Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 327 for the week July 22 - 28, 2013.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign
- 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 2 Available
- Ubuntu Stats
- Software Freedom Day (Día de la Libertad del Software) Zulia 2013
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Sebastian Kügler: the next kubuntu graphics stack
- Nicholas Skaggs: Ubuntu Edge: Convergence in the palm of your hand
- Lubuntu Blog: Here comes the salamander
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu SDK Beta Released
- Victor Palau: Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action
- Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Edge: Design process
- Nicholas Skaggs: An autopilot emulator for ubuntu sdk apps: Part II
- Alan Pope: Living on the Edge
- Canonical News
- Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
- Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release
- In The Blogosphere
- Full Circle Magazine #75
- Other Articles of Interest
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign
The Ubuntu Edge Team announces a campaign to raise 32 million dollars to support development of an Ubuntu-based phone. They write: “The Ubuntu Edge is our very own superphone, a catalyst to drive the next generation of personal computing.” The team tells us Ubuntu Edge is an exclusive production run available only through Indiegogo, and all of the funding that is received goes directly towards producing the device for expected delivery in May 2014. They describe the hardware, the software, the rollout plan, and the technical specifications. A number of mock-ups have been released along with a comprehensive FAQ and details of the evolving pledge levels.
This news was widely covered in the press and blogs! Check out a sampling of articles selected by our editors:
Announcing the Ubuntu Edge - http://www.jonobacon.org/2013/07/22/announcing-the-ubuntu-edge/
Ubuntu Edge smartphone seeks $32m of crowdfunded cash - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23402994
Canonical Launch $32 Million Ubuntu Phone Crowdfunding Campaign - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/ubuntu-edge-indiegogo-campaign-for-ubuntu-touch-super-phone
Living on the Edge - http://mhall119.com/2013/07/living-on-the-edge/
Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/23/ubuntu_crowd_funded_smart_phone/
Ubuntu Aim High With Their Risky Crowdfunded Smartphone Project - http://www.forbes.com/sites/ewanspence/2013/07/22/ubuntu-aim-high-with-their-risky-crowdfunded-smartphone-project/
Ubuntu Superphone Fundraiser Rakes in $1M on Debut - http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise/2013/07/ubuntu-laptop-replacement/
Canonical CEO Thanks Ubuntu Edge Backers for ‘Record’ First Day - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/07/canonical-ceo-jane-silber-ubuntu-edge-day-one
Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign smashes records - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/mobile-phones/10202351/Ubuntu-Edge-crowdfunding-campaign-smashes-records.html
Ubuntu looks to disrupt smartphone market with $675 device - http://www.cnbc.com/id/100916499
Mark Shuttleworth takes his case for the Ubuntu Edge to Reddit - http://www.infoworld.com/t/smartphones/mark-shuttleworth-takes-his-case-the-ubuntu-edge-reddit-223487
MKBHD Explains Ubuntu Edge [Video] - http://www.techdrivein.com/2013/07/mkbhd-explains-ubuntu-edge-video.html
Ubuntu Edge is a smartphone and desktop computer in one - http://www.gizmag.com/ubuntu-edge-smartphone-computer/28481/
5 Reasons Why I Think Ubuntu Edge is a Brilliant Move - http://www.slashgeek.net/2013/07/25/ubuntu-edge-brilliant/
13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 2 Available
Jonathan Riddell announces the second Alpha of the Saucy Salamander (to become 13.10) has now been released for testers and early adopters and features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and Xubuntu. He lists the release details for Ubuntu flavors that have participated in the release and provides links to the downloadable images.
- Open (105354) +75 over last week
- Critical (84) +1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (51458) +74 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
Most Active Questions
How do I change the default logon screen in 12.04 http://askubuntu.com/questions/326193/how-do-i-change-the-default-logon-screen-in-12-04
12.04 and Asus 1015E problems http://askubuntu.com/questions/326245/12-04-and-asus-1015e-problems
Crouton Ubuntu Chromebook http://askubuntu.com/questions/326261/crouton-ubuntu-chromebook
Ubuntu 12.10: No WiFi After Update on Dell XPS L502x w/ Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 http://askubuntu.com/questions/326114/ubuntu-12-10-no-wifi-after-update-on-dell-xps-l502x-w-intel-centrino-wireless
Is there a GUI app to setup and toggle hostapd? http://askubuntu.com/questions/191889/is-there-a-gui-app-to-setup-and-toggle-hostapd
Top Voted New Questions
Are OpenID logins compromised with the Ubuntu Forums breach? http://askubuntu.com/questions/323916/
What are the features of an application that become a core/pre-installed/default Ubuntu application? http://askubuntu.com/questions/325740/
How can I use Chromecast http://askubuntu.com/questions/324236/
How do I check the health of a SSD? http://askubuntu.com/questions/325283/
Can I start a program from the terminal and make it launch visually in the background? http://askubuntu.com/questions/326008/
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Mitch (http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch), SimplySimon (http://askubuntu.com/users/155853/simplysimon), Wolfer (http://askubuntu.com/users/125243/wolfer), izx (http://askubuntu.com/users/58612/izx) and Eliah Kagan (http://askubuntu.com/users/22949/eliah-kagan)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Software Freedom Day (Día de la Libertad del Software) Zulia 2013
Cesar Sevilla announces details for the upcoming Software Freedom Day in Zulia, Venezuela. Ubuntu Venezuela is among the groups supporting the event.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Targetted machine deployment with Juju
James Page writes that as of the latest release of Juju (available in a PPA and in Ubuntu Saucy), Juju now has native support for specifying to which machine a charm should be deployed. James provides a number of code samples but points out that there are still a few gotchas; charms are running without separation, and not all of the Openstack charms are compatible with the latest version of Juju.
JohnJohn -- A Scalable Juju Charm Tutorial
Dustin Kirkland provides a tutorial on installing, configuring, and making use of Juju to utilise with applications that support charms. A complete step-by-step guide to using Juju with the administration tool is provided in the article.
Screw the Ubuntu Edge…We’re Giving Away $30,000!!!
Robbie Williamson reminds readers of the the Juju Charm Championship in which the Juju experts at Canonical can share their expertise across service/application bundles and “harvest” participants to learn and master Juju. Winners can earn up to $30,000 in prize money. Williamson also announces the new integration features of jujucharms.com, writing that it is “the realization of our vision” to create “an interface that provides solution architects the ability to graphically create, deploy, and interact with services visually.”
Sebastian Kügler: the next kubuntu graphics stack
Sebastian Kügler discusses the advancements being made on the Kubuntu graphics stack, with particular emphasis on their goal of making Plasma Workspaces 2 compatible in the future. He states that for the foreseeable future Kubuntu will make use of Xorg, with late 2014 bringing support for Plasma Workspaces 2.
Nicholas Skaggs: Ubuntu Edge: Convergence in the palm of your hand
Nicholas Skaggs writes about his journey to have convergence between his smartphone and desktop, and how the Ubuntu Edge is the realization of that goal. With his smartphone powerful enough to handle most computing tasks and with cloud servers capable of performing longer running tasks, there seems to be no need to have two separate devices. Ubuntu Edge allows him to use a bigger screen and keyboard while at home, yet take it with him and have access to everything he needs.
Lubuntu Blog: Here comes the salamander
The Lubuntu Artwork Team shows us the the new default artwork, including the wallpaper, the improved GTK2/3 themes, a new sexy app button, and the (always) evolving icons. A screenshot is provided.
Also be sure to check out the Lubuntu wallpaper contest, which will select 5 additional images that will be included in the release!
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu SDK Beta Released
The Ubuntu App Developer team announces the release of Ubuntu SDK beta, whose features include Cordova HTML5 app template, Responsive Layouts, and much more.
Victor Palau: Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action
Victor Palau writes that although the hardware is getting a lot of the attention, it’s the Ubuntu Edge’s ability to be a phone and a PC that will have the biggest impact. He shows us a quick video to show a few examples of how it has made his working life so much simpler for the two months or more he has been running Ubuntu for Android on a Nexus 4 phone.
Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Edge: Design process
Chee Wong details the process of designing the Ubuntu Edge. After getting started by expanding on elements in the Suru theme and transitioning to a physical user experience from a digital one, rough ideas were sketched out and improved. Afterward, techniques like model making, 3D CAD, and 3D printing were used to help refine the product to make it what we now have with the Ubuntu Edge.
Nicholas Skaggs: An autopilot emulator for ubuntu sdk apps: Part II
Nicholas Skaggs gives props to Leo Arias for making the autopilot emulator an official part of the Ubuntu SDK. He provides a few examples on integrating the emulator with other test cases.
Alan Pope: Living on the Edge
Alan Pope writes about his first visit to OSCON where he helped out on the Canonical/Ubuntu stand. Alans talks about his reactions to Ubuntu Edge, acknowledges the help of others in setting up demos, and remarks "We had a few people go away and come back the next day telling us they’d backed the campaign after seeing it."
Interested in Ceph Cloud storage? Come and join us at a Ceph Day
Anthony Beckley announces on the Canonical blog that Canonical will be participating in Inktank’s Ceph Days that will cover the basics of what Ceph is and how to get started using it. Canonical will have several consultants at the events giving talks and demonstrations on Juju.
In The Press
Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu
Matt Hartley of Datamation shares his experiences of installing Kubuntu. He makes several direct comparisons with Ubuntu noting differences in the applications such as those used for email and web browsing. Hartley concludes that "Kubuntu is a solid, responsive Linux distribution for anyone running Ubuntu-capable hardware" but also that "KDE isn't for everyone."
Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release
Simon Sharwood of The Register writes that “Sputn1k_”, the entity held responsible for stealing 1.8m passwords from ubuntuforums.org, appears to have reassured the world that s/he doesn't plan to do anything bad with the credentials. He quotes a Twitlonger post, reminds us the forums remain down, and that work on reinstalling them continues.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance
Michael Larabel of Phoronix does benchmarks of 13.10 on 32-bit and 64-bit systems and shares the performance results and concludes: “The only test case where 32-bit Ubuntu 13.10 was performing well ahead of the 64-bit build was with the Apache web server and our simple single-system test of it.”
Ubuntu vs Xubuntu
Gary Newell does a review comparing Ubuntu and Xubuntu with an eye toward the default applications. Newell concludes: “At the end of the day it really comes down to the choice of applications. If you like lean and mean then go for Xubuntu. If you like all your mod cons choose Ubuntu.”
Ubuntu converged's Ubuntu System Settings received numerous new features
razvi of iloveubuntu.net writes about changes to the Ubuntu System Settings, “the next generation system-settings application for Ubuntu converged” and says “At the moment, Ubuntu System Settings is under heavy and prolific development, seeing across the latest weeks more and more features, therefore, being progressively moved towards usability.” In this article, he provides screenshots and details about the language settings, phone and, time and date.
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine #75
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our seventy fifth issue.
- Ubuntu News
Command & Conquer
How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Tasks, Command Line & Conky.
- Graphics : Repairing Photos in GIMP, and Inkscape.
- Review: OUYA Console
plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and soooo much more!
Get it while it's hot!
Other Articles of Interest
Debian Project News - July 22nd, 2013 - http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/15/
Featured Audio and Video
Burning Circle Episode 123
“In this week's episode we talk about the most recent IRC meeting held while also mentioning the hostilities that took place against the Ubuntu Forums.”
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E22 – I Still Know What You Did Last Ubuntu
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A with ice-creams, tea and an interview in the twenty-second episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week’s show:
- An interview with Iain Farrell about the Ubuntu wallpaper selection process.
- Sharing some Command Line Hate - Listen to the show to find out why you should never run "source ~/.bash_history."
- A chat about going to see RMS, getting Lenovo support, getting Dell support and taking part in a science experiment.
- And of course, your marvellous feedback.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - July 23, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2013-07-23
Security Team - July 22, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20130722
Server Team - July 23, 2013 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20130723
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
Note: These may be somewhat inaccurate this week because Canonical IS is currently unable to keep mailing list archives updated, and this report is generated from them.
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Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
linux-lowlatency 3.2.0-50.52 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019897.html
linux-meta-lowlatency 184.108.40.206.39 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019898.html
base-installer 1.122ubuntu7.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019899.html
linux-lts-raring 3.8.0-27.40~precise3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019900.html
linux-meta-lts-raring 220.127.116.11.27 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019901.html
linux-lts-raring_3.8.0-27.40~precise3_amd64.tar.gz - - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019902.html
linux-signed-lts-raring 3.8.0-27.40~precise3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019903.html
grub-installer 1.68ubuntu5.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019904.html
grub2 1.99-21ubuntu3.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019905.html
ubiquity 2.10.25 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019906.html
udev 175-0ubuntu9.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019907.html
lightdm 1.2.3-0ubuntu2.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019908.html
gdm 3.0.4-0ubuntu15.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019909.html
remmina 1.0.0-1ubuntu6.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019910.html
evince 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.7 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019911.html
grub2-signed 1.9~ubuntu12.04.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019912.html
ubiquity 2.10.26 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-July/019913.html
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 12.10 Updates
linux-lowlatency 3.5.0-37.38 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-July/014175.html
linux-meta-lowlatency 18.104.22.168.33 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-July/014176.html
End of Life - April 2014
Ubuntu 13.04 Updates
linux-lowlatency 3.8.0-27.19 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-July/010973.html
linux-meta-lowlatency 22.214.171.124.15 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-July/010974.html
End of Life - January 2014
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