Ubuntu 16.04 Updated, Remembering Mandriva, Leap 42.2a3 Report

by Ostatic Staff - Jul. 22, 2016

Canonical announced an update to their Ubuntu 16.04 Long Term Support Linux system. Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS brings many updates, bug fixes, and security patches as well as Snap app support. In other news, Christopher Tozzi is back again today with a look back at Mandriva Linux and Neil Rickert test drove openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 3 released yesterday. Elsewhere, after all the hubbub over Linux Skype Alpha, Microsoft has announced it will discontinue the application soon.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS was released today to bring security and bug fixes to users. This release also features Snap support and improved graphics on lower spec machines. Some of the fixes include several LibreOffice crashes, various gnome-software errors, and lots of unity tweaks. The release notes contain known issues and workarounds. New media is available for fresh installs, see the announcement for download information.

Mandriva Linux began life as Mandrake and was the first Linux distribution said to be new user-friendly. Today TheVarGuy.com's Christopher Tozzi looked back at that ground-breaking system. After a bit of history, he reminisced of his experiences with Mandriva and said it was the Mandriva Control Center that set it apart from other distros of the time.  That too derived from Mandrake.  Mandrake/Mandriva skated close to what we called "the bleeding edge" in those days and hardware support came to it first too. It was sad to see its demise, but OpenMandriva, Magiea, and PCLinuxOS carry on its tradition.

The Register today reported that Microsoft is going to kill off native Skype for Linux and Mac once and for all. They're going to stop maintenance of the application all together for a more intrusive cloud-based browser solution. So, all that complaining that Sam Varghese was so upset about was for naught. Skype is on the chopping block anyway - or perhaps because of it. No kill date was announced but expect it anytime I suspect. Linux.com posted an article on an alternative to Skype.

In other news:

* Neil Rickert found Plasma 5.7 a little rough in openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 3

* Vi(m) vs Emacs discussion, but no poll