Collection of Linux related news hopefully!

Point-and-click wrangling for devs running OS X

Linux container outfit Docker has expanded its staff yet again, this time by gobbling up the creators of a GUI Docker management tool for OS X.

Plus Hadoop and MapR integration

SUSE has announced go-live for its latest IaaS private cloud offering, with a 60-day free evaluation to sweeten the deal.

I think vibrant projects live a culture of review before code gets committed. I think this is because the developers have perspective and context that can never be built into a static analysis tool. 

Comment State surveillance will force us to build privacy tools that degrade our polity

No one likes being watched. The moment another eye sets upon us, we seize up. All our fluid actions become forced, unnatural and overthought. We dream up all sorts of ridiculous schemes that might allow us to hide in plain sight as we wait impatiently for that gaze to move elsewhere. Could we find clothing that blends in with the wallpaper? Produce a distraction that allows us to slip away? Or maybe insist that we have right to privacy?

Ubuntu 15.04 will ship with a brand new default wallpaper based around the Ubuntu Phone “Suru” design concepts.

Click here to see every Ubuntu default wallpaper — from 4.10 to 15.04

The refreshed design, which can be seen below, marks the first major change to the default background of Ubuntu since the April 2014 release of 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’.

Trusty was first to introduce a backdrop using Canonical’s ‘Suru’ design language for Ubuntu Phone/Unity 8 and the same wallpaper was used in the subsequent release, Ubuntu 14.10.

While not a massive switch in design, still using the “origami style folds over a purple-y orange gradient”, the new drape will help give the upcoming release of 15.04 a refreshed look.

The New 15.04 Wallpaper (note: this image has been compressed)

For reference, this is the current background:

14.04 & 14.10 Default Wallpaper

Alternative Version

Canonical’s Will Cooke, who uploaded the new design to a bug issue on Launchpad, also added an alternative greyscale version. Canny Ubuntu Phone developers may notice a similar riff to the light Scopes background used on the Ubuntu Phone.

The alternate greyscale version  (note: this image has been compressed)

Both versions can be downloaded directly from Launchpad using the links below.

Bear in mind that, as we saw with Trusty, there may be a few minor tweaks or alterations made between this first glance and the version that ships “on disc” in Ubuntu 15.04.

Download Ubuntu 15.04 Default Wallpaper

Download Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Alternate’ Default Wallpaper

Neither wallpaper is yet to be packaged up and uploaded to Vivid itself. So if you’re already running a daily build and don’t see it…that’s why.

Lastly, don’t break in to a sweat if the new design isn’t quite your thing. The default wallpaper can, as always, be easily changed to anything you like, be it a photo of a TARDIS, some cute kittens in a hand crafted basket or a solid block of canary yellow.

Are you a fan of the refreshed look? Let us know in the comments below. 

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The Ubuntu MATE team, fresh from going official community flavour status, have been busy detailing some of the handy new features shipping in Ubuntu MATE 15.04.

Among them is the addition of Tilda. Tilda is a ‘dropdown’ terminal application that’s similar to popular alternatives like guake but with a smaller memory footprint – something important for a distribution like Ubuntu MATE.

Dropdown terminals aren’t for everyone but have advantages. For one, they don’t require you to open an app, instead letting you hit a hot key (in Ubuntu MATE this will be F12) to open and close it.

Like other related terminal tools Tilda has a wealth of customisation and configuration options. And yes, it supports multiple tabs!

Explaining more about the feature, and demoing it in action on the Ubuntu MATE 15.04 desktop, is project lead Martin Wimpress.

How to Install Tilda in Ubuntu

Like the look and feel of Tilda? The good news is that you don’t have to be on Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to use it.

Tilda is available to install on most versions of Ubuntu (and related flavors) straight from the repositories.

Click to Install Tilda from the Ubuntu Software Center

To install Tilda using the command line open a new terminal window and run:

sudo apt-get install tilda

After installation has completed you can launch it from your desktop’s app menu.

The first time you run Tilda you’ll see a setup guide that will let you choose a keybinding. By default Tilda uses Super + F1.

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Open Compute Summit Redmond wades in to white box networking insurrection

While Facebook is likely to dominate news out of the Open Compute Project Summit in San Jose, Microsoft and Big Switch Networks have also brought along major announcements to the confab.