Wolfing Down Ubuntu 15.10 | LAS 388

Wolfing Down Ubuntu 15.10 | LAS 388

Our review of Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, what new, noteworthy changes there are & who we think this new release is just right for. Also, we look the various flavors with bold new features worth checking out.

Plus Kubuntu’s release manager calls it quits, our impressions of the Steam Controller & more!

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Ubuntu 15.10 Review

  • Linux kernel 4.2

  • Stateless persistent network interface names are now being used

  • GNOME packages have been upgraded to version 3.16.X

  • Upstream GNOME scrollbars are now being used.

  • GCC 5 and Python 3.x

  • Support for the Steam Controller when you install Steam from the repo.The Steam installer package takes care of setting requisite udev and uinput rules and permissions.

  • Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Ready For Download ~ Web Upd8: Ubuntu / Linux blog

Since the Linux Kernel version used in the previous Ubuntu release (3.19 in Ubuntu 15.04), there are quite a few changes, including a new AMDGPU kernel driver for supporting recent and near-term Radeon GPUs, Intel Broxton support, F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System) encryption support, support for Ext4 encryption, experimental support for managing clustered raid arrays, live patching the kernel code (aimed at applying security fixes without rebooting), dm-crypt CPU scalability improvements and more.

Ubuntu 15.10 Flavors Now Available for Download

Yep, downloads for Ubuntu’s colorful array of community flavors, including perennially popular Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu GNOME, are now live.

Unity 7.3.3 Features

Unity, the default desktop shell, has been handed a batch of small fixes and usability improvements for Ubuntu 15.10.

For example, you can now drag and drop apps from the Unity Dash to the desktop to create shortcuts, and navigate through Dash results using keyboard navigation keys.

The Unity Dash search box text and BFB tooltip no longer make mention of ‘online sources’ when you have online source searching set to ‘disabled’ under System Settings > Privacy.

Other changes in Unity 7.3.3:

  • You can now drag and drop apps from the Dash to the desktop to create shortcuts
  • Page up/down keyboard navigation works as scroll in the Dash
  • Dash title & BFB tooltip is updated based on your privacy settings
  • Session exit buttons now have a click effect
  • Fix to prevent ‘shutdown’ of computer when screen is locked
  • Active app icons now show unfolded when launcher accordion triggered
  • Fix for full screen menubar
  • Fixes issues with ‘show desktop’ that caused window decoration for two windows of same app to vanish
  • Dash: Non-expandable category headers skipped in keyboard navigation
  • Dash: Non-expandable category headers are no longer highlighted on mouse over
  • Dash: screenreader and KeyNav fixes
  • New setting to control the show-now delay (when pressing Alt key)
  • Logic tweak to stop adjacent menu opening when moving from an indicator icon to its menu

Ubuntu Make

Ubuntu Make, a command-line utility that makes installing popular developer tools easier on Ubuntu, now supports even more platforms, frameworks and services, including a full Android development environment.

Ubuntu 15.10: Wily Werewolf – not too hairy, not too scary •

What you won’t find in this release are any major changes. It used to be that the x.10 releases were the time when things got experimental, sometimes for the better, as in the case of the Unity shell, which became the only option in 11.10 (technically Unity first showed up in 11.04, but that version still offered a GNOME fallback) and sometimes for the worse, as in the case of Amazon search results which first showed up in 12.10. This release has nothing like that.

What’s new in 6 Ubuntu 15.10 offshoot ‘flavors,’ from Kubuntu to Ubuntu GNOME

Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, and other Ubuntu “flavors” with different desktops all saw their own changes and improvements.

Ubuntu MATE for the Raspberry Pi 2

Martin Wimpress and Rohith Madhavan have made an Ubuntu MATE image
for the Raspberry Pi 2 which you can download or build yourself.

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf may lack the bite of its namesake but there is still some nifty new changes shipping inside it.

The Unity 8 Desktop Preview in LXC is the new Unity 8 desktop shell running on the Mir display technology using an LXC container so users of released Ubuntu versions can use the latest versions of Unity 8 and Mir. The idea is that the LXC will be the latest development version of Ubuntu with the latest packages. Also, a user can log in to the Unity 8 LXC session from LightDM just as they would any normal session.

  • [Ubuntu 15.10 Screenshot Tour](http://www.linuxscreenshots.org/?release=Ubuntu 15.10)

Codenamed ‘Wily Werewolf’, 15.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs. Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.2-based kernel, a switch to gcc-5, and much more. Ubuntu Desktop has seen incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to Unity.

“In 15.10, Unity8 is demonstrating Canonical’s convergence vision as a tech preview. Users can log into a Unity8 session on the desktop, experience the new features, and cleanly revert to the default Unity7 experience. The feature set of Unity8 now includes the important windowed mode for Desktop users, which allows users to multi-task between multiple running apps. Mobile apps such as the Music player and the Deko email client have added support to cover small form-factor devices and large screen Desktops. Ubuntu 15.10 also has improved supports for developers of traditional apps that want to bring these apps into Unity8,” say the Ubuntu developers.

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Hawaii – The QtQuick and Wayland system

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Seattle GNU/Linux Conference

The 2015 Seattle GNU/Linux Conference is scheduled
for October 23rd and 24th
at Seattle Central College (Maps).

SeaGL is a grassroots technical conference dedicated to spreading
awareness and knowledge about the GNU/Linux community and
free/libre/open-source software/hardware.


Kubuntu’s Release Manager Calls It Quits

Now that Kubuntu 15.10 shipped yesterday, he’s moving on and will no longer be serving as the Kubuntu release manager. Instead, Riddell is just going to get involved with upstream KDE development more as he no longer wants to be involved under the Ubuntu/Canonical umbrella.

The release manager of the Kubuntu project has stepped down after the launch of Kubuntu 15.10. The information was made public by Jonathan Riddell himself on the official Kubuntu website.

Below are links to the past reports detailing the donations and disbursements from this program.

Canonical Says Ubuntu Phones Will Run Any Linux App on Open Source OS

This week, Ubuntu developer Michael Hall posted proof of Canonical’s progress toward full Ubuntu convergence in the form of a screenshot from an Ubuntu-based Nexus 4 running desktop apps, including GIMP and Firefox.

Hall emphasized that the software in the image remains very much under development. “Lots of work still to do to make these useful, but it’s great to be able to show visible progress,” he wrote.

After Hall posted the screenshot, Softpedia confirmed with him that Canonical’s plan is indeed to make it possible to run any Linux application on Ubuntu.

Alienware Steam Machine Up for Pre-Order

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The Alienware Steam Machine opens up a new way to play, with the endless possibilities of SteamOS. It’s designed for your living room and built for fun. Ready? Let’s game.

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Valve Steam Controller hands-on: Opening a new world of PC gaming possibilities

It took three long, intense days of swearing and messing around in menus and playing Portal 2, but it’s official—we love the Steam Controller.

If you have 15.10 and newer you do not need to do anything except plug in the dongle and pair the controller when you launch steam big picture mode. 14.04 fix is in progress.

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