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Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Happy 300th Issue of UWN
    2. Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations
    3. Application Review Board restaffing results
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top ideas this week
    3. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
  4. Launchpad News
    1. Working on Errors
  5. Ubuntu Cloud News
    1. Ben Howard: Vagrant Ubuntu Cloud Images
  6. The Planet
    1. Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Phone SDK Experiments
    2. Dustin Kirkland: Homebrew inspired by Ubuntu -- Ubrewtu
    3. How I got started developing for Mythbuntu (or how you can help too)
    4. Randall Ross: How to Win the War
    5. Jhosman Lizarazo: “Ubuntu for a Child ” Bucaramanga – CUSOL
    6. Elizabeth Krumbach: All 100 Edubuntu computers in Ghana have been deployed!
  7. Canonical News
    1. Canonical Design Blog: Behind the scenes: Notes
  8. In The Press
    1. How to Overcome Common Ubuntu Hassles
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu QML toolkit received support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 13.04
    2. A 10.1 inch Tablet that Dual-Boots Android 4.0 and Ubuntu 12.04? Yes Please!
    3. Ubuntu 13.04 Adds New Launcher Options
    4. Memo to Linux Devs: Focus on Design, Not Technology
    5. Ubuntu One Music Store Plugin Dropped from Ubuntu 13.04
  10. In Other News
    1. Full Circle Magazine: Python Special Edition Volume 05
  11. Other Articles of Interest
  12. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 97
  13. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  14. Monthly Team Reports: December 2012
  15. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  16. Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
    6. Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
  17. Subscribe
  18. Archives
  19. Additional Ubuntu News
  20. Conclusion
  21. Credits
  22. Glossary of Terms
  23. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  24. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 300 for the week January 14 - 20, 2013.

In This Issue

General Community News

Happy 300th Issue of UWN

UWN has evolved to its current form with the help of many throughout the Ubuntu Community. The dedication, commitment, and passion the Ubuntu News Team has for ensuring that the community has a place to turn for a summary of each week of Ubuntu is amazing. Many thanks especially to Elizabeth Krumbach, Nathan Handler and others for automating much of a time consuming manual process. Thanks go out to the summary writers, reviewers and our social media guru Jasna Benčić. Thank you to everyone who supports UWN either by contributing or consuming! Here is to another 300 issues and to Ubuntu in all its many forms!

“ Congratulations to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team (past, present and future) for reaching the milestone 300th edition! UWN is a meaningful summary of the wide-ranging activities in the Ubuntu community and provides a valuable guide to the project, no matter what your level of involvement. I read it nearly every week on the wiki, skimming the table of contents and then jumping to the sections that catch my eye - usually that's the windows into the community such as LoCo News, Ubuntu Cloud News, and the Planet and blogosphere wrap up. UWN usefully and accurately captures the vast and fast-paced community activities in way that you can't find in other publications. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to UWN over the years - your support for Ubuntu and for the readers who rely on your work to understand what's happening in the Ubuntu community is legendary!” ~ Jane Silber, Canonical CEO

“I read every section! The ones I pay the most attention to are the LoCo news, General community news and blogosphere and news articles. As a marketing team we pay attention to the Ubuntu articles in the press but I often find one that I hadn't seen. And, although I read planet, the LoCo news and community news is a great round-up of things that I wouldn't see without UWN. UWN is a fantastic resource because it shows the width and range of things that are happening in the Ubuntu world. Even though I'm probably more informed than most about what's happening in Ubuntu I always learn new things. I'm sure every reader is the same! I'd really like to thank everyone for taking part to create UWN - both the writers and the news contributors. You're really helping Ubuntu and Free Software by providing an easy way for anyone to get the latest news and happenings in the Ubuntu family. It's a great resource for finding out all the rich activity that's taking place every week in some part of the Ubuntu community.” ~ Steve George, VP Operations, Canonical

"Congratulations on your 300th issue! What an accomplishment. Thank you to the UWN news team for all of your hard work. It's collaboration and efforts like this that make the Ubuntu community so amazing. Keep up the great work and cheers to your continued success." ~ Leann Ogasawara, Ubuntu Kernel Team Manager, Canonical

“Congratulations to the Ubuntu News Team for pushing the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter (UWN) to the 300th issue!!! UWN is a very good source for obtaining the newest information in the community of Ubuntu and Linux. If you want to see what the different teams are doing, or what sorts of new features are implemented, UWN is tailor-made for providing such news. I check into Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter every time I received it through Gmail, normally watching out the "Welcome new member and developers" (to congratulate the people who got a membership) and "The Planet" (where the newest features and team news can be found mainly). Thanks to everybody who contributed to UWN for this great newsletter, especially to Elizabeth Krumbach, Nathan Handler and other editors. Thank you UWN!” ~ smartboy UWN Subscriber

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.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2013-January/001004.html

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.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2013-January/036344.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (103078) +93 over last week
  • Critical (86) -1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (51041) +57 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 ideas 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

Launchpad News

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.

http://www.murraytwins.com/blog/?p=123

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 cloud@lists.ubuntu.com mailing list for those who use Vagrant; he also provides some details about Vagrant specs and usage.

http://blog.utlemming.org/2013/01/vagrant-cloud-images.html

The Planet

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.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/01/15/ubuntu-phone-sdk-experiments/

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.

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2013/01/homebrew-inspired-by-ubuntu-ubrewtu.html

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.

http://www.mythbuntu.org/home/news/howigotstarteddevelopingformythbuntuorhowyoucanhelptoo

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. ;)”

http://randall.executiv.es/ubuntuisnotjustsoftware

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.

http://jhosman.com/en/ubuntu/ubuntu-for-a-child-bucaramanga-cusol/

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.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=7567

Canonical News

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.

http://design.canonical.com/2013/01/behind-the-scenes-notes/

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.”

http://www.datamation.com/open-source/how-to-overcome-common-ubuntu-hassles-1.html

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.

http://www.iloveubuntu.net/ubuntu-qml-toolkit-received-support-ubuntu-1204-lts-and-ubuntu-1304

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.”

http://www.techdrivein.com/2013/01/a-101-inch-tablet-that-dual-boots.html

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.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/ubuntu-13-04-adds-new-launcher-options

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.

http://www.thevarguy.com/2013/01/16/memo-to-linux-devs-focus-on-design-not-technology/

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.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/ubuntu-one-music-store-plugin-dropped-from-ubuntu-13-04

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.”

http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2013/01/18/python-special-edition-volume-05/

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.”

http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/130

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

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting

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 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

End of Life - April 2013

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

End of Life - April 2014

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Archives

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Additional Ubuntu News

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Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!

Credits

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth Krumbach
  • Jasna Benčić
  • J Phani Mahesh
  • Jim Connett
  • Matt Rudge
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

Ubuntu - Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

Feedback

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