Early Preview of Gnome Shell 3.14 On Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

GNOME 3.14 is releasing in September and Ubuntu-GNOME in October, therefore this is an early access to the development versions of both of them. However Ubuntu development releases are quite stable and the same also applies for GNOME, so it should be a very usable system.

Running GNOME in Ubuntu won’t give a genuine GNOME experience and not all things work as supposed to, but on the other hand Ubuntu will give you the best out of Linux desktop the term is wrong in general, meaning easy access to all available software, free and no-free. Something you should keep on mind if you prefer GNOME over Unity is that is recommended to install Ubuntu GNOME and not Ubuntu and install GNOME after. The interplay of the two desktops when we add GNOME PPAs is really bad. Also getting GNOME from official PPAs of Ubuntu, it is a poor GNOME “clone” and additionally it would be an old version too. It isn’t very good idea to make a judgement out of it. It isn’t even a worth to try it like this.

Get latest GNOME On Ubuntu GNOME

That involves three steps. Download Ubuntu GNOME, add PPAs and reboot.

You will need to download one of the daily Ubuntu GNOME images. To burn the ISO you can watch this YouTube guide.

Prefer the 64bit architecture and if you have an UEFI, boot the USB from there. Install as normal and update the system.

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Every time that upgrade will keep packages back, try dist-upgrade.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Then add the PPAs.

We are going to use the bleeding edge snapshots. Two things.

  1. Read the details on PPAs
  2. You have to know how to use ppa-purge and apt-get

PPA-purge disables a PPA and reverts to the official packages if applicable. The syntax is very simple

sudo ppa-purge the-PPA-to-remove

The PPAs you need to add are:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ricotz/testing

After that, update

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade //or dist-upgrade

You’re done, just reboot!


Overall

GNOME is depended in some degree on GNOME-Software, and GNOME-Software isn’t available in repositories. GNOME Software helps us to create Application-Folders in Shell, makes applications easily discover-able from Shell through a search provider, and more.

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In general there are some smaller issues as well (eg theming, gsettings, super+right click, and others), missing software and not all GNOME modules aren’t updated to the latest (yet). Ofcourse this is still an early release (technically not even release!).

For now just a screencast. Open Source and proprietary in perfect harmony with a single click in Ubuntu!

Ubuntu GNOME with the Testing PPAs at the moment has many many bugs concerning GNOME implementation that don’t happen for example in Fedora 21.


A last thing you should know is that GNOME 3.14 is going to bring huge improvements, so it is a worth to update to it.

As a matter of fact is always important to update on the latest desktop releases no matter what Linux desktop you’re using. They all do bring many many improvements that make your life easier. Easier means less nerves -happier 🙂

via Early Preview | Shell 3.14 On Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 | woGue.

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The Linux Foundation’s Free “Intro to Linux” course – Beginning 1st August 2014

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On March 6, the Linux Foundation announced it is building a Massive Open Online Course MOOC program with edX, the nonprofit, open source based, online learning platform launched in 2012 by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT. The course: LFS101x is based on the popular LFS101: Introduction to Linux, with modifications which reflect the fact that it will be 100% self-paced. LFS101x will be available entirely free of charge and as open enrollment, meaning that students can start the course at any time. We expect this course to become available during late Summer 2014 and users may pre-register on the course page at the edX website.

Since the original release of the above information a start date (1st August 2014) has been confirmed and here’s a special welcome video from Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux:

Details of the Syllabus below:

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Next-Gen Linux Desktop LXQt Makes First Public Release

The first public release of LXQt, the next generation of popular lightweight Linux desktop environment LXDE, has been made available to download.

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Its arrives almost a year after the teams behind the LXDE Qt initiative and Razor-Qt desktop projects decided to merge. By pooling resources to focus on a single desktop environment, instead of two, the team say they “hope offer the best possible experience while reusing as much code as possible.”

Ten months on and number of core improvements have been made, both in the way the desktop works and in the feature set it offers. Today’s beta release, intended for early testers and developers, is already said to be ‘stable and usable’.

The Beginning of Something Beautiful

The unified development team behind the project are continuing to focus on offering a lightweight and user-friendly alternative to the heavier, increasingly complex shells. LXQt will remain well suited to lower speed computers using a leaner, faster and modular code base than that currently offered by the GTK+ based LXDE.

Several significant changes have bridged the previous formal release of RazorQt (0.5.2) and today’s debut, including a Qt port of the PCManFM file manager, improvements to system settings, new modular components, and on-going progress in supporting both Qt5 and the Wayland display protocol.

Development of the GTK+ version of the shell will, the team say, continue for the foreseeable future. Those running Lubuntu 14.04 LTS certainly have no need to panic, with Lubuntu devs committed to providing three years of ongoing fixes.

The team behind the Ubuntu spin have previously stated their intention is to transition to Qt-based desktop as early as Lubuntu 14.10. Whether this happens will be decided in the coming months.

Trying it Out

LXQt is in active development and so it is not recommended for use on any device you hold dear.

The Lubuntu Daily PPA plays host to the required packages for LXQt, including a meta-package to simplify installation.

A number of Qt dependencies will be pulled in as part of the installation process. Those wrestling with a particularly pathetic internet connection should plan accordingly.

Source tarballs, install details for Arch and Debian users, and links to more information can be found on the newly launched website for the project.

You can install it using the following commands:

sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lubuntu-dev/lubuntu-daily
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gilir/q-project
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install lxqt-metapackage

Once installed, log out current session and select log in with LXQt Desktop:

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Visit the Official LXQt Project Website: LXQT.org

via Next-Gen Linux Desktop LXQt Makes First Public Release | Best of Ubuntu.

First Linux Kernel Update Arrives for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Upgrade Now

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A security problem discovered in the Linux kernel affecting the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating systems has been fixed by Canonical.

Every now and then, Canonical issues Linux kernel updates for all the operating systems that are being supported at that time. In this case, there are five distributions that have received this new upgrade, but it’s interesting to note that not all the OSes share the same kernel, which means that it was a problem common to all, regardless of the version.

“A flaw was discovered in the Linux kernel’s pseudo tty (pty) device. An unprivileged user could exploit this flaw to cause a denial of service (system crash) or potentially gain administrator privileges,” reads the official security notification.

The security flaw can be fixed if you upgrade your system(s) to the linux-image-3.13.0-24-generic, (3.13.0-24.47), but this is only true for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr). Other operating systems feature different Linux kernels and the versions will be different.

Upgrading the Linux kernel is not something to be taken lightly. Most of the time, some important fixes are implemented with new versions of the kernel and users should upgrade as soon as possible. Ubuntu operating systems will usually notify users about any updates that need to be applied.

There is one caveat though. It’s possible to have some problems after the restart if you previously installed the video drivers manually. For example, the NVIDIA proprietary driver registers the specific modules during the installation, but you may need to re-register those modules again if the system is not booting anymore.

This is just the first Linux kernel update for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and it arrives only three weeks after the official launch. Canonical has pledged to support the operating system until 2019, which means that, if you stick with this distribution, you might be the beneficiary of countless similar updates.

Don’t forget to reboot your computer after the upgrade, and be careful. Make sure you save any work you’re doing before hitting that button.

ATTENTION: Due to an unavoidable ABI change, the kernel packages have a new version number, which will force you to reinstall and recompile all third-party kernel modules you might have installed. Moreover, if you use the linux-restricted-modules package, you have to update it as well to get modules that work with the new Linux kernel version.

See This Post to find out how to upgrade your kernel

via First Linux Kernel Update Arrives for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Upgrade Now.

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Get Linux Kernel 3.15.x

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The developers have just stated the development of Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) and they are now looking for the next kernel that will be implemented.

For now, the Linux kernel available is 3.13.x, which is the same from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The system is basically identical with the previous one, even if there are some changes that have been implemented already.

“Our Trusty kernel has been pocket copied to seed Utopic. We have opened the ubuntu-utopic kernel tree. The master-next branch is currently tracking the v3.15-rc3 kernel. We likely won’t upload a v3.15 based kernel until a few more -rc releases come out,” said Canonical’s Joseph Salisbury in the mailing list.

The new 3.15 kernel wasn’t adopted just yet and it will take a while until the Ubuntu developers get the new version implemented, but the groundwork has been prepared.

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) already has some daily builds available for download, but they are not for regular users. They are being used to sync with the latest Debian branches and to get a few other packages, but they are not ready for normal use.

The release date for the distribution was also set to October 16, but it hasn’t been determined with absolute certitude.

via Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) to Get Linux Kernel 3.15.x Soon.

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Daily CD Images Released for Testing

The Unicorn is Here

The Unicorn is Here

It’s not even two weeks since the latest LTS version of Ubuntu was released, and here we are, a new testable beta of the next Ubuntu is available for download:

“The first autosync with Debian is running right now, so don’t get overexcited and sync something by hand that the automated machinery will get to in the next hour. The buildds will be very, very angry with us for a couple of days due to the above autosync. Have some patience. Upload your merges, and don’t babysit the queues. You’ll thank me for it. You might even want to go out for a walk, get some fresh air, feed a duck, that sort of thing,” said Adam Conrad on the official mailing list.

The developer explained that ruby-defaults has been updated to version 2.1, boost-defaults has been updated to version .55, a new binutils snapshot has been added, and all the other packages have received some “tiny unicorns” (it’s probably a given that many of the Ubuntu developer’s statements will be littered with various puns).

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) is also the perfect version for the developers who want to push some of the updates that didn’t make it into Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) or that got rejected for whatever reason. This is the perfect playground for new packages, and users might see some very interesting things in the final released of Ubuntu 14.10.

“I know post-LTS releases are always an exciting barrage of tossing in all the things you didn’t think you could land in an LTS without the release team glaring at you, and I’m sure this one will be no exception. So, have fun, happy uploading, and do try to fix two bugs for every one you upload,” also said Adam Conrad.”

It’s probably not a good idea for the average user to go out there and grab a copy, beta + bugs, so it’s never advised to use any beta operating system on your main every day machine.

But, if you’re like me, a sucker for new stuff with no patience whatsoever, then you can grab the images here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/daily-live/current/

Create a LiveUSB as normal and give it a whirl before installing, and if you intend to install, I strongly advise you to back up all your data and settings first, just in case.

As you may have guessed, I’ve dived in the deep end and installed it as my main os on my only machine, so watch this space for updates on features as they come, and the occasional panicky post where things have totally wrong.