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The extension to Google Cloud Platform means that Ubuntu is now certified for "every major public cloud," following deployments for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.
Recognizing that it can't keep up with the Dropboxes of the cloud storage world, Canonical elects to shut down its Ubuntu One file service.
I install four different desktops: Gnome, KDE, Cinnamon and Xfce.
The updated distribution shows steady improvements, package updates and more flexibility in desktops, catering easily for fans of Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce and Gnome.
Linux and Windows usually go-together like cats and dogs, but now four of the major Linux distributions - CentOS, openSUSE, SUSE Linux, and Ubuntu - are available on Microsoft's Azure cloud services.
A few weeks ago, when Linux Mint Debian Edition Update Pack 4 was released, Clement Lefebvre said that a new set of ISO images including the latest update would be available "in the coming days/weeks". Today he made good on that, with the release of LMDE 201204, with both Gnome and Xfce versions.
If you like Unity, Ubuntu Linux's unique GNOME-based desktop, you're going to love Canonical's Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin.
Following on the heels of changing its interface from the GNOME 3.x shell to Unity, Ubuntu is proposing a new, radical change to the desktop Linux interface: Head-Up Display.
I jumped the gun a few weeks ago when I wrote about the release of Linux Mint Debian Edition 201108 in both Gnome and Xfce desktop versions. That was the Release Candidate, but I thought that the state of the distribution (and the difficulty of installation and updating) at that time were sufficient to justify jumping to a Release Candidate at that time.
Well, it didn't take nearly as long as I thought that it would. Hot on the heels of my post about Mint Debian and updates, new base release ISO images for both the Gnome and Xfce desktops were made available at the end of last week.
I am a big fan of the Linux Mint Debian distributions, both the "original" Gnome version and the newer Xfce version. I have had LMDE loaded on several of my laptops and netbooks since it was first released at the end of last year, and it has been the distribution that I use most often for six months or so now.
Since the release of the Linux Mint Debian Edition distribution last December, and then the Linux Mint Xfce distribution which is also based on Debian rather than Ubuntu, I have found myself moving more and more toward using these Debian-based distributions rather than the Ubuntu-based Mint 11. In a lot of ways these Mint distributions seem to offer a good combination of a solid Debian base, with a choice between the standard 2.
Lots of people have been waiting anxiously for the release of Linux Mint 11. Not only loyal Mint users, who of course are anxious for every new release, but this time around also a lot of previously loyal Ubuntu users who are unhappy with Ubuntu Unity and want their Gnome desktops back.
There's disorganization and disputes in Linux desktop circles.
I heard about this new Ubuntu operational system and proceeded to install it onto my trusty 51something PC. Imagine my shock when the shiny new gooey moused visual display failed to load, and instead I was booted out of the Gnome garden and into my commanding line!
Ubuntu has long been a stronghold for the GNOME Linux desktop, but now, besides changing to Unity, the distribution will be incorporating KDE's Qt libraries.
Yesterday evening I downloaded the latest Ubuntu Natty daily build, and booted the Live image on one of my netbooks. I was surprised to see a 2D rendering of the Unity desktop, rather than the usual scolding about "underpowered graphics" and getting dropped back to a normal Gnome desktop.
Ok, so now pretty much anyone who is interested in this sort of thing has heard that Ubuntu will be changing from Gnome to the Unity desktop for their standard distribution in the 11.04 release.
Canonical has said it will replace the Gnome Shell with Unity, its recently introduced netbook UI, as the default skin on the desktop version of Natty Narwhal
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