Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 330
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 330 for the week August 12 - 18, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Ubuntu Edge breaks crowd-sourcing record
- Ubuntu Stats
- Fosscon 2013 - all done til 2014
- Juju Ecosystem Status for 14 August
- Matt Fischer: Hacking the initrd in Ubuntu Touch
- Ubuntu Women: The First Ubuntu Women Survey
- Didier Roche: Release early, release often, release every 4h!
- Kubuntu: KDE Plasma, Applications 4.11 & Amarok 2.8
- Jorge O. Castro: Official Ubuntu Server Book 3rd Edition Now Available
- Benjamin Kerensa: Firefox To Remain Default.... Very Nice!
- Jono Bacon: Mir Update and Testing Mir in Ubuntu 13.10
- Canonical Design Team: Usability testing: how do we design effective tasks
- Nicholas Skaggs: Feature freeze coming? Let's test!
- Sunsetting Ubuntu Friendly
- Why Ubuntu's creator still invests his fortune in an unprofitable company
- Canonical On Why They Chose Indiegogo Over Kickstarter For The Ubuntu Edge
- In The Blogosphere
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: July 2013
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu Edge breaks crowd-sourcing record
This week the Ubuntu Edge campaign broke the crowd-sourcing highest amount record, leading to another flurry of posts from news sites and blogs alike, the following are a sampling collected by our editors:
- Open (105574) +79 over last week
- Critical (86) +2 over last week
- Unconfirmed (51713) +105 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: Ivan Dokov (http://askubuntu.com/users/34864/ivan-dokov), Germar (http://askubuntu.com/users/37580/germar), Braiam (http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam), Mitch (http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch) and Rinzwind (http://askubuntu.com/users/15811/rinzwind)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Fosscon 2013 - all done til 2014
Jim Fisher reports on the success of the Ubuntu Pennsylvania's participation in Fosscon. Fisher writes, "The Ubuntu Local Community Team always sponsors an Installfest at Fosscon. This year, we had an open Installfest. Any distro that wanted, could represent themselves and be part of the Installfest." He goes on to say, "Many Ubuntu-Us-PA members, alumni and friends were among the attendees at Fosscon. Some were speakers."
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju Ecosystem Status for 14 August
Jorge O. Castro reports on the latest Juju ecosystem updates and includes a breakdown of the current goals of the various team members.
Matt Fischer: Hacking the initrd in Ubuntu Touch
Matt Fischer shares his experience working with some of the initrd scripts in Ubuntu Touch. He walks through getting, unpacking, hacking, and repacking the initrd, then rebuilding the boot image, and finally flashing and testing it.
Ubuntu Women: The First Ubuntu Women Survey
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes that at the last virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, it was decided to conduct a survey of the community to learn what people expected from the Ubuntu Women project. She tells us that the anonymous survey is now online and that the results will be used to better determine how team members spend their time, what projects should be promoted, and what projects should receive focus.
Didier Roche: Release early, release often, release every 4h!
Didier Roche shares news about modifications to the daily release of changes to components of Ubuntu, writing: "I'm happy to announce that now, we are capable of releasing every 4h to distro! Time for a branch proposed to trunk to the distro is drastically reduced thanks to this. But we still took great care to keep the same safety net though with tests running, ABI handling, and not pushing every commit to distro."
Kubuntu: KDE Plasma, Applications 4.11 & Amarok 2.8
The Kubuntu team announces the release of packages for KDE SC 4.11 and Amarok 2.8. They advise for which Kubuntu releases the new software are available, where to find them, and where to report bugs.
Jorge O. Castro: Official Ubuntu Server Book 3rd Edition Now Available
Jorge O. Castro writes that Prentice Hall has just released the 3rd Edition of "The Official Ubuntu Server Book" authored by Kyle Rankin and Benjamin Mako Hill. Jorge provides a link to a sample chapter and adds that Prentice Hall will be pleased to ship a free copy to approved LoCo teams. He provides guidance as to how the free copies can be obtained.
Benjamin Kerensa: Firefox To Remain Default.... Very Nice!
Benjamin Kerensa writes that Jason Warner, who leads the Ubuntu Desktop Team, has announced that Firefox will continue to be the default browser for Ubuntu 13.10. Benjamin says "I urge Mozillians in the Ubuntu Community to take part in the upcoming vUDS and share your opinion on what the default browser should be in Ubuntu 14.04" and adds that he thinks it is very important that Ubuntu continues to ship a browser which is backed by an organization like Mozilla which helps power the open web and champions user privacy.
Jono Bacon: Mir Update and Testing Mir in Ubuntu 13.10
Jono Bacon reports that Mir is now available in the Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy archive and also points out a few caveats. Jono gives the terminal commands to enable Mir, lists some of the discussions with those that are interested in utilizing Mir, and directs us to a wiki page that he has created to track how Mir works on different graphics cards.
Canonical Design Team: Usability testing: how do we design effective tasks
Tingting Zhao explores work done by the Canonical Design team around usability testing by focusing on "tasks" that users need to complete on the desktop. She breaks up the methodology for this into stages and explains each stage.
Nicholas Skaggs: Feature freeze coming? Let's test!
Nicholas Skaggs writes that feature freeze for Ubuntu 13.10 is approaching, so the next few weeks are rather important to the testing community. Nicholas summarizes what needs to be done and when it needs to be done. He provides links to instructions the tests and a video that demonstrates using a virtual machine booting into a live session to run through the tests.
Other Community News
Sunsetting Ubuntu Friendly
Ara Pulido writes that in October 2011 the beta of Ubuntu Friendly was launched, but its success since then has been minimal. She says that the cost of Ubuntu Friendly's infrastructure is high and cannot be justified looking at its current usage and advises that the service will close on 15th of September.
In The Press
Why Ubuntu's creator still invests his fortune in an unprofitable company
Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica begins with statistics around Ubuntu and Canonical related to the amount of money Mark Shuttleworth has invested over the past 10 years, writing that the company is still not profitable and today "he continues funding Canonical from his own fortune." Brodkin continues discussing the new mobile strategy, quoting Shuttleworth's "I think the desktop on its own will die" rationale for coupling Ubuntu with the mobile market. The article then explores various other methods Canonical has employed to become profitable and their competitors in this space.
Canonical On Why They Chose Indiegogo Over Kickstarter For The Ubuntu Edge
Charles Luzar of Crowdfund Insider covers the Ubuntu Edge kickstarter campaign in a different way by reaching out to Canonical to learn why they chose to use Indiegogo over Kickstarter. Luzar shares comments from Canonical's Christine Tran who cites audience and focus as the reasons. "While Kickstarter has a track record of higher funding achieved for individual projects, Indiegogo was also attractive because of their wider international reach. Ultimately, Ubuntu Edge is all about technology. This is an area that fully aligns with Indiegogo strategic direction, while Kickstarter is focused on other topics. This was the main decider in favour of Indiegogo."
In The Blogosphere
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 126
"In this week's episode we touch upon letting go, XMir, UbuCon, and reference an article of interest from New Scientist. Some sort of commercial for a music festival airs at the start of the program. Said commercial will be airing on terrestrial radio closer to the festival site from August 20th through August 24th."
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E25 - Night of the Living Ubuntu
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back for the twenty-fifth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week's show:
- There's a look at what's been happening in the news - including Android, privacy, and ElementaryOS.
- A catch up with what's happening in the Ubuntu community - including the App Showdown and the Edge.
- And a mention of some events - including Ohio LinuxFest and OggCamp 13.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: July 2013
See here for the team report for July 2013: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/July2013
If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting
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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