Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 479 for the weeks of August 15 - 28, 2016.

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In This Issue

  • Yakkety Yak Beta 1 Released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu in Philadelphia
  • LoCo Events
  • Canonical Design Team: Convergent terminal
  • Canonical Design Team: What is the best way to display online status? We tested it
  • Lubuntu Blog: We need your input on Lubuntu image sizes!
  • Jonathan Riddell: Plasma release schedule updated
  • Valorie Zimmerman: Weeeeee! Akademy and Qtcon approaching fast
  • Robert Ancell: Introducing snapd-glib
  • M10 Travel Light winners!
  • Canonical News
  • Ubuntu Founder Sets the Bar for Successful OpenStack Implementations
  • Linux celebrates the first of its two 25th birthdays
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04
  • And much more!


General Community News

Yakkety Yak Beta 1 Released

Set Hallstrom and Simon Quigley, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announce the availability of Yakkety Yak Beta 1 for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio. They note: "Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage."

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...st/003875.html

This Beta release was covered by several news sites and blogs, the following couple of articles were selected by our editors as nice complements to the official release announcement:


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (125283) +335 over the past two weeks
  • Critical (362) -6 over the past two weeks
  • Unconfirmed (61959) +286 over the past two weeks


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

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==== Top Voted New Questions ====



People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Anwar (http://askubuntu.com/users/61218/anwar), Elder Geek (http://askubuntu.com/users/225694/elder-geek), Zanna (http://askubuntu.com/users/527764/zanna), Kaz Wolfe (http://askubuntu.com/users/208574/kaz-wolfe) and Zacharee1 (http://askubuntu.com/users/274320/zacharee1)

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

LoCo News

Ubuntu in Philadelphia

Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about her recent visit to Philadelphia. She starts off by writing about her talk at the Philadelphia Linux User Group meeting about Ubuntu 16.04, and she shares her slides from the talk. She goes on to talk about FOSSCON and the Ubuntu booth at the conference.

http://princessleia.com/journal/2016...-philadelphia/

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

Canonical Design Team: Convergent terminal

Jouni Helminen of the Ubuntu Design team writes that they aim to improve the user experience (UX) of Terminal app. Jouni shows the work so far with screen captures of the app and comments on what's been done so far. More improvements are desired, and if you can help please contact Alan Pope or Jouni via email.

http://design.canonical.com/2016/08/...gent-terminal/

Canonical Design Team: What is the best way to display online status? We tested it

Rae Shambrook of the Ubuntu Design team tells us about user-testing on RCS (rich communications service) group chat with regards displaying online status. Rae goes through her test, the subjects and the findings.

http://design.canonical.com/2016/08/...-we-tested-it/

Lubuntu Blog: We need your input on Lubuntu image sizes!

The Lubuntu team requests Lubuntu users input regarding ISO size. Poll link is provided, and closes 2016-Aug-30 at 19:00 UTC. The poll asks what architecture you use, how many machines and most importantly if you prefer CD/1gb/2gb/4gb/DVD/8gb size.

http://lubuntu.me/lubuntu-image-sizes/

Jonathan Riddell: Plasma release schedule updated

Jonathan Riddell announces a change to the Plasma 5.8 release schedule following a request was made from openSUSE (whom are also supporters, contributors and patrons of KDE). The Plasma team agreed to move date forward, so it's now first Tuesday in October.

http://jriddell.org/2016/08/18/plasm...edule-updated/

Valorie Zimmerman: Weeeeee! Akademy and Qtcon approaching fast

Valorie Zimmerman writes about the upcoming Akademy during Qtcon that she will be attending. She writes, "of course Kubuntu will do our annual face-to-face meeting, with as many of us as can get to Berlin."

http://linuxgrandma.blogspot.com/201...proaching.html

Robert Ancell: Introducing snapd-glib

Robert Ancell introduces us to snapd-glib, a new library that is intended to help Glib projects by making it easier to connect to the snaps daemon. With the code Robert provides, it is possible for snap users to easily make use of this new library.

http://bobthegnome.blogspot.com/2016...napd-glib.html

Ubuntu Phone News

M10 Travel Light winners!

Amrisha Prashar announces the winners of the Travel Light competition. The top two contestants, Gabriel Lucas for his Ubuntu Kite and Andrea Souviron with Ubuntusaurus Rex will receive their own M10 tablet for their submissions. Other contest winners will be awarded with Strauss Bluetooth speakers are also listed.

http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/08/2...light-winners/

Canonical News



In The Press

Ubuntu Founder Sets the Bar for Successful OpenStack Implementations

Juan Martinez of PCMag profiles Mark Shuttleworth and gives an overview of the OpenStack plans being presented by Canonical following his presentation at OpenStack East.

http://www.pcmag.com/news/347009/ubu...nstack-impleme

Linux celebrates the first of its two 25th birthdays

Chris Merriman of The Inquirer covers the 25th birthday of Linux, and then cites Ubuntu as "easily the best known 'flavour' or 'distro' of Linux." He share a quote from Canonical CEO Jane Silber about the platform that Linux has provided for innovation.

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...25th-birthdays

In The Blogosphere

Canonical to Replace Upstart with systemd for Ubuntu 16.10's Session Startup

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes about Canonical's plans to replace the Upstart init system with systemd. Primarily quoting Martin Pitt from the Ubuntu Online Summit with a link to the mailing list announcement.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/canon...p-507413.shtml

Canonical Releases Massive Mir 0.24.0 Display Server Update for Ubuntu Linux OS

Marius Nestor of Softpedia shares the latest update from the changelog, writing "Canonical has pushed a new massive update (version 0.24.0) of the Mir display server used to power the Unity 8 user interface of the next-generation Ubuntu Linux operating system." He goes on to share some of the specific updates.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/canon...s-507569.shtml

Other Articles of Interest



Featured Audio and Video



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 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04

Security Updates



Ubuntu 12.04 Updates



End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates



End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates



End of Life - April 2021

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