Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 329
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 329 for the week August 5 - 11, 2013.
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In This Issue
- Announcing the 2013 Ubuntu App Showdown Contest!
- Ubuntu Edge backed by Bloomberg and price reduction to $695
- Ubuntu Stats
- Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: UbuCon Announcement
- Ubuntu forums now exclusively using Ubuntu One SSO accounts to login
- James Hunt: Counting down to Ubuntu and Debian releases with distro-info
- Michael Hall: Getting through the Trough and closer to the Edge, Together
- Canonical Design Team: Calendar App Visuals
- Pasi Lallinaho: Don't panic: the state of Xubuntu and Mir
- Jhosman Lizarazo: What if the goal is not reached #UbuntuEdge?
- Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot best practices
- Brian Murray: Phasing of Stable Release Updates
- Randall Ross: Ubuntu's Gets Two More "P's": Lucky 7!
- Rick Spencer: The Big Rocks of August
- Daniel Holbach: Want to try Ubuntu Touch on your phone? We're almost there!
- Daniel Holbach: Surprising stats
- XMir news!
- UbuntuKylin steals the show at OCOW Summit
- In The Press
- In The Blogosphere
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Announcing the 2013 Ubuntu App Showdown Contest!
Michael Hall announces the second Ubuntu App Showdown and writes: "Contestants will have six weeks to build and publish their apps using the new Ubuntu SDK and Ubuntu Touch platform. Both original apps and ported apps, native and HTML 5, will qualify for this competition.
The winners of this contest will each receive an LG Nexus 4 phone running Ubuntu Touch with their application pre-installed."
More at http://developer.ubuntu.com/showdown/
Ubuntu Edge backed by Bloomberg and price reduction to $695
News from the Ubuntu Edge campaign continues to pour in! This week, we learned that Bloomberg became the first company to come in at the $80,000 pledge level and more.
For more articles reporting on these announcements, see In the Press and Blogosphere below.
- Open (105495) +36 over last week
- Critical (84) +3 over last week
- Unconfirmed (51608) +94 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
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==== Top Voted New Questions ====
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: fossfreedom (http://askubuntu.com/users/14356/fossfreedom), Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli), mniess (http://askubuntu.com/users/1736/mniess), Braiam (http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam) and Mitch (http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: UbuCon Announcement
Featured here is the audio file from the announcement of the UbuCon event at Ohio Linux Fest 2013.
Ubuntu Forums News
Ubuntu forums now exclusively using Ubuntu One SSO accounts to login
Coffeecat announces the new Ubuntu Forums login policy which will use Ubuntu One single sign-on for added security during authenticating. Changes occurring as a result of the new policy are explained as well as what forum users should note going forward.
James Hunt: Counting down to Ubuntu and Debian releases with distro-info
James Hunt talks about the "distro-info" tool written by Benjamin Drung that allows users to track the time between Ubuntu and Debian releases. He also explains how it can be utilized to inform the user of updates to their version of Ubuntu.
Michael Hall: Getting through the Trough and closer to the Edge, Together
Michael Hall discusses the Ubuntu Edge and how the Kickstarter project can still rise to become a success, breaking more records as it has since the beginning. He asks the community for their input and opinions on how to bring in more contributions before the deadline.
Canonical Design Team: Calendar App Visuals
Lina Pio of the Canonical Design Team talks about the work going into the Ubuntu Calendar app by describing the features and goals of its design. She reminds the community to keep watching as they unveil more information about the project as well as design aspects of the platform.
Pasi Lallinaho: Don't panic: the state of Xubuntu and Mir
Pasi Lallinaho discusses the uncertain state of the use of Mir in Xubuntu and where the community currently stands. Lallinaho explains that the final decision on using Mir is yet to be made, and he encourages interested users to watch the community for more information.
Jhosman Lizarazo: What if the goal is not reached #UbuntuEdge?
Jhosman Lizarazo talks about the Ubuntu Edge and how it stacks up to other smartphones that can be purchased immediately. He points out that the functionality of the Edge outweighs any other current smartphone. He offers solutions that would help the project to finish as a success.
Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot best practices
Nicholas Skaggs tells us that he has been writing autopilot tests for about nine months and says "along the way I've learned or been taught some of the things that are important to remember." Nicholas lists seven best practices and advises that if they are adopted, test cases are more reliable, easier to read, and will consistently run without a hitch.
Brian Murray: Phasing of Stable Release Updates
Brian Murray writes that for some time he's wanted to gradually roll out updates to expanding subsets of Ubuntu users so that regressions can be monitored and the update process stopped if issues any are found. Brian tells us that users of Ubuntu 13.04 who install updates with update-manager are automatically participating in this process. He describes how the Phased Update process works and how the Ubuntu Error Tracker has been modified to help determine if there are any regressions.
Randall Ross: Ubuntu's Gets Two More "P's": Lucky 7!
Randall Ross reminds us that he earlier introduced us to the Five "P's" of Ubuntu. After a lively quiz that he hosted at Ubuntu Vancouver's "Cup of Ubuntu" event, he learned that there are actually two more P's that he hadn't thought of and lists Ubuntu's Seven P's.
Rick Spencer: The Big Rocks of August
Rick Spencer writes about five "big rocks", Image based upgrades, Indicators, Click, Application lifecycle and Unity 8/Mir, all of which are required to be completed by the end of August. Rick talks about each of them in turn and concludes, "After August, Ubuntu Touch will have made a dramatic step forward, really becoming the architecture that it is meant to be. I can't wait!"
Daniel Holbach: Want to try Ubuntu Touch on your phone? We're almost there!
Daniel Holbach writes that Sergio Schvezov has restructured phablet-tools to more easily support community ports of Ubuntu Touch and that the following community ports have been added: HTC Desire Z, Samsung Galaxy S2, Huawei Ascend P1. Daniel advises that more devices are on the way and provides instructions on how to flash the various devices.
Daniel Holbach: Surprising stats
Daniel Holbach looks at the level of completion of translations of the packaging guide (or Ubuntu Development Guide) and provides a breakdown of completion and unreviewed translations by language. Daniel thanks all the translators for their hard work and points experienced team members to the languages that have unreviewed strings that need reviewing.
Other Community News
Kevin Gunn writes that Xmir has landed in the default repository for Saucy Salamander and that the final components needed for turning on XMir is the unity-system-compositor (u-s-c). Kevin looks at the next steps for u-s-c to become the default in Ubuntu 13.10, tells us what features have been enabled, and what features are still being worked on.
UbuntuKylin steals the show at OCOW Summit
John Melamut writes that UbuntuKylin was awarded the Number 1 China Open Source Project for the year at the eighth Open Source China - Open Source World Summit in June and adds that Mark Shuttleworth delivered a keynote to introduce Ubuntu and Ubuntu Touch to attendees.
In The Press
In Pictures: Ubuntu Touch starts getting real
Galen Grumen of ARN writes that latest beta of Ubuntu Touch shows the outlines of a possible winner. Galen provides a slide show of the various screens and concludes, "It's well thought out, nicely designed, and should appeal to users for whom iPhone and Android devices are overkill, where apps are not that important, but lightweight services are."
Why the Ubuntu Edge is a success, even if it never exists
Nick Statt of CNET writes that Ubuntu Edge may fail to meet its record crowdfunding goal of $32 million as the Edge has seen its support slow to a trickle and that if it does fail, Mark Shuttleworth and the Canonical team will still have plenty of work as Mark Shuttleworth wants the community he's created to be a part of what he sees as the next big mobile jump.
Ubuntu Edge Smartphone Unlikely To Enter Production
Leo Xavier of Mobile Mag writes that when Canonical's Ubuntu Edge 'super-phone' had a flying start raising around $3,250,000 within a day after the project was launched people thought that the 30 day limit to achieve their funding goal of $32,000,000 was more than enough. He compares the specifications of Ubuntu Edge, Apple iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 and asks his readers if they are going to back the Ubuntu Edge campaign, or if they feel that too much is being asked for the hardware.
Crowdfunded Ubuntu Phone Will Be A Big Success, Even If It Never Happens
Sharif Sakr of Forbes writes that Ubuntu Edge will pay off for both Shuttleworth and Bloomberg, regardless of whether it eventually gets the green light and concludes, "Shuttleworth may be disheartened if the Indiegogo campaign misses its target when it is forced to shut down in two weeks' time, but logic suggests he should shrug it off and look at the upside."
In The Blogosphere
Initial in-progress XMir support landed in Ubuntu 13.10
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that Ubuntu 13.10's latest regular updates include the first upload of Xmir and adds that the "exciting upload of the XMir patch announces an upcoming shift to Mir/XMir in the near future, thus enabling one of the most important pieces of the next-generation Ubuntu."
Xubuntu 13.10 XMir ISO available for testing
Andrew of !WebUpd8 writes that the Xubuntu team hasn't decided yet if they will switch to XMir or continue with X.org for the 13.10 release and says that before making the decision, it needs to be properly tested. Andrew provides a link to where an Xubuntu ISO running on Mir & XMir has been made available for download.
You may also want to check out the specs posted by Phoronix on this initial ISO: "The Performance Penalty Of Xfce/Xubuntu On XMir" http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTQyOTY
Solar-Powered Laptop Publishes Specs, Will Be Submersible
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the Sol specifications have now been published and advises that there will be two configurations, one will be 'submersible' under water. Joey lists the specifications and starting prices of each version.
Core Apps' Weather App updated with new features
razvi of iloveubuntu writes that the Weather App has been updated, adding numerous forecast data, implemented into an interesting handy flipped component. razvi also gives the terminal commands to install the application from an official PPA.
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 125
"In this week's episode a Call To Arms is issued relative to testing the extra special Xubuntu Xmir live ISO image in non-virtualized environments as further discussed here. The Xubuntu team is facing a decision-making deadline of August 22nd as to what they're going to do relative to XMir. Also mentioned is the not-insignificant matter that UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest 2013 shall be proceeding as we have secured enough speakers."
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E24 - Glengarry Glen Ubuntu
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A with carrot cake, tea, and an interview in the twenty-fourth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week's show:
- An interview with Jon Spriggs and Jack Wearden who develop CampFireManager which is used for talk scheduling at OggCamp.
- Sharing some Command Line Lurve: fc (via @Jack_Franklin)
- A chat about gerbils, switching to giffgaff, getting BT Infinity, and climbing a hill in Malawi for charity.
- And of course, marvelous feedback, including getting 10/10 and a nice write-up in a comparison of Linux podcasts by Linux Links.
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Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
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Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
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End of Life - April 2014
Ubuntu 13.04 Updates
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