Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

A sled load of Unity desktop bug fixes are on their way to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Ubuntu may have ditched Unity as its default desktop of choice but Canonical is committed to maintaining the desktop (and its related technology stack) for the duration of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

And as proof of that commitment they are currently preparing to a sizeable stable release update (SRU) for Xenial desktops, which should roll out to all users well before Christmas is upon us.

The SRU is largely composed of bug fixes for Compiz, Nux, Unity 7 and the Ubuntu light themes.

Among the 30 or so changes arriving in the Unity desktop alone are fixes and tweaks to the behaviour of lock screen handling; a number of HiDPI improvements, including correct placing of the ‘force quit’ dialog; windowing fixes for the copy/move dialog; and plenty more.

The security conscious among you will be pleased that here that, as part of this updated stack, the Unity lock screen will persist between reboots. This means the screen stays locked, even with autologin enabled, when your machine is rebooted from the lock screen — something a would-be attacker can currently take advantage of.

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Posted on December 10, 2017 by Patrick

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Is The "Bionic Beaver"

Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS codename...

This next Ubuntu Long Term support release is being codenamed the Bionic Beaver.

The codename and focus for this 18.04 cycle come from improvements to its GNOME desktop experience, continued growth and support around Kubernetes, Ubuntu Core in the IoT space, and more.

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Posted on October 24, 2017 by Patrick

Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New

I’m not going to draw it out: you can now download Ubuntu 17.10, the latest stable release of the hugely popular Ubuntu Linux operating system.

As one might expect from the release arriving ahead of the next Long Term Support release (Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, due April 2018) Ubuntu 17.10 is packed full of big changes and makes use of many new technologies.

Brace yourself; aptly for an autumn release, change is most certainly in the air…

Ubuntu is the world’s most popular desktop Linux operating system, and with its latest short-term support release, it’s clear Canonical want to keep a firm grip on the title.

Ubuntu 17.10 ‘Artful Aardvark’ marks an all-new chapter in Ubuntu’s already rich history.

After years of ‘footnote’ releases that brought only minor tweaks, the ‘Artful Aardvark’ arrives to go all-out, with ample change in tow, ready to usher in the new era.

Rather aptly for a release that begins with the first letter of the english alphabet, the Artful is the first version of Ubuntu to ship with the GNOME Shell desktop installed by default.

Yup, the Unity desktop, once Ubuntu’s core USP, has been unceremoniously relegated to “available in the archives” . Ubuntu joins the fold alongside its fellow Linux distros in opting to use upstream GNOME — but naturally puts its own distinctive stamp on things.

In Brief: Ubuntu 17.10 is a sizeable upgrade to this Linux-based operating system. It debuts with a new desktop shell, a new display server technology, and makes major user-interface and user-experience changes.

A short-term release, Ubuntu 17.10 will receive bug fixes, security patches and select app updates for 9 months.

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Posted on October 21, 2017 by Patrick