Ubuntu 13.10 Will Not Use XMir By Default

Canonical has decided not to switch to Xmir by default for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.Back in June, it was decided to use Mir + Xmir by default in Ubuntu 13.10 (for open source drivers only) but that will no longer happen “due to some outstanding technical difficulties”. A native Mir + Unity 8 will still […]

New GNOME 3.10 PPA Announced For Ubuntu 13.10: GNOME3-Next

GNOME 3.10 won’t make it into Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander and to make it easier to install, the GNOME 3 Launchpad Team has created a new GNOME3-Next PPA.For Saucy, the GNOME3-Next PPA will contain GNOME 3.10 packages that are considered stable while the GNOME3 PPA will only contain a few pieces of GNOME 3.8 that […]

Download The Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Community Wallpapers

The Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander community wallpapers have landed in Saucy recently. The wallpaper pack comes with 18 elegant images, including 3 cool salamander wallpapers:DownloadDownload Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander community wallpapersThe pack is available as a .deb and you can either install it or simply extract it, then look for the wallpapers under usr/share/backgrounds (inside […]

Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Not Switching To XMir By Default

In a Xubuntu team meeting, it was decided that Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander won’t ship with Mir & XMir by default.The reasons behind the decision is that XMir doesn’t bring improvements yet and there are some issues with XMir and Xubuntu for now.The first question, “Should we wait for improvements landing to XMir later (but […]

Using Nvidia Graphics Drivers With Initial Optimus Support In Ubuntu 13.10 Got Easier With Nvidia-Prime

As you probably know, the Nvidia graphics drivers have received initial Optimus support a while back. Currently, the Nvidia GPU can be used to render the desktop, but there’s no power saving yet. That means you can for instance play games or watch videos using hardware acceleration.But to be able to take advantage of this […]

Xubuntu 13.10 XMir ISO Available For Testing

The Xubuntu team hasn’t decided yet if the Xfce Ubuntu flavor will switch to XMir or continue with X.org for 13.10. Before making the decision, this needs to be properly tested so an Xubuntu ISO running on Mir & XMir has been made available for download.According to a message posted on the Xubuntu-devel mailing list, […]

Unity 8 Available In The Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Repositories

Unity 8, the Ubuntu Phone Qml Shell, has landed in the Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander repositories.For now, Unity 8 is in its early alpha stages and not ready for use, and in fact, there’s a message on the wallpaper used by it that says just that:And indeed, while I was able to run it on […]

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Switching To Mir Display Server By Default

The Ubuntu developers have announced today that they plan to deliver Mir display server by default in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander with XMir, an implementation of X running or Mir.Unity 8 (also known as Unity Next) on the other hand, won’t be available by default and instead, Saucy Salamander will use Unity 7, the codebase […]

Kubuntu Not Switching To Mir Display Server

Even though Thomas Voß, Technical Architect at Canonical, has recently posted a screenshot which shows that Kubuntu runs on XMir (a layer that allows running X11 applications on top of Mir), the KDE-based Ubuntu flavor won’t be switching to Mir or XMir.Kubuntu on XMir – image via +Thomas VoßAccording to a recent blog post by […]

Lubuntu 13.10 Changes: Firefox, zRAM Added By Default, LightDM Used For The Lock Screen

After an update today, Lubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, the LXDE Ubuntu flavour, has switched to Firefox as the default web browser, replacing Chromium, which is a bit of a surprise, considering that Ubuntu 13.10 may switch from Firefox to Chromium. Other Lubuntu 13.10 changes include the addition of zRAM by default and the removal of […]

Possible Changes In Ubunu 13.10 Saucy Salamander [UDS]

Ubuntu Developer Summit is a meeting where software developers gather to discuss the next Ubuntu version changes and features.The Ubuntu Developer Summit (uds-1305) will start tomorrow, will last for 3 days and some major possible changes will be discussed, like “click packages”, Chromium replacing Firefox as the default web browser, Unity 8 with Mir being […]

Ubuntu Might Get A New Simplified Packaging Format / App Installer

According to a recent message posted on the Ubuntu Devel mailing list by Colin Watson, Installer Team leader, Ubuntu might get a new, simplified packaging format and app installer which should make it easier for developers to get their software into Ubuntu. This will target, at least initially, the Ubuntu phone/tablet but it should be […]

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Release Schedule

Mark Shuttleworth was proud to announce that Ubuntu 13.10 is named Saucy Salamander and it will become the 19th release of the Ubuntu operating system. “The salamander is one of nature’s most magical creatures; they are a strong indicator of a pristine environment, which is a fitting way to describe the new world emerging around […]

Ubuntu 13.10 Codename Announced: Saucy Salamander

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the upcoming Ubuntu release: Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander:[…] I usually spend a few weekend afternoons doodling with a dictionary (it’s actually quite a blast, and I recently had the pleasure of actually knowing what some ponce was talking about when they described something as ‘rugose’).So today I find […]