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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 333

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 333 for the week September 2 - 8, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Beta 1 Released!
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu LoCo Council: Get Your LoCo Moving - Global Jam is Coming!
    • Launchpad News: Launchpad build farm improvements
    • Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Survey 2013 Results: Part 1
    • Daniel Holbach: It's all coming together
    • Kubuntu: Kubuntu Commercial Support Now Available
    • Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Documentation Needs You!
    • Stephane Graber: System images now the recommended way to deploy and update Ubuntu Touch
    • Jonathan Riddell: Come to the Kubuntu Bug Squashing Party in Munich!
    • Mathieu Trudel: Implementing MTP on Ubuntu Touch
    • Canonical - Dell launching Ubuntu in China in 1,000+ stores
    • Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked
    • In The Blogosphere
    • KDE Release Structure Evolves
    • Will Linux beat out Microsoft Windows 8?
    • 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

    13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Beta 1 Released!

    Kate Stewart announces the release of Saucy Salamander Beta 1, which will in time become the 13.10 release. Kate lists the participating flavors, links to the site where the images can be downloaded and points out "the Ubuntu products themselves will not have a Beta 1 release. Their first milestone release will be the beta release on the 26th of September 2013."

    The Beta 1 release has been covered in blogs and news articles, the following is a sampling selected by our editors:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (106566) +512 over last week
    • Critical (98) +7 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (52212) +245 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

    ==== Most Active Questions ====

    ==== Top Voted New Questions ====

    People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Radu Radeanu (, Mitch (, mojo706 (, Alaa ( and Saurav Kumar (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Ubuntu LoCo Council: Get Your LoCo Moving - Global Jam is Coming!

    Pablo Rubianes writes that the next Ubuntu Global Jam will be happening September 13th-15th. The global jam is a "great way to meet other Ubuntu fans and contributors, contribute to the upcoming 13.04 release, and generally have a good time." Everyone is welcome to attend, and all LoCos are encouraged to organize an event.

    Ubuntu Global Jam - Call for Events!

    Randall Ross has put out a call for events for the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam. Several events have already been registered, but more are hoped for. A guide and video are available to show how to easily organize a great event.

    You cannot organizate an UGJ if you're not part of a LoCo team

    chilicuil writes that the Ubuntu Global Jam is an "incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around a weekend generally one month before the release of Ubuntu" and adds "you can look at the current list and assist to one near from you, or just hangout with your local friends. Ubuntu is a state of mind!"

    Ubuntu LoCo Council: Updating Shippit to the New Term

    Sergio Meneses advises "In this moment we are working to update the new term -verified- and this change brings some troubles." Sergio
    says that CDs can't be ordered at the moment and that another post will advise when the problem is fixed.

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad News: Launchpad build farm improvements

    Colin Watson writes that a number of improvements have been made to the Launchpad build farm in the last month, with the aim of improving its performance and robustness. Colin explains that this sort of work is usually invisible to users except when something goes wrong so describes the work that has been done and further work that is planned.

    The Planet

    Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Survey 2013 Results: Part 1

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph thanks everyone who contributed to the survey and provides some charts to display the results of the 110 responses. Elizabeth advises that discussion about the results will take place on the Ubuntu Women mailing list and at upcoming Ubuntu Women Meetings.

    Daniel Holbach: It's all coming together

    Daniel Holbach shares his thanks and praise for all the teams involved in making the opening of the Ubuntu Touch software store happen. Daniel also takes a quick look at some of the new features expected to arrive in the next few weeks.

    Kubuntu: Kubuntu Commercial Support Now Available

    Jonathan Riddell writes that the Kubuntu Community has announced the availability of competitively priced professional support for Kubuntu and that help will be given over telephone, e-mail, Skype, remote desktop login etc. Jonathan advises that Emerge Open, a not-for-profit company whose mission is to provide sustainable funding for Open Source Communities, is the commercial partner of the Kubuntu Council and that all profits made by Emerge Open through the provision of Kubuntu support will be contributed directly to the Kubuntu community. and

    Alan Pope: Fun with Btrfs on Ubuntu

    Alan Pope details his experience using Btrfs on Ubuntu running on an HP Microserver. Btrfs-specific features like being able to grow/shrink the filesystem and RAID support were important for his use in the media server. Alan reports that it was easy to set up, simple to expand the filesystem, and equally easy to drop a disk out even while it was online. He adds that he loves Btrfs.

    Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Documentation Needs You!

    Benjamin Kerensa writes about a problem the Ubuntu Documentation Team needs community help with before the upcoming documentation freeze. The script used in the past to capture new screenshots is broken due to changes in Ubuntu. Benjamin says that the team members don't have time to fix it and asks for help to patch the script.

    Stephane Graber: System images now the recommended way to deploy and update Ubuntu Touch

    Stephane Graber writes that system images are now the default and recommended way to deploy and update Ubuntu Touch on the four supported devices. After switching to the new images, further updates will be pushed out over the air through the Updates panel in System Settings.

    Jonathan Riddell: Come to the Kubuntu Bug Squashing Party in Munich!

    Jonathan Riddell invites those wanting to help out with Kubuntu, Debian or KDE to a Debian+Kubuntu Bug Squashing Party in Munich, an event that is hosted by LiMux who are responsible for the Munich city rollout of Kubuntu. Jonathan refers us to a wiki page for more details and adds that the Kubuntu Council should be able to sponsor travel for any "Kubuntu friendly people" who need travel and accommodation.

    Mathieu Trudel: Implementing MTP on Ubuntu Touch

    Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre tells us that he has spent the last few days working on an implementation of the MTP protocol for Ubuntu Touch and that he hadn't touched C++ in about ten years. He says that MTP has been progressing very nicely but not not everything is implemented and gives some instructions on how to take a copy of his bzr branch and experiment.

    Canonical News

    Canonical - Dell launching Ubuntu in China in 1,000+ stores

    Maria Bonnefon writes "Over the next few weeks Chinese customers will be able to find more ways to purchase Dell computers pre-loaded with Ubuntu throughout even more cities!!" Maria also says that the original stores have proven so successful that the companies have agreed to expand to beyond 1,000 outlets and that it is incredibly exciting to see that Chinese consumers now have the opportunity to acquire a large range of Dell computers with Ubuntu.

    In The Press

    Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

    Scott Gilbertson of The Register takes a look at what he says might be the biggest change that Ubuntu will be making for some time, the move to the homegrown Mir graphics stack in Ubuntu 13.10. Scott says that the daily builds that he has tested still had Mir disabled by default and that anyone wanting to try it should read through the list of graphics drivers and Mir issues that he links to.

    In The Blogosphere

    From Windows to Linux

    Chin Wong of the Manilla Daily Standard writes that if Windows 8 is not to your liking perhaps it time to give Linux a try. Chin writes that Linux versions "have become much more user-friendly, and hardware support is excellent."

    Scammers appear in the public space, users recommended to avoid Ubuntu Edge-like projects without Canonical's official announcement

    razvi announces, on, that scammers are using Ubuntu Edge-like products to make money from the project's great success and capitalization and warns users to stick to products announced on only because many of the other sites offer false funding campaigns for unreal non-existent Ubuntu devices.

    Ubuntu converged's Ubuntu System Settings updated with refinements and password views

    razvi writes on that Ubuntu System Settings has been receiving new features, being progressively moved towards more and more usability, optimized behaviors and solid feel. razvi says Ubuntu System Settings has been updated to another meaningful release and looks at some of the recent changes.

    Ubuntu Touch Adds Over-The-Air System Updates

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon writes that developer builds of Ubuntu Touch will be able to receive over-the-air updates. Until now users have had to manually flash updates. Sneddon also observes that the updates app isn't fully polished in that it lacks a progress meter.

    Fact sheet: Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)

    Jack Wallen of TechRepublic writes that October 2013 will see the release of the next iteration of the Ubuntu Linux OS: Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander), and highlights some of the known features:

    • Kernel: 3.11 RC5
    • Desktop interface: Unity 7 will include Smart Scopes - 100 Scopes to empower searching through the Dash
    • Smart Scopes: Applications, Calculator, Chromium Bookmarks, Commands, Dev Help, Facebook, Files and Folders, Google Drive, Manpages, Picasa, Videos, Amazon, VirtualBox, Yelp
    • Compiz: With performance tweaks
    • Mir: The full completed version will release with 14.04
    • Locally Integrated Menus
    • Video driver changes: these may include NVidia Optimus support, Nvidia Prime support, Radeon UVD support, RadeonSI support, Proper touch screen support.
    • Software: LibreOffice 4.1 will be the default office suite, Rhythmbox will be the default music player, Thunderbird will be the default email client

    Ubuntu 13.10 Launch Date: Can Juju, NoSQL Energize Partners?
    The VAR Guy highlights some of the highlights that Canonical can use to "crank up the energy and excitement" for the upcoming release, including improvements to Juju and the selection of charms available and more aggressive support of NoSQL technologies like MongoDB and DataStax.

    Intel Reverts Plans, Will Not Support Ubuntu's XMir

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix informs us that the XMir work on the Intel 3.0 Linux DDX driver was reverted and that Intel now doesn't want any XMir support in their mainline driver. He adds that "Canonical will now need to carry the XMir support out-of-tree from the xf86-video-intel driver."

    In Other News

    KDE Release Structure Evolves

    Howard Chan takes an in depth look at the KDE Release Structure now that the KDE Release Team has decoupled the release cycles of Workspaces, Applications and Platform and says that while Applications will have more releases in the 4.x series, the Plasma Workspaces team has decided to focus on Workspaces 2. Howard looks at the release plans of Frameworks 5, Plasma Workspaces 2 and Applications in turn and provides a schedule of major release dates.

    Will Linux beat out Microsoft Windows 8?

    Nick Francesco answers a question from a reader about considerations they should make when purchasing a new laptop and "What are the pros and cons of using Linux Ubuntu as the sole operating system in this new laptop?" Francesco covers the basics to consider when looking at Linux and Ubuntu, including device driver support, dual booting and the availability of free applications.

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 129

    "This week's episode briefly takes stock of where things stand for Ubuntu Ohio."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E28 - Raiders of the Lost Ubuntu

    "We're back with the twenty-eighth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A with chocolate roll, tea, and a topical discussion. You can also watch the video on Youtube!

    In this week's show:-

    • Are people watching us through our webcams? We discuss security and the Internet of Things.
    • We share some Command Line Lurve: sosreport
    • We chat about watching Doctor Who and playing with OSMAnd.
    • And we go over your marvellous feedback, including a recommendation of a BBC radio documentary, IT girls."

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

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    Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2014

    Ubuntu 13.04 Updates

    End of Life - January 2014


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