The Most Exciting Ubuntu News Of The Year
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 28 December 2015 at 08:05 AM EST. 6 Comments
Ubuntu Linux made a lot of headway in 2015 particularly around their Unity 8 and Mir projects as part of their converged vision between mobile and desktop devices as well as in the Snappy space and the growing IoT market.

In ending out 2015, here's a list of our top ten most viewed Ubuntu news items on Phoronix this year out of our nearly 200 original Ubuntu news items this year.

BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Phone Being Released Next Week
Beginning next week the BQ Aquaris E5 pre-loaded with Ubuntu Phone will become available in Europe.

Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
Ubuntu 15.04 was just released and Canonical isn't wasting any time with starting to share their plans for Ubuntu 15.10 due out in October. This next release will feature a build that switches away from Debian packages (.deb) to using Snappy Personal.

Ubuntu Plans For Python 3 By Default For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Another one of the interesting discussions this week at the Ubuntu Online Summit was with regards to plans for merging off of Python 2 and providing Python 3 by default over the next year, in time for the long-term support release of Ubuntu 16.04.

Ubuntu Is Planning To Make The ZFS File-System A "Standard" Offering
While the ZFS file-system isn't supported by the mainline Linux kernel due to the Oracle-owned file-system being under the GPL-incompatible CDDL license, Canonical is making plans to offer ZFS on Ubuntu in some standard way.

Ubuntu Is Finally Fixing Its Annoying GRUB Setting
An annoying setting of Ubuntu's GRUB configuration is going to be finally addressed in Ubuntu 15.10 and will be addressed in current Ubuntu releases via a stable release update.

Ubuntu 15.04 Will Attempt To Better Update CPU Microcodes
With next month's release of Ubuntu 15.04, CPU microcode updates will attempted to be better handled.

The Exciting Ubuntu 15.10 Linux News Of The Past Week
With Canonical having hosted the Ubuntu Online Summit this past week to lay out and plan early details of Ubuntu 15.10, here's a recap of our Phoronix coverage over the past week for their next major update due to ship in October.

A Demo Of Ubuntu's Unity 8 On The Desktop
In continuation of this morning's Ubuntu 15.10 UOS session about plans for Unity 8 on the Ubuntu desktop, that was followed by a demo of the current Unity 8 desktop experience -- including some experimental code shown by Canonical developers.

There's Yet Another Awkward Ubuntu Linux Tablet Announced
In recent months we've covered an Ubuntu tablet with a 1TB hard drive, another sketchy Ubuntu tablet, and other awkward devices looking to ship Ubuntu in tablet/mobile form without any support from Canonical. There's yet another tablet to talk about today.

Unity 8 & Mir Are Moving Along For Ubuntu 15.04
Canonical's work on the next-generation Unity 8 interface for the Ubuntu desktop powered by the Mir display server is taking shape on the desktop and complementing their mobile work well.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens in 2016 with regard to new Ubuntu mobile devices, whether the converged experience will be finally realized, how Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is received by desktop users, and whether Mir will reach the desktop in Ubuntu 16.10. Share with us your favorite Ubuntu 2015 items in the forums or what you hope of this popular Linux distribution in the year to come.
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