Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 486 for the week October 31 - November 6, 2016.

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In This Issue

  • Join the Ubuntu community at UbuCon Europe in Essen, Germany
  • Ubuntu Online Summit: Call for sessions
  • Ubuntu Core 16 delivers foundation for secure IoT
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events
  • The Planet
  • Xubuntu: Presenting the Xubuntu status tracker
  • Marcos Costales: How to print a document created with uWriter
  • Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
  • Sean Davis: Mugshot 0.3.2 Released
  • Paul White: My Ubuntu week - old hardware, a VPS and Ubuntu GNOME
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Full Circle Issue #114
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 16.04 and 16.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Join the Ubuntu community at UbuCon Europe in Essen, Germany

Daniel Holbach reminds us that the next UbuCon is almost upon us; this time in Essen Germany on 19th & 20th November 2016. He advises that the first talk will be by Jane Silber (CEO Canonical), then IoT with Ubuntu, Ubuntu Touch porting workshop, BASH on Ubuntu on windows, how to create a snap and more. A link to register and details is provided.


Ubuntu Online Summit: Call for sessions

Daniel Holbach reminds us that the Ubuntu Online Summit takes place on 15th and 16th November. He links to the sites from which further information about the event can be found and sessions can be added by those that have registered to attend.


Ubuntu Core 16 delivers foundation for secure IoT

On November 3, 2016, Canonical released Ubuntu Core 16 for IoT. Canonical has been working with Dell, IBM, Open Source Robotics Foundation, Intel, Linaro and others to ensure IoT devices have provided security and a stable platform for developers through the use of snaps and Ubuntu Core.


This news was also covered by other news outlets and blogs, including the following:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (127054) +124 over last week
  • Critical (394) +18 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (62797) +83 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: Jake (http://askubuntu.com/users/611216/jake), Serg (http://askubuntu.com/users/295286/serg), heemayl (http://askubuntu.com/users/216503/heemayl), Jacob Vlijm (http://askubuntu.com/users/72216/jacob-vlijm) and Rostislav Kandilarov (http://askubuntu.com/users/325029/rostislav-kandilarov)

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:


The Planet

Xubuntu: Presenting the Xubuntu status tracker

The Xubuntu team shares that they used the same status tracker as did other Ubuntu flavors up until 2015. This post introduces the new Xubuntu-specific status tracker with explanation of the main views: overview, work-items, burndown-chart, and timeline. The tracker is also integrated to Xubuntu wiki with links to team calendar, IRC channel, mailing list and new contributor documentation.


Marcos Costales: How to print a document created with uWriter

Marcos Costales tells us how to print, and access documents created on an Ubuntu phone with programs like uWriter, from a PC running Ubuntu. He shares the commands necessary, and includes many screenshots of the process.


Mythbuntu: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Thomas Mashos informs us that Mythbuntu as a separate distribution will cease to exist after specific Mythbuntu packages have been pulled from the repositories unless someone steps up to take them over. He explains the reasons why this is happening, gives special thanks to and names those that have helped, and explains how both new and existing users will be affected. Thomas assures us that the MythTV packages in the official repositories and the Mythbuntu PPA will continue to be available and updated.


Sean Davis: Mugshot 0.3.2 Released

Sean Davis writes about Mugshot 0.3.2 which has arrived for Ubuntu 17.04 with the good news that the camera function is working. He says that the update will land in other versions (16.04) in time.


Paul White: My Ubuntu week - old hardware, a VPS and Ubuntu GNOME

Paul White recounts work he has focused on over the past week on several laptops he had running various flavors of Ubuntu. At the end of his testing journey, he concludes: "Old hardware seems to work fine with the right flavour of Ubuntu until you push it to its limits but it's nice to know that if one Ubuntu flavour doesn't work for you then you can always try another."


Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

System76 brings Ubuntu to $699 laptop with Kaby Lake chips

Agam Shah, writing for PCWorld, briefly reviews the Lemur laptop from System76 noting that it is more cost effective than Dell's XPS13. He gives us a quick summary of the laptop's specification, the differences between the low and high end models, and confirms that both Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10 are available preloaded.


First International UbuCon Europe Ubuntu Conference Takes Place November 18-20

Marius Nestor of Softpedia reminds us that UbuCon Europe will take place between 18th and 20th November in Essen, Germany. He writes that the event will consist of "two days full of talks, workshops, demos, exhibitions and (hopefully) great food!" Marius also links to the website from where further information about the event and accommodation can be found.


Yippie Yak -- New Ubuntu T-Shirt Is Now Available To Buy

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that following the latest Ubuntu release a brand new t-shirt is available from the Canonical store. He notes that the differing designs associated with past releases and links to where the t-shirt can be ordered.


Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 to Introduce New Task Manager with Wallpaper and App Icons

Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, takes a quick look at the upcoming update for Ubuntu Touch which will introduce a new task manager that supports wallpaper and app icons. He notes that the release, known as OTA-14, mainly focuses on fixing bugs and says that a Release Candidate image will shortly be available for testing.


In Other News

Full Circle Issue #114

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of issue one hundred and thirteen.

This month:

  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, Stop Your CPU Overheating, and Program With FreePascal
  • Graphics : Inkscape
  • Linux Labs: CD Ripping
  • NEW! KODI Room: Tips & Tricks
  • Book Review: Electronics for Kids
  • Interview: Ryan Sipes at System76
  • Ubuntu Games: The Ship Remastered

plus: News, Q&A, and soooo much more.

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-114

Featured Audio and Video

S09E36-Paul's Bitter Holiday - Ubuntu Podcast

It's Episode Thirty-Six of Season-Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Paul Tansom are connected and speaking to your brain.

The same line up as last week are here for another episode.

In this week's show:

  • We discuss why some distros fade in popularity and what potentially kills them off?
  • We share a Command Line Lurve:
  • nmtui - A curses interface for Network Manager
  • nmcli - A powerful utility to configure Network Manager
  • We also discuss playing "Sunless Sea" and the brilliant entries we've have to "our Thing Explainer competition", which [had] a closing date of November 5th 2016.
  • And we go over all your amazing feedback - thanks for sending it - please keep sending it!
  • And more!


Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 1st November 2016

Michael Hall and Alan Pope of the Ubuntu Community Team host their weekly update and Q&A session in which they answer questions that are put to them on IRC.


Full Circle Weekly News #41

Just a quick message to let you know that Full Circle Weekly News #41 is out:
and, Full Circle Magazine #114 came out last week: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-114/

The show is also available via: RSS: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/feed/podcast Stitcher Radio: http://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=85347&refid=stpr TuneIn Radio: http://tunein.com/radio/Full-Circle-...-News-p855064/ and PlayerFM: https://player.fm/series/the-full-circle-weekly-news

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, 16.04 and 16.10

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

Ubuntu 16.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2017


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