Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Apr 2014 22:29 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is the first long-term support release with support for the new "arm64" architecture for 64-bit ARM systems, as well as the "ppc64el" architecture for little-endian 64-bit POWER systems. This release also includes several subtle but welcome improvements to Unity, AppArmor, and a host of other great software.

Is it just me, or do releases of major Linux distributions simply not create much excitement anymore? I remember a time when these releases were hotly anticipated and much debated. These days, they go by and nobody really seems to care. Is this a reflection of shifting focus in the industry - towards mobile - or because the interest in desktop Linux in general has waned considerably?

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RE[3]: Maybe it's because...
by AdrianoML on Fri 18th Apr 2014 07:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Maybe it's because..."
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This won't solve anything. Unifying only the package manager can't solve all the different requirements distros have. Some lean toward stability with older version of software maintained with security fixes, some other are at the bleeding edge, releasing software as they come out. Some add a few patches to make software work better in their environment. Something like what systemd is doing by unifying some basic Linux infrastructure is a much better deal in my opinion.

Also, not being able or being somewhat laborious to install software directly from the developer (or random websites...) is a consequence of repositories doing a better work at it. Safer*, faster, consistent, integrated... sounds like an appstore. Installing driver is an even worse idea since you want to make sure it works with your distro, and pointless since almost 99.99% of the drivers you will ever gonna need are bundled with the kernel. Any remaining third party driver MUST be packaged by the distro for sanity sake. If the driver is not bundled with the kernel, nor provided by your distro as a third party package and you are not a linux guru, you may need to reconsider the hardware you bought or use another OS. You don't hunt for drivers in Linux like you do in Windows.

I do agree that the current situation where the user is stuck with the same major version of Firefox or LibreOffice for a long time when using a popular distro like Ubuntu sucks... But I'm afraid the only real way to fix that is by making Linux more popular and developers more engaged with distros.

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