The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition is the latest phone to ship with the operating system built by Canonical, and it's also the most powerful available right now. We'll take a closer look at it, and we'll try to determine whether it's good enough to stand on its own.
Ubuntu has changed its mind on an end-of-life announcement, giving Version 14.10 one last kernel patch to cover off some big vulns.
Usually, end-of-life means what it says: a version isn't going to get any more updates, and that was the status of Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” (guys, it's time to rethink your naming conventions) after July 23.
Over the last few years, Google and Android have increasingly dominated the mobile scene, with Microsoft relegated to bit-player status. Once-massive players like BlackBerry scarcely stir a ripple in the market. Nonetheless, Ubuntu has chosen to stick its neck out and create a mobile operating system based on its own software to hopefully compete against the massive entrenched players. A new review of the Ubuntu Phone OS puts the operating system through its paces — and finds a great deal wanting.
The boot manager has been updated from something in the past called Upstart, to the more widely supported and loved systemd environment. Upstart still manages user sessions, but the systemd (pronounced System Dee) has been found to be more reliable according to many folks inside and outside of Canonical.
On July 23, Clement Lefebvre, leader of the popular Linux Mint computer operating system, sent in his monthly report on the work done by the Linux Mint developers in the month of July 2015.