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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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.

Create a Multiboot Live USB Drive in Ubuntu with Multisystem

With all the different distros and flavours of Linux out there it can be hard to choose which one you want, thankfully making that choice can be relatively easy if you create a bootable drive with 3 or 4 live distro loaded on it, and have a handy menu to boot into each one. Here’s how to do that very thing in an Ubuntu based Linux:

First off download the Multisystem installation script from here. Once you have it downloaded, extract it to any convenient folder of your choosing and double click on the install-depot-multisystem.sh script and follow the on-screen instructions.

Once you have it installed it will tell you that the program can be found in the “Accessories” menu, but it’s easy enough to find and run it through the unity scope by typing “multi” like so:

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Once it has started select the USB drive from the opening menu and click confirm:

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Next, you will be presented with the following screen:

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At this point it’s a good idea to open up the location where you have saved the iso files (which, I’m assuming you have already downloaded) and have the window to the side, so it is then just a matter of dragging and dropping the iso into the dialogue like so:

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As soon as you drop the file a Terminal window will open asking for your password, enter your password and sit back and finish your coffee while Multisystem does all the hard work.

To add other iso files, it’s just a simple process of dragging and dropping each one into the same dialogue, the most I’ve ever had on one is four and I’m not sure how many it could take.

To boot from the usb drive, simply hit F11 as your computer boots up and and select your usb drive, you will then be presented with the Multisystem boot menu with your iso files listed at the top, from there it’s just a matter of selecting your chosen distro and letting it boot, simples.

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.

 

 

What’s Different About Linux: Programs – |grepLinux

Briefly: Software Culture Shock

Starting with Linux can be daunting for longtime Windows or Mac OS X users, and just about everyone who has tried out Linux has had to adjust to the fact that you’re not meant to manage software like you’re used to. This often winds up frustrating users who try to reuse their tried-and-true methods in Linux which often leads to a poor user experience. However, if a new user is willing to learn the basics of how package management works in Linux, they’ll discover the greatest immediate usability improvement that Linux-based operating systems offer compared to their counterparts.

Keep reading for a detailed look at how software management differs on Linux and what users can expect in practical use.

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