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Spotify made it easier to install its app on Linux


According to Canonical, the company behind popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, Spotify just made it super simple for subscribers to install the music-streaming app on Linux machines. The company has just released a Spotify "snap," a universal app package that works across Linux flavors.

Use Ubuntu's snap to install Skype on any Linux desktop


The Internet of Things is the new frontier. However, generations of ERP systems were not designed to handle global networks of sensors and devices. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, has announced that Microsofts Skype is now available as a snap, the universal Linux app packaging format. This snap works natively on all Linux distributions that support snap packaging. Besides Ubuntu, this includes Arch Linux, Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint, Manjaro, OpenSUSE, Solus, and Ubuntu.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS: The Linux for AI, clouds, and containers


The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Even in 2018, if you ask most people what they know about Ubuntu, they'll tell you it's a desktop Linux. Oh, but there's so, so much more to Canonical's Ubuntu than that, and in its latest long-term support (LTS) release, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, that really shows up. In a conference call interview, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's CEO and Ubuntu's founder, said, "Most public cloud instances -- Azure, AWS, Oracle, and so on -- are Ubuntu. To better support Ubuntu, 18.04 features improvements in network and storage and improved boot time optimization so that Ubuntu instances can ramp up faster with demand.

Want a Linux desktop on your Android phone? Samsung's working on it


Samsung is working on an app that lets users run a variety of Linux-based desktops on its Galaxy phones.

Microsoft rolls out music controls for the Your Phone app in Windows 10


On Wednesday, Microsoft announced two new features headed for Windows users: audio capability for the Your Phone app, and a nested virtualization capability that to date had excluded PCs using AMD's Ryzen processors. Your Phone connects to an Android phone and allows you to interact with it from your Windows desktop, sending messages, placing calls, and more. Not so the new audio controls, however, which debuted as part of Windows 10 Insider build 19619 in April. With this build, Microsoft switched its "servicing" model for the Windows Subsystem for Linux from its own Store app to Windows Update. With this build, they'll be sent to your PC directly via Windows Update.