Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 316
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 316 for the week 6 - 13 May, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Desktop, and 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) End of Life reached on May 9, 2013
- Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit 13.05
- Our Community Website
- Ubuntu Stats
- Jono Bacon: Sprinting In Oakland
- Nicholas Skaggs: People behind Ubuntu quality: Javier, Howard and Jackson
- Rick Spencer: Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan, or How an App Developer Benefits from Designer/Developer Collaboration
- Ian Weisser: Brainstorm Big 5 - May 2013
- London OpenStack & MySQL Meetups May 23rd
- Samsung U1000 Sexier Than Galaxy S4 But Doesn't Run Android [First Samsung Ubuntu Concept]
- Ubuntu vs Android Tablets, Smartphones: Canonical's Secret Weapon
- Where's my Ubuntu for Android?
- First looks at Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.04
- In The Blogosphere
- In Other News
- Other Articles of Interest
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron), 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Desktop, and 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) End of Life reached on May 9, 2013
Adam Conrad, from the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the end of life of Ubuntu 8.04, the desktop version of 10.04, and 11.10. He also provides the upgrade paths and instructions for upgrading.
Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit 13.05
Chris Johnston reminds the community to participate in the next virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit starting on May 14th. He highlights the various tracks and track leads and participants. Johnston also lists some of the bug fixes which have landed on the latest summit portal. He invites everyone to keep reporting problems so the portal keeps improving and leading to a better vUDS.
Our Community Website
Daniel Holbach writes about the progress on the Community part of the ubuntu.com website. 'The first stage of the work is largely done. Michael Hall set up a wordpress test instance here where we put all the updated content, which is a great achievement already. It's not only up to date, but also much more welcoming and friendly. The Canonical Web team should help us update the style to match the new ubuntu.com site', he mentions.
- Open (106096) - 201 over last week
- Critical (78) + 4 over last week
- Unconfirmed (52053) - 43 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 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
Jono Bacon: Sprinting In Oakland
Jono Bacon provides a reflection on the recent Client Sprint he had with other Canonical employees. He states the aim of the Sprint was to "ensure the many different teams working on Ubuntu Touch at Canonical are in sync and working as efficiently as possible." For those disappointed with the lack of a physical UDS, he says the Sprint was necessary to allow more team coordination and alignment not possible in a UDS setting. However, he is pleased with the progress the team is making to deliver Ubuntu Touch 1.0 by October/November.
Nicholas Skaggs: People behind Ubuntu quality: Javier, Howard and Jackson
In his new interview series 'People behind Ubuntu quality', Nicholas Skaggs introduces the community to Javier from Mexico, Howard from Hong Kong, and Jackson from Australia. These interviews feature personal experiences, impressions of the community, and future expectations for Ubuntu from these members of the QA team.
Ted Gould: Application Centric User Experience
Ted Gould gives hints about a new way to make the Ubuntu Desktop more user-centric through the intense use of Upstart. He invites anyone interested to join the conversation and help develop it.
Timo Jyrinki: Qt 5 in Debian and Ubuntu, patches upstreaming
Timo Jyrinki talks about the changes in--and relation between--Debian and Ubuntu in the Qt5 edge packages. He describes how the patches have been integrated in different upstream projects.
Rick Spencer: Ugly Duckling to Beautiful Swan, or How an App Developer Benefits from Designer/Developer Collaboration
Rick Spencer writes about the latest progress with his Feedzilla app called TechNews. Though he found it easy to write the app, he acknowledges that the "implementation was depressingly ugly." But after hearing about ListItems on the Ubuntu SDK, Rick quickly learns the importance of design in apps.
Ian Weisser: Brainstorm Big 5 - May 2013
Ian Weisser makes a callout to review and consider as "data point" the more popular ideas at Brainstorm for the next Ubuntu development cycle. He also shares the top ideas over the past 6 months, "Alternative Sources of Income", and shares its own point of view while encouraging anyone interested to discuss it.
Other Community News
Lubuntu Blog: Get extra apps for Lubuntu
A new repository was announced with a few non-official apps.
London OpenStack & MySQL Meetups May 23rd
Mark Baker writes about the OpenStack and MySQL meetups happening in London next May 23rd.
In The Press
Samsung U1000 Sexier Than Galaxy S4 But Doesn't Run Android [First Samsung Ubuntu Concept]
Justin Brown from Sidhtech writes about the new Samsung U1000 running under the Ubuntu Touch platform.
Ubuntu vs Android Tablets, Smartphones: Canonical's Secret Weapon
The VAR Guy covered the main strategy of Canonical's entrance in the smartphones and tablets market and the benefits of using a single code base in PC, tablet, and smartphone software development.
Where's my Ubuntu for Android?
Dusan Belic questions the fact that Canonical announced Ubuntu for Android but never released it.
First looks at Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.04
Jesse Smith of DistroWatch Weekly compares Ubuntu and Kubuntu 13.04 and concludes that despite the good and bad points found in the two flavors, many of us won't mind skipping this release while we wait for the next big thing.
10 reasons why Canonical and Ubuntu will connect the masses with Linux
Jack Wallen of TechRepublic looks at why the Ubuntu distribution offers the best chance of Linux gaining widespread acceptance. He comes to the conclusion that whilst neither Canonical or Ubuntu are perfect, Canonical's goal is admirable, that it must succeed, and is confident that success is within reach.
In The Blogosphere
Desktop Support for Ubuntu 10.04 & 11.10 Officially Ends
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that these two releases will no longer receive bug fixes, updated packages, or critical security updates; he also reflects on why they were memorable releases.
What Social Media (And the World) Owes to Open Source
Giovanni Rodriguez believes that open source is a way of bringing people together. Recognizing the ever-increasing relevance and the world's declining interest of open source, "which arguably gave birth to social media," he asserts that it empowers both the community and the individuals involved.
Enhanced Previews, Scope Toggles Added to Unity Testing PPA
Joey Elijah-Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! announces that Enhanced Previews, or "'content-specific search engine' plugins" can be installed on Ubuntu 13.04 via one of two Unity Testing PPAs. A notable feature includes scope toggles which allows the user to either enable or disable a plugin.
Spotify Pushes Out Bug Fix Update on Linux
Joey Elijah-Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about the new Spotify release, highlighting that "you will find a new icon, faster start up times, and a handful of other minor fixes."
Ubuntu's Best Selling Apps for April
Joey Elijah-Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! announces April's Best Selling apps. Although "there is no change at the top of the chart" - Stormcloud is the still the top paid app - a handful of indie games continue to sell, as well as a few newcomers.
The Breakouts: UEFI
Jonathan Riddell tries to unravel the mysteries of multiple partitions and UEFI on a Sony Vaio laptop that came with Windows 8 installed. He concludes that, amongst other things, "UEFI is a giant MS conspiracy to make installing Linux more faffy than it already is".
In Other News
Luna Beta 2 Released
Based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Elementary OS has been in the works for some time now, and Cassidy James can now announce that Luna is now in its second beta stage. Hopefully, this turns out to be an amazing project, and we will have yet another great Ubuntu-based distro.
Dell launches new Latitude 3330 laptop
Dell announced the release of the Latitude 3330 laptop, with full support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Ubuntu Linux, as a viable laptop replacement for existing IT infrastructures in schools. Some of its features are a 13.3-inch anti-glare screen, an HD 720 webcam, VGA, HDMI, USB3.0, and WiFi connection support.
ET deals: $599 for Alienware X51 mini gaming PC with Ubuntu Linux
Ubuntu may have Steam, but now, according to Tom Supples of Extreme Tech, Ubuntu also has proper gaming computers. Could this be foreshadowing something big in the gaming area? Only time will tell.
Other Articles of Interest
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, 12.10 and 13.04
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
End of life - 9 May 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - 9 May 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
End of Life - 9 May 2013
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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