While Ubuntu itself no longer puts out alpha/beta releases in favor of just testing out the daily Live ISOs, the various Ubuntu flavors still participating in the traditional release process have done their first alpha releases this afternoon for Ubuntu 15.04…
A fresh NVIDIA driver for the Linux platform has been released and it looks like the devs have a made number of changes and important improvements that really stand out.
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If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably heard about this new thing from Canonical called "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, but at the same time trying to understand exactly what it is may leave you cross-eyed, especially with the buzzwords such as "cloud", "containers" and "apps" floating about. Once you get a handle on it, it’s obvious that Canonical’s new baby isn’t terribly useful for those of us who are simply users, but perhaps it provides an interesting preview of what could come to the desktop version of Ubuntu in the future.
We all know that Hollywood movies are the worst place to see some accurate depiction of anything from real life and that includes computer terminals.
Quick update for Ubuntu users planning to use Ubuntu 15.04: GTK 3.14 has landed in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. And of course, the default Ubuntu themes, Ambiance and Radiance, have been updated with GTK 3.14 support.Furthermore, Nautilus, an application that wasn’t updated in quite a while and was still at version 3.10, has been updated to version 3.14:However, Nautilus isn’t the only application that was updated to version 3.14 in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. A while back, GNOME Terminal (until this update, Ubuntu was using an ancient 3.6 version), GNOME Screenshot, GNOME Calculator and Evince were also updated to 3.14.As for Ubuntu GNOME, well, GNOME Shell, GNOME Control Center / Settings Daemon are still at version 3.12 (along with most of the GNOME apps like Weather, Clocks, Bijiben and so on), but these will probably be updated to 3.14 as well, considering that there’s still time, since Ubuntu / Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 is in alpha and it’s scheduled for release in April, 2015.GTK 3.14 and Nautilus 3.14 are currently available in the Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet proposed repository, but they should be promoted to release soon.
When it comes to stability and performance, nothing can really beat Linux. This is why the U.S. Marine Corps leaders have decided to ask Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems to change the operating system of the newly delivered Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) from Windows XP to Linux.
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Today in Linux news are several reviews of the events of 2014. Elsewhere Linux.conf.au lost its hashtag to an adult entertainment awards and another Linux security flaw is making the news rounds. KDE 3-clone Trinity desktop saw a new release and Bruce Byfield asks why the number of Linux distributions are declining. The most interesting story today comes from Bruce Byfield saying, "The number of Linux distributions is declining. However, exactly why the decline is taking place and how much it matters remains unclear." He takes a stab at explaining it though beginning with the decline in Linux usage as a hobby. Less folks are downloading, installing, and hacking (probably lost to the smartphone craze). Most of those that do are aging and just don’t have the time to hack due to work and family. Byfield also thinks that because most distros are so similar to each other these days perhaps folks are sticking to the most popular and independents are losing heart. Byfield isn’t sure this trend is anything to worry about but suggests keeping an eye on it. More folks are looking back at the year that was beginning with opensource.com’s top 10 Open Source projects. Docker tops
As we’ve reported before, more than half of OpenStack deployments are being built on Ubuntu, according to the OpenStack Foundation, which backs the claim up with survey results. Ubuntu’s popularity with the cloud crowd is not lost on Canonical, which recently launched a new “snappy” version of Ubuntu Core. This minimalist take on Ubuntu can especially serve Docker deployments and platform-as-a-service environments. Now, in a smart move, Google has adopted the Snappy core for use with Google Cloud. It’s a streamlined version of the Canonical Ubuntu Linux distribution tuned to run Docker and other containers along with Google Cloud. It provides the essential components for running Linux task in the cloud, but removes some of the bulk of the full version of Ubuntu. According to Canonical: "Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu for the cloud with transactional updates. Ubuntu Core is a minimal server image with the same libraries as today’s Ubuntu, but applications are provided through a simpler mechanism. The snappy approach is faster, more reliable, and lets us provide stronger security guarantees for apps and users — that’s why we call them ‘snappy’ applications." "Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically
Today in Linux news, the Mint project announced the release candidate for 17.1 KDE. In other news the Mageia project donates 250€ to GCompris and TheStreet says Red Hat stock is poised to become "red hot" in 2015. LinuxQuestions.org announced their 2014 Members Choice Awards today and Bruce Byfield has some tips for KDE users. Clement Lefebvre today announced the release of Linux Mint 17.1 “Rebecca” KDE RC. Mint 17.1 will feature KDE 4.14 and several component and system improvements. The team also released the RC for their Xfce version as well. No clues were given as to when the finals might be ready. The Mageia team today posted of their Christmas gift to GCompris of 250€. They said they’ve grown enough that they’re able to give back some. "GCompris is a software suite of educational activities for children from 2 to 10. Many children first see Linux through GCompris." Mageia is hoping to start a yearly tradition with this small step this holiday season. The guys chose GCompris themselves this year but next year will be asking users which projects they think are worthy. Every year Linuxquestions.org holds their annual Members Choice Awards. Today Jeremy Garcia announced this year’s