Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 362
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 362 for the week March 31 - April 6, 2014.
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In This Issue
- Ubuntu Online Summit Dates
- Shutting down Ubuntu One file services
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- OLF 2014 Planning Meeting Summary
- Want to get your DVD Pack first? Pre-order now!
- Nicholas Skaggs: Time to test trusty!
- Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Users Win Back Privacy
- Lubuntu Blog: Box theme 0.45
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Submitting your app for the App Showdown
- Jono Bacon: I Am Hiring
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Improvements to the App submission process
- Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Next Alpha
- Kubuntu Wire: KDE Visual Design Team's Favourite Distro
- Canonical News
- In The Blogosphere
- 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 and 13.10
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu Online Summit Dates
Jono Bacon announces the dates of the first Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS) which will feature not just developer discussions but will also include presentations, demos and tutorials. Jono informs us that the UOS will take place from 10th-12th of June, 2014 and that there will be a hangout at 1700 UTC on 10th April 2014 to get ideas for the event.
Shutting down Ubuntu One file services
Jane Silber informs us of Canonical's plans to shut down Ubuntu One's file services, acknowledging that it was a very tough decision, given that so many users have come to rely so heavily on the functionality which Ubuntu One provides. Jane provides dates for the ending of various services, and assurances that the shutdown will not affect the Ubuntu One single sign-on, payments or U1DB database services.
The shutdown has also been widely written about in various articles, including, but not limited to the following:
Welcome New Members and Developers
Pablo Rubianes writes "Hello on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership board I'd like to welcome the latest Ubuntu Members elected in this last meeting."
- Thomi Richards, a well known Ubuntu Autopilot and QA developer, he also works in the tests for the graphical Ubuntu Touch Applications.
- Mihir Soni, a developer that works in the Ubuntu Core Apps project, mainly in the Calculator and Calendar projects.
- Open (107919) +447 over last week
- Critical (197) +7 over last week
- Unconfirmed (53221) +117 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
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 (http://askubuntu.com/users/202806/avinash-raj), Luis Alvarado (http://askubuntu.com/users/7035/luis-alvarado), terdon (http://askubuntu.com/users/85695/terdon), Web-E (http://askubuntu.com/users/35775/web-e) and Radu Radeanu (http://askubuntu.com/users/147044/radu-rdeanu)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
OLF 2014 Planning Meeting Summary
Svetlana Belkin informs us that Ubuntu Ohio has started planning for the Ohio Linux Fest in October 2014. Possible plans include t-shirt sales for funding, Ubuntu media giveaways, and workshops.
Want to get your DVD Pack first? Pre-order now!
Jose Antonio Rey reminds us that verified LoCo teams should make sure they pre-order by April 8th to receive DVDs in the first shipment.
Nicholas Skaggs: Time to test trusty!
Nicholas Skaggs asks for any interested party to get ready to start testing the LTS release candidates. Guides are available and any and all help is appreciated.
Benjamin Kerensa: Ubuntu Users Win Back Privacy
Benjamin Kerensa covers Canonical's decision to switch on-line search sources to opt-in only, to help with user privacy concerns.
Lubuntu Blog: Box theme 0.45
Rafael Laguna writes about the updated Box 0.45 theme for Lubuntu in the upcoming Trusty Tahr release.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Submitting your app for the App Showdown
Daniel Holbach tells us about the App Showdown, which is in full swing. Submitting your app is easy - just three simple steps. But hurry! Applications end April 9th, 2014!!
Jono Bacon: I Am Hiring
Jono Bacon informs us that he is recruiting for a community manager to join his team at Canonical and tells us of the skills and capabilities that are required. He links to the web page which provides full details of the position, saying "I think it is a great opportunity and to be part of a great team."
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Improvements to the App submission process
James Westby discusses the recent improvements to the App submission process. He says the changes should make it easier to submit, and allow for faster approval.
Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Next Alpha
Jonathan Riddell writes about the release this week of Plasma 2014.6, the first release to use KDE Frameworks 5. Though an overall 'boring release' in Jonathan's words, with no new feature overhauls, the release will serve as a base for future releases and the continuing evolution of KDE Software.
Kubuntu Wire: KDE Visual Design Team's Favourite Distro
Jonathan Riddell tells us about the new KDE Visual Design Team, and the excitement which has people working on new themes, fonts, wallpaper and much more.
#10 Ubuntu is built on IAAS for IAAS users
Mark Shuttleworth explains how Ubuntu has refined the cloud experience for users over the last few years, incorporating the major cloud options as well as OpenStack.
Making ubuntu.com responsive: lessons learned (5)
Inayaili de Leon Persson continues her series on 'Making ubuntu.com responsive', with a post titled 'lessons learned'. She details both things that have been learned, things that need to be worked on, and the process going forward.
Cisco and Canonical application-driven cloud and datacentre collaboration
John Zannos, vice-president of Cloud Alliances, tells us about the shared vision which Canonical and Cisco have regarding an application-driven data center. He goes on to explain what Cisco's announcement of OpFlex means for Canonical and the opportunities for collaboration between Cisco and Canonical going forward.
Submit your apps now - App Showdown closes 9th April
A final reminder to submit your apps to the Ubuntu App Showdown which closes on April 9th!
In The Blogosphere
eBuyer Taking Pre-Orders for PS219 Ubuntu HP Laptop
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! gives us the lowdown on the HP laptop which is expected to start shipping mid-April and for which eBuyer is taking pre-orders.
Ubuntu To Make Amazon Product Results 'Opt-In'
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about comments from Michael Hall that imply that Amazon results will be 'Opt-In' in future versions of Ubuntu. Joey writes that this is a major and much looked-for shift in policy, which will serve to protect users' privacy in upcoming Ubuntu releases.
10 reasons why the Ubuntu Phone should be your next mobile device
Jack Wallen of TechRepublic gives us all ten reasons to make an Ubuntu Phone our next mobile device. His reasons include security, cloud and desktop integration and easy customization.
Beautiful: Xubuntu 14.04 Updates Default Wallpaper
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shows off the new Xubuntu 14.04 default wallpaper and compares it to past releases.
What's New in Ubuntu's 14.04 Official Derivatives
Gary Sims of Make Tech Easier gives us a rundown of the updates and changes in Ubuntu's official 14.04 derivatives, including Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu GNOME.
A Look At The Ubuntu 14.04 Kernel Configuration
Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us about the Linux 3.13 kernel configuration being shipped in Ubuntu 14.04 which was recently frozen for the last time on April 3rd, 2014.
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Jono Bacon Q&A - 1st April 2014
Jono Bacon presents another of his regular Ubuntu on Air! Q&A sessions.
Ubuntu Engineering Live! - 2nd April 2014
Michael Hall is joined by Bill Filler, Jorge Castro and Martin Albisetti for another Engineering Live! session which was first broadcast at Ubuntu on Air!
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E01 - The One with the Cat
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are in Studio L for the first episode of Season Seven of the Ubuntu Podcast!
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.
We'll be back next week, when we'll be getting insights from Mark Shuttleworth and going through your Winter feedback.
Ubuntu HTML5 App Development Story -- Feedback session - 4th April 2014
Daniel Holbach introduces an Ubuntu on Air! session which aims to answer viewer's questions about writing HTML5 Apps.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10
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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