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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 341 for the week October 28 - November 3 2013.

In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu Community Council Election

The Ubuntu Community Council have announced: "The Ubuntu Community Council election has begun and ballots sent out to all Ubuntu Members. Voting closes at end of day UTC November 13th." The candidates for the seven available seats are listed and contact details provided in case a ballot has not been received.

Welcome New Members and Developers

On the Kubuntu Developer mailing list, Philip Muskovac welcomes the newest Kubuntu member:

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

Spur of the moment Saucy Salamander Release Party pics

Maia Grotepass writes of the recent Saucy Salamander release party in South Africa: "So good to meet face to face. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to drive through to Stellenbosch from various areas around Cape Town. So good to hang out with techy people and chat about stuff that makes non-techy people yawn."

Ubuntu Cloud News

Juju Charm Ecosystem Status for the 30th of October

Jorge Castro reports on the latest Juju ecosystem updates which bundles, events and a breakdown of the current goals of the various team members.

The Planet

Jussi Schultink: Kubuntu Polo Shirts Update

Jussi Schultink writes that most of the shirts have been sold and the orders, which were received from all continents except South America, should be received in the next week or two. For the future, Jussi asks for comments on whether Polo shirts, T-shirts or Hoodies are preferred.

Randall Ross: Planet Awesome! Poll #8

Randall Ross asks a further question in order to gauge the audience, relevance, and usefulness of Planet Ubuntu.

Dustin Kirkland: My Linux Rigs

In an interview with Steven Ovadia, as part of the My Linux Rig series, Dustin Kirkland talks about why he uses Linux, which distribution and desktop environment he uses, and which one piece of software he depends on. Dustin tells us that Byobu adds hours of productivity to his work every week, shares a screenshot of his desktop and says "No icons on my desktop. Ever, ever, ever."

Canonical Design Team: Cloud sprint: what I’ve learned about testing and code reviews

Anthony Dillon informs us that he recently attended a cloud sprint in San Francisco as a front-end developer for the new Juju GUI product. Anthony writes about Mocha testing, linting and code reviews and concludes "We all want our code to be perfect and to learn from others on a daily basis. That is what code reviews give us."

Terence Simpson: An open letter to the Ubuntu IRC community and wider Ubuntu community

Terence Simpson posts a copy of an open letter to the Ubuntu IRC community that raises several points regarding issues with the maintenance of the Ubuntu IRC channels, including a shift toward robotically enforcing rules and kicking/banning users without raising questions. The authors of the letter wish to see more open dialog, and an attempt to caution offenders without immediately banning them.

Ubuntu GNOME: Brainstorming Team & Urgent Need for More Contributors

Ali Linx announces that the full structuring of Ubuntu GNOME Team has been successfully completed and that the Brainstorming Team will work side by side with other Sub-Teams. Ali says all planning and important discussions about the future of Ubuntu GNOME will take place on the Brainstorming Team and concludes “All of us are smarter than anyone of us.”

In a follow-up post Ali appeals for experienced contributors to help with bug control, bug fixing and packaging, and can commit for two to five years. &

Ubuntu Women: Evaluating

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph informs us that the Harvest project which was launched several years ago never really took off but during a recent Ubuntu Women meeting the project was remembered. Elizabeth advises that Project Harvest was launched to evaluate the site at, and lists the four point plan for the evaluation stage.

Canonical News

Hit the ground running with Ubuntu OpenStack Training

Ezio deMauro, Canonical Technical Services Support Manager writes about the Ubuntu OpenStack Training Programme which is two weeks long and covers running Ubuntu Server in the cloud in the first week and the deployment and troubleshooting of OpenStack in the second. Ezio provides links from where further information can be obtained or requested.

In The Press

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

# Edubuntu Team, Lubuntu, Studio and Xubuntu currently (01/2012) have active regular meetings.

Monthly Team Reports: <MONTH> <YEAR>

Upcoming Meetings and Events

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

Ubuntu 13.04 Updates

Ubuntu 13.10 Updates


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