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Google developers have today shown off Ubuntu running on …Google Glass.
In a session at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, cheekily titled “Voiding your warranty“, developers shared how to root Google Glass and install an alternative operating system on it. OS of choice for the demo being Ubuntu.
The image you see above – a laptop running Ubuntu relaying the screen of Google Glass in a window – is as sexy as it got in the demo. Yep, just a rooted Android accessing a native Ubuntu install through VNC/SSH. No eye-controlled Unity; no blink-powered GNOME.
Since it’s unlikely that anyone reading this owns or has access to Google Glass I can save myself the bother of guiding you through the install process (which is a bit of hassle).
But it’s a geekily-cool sight to see, anyway.
Some minor changes have gone live over on the official Ubuntu website from Canonical.
The most notable change at first glance include a revamped site header that now stretches the width of the screen.
- Text drop shadows have been removed from header items
- Dotted backgrounds replaced with a solid colour
- Search box integrated into the main bar
- Ubuntu logo now left-aligned
- Section Links streamlined
- Breadcrumb navigation replacing ‘sub-menus’
- Greater use of images in ‘About Ubuntu’ sections
Click below for a look at the Ubuntu website from the past.
Canonical, the makers of Ubuntu have announced that they will be officially affiliated with the Chinese government to bring a new Ubuntu based OS to the Chinese population.
In a recent blog post on the Canonical blog, they went on to explain that Ubuntu Kylin (the official name of the new OS) will go way beyond just a version of Ubuntu with Chinese language packs installed. The blog post went on to say:
“Ubuntu Kylin goes beyond language localisation and includes features and applications that cater for the Chinese market. In the 13.04 release, Chinese input methods and Chinese calendars are supported, there is a new weather indicator, and users can quickly search across the most popular Chinese music services from the Dash.”
It doesn’t stop there
This isn’t just a one off release, it’s going to be a completely separate version of Ubuntu that is designed specifically for the Chinese market. Much like Kubuntu, or Xubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin will have on going development separate from the core Ubuntu build. The blog post goes on to say…
“Future releases will include integration with Baidu maps and leading shopping service Taobao, payment processing for Chinese banks, and real-time train and flight information.
The Ubuntu Kylin team is cooperating with WPS, the most popular office suite in China, and is creating photo editing and system management tools which could be incorporated into other flavours of Ubuntu worldwide.”
This is a very big move for Canonical and Ubuntu as a whole. We all know how huge China are, and for the Chinese government to push an official Ubuntu build onto the population can be nothing less than an amazing bonus for the Linux world.
What do you guys think? Is this a good move, or yet another way of the Ubuntu development team to be spread more thinly? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.
Kev Quirk is the creator of technology blog, RefuGeeks. He is a self confessed geek, blogger & Linux advocate. You can also find Kev on Google+ & Twitter.
Non-LTS releases of Ubuntu will see their support periods halved from Ubuntu 13.04 onwards.
In an attempt to save time, money and effort, ‘regular’ releases of Ubuntu going forward are to be supported for 9 months down from the traditional period of 18 months.
The decision, taken by Ubuntu’s Technical Board in a vote yesterday, March 18th, and carried by a vote of 3 – 0 in favour, will come in to effect with Ubuntu 13.04.
Ubuntu 13.04 was originally announced with 18 months of support. This will now be 9 months.
This length was deemed the most appropriate for users, giving them a 3-month ‘buffer’ period between regular releases.
Wisely the decision won’t be back-ported to previous regular releases. All existing non-LTS versions of Ubuntu will retain their pre-stated support periods.
LTS versions of Ubuntu remain unaffected by this decision. Those seeking stability and support are already encouraged to use LTS versions of Ubuntu.