Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 360 for the week March 17 - 23, 2014.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Bringing Ubuntu App Dev Schools to YOUR LoCo

  • App Dev School in Lima!
  • Ubucon LatinAmerica is coming!

  • Kubuntu: Ladies Polo Shirts Now in Kubuntu Merchandise Shop
  • Mark Shuttleworth: ACPI, firmware and your security
  • Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Apps in China
  • Timo Jyrinki: Qt 5.2.1 in Ubuntu
  • Ubuntu Open Week for Trusty: Call for Instructors
  • Ubuntu GNOME: It is Official, Ubuntu GNOME got the LTS Status
  • Michael Hall: First steps towards a converged email client for Ubuntu
  • Alan Pope: Running Core Apps on the Desktop
  • March 2014 Core Apps Hack Days!
  • Canonical News
  • In The Press
  • In The Blogosphere
  • 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 13.10
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (107074) +139 over last week
  • Critical (190) +17 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (52931) +73 over last week

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Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Most Active Questions

Top Voted New Questions

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LoCo News

Bringing Ubuntu App Dev Schools to YOUR LoCo

Daniel Holbach writes about Ubuntu App Dev Schools where participants receive training on how to develop applications for Ubuntu. To reach this goal, over the next few weeks they will be developing materials that they hope LoCos will be able to use for upcoming events. They need volunteers to make this happen.

App Dev School in Lima!

José Antonio Rey reports on the Ubuntu Peru LoCo Team’s first Ubuntu App Dev School which was held on January 25th. He shares some photographs of the event with us after describing what happened that day.

Ubucon LatinAmerica is coming!

Sergio Meneses informs us that UbuConLA is an international event held in a different part of Latin America each year. He identifies Cartagena, Colombia as the location of this year's venue, shares the objectives of the event, and links to various sites from where more information can be obtained.

The Planet

Kubuntu: Ladies Polo Shirts Now in Kubuntu Merchandise Shop

The Kubuntu Team write “The Kubuntu Merchandise shop which sells a range of classy polo shirts has been restocked. By popular request it now features a range of ladies fit polo shirts.” They show us an example of the shirts and link to the site from where they can be ordered.

Mark Shuttleworth: ACPI, firmware and your security

Mark Shuttleworth writes about some of the current security concerns around hardware (specifically its firmware) and how recent innovations can change the landscape for these concerns.

Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Apps in China

Daniel Holbach shares excitement over new features that have come to the Apps Software Development Kit (SDK) and improvements in documentation, both of which he believes are making it easier for developers to contribute. Daniel then tells us that a new category will be added to the Ubuntu App Showdown specifically for Chinese Apps which they hope will be a starting point other activities.

Timo Jyrinki: Qt 5.2.1 in Ubuntu

Timo Jyrinki announces the recent landing of Qt 5.2.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, writing that the “new Qt brings performance and features to base future work on, and is a solid base for the future of Ubuntu.” He goes on to explain some of the work that went in to this, some of the obstacles that they faced and reflects on the future and Qt 5.3.

Ubuntu Open Week for Trusty: Call for Instructors

José Antonio Rey of the Ubuntu Classroom team issues a call for instructors for the Ubuntu Open Week for 14.04 coming up on April 22-24th. José writes “The Ubuntu Open Week is a series of classroom sessions which will guide many people in their way for contributing to the Ubuntu community. For this, we need actual Ubuntu contributors from different teams to help us run one-hour sessions, explaining what you do on the team you currently work on, as well as how to get started working on the team.”

Ubuntu GNOME: It is Official, Ubuntu GNOME got the LTS Status

Ali Linx of the Ubuntu GNOME team writes about the process the team went through on their path to gaining LTS status for the 14.04 release and announces that they will be officially supporting this release for three years.

Michael Hall: First steps towards a converged email client for Ubuntu

Michael Hall shares progress on a native mail client for Ubuntu that will span mobile and desktop. Work on this client began from work by the Trojitá project. Michael writes: “Trojitá provides a fast, light email client built with Qt, which made it ideal for using with Ubuntu. And yesterday, the first of that work was accepted into upstream, you can now build an Ubuntu Components front end to Trojitá.”

Alan Pope: Running Core Apps on the Desktop

Alan Pope shares instructions for how developers and those interested in testing can install the daily builds of the Ubuntu mobile device core applications on their desktop in order to contribute without owning a device.

Other Community News

March 2014 Core Apps Hack Days!

Alan Pope announces Core Apps Hack Days coming up March 25th through 27th from 09:00 - 21:00U UTC. Alan writes: “This time we’re concentrating our focus on 6 main apps, but we welcome new contributions to all the core apps. We’re identifying all the bite-size bugs which would be ideal for new developers, and we have some more chunky work for more experienced developers looking for more of a challenge. Getting involved is really easy and it’s fun and friendly.”

Canonical News

Making responsive

Inayaili de Léon Persson commences a 14 part series documenting the process of converting into a responsive site. She shares the journey that the Design Team have taken and some lessons that they learned along the way.

Juju Bundles and Quickstart: create an entire cloud environment in seconds

Sally Radwan announces “two new features for DevOps seeking ever faster and easier ways of deploying scalable infrastructure. The first are Juju Charm bundles that allow you to deploy an entire cloud environment with one click. Secondly we are announcing Quickstart which spins up an entire Juju environment and deploys the necessary services to run Juju, all with one command.”

Q&A on OpenStack + VMware

Sally Radwan shares some follow-up questions from a recent webinar on "Architecting OpenStack in your enterprise" together with Gigaom, including monitoring of network traffic, IPv6 support, and enterprise deployment.

In The Press

OpenStack's top operating system: Ubuntu Linux

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet reflects upon the results from the recent OpenStack User Survey and a blog post from Mark Shuttleworth where he finds that Ubuntu is the most popular OpenStack operating system. Steven digs into some of the reasons for this and concludes by remarking upon the ecosystem saying, “Red Hat also wants to be OpenStack commercial users' operating system of choice. SUSE is also building its cloud plans around OpenStack.”

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu Engineering Live!: 19th March 2014

Michael Hall introduces another session in the Ubuntu Engineering Live! series which includes an update on core apps by Alan Pope.

LoCo Teams Update: 22nd March 2014

José Antonio Rey is joined by Nathan Haines, Pablo Rubianes and Philip Ballew in the first of a regular series entitled “LoCo Teams Update.”

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates


End of Life - April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

End of Life - April 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2014


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