While much of Canonical's recent focus has been about reading Unity 8 for mobile devices, their plan is still to ship Unity 8 by default on the Ubuntu Linux desktop ahead of its next LTS release.
While Ubuntu 14.10 on the desktop isn't using Mir by default, Mir 0.8.0 is being prepared for release by Canonical and it has a number of interesting changes.
Adam Conrad on the behalf of the Ubuntu development community has announced the final beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" and its derivatives.
Mesa 10.3 is in the process of making its way to Ubuntu 14.10.
While there's a user-agent hack to get Netflix working on Linux using the native HTML5 video support, an updated NSS library is landing on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS to allow Netflix support out-of-the-box.
The first image of Ubuntu Touch has been declared as ready for "release to manufacturing" after much work by Canonical.
While Ubuntu 14.10 is still sticking to the X.Org Server by default on the desktop, an updated version of Mir is now available for early adopters and those running the Ubuntu mobile stack.
Mark Shuttleworth announced earlier this year "Your Cloud" as a paid service by Canonical to build and manage OpenStack cloud deployments. Your Cloud has turned into BootStack and is rolling forward for those that wish to have Canonical build out and manage their cloud computing environment.
X.Org Server 1.16 didn't land in the Ubuntu "Utopic Unicorn" archive in time for this week's Ubuntu 14.10 Beta, but Canonical developers still seem to be working on testing and landing the updated xorg-server package for Ubuntu 14.10.
Participating Ubuntu Linux flavors are doing their first beta releases today of the Utopic Unicorn, a.k.a. *buntu 14.10.
For good or bad, it sure seems like time flew by the past few months of the Ubuntu 14.10 development cycle; the feature freeze for the Utopic Unicorn is this week.
Ubuntu MATE is making progress as becoming an official Ubuntu derivative using the GNOME2-forked desktop environment.
The fifth point release to the two year old Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is now available.
For the Ubuntu derivatives participating in the tagged alpha/beta releases during each Ubuntu Linux development cycle, the alpha two releases are now available for the 14.10 Utopic Unicorn.
The first stable point release update to the Long Term Support Ubuntu 14.04 is now available.
With Jono Bacon having recently left Canonical where he served as the Ubuntu Community Manager, Canonical has made some changes to its community team.
While Ubuntu Linux looks towards switching to systemd in the next year or two, a new version of Upstart has been released with Ubuntu still being dependent upon init daemon software.
Canonical's Mir display server for Ubuntu Linux has cleared Mir 0.4.0 for Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic" while Mir 0.5 is immediately under development.
For some brief benchmarking during Independence Day in the US, I ran some tests comparing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS stable against a fresh development snapshot of Ubuntu 14.10.
The Ubuntu Developer Blog has announced the milestone today of Ubuntu for phones and tablets passing 100,000 app downloads downloads.
While Fedora 21 is planning for open-source OpenCL support "out of the box", the same can't be said for Ubuntu 14.10. Ubuntu developers aren't looking for any stock OpenCL support be made available in the next distribution release.
For the Ubuntu Linux derivatives doing alpha releases, the first development version of *buntu 14.10 is now available for testing.
Now that Mir 0.3 is past, Canonical developers remain hard at work on introducing new functionality to the Mir Display Server for the Ubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" release cycle.
Canonical developers have tagged version 0.3.0 of the Mir Display Server while the server ABI was bumped to version 21.
The stable Linux 3.15 is now available from the Ubuntu 14.10 development archive while the Linux 3.16 kernel isn't landing quite yet in its early development form.
The latest addition to Mir is support for trusted prompt sessions, a new Ubuntu security feature.
The latest Internet-based Ubuntu Developer Summit ended yesterday. For those not up to speed on your Phoronix reading, here's a recap of the most interesting topics.
Kevin VanDine of Canonical has announced his work on Bacon2D... a 2D game engine designed in part to push gaming for Ubuntu Touch/Phone.
Ubuntu developers are moving forward with their plans to support Click packages on the Ubuntu desktop.
A question and answer session was held today during the Ubuntu Online Summit for those interested in the Mir Display Server and next-generation Unity 8 desktop with its focus on convergence.
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