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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 374


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 374 for the weeks of June 23 - July 6, 2014.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-1 released!
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • People Wanted for OLF/UbuCon Talks
    • Making it easier for LoCos to share news/stories
    • FOSSETCON in Florida - Coming Next September!
    • Adam Stokes: Ubuntu Openstack Installer
    • Ubuntu GNOME: Acting Team Leader & HR Sub-Team
    • Lubuntu: LXQt now has "full" Qt5 support
    • The Fridge: Community Donations Funding Report, Q1 2014
    • Svetlana Belkin: Doc Team Wiki Page Clean Up
    • Ubuntu App Developer Blog: 100,000 App Downloads
    • Ubuntu GNOME: [Guide] Learn About Ubuntu GNOME Community
    • Utopic test writing hackfest
    • Unity8 & Mir update July 1, 2014
    • HP Publishes OpenStack on Ubuntu Reference Architecture
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • 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, 13.10 and 14.04
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-1 released!

    On June 26th Stephane Graber, on behalf of the release team, announces the availability of Ubuntu 14.04 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha one for the following Ubuntu flavors: Kubuntu, Lubuntu Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud. He shares released notes for each flavor and also writes: "While these Alpha 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Utopic Unicorn."

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ne/001102.html

    Articles covering this release include:



    Ubuntu Stats


    Bug Stats

    • Open (110759) +398 over 2 weeks ago
    • Critical (174) +8 over 2 weeks ago
    • Unconfirmed (55262) +328 over 2 weeks ago


    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: saiarcot895 (http://askubuntu.com/users/241580/saiarcot895), krondor (http://askubuntu.com/users/16747/krondor), Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli), hwez (http://askubuntu.com/users/299605/hwez) and muru (http://askubuntu.com/users/158442/muru)

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

    LoCo News

    People Wanted for OLF/UbuCon Talks

    Svetlana Belkin of the Ubuntu Ohio team puts out a call to the LoCo community for talk submissions to the Ohio Linux Fest and the Ubucon that will be co-located with the festival.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lo...ne/006703.html

    Making it easier for LoCos to share news/stories

    Daniel Holbach presents a proposal to make it easier for Lo'Cos to share their news and stories by way of adding functionality to the LoCo Team Portal which will then feed the stories to Planet Ubuntu. In this post he shares the current mini-spec for the plan and asks for help from designers, Django developers and anyone who wishes to get involved.

    https://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2014/06...e-newsstories/

    FOSSETCON in Florida - Coming Next September!

    Jose Antonio Rey shares news that the upcoming FOSSETCON in Orlando, Florida in September will be hosting an Ubucon on "Day 0" of the conference and will have an Ubuntu booth at the main conference where he will be helping to represent Ubuntu.

    http://joseeantonior.wordpress.com/2...ext-september/

    The Planet

    Adam Stokes: Ubuntu Openstack Installer

    Adam Stokes presents the community with yet another option for installing OpenStack, the Ubuntu Openstack Installer available via PPA from the Cloud Installer project in Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/cloud-installer). He gives instructions for how to use this installer, and goes over the basics of what it's doing with Juju to accomplish a single-machine install of OpenStack.

    http://astokes.org/ubuntu-openstack-installer/

    Ubuntu GNOME: Acting Team Leader & HR Sub-Team

    Ali Linx of the Ubuntu GNOME team announces a couple of organizational changes to the team. First that each sub-team in the project will have a leader and acting leader to handle leadership tasks of the main leader is unavailable, and secondly the creation of a Human Resource sub-team focusing on recruitment of volunteers for the project.

    http://ubuntugnome.org/acting-team-leader/

    http://ubuntugnome.org/hr-sub-team/

    Lubuntu: LXQt now has "full" Qt5 support

    The Lubuntu team reposts a blog post from the LXDE blog announcing that the latest source code in our git repository can be compiled with Qt5 which they're working to fix bugs in and notes that Qt4 will still be supported.

    http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2014...5-support.html

    The Fridge: Community Donations Funding Report, Q1 2014

    Michael Hall, on behalf of the Ubuntu Community team at Canonical, shares community funding details from the first quarter of 2014. During this time over $17,000 was distributed to the community for events and equipment related to Ubuntu development and promotion.

    http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2014/07/02/...eport-q1-2014/

    Svetlana Belkin: Doc Team Wiki Page Clean Up

    Svetlana Belkin reports on progress on cleanup of the Ubuntu Documentation Team wiki, writing: "We have cleaned it up by removing some of the unwanted sub-pages, rewrote some of the pages to make it easier for new people to get involved with us, and much more."

    http://ubuntusense.com/2014/07/02/do...page-clean-up/

    Ubuntu App Developer Blog: 100,000 App Downloads

    Michael Hall announces: "It was less than a month that we announced crossing the 10,000 users milestone for Ubuntu phones and tablets, and we've already reached another: 100,000 app downloads!" He goes on to share statistics about the downloads, explains that all these downloads are from folks who have installed Ubuntu themselves (since no consumer version has been released yet) and reminds the community that they're continuing to build the app development community through their Pioneers program.

    http://developer.ubuntu.com/2014/07/...app-downloads/

    Ubuntu GNOME: [Guide] Learn About Ubuntu GNOME Community

    Ali Linx of the Ubuntu GNOME team presents 3 steps for newcomers to follow if they're interested in getting involved with the project and also presents the full Getting Involved Guide.

    http://ubuntugnome.org/learn-about-u...ome-community/


    Other Community News

    Utopic test writing hackfest

    Nicholas Skaggs of the Quality Assurance Team announces an upcoming test writing hackfest coming up on July 15th from 1900-2200 UTC.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ne/005313.html

    Unity8 & Mir update July 1, 2014

    Kevin Gunn shares updates on Unity8 and Mir as of July 1, 2014, including: Unity8 UI updates on scopes and icons, availability in Mir of "visbility" interface, change in unity-system-compositor & powerd display state ownership and input sender in the development version and more.

    https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-phone/msg08816.html

    Canonical News

    HP Publishes OpenStack on Ubuntu Reference Architecture

    John Zannos writes about the recent release of "a technical white paper titled: HP Reference Architecture for OpenStack on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS." He goes on to explain: "This white paper provides the information HP clients need to start planning cloud deployments using OpenStack on Ubuntu with HP servers. For clients who are beginning to experiment with private cloud deployments, this white paper describes the components and steps to get started."

    https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/07/...-architecture/

    Canonical Design Team: Mobile Asia Expo 2014

    Tom Macfarlane of the Canonical Design team shares details of the design principles to the Ubuntu stand at last month's Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. He shares sketches of proposals for layout, the final layout sketches and finally photos from the finished product at the Expo.

    http://design.canonical.com/2014/07/...sia-expo-2014/

    In The Blogosphere

    Mir Display Server Picks Up Some New Features

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on some of the latest features of Mir, including: a client cursor API, support for USB touch screens and a new surface visibility attribute.

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

    Switching to Ubuntu: User Tips

    Matt Hartley of Datamation shares tips for new users looking to switch to Ubuntu. He begins by asking the motivation of the user switching, before diving in to selecting a distribution, preferred applications, and answering common questions such as the malware threat on Ubuntu and encouraging a willingness to learn when switching to a new operating system.

    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...er-tips-1.html

    Canonical Designers Update Ubuntu Linux Website

    Christopher Tozzi shares commentary on the recent "series of subtle but significant upgrades" that have been made on the main Ubuntu website. He highlights the most significant tweaks as the launch of a Chinese version of the site, and a new version of Ubuntu Insights. He wraps up with a peek at future enhancements that are planned, including updates to the web interface for Juju, a new partners website and further development of their Chinese website.

    http://thevarguy.com/ubuntu/062314/c...-linux-website

    Ubuntu's Ties to OpenStack Bring it to IBM's Servers and Beyond

    Sam Dean of OStatic writes about Canonical's recent commitment to provide full support for IBM POWER8 machines on Ubuntu Cloud. He also says looking forward: "Ubuntu's evolution has become ever more tied to cloud computing, and its development cycle is now even tied to the development cycle of OpenStack. Look for OpenStack to play an ever more central role in how Ubuntu is developed over time, and which hardware platforms it is optimized for."

    http://ostatic.com/blog/ubuntus-ties...ers-and-beyond

    Ubuntu MATE Remix Alpha1

    The Ubuntu MATE Remix community has announced an Alpha1 build of their new MATE remix based on the upcoming Ubuntu 14.10 release. They share known issues and encourage testers to report new bugs to the bug tracker on Launchpad.

    http://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate-remix-alpha1/

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine: Some new Special Editions

    Full Circle Magazine shares the availability of some special editions of their magazine, including an issue focused on Blender which collects all 10 Blender articles and volumes seven through nine of their Programming in Python articles.

    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2014/0...cial-editions/

    Full Circle #86 is unleashed upon an unsuspecting world.

    Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our eighty-sixth issue.

    This month:
    • Command & Conquer
    • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and GRUB2.
    • Graphics : Blender and Inkscape.
    • Review: Toshiba SSD
    • Security and Q&A
    • CryptoCurrency: Compiling an Alt-Coin Wallet
    • NEW! - Arduino


    plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ubuntu Games, and another competition to win Humble Bundles!

    Get it while it's hot!
    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-86/

    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2014/0...pecting-world/

    Other Articles of Interest



    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E13 - The One with the Evil Orthodontist

    Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are in Studio L for Season Seven, Episode Thirteen of the Ubuntu Podcast!


    In this week's show:

    • We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
    • Amazon announced their first smartphone
    • Microsoft caught 'astroturfing'
    • Can't fork with TrueCrypt
    • Opera 24 released
    • We have some gaming news from Tony
    • We also take a look at what's been happening in the community
    • And more!


    http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2014/06...-orthodontist/

    Ubuntu Engineering Live! webcast

    Oliver Ries provides a status update on Mir & Unity8 integration,
    including the new Mir 0.3.0, Unity 8 CD images for testing, and Gtk
    support on Mir.

    Oliver Ries also gives an update on the Unity APIs, new Go bindings for writing scopes, the ability to purchase apps and content from scopes, a new transfer indicator to track downloads and more.

    Michal Sawicz provides an update on the development of Unity 8 itself, highlights several Dash improvements, a power-off dialog and migration to Qt 5.3

    Martin Albisetti provides an update on the Click store, upcoming ability to publish additional Scopes in the store, Click package signing, and hints at an upcoming public web front-end to the store.

    Alan Pope provides an update on the Core Apps development, plans to switch Reminders to use the live Evernote servers, Music app updates to the latest media-scanner service, Calendar UI fixes and new features, and announcing the next round of Hack Days

    Michael Hall provides an update from the Community team with a review of the Ubuntu Online Summit, planned improvements to the LoCo Team Portal, a new App Developer training program and announced passing 10,000 users of the phone app store.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x22r-Oexqxg

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E14 - The One with the Tea Leaves

    We're back with Season Seven, Episode Fourteen of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating Foxes Ginger Crunch Creams biscuits in Studio L.

    In this week's show:
    • We discuss Miracast, Chromecast, the MiracleCast project for Linux, and more
    • The UUPC Big Clock (by @sil)
    • The Awesome New Phone
    • Working on Ubuntu MATE Remix...
    • Attending TYPO3 Developer Days...
    • And more!


    http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2014/07...he-tea-leaves/

    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, 13.10 and 14.04

    Security Updates



    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 13.10 Updates



    End of Life - July 2014

    Ubuntu 14.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2019

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    • Jose Antonio Rey
    • And many others


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