After adding its own cloud service to its Linux desktop, Ubuntu is now integrating Web applications into its currently shipping desktop Linux.
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The latest release of Ubuntu fine-tunes the Unity desktop, introduces a much-improved Software Centre and updates the bundle of preinstalled applications.
I've just noticed that Google Chrome (Chromium in my case) now starts automatically on login to Ubuntu Linux. Even when I remove it from Preferences > Startup Applications, it just reinstates itself the next time I launch it.
Multi-touch, window graphics, cloud synchronisation, customisability, vast applications. Sounds like Windows, right? Wrong. Ubuntu has caught up and is ready to kick some serious arse.
In addition to claiming leadership with open source desktops, Canonical's aim with the new release is to make it more attractive to proprietary solutions. Adobe, IBM, and VMWare are mentioned specifically in the release.
Systems like Ubuntu will remain education and hobbyist environments. Until you can deliver the applications people need and use (a changing landscape) without leaving the GUI, users who buy your line will just be making bricks.
Version 9.04 of the Ubuntu Linux distribution has been released, promising functionality to let users test the deployment of their applications to the cloud
One of the keepers of the Ubuntu software respositories (called MOTUs, or Masters of the Universe) has proposed a mainstream inclusion of Wine with Ubuntu. For any of you unfamiliar with Wine, it is a body of software that allows Linux users to run a variety of Windows applications.
Ubuntu project founder Mark Shuttleworth has said Ubuntu 9.04 will focus on improving boot time and blurring the line between desktop applications and web-based software.
The project's founder Mark Shuttleworth has said Ubuntu 9.04 will focus on improving boot time and blurring the line between desktop applications and web-based software
Ubuntu can now access Parallels Workstation for Linux, which allows users to run Windows applications, via the operating system's built-in update tool.
If Ubuntu does win the "Linux desktop" wars, does that make a standard which application developers must write to? And if running your Linux applications through the Ubuntu distribution becomes the standard practice, doesn't that make Ubuntu the "standard Linux."
The open-source "stack" provider will certify applications for Ubuntu and distribute Hyperic's management program and Jive's IM.
Murdock has penned in more market cap than Microsoft has, and is building something solid on that base that applications can be written to, regardless of distribution or user interface. Write your program to the LSB, in other words, and it will run on Novell or Ubuntu, under KDE or GNOME.
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