Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS released

In today's open source roundup: Canonical releases an update to Ubuntu 14.04. Plus: The NY Times bashes open source for not making enough money, and a review of Deepin 2014

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has been out for a while now, and most people have probably upgraded already. Now it's time for another Ubuntu upgrade, albeit a much smaller one. Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS has been released. Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS fixes many bugs and also includes security updates.

According to Ubuntu:

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS

(Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products,

as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support.

As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated

installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to

be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and

corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining

stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Kubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Edubuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Xubuntu 14.04.1 LTS,

Mythbuntu 14.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.1 LTS, Lubuntu 14.04.1 LTS,

Ubuntu Kylin 14.04.1 LTS, and Ubuntu Studio 14.04.1 LTS are also now


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You can get the official release notes for each of the Ubuntu spins above on the Ubuntu release notes page. There's also a list of bug fixes and other updates in Ubuntu 14.04.1 that you might want to take a peek at to get an idea of the scope of this release. It certainly looks like upgrading will be a good idea for most Ubuntu users.

If you still haven't upgraded to Ubuntu 14.04 yet, check out my review from back in April on Desktop Linux Reviews. It's definitely a worthy upgrade if you are on an earlier version of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 14.04 review
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Open source and money

The NY Times has a misguided article that decries the problems of making money with open source.

According to NY Times:

Remember how the open source software movement was supposed to be like Woodstock, with everybody sharing and everything free? An entire economy where you gave a little to get a lot, in a place of love and software?

At the risk of bringing down your summer, it’s time to admit that this idea didn’t work out.

The open source method may be effective if enough people play along, but it does not make money in itself. Moreover, by definition it implies that open source projects have many more mistakes, bad code and failed efforts on their way to succeeding, compared with conventional projects.

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