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If you manage to snag an Ubuntu Phone in one of the online flash sales due to take place from this week you’ll no doubt be looking for something to keep your device protected.

Bq has you covered with an exclusive ‘Ubuntu Edition’ of their popular Duo case accessory designed especially for the Aquaris E4.5, which is being made available for purchase alongside the handset.

Priced at ten cents shy of €17, the side-opening case is made from moulded polycarbonate to offer a perfect fit for the handset. It features a round cutout on the lid for glimpsing trivia in the welcome screen circle, which offers up details on the number of photos taken, number of texts received, etc. in a given day.

On the reverse there is a cutout for the 8MP camera and dual-LED flash and some stylish Ubuntu branding.

Existing cases for the Aquaris E4.5 will also fit the device, including Bq’s own colorful line of gummie and crystal cases.

Interested? Although not available to buy, you’ll find the item listed on the Bq website.

Bq Ubuntu Phone Duo Case

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The Ubuntu Phone from Bq

Ubuntu for Phones may not quite have turn-by-turn navigation smarts on hand, but it does boast some real-time traffic data thanks to a partnership with INRIX.

The company will provide traffic, incident and parking reports for the world’s first Ubuntu smartphone, helping users stay up-to-date with planned routes.

“By providing incident updates, parking location and availability information and live feeds from traffic cameras, INRIX data puts Ubuntu users in the driving seat, saving them fuel, time and frustration,” INRIX say of the deal.

The data will be surfaced through the NearBy Scope to offer users with incident alerts, including estimated impact on journey time, feeds from traffic cameras (select locations only) and information on parking facilities in the local area.

The features will require the GPS and other location data to be enabled and an active cellular data connection to work. Depending on the refresh rate/lifecycle status of the NearBy Scope (life cycle policy can affect this) users may need to ‘pull to refresh’ to get the latest data. The scope also needs to be set to ‘on the move’.

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Megacorp moves towards making own Android mobes

Alibaba, which held the largest IPO in history after raising $25bn, has bought a minority stake in Meizu, the Chinese manufacturer of Android-based smartphones.

3.20 is next and 4.0 is nowhere in sight

Version 3.19 of the Linux kernel has been signed off by Linus Torvalds.

Developer decides to move on to pastures new

The British developer behind the CrunchBang Linux distribution has called it quits.

The second beta release of elementary OS ‘Freya’ is now available for download, and arrives some six months after the first beta was released to much excitement.

Although not yet considered stable enough for regular desktop use — as such do install with caution — the latest development milestone of the attractive Ubuntu-based Linux distribution comprises more than 600 bug fixes and a wealth of package updates, including a notable bump to GTK 3.14.

Those of you who do jump in to test you’ll also find several new and updated apps, an improved multitasking experience, icon theme tweaks and (in what will please many) UEFI/Secure Boot support. There are also new settings panes for configuring the behaviour and frequency of ‘Notifications’ and setting up/adjusting the built-in ‘Firewall’.

Other notable changes in this release over earlier betas include new Calculator and Video apps, which help bring basic functionality up-to-spec. Updates to the Calendar, Photos and ‘Switchboard’ system settings apps add more finesse to elementary’s in-house roster of apps.

elementary Freya Beta 2 is a free download available from the elementary beta website. If you give it a whirl let us know what you think of it in the comments below.

Download Elementary Freya Beta 2

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Qbertino writes I've been a linux user for more than 15 years now and in the last ten I've done basically all my non-trivial web development on Linux. SuSE in the early days, after that either Debian or, more recently, Ubuntu, if I want something to click on. What really bugs me is, that every time I make a new setup, either as a virtual machine, on concrete hardware or a remote host, I go through 1-2 hours of getting the basics of a web-centric system up and running. That includes setting PHP config options to usable things, setting up vhosts on Apache (always an adventure), configging mod_rewrite, installing extra CLI stuff like Emacs (yeah, I'm from that camp) walking through the basic 10-15 steps of setting up MySQL or some other DB, etc. ... You get the picture. What has me wondering is this: Since Linux is deeply entrenched in the field of server-side web, with LAMP being it's powerhouse, I was wondering if there aren't any distros that cover exactly this sort of thing. You know, automatic allocation of memory in the runtime settings, ready-made Apache http/https/sftp/ftp setup, PHP all ready to go, etc. What are your experiences and is there something that covers this? Would you think there's a need for this sort of thing and would you base it of Debian or something else? If you do web-dev, how do you do it? Prepareted scripts for setup? Anything else? ... Ideas, unkown LAMP distros and opinions please."

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jones_supa writes It looks like the release of Xfce 4.12 is finally about to materialize. It has been about two and half years since the last stable release. There is now a concerted effort underway to ship a new release of this lightweight GTK+2 desktop environment out around the end of February or early March. "As we have discussed the status and progress of core components with many of you individually, we feel confident that the state of Xfce is good enough to polish some final edges and push more translations until then," wrote Simon Steinbeiß on the xfce4-dev mailing list. The official list of showstopper bugs does not look too bad either. However, looking at the long time between releases certainly makes one think if the project could have use for some extra resources.

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You can expect to see a number of “unboxing videos” for the Bq Ubuntu Phone appear online in the coming days, as those gifted handsets at the Feb 6 event take to the ‘tubes to share their thoughts.

While we also got a handset we won’t be posting an unboxing video of our own. This isn’t because we don’t want to, rather we just didn’t have time. That and, like most, we’ve already opened it ;)

Another thing you will need to be aware of while watching the videos that surface is that the consumer packaging for the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be different and may lack some of the extras given in our gift boxes.

YouTuber Jordan Keyes nabs the honour of being the first to post a video of someone unboxing an Ubuntu Phone online. His video offers a thorough rundown of the packaging and, importantly, some decent hands-on time with the device itself.

One thing you will note is the lengthy boot time. This is something that I can attest to and, more frustratingly, seems to only be a fraction faster when restarting. Here’s hoping a future update can fix that!

We’ll keep this article updated as more — from hob-nobbing at the event it seems everyone and their auntie is planning an unboxing video of some kind — arrive. If you spot one before we do, give us a shout using our tip form. We’d sure appreciate it!

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