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Mir 0.8 Works On Less ABI Breakage, Touchspots, Responsiveness

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While Ubuntu 14.10 on the desktop isn't using Mir by default, Mir 0.8.0 is being prepared for release by Canonical and it has a number of interesting changes.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Fans, Prepare for "It's a Boring Release" Comments

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Canonical made a very good release back in April. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS was very well received and it integrated many features. It was very different from Ubuntu 13.10, so it was spared the "boring" rhetoric. On the other hand, Ubuntu 14.10 will not bring any important visible changes to the operating system and it will be very difficult to set it apart from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Many users will be tempted to think that nothing has changed, but an operating system is complex and it has many components that are not visible to the regular users and that can contribute a great deal to the overall performance of the OS.

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Ubuntu GNOME Devs Encouraged by Ubuntu Team to Add Latest GNOME in Future Versions

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The Ubuntu GNOME makers have been encouraged by an important Ubuntu developer to implement the latest build of the GNOME desktop environment in the future versions of their distro.

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Unchanging Unicorn: Don't be disappointed with Ubuntu 14.10, be happy

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A number of Ubuntu flavours – Kubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu and the brand new Ubuntu Mate (yes, it's official now) – this month participated in the first beta release of the next Ubuntu – 14.10, or Utopic Unicorn.

The main Unity Desktop was absent, meaning what's called the second beta (and is now available) is the first and only beta for the main Ubuntu 14.10.

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Kubuntu 14.10 Beta 2 Is Out, Features KDE 4.14 and Plasma 5 Preview – Screenshot Tour

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The Kubuntu devs are a little late to the party, but they have finally published the details for the latest and final release in this development cycle. The 14.10 Beta 2 release is not very different from the previous one, with the exception of the implementation of KDE 4.14, which reached a stable stage in the meantime.

Users will also be able to take advantage of a new Kubuntu release to get familiar with the latest Plasma 5 desktop that can be tested right now. It's still far from a stable version, but the overall design won't change much more than this.

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Ubuntu Touch finalized, first phones coming this year

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The Ubuntu Edge smartphone campaign never reached its lofty $32m goal , but the more than $12m in pledges it received was record-breaking—and Canonical hasn’t given up. Ubuntu Touch for phones just hit “release to manufacturing” status. The first official version is done, bugfix’d, and ready to go. It’s coming on real phones, too, with the first phone with Ubuntu Touch shipping this December.

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Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2 Turns Pink to Celebrate the Unicorn – Screenshot Tour

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Xubuntu 14.10 Beta 2, the Linux distribution based on Ubuntu and using the Xfce desktop environment, has been released and is now ready for testing. The developers have prepared a surprise for users, in the form of a small visual change.

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Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Beta 2 Is Out, Features GNOME 3.12 – Screenshot Tour

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The Ubuntu GNOME developers have released the second and final Beta version of the 14.10 branch, and they are getting closer to the stable version of the distribution.

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MK902 II LE is a tiny Ubuntu PC with a Rockchip RK3288 CPU

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Rikomagic launched a new TV box with a Rockchip RK3288 processor and Google Android software this summer. It’s called the MK902 II and I’ve got one sitting on my desk waiting for me to find the time to put it through the paces.

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Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta Officially Released – Screenshot Tour

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Canonical only releases a single Beta version during the entire six-month development cycle, four weeks before the final version is made available. This has been the case for a while now, but not all flavors follow the same trend.

The new Ubuntu 14.10 is called Utopic Unicorn and the release made today covers the Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Although this is a Beta release for the operating system, it's pretty close to the final build and representative of the final product.

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