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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Lack of strategy
by Jason Bourne on Sat 19th Apr 2014 02:38 UTC
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Linux desktop lost grounds when GNOME 3 was born and when Unity was Canonical little baby. Microsoft of course was striving to get back on track with Windows 7, and they did. What they must have laughed a lot was how imbecile GNOME and Unity were - it actually helped Microsoft to get back lots of users who were doing fine with GNOME 2. Somehow Microsoft managed to shoot in the foot again with Windows 8.

A lot of things changed, so it's not like 5 or 10 years anymore. Operating systems will be irrelevant soon. What will keep making the difference are applications. It's always been applications that people will be interested.

As for mobile, I have never been interested. I think most people also don't care a bit what they are running on these devices.

Perhaps when Unity get more customizable, with ability to have the dock at the bottom, things will start to get hot between OSX and Ubuntu.

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