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

By , ITworld |  Open Source, Linux, open source

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
available.

More at Ubuntu

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
Image credit: Desktop Linux Reviews

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.

More at NY Times

Ugh. My eyes were rolling into the back of my head while reading this article. Why does everything always have to be about making money? Can't we focus on something else besides that? I have never thought about open source software in terms of financial gain for a company or for individuals, and I find the NY Times take on it to be more than a bit cynical.

Don't get me wrong, I'm as much of a capitalist as anybody else. Money has its place in all of our lives but it should never be the be-all, end-all of everything. And I think perhaps the NY Times might want to remember that before publishing these kinds of articles that bash open source in the name of profits.

Deepin 2014 review
LinuxBSDos has a full review of Deepin 2014, and finds that it has much to admire but also needs a few improvements here and there.

According to LinuxBSDos:

To sum, it’s no secret that I like Deepin 2014. But what’s not to like about something that’s good and has the potential to be even better. There are features (on the installer) that need to be implemented and several rough edges on the desktop that calls for more polishing, but in general, this is one desktop distribution that I think you should, at least, take for a test drive.

More at LinuxBSDos

Deepin 2014 review
Image credit: LinuxBSDos

Check out the Deepin site for more information about it, including ISO downloads. You can also see a list of packages at the Deepin page at DistroWatch.

If you need support with Deepin, be sure to visit the Deepin forum or the Deepin wiki.

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