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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 378

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 378 for the week August 4 - 10, 2014.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS released
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • UbunConLa 2014, next week! (August 14th-16th)
    • [Event]Open Source Conference 2014 Kansai@Kyoto
    • ReVerification Ubuntu Greece
    • Michael Hall: Web apps vs. Native apps in Ubuntu
    • Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu 14.10 wallpapers - we needs 'em!
    • Unity8 & Mir update Aug 5, 2014
    • The hybrid cloud would prefer you leave your interop inhibitions at the door
    • India Opens Up to Ubuntu
    • Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 12.04.5 LTS released

    On behalf of the release team, Stephane Graber announces the availability of the fifth point release for Ubuntu 12.04. He writes that in addition to a an updated kernel and X stack for new
    installations on x86 architectures, "this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS."

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (112586) +257 over last week
    • Critical (211) -2 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (56185) +127 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: Vivek (, GEO (, Francesco (, TheSchwa ( and Volker Siegel (

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    UbunConLa 2014, next week! (August 14th-16th)

    Javier Lopez writes a blog post letting us know that UbuConLA in Columbia is coming up August 14-16th. Javier writes: "With so many attendees I'm sure the UbuConLA will not only increase the awareness of Ubuntu and libre software in the region but will be an ideal forum to exchange experience between local teams and its correlation with local governments and other institutions."

    [Event]Open Source Conference 2014 Kansai@Kyoto

    mizuno-as lets us know about the Open Source Conference 2014 Kansai@Kyoto that was held in the city of Kyoto on August 1-2, and shares some pictures of the event with us including a photo of the Ubuntu booth and photos from Hiroshi Chonan's presentation on Trusty and Utopic.

    ReVerification Ubuntu Greece

    George Christofis, contact for the Ubuntu Greece team, announces that the team has been reverified by the LoCo Council and writes: "The Greek community started its activity in 2005, and since 2008 which it was the first approval from LoCo Council, is continued to be the verified Ubuntu community in Greece due to the work and the activities by the members. Many credits to all members of our community for their contribution!"

    The Planet

    Michael Hall: Web apps vs. Native apps in Ubuntu

    Michael hall writes a blog post about the differences in a web application (HTML5) vs a Native application (QML) running in Ubuntu, and concludes: "webapps should be treated like native apps, and increasingly will be on modern computing platforms, because the distinction between them is either being chipped away or becoming irrelevant"

    Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu 14.10 wallpapers - we needs 'em!

    The Canonical Design Team puts up a call for submissions for new wallpapers for the 14.10 release. The blog post has instructions on how to submit the materials for consideration.

    Other Community News

    Unity8 & Mir update Aug 5, 2014

    Kevin Gunn provides us with another update about the status of Unity8 and Mir in Ubuntu, for this past week.

    Canonical News

    The hybrid cloud would prefer you leave your interop inhibitions at the door

    Mark Baker writes about recent studies that reveal that the hybrid cloud is expected to become the dominant cloud strategy.

    In The Press

    India Opens Up to Ubuntu

    Varun Aggarwal at The India Times tells us about how Ubuntu has started to become more and more popular in India over time, growing its user base in more than 50% year over year.

    Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

    Gavin Clarke from The Register reports on the Amazon Shopping lens having passed a "data smell test" completed by the Information Commissioner's Office (IOC).

    In The Blogosphere

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Engineering Live! Aug 6, 2014

    Alan Pope provides an update on the Core Apps status, Clock reboot, Reminders using production Evernote for syncing, and a call for more translations help.

    Benjamin Zeller from the Ubuntu SDK joins us for the first time to talk about recent improvements to the SDK tools, additions to the UI Toolkit components, and optimizations under the hood.

    Lukasz Zemczak talked about the phone image release process, CI team dashboard, how being in TRAINCON-0 affects the landing process, and what changes are coming to support an RTM branch of development.

    Olli Ries brought us an update on the Unity 8 development, new APIs landing for the dash and indicators, and plans for further convergence.

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E19 - The One Where No One's Ready

    We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
    • More companies join the Linux Foundation...
    • Groupon launches "Gnome Software" (you can see where this one is going...)
    • Mozilla joins That List...
    • EtherCalc, a collaborative open source spreadsheet has been launched...
    • Password manager Mitro is being open sourced by Twitter...
    • XBMC will be renamed to Kodi...

    This week, we just about have time for some gaming news from Tony:
    • have added Linux support for 50+ games in their DRM-free catalog...

    We also take a look at what's been happening in the community:
    • Ubuntu is to get faster positioning services through Nokia HERE maps...
    • Alpha 2 of Utopic Unicorn has been released...
    • Support for GTK apps running on Mir has landed in utopic-proposed...
    • The ICO and the legality of the Ubuntu shopping lens...

    And there are a couple of events:
    • Wikimania 2014 - 8th-10th August - London, UK
    • Ogg`Camp 2014 - 4th-5th October - Oxford, UK

    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 and 14.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2019


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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

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    Last edited by elizabeth; August 19th, 2014 at 05:17 AM.

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