WORK IN PROGRESS
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 summit.ubuntu.com.
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:
Mark Shuttleworth after running Mir for two weeks: "I’m nonetheless surprised that the system feels smoother than it did pre-Mir" - http://iloveubuntu.net/mark-shuttleworth-after-running-mir-two-weeks-i’m-nonetheless-surprised-system-feels-smoother-it-did
Mir For everyone - http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/07/10/mir-for-everyone/
Mark Shuttleworth: 'Mir has delivered what we hoped’ - http://www.zdnet.com/mark-shuttleworth-mir-has-delivered-what-we-hoped-7000017897/
- 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
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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.
James Page: Ubuntu OpenStack SRU cadence
James Page shares discussion and rationale behind a recent change in Ubuntu’s OpenStack Stable Release Update (SRU) cadence. “For future OpenStack point releases the Ubuntu Server team will be following a new cadence for pushing these releases into Ubuntu. This should allow the team to test and promote a point release of OpenStack into Ubuntu within two weeks of the upstream point release. Hopefully this will allow users of OpenStack on Ubuntu to plan upgrades a little more effectively going fowards.”
Nicholas Skaggs: Testing all the things: Stock Ticker, Calculator, File Manager, Dropping Letters
Nicholas Skaggs continues his series of “Testing all the things,” and appeals for some test cases to be written by the community for several apps: stock ticker, calculator, file manager and dropping letters.
David Planella: Announcing the Ubuntu core apps hack days
David Planella announces the Ubuntu Core apps hack days, where all interested developers are encouraged to help get the core apps for Ubuntu for phones in a ‘dogfoodable’ state. Other objectives include finding and fixing critical bugs, identifying gaps in functionality, and getting new developers involved in Core Apps and Ubuntu Touch development in general.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group Updates
Jono Bacon follows up on previous blog posts by confirming the founding members of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) and provides updates on two new carriers who have joined, PT Smartfren Teleco and China Unicom. Jono also talks about phone manufacturers and carriers putting their own stamp not just on the outside of the phone but also on the inside and provides links for those who are interested in writing a scope to expose content and services to Ubuntu devices.
Timo Jyrinki: Latest Compiz gaming update to the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Timo Jyrinki writes that a new Compiz window manager performance update reached Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users last week. He did new runs of OpenArena at openbenchmarking.org and reported improved results.
Ubuntu Server Development – Weekly Dunk – Week 28 (2013)
The Ubuntu Server team shares some of their most recent work, including improvements to juju, MAAS, quality assurance in server products, cloud and virtualization improvements and more.
Jono Bacon: Write a Charm, Win $10,000!
Jono Bacon writes about the recently announced juju Charm Championship by summarizing idea of the competition and the three categories for each of which there is a prize of $10,000. Jono links to the competition rules, a full FAQ and a tutorial for writing a charm.
Ian Farrell: See your photos and illustrations in Ubuntu 13.10
Ian Farrell kicks off the next wallpaper selection process for the 13.10 release of Ubuntu. He's also made a short video to encourage new people to get involved and invites entries for submission by August 29th, the date of UI freeze for this release.
The following stories also relate to the wallpaper selection process:
Ubuntu 13.10 Wallpaper Contest Kicks Off - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/ubuntu-13-10-wallpaper-contest-kicks-off -
Ubuntu 13.10's wallpaper-submission contest sees interesting wallpapers - http://iloveubuntu.net/ubuntu-1310s-wallpaper-submission-contest-sees-interesting-wallpapers
Daniel Holbach: Gute Arbeit, deutsches Übersetzungsteam!
Daniel Holbach reports that German translations team have brought the German translation of the Ubuntu Packaging Guide above 70%, which is the magic threshold to enable the translation in the package. Daniel also reports on the progress of other translations.
Other Community News
Unity APIs weekly (wk 27)
Thomas Strehl shares the weekly Unity APIs update, including: translations added to infographics, “allowing proper translation of information like ‘x messages received’” and some updates to scopes and more.
Top 10 Ubuntu App Downloads for June
John Pugh presents the Top 10 paid apps and Top 10 free apps for the month of June. He also provides links to help new app authors to get started and to submit existing apps to the Ubuntu Software Center.
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:
China Unicom affirms Ubuntu support - http://www.mobileworldlive.com/china-unicom-affirms-ubuntu-support
China Unicom Signs Up to Ubuntu Touch Advisory Group - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/china-telcom-unicom-join-ubuntu-touch-group
300-million-mobile-subscribers China Unicom joined Ubuntu CAG - http://iloveubuntu.net/300-million-mobile-subscribers-china-unicom-joined-ubuntu-cag
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:
Verizon Wireless Joins Ubuntu Touch Advisory Group - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/verizon-wireless-ubuntu-touch
Verizon backs Ubuntu smartphone - http://www.zdnet.com/verizon-backs-ubuntu-smartphone-7000017954/
Verizon joins forces with Ubuntu, but is there a US market? - http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/mobile-cloud-view/verizon-joins-forces-with-ubuntu-but-is-there-a-us-market/
Verizon joins Ubuntu's potential smartphone launch partners - http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/07/verizon-joins-ubuntus-potential-smartphone-launch-partners/
Verizon signs on to Ubuntu's smartphone advisory committee - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/12/verizon_joins_ubuntu_carrier_committee/
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
Ubuntu converged's System Settings sees new refinements and under-the-hood capabilities - http://iloveubuntu.net/ubuntu-convergeds-system-settings-sees-new-refinements-and-under-hood-capabilities
Ubuntu 13.10 Refines Click Behaviour, No Longer Previews Installed Apps - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/unity-preview-click-fixes-in-ubuntu-13-10
Intel: "Canonical is a leader in secure cloud solutions" - http://iloveubuntu.net/intel-canonical-leader-secure-cloud-solutions
Tech-Friendly: Bring new life to an old PC with Lubuntu - http://rockrivertimes.com/2013/07/10/tech-friendly-bring-new-life-to-an-old-pc-with-lubuntu/
Ubuntu SDK received truly beautiful minor-yet-relevant visual additions - http://iloveubuntu.net/ubuntu-sdk-received-truly-beautiful-minor-yet-relevant-visual-additions
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."
Featured Audio and Video
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
Kernel Team - July 9, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2013-07-09
Security Team - July 8, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20130708
Server Team - July 9, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20130709
Monthly Team Reports: June 2013
See here for the team report for June 2013: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/June2013
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 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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