Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 357
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 357 for the week February 24 - March 2, 2014.
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In This Issue
- Announcing Trusty Tahr Beta 1
- Ubuntu looks stunning on phones and tablets at MWC 2014
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- LoCo Teams Update On Air!
- Michael Hall: There is no "Touch", only "Ubuntu"
- Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Development Update Presentation
- Lubuntu Blog: Box 0.44
- Michael Hall: New roof, new developer portal, new scopes, what a week!
- Nathan Haines: Showing Ubuntu Pride
- Jono Bacon: Join the Ubuntu App Showdown and Win Prizes!
- Ubuntu Documentation Day wrap-up
- Other Community News
- Canonical News
- First Ubuntu phones go on sale in fall, Mark Shuttleworth reveals
- In The Blogosphere
- Full Circle Magazine #82
- Other Articles of Interest
- Featured Audio and Video
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10
- And much more!
General Community News
Announcing Trusty Tahr Beta 1
Stephane Graber, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team, announces the first Beta of Trusty Tahr for the flavors that are participating in the release. Stephane links to where the ISO images can be downloaded and to the sites from where further information on each flavor can be found.
The following news outlets and blogs also covered the Beta 1 release:
Ubuntu looks stunning on phones and tablets at MWC 2014
This week at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Canonical unveiled the "industrial design" of the devices they are launching with hardware partners Meizu and BQ.
The news of these designs spread fast. The following is a sampling of articles selected by our editors about the designs showcased at MWC:
Welcome New Members and Developers
Results from the Developer Membership Board Meeting Minutes For February 24, 2014:
- Open (108289) +166 over last week
- Critical (171) +3 over last week
- Unconfirmed (53020) +123 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: fossfreedom (http://askubuntu.com/users/14356/fossfreedom), Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), nux (http://askubuntu.com/users/230052/nux), Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli) and Takkat (http://askubuntu.com/users/3940/takkat)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
LoCo Teams Update On Air!
Jose Antonio Rey announces that he, Philip Ballew, Nathan Haines, and Pablo Rubianes will be hosting a monthly LoCo Teams Update session at Ubuntu on Air!. The sessions will be on the fourth Saturday of each month with the first session being on Saturday, March 22nd at 1900 UTC.
Michael Hall: Ubuntu API Website Teardown
Michael Hall goes through the different components of the Ubuntu API website which is "a Django project for hosting all of the API documentation for the Ubuntu SDK". The result is a development environment for folks interested in helping out with the site, and he gives contact information if there are any questions.
KDE Applications and Development Platform February Updates Available
The Kubuntu team announces the release of packages for KDE SC 4.12.2 and that they are available for Kubuntu 12.04 LTS, 13.10, and the current development release. The team shares where the packages can downloaded and to where bugs should be reported.
Michael Hall: There is no "Touch", only "Ubuntu"
Michael Hall reminds the community that despite initially referring to phone and tablet versions of Ubuntu as "Ubuntu Touch", all versions are still only called Ubuntu. Versions don't differ across devices, and there is only one single OS. He clarifies that the only difference between the desktop and mobile versions is a different shell. Everything under the hood is the same on all platforms.
Stuart Langridge also writes a follow-up post where he points out some of the remaining spots where Ubuntu for the desktop and Ubuntu for mobile haven't quite synced up: http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2014/0...nly-one-ubuntu
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Development Update Presentation
Jono Bacon has posted a video of his talk from SCALE12x where he discusses the current state of Ubuntu development. He details the work that has gone into making a convergent Ubuntu including things like app insulation, the Ubuntu SDK, click packages, and the Ubuntu Developer website.
Harald Sitter: Localization
Harald Sitter writes "Next in Kubuntu: Improved on-demand installation and notifications for localization, as well as improved internal handling to increase reliability of things." Harald then shows us screenshots of the on-screen notification and configuration dialogs.
Lubuntu Blog: Box 0.44
On the Lubuntu Blog, Rafael Laguna informs us that the new and revamped theme is available for testing. Rafael says controls have been updated to match the Ubuntu standard theme, and many icons have been added and fixed.
Michael Hall: New roof, new developer portal, new scopes, what a week!
Michael Hall gives us an update on new developer resources and features in Ubuntu. He writes about a new portal for developers to learn about the tools and processes of developing for the platform, new documentation on HTML5 APIs, and new scopes that provide better results and greater functionality.
Nathan Haines: Showing Ubuntu Pride
Nathan Haines shares some of his experience from the recent Southern California Linux Expo and how this event has inspired him to further increase his involvement with Ubuntu. The post concludes with the sharing of designs he's made available for Ubuntu-branded name tags for events and business cards for Ubuntu Members.
Jono Bacon: Join the Ubuntu App Showdown and Win Prizes!
Jono Bacon writes about the next Ubuntu App Showdown which launched this week. Developers have six weeks to build a new app using the Ubuntu SDK. There are four categories, and winners in each category will win a prize. Extra points are awarded for blogging and sharing development updates using social media.
Jono Bacon: My Top 5 Dream Ubuntu Apps
Jono Bacon lists five apps that he would like to see in Ubuntu. The list includes an email client that functions like Discourse, new social media clients for Twitter and Google+, an Ubuntu LoCo teams app, and an audio recorder with easy level adjustments.
Ubuntu GNOME: Marketing & Communications Report - Feb 14
Ali Linx shares the monthly communications report for the Ubuntu GNOME project, which includes a list of social media outlets run by the team and a breakdown of their growth over time.
Ubuntu Documentation Day wrap-up
The Ubuntu Classroom team announces that logs from the Documentation Day on March 2nd have been made available.
Other Community News
Announcing the latest Ubuntu App Showdown contest!
Daniel Holbach announces the third Ubuntu App Showdown in which contestants will have six weeks to build and publish their apps using the new Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu platform. Daniel informs us of the dedicated categories, the prizes, the judges, and how those who are not programmers can share ideas.
Ubuntu Resources -- beta!
The Design team announces the beta release of the new http://resources.ubuntu.com website. As described during the alpha release of the site in November, "This project grew from the need to separate content like case studies, news, press releases and events, from the core of the Canonical and Ubuntu sites -- and it will eventually replace much of what currently is at insights.ubuntu.com." This post also details the work they've done based on user feedback.
Latest from the web team -- February 2014
Inayaili de Leon Persson shares updates from the web team on some of their latest work including updates to /phone and /tablet sections of Ubuntu.com in anticipation of MWC and a recent sprint in Cape Town, South Africa. Looking forward, they have many projects in the works including improvements to the new Ubuntu Resources site, updates to the website in preparation for the 14.04 release, and releasing of new Ubuntu videos.
Easy App Publishing on Ubuntu
Canonical announces the release of a step-by-step video guide which shows how easy it is to publish an app on Ubuntu. Jono Bacon walks viewers of the video through the publishing process and shows how apps are instantly available on Ubuntu devices for download.
In The Press
Can these smartphone firms take on the big guys?
Kiran Moodley of CNBC writes about the innovations coming out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and quotes Canonical's Jane Silber: "There has to be a window of disruption and opportunity," she said. "We think there's absolutely room for another player here...and there is real demand from OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and operators for another option. They are increasingly pressured in an all-Android world and they don't have access to the Apple world." The report then goes into the software focus, price point of the proposed phones, and more.
First Ubuntu phones go on sale in fall, Mark Shuttleworth reveals
Rich Trenholm of CNET shares news that the first Ubuntu phones will be going on sale in the Fall and quotes Mark regarding the plan and market for the upcoming phones. This in-depth article also shares photos and videos of the new phones showcased at MWC.
In The Blogosphere
Unity 8 Desktop Preview Session Available In Ubuntu 14.04
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares the news that you are now able to log in to a preview of the Unity 8 desktop with Mir in the latest builds of 14.04. He shares some of the current drawbacks and writes "the word 'preview' in the title is a loud, cautious warning."
New Unity Scopes Technology Detailed by Canonical
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about some of the changes being made in order to reach the goal of increasing "the breadth of discoverability through Scopes; the control users have over them; and improve the way in which data is presented through them." Joey writes that "a new 'dash toolkit' is being introduced that allows data to be displayed in new, flexible ways. For example, results for an image search would work best as large thumbnails in a carousel for browsing, while news snippets are more useful in list view, with a wider content area to display text."
8 Things We Expect from Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr)
Jun Auza of TechSource writes about "8 Things We Expect from Ubuntu 14/.04 Tristy Tahr" since many people are expecting a lot of new features from the release. Among the items that Jun looks at are a new icon theme, a better boot process, deeper integration with the cloud, and an easier Ubuntu Software Center approval process.
Windows XP User? Here's 4 Reasons to Switch to Lubuntu This April
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reminds us that Support for Windows XP officially ends on April 8, 2014 and that there are versions of Linux designed specifically to run on aging computers. Joey-Elijah informs us that Lubuntu 14.04 is free, due for release in April, and will be updated until 2017, adding "After this date you'll be given the choice to upgrade to the next major release -- again, for free!"
Ubuntu 14.04's System Settings received volume-louder-than-100% option
razvi of Iloveubuntu tells us that Ubuntu 14.04 will have the ability to set the output volume louder than 100%, although he says the option will be disabled by default. razvi includes some screenshots that show the new options.
Shuttleworth says Ubuntu is sticking with MySQL
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet informs us that Mark Shuttleworth has said that Ubuntu 14.04 would include MySQL 5.6, one of the reasons being that Oracle made the effort to get it to work properly with Debian and Ubuntu. Steven also looks other distributions replacing MySQL with MariaDB.
Five of the Best Ubuntu 14.04 Wallpaper Contest Entries
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shows us five of the best entries in the Ubuntu 14.04 Wallpaper Contest ahead of the panel picking their favorites in early March.
Ubuntu 12.04 vs. 14.04 LTS Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud
Michael Larabel of Phoronix releases some preliminary figures that he prepared after looking at the current "out of the box" performance between Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as of this week on Amazon EC2.
Romanian Edu Ministry recommends Ubuntu for schools
Darshak Parikh of Muktware informs us that to tackle the problem of using unlicensed or unsupported versions of Microsoft Windows and Office, the Education Ministry of Romania recommends either purchasing newer, licensed copies of the software or using GNU/Linux particularly Ubuntu and Edubuntu.
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine #82
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our eighty-second issue.
- Command & Conquer
- How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Connecting iOS Devices.
- Graphics : Blender and Inkscape.
- Review: NOD32 Anti-virus
- NEW! - Security Q&A
- NEW! - What Is: CryptoCurrency
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, and even some competitions!
Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-82/
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Jono Bacon Q&A - 25th Feb 2014
Jono Bacon presents another of his regular Ubuntu on Air! Q&A sessions.
Ubuntu Engineering Live! - 26th Feb 2014
Michael Hall presents another Ubuntu Engineering Live! session with contributions from Alan Pope, Thomas Strehl and Thomas Voss.
QA Lightning Talks
Jose Antonio Rey presents another QA Lightning Talk session which was first broadcast on Ubuntu on Air! on 26th February 2014.
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
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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