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Maarten Ectors of Canonical introduces the “next level” with regard to deployments with juju charms: Instant Solutions. With Instant Solutions the administrator does not have to learn how to use the software that is encapsulated inside the charm. He gives examples of some current Instant Solutions, including Instant Storm and Instant Scalable & Parallel Video Transcoding. Maarten Ectors of Canonical introduces the “next level” with regard to deployments with Juju Charms: Instant Solutions. With Instant Solutions the administrator does not have to learn how to use the software that is encapsulated inside the Charm. He gives examples of some current Instant Solutions, including Instant Storm and Instant Scalable & Parallel Video Transcoding.
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Scott Gilbertson of The Register does a review of the latest beta releases of the Ubuntu flavors with screenshots, covering Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME with a look at the MATE remix as well. He concludes “if you like Ubuntu, but aren't crazy about Unity, this year’s crop of alternatives are looking good.” Scott Gilbertson of The Register does a review of the latest beta releases of the Ubuntu flavors with screenshots, covering Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME with a look at the MATE Remix as well. He concludes, “if you like Ubuntu, but aren't crazy about Unity, this year’s crop of alternatives are looking good.”
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Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Welcome New Members and Developers
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
      1. Most Active Questions
      2. Top Voted New Questions
  4. LoCo News
    1. OpenStack Austin Meetup, with an Orange Box and Home Brew Beer!
    2. Arizona: Installfest schedule and locations
  5. The Planet
    1. Didier Roche: Ubuntu loves Developers
    2. Daniel Holbach: ubuntu-community-team list: Hang out, discuss new ideas
    3. Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot Test Runners
    4. Lubuntu Blog: [Poll] Community wallpaper contest
  6. Other Community News
    1. Unity8 & Mir update Sept 2, 2014
  7. Canonical News
    1. Your guest, your choice: running Windows Server on Ubuntu OpenStack
    2. Meeting evolving IT needs at the University of Nantes, France
    3. Instant Big Data and other solutions
  8. In The Press
    1. YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. With its powerful octa-core chip and unusual display, Meizu MX4 is great – but can it “handle” Ubuntu Touch?
    2. Canonical Releases Mir 0.7 Display Server
    3. NBC, Today Show Use Ubuntu to Illustrate Celebrity Hacking Story
    4. Munich Library Now Offers Free Ubuntu 12.04 CDs for People with Windows Systems
  10. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E23 – The One with the Nap Partners
  11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  12. Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
  13. Subscribe
  14. Archives
  15. Additional Ubuntu News
  16. Conclusion
  17. Credits
  18. Glossary of Terms
  19. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  20. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 382 for the week September 1 - 7, 2014.

In This Issue

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

The Membership Board is pleased to announce Membership results from the latest meeting on Sept. 4, 2014 22 UTC:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2014-September/002061.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (113903) +402 over last week
  • Critical (226) -3 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (56887) +199 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

Top Voted New Questions

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: muru (http://askubuntu.com/users/158442/muru), Oli (http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli), Whaaaaaat (http://askubuntu.com/users/208574/whaaaaaat), Jan (http://askubuntu.com/users/193328/jan) and KasiyA (http://askubuntu.com/users/283843/kasiya)

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

LoCo News

OpenStack Austin Meetup, with an Orange Box and Home Brew Beer!

Dustin Kirkland announces an upcoming meetup in Austin, Texas on September 10th featuring the Ubuntu Orange Box running OpenStack Icehouse and a “a couple of growlers of my own home brewed beer, Ubrewtu.”

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2014/09/openstack-austin-meetup-with-orange-box.html

Arizona: Installfest schedule and locations

The Arizona LoCo team announces an upcoming series of installfests Chandler and Tempe in late September and early October. Attendees are encouraged to bring a system they wish to install, and volunteers are also “happy to fix problems, answer questions or simply discuss free software.”

http://azloco.com/node/192

The Planet

Didier Roche: Ubuntu loves Developers

Didier Roche writes about interest in supporting developers of alternate platforms, like Android, with Ubuntu as a platform. To make this easier for them, he announces the availability of the alpha version of the Ubuntu Developer Tools Center “a command line tool which allows you to download the latest version of Android Studio (beta), alongside the latest Android SDK, and all the required dependencies… enable multi-arch on your system if you are on a 64 bit machine, integrate it with the Unity launcher.”

http://blog.didrocks.fr/post/Ubuntu-loves-Developers

Daniel Holbach: ubuntu-community-team list: Hang out, discuss new ideas

Daniel Holbach announces the new ubuntu-community-team mailing list which he suggests should be used to:

  • have discussions around planning community events
  • start all kinds of initiatives around Ubuntu
  • allow enthusiasts of the Ubuntu community to kick around new ideas
  • bring people from all parts of our community together so we can learn from each other
  • hang out and have fun

https://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2014/09/ubuntu-community-team-list-hang-out-discuss-new-ideas/

Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot Test Runners

Nicholas Skaggs writes about the various test runners commonly used with the automated autopilot tests. He describes autopilot-sandbox-run, Autopkgtest and phablet-test-run and gives examples of how each are used.

http://www.theorangenotebook.com/2014/09/autopilot-test-runners.html

Lubuntu Blog: [Poll] Community wallpaper contest

Frank Booth of the Lubuntu team announces the poll for the Lubuntu community wallpaper contest which is open to anyone. The poll will be closing on September 10th.

http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2014/09/poll-community-wallpaper-contest.html

Other Community News

Unity8 & Mir update Sept 2, 2014

Kevin Gunn shares the weekly update for Unity8 and Mir, including the landing of the remaining header/preview customization and favoriting scopes, support for scope:// urls and the release of Mir 0.7.0.

https://lists.launchpad.net/ubuntu-phone/msg09737.html

Canonical News

Your guest, your choice: running Windows Server on Ubuntu OpenStack

Sally Radwan of Canonical announces that they’ve been working with Microsoft to “develop and certify virtio drivers, virtualised Windows drivers that allow Windows guests to run on KVM hypervisors and subsequently, on OpenStack.” Right now, drivers are “available to Canonical customers as part of the Ubuntu Advantage support programme.”

https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/09/02/your-guest-your-choice-running-windows-server-on-ubuntu-openstack/

Meeting evolving IT needs at the University of Nantes, France

The University of Nantes in France was seeking to reduce the total cost of ownership across their desktop systems and looked to Linux to help with this plan. The post goes through challenges, considerations and the results including 1700 Ubuntu desktops across the university. The head of infrastructure management was quoted as saying that it was a success, “ In switching our desktop computers to Ubuntu, we have reduced our total cost of ownership in a significant and meaningful way.”

https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/09/02/meeting-evolving-it-needs-at-the-university-of-nantes-france/

Instant Big Data and other solutions

Maarten Ectors of Canonical introduces the “next level” with regard to deployments with Juju Charms: Instant Solutions. With Instant Solutions the administrator does not have to learn how to use the software that is encapsulated inside the Charm. He gives examples of some current Instant Solutions, including Instant Storm and Instant Scalable & Parallel Video Transcoding.

https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/09/03/instant-big-data-and-other-solutions/

In The Press

YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

Scott Gilbertson of The Register does a review of the latest beta releases of the Ubuntu flavors with screenshots, covering Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME with a look at the MATE Remix as well. He concludes, “if you like Ubuntu, but aren't crazy about Unity, this year’s crop of alternatives are looking good.”

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/09/04/ubuntu_14_10_betas/

In The Blogosphere

With its powerful octa-core chip and unusual display, Meizu MX4 is great – but can it “handle” Ubuntu Touch?

Dusan Belic of IntoMobile reviews Meizu’s latest flagship device, the MX4. Dusan shares stats, details about the camera, audio and connectivity support and speculates about whether this phone will be one to run Ubuntu.

http://www.intomobile.com/2014/09/03/powerful-octa-core-chip-unusual-display-meizu-mx4-great-can-handle-ubuntu-touch/

Canonical Releases Mir 0.7 Display Server

Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes about the latest release of Mir, writing that there are “some improvements to the demo shell, test improvements, symbol files for the Mir library components, build related improvements, motion event resampling and prediction for a more responsive touch experience, and various API/ABI changes.”

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTc4MDA

NBC, Today Show Use Ubuntu to Illustrate Celebrity Hacking Story

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia reports on the recent sighting of Ubuntu in a Today Show report on NBC illustrating the recent celebrity hacking story. It’s noted that the screenshot is of stock 12.04 and jokes “To make things even funnier (and sadder at the same time), that particular Ubuntu OS seems to be running in VirtualBox, inside a Mac OS host, because this is what every hacker dreams of.”

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Used-by-NBC-and-Today-Show-to-Illustrate-Hacking-into-Celebrities-Accounts-457755.shtml

Munich Library Now Offers Free Ubuntu 12.04 CDs for People with Windows Systems

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia reports that the city of Munich is distributing Ubuntu CDs to citizens in an effort to boost adoption of open source software.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Munich-Library-Now-Offers-Free-Ubuntu-12-04-CDs-for-People-with-Windows-Systems-457939.shtml

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E23 – The One with the Nap Partners

Laura Cowen, Alan Pope, and Mark Johnson are in Studio L for Season Seven, Episode Twenty-Three of the Ubuntu Podcast!

In this week’s show:

  • We take a look at what’s been happening in the news
  • Although Tony is still being away, gaming news has returned!
  • We take a look at what’s been happening in the community:
  • And there’s an event called OggCamp

http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2014/09/05/s07e23-the-one-with-the-nap-partners/

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

Security Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Subscribe

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Archives

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Additional Ubuntu News

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Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!

Credits

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • José Antonio Rey
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

Ubuntu - Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/

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