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Canonical Releases Snapcraft 2.32 to Support ROS Lunar in the Catkin Plugin

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Canonical's Kyle Fazzari released today a new maintenance update of the Snapcraft tool that lets application developers package their apps as Snaps for distribution across multiple Linux-based operating systems that support the Snappy technologies.

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Ubuntu: Ubuntu Server, Desktop and Icons/Themes

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  • Ubuntu Server Development Summary – 23 Jun 2017
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Video Acceleration Progress, New Unity-Session Package

    We recently reported on Ubuntu planning to finally ship video acceleration by default, at least for Intel hardware, and they have made progress in this area.

    Canonical's Will Cooke reported in the latest Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update that they have a proof-of-concept working with Intel VA-API by making use of the Intel QuickSyncVideo support paired with GStreamer. They are able to enjoy H.264 4K video playback with around 3% CPU usage on Haswell as well as playable 4K H.264/HEVC too, for Skylake and newer.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: June 23, 2017

    We’ve migrated ubuntu-session to a new unity-session package. This means that the default session is GNOME Shell and people can install Unity 7 and it’s related packages via unity-session. The migration is working well so far, but we still have some more work to do in order to make sure everything “just works”.

  • Papirus Icons Updated With Newly Designed Icons, Install in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Papirus suite is specifically designed for KDE desktop but now the icon theme is available for other desktops as well which includes: Unity, Gnome, Mate, Cinnamon and others. Previously we had a ported version of Papirus KDE icons in the PPA but now it is directly supported and maintained by creator. There are two variants in this icon pack with light and dark panel icons, it has more than 1000 icons for different applications and still counting, if you find any missing icon then directly report it creator via Github page. There was an official PPA but discontinued back in November 2016 and now these icons can be installed via wget method. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

  • MacBuntu Transformation Pack Ready for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

    MacBuntu (Macbuntu Sierra/El Capitan/Yosemite) transformation pack took a little bit while to get ready for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty but finally it's ready for your desktop. In this pack we are offering many GTK themes targeting multiple desktops specifically Unity and Gnome but others are also supported like Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce. First of all we would like to thank Jared for helping us with this pack, our main themes Macbuntu which is for Gnome and other desktops, Macbuntu-Unity is for Unity desktop. We also included dark theme version for those who like to use Mac dark version, also featuring great themes Gnome-OSX and Gnome-OSX-T for Gnome desktop. Now we are providing two cursors themes one is featured from here, and some plank themes are from KenHarkey and erikdubois. Additionally there are two themes for Gnome Shell, two for Cinnamon, and two icon packs.

Canonical Makes It Easy to Install Unity7 on Ubuntu 17.10, GNOME Remains Default

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It looks like Unity 7 is not dead yet, as Canonical's Will Cooke is now informing the community that the Ubuntu Desktop team has been working lately on making it easier for users to install the Unity 7 session and related packages on Ubuntu 17.10.

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Ubuntu Development Updates: GDM, Kernel, and Ubuntu Phone

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 Proceeding With Transition From LightDM To GDM

    As part of the switch over to the GNOME Shell desktop environment by default for Ubuntu 17.10, they are also abandoning the LightDM display/log-in manager in favor of GNOME's GDM.

  • [Ubuntu] Kernel Team Summary: June 22, 2017

    We intend to target a 4.13 kernel for the Ubuntu 17.10 release. The Ubuntu 17.10 Kernel Freeze is Thurs Oct 5, 2017.

  • Ubuntu Phone project failed because it was a mess: claim

    A developer who worked with the Ubuntu Phone project has outlined the reasons for its failure, painting a picture of confusion, poor communication and lack of technical and marketing foresight.

    Simon Raffeiner stopped working with the project in mid-2016, about 10 months before Canonical owner Mark Shuttleworth announced that development of the phone and the tablet were being stopped.

Canonical Also Patches Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Against the Stack Clash Vulnerability

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Canonical today announced that it released a new kernel security update for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system series to patch the infamous Stack Clash vulnerability discovered recently by Qualys Research Labs.

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Debian and Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • Why I will not write a full-feature review of Debian 9

    Its codename is Stretch, which is yet another character from the Toy Story animated film.

    It is available for download in both Install and Live versions, and Live version is available in many flavours: GNOME, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, LXDE and so on.

    I hope you will read the review of Debian 9 somewhere else, but I will not feature it on my blog.

  • Debian 9 "Stretch" Download Links & Release Info
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Is Finally Unifying and Cleaning Up the Networking Configuration

    Last year in August, Canonical's Martin Pitt, the systemd maintainer for the Ubuntu Linux operating system at that time, announced the company's plans to unify and clean up the networking configuration in Ubuntu Linux.

    They introduced netplan, a project that promised to centralize the network configuration for all Ubuntu Linux operating system versions, including Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core (Snappy) under a single file (e.g. /etc/netplan/*.yaml) instead of using /etc/network/interfaces files.

  • Former Ubuntu Phone Insider Shares His Thoughts on Why the Project Failed

    Former Ubuntu Phone developer, Simon Raffeiner, which many of you know as sturmflut, has written a detailed article on his blog to share his thoughts on why he thinks the Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Touch projects failed.

    Simon Raffeiner worked on the Ubuntu Touch operating system since its official announcement back in 2013, believing in the project's goals and objectives. He worked for about three years, up until mid-2016, on various Ubuntu Phone-related things, including but not limited to Click apps, bug reports, and tutorials for others to start hacking on Ubuntu Touch.

Ubuntu: Accelerated Video Playback, Netplan By Default, Linux 4.13

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  • Ubuntu Is Finally Looking At Shipping Accelerated Video Playback Support

    It's 2017 and Ubuntu is finally looking at shipping GPU-accelerated video playback support out-of-the-box on the Ubuntu desktop.

    Various forms of video acceleration have been available if installing them from the archive on Ubuntu, but nothing has been available by default... But it's looking like that may change, though their direction is a bit peculiar.

  • Netplan by default in 17.10

    Friday, I uploaded an updated nplan package (version 0.24) to change its Priority: field to important, as well as an update of ubuntu-meta (following a seeds update), to replace ifupdown with nplan in the minimal seed.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 To Fully Use Netplan By Default For Network Configuration

    One year after Ubuntu developers announced their Netplan project for consolidated networking configuration across platforms, they are now planning to use Netplan by default in Ubuntu 17.10 across all editions.

    Netplan has picked up many features in the year it's been under development as a replacement to ifupdown. Netplan aims to handle all network configuration use-cases and can in turn generate configuration files for use by NetworkManager and systemd-networkd.

  • Ubuntu 17.10 Continues Aiming For The Linux 4.13 Kernel

    Mentioned in the weekly Ubuntu Kernel Newsletter are the developers reiterating their plans to ship Ubuntu 17.10 "Artful Aardvark" with the Linux 4.13 kernel.

    They've previously expressed plans for shipping Ubuntu 17.10 Artful with Linux 4.13 and this week's newsletter repeats those claims.

Latest quad-core Banana Pi offers SATA support for $32

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SinoVoiP’s open-spec, Linux- and Android-ready “Banana Pi BPI-M2 Berry” SBC has a Raspberry Pi-like layout, WiFi, BT, GbE, HDMI, 4x USB, CSI, and SATA.

SinoVoip’s Banana Pi project has introduced a variation on its $40 Banana Pi M2 Ultra hacker SBC with a smaller, Raspberry Pi like, 85 x 56mm footprint instead of the Ultra’s 92 x 60mm. The quad-core Banana Pi BPI-M2 Berry offers fairly similar features as the Ultra, which is also somewhat like to that of the older, 92 x 60mm Banana Pi M2. The main difference compared to the M2 is that the Berry and the Ultra models add SATA support, and not just the under-powered USB variety.

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My Ubuntu for mobile devices post mortem analysis

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Now that Ubuntu phones and tablets are gone, I would like to offer my thoughts on why I personally think the project failed and what one may learn from it.

To recapitulate my involvement in the project: I had been using Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 7 on an on-and-off-basis between its announcement in 2013 and December 2014, started working on Click apps in December 2014, started writing the 15-part “Hacking Ubuntu Touch” blog post series about system internals in January 2015, became an Ubuntu Phone Insider, got a Meizu MX4 from Canonical, organized and sponsored the UbuContest app development contest, worked on bug reports and apps until about April 2016, and then sold off/converted all my remaining devices in mid-2016. So I think I can offer some thoughts about the project, its challenges and where we could have done better.

Please note that this post does not apply to the UBPorts project, which continues to work on the phone operating system, Unity 8 and other components.

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Canonical Outs Major Security Updates for All Supported Ubuntu Linux Releases

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Canonical released major kernel security updates for all supported Ubuntu Linux operating systems patching up to eleven vulnerabilities across all of the supported architectures.

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