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

Ubuntu 17.10 Makes It Easier to Use Bluetooth Speakers

Ubuntu will automatically switch sound output to Bluetooth when you connect a Bluetooth speaker, soundbar or headset.

Connecting a compatible USB audio device will also see the sound output auto-switch to that device.

While most Bluetooth speakers, headsets and USB audio devices already well with Ubuntu you typically have to dive into the system’s sound settings and manually select the device for audio output.

In a world where Android and iOS smartphones automatically switch to Bluetooth devices when connected, requiring manual user input is not only a little old-fashioned but may, to users otherwise unaware, appear broken.

So I’m pleased to hear that Ubuntu is fixing this!

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Posted on July 15, 2017 by Patrick

Smarter Window Snapping is Coming to GNOME Shell

Smart half-window tiling is headed to GNOME Shell and Mutter. The improved feature lets you tile windows to available width (not an arbitrary 50%) and, better still, lets you resize both windows at the same time just by resizing one or other.

Now, being fairly new to GNOME Shell, I’m not sure whether these ‘features’ are strictly new, as it seems there are various GNOME extensions and a hidden shortcut key that may/may not let you do similar things.

But having smarter window tiling not only built-in to GNOME but so easily discoverable is, certainly for me, a boon.

After the introduction of the possibility to resize tiled windows, it is a sensible decision to make windows aware of their tiling match. A tiling match is another window that is tiled in such a way that is the complement of the current window, Georges writes in an update to a bug from 2011 than requests smarter window snapping in GNOME.

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Posted on June 13, 2017 by Patrick