Ubuntu 16.04: From Warty to Wimpy | LAS 413

Ubuntu 16.04: From Warty to Wimpy | LAS 413

We review Ubuntu 16.04 & it’s various flavors. We discuss the new features that make this one of the most important Ubuntu releases in years & debate the major challenges that modern distributions have solved, that Ubuntu still struggles with.

Plus the latest stats show Ubuntu dominating where it counts, how Red Hat is making all that money, Linux in ALL the places, our weekly picks & more!

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Some Bugs

Attempting to install Daily Drop of Unity Desktop 16.04. Selecting fourth install option to Erase Disk and Install Ubuntu. Receiving error that Swap Partition creation failed. Unable to proceed with installation and must reboot. This is a hard failure and also happens on the current Gnome Daily 16.04 distribution.

In case someone hasn’t noticed yet, fglrx has been removed from Xenial. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, the driver did not support XServer 1.18 which we wanted to get in for 16.04. But more importantly, AMD asked us earlier this year to migrate to the open driver stack since fglrx would not be supported in 16.04.

Snap Packages

New features in Snapcraft 2.8 include better detection of some of the steps that need to be executed for showing the current version of the snapraft.yaml file, support for using the “cleanbuild” command to make sure you have a clean build of your snaps, as well as support for Snappy’s new interface, which is still work in progress.

Starting with Snapcraft 2.8, support for Snappy’s “config” setting has been completely removed, and by popular request, the “geoip” feature has been disabled by default. Users can enable it in Snapcraft using the “–enable-geoip” flag via the command-line. More details should be found in today’s announcement.

Great Flavors

MATE Munity 16.04 Screenshot

New in Ubuntu MATE 16.04

Here is a run down of the headline features in Ubuntu MATE 16.04:

  • MATE Desktop 1.12.1
    • Touchpad support is significantly improved and now features multi touch and natural scrolling.
    • Multi monitor support has been improved so the display settings use output names and the revised UI lets you set the primary monitor.
    • The power applet now displays model and vendor information so you can distinguish between multiple battery powered devices.
    • Improved session management which now includes screensaver inhibition while playing media.
    • Extended systemd support.
    • Long standing bugs and many little usability paper-cuts were fixed.
    • Consistent categorisation of the Control Center and System menus.
    • See the MATE Desktop 1.12 release announcement for more details.
    • CPU resource requirements have been reduced across the board.
  • Complete overhaul of Ubuntu MATE Welcome
    • Incorporates Ubuntu MATE Software Boutique with one-click installs for nearly 150 best in class Linux desktop applications.
    • One-click install for popular applications that are not in the official Ubuntu archive, such as Google Chrome, InSync, Minecraft, Opera, Spotify, Steam, Skype, Syncthing, Telegram, TorBrowser and Vivaldi via the Software Boutique.
    • Pre-installation documentation and assistant.
    • System Information and Diagnostics.
    • Post-install setup and configuration assistant.
    • Added one-click enablement of the LibreOffice Fresh PPA to continually track stable LibreOffice releases.
    • One-click install of Drivers, Firmware and Codecs.
    • Includes Raspberry Pi specific documentation and features.
    • Translated in 20 languages.
  • Cross tooklit integration and theming
    • QT applications will inherit GTK theming.
    • Client Side Decorated and Header Bar applications render correctly in all supported window managers, even without compositing enabled in all shipped themes.
    • The default Ubuntu MATE themes have been refined to minimise differences between GTK3 and GTK2.
    • Deeper Compiz integration, gtk-window-manager now sources settings directly from MATE when Compiz is running in a MATE session.
  • Supports Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3
    • Including the Raspberry Pi 3 integrated Bluetooth and WiFi. Also includes Raspberry Pi accelerated versions of VLC, ffmpeg and Kodi.
    • Option to enable experimental hardware accelerated OpenGL rendering.
  • MATE Tweak capabilities have been extended.
    • Option to enable Keyboard LED to show a Caps Lock and Num Lock status indicator for modern laptops and wireless keyboards that no longer have built-in status LEDs.
    • Added Compton GPU accelerated compositing, as an alternative to Compiz, for those seeking tear free video playback.
    • Displays a confirmation after changing the compositor to either Compton or Compiz.
  • Added MATE Dock Applet developed by Robin Thompson.
    • A configurable dock applet that can be placed on any panel, in any orientation.
  • Added Topmenu Applet developed by Javier S. Pedro
    • A GTK+ module that allows placing a global menu in MATE panel applets.
    • The Ubuntu MATE team also added lxpanel-plugin-topmenu and xfce4-topmenu-plugin to the Debian and Ubuntu archives so those desktops can benefit too.
  • Added Mutiny panel layout which showcases mate-dock-applet and topmenu-gtk.
    • The traditional GNOME2 style two panel layout is, and will continue to be, the default.
    • The Mutiny layout is a Unity-like interface, designed to showcase MATE Dock Applet and Topmenu Applet.
  • Added Synapse which also includes complete MATE integration.
    • Synapse is a graphical launcher enabling you to start applications and also to quickly find and access relevant documents and files (by making use of the Zeitgeist engine).
    • The Synapse Launcher can be enabled via MATE Tweak.
  • Updated to Plank 0.11 and includes a new theme for Ubuntu MATE contributed by Holger Rueckershaeuser.
  • DVD and BluRay libraries are pre-installed
    • This doesn’t mean encrypted DVD and BluRay will play out-of-the-box, but they can be fully enabled via Ubuntu MATE Welcome.
  • Vastly expanded language support, the full rationale on how we choose the languages and what we install is available from https://launchpad.net/bugs/1520278.
    • Including this wider language support has added ~400MB to the size of the .iso images.
  • Improved support for braille displays and a new indicator for changing accessibility profiles in Ubiquity.
  • Added an assortment of new community contributed background wallpapers, more consistent icons and icon rendering in menus is optimised.
  • …and many other minor improvements and hundreds of bug fixes.

  • KDE neon upgrades to 16.04LTS

Neon on 16.04

KDE neon is a package archive of KDE software built on a stable foundation. We use Ubuntu because it’s good technology that we’re familiar with and which provides a Long Term Support foundation we can use. When we started the only practical version to use at the start was 15.10 so our packages have been built using that. But with 16.04LTS due out next week it’s time to move to a solid foundation where we expect to stay for the next couple of years.


Runs Linux

Pi Powered Weather Monitor RUNS LINUX

Essentially, one Raspberry Pi acts as a surveillance camera and temperature sensor, while the other Raspberry Pi acts as a remote display. You can view the feed of the camera using a touchscreen that allows you to switch over to a graph at a tap. As you’d expect, you’ll need a couple of Raspberry Pis, a touch screen, a temperature sensor, a Raspberry Pi camera, and a pair of Wi-Fi dongles. When you’re all finished with the project, you’ll easily be able to pull up a live feed from the camera on a Pi. It’s a pretty easy little project when all’s said and done. Head over to Adafruit for the full guide.

Desktop App Pick

AltYo – drop-down console, is written in vala, depends only on libvte, gtk3.

For full description please follow this link https://github.com/linvinus/AltYo

AltYo – drop-down terminal emulator, written in Vala, depends only on libvte and gtk3.

Weekly Spotlight
Shotwell has a new Maintainer

This is a web frontend for a console weather application wego, using it as a backend.
You can check it at wttr.in.

— NEWS —

Ubuntu Linux Continues To Dominate OpenStack and Other Clouds

In the latest OpenStack user survey, we see that OpenStack is finally gaining real momentum in private clouds. We also see that Ubuntu Linux is continuing to dominate OpenStack. As Canonical cloud marketing manager Bill Bauman said, “Ubuntu OpenStack continues to dominate the majority of deployments with 55 percent of production OpenStack clouds. The previous survey showed Ubuntu OpenStack at 33 percent of production clouds. Ubuntu has seen almost 67 percent growth in an area where Ubuntu was already the market leader. These numbers are a huge testament to the community support Ubuntu OpenStack receives every day.” The Cloud Market’s latest analysis of operating systems on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) shows Ubuntu with just over 215,000 instances. Ubuntu is followed by Amazon’s own Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI), with 86,000 instances. Further back, you’ll find Windows with 26,000 instances. In fourth and fifth place, respectively, you’ll find Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with 16,500 instances and then CentOS with 12,500 instances.

How Red Hat is Worth 2 Billion

Many corporate cultures still conform to the hierarchical command and control management model designed for 20th century business needs. Knowledge workers are driving our economy today and they thrive in organizations that welcome their opinions, tap their creativity and award contribution over title.

In his new book The Open Organization (published by the Harvard Business Review Press), Red Hat’s CEO Jim Whitehurst challenges businesses to adopt an open approach that ignites passion and performance. Red Hat became the world’s first (and only so far) billion-dollar open source company by staying true to its ethos – leveraging a community approach to creating solutions where the best ideas win.

CIA’s In-Q-Tel invests in Docker, Mesosphere

Mesosphere and Docker are very well-funded San Francisco-based companies, with valuations that are said to be at or above $1 billion.

All Linux ALL The Time

The culture at Cumulus is all about standards. It was expressed repeatedly that Cumulus want to ensure that their linux is absolutely standard, so the file system hierarchy should be the standard, configuration files should be where they normally are, and so forth. A system that doesn’t follow those guidelines becomes a special snowflake that can’t be supported by regular tools and, as you’ll see, this attitude has paid dividends in this solution.

Noah v. Emma: Switching People to Linux

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  • Will take place Sat during Linux Fest NW (Location TBD)
  • Come find Noah let him switch you to Linux and get a free SSD installed.

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