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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 343
    Title: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 343

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 343 for the week November 11 - 17, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Community Council Election Results
    • Ubuntu Developer Summit Schedule Ready
    • Is Here, Dive In!
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Trusty attends first Ubuntu Hour
    • Three Teams Verified
    • From 0 to hero in a few minutes, Introducing Juju Bundles
    • Alan Bell: Building Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi
    • Benjamin Kerensa: Awesome vUDS Sessions
    • Xubuntu: Xubuntu 14.04 Default Wallpapers
    • Sergio Meneses: Lubuntu needs you!
    • Canonical News
    • Dell aims for cloudy orbit with Sputnik Ubuntu developer project
    • Hillsboro School District considering open-source solutions in wake of failed bond measure
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: October 2013
    • 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

    Community Council Election Results

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph announces that the following 7 members have been elected to join Mark Shuttleworth on the Community Council for a term of 2 years:

    Elizabeth links to the full results and thanks Martin Albisetti and Milo Casagrande as outgoing members of the Community Council.

    Ubuntu Developer Summit Schedule Ready

    Jono Bacon writes: "Just a quick note that the Ubuntu Developer Summit schedule is pretty much ready for next week. Be sure to check it out and plan your time to join the sessions you are interested in."

    You can visit the schedule for the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit by day, track, and room here: Is Here, Dive In!

    Jorge Castro announces the official launch of, the new "water cooler" for discussions in the Ubuntu Community. "Our new discussion site built on the modern 100% Free Software Discourse platform. Log in with your Ubuntu SSO and start the party!"

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107440) -143 over last week
    • Critical (120) -2 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53215) -114 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 (, Braiam (, Oli (, rajagenupula (, and Rinzwind (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Trusty attends first Ubuntu Hour

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph writes that for each Ubuntu release, she spends a little time finding a toy or other representation of the codename animal to use at booths, Ubuntu Hours, and other events. Elizabeth says that a Trusty Tahr took some tracking down, so she settled for a Hansa 15in mountain goat and shows us some photographs of its first Ubuntu Hour in San Francisco!

    Three Teams Verified

    Stephen Michael Kellat informs us that the LoCo Council recently recently verified the following communities: Ubuntu Morocco, Ubuntu Brazil, and Ubuntu Portugal. Stephen encourages leaders of Ubuntu communities to read through the successful teams' check-in applications as much can be learned from lateral team-to-team contact, and he reminds us that the Ubuntu Ohio Verification check-in is coming up soon on the Council's agenda.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    From 0 to hero in a few minutes, Introducing Juju Bundles

    Jorge Castro informs us that bundles are sets of services that are bundled in one file that can be deployed together, and they are now in the Juju Charm Store. Jorge goes on to say that bundles are in beta, and although will continue to grow support for bundles, it's mostly focused on charms at present.

    The Planet

    Alan Bell: Building Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi

    Alan Bell writes about a project that he has been wanting to do for some time, to build Ubuntu from source on a Raspberry Pi. He introduces the project with an embedded video. Alan asks anyone wanting to contribute to join other contributors on the Indiegogo website. He ends his post by saying "The funding campaign runs through to Christmas but as we have some of the money available already I am thinking we will probably start getting some bits fairly soon and start setting up the cluster controllers and do some power measurements and more detailed performance testing."

    Benjamin Kerensa: Awesome vUDS Sessions

    Benjamin Kerensa writes that he will be unable to attend vUDS as it is difficult to justify taking time off his other projects for a virtual event. Benjamin points out that the Ubuntu Documentation Roundtable, SDK for HTML5 App Developers, Ceph activities for Trusty, and Limiting Surveillance in Ubuntu sessions should be checked out, and he gives his reasons for doing so.

    Xubuntu: Xubuntu 14.04 Default Wallpapers

    The Xubuntu team announces that for 14.04, integration of a set of good-looking wallpapers is planned as according to reviews the feature has been lacking for a while. The team has put together a webpage with guidelines for the wallpapers and advise that all decisions will be taken by the Xubuntu artwork team. Wallpaper submission is by upload to the Xubuntu Wiki.

    Sergio Meneses: Lubuntu needs you!

    With the LTS release coming up, Sergio Meneses puts out a call to the community to help with Lubuntu. Sergio writes that the "Lubuntu team needs contributors in all areas" and provides a link to their Getting Involved page.


    Canonical News

    App Design Clinic #4

    Jouni Helminen writes that App Design Clinic #4 focuses on icons with questions on creating app icons and using action icons. Jouni informs us that an icons guideline with full API docs should be available within a month and that the next clinic will be held in conjunction with vUDS. A video of the session is embedded in his post.

    Conducting Usability Testing: a case of just following the task script?

    The Canonical Design Team discusses usability testing and describes several strategies of how to change the task script to deal with situations that may occur during user testing. The post outlines changing task orders, adding tasks, removing tasks, and changing task descriptions.

    In The Press

    Dell aims for cloudy orbit with Sputnik Ubuntu developer project

    Gavin Clarke of The Register writes that Dell is ramping up efforts to position the Sputnik Ubuntu developer project as a cloud development platform. It has enlisted a startup called Docker to help improve the ability to build, test, and deploy cloud apps, and is also working on a Profile Tool for building virtual apps. All the developers have switched full-time to the XPS 13 developer edition as their primary laptops.

    Hillsboro School District considering open-source solutions in wake of failed bond measure

    Luke Hammill of The Oregonian writes that the Hillsboro School District is considering switching to Ubuntu following a failed bond in the recent election. They are looking to replace Windows 7 on their older hardware which has gotten slower as a result of the upgrade from XP. The free software and lower system requirements make Ubuntu especially appealing to them.

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu SDK updated in Ubuntu 14.04's universe with Qt Creator 2.8.1

    razvi from iloveubuntu writes about the most recent update of the Ubuntu SDK, which is now using Qt Creator 2.8.1.

    10 Things you need to know about Ubuntu 13.10 OpenStack

    Jack Wallen at TechRepublic tell us 10 curiosities we "need to know" about Ubuntu 13.10 and OpenStack Havana, which includes ARM support, VMware integration, and more.

    Dell published Canonical-Dell explanatory clip

    razvi from iloveubuntu reviews a clip where Canonical on-site Engineer Kent Baxley and Dell Linux Engineering Lead Jose de la Rosa tell us about Juju and MAAS and their Dell/Canonical collaboration to make sure that Dell PowerEdge Servers can be Ubuntu-certified.

    Ubuntu Tablet Will be 'Key Focus' During Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Cycle

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about how the tablet will become more focused during the current development cycle, making a comparison with the phone and desktop platforms. He also adds some statements from Jono Bacon, the Canonical Community Manager.

    Possible Changes In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr)

    Andrew at WebUpd8 tells us about some of the upcoming vUDS sessions which may define possible changes we are we going to see in 14.04 LTS. He also mentions some of the possible changes for Xubuntu 14.04, based on the Roadmap as seen on its wiki page.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 139

    "This week's episode is a Veteran's Day special featuring an archival recording of Winston Churchill addressing the United States Congress on December 26, 1941."

    Jono Bacon Q&A - 12 Nov 2013

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

    Ubuntu 14.04 Convergence Plans

    Jono Bacon tells us about Canonical's convergence plans for Ubuntu 14.04.

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E38 - Chicken Ubuntu

    "We're back with the thirty-eighth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating coffee cake in Studio A."

    In this week's show:

    • We interview Alan Bell about an Indiegogo campaign launched by his company to fund a Raspberry Pi cluster so that they can build Ubuntu for the Pi.
    • We share some Command Line Lurve on port scanning with netcat, which we pinched from Colin King on G+: nc -v -w 1 localhost -z 1-10000 2>&1 | grep succeeded (replace localhost with something else)
    • And we read your feedback, including a blog post by Gordon Sinclair and the winners of Remi van Elst's Raspberry Pi giveaway, and we learn about Hyperland.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: October 2013

    See here for the team report for October 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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    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
    • Nathan Dyer
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others

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