Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 498 for the week February 6 - 12, 2017.

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In This Issue

  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events
  • Simos Xenitellis: How to create a snap for how2 (stackoverflow from the terminal) in Ubuntu 16.04
  • Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Sprint: KDE neon Docker Images Now Support Wayland
  • Leo Arias: Ubuntu Testing Day wrap up - Ubuntu Core and QEMU (20170203)
  • Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 13.0.4 for 16.04 & 16.10
  • Reminder: Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!
  • 2 Anos con Ubuntu Phone: Pasado, presente, futuro
  • Community Initiative UBports launches Ubuntu Fairphone 2
  • Canonical News
  • In The Press
  • In The Blogosphere
  • 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

Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 released

Lukasz Zemczak announces the release of OTA-15, advising that all users should receive the update within 24 hours of his announcement. He says that the release is only a "security bugfix update" and shares a link to the release notes. Lukasz concludes his announcement by informing us, "The next future OTAs will most likely be very similar, concentrating only on critical security issues - until ubuntu-personal enters the touch world with its snaps."


Several sites have also covered this release, with articles including:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (128865) +199 over last week
  • Critical (423) no change over last week
  • Unconfirmed (64093) +119 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

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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

Simos Xenitellis: How to create a snap for how2 (stackoverflow from the terminal) in Ubuntu 16.04

Simos Xenitellis writes, using Stack Overflow and how2 as an example, how it is possible to use the how2 command-line utility within a snap. He outlines the command necessary to install snapcraft, clues on modifying the snapcraft.yaml, creating your first snap, adding plugs (for network), and pushing to ubuntu store.


Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Sprint: KDE neon Docker Images Now Support Wayland

Jonathan Riddell tells us that KDE neon Docker images are the easiest way to test out KDE software from a branch other than that of your host system. He says that the KDE neon images now also support Wayland.


Leo Arias: Ubuntu Testing Day wrap up - Ubuntu Core and QEMU (20170203)

Leo Arias writes that Ubuntu Testing Days resumed on the first Friday of February and that the session covered snaps and QEMU, and featured Michael Vogt, Zygmunt Krynicki, Federico Gimenez, Robert Wolff and Oliver Grawert. He links to a guide to running inside a virtual machine and embeds a YouTube video of the session in his article.


Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 13.0.4 for 16.04 & 16.10

Timo Aaltonen shares the latest updates to version of Mesa in Ubuntu, providing a link to the Mesa PPA to use version 13.0.4. He goes on to note that Ubuntu 17.04 will ship with Mesa 17.


Other Community News

Reminder: Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!

As a reminder, to celebrate Issue 500 of Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter we're inviting readers to take part in a newsletter-related quiz and to submit notes of thanks to contributors. Responses are due 20 February 2017 and will be announced in issue 500.


Ubuntu Phone News

2 Anos con Ubuntu Phone: Pasado, presente, futuro

Marcos Costales writes that it has now been two years since he became a user of an Ubuntu phone. He says that early reviews of the phone and tablet were unfavorable as they were being compared to existing and the best Android devices. Marcos looks forward to Unity 8 based on snap packages on both PC and mobile devices. He concludes his post with "And here comes the convergence: Same Ubuntu, same applications, different devices." The article is in Spanish.


Community Initiative UBports launches Ubuntu Fairphone 2

The UBports Foundation reminds the community of their mission and writes, "During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona end of February UBports will show a very special combination: Ubuntu on the Fairphone 2. With this successfully working device two worlds come together: sustainability and open source."


Canonical News

In The Press

Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?

Gavin Clarke of The Register touches on recent changes seen in Ubuntu. An extensive interview with Mark Shuttleworth covering much of Ubuntu's history up to the present (including Unity 8) that covers various initiatives over the years is the crux of this article.


In The Blogosphere

5 Ubuntu Unity Features You May Not Have Known About

Derrik Diener, writing for Make Tech Easier, reminds us that Ubuntu Unity has been around since the 11.04 release but that some of its features are not generally discussed. In turn, he describes the HUD, launching a program using the Super key, using the Super key to launch specific lenses, using the Super key to open the trash, and revealing keybindings.


Lubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) PowerPC Daily Build ISOs to No Longer Be Produced

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Lubuntu's Simon Quigley has announced that starting with Ubuntu 17.04 there won't be any ISO images available to install Ubuntu of its flavors on PowerPC 32-bit architecture. Marius says that while the daily builds for 17.04 will cease, support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a PPC will continue until April 2021, and April 2019 for the Lubuntu flavor.


Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Has Been Delayed Once Again, Should Land on Monday Now

Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, informs us that Canonical is not ready to release Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS as there are some minor issues that still need to be addressed. He says that this is the first point release that will come with the HWE [Hardware Enablement] stack from Ubuntu 16.10, and quotes Canonical's Adam Conrad as saying "There are still some bits I need to tidy up to get server images going, but that shouldn't stop people from testing the desktop images."


The 16.04.2 delay was also covered by Michael Larabel over on Phoronix: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...2-LTS-LM-Delay

Open source smart home platform gains Ubuntu snap packages

Eric Brown of LinuxGizmos writes about the Ubuntu snap package format and their use in the "Java-driven openHAB home automation framework." He dives into details about snaps and openHAB itself, exploring benefits of both, how they work together and links to additional resources.


Featured Audio and Video

Ubuntu Testing Day - Ubuntu Core and DragonBoard 410c

Leo Arias introduces another Ubuntu Testing Day session in which the topic for discussion is the DragonBoard 410c supported by Ubuntu Core. The main speaker for the session is Linaro's Robert Wolff who also answers questions raised on IRC.


Full Circle Weekly News #52

Released on February 11th, the Full Circle Magazine team brings you their 52nd installment of their weekly news.

Show notes:


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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