Saucy Salamander Reached End of Life on July 17, 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life on July 17.  This means that it is no longer supported.  There will be no more package updates to Saucy.

Ubuntu announced its release of Saucy about 9 months ago, on October 17, 2013.  This was the second release with the new 9 month support period. 

It is now recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  For a desktop computer, you can directly upgrade by typing Alt + F2 and typing update-manager, then running it and following the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer to do a fresh install, Trusty is now available for download at

Utopic Unicorn Alpha 1 Available for Ubuntu Flavors

As stated in the Utopic Release Schedule, Thursday, June 26 was the date for Alpha 1 releases for Utopic opt-in flavors.  This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.  The Alpha 2 and Beta 1 are also for opt-in flavors only.  The first Ubuntu 14.10 will be the final Beta, on September 25.

As always, pre-releases are not encouraged for anyone who needs a stable system.  When it comes to alphas, breakage happens.  ;)


Sid Meier’s Civilization V Now Available on Linux

OMG!Ubuntu! has posted an article with incredible news.  It had already been announced that Sid Meier’s Civlization: Beyond Earth would support Linux at launch.  Today’s news is excellent for the Linux community.

Up until now, the only way to play Civ V on Linux was to use Wine.  This had problems, including that Civ V’s startup movie could not run via Wine.  Now, the game is available on Steam – for Steam OS and Linux.

I cannot praise the Civilization series enough.  The game lets you choose from a range of world leaders who give you a choice between a domination, scientific, cultural, democratic or time-based victory. 

Utopic Unicorn (Ubuntu 14.10) Release Schedule

Now that I have finally gotten Trusty to work on my computer, it is time for the release schedule for Utopic!

Ubuntu 14.10 release schedule:

June 26th: Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 1 (for opt-in flavors)

July 31st: Ubuntu 14.10 Alpha 2 (for opt-in flavors)

August 28th: Ubuntu 14.10 Beta 1 (for opt-in flavors)

September 25th: Ubuntu 14.10 Final Beta

October 16th: Ubuntu 14.10 Release Candidate

October 23rd: Ubuntu 14.10 Final Release

More information is available at the Ubuntu wiki.

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) Release Schedule

The release schedule for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been posted to lthe Ubuntu Wiki.  Here are the important dates:

June 26     Alpha 1 (for opt-in flavors)

July 24       Alpha 2 (for opt-in flavors)

August 28  Beta 1 (for opt-in flavors)

September 25    Final Beta (for all versions)

October 16   Final Release (again, for all versions)

The Alphas and the first Beta are for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and other flavors.  These do not have to follow the same release schedule as Ubuntu itself.

Humble Bundle for PC and Android 9

This latest bundle by the Humble Bundle people contains titles for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android, including:

  • Broken Sword 2: The Smoking Mirror
  • Bridge Constructor
  • Type: Rider
  • Ravensword: Shadowlands
  • Kingdom Rush
  • Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition

All of the titles except Broken Sword 2 are available in DRM-free formats for PC, Linux and Android from the Humble Bundle site. Broken Sword 2 is not available for Linux.  The games are also available on Steam for all three desktop platforms – except for Broken Sword 2.  – when you pay at least $1 for the bundle.

Now, joining the already released games are the kosher rabbi crime-buster, The Shivah, the 2-D gothic action shooter, Savant – Ascent, and the homage to Amiga games of the 90s, Syder Arcade.

Kingdom Crush, Knights of Pen & Paper, and the new games are only available to those who pay more than the average.

The games can be purchased here.

Canonical Is Shutting Down Ubuntu One

On Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Jane Silber of Canonical announced that Canonical will be shutting down the Ubuntu One file services.

As Silber noted, “the free storage wars aren’t a sustainable place for us to be, particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB-50GB free storage.  If we offer a service, we want it to compete on a global scale, and for Ubuntu One to continue to do that would require more investment than we are willing to make.”

As of April 2, it is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in Trusty Tahr (the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release).   Ubuntu One will be unavailable as of June 1, 2014.  LUser content will remain available for download until July 31, at which time it will be deleted.

Customers who have an active annual subscription will have their fees refunded, calculated from April 2.


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