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Ubuntu 14.10 Preview, Wallen Walkback, and the Pantheon

Today in Linux news, Terry Relph-Knight takes the new Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 for a test-drive and wrote up his opinion. Jack Wallen today said, "Linux on the desktop isn’t dead." In other news, Bryan Lunduke spent his last week running the Pantheon desktop environment and shared his thoughts today. And finally today, Bruce Byfield explains why Linux "isn’t a desktop alternative." ZDNet’s Terry Relph-Knight recently tested the new Ubuntu 14.10 Beta and said there doesn’t seem to be any big changes in store despite early predictions of "a fully converged cross-platform OS running Mir and UnityNext (8) by 2014." Relph-Knight leads with the observation that Ubuntu is clearly designed for smartphones and "if you’ve been following Ubuntu 14.10’s progress by installing the alpha releases, you’ll have noticed… very little." He runs down the default applications and such and never really gives a solid conclusion. I guess it’s still too early. Jack Wallen today said, "Linux is, in fact, desktop ready… it just hasn’t found an inroad to the average consumer desktop." He says while desktop Linux will never die because it has too many industries and users depending on it. But then he says, "Linux developers need to stop

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