Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 339
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 339 for the week October 14 - 20, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) released
- Quantal, raring, saucy...
- Ubuntu Stats
- Results of the LoCo Council Meeting - Oct 15th 2013
- UbuCon in Heidelberg
- A Little San Francisco 13.10 Release Party
- Michael Zanetti: Ubuntu SSO on Touch
- Ubuntu Women: "What People Are Doing" Wiki Page Story Call
- Jussi Schultink: Kubuntu polo shirts have arrived!
- Rick Spencer: Rick's Ubuntu for Phones FAQ
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A new mobile force emerges: announcing Ubuntu 13.10 for smartphones
- Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #3, #4 & #5
- Jason Gerard DeRose: Why System76 always ships the newest Ubuntu release
- Jono Bacon: Reflections On Ubuntu 13.10
- Charles Profitt: Planet Awesome!
- Canonical News
- Preloaded Linux systems: Weighing the options
- In The Blogosphere
- 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, 13.04 and 13.10
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) released
Adam Conrad, member of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander which introduces the first release of Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu Core for the new 64-bit ARM systems (the "arm64" architecture, also known as AArch64 or ARMv8), and improved AppArmor confinement. In addition to these flagship features there are also major updates throughout.
Find out what's new in this release with a graphical overview:
In this email to the ubuntu-announce mailing list, Conrad also notes that newest Kubuntu 13.10, Edubuntu 13.10, Xubuntu 13.10, Lubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu GNOME 13.10, UbuntuKylin 13.10, and Ubuntu Studio 13.10 were also released. More details can be found for some of these at their individual release announcements:
There has been a lot of coverage on the release of 13.10! Check out the following sampling of reviews selected by our editors:
The release of the phone version with 13.10 was also heavily covered by a number of outlets we're not used to seeing included in this newsletter:
Quantal, raring, saucy...
Mark Shuttleworth reflects on the 13.10 release and looks at some of the features that will be part of 14.04 LTS. Mark asks "But... what will we call it?" and goes on to announce "I give you, as Seuss would, with hullabaloo, the temperate and thrifty, the talented and tactful but ultimately, and tellingly, trusty tahr."
The announcement was also covered by many other sites and the following is a sampling of reviews selected by our editors:
- Open (107641) +412 over last week
- Critical (126) -2 over last week
- Unconfirmed (52874) +344 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
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==== Top Voted New Questions ====
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli), Paul Hansch (http://askubuntu.com/users/101077/paul-hansch), steeldriver (http://askubuntu.com/users/178692/steeldriver), Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu) and Mitch (http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Spur of the moment release party of Saucy Salamander 13.10 at Gino's 26/10/2013 at 11am.
Maria Grotepass announces an upcoming Ubuntu release party in South Africa: "Super impromptu release party. Let's meet at Gino's Saturday 26 October at 11. I'll have the isos and my laptop so we can make startup disks for those that want."
Results of the LoCo Council Meeting - Oct 15th 2013
Jose Antonio Rey reports that the California and Pennsylvania Teams have both gained a verified status for two more years after presenting successful applications to the LoCo Council at their latest monthly meeting. Jose announces a new Twitter account for the Council, reminds teams that they are always keen to help and says "We are here to mentor, give advice, and lend you a hand where needed."
UbuCon in Heidelberg
Torsten Franz reports on the recent German-speaking conference UbuCon which attracted 160 visitors and included sessions with very different topics for beginners, normal users, admins and geeks. Torsten makes a reference to the Ubuntu Touch sessions and thanks Canonical for the merchandise that they provided.
A Little San Francisco 13.10 Release Party
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph reports on a small event that she put together in San Francisco which had just five attendees. Elizabeth recalls the events of the evening and hopes for something bigger for the 14.04 release.
Michael Zanetti: Ubuntu SSO on Touch
Michael Zanetti writes "If you're still relying on Google Authenticator to log in to your Ubuntu SSO account, you'll be happy to hear that you can use your Ubuntu phone for that now." Michael writes that the app has been submitted to the Ubuntu store and should soon be available for download.
Ubuntu Women: "What People Are Doing" Wiki Page Story Call
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes about a project put together by Svetlana Belkin who is seeking stories of how Ubuntu Women members got involved with Ubuntu and its community in order to inspire other women to get involved. Elizabeth provides a link to the page that Svetlana created which contains those stories.
Jussi Schultink: Kubuntu polo shirts have arrived!
Jussi Schultink announces the arrival of Kubuntu Polos and reminds us that we can also make donations to Kubuntu funds. Jussi points out that the ladies haven't been forgotten as the next order will include ladies cut shirts.
Rick Spencer: Rick's Ubuntu for Phones FAQ
Rick Spencer takes a look at five new technologies that solve many of the longstanding difficulties with Ubuntu, i.e. image based updates, a complete SDK, application isolation, click packages and click installer with app store, Mir Display Server and Window Manager, and Unity 8. Rick also answers some frequently asked questions such as "If I Install Ubuntu on my Phone, How Will it be Supported?"
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A new mobile force emerges: announcing Ubuntu 13.10 for smartphones
David Planella tells us that Ubuntu 13.10 is a release for mobile developers and explains that the Ubuntu SDK enables the easy creation of applications that integrate naturally with the OS. David also looks at the community core apps and provides several links from which further information can be obtained.
Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #3, #4 & #5
Randall Ross asks further questions in his poll to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu.
http://randall.executiv.es/planet-awesome-3, http://randall.executiv.es/planet-awesome-4 &
Jason Gerard DeRose: Why System76 always ships the newest Ubuntu release
Jason DeRose reminds us that all System76 products can be ordered with the newest Ubuntu version the day it's released and informs us why System76 always ships the latest Ubuntu rather than the LTS. Jason says "To understand why, you need some insight into how the hardware world works" and goes on to explain System76's reasoning.
Jono Bacon: Reflections On Ubuntu 13.10
Jono Bacon writes "This release packs some significant punch - we have the first version of Ubuntu for phones, Mir is shipping on the phone images, a new Ubuntu SDK, an entirely new app developer upload experience, new version of Juju, Juju GUI, smart scopes integrated into the desktop and phone, and more." Jono briefly mentions some highlights of the release, says that Ubuntu 14.04 is going to be the biggest LTS yet, and invites everyone to the next Ubuntu Developer Summit on November 19, 2013.
Charles Profitt: Planet Awesome!
Charles Profitt writes about the series of polls posted by Randall Ross asking what the community thinks about planet.ubuntu.com and says that survey questions fall short because they limit feedback and frame the question. Charles concludes "In my opinion planet.ubuntu.com is not in need of fixing beyond cleaning up the ability of expired members to post."
Charles then follows up with a series of polls of his own: http://ftbeowulf.wordpress.com/2013/...mmunity-polls/
Ubuntu 13.10 delivers faster cloud setup and management for scale-out environments
Canonical announces the next version of Ubuntu for server and cloud environments which makes it possible to deploy a full OpenStack cloud on only five servers and offers a sophisticated Landscape dashboard for the management of Ubuntu OpenStack clouds no matter their size. Mark Shuttleworth says "Ubuntu 13.10 delivers the latest and best version of OpenStack, and is the fastest, most flexible platform for scale-out computing," and adds "Ubuntu is typically used in very large scale deployments. In this release we've tuned the cloud deployment experience for very small clusters as well, to support dev-and-test environments."
Latest Ubuntu 13.10 includes first step to mobile / PC convergence
Canonical announces "the availability of Ubuntu 13.10 for desktop and smartphone. Ubuntu's first true mobile release delivers the streamlined core OS and mobile user interface that pave the way for full device convergence and create a unique platform for modern computing." Mark Shuttleworth says "Thanks to our passionate community of early adopters and designers we've built a unique experience for end-users and for developers: one UI framework that scales across all the personal computing form factors."
In The Press
Preloaded Linux systems: Weighing the options
Serdar Yegulalp of ComputerWorld takes at look at the alternatives for users who don't have the time or inclination to install Linux themselves. Serdar lists several good reasons for having Linux as a preloaded OS, some big-name vendors, some independent system builders and concludes that buying a custom built system is the costliest option and adds "But it also goes a long way towards guaranteeing that the entire system -- Linux distribution, drivers, hardware and all -- works well as one complete system."
In The Blogosphere
Listen to The New Ubuntu Phone Ringtones
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that a new set of alert sounds and ringtones has landed in Ubuntu Touch. Joey-Elijah provides a link to download all 20 ringtones, and an embedded audio player which allows them to be listened to.
System 76 Ubuntu Touchscreen Laptop Now Available to Pre-Order
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that System76 has unveiled a new touchscreen notebook running Ubuntu 13.10. Joey-Elijah takes a quick look at the specification and some of the features of the Darter Ultra Thin, and tells us that pricing starts at $899.
Ubuntu 13.10: OpenStack Havana Support, Cloud, Server Updates
The VAR Guy writes that Ubuntu 13.10 contains new features for OpenStack, VMware (VMW) vSphere and other cloud platforms in addition to updates for desktop users. The VAR Guy says "The message the company is sending currently is that Ubuntu's strength in the cloud lies in its ability to integrate a variety of components--from OpenStack to VMware vSphere--into a single platform that offers easy deployability and scalability. Keeping up with the latest upstream versions of important cloud packages, too, will surely help Canonical as it continues to compete for its slice of the cloud market."
Calendar App adds new visuals and refined event-related view
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that the Calendar App has been updated with a newly-added dark bar on multiple views, including Month, Week, Day and Year, dark bar acting as a background for time elements (such as days), properly differentiating the days from the rest of the view. razvi provides some screenshots to illustrate the professional designs.
[Ubuntu in the wild] MIT uses Ubuntu
razvi of iloveubuntu writes about MIT, a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and shows us a clip of a futuristic project that is demoed with Ubuntu and Unity. razvi says "Along with the behind-camera usage, Ubuntu with Unity is retained in front of the camera, too, where the researchers are interviewed, interview populated with Ubuntu being harnessed in delivering a crash-free non-faulty public demo."
Will Mir Come On The Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop?
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that the original plan was to ship Mir as the default display environment for Ubuntu 13.10 and all eyes are on the latest developments for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Michael reckons that it would be odd for Mir to be shipped by default and says "Modern Ubuntu LTS releases are maintained on the desktop for a period of five years so generally Canonical is conservative with pushing major user-facing changes into these versions."
Happy Birthday, Ubuntu - The World's Most Popular Linux Distro Turns 9 Years Old
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! wishes Ubuntu a happy birthday and shares "a concise visual overview of Ubuntu's release history, highlighting some of the key features and changes each update has brought with it."
Interesting facts about Ubuntu Linux
On the 9th anniversary of the first Ubuntu release, Dan Nanni of Xmodulo takes some time to reflect upon some "interesting facts" about the operating system. Facts include Ubuntu origins, growth, use by major organizations and more.
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 135
This week's episode covers the upcoming freeze for Debian Testing, the next virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit and the release of Saucy Salamander.
Jono Bacon Q&A - 16th Oct 2013
Jono Bacon presents another of his hour long Q&A sessions.
Ubuntu 13.10 Overview
Jono Bacon introduces the Ubuntu 13.10 Wrap-Up session with contributions from Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro, Kevin Gunn, Martin Albisetti, Michael Hall, Pat McGowan and Thomas Strehl.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E34 - Gone With The Ubuntu
"We're back with the thirty-fourth 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 chocolate birthday cake, tea, and an interview."
In this week's show:
- We interview Ross Gardler about Microsoft Open Technologies.
- We share some Command Line Lurve: man ascii.
- We chat about fixing hardware, playing The Room, trying to fix a mini-ITX server, and being embarrassed by your loved ones on the Internet on your birthday.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10
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
Ubuntu 13.10 Updates
End of Life - July 2014
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