In a previous article, I mentioned the rumour that the Meizu MX3 smartphone was seen with Ubuntu Touch installed. It turns out that this rumour was true and it seems like Meizu’s MX3 might be the basis for an upcoming Ubuntu smartphone.
Image source: Meizu.com
The Meizu MX3 is a high end specced smartphone and should be ideally matched to Ubuntu Touch. Hopefully Canonical will not only ensure that an Ubuntu smartphone is released in 2014, but that it is made available in South Africa.
More information and specifications for the Meizu MX3 is available at Meizu.com.
Version 2.5.2 of Ubuntu Builder been released. For those people that are unfamiliar with this app, Ubuntu Builder is used to create a custom version of Ubuntu, with apps of your choosing, and then create an ISO that can be used as a Live DVD or as a full installation.
After I install Ubuntu, I normally replace Firefox with Chrome, Thunderbird with Geary, install Skype, Dropbox and truckloads of other apps. With Ubuntu Builder, you can add these apps to the ISO, remove unwanted apps and have your Ubuntu installed and ready to go with a minimum of additional changes needed.
I’m going to be experimenting with it over the next few days (or weeks if I can’t figure out what i’m doing) and try to create a custom version of Ubuntu that suits my personal preferences. I’ll write a full review soon of Ubuntu Builder as well as my experiences with it.
PearOS, the very OS X-like Ubuntu based distro has been bought out by an anonymous company. According to the developer:
Pear OS and Pear Cloud are no longer available for download. Its future is now in hands of a company who wants to remain anonymous for the moment.
I tried PearOS a few weeks ago and thought that it was quite a clean looking Linux distro with a lot of potential. It was very similar visually to Mac OS X and was an ideal way for Mac users to make the transition to Linux. Since it was Ubuntu based, it therefore had all the relevant support for updates. I was very surprised and intrigued to find out that this distro has been bought out by some unknown company. The developer also mentions that this new company intends to continue to improve PearOS for their own products. I’m not sure exactly what that means but it sounds very interesting. I hope it does indeed continue and not just disappear never to be seen again. Also, I also hope that the developer didn’t see this as a way to make money off the hard work of the many people that contributed to PearOS since it was released and is only aiming to bring back a better product.
Here’s a couple of screenshots to remember the now defunct PearOS:
Linux Lite 1.0.8, an Ubuntu LTS based distro, has just been released. According to LinuxLiteOS.com:
The goal of Linux Lite is to introduce Windows users to an intuitively simple, alternative operating system. Linux Lite is a showcase for just how easy it can be to use linux. From familiar software like Firefox and Thunderbird, to simply named menu items, to one click updates and software installs we hope that you will find Linux Lite an enjoyable computing experience.
Linux Lite uses the XFCE Desktop Environment and is available in both 32bit and 64bit flavours. A comprehensive review is available at desktoplinuxreviews.com
Makulu Linux 4, which already is available with the KDE, XFCE and Gnome desktop environments, has been released with the Enlightenment desktop environment. It’s based on Debian testing and has the following new features:
E17 with Gnome Menu system and XFCE file management integration.
Kernel : 3.12.x Debian Testing Rolling Release
Uses Thunar as default File manager.
Integrated Gnome/XFCE menu system.
Used a mixture of E17 and GTK Theme system.
Used the default Buuf Icons set that is offered standard on all our builds.
Nice selection of wallpapers and themes.
News feed reader added to bring latest makulu news to your desktop.
Quite a variety of applications pre-installed for daily use.
Variety of screen savers for users to make use of.
Wine and Steam Pre-installed and ready to use.
Lots of Bug fixes throughout the system.
Lots of optimizations throughout the system.
Image source: makululinux.com
Image source: makululinux.com
Downloads for Makulu Linux 4 is available at http://www.makululinux.com/download.htm
In this week’s episode of the Linux Action Show, Chris and Matt mainly discuss the happenings at CES 2014. They also chat about the usual Linux/Android news, latest apps, hardware and a whole truckload of other information. Here’s some highlight’s:
Canonical recently announced that they are working with several hardware manufacturers to finally bring an Ubuntu Touch smartphone to market. However, no names have been released yet of who these hardware manufacturers actually are. Internet rumours suggest that Meizu, a Chinese hardware manufacturer, might be releasing a Ubuntu smartphone soon. As usual, this is all rumours and conjecture and should be taken with several pinches of salt. Still, it would be fantastic if a high end Ubuntu Touch smartphone gets released soon. Here’s an image of the Meizu MX3 running Ubuntu Touch. This is rumoured to be the device that might be released soon:
Matt and Chris talk about what was big for Linux in 2013 and then they discuss their predictions for 2014. They also talk about the Steam Box and Ubuntu and will 2014 be a success or failure for those two platforms. Continue reading →
Chris and Matt of the Linux Action Show review Fedora 20. They talk about about a re-spin of SteamOS, the Kdenlive video editor, Chuck Norris, robots that will take over the world while running Ubuntu and piles and piles of other Linux, Android and other news.