Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 377 for the week July 28 - August 3, 2014.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-2 released!
- Ubuntu Stats
- FOSSCON 2014 Sat August 9th Philadelphia
- Ubuntu Touch session in Morocco
- Ubuntu Cloud News
Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Leadership Team:Team Leaders Wanted
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A faster Ubuntu positioning system with Nokia HERE
- Ubuntu Scientists: Backport spyder 2.3 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- Harald Sitter: Kubuntu Testing and You
- 5 Things to Do After Upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04
- Ubuntu Server Guide - Calling all contributors
- Permission to break the system? – GRANTED!
- Canonical News
- A year without Windows and a new love of Linux
- In The Blogosphere
- Other Articles of Interest
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: June 2014
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-2 released!
Ubuntu developer Iain Lane announces the release of the 14.10 Utopic Unicorn alpha-2 for the following flavors participating in the alpha series: Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and Ubuntu Cloud. Download links and release notes included.
- Open (112329) +68 over last week
- Critical (213) +38 over last week
- Unconfirmed (56058) -21 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
12.04 boots to blackscreen http://askubuntu.com/questions/127180/12-04-boots-to-blackscreen
accidentally deleted a partition which resulted into a initramfs to be booted http://askubuntu.com/questions/370128/accidentally-deleted-a-partition-which-resulted-into-a-initramfs-to-be-booted
How do I install the drivers for my Samsung printer? http://askubuntu.com/questions/170880/how-do-i-install-the-drivers-for-my-samsung-printer
How can I install Ubuntu on a MacBook Air? http://askubuntu.com/questions/124390/how-can-i-install-ubuntu-on-a-macbook-air
Django installed, but can't import django in python http://askubuntu.com/questions/250442/django-installed-but-cant-import-django-in-python
Top Voted New Questions
Does spyware exist for ubuntu? http://askubuntu.com/questions/503942/
What version of Python do I have? http://askubuntu.com/questions/505081/
Skype can't connect http://askubuntu.com/questions/505581/
How to update LibreOffice from 4.2 to 4.3 in ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS? http://askubuntu.com/questions/505368/
How do I add zero padding to filenames that already have numbers in them? http://askubuntu.com/questions/503530/
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Mikołaj Bartnicki (http://askubuntu.com/users/280493/mikolaj-bartnicki), Tim (http://askubuntu.com/users/186134/tim), Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli), muru (http://askubuntu.com/users/158442/muru) and Luis Alvarado (http://askubuntu.com/users/7035/luis-alvarado)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
FOSSCON 2014 Sat August 9th Philadelphia
Jim Fisher of the Pennsylvania LoCo announces the upcoming Fosscon event in Philadelphia. The event will include representation from the local hackerspaces, a hackathon, Amateur Radio License Testing, workshops, talks and an installfest put on by the Pennsylvania LoCo team.
Ubuntu Touch session in Morocco
Adnane Belmadiaf, Ubuntu Touch developer, invites everyone to attend at his talk at the JMaghreb conference in Morocco in November. He will be be covering system architecture, security model, QML/HTML5 SDK, APIs, writing & testing apps and publishing apps to the store.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Ubuntu OpenStack on an Orange Box, Live Demo at the Cloud Austin Meetup, August 19th
Dustin Kirkland announces that he’ll be presenting Orange Box on August 19th at Rackspace in Austin. He will use it to “ to deploy Hadoop, scale it up, run a terasort, destroy it, deploy OpenStack, launch instances, and destroy it too. I'll talk about the hardware (the Orange Box, Intel NUCs, Managed VLAN switch), as well as the software (Ubuntu, OpenStack, MAAS,Juju, Hadoop) that makes all of this work in 30 minutes or less!”
Ubuntu Openstack Installer – upcoming ui enhancements
Adam Stokes shares screenshots of some of the upcoming UI enhancements in the next release of the Ubuntu OpenStack Installer. Enhancements include improved feedback during installation, changes to how deployments are shown and a help screen “to provide more insight into the installer.”
Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Leadership Team:Team Leaders Wanted
The Ubuntu Leadership Team is seeking feedback from team leaders of the various teams that make Ubuntu possible. Desired information includes what is or isn’t working, and any comments about problems being faced.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A faster Ubuntu positioning system with Nokia HERE
An agreement with Nokia HERE allows Ubuntu to get faster positioning inside apps than raw GPS would allow. With explicit consent, anonymous data will be contributed to crowd-sourcing location services. The system will be run under confinement, so that the service and data can’t be used without the user explicitly granting access to them.
Ubuntu Scientists: Backport spyder 2.3 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Ghislain Vaillant proposes a backport of spyder 2.3 which includes Python 3 support has been proposed for the Ubuntu 14.04 release and asks the community for support.
Harald Sitter: Kubuntu Testing and You
Harald Sitter introduces some basic testcases for the Kubuntu desktop. These tests are designed so that any user can run them “to ensure that core functionality such as instant messaging and playing MP3 files is working as expected.” Harald continues: “All tests are meant to take no more than 10 minutes and should be doable by just about everyone.”
5 Things to Do After Upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04
The Xubuntu team presents 5 tasks that users can do after upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04 to “get closer to the default setup of Xubuntu 14.04.” Tasks include: Removal of xscreensaver in favor of Light Locker, replacement of alacarte with MenuLibre, removal of gThumb, default of Whiskermenu and a reminder to check and re-enable PPAs post upgrade, since they would have been disabled as part of the upgrade.
Other Community News
Ubuntu Server Guide - Calling all contributors
Peter Matulis puts out a call for contributors to help with the Server Documentation. He shares a contribution quickstart and some avenues for asking for assistance as you get started.
Permission to break the system? – GRANTED!
Silverlion shares an article on how can you test a Lubuntu disk image in a virtual machine with some simple steps. He also points out who you can reach in the case you get stuck or want to get some more information about the process.
Dell/Canonical Whitepaper: Juju with KVM and LXC in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
Sally Radwan announces a whitepaper co-authored by Canonical and Dell which shows “how to easily deploy cloud services on a single Dell PowerEdge server or a laptop” to illustrate “how easily you can take the cloud with you using Linux containers, virtualization and Juju orchestration software from Canonical.”
Nokia HERE maps coming to Ubuntu
Nokia HERE has been selected to provide Ubuntu mobile devices with enhanced positioning capabilities using A-GPS and WiFi signals. The solution will also be available to application developers using Ubuntu OS on their own hardware.
Bukwang Pharmaceuticals cut IT costs and created business value with Ubuntu
South Korean company Bukwang Pharmaceuticals migrates off XP when it goes end of life and onto Ubuntu. In addition to cost savings, ease of deployment, and good interoperability, they were able to launch a new business unit specializing in open source solutions for Korean businesses.
In The Press
A year without Windows and a new love of Linux
Alan Stainer writes for Mid Sussex Times about his year-long journey to move from Windows to Ubuntu. He writes that after this year “I have become a Linux advocate and convert.” And goes on to share some of the ways he’s been able to use Linux full time, including leveraging of cloud-based tools, the discovery of equivalent programs and games provided by Valve via Steam.
In The Blogosphere
Canonical Rolls Out Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 Updates
Christopher Tozzi at The VAR Guy writes about the latest 14.04.1 LTS release. He writes that none of the updates are momentous on their own, but “the long list of changes represents significant enhancements to the operating system, which is particularly important because Ubuntu 14.04 is a long-term support (LTS) version of the platform.”
Cloud 9 IDE 3.0 Now Runs in Ubuntu Containers via Docker
Abel Avram from InfoQ lets us know how the Cloud 9 IDE now comes with workspaces hosted through Docker containers running on Ubuntu. He also mentions the latest features that you can find in the Cloud 9 IDE.
The End Arrives: All Ubuntu One Data To Be Permanently Deleted Today
Joey-Elijah Sneddon at OMG! Ubuntu! writes about the Ubuntu One Files service being closed down permanently on the 31st August. He also shared some instructions on how could you get your files from the now closed service.
Ubuntu Phone Adds New 'Swipe to Close' App Gesture
Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports that Ubuntu Phone is now having a ‘swipe to close’ gesture in the multitasking menu. In the article you will also be able to find a video demonstrating one of the latest features.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Ed.
ITWorld is doing a raffle of a copy of the 8th Edition of The Official Ubuntu Book. Make sure to enter to win a copy! Please note that the giveaway is only valid for people 18 years or older who are legal residents of the United States.
Second Alpha for Ubuntu 14.10 Flavors Released
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! lets us know that the second Alpha of Ubuntu 14.10 is now available for some of the Ubuntu flavors. Make sure to grab a copy and test it in your system!
Latest Skype Release Now Available from Ubuntu Software Center
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! updates us about the latest Skype release, Skype 4.3, which is now available for installation directly from the Ubuntu Software Center.
Valencia Schools Save Almost $50 Million (€37 Million) with a Linux OS Based on Ubuntu
Silviu Stahie at Softpedia writes the story of the schools in Valencia, who saved almost $50 million by switching their computers to a Linux operating system based on Ubuntu, instead of using proprietary software.
Other Articles of Interest
LibreOffice 4.3: Today, You Can’t Own A Better Office Suite - http://blog.documentfoundation.org/2014/07/30/libreoffice-4-3-today-you-cant-own-a-better-office-suite/
Featured Audio and Video
Rohan on ubuntuonair.com
“Kubuntu Ninja Rohan was on today’s ubuntuonair talking about Plasma 5 and what is happening in Kubuntu. Watch it now to hear the news.”
Direct link to youtube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pua8vWAMdfk
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E18 – The One with the Flashback
“We’re back with Season Seven, Episode Eighteen of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope is still MIA, Mark Johnson is still in quarantine but talking to us using Skype, and Tony Whitmore and Laura Cowen are drinking cold squash (it’s really quite hot out there!) and eating Jamaican Ginger cake in Studio L.”
In this week’s show:
- We interview Graham Binns about the MAAS project at Canonical…
- Upgrading last year’s version of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop to 14.04 at last…
- Rescuing unloved SNES games…
- Attending Mum and Dad’s Ruby Wedding Anniversary celebrations.
- We share some Command Line Lurve: rlwrap
- And we read your feedback.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - July 29, 2014 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2014-07-29
Security Team - July 28, 2014 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20140728
Server Team - July 29, 2014 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20140729
Monthly Team Reports: June 2014
See here for the team report for June 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/June2014
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 and 14.04
[USN-2302-1] Tomcat vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2014-July/002609.html
[USN-2303-1] Unity vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2014-July/002610.html
[USN-2304-1] KDE-Libs vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2014-July/002611.html
[USN-2305-1] Samba vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2014-August/002612.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
postgresql-8.4 8.4.22-0ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2014-July/014249.html
tomcat6 6.0.24-2ubuntu1.16 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2014-July/014250.html
tomcat6 6.0.24-2ubuntu1.16 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2014-July/014251.html
End of Life - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
debian-installer 20101020ubuntu136.20 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022494.html
grub2-signed 1.9~ubuntu12.04.7 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022495.html
libxml-sax-perl 0.99+dfsg-1ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022496.html
nss-pam-ldapd 0.8.4ubuntu0.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022497.html
libxml-sax-perl 0.99+dfsg-1ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022498.html
nss-pam-ldapd 0.8.4ubuntu0.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022499.html
compiz 1:0.9.7.12-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022500.html
update-manager 1:0.156.14.16 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022501.html
xen 22.214.171.124-0ubuntu0.12.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022502.html
xen 126.96.36.199-0ubuntu0.12.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022503.html
base-files 6.5ubuntu6.8 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022504.html
livecd-rootfs 2.65.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022505.html
postgresql-8.4 8.4.22-0ubuntu0.12.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022506.html
postgresql-9.1 9.1.14-0ubuntu0.12.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022507.html
update-manager 1:0.156.14.17 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022508.html
tomcat6 6.0.35-1ubuntu3.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022509.html
tomcat6 6.0.35-1ubuntu3.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022510.html
kde4libs 4:4.8.5-0ubuntu0.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022511.html
kde4libs 4:4.8.5-0ubuntu0.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022512.html
update-manager 1:0.156.14.17 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-July/022513.html
skype 188.8.131.52-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-August/022514.html
skype 184.108.40.206-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2014-August/022515.html
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
debian-installer 20101020ubuntu318.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016319.html
nvidia-graphics-drivers-331 331.38-0ubuntu7.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016320.html
nvidia-graphics-drivers-331-updates 331.38-0ubuntu7.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016321.html
ceph 0.80.4-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016322.html
byobu 5.77-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016323.html
ipmitool 1.8.13-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016324.html
qemu 2.0.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016325.html
gtk+3.0 3.10.8-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016326.html
nova 1:2014.1.1-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016327.html
libvirt 1.2.2-0ubuntu13.1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016328.html
pygobject 3.12.0-1ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016329.html
network-manager-applet 0.9.8.8-0ubuntu4.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016330.html
simplestreams 0.1.0~bzr341-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016331.html
accountsservice 0.6.35-0ubuntu7.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016332.html
vdpau-video 0.7.3-2ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016333.html
xorg-server 2:1.15.1-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016334.html
postgresql-9.3 9.3.5-0ubuntu0.14.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016335.html
postgresql-9.1 9.1.14-0ubuntu0.14.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016336.html
tomcat7 7.0.52-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016337.html
debian-installer 20101020ubuntu318.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016338.html
flash-kernel 3.0~rc.4ubuntu49.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016339.html
tomcat7 7.0.52-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016340.html
unity 7.2.2+14.04.20140714-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016341.html
kde4libs 4:4.13.2a-0ubuntu0.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016342.html
unity 7.2.2+14.04.20140714-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016343.html
kde4libs 4:4.13.2a-0ubuntu0.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-July/016344.html
skype 220.127.116.11-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-August/016345.html
samba 2:4.1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu2.14.04.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-August/016346.html
samba 2:4.1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu2.14.04.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2014-August/016347.html
End of Life - April 2019
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