Ubuntu 14.10 Mega Review | LAS 335

Ubuntu 14.10 Mega Review | LAS 335

Our review of the major flavors of Ubuntu 14.10. We’ll show you how this tried and true desktop can be the fertile playground of future desktop technologies. Our all-star lineup will review everything from Kubuntu to the MATE Edition of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.

Plus Linus responds to the culture of hostility claims, Plasma 5’s big update, Docker’s surprising news, a new AAA game for Linux…


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Ubuntu Turns 10

Ubuntu with Unity 7

If we’re honest, a review of Ubuntu 14.10 could be summarized simply as:

“For those who love Ubuntu, 14.10 is more of what you love. And not much else, for better or worse.”

But Ubuntu 14.10 also offers an appealing playground to check out some of the latest desktop technologies.

  • Ubuntu 14.10 will be supported for 9 months for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Core, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin along with all other flavours. This 9 month window of time is too short for a long-term deployment, but just about right for the enthusiast.

  • Linux kernel 3.16


Kubuntu is releasing two flavors: One with Plasma 4 for stability, and one with Plasma 5 to try the new hotness. Both can be grabbed from Kubuntu.org.

Updates to Plasma 5.1


Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.

Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME is Ubuntu with a pure GNOME Shell experience as opposed to Unity.

Ubuntu GNOME includes GNOME 3.12, but can be upgraded to 3.14 using the following PPAs: ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3 and ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging


Lubuntu is the LXDE-based variant of Ubuntu for low resource usage and targeting older computers.

Lubuntu includes LXDE but LXQt is available for installation via the following PPA: ppa:lubuntu-dev/daily

Other flavors released this cycle:

Edubuntu: Education-targeted flavor using Unity as the desktop environment.
Ubuntu Studio: Xubuntu-based flavor using Xfce as the desktop environment targeting graphic artists, photographers, musicians, and audio/video production.
Ubuntu Kylin: Ubuntu Kylin is the official Chinese version of Ubuntu. It uses Unity as the desktop environment.


Runs Linux

Formula 1 Runs Linux

Hi Chris and Matt,

Don’t know how popular F1 is in the US, but while watching the Japanese Grand Prix, I noticed the “weather man” was using a unity desktop while displaying the forecast for the race. I’m guessing ubuntu 12.04.

Love the show,


Video sent in by fkol-k4

Desktop App Pick

CrossOver 14.0 Makes Installing Windows Apps Easier

CodeWeavers’ CrossOver 14 features improvements to the installation of Windows binaries by using a new automatic configuration feature for detecting/downloading/installing system components needed to run particular Windows applications. CrossOver 14.0 also boasts support for Quicken 2015 and supports a number of new upgrades.

Weekly Spotlight

Ohio LinuxFest 2014 – The Future of Free | Free and Open Software Conference and Expo – Columbus, Ohio – October 24-26, 2014

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Next LAS Monday afternoon Oct 27th

  • Seattle (U.S.A. – Washington)Monday, October 27, 2014 at 3:00:00 PMPDTUTC-7 hours

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— NEWS —

Linus Torvalds Regrets Alienating Developers with Strong Language

“One of the reasons we have this culture of strong language, that admittedly many people find off-putting, is that when it comes to technical people with strong opinions and with a strong drive to do something technically superior, you end up having these opinions show up as sometimes pretty strong language,” said Linus Torvalds.

Linux: On The Internet no one Hears Subtle

KDE – Plasma 5.1 Brings Back Many Popular Features

October 15, 2014.
Today, KDE releases Plasma 5.1.0, the first release containing new features since the release of Plasma 5.0 this summer. Plasma 5.1 sports a wide variety of improvements.

Docker 1.3 Improves Container Security

Among the big additions is the ability to check images with the using of a digital signature. By having the digital signature, it provides users with an additional layer of confidence to know that an image has not been tampered with.

Docker container support coming to Microsoft’s next Windows Server release

Under the terms of the agreement announced today, the Docker Engine open source runtime for building, running and orchestrating containers will work with the next version of Windows Server. The Docker Engine for Windows Server will be developed as a Docker open source project, with Microsoft participating as an active community member. Docker Engine images for Windows Server will be available in the Docker Hub. The Docker Hub will also be integrated directly into Azure so that it is accessible through the Azure Management Portal and Azure Gallery. Microsoft also will be contributing to Docker’s open orchestration application programming interfaces (APIs).

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel! Arrives on Linux

Development team Aspyr, responsible for the Mac and Linux ports, worked with Gearbox and 2K Games to ensure same-day support for the Tux-faithful arrived alongside the Mac, Windows and console releases of the game.

Linux gamers get access to all of the same features, downloadable content add-ons, settings and multiplayer functionality as their Windows and OS X counterparts thanks to the Unreal 3 engine the title is built on.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is set between the previous two Borderlands games to reveal the story behind Handsome Jack’s rise to villainy.

Note: October 14 marks its North American release only. It goes live in Australasia on October 16. The European release follows on October 17.

VCs Pushing Young Entrepreneurs to Build Proprtary Products that Lock-In

To some extent, I think this goes back to the pernicious myth of the “sustainable competitive advantage.” This is a line you hear all too often from venture capitalists, and as I’ve said for over a decade, it’s misleading in the extreme.

Thanks to users’ input on the issue, ChromeOS developers’ decision to drop ext* filesystem support on the file manager is being reversed.

Thanks for all of your feedback on this bug. We’ve heard you loud and clear.

We plan to re-enable ext2/3/4 support in Files.app immediately. It will come back, just like it was before, and we’re working to get it into the next stable channel release.

Please star this bug to get the latest updates. We’ll post everything here.



Next LAS Monday Oct 27th

  • Seattle (U.S.A. – Washington)Monday, October 27, 2014 at 3:00:00 PMPDTUTC-7 hours

  • UTC (Time Zone)Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:00:00 PMUTC

  • New York (U.S.A. – New York)Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:00:00 PMEDTUTC-4 hours

  • London (United Kingdom – England)Monday, October 27, 2014 at 10:00:00 PMGMTUTC

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