You Can Now Turn Your Old Moto G2 “Titan” Phone Into an Ubuntu Phone, Here’s How

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

If you still have a Moto G Gen 2 (a.k.a Moto G 2014) around, it looks like you can install the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS from UBports on it, thanks to an effort by an XDA community member.

Walid Hammami managed to port UBports’ Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system on the Moto G2 2014 smartphone, which features a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage.

As such, Moto G2 has been accepted by the UBports project as the first community supported device, and it’s a well-done port with everything working just fine, including Wi-Fi, GSM, 3G, GPS, Bluetooth, SMS, Camera, Ubuntu Store, etc.

“Thanks to Walid Hammami, the Moto G 2014 is now supported as a community device,” says UBports. “Of course, as community devices are maintained by a community member, the quality, stability, and updates are up to the maintainer.”

Introducing community devices by UBports

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Canonical Outs New Ubuntu Kernel Update with Compiler-Based Retpoline Mitigation

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical released on Wednesday new kernel updates for all of its supported Ubuntu Linux releases to address several security issues, as well as to provide compiler-based Retpoline kernel mitigation for Spectre Variant 2 on the amd64 and i386 architectures.

New Linux kernel security updates have been released for Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), and Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance), adding the compiler-based retpoline kernel mitigation for the Spectre Variant 2 vulnerability on amd64 and i386 architectures.

Canonical fixed the Spectre Variant 2 security vulnerability last month on January 22, but only for 64-bit Ubuntu installations. This update apparently mitigates the issue for 32-bit installations too. Spectre is a nasty hardware bug in microprocessors that use branch prediction and speculative execution and it could allow unauthorized memory reads via side-channel attacks.

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KDE Says Its Next Plasma Desktop Release Will Start a Full Second Faster

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

KDE developer Nate Graham shares today details on the new usability and productivity improvements coming to the next KDE Plasma, KDE Applications, and KDE Frameworks software releases.

According to the developer, the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.13 desktop environment release will start a full second faster than previous versions because of the removal of the QmlObjectIncubationController component, which apparently slowed down the entire desktop, and promises to let users pin apps on the panel that contain spaces in their desktop file names.

Goodies are also coming to the upcoming KDE Applications 18.04 software suite this spring, which makes creating of new files with the Dolphin file manager instantaneous, improves drag-and-drop support from Spectacle to Chromium, and lets users configure the Gwenview image viewer to no longer display the image action buttons on th… (read more)

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Ubuntu Core Embedded Linux Operating System Now Runs on Rigado’s IoT Gateways

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Canonical announced today the immediate availability of its Ubuntu Core embedded Linux operating system for Rigado’s Edge Connectivity IoT (Internet of Things) gateway solutions.

Canonical has apparently partnered with Rigado, a private company that provides Bluetooth LE (Low Energy) modules and custom IoT gateways for them, as well as for Wi-Fi, LoRa, and Thread wireless technologies, to deploy its slimmed-down Ubuntu Core operating system across Rigado’s Edge Connectivity gateway solutions.

“Rigado’s enterprise-grade, easily configurable IoT gateways will offer Ubuntu Core’s secure and open architecture for companies globally to deploy and manage their commercial IoT applications, such as asset tracking and connected guest experiences,” says Canonical.

In addition to adopting Canonical’s Ubuntu Core embedded operating system for its IoT (Internet of Things) gateways, which will be used on a wide range of vertical market … (read more)

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Canonical’s Unity 8 Desktop Revived by UBports with Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

UBports community announced today their port of Canonical’s deprecated Unity 8 desktop environment for personal computers, ready for installation in an initial development phase.

As you are aware, last year Canonical decided to stop the development of its futuristic Unity 8 desktop for Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Touch mobile OS. Days after their sad announcement a few community members appeared interested in taking over the development of Unity 8, the most promising one being Yunit.

However, the Yunit project didn’t manage to improve Unity 8 for desktops in the last few months as much as the community would have wanted, and, after a long battle, they decided to pass the baton to UBports team, which is announcing the initial build for devs and an official websit… (read more)

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Canonical Donates Ubuntu Phones to UBports to Continue Ubuntu Touch Development

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

UBports devs announced today on Twitter that Canonical sent them a few old Ubuntu Phone devices to continue the development of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system.

Now that Canonical has ceased the development of its revolutionary Unity 8 user interface for the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system used on smartphones from Meizu and BQ, the company decided to donate several devices to the UBports community.

UBports is recreating Ubuntu Touch, maintaining, updating, and modifying its code to offer the world a free and open source mobile operating system for those who want to use something else than Android, iOS, and what else is still out there.

The devices received by UBports are the BQ Aquaris E5 HD and Meizu MX4, but they appear to run Android instead of Ubuntu Touch, so we talked with project leader Marius Gripsgård, as well as his colleague Dalton Durst to find out more about the donation.

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LibreOffice 6.1 Arrives in August with Revamped Online Experience, New Features

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

LibreOffice 6.1 is being prepared by The Document Foundation for an August 2018 release, promising to add more enhancements and some new features to the popular open-source office suite.

Last week, we talked with The Document Foundation’s marketing assistant Mike Saunders about the 1 million downloads milestone reached by the major LibreOffice 6.0 release in only two weeks after its launch, who told us that the team is already working on the next version, LibreOffice 6.1, due for release in August.

LibreOffice 6.1 will be the first major update to the 6.x series of the office suite and will add yet another layer of new features and improvements to the open-source and c… (read more)

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Purism’s Linux Phone to Use Convergence for a Unified Experience Across Devices

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

For Purism, the company that sells quality computers using a Linux-based operating system and are intended to protect user’s privacy and freedom, designing a convergent Linux phone is a long-term goal to unify the mobile experience across various devices.

Purism’s François Téchené shares some initial details on how the company plans to use convergence for their short and long-term design goals of Librem 5, the Linux smartphone that raised more than $2 million on Kickstarter last year, saying they’re looking to unify the human experience across different device you might own.

For the Librem 5 Linux phone, Purism plans to design responsive and adaptative layouts, as well as interaction patterns that will allow modern mobile apps to adapt to the device’s screen. Convergence will be used for making accessing of services and … (read more)

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Hackers Turn the Nintendo Switch into a Linux Tablet with KDE Plasma Desktop

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Hacking group fail0verflow‏ have managed to install a graphical user interface on the Nintendo Switch after announcing last week that the gaming console was hacked to run a Linux-based operating system.

Last week, the famous fail0verflow‏ hacking group made it possible to run the Debian GNU/Linux operating system on the Nintendo Switch gaming console through a vulnerability they discovered during intense research sessions to find hardware flaws in the device.

According to their findings, the hacking group said that the exploit they found could not be fixed by Nintendo through a firmware update as it was aimed at a flaw in the boot ROM. The vulnerability allowed them to install and run the popular Debian GNU/Linux operating system on the console.

Nintendo Switch as a full-fledged Linux tablet

Over the weekend, the fail0verflow‏ hacking gr… (read more)

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LibreOffice 6.0 Open-Source Office Suite Passes 1 Million Downloads Mark

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

The Document Foundation announced recently that its LibreOffice 6.0 open-source and cross-platform office suite reached almost 1 million downloads since its release last month on January 31, 2018.

That’s terrific news for the Open Source and Free Software community and a major milestone for the acclaimed LibreOffice office suite, which tries to be a free alternative to proprietary solutions like Microsoft Office.

The 1 million downloads mark was reached just two weeks after the release of LibreOffice 6.0, which is the biggest update ever of the open-source office suite adding numerous new features and enhancements over previous versions.

These include a revamped design with new table styles, new gradients, new Elementary … (read more)

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