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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 355

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 355 for the week February 10 - 16, 2014.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Next UDS: 11 - 13 March 2014
    • Losing graciously
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Interim Report on 2014 Census Effort
    • German Ubucon in Katlenburg
    • On Community Sentiment
    • Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: 5 ways to get involved today: Ubuntu User Support and Testing
    • Rohan Garg: New Touchpad management app in Kubuntu 14.04
    • Mark Shuttleworth: All Star 'Buntu
    • Jono Bacon: Forward Momentum in the Ubuntu App Developer Platform
    • Ubuntu Classroom: March 2nd is Ubuntu Documentation Day in the Classroom!
    • Alan Bell: Ubuntu and Privacy and how it really works now.
    • Xubuntu: Reporting is caring
    • Ubuntu GNOME: Testing - The Clock is Ticking
    • Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest
    • Expansion of Valve free games offer to Ubuntu developers
    • Community Council Statement on Canonical Package Licensing
    • Canonical News
    • China switches on to Ubuntu in hunt for Windows XP successor
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Monthly Team Reports: January 2014
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Next UDS: 11 - 13 March 2014

    Jono Bacon announces the dates of the next Ubuntu Developer Summit, Tuesday 11th March 2014 to Thursday 13th March 2014. Jono provides a link to propose a session, and asks that all sessions are scheduled by Friday 21st February 2014.

    Losing graciously

    Mark Shuttleworth writes that the Debian technical committee has settled the question of init for Debian in favor of systemd. As a result, he writes that Ubuntu too will make the move to systemd and that he will ask members of the Ubuntu community to help implement the decision.

    This news was also followed closely in the press and blogs:

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (107925) +23 over last week
    • Critical (168) -7 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (52757) +167 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: Avinash Raj (, davidbaumann (, amrith92 (, Sneetsher ( and Oli (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Interim Report on 2014 Census Effort

    Stephen Michael Kellat provides an interim report from the LoCo Council about their recent census which saw 156 teams contacted out of a potential 161. Stephen says many contacts resulted in replies noting that the teams existed as mere shells, and notes that only 47 teams are currently eligible for disc distributions of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

    German Ubucon in Katlenburg

    Sujeevan Vijayakumaran writes about the upcoming 8th German Ubucon in Gottingen, Germany, past German Ubucons and what to expect this year.

    On Community Sentiment

    Benjamin Kerensa give us his views on the LoCo Council's interim report on their census efforts of Ubuntu LoCo teams. Benjamin believes that the Ubuntu local communities can be vibrant again and concludes his post by saying "We need to bring back the culture where community was one of the most important aspects of Ubuntu."

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Apache Syncope Sponsor, Tirasa, shows instant IDM on Juju

    Maarten Ectors explains the interaction between Tirasa, Apache Syncope and Juju.

    The Planet

    Rohan Garg: New Driver Manager for Kubuntu

    Rohan Garg explains the new ubuntu-drivers-common package, how and why to install it in Kubuntu.

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: 5 ways to get involved today: Ubuntu User Support and Testing

    Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph continues her series of posts about getting involved with Ubuntu. Elizabeth's first post this week deals with user support while her second deals with ISO testing and running testcases. &

    Rohan Garg: New Touchpad management app in Kubuntu 14.04

    Rohan Garg writes that along with new driver management tools in Kubuntu, there is a new tool for managing a touchpad. The Kubuntu team thanks Alexander Mezin for all his hard work in GSoC on kde-touchpad.

    Ubuntu GNOME: What Ubuntu GNOME Has Learned from Linus Torvalds

    Ali Linx tells us that the Ubuntu GNOME team shares five important lessons it has learned from Linus Torvalds, and once again encourages you to join them. Ubuntu GNOME continues to see rapid growth and success in building a new Ubuntu community centered on GNOME Shell.

    Mark Shuttleworth: All Star 'Buntu

    Mark Shuttleworth writes about the time he's spent recently with each of the four main flavors of Ubuntu which he tracks - Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME. All four appear to be settling down from periods of upheaval and change for solid LTS releases, and he encourages everyone to move to Trusty and assist in the testing.

    Jono Bacon: Forward Momentum in the Ubuntu App Developer Platform

    Jono Bacon gives us a rundown on the current state of key sections of the Ubuntu App Developer Platform, including HTML5, SDK and desktop integration. After a sprint in Orlando last week there are many changes large and small in the works.

    Ubuntu Classroom: March 2nd is Ubuntu Documentation Day in the Classroom!

    Ubuntu Classroom and the Ubuntu Documentation and Manual teams are excited to announce they are teaming up for a day of documentation-related Classroom sessions on March 2nd. Starting at 16:00 UTC with Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph giving a tour of the current resources available, followed by a session from team contributors on contributing to each.

    Alan Bell: Ubuntu and Privacy and how it really works now.

    Alan Bell explains again how the Unity dash works, and the privacy concerns related to it, Amazon and the many other services now available via the dash, including Etsy, Grooveshark, Songster, Yelp, and many, many others.

    Jonathan Riddell: No Licence Needed for Kubuntu Derivative Distributions

    Jonathan Riddell writes that there is no license needed for Kubuntu derivative distributions. With the recent release of vague and apologetic licensing statements from Canonical related to Ubuntu licensing, derivatives, etc they felt the community would appreciate such a clear statement from Kubuntu.

    Xubuntu: Reporting is caring

    The Xubuntu team writes about motivating its users to start running and reporting tests and summarize the tests reported on the package and ISO trackers. After telling us that on average Xubuntu gets tested by around 20 people before release but then gets used by thousands after release, the team ask Xubuntu users to consider "giving back."

    Ubuntu GNOME: Ubuntu GNOME Official Members Requirements

    Ali Linx describes the process of becoming an Ubuntu GNOME team member. Ali's post includes a number of links to the requirements to become a member, explains the "90-days-policy", and what to do if your membership expires.

    Ubuntu GNOME: Testing - The Clock is Ticking

    Ali Linx writes "We do need to be ready and keep testing if Ubuntu GNOME Community wishes to participate to Beta 1" in his appeal for testing of the current Ubuntu GNOME development release.

    Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest

    Rafael Laguna announces the start of the Lubuntu wallpaper contest by saying "Please, feel free to join us at Flickr and upload your creation. The best 5 will become part of Lubuntu 14.04 distro." Rafael links to the Flickr site where the rules can be found.

    Other Community News

    Expansion of Valve free games offer to Ubuntu developers

    Neil McGovern makes the announcement that Valve has expanded its offer of free games from all Debian developers to all developers of Ubuntu. Collabora is administering the distribution of keys, to request yours contact Jo Shields <jo.shields at> with a PGP signed email.

    Community Council Statement on Canonical Package Licensing

    Since this posting, there have also been a couple of follow ups from community members:

    Canonical News

    Canonical Design Team: A bit of summer in the middle of winter

    Vesa Rautiainen writes about the Canonical Design Team's trip to Cape Town, South Africa in mid-January when London's weather was at its worst for Client Platform Sprint, and a bit of sightseeing.

    Smart joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group

    Smart Communications, Inc the leading wireless provider in the Philippines has joined Ubuntu's Carrier Advisory Group. Smart joins other leading operators from around the world, including Vodafone, Three, Deutsche Telekom and Verizon among others. Members of the advisory board are given early access to Ubuntu's smartphone roadmap, prototype trials and market rollout information.

    Ubuntu Kylin booms in China with over 1,300,000 downloads in less than 6 months

    Jon Melamut writes about the booming popularity of Ubuntu Kylin in China. Thanks to a partnerships with Chinese organisations, Ubuntu Kylin is optimized to the needs of Chinese users including a full Chinese user interface, applications, the Chinese lunar calendar, and Kingsoft WPS. With strong initial growth of 1,300,000+ downloads of its second release, Ubuntu Kylin is sure to have a bright future in China.

    Canonical/Ubuntu Enables Instant NFV

    Maarten Ectors writes: "For backend network infrastructure, new developments are focused around Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) which allows sophisticated network services to be delivered rapidly without the need for specialized hardware. Ubuntu OpenStack and open source orchestration solutions enable instant NFV. With Ubuntu, NFV solutions can be instantly deployed, integrated and scaled on any public cloud, private cloud or bare-metal server." And gives readers who attend the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) details on how to contact them for a demo.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu store apps won't work across mobile and desktop in 14.04

    Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica reminds us that while an app can run across phones, tablets, and PCs, you won't actually find it in the PC version of the Ubuntu Software Centre right now. Jon says that Unity 8, which is already powering Ubuntu for phones and will power Ubuntu for tablets in Ubuntu 14.04, won't be available for desktops until at least Ubuntu 14.10.

    China switches on to Ubuntu in hunt for Windows XP successor

    Nick Heath of ZDNet writes about the growing popularity of Ubuntu Kylin, stating "China's homegrown version of the Linux Ubuntu OS has racked up more than one million downloads in half a year" and exploring what this means for the impending End of Life of Windows XP.

    In The Blogosphere

    Valve Is Now Giving Away Their Games To Ubuntu Developers

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix that Valve's program of giving free access to Steam for Debian developers has been extended to Ubuntu developers. Michael tells us that Collabora is administering the program, and links to a mailing list announcement for those wishing to learn more.

    Ubuntu Is Short On Developer Membership Board Nominations

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that Ubuntu is in need of more Developer Membership Board nominations as there have been insufficient nominations to date. Michael says the deadline for nominations has been extended by two weeks, and links to a mailing list announcement where those interested can find more information.

    Pennsylvania High School Rolls Out 1,700 Linux Laptops to Students

    Libby Clark of reports on Penn Manor High School's massive deployment of 1700+ "Acer TravelMate laptop[s] pre-loaded with Ubuntu 13.10" for every student. The goal for the school is not only to embrace open source, but also help its students contribute to the school and the greater movement.

    Ubuntu Wallpaper Contest Offers Artists Chance to Feature on Millions of Desktops

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that the Ubuntu 14.04 wallpaper contest has opened for entries and that those taking part should keep to the set of sensible guidelines which he lists. Joey-Elijah advises that the deadline for submissions is March 5, 2014 at 18:00 GMT and that the final choices will be revealed on March 11, 2014, ahead of the Trusty Tahr UI freeze.

    One App, Many Faces: Ubuntu Touch Convergent App Demo

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on Canonical's ongoing effort to achieve convergence in Ubuntu with their homegrown display server Mir and Unity 8. The goal is to "unify the disparate user experience" of phones, tablets, and desktop into one. He demonstrates community-built Reddit application, Karma Machine, as an example.

    Ubuntu Shows Off Progress In Convergence Mode

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares a short video of Jono Bacon running the winner of the latest Ubuntu App showdown to reveal convergence at work. Drawing "all from the same codebase," the app shows promise, suggests Larabel, for future Ubuntu SDK-developed apps ready for convergence by 14.10.

    An Ubuntu Phone/Mobile Announcement Is Coming Next Week

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix quotes from a Canonical press invitation: "Mark will be providing the first major update on Ubuntu's plans for the mobile space since Canonical's milestone crowdfunding campaign to develop the ground-breaking Ubuntu Edge smartphone." Michael says Phoronix will be on call to see what Mark [Shuttleworth] has to say about Ubuntu's plans for their mobile ambitions.

    China Downloaded More Than 1.5 Million Copies of Ubuntu in 2013

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the recent news that more than 1.5 million copies of Ubuntu Kylin were downloaded in China last year. Joey-Elijah says that China is largely dominated by vendor lock-in to Windows but that is changing as Ubuntu is available pre-installed on HP, Dell and Lenovo laptops both online and through more than 2,500 retail stores.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Jono Bacon Q&A - 11th Feb 2014

    Jono Bacon presents another of his weekly Ubuntu On-Air Q&A sessions.

    App Design Clinic #8

    Katie Taylor talks about sizing, and ensuring widgets and items are usable (touchable). There's also a sneak preview of the updated widgets coming to Ubuntu Touch.

    Ubuntu Engineering Live!: 12th February 2014

    Michael Hall presents the latest Engineering update with contributions from Bill Filler and Thomas Voss.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: January 2014

    See here for the team report for January 2014:

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

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    Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 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 13.10 Updates

    End of Life - July 2014


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