Lineage: Forking CyanogenMod To A New Android Distribution

Some unfortunate news to hear this Christmas is that Cyanogen Inc is shutting down their infrastructure behind the popular CyanogenMod fork of Google's Android operating system while a new fork is emerging. Lineage, Hello World!

Cyanogen Inc announced all services will be discontinued by the end of the year and is a big blow to the CyanogenMod community.

Embracing that spirit, we the community of developers, designers, device maintainers and translators have taken the steps necessary to produce a fork of the CM source code and pending patches. This is more than just a ‘rebrand’. This fork will return to the grassroots community effort that used to define CM while maintaining the professional quality and reliability you have come to expect more recently.

CM has served the community well over its 8 long years. It has been our home, bringing together friends from all over the world to celebrate our joy of building and giving. Its apt then that on this Eve of a holiday we pay our respects. We will take pride in our Lineage as we move forward and continue to build on its legacy.

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Posted on December 24, 2016 by patrick

Linux Mint 18.1 Released, MATE & Cinnamon Flavors

For fans of the Ubuntu-based Linux Mint distribution, the 18.1 "Serena" release is now officially available with the desktop flavors so far being for Cinnamon and MATE.

Linux Mint 18.1 remains based off Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and the LM crew intends to support 18.1 until the year 2021.

Linux Mint 18.1 features the new Cinnamon 3.2 desktop environment as well as improvements to Linux Mint's "X Apps", update manager changes, language settings improvements, and more.

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Posted on December 16, 2016 by patrick

This Is The Release Date for Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’

If you’ve been wondering when Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’ will be released, wonder no more: the official release date of Ubuntu 17.04 is set for April 13, 2017.

Codenamed ‘Zesty Zapus’, Ubuntu 17.04 is the next short-term support release of the world’s most used open-source operating system, and will be the fourth concurrently supported release at the time of its arrival (joining Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTS and 16.10).

The Ubuntu Wiki lists the release date as April 13. The exact time of the release — the moment when the digital release button gets pressed, if you will — is never precise as a multitude of factors can affect it, including mirror syncing, server configuration, and publication of release notes.

The Zesty Zapus will be supported for 9 months after release with select app updates, bug fixes and critical security patches, including new releases of Mozilla Firefox.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, released on April 21st, 2016, is the current long-term support release and is supported for 5 years. Ubuntu 16.10 will reach end of life in July, 2017.

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Posted on November 29, 2016 by patrick