Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” MATE RC. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela MATE Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable […]

Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon RC released!

The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 17.2 “Rafaela” Cinnamon RC. Linux Mint 17.2 Rafaela Cinnamon Edition Linux Mint 17.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2019. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable […]

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition – a quick look

* 5.36-inch smartphone
* eight-core MediaTek MT6595 SoC (modified by Meizu)
* 16GB of built-in storage
* 20.7 megapixel rear camera
* 2 megapixel front camera
* Ubuntu 15.04

Starting up in the new OpenStack

I had the pleasure to deliver a session at the recent OpenStack day in Budapest, one of the many events organized by different community members globally, followed by a panel with several OpenStack notables. There was one question I jumped into, and that triggered me writing this post: Are the recent acquisition of OpenStack startups […]

Fast Galera Cluster Deployments in the Cloud Using Juju

The Galera Cluster Juju Charm was recently released, and it is now possible to start scalable Galera Clusters using the Juju deployment framework on the public or private cloud (OpenStack, Amazon, Azure and bare metal are all supported). All the logic required to fire up Galera is encapsulated in the Charm, which is a small […]

Issue with new theme in Chrome 43.0.2357.125 (64-bit)

The problem appears to be resolved (see comments below). We are aware of an issue in Chrome 43.0.2357.125 (64-bit) (from the package google-chrome-stable) that results in the page not rendering correctly.  It seems to be caused by a bug in either Chrome, or the .deb package (from Google’s homepage). What’s affected: Only the stable 64 bit version (43.0.2357.125)

Apple’s Decision to Open Source Swift Met with Developer Applause

Apple this week made an announcement worthy of applause and, indeed, the news received the loudest applause of opening day at WWDC. The company said it will open source its programming language Swift and allow developers to compile programs on Linux. This is a smart move for Apple and a big win for the developer community. Apple has long valued developers, but this week adopted a key strategy that has become the de facto approach […]

Expeto join the Charm Partner Programme

Canonical are excited to announce that Expeto have 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 […]

The site, hosting, and Patreon

OK, here’s the story: Our admin hasn’t been heard from in over a year and I’ve no idea if/when the domain/hosting will/won’t get paid. That’s a bit too much uncertainty for my liking. So, I’m moving the FCM site to hosting that I pay for. I’ll also be paying for the domain name. The site is currently in the making. Thanks to Lucas Westermann (Mr. Command & Conquer). HUGE thanks to him for taking on the job […]

IoT: RIOT and Snappy connect the smallest of devices

RIOT is a smart and developer-friendly open source operating system designed specifically for the Internet of Things. RIOT is vendor-independent and community-driven, based on a microkernel architecture that allows C and C++ application programming. In contrast to other operating systems with similar memory footprint RIOT provides both full multi-threading and real-time capabilities. RIOT supports multiple […]

Cisco and Canonical Collaborate on Policy-Based OpenStack Clouds

Canonical is pleased that Cisco, developer of the Application Centric Infrastructure is joining the Ubuntu Cloud OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL). Cisco implements application policy as part of OpenStack Group Based Policy (GBP) and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) – delivering application policies to improve performance and simplify management of private clouds. As the […]

Juju Support for Google Cloud Platform

As you may have noticed in our release notes, the recent release of a stable 1.23.2 Juju core (and its 1.23.3 follow-on) is packed with goodies such as support for systemd (and Vivid), improved proxy support for restrictive networks, new charm actions, as well as a first run at Juju service leader elections – and […]

So You Want to Write a Snappy App?

Introduction If you are anything like me, you love to write apps for Ubuntu. Like the Ubuntu phone two years ago, snappy is a bit of a green field in terms of IoT related apps. If you are like me and have a Beagle Bone and a Raspberry Pi 2 and several old netbooks and […]

Intel and Canonical collaborate around IoT gateways

Intel and Canonical are collaborating around Intel® IOT Gateways and Snappy Ubuntu Core. The Intel® IOT Gateway will come with support for Snap Stores. The Snap Store supports a model where a range of applications will be deployed to a gateway.  In this model, the gateway becomes a platform for multi applications (home, health, media, […]

Full Circle Magazine #97

Only three more issues then we hit the big 100! This month: * Command & Conquer * How-To : Run Android Apps in Ubuntu, LibreOffice, Using LaTeX, and Programming JavaScript * Graphics : Inkscape. * Chrome Cult * Linux Labs: IP Camera with Powerline Adapter * Ubuntu Phones * Review: KDE Plasma 5 * Ubuntu Games: This War of Mine plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more. Get it while it’s hot!

Juniper and Canonical: Converged Clouds and NFVs

OpenStack has quickly become the obvious choice to build Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platforms for hybrid and private cloud solutions, as well as carrier Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions. Canonical and Juniper’s technology alliance partnership make it easy to choose products in building open cloud solutions free of lock-in without having to take a […]

Phone updates: May

The full list of Ubuntu Phone updates from May are provided below. Indicators Icons are now all monochromatic Web Browser Bottom edge gesture to reveal tabs view New settings UI with Privacy settings Improved interaction and visuals of top sites Improved scrolling smoothness and chrome interaction Enhancements to search suggestions from url bar Bottom edge […]

GE’s First Build is the future of smart home appliances…

First Build is the GE team that is responsible for the Chillhub, the first smart fridge with apps. The Chillhub runs Ubuntu Core and as such any Ubuntu developer can make Snappy Apps for it. This week part of the Canonical IoT team has been visiting First Build’s headquarters in Louisville and they have seen […]

Monthly News – May 2015

Many thanks to all the people who donated to Linux Mint. Donations are lower than last year but they’re still pretty high. We also have more developers than before (which is great) so we adjusted our budget accordingly to ensure they wouldn’t see a drop. This budget is there thanks to your efforts to support our distribution, so a big big thank you to all the people involved in funding us, donors, sponsors and also to our partners.

A preview of the MintBox Mini was posted on Segfault at The mini-computer is very cute and surprisingly small in size :)

MintBox Mini

Beta-access to Cinnamon 2.6 was given last week to Rebecca and Betsy users via the Romeo repositories. Many of you took the initiative to help us test the new desktop environment and thanks to your feedback many bugs were fixed early. If you want to join them, please visit

In the next couple of days Cinnamon 2.6 will be released officially and it will then reach the Betsy and Rafaela repositories. Its list of new features will also be announced. I know some people were excited by the new look and feel of the settings when testing it, but there’s much more than initially catches the eye, so we’ll detail all of that :)

An example of the new Cinnamon settings

MATE 1.10 is almost completely labeled upstream but still not officially released. Packaging started and we’re planning to add a couple of things in time for it to join Betsy and Rafaela as well.

Work continues on MDM. The display manager is now able to unlock sessions via both consolekit and logind (and does it more smoothly than before), to display avatars on systems using encrypted home directories and to work with infinality fonts.

Work is also planned on the Mint tools. We gathered a lot of bug reports and great ideas from you on many of them, so we’ll try to make as many improvements as we can there as well.


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A total of $6,542 were raised thanks to the generous contributions of 295 donors:

$500, Am33r
$105 (8th donation), Goran A.
$105 (4th donation), Frederic L. aka “”nofrog””
$105, Juergen W.
$105, DeMus aka “DeMus”
$100 (2nd donation), Nono W.
$100, Mike G.
$100, Louis Ayotte
$100, Eugene H.
$100, Sunshine Elevator Products, Inc
$100, Bo D.
$75, Patricia L.
$60 (4th donation), Gabriel D.
$52 (2nd donation), David Barrow aka “barrowd”
$52, Garikoitz L. C.
$52, Ulrich H.
$52, Bernd P.
$52, Sybren H.
$52, Adri R.
$51.3, Lorenzo N.
$51.3, Thorbjorn W.
$51.3, John G. aka “newlinuxuser”
$50 (60th donation), Matthew M.
$50 (7th donation), Marcus M.
$50 (6th donation), James S.
$50 (5th donation), Anthony C. aka “ciak”
$50 (3rd donation), Roy B.
$50 (2nd donation), Meta N.
$50, Gerard D.
$50, Michael D.
$50, Carl T.
$50, William S.
$50, Wong Y.K.
$50, Eric K.
$50, Gary H.
$50, Joel W.
$50, Matthew D.
$50, David W.
$50, Daniel S.
$50, Boyd W.
$50, Kristopher D.
$42, Felix W.
$37.5, A B Custom
$36 (4th donation), Reinhard W.
$35 (2nd donation), Yang C. C.
$35, Mohammad R.
$35, Alan B.
$31 (7th donation), LDW
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$30.78 (62th donation), Olli K.
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$30, Dirk M.
$29, Ian D.
$26 (2nd donation), Michał M. aka “Zaraki
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$25 (43th donation), Ronald W.
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$20.5 (3rd donation), Daniel W.
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$20, Russell P.
$16, Mathias W.
$16, Hermann G.
$16, Tim M.
$16, Felipe H. M.
$16, Martin S. aka “stancikcom
$15.62, Doug B.
$15.39, Marijn V.
$15, Sascha L.
$15, Briely M.
$15, Shawn C.
$15, Сергеев А.
$15, Andrew A.
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$15, David R.
$12, Simon B.
$11.5, Troyce B.
$11.39 (7th donation), Rufus
$10.5 (18th donation), Mark W.
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$5, Crusader
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$3.98, Chen Liang-Yu aka “Andymememe”
$3.31 (2nd donation), Taeyuun M.
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$3 (3rd donation), Ankur R, Kerala, India
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$3, Alexandros C.
$3, Ilpo J.
$3, Nima C.
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Introducing pylxd

In part of my work for nova-compute-lxd, we use a combination of httplib, UNIX domain sockets, and JSON to talk to the LXD daemon via the REST API. Talking to various people involved in the LXD project, I have decided to split this part of nova-compute-lxd into its own project called pylxd. Pylxd is a […]