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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 345

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 345 for the week November 25 - December 1, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Quotes for
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Reboot New York: IRC Meetings
    • Ubuntu Canada IRC November 28th meeting
    • Bryan Quigley: Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200
    • Alan Pope: Ubuntu Reminders App Progress
    • Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Community driven Core Apps convergence
    • Kubuntu: Calligra 2.7.5
    • Asus and Ubuntu deliver affordable world-class laptops to USA Education
    • Ubuntu Lab Tests OpenStack Interoperability
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Full Circle Magazine #79
    • 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, 13.04 and 13.10
    • And much more!

    Quotes for

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph recalls that earlier this year she helped launch the new site. Elizabeth has completed her first task of getting images for the site from LoCo teams. For her second task, she needs short quotes from community members in response to "What do you work on and why?" or "What inspires you about Ubuntu?"

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107512) +1 over last week
    • Critical (116) -5 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53313) +57 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: Rinzwind (, rajagenupula (, Avinash Raj (, Oli ( and Braiam (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Reboot New York: IRC Meetings

    Charles Profitt announces that the Reboot New York Project is now under way with IRC meetings scheduled to take place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month from 8pm to 9pm. Charles tells us that the main focus of the first meeting will be on helping people find other Ubuntu users in their local areas.

    Ubuntu Canada IRC November 28th meeting

    The Ubuntu Canada team invited LoCo teams across the world to join them in a brainstorming session for their team on November 28th. Meeting notes and minutes have been posted to the loco-contacts mailing list:

    The Planet

    Bryan Quigley: Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200

    Bryan Quigley updates a previous post by telling us that the only Ubuntu laptop on Amazon is now selling for $200, and for those looking for a more powerful laptop, he states that System76 has just introduced two new models (one desktop and one laptop).

    Alan Pope: Ubuntu Reminders App Progress

    Alan Pope shares that work is progressing on the Ubuntu Reminders App for Ubuntu Touch, including work on the design with help from the Ubuntu Design Team who have come up with draft wireframes. The app will eventually connect with Evernote to display notes, notebooks, and reminders.

    Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Community driven Core Apps convergence

    Michael Hall writes that "Convergence is going to be a major theme for Ubuntu 14.04, not just at the OS and Unity 8 levels, but also for the apps that run on it." Michael says that the community is being asked for its input and provides full details of what is required and how to submit designs.

    Kubuntu: Calligra 2.7.5

    The Kubuntu team announces that a new bugfix release of the office and productivity suite Calligra is available for Kubuntu 13.10 and 12.04 LTS. The team provides links to the sites where bugs should be reported and from where the update can be downloaded.

    Canonical News

    Asus and Ubuntu deliver affordable world-class laptops to USA Education

    Canonical advises that a quiet revolution is taking place in the global education sector as an increasing number of institutions and students are discovering the value of the Ubuntu operating system. The article makes reference to Ubuntu partner ASUS and their X201E and 1015E laptops which are "are high-quality, affordable [laptops]" and refers readers to and other online retailers for further information.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu Lab Tests OpenStack Interoperability

    Gary Hilson of Network Computing states that the new Canonical OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) is working to ensure that Ubuntu's OpenStack offerings are compatible with a wide variety of cloud services. By working with high-profile partners, Canonical plans to ensure that their products work well for both vendors and end users.

    In The Blogosphere

    We Interview Michael Hall, Ubuntu App Development Liaison

    In a Muktware interview, Benjamin Kerensa talks to Michael Hall asking him questions about himself, his role at Canonical, and the other work he did before becoming the Ubuntu App Development Liaison. Michael's final comment is "Working someplace where you're *expected* to be on IRC, talking to people outside of the company, is kind of a weird thing at first."

    Mir 0.1.2 Pulls In 52 Changes, Surface Resize Support

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that this week's Mir update carries at least 52 changes, mostly bug-fixes but also API clean-ups, performance regression fixes, and some Android driver support improvements. Michael provides a full list of the changes and a link to the Bazaar repository where more details can be found.

    Unity Global Menu Can Now Be Disabled For Individual Applications [Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr]

    Andrew of WebUpd8 writes that after a recent update in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, it has become possible to whitelist or blacklist individual applications from using the Ubuntu global menu. Andrew shows us how this may be achieved by providing examples of the changes to be made in Dconf Editor.

    What to Expect in Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon takes a look forward to April 2014 when support for Windows XP comes to an end. Joey-Elijah argues that Ubuntu may not be an option for some XP users using older PCs. He subsequently gives us a detailed look at both Xubuntu and Lubuntu as options for those that choose not to upgrade to Windows 8 as doing so may require purchasing a new PC.

    Ubuntu = Freedom!

    Anton Dekker, in a MyNews24 article, explains his reasons for leaving Microsoft behind and his successful transition to Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

    ZaReason launched interesting Strata 7440 laptop

    razvi of iloveubuntu informs us that ZaReason has announced the availability of the Strata 7440, a pleasant looking laptop that comes with Ubuntu 13.10. razvi lists the important parts of the laptop's specification, shows us some photographs of the laptop, and tells us that the pricing starts at $749.

    Unity 8 updated with numerous under-the-hood enhancements

    razvi of iloveubuntu tells us that Unity 7 is to continue as the default in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS although the developers have been working on Unity 8 in order to power phones, tablets, and desktops. razvi informs us that Unity 7.84 (the 8 series) has been released and lists some of the latest changes.

    The Ubuntu Xmas Gift Guide

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon says "Ho ho ho - the annual holiday gift buying period is now very much upon us. That means, sometime right about now, thousands of folks will be looking at the Linux-loving people in their lives and scratching their heads, bereft of gift ideas." Joey-Elijah shows us some of the items available and provides links to web sites where orders can be placed.

    Ubuntu Touch - a preliminary review

    Sayantan Das, in a Muktware article, writes "Is Ubuntu Touch ready to handle the daily chores like the established iOS and Android or the new players like Sailfish OS and Firefox OS?" He then looks at the operating system in detail, examining features such as the browser, the weather app, file manager, and the messaging app. Sayantan concludes that there are a number of issues plaguing the OS and certain apps are missing, but the Ubuntu Touch team is confident that Ubuntu Touch will be ready for prime time by April 2014.

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #79

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

    This month:

    • Command & Conquer
    • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Use BOINC.
    • Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
    • Book Review: Mind Mapping With Freemind

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

    Get it while it's hot!

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 141

    "This week's episode is brief but refers to matters raised in a previously posted Post-Meeting Announcement."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E40 - Citizen Ubuntu

    "We're back with the fortieth 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 millionaire's shortbread (om nom nom) in Studio A."

    In this week's show:

    • We interview Andrew Gregory about the new Linux Voice magazine.
    • We share some Command Line Lurve, which we pinched from some_very_long_and_complex_command # label.
    • And we read your feedback, including Ivan's suggestion of an online beginners' Java course.

    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, 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
    • Emily Gonyer
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others

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