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Vivid Vervet Ubuntu 15.04 Makes Its Debut

  • April 24, 2015
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

Ubuntu 15.04 debuted this week marking the first milestone update for Ubuntu in 2015. Ubuntu 15.04 is 'just a regular release and as such will only be supported for nine months.

At the heart of Ubuntu 15.04 is a Linux 3.19 kernel as well as some interesting security enhancements.

"On the security front we see a slew of improvements in Apparmor as well as improved seccomp support including support for cross thread protection," the Ubuntu 15.04 release notes state. "This release also brings support for signed kexec a key gap in secure boot support.

Ubuntu 15.04 also marks the official debut of systemd in Ubuntu.

systemd has replaced Upstart as the standard boot and service manager on all Ubuntu flavors except Touch. At the time of the 15.04 release there are no known major problems which prevent booting.

A big application re-organization occurred in Ubuntu 15.04 with all the developer tools re-organized under the Ubuntu Make banner.

  • Applications now in Ubuntu Make include:
  • Android NDK support and bumped Android Studio to latest version
  • Other new IDEs: IDEA (ultimate and community editions), pycharm (professional, educational and community editions), webstorm, rubymine, phpstorm and eclipse
  • Golang compiler support
  • Firefox developer edition
  • Dartlang editor
  • Stencyl game development platform
  • Numerous usability improvements and accessibility (ppa, doc)

Perhaps most interestingly is the first offical release of Ubuntu Snappy:

‘Snappy’ Ubuntu Core is the smallest and most secure edition of Ubuntu. It is a super-lean, transactionally updated version of Ubuntu, perfect for inventors, technologists and the active and growing Ubuntu developer community, for cloud container hosts and smart, connected devices. It powers drones, robots, network switches, mobile base stations, industrial gateways, and IoT home hubs.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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