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Ubuntu Drops Support For Sun's SPARC

If you were hoping to run Ubuntu 8.04 on your Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2" processor, guess again. It was just two years ago that Mark Shuttleworth announced at JavaOne 2006 that Ubuntu would be supporting Sun's SPARC architecture starting with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Since then, SPARC versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 have also been produced. However, Ubuntu's support of SPARC has now come to a close. The forthcoming LTS release of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" will arrive without any support for Sun's processors. The only officially released architectures will be for i386 and x86_64 due to a decision made by the Ubuntu Technical Board. The announcement was made on the ubuntu-devel-announce list.
13 March 2008 - Sun's Niagara Won't Get Hardy - 7 Comments

Ubuntu Mobile For MIDs Announced

We knew it was coming, but today Canonical has officially announced Ubuntu Mobile. Unlike some of the Ubuntu derivatives that are the same as Ubuntu but a swapped out desktop environment, Ubuntu Mobile is completely re-engineered for use on MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) with plenty of features to distinguish it from the desktop Ubuntu distribution. Ubuntu Mobile continues to be fully open-source, but is capable of including licensed codecs, full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, enhanced media playback, a suite of mobile applications, and integration with popular Web 2.0 applications. Ubuntu Mobile is also touch-screen friendly, utilize various Internet connection technologies such as WiMax, and offer a highly-customizable user interface. More information is available from the Ubuntu Mobile webpage. From the screenshots and information provided thus far, Ubuntu Mobile is looking quite impressive for a Linux MID distribution.
26 February 2008 - Ubuntu On Your MID - 2 Comments

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron Alpha 5 Is Out

Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 5 is now available for download. This is the first Ubuntu alpha release since the 8.04 feature freeze, and now planning is also underway for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. The complete list of features (and download links) can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki. Likewise, the release announcement can be read on ubuntu-devel-announce. There is one more Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha release planned before the beta/RC and then the final release in April.
23 February 2008 - Getting Closer To Final...

Ubuntu 8.10 Is Called The Intrepid Ibex

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" isn't due out until this April, but planning is already underway for the next Ubuntu release that will become known as Ubuntu 8.10. The codename for Ubuntu 8.10 has also been announced and this LTS+1 release will be known as the "Intrepid Ibex." With Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" they will continue work on redefining the Linux desktop as well as improving the mobile performance and pervasive Internet access. The Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" announcement written by Mark Shuttleworth can be read on the Ubuntu mailing list.
20 February 2008 - Ubuntu 8.10 Gets A Name

Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 4 Released

It's arriving a day late, but this evening Steve Langasek has announced the availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 4. This is the fourth Hardy Heron alpha release and new in this release is the inclusion of the Transmission BitTorrent client, the Vinagre VNC client, Brasero CD/DVD burner, a world clock applet for GNOME, GVFS through GNOME 2.21/2.22, and a few virtualization improvements. We have already wrote about some of the GNOME 2.22 improvements and the inclusion of virt-manager in Ubuntu 8.04. More information on the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4 release is available from the Ubuntu Wiki. New Hardy Alpha 4 releases are also out for Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu JeOS, Gobuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. More information on Alpha 4 can be found in the release announcement.
1 February 2008 - Hardy Heron Gets Harder - 2 Comments

Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS Update Released

While all of the excitement at the Ubuntu camp is brewing over the upcoming Hardy Heron (8.04) release, Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) has received a minor update. Ubuntu 6.06.2 is an LTS (Long Term Support) update for i386 and x86_64 architectures. This maintenance release has over 600 post-release updates and a number of bug fixes as well. Today's Ubuntu 6.06.2 announcement can be read here.
21 January 2008 - Dapper Drake Makes A Return

Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 3

The third Alpha release in the road to Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" is now available for download. Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 3 has improved PolicyKit integration and Firefox 3 Beta 2. Download links and more information is available from the Ubuntu website.
10 January 2008 - Here Comes Hardy Heron

Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux

9 January 2008 - Thanks To Carnegie Mellon... - 3 Comments

Ubuntu's Free Software Laptop A No-Go?

Back in July, Mark Shuttleworth asked the community whether they wanted a high-end free software laptop. This theoretical laptop would "just work" with Linux through open-source drivers and everything down to the BIOS (and eventually, the firmware) would have a free software license. It's going on six months later and we haven't heard any update on the possibility for this high-end free software laptop. However, with yesterday's announcement of Dell adopting Ubuntu 7.10 with DVD support, we decided to follow up with Mark Shuttleworth regarding any free software laptop plans.
20 December 2007 - No Sufficient Demand Right Now - 9 Comments

Six Days To Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 1

It's been just over a month since the release of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon, but the first alpha release for the next major Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 8.04, is now less than a week away. We shared with you back during the Ubuntu Live conference that Ubuntu 8.04 will be a Long Term Support release, similar to Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. The codename for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is Hardy Heron. Once Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 1 is released we will provide screenshots and additional coverage. There are six Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha and one Beta releases before its final release in April. The Hardy Heron release schedule is available from the Ubuntu Wiki.
23 November 2007 - Hardy Heron Gets Hard In 6 Days - 4 Comments

Ubuntu JeOS 7.10 Released

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon was released last month, but shipping today is Ubuntu JeOS. JeOS was announced earlier this year as an operating system designed for virtualized environments and one where ISVs can build virtual appliances. JeOS stands for Just Enough Operating System. The 7.10 edition of Ubuntu JeOS can be downloaded directly from Ubuntu with more information in the JeOS press release and mailing list announcement.
15 November 2007 - Just Enough Operating System

Ubuntu 7.10 Now Available For Download

Right on time, Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" has been released. From the number of articles we've had on Ubuntu 7.10 during its development cycle, Gutsy Gibbon is certainly an interesting creation and is definitely worth checking out both on the desktop and server. Along with the Ubuntu 7.10 release is Kubuntu 7.10, Xubuntu 7.10, Edubuntu 7.10, and Gobuntu 7.10. Mythbuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu Studio 7.10 should be out anytime as well. The Ubuntu 7.10 press release can be read from Canonical.
18 October 2007 - Gutsy Gibbon Is Here! - 5 Comments

Ubuntu 8.04 Is Called "Hardy Heron"

Jono Bacon, the community manager for Ubuntu, has just announced that Ubuntu 8.04 will be called "Hardy Heron". This continues in the alphabetical naming scheme after Dapper Drake, Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, Gutsy Gibbon, and now Hardy Heron. As we have shared before, Ubuntu 8.04 will be a Long Term Support release. Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron will arrive next April, while Gutsy Gibbon will ship this October. What do you think of the name Hardy Heron? Tell us in the Phoronix Forums. Jono's announcement can be read on his blog.
29 August 2007 - 3 Comments

Ubuntu 7.10 To Ditch Xserver 1.4

Following a developer meeting this week, the decision has been made to leave Xserver 1.4 out of 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon and then include it in Ubuntu 8.04, in what is currently another eight months away. The reason behind abandoning Xserver 1.4 is that it won't be released until after the Ubuntu Gutsy feature freeze, but at the same time the development version (Xserver 1.3.99) is already available. Xserver 1.4 is what X.Org 7.3 will use. Dependent upon X.Org 7.3 is also Ubuntu's displayconfig-gtk and their bullet-proof-x. Unless the Ubuntu developers decide to make an exception or extend their feature freeze, Xserver 1.4 is out of the question for Ubuntu users until next year. Mark Shuttleworth frequently talks about wanting the major open-source projects to coordinate and schedule their release cycles with one another, but it doesn't look like Mark wants to play ball on this one by adjusting the Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" release cycle so late in the game.
18 August 2007 - 2 Comments

Ubuntu Live 2007 Conclusion

The Ubuntu Live 2007 conference earlier this week was a huge success. This was the first-ever Ubuntu Live conference, but O'Reilly and Canonical had done a remarkable job organizing this three-day Portland conference. You can view our coverage from Ubuntu Live 2007 here. Additional information is available from the Ubuntu Live website and there are additional photographs on Flickr. Phoronix was media partners for this Ubuntu event, and we are already looking forward to Ubuntu Live 2008!
25 July 2007

Ubuntu Bazaar 1.0 Coming

Continuing on with announcements from Ubuntu Live 2007, Mark Shuttleworth has just announced that Bazaar, Ubuntu's revision control system, will reach version 1.0 this September. More information to come soon from Ubuntu Live 2007.
22 July 2007

Next Ubuntu LTS Release In 2008

Mark Shuttleworth has just announced during his keynote at Ubuntu Live 2007 that the next Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) release will be Ubuntu 8.04. This will be the first LTS release since Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake. Mark had went on to add that Canonical is committed to delivering a new LTS release every two years. Ubuntu 8.04 will be out in April of 2008.
22 July 2007

Canonical To Launch "Landscape"

Ubuntu Live 2007: In the next month Canonical will launch "Landscape", which is a web-based systems management and monitoring solution. Landscape is designed for small and medium sized businesses.
22 July 2007

Ubuntu's Free Software Laptop

While Dell now ships Ubuntu-loaded desktops and notebooks, it's not good enough for Ubuntu-founder Mark Shuttleworth. Mark's latest challenge is to create a high-end laptop that will run free software perfectly. The Ubuntu specifications for a free software laptop include an Intel WiFi adapter using the open-source driver, Intel open-source graphics, ACPI with suspend and hibernate support that "just works" with Linux, the OpenBIOS / LinuxBIOS, at least five-hour battery life using the Linux tickless kernel, and a 1024 x 768 screen resolution or better. A long-term goal for this project is also completely free software firmware and hardware codec support with patent licenses included.
12 July 2007

Ubuntu Live 2007 Discount Code

The Ubuntu Live 2007 discount code has been updated for Phoronix readers. To save 35%, use the discount code ubu07phrx when purchasing your conference pass. You also have a chance to win a free pass from Phoronix.
8 June 2007

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