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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 354


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 354 for the week February 3 - 9, 2014.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu California planning for the Southern California Linux Expo
    • Ubuntu GNOME: Trusty Tahr Roadmap
    • Ubuntu GNOME: Marketing & Communications Report
    • Michael Hall: Ubuntu API Website gets an API of it's own
    • Kees Cook: compiler hardening in Ubuntu and Debian
    • Stephen M. Webb: More Trusty Excitement
    • Michael Hall: Working hard in Orlando: Days 1 to 5
    • Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: 5 ways to get involved today: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter and Documentation
    • Kubuntu Wire: Distrowatch Reviews Kubuntu Derivative Netrunner
    • Jono Bacon: An Exciting Future
    • Ubuntu Women: "What People Are Doing" Wiki Page Story Call Number Two
    • Vodafone joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group
    • 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 and 13.10
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS released

    Colin Watson, on behalf of the Ubuntu team, announces the release of Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, as well as other flavors of Ubuntu with long-term support. Colin advises that 12.04.4 contains an updated kernel and X stack, and links to where the latest release can be found.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ry/000180.html

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    After chairing the Ubuntu Membership Board meeting on February 6th, s.fox congratulates and thanks the following new Ubuntu Members:



    http://serial-coder.co.uk/blog/2014/...buntu-members/

    On January 27th, the Developer Membership Board (DMB) hosted a meeting where they reviewed several applications.

    The following developer joined as a Per Package Uploader (PPU) for Ubuntu Gnome Packageset and desktop-extra packageset:



    The following Debian Developer was granted upload rights to his Debian packages in Ubuntu:

    • Daniel Pocock


    The DMB also welcomed a new Ubuntu Core Developer:



    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ry/001935.html

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107902) +255 over last week
    • Critical (175) +8 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (52590) +222 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: kalina (http://askubuntu.com/users/196255/kalina), Shaun Killingbeck (http://askubuntu.com/users/53748/shaun-killingbeck), Luis Alvarado (http://askubuntu.com/users/7035/luis-alvarado), Sneetsher (http://askubuntu.com/users/26246/sneetsher) and wilf (http://askubuntu.com/users/178596/wilf)

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

    LoCo News

    Ubuntu California planning for the Southern California Linux Expo

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph gives us a rundown of Ubuntu's upcoming presence at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), including the schedule for Ubucon on Friday, February 21st before SCaLE.

    http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=9089

    Other Ubuntu community members will also be attending the upcoming SCaLE, see their posts here:



    The Planet

    Ubuntu GNOME: Trusty Tahr Roadmap

    Ali Linx tells us the Ubuntu GNOME Brainstorming Team has been developed in order to set a plan for upcoming releases of Ubuntu GNOME. The Ubuntu GNOME project has experienced rapid growth over the last six months, and the announcement of a solid roadmap is a major step in the growth of the community.

    http://ubuntugnome.org/trusty-tahr-roadmap/

    Ubuntu GNOME: Marketing & Communications Report

    Ali Linx informs us that the Ubuntu GNOME Marketing & Communications team has decided to begin publishing monthly reports. The January 2014 report marks the first of many high quality reports to come.

    http://ubuntugnome.org/jan-2014/

    Michael Hall: Ubuntu API Website gets an API of it's own

    Michael Hall announces the implementation of an open and public API for the Ubuntu API website. Over the last month, a Restful JSON service has been implemented and deployed which opens up opportunities for integration and mashups as well as many other exciting possibilities.

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/ubuntu-a...pi-of-its-own/

    Kees Cook: compiler hardening in Ubuntu and Debian

    Kees Cook explains the current state of compiler hardening in Ubuntu and Debian, including some history dating back to 2006 when Ubuntu patched the compiler. A couple of graphs are included to better illustrate trends in both Debian and Ubuntu for compiler hardening.

    http://www.outflux.net/blog/archives...tu-and-debian/

    Stephen M. Webb: More Trusty Excitement

    Stephen Webb announces that among the many exciting upcoming features of Ubuntu 14.04 will be Simple DirectMedia layer (SDL) support which has recently been ported to the Mir display server. Among other things, it will make available a slew of games via Steam when Unity 8 is released.

    http://bregmatter.wordpress.com/2014...ty-excitement/

    Michael Hall: Working hard in Orlando: Days 1 to 5

    Michael Hall writes about his visit to Orlando for an Ubuntu sprint with the team he works with and gives us an illustrated day by day summary of what he did there.

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/working-...orlando-day-1/

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/working-...orlando-day-2/

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/working-...orlando-day-3/

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/working-...orlando-day-4/

    http://mhall119.com/2014/02/working-...ando-last-day/

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: 5 ways to get involved today: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter and Documentation

    In a pair of articles, Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph explains five of the easiest ways to become an active Ubuntu Contributor. The first is by contributing to Ubuntu Weekly News! There are many tasks required each week from link collection to writing summaries and editing, and we encourage everyone reading this to become a contributor. In her second post, she writes about contributing to the Documentation team by doing grammar and technical review of the Desktop documentation that is included with Ubuntu.

    http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=9068

    http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=9070

    Kubuntu Wire: Distrowatch Reviews Kubuntu Derivative Netrunner

    Jonathan Riddell informs us that Distrowatch has reviewed the Kubuntu derivative Netrunner, which drops all the KDE idealism of Kubuntu and adds a range of popular software including Skype, Wine, and Steam. Jonathan is pleased to have derivative distributions made from Kubuntu, saying "anyone can make a derivative distribution without need of a licence (as long as obvious uses of the trademark are removed)."

    http://wire.kubuntu.org/?p=136

    Jono Bacon: An Exciting Future

    Jono Bacon says "We are growing a world-class community and app developer eco-system, fuelled by Open Source and open collaboration. We are putting the core pieces in place and I am delighted to be working with such a wonderful team". Jono then shows us a photograph of that team.

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2014/02/07/an-exciting-future/

    Ubuntu Women: "What People Are Doing" Wiki Page Story Call Number Two

    Svetlana Belkin has announced a Call Number Two for the "What People Are Doing" wiki, a part of the Ubuntu Women project. Ubuntu Women contributors are encouraged to submit stories about their activities and experiences--both large and small--to the "What People Are Doing" wiki page.

    http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2014/02...ll-number-two/

    Canonical News

    Vodafone joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group

    Canonical announces the addition of Vodafone to the Carrier Advisory Group. Vodafone, which has approximately 411 million customers, will join national and multinational carriers in discussions that influence the development of Ubuntu for smartphones.

    http://insights.ubuntu.com/news/pres...dvisory-group/

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu 14.04's Nautilus updated with re-enabled Backspace key

    razvi of Iloveubuntu explains some of the changes to Nautilus in the latest update, including the re-enabling of the backspace key to navigate backwards, type-ahead enabled by default, and several other changes and updates.

    http://iloveubuntu.net/ubuntu-1404s-...-backspace-key

    Some of Linux's Most Popular Games Will Run Natively On Mir

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! explains that the Simple Direct Media layer (SDL), a cross-platform development library which is used by a growing number of high-profile games, has recently been ported to Mir. With the upcoming release of Unity 8 and Mir, many of your favorite games will now run natively under Mir.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/02/mir-sdl-support

    Unity Control Center arrived in Ubuntu 14.04 by default

    razvi of Iloveubuntu explains that the fork of GNOME Control Center will minimally affect users of both Ubuntu's Unity and Ubuntu GNOME in 14.04.

    http://iloveubuntu.net/unity-control...u-1404-default

    Ubuntu Now Drafting Plans For Possible 12.04.5 LTS

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that Canonical's Leann Ogasawara has expressed the idea of doing an Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS release. Michael outlines her reasons for doing so, linking to an email on the Ubuntu Development mailing list, and reminding us that "The matter of the fifth point release is still up in the air but so far there appears to be interest per this mailing list thread."

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTU5NTk

    Ubuntu 14.04 Looks to Improve Support For Hi-Res Screens

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the ongoing efforts to improve support for HiDPI screens in Ubuntu.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/02/u...-retina-screen

    Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS Performance Benchmarks

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix takes a look at how the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" performance has evolved with the new hardware enablement stacks of the LTS point releases now that Ubuntu 12.04.4 has been released.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=19838

    Other Articles of Interest



    Featured Audio and Video

    Juju Charm School: Using Juju Bundles

    Marco Ceppi presents the latest Juju Charm School. Using bundles is the topic for discussion.

    http://youtu.be/i8UBtK51MG8

    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 13.10

    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 13.10 Updates



    End of Life - July 2014

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


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    Last edited by elizabeth; February 17th, 2014 at 11:46 PM.

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