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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 305


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 305 for the week February 18 - 24, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu unveils tablet experience with multi-tasking
    • Releasing the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview and SDK Alpha and Taking Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview to new levels
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Plan an Ubuntu global jam testing event!
    • Ubuntu Global Jam - With Phones! With Tablets!
    • The new site of UbuConLA
    • Ubuntu Maryland New Contact
    • Jorge Castro: What the LTS Enablement Stack means for sysadmins
    • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E00 - Season 6 is coming!
    • James Gifford: Ask Ubuntu 2013 Moderator Election Results: Welcome New Moderators!
    • Chris Wilson: A small request for bug triagers
    • Jono Bacon: Five Ubuntu Touch Facts
    • Ted Gould: Introducing HUD 2.0
    • Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Interview on DVLUG Podcast
    • Sergio Meneses: Lubuntu: Are you an alternate tester?... Help us :)
    • Dell's Ubuntu based Developer laptop just got better
    • Canonical answers Ubuntu phone critics
    • Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too
    • Ubuntu for Tablets Joins Canonical's Convergence Crusade
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    Ubuntu unveils tablet experience with multi-tasking

    This week Canonical announced the availability of an SDK for Ubuntu for tablets. Ubuntu for tablets provides manufacturers with an alternative to Android that can be managed with the same tools as Ubuntu server or desktop. Ubuntu for tablets is an elegant, non-fragmented solution that provides a secure multi-user experience.

    http://www.canonical.com/content/ubu...-multi-tasking

    Releasing the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview and SDK Alpha and Taking Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview to new levels

    David Planella and Daniel Holbach write about the new Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview which can be used in the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10 devices. They also mention the features included as well as a guide on how to contribute to the current project.

    http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/02/...and-sdk-alpha/

    http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/02/...to-new-levels/

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Results from the 1200 Regional Membership Board Meeting on February 20th, 2013:





    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ry/001741.html

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (103753) +84 over last week
    • Critical (76) +1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (51174) - 1 over last week


    As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

    Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 Ideas this week



    Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week



    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

    LoCo News

    Plan an Ubuntu global jam testing event!

    Nicholas Skaggs talks about the ways to plan an Ubuntu Global Jam Testing Event and describes the many ways one can help Quality Assurance.

    http://www.theorangenotebook.com/201...ing-event.html

    Ubuntu Global Jam - With Phones! With Tablets!

    Randall Ross makes a call for people to organize an Ubuntu Global Jam in their cities or countries. He also reminds us that if we have an Ubuntu Phone or Tablet, it would be great to show it off to the community.

    http://randall.executiv.es/raring-global-jam-4

    Not got a Global Jam event to attend? Come jam on IRC

    Chris Wilson makes a call for everyone who cannot attend a Global Jam event in person to attend via IRC. There are different areas where you will be able to help, such as bug triaging and packaging.

    http://www.notgary.com/2013/02/not-g...tend-come.html

    ISO Testing on Ubuntu Global Jam?

    Howard Chan shares some of the tips for people planning to conduct ISO testing during the Ubuntu Global Jam event and instructs people on how to get started with ISO testing.

    http://smartboyhw.tk/wordpress_smartboyhw/?p=11

    The new site of UbuConLA

    Pablo Rubianes announces the launch of the new website for the UbuConLA. He also makes a call for any sponsors who may be interested in the event.

    http://pablorubianes.wordpress.com/2...e-of-ubuconla/

    Jam Jam Jam - Raring

    Maia Grotepass writes about the Ubuntu Global Jams happening in her area and gives readers a couple of banners which can used to promote local events.

    http://my-ubuntu-day.blogspot.com/20...am-raring.html

    "We're Going to Jam!" - Replay

    Randall Ross tells readers about the "We're Going to Jam!" session he hosted as part of the Ubuntu on Air! series. He had different guests explaining a bit about Global Jams and gave some tips and tricks on this event.

    http://randall.executiv.es/raring-global-jam-6

    Ubuntu Maryland New Contact

    Chuck Frain announces Ron Swift as the new contact for the Ubuntu Maryland team, writing "those who have been involved with the team know that he has been an invaluable part of the team since its earliest days", and "I know that the team is in good hands going forward."

    http://www.chuckfrain.net/blog/2013/...d-new-contact/

    The Planet

    Jorge Castro: What the LTS Enablement Stack means for sysadmins

    Jorge Castro writes about the new 12.04.2 release, explaining how new kernels are being handled to support newer hardware on the LTS releases and offering tips to systems administrators handling LTS deployments.

    http://www.jorgecastro.org/2013/02/1...for-sysadmins/

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E00 - Season 6 is coming!

    The Ubuntu UK Team announces the upcoming Season 6 of their Podcast, as well as some news about the season. Season 6 is going to be live this Wednesday, February 27th.

    http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2013/02...n-6-is-coming/

    James Gifford: Ask Ubuntu 2013 Moderator Election Results: Welcome New Moderators!

    James Gifford announces the results of the 2013 Moderator Election for Ask Ubuntu and congratulate Luis Alvarado, Barneedhar Vigneshwar, and Roland Taylor.

    http://blog.jamesrgifford.com/ask-ub...ew-moderators/

    Chris Wilson: A small request for bug triagers

    Chris Wilson makes a request for bug triagers and reporters on behalf of the Hundred Papercuts team to get papercuts triaged. He also mentions requirements for a bug to be a papercut.

    http://www.notgary.com/2013/02/a-sma...-triagers.html

    Jono Bacon: Five Ubuntu Touch Facts

    Jono Bacon tells readers about the new images for the Ubuntu Phone and Tablet, collectively known as Ubuntu Touch, and mentions some facts we should not disregard in terms of these images.

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/02/21/...u-touch-facts/

    Ted Gould: Introducing HUD 2.0

    Ted Gould makes an introduction to the HUD 2.0, the new Heads-Up Display that will be included with the Ubuntu Tablet. He highlights the features and the work he and his team have been putting in on this project.

    http://gould.cx/ted/blog/Introducing_HUD_2.0

    Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Interview on DVLUG Podcast

    Elizabeth Krumbach, from the Ubuntu Women team, writes about an experience she had with the Diablo Valley Linux Users Group wanting to interview her about the team. The link to the interview can be found on the blog post.

    http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2013/02...dvlug-podcast/

    Sergio Meneses: Lubuntu: Are you an alternate tester?... Help us :)

    Sergio Meneses puts out a call to the community to test Lubuntu ISOs. He offers instructions for existing testers as well as for people who are interested in getting started with testing.

    http://sergioandresmeneses.wordpress...ester-help-us/

    Canonical News

    Dell's Ubuntu based Developer laptop just got better

    Canonical announces "an updated XPS 13, preloaded with Ubuntu, which has a full high-definition 1080p display. It will be available for sale in the USA and Canada, but as part of this update Dell will also be making it available in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa."

    http://blog.canonical.com/2013/02/18...st-got-better/

    In The Press

    Canonical answers Ubuntu phone critics

    Steven Vaughan-Nichols from ZDNet writes about the critics the Ubuntu phone has received, and quotes Mark Shuttleworth on the response to these.

    http://www.zdnet.com/canonical-answe...cs-7000011452/

    Ubuntu's Shuttleworth embraces tablet terror: Our PC biz will survive, too

    Gavin Clark from The Register redacts comments about the Ubuntu Tablet having major importance over the Ubuntu Desktop, and quotes Mark Shuttleworth to answer some of the questions stated in the blog post.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02...th_no_pc_fear/

    Ubuntu for Tablets Joins Canonical's Convergence Crusade

    Eric Brown from Linux.com talks about the latest Ubuntu release, the Ubuntu Tablet OS. "Now here comes Canonical to pick up the convergence gauntlet", he states. He also analyzes the features and the convergence strategy.

    http://www.linux.com/news/embedded-m...gence-crusade/

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu to Add 'Incognito' Mode to Unity Dash & Legal Notice to Installer

    Joey-Elijah Sneedon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the Unity Legal Notice bug report (Bug #1111808) where Mark Shuttleworth reveals a three-step plan for handling the Dash in future Ubuntu releases. That plan includes the following:

    • Putting Legal notices in one place (as well adding one to the installer)
    • Adding an 'incognito' style toggle in the Dash for anonymous browsing
    • Including individual toggles for scopes and lenses for customisation


    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/02/u...e-to-installer

    Ubuntu Pros and Cons

    Bruce Byfield of Datamation looks at the pros and cons as he sees them of Ubuntu.
    Cons include:

    1. Increasing Insularity of Development
    2. The Commercial Controlling the Community
    3. Designing for Mobile Devices
    4. Forgotten Roots
    5. Ads on the desktop
    6. Privacy and Security Issues
    7. Introducing Proprietary Elements

    Pros include:
    1. Simplified Installation
    2. An Emphasis on Localization
    3. Launchpad
    4. Regular Release Cycles
    5. Encrypted Home Directories
    6. Community Building
    7. Concern About Usability

    "But instead of praising or criticizing Ubuntu and Canonical wholeheartedly, it seems more reasonable to approach them without expectations, judging them by their actions rather than their marketing or their past," said Byfield about his thoughts on finding balance.

    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...nd-cons-1.html

    Why More People Are Choosing Ubuntu

    Matt Hartley of Datamation writes, "In this article, we'll explore why Ubuntu is succeeding, why some folks dislike Ubuntu and how this affects (or doesn't affect) other Linux distributions." The areas he explores include learning for others, desktop environments and general usability, Unity and the Dash controversy, and the various Ubuntu derivatives.

    Hartley notes in his final thoughts, "And despite the fact that sometimes Ubuntu's development cycle may frustrate me, the core Ubuntu experience has been very good to me."

    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...-ubuntu-1.html

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #70 has landed!

    This month:
    • Ubuntu News.
    • How-To : Programming in Python, LibreOffice, and Cron.
    • Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
    • Review: HTC One S.
    • plus: Q&A, Command & Conquer, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and so much more!


    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2013/0...70-has-landed/

    Full Circle Magazine: Python Special Edition Volume 06

    Continuing Greg Walter's Programming in Python Series, Full Circle Magazine presents Volume 6 of the collected works covering parts 32-38.

    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2013/0...ion-volume-06/

    Featured Audio and Video

    Burning Circle Episode 101

    "This week's episode recaps preparations for Ubuntu Global Jam for the Raring cycle and brings a replay of 'Agriculture USA' from the United States Department of Agriculture relative to rural broadband deployment in Ohio and beyond."

    http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/134

    USDA's radio news features can be found here: http://audioarchives.oc.usda.gov/radnewsfeat.asp

    Powerful Voice Recognition Demoed for Ubuntu [video]

    OMG! Ubuntu! posts a video about a demonstration of the Voice Recognition tool developed for Ubuntu. The work has been done by James McClain, a Linux developer.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/02/p...r-ubuntu-video

    Ubuntu For Tablets Hands-On Videos

    Web Upd8 links to video demonstrations of Engadget and The Verge of the Ubuntu for Tablets system.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2013/02/ubunt...on-videos.html

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings



    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

    Security Updates



    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates



    End of life - April 2013 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates



    End of Life - April 2013

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 12.10 Updates



    End of Life - April 2014

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    Conclusion

    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!

    Credits

    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Charles Profitt
    • Howard Chan
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others


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    Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

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    The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

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    This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/lis...untu-news-team and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Ideas. If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please send them to ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com.

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