Ubuntu News Archives
Upstart 1.8 Release Brings Two Changes

Upstart, the event/init daemon still being used by Ubuntu Linux rather than systemd or SysVinit, is now up to version 1.8. Compared to earlier releases that brought more changes, Upstart 1.8 just brings two official changes over Upstart 1.7.

26 March 2013 - Upstart 1.8 - 10 Comments
Canonical Collaborates With Chinese For Ubuntu Kylin

For those that didn't hear already, Canonical is collaborating with the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the Chinese government) to develop Kylin, a new Chinese operating system based upon Ubuntu.

21 March 2013 - Ubuntu - 8 Comments
Ubuntu Cuts Down Non-LTS Support

At yesterday's Ubuntu Technical Board meeting they discussed how long they will support non-LTS releases as well as the rolling release model for Ubuntu Linux.

19 March 2013 - Ubuntu - 10 Comments
Ubuntu Touch Continues Advancing

More progress was made by Canonical and the Ubuntu development community on the Ubuntu Touch project for Linux on smart-phones and tablets.

18 March 2013 - Ubuntu TOUCH - 2 Comments
Ubuntu Developing Its Own Calculator, Calendar, Etc

Further differentiating itself from the GNOME desktop stack it was previously based upon, developers are working on their own calendar, weather, and clock applications that are written against the Ubuntu SDK. They've even developed their own Sudoku and other games.

12 March 2013 - Ubuntu SDK - 97 Comments
Shuttleworth Comments On Future Ubuntu Releases

Mark Shuttleworth recently downplayed the likelihood that Ubuntu would turn into a true rolling-release distribution, but that changes were likely abound. He's now written another blog post about considerations being made at the company for future Ubuntu Linux releases.

11 March 2013 - Release Cycle - 7 Comments
Three Proposals To Consider For Ubuntu Releases

Rick Spencer of Canonical wrote last week the straw-man proposal to make Ubuntu a rolling release distribution. While there's some concerns over moving to a full rolling release process for non-LTS Ubuntu releases, he is seeking feedback on three possible proposals for handling future Ubuntu Linux releases.

8 March 2013 - Ubuntu - 14 Comments
Canonical Loses Work From Top Compiz Contributor

Following a tough week for Canonical with controversies surrounding the Mir Display Server and uncertainties about whether Ubuntu 13.04 would be released or turned into a rolling release model, Sam Spilsbury one of the lead Compiz developers and former Canonical employees, had some harsh words for the Ubuntu backer.

8 March 2013 - Sam Spilsbury - 27 Comments
Shuttleworth On Mir: "A Fantastic Piece of Engineering"

Mark Shuttleworth has written a third blog post today. After he started blogging to come to his defense on Ubuntu, he's written a third post that largely is defending Canonical's position on developing the Mir Display Server and the feelings right now by derivatives like Kubuntu and Xubuntu.

7 March 2013 - Mark Shuttleworth - Add A Comment
Mark Shuttleworth Goes Blogging On Ubuntu Defense

Mark Shuttleworth hadn't written on his blog -- where he posts just a few times per year -- since last December. That changed this morning though where he's already written two separate blog posts to come to the defense about Ubuntu rolling releases and saying criticism is misplaced about Canonical not taking care of the Ubuntu community.

7 March 2013 - Defensive Move - 62 Comments
Future Plans For Ubuntu's Unity Still Being Discussed

Following word earlier this week that "Unity Next" is being written in Qt/QML and that this next-generation Unity desktop will run on the Mir Display Server and be a converged user-interface from phones and tablets to the Ubuntu desktop, more of Unity's future was talked about at the online UDS.

7 March 2013 - Unity Next - 12 Comments
Ubuntu Plans To Move To Systemd's Logind

While Ubuntu developers still are set on continuing to use their own Upstart event-based init daemon rather than the widely-used systemd, the developers at Canonical are planning to begin using systemd's logind component.

7 March 2013 - systemd logind - 36 Comments
Ubuntu 13.04 Will Be Released, Rolling Fate Unknown

At the first day of Canonical's inaugural virtual Ubuntu Developers' Summit, it was decided to release Ubuntu 13.04 as scheduled. The fate of turning Ubuntu into a rolling release distribution for non-LTS releases is undecided.

5 March 2013 - Rolling - 14 Comments
Building & Running The Ubuntu Mir Display Server

The latest coverage of today's surprise announcement of Canonical developing Mir, their own display server for Ubuntu, is information on building and running the Mir display server with the code they open-sourced today. There's also a Phoronix video showcasing the (sad) state of the Mir client demo.

4 March 2013 - Mir Display Server - Add A Comment
The Developers Behind The Mir Display Server

Given Canonical's lack of upstream involvement with the development of X.Org, DRM, and Mesa/Gallium3D over the years, it was interesting to see who at the company is actually on-staff to work on the just-announced Mir Display Server for future releases of Ubuntu.

4 March 2013 - Mir Canonical - 35 Comments
Ubuntu's Unity Written In Qt/QML For "Unity Next"

It shouldn't be a surprise that Canonical has been moving the Ubuntu desktop (namely, Unity) in the direction of Qt/QML over GTK. The Unity phone/tablet interface is using Qt as is other components and for the next major iteration of Unity they're seeking for it to all be written in Qt/QML.

4 March 2013 - Unity - Add A Comment
Ubuntu Looking Again At Rolling Release Model

Canonical developers are again taking a serious look at moving Ubuntu over to a rolling-release model. Under this form, there would be the Ubuntu Long-Term Support (LTS) releases every two years but between that new packages would be pushed out on a rolling-release basis.

28 February 2013 - Ubuntu Rolling Release - 32 Comments
Benchmarking Ubuntu Touch Yields Mixed Results

Performance testing of Ubuntu Linux -- in the form of the brand new Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview -- on the Google Nexus smart-phones continues to move forward, but so far findings are mixed.

25 February 2013 - Ubuntu Touch - 1 Comment

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