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Ubuntu 23.04 (“Lunar Lobster”): The new installer based on Google Flutter in detail

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Ubuntu 23.04 (“Lunar Lobster”) will be released on April 20, 2023 and uses the new graphical installation routine based on Google’s open source UI development kit Flutter for the first time. The departure from the free GUI toolkit GTK does not make all users happy, but it does make the desktop installer more modern.

The Flutter installer can already be tried

After uploading the corresponding developer tools, such as the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) and GNU Binutils as well as the GNU C library, the first test week (“Ubuntu Testing Week”) was due on December 10th, which was based on the daily Build images from the Daily Canary. The installation routine, the new desktop installer, was also the focus.

  • Ubuntu 23.04 will be released on April 20, 2023
  • The release candidate will appear on April 13, 2023
  • The open beta will be released on March 27, 2023
  • The roadmap provides further information

The Linux author Marius Nestor’s website 9to5Linux took a detailed look at the new Flutter GUI, which is to be delivered as standard with the release of Ubuntu 23.04, and provided corresponding impressions.

The new Ubuntu 23.04 desktop installer (“Luna Lobster”)

The new desktop installer of Ubuntu 23.04 (“Luna Lobster”) (Image: 9to5Linux)

Specifically, the new installer aims to provide a modern implementation of the Ubuntu installer for the desktop operating system, using the Ubuntu Server Installer (“Subiquity”) as the backend and Flutter as the GUI toolkit.

The new desktop installer of Ubuntu 23.04 (“Luna Lobster”) (Image: 9to5Linux)

Apart from the upgraded and more modern user interface in direct comparison to the GTK 4 version, the new installer does not differ significantly from the old installation routine, but the subsequent changes are noticeable.

  • During installation, the system can already be connected to a network via Wi-Fi
  • Already during the installation, users can choose between a dark and a light theme
  • There is currently no support for integrating Microsoft’s Active Directory directory service during installation
  • The “Installation complete” installation step now also offers the option of restarting the computer system

By the time Ubuntu 23.04 (“Lunar Lobster”) is released, the British system and Linux distributor Canonical wants to incorporate further improvements.

Linux 6.2 and Gnome 44 are expected

The so-called feature freeze for the 38th edition of the free operating system should take place on February 23, 2023, before the beta starts at the end of March.

Even if Canonical and the Ubuntu community have not yet commented on the main components of the new Linux distribution, it can be assumed that Ubuntu 23.04 will be based on Linux 6.2 and Gnome 44.

Numerous new tools are being introduced

Other components are expected to be the GNU Compiler Collection 13 as a system compiler, LLVM in the new version 16, Python 3.11 as the standard, GNU Binutils 2.40, GNU C Library 2.37, OpenLDAP 2.6, Go 1.20 and PolicyKit 122.

Roadmap – Ubuntu 23.04 (“Lunar Lobster”)

Support until January 2024

After the release, Ubuntu 23.04 will be supported as a so-called “interim release” until January 2024 with software and security updates, replacing Ubuntu 22.10 (“Kinetic Kudu”).

Users who value long-term support prefer to use Ubuntu 22.04 LTS (“Jammy Jellyfish”) instead, which Canonical will maintain with updates and product support until April 2027.

The editors would like to thank the community for the information that led to this report.

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Familiados launches an app to search for and manage external accompaniments in residences

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Familiados continues to innovate and has just launched a new service. The Spanish startup is committed to Familiados Sociosanitario, a special solution for residences and centers where Users need support.

Through it, centers can register their residents, find professionals in the area for accompaniments, facilitate payment to the resident through SEPA, manage extra expenses and have civil liability and accident insurance.

Offers to find companions are published on the map of Families and professionals sign up freely. Then the center chooses the most appropriate profile, and closes the accompaniment. All in less than 10 minutes. And with the confidence that the Familiados team makes a preflight of all the profiles of the platform, so trust is assured on the way out.

As a complement to the management of accompaniments, socio-health centers can also search for personnel to cover sick leave, contracts, etc. Familiarized allows them to find professional profiles such as nurses, nursing assistants or technicians in care for people in a situation of dependency, among others.

As Ernesto Bravo, CEO and founder of Familiados, explains: “When the time comes for a resident to go out for a medical visit, a diagnostic test, or just to run an errand, the normal thing is that no one can leave their job and accompany them. Precisely because of the shortage of personnel”.

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“In these cases, the residence has to find an external companion, and it is not always an easy task, for this reason we believe that Familiados Sociosanitario is a solution that can help regulate and professionalize this problem.”

double digit growth

The home care sector is in full bloom, and with it the companies that provide services related to it. In the specific case of Familiados, the Navarra startup reports that has doubled the published offers and the hours of care compared to 2021. Specifically, in Familiados, almost 35,000 job offers have been published this year, covering a total of 400,000 hours, a record for the platform.

The growth of Familiados is also noticeable in the number of care professionals who offer their services on its platform, which now reaches 6,000 throughout the national territory (50% more than in 2021). 30% of these caregivers are specialized exclusively in caring for children, 15% exclusively in caring for the elderly and the rest, 55%, are versatile: they can care for both children and the elderly.

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FI Group contributes to the launch of the third NextGenerationEU Guide

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The third edition of the report has already been published “NextGenerationEU Guide, for the industry to better understand and take advantage of its opportunities”. As usual, it has been published by the EAIC (European Association of Innovation Consultants), of which FI Group is a part.

The report, which once again included the participation of the FI Group, explains how each of the 24 European countries distributes the almost 326 billion European aid granted in their National Recovery and Resilience Plans.

The latest update of the report highlights the maximum financial contribution that corresponds to each Member State, calculated taking into account the growth in real GDP in 2020 and the accumulated growth in real GDP in the period 2020-2021.

Most Member States saw their maximum financial contribution in the aid component of their Recovery plans decrease, due to changes in the calculations made in June 2022, based on real GDP growth data. The only countries that saw their funds increased were Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Italy, Austria Y Portugal.

Main updates and news reported by Member States

  • The implementation of the Recovery and Resilience Plans is in full swing: calls have been launched to receive proposals, projects are being evaluated and aid agreements are being signed.
  • Member States have started work on the review of plans, following the decision made on June 30, 2022 on the final distribution of funds; some of the new plans are still being evaluated (for example: more funds in Lithuania to boost energy independence, renewable energy and cybersecurity).
  • The report also highlights the main calls for proposals launched in each of the 24 Member States (for digitization, innovation, circular economy, etc.), both those active right now and those planned soon.
  • Some of the Member States (Finland for example) have already distributed all the funds allocated to them in their Recovery and Resilience Plans.

Alejandro Álvarez, Grants Director at FI Group, as well as a member of the EAIC Board and coordinator of this report, highlights that it is a unique initiative at a European level. “We have been following the development of the Recovery and Resilience Plans since the start of the negotiations and have managed to offer comprehensive information on the opportunities that are emerging across Europe. Building on the success of this pioneering initiative, we are looking to broaden the focus of the report to provide an even more valuable overview of the opportunities for all key players in the industry.” explains Alvarez.

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Bring Your Own License is now part of the Nutanix on OVHcloud portfolio

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OVHcloud has recently included the option to use Bring Your Own License or BYOL in its portfolio of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions.

The Nutanix users they can now bring their existing Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to dedicated OVHcloud Hosted Private Cloud infrastructures, making it easier for them to transition to the cloud. OVHcloud, which recently received the Nutanix EMEA Service Provider of the Year award, continues to expand its offer of Nutanix on OVHcloud solutions with the addition of the BYOL offer to complement the existing pack offer.

Existing Nutanix customers and partners can now bring their Nutanix Cloud Platform licenses to Nutanix-certified High Grade HCI Intel dedicated servers, benefiting from license portability and application migration transparency. Customers’ Nutanix hyper-converged environment (HCI) is pre-installed in just hours and ready to use with their custom infrastructure.

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution enables a faster migration of on-premises applications to the cloud, while benefiting from OVHcloud infrastructures. With a low carbon footprint and best-in-class PUE and WUE indices, the OVHcloud infrastructure stands out for its global sustainability, thanks to a circular group approach that allows for maximum optimization of the server’s life cycle. In addition, OVHcloud data centers meet high data protection and security standards.

“We are delighted to continue our strong partnership with Nutanix, addressing new use cases and providing new business opportunities for our ecosystem partners”says Sylvain Rouri, Chief Sales Officer at OVHcloud.

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User needs

This new offering allows OVHcloud to meet the needs of users, covering seasonal peaks in infrastructure demand and developing disaster recovery plans (DRPs), all while providing a cost-effective solution. Like the Nutanix on OVHcloud bundle offer, the BYOL offer consists of 27 variants of dedicated servers and Nutanix High Grade HCI certified servers based on Intel processors and includes inbound and outbound traffic, helping to improve OPEX for significant savings compared to non-hyperconverged infrastructure as a service (IaaS).

“As a company, we continually demonstrate the power of strong partnerships. OVHcloud already has an excellent understanding of our technology with its existing Nutanix on OVHcloud solution. For this reason, it makes sense for us to expand our relationship to include a BYOL offering.”says Dom Poloniecki, Worldwide Sales Chief of Staff and Head of Sales Strategy & Operations at Nutanix. “The real winners here are our common customers and partners who are looking for cost-effective ways to scale to an OPEX model in the cloud, but who, to date, have not yet made the switch from an on-premises environment. With OVHcloud and Nutanix, they have the best of both worlds.”

The Nutanix on OVHcloud solution is a scalable and ready HCI platform to use that is offered both as a pack and BYOL, and is based on a dedicated Hosted Private Cloud OVHcloud infrastructure certified by Nutanix. It is now available online in EMEA and Canada, with data centers located in Canada, France, Germany and the UK.

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