Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 359
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 359 for the week March 10 - 16, 2014.
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In This Issue
- Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit March 2014 Complete!
- New Developer Membership Board members
- Ubuntu Stats
- 14.04 DVDs/CDs: Pre-Orders now open for verified LoCo Teams!
- Lubuntu Blog: [Results] Community wallpaper contest
- Robbie Williamson: Canonical's Office of The CDO: A 5 Year Journey in DevOps
- Jonathan Riddell: KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 is Green
- Svetlana Belkin: vUDS 1403
- Lubuntu Blog: Dark panel theme
- Ubuntu Server blog: Checking in from the Ubuntu Developer Summit
- Thomas Ward: nginx-core is now in Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 Main!
- Nicholas Skaggs: Keeping ubuntu healthy: Core Apps
- The Ubuntu Manual is seeking volunteers
- Canonical News
- Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked
- Lubuntu might be the best Linux distro for Windows XP users
- Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you
- In The Blogosphere
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: February 2014
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10
- And much more!
General Community News
Virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit March 2014 Complete!
The mid-cycle Trusty Tahr (14.04) LTS Ubuntu Developer Summit was held this week!
Jono Bacon introduced the opening session of UDS 14.03 with a review by Rick Spencer of where Ubuntu stands today: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zqECljI4E4
The keynote on Wednesday was given by Mark Shuttleworth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWTVe5Mdv0Y
UDS Mar 2014 wrapped up with track summaries by track leads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7QVwImgsqg
Videos and notes from all sessions are available on the Summit website: http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-1403/
New Developer Membership Board members
Iain Lane welcomes the new members of the Developer Membership Board (DMB), writing: "This vote has now ended and has been confirmed by the DMB in its meeting today. The results are as follows:
1. Micah Gersten (micahg)
2. Dimitri John Ledkov (xnox)
3. Brian Murray (bdmurray)
Full results are available at:
Please join me in welcoming Dimitri and Brian to the team and in thanking Micah for standing for another term.
We would also like to thank Stefano Rivera (tumbleweed) and Barry Warsaw (barry), who are stepping down from the DMB, for their service to date."
- Open (106935) -156 over last week
- Critical (173) -7 over last week
- Unconfirmed (52858) +2 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: terdon (http://askubuntu.com/users/85695/terdon), Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), Avinash Raj (http://askubuntu.com/users/202806/avinash-raj), Sylvain Pineau (http://askubuntu.com/users/32239/sylvain-pineau) and Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
14.04 DVDs/CDs: Pre-Orders now open for verified LoCo Teams!
Jose Antonio Rey announces that pre-orders for Ubuntu 14.04 DVDs/CDs are now open for verified LoCo Teams. Rey links to the site from where team contacts can place their orders and provides an e-mail address for any questions.
Lubuntu Blog: [Results] Community wallpaper contest
Frank Booth tells us that Lubuntu's community wallpaper contest is over and the results are in! The team congratulates Cleide Isabel for wining all 5 of the top slots and thanks everyone who participated.
Robbie Williamson: Canonical's Office of The CDO: A 5 Year Journey in DevOps
Robbie Williamson relates the founding and evolution of Ubuntu's Cloud Development and Operations (CDO) office. Robbie writes that over the last 5 years, the CDO has come a long way, delivering IT services and solutions to customers around the world.
Jonathan Riddell: KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 is Green
Jonathan Riddell invites his readers to download KDE Frameworks 5 Alpha 2 for Kubuntu Trusty, noting that the build status page "shows a sea of green" after Scarlett's hard work creating the packages.
Svetlana Belkin: vUDS 1403
Svetlana Belkin tells us about the two sessions she attended during the latest vUDS, "Re-imagining our Online Summit" and "Growing a new generation of Ubuntu leaders."
Lubuntu Blog: Dark panel theme
On the Lubuntu Blog, Rafael Laguna informs us that due to popular demand, a new dark variant was added to the popular Box theme for Lubuntu.
Ubuntu Server blog: Checking in from the Ubuntu Developer Summit
The Ubuntu Server team checks in from the Ubuntu Developer Summit's second day. The article highlights Robbie Basak's demo of the uvtool, a tool for setting up kvm guests.
Thomas Ward: nginx-core is now in Ubuntu Trusty 14.04 Main!
Thomas Ward is happy to announce that nginx-core is now included in the main Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr repositories.
Nicholas Skaggs: Keeping ubuntu healthy: Core Apps
Nicholas Skaggs continues his previous discussions about testing within Ubuntu and specifically states how one can become involved in the testing of core apps.
Other Community News
The Ubuntu Manual is seeking volunteers
The Ubuntu Manual Project, through a Facebook post, seeks volunteer authors, editors, proofreaders and translators to work on Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04, a free to download, comprehensive beginner's guide for Ubuntu. The post describes the work that needs to be done and provides contact information for any questions.
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS wallpaper
Michal Izydorcyk announces the new default Ubuntu 14.04 LTS wallpaper saying "The most difficult part was to work out the connection between the old wallpapers and the new look and feel - Suru." Michal shows us not only the new default wallpaper but also some of the examples that he was exploring.
New Apps header
Daniel Oliver explains the new Apps header, including header values, elements, titles, tabs and much more.
MWC 2014 - A strong design coherence in everything we do
Tom Macfarlane tells us about Ubuntu's strong presence last month at Mobile World Congress (MWC). Tom also shows us photographs of the stand after some design changes were made for Canonical's third year at MWC.
In The Press
Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked
Scott Gilbertson of The Register takes a look at each of the four main flavors of Ubuntu that participated in the beta 1 release. Scott says that although the future of Ubuntu is based around Unity across various hardware, part of the beauty of Ubuntu is being able to use the desktop of your choice.
Lubuntu might be the best Linux distro for Windows XP users
Jim Lynch of ITWorld reviews both Lubuntu and Xubuntu as replacements for Windows XP, concluding "Frankly, I don't think you can go wrong with Xubuntu or Lubuntu."
Dying for an Ubuntu Linux phone? Here's how much it'll cost you
Neil McAllister of The Register reports on the latest updates regarding pricing of the upcoming Ubuntu phones, writing: "Speaking at the CeBIT conference in Hanover, Germany on Tuesday, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said we should expect the first Ubuntu phones to be "mid-high end" devices, with price tags in the $200 to $400 (PS120 to PS240) range."
In The Blogosphere
Wil Wheaton Not Crazy About Direction Ubuntu Has Taken
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! talks about Wil Wheaton's recent Google+ post where he declares that he's "not happy" with the direction which Ubuntu has taken. Joey notes that Wheaton "has no plans" to move back to being a full-time GNU/Linux user, though he's been having fun exploring the many available kernels, desktops, and packages.
This Is The New Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Default Wallpaper
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shows off the new Ubuntu 14.04 LTS default wallpaper shared earlier in the day by Michal Izydorczyk of Ubuntu's design team.
And in a follow-up post, Sneddon shares instructions for how to grab the wallpaper now: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/03/u...lable-download
Extra Photo Added to Ubuntu 14.04 Community Wallpaper Pack
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that an extra image was added to the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Community Wallpaper pack. He shows us the new "starry night sky" wallpaper and provides a link to a site from where it can be downloaded.
Download The Ubuntu 14.04 Community Wallpapers
Andrew of WebUpd8 shows us the community wallpapers that will be included by default in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and provides a link from where they can be downloaded.
Ubuntu 14.04 Themes To Use Borderless Window Decorations
Andrew of WebUpd8 informs us that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS will feature updated Ambiance and Radiance themes with borderless decorations. He explains that some applications look better without a border and provides some screenshots of a desktop before and after the change.
Mark Shuttleworth: Mir By Default In Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on comments from Mark Shuttleworth's keynote during vUDS where he remarked that they would ship Mir as default "as soon as it's rock solid" and said this should happen by 16.04. He also covers some of the recent history with regard to Mir development and delays and some of the ongoing challenges facing the new display manager.
Ubuntu Systemd Plans: Will Be Default By Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares comments from developers at vUDS following a session about the future of init systems in Ubuntu. He also covers comments from Mark Shuttle worth during his keynote, writing that he said "systemd will become the default somewhere along the road to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS in being careful not to break users running Ubuntu Linux."
Ubuntu Pops Up In TV News Report on Robotics
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that a recent edition of CBBC's Newsround featured an article about a university team turning a house into a "futuristic palace" packed out with technology. Joey informs us that the Unity desktop was briefly shown, and links to where (UK) viewers can view the Newsround report.
Ubuntu Mobile hands-on review
V3 report on the outcome of various tests they performed on the Ubuntu Mobile OS running on a Google Nexus 4, specifically looking at the interface, apps, multi device functionality, and performance. Their first impressions were positive. Although the interface was different than they had seen before, they found it to be fairly intuitive.
Featured Audio and Video
Jono Bacon Q&A - 11th March 2014
Jono Bacon presents another of his regular Ubuntu on Air! Q&A sessions.
Juju Charm School - 13th March 2014
Jorge Castro presents a Juju Charm School with input from Matt Bruzek, Charles Butler, and Marco Ceppi.
Juju Charm School: Using and Creating Bundles - 14th March 2014
Jorge Castro is joined by Matt Bruzek and Marco Ceppi in a session talking about creating and sharing bundles.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: February 2014
See here for the team report for February 2014: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/February2014
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 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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