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    Ubuntu 21.04 makes a play for the enterprise desktop with Microsoft Active Directory integration

    Danie van der Merwe · / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 23 April - 14:53

In the corporate world Windows still rules supreme. One reason for that is most enterprises rely on Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to manage users and connect them with network resources. With the just-released Ubuntu 21.04, aka Hirsute Hippo, that could change.

There are ways to do this in Linux -- Native LDAP and Kerberos PAM and NSS modules; Samba Winbind; and System Security Services Daemon (SSSD) -- but they're not easy. There are also third-party programs such as Centrify Authentication Service that get Linux and AD on the same page. But Ubuntu 21.04 is the first major desktop Linux to come with AD support baked in.

Ubuntu 21.04 desktops can now join an AD domain at installation for central configuration. In turn, AD administrators can now manage Ubuntu workstations, which simplifies compliance with company policies.


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    Graphical Linux apps are coming to Windows Subsystem for Linux / ArsTechnica · Friday, 23 April - 10:45 · 1 minute

This week, Microsoft launched support for graphical and audio Linux apps under the Windows Subsystem for Linux—although the new feature is only available in the Dev channel of Insider builds, for now. The new feature is nicknamed WSLg, and it includes both X and PulseAudio servers. We gave WSLg some limited testing today, and it performed rather well.

After running apt install firefox in the WSL2/Ubuntu terminal, we ran an Ubuntu-flavored web browser and played several videos on YouTube. We don't necessarily recommend you base your next HTPC on WSLg—but the videos were watchable, with decent frame rate and non-skipping audio. (We tested WSLg with a Ryzen 5 Pro 2500U-powered Minisforum UM250 Mini-PC.)

More importantly, virt-manager worked very well on the little Minisforum—in very short order, we set up a "virt-ception" by using virt-manager beneath WSL2/Ubuntu running on Windows 10 to access a Windows VM running under Ubuntu on a machine across the office. (You can also see a Hackintosh VM in the background.)

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    Ubuntu 21.04 is out now with Wayland by default and a new dark theme / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 22 April - 13:48 · 2 minutes

Continuing the gradual improvements towards the next LTS (Long Term Support) release, Ubuntu 21.04 is officially out now to bring some of the latest enhancements to the popular Linux distribution.

Between each LTS release, Canonical puts out one of these production-ready interim releases every six months with all the latest work. The current LTS is Ubuntu 20.04 supported until April 2025 with the next being Ubuntu 22.04 due April 2022. With the Ubuntu 21.04 release today it will provide at least 9 months of updates.


On the desktop the biggest change is probably that it uses Wayland by default which Canonical say is a "significant leap forward in security". Quite a few application have been ported already, while others will be run through XWayland. Although for NVIDIA users, right now you're likely stuck with Xorg until NVIDIA put out their upcoming newer drivers with work merged ready .

Some of the highlights include:

  • An enterprise partnership with Microsoft , to bring native Microsoft Active Directory integration with the support for Microsoft SQL server, deployed on-prem or through the Azure Marketplace
  • An Active Directory , to help developers manage workstations through configure system settings, directly from an AD domain controller
  • A smoother graphics experience and better fractional scaling with Wayland by default – Firefox, OBS Studio and others are built with Electron and Flutter to take advantage of Wayland automatically
  • A community maintained dark theme , Yaru, with accessibility improvements in navigation and new file icons

Read more on the official announcement . Download Ubuntu here .

In other recent Ubuntu news, Canonical recently announced that the Community Team has been somewhat revived to directly serve the community with these tasks going forwards:

  • Increase the number of contributors and foster future community leadership
  • Create a more personable, positive, and supportive community
  • Create a more effective community, where people are empowered to make things happen
  • Increase collaboration between Canonical employees and volunteers in the community

Their initial plans for the group include "scheduling community office hours  (with occasional special guests from the community and other Canonical teams),  supporting regular engagement days (e.g. Testing and Bug Days), collaborating on a community roadmap, and advocating for increased community engagement across Canonical".

Tomorrow, April 23, the Ubuntu Desktop Team will also be doing an AMA (ask me anything) with team members and the community at 3PM UTC. You can join in on the Ubuntu OnAir YouTube .

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    Time to get testing Ubuntu 21.04 ahead of release, plus Canonical loses another face / GamingOnLinux · Thursday, 8 April - 13:16 · 1 minute

We seem to have missed the actual Ubuntu Testing Week but a late reminder is better than none at all right? With Ubuntu 21.04 coming soon it's time to report the bugs.

Now is a good time to get testing, as the Beta version is out now and a Release Candidate is due around April 15 so this is your chance to make one of the top Linux desktop distributions as good as possible for the 21.04 release due on April 22. According to Steam stats and our own stats, Ubuntu is in the top three most used for gaming.

10526473951617887687gol1.png Pictured - Ubuntu 21.04 Beta

What to expect from Ubuntu 21.04? It's coming with the 5.11 Linux kernel, Wayland as the default (except NVIDIA), Pipewire support is in for the next-generation of Linux audio / video, PulseAudio 14, BlueZ 5.56, NetworkManager 1.30, most GNOME apps updated to GNOME 40 but they're sticking with the previous Shell version due to it being a big change and updates to all your regular apps like the latest Firefox, LibreOffice and Thunderbird.

How to get involved? Head over to this link which has a bunch of other important links.

Additionally, announced today, is that Alan Pope is set to leave Canonical. Pope has been a huge force in the Ubuntu community over the years and recently as a Developer Advocate, along with their work on Snap packages and much more. Good luck for the future popey!

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    Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Beta Is Here: How To Update From Ubuntu 20.04, 19, 18 / FossBytes · Friday, 2 April - 11:24

After all the news and waiting, Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo Beta release is finally available to download. Unlike previous Ubuntu …

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    5 Easy Ways To Create Bootable USB Media From ISO In Ubuntu Linux / FossBytes · Tuesday, 16 March - 12:51 · 6 minutes

How to Create USB Media from ISO in Ubuntu

W e have already created the complete guide for using Rufus to create bootable USB media . Interestingly, RUFUS only supports Windows and Mac. So if you are using Linux distributions, RUFUS is not the way to go. But fear not. Like almost every other task, popular Linux distros such as Ubuntu have never failed to meet the user demands; the same is when you need to convert ISO to bootable USB Media in Ubuntu or Linux Mint.

Ubuntu and many major Linux distributions come preloaded with a set of essential utility tools. This includes Startup Disk Creator, which helps to create bootable USB Linux media . Different bootable Live USB creator applications can be installed in Ubuntu. In this article, let’s look at making a bootable USB drive in Ubuntu using different apps. So, let’s get started.

1. Create Bootable USB Media in Ubuntu Using Startup Disk Creator

Startup Disk Creator is a built-in application in many Linux Distros like Ubuntu. To use it,

Startup Disk Creator Ubuntu
  • Open the dash menu. If you are using the latest version, use the left pane to open the show applications .
  • Open the Startup Disk Creator application by typing or searching in the search box.
  • Now, you will need to select the source ISO file and specific device for bootable media. If you have chosen the wrong device or ISO, click other to change your selection.
  • After verifying the ISO file and, click on Make Startup Disk to create a new Bootable USB startup disk in UBUNTU Linux.
  • Finally, a prompt will appear asking you to confirm your selection. Confirm the prompt to start the process.

2. Create Bootable USB Media Using Unetbootin

Unlike Startup Disk Creator, UNetbootin doesn’t come preinstalled in the Ubuntu Linux distribution. To install it, first, add the official PPA, update the repo base and then process with installing Unetbootin

Install UNetbootin

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gezakovacs/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unetbootin
Install UNetBootin Ubuntu

Now, UNetbootin will be installed and the bootable USB creator application will appear in your applications list.

Using UNetbootin for Ubuntu Linux

  • Plug-in the USB drive and Unetbootin will automatically recognize it
  • There are two options to make a bootable USB – using the Distribution dropdown menu or by selecting a disk image .
unetbootin interface

Selecting the distribution will automatically download the necessary files for the specific distribution from the internet. To install a distribution using the same method.

  • Select both the distribution and the version .
  • Now, choose the type as USB and select your USB drive from below and click OK .
  • Once you click ok, UNetbootin will download the necessary files and install them on your USB.

If you are looking to create a Windows 10 USB installation media using UNetbootin, you will choose the disk image option. For doing so,

  • Select disk image and choose ISO .
  • Now, Browse the ISO that you want to make as an installation media.
  • Again, choose the type as USB and select your USB drive. Once you click ok, UNetbootin will install the boot media to your USB.

3. Convert ISO to USB in Ubuntu Using ddrescue

Well, hang on. This is Ubuntu we are talking about. Apparently, the terminal is the top tool for a typical Linux user. So let’s say that we were saving the best for the last. This is the easiest way to convert ISO files to a USB disk if you are fond of using terminal commands.

For starters, ddrescue is a data recovery tool that can clone any storage device. We can use ddrescue to convert ISO files to USB sticks.

Install ddrescue

First things first. You will need a working internet connection to download and install ddrescue. (In case you already have it installed, you can skip this step).

sudo apt update
sudo apt install gddrescue

You will need to know the exact block device name (something like dev/sd..). To do this, use the command fdisk . Enter the following command,

sudo fdisk -l
Ubuntu fdisk command

Once you enter the fdisk command, you can see all your devices connected. Here, you can see that the block device name for the USB is /dev/sdb1 .

It is important to verify that the block device name you chose is the correct one, or you might end up with corrupt/destroyed data.

Once done, enter the command as follows:

ddrescue path/to/.iso /dev/sdx --force -D

Replace the x and path/to/.iso with your specific device block name and the path for the iso file.

When the process is finished, you can boot into your bootable Ubuntu USB stick.

4. Create Bootable USB Using Etcher On Ubuntu

Balena Etcher is another great tool for making bootable USBs. What makes it special is its speed and the amazing UI. Also, it is very easy to install and use.

  • Head over to the official Etcher website and download the zip for your OS.
balena etcher website
  • Now, extract the zip using the default archive manager on Linux. If you’re on Windows, all you need to do is download the .exe file and double-click to execute it.
balena etcher extract
  • After you’re done extracting it on Linux, right-click on the extracted app image and click on properties .
  • In the permission tab, find and check the “Allow executing as a file program” option.
allow executing
  • Double-click on the App image to open Etcher. If nothing happens, fire up the terminal, head over to the directory where the app image is located, and run the following command.

Replace the with the version that you have downloaded. For example, balenaEtcher-1.5.116-x64.AppImage . Wait for a couple of seconds until Etcher launches and when it does, here’s what you’ll see.

balena etcher
  • To flash a USB drive, select the ISO that you’ve downloaded.
  • Select the target USB device from the list of devices, and finally.
  • Click on the Flash! Button.

5. Create A Bootable USB Using Popsicle (Linux Only)

Popsicle is a USB bootable media creation tool that comes preinstalled in Pop!_OS. It is a lightweight and fast USB flasher that also allows you to flash ISOs on multiple USB drives simultaneously. As Pop!_OS is based on Ubuntu, you can install Popsicle on Ubuntu. To do it.

  • Open the terminal and add the System76 PPA where Popsicle resides, using the following command.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:system76/pop
  • Now, install Popsicle.
sudo apt-get install popsicle
  • To flash an ISO open the Popsicle application.
popsicle home
  • Now, click on Choose Image and browse for the ISO that you want to flash.
  • After selecting the ISO, click on Next .
  • Plug-in the USB drive and select the target device on Popsicle.
  • Finally, click on the Write button and wait for 5-15 minutes until the flashing is done.
  • Voila! You now have a bootable USB. That was pretty easy, right?

Bootable USB Media from ISO in Ubuntu Linux

Now that pretty much sums up the necessary steps that you would need to do to Create a Bootable USB stick using Ubuntu Linux. Furthermore, if you are still having trouble booting into the USB stick, head over to BIOS/UEFI in your machine to configure the boot settings. Finally, as always, use the comment section to remind us of anything that we missed. Cheers!

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