Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Phone goes on sale

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu

Meizu’s MX4 smartphone running Ubuntu has finally gone on sale in China. After it was announced and demoed at the recent MWC 2015, it was expected that the MX4 would be released immediately. After what seemed like an eternity, Meizu finally released the phone on their website priced at ¥1799 (more or less $300). The phone is currently available only in a 16GB version in either gold or silver.

Main Specifications:

  • 8 Core CPU
  • 5.36″ 1920 x 1152 Display
  • 20.7 Megapixel camera

The Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Phone is currently only available in China and not yet published on Meizu’s English version website. The phone is expected to go on sale in Europe soon.

Visit meizu.com (in Chinese) for more information.

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Ubuntu hardware in 2015

Ubuntu has always been about software, specifically operating systems for desktop and server use. There’s been the odd laptop or desktop that popped up with Ubuntu pre-installed but that’s generally been a once-off exercise by an OEM.

2015 however has so far been a really spectacular year for Ubuntu hardware. Ubuntu is now available on, desktops, laptops and phones. It’s not available in all countries and across as wide a range of hardware as it’s Windows counterparts but the list of Ubuntu hardware is growing.

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Krita, digital painting for Ubuntu

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Adobe’s Photoshop is the industry standard for image editing and compositing. It’s incredibly powerful and due to it’s longevity, has massive amounts of tutorials, documentation and community support. However, if you run Ubuntu as your operating system of choice, you have to either run Photoshop using Windows emulation  Continue reading

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Ubuntu 15.10 “Wily Werewolf” announced

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Mark Shuttleworth recently announced on his blog that Ubuntu 15.10 will be codenamed “Wily Werewolf”.

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This is quite a fitting name since this is the version of Ubuntu that will finally bring the much talked about convergence in personal computing. He mentioned in a recent keynote that a phone will be released this year that will give users a pocket PC experience. He also confirmed that WhatsApp will become available on Ubuntu Touch.

This is great news for Ubuntu Touch and should finally realise some of the potential of the Ubuntu Edge device that was announced in 2013.

The shape changing Wily Werewolf is less than 6 months away. Until then, we will have to watch Mark’s keynote video and wait for a beta release. Stay tuned as more info becomes available over the next few months.

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Elementary OS 0.3 “Freya”

Elementary OS logoElementary OS titleElementary OS 0.3 “Freya”, the popular Ubuntu based distro was released a few days ago. Elementary OS is similar in visual styling to Apple’s OS X operating system despite it’s Ubuntu roots. This version is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and will be updated till 2019.

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Debian 8.0 released

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Debian 8.0 codenamed “Jessie” has been released. This is the first version of Debian that uses systemd as the OS’s init software.

New features include support for the arm64 architecture, Gnome shell 3.14, better UEFI support and numerous updates to software packages including LibreOffice 4.3.3 and GIMP 2.8.14.

Debian 8.0 can be downloaded from debian.org.

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Ubuntu 15.04 released: What’s new?

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The latest version of the Ubuntu operating system, version 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” was recently released. It’s a non-LTS release which means that it’s only supported for 9 months after release. However, despite it’s short lifespan, it still contains many improvements with regards to Continue reading

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Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”: What to expect

Ubuntu 15.04 code name “Vivid Vervet” will be released in a couple of weeks. As usual, the question will be “what’s new?”
Ubuntu 15.04 is not a feature rich release. It’s main features are beneath the surface. However, this does not mean it’s not an important release in the Ubuntu release schedule. Continue reading

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