Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 337
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 337 for the week September 30 - October 6, 2013.
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In This Issue
- XMir update for Ubuntu 13.10
- Winners of the 2013 Ubuntu App Showdown
- Next UDS: 19 - 21 Nov 2013
- Welcome new members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council!
- Ubuntu Stats
- Juju Charm Contest
- Jose Antonio Rey: Updating the Fridge Calendar
- Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Beastie Fixing
- Nicholas Skaggs: Dancing, testing, and releasing
- Kubuntu: October Updates to KDE
- Jono Bacon: The Next Level Of Ubuntu App Convergence
- Ubuntu Women: Scavenger Hunt Results!
- Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Who is the Ubuntu Community Council?
- Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Community Council
- Jono Bacon: Karma Machine: An Example of Ubuntu App Convergence
- Lubuntu Blog: Box 0.41 (icon theme)
- French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux
- In The Blogosphere
- In Other News
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
- And much more!
General Community News
XMir update for Ubuntu 13.10
Oliver Ries announces that while the Mir team is on track to support native Mir + Unity 8 running on Ubuntu Touch images, they not going to be able to deliver Mir + XMir + Unity 7 as the default experience on the desktop for the Ubuntu 13.10. Oliver says "Mir has made tremendous progress and is currently available on the Ubuntu archive for use, but there are still some outstanding quality issues that we want to resolve before we feel comfortable turning it on by default" and links to a Q&A for further information.
Several blogs and news outlets covered this news, the following is a selection from our editors:
Winners of the 2013 Ubuntu App Showdown
Michael Hall announces "The judging is finished and the scores are in, we now have the winners of this year's Ubuntu App Showdown!" Michael names the winning apps, congratulates the winners and says "a big thank you to everybody who participated or helped those who participated, and all of the engineers who have worked on building the Ubuntu SDK, Click tools and app store."
Next UDS: 19 - 21 Nov 2013
Jono Bacon announces that the next online Ubuntu Developer Summit is going to be taking place from Tues 19th Nov - Thu 21st Nov 2013 and as ever, the event is free and open to everyone, and accessible at `http://uds.ubuntu.com`. Jono lists some improvements such as simplifying the registration process and adding a hallway track for impromptu sessions, and asks that all sessions are proposed by Fri 1st Nov 2013.
Welcome new members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council!
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph, on the behalf of the Community Council, welcomes and congratulates the newly appointed members to the LoCo Council: Sergio Meneses, Jose Antonio Rey and Stephen Michael Kellat. Elizabeth thanks all who put their names forward and explains "the decision is never easy and we hope you all consider applying again in the future."
- Open (107354) +152 over last week
- Critical (136) +13 over last week
- Unconfirmed (52613) +129 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
==== Most Active Questions ====
==== Top Voted New Questions ====
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Takkat (http://askubuntu.com/users/3940/takkat), Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), Braiam (http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam), fossfreedom (http://askubuntu.com/users/14356/fossfreedom) and gertvdijk (http://askubuntu.com/users/88802/gertvdijk)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju Charm Contest
Eric Hammond, one of the judges for the Juju Charm Championship, writes that there are only a few weeks left for development, the deadline for submissions being Oct 22, 2013. Eric reminds us that there is a $10,000 prize for the winning entry in each of the six categories and provides a link to the contest information.
Jose Antonio Rey: Updating the Fridge Calendar
Jose Antonio Rey issues a request for all teams currently holding meetings at #ubuntu-meeting on irc.freenode.net to help update the Ubuntu Fridge Calendar. Jose requests an email to get events deleted or changed if a meeting is listed on the calendar but is no longer being held or if the date/time is wrong, and says "Deadline for sending the emails is 15th October, so please make sure you get your emails in."
Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Beastie Fixing
Jonathan Riddell addresses a positive response to a recent bug report, writing "Bugs are a pain, especially when a fiddly one comes along involving Python bindings, the number of people who understand SIP is pretty low. So it's nice we were able to fix it quickly." Jonathan quotes from a bug report and adds "Wish we could do them all that smoothly!"
Nicholas Skaggs: Dancing, testing, and releasing
Nicholas Skaggs invites everyone who owns a Nexus device to install and help test Ubuntu Touch. Nicholas links to to some useful information, and a reminder that the release is only two weeks away is included in the invitation.
Kubuntu: October Updates to KDE
The Kubuntu team reports for which releases the KDE SC 4.11.2 update is available and where bugs should be reported.
Jono Bacon: The Next Level Of Ubuntu App Convergence
Jono Bacon writes about the next goals on the Ubuntu app convergence strategy as well as all the achievements of the 13.10 cycle and says "In the Ubuntu 14.04 cycle I want to take this to the next level by flexing the muscles of our platform for writing apps that have both phone and desktop interfaces."
Ubuntu Women: Scavenger Hunt Results!
Cheri Francis reminds us that in August the Ubuntu Women project launched an online scavenger hunt for women in our community and says that the hunt has concluded and results are in! Cheri says "We had 38 submissions, and 9 that were 100% correct." She lists those that submitted the correct entries, announces the winners, and links to the wiki page for the full list of questions and answers.
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Who is the Ubuntu Community Council?
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes about what the Community Council is, who the community members are, and says "It's a great opportunity to work closely with these other strong community members and seek wisdom for each other." Elizabeth also provides a link which gives some information about nominating future council members.
Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Community Council
Charles Profitt adds his perspective to a recent post made by Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph about the Ubuntu Community Council. Charles says that he has served on the council for a little under the two years and in that time there has been quite a bit of change and controversy in the Ubuntu Community, and reinforces what he considers to be required in order to serve on the Council.
Jono Bacon: Karma Machine: An Example of Ubuntu App Convergence
Jono Bacon shows us a short screencast of the winner of the Ubuntu App Showdown, a neat reddit client called Karma Machine. Jono tells us the app was written using the Ubuntu SDK, which makes writing apps for phones, tablets, and desktops simple and points out that Karma Machine is available from the Applications scope on the Ubuntu phones images.
Lubuntu Blog: Box 0.41 (icon theme)
Rafael Laguna writes on the Lubuntu Blog "The default icon theme, Box, has reached another completion hit, version 0.41 is one of the most all-covered and complete icon themes over there." Rafael thanks Julien Lavergne and Alexander Andjelkovich and says "If you're going to download and install Lubuntu 13.10 you'll have it by default."
In The Press
French National Police Switch 37,000 Desktop PCs to Linux
Klint Finley of Wired.com reports that France's National Gendarmerie is now running 37,000 desktop PCs with a custom version of the Linux operating system, and the agency plans to move all 72,000 of its desktop machines to the open source OS. Klint says this is one of the largest known government deployments of Linux on the desktop which started in 2008 when it switched 5,000 users to a Linux OS based on Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 13.10: Meet the Linux distro with a bizarre Britney Spears fixation
Scott Gilbertson of The Register reports that Ubuntu 13.10 is shaping up to be "a solid, if slightly dull, Linux distro" and that there have been no major visual changes to the desktop, only a couple of expanded features for the Unity Dash, which means 13.10, due 17 October, won't look all that different from the last release of Ubuntu when it arrives. Scott concludes "So while the big stuff is under the hood or yet to come, there are a couple of new things you'll notice if you decided to test this beta. The biggest and most obvious is the new Smart Scopes service, which adds a ton of new search results to the Unity Dash."
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu user replaces proprietary OS with Ubuntu on mother's computer, the result: "she loves it"
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that the Ubuntu-passionate user Suicidalparrot shared an interesting personal happening, namely, installing Ubuntu 13.04 on the computer of the user's mother, shifting the mother's machine from the proprietary Windows 7 to the solid-as-a-rock Ubuntu 13.04 with the result "she loves it, especially since it went from a barely usable hunk of junk to running like a brand new machine." razvi adds that perhaps the most important aspect of this is the reminder of how each one of us is able to recommend Ubuntu to a friend on a daily basis.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS To Stay On GTK/GNOME 3.8?
Andrew of WebUpd8 writes that Sebastien Bacher, software engineer at Canonical, recently posted a message on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list in which he proposes that Ubuntu stays on GTK/GNOME 3.8 for the next cycle (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS). Andrew says "Ubuntu 14.04 will lag two releases behind GNOME which will affect Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu users who are contributing to GNOME as well as some non-core GNOME applications that require the latest GNOME technologies" but points out that Sebastien Bacher's message is just a suggestion.
The demand for Ubuntu continues to grow, Ubuntu already shipping in India, China, Mexico, USA, Ukraine
razvi of iloveubuntu refers to an article published by Ubuntu's Maria Bonnefon which looks at the areas of the world where Ubuntu is shipped on computers and lists the exciting amount of Ubuntu partners. From the article razvi quotes "The growth of Ubuntu has also been driven through our strong partnership with major hardware OEM brands such as Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus and Acer. Not only is Ubuntu generally available pre-loaded from these leading OEMs, but in many regions we've entered into full retail partnership with dedicated stores."
Canonical Store Adds New Mug, T-Shirts & Mousemat Set
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Canonical's online shop has been restocked ahead of the release of Ubuntu 13.10 with a number of brand new items including a new look Ubuntu mug and a redesigned mouse mat. Joey provides illustrations of the various items but reminds us that the drawback to buying from the Canonical Store is the shipping costs which remain slightly exorbitant for most outside of the UK (and for many within).
Stylish Saucy Salamander-branded t-shirts available for purchase on Canonical Shop
razvi of iloveubuntu shows us some t-shirts that have been created with the upcoming release of Saucy Salamander in mind and that are available from Ubuntu's official shop. razvi adds "The Saucy Salamander t-shirts come for both men and women, retaining the same design with certain gender-specific modifications."
Ubuntu 13.10 Release: Five Requirements for Success
The Var Guy writes about the 5 major requirements for Ubuntu to succeed on all platforms (mobile, desktop, server and cloud) and attract partners and customers.
Unity 7 updated with minor-yet-relevant new names in Ubuntu 13.10
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that Unity 7 has been enriched in Ubuntu 13.10 with newly-renamed text descriptions, optimizing its parts with more natural names. razvi provides some screenshots to illustrate the changes and says "The new names, while minor, significantly strengthen and improve the Dash's identity and clarity, removing inconsistencies and incomplete own identity, aligning the Dash's power to optimized names."
Mir 0.0.13 Released With Various Fixes
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes "While Mir won't be part of the default Ubuntu 13.10 desktop, it will be part of Ubuntu Touch 13.10 and development is continuing in a steadfast manner to make it ready for the desktop in 2014. Mir 0.0.13 was released today while bumping the Mir Server library to version 5." Michael lists some of the changes and says that the updated packages should be available in the Ubuntu Saucy archive soon.
ezgo - Free And Open Source Software In Taiwan's Schools
Franklin Weng writes "Free and Open Source Software in Taiwan has made impressive strides thanks to the work of the 'ezgo' team" and talks at length about what the ezgo project is. Franklin informs us that Kubuntu is now being used as their base distribution, that the New Taipei City government decided to use a free and open source operating system instead of Microsoft Windows in their new 10,000 PCs for elementary schools, and that ezgo 11 was selected as their pre-installed OS.
In Other News
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 133
"This week we talk about the upcoming release and broach the question as to whether or not we hold a release party."
Ubuntu Weekly Update - 1st October 2013
Daniel Holbach introduces the latest Ubuntu Weekly Update with contributions from Jorge Castro, Kevin Gunn, Michael Hall and Thomas Strehl.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E32 - The Sweet Smell of Ubuntu
"We're back with the thirty-second episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back together in Studio A with carrot cake, tea, and an interview."
In this week's show:
- We interview Nekhelesh Ramananthan about developing core apps for Ubuntu Touch.
- We share some Command Line Lurve: dstat
- We chat about writing a status indicator called btsyncindicator for btsync, starting a local Code Club, supporting an Unbound book, and replacing a netbook's HDD with a slightly faster SDD.
- And we go over your marvellous feedback.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2014
Ubuntu 13.04 Updates
End of Life - January 2014
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