Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Unity 7.4.5 Update

The Unity 7.4.5 update isn’t big on new features but it is big on bug fixes and general all-round improvements.

- General bug and performance fixes
- HIDPI fixes
- A lock screen security fix
- Improved low graphics mode

The update has begun rolling through the normal software channels but it may not be available to everyone right away.

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Posted on February 18, 2018 by Patrick

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is Switching back to Xorg

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will ship with Xorg as the default display server — not Wayland.

Canonical cite Xorg’s stability and reliability as the primary reasons behind their about-turn.

If you use Wayland, and want to keep using it in 18.04 LTS, you absolutely can!

Surprised? Shocked? Don’t be; this isn’t that big of a deal. In fact, it was always sort of expected.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Use Xorg

When the Ubuntu team flipped the switch on Wayland as default in Ubuntu 17.10 they did suggest that they might flip-flop back to Xorg for Ubuntu 18.04 owing to fact that it is an LTS.

And lo: they have done just that.

Canonical gives Long Term Support versions of Ubuntu 5 years of on-going security updates, critical fixes, and the like. The LTS release is also the most widely used version of Ubuntu with tens of millions of people running it.

Later this year LTS users be offered the chance to upgrade to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS which, among other changes, drops Unity in favour of the GNOME Shell desktop.

With a lot of big changes and moving parts in the way of that upgrade path, switching millions of users over to a display server that’s still a little rough around the edges …Well, it’s not a smart idea, is it?

There are some real benefits to switching back to Xorg, like less screen tearing and better gaming’

Canonical say they “need to be certain” that the next release of Ubuntu works as well as possible for all users and their needs — and at this point that means not using Wayland by default.

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Posted on January 27, 2018 by Patrick

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS Delayed Due To Spectre & Meltdown

Ubuntu 16.04.4 LTS had been scheduled to ship mid-February as the latest point release for this Long Term Support release, but unfortunately that is not going to happen as planned due to the Canonical kernel developers being overloaded by Spectre and Meltdown mitigation work.

Ubuntu 16.04.4 is now being delayed by an unknown length of time, but they believe it shouldn't be more than "a few weeks" past the original 15 February ship date. They are waiting for the Spectre/Meltdown mitigation work to settle, for ensuring they are shipping qualified patches in this point release. Additionally, they have been busy with that mitigation work that they have neglected other kernel patches that may need to make it into this point release too.

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Posted on January 27, 2018 by Patrick