The Six Rings of Ubuntu | LUP 130

The Six Rings of Ubuntu | LUP 130

Why Linux Mint’s X-Apps are a bigger shakeup then you might realize, bricking your laptop with a Linux command & Dell’s new Linux distro.

Plus we celebrate 15 years of VLC, a quick look at Tails 2.0 & more!

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15 years of VLC and VideoLAN
Pacman-5.0 Released | Allan McRae

As is becoming tradition, I need to make a blog post to accompany a pacman release! This is a big release with a long awaited feature so it needed a major version bump (and, most importantly, we now are back ahead of the Linux kernel in version numbers).

Tails – Tails 2.0 is out

We are especially proud to present you Tails 2.0, the first version of Tails
based on:

  • GNOME Shell, with lots of changes in the desktop environment.
  • Debian 8 (Jessie), which upgrades most included software and improves
    many things under the hood.


Your laptop could be bricked with a single Linux command

The directory that destroyed the system, which is at __/sys/firmware/efi/efivars/__stores information and scripts that the computer uses to boot using the more _modern EFI standard, which is a replacement for the decades-old BIOS._

Canonical Is Looking for Participants to a “Ubuntu Apps in Unity 8” Research Study

The research study is lead by Ting-Ray Chang, a user experience researcher at Canonical, and it is targeted mainly at Ubuntu or Fedora user in the London (United Kingdom) area. Why Fedora? That we don’t know!


X-Apps… The Hell?

“X-Apps will be a collection of generic GTK3 applications using traditional interfaces which can be used as default desktop components in Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. In Mint 18, the ‘X apps’ will allow us to maintain a native look and a good level of integration because they will be used in replacement of GNOME applications which now look foreign (using headerbars and a distinctive layout),” Clement Lefebvre, the leader or the Linux Mint project explained.

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Dell serves up its own disaggregated OS

OS10 is based on a native, “unmodified” Linux kernel that can support a broad range of applications and services from the Linux ecosystem, Dell officials say. Dell claims this differentiates it from Cumulus Networks’ Cumulus Linux and HP’s OpenSwitch effort for disaggregated and “open” network operating systems.

The next XPS 13 Developer Edition is “closer” to shipping and so discounts are being offered on older models, George Barton, a senior technologist at Dell, said in a Google+ post. Older models are powered by Broadwell chips, which preceded Skylake.

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