted in the years that followed.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance

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Ubuntu

Going back years we have run 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux benchmarks. While the results seldom change, we keep running them as the question of choosing between a 32-bit and 64-bit Linux distribution image is still a popular question... These tests drive in a surprising amount of traffic and I continue to be flabbergasted by the number of people still asking this question when nearly all modern x86 Intel/AMD hardware fully supports x86_64 and it generally means much better performance. Usually the only caveat in not using a 64-bit Linux image is if running a system with less than 2GB of RAM.

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Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr : Video Review and Screenshot Tour

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KDE
Reviews
Ubuntu

Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr is an official derivative of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS that uses the popular KDE desktop environment. According to information from the development team, this version offers more stability and also brings the latest apps for KDE.

As Xubuntu 14.04 and Lubuntu 14.04, Kubuntu 14.04 come with long term support. The long term support means it comes with the promise of at least 5 years of support, including patches and bug fixes.

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Ubuntu AIO DVD Has All Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Flavors on One Disk

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Ubuntu AIO DVD (all-in-one), a collection of the most important Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flavors made available on April 17, 2014, is now ready for download.

Canonical released its latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS distribution back in April, and along with it all the other famous flavors were also offered. There is a single problem with this launch, namely that the distros come as separate operating systems and you will have to download five ISOs, including the original, if you want to have all of them.

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Secure Ubuntu Privacy Remix 12.04r1 (Protected Pangolin) Officially Released

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Ubuntu

With all the security and anonymity issues that are now affecting the online community, a Linux distribution that promises to keep users secure is not something out of the ordinary. In fact, there already is a number of OSes that seem to fit into this category, like Tails for example, and Ubuntu Privacy Remix is just one of them.

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Canonical Releases New Ubuntu Touch Images Based on Ubuntu 14.10

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Ubuntu for phones and tablets was announced more than a year and a half ago and the developers are working hard to make that October deadline when the first Ubuntu powered phones are supposed to arrive, although this is not a date set in stone.

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Three Reasons Why You Should Upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

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One of the best reasons to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is by far the new Linux kernel stack that comes with the new version. Ubuntu 14.04 includes the 3.13.0-24.46 Ubuntu Linux kernel which is based on the v3.13.9 upstream stable Linux kernel, which is one of the newest ones made available.

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Radeon: Mesa 10.1 vs. Mesa Git On Ubuntu 14.04

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Graphics/Benchmarks
Ubuntu

Most of the performance changes to be found between Mesa 10.1 stable and the current Mesa Git code just past the 10.2 branching was around the HD 7850 graphics card that uses the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver while the other three graphics cards used the R600g driver. With R600g and our assortment of Linux gaming and OpenGL benchmark tests run, we didn't see any better performance in the code beyond where it's at with Mesa 10.1.

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First Linux Kernel Update Arrives for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Upgrade Now

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Linux
Ubuntu

Every now and then, Canonical issues Linux kernel updates for all the operating systems that are being supported at that time. In this case, there are five distributions that have received this new upgrade, but it's interesting to note that not all the OSes share the same kernel, which means that it was a problem common to all, regardless of the version.

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Testing a new laptop with openSuSE, Fedora, Linux Mint and more

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Red Hat
SUSE
Ubuntu

In order to install Linux from a bootable USB stick I need to be able to get to the Boot Selection menu, but on Acer systems with UEFI firmware, this is a bit tricky. The Boot Menu key (F12) is disabled by default, so I first have to boot to the BIOS Setup Utility, by pressing F2 during the power on or reboot cycle. Then in the Main setup screen there is an option to enable "F12 Boot Menu".

That's one trick down, but there's another one which might be required. Depending on what version of Linux you want to install, and perhaps how you feel about Secure Boot, you might want/need to disable that. In the BIOS Setup Utility, on the Boot menu there is an option to disable Secure Boot - but I can't get to it: moving the cursor down just skips over it!

I can change boot mode from UEFI to 'Legacy BIOS', but that isn't what I want to do. I learned (the hard way) with my previous Acer Aspire One, that I have to go to the Security menu and set a "Supervisor Password" before it will let me disable Secure Boot mode. I'm sure this makes sense to someone, but whoever that is, it isn't me.

In this case I am going to start by installing Linux with Secure Boot still enabled, so I don't really have to do this, but I went ahead and set a supervisor password anyway, because I will eventually want to turn off Secure Boot anyway.

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