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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 347


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 347 for the week December 9 - 15, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Touch OS wins its first smartphone partner
    • Partners, Community, and Success
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu LoCo Council: The Situation in Thailand
    • December updates from Ubuntu California
    • 2,000,000 Threads - Ubuntu Forums
    • Kubuntu: KDevelop 4.6
    • Chris Wayne: Why I use Unity: Part 1
    • Harald Sitter: Automatic Crash Reporting
    • Lubuntu Blog: Merry Christmas!
    • Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu 13.10 'Saucy Salamander' Review
    • Alan Bell: Cluster update
    • Charles Profitt: Community Help Wiki
    • Aron Xu: Ubuntu Trusty translations are now open
    • Calling for Server Guide reviewers/contributors - - TRUSTY
    • Ubuntu and HP: a successful team in the education sector
    • Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad and the ugly
    • Confirmed: Canonical Is Forking GNOME Control Center And GNOME Settings Daemon For Ubuntu 14.04
    • Ubuntu Confirm GNOME Control Centre Fork for 14.04
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: November 2013
    • 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 Touch OS wins its first smartphone partner

    Stephen Shankland of CNET informs us that Mark Shuttleworth has confirmed that Ubuntu Touch has its first official smartphone partner, though the partner remains unnamed. Four other brands are also in line to become partners in the near future. With carrier support from nearly all the big names, Ubuntu Touch is positioned to make a big splash when the first phones begin shipping next year.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-576...phone-partner/

    Also check out other outlets covering this news:



    Partners, Community, and Success

    Jono Bacon's post explains to us the significance of the upcoming release of Ubuntu Touch and why he ultimately got involved in the project many years ago - to put Free Software in the hands of people. He also reaffirms that this is a community project and that it will not succeed without your help.

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/12/13/...y-and-success/

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107709) +126 over last week
    • Critical (118) +2 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53394) +56 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: falconer (http://askubuntu.com/users/221281/falconer), Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), Braiam (http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam), ajThapa (http://askubuntu.com/users/212123/ajthapa) and Avinash Raj (http://askubuntu.com/users/202806/avinash-raj)

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

    LoCo News

    Ubuntu LoCo Council: The Situation in Thailand

    Stephen Michael Kellat writes that with the civil unrest situation in Thailand now going into its third week, the Ubuntu LoCo Council has decided to temporarily postpone the verification process until things settle down and peoples' lives are no longer in danger. The council wishes them all safety and security in the days and weeks ahead.

    http://lococouncil.ubuntu.com/2013/1...n-in-thailand/

    December updates from Ubuntu California

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph recalls the busy month that the Ubuntu California team has had, including a joint Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner which attracted several newcomers. Recently, Elizabeth gave a presentation to business students at San Francisco State University titled "Open source for love, fame and money" and she's also planning to host an Ubuntu Hour at Mountainview on Tuesday at 7pm. Stop by if you have a chance!

    http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=8844

    Ubuntu Forums News

    2,000,000 Threads - Ubuntu Forums

    s.fox announces "Today the Ubuntu Forums hit 2,000,000 threads. An incredible feat to achieve. I wish to thank all who have made it such a popular place in the community. I don't think anyone thought it would ever get as large as it has. Looking forward to the next million already :)"

    http://serial-coder.co.uk/blog/2013/...ubuntu-forums/

    The Planet

    Kubuntu: KDevelop 4.6

    The Kubuntu team advises that KDE's integrated development environment [KDevelop] has released a new version. The team tells us that packages are available from the Kubuntu Backports PPA for Kubuntu 13.10 and that they are also in the development release.

    http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kdevelop-4.6

    Chris Wayne: Why I use Unity: Part 1

    Chris M. Wayne writes about a "super basic feature" that most people don't know about: the use of keywords in Unity. Chris looks at Local Weather, Calculator, Dictionary, and Foursquare and says that there are many more scopes to use which he'll write about soon.

    http://chrismwayne.com/?p=212

    Harald Sitter: Automatic Crash Reporting

    Harald Sitter informs us that Automatic Crash Reporting is coming to Kubuntu, and he provides some screenshots of the new application. Harald says "Allowing you to give us viable information on a crash even if you don't feel like reporting a lengthy bug report over at bugs.kde.org."

    http://apachelog.wordpress.com/2013/...ash-reporting/

    Lubuntu Blog: Merry Christmas!

    Rafael Laguna writes "As usual, every festive season has its own dedicated wallpaper. And Christmas is, without any doubt, the most celebrated party around the globe. And as this became a tradition, here are some Lubuntu related wallpapers. Choose your flavour!" Embedded screenshots of the available wallpapers are included in his post.

    http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2013...christmas.html

    Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu 13.10 'Saucy Salamander' Review

    The Kubuntu Wire blog shares a review of Kubuntu 13.10 written by Arindam Sen and says that it's always interesting to hear from everyday end users. Danny says that the review was written on a modest laptop, makes a point of referring to the customization provided by KDE environment, and says that countless contributors have created a "it just works" experience for end users.

    http://wire.kubuntu.org/?p=86

    Alan Bell: Cluster update

    Allan Bell updates us on the cluster he is building with Raspberry Pis, sharing details about how they are powered, networking, and the overall physical setup.

    http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2013/12/cluster-update/

    Charles Profitt: Community Help Wiki

    Charles Profitt informs us that a small, dedicated team has been updating the Community Help Wiki recently. Charles writes that on one recent day, they made 378 edits, and while many of these are small edits (such as tagging another page), others are quite significant. He cites one example of knome's clean-up of the homepage as well as several navigation pages and menus. Finally, he says that all recent activity has been in preparation for the upcoming 14.04 release - if you're interested in becoming involved the documentation team can always use more help.

    http://ftbeowulf.wordpress.com/2013/...ity-help-wiki/

    Aron Xu: Ubuntu Trusty translations are now open

    Aron Xu writes that Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty is now open for translation updates. Aron reminds the community that until the User Interface Freeze occurs, some messages may change and that Language Packs will be released twice a week during the development cycle. He also asks that contributors to report bugs as you find them.

    http://blogs.gnome.org/happyaron/201...-are-now-open/

    Other Community News

    Calling for Server Guide reviewers/contributors - - TRUSTY

    Peter Matulis calls for more volunteers to review, update and contribute to current instructions and guides for server-side software, including Samba, Apache, and Zentyal.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...er/018429.html

    Canonical News

    Ubuntu and HP: a successful team in the education sector

    Ubuntu and HP have worked together to ship more than 1.5 million laptops directly into the education sector, bought by both individuals and governments. In India, the laptops were available to qualifying 12th year graduating students, while in Mexico they were sold off the shelf by the Bodega Aurerra retail chain and in China at HP retail stores.

    http://insights.ubuntu.com/news/ubun...cation-sector/

    In The Press

    Ubuntu 13.10: The good, the bad and the ugly

    Maria Korolov of Network World writes a review of Ubuntu 13.10 and reveals that on the desktop at least, it provides few major updates, but includes a slew of bug fixes and security updates. Maria loads Ubuntu onto three computers of differing specification and looks at "the good", "the bad", "the ugly" and also comments on "the mobile".

    http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/...st-276581.html

    In The Blogosphere

    Confirmed: Canonical Is Forking GNOME Control Center And GNOME Settings Daemon For Ubuntu 14.04

    Andrew of WebUpd8 informs us that Robert Ancell has confirmed Canonical will be forking GNOME Control Center (commonly known as System Settings) and GNOME Settings Daemon for the upcoming 14.04 release of Ubuntu. Recently Ubuntu GNOME has been blocked from shipping the latest releases due to the need to have them heavily patched for Ubuntu, as a result from now on Ubuntu GNOME will be able to do so without conflicts.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2013/12/confi...ing-gnome.html

    OMG! Ubuntu also covers this news in the next article.

    Ubuntu Confirm GNOME Control Centre Fork for 14.04

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that Ubuntu has confirmed they will be forking the GNOME Control Center for the upcoming 14.04 release. Through the 13.10 release, they've been shipping a heavily patched version and have opted to simply fork it rather than continuing to apply updates and patches. He notes that on the plus side, it will no longer conflict with the vanilla version being shipped with Ubuntu GNOME.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/12/u...control-centre

    Other Articles of Interest



    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episodes 143 & 144

    "This week's first episode brings a 'DJ Read' of Profile America followed by an excerpt of a Christmas special from the World War 2-era Armed Forces Radio Service program Command Performance." The second episode mentions the upcoming alpha release, the past year and a "Delegation of Authority."

    http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/179 & http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/181

    Jono Bacon Q+A - 10th Dec 2013

    Jono Bacon presents another of his regular Q+A sessions.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1OLfJg-TL4

    Ubuntu Engineering Weekly Update: 11th December

    Michael Hall presents the Ubuntu Engineering Weekly Update with input from Kevin Gunn.

    http://youtu.be/0qv0sIRyu2I

    YUI in the Wild #1: Building Ubuntu Juju GUI

    Jeff Pihatch of Canonical shares how we use YUI in the Juju GUI.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJPdH8xmOWg

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E42 - No Country for old Ubuntu

    "We're back with the forty-second episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating chocolate cake in Studio A.

    In this week's show:

    • We discuss Alan's new toy, a 3Doodler.
    • We also discuss poisoning someone, going to ThingMonk, Doom 3 BFG edition is being ported to Linux, and fixing a laptop under warranty.
    • We share some Command Line Lurve: explainshell.com.
    • And we read your feedback."


    http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2013/12...or-old-ubuntu/

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings



    Monthly Team Reports: November 2013

    See here for the team report for November 2013: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/November2013

    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, 13.04 and 13.10

    Security Updates



    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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    Conclusion

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    Credits

    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
    • Paul White
    • Emily Gonyer
    • Penelope Stowe
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others


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