The Linux 4.4 kernel is now effectively just one step away from landing within Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" LTS.
While Ubuntu itself hasn't participated in the alpha releases now for a few years in favor of focusing on high-quality daily ISOs, Ubuntu derivatives such as Kubuntu and Xubuntu have long been pushing out alpha releases to help with testing by the community. However, for lack of people stepping up to manage these releases, it's looking like they may not happen or with fewer alpha releases.
While there's been various weird Ubuntu Tablet initiatives, it looks like next month will be the first official Ubuntu Tablet announcement that will usher in the long talked about convergence support.
Ubuntu developers have been working on sending out some updated phone/convergence apps that take advantage of their new Suru visual language.
Canonical developers continue making progress in replacing the Ubuntu Software Center with GNOME Software.
Debian/Ubuntu developer Matthias Klose has run a test rebuild of Ubuntu Linux re-compiled under the in-development GCC 6 compiler.
The first alpha release is now available for Ubuntu flavors opting-in to do their first 16.04 "Xenial Xerus" development release.
This year Ubuntu switched over to using systemd in place of Upstart, other distributions have also decided to take advantage of systemd, this project hosted its first conference, and the systemd feature-set continued to expand.
Back in October we heard Ubuntu was planning for better ZFS support and to make it part of the distribution's "standard offering." Work in that direction has continued to advance for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
Ubuntu Linux made a lot of headway in 2015 particularly around their Unity 8 and Mir projects as part of their converged vision between mobile and desktop devices as well as in the Snappy space and the growing IoT market.
Aethercast is a new Canonical-led project for enabling wireless display support on Ubuntu.
In response to my article this past weekend about It Doesn't Look Like Ubuntu Reached Its Goal Of 200 Million Users This Year, Dustin Kirkland of Canonical's Ubuntu Product and Strategy team has come out to say that number should be over one billion.
The Canonical team working on the Mir display server has just announced their Christmas 2015 update, which brings the version up to 0.18.
Four years ago at UDS Budapest was a lofty goal laid out by Mark Shuttleworth: 200 million users in four years.
Ubuntu's kernel team has temporarily moved up to the Linux 4.3 kernel in the archive, but it will be short-lived.
After failing to build working kernels for the past few weeks, the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA is finally offering working daily Linux kernel builds.
Ubuntu's Mir display server has gained support for the KHR_fence_sync EGL extension in order to eliminate some cases of graphics corruption.
Ubuntu developers working on the Mir display server have been continuing to land more improvements to this X11/Wayland alternative although there hasn't been too much to report as of late for significant feature additions.
Ubuntu's kernel team continues to be focused on having Linux 4.4 for Ubuntu 16.04.
Last week I spun an early Linux 4.1-rc1+ kernel for Ubuntu testing with the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA failing. With the Ubuntu Mainline Kernel PPA still down, here's a spin of Linux 4.4-rc2.
Now that Linux 4.4-rc1 was released this weekend as the first development release towards Linux 4.4 with its many new features, I'm onto benchmarking it at Phoronix for articles looking at the Nouveau Kepler re-clocking changes, Radeon/Intel graphics performance too, file-system tests, and more.
Kubuntu is moving on in the absence of Jonathan Riddell who left the project and his longtime role as the release manager.
Ubuntu Make, the command-line tool to assist in deploying the latest version of various developer tools on Ubuntu Linux, has added support for Rust.
Aside from trying to make Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Python-3-only, Kubuntu developers planning for Xenial, and Mark Shuttleworth's keynote, there's also been a lot of other interesting sessions to happen over the first two days of this week's Ubuntu Online Summit.
For years Ubuntu developers have been working on moving from Python 2 to Python 3 and for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS next April that goal will hopefully be finally realized.
The Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 16.04 began yesterday with a keynote by Mark Shuttleworth.
The Ubuntu Online Summit for developers and contributors to Ubuntu Linux begins tomorrow and runs through Thursday as planning gets underway for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, a.k.a. the Xenial Xerus.
Developers continue making progress on maturing the Ubuntu Phone software stack, including Unity 8 atop Mir.
Alongside this morning's release of Ubuntu 15.10 and the other *buntu derivatives is also the latest version of Ubuntu GNOME.
Today's the Wily Werewolf day! Ubuntu 15.10 is now available for download.
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