Two of Ubuntu’s top contributors join us to chat a bit about the 17.10 release, working upstream with Gnome, the future of SNAPS in Ubuntu & goals for 18.04.

Plus the public beating Kodi is taking for an open source problem, Flatpak gets mature & the Linux Foundation is working on open source AI.

Then we share some recent distro reload anecdote & a bunch of community news.

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How the Kodi Box Took Over Piracy | WIRED

_The Kodi box __pitch is hard to resist. A little black plastic square, in look not much different from a Roku or Apple TV, and similar in function as well. This streamer, though, offers something those others never will: Free access to practically any show or movie you can dream of. No rental fees. No subscriptions. Just type in the name of a blockbuster, and start watching a high-definition stream in seconds._

Flatpak 0.10 New Stable Series Adds Minor Improvements, 0.11 to Get New Features

“This is the first release in a new series of stable releases called 0.10.x. New features will be added to 0.11.x, and bugfixes will be backported to 0.10.x. During the early phase of the 0.10.x series we may also backport minor features, but we guarantee backwards compatibility,” said Alexander Larsson.

The State of AppCenter – elementary OS

This past May we released the major update to elementary OS that debuted the new pay-what-you-want app experience in AppCenter. In those past six months, we’ve seen over 50 apps released by developers.

AT&T is working on an open-sourced AI project with Linux Foundation

The nonprofit Linux Foundation has announced that is working on an open source AI project, and AT&T is one of the founding organizations. Called the Acumos Project, its goal, like many open source platforms, is to enable a free exchange of ideas and machine learning solutions using an artificial intelligence framework — and eventually become a marketplace for AI apps and services.

Linux Academy

Google Even Fear Intel ME, Reduce Their Attack Vector With NERF

NERF delivers “Linux performance and reliability in firmware” as well as eliminates all post-boot activity of UEFI and the Management Engine, rather than allowing it to run concurrently in the background.

Appeals court keeps alive the never-ending Linux case, SCO v. IBM

SCO says IBM released a “sham” version of Monterey OS to prop up AIX for Power.

Canonical to Focus Mostly on Stability and Reliability for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

“At this early stage in the development cycle we’re spending a week or so tidying up the loose ends from 17.10, SRUing the important fixes that we’ve found, getting ready to sync new packages from Debian,” said Will Cooke in his latest weekly report. “As you know, 18.04 will be an LTS release and so we will be focusing on stability and reliability this cycle, as well as a few new features.”

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Chat with didrocks

Didier Roche (@didrocks) | Twitter

Ubuntu core developer & archive admin @canonical

All good things must come to an end, however, in that particular case, it’s rather a beginning!


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Chat with Will

Will Cooke (@8none1) | Twitter

#Ubuntu Desktop Manager at Canonical. High handicap golfer. Once got 9 letters.

I’ll be starting the weekly round-up posts again now that the release is out and 18.04 is getting under way. At this early stage in the development cycle we’re spending a week or so tidying up the loose ends from 17.10, SRUing the important fixes that we’ve found, getting ready to sync new packages from Debian, and generally doing the groundwork to give us a clear run at 18.04. As you know, 18.04 will be an LTS release and so we will be focusing on stability and reliability this cycle, as well as a few new features. I’ll give a more detailed view into 18.04 in the coming weeks.

This thread serves to inquire the community if there would be significant interest in the adoption and/or continuation of Unity 7. I very much welcome feedback from every member on this matter, and would be absolutely thrilled if we found a way to move forward with this!

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