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    Lenovo launches ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs with Ubuntu pre-loaded

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · 4 days ago - 13:16 · 1 minute

Are you in the market for new Linux hardware? Lenovo are expanding their selection, with an announcement today of more Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs.

They're pushing hard on this too, with around 30 Ubuntu-loaded devices available for purchase on the official Lenovo store which include 13 ThinkStation™ and ThinkPad™ P Series Workstations and an additional 14 ThinkPad T, X, X1 and L series laptops. Most of which come ready with the latest version of Ubuntu with the 20.04 long-term support release, however they L series is currently sticking with Ubuntu 18.04.

"Lenovo’s vision of enabling smarter technology for all really does mean 'for all'.  Our announcement of device certification in June was a step in the right direction to enable customers to more easily install Linux on their own. Our goal is to remove the complexity and provide the Linux community with the premium experience that our customers know us for. This is why we have taken this next step to offer Linux-ready devices right out of the box," said Igor Bergman, Vice President of PCSD Software & Cloud at Lenovo.

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Quite an exciting step for wider Linux hardware availability, following on from their small initial Ubuntu push followed by their Fedora Linux rollout back in August. I've long said that the key barrier for Linux is having more stores not only having Linux available - but actually advertised. Historically, a few well-known vendors have stocked some Linux hardware but it's often been buried in their stores.

Installing Linux onto existing machines is still a barrier for some, so another wall broken down at another hardware vendor is always fantastic to see. As for availability, while it's going to be global don't expect everything to be live right away, Lenovo said it starting now and rolling out in phases through 2021.

"Lenovo’s expansion of Ubuntu certified devices shows great commitment to open source and the Linux community. With data scientists and developers increasingly needing Linux for emerging workloads, this collaboration enables enterprises to equip their employees with the assurance of long-term stability, added security and simplified IT management," said Dean Henrichsmeyer, VP of Engineering at Canonical.

Interested? Check out the dedicated Linux page on Lenovo .

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    Lenovo launches new OEM Linux ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · 4 days ago - 13:00 · 1 minute

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Enlarge / No, that's not a pink panther—that catlike critter is a fossa, and it's both mascot and default wallpaper of Ubuntu 20.04, preloaded on this Thinkpad P920. (credit: Lenovo )

Beginning today, Lenovo is offering a greatly expanded selection of OEM Linux PCs to the general public. Earlier this year, Lenovo began offering Fedora Linux preinstalled on laptop systems including Thinkpad P1 Gen 2, Thinkpad P54, and Thinkpad X1 Gen 8. Today's announcement makes Ubuntu Linux available on a considerably broader swath of both desktop and laptop PCs.

ThinkPad T14 (AMD and Intel) ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 5 ThinkPad P1 Gen 3
ThinkPad T14s (AMD and Intel) ThinkPad L14 ThinkStation P340
ThinkPad T15p ThinkPad L15 ThinkStation P340 Tiny
ThinkPad T15 ThinkPad P15s ThinkStation P520c
ThinkPad X13 (AMD and Intel) ThinkPad P15v ThinkStation P520
ThinkPad X13 Yoga ThinkPad P15 ThinkStation P620
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 ThinkPad P17 ThinkStation P720
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 ThinkPad P14s ThinkStation P920

The devices themselves—and their Ubuntu certifications—aren't new, but the public accessibility is. Previously, these systems were only available to enterprise customers via custom bid, but the 27 new models—mostly featuring Ubuntu 20.04, except for the L series laptops featuring Ubuntu 18.04—will now be available for retail purchase through Lenovo.com. Just beware of the footnote warning that some models may be limited to specific markets.

Although it's been simple for individual customers "in the know" about enterprise-only model certifications to buy those machines with Windows and install Ubuntu themselves, the new OEM program removes roadblocks in both knowing which systems to buy and getting factory support on them once installed.

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    Lenovo begins rollout of Fedora Linux on their laptops, Ubuntu systems due soon

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Sunday, 30 August - 12:40 · 1 minute

After being announced by the Fedora Linux team back in April , the rollout of Fedora across Lenovo laptops appears to have begun along with a sale.

The first model appearing with Fedora as an option is the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 . Not only has it rolled out with Fedora, it's right there on the store and you can't miss it as it shows up first, as it's also the cheapest option for this model available right now. Just look at how visible it is:

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You can't miss that!

As the Fedora team mentioned in the original announcement, it's coming without any bloat as they said Lenovo "respects our open source principles". The only software they will have is from the included repositories, no extra fluff.

Currently it seems to have only rolled out to the US, hopefully other markets to follow.

What Lenovo are doing here is just the beginning. We also know from what's already been said, to expect Fedora Linux to be rolled out to the ThinkPad P1 Gen2 and ThinkPad P53. On top of that, they also announced back in June that they would be taking much bigger steps with Ubuntu and Red Hat across more lines. It seems they hit a few snags with Ubuntu but that's coming soon to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 and other systems.

This is exciting and needed. While we do have dedicated Linux vendors like System76, TUXEDO and a few others, it's the much more well-known vendors we need on board. Linux being proper advertised by hardware vendors is one of the keys to a wider market.

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    Ubuntu needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 13 August - 08:49 · 1 minute

Are you an Ubuntu Linux user on either Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy - unreleased, in testing) or 20.04 LTS (Focal - the current release)? The Ubuntu Foundations Team needs feedback on some possible major WiFi changes.

They're looking at replacing the currently widely used wpa_supplicant for iwd (iNet Wireless Daemon) a more modern upcoming solution which was written by Intel. According to Lukas Märdian, a software engineer for the Ubuntu Foundations Team it would give these benefits:

  • Simplification of network management
  • Faster network discovery
  • Fast and reliable roaming
  • Using less system resources
  • Using features offered by the Linux kernel
  • Support for enterprise security methods like EAP
  • Support for kernel asymmetric key rings and trusted platform modules (TPM)
  • Support for multiple clients

In the most recent updates to iwd it's apparently reaching feature parity with wpa_supplicant but it needs more testing. Something as major as messing with WiFI can have a lot of unintended side-effects, so getting plenty of testing done on a possible switch over is a good idea. From watching your favourite streaming services, to downloading and playing games online which is obviously important to us here.

Want to help? Find out how to test it from this linked post .

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    Google's UI toolkit Flutter comes to the Linux desktop with help from Canonical

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 8 July - 17:51 · 1 minute

This might be quite big news! Flutter , the UI toolkit from Google that's used in tens of thousands of Android applications is coming to the desktop. Google and Canonical have announced their push for Linux too.

Why is this a big thing? Well, anything that boosts easy cross-platform development is a great thing. It can make Linux more attractive to developers to work on, plus publishing onto Linux becomes easier again. Writing in a Medium post , Chris Sells (Google) & Ken VanDine (Canonical) talk a little about what's going on.

They said that the goal for Flutter has "always been to provide a portable toolkit for building beautiful UIs that run at native speeds, no matter which platform you target" although initially starting on mobile. Now though, they announced "we are happy to jointly announce the availability of the Linux alpha for Flutter alongside Canonical, the publisher of Ubuntu". On the Linux side, they've hooked it up with "a new GTK+ based host for Flutter apps on all Linux distros".

To show it off working on Linux, they even created a desktop application named Flokk ( Snap Store - GitHub ) in partnership with gskinner.com, which is powered by Flutter. Take a look:

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For Canonical, they've been working on making it easy for developers to publish to the Snap store, with Snaps being one of the newer generation of cross-distribution packaging formats. Canonical has "dedicating a team of developers to work alongside Google’s developers to bring the best Flutter experience to the majority of Linux distributions" so they're putting plenty of resources into making it happen and ensure parity across platforms.

If you do want to try developing with it, together they've made the Flutter SDK available on Linux through the Snap store which will work with your favourite IDE (like Visual Studio Code or whatever). Keeping in mind it's an "alpha" level release right now.

Anything that can boost Linux in the eyes of developers is great , we shall be watching this with great interest, especially as games can be made with it too not just traditional applications. One less Linux barrier if developers opt for Flutter.

See all the info in the Medium post announcement .

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    Des mises à jour en continu avec Ubuntu

    news.movim.eu / Korben · Monday, 29 June - 12:21

Si vous êtes développeur sous Linux et plus particulièrement Ubuntu, ou que vous faites un peu de prospection en matière de cybersécurité, vous aimerez sûrement profiter avant tout le monde des mises à jour « devel » d’Ubuntu.

Évidemment, c’est réservé aux gens qui ont le goût du risque ou une bonne VM 🙂

Pour cela, Martin Wimpress qui bosse pour Canonical (la boite derrière Ubuntu) a mis au point un script qui permet d’activer sur n’importe quelle version d’Ubuntu Desktop des mises à jour en continu (rolling update) depuis la branche « devel », c’est-à-dire en cours de développement d’Ubuntu.

Pour cela, installez une de ces versions « Daily » d’Ubuntu :

Puis récupérez le script suivant avec git et lancez le :

git clone https://github.com/wimpysworld/rolling-rhino.gitcd rolling-rhino./rolling-rhino

Et voilà, ainsi vous aurez les dernières mises à jour toutes fraiches d’Ubuntu afin de faire vos tests ou de trouver d’éventuelles failles 0day ;-).

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    FOSS building sim OpenTTD adds official Ubuntu 20.04 packages

    news.movim.eu / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 5 June - 10:12

Want to jump into the latest version of OpenTTD and you're on the latest Ubuntu 20.04 LTS? Good news, they now have some official packages setup for it.

Info - OpenTTD is an open source simulation game based upon Transport Tycoon Deluxe. It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features and accessibility enhancements.

You could have installed it previously using the Snap package but considering how slow they can often be to start, and plenty of people just don't like Snaps, having proper native .deb packages setup seems like a good idea. This way they enable as many people on Ubuntu as possible to easily play OpenTTD.

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Recently they also released a small 1.10.2 bug-fix update. Following on from the huge update release in April, it had a few issues lingering around that needed solving. These issues included various crash bugs, desync issues, a memory leak and more so it sounds like quite an essential upgrade to do.

Find out more on the official OpenTTD website .

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