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Ubuntu's Unity 8 Gets Shell Rotation Fixes, Vulkan API Is Being Evaluated for Mir

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Canonical's Kevin Gunn sent in his weekly report on the work done by the Ubuntu developers on the Unity 8, Mir, and LXC for Xapps technologies for the Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu Desktop Next operating systems.

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Ubuntu Software License Updated to Comply with GNU GPL

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  • Ubuntu Software License Updated to Comply with GNU GPL

    The company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, Canonical, has changed the licensing terms of Ubuntu to comply with the GNU General Public License and other free software licences.

    This week, Canonical added a “trump clause” that says that when Canonical’s license contradicts the widely accepted “copyleft” license GPL, GPL shall prevail.

    Activist groups, including the Free Software Foundation and the Software Freedom Conservancy have been in discussion with Canonical for nearly two years, trying to get Canonical’s policy to unequivocally comply with the generally accepted GNU GPL software license.

  • Thoughts on Canonical, Ltd.'s Updated Ubuntu IP Policy

    Most of you by now have probably seen Conservancy's and FSF's statements regarding the today's update to Canonical, Ltd.'s Ubuntu IP Policy. I have a few personal comments, speaking only for myself, that I want to add that don't appear in the FSF's nor Conservancy's analysis. (I wrote nearly all of Conservancy's analysis and did some editing on FSF's analysis, but the statements here I add are my personal opinions and don't necessarily reflect the views of the FSF nor Conservancy, notwithstanding that I have affiliations with both orgs.)

  • The Controversy Behind Canonical's Intellectual Property Policy

    In the world of FOSS, a small change to a license can be a big deal. For users of proprietary software, changes in the EULA are hardly even registered. Those users click "Ok" and forget about it in the blink of an eye. They have accepted that they are severely limited as far as their rights to alter or redistribute the software is concerned.

    But for users of free software, such as Linux or any of the hundreds of packages that make up a modern operating system, a license change has the potential to change their rights dramatically. So, these events are usually the cause of controversy.

Daily Builds for Ubuntu 15.10 Return After One Month of Absence

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Some users from the Ubuntu community have noticed that Canonical stopped releasing daily builds for Ubuntu 15.10 over a month ago. Now, the developers have resumed the process, and things are back on track.

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition Review

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Finally, after months of waiting, the second Ubuntu Phone is upon us. The original – the BQ Aquaris 4.5 – was a serviceable phone but the poor specs and extremely early version of Ubuntu that accompanied it made it seem a lot more like an early development phone than something you’d use on a day-to-day basis. The low specs and shaky interface made it undesirable enough that our review for it was somewhat less than positive. Put simply, the hardware needed to be better, and the operating system itself needed much more love from the community and social media companies.

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Ubuntu Touch OTA-5 Update Detailed

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Now that the latest update for Ubuntu Touch has a firm launch date, the developers have also released a complete changelog for the upcoming release.

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Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell Says Ubuntu Policy Is Still Lacking

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Kubuntu's Jonathan Riddell talked about the recent changes to the licensing procedures on the Ubuntu project, and he said that there are still some important problems that have been left unresolved.

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Ubuntu Touch Major Update Confirmed for July 20

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Ubuntu developers are preparing to launch a new major update for the phone version of the OS, and they are now pretty certain that the patch will arrive on Monday.

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Here Are the New Beautified Monochromatic Icons of Ubuntu Linux

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On July 16, Canonical's Steph Wilson posted a new article on the Ubuntu Design website to inform us all about the new beautified monochromatic icons that will be implemented in the next version of the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

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MeX Linux Distro Is Now Based on Linux Mint 17.2, Ubuntu 15.04, and Debian 8

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Arne Exton, the creator of numerous free and commercial Linux kernel-based and Android operating systems, was glad to inform us earlier about the general availability of MeX Linux Build 150714.

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  • DNS server attacks begin using BIND software flaw
    Attackers have started exploiting a flaw in the most widely used software for the DNS (Domain Name System), which translates domain names into IP addresses. Last week, a patch was issued for the denial-of-service flaw, which affects all versions of BIND 9, open-source software originally developed by the University of California at Berkeley in the 1980s.
  • Researchers Create First Firmware Worm That Attacks Macs
    The common wisdom when it comes to PCs and Apple computers is that the latter are much more secure. Particularly when it comes to firmware, people have assumed that Apple systems are locked down in ways that PCs aren’t. It turns out this isn’t true. Two researchers have found that several known vulnerabilities affecting the firmware of all the top PC makers can also hit the firmware of MACs. What’s more, the researchers have designed a proof-of-concept worm for the first time that would allow a firmware attack to spread automatically from MacBook to MacBook, without the need for them to be networked.

Brocade CEO: Transition To Open Source Will Be Difficult For Cisco

Communications CEO Lloyd Carney said traditional vendors like Cisco will have a tough time adapting to a more software-defined, open source space. That's because traditional vendors like Cisco's revenue streams are tied to closed architectures, Carney said. Read more