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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 340

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 340 for the week October 21 - 27, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Convergence In The Cloud
    • Jonathan Riddell: KDE and Kubuntu at Linuxcon in Edinburgh
    • Planet Awesome! Poll #6 & #7
    • Victor Tuson Palau: Living on the edge: The campaign target
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Quality and the community in the Trusty Cycle
    • Canonical Design Team: Latest from the web team -- October 2013
    • Xubuntu: Xubuntu at Techs for a Cause in Kansas City
    • Kubuntu: Kubuntu Turkiye
    • Canonical Design Team: Indented styles and the Ubuntu shape
    • Getting Started with Ubuntu 13.10 has been released
    • Ubuntu at 9
    • Ubuntu Touch: The smartphone Ubuntu Linux arrives
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Full Circle Magazine #78
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: September 2013
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10
    • And much more!

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (108061) +420 over last week
    • Critical (136) +10 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53025) +151 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: Oli (, Radu Radeanu (, TomKat (, Rinzwind ( and Mitch (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Release Party in Toronto

    Michael Kaulbach held a successful Release Party in Toronto. Sammy Lao took pictures which are posted at:

    The New Era: From Approval To Verification

    Jose Antonio Rey writes that the LoCo Council has a new look as it has new members and takes the opportunity to recap what the LoCo council does and does not do for the community. Jose lists the council's main roles, informs us that each of the council members will contact all active local community groups over the next few weeks and says "Let us grow together as we move ever onward!"

    Jhosman Lizarazo: Bogota gives copies of #Ubuntu 13.10 #Saucy Salamander

    Jhosman Lizarazo writes that as part of ICT Month in Bogota and with the support of the local mayor, copies of Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander were distributed to those that cannot make their own copies.

    LoCo Logo Contest!

    Pablo Rubianes appeals for designs of new logos for the LoCo Teams and the LoCo Council as the current logos are quite old. Pablo advises that there a couple of rules to follow and that the deadline for proposed designs is 25th November.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Convergence In The Cloud

    Jono Bacon explains how Juju provides convergence between bare metal, private cloud, and public cloud deployments.

    The Planet

    Jonathan Riddell: KDE and Kubuntu at Linuxcon in Edinburgh

    Jonathan Riddell writes "Linux has come to my home with Linuxcon in Edinburgh. Me and Kenny C are manning the KDE stall showing off KDE software running Krita on a desktop (bling), Plasma Active on a Nexus (swish, very popular), KDE Software on Windows (ooh I didn't know you did that) and giving away lots of lanyards."

    Planet Awesome! Poll #6 & #7

    Randall Ross asks further questions in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu. &

    Victor Tuson Palau: Living on the edge: The campaign target

    Victor Palau gives his personal conclusions about the Ubuntu Edge project, crowd funding and what sort of people contribute, and a better approach to crowd funding: multi-campaign projects.

    Nicholas Skaggs: Quality and the community in the Trusty Cycle

    Nicholas Skaggs writes about the new "roles" system defined for the quality assurance team. The "tester", "test writer", and "developer" roles are hoped to make it easier than ever to contribute to the quality of the next LTS release.

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

    Inayaili de Leon Persson describes the work that the web team has been doing over the last few weeks which includes updating for the latest release and updates to the new Ubuntu OpenStack cloud section. Inayaili also summarizes the team's current work which includes Fenchurch, a new download service and an update to

    Xubuntu: Xubuntu at Techs for a Cause in Kansas City

    Justin Henneberg explains why Techs for a Cause chose Xubuntu as their distribution of choice, and what Linux has brought to the table for their organization.

    Kubuntu: Kubuntu Turkiye

    The Kubuntu team announces "Kubuntu Turkiye is the new Kubuntu website for Turkish speakers. Thanks to Volkan for setting it up."

    Canonical Design Team: Indented styles and the Ubuntu shape

    Rosie Zhu explains the "squircle" and the process and considerations made when designing the indented and non-indented versions of this shape used in the theme for Ubuntu phones and tablets.

    Other Community News

    Getting Started with Ubuntu 13.10 has been released

    Kevin Godby announces the release of the comprehensive beginner's guide "Getting Started with Ubuntu 13.10". The open sourced guide helps new users become familiar with everyday tasks and is suitable for all levels of experience.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu at 9

    Chin Wong of the Manila Standard Today newspaper takes a look at the history of Ubuntu, what its original purpose was, how well it has succeeded, and notes that Ubuntu is now nine years old.

    Ubuntu Touch: The smartphone Ubuntu Linux arrives

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet writes about development methods for Ubuntu Touch, how its update model differs from what Ubuntu users are used to (but matches the typical phone experience), and who it is ready for right now.

    In The Blogosphere

    10 best features of Ubuntu 13.10

    Jack Wallen of TechRepublic writes "after using the release candidate for a while now, I'm here to say Ubuntu 13.10 enjoys more polish than any current Linux release." Jack explains that apart from the bug fixes and updates, there are ten reasons to update to the latest version, and they include Smart Scopes, Compiz performance improvements, LibreOffice 4.12 and easier server connection with Nautilus.

    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr opens for development

    Saurav Modak writes that shortly after Ubuntu 13.10 was released, Canonical's developers began work on the next long term release of Ubuntu which is codenamed Trusty Tahr. Saurav advises that new packages are getting pulled from Debian repositories (Ubuntu's upstream) and links to a web page from where the daily builds of Ubuntu 14.04 can be downloaded.

    What The Press Are Saying About Ubuntu 13.10

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the press reaction towards the latest release of Ubuntu can be described as muted as was 13.10 not the most exciting release of the year but the it coincided with the release of Windows 8.1. Joey-Elijah quotes from several websites and publications that did give some space to the release and asks for further comments from his readers.

    Ubuntu 13.10 Review - Feels like LTS Spirit

    Silviu Stahie takes an objective look at Ubuntu 13.10, in particular, Unity 7, privacy and Ubuntu One. Silviu wonders why all repositories are not enabled by default, touches on Mir and Unity 8, and concludes "With all these very conservative decisions surrounding the release of Ubuntu 13.10, the operating system feels like an LTS."

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #78

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

    This month:
    • Ubuntu News
    • Command & Conquer
    • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Install Linux via PXE.
    • Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
    • Review: Google Music All Access

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

    Get it while it's hot!

    Also available via Issuu:

    Featured Audio and Video

    Burning Circle Episode 136

    "This week's episode talks about the upcoming [Ubuntu Ohio] meeting and the Doodle poll to iron out timing." It also discusses the upcoming Ubuntu Ohio team reverification, the release of Ubuntu 13.10 and more.

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E35 - Live and Let Ubuntu

    "Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are joined by Dan Lynch from the Linux Outlaws podcast and Les Pounder from the Full Circle podcast for the OggCamp Live Show which, conveniently, is also the thirty-fifth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"

    In this week's show:-

    • We (obviously!) talk about OggCamp 13!
    • We discuss whether we're witnessing the decline of Ubuntu.
    • We also take a look at what's been happening in the news.
    • We thank lots of people, including the volunteer CREW and our lovely sponsors who made OggCamp 13 possible (go buy their stuff!)

    Canonical Design Team: App Design Clinic #3

    Alan Pope introduces the latest App Design Clinic with Katie Taylor.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: September 2013

    See here for the team report for September 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, 13.04 and 13.10

    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

    Ubuntu 13.10 Updates

    End of Life - July 2014


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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:

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    • Paul White
    • David Morfin
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