Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) Formally Released

Ubuntu 16.04 (LTS) is formally released today (PRESS RELEASE). “Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces a new application format, the ‘snap,’ which can be installed alongside traditional deb packages. These two packaging formats live quite comfortably next to one another and enable Ubuntu to maintain its existing processes for development and updates.”

Regretting Your iOS 9.3 Upgrade? You May Have Options, If You Hurry

Did you upgrade to iOS 9.3? Did it blow up in your face? You’ve got options, but you have to hurry. “You really are limited in terms of timing on this one: Apple devices will only install software that’s been ‘signed off’ by Apple, and once there’s a new version of iOS, older ones get marked as invalid within a few days (or weeks if you’re lucky). The process of jumping back must be done while the older version is still authorized.”

Ubuntu 16.04 (“Xenial Xerus”) Released in Final Beta

Ubuntu 16.04 (“Xenial Xerus”) has been released in final beta. “Unfortunately, the last few releases have been rather ho-hum — boring and evolutionary…. The upcoming 16.04 release looks to remedy this, finally delivering a meaty upgrade to Ubuntu fans. Two major changes are a much improved Unity with the ability to move the dock (woo-hoo!), and a refreshed software store. Today, Canonical releases the final beta, signaling that the true non-beta final version, due April 21, is right around the corner.”

New Open Source Operating System for Wearables

There’s a new operating system for wearables. “Aside from watchOS, Tizen, and Android Wear, a new platform is ready to rock the smartwatch game. The AsteroidOS is a new open source operating system that you can use on any smartwatch, at least, any Android Wear based wearable device. We’re guessing this is like CyanogenMod (CM) for the smartwatch industry.”

Linux Mint 17.3 Now Available

Linux Mint 17.3 — “Rosa” — is now available. “Rosa is built on the Ubuntu 14.04 package base and features kernel 3.19. In other words, it is hardly cutting edge or radical. Actually, it is quite conservative. With that said, there are some notable changes.” I have switched pretty much completely from Ubuntu to Mint. I find it more stable and easier to work with; your mileage my vary.

New OS for Pi

The Raspberry Pi has a new operating system: Jessie. I guess if you want to download it you’ll wish that you had Jessie’s URL. (Sorry) “Many of the changes between Wheezy and Jessie are invisible to the end-user. There are modifications to the underlying system to improve performance and flexibility, particularly as regards the control of system processes, and as with any update, there are numerous bug fixes and tweaks. And at the same time as the upgrade to Jessie, we’ve added a bunch of changes and improvements to the desktop user interface.”

How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image

Handy article from Ed Bott: How to turn your Windows 10 upgrade files into an ISO disk image — “One question I’ve been asked more than any other in recent weeks is whether Microsoft will release Windows 10 in ISO format. No one outside Redmond knows yet, but in the meantime there’s an option: Make your own ISO files. Here’s how. [Updated with product keys for Preview builds 10158 and 10159]”