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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 341

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 341 for the week October 28 - November 3 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Community Council Election
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Spur of the moment Saucy Salamander Release Party pics
    • Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for the 30th of October
    • Jussi Schultink: Kubuntu Polo Shirts Update
    • Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #8
    • Dustin Kirkland: My Linux Rigs
    • Canonical Design Team: Cloud sprint: what I've learned about testing and code reviews
    • Terence Simpson: An open letter to the Ubuntu IRC community and wider Ubuntu community
    • Ubuntu GNOME: Brainstorming Team & Urgent Need for More Contributors
    • Ubuntu Women: Evaluating
    • Hit the ground running with Ubuntu OpenStack Training
    • A brief meta-tour through Ubuntu Touch 1.0
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Community Council Election

    The Ubuntu Community Council have announced: "The Ubuntu Community Council election has begun and ballots sent out to all Ubuntu Members. Voting closes at end of day UTC November 13th." The candidates for the seven available seats are listed and contact details provided in case a ballot has not been received.

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    On the Kubuntu Developer mailing list, Philip Muskovac welcomes the newest Kubuntu member:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107971) -90 over last week
    • Critical (132) -4 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53156) +131 over last week

    As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

    Ask Ubuntu Top Questions this week

    ==== Most Active Questions ====

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

    People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Radu Radeanu (, Braiam (, Oli (, TomKat ( and Luis Alvarado (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Spur of the moment Saucy Salamander Release Party pics

    Maia Grotepass writes of the recent Saucy Salamander release party in South Africa: "So good to meet face to face. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to drive through to Stellenbosch from various areas around Cape Town. So good to hang out with techy people and chat about stuff that makes non-techy people yawn."

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for the 30th of October

    Jorge Castro reports on the latest Juju ecosystem updates which include bundles, events and a breakdown of the current goals of the various team members.

    The Planet

    Jussi Schultink: Kubuntu Polo Shirts Update

    Jussi Schultink writes that most of the shirts have been sold and the orders, which were received from all continents except South America, should be received in the next week or two. For the future, Jussi asks for comments on whether Polo shirts, T-shirts or Hoodies are preferred.

    Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #8

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

    Dustin Kirkland: My Linux Rigs

    In an interview with Steven Ovadia, as part of the My Linux Rig series, Dustin Kirkland talks about why he uses Linux, which distribution and desktop environment he uses, and which one piece of software he depends on. Dustin tells us that Byobu adds hours of productivity to his work every week, shares a screenshot of his desktop and says "No icons on my desktop. Ever, ever, ever."

    Canonical Design Team: Cloud sprint: what I've learned about testing and code reviews

    Anthony Dillon informs us that he recently attended a cloud sprint in San Francisco as a front-end developer for the new Juju GUI product. Anthony writes about Mocha testing, linting and code reviews, and concludes "We all want our code to be perfect and to learn from others on a daily basis. That is what code reviews give us."

    Terence Simpson: An open letter to the Ubuntu IRC community and wider Ubuntu community

    Terence Simpson posts a copy of an open letter to the Ubuntu IRC community that raises several points regarding issues with the maintenance of the Ubuntu IRC channels, including a shift toward robotically enforcing rules and kicking/banning users without raising questions. The authors of the letter wish to see more open dialog, and an attempt to caution offenders without immediately banning them.

    Ubuntu GNOME: Brainstorming Team & Urgent Need for More Contributors

    Ali Linx announces that the full structuring of Ubuntu GNOME Team has been successfully completed and that the Brainstorming Team will work side by side with other Sub-Teams. Ali says all planning and important discussions about the future of Ubuntu GNOME will take place on the Brainstorming Team and concludes "All of us are smarter than anyone of us."

    In a follow-up post Ali appeals for experienced contributors to help with bug control, bug fixing and packaging, and can commit for two to five years. &

    Ubuntu Women: Evaluating

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph informs us that the Harvest project which was launched several years ago never really took off but during a recent Ubuntu Women meeting the project was remembered. Elizabeth advises that Project Harvest was launched to evaluate the site at, and lists the four point plan for the evaluation stage.

    Canonical News

    Hit the ground running with Ubuntu OpenStack Training

    Ezio deMauro, Canonical Technical Services Support Manager writes about the Ubuntu OpenStack Training Programme which is two weeks long and covers running Ubuntu Server in the cloud in the first week and the deployment and troubleshooting of OpenStack in the second. Ezio provides links from where further information can be obtained or requested.

    In The Press

    A brief meta-tour through Ubuntu Touch 1.0

    Kevin Purdy of IT World gives a quick tour of Ubuntu Touch 1.0 including app screenshots of weather and terminal. Kevin quotes several authors that cite issues with the platform, including instability and poor battery life, and goes on to note that many bugs are likely to be squashed soon.

    In The Blogosphere

    [Ubuntu in the wild] US Air Force uses Ubuntu

    razvi of informs us of a US Air Force project called Mind of a Quadrotor which is shaped around a small robot capable of flying, scanning the environment with lasers, and has a goal to develop a machine capable of thinking and making its own decisions. razvi embeds a video into his post which shows that Ubuntu is being used by US Air Force engineers to develop the futuristic machine.

    Ubuntu Amazon Shopping Feature Wins Canonical Anti-Privacy Award

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes following many complaints over the inclusion of Amazon shopping results in Ubuntu, Canonical has received a 'Big Brother Award' in Austria. The award is given to people and projects who have done the most to invade personal privacy. Meanwhile, Canonical has made several attempts to anonymize the data and better protect users' privacy.

    Ubuntu QA team launches CALL FOR PARTICIPATION to Python-aware developers interested in writing automated tests

    razvi of reminds us that the announcement that development had started on Trusty Tahr was paired with a call to interested persons seeking to improve Ubuntu as a whole by writing automated tests. razvi informs us that a small knowledge of Python is required and links to a wiki page which gives step-by-step details about writing automated tests.

    4-year-old computers installed with Ubuntu and sent by System76 to Project: Community Computers, project specialized in "reusing and recycling computers and bringing technology access to those in need"

    razvi of writes that System76 is involved in reducing the gap between developed and undeveloped countries, regions and individuals by offering computers powered by Ubuntu to "in-development persons" increasing their ability to experience a better IT life. razvi goes on to say that System76 has shared on its official Google+ web page several images of computers more than four years old that have received an Ubuntu installation and have been sent to the Community Computers project which specializes in a wide range of activities including improving education in Kenya.

    HUD updated in Ubuntu 14.04 with removal of inexistent entries

    razvi of writes that the HUD has been updated in Trusty Tahr to include the removal of inaccessible entries. razvi shows us some screenshots to illustrate the update and says that the new feature removes multiple faulty cases generated by unusable entries, entries that, when clicked, have no functionality and confuse the user.

    Rikomagic MK802 IV LE with Ubuntu now shipping for PS80 and up

    Brad Linder of Liliputing tells us about the Rikomagic MK802 IV LE, a tiny ARM-based device that you can plug into a TV or monitor's HDMI port to basically turn it into a full-fledged computer. Brad says that prices for the device start at PS80 and demonstrates some of its capabilities in a video embedded in his post.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 137

    "This week's episode talks about directions and forward planning [of the Ubuntu Ohio team]."

    Charm Sync for 30 October

    Jorge Castro introduces the latest weekly Charm Sync with contributions from Marco Ceppi, Nick Veitch and Dustin Kirkland.

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E36 - A Hard Day's Ubuntu

    "We're back with the thirty-sixth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen shelter from the Liverpudlian rain in Studio C (a car in a carpark). It's the day after OggCamp 13 ended and they're a little hoarse and lacking tea and cake.

    In this week's show, we discuss how amazing OggCamp 13 was before playing half-a-dozen interviews that Laura recorded at OggCamp."

    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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