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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 303

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 303 for the week February 4 - 10, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • How I've found being a member of Ubuntu Ireland
    • Coming up with another term for Approved LoCo Teams - Discussion
    • New Moderators
    • Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates fully enabled
    • Nicholas Skaggs: PSA: Ubuntu Quality wants you!
    • Ubuntu Classroom: Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up
    • Notification about Notes
    • Ubuntu Smartphone Shipping in October
    • Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February
    • The phone that wants to replace your computer [video]
    • In The Blogosphere
    • 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

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Results from the Developer Membership Board Meeting on January 28th:

    Results for the 2200 Regional Membership Board Meeting, Feb 7th are as follows:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (103562) +223 over last week
    • Critical (81) +/- 0 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (51376) +100 over last week

    As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    How I've found being a member of Ubuntu Ireland

    andru183 from the Ubuntu Ireland LoCo team describes his first experiences with Linux and the Irish LoCo, and encourages those who are interested to contact him to help reboot the LoCo again and hold an Ubuntu hour.

    Coming up with another term for Approved LoCo Teams - Discussion

    Laura Czajkowski encourages discussion on the loco-contacts mailing list of a new name for Approved LoCo teams, suggesting the terms Verified, Evaluated, Reviewed and Sponsored to launch discussion.

    Ubuntu Forums News

    New Moderators

    Silver Fox ( announces the new appointment of 4 moderators at Ubuntu Forums: codemaniac, ikt, varunendra and QIII and thanks them for keeping Ubuntu Forums clean.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates fully enabled

    Ben Howard announces the automated release updates for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, 11.10, 12.04 LTS and 12.10. Within 24 hours of a Kernel SRU Release these images are now fully enabled and indicates of where the release notes will be placed are available.

    The Planet

    Jonathan Carter: Gnome Panel is Alive

    Jonathan Carter writes about his plans to restart the Gnome Panel project and shares his short- and long-term goals for the project.

    Didier Roche: Unity: release early, release often... release daily! (part 5 and conclusion)

    Didier Roche wraps up his series of blogging about the daily release of Unity by composing a FAQ for upstream developers and Ubuntu maintainers and by saying thanks to all the people who made the daily release possible.

    Nicholas Skaggs: PSA: Ubuntu Quality wants you!

    Nicholas Skaggs calls for contributors to help the Quality Assurance Team and encourages everyone to "flood his inbox" with emails from people wanting to do Quality Assurance.

    Kubuntu: KDE Plasma and Applications 4.10 Released

    The Kubuntu team announces the availability of KDE SC 4.10 for Kubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04 and describes the way for Kubuntu 12.04 and 12.10 users to upgrade to KDE SC 4.10 via the Kubuntu Backports PPA.

    Ubuntu Classroom: Explaining the Ubuntu on Air! Collaboration

    Jose Antonio Rey, from the Ubuntu Classroom team, writes an introduction to Ubuntu on Air!, and explains how the Ubuntu on Air! Classroom sessions are held.

    Ubuntu Women: IRC presentation of UbuntuWomen-it summary

    Elizabeth Krumbach, from the Ubuntu Women team, writes about their latest IRC presentation from Flavia Weisghizzi and Silvia Bindelli of the UbuntuWomen-it team. They talked about their initiative to overcome the linguistic and cultural barriers that an English mailing list may represent for non native-English speakers as well as their mentoring programs and a collaboration with a local blog.

    Nicholas Skaggs: Cadence Weeks, Quality, and You!

    Nicholas Skaggs announces the start of QA Cadence Week 6 and encourages new contributors to help. There will be two live sessions held on the 11th and 14th of February to demonstrate the test executions.

    Ubuntu Classroom: Your first ISO test

    Elizabeth Krumbach of the Ubuntu Classroom announces the final session from the Quality Assurance Team: "Your first ISO test" by Howard Chan (smartboyhw). Ubuntu Classroom has posted the available logs in the past QA sessions.

    Ubuntu Classroom: Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up

    Jose Antonio Rey wraps up the Ubuntu User Days with a post linking to logs from the sessions. Attendees could attend variety of sessions, from an "Introduction to Ubuntu" to "How to solve problems - Ask Ubuntu! through Launchpad".

    Canonical News

    Notification about Notes

    The Ubuntu One team announces the discontinuation of syncing Tomboy Notes to U1 and describes the way for users to get back their notes if their notes are deleted after syncing.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu Smartphone Shipping in October

    Michael Hinkins of the Wall Street Journal writes about the new Ubuntu smartphone and writes that although it is attractive for corporate IT users, its challenges will be to overcome the large trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Hinkins also reveals "Mr. Shuttleworth said the new phone operating system will be available in two large geographic markets in October"

    Ubuntu for Galaxy Nexus phones to arrive in February

    Neil McAllister of The Register writes about the availability of Ubuntu phone images on the Galaxy Nexus in February for developers and the advantages of the phone OS.

    The phone that wants to replace your computer [video]

    BBC News's Click interviews Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO, about Ubuntu phone, its features, user experience that it brings, and her view on why Ubuntu phone should be better than other phones.

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu: What They're Doing Right and Wrong

    Matt Hartley of Datamation talks about the things he believes Ubuntu does right and wrong and expresses hope that the Ubuntu team can add some of the needed additions that he proposed, like parental controls and a migration from Windows wizard.

    New Linux distro will target disabled users

    Katherine Noyes of IT World writes about current accessibility offerings in Linux and focuses in on the the Ubuntu-based Sonar Project that developer Jonathan Nadeau describes is: "Not just for blind and low vision people, but for people who struggle with dyslexia and learning disabilities as well as accessibility for people with low motor skills and quadriplegics."

    Unity Notification Area (Systray) Whitelist Is Obsolete [Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Changes]

    Ali Andrei reports that whitelisting in Ubuntu will no longer be available in Ubuntu 13.04. However, the good news is that most apps will now come with AppIndicators which put apps on the notification bar and make the need for whitelists unnecessary. Java and wine apps will have to be "hard-coded" as they might not have AppIndicator support.

    The Inside Story Of Ubuntu's Gesture-Centric Smartphone

    Fast Co. Design interviews Ivo Weevers, Canonical's Head of Design, and Mika Meskanen, Lead Phone UX designer, about the original ideas that formed the gesture-centric Ubuntu Phone User Interface (UX).

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Development Hangout with the Edubuntu team [video]

    Daniel Holbach interviews the Edubuntu team about their involvement in the Ubuntu project, their vision of Edubuntu, and its current state (i.e. what possibilities it offers, which devices will be enabled for it and much more).

    Ubuntu Development Hangout with Sebastien Bacher [video]

    Daniel Holbach interviews Sebastien Bacher about Ubuntu being enabled on mobile devices, his current work on the Ubuntu phone OS project, how it differs from work on the desktop, and much more.

    Ubuntu Audiocast Episode 06 Released!

    "Chuck, Bucky, and Philbare are back to take you on a safari and eat cookies! Catch the fun at UDS in Copenhagen where the real purpose of the event is revealed by the illustrious Jono Bacon. The crew talks about getting people to Mars in a fun way (with Avaneya and Ubuntu), party shenanigans with Michael Hall, Ubuntuism and other 'isms that aren't so human, the insignificance of borders, companies that track your embarrassing search habits (just for giggles of course), circuses, flags, and athletes. Not enough? Well then, how about asking what needs to be changed in Ubuntu? More nachos perhaps?!"

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

    Security Updates

    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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    Additional Ubuntu News

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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!


    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Jasna Bencic
    • Howard Chan
    • John Kim
    • Penelope Stowe
    • And many others

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    Last edited by elizabeth; February 19th, 2013 at 10:49 PM.


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