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The Many, the Humble, the Ubuntu Users

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I have never been much of a leading-edge computing person. In fact, I first got mildly famous online writing a weekly column titled “This Old PC” for Time/Life about making do with used gear — often by installing Linux on it — and after that an essentially identical column for Andover.net titled “Cheap Computing,” which was also about saving money in a world where most online computing columns seemed to be about getting you to spend until you had no money left to spend on food.

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Ubuntu-Based Vinux Linux 5.1 Released for Blind and Partially Sighted People

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Vinux Linux, the Ubuntu-based computer operating system designed for blind and partially sighted people, has been updated today, January 18, 2017, to version 5.1.

Based on the Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system and offering both the Unity 7 and GNOME Shell 3.10.4 user interfaces, along with the lightweight MATE 1.8 desktop environment, Vinux Linux 5.1 introduces an up-to-date accessibility infrastructure by using Brltty 5.4, Orca 3.22 screen reader & magnifier, and AT-SPI 2.22.

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Also: Forget About OpenGL 4.2, Intel Haswell GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.5 in Ubuntu

Ubuntu Leftovers

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  • Some thoughts on switching from Ubuntu to Antergos for Linux gaming

    There’s many reasons for my switch, but the main one has been stability. Ubuntu has been getting more problem-filled with every new release for me so I had enough. Not only that, but due to it being dependent on GNOME packages, stuff was being stripped away too and it’s just a mess now. Some applications have normal title-bars, some have GNOME’s new styling with everything sodding hidden and it’s just all mashed together.

  • Canonical Announces Snapcraft 2.25 with Rust Plugin Improvements, Many Bug Fixes

    Canonical's Sergio Schvezov is announcing the release of Snapcraft 2.25, the open-source tool designed to allow application developers, and anyone else for that matter, to package software projects to the Snap universal binary format.

    Snapcraft 2.25 has been in development since December 16, 2016, when Canonical announced the release of Snapcraft 2.24, which most of you probably already use on their Ubuntu systems.

  • Dell Precision 5520 Is World’s Thinnest and Lightest 15” Notebook with Ubuntu

    Well, that didn't take too long, and Dell's Barton George announced today, January 18, 2017, the availability for pre-order of the second mobile workstation from the recently unveiled Precision line powered by Ubuntu Linux.

    The Dell Precision 5520 mobile workstation is now available for pre-order, and you can choose to get it pre-loaded with the long-term supported Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) operating system. Dell Precision 5520 is the second mobile workstation from Dell to be powered by Canonical's Ubuntu OS after Dell Precision 3520.

The Fairphone 2 Running Ubuntu Will Be On Show at MWC17

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Mobile World Congress 2017 kicks off next month, and Canonical is, once again, going to be in attendance.

But although there are unlikely to be any shiny new Ubuntu phones and tablets to show off, Ubuntu Touch won’t be entirely absent.

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Debian and Ubuntu

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  • Debian is a puzzle: difficult

    I myself recently had to use the Ubuntu installer in a laptop, and it didn’t seem that different to the Debian one: same steps and choices, like in every other OS installation.

  • Canonical: 2017 Will See a Mir 1.0 Release, Plans to Implement Vulkan Support

    Canonical, the company founded by Mark Shuttleworth to promote the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system everywhere around the world, has recently published the 'year in review' for their Mir display server technology.

    As most of you are aware, Canonical develops its own display server for Ubuntu, called Mir, which, in some ways, is similar to the X.Org Server and Wayland technologies.

    While Ubuntu on the desktop still uses X.Org Server's components, Mir is currently heavily tested for the Unity 8 user interface that Canonical plans on implementing by default for future releases of Ubuntu Linux, for desktops.

You Can Now Have All the Essential Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS Flavors on a Single ISO

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After informing Softpedia about the release of the Linux AIO Ubuntu 16.10 Live DVDs, Željko Popivoda from the Linux AIO team is now announcing the availability of Linux AIO Ubuntu 14.04.5.

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Canonical Improves Classic Confinement and Aliases Support in Snapd 2.21 Daemon

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Canonical's Snappy team is back from the extended Christmas and New Year's holidays, and they've recently announced the release of the Snapd 2.21 Snappy daemon through Michael Vogt, Synaptic and APT developer.

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Dell Announces New Ubuntu-Powered Dell Precision Mobile Workstation Line-Up

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Following the introduction of the 6th generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition mobile workstation back in October 2016, Dell's Barton George is proud to announce the next generation of company's Dell Precision line.

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Leftovers: Ubuntu

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Leftovers: Ubuntu and Debian

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  • Debian Creeps Closer To The Next Release

    I’ve been alarmed by the slow progress of Debian towards the next release. They’ve had several weird gyrations in numbers of “release-critical” bugs and still many packages fail to build from source. Last time this stage, they had only a few hundred bugs to go. Now they are over 600. I guess some of that comes from increasing the number of included packages. There are bound to be more bad interactions, like changing the C compiler. I hate that language which seems to be a moving target… Systemd seems to be smoother but it still gives me problems.

  • Mir: 2016 end of year review

    2016 was a good year for Mir – it is being used in more places, it has more and better upstream support and it is easier to use by downstream projects. 2017 will be even better and will see version 1.0 released.

  • Ubuntu Still Planning For Mir 1.0 In 2017

    Alan Griffiths of Canonical today posted a year-in-review for Mir during 2016 and a look ahead to this year.

  • Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” KDE – BETA Release
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  • PulseAudio 10.0 Linux Sound System Released, Offers OpenSSL 1.1.0 Compatibility
    Today, January 19, 2017, sees the official release of the PulseAudio 10.0 open-source sound server for Linux-based operating systems, a major version that introduces many exciting new features. PulseAudio 10.0 has been in development for the past seven months, since the June 22, 2016, release of PulseAudio 9.0, which is currently used by default in numerous GNU/Linux distributions.
  • Linux is part of the IoT security problem, dev tells Linux conference
    The Mirai botnet? Just the “tip of the iceberg” is how security bods at this week's linux.conf.au see the Internet of Things. Presenting to the Security and Privacy miniconf at linux.conf.au, embedded systems developer and consultant Christopher Biggs pointed out that Mirai's focus on building a big DDoS cannon drew attention away from the other risks posed by insecure cameras and digital video recorders.
  • The Linux Foundation Brings 3 New Open Source Events to China
    LinuxCon, ContainerCon, and CloudOpen will be held in China this year for the first time, The Linux Foundation announced this week. After the success of other Linux Foundation events in the country, including MesosCon Asia and Cloud Foundry Summit Asia, The Linux Foundation decided to offer its flagship LinuxCon, ContainerCon and CloudOpen events in China as well, said Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin. “Chinese developers and businesses have strongly embraced open source and are contributing significant amounts of code to a wide variety of projects,” Zemlin said. “We have heard the call to bring more open source events to China.”

Dell Has Sold ‘Tens of Millions’ Dollars’ Worth of Linux Laptops

So popular Linux personality Bryan Lunduke, who recently took an hour out to talk to Dell’s Senior Architect in the office of CTO — try saying that with a mouthful of doughnut — Barton George. What did he learn? Well, for one, Dell says it has ‘no plans’ to start shipping its Linux-powered developer laptops with anything other than Ubuntu. Read more