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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 336

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 336 for the week September 23 - 29, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Final Beta released
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • OhioLinuxFest 2013
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Spreading the (testing) weight
    • Jonathan Riddell & Kubuntu: Kubuntu Romania
    • Jonathan Riddell: Switching to Kubuntu comments
    • Nicholas Skaggs: A vision for our testing future
    • Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Dash Search Is Still Not Anonymous
    • Canonical Design Team: Latest from the web team -- September 2013
    • Canonical Design Team: Wednesday App Clinic - Update
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Full Circle Magazine #77
    • 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

    Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Final Beta released

    Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the final beta release of Ubuntu 13.10, lists the flavors that are participating in the release, and links to where the images can be downloaded. Adam also provides links that tell us further information about the release, how we can help shape Ubuntu, and where to report bugs.

    Several news and blog sites covered the release, the following is a sampling selected by our editors:

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    "We welcome Aron as the first member of ubuntukylin-dev"

    The Ubuntu Forums team also welcomed a new Ubuntu member this week:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107202) +390 over last week
    • Critical (123) +8 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (52484) +122 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 (, Rinzwind (, Mitch (, Oli ( and Braiam (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    OhioLinuxFest 2013

    Jorge Castro shares a photo of some attendees from the Ohio LinuxFest holding an Ubuntu banner and thanks them for their participation in the event.

    The Planet

    Nicholas Skaggs: Spreading the (testing) weight
    Nicholas Skaggs writes that the Ubuntu Quality Team has gained responsibilities other than the reporting of bugs on the latest desktop development images and building tools. Because handling test cases for the Ubuntu touch images and apps is adding some undue "weight", the Ubuntu CI team was born to specialize in Ubuntu Touch-related testing. Nicholas also hopes that the Ubuntu Quality team will have a better vision for the next cycle.

    Jonathan Riddell & Kubuntu: Kubuntu Romania

    Jonathan Riddell announces the launch of Kubuntu Romania, a Romanian language website for Kubuntu news and support, and shares a photograph with us of site creator Ovidiu-Florin who had a launch ceremony with wine and ribbon to open it., &

    Jonathan Riddell: Switching to Kubuntu comments

    Jonathan Riddell quotes some comments from a recent Slashdot article about switching to Kubuntu.

    Nicholas Skaggs: A vision for our testing future

    Nicholas Skaggs writes about bringing the Quality team closer to automation and proposes that the group take an exploratory approach to manual test cases, start writing more automated test cases, and manually test phablet devices. Nicholas also explains how these actions are necessary and how they will affect the team.

    Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Dash Search Is Still Not Anonymous

    Benjamin Kerensa writes that the "Ubuntu Dash Search is very much still not anonymous despite several Canonical employees announcing otherwise on Google+" and links to some posts that summarize why.

    Canonical Design Team: Latest from the web team -- September 2013

    The Canonical Web Team gives us a quick update on all the work they have been doing during September 2013.

    Canonical Design Team: Wednesday App Clinic - Update

    Katie Taylor reports that there has been a fantastic response to the two Wednesday App Clinics and thanks those who sent her their apps and questions. Katie reminds us that the clinics are on Wednesdays at 1pm UTC on Ubuntu On-Air and that previous design clinics can be viewed on YouTube.

    In The Blogosphere

    Canonical is gold sponsor at October 2013's OggCamp open-source event

    razvi from tells us that Canonical is a gold sponsor at OggCamp, which is happening next 18th October. He says, "The OggCamp sponsoring is yet-another evidence of Canonical's awareness of and participation in the open-source ecosystem, and of its deep and constantly-maintained interest in pushing forward the adoption of open-source collaborative software and projects at a planetary scale".

    Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?

    Bruce Byfield from Datamation writes an article about how they see the current status of Ubuntu and its relation with Canonical. Byfield writes "Ubuntu and Canonical have isolated themselves from the free software community that Shuttleworth once hoped to lead. In the last year, the community has signaled repeatedly that at least parts of it feel disempowered."

    Ubuntu 13.04 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 In A VMware VM

    Michael Labarel from Phoronix writes a comparison between Raring and Saucy running in a VMware VM and concludes: "Long story short, there wasn't too much to get excited about. While there's an updated kernel several releases ahead, the Mesa 9.2 graphics stack, GCC 4.8, etc, it didn't translate to much of a difference in the VMware Fusion guest."

    Ubuntu converged's Ubuntu System Settings received Bluetooth support

    razvi from iloveubuntu tells us about the now supported feature of Bluetooth for Ubuntu Touch, writing: "Basically, the new Bluetooth addition gives depth and dedicated view to the main view's Bluetooth icon; clicking on it, shifts the Ubuntu System Settings' view to a Bluetooth view where the user is to notice the handy ON/OFF switch for bluetooth. Moreover, Connect a headset shows interesting upcoming features, where probably bluetooth-related devices are to be managed and tweaked accordingly."

    Dell Still Offers Ubuntu Amid Microsoft Loan, Windows 8.1

    The VAR Guy addresses the recent privatization of Dell that included a loan from Microsoft and explores the impact that has had on their Ubuntu offering. He writes that the loan, "which will include a big Windows 8.1 push, has not upended Dell's continued work with Ubuntu, the Linux distribution that has found a home on millions of desktops, servers and mobile devices." He continues, "Dell sees Ubuntu as a potential springboard into a range of international markets. A case in point: Dell is expanding the number of China retail stores that carry its computers with Ubuntu pre-installed."

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #77

    "Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
    are proud to announce the release of our seventy seventh issue.

    *This month:
    • Ubuntu News
    • Command & Conquer
    • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Lazarus.
    • Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
    • Review: Elementary OS
    • Book Review: Instant XBMC

    plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and soooo much more!"

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ohio Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 132

    "The owner and engineer of Erie Looking Productions, Mike Kellat, takes over this weekend to share some audio he collected from Ohio Linux Fest 2013 where Jorge Castro was speaking about Juju."

    Ubuntu Weekly Update - 24th Sep 2013

    Jono Bacon introduces the latest Ubuntu Weekly Update with contributions from Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro, Kevin Gunn, Michael Hall, and Pat McGowan.

    App Dev Advocacy Brainstorming - 24th Sept 2013

    Presented by David Planella with Michael Hall and Daniel Holbach.

    Design Review and Q&A - 25th Sep 2013

    Alan Pope introduces the latest App Design Clinic.

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E31 - Reservoir Ubuntu

    "Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back together for the thirty-first episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"

    In this week's show:

    • We experiment with live video again!
    • We take a look at what's been happening in the news.
    • We catch up with what's happening in the Ubuntu community.
    • And not in the Ubuntu community.
    • And we talk about OggCamp13. &

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    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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    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 Joseph
    • Paul White
    • John Kim
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others

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