Archive for April, 2014

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.

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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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