Ubuntu 17.04 released… as developers prepare to make GNOME the default desktop in 2018

Ubuntu’s been in the news a bit lately due to the decision to drop the Unity desktop environment, give up on smartphones and tablets, and switch to the GNOME desktop by this time next year. But today Canonical released the latest stable build of Ubuntu, and it still very much features the Unity desktop experience […]

Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment may live on… as a third-party fork

Canonical has announced that it’s abandoning plans to develop versions of the Ubuntu operating system that run on smartphones and tablets… and that means the company is also giving up on the Unity desktop environment that was supposed to provide a “convergence” experience no matter what type of device you were using. Starting with Ubuntu 18.04, […]

Ubuntu 18.04 to feature GNOME desktop by default (DisUnity?)

After years of working on a user interface designed to run across phones, tablets, and desktop computers, the developers of the Ubuntu operating system have decided to shift focus. Starting next year, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu will be GNOME rather than Unity. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth says the  change will start with the […]

Ubuntu 16.10 launches with a preview of canonical’s converged desktop

Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is ready for download, which isn’t that surprising: there’s a new version of Ubuntu every 6 months. But the latest version includes a glimpse of the future: there’s a preview of the Unity 8 desktop environment. What makes Unity 8 interesting is that it’s basically the same user interface that’s already available […]

Ubuntu’s “snap” packages now work with many other Linux distros

When Canonical launched Ubuntu 16.04 in April, one of the biggest changes was support for a new way to install applications. But snaps aren’t just for Ubuntu anymore. Canonical has announced that it’s collaborating with the developers of a number of other popular Linux distributions, and that Snaps now work naively in Arch Linux and Debian […]

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone now available for $370

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is the most powerful smartphone to have Ubuntu phone software pre-installed. It features a 5.7 inch full HD display, a Samung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. First announced in February, the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is now available for purchase from JD.com $370. While this is […]

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS launches April 21st

Canonical releases a new version of its Ubuntu Linux operating system every six months, which means that sometimes it’s hard to spot the big new changes from one release to the next. But this week the company is releasing Ubuntu 16.04 and it’s special for a few reasons. First, it’s a Long Term Support (or […]

Native Ubuntu Bash command line coming to Windows 10 (for developers)

Microsoft really wants developers to use Windows 10 to create apps… and not just apps for Windows. The company is positioning its software as a solution for developers working on web apps, mobile apps, and apps for all platforms — and Microsoft acknowledges that some developers prefer to use Linux or other operating systems. So […]

First Ubuntu tablet to support convergence (desktop or tablet UI) now available

The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is a tablet with a 10.1 inch display, a 64-bit MediaTek quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Ubuntu software. It’s also the first device to ship with support for Ubuntu’s “convergence” feature, allowing you to interact with a phone/tablet-style user interface when using the device as a tablet, and […]