Greetings from Vermont! The success of this NixMashup rests with our trust in Ubuntu 14.04 as we celebrate its release with links to the most informative reviews, screenshots and videos. We’ve got not one but TWO 10 Things to do After Installing Ubuntu lists. Highly discussed Ubuntu startup sounds, a nasty argument about Convergence, and an inspiring story of a 1200 student institution in Spain migrating from Windows to Ubuntu 14.04.
Trusty Tahr Hits the Streets
As I’m SURE you already know, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr was released yesterday, April 17, and it looks to be another solid release from Canonical. Here’s the OMG! Ubuntu announcement. Includes a decent 2:21 minute video on the new features.
Tahr Screenshots and Eight Minutes of Unity
Very thorough review of Ubuntu 14.04 from Web Upd8 with lots of screenshots and an 8 minute video on Unity. Okay, not ALL 8 minutes are covering Unity, but it seemed that way if you’re not a fan like me. Video also includes UI enhancements and the Ubuntu Touch Emulator, which is pretty cool.
10 Things: Part 1
I love these “10 Things To Do After Installing [insert Ubuntu, Mint or ElementaryOS here].” Here’s the first Trusty Tahr 10 Things list from Web Upd8.
10 Things: Part 2
And here’s the OMG! Ubuntu “10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04.”
Saving the Children From Multinational Conglomerates
This is a wonderful story, similar to a few we’ve seen before, about a school of 1200 students in Spain moving from Microsoft Windows to Ubuntu. A lot of detail on the migration process, attitude of students and officials toward Linux, and cost savings of cutting lose from the Microsoft stranglehold.
Canonical Continues Converging
Several articles in the wake of Ubuntu 14.04’s release covering Canonical’s ongoing work to further unify the OS across platforms. This LinuxG.net post is good because it lists several specific plans which affect the desktop experience.
Mass Effect Composer’s Ubuntu 14.04 Start Up Sounds
Award winning composer Sam Hulick, a Ubuntu fan and composer of gaming titles that include Mass Effect, has released a set of alternative start-up sounds for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. A startup audio sample is included in the post along with a download link. What’s really fascinating is that the topic of startup sounds for Ubuntu generated 143 comments! Many of the comments were very spirited on Canonical’s decision not to include the set in the Tahr distribution, the length of sounds and its impact on Ubuntu’s perceived zippiness, and on desktop sound support in general.
You Say Convergence, I Say Smart Synchronization
This is perhaps the most interesting Ubuntu-related topic of the day, a discussion in response to a Phoronix piece on Ubuntu OS Convergence. It REALLY gets interesting on post #23 when a user named Dee questions the whole idea of convergence, and quite articulately. I would like to say that hilarity ensued, but it got pretty ugly pretty fast. Definitely a thought-provoking debate on convergence covering both sides of the fence.
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