Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 496 for the week January 23 - 29, 2017.

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In This Issue

  • Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 Released
  • We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now!
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu Global Jam Pack [at the Roanoke Linux Users Group]
  • LoCo Events
  • Jorge Castro: Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes - Release 1.5.2
  • Xubuntu: Winners of the #lovexubuntu Competition
  • Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 12.0.6 in 16.04 & 16.10
  • Harald Sitter: KDE Slimbook
  • Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 now available in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04 and 16.10
  • Canonical News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Full Circle Magazine #117
  • Full Circle Weekly News #51
  • 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

Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 Released

Simon Quigley, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Alpha 2. He informs us of the flavors which have participated in the release: Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Budgie, and goes on to link to where the images can be downloaded from. Simon concludes his announcement by writing; "A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release, and welcome Ubuntu Budgie!"


The following selection of articles are some of those published about this alpha release:

We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now!

Nathan Haines informs us that the Free Culture Showcase for Ubuntu 17.04 is underway and that desktop wallpaper images are now being sought. He shares links to where the images will be collected on Flickr and to where further information about the Free Culture Showcase can be found. Nathan says that he is looking forward to the successful submissions that will ship with Ubuntu 17.04, to be released on April 13th.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (128501) +179 over last week
  • Critical (422) +6 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (63846) +100 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

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

LoCo News

Ubuntu Global Jam Pack [at the Roanoke Linux Users Group]

Darrell Little of the Roanoke Linux Users Group (ROALUG) reaches out to the community to report on the success of their participation in the W4CA Amateur Radio Hamfest in August 2016 and the Barnes & Noble Mini-Maker Faire in November 2016. He expresses thanks for the donation of the Global Jam Pack and shares a link to the Ubuntu Global Jam event ROALUG held in November.


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

Jorge Castro: Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes - Release 1.5.2

Jorge Castro writes that the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes 1.5.2 has been released and is supported. He says that it is a pure upstream release designed to be easily deployable to public clouds, private servers and laptops. He shows us the commands to install and run Kubernetes on 16.04 systems, or upgrade from the prior 1.5.x series. Jorge also lists the general bug fixes and additional features.


Xubuntu: Winners of the #lovexubuntu Competition

The Xubuntu team announces the winners of the #lovexubuntu competition, quoting stories and tweets from the winners and finalists, one of whom designed a plastic 3D-printed Xubuntu cookie cutter. They thank all those that submitted entries, and for those that would like their own Xubuntu cookie cutter, they share a photo and a link to the design on Thingiverse.


Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 12.0.6 in 16.04 & 16.10

Timo Aaltonen reminds us that prior LTS versions of Ubuntu came with a renamed Mesa backported from the latest release which created issues for some users. He says that from 16.04.2 onwards, Mesa will be backported un-renamed, and that version 12.0.6 is now in xenial-proposed and yakkety-proposed.


Harald Sitter: KDE Slimbook

Harald Sitter tells us that some KDE contributors have been working awhile on a secret project which has now been revealed: the KDE Slimbook. The Spanish laptop retailer Slimbook, has helped create "the first KDE laptop" shipping with KDE neon. Harald lists some of the work done, shares some links to KDE and the slimbook, and shows us the KDE logo found on the laptop.


Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 now available in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04 and 16.10

"The Kubuntu Team announces the availability of Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 on Kubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) and 16.10 (Yakkety) though our Backports PPA." The article also includes instructions for how to get the update.


Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x to Take Place March 2-3 in Pasadena, California

Marius Nestor of Softpedia advises that Nathan Haines has announced the dates of the next UbuCon Summit as being March 2 and March 3 and that it will take place in Pasadena, California during the SCALE 15x event. Marius shares some links to where further information about the conference can be found and quotes Nathan as saying: "UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x is the next in the impressive series of conferences."


Ubuntu OTA-15 Will Let Ubuntu Touch Users Access HTTPS Sites Again

Joey Sneddon writing for OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that OTA-15 won't contain any new features but a very limited number of critical fixes pertaining to the Ubuntu browser. He says Ubuntu Touch users are reporting that they are unable to load HTTPS websites and quotes Canonical's Chris Coulson who explains the reasons for this issue. Joey advises that at present there is no firm date for the release for OTA-15.


Need a Linux-tuned laptop? New KDE Slimbook aims to make it simpler to drop Windows

Liam Tung of ZDNet reports on the Slimbook laptop which runs the Ubuntu-based KDE neon operating system and has been developed in conjunction with KDE community developers to ensure the hardware runs smoothly out of the box. He gives us a brief specification of the laptop, indicates that pricing starts at EUR729 ($779) and says that the RAM is upgradeable to 16GB.


The Ubuntu Web Browser App Is Getting a New Icon

Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reminds us that the default icon for the Ubuntu web-browser app was considered by some to be too similar to the Apple Safari icon. He tells us that Canonical have listed to the criticism, have developed a new icon based on the Suru design language, and shows us the new icon. Joey predicts that the new icon may included in the upcoming OTA-15.


Ubuntu 17.04 Continues Prepping For Linux 4.10

Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that according the the Ubuntu kernel team's newsletter, Linux 4.10 is still planned to ship with Ubuntu 17.04 when it is released in April. Michael shares a link to an overview of the features of Linux 4.10, and says that Linux 4.11 will probably not be available until after the release of Ubuntu 17.04.


In Other News

Full Circle Magazine #117

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

This month:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python (Arduino), Snappy on an EEE PC, and Program With FreePascal
  • Graphics : Inkscape * [NEW!] Kdenlive
  • ChromeCult: Dropbox Paper
  • Linux Labs: Dictating a Novel
  • KODI Room
  • Book Review: Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python
  • Ubuntu Games: Life Is Strange

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

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-117/

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Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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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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