Simplicity Linux Celebrates Its 7th Anniversary with the 16.01 Release, Giveaway

The developers of the Simplicity Linux computer operating system have had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of Simplicity Linux 16.01.

Simplicity Linux is an open-source GNU/Linux distribution based on the LXPup OS and built around the lightweight LXDE desktop environment. The latest release, Simplicity Linux 16.01, comes as Desktop and Netbook flavors and includes the latest version of the Google Chrome web browser with th… (read more)

Linux Lite 2.8 Officially Released, Dedicated to the Memory of Ian Murdock

Jerry Bezencon has been extremely proud to announce today, February 1, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of his Ubuntu-based Linux Lite 2.8 computer operating system.

Linux Lite 2.8 is the last point release in the 2.0 series of the distribution, and it has been dedicated to the memory of Ian Murdock, the creator of the well-known Debian Project and the Debian GNU/Linux operating system, who sadly passed away on December 28, 2015. Linux Lite 2.8 is m… (read more)

Linux Kernel 3.10.96 LTS Has Networking and Sound Enhancements, Updated Drivers

Renowned kernel maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman reported at the end of January on the release and immediate availability for download of the ninety-sixth maintenance build of the Linux 3.10 long-term supported kernel series.

Looking at the appended shortlog for Linux 3.10.96, we can notice that the new point release changes a total of 56 files, with 333 insertions and 153 deletions, bringing various improvements to the PowerPC (PPC), x86, ARM64 (AArch64), OpenRISC, and MN1030… (read more)

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 646

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Review: Experiences with deepin 15 News: Mint plans X-Apps, FreeBSD to support boot environments, Debian provides updated media, Canonical shows off new convergence designs and openSUSE rolls out new build servers Questions and answers: Logging into the desktop as root Torrent corner: BackBox,….

Zodiac Training Event | Invention Cosmetics

Seek out the rewards of the Zodiac and discover Invention-themed cosmetics this week.

Meet KDE Neon, Everything You Love About KDE on Top of Ubuntu Linux

Ex-Kubuntu maintainer Jonathan Riddell had the great pleasure of announcing yesterday, January 30, during the FOSDEM (Free and Open Source Software Developers’ European Meeting) 2016 event, the KDE Neon project.

We were intrigued by the announcement, so we took a look at KDE Neon’s homepage so see what’s going on. To our surprise, bei… (read more)

Distribution Release: Linux Lite 2.8

Jerry Bezencon has announced the launch of a new version of Linux Lite, a user friendly distribution based on packages found in the Ubuntu repositories. The new version, Linux Lite 2.8, introduces a number of features, including better hardware support, a help manual that is accessible from the….

Distribution Release: Sabayon 16.02

The Sabayon project, which produces a Gentoo-based distribution that provides a great deal of functionality out of the box, has released Sabayon 16.02. The new release mostly features updates to the distribution’s utilities and desktop environments. The new version also introduces initial support for the ARM architecture. “We….

Spotify video is now on Android and iOS

Spotify’s new video content section, dubbed Shows, hit Android devices this week. And though the feature wasn’t supposed to make it to iOS devices until sometime next week, there is a way for you to access it right now. You won’t be able to access it from the Browse page, as you would on an Android. Instead, iOS users will need to first navigate to the Your Library page and look for the Shows listing under Playlists. That’s it. Once you’re in the Shows page, you’ll be able to browse and search through video content from more than a dozen providers including the BBC, Comedy Central and ESPN.

Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht

Distribution Release: OpenELEC 6.0.1

The OpenELEC team has published an update to the project’s 6.0.x series. The new version, OpenELEC 6.0.1, focuses on bug fixes and minor adjustments to the embedded media distribution. “OpenELEC 6.0.1 is a maintenance release so there are no new features. The main fixes are: libCEC has been….

Tender for a Quality Assurance Engineer (#201601-01)

The Document Foundation (TDF), the charitable entity behind the world’s leading free office suite LibreOffice, seeks a

Quality Assurance Engineer

to start work as soon as possible.

The role, which is scheduled for 20 hours a week, includes amongst other items:

  • keep a continuous overview and reporting on the state and progress of LibreOffice QA as seen on its bug trackers, mailing lists, Gerrit, and other tools and communication channels (e.g. Jenkins, IRC)
  • foster communication between QA and other teams
  • help community outreach to encourage more people to join the QA team and help onboarding new QA contributors
  • provide and

FOSDEM: Announcing KDE neon

At FOSDEM this weekend KDE is announcing our newest project, KDE neon. Neon will provide a way to get the latest KDE software on the day its released.

More than ever people expect a stable desktop with cutting-edge features, all in a package which is easy to use and ready to make their own.

KDE Neon is the intersection of these needs using a stable Ubuntu long-term release as its core, packaging the hottest software fresh from the KDE Community ovens. Compute knowing you have a solid foundation and enjoy the features you experience in the world’s most customisable desktop.

You should use KDE neon if you want the latest and greatest from the KDE community but the safety and stability of a Long Term Support release. When you don’t want to worry about strange core mechanics and just get things done with the latest features. When you want your computer as your tool, something that belongs to you, that you can trust and that delivers day after day, week after week, year after year. Here it is: now get stuff done.

Neon is a KDE Incubator project and we are still baking it. Currently we have an archive of KDE software built from unstable Git branches which can be installed on top of Ubuntu 15.10 flavours. Coming soon will be an archive built from KDE releases for users and live/installable images to install onto your computer.

While KDE neon is great for casual users, contributors will find KDE neon excels. Whether you are a coder, tester, artist, or do bug triage this is the easiest way to get KDE software as it is developed.

Our developers’ archive provides packages of KDE Software built on our continuous integration system directly from Git. Everyone in the KDE community has access to fix or update our packaging.

The KDE neon announce will be at 12:45 in the desktops devroom. Hope to see you there. has published an interview with KDE neon team member Jonathan Riddell.

Tenders Extended to February 12

Tenders published in December, and supposed to expire on January 29, have been extended till Friday, February 12.

Single tenders can be accessed via the following links:

Development Release: Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

Walter Lapchynski has announced the release of new testing images for three members of the Ubuntu community. Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu MATE have published development snapshots of the upcoming long term support release. The new test images carry the version number 16.04 alpha 2 (code name “Xenial….

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS Alpha 2 Rewrites the China Weather Indicator’s UI in CSS

The Ubuntu Kylin developers have just released today, January 28, 2016, the second Alpha build of the upcoming Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) computer operating system.

As you probably already know, Ubuntu Kylin is an official flavor of the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, designed specifically for Chinese-speaking users. It uses that same gorgeous Unity desktop environment of Ubuntu and includes a set of preinstalled apps targeted at the Chi… (read more)

Distribution Release: Neptune 4.5

The Neptune project has released the fifth update to the distribution’s 4.x series. The new release features application and kernel updates. The new version, Neptune 4.5, removes TrueCrypt in favour of the VeraCrypt encrypted storage software. “We are proud to announce Neptune 4.5, the fifth service release to….

FCM#105 is OUT!


This month:
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Python in the Real World, LibreOffice, Migrating From VAX and Using GnuCash
* Graphics : Inkscape and Creating A Valentines Card In LaTeX.
* Chrome Cult: Cloud Distros
* Linux Labs: Building A 3D Printer
* Ubuntu Phones: OTA-9
* Review: MyGica ATV582 TV Box
* Book Review: Python Playground
* Ubuntu Games: DIRT Showdown
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, Security, and soooo much more.

Telco Demos With Juju: DataArt

Telecom operators currently need months to deploy new value added services to production. Not any more! Take a look into how DataArt is using Juju, Docker and other Webscale technologies and applying them to the telecom world. You can deploy a telecom solution in minutes, auto-scale it and change services even while a live audience is using them.

In this demo from TADsummit, watch Michael Lazar from DataArt demonstrate a teleconference on demand service that’s able to seamlessly scale on demand. As demand increases, you’ll see how new instances can be added and environments can be scaled up. The loads simulated in this demonstration include 2 million SMS messages as well as inviting the audience to dial into the conference call.

In addition to using the parameters of Juju charms to configure scaling, it’s able to reclaim resources when they’re no longer necessary. This not only allows companies to businesses to maximize their resources, but provide a return on investment.

Ready to see for yourself? You can also try this demo at home by grabbing the Juju bundle here.

We’ll also be at Mobile World Congress showing all of these exciting solutions in action and more. Get more information here!

Canonical Cloud Chatter: January 2016

Happy New Year! This January we’ve been busy with the release of Juju GUI 2.0 and MAAS 1.9 whilst getting ready for Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona in February. As always, catch up on our partner news, download our brand new eBook and enjoy this month’s video – a presentation about the Juju app store for OpenStack.

Juju 2.0: what’s new?


With Juju 2.0, the user interface has been completely redesigned and rewritten to improve the user experience. Read about the changes here, and don’t forget to take it for a spin.

New release: MAAS 1.9

The latest release of our bare-metal provisioning tool, MAAS, now now supports complex node configuration via the web interface and API including NIC bonding, tagged VLANs, bcache, LVM and software RAID devices.

Find out what’s new in MAAS 1.9 or visit

Video – The Juju App Store for your OpenStack

Want an app store for your cloud? Juju is an open source model-driven cloud app deployment mechanism for apps from a wide range of vendors, from Cloudera to IBM and Microsoft.

Hosted by Rick Harding, this talk at ODS Tokyo covered a proof of concept integration of Juju and Horizon.

eBook: 10 reasons to choose Ubuntu certified images

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This eBook explains why certified images are essential for organisations and individuals that require the highest level of security and reliability.

Download our ebook here!

In the news

Canonical announced it has teamed up with Oracle to provide Ubuntu Certified Images in Oracle marketplace.

We also announced the first technical preview of AzureStack with Ubuntu. Read the announcement here!

IBM and Canonical announced that Ubuntu will be available on LinuxONE starting with Ubuntu 16.04.

Upcoming Events

Ubuntu at Mobile World Congress


Attending MWC16 in February? Stop by Booth #3J30 in Hall 3 to see our awesome cloud and IoT demos and talk to the team. Check out the full list of demos scheduled, book a meeting with our executive team or follow presentations at our booth.

On Tuesday 23rd February, visit our booth for drinks and networking, from 18.00 – 20.00.

Get more info here, or get in touch to book a meeting.

IBM Interconnect

Ubuntu will be at IBM Interconnect 2016 in Las Vegas in February, highlighting our support for IBM POWER8 and LinuxONE platforms. Stop by booth 354 at the Mandalay Bay Resort to see our demos and ask questions, and visit us in the LinuxONE Pavilion.

Distribution Release: deepin 15.1

The deepin project has published an updated release of the distribution’s 15 series. The new version, deepin 15.1, includes several updates and fixes. The latest version also features a new application, Deepin Cloud Print. “deepin is a Linux distribution committed to providing an elegant, user-friendly, safe and stable….