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    Canonical: Flutter Is The Default Choice For Future Ubuntu Apps / FossBytes · 08:53 · 1 minute

Canonical: Flutter Is The Default Choice For Future Ubuntu Apps

During the Flutter Engage Live Event on March 3, Google announced Flutter 2 with tons of new updates.

It includes Flutter’s web support from beta to the stable channel, support for foldable Android devices, beta release of Google Mobile Ads SDK, rewritten Google Pay in Flutter, and more.

Amid all such updates, Google has also made Flutter’s desktop (macOS, Windows, and Linux) support available in the stable channel under an early release flag.

As you may know, especially for Linux, last year Google teamed up with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu OS, to announce Linux Alpha for Flutter.

Later, last month, Ubuntu desktop team at Canonical started using Flutter to rewrite the user interface of its upcoming brand new desktop installer.

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And now at the Flutter Engage event, the Ubuntu team finally showed an early demo of its new installer app, which is also the first official Flutter app by Canonical.

Along with the new installer, Ken Vandine, Engineering Manager, Ubuntu Desktop, Canonical revealed that the out-of-the-box experience for devices preloaded with Ubuntu will also be powered by Flutter.

Discussing Canonical’s contributions to Flutter, Ken also said that the Ubuntu team will work to bring full multi-window support to Flutter across all desktop platforms.

It will give developers a rich toolbox of windows types to create an effective UI platform.

Even for plugins, the team is already working to bring popular Flutter plugins for Linux such as support for Firebase, Bluetooth, Network connectivity, and desktop notifications.

Furthermore, while enabling developers to match their app with Ubuntu’s distinct style, it has introduced Yaru to Flutter.

Ubuntu Yaru Style Ubuntu Yaru Style

The Yaru package for Flutter takes material as base and applies Ubuntu style, colors and fonts.

Ken ended with a quote that the desktop team is not only working to make Linux a first-class citizen of Flutter, but Flutter is the default choice for future desktop and mobile apps created by Canonical.

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    Kerala KITE Introduces New Ubuntu-based Free OS: KITE GNU-Linux Lite / FossBytes · Monday, 22 February - 07:58 · 1 minute

Kerala KITE Introduces New Ubuntu Linux-based Free Operating System

Indian state Kerala’s state-owned KITE (Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education) has launched a new operating system (OS) called KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020.

KITE GNU-Linux Lite is a lightweight, customized, free and open-source OS built on top of the most popular Ubuntu Linux for the benefit of computer users in Kerala state.

KITE’s official has also stated that the same OS will ship in lakhs of the student laptops that are being distributed under the Vidyasree project of the state government.

Speaking of software, it comes pre-loaded with applications ranging from productivity tools, language input tools, Database apps, to DTP, image editing, and image-to-text conversion utility.

Additionally, this OS also has internationally acclaimed free educational software suites such as GeoGebra, PhEt, and GCompris.

Going further, it has included a vast collection of Malayalam Unicode Fonts and a dedicated English-Malayalam dictionary in the lite version to boost Malayalam Computing.

Since KITE GNU-Linux Lite features a variety of educational and utility-based software, it is useful not only for the students but also for DTP centers, Common Service Centers (CSC), software developers, college students, and the general public.

With this initiative of installing the FOSS-based Operating System in over 2 lakh Laptops deployed in state schools as part of the Hi-Tech projects, KITE had earlier provided an estimated savings of Rs 3,000 crore for the state exchequer.

Well, this is not the first time Kerala state has made headlines for promoting and using FOSS, earlier we reported that the Indian State of Kerala saves $58 million each year by using FOSS.

In 2019, Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan launched the world’s largest integrated Free and Open Source IT facility in the government sector, ‘Swatantra.’

If you want to get your hands on the KITE GNU-Linux Lite 2020, it is freely available to download from the official site .

Via — PTI

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    How to Make Your Ubuntu Home Folder Private

    Terrance · / lazy-linux · Wednesday, 10 February - 15:43

Recently, Ubuntu announced that they would be making users’ home folders privater by default with the 21.04 release and onwards. Of course this applies only in the case of new installations and so in this post I want to show you how to make your home folder private in Ubuntu if, like me, you’re sticking to the 20.04 LTS release.

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    How to Add Fingerprint Login in Ubuntu and Other Linux Distributions / ItsFoss · Tuesday, 9 February - 09:30 · 3 minutes

Many high-end laptops come with fingerprint readers these days. Windows and macOS have been supporting fingerprint login for some time. In desktop Linux, the support for fingerprint login was more of geeky tweaks but GNOME and KDE have started supporting it through system settings.

This means that on newer Linux distribution versions, you can easily use fingerprint reading. I am going to enable fingerprint login in Ubuntu here but you may use the steps on other distributions running GNOME 3.38.


This is obvious, of course. Your computer must have a fingerprint reader.

This method works for any Linux distribution running GNOME version 3.38 or higher. If you are not certain, you may check which desktop environment version you are using .

KDE 5.21 also has a fingerprint manager. The screenshots will look different, of course.

Adding fingerprint login in Ubuntu and other Linux distributions

Go to Settings and the click on Users from left sidebar. You should see all the user account on your system here. You’ll see several option including Fingerprint Login .

Click on the Fingerprint Login option here.

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It will immediately ask you to scan a new fingerprint. When you click the + sign to add a fingerprint, it presents a few predefined options so that you can easily identify which finger or thumb it is.

You may of course scan left thumb by clicking right index finger though I don’t see a good reason why you would want to do that.

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While adding the fingerprint, rotate your finger or thumb as directed.

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Once the system registers the entire finger, it will give you a green signal that the fingerprint has been added.

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If you want to test it right away, lock the screen by pressing Super+L keyboard shortcut in Ubuntu and then using the fingerprint for login.

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Experience with fingerprint login on Ubuntu

Fingerprint login is what its name suggests: login using your fingerprint. That’s it. You cannot use your finger when it asks for authentication for programs that need sudo access. It’s not a replacement of your password.

One more thing. The fingerprint login allows you to log in but you cannot use your finger when your system asks for sudo password. The keyring in Ubuntu also remains locked.

Another annoying thing is because of GNOME’s GDM login screen. When you login, you have to click on your account first to get to the password screen. This is where you can use your finger. It would have been nicer to not bothered about clicking the user account ID first.

I also notice that fingerprint reading is not as smooth and quick as it is in Windows. It works, though.

If you are somewhat disappointed with the fingerprint login on Linux, you may disable it. Let me show you the steps in the next section.

Disable fingerprint login

Disabling fingerprint login is pretty much the same as enabling it in the first place.

Go to Settings→User and then click on Fingerprint Login option. It will show a screen with options to add more fingerprints or delete the existing ones. You need to delete the existing fingerprints.

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Fingerprint login does have some benefits, specially for lazy people like me. I don’t have to type my password every time I lock the screen and I am happy with the limited usage.

Enabling sudo with fingerprint should not be entirely impossible with PAM . I remember that when I set up face unlock in Ubuntu , it could be used with sudo as well. Let’s see if future versions add this feature.

Do you have a laptop with fingerprint reader? Do you use it often or is it just one of things you don’t care about?

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    Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, EndeavourOS 2021.02.03 and Solus 4.2 out now / GamingOnLinux · Friday, 5 February - 11:40 · 1 minute

Multiple Linux distributions all had a brand new release in the space of week with Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, EndeavourOS 2021.02.03 and Solus 4.2 all out now for downloads and upgrades.

For Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS , this is the latest point release which gives a refresh for new downloads bundling all the updates since the initial release, and additionally bumps up a bunch of package versions for everyone. It brings in a brand new HWE stack (Hardware Enablement) that will bump the Linux Kernel from 5.4 to 5.8 and newer Mesa 20.2.6 graphics drivers, so that means better support for newer hardware. All users should get the HWE updates by default now too .


All the Ubuntu flavours that come with different desktop environments also saw updated releases including Kubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu Budgie 20.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 20.04.2 LTS, Lubuntu 20.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 20.04.2 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 20.04.2 LTS, and Xubuntu 20.04.2 LTS.

Download Ubuntu here and see the release announcement here .

When it comes to my own personal current choice with EndeavourOS 2021.02.03 , it's a bit different. EndeavourOS is just Arch Linux which updates as much as you want it to, with a nice installer and a few custom bits so it's always up to date. However, their installation media was from September 2020 so it was seriously out of date so this is a huge upgrade for anyone downloading first time.


The main updates for this will be:

  • Linux Kernel 5.10.11.arch1-1
  • Mesa 20.3.4-1
  • Nvidia 460.39-2
  • Firefox 85.0-1
  • Calamares 3.2.34-10
  • Live environment and offline install updated to Xfce 4.16

Release notes for EndeavorOS here and download here .

Lastly, Solus 4.2 is also out now bringing with it the usual assortment of updates to various desktop environments, software updates and support for newer hardware. It's now shipping with Linux Kernel 5.10.12 and the Mesa 20.3.3 graphics drivers. Some multimedia updates included too like GStreamer 1.18 and Pulseaudio 14.1.

Solus is also interesting as they also have their own custom desktop environment with Budgie, with Solus 4.2 now shipping with the latest Budgie 10.5.2 which has numerous enhancements like a new desktop icons implementation, a rewritten system tray implementation, a redesigned sound applet and more.


Solus is also now shipping with the latest GNOME 3.38.3, MATE 1.24, Plasma Desktop 5.20.5, KDE Frameworks 5.78, KDE Applications 20.12.1 and QT 5.15.2.

You can download Solus 4.2 here and see the release notes here .

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    Ubuntu getting a new installer, desktop lead to leave Canonical / GamingOnLinux · Wednesday, 3 February - 12:50 · 1 minute

Two big bits of news from Canonical and Ubuntu to cover today and both about the future of the Linux distribution.

Firstly, the sad news to get it out of the way: the current desktop lead for Ubuntu, Martin Wimpress, will be leaving Canonical and moving over to . Wimpress wasn't in the role particularly long, taking over from when Will Cooke stepped down in October 2019. However, it's not all sad news. Wimpress will be continuing to lead Ubuntu MATE which is a passion project so you can expect that to continue as normal.

We wish Martin Wimpress all the best and continued success with life and Ubuntu MATE.

Additionally, in related news, it looks like Ubuntu is set to get a new installer. Announced in a post on the official Ubuntu Discourse forum, noting that the current installer dates way back to 2006 which is ancient when you consider how quickly all other parts of Ubuntu (and Linux as a whole) moves on and so it has become "cumbersome" to keep it going.

Interestingly, they're going with the new Flutter UI from Google, which Canonical worked with Google on to get early desktop Linux support hooked up that was announced back in July 2020 .

The original installer will remain (for now) and their plan is to have an initial version ready to test in the Ubuntu 21.10 release due out in October 2021. From there the hope is it becomes the default for the next big LTS (Long-term support) release of Ubuntu 22.04 due in April 2022.

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See the full announcement here .

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    Ubuntu Core 20 Released For IoT Devices With Secure Boot By Default / FossBytes · Wednesday, 3 February - 08:37 · 1 minute

Ubuntu Core 20 Released For IoT Devices With Secure Boot By Default

Canonical, the company behind the most popular Ubuntu operating system, is already preparing for the next Ubuntu 21.04 “Hirsute Hippo,” which is scheduled to be released on April 22, 2021.

Meanwhile, after Ubuntu Core 18 was released in 2019, Canonical has now made its Ubuntu Core 20 for IoT generally available to the public.

Ubuntu Core 20 is a minimal and containerized version of the Ubuntu 20.04 ‘Focal Fossa’ LTS specifically designed for IoT devices and embedded systems.

It aims to secure Linux for IoT by providing features such as secure boot, full disk encryption, and secure device recovery.

Unlike the regular Ubuntu release, which uses the traditional Debian package system, this Ubuntu Core almost relies entirely on the universal package management system called snap , developed by Canonical.

For better security and avoid damage from any compromised application, all snaps on Ubuntu Core devices are strictly confined and isolated.

Speaking of the latest Ubuntu Core 20, it comes with several security updates and important new features.

For instance, it has added secure boot by default with hardware-backed full disk encryption to protect the privacy and guarantee confidentiality from physical attackers.

Among the other enhancements, this is what Ubuntu Core 20 has included:

  • New recovery and reinstall mode
  • Recovery mode menu and chooser
  • Raspberry Pi support (both ARMv7 and ARM v8)
  • Initial MAAS and cloud-init support

If you want to learn more about Ubuntu Core, you can read the official documentation or register for the webinar scheduled for 24 February 2021.

Lastly, if you want to get your hands on Ubuntu Core 20, download the images available here for x86_64 and ARM hardware with ten years of support.

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    Ubuntu Core 20 adds secure boot with hardware-backed encryption / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 2 February - 22:26

You might draw a fairly similar schematic diagram to give someone a simplified idea of how a traditional Linux distribution is put together—but it wouldn

Enlarge / You might draw a fairly similar schematic diagram to give someone a simplified idea of how a traditional Linux distribution is put together—but it wouldn't be as close to literal accuracy as this Ubuntu Core diagram is. (credit: Canonical )

Canonical released Ubuntu Core 20 today, which is now available for download. If you're already familiar with Ubuntu Core 20, the standout new feature is added device security with secure boot, full-disk encryption, and secure device recovery baked in. If you're not familiar with Ubuntu Core yet... read on!

The key difference between regular Ubuntu and Ubuntu Core is the underlying architecture of the system. Traditional Linux distributions rely mostly on traditional package systems— deb , in Ubuntu's case—while Ubuntu Core relies almost entirely on Canonical's relatively new snap package format.

Ubuntu Core also gets a full 10 years of support from Canonical, rather than the five years traditional Ubuntu LTS releases get. But it's a bit more difficult to get started with, since you need an Ubuntu SSO account to even log into a new Ubuntu Core installation in the first place.

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