Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 323
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 323 for the week June 24 - 30, 2013.
Links to UWN
In This Issue
- Mir Plans In 13.10
- 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 1 Released!
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- Chiedi: the Italian Ask Ubuntu is almost here
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Canonical Design Team: Latest design guides
- Jono Bacon: First Ubuntu Weekly Update Video
- Didier Roche: Versioning schema change in daily release
- Howard Chan: People behind Canonical Quality -- balloons
- Nicholas Skaggs: Testing all the things: Introduction
- Mark Shuttleworth: New CAG members from US, Indonesia and Australia
- The new Ubuntu One accounts enabled for public consumption
- Canonical Is Hiring More Mir, Unity Developers
- Xfce, LXDE, & GNOME Are Running On Ubuntu XMir
- Chromium 28 available via Ubuntu Software Center in Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.04
- Full Circle Magazine #74
- Other Articles of Interest
- 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
Mir Plans In 13.10
Jono Bacon announces that Mir, Ubuntu's new display server designed for fast, efficient, and extensible display across devices, is to be made default as XMir (an implementation of X on Mir) for users running open-source drivers in Ubuntu 13.10 along with Unity 7. He also mentions proprietary drivers will fall back to X in 13.10 but will get XMir support in 14.04 LTS, and he explains the decision is necessary to make Mir production-stable for 14.04 LTS. Bacon also answers users' possible questions.
Various press outlets and blogs have covered this change. Here's a selected sampling from our editors:
13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 1 Released!
Kate Stewart announces the availability of the first Alpha release of Saucy Salamander from Kubuntu, Lubuntu, UbuntuKylin, and Ubuntu GNOME. She points out that there have been some adjustments to the release schedules, lists the release details for Ubuntu flavors that have participated in the release, and provides links to the downloadable images.
Welcome New Members and Developers
Results from the Developer Membership Board Meeting 17 June 2013:
Approved as a Contributing Developer:
Congratulations to Louis!
- Open (78) +1 over last week
- Critical (105235) +158 over last week
- Unconfirmed (51320) +154 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 Translations progress for the week ending 6/30/2013
For the top 10 teams, the valiant Ukrainian team arrived first with 1020 strings translated !
- Bosnian: 11897 untranslated strings (122 strings change W/W)
- Spanish: 13777 untranslated strings (-163 strings change W/W)
- German: 34451 untranslated strings (22 strings change W/W)
- Brazilian Portuguese: 40749 untranslated strings (-11 strings change W/W)
- French: 50537 untranslated strings (80 strings change W/W)
- Russian: 64268 untranslated strings (16 strings change W/W)
- Ukrainian: 65343 untranslated strings (-1020 strings change W/W)
- Turkish: 71300 untranslated strings (68 strings change W/W)
- Italian: 74936 untranslated strings (19 strings change W/W)
- Polish: 77294 untranslated strings (113 strings change W/W)
Learn how you can contribute to translations here: http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/translations/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
==== Most Active Questions ====
==== Top Voted New Questions ====
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), Eric Carvalho (http://askubuntu.com/users/65926/eric-carvalho), Mitch (http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch), gertvdijk (http://askubuntu.com/users/88802/gertvdijk) and bodhi.zazen (http://askubuntu.com/users/35795/bodhi-zazen)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Chiedi: the Italian Ask Ubuntu is almost here
Mattia Migliorini writes that Chiedi, an Italian version of Ask Ubuntu, is finally ready after a year of work. He also announces a Hangout On Air session planned to introduce the new service.
Ubuntu Cloud News
The heart of Juju and easier charms with Python helpers
Jorge Castro shares several links from community members, including Gustavo Neiemeyer's introduction to juju concepts, Michael Nelson's write-up about using charms and Python helpers, and some tips for smaller scale implementations of juju.
Mixing physical and virtual servers with Juju and MAAS
James Page shares his juju charm "virtme" as a solution for managing both physical and virtual servers. The tool "can be deployed using Juju and MAAS to virtualize a physical server into a number of KVM instances which are also managed by MAAS." Page provides a walk-through to demonstrate how one would set this up.
Juju Ecosystem Report for 26 June
Jorge Castro shares updates for the week, including those in docs and framework. He also does a rundown of current goals and give status updates.
Benjamin Kerensa: Xubuntu 30-Day Challenge
Benjamin Kerensa took up a challenge set by Matt Cutts to try a community flavour instead of Ubuntu. Kerensa set requirements to do it, and writes that he tried Kubuntu but didn't like its lack of Firefox as a default web browser, which impacted his final decision to select Xubuntu for this challenge.
Canonical Design Team: Latest design guides
Calum Pringle shares the latest additions to the growing resource of app design guides. He writes about designing for multiple screen sizes and addresses frequently asked questions about the Combo button, Option selector, and slider.
Jono Bacon: First Ubuntu Weekly Update Video
Jono Bacon announces the first weekly Ubuntu Weekly Update from the engineering managers and leads which was opened up to questions from viewers after the summaries. Jono also reminds us of his weekly Q&A session.
Didier Roche: Versioning schema change in daily release
Didier Roche summarizes the changes that have been implemented in the simplified daily release versioning schema for Ubuntu.
Lubuntu Blog: Munchen and Monaco go Lubuntized
The Lubuntu blog reports "Munich City Council plan to make Ubuntu discs available as a 'replacement for Windows XP' - Microsoft's 11-year old operating system for which support officially ends in April of next year. The proactive effort is been billed as an attempt to 'prevent electronic waste' from discarded computers that, whilst still serviceable with an alternative OS, would fail to meet the requirements of Windows 7 or Windows 8."
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Ubuntu tie clips or tie pins?
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes about Boutique Academia, a store known for selling Ubuntu earrings and necklaces. She shares that there is a possibility for tie clips and tie pins to be added to their lineup and provides a link to a poll to gauge interest in such items as well as feedback on the proposal.
Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Won't be Switching to Mir or XMir
Jonathan Riddell writes that when Ubuntu Desktop switches to Mir, Kubuntu won't follow suit. He says that Kubuntu will stay with X and will switch to Wayland after the 14.04 release in common with KDE and other distributions.
Howard Chan: People behind Canonical Quality -- balloons
Howard Chan interviews Nicholas Skaggs (balloons) who talks about Quality Assurance (QA), his role within Canonical, and his view of the Ubuntu QA Community. He also gives advice to people wanting to join the community and reveals some facts about himself.
Nicholas Skaggs: Testing all the things: Introduction
Nicholas Skaggs announces his new blogging series called "Testing all the things", to share the automating experiences on Ubuntu Touch Core Apps, desktop applications, and the Ubiquity installer. He also encourages people to contribute to the automating progress.
Later in the week he posted two episodes of the series, Terminal App, and the Calendar App.
Martin Pitt: Recent autopilot-gtk improvements for better automatic UI testing
Martin Pitt writes about autopilot-gtk, a GTK module to provide introspection of widget states used in automated testing and lists some some improvements he has made.
Canonical Design Team: Shorts: add, edit, share and adjust
Lisette Slegers looks at adding and editing content, sharing an article and adjusting the reading view in Shorts - the RSS reader app. She shows us how to add, change and delete topics, feeds, and online accounts.
Chris Johnston: Ubuntu Quality - Key Performance Indicators
Chris Johnston writes about the indicators of the good performance by the Quality Assurance team.
Nicholas Skaggs: Mir joins Cadence Testing
Nicholas Skaggs announces that Mir, Ubuntu's new display server, joins the bi-weekly Cadence Testing program. He writes about the ultimate goal for smoke-testing XMir against normal X.org server and reminds people about instructions and tutorials on Cadence testing.
Mark Shuttleworth: New CAG members from US, Indonesia and Australia
Mark Shuttleworth announces the new additions from carriers in the United States, Indonesia, and Australia into the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG). He also invites Japanese and African carriers into the group for deeper discussions.
Chris Wilson: How to build Ubuntu packages from source the easy way
Chris Wilson writes about one of the biggest hurdles facing new Ubuntu contributors, the Autotools based build system to build packages from source code. He provides a link to a guide he has written, and he states that the process is quite simple once you know what tools to use.
In The Blogosphere
The new Ubuntu One accounts enabled for public consumption
razvi of I Love Ubuntu writes about Ubuntu One's increased role in centralizing all users' online accounts. He says that the new accounts are now enabled, and he provides a screenshot of the new web page to familiarize the user with the transition to Ubuntu One.
Canonical Is Hiring More Mir, Unity Developers
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that Canonical is hiring more engineers to work on Mir and Unity. He writes about the required experiences and directs those interested in the challenge to the job links.
Xfce, LXDE, & GNOME Are Running On Ubuntu XMir
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes about Canonical developer Thomas Voss' success in getting various desktop environments running on Xmir.
Chromium 28 available via Ubuntu Software Center in Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 13.04
razvi of I Love Ubuntu writes that, following the announcement of the potential adoption of Chromium as the default web-browser in Ubuntu, Chromium 28 is now available as a regular update.
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine #74
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of its 74th issue.
- Ubuntu News
- Command & Conquer
- How-To : Gpodder, LibreOffice, and Connecting With IPV6.
- Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
- Review: Clementine
plus: Q&A (NEW & Improved!), Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and soooo much more!
Get it while it's hot!
now with 'Send to Ubuntu One' delivery!
Google Currents Edition: http://www.google.com/producer/editi...gazine_74_lite
Also available via Issuu: http://issuu.com/fullcirclemagazine
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle Episode 119
"This week's episode is posted slightly early. Mentioned in this episode are the need to sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct as only 85 out of over 400 members have signed it, the need to find a deputy to sign the Ohio Linux Fest 2013 table contract, and that we're looking at an upcoming alpha release for Saucy Salamander."
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E18 - A Midsummer Night's Ubuntu
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are all back in Studio A. In this week's show:-
- An interview with Linda Sandvik about Code Club, a network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for 9-11 year olds.
- Sharing some Gooey Lurve: gprename
- A chat about supporting various Kickstarter projects and your marvellous feedback.
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 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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