Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 301
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 301 for the week January 21 - 27, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Ubuntu Developer Week is back
- Ubuntu Stats
- Romero, the Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team's game server
- January Business Meeting for Ubuntu Ohio
- Parcel in the post: Stickers!
- Juju GUI now easily deployable in the Charm Store
- Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates publication
- Lubuntu Blog: 13.04 wallpaper contest
- Scott Lavender: Lunchtime Thoughts on Ubuntu Studio Team Structure
- Didier Roche: Unity: release early, release often... release daily! (parts 1-4)
- Michael Terry: Software Updater Changes in Ubuntu 13.04
- Jono Bacon: Community Driven Ubuntu Phone Core Apps
- Martin Owens: Give Jono a Break, Grow the Community
- Nicholas Skaggs: Introspecting with Autopilot
- Victor Tuson Palau: [Ubuntu QML] ToDo Android vs Ubuntu
- Ubuntu helped set the stage for today's inauguration
- Ubuntu considers "huge" change that would end traditional release cycle
- Ubuntu CEO: two-year releases are only "an idea"
- The Engadget Interview: Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products
- 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 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu Developer Week is back
Daniel Holbach announces Ubuntu Developer Week, which will be held from 29th to 31st of January 2013. Holbach writes that, in the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week, attendees can expect "sessions from hands-on introduction, packaging and Ubuntu development to talks about how to quickly get involved in certain teams and interact with other projects and much much more."
- Open (103191) +113 over last week
- Critical (83) -3 over last week
- Unconfirmed (51142) +101 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top Idea this week
Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Romero, the Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team's game server
Julian Fernandes of Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo announces the release of their first Ubuntu gaming server called Romero. For now only one game is available on their server, which is Valve's "Killing Floor." Later on more games will be available to play. Besides the announcement, Fernandes also gives instructions on how to connect to the server.
January Business Meeting for Ubuntu Ohio
Stephen Michael Kellat of Ubuntu Ohio LoCo reports details of the meeting, which was held on January 23rd 2013 where they covered some of the online resources the team currently has. Logs from the meeting are available on the following link: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OhioTeam/IRC20130123
Parcel in the post: Stickers!
Maia Grotepass informs us about the Ubuntu stickers she ordered for Ubuntu-za by showing a lovely photo of them, and encourages everybody else from the Ubuntu-za LoCo to contact her to order them for a small fee.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju GUI now easily deployable in the Charm Store
Jorge Castro shares details about the availability of the Juju GUI from the charm store, saying it's now easy to "deploy GUI into an existing Juju development." Detailed instructions are available on the following link: http://jujucharms.com/charms/precise/juju-gui
Along with announcement Castro also provides us with some screenshots of Juju-GUI in action.
Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates publication
Ben Howard unveils details about the Ubuntu cloud images, covering their ad-hoc release in the past and automated release in the near future for Ubuntu server 10.04 LTS, 11.10, 12.04 LTS and 12.10. "This means that approximately every three to four weeks, a new, freshened image will be released. The release cadence will follow the kernel SRU process." Any concerns related to this release change can be reported either to Howard's blog post or directly to his mail.
Lubuntu Blog: 13.04 wallpaper contest
Alexander Andjelkovic of the Lubuntu Artwork team announces the start of the Lubuntu 13.04 wallpaper contest, and asks submissions to be made through Flickr.
Scott Lavender: Lunchtime Thoughts on Ubuntu Studio Team Structure
Scott Lavender writes about his ideas of a new team structure and positions of the Ubuntu Studio Team. For example, including subteams in the structure, following other flavors' structures closer so they can use and improve them, etc.
Didier Roche: Unity: release early, release often... release daily! (parts 1-4)
Didier Roche of the Unity team describes the new process to release Unity daily in the archive, and talks about the life of a merge request, stacks, personal package archive builds, and integration tests to publish a daily package of Unity. He discusses the advantages and disadvantages of this change, and explains in detail what will be done, as well as how will it be done. He also states some guidelines for merge proposals, and says how can you contribute to making this project successful.
Michael Terry: Software Updater Changes in Ubuntu 13.04
Michael Terry writes about the new Software Updater changes implemented on releases coming to Ubuntu 13.04, including grouping items into Backup and Ubuntu base sections and improvements to both categories.
Jono Bacon: Community Driven Ubuntu Phone Core Apps
Jono Bacon writes that, after a response from over 1,500 developers willing to help with creating the core apps for the Ubuntu Phone, the community was invited to help contribute design ideas for the apps. Balsamiq, an online mock-up tool, has provided a site where designs can be saved and commented on. Additionally, Jono Bacon notes that there will be other opportunities in the future to contribute, including icon design, QA, and testing.
Martin Owens: Give Jono a Break, Grow the Community
Martin Owens writes about the immense amount of work that the Canonical Community Team does for Ubuntu, but that even with long days, the team is unable to meet all needs of the Ubuntu community. Instead of having the Canonical Community Team as the perceived "center" of the Ubuntu Community, he proposes that the community seek to "find an identity for Ubuntu which lies outside of Canonical."
Nicholas Skaggs: Introspecting with Autopilot
Nicholas Skaggs introduces how "introspection" can be used to perform some more complicated automated test cases, and explains what this means for testing with Autopilot with a visual example using "autopilot vis" - the Autopilot visualization tool.
Victor Tuson Palau: [Ubuntu QML] ToDo Android vs Ubuntu
Victor Tuson Palau writes about his experiences writing apps for mobile platforms and compares mobile development platforms and their tools including: Android vs Ubuntu phone, QML vs Dalvik Java, Eclipse vs QtCreator and documentation. Palau's code is available at his launchpad repository https://code.launchpad.net/~vtuson/+junk/simpletodo_qml.
Ubuntu helped set the stage for today's inauguration
The Obama campaign relied heavily on Ubuntu during the 2012 US Presidential race. Harper Reed, CTO for the Obama campaign, spoke with Canonical about the challenges they faced, and how the team implemented solutions during last year's campaign.
In The Press
Ubuntu considers "huge" change that would end traditional release cycle
Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica reports that Canonical is considering switching from the traditional release cycle to a rolling release, where a major version is released every two years, with updates rolled out in between. Reasons for the switch include being able to stay current with security updates and software fixes, as well as giving developers more time and fewer restrictions to deliver features.
Ubuntu CEO: two-year releases are only "an idea"
Canonical's CEO Jane Silber told PC Pro that the move to a rolling release is at "very, very early stage discussions." She notes that she doesn't know how likely a decision to switch to the new release cycle is, stating, "it's an idea at this point, and I think the decision merits discussion."
The Engadget Interview: Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products
Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products, sat down with Engadget and answered their questions about the upcoming Ubuntu Phone. Topics discussed in the interview include: how Ubuntu Phone compares to Ubuntu on the desktop, compatibility with Android existing apps, competition, Ubuntu for Android, and what the future holds for Ubuntu in two years' time.
In The Blogosphere
New Icons, Window Snap Animation Land in Unity
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! gives us a sneak peak of some of Unity's new features:
- New icons - new effects on Ubuntu button on Launcher
Along with description and screenshots Sneddon also provides us with short demonstration video that shows changes in Ubuntu 13.04.
Baidu Music Search Available for Ubuntu 13.04
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! informs that "search support for China's largest music download site, Baidu Music, has been been added to Ubuntu 13.04 and is likely to ship as default in the Chinese version of Ubuntu."
Head-to-Head Desktop Comparison: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. OS X Mountain Lion
Matt Hartley of Datamation gives us a thorough comparison of Ubuntu 12.10 and OS X which includes: installation of an operating system, operating system first impression and software and pre-installed hardware choices. Hartley concludes: "Which operating system is the best? My advice is to read everything above carefully and determine what's important to you. Speaking for myself, Ubuntu (and other Linux distros) will continue to be where my time is spent. They offer me the experience that best meets my needs. Your own experiences may vary."
The first game for Ubuntu phone OS, Dropping Letters, sees new features and desktop-enabled state
razvi of iloveubuntu gives us a detailed preview of the Ubuntu phone game "Dropping letters" including description and video. Code of the game is available on the following link
Ubuntu Ask Community to Help Create New App Icon
Joey-Elijah Sneddon informs us that Ubuntu's design team is looking for community members to join in with ideas how to change new Ubuntu's software updater icon. According to Ubuntu's Matthew Paul Thomas Ubuntu's current software updater app design has nothing to do with Ubuntu. Community can send their ideas to Ubuntu art mailing list.
Ubuntu TV starts new exciting road closely related to Ubuntu for phones
Razvi of iloveubuntu informs us about the progress of Ubuntu TV project. Razvi states: "It seems that the official Ubuntu TV project has started a serious work on improving its contained software, publicly announcing a call for public testing for Ubuntu TV."
In Other News
Love Ubuntu, but looking for something faster? Read on!
Brian Lunduke of Network World shares his thoughts around Ubuntu and Lubuntu which he described as "what Ubuntu used to be only with new packages."
The Top 50 Proprietary Programs that Drive You Crazy -- and Their Open Source Alternatives
Jimmy of WHdb brings us a detailed list of his "top 50" proprietary tools and their alternatives. His list begins with Windows and Ubuntu, some of the other tools are: Mindjet and FreeMind, OpenOffice and Microsoft Office, MathWorks Matlab and Scilab.
Full Circle Magazine #69 is OUT!
- How-To : Programming in Python, LibreOffice, and Ubuntu Gnome 2 Style.
- Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
Plus: Q&A, Command & Conquer, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and so much more!
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Development with Leann Ogasawara [video]
Daniel Holbach brings us an interview with Leann Ogasawara Canonical's Kernel Team Manager where she tells about her experience in kernel world, how she started, her current role and much much more.
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle 98
Stephen Michael Kellat talks about Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Debian Wheezy, Ubuntu Ohio LoCo meeting, education session and much much more.
Ubuntu Audiocast - Episode 05
"Chuck, Bucky, and Philbare talk about people who think Ubuntu is a product, some new kernel features that you might not have known about, why scooters in Korea are slow, why people line up for things that are really mediocre, a hate hotline for Unity, and why marketing people should be ashamed. They discuss Ubuntu more than that of course, but not enough to make you think that this is yet another show about software. Enjoy the show."
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2013
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2014
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