Guests in Ubuntu OpenStack: ODS Vancouver

A key theme of IaaS is that Guests are what makes the compute part of IaaS interesting. And, as Dustin Kirkland suggests in his OpenStack Summit keynote, “It’s a variety of guests that keep it interesting” – like any decent party. We want to go to a party that has all sorts of crazy guests; […]

Canonical Is Not Moving Ubuntu Touch to Ubuntu 15.10 Any Time Soon

The Ubuntu Touch platform is currently stable and based on Ubuntu 15.04, but there are a few development branches out there. One of those branches is using Ubuntu 15.10 as a base, but it turns out that Canonical has no plans to move to that platform any time soon.

One of the things that are different with Ubuntu Touch is the fact that it’s not synchronized with the main Ubuntu distro. For now, this is not one of their priorities. The development channels that will get new f…

7iSolutions joins Charm Partner Programme

Canonical is excited to announce that 7iSolutions has joined the Charm Partner Programme. Canonical’s Charm Partner Programme helps solution providers make best use of Canonical’s universal service modeling tool, Juju; enabling instant workload deployment, integration, and scaling at the click of a button. Juju makes it easy to deliver complete solutions in minutes, on virtually any public or private […]

Mycroft Is an AI for Your Home Powered by Raspberry Pi 2 and Ubuntu Snappy

Mycroft is what you would describe as a house computer, a device connected to your house, which acts like a virtual artificial intelligence. In this case, it’s a clever mini PC named Mycroft, which is based on Raspberry Pi 2 and runs Ubuntu Snappy Core.

Mycroft is not the first attempt that aims to make a house smarter, but it’s definitely one of the most promising ones. The difference is that the prices for the hardware necessary for building a smart house concept have low…

Arch-Based Manjaro LXDE and Manjaro LXQt Advance to Version 0.8.13.1

Manjaro is an operating system based on Arch Linux, and it comes in lots of flavors. Two very similar ones have been grouped under the name of Manjaro LX, and a new upgrade has been released for it.

The developers have chosen to call this release LX because it’s actually about two versions of Manjaro, one with the LXDE desktop and the other one with LXQt. It will be a while until LXQt takes the place of LXDE, and both projects are still maintained. This is why we see a dist…

Unity 8 to Get Hotspot Support and Improved Performance for Thumbnails

Details about progress made with Unity 8 have been shared by Canonical, and it looks like some pretty interesting new features will land very soon although it’s not a big update.

Canonical is still working on Unity 8, both for the desktop and the mobile platform, and developers have revealed details about what they have accomplished in the past couple of weeks. If you’re hoping to see some huge changes being made, you’re going to be disappointed. Progress at this level is u…

Meet Mycroft: Open Source Artificial Intelligence Powered by Snappy

This is a guest post by the Mycroft team as part of “the startup stories”, a series of blog posts about how and why innovative companies are using Ubuntu technology.   If you work in technology you’ve probably had this dream.  You wake up and your whole house is a computer, a starship in cyberspace that […]

Calibre 2.35 eBook Editor and Convertor Gets Supports for Latest Kobo Firmware

Version 2.35 of eBook reader and management software Calibre has been released and is now available for download. It’s not a big update, but it does bring important support for Kobo devices.

The Calibre developer seems to be back to a weekly update cycle, and that means changelogs are going to get shorted. This is an already very complex application that has recently got the ability to edit eBooks, so it’s difficult to add anything major to it. This means that its maker is …

True Life: I’m An Open Source Rookie

Thousands of open source projects are initiated each year. Some skyrocket to superstardom, some slowly inspire a supportive community, and others fail. Black Duck Software highlights notable open source projects each year with its Open Source Rookies program. In 2014, the list of projects nominated spanned security, cloud storage, Bitcoin marketplaces, DevOps tools, and database

Calendar and Dekko Email Client Won’t Land with Next OTA Update for Ubuntu Touch

Developers are working on the next OTA update for Ubuntu Touch, and they are preparing to make some big improvements to the operating system, but it looks like the Calendar and the Dekko email client won’t be a part of it.

A lot of work goes into one of these updates for Ubuntu Touch, and this cycle has been especially difficult because of the switch to GCC 5. A lot of issues need to be dealt with, and the adoption of a couple new apps for the default installation would hav…

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Is Now Based on Linux Kernel 4.2 RC6

The Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) development cycle is powering on, and it looks like Canonical is determined to have Linux kernel 4.2 available as soon as possible.

One of the interesting aspects of Ubuntu is that, usually, developers will stick with the kernel that was available at the time of the launch. In this case, it’s possible that Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) will ship with Linux kernel 4.2. Upgrading to Linux kernel 4.3 is not out of the question, but it’s very unl…

Manjaro GNOME 0.8.13.1 Gets GNOME 3.16.2 and systemd 222

Manjaro GNOME, a Linux distribution based on Arch Linux and fully compatible with the Arch repositories, has been finally upgraded to version 0.8.13.1 and is now ready for download.

It’s been a while since the release of the previous Manjaro GNOME distro, but developers have finally gotten around to releasing the 0.8.13.1 version, which is now the most advanced of the bunch. We need to keep in mind that an upcoming 0.9 version is also in the works, and it will be here in th…

KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 Officially Released with Lots of Fixes

KDE Frameworks 5.13.0 has just been released by the KDE Community, and developers have made a large number of changes and improvements.

KDE Frameworks is the backbone of the KDE project, but it’s also the one that gets almost none of the glory. Everyone pays attention when the Plasma desktop is released, but we should give KDE Frameworks and KDE Applications the same treatment. Sure, it’s difficult to spot the changes Frameworks is manifesting, but that shouldn’t make you a…

Ubuntu Developers Set Up Dedicated Repository for the Latest Nvidia Drivers

The Ubuntu developers have set up a dedicated PPA for proprietary drivers, and for now, only the Nvidia video cards are supported. This is a great step forward made by Canonical, but a lot more work needs to be done.

It’s a well-known fact that Ubuntu repositories have really old drivers. It hasn’t been much of an issue because, until a couple of years ago, people didn’t really care that much about drivers as long as they worked. Now, each new driver version works a little …

Firefox 41 Beta Greatly Improves AdBlock Plus Memory Consumption and Image Decoding

Mozilla has already announced the launch of Firefox 41 Beta and opened up the final cycle to the upcoming version of the famous web browser.

The latest Firefox version was made available just a few days ago, and Mozilla has already released the first Beta version for Firefox 41, like clockwork. This doesn’t seem as important as the previous version, but there are a few features and various modifications that should prove to be more than interesting. We don’t have anything L…

Ubuntu Want To Make It Easier For You To Install The Latest Nvidia Linux Driver

Installing the latest upstream NVIDIA graphics driver on Ubuntu could be about to get much easier. Ubuntu developers are considering the creation of a brand new ‘official’ PPA to distribute the latest closed-source NVIDIA binary drivers to desktop users. The move would benefit Ubuntu gamers without risking the stability of the OS for everyone else.

The State of Fedora: 2015 Edition

Fedora’s third Flock conference kicked off Wednesday morning with a keynote by Matthew Miller, the Fedora Project Leader (FPL). How’s Fedora doing? Says Miller, “The actual state of Fedora is awesome, we’re doing very well as a project and it’s… Continue Reading →

Solus Now Features Linux Kernel 4.1.5 and LibreOffice 5.0

The Solus operating system finally has a launch date, but that’s hardly the most interesting news about the project. Its developers have made a few very important improvements to the OS and a number of relevant package upgrades.

When you’re building an operating system from scratch, you have full control over the application stack. It’s more difficult than basing the operating system on something else (as Ubuntu is using Debian for example), but it also allows you to try to…

Bodhi Linux 3.1.0 Is the First OS with the Moksha Desktop Environment – Screenshot Tour

Bodhi is an operating system based on Linux that uses a new desktop environment named Moksha. Bodhi Linux 3.1.0 is the first release in the series to use Moksha.

Bodhi Linux has moved to the new Moksha desktop environment after its developer became unsatisfied with the direction of their previous desktop solution, Enlightenment. In fact, you could consider Moksha some sort of fork for Enlightenment E17. The only problem with calling it a fork is the fact that E17 is no long…

Firefox 40 Defaults to HTML5 Player on Linux, but There’s No 1080p

Mozilla released Firefox 40.0 yesterday, and it brought a lot of new interesting features for Linux, including a few that haven’t been publicized all that much. One of them is defaulting to the HTML5 video player in YouTube.

Mozilla was one of the companies that boycotted the use of Flash player and added …