One of the sessions held on Tuesday during the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando was concerning Ubuntu developer documentation and the need for a stable desktop API.
Besides talking about how hybrid graphics on Linux are a mess, there were many other topics talked about on this first day of the Ubuntu 12.04 Developer Summit in Orlando, Florida.
There's less than a week until the Ubuntu Developer Summit begins for Ubuntu 12.04 (codenamed the Precise Pangolin). The schedule for the event in Orlando, Florida is beginning to get filled up so here's some of what you can expect to see discussed for this next Ubuntu release due out in April.
Canonical will now be selling electronic books and magazines through the Ubuntu Software Center.
Canonical is announcing this morning that they will be extending their desktop support of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS from three years to five years.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (codenamed Precise Pangolin) is now open for development just one day after the release of Ubuntu 11.10. The Ubuntu Developer Summit for this next major Ubuntu release is also coming up in just over two weeks.
While there are many improvements to the graphics drivers in Ubuntu 11.10 and its shipping with the latest stable driver components, there are a few caveats to point out that I've come across during last minute tests this week.
Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" has been officially released this morning.
Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed that the codename for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux release is the "Precise Pangolin", which will succeed the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" version.
Canonical has announced the second beta release of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" for those interested in testing it out before the final version makes its debut next month.
This morning I shared some initial battery power consumption results for Ubuntu 11.10 from three different mobile devices. For all three of them, the power consumption on Ubuntu 11.10 was even higher than Ubuntu 11.04, which was already in a power hungry state. Before calling it a week to go handle XDC2011 matters, I ran some tests from a standard Intel Atom N270 netbook. Sure enough, Ubuntu 11.10 is doing a heck of a job at burning through power.
The Linux power regressions are not over. The power consumption with Ubuntu 11.04 dramatically increased due to a PCI Express Active-State Power Management change. This was after another major power regression in an earlier upstream kernel release. The Linux PCI-E ASPM support is still not improved, so the 11.04 power regression remains in Ubuntu 11.10 and other upstream Linux distributions shipping Linux 2.6.38+, but that's not all. The power situation in Ubuntu 11.10 is dramatically worsened.
There's been a proposal written today for a new Ubuntu release process. Under this proposed process, Ubuntu would abandon its traditional six-month release cycles in favor of monthly releases. Yep, once a month. The benefit of this proposal is that new Ubuntu features wouldn't be forced to land every six months but would land when the given feature is actually mature and ready. This is quite different from Ubuntu's current release process, but this proposal comes from Scott James Remnant, the former Canonical employee and Ubuntu Developer Manager.
Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" was released today, as planned. It doesn't fix the power problems, but it does present other changes in preparation for the formal release next month.
Canonical's Kate Stewart set a milestone for correcting the ASPM power issue by Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 1. Ubuntu 11.10 Beta will be released today, but it will not fix the Linux 2.6.38 power regression that's caused by a change in PCI-E Active State Power Management.
Canonical's Kate Stewart has announced the release of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot" Alpha 3.
Two weeks ago on Phoronix it was asked what do you dislike or hate about Ubuntu? This was following a discussion on the Ubuntu development list about Ubuntu developer applicants being asked about what they like the least about Ubuntu. The overwhelming response among Phoronix readers was clear: they still really hate the Unity desktop.
When applying to become an Ubuntu developer, part of the application process asks "what [do you] like least in Ubuntu." This has provided Canonical with a lot of feedback about Ubuntu from potential developers. Only now though is a concise list of these negative items being made available publicly.
For those living in Ubuntu's Long-Term Support (LTS) land rather than running the latest Ubuntu releases, the third 10.04 LTS release is now available.
Canonical has announced today that their next Ubuntu Developer Summit, for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release, will take place from the 31st of October to the 2nd of November. Like last year's Ubuntu 11.04 summit, this UDS will again be taking place in Orlando, Florida.
Canonical has announced the release of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot" Alpha 2 this morning.
Submitted to the updates repository for Ubuntu 11.04 and the upcoming Ubuntu 11.10 Linux operating system releases is support within the CUPS printing package for Apple's AirPrint.
A small but useful feature for the CD ISOs of Fedora, openSUSE, MeeGo, and many other Linux distributions is that they are spun as hybrid ISOs. Hybrid ISOs allow the same CD ISO to be copied directly to a USB storage device (i.e. flash drive) without needing to rely upon any external utilities. Ubuntu ISOs have not supported this feature, but they do have their easy-to-use start-up disk creator to take care of this task. However, the daily ISOs for the Ubuntu Oneiric development cycle and all official Ubuntu CD releases going forward for i386 and x86_64 platforms will be now spun as hybrid ISOs.
This shouldn't be news for anyone who has followed the Phoronix articles for Ubuntu 11.10, particularly from the UDS Budapest event, but here's the official X.Org plans for this next Ubuntu Linux release.
Canonical has launched a preview of the Ubuntu Developer Portal service. This is a self-serve web-based service where independent software vendors wishing to sell their software via the Ubuntu Software Center can be managed via a standard developer program.
For anyone excited to see more Unity love, or simply an updated out-of-the-box package set Intel Sandy Bridge will work on Ubuntu, the first alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot" has been released. With the features only recently having been defined, Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 1 doesn't offer up too much, but it's a start.
Last week we reported on the key features coming to Ubuntu Server 11.10 that Canonical has put out as part of their features definition list. Now there's a similar list for the Ubuntu desktop edition.
With a few weeks having passed since UDS Budapest where a lot of details concerning Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot" were figured out and debated, and the features definition freeze now in effect, Canonical has announced the five core areas they'll be working on in this development cycle as it pertains to the Ubuntu Server release.
While we have had an early Ubuntu 11.10 release schedule (along with one for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) going back to last May, the official release schedule for Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot" is now available.
Ubuntu Studio, an official Ubuntu Linux derivative designed for an optimal multi-media production experience, will not be following its "bigger brother" in using Canonical's Unity Desktop. But the Ubuntu Studio developers don't like the GNOME Shell as part of the GNOME 3.0 experience either, so they have drawn up a new set of plans.
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