ubermix 3 now avalable!

Posted by Jim Klein On Friday, June 10, 2016 8 comments
After months of testing, ubermix 3, the latest and greatest version of the popular operating system, has been released into the wild! Based on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus), ubermix 3 brings with it a wealth of improvements and interface refinements, based on feedback from thousands of students and educators from all over the world. User experience and flexibility have been a big focus for this release, as has been support for the latest hardware and a host of new, default applications.


At first glance, the thing that jumps out is the new dock along the bottom of the screen, which offers a familiar, icon-based experience that people have become accustomed to in the UIs of modern devices. The dock offers an immediate "something to do" and a familiar location to find and switch between running applications.

At the top right is a new Power & Settings menu, that offers quick, easier access to system settings and functions.


Other things experienced users will immediately notice are that the "Activities" menu has been changed to "Applications" (now that the actions that were there have been moved to the Power/Settings menu), an attractive dark theme throughout, and smoother, more fluid transitions when interacting with the interface.

The default application list has also been updated, with the latest and greatest versions of old favorites and many new ones. New additions include:

Clementine - A new music player with support for listening to internet radio from Spotify, Jamendo, Last.fm, Magnatune, SKY.fm, SomaFM, Icecast, Digitally Imported, Soundcloud and Google Drive and possibly Google Music in the future.
Gazebo - A well-designed robot simulator makes it possible to rapidly test algorithms, design robots, and perform regression testing using realistic scenarios.
Nitroshare - A cross-platform, peer-to-peer application designed to make transferring files from one device to another extremely simple.
TypeCatcher - Google Fonts provides web developers and designers with hundreds of open-source web fonts that can be used for free. This app makes it easy to download and install them.

Shotcut -  A free, open source, cross-platform video editor. Super fast, with a sleek, intuitive design. Supports HD, wide-formats, and a variety of device and transport options.

ArduinoIDE - The Arduino Integrated Development Environment connects to popular, inexpensive Arduino and Genuino open-source hardware to upload programs and communicate with them. Includes Hummingbird robotics support and Ardublock for younger students.

Atom - Atom is a text editor that's modern, approachable, yet hackable to the core. It's extremely flexible and customizable, with a built in package manager, smart autocompletion, and multi-pane views. Ideal for scripts and code.

Darktable - Open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual light table and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable light table and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

LibreCAD - A fully comprehensive 2D CAD application. LibreCAD can read DXF and DWG files (and others). It writes DXF files, but can also export SVG, JPG, PNG, PDF and other files. It has layers, blocks, splines, polylines, ellipse tools, advanced tangent line & circle tools, transformation tools, an advanced snapping system and more.

Synfig Studio - 2D animation software, designed as powerful industrial-strength solution for creating film-quality animation using a vector and bitmap artwork. It eliminates the need to create animation frame-by frame, allowing you to produce 2D animation of a higher quality with fewer people and resources.

QT QR Code Generator - Software that let's you generate QR codes easily, scan an image file for QR codes and decode them or use your webcam to scan a printed one.

Geary - An email application that allows you to read and send email with a simple, modern interface. Supports Gmail (including labels and archive), Yahoo! Mail, Outlook.com, and popular IMAP servers (Dovecot, Cyrus, Zimbra, etc.)

Getting Things Gnome - Getting Things GNOME! (GTG) is a personal tasks and TODO-list items organizer, inspired by the Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology.

KeepNote - With KeepNote, you can store class notes, TODO lists, research notes, journal entries, paper outlines, etc in a simple notebook hierarchy with rich-text formatting, images, and more. Using full-text search, you can retrieve any note for later reference.

Planner - An planning application with the goal to be an easy-to-use no-nonsense cross-platform project management solution. Features Definition of tasks and subtasks, resources and resource groups, dependencies between tasks, display of the critical path, calendars with working/non-working time, gantt chart and resource usage overview, HTML export of project plans, translated to over 50 languages.

BlueJ - An integrated, interactive Java development environment, featuring class structure diagrams, interactive invocation and an easy-to-use interface.

Python IDLE -IDLE (Integrated DeveLopment Environment or Integrated Development and Learning Environment) is an integrated development environment for Python, which has been bundled with the default implementation of the language.

PiTiVi - An intuitive and flexible video editor that integrates well with ubermix and can appeal to newbies and professionals alike. Pitivi has a beautiful and intuitive user interface, a clean codebase and a fantastic community.

Backups (Deja-dup) - A simple backup tool. Features support for local, remote, or cloud backup locations, such as Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files, securely encrypts and compresses your data, incrementally backs up, letting you restore from any particular backup, schedules regular backups.

There are a number of changes under the hood as well. Now that storage is less of an issue and devices typically include at least 32Gb of space, the default size of the user changes space has been increased to 8Gb and automatic update prompts have been turned on. What this means, however, is that system updates will begin to take up the user space as they are applied. While the default settings will be fine for most users, advanced installers should consider this when selecting a size for the user changes partition while doing an advanced install.

This release will carry ubermixers well into the future, with updates through May 2019. To download, click Download and Install above.

Enjoy!

8 comments:

Urko Masse said...

Looking great!

Urko Masse said...

Hey,
Some Linux kernels are having terrible problems with Braswell and Bay Trail chips. See here:
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Intel-Linux-Bay-Trail-Fail
I am having the same issues with Asus devices with n3700 chips in them. Have you noticed anything?

Jim Klein said...

Haven't noticed any issues with Braswell or Bay Trail. Tested on a number of Devices, including Acer B117 (Braswell) and B115 (Bay Trail). Several other testers reporting no issues. ubermix 3.0 is using kernel 4.4

Urko Masse said...

Weird, because this Asus is giving me all sorts of grief with standard Ubuntu 16.04 (also kernel 4.4).
Today I got it to be quite stable with 4.7rc2 from the mainline ppa, but I need to use it for a longer session before calling it a victory.
In any case, eagerly awaiting June 10th to see if Ubermix 3.0 works well with this hardware. Fingers crossed! :)

Dave Jorgenson said...

Does the wireless work better? We loaded a bunch of Asus netbooks last year with Ubermix 2.2, but after a month or so had to reload all of them with Ubermix 1.5, the wireless would not connect with any consistency. And we used both the 64-bit version and the 32-bit "Lite" version, and both caused us problems.

Urko Masse said...

About Gazebo: nice!
Which robotics kits do you like to use with Ubermix? I'm really curious as I think (hope!) robotics is coming soon to our school.

Jim Klein said...

We love the Hummingbird kits - http://www.hummingbirdkit.com . Arduino-based and work with all sorts of tools, including ArduinoIDE that is in ubermix 3.

Jim Klein said...

@Dave wireless is super-fast with the new system. All new kernel and drivers.

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