Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Let Users Move the Unity Launcher at the Bottom of the Screen

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

According to a recent submission published by Marco Trevisan a few minutes ago on the Launchpad repository of the Unity 7 project, it would appear that we might be able to rotate the Unity interface and place it at the bottom of the screen.

Marco Trevisan is one of the developers working for the Ubuntu Kylin flavor of Ubuntu Linux. He started to develop the new … (read more)

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Ubuntu’s Mir Display Server Prepares for Vulkan, Adds Better Multi-Monitor Support

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Today, December 22, Canonical’s Kevin DuBois had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability for download of the Mir 0.18 display server for the Ubuntu Linux operating system.

One of the most interesting features implemented in the Mir 0.18 release, according to the changelog, is initial support for the next-generation Vulkan low-overhead and cross-platform 3D graphics and compute API (Appl… (read more)

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Canonical Is Teasing Ubuntu Convergence Coming Soon

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Canonical is getting closer to its convergence goal, and it looks like it started to tease the users about some upcoming big news.

Among the most anticipated news of 2016 is the release of a new convergent device that’s been in the works for quite some time. It will be able to run both as a mobile phone and as a standalone desktop, or at least that is the plan.

After the Ubuntu Touch operating system for mobile devices had become stable, the Ubuntu team began to focus mo… (read more)

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Beautiful KDE Plasma 5.2.2 Desktop Arrives with a Few Fixes

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

The KDE Community has revealed that the KDE Plasma desktop has been upgraded to version 5.2.2, marking the release of another maintenance update.

The Plasma desktop has been getting better and better with each new update, and the KDE developers continue to work on it. The new desktop for the KDE experience is still not welcomed with opened arms by the community, but it’s been making good progress in this regard.

A few important distros have already announced that they pl… (read more)

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Plop Linux 4.3.1 OS Has Support for Desktop, Server, Raspberry Pi, Banana Pi, and Cubietruck

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Plop Linux, a small distribution built from scratch and that can boot from CD, DVD, USB flash drive (UFD), USB hard disk or from network with PXE has advanced to version 4.3.1 and is now ready for download.

Not all of the Linux distributions out there are known, and there are quite a few that are really good and that don’t get all that much recognition. This usually happens when the developers don’t bother to update them too often or when the system is a little too alien fo… (read more)

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Make a Wish for What App You Want on Ubuntu Touch

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Ubuntu Touch is still considered a young platform, so there aren’t many native applications available for it. The guys from the unofficial app store for Ubuntu, the uApp Explorer, have put together a list of desired applications for this mobile operating system, and there are at least a few surprises among them.

The biggest problem for any new mobile operating systems built from scratch is the lack of native applications for some of the big services that are already present… (read more)

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Watch: Solus’ Budgie Is Fast, Light, and Customizable

By Softpedia News (Silviu Stahie)

Solus is launching in just a few days, and everyone is looking forward to playing with a new operating system. The more interesting perspective is the fact that it’s going to be powered by the new Budgie desktop, and that’s just as cool.

A big part of an operating system’s appeal is the desktop environment since this is the first thing a user sees, it’s an important part of the overall experience. Solus is powered by Budgie, which is a custom solution that makes use of a nu… (read more)

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Introducing Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker, a Tool to Port Ubuntu Linux for Raspberry Pi 2

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

We’ve just been informed by Martin Wimpress, the main developer and leader of Ubuntu MATE, about the general availability of a spin off project from Ubuntu MATE, called Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker.

As its name might suggest, Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker is an open source tool, a shell script that lets anyone to port any of the official or unofficial Ubuntu Linux flavors for the Raspberry Pi 2 single-board computer (SBC).

Ubuntu Pi Flavour Maker is officially supported on the Ubun… (read more)

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Mir Regression Is Being Patched for Ubuntu Touch, Xenial Branch Still in the Works

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

Today, December 22, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemczak sent his last daily report for 2015, informing us all about the latest work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers for the mobile operating system that powers the Ubuntu Phone devices.

According to Mr. Zemczak, the day of December 21 didn’t bring many changes for the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 software update, which should see the light of day early in 2016, around January 20, with the exception of fixes for the qtmultimedia comp… (read more)

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Claws Mail 3.13.1 Open Source Email and News Client Out Now for Linux and Windows

By Softpedia News (Marius Nestor)

This past weekend, the development team behind the open source and cross-platform Claws Mail email client and news reader application based on the GTK+ toolkit had the pleasure of announcing the first point release in the Claws Mail 3.13 series.

Claws Mail aims to be a user-friendly, fast and lightweight email client for GNU/Linux, Windows, BSD and Solaris operating systems, featuring quick response, extensibility, easy configuration, stability, robustness, intuitive operat… (read more)

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