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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 334

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 334 for the week September 9 - 15, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Software Freedom Day 2013 Hong Kong
    • Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for 11 Sept
    • Jonathan Riddell: KDE Connect in Kubuntu
    • The Fridge: Interview with Diane Leikvold
    • Jonathan Riddell: Bugfix thanks
    • Jonathan Riddell: Medibuntu to Disappear, libdvdcss now direct from VideoLan
    • Lubuntu Blog: And the winner is...
    • Alan Pope: Ad-Hoc Ubuntu Touch App Testing
    • Grant Bowman: Touch Demo Preparation
    • Join in UbuntuVoice: be the voice of millions of Ubuntu users
    • Ubuntu the challenger?
    • Ubuntu impresses in Linux enterprise server test
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: August 2013
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Results for the Kubuntu Developers meeting for September 13th, 2013 are as follows:

    Kubuntu Developer application approved for Howard Chan -

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (106828) +262 over last week
    • Critical (105) +7 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (52391) +179 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 (, Syed Arsalan Hussain Shah (, Dineshkumar (, bebojoor ( and Roman Raguet (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Software Freedom Day 2013 Hong Kong

    Howard Chan writes that 21st September, 2013 is going to be Software Freedom Day and suggests that we should all celebrate Free and Open Source Software on that day. Howard adds that he will be hosting an Ubuntu booth and will be a speaker at a half-day event which is being held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

    Ubuntu-TN Jaridaty 13.09

    Ahmed Sghaier of the Tunisian LoCo Team writes of a recent event: "Thanks to the invitation from Houssem Hajlaoui from Nawaat, the target this time is a mixed group of young journalists from different youth house/hostile in Tunisia!"

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for 11 Sept

    Jorge Castro reports on the latest Juju ecosystem updates which includes changes to the Docs and a summary of team members' goals.

    The Planet

    Kubuntu: September Updates to KDE SC

    The Kubuntu team have announced that KDE SC packages are available for Kubuntu 12.04 LTS, 13.04 and the development release and that packages for 12.10 will be available soon. The team provide instructions on how to install the update.

    Jonathan Riddell: KDE Connect in Kubuntu

    Jonathan Riddell writes that thanks to smartboyhw and Quintasan with KDE Connect your phone can be used to control Amarok in Kubuntu Saucy. Jonathan links to a review available on OMG! Ubuntu!

    The Fridge: Interview with Diane Leikvold

    In an article originally published in Full Circle Magazine, Emma Marshall interviews Diane Leikvold, a network administrator, desktop support, and technology coordinator at Longmont Christian School in Longmont, Colorado. Diane is asked how she discovered Ubuntu and about her role in transitioning the school to use Ubuntu, and says that she plans to start free Ubuntu training for the parents.

    Charles Profitt: Ubuntu: Building a community

    Charles Profitt reflects on Jono Bacon's recent blog post about re-energizing LoCo teams.

    Jonathan Riddell: Bugfix thanks

    Jonathan Riddell presents a "thank you" he received from Jens because an update fixed disappearing icons in KDE SC 4.11.1 that reads: "OMG! You are awesome! I could kiss you, you complete stranger! :D"

    Jonathan Riddell: Medibuntu to Disappear, libdvdcss now direct from VideoLan

    Jonathan Riddell writes that all packages, with the exception of libdvdcss, in Medibuntu have become unnecessary as they are now available in the Ubuntu archive or they have become obsolete. Jonathan says that Medibuntu will close down as libdvdcss is now available directly from VideoLan on their libdvdcss page on

    Lubuntu Blog: And the winner is...

    Rafael Laguna writes that the poll has ended with five wallpapers being voted as winners for the 13.10 release of Lubuntu and that there were 8495 votes coming from 1699 unique voters. Manuel Puentes, C Ayers, Luciash D'Being, George Blades Voulgarakis, Robert Wicek are all to be congratulated and all those who entered submissions should be thanked and applauded.

    Alan Pope: Ad-Hoc Ubuntu Touch App Testing

    Alan Pope announces some new scripts he has worked on to facilitate the testing of core apps. Glad that there has been a lot of activity among app developers, Alan also wishes to "automate the process" of trying out apps upon request.

    Grant Bowman: Touch Demo Preparation

    On his blog Grant Bowman writes about a demo he prepared of the latest daily build of Ubuntu Touch for the San Francisco Ubuntu Hour on a Nexus 7 device. Grant lists steps, commands, and scripts he will be presenting and applauds the Touch UI as a ground-breaking user experience.

    Canonical News

    Join in UbuntuVoice: be the voice of millions of Ubuntu users

    Tingting Zhao writes that a user research network is being formed to organize the many user researchers Ubuntu has acquired over the past few years. It will be called UbuntuVoice. The post also notes that was so successful that the Ubuntu User Research Team met its target number quickly and can't accept more participants at the moment though they ask that anyone interested to send email to

    Ubuntu the challenger?

    Mark Baker writes that Ubuntu is slowly emerging as a leader in the Linux server enterprise. In a review published by Network World, Ubuntu outshines the competition for its transparency, management tools, cloud capability, and virtualisation support. Although Ubuntu seems weak on the installation side, Mark expresses hope that this would be solved in the near future.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu impresses in Linux enterprise server test

    Susan Perschke of Network World focuses on Ubuntu's growth in the Enterprise and how it really shines in four areas: Transparency, Management Tools, Cloud Capability, and in Virtualization support.

    In The Blogosphere

    Google's Driverless Cars are using a Lightly Customized Ubuntu!

    Manuel Jose of Tech Drive-In reports that Google's Driverless Cars are using a lightly customized version of Ubuntu version as their OS, a fact that was recently revealed at the Embedded Linux Conference 2013 conducted by The Linux Foundation. Manuel embeds a video clip of the event in his post.

    Ubuntu Crops Up In Mercedes-Benz Self-Driving Car Promo

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! points out that Ubuntu and its XFCE-flavoured sibling Xubuntu both feature in the newest Mercedes-Benz promo on YouTube. Joey says that Unity's familiar desktop layout can be seen at various points during the two minute embedded video.

    2D Performance Is Improving For Ubuntu 13.10 XMir

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that while the OpenGL gaming performance on XMir/Mir was recently made faster the feature doesn't help out non-full-screen applications. Michael did a clean install of Ubuntu 13.10 on a Gazelle Professional laptop to check current 2D Linux desktop performance when using Intel graphics and enabling XMir and the Unity System Compositor, and points his readers to the results at

    Ubuntu continues to conquer the world, Ubuntu's Google+ community crossed 100,000 members

    razvi of iloveubuntu writes that months ago, Ubuntu received a dedicated official community on Google+, a social-network public zone allowing users, developers, designers and persons to share a wide and diverse range of topics. razvi says that recently, the Google+ community crossed the 100,000 members line, proving itself to be massively successful.

    Ubuntu's Server, Cloud Survey Reflects Trust in Private Clouds, OpenStack

    Sam Dean of OStatic reports that the Ubuntu team has published its annual Server and Cloud Survey results from more than 5,800 Ubuntu users of Ubuntu server and cloud, as well as general cloud usage patterns and preferences. Sam says that the research showed that there is a greater level of trust in cloud environments, including private clouds and trust in OpenStack, and quotes some statistics from the report.

    UbuntuVoice reached intended user target in one day

    razvi of iloveubuntu informs us that the Ubuntu designers recently announced the immediate availability of UbuntuVoice, an official user-experience network open for participation and that the intended user target was reached in one day.

    Ubuntu Developers Discuss Dropping ReiserFS

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us that Ubuntu developers are presently deciding what to do with support for the ReiserFS file-system and that the discussion is about what to do with ReiserFS given that the file-system is losing popularity. Michael adds that it appears the developers want to keep the ReiserFS file-system module around, but that "they'd be okay with having the ReiserFS capability removed from the Ubuntu installer."

    Is '3' The Latest Member of Canonical's Carrier Advisory Group?

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! tells us that mobile network '3' appears to be the latest addition to Canonical's Carrier Advisory Group as the company's logo appears on the CAG section of the official Ubuntu website. Joey-Elijah gives us some information about '3' and says "If the addition of 3 is confirmed then it will be joining a 13-strong list of carriers who have shown interest in the fledgling upstart OS."

    Cloud tool Juju GUI 0.9 released

    razvi of iloveubuntu tells us that the Juju GUI has been updated to version 0.9 which introduces new features and extended support. razvi lists the changes and provides links that provide further information about the Juju GUI.

    German City Starts Distributing Free Ubuntu 12.04 CDs to Windows XP Users

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that ahead of the severing of official support for Microsoft Windows XP next year, the German city of Munich have begun offering free Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CDs in select local libraries. Joey says that previously the Munich council gave some solid reasons for choosing Lubuntu over regular Ubuntu but according to Lubuntu member Nio Wiklund this change was brought about at the request of Canonical.

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 130

    "This regular edition is a round-up of current affairs including preparing for Ohio Linux Fest this weekend."

    Jono Bacon Q&A - 11th September 2013

    Jono Bacon presents another of his weekly Q & A sessions.

    Weekly Ubuntu Update: 10th September 2013

    Daniel Holbach presents another regular weekly update with contributions from Jorge Castro, Michael Hall, Pat McGowan and Thomas Strehl.

    App Design Clinic - 11th September 2013

    Alan Pope introduces the first App Design Clinic.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: August 2013

    See here for the team report for August 2013:

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    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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