Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Is Out and Based on Linux Kernel 3.16 – Gallery

Canonical has just released Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), a Linux distribution based on Debian that uses the Unity desktop environment. The ISO images are now ready for download and the upgrade path from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is open.

The new Ubuntu 14.10 release is not a terribly exciting one, as we detailed in our review of the distribution, but that doesn’t mean that users should not upgrade. It’s not always just about shiny new features in the UI, and Ubuntu users will soon discover this if t… (read more)

Intel GVT-g GPU Virtualization Moves Closer

For months we have been talking about Intel XenGT as mediated graphics pass-through support so virtual machines can access Intel Haswell HD Graphics GPUs from the host under Linux and the GPU shared directly with the VMs running on the system. This work is finally closer to being realized to end-users with the code working towards being mainlined…

Epic Games Publishes Unreal Tournament Linux Builds

The developers from Epic Games are working on the next installment of Unreal Tournament, which is going to support Linux right from the start. With this in mind, the makers of the game are now offering pre-Alpha builds that run natively on Linux.

The upcoming Unreal Tournament is being built on Unreal Engine 4, the latest iteration of the software developed by Epic Games. They said that Linux would be a supported platform and the community responded immediately. The newly released Linux build… (read more)

GTK+ 3.16 To Bring Several New Features

Already on Phoronix we have begun writing about features in Git for the GNOME 3.16 due out in March. GNOME contributor and Red Hat employee Matthias Clasen is excited too, particularly around some of the GTK+ tool-kit improvements…

Debian 8.0 Jessie Has Many Multimedia Improvements

While init system discussions have dominated the discussions about Debian 8.0 Jessie, on a brighter note, there’s many multimedia improvements found in this next release…

Canonical’s Ubuntu 14.10: The Commodity Linux OS?

Utopic Unicorn, the newest version ofCanonical's Ubuntu Linux operating system, which the company released Oct. 23, contains neither utopian philosophy nor unicorns. In fact, it doesn't introduce any major new features at all. But it does reflect a major shift on Canonical's part toward turning Ubuntu into a commodity operating system for servers and the cloud.

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Distribution Releases: LXLE 14.04.1, 12.04.5

Ronnie Whisler has announced the releases of LXLE versions 14.04.1 and 12.04.5, two updated builds of the project’s Lubuntu-based distribution made for older computers and featuring the LXDE desktop: “LXLE 14.04.1 and 12.04.5 released. The official release of the incremental update to LXLE 14.04 and 12.04 has undergone….

Distribution Release: LXLE 14.04.1, 12.04.5

Ronnie Whisler has announced the releases of LXLE versions 14.04.1 and 12.04.5, two updated builds of the project’s Lubuntu-based distribution made for older computers and featuring the LXDE desktop: “LXLE 14.04.1 and 12.04.5 released. The official release of the incremental update to LXLE 14.04 and 12.04 has undergone….

What Linux Benchmarks Would You Like To See Next?

At Phoronix.com and with the Phoronix Test Suite / OpenBenchmarking.org we’re always looking to cater to the interests of more parties and as such are interested to see what other benchmarks you’d like to see incorporated…

Ten years of Ubuntu: How Linux’s beloved newcomer became its criticized king

In October of 2004, a new Linux distro appeared on the scene with a curious name—Ubuntu. Even then there were hundreds, today if not thousands, of different Linux distros available. A new one wasn’t particularly unusual, and for some time after its quiet preview announcement, Ubuntu went largely unnoticed. It was yet another Debian derivative.Today, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, estimates that there are 25 million Ubuntu users worldwide. Those users span 240 countries, and they make Ubuntu the world’s third most popular PC operating system. By Canonical’s estimates, Ubuntu has roughly 90 percent of the Linux market. And Ubuntu is poised to launch a mobile version that may well send those numbers skyrocketing again.

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ownCloud Asks Canonical to Remove Their Software from Ubuntu Repos, Sparks Fly

A member of the ownCloud security team has sent a request to Canonical asking them to remove all the packages from their repositories regarding this software stack. The problem is that things are not that simple.

One of the big issues with the Ubuntu repositories, in particular “universe,” is that they’re full of old and unmaintained versions. This is a repository where anyone care be a maintainer and it’s mainly used for applications that are not supported officially.

What happens is that a… (read more)

Open-Source, Linux Support For Corsair Link Devices Slowly Materializing

Corsair Link comes down to a proprietary protocol for allowing Corsair products within the “Link” ecosystem to allow for a centralized, easy-to-use control panel for fans, water coolers, and more. Corsair doesn’t provide any Linux support for Corsair Link, but open-source developers are filling in the gaps…

Distribution Release: Oracle Linux 6.6

Oracle has announced the release of Oracle Linux 6.6, an enterprise-class distribution based on the recently-released Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6. “Oracle is pleased to announce the general availability of Oracle Linux 6.6 for x86 (32-bit) and x86_64 (64-bit) architectures. Oracle Linux 6 Update 6 ships with three….

openSUSE, ROSA, and Red Hat

Today in Linux news, Jamie Watson is back with a look at the "coming attractions" of Makulu, openSUSE, and Fedora. Lifehacker has the winner of their "best desktop" survey and there are public builds of upcoming Unreal Tournament available. IT-Director.com published an article on "The rise of Red Hat" and Red Hat’s Jackie Yeaney talks marketing with Advertising Age. Blogged reviews include Scientific Linux and ROSA R4 and Make Tech Easier discovers "the power of Konqueror." Jamie Watson, ZDNet Linux blogger, has been missing in action lately but is back today with a look at "coming attractions." First up is Makulu Linux, of which he said, "Makulu is my favorite distribution for the pure joy of Linux. Full of great graphics, bells and whistles galore, and overflowing with pretty much every package, application or utility you can imagine." The installer has been the sticky point with Makulu for Jamie, but he said it’s starting to shape up nicely as well except for the lack of UEFI support. openSUSE 13.2 RC1 is the next pre-release distribution discussed. Watson said of it, "I have been running the release candidate for a couple of weeks now, and it has been flawless so far."

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CrossOver 14 with a Special to the 10th Anniversary of Ubuntu released

CodeWeavers, the software company behind Wine, has released CrossOver 14, a software for easy running Windows applications on Linux and Mac OS X. The new version is full of new features and comes in time to the 10th anniversary of Ubuntu, as 10 years ago Mark Shuttleworth announced Ubuntu 4.10 "Warty Warthog", the first version of Ubuntu.

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Ubuntu 14.10 XMir System Compositor Benchmarks

With Ubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” due for release today, here’s some benchmarks showing how the standard Unity 7 desktop on Ubuntu 14.10 is comparing to the still-experimental Unity System Compositor and using XMir for running traditional Linux OpenGL games.

Reading and Writing and Open Source


Digital textbooks with open-licensed content — and sometimes even complete open source textbooks — are two publishing models that are starting to change the way students and teachers interact with subject material. The budget-busting prices of traditional printed textbooks and the ubiquity of mobile devices in schools have provided textbook authors and educational leaders with convincing reasons to give students an alternative. Textbook publishers are offering digital alternatives to traditional printed books.

How to Upgrade from any Ubuntu version to Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn from Ubuntu 14.04 Saucy/any Ubuntu versionWarning: Backup your data.Graphical Upgrade:This is the most easiest way to upgrade Ubuntu from any version to any latest Ubuntu Version. You can upgrade with just few clicks and rest of the process Ubuntu will do.Step 1: Open “Dash” and Search for “Update Manager” then open it. In update manager Click on “Settings” Button.Step 2: Disable all Third-Party repositories from “Other Software” Tab.Step 3: Go to “Updates” Tab at the end of this window “Notify me of a new Ubuntu Version” Select “For any new Version” and click ok, then close the update manager.Step 4: Now start “Update Manager” again and Click on “Upgrade” Button. That’s itCommand Line Upgrade:Command line upgrade is a bit challenge for normal user, because upgrade from Lts to normal release. but everybody can do it now.Upgrade to LTS Release from Normal:If you are on normal version

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Development Release: SteamOS 1.0 Beta Update 145

John Vert has announced the release of update 145 of SteamOS 1.0, a Debian-based distribution for gamers: “We have just updated the released ‘alchemist’ repository. This is the same content that was pushed to alchemist_beta last week. SteamOS updates: e2fsprogs – latest upstream version; geoclue – latest upstream….

Cairo-Dock 3.4 Shows A Lot Of Progress, Works Toward EGL/Wayland Support

It’s been about one year since last hearing any Cairo-Dock news, but this evening there’s a new release! Cairo-Dock has various improvements to its desktop interface offering that continues to work in replace of — or in addition to — the standard Linux desktop environments…