I've stated for years how much I dislike Ubuntu's Unity interface. Yes,
it's become more polished through the years, but it's just not an interface that
thinks the same way I do. That's likely because I'm old and inflexible,
but nevertheless, I've done everything I could to avoid using Unity, which
usually means switching to Xubuntu. more>>
Canonical Ltd.'s "Snappy" Ubuntu Core, a stripped-down version of
Ubuntu designed for autonomous machines, devices and other
internet-connected digital things, has gained significant traction in the
chipset/semiconductor market recently.
Ubuntu has received a lot of
flack from the community for some of its commercial projects.
Placing Amazon ads in Unity's Dash is a classic example of a poorly
planned move that flies in the teeth of the community's ethos. A
community built on the concepts of freedom and software that
empowers the user (instead of some commercial concern) would never
take that well.
Debian and Ubuntu are moving to update all C++ packages with GCC5, which was released in April. GCC stands for Gnu Compiler Collection, and it is used to convert source code to executable code and libraries. These compilers are used to build everything from the Linux kernel to user applications, so it's a far-reaching change. more>>
In the world of FOSS, a small change to a license can be a big
deal. For users of proprietary software, changes in the EULA are hardly
even registered. Those users click "Ok" and forget about it in the blink of
an eye. They have accepted that they are severely limited as far as
their rights to alter or redistribute the software is concerned.
Canonical has announced plans to switch all versions of Ubuntu to its
new Snappy package manager. The new tool offers the promise of greater
stability and security for the system and applications. more>>
On April 23, 2015, Ubuntu
version 15.04 (code-named Vivid Vervet) was released. This is
an important release, although superficially it looks much the same as the
The real difference is "under the skin", as Ubuntu switches from the
Upstart init system to systemd.