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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 325 for the week July 8 - 14, 2013.

In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu Developer Summit: 27-29 August 2013

It's been announced that the next Ubuntu Developer Summit will be taking place from Tues 27th Aug 2013 – Thu 29th Aug 2013 from 2pm UTC – 8pm UTC. As usual the event is completely open and accessible to everyone at

Mark Shuttleworth: Two weeks with Mir

Mark Shuttleworth writes about his experience using Mir for the past two weeks. He notes that the system feels smoother using Mir, and that X and Compiz appear to be using less memory and fewer CPU cycles than when X was handling the hardware directly. He then goes on to discuss competition, the importance of making the Mir decision, and expresses his desire for other variants and distributions to consider Mir.

Also be sure to check out the the following other stories relating to Mark’s blog post:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • 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

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

LoCo News

Ubuntu at OSCON

Benjamin Kerensa announces that for the 4th consecutive year Ubuntu Oregon and members from Ubuntu California in cooperation with Canonical Ltd. will have a booth at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON). Kerensa writes that this year will be especially unique since Canonical Ltd. has decided to sponsor the costs of the booth while in the past the booth has been in the non-profit pavillion.

Maia Grotepass: Hello from ubuntu-za to ubuntu-fr

Maia Grotepass writes about her experience as an ubuntu-za member of being in an ubuntu-fr hour, and highlights she is envious of their LoCo size.

Passionate Japan LoCo member presented Ubuntu at Open Source Conference 2013 in Okinawa

Ubuntu Japan LoCo member Hajime Mizuno conducted an interesting video-presentation at the 2013's Open Source Conference in Okinawa. He talked about and explained Ubuntu as filtered through the latest advancements and goals, including Ubuntu's converged vision that is being gradually put together and aimed at public consumption in the upcoming months. Full video included.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Quick and easy OpenVPN with Ubuntu

An OpenVPN Access Server is now available to be deployed with Juju. Jorge Castro details how to quickly and easily get an OpenVPN server up and running using Juju, and discusses some of the current limitations and advanced options available.

Juju now available for OSX

Jorge Castro announces that Juju is now available for OS X. Mac users can now manage deployments natively. Although documentation is still being created, using it is as simple as uncompressing the tarball and running the program.

The Planet

Other Community News

Canonical News

China Unicom joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group

Canonical has announced that China Unicom, which is amongst the world's largest mobile operators, has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group to shape the priorities of the Ubuntu team.

Also be sure to check out the press and blog coverage of this announcement:

Verizon Wireless joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group

Canonical announces that Verizon Wireless, the largest mobile network operator in the US, has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group. Canonical writes that “being able to work closely with them gives us an opportunity to shape Ubuntu into the most compelling new, alternative platform for mobile.”

You may also want to visit a sampling of articles from news and blogs covering this:

In The Press

Bashing Ubuntu's Unity: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

Jim Lynch of ITworld writes that over time he's come to accept Unity but would never use it himself and also accepts that what he finds appealing and useful might not be the same for others. He concludes that with so many things in life, beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and "To each his or her own, in all things, but especially in Linux."

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Full Circle Magazine – LibreOffice Special Edition Volume 03

"We continue our assembly of Elmer Perry’s LibreOffice series in this, Volume 3.

Here is a straight reprint of the series ‘Libre Office’, Parts 17-26 from issues #64 through #73, spanning Base, Macros, Math, Formulas and many other advanced features along the way."

Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 121

“As this week's episode discusses a specific deadline an unofficial transcript is provided below for the avoidance of doubt.” Visit the link below for a summary transcript and download links.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK Lo``Co: S06E20 – The Sound of Ubuntu

Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A with cake (coffee and walnut) and an interview for the twentieth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

In this week’s show:

  • We interview Barney Brown about Intercontinental Music Lab, a band with 50 globally-distributed members who release their music under a Creative Commons licence.
  • We share some Command Line Lurve: xdg-open <file>

  • We chat about installing Windows XP, playing Sudoku, meeting the new Doctor (not that one), and looking attractive at a wedding.
  • And, of course, we go over your marvellous feedback.

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Monthly Team Reports: June 2013

See here for the team report for June 2013:

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

Upcoming Meetings and Events

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

Ubuntu 13.04 Updates


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