Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 335
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 335 for the week September 16 - 22, 2013.
Links to UWN
In This Issue
- Community Council Call for Nominations
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Bug Stats
- Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
- Ubuntu Global Jam, Dublin... Both productive and fun!
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu: Best KDE distro of 2013
- Nicholas Skaggs: Testing Ubuntu Touch: The final month before release
- Michael Hall: Ubuntu Touch on the OPPO Find 5
- Robie Basak: Continuous integration of your Ubuntu-based server deployments
- Jonathan Riddell: Winter Is Coming
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu App Showdown update: all apps in the Store!
- Jono Bacon: Building an Ubuntu App Developer Advocacy Community
- Lubuntu Blog: StartUbuntu
- Stephen Michael Kellat: Value of Offline Documentation
- Ubuntu GNOME Team needs Contributors
- Ubuntu on Windows Azure gets the Juju magic
- HP releases Ubuntu loaded machines in 1,500 stores in China
- Creating Evernote on Ubuntu for smartphones
- In The Press
- In The Blogosphere
- Other Articles of Interest
- 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
General Community News
Community Council Call for Nominations
Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph of the Ubuntu Community Council announces an election to restaff the current 7 sitting board members of the Ubuntu Community Council, and hence calls for nominations for the election. Ubuntu Members who are dedicated to the project, well-respected, have a good overview of the project and are organized are welcome to nominate themselves to the Council by 16:00 UTC, 8th October, 2013. Elizabeth also answers some common questions about the Community Council's work and function.
Welcome New Members and Developers
The 1200 Ubuntu Membership Board welcomed four new members on September 18th, 2013.
- Jack Yu: The lead of UbuntuKylin
- Riccardo Padovani: An active member of the Italian LoCo Team
- Mattia Rizzolo: Also an active member of the Italian LoCo Team
- Sean Davis: An active developer and contributor to Xubuntu and Xfce
- Open (106812) -16 over last week
- Critical (115) +10 over last week
- Unconfirmed (52362) -29 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
==== Most Active Questions ====
==== Top Voted New Questions ====
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu), fossfreedom (http://askubuntu.com/users/14356/fossfreedom), Rinzwind (http://askubuntu.com/users/15811/rinzwind), TomKat (http://askubuntu.com/users/99886/tomkat) and PeppeDAlterio (http://askubuntu.com/users/191611/peppedalterio)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu Global Jam, Dublin... Both productive and fun!
Mike O'Donohue writes about the Ubuntu Global Jam event held in Dublin, where the participants tested the daily images and reported a number of bugs, making the event a successful and fun one.
Mid-September Leader Notes
Stephen Michael Kellat notes down the activities of Ubuntu Ohio, including an UbuCon and an exhibition at the Ohio Linux Fest, plans for the Software Freedom Day, and future meetings.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for 13 September
Jorge Castro reports on the latest Juju ecosystem updates which includes Azure support and a summary of team members' goals.
Here comes the Juju GUI inspector
Jorge Castro announces the new Juju GUI inspector, along with the new release of the Juju GUI, "which shows you information about a specific service." Jorge encourages users to build up something of their own and participate in the Juju Charm Championship.
Charm Championship to be judged by industry leaders
Canonical announces the expert panel of judges to be judging the Juju Charm Championship, including Adrian Cockroft for media, Eric Hammond, Chad Fowler and Simon Wardley for continuous deployment, Pete Warden and Mark Mims for data science, Alan Quayle for telecommunications, Florian Haas and James Page for high availability, and John Vincent for monitoring. Contestants of the Championship are reminded of the six steps to follow in order to participate.
Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu: Best KDE distro of 2013
Jonathan Riddell informs us that the writer of the Best KDE Distro of 2013 on Netrunner Mag, came to the conclusion that "If you have friends and family you might want to expose to Linux, then Kubuntu will probably be the best overall choice."
Nicholas Skaggs: Testing Ubuntu Touch: The final month before release
Nicholas Skaggs asks for community testers to help out testing images using their Ubuntu Touch images, confirming bugs or to write autopilot tests. He reminds us that the Ubuntu Touch images are to be released in a month, and will require testing.
Michael Hall: Ubuntu Touch on the OPPO Find 5
Michael Hall announces that there is a winner of the competition to port Ubuntu Touch to the OPPO Find 5. Michael tells us which functions work and which don't, and confirms that the developer will continue to maintain the image.
Robie Basak: Continuous integration of your Ubuntu-based server deployments
Robie Basak proposes that institutions using continuous integration deployments with Ubuntu keep an eye on the development version of Ubuntu, suggesting: "How about a branch that targets the Ubuntu development release? This way your continuous integration can flag any action you need to take to make your deployment work against the next release (and thus the next LTS, if you deploy on LTS)."
Jonathan Riddell: Winter Is Coming
Jonathan Riddell reminds us that winter in the northern hemisphere is coming and shows us how to keep warm with Kubuntu by showing us a Kubuntu branded sweater.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu App Showdown update: all apps in the Store!
David Planella announces that all apps submitted for the Ubuntu App Showdown 2013 are now available in the Ubuntu Software Store to be downloaded and installed into an Ubuntu Touch device. He mentions that after a final round of testing the final list of apps will be published and the judging will start.
Jono Bacon: Building an Ubuntu App Developer Advocacy Community
Jono Bacon writes that making things better for Ubuntu App Developers can best be done by building a new community for them. This will partly will be done by showcasing video tutorials, training weeks, local tutorial schools, app contests, and more. A good place to start helping is to join the "Users of the Ubuntu Etherpad instance" team.
Lubuntu Blog: StartUbuntu
Rafael Laguna writes that StartUbuntu is a huge project and a massive campaign that is aimed at Windows XP Users by offering them a free Linux-based system. Rafael adds that StartUbuntu is offering not just one "replacement" for Windows XP but nine alternatives, and links to further information regarding the the Ubuntu derivatives and StartUbuntu artwork.
Stephen Michael Kellat: Value of Offline Documentation
Stephen Michael Kellat reflects upon the work done on the Xubuntu offline documentation and stresses the importance of putting effort into developing it. Kellat demonstrates: "Offline documentation serves a useful purpose with all of our flavors. The so-called "digital divide" has shifted from being a matter of lacking discrete points of access to the Internet to a marked divergence in the degrees of quality among those access points. When the lights go out for me or my broadband provider has a line cut, having offline documentation is better than having access to nothing at all."
Other Community News
Ubuntu GNOME Team needs Contributors
amjjawad announces the beginning of a recruitment process for the Ubuntu GNOME team and lists areas that need help and support which include development, testing and documentation. He provides contact details and adds "We are looking for people who stick around :) we don't want people on temporary basis."
Ubuntu on Windows Azure gets the Juju magic
Mark Baker announces that Juju fully supports deploying services on Ubuntu into Windows Azure. Fresh Ubuntu Certified images are available for Windows Azure deployment, and automation of the cloud infrastructure is much easier. He also reminds us that it is a good opportunity to submit entries to the Juju Charm Championship.
HP releases Ubuntu loaded machines in 1,500 stores in China
Canonical announces that HP Pavilion laptops pre-installed with Ubuntu is now available in over 1,500 stores across major cities in China, with helping materials available and over 4,000 in-store staff trained to promote the benefits of Ubuntu.
Creating Evernote on Ubuntu for smartphones
Canonical announces a project to write an open-source Evernote app for Ubuntu Touch, and invites community contributors to participate in the development of the app, making Evernote available in multiple platforms. She also notes that it has received Evernote's support in developing the app.
In The Press
Ubuntu penguins strain to squeeze out bug backlog by mobe OS deadline
Gavin Clarke of The Register reports "Canonical is rushing to finish the smartphone-friendly version of its distro for its 17 October launch" and lists the supported devices. Gavin adds that handsets running Ubuntu out of the box are not expected until early next year and that Canonical is pushing on with Ubuntu Touch despite the failure to raise enough donations to pay for development of its own phone.
In The Blogosphere
Meet StartUbuntu, interesting open-for-participation project aimed at further spreading Ubuntu's adoption
razvi of iloveubuntu writes on the StartUbuntu project, an attempt to attract Windows XP users to use Ubuntu and its flavors, with the support period of Windows XP ending on 8th April, 2014. He notes the various stages the project will undergo.
Ubuntu Phone Will Offer Integrated Facebook Web App
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes: "Each release of Ubuntu since 12.10 has shipped with 'Unity Web Apps' - a feature that allows a number of websites to 'hook in' to the desktop to deliver updates and notifications, give access to music controls, etc. A community-crafted Facebook 'app' for Ubuntu Touch will do something similar. It takes the regular Facebook mobile site and integrates it with various features of the Touch interface."
$350-$400 Solar-powered Ubuntu laptop SOL to be launched worldwide in December 2013
razvi of iloveubuntu writes about a new solar-powered Ubuntu laptop, SOL, designed in mind of multiple power-lacking scenarios yet with decent specs, will be available for less than US$400 by December 2013.
Powerful New Ubuntu PC Unveiled By System76
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that a powerful new Ubuntu PC has been revealed by Linux computer company System76. Joey-Elijah gives the specification of the fourth generation of the Leopard Extreme series and advises that pricing starts at $1,699.00 for the 'base' model.
Munich Starts Distributing Free Ubuntu CDs to Windows XP Users
Radu Tyrsina of Windows 8 Apps writes about the city of Munich's effort to switch users from Windows XP to using Ubuntu, by providing 2,000 free Ubuntu 12.04 LTS CDs in its libraries. Radu also notes the city's plan to use its own variant of Linux, LiMux, in its 22 departments at 51 locations.
Mark Shuttleworth turns 40 today, September 18th
razvi of iloveubuntu takes a quick look at the life of Mark Shuttleworth who turned 40 on September 18th 2013 and lists some interesting facts about the creator and leader of the Ubuntu project.
Smart Scopes to anonymize images before landing in the user's Dash (privacy oriented)
razvi of iloveubuntu writes about an announcement made by David Calle that the Smart Scopes in Ubuntu 13.10 will now anonymize images before landing in the user's Unity Dash, to calm user's concerns over the privacy of the Smart Scopes.
Ubuntu 13.10 Default Wallpaper Revealed
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reveals the default wallpaper that will be used for Ubuntu 13.10 and explains that it has to be good-looking and appealing but also easily identifiable and tie into Ubuntu's overall design which is why each release sees a similar, but never identical, design.
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 131
"This week's episode wraps up our presence at Ohio Linux Fest 2013."
Weekly Charm Meeting: 2013-09-18
Antonio Rosales presents the latest weekly Charm meeting with contributions from Nick Veitch, Jorge Castro and Marco Ceppi.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E29 - Two men and Ubuntu
"Running late but sounding great, it's Alan Pope and Mark Johnson valiantly holding the fort on the twenty-ninth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! We apologise for the late arrival of this episode, which was due to a faulty signal at Clapham Junction."
In this week's show:
- We take a look at what's been happening in the news.
- We catch up with what's happening in the Ubuntu community.
- And we mention some events.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
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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