This week was the Ubuntu Online Summit for planning about Ubuntu 16.10. Here are some videos for your enjoyment this weekend if you didn't get a chance to watch them live.
As a follow-up to this morning's article about Intel Graphics Performance: Clear Linux vs. Xubuntu 16.04 LTS vs. Fedora 23 Xfce, here is some more data to look at. With the latest numbers are some Xubuntu 16.04 results when DRI3 was manually enabled for the Intel graphics.
Beyond the announcement that Ubuntu 16.10 won't ship with Mir and Unity 8 by default, many other items were discussed for the Ubuntu 16.10 release due out in October.
Well, another setback for Unity 8 and Mir. Kicking off the Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.10, it's been confirmed that the Unity 8 desktop and Mir display server will not be the default for the desktop spin.
With Ubuntu's install images continuing to be oversized with pushing 1.4GB on recent releases, Ubuntu developer Steve Langasek has raised the new limit for Ubuntu desktop images to 2GB. Other Ubuntu flavors are also following in this move.
It's been a while since last having any major news to report out of the Mir camp for Ubuntu's alternative to Wayland.
Next week is UOS-1605: the latest Ubuntu Online Summit where planning will take place for Ubuntu 16.10, the Yakkety Yak release.
One week after releasing Ubuntu 16.10 "Xenial Xerus" as the newest Long-Term Support release by Canonical, Ubuntu 16.10 is now officially in development.
While originally Canonical was planning for Vulkan support in Mir by Ubuntu 16.04, that didn't pan out and the support for Vulkan continues to slip.
Following the quick DRI2 vs. DRI3 rendering tests with Radeon on R600g, I also did tests on the same system of the xf86-video-ati vs. xf86-video-modesetting DDX drivers.
While some distributions like Fedora have opted to enable DRI3 by default with their (mostly Intel) X.Org driver packages, Ubuntu 16.04 didn't pursue such behavior. But that just means with an easy xorg.conf tweak you can generally get better performance unless you happen to hit one of the few remaining DRI3-related issues.
Matthew Garrett has taken time away from working on his new SATA power management patches for the Linux kernel to share his thoughts on Ubuntu's Snap packaging format and its security.
Mark Shuttleworth has posted a very short blog post where he seems to reveal the Ubuntu 16.10 codename.
Since the recent news about the Linux kernel being in worse shape than some people imagine, there's already been some downstream corrective action taking place. Clear Linux is one of the distributions already patching/tweaking their kernel for better scheduler performance but so far we haven't heard anything from the Ubuntu camp. Fortunately, there's been others working on their own solutions.
Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" has been released as the newest Long-Term Support distribution from Canonical.
A day ahead of the launch of Ubuntu 16.04 as the sixth Long Term Support release, Canonical is talking about the new features for this release codenamed the Xenial Xerus.
We've known Canonical has been planning to support Snap packages alongside Debian packages on the Ubuntu desktop for the 16.04 LTS milestone and today they reaffirmed their commitment.
Stéphane Graber has announced the release of the LXD 2.0 container hypervisor. LXD was announced at the end of 2014 and today's 2.0 release is now the project's first production-ready release.
While many were commenting on my article this week about being burned out and frustrated with ads that I should take the weekend off, I did not, but I've been having a surprisingly stress-free time playing with Ubuntu Bash on Windows.
If you are running a development snapshot of Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" and haven't upgraded in a few days, Mesa 11.2.0 is coming down the pipeline.
There's still no agreement or way to define exactly how many Ubuntu users there are in the world, but we all know that it's a lot.
Ubuntu's OTA-10 over-the-air update began rolling out this morning to Ubuntu Phone/Tablet users.
Now that a few days have passed since it was announced that Microsoft and Canonical had brought the Ubuntu user-space to run on Windows 10 and I've had more time to read about it, I remain excited about being able to run some Ubuntu user-space applications on Windows 10.
One month after announcing the Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet, the device is now available for pre-ordering.
The final beta was pushed out this morning for the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS "Xenial Xerus" release.
Snapcraft, Ubuntu's build and packaging tool for Snappy packages, has seen a new major release.
There hasn't been much to report on regarding Edubuntu, the education spin of Ubuntu, in quite some time. Edubuntu had moved to doing only LTS releases every two years, but now it's been confirmed they will not be able to make an Edubuntu 16.04 LTS release to succeed Edubuntu 14.04.
In continuation of the results earlier this week looking at How Ubuntu 16.04 Is Performing With AMDGPU/Radeon Graphics Compared To Ubuntu 14.04 With FGLRX, here is an extra run with the Radeon/AMDGPU results while enabling DRI3 rendering support.
Earlier this week was the news that Catalyst/fglrx was being deprecated in Ubuntu 16.04. While there was some hope that one could simply install the driver manually on Ubuntu 16.04, it doesn't look like that will be supported as it sounds like there won't be any new Catalyst / Radeon Software release to support X.Org Server 1.18.
With Ubuntu 16.04 LTS due for release next month, I found it time to do my occasional 32-bit vs. 64-bit Linux OS comparison for showcasing the performance difference of using the 64-bit software on supported hardware. This time around, at a premium member's request, I also did some power consumption monitoring between the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Ubuntu 16.04 on an Intel laptop/ultrabook.
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