WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 320 for the week June 3 - 9, 2013.
In This Issue
General Community News
Welcome New Members and Developers
At the Developer Membership Board meeting on 2013-06-03 the following individuals joined MOTU:
- 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
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu Forums News
Ubuntu Forums – We’ve joined Facebook
Silver Fox announces the availability of the Official Forum Facebook fan page which has the main focus of providing an additional platform to give notices to the outside world.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for 5 June 2013
Jorge Castro gives a summary of the Juju changes for this week. Castro provides links to video, pad, and the status in testing, documentation, events and charms.
Michael Hall: Core Apps Updates: Clock, Calendar and Calculator
Michael Hall gives us current progress report around Ubuntu Touch Core Apps: Clock, Calendar, Calculator. Clock updates include: Sunrise & Sunset, Alarms, Timer, Stopwatch, Visual designs, Release schedule. Calendar updates include: Calendar view, Adding events, Visual designs, Release schedule. Calculator updates include: Basic functions, Calculation history, Visual designs, Release schedule.
Daniel Holbach: More Transparency
Daniel Holbach writes about new ideas around Ubuntu being more transparent. He highlights certain teams like Mir team, Unity 8 team, kernel team, Unity APIs team and their weekly summaries which is one step closer to that transparency. However, Holbach wants to put it even in a higher level and suggests regular hangouts with Ubuntu engineers and folks from tech blogs and tech news sites.
Ben Howard: PSA: Ubuntu Server 11.04 (Natty) Archives have EOL'd
Ben Howard writes about the recent EOL of Ubuntu Server 11.04, 11.10 and 8.04 LTS, he provides tips to recognize and fix setups which still need to run deprecated Ubuntu versions, however he highly recommends to update to the current Ubuntu LTS 12.04 version as soon as possible.
Rick Spencer: Dog Fooding Success
Rick Spencer shares his experience using Ubuntu Touch full time. He shines light upon the recent integration of cellular data and a wish list of possible items he would like to see improved or developed.
David Wonderly: Kubuntu 13.10 Quick Look
David Wonderly has produced a short video that looks at the install process of Kubuntu 13.10 and the three launchers that it will ship, the Application Launcher, the Application Launcher Menu and Homerun.
Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot Tests for Ubuntu Touch Core Apps
Nicholas Skaggs puts a call out to provide Autopilot tests to the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps, he lists 5 steps to help and invites anyone to participate in the next hackfest who will be held next June 13th.
Rick Spencer: The Social Phone
Rick Spencer provides a step by step guide to getting Twitter and Facebook working on an Ubuntu phone and writes that more networks are coming soon.
Charles Profitt: Water Cooler?
Charles Profitt looks at the various sub-groups of the Ubuntu Community and their means of communication. He says that the Ubuntu Community needs a reliable communication platform that naturally encourages the various sub-groups in the community to communicate with one another and that they should be open to different options.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Phone Video Demo
On this video, Jono Bacon showcases the Ubuntu Touch team work during May. It includes receiving calls and texts, using the web browser, testing the social networking integration, multitasking, messaging menu, and more.
Other Community News
Ubuntu Touch Summary (week 22)
Sergio Schvezov posts that Ubuntu Touch gets ofono/rild integration, initial integration of ofono to network manager, a new milestone provisioned, and a platform-api refactor.
Move to saucy
Sergio Schvezov announces that Ubuntu Touch is moving daily releases and build to Saucy Salamander. Only critical fixes will be made for Raring, all other work will focus on Saucy.
Unity APIs weekly (wk 22)
Thomas Strehl announces that Scopes should land soon, Unity’s indicators get updates, HUD gets updates and bugfixes, and launcher interfaces and actions APIs are decided.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu Cloud: Canonical, Inktank Ceph Storage Partnership
The Var Guy writes about the recent deal between Canonical and Ceph to provide full support for Ceph on Ubuntu, writing that “alongside OpenStack and Canonical's cloud management tools, including Juju, the addition of Ceph support makes Ubuntu into a yet more comprehensive, one-stop cloud platform. “
Wi-fi Gesture Controller ‘WiSee’ Built on Ubuntu, Pimped on the BBC
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! notes that a recent BBC article on a new gesture control technology called WiSee features several shots of Ubuntu being used by the developers.
Intel Core i7 4770K "Haswell" Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux
Phoronix takes an initial look at Haswell performance under Linux, and notes some anomalies in performance under the current kernel. The initial look promises improved performance of both the CPU and integrated HD 4600 graphics.
Ubuntu 13.10 Readies Arrival of Smarter Unity Dash
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! provides a preview of what the new SmartScopes in Unity Dash are going to provide, and what to expect as it matures.
Other Articles of Interest
Search for Big Data: Cloudera and Lucene get hitched - http://www.zdnet.com/search-for-big-data-cloudera-and-lucene-get-hitched-7000016350/
SphinUX OS Claims To Be ~150% Faster Than GNU/Linux - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTM4NDI
Four New Titles Added To Humble Indie Bundle 8 - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTM4Mzk
Mozilla Plans Major Design Overhaul With Firefox 25 Release In October - http://news.slashdot.org/story/13/06/05/1922257/mozilla-plans-major-design-overhaul-with-firefox-25-release-in-october
The trouble with UEFI Boot, and a helping hand from a BIOS firmware update - http://www.zdnet.com/the-trouble-with-uefi-boot-and-a-helping-hand-from-a-bios-firmware-update-7000016180/
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 115
This week Stephen Michael Kellat replays two parts of the public awareness campaign originated by the National Hurricane Center relative to the start of hurricane season. From there he turns to explaining further the LoCo-wide suggested activity of together taking initial "citizen’s awareness to disaster response" training from FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Linking this all together is discussion of the start to the Ubuntu Ohio initiative to boost participation and help shepherd local participants who wish to do so in applying for Ubuntu membership in October 2013.
Stack Exchange Podcast #48
"Welcome to Stack Exchange Podcast #48! Our guest today is Jorge Castro, member of the Community Team at Canonical (of Ubuntu fame)."
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 116
This out of cycle special edition discusses the current news of revelations of US government acquisition of Verizon cell phone customer call records and discusses some software solutions available for preserving privacy.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E15 – 10 Things I Hate About Ubuntu
Some of the news that Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! brings in their fifteenth episode (season six) are:
- Fast Boot stops rejection of the Windows 8 licence agreement
- Businesses are taking open source software for granted
- Camino web browser is discontinued
- City of London police are after organised criminals torrenting
Unity Smart Scopes Feature Lands In Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander [Video]
Andrew at WebUpd8 shares a quick Unity Smart Scopes demo video, along with an article describing the changes and screenshots.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - June 4, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2013-06-04
Server Team - June 4, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20130604
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 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
Ubuntu 13.04 Updates
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