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Let’s build a snap together – a complex snapcraft.yaml walkthrough

It has been a while since we talked about how to build snaps. In the past, we went through a number of detailed examples, focused on different programming languages and the use of various useful components that can be declared in snapcraft.yaml, like extensions, stage packages, layouts, and more. Today, we want to give you …

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Accessible by design: How we are designing for accessibility at Canonical

In this blog post, I will talk about some of the most important considerations when it comes to building UIs that are accessible by design and how we are approaching this challenge at Canonical to continuously improve the accessibility of Vanilla, our open source design system and CSS framework. Background When I joined Canonical in …

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Ubuntu introduces the Ubuntu Security Guide to ease DISA-STIG compliance

January 17th: London, UK – Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the world’s most popular operating system across private and public clouds, now offers the Ubuntu Security Guide tooling for compliance with the DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. The new automated tooling builds on Canonical’s track record of designing Ubuntu for …

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CIS benchmark compliance: Introducing the Ubuntu Security Guide

The CIS benchmark has hundreds of configuration recommendations, so hardening and auditing a Linux system manually can be very tedious. Every administrator of systems that need to comply with that benchmark would wish that this process is easily usable and automatable. Why is that? Manual configuration of such a large number of rules leads to …

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Canonical Kubernetes for Financial Services

To serve today’s on-demand customer, financial institutions must become agile digital enterprises focused on delivering innovative products, services, and customer experiences.  Adopting a container-first approach represents an unrivalled opportunity for financial institutions to increase system efficiency and resource utilisation, improve security, introduce automation, and accelerate innovation.  Containers offer a logical packaging tool in which applications …

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Design and Web team summary – 17 December 2021

Happy Christmas and New Years everyone! I hope you are all ready for a well deserved break.  The Web and design team at Canonical run two-week iterations building and maintaining all of the Canonical websites and product web interfaces. Here are some of the highlights from our final iteration of the year. Web The Web …

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The State of Robotics – December 2021

I will be honest, I thought that December was going to be a slow month for the robotics news. With all the holidays, I was not expecting a month with exciting announcements or events. And when I was ready to put videos of robots dancing to Christmas carols, with Christmas hats and Christmas lights, I …

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How low can you go? Running Ubuntu Desktop on a 2GB Raspberry Pi 4

The little engine that could. At Canonical we’re proud to be able to offer a full Ubuntu Desktop experience on the Raspberry 4. Ubuntu Desktop provides everything you need to develop software and even deploy it to Ubuntu Server on devices like the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. However the full desktop environment is quite …

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Release of Vanilla framework v3.0

We’ve just released Vanilla v3.0 – a new major update to our CSS framework. It includes a few significant updates and improvements around spacing variables, responsive breakpoints, a new expanding search box and various updates to existing components. Important aspects of the release include dropping a noticeable chunk of deprecated styles and components and removing …

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Kubernetes for Finservs – Unlocking success in digital transformations

The global health crisis has accelerated the digital transformation within the financial services industry. A McKinsey report highlights that “In a competitive environment of rising cost pressures, where rapid action and response is imperative, financial institutions must modernise their technology function to support expanded digitisation of both the front and back ends of their businesses.” …

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