The new software, called “click packages” would allow one to install self contained apps that would not have any dependency requirements. So, it seems like that they may doing something similar to the system Mac OS uses. The base system and apps will still be installed using apt/dpkg, so Canonical is not abandoning apt/dpkg altogether.
It should be noted that Canonical has been shaking up the Linux distro scene lately with some pretty big changes to the Linux desktop in a while. They are planning to abandon the X windows systems with a replacement that will run on mobile devices (phones and tablets) and desktop computers. Their Unity desktop environment is also unique among the other Linux distros. As you can imagine, there are some who are not fond of the changes Canonical are making.
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Ubuntu 13.04 has been officially released today. I’ve been testing it on and off for a while with many of the Beta releases. I’ve not had any issues with it, in fact, I’ve had less issues with 13.04 than with the 12.10 release. (Mainly issues with installing Nvidia drivers) There are some known issues with it at the moment which may cause some issues for some people:
Warning: according to the known issues in the release log :
I don’t use Skype, and I usually use Chromium when I’m using Linux and it’s easy to install from the software center. The fine folks at OMGUbuntu have some good videos up on the changes with the desktop interface since 12.10. Overall, download it and check it out, Ubuntu keeps getting better with each release.
Info from OMG Ubuntu: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/04/ubuntu-13-04-download
In a move that should not surprise anyone, Ubuntu is going to be switching from using the X Windows display system, to a new graphics system that would scale from Phone->Tablet->Desktop. This new display server system, called Mir should give them the flexibility the need going forward. It would allow them to use drivers that exist already in the Android graphics stack. For desktop use, I’m not quite sure how it will work out, as they would have to get some of the bigger vendors to agree to write the drivers specifically for Ubuntu. (Nvidia, AMD, Intel) The folks from Redhat are working on a next generation display server called Wayland, but I don’t think it is quite ready for prime time at the moment. This is getting really interesting. It almost looks like the old Unix wars of the late 80’s and 90’s all over again. That was when there were many different Unix’s, but each one was different enough that software was incompatible. I do know one thing. This will erupt into a nerd rage over the coming days…