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Convergence delayed: Unity 8 won’t be the default desktop in Ubuntu 16.10

Canonical's plans for a single platform that works across smartphones and desktops will not reach fruition in Ubuntu 16.10, which will continue to run the traditional Unity 7 desktop by default.

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Ubuntu’s Snap packages aren’t yet as secure as Canonical’s marketing claims

Ubuntu 16.04's Unity 7 desktop isn't capable of fully supporting Snap's sandboxed environment, creating opportunity for malicious applications.

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Ubuntu 16.04's support for the ZFS file system may violate the General Public License

Canonical is challenging a legal gray area that Linux distributions have avoided—until now.


Mozilla will provide Firefox as a Snap package for Ubuntu, cutting out the middleman

With Snaps, Linux users are able to get the latest software directly from developers, for a safe and stable experience.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS brings big changes to the Linux desktop

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is more private, more flexible, and more user friendly than ever before.

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Ubuntu 16.04 will support 'Snaps' alongside Deb packages for improved software installation

Snaps will make it easier to install software from outside Ubuntu's repositories and give users more choice.

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Windows 10's Bash shell can run graphical Linux applications with this trick

Microsoft might not intend for the Bash shell to be used this way, but that shouldn't stop geeks from mining its potential.

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The HTC Vive and Valve's SteamVR don't yet support Linux and SteamOS

Like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive is Windows-only.

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Skype for Linux is lagging behind and falling apart due to Microsoft's neglect

Many features are missing, and the features it has don't work reliably.

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Here's how Windows 10's Ubuntu-based Bash shell will actually work

Aimed at developers, Bash brings a complete Linux command line to Windows, but only the command line.

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GNOME 3.20 brings integrated operating system upgrades and more desktop polish

GNOME's latest Linux desktop environment proves that it still has legs.

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KDE releases Plasma 5.6 with convenient new desktop features

One of Linux's most popular desktops keeps improving.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will let you move Unity 7's launcher to the bottom of your screen

For years users have been asking for the ability to move the application launcher on the Unity desktop—now they can.

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Linux gaming is much healthier than Steam's Hardware Survey implies

When you dig into the numbers of Valve's Steam Hardware and Software Survey, it becomes clear that the number of Linux users has grown.

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TP-Link blocks open-source router firmware to comply with new FCC rules

Consumers will be unable to install popular third-party router firmware like DD-WRT and OpenWRT.