Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 380
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 380 for the week August 18 - 24, 2014.
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In This Issue
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- Ohio Team Wiki Team Wiki Update/Clean Up
- Free Official Ubuntu Books for Local Teams
- How to run a Global Jam event
- The power of community charming
- Archive-triggered Cloud Image Builds
- The Fridge: Interview with Svetlana Belkin
- Ubuntu Women: Calling For Testers for Orientation Quiz
- Jorge Castro: The Ubuntu Steam box, one year later
- Dustin Kirkland: Call for Testing: Docker 1.0.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty)
- Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest
- Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 has been released
- Canonical News
- VMware Hybrid Now Available In Ubuntu Flavors
- In The Blogosphere
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Welcome New Members and Developers
Results from Membership requests taken to email following the 7 August Ubuntu Membership Board meeting:
Results from the 1200 UTC August 20, 2014 Membership Board Meeting are as follows:
- Open (113093) +217 over last week
- Critical (219) -3 over last week
- Unconfirmed (56531) +112 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: yuvi (http://askubuntu.com/users/134047/yuvi), muru (http://askubuntu.com/users/158442/muru), Pandya (http://askubuntu.com/users/256099/pandya), Eliah Kagan (http://askubuntu.com/users/22949/eliah-kagan) and UberSteve (http://askubuntu.com/users/154144/ubersteve)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ohio Team Wiki Team Wiki Update/Clean Up
Svetlana Belkin documents some of the recent work the Ohio LoCo team has put in to clean up the new wiki, including removal of unused pages and merging of similar pages.
Free Official Ubuntu Books for Local Teams
Jorge Castro announces an offer for verified LoCo teams from Prentice Hall: each is entitled to a copy of the recently published 8th edition of The Official Ubuntu Book. He gives instructions for LoCo contacts to follow in order to organize shipment of the book.
How to run a Global Jam event
Daniel Holbach announces a couple hangouts for teams who have questions about running Ubuntu Global Jam events coming up on Wednesday August 27th. The two hangouts are going to be at:
- 10 UTC (Alan Pope and Daniel Holbach)
- 19 UTC (Michael Hall and Nicholas Skaggs)
Daniel also writes "It's a lot more fun if we have folks from LoCo teams on the hangout, so if you organised jam-like events in the past in your LoCo, let us know and we'll do the event together.
If you're new to everything to do with jams, you might as well already have a look at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam - we're gearing up for the next Ubuntu Global Jam (12-14 September)."
Ubuntu Cloud News
The power of community charming
Charles Butler explains the difference between what a recommended charm is vs a charm that lives in a personal namespace in the Juju Charm Store. He goes on to give advice as to which is the right choice for developers and how to find more help.
Archive-triggered Cloud Image Builds
Ben Howard announces archive-triggered (rather than time-based) Ubuntu Cloud image builds in an effort to build images when they are needed, like in the midst the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, and not waste resources when a build is unnecessary. Ben writes: "Now, instead of building every day at 00:30 UTC, the build starts when the archive has been updated and the packages in the prior cloud image build is older than the archive version."
The Fridge: Interview with Svetlana Belkin
Elizabeth K. Joseph interviews Svetlana Belkin for issue 87 of Full Circle Magazine. They discuss her work in the Ubuntu community, challenges newcomers need to overcome when joining and improvements the project can make to encourage more contributors.
Ubuntu Women: Calling For Testers for Orientation Quiz
Svetlana Belkin puts a call out to the community for testers of a newcomer Orientation quiz written by the Ubuntu Italy team and adopted by the Ubuntu Women project for use by the global community. A demo site has been deployed and source code is available upon request.
Jorge Castro: The Ubuntu Steam box, one year later
Jorge Castro writes about the past year with his Ubuntu-based steam box, offering a summary of what has changed since he first created his box in the hope that it will help others who are building "next gen" consoles. Jorge covers hardware and software selection, installation, streaming and more.
Dustin Kirkland: Call for Testing: Docker 1.0.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty)
Dustin Kirkland puts out a call for testing of Docker 1.0.1, which has landed in the trusty-proposed archive. To aid testing, he provides instructions users can use to either install or upgrade their version of Docker and how to run a simple shell.
Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest
Frank Booth announces the Lubuntu community wallpaper contest for the upcoming 14.10 release. Submissions are being collected via Flickr, are limited to one per person and close on September 4th.
Other Community News
Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 has been released
Kevin Godby announces the availability of the free "Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04" book published by the Ubuntu Manual Team. Kevin writes: "You can download a copy of the new manual from our website at http://ubuntu-manual.org/ or purchase a printed copy."
Ubuntu OpenStack -- the natural choice for telcos and service providers
Canonical shares results from the OpenStack Foundation survey this year showing that 55% of OpenStack clouds run by those polled are running Ubuntu. The article goes on to cite several reasons to use Ubuntu for OpenStack, including an "Extensive portfolio of tools to make hardware provisioning, service deployment and orchestration, and cloud operation management quick, easy, and hassle-free."
Juju plays in the big leagues at Linux Foundation survey
Sally Radwan discusses results from a recent Linux.com poll and writes: "In a survey of more than 550 respondents conducted by linux.com and The New Stack, Juju came in forth in the "provisioning and management tools" category, edging out well-established competitors like Chef and Vagrant."
Ubuntu now available on VMware vCloud Air
On August 21st Canonical and VMWare announcemed that "certified Ubuntu LTS images are available on VMware vCloud(r) Air, an enterprise-grade cloud platform offering customers performance, reliability, and security for their cloud infrastructures." The article goes on to discuss benefits for existing customers and also notes that some configurations allow a company "to use its existing VMware ESXi hypervisors as a foundation for running OpenStack."
In The Press
VMware Hybrid Now Available In Ubuntu Flavors
Ben Kepes of Forbes reports on the recent news that Canonical and VMware are officially certifying Ubuntu on VMWare's vCloud Air (formerly vCHS). He writes: "This announcement is good for VMware (another bunch of customers they can target) and it's good for Canonical (they get to stamp "Ubuntu Inside" on another enterprise cloud product). But most of all it's good for those organizations that already run applications on top of Ubuntu."
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu MATE Remix Seeks Official Spin Status
Joey Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the latest news from the Ubuntu MATE Remix team regarding their efforts to become an official flavor, writing "In an update, Martin Wimpress says that the Ubuntu Technical Board is in 'support of Ubuntu MATE' and that a few 'formalities' are left outstanding before the request for official endorsement can proceed."
The Linux desktop-a-week review: Ubuntu Unity
Bryan Lunduke of Network World does a review of Unity. In the beginning of the article he acknowledges his discomfort and dislike for Unity and does a deep dive into some of the features and issues he has with it. While he concludes that it "could be much better" he also writes "I actually didn't find anything in Unity that would prevent me from enjoyably using my Linux-powered PC. It worked, and it has been quite reliable. In fact, if Unity were the only Desktop Environment available for Linux... I would use it quite happily."
Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares comments from a Munich city council spokesman who has "attempted to clarify the reasons behind its plan to re-examine the role of open-source software in local government IT systems" and concludes that it's too early to say whether a switch away from Linux is likely for Munich.
A look at Google's internal desktop OS: Goobuntu
Jan Willem Aldershoff of Myce writes about Goobuntu, an operating system that is combination of security enhancements and Google's own applications and their "other" OS of choice. The OS is based on the LTS versions of Ubuntu and is used by 20,000 of Google Employees. The article also explains a few of the OS's 'secret' features.
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E20 - The One with All the Cheesecakes
We're back with Season Seven, Episode Twenty of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating the Co-op's Red Velvet cake in Studio L.
In this week's show:
- We discuss whether Google are eating our lunch? Not literally. At least, I hope not...
- We also discuss:
- Programming a Logitech Harmony universal remote on Ubuntu (Spoiler: it's easy)...
- Going on holiday and buying a secondhand laptop...
- Buying a solar panel...
- We share some Command Line Lurve that tells you the day of the week (modified from @climagic):
- And we read your feedback. Thanks for sending it in!
Community Team Q&A August 19th
The Ubuntu Community Team hosts another round of updates and Q&A. In this episode they had Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph joining them to talk about the work going on in the Xubuntu project and more.
Ubuntu Engineering Live! August 20th
Ubuntu Engineering teams provide updates on the development of Ubuntu 14.10 and the work currently going in to making Ubuntu phone ready for RTM.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E21 - The One with the Rumour
Laura Cowen, Alan Pope, and Mark Johnson are in Studio L for Season Seven, Episode Twenty-One of the Ubuntu Podcast!
In this week's show:
- We take a look at what's been happening in the news
- As Tony is away, there's no gaming news this week.
- We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
- Ubuntu Global Jam - Friday, 12 September 2014 17:00 to Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:00 UTC
- Prentice Hall are giving away copies of the Official Ubuntu Book...
- Ubuntu Online Summit - 12th to 14th November
- And there's an event called OggCamp
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 and 14.04
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2019
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