War of the Packages | LINUX Unplugged 150

War of the Packages | LINUX Unplugged 150

We have a spirited discussion from both sides of the universal packaging issue, take a quick look at maru OS that turns a Nexus phone into your desktop, get the inside scoop on the recent Mycroft update & the new Solus release. Plus much more!



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Follow Up / Catch Up

Fedora 24 released!

The Fedora 24 Workstation release features GNOME 3.20, with many usability improvements such as easier input device and printer settings, a better search interface, shortcut windows for keyboard commands, and more convenient music controls.

Flatpak (formerly xdg-app) is another building-block feature, with Software able to track installed Flatpaks and adding more features in the future as the technology develops. The Software app has also grown features to provide a full system upgrade directly from the desktop from one Fedora release to the next, and the ability to provide labeling as well as reviews of available software.

Fedora 24 continues our work on the X replacement, Wayland, a next-generation graphics stack. Although this release will not default to Wayland, it includes many improvements and is available as an option for users to try out, and potentially will be the default stack in Fedora 25.

Before you do anything, you will want to make sure you have the latest software for Fedora 23 before beginning the upgrade process. Additionally, make sure you back up your system before proceeding. One popular tool available in Fedora for this purpose is deja-dup. To update your software, use GNOME Software or enter the following command in a terminal.

Mycroft Core, v0.7 – Responsive Listening, 3rd Party Skills

Today marks the release of a new version of Mycroft. This moves us from the 0.6.X versioning to 0.7 – putting us closer to a 1.0 release. This is a significant update because it contains a large rethinking of the listener that Mycroft uses. The result is our new “Responsive Listening” mode.

OnePlus 3 to Become an Unofficial Ubuntu Phone, Development Will Start Soon

We’ve had a quick chat today with Marius Gripsgård from UBports.com, a group of independent developers trying to port Canonical’s Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system to as many devices as possible, about an upcoming port to OnePlus 3.


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Solus 1.2 Shannon Released

We are proud to announce the release of Solus 1.2, the second minor release in the Shannon series of releases. Solus 1.2 builds upon the groundwork of 1.1 and 1.0, with continued improvements to Budgie, a huge focus on software optimizations, in addition to laying the framework for providing a performant gaming experience. Solus 1.2 furthers us on our journey to realizing the future of home computing.

Docker builds container orchestration right into its core Docker Engine

Docker 1.12, which includes all of these new features, is now available as a release candidate, with general availability planned for July. Once they have been more thoroughly tested, swarm mode and other additions to 1.12 will find their way into the company’s commercial offerings in the second half of 2016.



Maru packs a complete desktop experience on your smartphone. Your phone runs independently of your desktop so you can take a call and work on your big screen at the same time. Personal computing couldn’t be simpler.

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Flatpak Released

Stockholm, Sweden – 21st June 2016 – The development team behind Flatpak is excited to announce the general availablity of their new framework for desktop applications on Linux. Previously named xdg-app, Flatpak is available on a range of major Linux distributions.

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