QGIS 2.4.0 - Chugiak and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 64 bit
Every morning, I would as usual select Ubuntu's Software Updater and give it a run for its "money" then I noticed during the downloading process, most of the files were related to QGIS. The system auto-installed after which I noticed my QGIS icon disappeared. I went to create a new one and Hey Presto I see we have got a new version of QGIS called Chugiak which is a place up in Alaska. That rings a bell because if I am not mistaken, Gary Sherman resides in Alaska, the details of which I do not know. This is the weekend and I have so many domestic chores to do so for the time being, this is the latest news direct from my oven. I did however immediately checked and successfully updated the OpenLayers and Table Manager plugins. Unfortunately when I activated Google Hybrid, it appeared in the layer menu but refused to appear on the screen. The good news is that on my 64 bit i5 CPU home computer, Google Satellite activated with no hiccups and boy, this time, rendering is very fast! Someone(s) must obviously have been doing their homework right. I take my hat off to you, QGIS developers. The QGIS icon also disappears when I closed QGIS and recreate itself again upon manual recreation of icon but I expect this to be temporary issue. The bad news news is that my 32 bit office Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz × 2 computer cannot seem to handle QGIS 2.4.0 when it concerns activating Google Maps be it Google Hybrid or even Google Satellite and will always crash. Rats! Since QGIS 2.4 is recognized as the development version and QGIS 2.2 is the stable Release version, I guess we'll have to wait for it to be fine-tuned.