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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 463


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 463 for the week April 18 - 24, 2016.

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    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) released
    • Canonical unveils 6th LTS release of Ubuntu with 16.04
    • Y is for...
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo Events
    • Xubuntu: Xubuntu 16.04 Wallpaper Competition Winners!
    • Jorge Castro: A Quick Intro to Juju Resources
    • Jonathan Riddell: KDE Neon User Edition Tech Preview
    • Dustin Kirkland: By the numbers: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
    • Zygmunt Krynicki: Snappy interfaces, plugs, slots and connections
    • Sean M. Davis: Translation Updates!
    • Canonical Design Team: Redesigning ubuntu.com's navigation
    • Ubuntu Studio: New Ubuntu Studio Release and New Project Lead!
    • Zygmunt Krynicki: snap install --devmode
    • Ubuntu Cloud News
    • The tablet that turns into a PC is available to buy!
    • Canonical News
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.10 and 16.04
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) released

    Adam Conrad announces the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), the first long term support release that features support for s390x architecture. He writes that this release also includes significant updates for existing software packages and utilities including Unity, LibreOffice, Firefox, as well as the Mitaka version of OpenStack. Accompanying this is the release of 16.04 LTS versions of the official flavor distributions.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...il/000207.html

    Canonical unveils 6th LTS release of Ubuntu with 16.04

    Canonical declares the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, thereby marking the platform's sixth long term support release. They write that major features of this release include the new "snap" application format, the release of LXD and ZFX-on-Linux as well as support for CephFS. They explain this release also constitutes a step towards Canonical's goal of a converged Ubuntu platform that that connects IOT, desktop and mobile.

    http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/04/2...tu-with-16-04/

    The release news continues with various announcements in the press and blogosphere about this release. The following were selected by our editors:


    Y is for...

    Mark Shuttleworth announces the next Ubuntu release, 16.10, by simply writing: "Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak. Naturally :)"

    http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1496

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (120823) +293 over last week
    • Critical (349) +11 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (59138) -73 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: muru (http://askubuntu.com/users/158442/muru), cl-netbox (http://askubuntu.com/users/260935/cl-netbox), mikeymop (http://askubuntu.com/users/134615/mikeymop), Videonauth (http://askubuntu.com/users/522934/videonauth) and Terrance (http://askubuntu.com/users/231142/terrance)

    Ask (and answer!) questions at http://askubuntu.com

    LoCo Events

    The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:



    Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

    http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

    The Planet

    Xubuntu: Xubuntu 16.04 Wallpaper Competition Winners!

    The Xubuntu team announced the results of the 16.04 wallpaper competition. Of the 92 submissions only 6 were to be chosen, but due difficulty in picking the "best", 6 grew to become 10. The link contains reduced sized images of the 10, and xubuntu-community-wallpapers package (full-sized images) are installed when you install Xubuntu 16.04.

    http://xubuntu.org/news/xubuntu-16-0...ition-winners/

    Jorge Castro: A Quick Intro to Juju Resources

    Jorge Castro blogs about "blobs" which he defines as "workload payloads, binaries for software, or whatever bits you need to deploy and manage." He explains that blobs have always been useful, but Juju never really understood them. A new concept has been introduced into Charms called "Resources", which are binary-blobs that the charm can utilize. This is achieved via a new clause in yaml (resources:), and with new commands "juju list-resources", "juju push-resource" & "juju charm list-resources".

    http://www.jorgecastro.org/2016/04/1...uju-resources/

    Jonathan Riddell: KDE Neon User Edition Tech Preview

    Jonathan Riddell tells us briefly that KDE neon User Edition Tech Preview is out now. Built on a foundation of Ubuntu 16.04LTS & coming with Qt 5.5, it contains Plasma 5.6.3. He notes that it does contain some known issues, but if you'd like to test, filling out a 'testers questionnaire' would be most helpful, with user support available via a fb or g+ group, or post on KDE forums.

    http://jriddell.org/2016/04/20/kde-n...-tech-preview/

    Dustin Kirkland: By the numbers: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

    Dustin Kirkland created some great stats from the Ubuntu Xenial archive placed on a local SSD. Beyond the simple "6th LTS" release; Dustin provides stats on the number of debs for each architecture (armhf, ... i386, ... s390x & no-arch), how many lines of source code (using 'cloc') and how they break up into various languages (C, C++, ... bash, ... fortran, ... assembly, ... pascal, ...) and more.

    http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2016/...-1604-lts.html

    Zygmunt Krynicki: Snappy interfaces, plugs, slots and connections

    Zygmunt Krynicki continues a series about snappy interfaces. In this second blog he focuses on connections. Zygmunt defines a connection as an ordered tuple (plug, slot) and proceeds to explain it using .yaml example. Covering "Plugs and slots", "Connections", "Binding plus and slots to app", before going to "Working with connections" where he shifts to shell commands to make it all come together.

    http://www.zygoon.pl/2016/04/snappy-...nnections.html

    Sean M. Davis: Translation Updates!

    Sean Davis tells us that some releases are notable only for their improved translations; which in his opinion includes LightDM GTK+ Greeter Settings 1.2.1, MenuLibre 2.1.3 & XFCE Panel Switch 1.0.4. Sean lists the languages that contain translation updates, which are available to anyone running Ubuntu 16.04, or can be downloaded via provided Launchpad links.

    https://smdavis.us/2016/04/20/translation-updates/

    Canonical Design Team: Redesigning ubuntu.com's navigation

    Inayaili de Leon Persson informs us that the web team had a offsite week-long 'sprint' in Holborn, central London. They write that one of the key items in the agenda was to brainstorm solutions for easier Ubuntu web-site navigation. This was last done in 2013; and Inayaili provides photos & details of how this transpired (including looking at how other sites do it). The design work is complete; now it awaits a prototype for testing.

    http://design.canonical.com/2016/04/...ms-navigation/

    Ubuntu Studio: New Ubuntu Studio Release and New Project Lead!

    In addition to electing Set Hallstrom as their new project lead, Ubuntu Studio has issued their version of the 16.04 LTS release. Key features of this release include rewritten Ubuntu Studio controls and the transition from libav to ffmpeg.

    http://ubuntustudio.org/2016/04/new-...-project-lead/

    Zygmunt Krynicki: snap install --devmode

    Zygmunt Krynicki highlights the --devmode function in snap install. He points out, "Development mode is aimed at snap developers to let them understand what their application (or application toolkit) is doing under the hood."

    http://www.zygoon.pl/2016/04/snap-install-devmode.html

    Ubuntu Cloud News



    Ubuntu Phone News

    The tablet that turns into a PC is available to buy!

    Amrisha Prashar informs us that the Ubuntu edition of the Aquaris M10 tablet, Canonical's first fully converged device, is now available for purchase. By dynamically shifting between modes, the device is capable of providing a unique desktop and tablet experience for the user.

    http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/04/1...ilable-to-buy/

    Canonical News



    In The Blogosphere

    Made in China: Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition dares to be different

    Jason Perlow of ZDNet details how an upcoming version of the Meizu Pro 5 will use Ubuntu rather than an Android mobile OS, thereby offering an alternative to Android based devices. In doing so, he writes that Meizu offers a compelling and reasonably-priced phablet that is capable of competing with flagship devices from Meizu's larger competitors.

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/made-in...-be-different/

    Xubuntu's Xenial Wallpapers Are Exceptionally Beautiful

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that the Xubuntu team has declared the winners of its community wallpaper competition. He shares the ten photos that will be shipped as wallpapers within the Xubuntu 16.04 LTS release and writes: "I'm sure you'll agree, the winning backgrounds are all breathtakingly beautiful."

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/w...pers-beautiful

    Official Ubuntu 16.04 T-shirt Is Now Available to Buy

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! talks about the new Ubuntu Xenial Xerus t-shirt available in the Canonical store. He links to the store where you can buy it.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/o...ailable-to-buy

    In a follow-up article, Joey also mentions the availability of 16.04 USB sticks in the store: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/b...4-usb-official

    Ubuntu 16.04 LTS introduces "snaps" for new robust, secure app format

    An article on Help Net Security talks about the availability of Snappy in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. They talk about the security aspect, the cloud, and embedded technology and some other features in 16.04 available to users

    https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2016...ntu-16-04-lts/

    Ubuntu Snap doesn't have the security issue -- X11 does

    Fahmida Y. Rashid from InfoWorld disproves the recent article by Matthew Garrett that states that the Snap format is insecure, because X11 can be manipulated by any application. She points out that the "security risk isn't from Snap packages, but from the fact that X11 is insecure -- how X11 trusts applications is a well-known security risk. Snap doesn't change X11's trust model, so the fact that applications can see what other applications are doing isn't a weakness in the new package format, but rather X11's."

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/306...-x11-does.html

    Featured Audio and Video

    Juju Office Hours: Release Edition

    Jorge Castro hosts a special release edition of Juju Office Hours.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUbCvcBBeg8

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: Ubuntu Podcast: S09E08 - Up the Creek Extreme

    It's Episode Eight of Season Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Laura Cowen and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

    In this week's show:
    • We discuss unbreaking an Ubuntu computer (e.g., ahem, by formatting the /boot partition of a running laptop) using chroot.
    • Some help came from a similar problem found on StackExchange
    • We discuss accelerating lots of bits of the Raspberry Pi.
    • We share a Command Line Lurve - doctl
    • And we go over your feedback - thanks for sending it - please send more!
    • And more!


    http://ubuntupodcast.org/2016/04/21/...creek-extreme/

    The day after the release: Ubuntu 16.04 Q&A with the Community Team

    David Planella, Daniel Holbach, and Alan Pope present a special Q&A from Canonical Community Team on the day after the release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. They open with announcements and answer questions provided to them over IRC.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOJfwCOmByQ

    Ubuntu M10 Ubuntu Tablet Unboxing [Video]

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a pair of unboxing videos from community members who recently received their bq M10 tablet, Ubuntu edition.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/u...video-unboxing

    Full Circle Weekly News #14

    Full Circle Weekly News #14 is out: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/podcas...weekly-news-14
    and, Full Circle Magazine #107 came out a couple of weeks ago: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-107/

    The show is also available via:



    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings



    Upcoming Meetings and Events

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    Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.10 and 16.04

    Security Updates



    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 14.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2019

    Ubuntu 15.10 Updates



    End of Life - July 2016

    Ubuntu 16.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2021

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 463

    Thanks for all your hard work folks.

    Another enjoyable issue.

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