Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 344
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 344 for the week November 18 - 24, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit November 2013 Complete!
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- Munich Beastie Squishing Party Begins
- Reboot New York
- Riccardo Padovani: Why you should contribute to Ubuntu Touch
- Bryan Quigley: Did you know that the 20th most sold notebook on Amazon ships with Ubuntu?
- David Planella: Ubuntu Reminders app gets Evernote authentication
- Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women at vUDS 1311 session summary
- Xubuntu: Help us test Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #9
- Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit 1311
- Kubuntu Wire: The Blue Mint
- Experimental Ubuntu Touch Emulator
- Canonical News
- In The Press
- 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
Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit November 2013 Complete!
The Ubuntu Developer Summit that kicks off work in the Trusty Tahr (14.04) LTS cycle was held this week!
Intro by Jono Bacon, Keynote by Mark Shuttleworth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4kHQeu4SJk
UDS Nov 2013 - Summaries: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nU7HMhs2fos
Videos and notes from all sessions are available on the Summit website: http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1311/
Welcome New Members and Developers
C de-Avillez writes that he is "happy to announce that on the meeting today and the voting via email we can welcome the following new Ubuntu member:"
- Open (107511) +71 over last week
- Critical (121) +1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (53256) +41 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: Avinash Raj (http://askubuntu.com/users/202806/avinash-raj), Rinzwind (http://askubuntu.com/users/15811/rinzwind), Braiam (http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam), Luis Alvarado (http://askubuntu.com/users/7035/luis-alvarado) and fossfreedom (http://askubuntu.com/users/14356/fossfreedom)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Munich Beastie Squishing Party Begins
Jonathan Riddell writes "We're meeting in Munich at the offices of LiMux who have just completed their transition to convert the whole of public administration in Munich to Kubuntu, over 15,000 computers." Jonathan also shows us some photographs taken at the event.
More posts about the event:
Reboot New York
Charles Profitt blogs about the revival of New York LoCo team IRC meetings, writing: "The primary goal is to start planning for the Ubuntu 14.04 launch, but I also hope to revive and re-energize the loco team."
Riccardo Padovani: Why you should contribute to Ubuntu Touch
Riccardo Padovani discusses some of the benefits of contributing to Ubuntu Touch. He writes about meeting new friends, gaining knowledge, having fun, and working toward a common goal.
Bryan Quigley: Did you know that the 20th most sold notebook on Amazon ships with Ubuntu?
Bryan Quigley points out that the Asus 1015E-DS03, a 10-inch notebook running Ubuntu 12.04, is the 20th most sold notebook at Amazon. The laptop is only $200, and comes with a full-size keyboard and a low-end Intel CPU. He asks people who have purchased the computer to please leave a review on Amazon or a comment reviewing it on his post.
David Planella: Ubuntu Reminders app gets Evernote authentication
David Planella announces that the Evernote Online Accounts provider is now available for Ubuntu, which is a key component for the upcoming Reminders app. At this point, the Evernote provider is for developers only, but it will be opened up for all users when Reminders puts out a stable release. Instructions for installing and using the provider are described in detail.
Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women at vUDS 1311 session summary
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes that the Ubuntu Women project participated in the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit to plan their work for the next cycle. Elizabeth lists some of the topics that were discussed and embeds a full video of the session in her post.
Xubuntu: Help us test Xubuntu 14.04 LTS
The Xubuntu team write that in less than six months Xubuntu 14.04 LTS will be released and will be supported for three years. The team appeals for testers, provides a number of links from where further information can be obtained, and invites newcomers to contact them by IRC or email.
Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #9
Randall Ross asks a further question in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu. Randall has his opinions, but he would like to see what the data says.
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit 1311
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes about sessions she participated in during the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, giving links to the video and summaries of sessions about Documentation, LoCo Projects, Ubuntu Women, and upcoming IRC-based events in Ubuntu Classroom.
Kubuntu Wire: The Blue Mint
Jonathan Riddell writes "The Blue Mint website is a fun news/blog to help you 'Experience the computing nirvana that is KDE and Kubuntu'. Can't argue with that."
Other Community News
Experimental Ubuntu Touch Emulator
Ricardo Salveti de Araujo writes that he has "uploaded a new version of the android package, containing the first experimental version of a functional emulator (with UI), running Unity 8 and Mir."
Instructions for using the emulator and known issues can be found at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Touch/Emulator
The new Ubuntu Resources
Inayaili de Leon Persson informs us that an alpha version of the Ubuntu Resources website has been launched so that feedback can be obtained, the design improved, and features expanded. Inayaili lists some of the content and features that are being worked on, and invites feedback by saying "We want to know what you like and what you think can be improved, or any other comments you might have -- we've included a handy link to the feedback form at the bottom of every page."
Juju ice-cream icon design
Matthieu-James tells us that the Canonical Design Team wanted to replace the normal Juju icons for something "a little bit more special" in order to explain to people what kind of things Juju can do." They decided to use the idea of ice-cream, topping, and sauces in the same way that services can be built in Juju. Matthieu-James says that the whole process took four days from brief to producing the final icons and concludes "it was a really fun project to work on."
Latest from the web team -- November 2013
Inayaili de Leon Persson of the Canonical Web Team tells of the teams' highlights of the past four weeks. Inayaili lists the things the team has worked on which include the Canonical website, the Juju GUI, and discourse.ubuntu.com. She then goes on to say that the team is currently working on a live chat trial for the sales team, refining the Juju GUI for the 14.04 release, and improving the design of Ubuntu Resources.
In The Press
Ubuntu Linux server with ARM processor rolled out by Boston Limited
Agam Shah of PCWorld writes that Boston Limited has announced a new ARM-based server that is certified to run Ubuntu 13.10. When it ships, it will be one of only a few commercially available servers using the ARM architecture. Pricing and availability have not been announced at this time.
In The Blogosphere
Canonical Dev Calls Linux Mint 'Vulnerable', Wouldn't Use it For Online Banking
Joey-Elijah Sneddon at OMG! Ubuntu! writes about a recent email where Oliver Grawert comments on the security vulnerabilities in Linux Mint. He also mentions why the system may or may not be vulnerable.
Also visit the follow-up response from Linux Mint: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/l...ecurity-claims
And the response from Ubuntu Developer Oliver Grawert who made the initial comments: http://ograblog.wordpress.com/2013/1...l-in-my-mouth/
Sputnik 3: After System76, Dell is the latest to launch Ubuntu based touchscreen Laptop
Manuel Jose of Tech Drive-in informs us that although System76 was the first to introduce an Ubuntu pre-loaded touchscreen laptop, this is the first time Dell is showcasing a laptop running Linux equipped with a touchscreen display. Manuel provides a brief specification, pricing information, and a list of countries in which the laptop will be available.
'Household Brands' Interested In Ubuntu for Phones and Tablets, Says Shuttleworth
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! explains Mark Shuttleworth's statement that 'Household Brands' are interested in looking at Ubuntu Touch during the last keynote at UDS 13.11.
Ubuntu 14.04 received optimized item-renaming behavior on the desktop
razvi of iloveubuntu describes the latest change on item-renaming behavior on the desktop, where the text area will now be rendered and contrasted with a white area instead of a dark color.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Won't Be Powered By Mir
Michael Larabel of Phoronix informs us that during the recent virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, it was learned that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on the desktop won't be Mir-based, as it will still be shipping with the stable and proven Unity 7. Michael adds that point releases to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will not be adding in Mir or Unity 8.
Experimental Ubuntu Touch Emulator Released
Andrew of WebUpd8 writes that the Ubuntu developers have released an experimental Ubuntu Touch emulator running Unity 8 and Mir. Andrew shows us some screenshots of the emulator and provides instructions to those running Trusty Tahr of how it can be installed.
Upstart Still Has A Bright Future On Ubuntu Linux
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on the latest from the virtual UDS session about Upstart where developers discussed two main features they wish to bring to 14.04: cgroup support and refined PTrace handling for Upstart service readiness.
Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Might Get A New Icon Theme
Andrew of WebUpd8 writes that in an Ubuntu Developer Summit session, Matthieu James (Graphic/Visual Designer at Canonical) presented the design guidelines as well as some of the work done to create a new icon theme for Ubuntu (both desktop and touch). Andrew shows us some screenshots of the presentation and embeds a video of the session in his post.
November's UDS started, Mark Shuttleworth's keynote available
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that the recent UDS started with an introduction by Jono Bacon and the traditional keynote of Mark Shuttleworth. razvi embeds a video of the session in his post after highlighting the goals that are related to the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04.
November's UDS reached its end, Track Summaries video-session available
razvi of iloveubuntu informs us that the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit has come to end and consisted of various tracks of hour long video sessions. razvi embeds a video of the Track Summaries session in is post which summarizes the main topics covered across the UDS.
Ubuntu reached 59% and position 1 at OpenStack survey about used OSes for deployments
razvi of iloveubuntu makes a quick analysis on the recent survey by the OpenStack Team, which revealed that Ubuntu was the preferred operating system on OpenStack deployments, with 59% of the votes.
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 140
This week's episode is brief and references a Doodle poll to schedule the next [Ubuntu Ohio] IRC meeting.
Rick Spencer Q+A - UDS Nov 2013
On the last day of the recent vUDS, Rick Spencer joins Jono Bacon for a Q+A session.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E39 - Rear Ubuntu
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A for the thirty-ninth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
- We also take a look at what's been happening in the news.
- We catch up with what's been happening in the Ubuntu community.
- And not in the Ubuntu community.
- And we mention an event.
http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2013/11...9-rear-ubuntu/ & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SadhLKFMyZw
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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