WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 300 for the week January 14 - 20, 2013.
In This Issue
General Community News
Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations
Benjamin Drung, Stéphane Graber, Iain Lane, and Cody Somerville will reach the end of their terms on the Developer Membership Board on 2013-02-13. Therefore Iain Lane puts out a call for nominations for new members, and explains the obligations of these nominees.
Application Review Board restaffing results
Stephane Graber announces the results of the Application Review Board restaffing. Since a single nomination was filed, the nominee Jonathan Carter’s membership was confirmed bypassing the usual poll. However, the ARB is still understaffed by two members. Anyone interested in joining is directed to get in touch with ARB.
- Open (#) +/- # over last week
- Critical (#) +/- # over last week
- Unconfirmed (#) +/- # over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Working on Errors
Brian Murray describes the new ‘search by source-package’ feature he recently added to Launchpad error tracker, allowing the search for a source package to find all errors related to binary packages using the source.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Ben Howard: Vagrant Ubuntu Cloud Images
Ben Howard announces the availability of Vagrant cloud images customized to work with the Vagrant development environment and that are based on Ubuntu cloud images. Howard asks for feedback to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list for those who use Vagrant; he also provides some details about Vagrant specs and usage.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Phone SDK Experiments
Jono Bacon invites anyone who is interested to try out the developer preview of the SDK, which can be found at: http://developer.ubuntu.com/get-started/gomobile/ Bacon also presents some of the experiments already completed with SDK compoments, including a game and a Reddit reader.
Dustin Kirkland: Homebrew inspired by Ubuntu -- Ubrewtu
Dustin Kirkland writes about how the ideals of openness and collaboration from the Ubuntu project have inspired the work he’s done on home brewing beer.
How I got started developing for Mythbuntu (or how you can help too)
Thomas Mashos shares his experience with the Ubuntu project from the very first moment to current Mythbuntu development. With his story, Mashos encourages others to jump into the open source world and contribute in order to get experience and maybe develop their career in that direction.
Randall Ross: How to Win the War
Randall Ross writes about Ubuntu evangelists, but this time in “winning the war tone”. Ross states: “We shall win by embracing a philosophy that puts people first and by publicly declaring that fact with both words and actions. Now, name one technology company (proprietary or not) that can beat us at that game. ;)”
Jhosman Lizarazo: “Ubuntu for a Child ” Bucaramanga – CUSOL
Jhosman Lizarazo tells us about his experience with a foundation, which gave away a computer preinstalled with Ubuntu to a child in Colombia. He also shares some photos of the event.
Elizabeth Krumbach: All 100 Edubuntu computers in Ghana have been deployed!
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about the completion of a project deploying 100 computers with Edubuntu in Ghana. “Over 1500 students will be given the opportunity to work on these systems by having them in their schools,” Krumbach states.
Canonical Design Blog: Behind the scenes: Notes
Christina Li from the Ubuntu design team shares the process the design team went through regarding Notes application and toolkit.
In The Press
How to Overcome Common Ubuntu Hassles
Matt Hartley of Datamation shares “techniques are useful for more advanced Ubuntu users as well as newbies” in overcoming hassles, which he says are "experienced by entirely too many Ubuntu users.”
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu QML toolkit received support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 13.04
Razvi of iloveubuntu.com writes that the QML toolkit for users of Ubuntu 12.04 and Ubuntu 13.04 has been made available, in addition to the already supported Ubuntu 12.10, thus extending the reach to the majority of Ubuntu users.
A 10.1 inch Tablet that Dual-Boots Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04? Yes Please!
Manuel Jose of Tech Drive-In writes that Italian firm DaVinci Mobile Technology has just started accepting pre-orders for ‘Kite’, a 10.1 inch tablet that dual boots Android (4.0) and Ubuntu (12.04 LTS). “The tablet will feature a 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 IPS display, and will be powered by Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a front-facing VGA camera and a rear-facing 2-megapixel camera.”
Ubuntu 13.04 Adds New Launcher Options
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about options to enable/disable ‘Show Desktop’ and ‘Workspace switcher’ in Launcher land in Appearance pane of System Settings for 13.04. Both these options were available earlier under Experimental section of Compiz Config Settings Manager.
Memo to Linux Devs: Focus on Design, Not Technology
Christopher Tozzi of The Var Guy stresses the need for software to be end-user friendly, making the software look elegant and smart. He describes how the average end user is not interested in technical jargon, and he praises Canonical and Ubuntu for their crisp description of feature overview.
Ubuntu One Music Store Plugin Dropped from Ubuntu 13.04
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the Ubuntu One Music store rhythmbox plugin introduced in Ubuntu 10.04 is being discontinued in favor of the web store. The plugin has not had much improvement since its initial release, and now that all music links in Dash search link to Ubuntu One store, Sneddon opines this will make the music store more discoverable.
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine: Python Special Edition Volume 05
“The single-topic Special Editions continue with a reprint of the Python articles parts 27 through 31.”
Other Articles of Interest
Software Wars: A film about FOSS, collaboration, and software freedom - http://opensource.com/life/13/1/software-wars
Yes, You Can Make Money with Open Source - http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/01/yes_you_can_make_money_with_op.html
Collaborating for a cure: Cancer, medical records, and an open philosophy - http://opensource.com/health/13/1/open-cure
Could open source build a jetliner? - http://opensource.com/business/13/1/could-open-source-build-jetliner
Lenovo Joins Chromebook Bandwagon, Announces ThinkPad X131e - http://www.muktware.com/5094/lenovo-joins-chromebook-bandwagon-announces-thinkpad-x131e#.UPiC6x3K4bE
Intel prepares to use lasers, light to shuffle data between computers - http://www.pcworld.com/article/2025461/intel-prepares-to-use-lasers-light-to-shuffle-data-between-computers.html
Steam Guides Available Now - http://store.steampowered.com/news/9764/?snr=1_550_552
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 97
“This week's episode talks about the need for Ubuntu Hours across our state, the need to start working out a plan for OLF 2013, the need to settle a time & date for the next IRC meeting, and an explanation by Stephen as to why he's starting to run for local elective office in lieu of direct Ubuntu evangelization so he can help fill in some of the missing parts of the lower levels in his local community's respective version of ‘Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs’ first so that evangelization might be effective later.”
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: December 2012
See here for the team report for December 2012: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/December2012
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Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
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