Ubuntu 15.10 will be released in October

In today's open source roundup: Ubuntu 15.10 will be released on October 22. Plus: Chrome for Android is now mostly open source. And infighting may be hurting the Linux community

Ubuntu 15.10 release date set for October

Ubuntu 15.10 has been dubbed "Wily Werewolf" and a release date has been set for it. You can expect Ubuntu 15.10 to be available on October 22, according to Softpedia.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

In case you didn't already know, Ubuntu version numbers are actually indicative of the launch date. For example, Ubuntu 15.10 means that the system will be launched in 2015, in October (the tenth month). Ubuntu 16.04 means that it will be released in 2016, in April.

The preliminary release for Ubuntu 15.10 has been published for a week now, but the devs needed to know if something could have gotten in the way of their releases, like conferences or other events. From the looks of it, the schedule hasn't changed, and Ubuntu 15.10 will arrive on October 22.

The first Alpha version for Ubuntu flavors will land on June 25, the second Alpha on July 30, and the first Beta should be ready on August 27. The last Beta in the series, which will also include the officially flavor, will land on September 24.

More at Softpedia

Chrome for Android almost entirely open source now

The Chrome developers have been quite busy working on the Android version. And one redditor recently noted that the browser is almost entirely open source in Android.

Aurimas_chromium started the thread in the Android subreddit:

After lots of work by Chrome for Android team and a huge change, Chrome for Android is now almost entirely open-source. It now matches Chrome desktop and you can build a Chromium browser by building chrome_public_apk target.

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His fellow redditors responded:

Sephr: "Will the open source Chromium for Android eventually support hooking into the H.264 hardware codecs available in most phones nowadays? The license fees for the hardware codecs are already paid for by the SoC vendors.

Other than that, this is very good news! This means that soon we will be able to get a version of Chromium with built-in adblocking on Google Play."

Men_can: "It doesn't matter if the local software is open source when it plugs so deeply into a proprietary online service provider in order to serve a big share of its functionality (sync, dns prediction based on browsing history, always-logged-in pan-Google services integration, etc.).

That is why even Chromium, though being technically an open source code base, is still far from ideal from a free software and privacy standpoint.

One glaring problem any person who has tried to compile Chromium on Linux could tell you is that, even for all its "open-sourced-ness", each compile of Chromium needs a specific set of Google services API keys in order for things like Sync, Geolocation, Translate integration, and even Spell Checking to work. What this means is that Google can actually tell exactly which build of Chromium is running whenever those basic features are ever invoked.

Fifthelement80: "Can someone please integrate uBlock into it and publish it. It is the dream."

Crimson5: "That's great but it's still slow and has stuttering scrolling. Firefox for the win!"

Whygohomie: "Lots of people complained about moving away from the open source "Browser." this seems like a step in the positive direction. Now why does this fall short?"

More at Reddit

Infighting may be hurting the Linux community

Canonical and Ubuntu have certainly gotten their share of bare-knuckled feedback from the Linux community. But is such infighting hurting the community itself? Jack Wallen thinks that that might very well be the case.

Jack Wallen reports for TechRepublic:

Ubuntu.

It may not be the best flavor of Linux. It may not be the most user friendly, open, or fan-favorite distribution. It is, however, the one distribution best poised for mass acceptance. But for that to happen, the entire Linux and open source community needs to get behind the effort. That does not mean, in any way, that we all need to turn our backs on our distribution of choice; it only means joining the effort to get the one flavor of Linux with the best chance at mass acceptance in front of the masses. Once that goal is accomplished, maybe that distribution you love so much will enjoy its deserved moment in the spotlight.

But as long as the Linux and open source community continue to fight among themselves, this will never happen. Without a convergent effort from the current user base, Linux will continue to hit the same ceiling that has held it down for years.

The moment is now. The Linux community must set aside their differences and rally behind the one desktop distribution that stands a chance at succeeding with the masses. Yes, there are differences within the camps, but are those battles worth fighting when the cost is so high?

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