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IDG Contributor Network: Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds

Download Ubuntu 17.10 daily builds The release schedule for Ubuntu 17.10 has been announced, and you can now download the daily build ISO images as well.

Daily builds can be useful to watch the progress of Ubuntu 17.10, but are not recommended for n...

IDG Contributor Network: Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 review

Foss Post reviews Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Ubuntu 17.04 has gotten quite a bit of media coverage in recent days.

But one new spin of Ubuntu might be worth considering if you’re a fan of the Budgie desktop.Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 combines the power of Ubuntu with the unique Budgie desktop environment.M. Hanny Sabbagh has a full review of Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 for the Foss Post: Budgie is a new desktop interface forked out of GNOME Shell.
It is developed by the Solus team.
It uses GNOME technologies beside their own modifications to give a better user experience.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Ubuntu creator takes CEO role again after layoffs and death of...

Shuttleworth takes over as Canonical axes phone and seeks outside investors.

IDG Contributor Network: Are open source users anti-social muppets?

Mark Shuttleworth lashes out at "anti-social muppets" Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, recently lashed out at some users in the open source community.
In a comment on his post on Google+ he vented his frustration with “anti-social muppets” who have been directing hate at Mir.[ The InfoWorld roundup: 5 rock-solid Linux distros for developers. | Stay up on open source with the InfoWorld Linux Report newsletter. ]Simon Sharwood reports for The Register:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Linux Mint 18.1: Mostly smooth, but some sharp edges

We’ve been fond of Linux Mint for its ability to present a friendly interface to the average end user, while having a stable foundation of Debian and Ubuntu underneath. In this review, we looked at LinuxMint 18.1, dubbed Serena. We found a solid operating system that can run into problems in edge case scenarios.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

IDG Contributor Network: Did Ubuntu dump Unity for cash?

Did Ubuntu dump Unity for money? Canonical dumped GNOME for its own Unity desktop years ago, but now the company has reversed itself and will release Ubuntu 18.04 with GNOME instead of Unity.So why did Canonical give up on Unity?[ Intel, Apache, Amazon, and more: See the 2017 open source rookies of the year. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Christine Hall speculates that it all came down to money for Canonical, and she lists the reasons for the company’s shocking switch from Unity to GNOME in Ubuntu 18.04.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Unity out at Canonical amid big shakeups

Canonical, the company behind the best-known Linux distribution in the world and one of the biggest players in commercial open source software, has announced several large-scale changes of direction that have created big ripples in the open source w...

Ubuntu Unity is dead: Desktop will switch back to GNOME next...

Ubuntu phones and tablets are dead, but the desktop, server, and cloud live on.

Kotlin compiles directly to native code via LLVM

Kotlin, the JVM-based language from IDE maker JetBrains, can now be compiled to standalone executables using the newly unveiled Kotlin/Native compiler.The compiler uses the LLVM project to generate the executables—another example of LLVM as the premier tool to both enable new languages and enhance existing ones.[ Only on InfoWorld: A beginner’s guide to Angular.

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Go native, go faster In its current, pre-release form, Kotlin/Native produces binaries for MacOS 10.0 and greater, Ubuntu Linux 14.04 and greater, iOS, and Raspberry Pi. Microsoft Windows is not yet supported, due to “significant difference[s] in exception handling model on MS Windows and other LLVM targets,” but “this situation could be improved in upcoming releases,” JetBrains says. Many other features, like coroutines (recently introduced for Kotlin and LLVM), aren’t available yet.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Why is Ubuntu Linux so popular?

Why is Ubuntu Linux so popular? Ubuntu Linux has been around for a long time, and over the years it has proven to one of the most popular Linux distributions ever.

But what has made it so popular?A redditor recently asked that question in the Linux subreddit and got some interesting answers.Quardah started the thread with this post: Honest question: Why is Ubuntu popular?I am strongly wondering why is Ubuntu this popular.
I don't feel like it addresses any "role" for a distro.

All the other "big" distros are really specific into their specialization…I am having a hard time why Ubuntu has become popular.
I personally view it as a distro popularized by a private industry? Is it popular because it managed to build a community or because it's easy to work with?To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Install OpenShot 2.3 in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux...

Install OpenShot video editor in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 1 OpenShot is a free and open source video editor.
It is cross-platform and offers many powerful video editing features.Here’s a video preview of OpenShot 2.3’s new features: LinuxG has helpful instructions on how you can install OpenShot 2.3 in Ubuntu 16.10 and Linux Mint 18:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: Has Ubuntu Linux become boring?

Has Ubuntu become boring? Ubuntu has long been one of the best known and most popular Linux distributions. But has it become too boring and predictable to retain the interest of users?One writer at OMG Ubuntu asked that question after looking at a c...