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Canonical announces end of life date for Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy Gorilla is set to lose support on July 22, 2021. As the release was one of those between the Long-Term Support (LTS) releases, it only has nine months of life. Those running this particular version of Ubuntu are urged to upgrade their systems to Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo which has been available since April.
To assist you in upgrading your computer, Canonical has published a guide that runs through everything you need to know and do to get to the latest version. If you’re not sure which version of Ubuntu you have, open Settings, scroll down the left-hand pane until you reach About, and then look under OS Name and you should be able to see which version you are on. Most people checking should find that they’re on Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, which is supported until 2025.
After July 22, systems with Ubuntu 20.10 can still be used but they won’t receive important security updates. Quickly, you’ll notice your web browser become outdated which will only increase your risk. If you have a particular use for Ubuntu 20.10 which is preventing you from upgrading, disconnecting your computer from the internet and keeping it offline is another option you have for staying safe
For most people, the Long-Term Support versions of Ubuntu are best because upgrades are only needed every couple of years. The interim releases, while stable, act more like a testing ground for new features between LTS releases.
Canonical announces Ubuntu Pro for Google Cloud
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced that Ubuntu Pro is now available on Google Cloud. According to the firm, Ubuntu Pro is a premium version of Ubuntu aimed at enterprise and production use that comes with several additional features including live kernel patching, a 10-year maintenance commitment, and patches for software in Ubuntu’s universe repository.
Commenting on the news, June Yang, VP and GM, Compute, Google Cloud, said:
Unlike the Ubuntu you may be familiar with on desktop systems which is free, Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud is not free. According to Google, Ubuntu Pro will cost 3%-4.5% of your average computing cost. Customers can purchase Ubuntu Pro through the GCP Console or Google Cloud Marketplace where they will receive a streamlined procurement process with access to the commercial features offered by Canonical.
As Ubuntu Pro offers ten years of support, it means that users can use Ubuntu 16.04 LTS which, on the main track, reached end of life earlier this year. With more access to Ubuntu 16.04 via Ubuntu Pro on Google Cloud, companies will have more time to migrate over to Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
By Abhay V
Acer's Chromebook lineup includes a new 17.3-inch laptop, refreshed premium offerings, more
by Abhay Venkatesh
Acer today announced a bunch of new devices aimed at gamers such as the new Predator gaming laptops, a refreshed business-focused TravelMate P6 lineup, and a thin-and-light offering with dedicated graphics in the Swift X. However, that’s not all, as the firm is also unveiling new Chromebooks at its Next@Acer event today.
There are four new devices from the company, with the announcement headlined by the new Acer Chromebook 317, which the firm terms the “industry’s first 17.3-inch Chromebook”. The device is aimed at entertainment consumption and multitasking, thanks to its massive display and dual upward-facing speakers. The display is a Full HD unit with narrow bezels around it and comes with an anti-glare coating. Interestingly, the firm says that the laptop comes with an optional webcam and keyboard backlighting, and it can be had with a touchscreen display. The size of the device also lets it accommodate a full-size keyboard with a numeric keypad.
As for the specifications, the Chromebook 317 comes with a modest processor in the way of Intel’s Celeron chip which the company says is the “performance and connectivity needed by students, businesses and home users.” The port selection includes two USB 3.2 Type-C ports, along with two Type-A ports and a MicroSD slot.
The Acer Chromebook 317 will be available for customers in North America from June for an asking price that starts at $379.99, and during the same period in the European markets starting at €399.
Next up are updates to the premium Chromebook Spin 713 and the Chromebook Enterprise Spin 713 convertibles. The devices are the world’s first Intel Evo certified Chromebooks, meaning they feature instant wake and improved battery life, thanks to Intel 11th-generation Tiger Lake processors. The laptops feature a premium aluminum build and conform to the U.S. MIL-STD 810H military-grade standard for durability – something that caters to business users.
As for the specs, the devices are receiving minor updates in the form of new processors, as mentioned earlier. The Chromebooks now feature two Thunderbolt 4 ports for power delivery, connecting to external monitors, and other I/O options. The device retains it 3:2 aspect ratio display that provides more vertical screen real estate. Biometric authentication is taken care of by the new fingerprint reader. Lastly, the firm is promising up to 10 hours of battery on a full charge or up to four hours of usage time from a quick 30-minute top-up, thanks to the fast charger.
The Acer Chromebook Spin 713 lineup will become available for North American buyers in June starting at $699.99, and for European customers in June starting at €769.
Next, there are two new 14-inch models, with the first being the Acer Chromebook 514 along with its counterpart aimed at businesses, and the Chromebook 314. The Chromebook 514 is the more premium offering that sports a metallic build and is certified for military-grade MIL-STD-810H standards. The device comes with Intel Core processors from the Tiger Lake family, bringing features like Thunderbolt 4, fast wake from sleep, and Iris Xe graphics. There’s support for Wi-Fi 6 when it comes to wireless connectivity.
The touchpad is covered with Gorilla Glass for increased durability, and the laptop offers a power button-based fingerprint reader for authentication. The firm promises up 10 hours of battery life for the offering, and it also supports quick charging.
The Acer Chromebook 514 starts at $599.99 in North America and will be available starting in October. It will be available in August in the European markets and will set customers back by €549.
The Chromebook 314, on the other hand, is the most affordable Chromebook in the range announced today and is mainly aimed at students on a budget. The laptop is powered by a MediaTek MT8183 octa-core processor and promises to deliver up to 15 hours of battery life on a single charge. The firm is adding in the option of a touchscreen to the 14-inch Full HD display for those that need it. The offering also houses USB Type-C ports for versatility, but there is no information on the Wi-Fi spec.
The Acer Chromebook 314 will start being sold in the North America region in July for an asking price of $269.99. Those in Europe will be able to get their hands on the device in August for a price of €329.
Ubuntu 21.04 due today with native Active Directory integration
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced the availability of Ubuntu 21.04, it includes native Microsoft Active Directory integration, a Flutter application development SDK, and Wayland switched on by default replacing the X Window System which is now 36 years old. Ubuntu 21.04 comes with the Linux 5.11 kernel meaning newer hardware is supported but Canonical decided not to include the latest GNOME 40 just yet.
Commenting on today’s launch, Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said:
With native Active Directory support, Ubuntu 21.04 allows Active Directory administrators to configure Ubuntu system settings from an Active Directory domain controller. Using a Group Policy Client, admins can control various security policies on connected clients including password policies, user access control, and desktop environment settings.
One of the biggest changes in this update is the switch to Wayland. Canonical says that Wayland offers better security and that programs like Firefox, OBS Studio and many other applications built with Electron and Flutter leverage Wayland automatically for smoother graphics and improved fractional scaling. By switching to Wayland now, Canonical can work out any issues by the time of the next long-term support Ubuntu release.
Other changes in this update include an improved dark version of the Yaru theme and an option in the system settings to change the power profile mode of the system so you can reduce the energy consumption.
As Ubuntu 21.04 doesn’t have long-term support, it will only receive updates until January 2022, so be sure that you’re happy to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.10 later in the year. While Ubuntu 21.04 is a stable release, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS may be a better option if you’re not looking to perform major upgrades because it will receive security updates until 2025.
Ubuntu 21.04 should be available from the downloads page today but if you already use Ubuntu and want to upgrade go to the Software & Updates app, go to the Updates tab and select ‘For any new version’ on the ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version’ section. You will be prompted to enter your password, now open the Software Updater and you should see the option to upgrade to Ubuntu 21.04 as soon as it's available.
Canonical announces full enterprise support for Kubernetes 1.21
by Paul Hill
Canonical, the firm behind the Ubuntu operating system, has announced full enterprise support for Kubernetes 1.21. It said that support ranges from public cloud to edge and covers Charmed Kubernetes, MicroK8s, and kubeadm. According to Canonical, MicroK8s is suited for workstations, DevOps, edge and IoT, Charmed Kubernetes is aimed at multi-cloud clusters, and kubeadm is designed for manual operations.
Notable changes in Kubernetes 1.21 include a memory manager which will improve the performance of some applications, new scheduler features, improvements to ReplicateSet downscaling, support for indexed jobs, and the deprecation of Pod Security Policy before its complete removal in Kubernetes 1.25.
Commenting on the launch of Kubernetes 1.21, Canonical Product Manager Alex Chalkias said:
Enterprise support for Kubernetes on Ubuntu is provided by Canonical as a part of the Ubuntu Advantage for Infrastructure (UA-I) support subscription. The package includes long-term security maintenance, kernel Livepatching, and mission-critical infrastructure support for the full stack from the kernel to the container across public clouds, Vmware, OpenStack, and bare metal.
In terms of product releases from Canonical, this month is turning out to be a bit busy. On the first day of the month, Canonical launched Ubuntu 21.04 beta and is intending to release the finished product on April 22.