Ubuntu 17.10 Will Drop The 32-bit Desktop ISO

Ubuntu will no longer be producing a desktop i386 ISO beginning with the soon-to-be-released Ubuntu 17.10.

Dimitri John Ledkov of Canonical has conveyed to the Ubuntu release team to remove the Ubuntu Desktop i386 daily builds, beta, and final. There will no longer be any "ubuntu-desktop-i386.iso" produced. There is no longer any effective QA or testing being done on the Ubuntu i386 desktop image on actual 32-bit-only hardware. As well, most x86 systems in the past decade support x86_64, Ubuntu modern doesn't run too well on dated hardware, etc.

While the 32-bit Ubuntu desktop image is being dropped, the 32-bit package archive will remain along with the 32-bit net installer image, the mini.iso image, and other artifacts of Ubuntu's 32-bit support. As such, it will be possible for existing Ubuntu 32-bit users to upgrade to 17.10 via the package upgrade process and it will also be possible to install 32-bit packages on Ubuntu 64-bit, such as for Steam Linux gaming.

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Posted on September 28, 2017 by Patrick

GNOME 3.26 Removes the Legacy System Tray

Introduced in GNOME 3.16, the GNOME legacy tray is a little pull-out panel that hides in the lower left corner of the main GNOME Shell desktop.

Apps like Skype, Dropbox and Discord can they system tray icons in this tray to relay online status, notify you of new messages, and/or offer a set of quick right-click actions.

The panel is mostly hidden; you only see a sliver of it when it’s in use. You have to mouse over to the tray, and click on the arrowed tab to untuck the whole thing. When you mouse away, it automatically hides.

Because applications that use tray icons typically run in the background, GNOME refers to the colourful carnival of competing icons as ‘status icons’ because, more or less, they relay the current application status.

In GNOME 3.26, the GNOME legacy tray is gone. Entirely. Out of the box in vanilla GNOME 3.26 you can not see or access status icons at all.

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Posted on September 5, 2017 by Patrick

Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS Released

The second point release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS was released in February 2017. It came with Linux kernel 4.8 and various high-impact bug fixes and stability improvements. Now, Canonical has officially released the third point release, i.e., Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS.
For those who don’t know, a point release is an updated version that keeps on putting together the updated packages. As expected, Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS will remain supported for 5 years, including Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Core. All the other official flavors are supported for 3 years.

Talking about the changes and improvements coming to Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS release, there are tons of them, both small and big in significance. It ships with Linux kernel 4.10, which promises to bring multiple hardware improvements and better device support.

Ubuntu 16.04.3 release comes with a new hardware enablement stack. It also gets the benefit of Mesa 17.10.

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Posted on August 10, 2017 by Patrick