Is Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 the perfect desktop Linux distro?

In today's open source roundup: A writer at TechRepublic has fallen in love with Ubuntu Gnome 15.10. Plus: Ars Technica reviews Fedora 23. And the Popcorn Time movie and TV show streaming app is back

Is Ubuntu Gnome 15.10 the perfect desktop Linux distro?

Ubuntu is certainly one of the most popular desktop Linux distros around, but what happens when you combine Ubuntu with Gnome? One writer at TechRepublic believes that the combination of the two might be the perfect desktop Linux distribution.

Jack Wallen reports for TechRepublic:

As much as it must pain you to hear (and me to write), Ubuntu Gnome is what Ubuntu should be. It's as simple as that. Gnome has so far surpassed Unity in improvements it's almost as if they've been at this game a lot longer. Why? Because they have...and it's now showing. The glittering sheen of Unity has worn off and what remains is dull in comparison to what Gnome has to offer.

Gnome might not have the slick tricks like the HUD up its sleeve and it may not be working toward a convergence (something that Canonical will likely never achieve anyway - given the state of the Ubuntu Phone), but Gnome has become exactly what Linux needs on the desktop. It's slick, polished, reliable, stable, modern, and does everything you want it to do.

I realize that this would never happen (as Canonical has way too much invested in Unity), but Ubuntu Gnome is too good for Canonical to not support. Understandably, Canonical cannot scrap Unity for Gnome. However, it might behoove them to place Ubuntu Gnome alongside Unity as an officially supported distribution, right alongside vanilla Ubuntu...right there on the Ubuntu site.

Don't get me wrong, I still like and greatly appreciate Ubuntu and Ubuntu Unity. But when you get a taste of Gnome (as it runs on top of Ubuntu 15.10), you quickly realize you are working with something special...something beyond anything the Linux desktop has ever had.

More at TechRepublic

Ars Technica reviews Fedora 23

Fedora 23 was released last month, and already has its share of fans among Linux users. Ars Technica has released a review of Fedora 23 that notes that it's a very strong release indeed.

Scott Gilbertson reports for Ars Technica:

Fedora 23 is such a strong release that it highlights what feels like Fedora's Achilles heel—there's no Long Term Support release.

If you want an LTS release in the Red Hat world, it's RHEL you're after (or CentOS and other derivatives). Fedora is a bleeding edge, and as such Fedora 23 will, as always, be supported for 12 months. After that time, you'll need to upgrade.

The good news is that DNF's new upgrade tools with transactional updates and rollbacks temper the missing LTS release a bit. After all, if updating is simple, and you can roll back if something goes wrong, then there's less risk to updating. Still, what if you do need to rollback because something went wrong? What if that something isn't something you can quickly fix?

The lack of an LTS release isn't likely to stop desktop users, but it does make Fedora feel like a riskier bet on the server. In the end, that's probably how Red Hat likes things. If you want stable, RHEL is there. If you want the latest and greatest, Fedora 23 delivers.

More at Ars Technica

Popcorn Time movie and TV show streaming app is back

Popcorn Time is a movie and TV show streaming app that has certainly generated lots of controversy, and quite a bit of anger in the entertainment industry. The app has had a difficult time lately in terms of development but now appears to be back on track.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

The famous Popcorn Time app that allows people to stream movies and TV shows directly from torrents is back after the development was suspended for a few weeks.

Popcorn Time was having a great run, but MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and other forces managed to slow it down. First of all, a couple of prominent developers were identified on Reddit, and they had to stop any kind of work on the Popcorn Time client. A number of servers were also brought down, and Popcorn Time took a hit.

The client sits in a rather gray legal area, which is something that people rely on. In some countries, the use of Popcorn Time is not illegal, in others it’s unclear, and in places like the United States, it is forbidden.

From the looks of it, the community is now ready to take on the development role, and the identity of the developers will be kept secret. They are also working on a decentralized way of maintaining the application. The domain was also changed to popcorntime.ml, which now says that it’s a community edition.

More at Softpedia

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