Intel's Microcode Update for Spectre Exploit Is Now Available in Ubuntu's Repos

Canonical announced a few moments ago that Intel's latest microcode update for the Spectre security vulnerability is now available from the software repositories of all supported Ubuntu Linux releases. After releasing earlier this week new kernel updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre security exploits that put billions of devices at risk of attacks by allowing a local, unprivileged attacker to obtain sensitive information from kernel memory, Canonical now released the updated microcode from Intel for supported Intel CPUs. Canonical says that the update provides microcode patches that are required by the corresponding Linux kernel versions used in Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) operating system series to mitigate the Spectre vulnerability. "It was discovered that microprocessors utilizing speculative execution and branch prediction may allow unauthorized memory reads via sidech…

8 Crazy Linux Predictions for 2018 - OMG! Ubuntu!

With a new year upon us we felt it was time to share some of our Linux predictions for 2018. Whether they are likely to happen, or just hopeful thinking, is up for debate. But 2017 showed us that nothing is truly predictable. During the previous 12 months we saw: Linux market share increase to suspiciously high levelsUbuntu drop Unity and return to the GNOME foldBig name games launched on LinuxWayland ship by default on more distributionsSeveral new Linux kernel releasesAnd a lot more! But what does 2018 have in store for Linux? Well, here are 8 predictions for the coming year to get you thinking… Our Linux Predictions for 20181. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Will Be Big News

Prediction: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be the most popular release of Ubuntu in years.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver Release Schedule

The schedule of the release of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver with given dates are as follows:
4th January 2018 - Alpha 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)1st February 2018 - Alpha 2 (Not Public Release - opt-in)8th March 2018 - Beta 1 (Not Public Release - opt-in)5th April 2018 - Final Beta19th April 2018 - Release Candidate26th April 2018 - Final Release

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Bionic Beaver Release Schedule

United GNOME Theme Updated, Looks Better Than Ever - OMG! Ubuntu!

A new version of United GNOME, the Unity 8 inspired GTK theme, is available to download — and there are some significant changes to see. The United GNOME theme, partly inspired by the design direction of Canonical’s scrapped Unity 8 desktop, has picked up a few fixes and flourishes that fans of theme will want to know about.

Rounded window covers and more subtle drop shadows Most of the changes (rather notably) see the theme adhere to the actual styling of Unity 8 and Ubuntu Phone/Tablet, including colour hints.
The angular window borders are gone; the outline toggle switches are gone; the bizarre purple buttons are gone. If you used (or still use) Ubuntu Touch or any Ubuntu Touch apps a lot of the widgets, switches and stylings will seem super familiar. The Unity 8/Suru colour palette is also more prominent in this version of the theme. The overall look is one that’s a compelling alternative amidst the dominance of Arc and Adapta, the latter being the basis of the Pop GTK theme. Download Uni…

Learn how to use #PPC #Marketing to reach a large number of potential customers

One of the quickest and most efficient ways to drive relevant traffic to your website is PPC marketing. By using targeted online ads you can very quickly reach a large number of potential customers interested exactly in those services you are offering.In this article we are going to explain how to effectively promote your services and expand your customer base with PPC, no matter how big or small your business is

Recent Linux App Updates Round-Up

Recent Linux App Updates Round-Up - OMG! Ubuntu!

"A number of nifty Linux apps we’ve written about previously have shared some updates over the past few days.

Rather than write about each of them individually we thought we’d round-up them up into one quick-fire, easy-to-digest post."

LibreOffice 5.3 to Launch with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI

As long as I can turn it off. I never really liked the ribbon bar much on Office. I like the logical non changing manner of the standard menu layout (probably same reason so many people liked the "Start" menu on Windows XP).

At this point, LibreOffice’s new Ribbon-inspired UI is still in the works, but it’s already available in experimental version 5.3 and anyone can see how it looks using the steps below.

The Microsoft Office ribbon was officially introduced in Office 2007 as a way to make working with the productivity suite easier. Microsoft called the new interface “Fluent UI,” grouping all toolbars into a single one with multiple tabs providing quick access to the essential features.

At this point, LibreOffice is undoubtedly the top freeware productivity suite on the market and the best alternative to Microsoft Office, as it’s being adopted not only by consumers but also by companies and organizations across the world that are seeking reduced costs without losing feature…