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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 346

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 346 for the week December 2 - 8, 2013.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Events Coming Up!
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Charles Profitt: Best Linux Distribution: Ubuntu
    • Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu is Awesome
    • Ben Howard: BETA: Local Juju deployments on your Linux/OSX/Windows machine the same way you deploy in the cloud
    • Daniel Holbach: Packaging Guide News!
    • Kubuntu: KDE Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.12
    • Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #10 (and final one!)
    • Pasi Lallinaho: Efforts on documentation
    • Canonical News
    • How Ubuntu translates hi-tech into humanity
    • In The Blogosphere
    • 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!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Events Coming Up!

    Jono Bacon informs us that every release cycle, a number of events are organized that bring the community together to create things, share ideas and knowledge, and more. Details of the latest planned events are as follows:

    • Ubuntu App Development Sprint - 12th December
    • Ubuntu App Developer Week - 20th to 25th January
    • Ubuntu Developer Week - 3rd to 7th March
    • Ubuntu Global Jam - 4th to 6th April
    • Ubuntu Open Week - 21st to 25th April

    Those interested in helping with the events can let Jono know in the comments section of his blog post.

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    IdleOne writes that at the Dec. 5th, 2013 2200UTC Membership meeting two new Members to official Ubuntu Membership were welcomed.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107583) +71 over last week
    • Critical (116) +/-0 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (53338) +25 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: rajagenupula (, falconer (, xangua (, TrailRider ( and bodhi.zazen (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    One year of ubuntu-it membership

    Riccardo Padovani tells us about ubuntu-it, a verified LoCo Team that was founded in 2005, and the work he has done within the team. Riccardo ends his post by saying "And when someone asks me why I waste time with these things, well, I think this picture explains it well" and shows us a picture of a recent ubuntu-it meeting.

    Kubuntu Munich bug squashing ( with a hint of Doctor Who )

    shadeslayer reflects on his weekend squashing bugs with the Kubuntu and Debian teams at the LiMux offices in Munich. He says that there were some Kubuntu specific sessions relating to the upcoming LTS and concludes "No Kubuntu sprint can be complete without a Doctor Who episode, and the timing of the sprint was so perfect that we got to view the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who together!"

    The Planet

    Charles Profitt: Best Linux Distribution: Ubuntu

    Charles Profitt reproduces some tables from Linux Journal's 'Readers Choice Awards' and is pleased to see Ubuntu in first place. Charles also looks at the breakdown by Ubuntu variant and desktop, and concludes "I find it interesting that none of the responses to Gnome 3/Gnome Shell other than Unity made it in to the top five."

    Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu is Awesome

    Jonathan Riddell writes that he came across a pleasing blog post titled "Kubuntu is Awesome." It said, "Well I love Kubuntu. It is beautiful and the most stable KDE distro. Everything looks so good on Kubuntu." Jonathan says "I fully agree, the Kubuntu developers are a good looking bunch."

    Ben Howard: BETA: Local Juju deployments on your Linux/OSX/Windows machine the same way you deploy in the cloud

    Ben Howard writes that after a recent conversation with his peers about getting people started on Juju, Juju Vagrant images are now available. Ben explains for which platforms they are available and how to set them up. He also warns that they should be treated as being of beta quality, and provides contact details for users encountering problems.

    Daniel Holbach: Packaging Guide News!

    Daniel Holbach informs us that changes have been made to the Ubuntu Packaging Guide, including a full French translation and a new domain name. Daniel ends his post by saying "Keep up the good work everyone. This is great!"

    Kubuntu: KDE Release Candidate of Applications and Platform 4.12

    The Kubuntu team announces the release of packages for the KDE SC 4.12 Release Candidates. The team advise for which Kubuntu versions they are available and from where the updates can be obtained.

    Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #10 (and final one!)

    Randall Ross, in his poll to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu, writes "Please click through for Poll Question #10, which is the final poll question in this highly controversial series!"

    Pasi Lallinaho: Efforts on documentation

    Pasi Lallinaho writes about his work on Xubuntu documentation, including his addition to the Ubuntu Documentation Committee last year. He also tells us about the relaunch of the Ubuntu Community wiki and his inclusion on the Ubuntu Documentation Team Wiki Administrators team.

    Canonical News

    Canonical Design Team: vUDS November: Design Track sum up!

    Christina Li writes that on 19-21 November at the vUDS, her team got to discuss and share with the community some of the design work they have been doing. Christina embeds a video of each session in her post.

    Canonical Design Team: App Design Clinic #6

    Christina Li reminds us that the App Design Clinic runs every two weeks to answer questions from community designers and developers on the apps they are working on. Christina gives an outline of what is covered in the latest clinic and embeds a video of the session in her post.

    In The Press

    How Ubuntu translates hi-tech into humanity

    Will King of The Telegraph writes about the meanings of the words Canonical and Ubuntu, and compares the Canonical company and Ubuntu products with those of Apple and Google. Will also says "Current numbers for Canonical's sales and profits are difficult to find, but historically it has been lossmaking and positioning itself for the future."

    In The Blogosphere

    Canonical: Ubuntu TV Lives, But Linux Smartphones Come First

    The VAR Guy writes what may be self-evident for anyone keeping an eye on Ubuntu TV, that it has been, as Jono Bacon explained, 'put on something of a backburner' as compared to other projects, including Ubuntu for smartphones.

    Canonical Shop launched Christmas bundles, up to 30% promotional prices

    razvi of writes that with just a couple of weeks till Christmas, the Canonical Shop has a variety of promotional bundles on sale - some as much as 30% off. There are also many other items for sale ranging from wearables to accessories and a wide variety of other gifts for the Ubuntu user or developer in your life.

    Canonical Working To Bring Weather Channel App to Ubuntu Touch

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! observes the perhaps unsurprising news due to Canonical's decision to make web apps first class citizens on Ubuntu. The Weather Channel's app will be available for upcoming releases of Ubuntu Touch and Unity 8. The Weather Channel has existing, well-used, and well-defined API's which will be used to power the community-built app and weather scope.

    Canonical Now Has The Nexus 10 Running On Mir

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix observes that Google's Nexus 10 is the latest addition to a lengthening list of devices which Canonical has successfully developed for which there is Mir support. Support previously existed for four other Android devices.

    Ubuntu and HP delivered 1.5 million laptops in Uttar Pradesh, 28,000 laptops in Assam, and 65,000 laptops to University of Delhi

    razvi of writes that Ubuntu and HP have been working together recently to deliver more than 1.5 million Ubuntu laptops to students, universities, and companies across India. In Assam, 28,000 laptops were awarded to students who passed more than 60% of their exams - a well-deserved prize for students with proven educational abilities.

    Ubuntu to include torrent search in Dash search

    Varghese Chacko of Muktware writes that users of Ubuntu will soon be able to search for torrents right from the Unity dash via the upcoming torrent lens which will be included by default. After initial hesitancy by its author David Calle due to torrents sometimes dubious legality, Mark Shuttleworth gave the OK on Google+ writing "David, let's go ahead. The tool is super-useful and it's perfectly justified to make it available by default. We use Torrents for distributing ubuntu itself. So please don't hold back!"

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 142

    "This week's episode briefly touches upon an important discussion we must have over at and features some lighter fare from the United States Department of Agriculture radio features staff."

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E41 - Dirty Ubuntu

    Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A for the forty-first episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week's show:

    • We take a look at what's been happening in the news.
    • We catch up with what's been happening in the Ubuntu community.
    • And not in the Ubuntu community.
    • And we mention an event.

    We'll be back next week, when we'll discuss Alan's new toy, a 3Doodler. &

    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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