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General Community News
Announcing Ubuntu Core, with snappy transactional updates!
Mark Shuttleworth announces a new "snappy" image called Ubuntu Core which uses the same technology as Ubuntu phone in that an update applies perfectly or not at all. He says that it is called "snappy" because it uses a new mechanism for app delivery and system updates which is completely different to Ubuntu server and desktop. Mark ends his announcement with: "Welcome to the family, Ubuntu Core!"
The Ubuntu Weekly News editors have also collected a number of articles about the announcement from various Ubuntu sources:
A new, transactionally updated “snappy” Ubuntu Core - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2014/12/09/a-new-transactionally-updated-snappy-ubuntu-core/
It's a Snap! - http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2014/12/its-a-snap.html
Snappy security - http://penguindroppings.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/snappy-security/
The following articles were collected from around the web:
Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/12/09/ubuntu_core_snappy/
Canonical Launches “Snappy” Edition Of Ubuntu Core For Container Farms - http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/09/canonical-launches-snappy-edition-of-ubuntu-core-for-container-farms/
Ubuntu Core Changes The Game For Container Operating Systems - http://www.forbes.com/sites/benkepes/2014/12/09/ubuntu-core-changes-the-game-for-container-operating-systems/
Canonical makes Ubuntu more snappy with Docker - http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2385858/canonical-announces-alpha-preview-of-ubuntu-snappy
Canonical unveils minimalist Ubuntu Core platform for cloud services - http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk/news/2385884/canonical-unveils-minimalist-ubuntu-core-platform-for-cloud-services
Canonical launches 'snappy' Ubuntu Core for cloud - http://www.datacenterdynamics.com/focus/archive/2014/12/canonical-launches-snappy-ubuntu-core-cloud
Canonical Announces Snappy Ubuntu Core, A Transactionally Updated Flavor For The Cloud - http://www.webupd8.org/2014/12/canonical-announces-snappy-ubuntu-core.html
Snappy Ubuntu challenges CoreOS and Project Atomic on lightweight cloud servers - http://www.zdnet.com/article/snappy-ubuntu-challenges-coreos-and-project-atomic-on-lightweight-cloud-servers/
Ubuntu says it will make cloud server updates as simple as phone updates - http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/12/ubuntu-says-it-will-make-cloud-server-updates-as-simple-as-phone-updates/
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Randall Ross says "Hey Ubuntu people! It's been too long since we've had a real party!" He invites all those in Vancouver to join the party and discover Ubuntu.
Welcome new and returning members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council!
Elizabeth K. Joseph congratulates Bhavani Shankar and Nathan Haines on being newly appointed or newly renewed members of the LoCo Council. She also thanks everyone who participated in the recent call for nominees.
Daniel Holbach: Foundation or no foundation
Daniel Holbach writes that the call for an Ubuntu Foundation has come up again and questions which problems it would solve. He says that Ubuntu's success is tied to Canonical's success and that adding a new layer will bring "incredible amounts of work" but not fix Ubuntu's problems.
Nicholas Skaggs: Quality opportunities for the Vivid Cycle
Nicholas Skaggs informs us what we can to do help Ubuntu in this cycle from a quality perspective. He lists the tasks as being dogfooding, QATracker, Unity8, Core Apps, Manual Tests, Images and Triaging, describing what is required for each one.
Ali Jawad: StartUbuntu Leadership & My Ultimate Goal
Ali Jawad looks back at the StartUbuntu project which he started in April 2013n, noting the lack of contributions, the lack of interest from magazines, the continued use of Windows XP, and that it is not a one-man project. He says: "Let’s share the leadership of StartUbuntu and let’s move forward." In a follow-up post, Ali links to several other Ubuntu related projects that he is involved with.
Scott Moser: Snappy Ubuntu Core and uvtool & Snappy Ubuntu Core and cloud-init
In the first post, Scott Moser tells us how to use uvtool to create and manage snappy instances. His second post describes how to customize the instance and automate its start-up and configuration.
Kubuntu: Calligra 2.8.7 is Out
The Kubuntu Team announces the release of Calligra 2.8.7 for Kubuntu 14.10. They inform us how we can obtain the update, to where bugs should be reported, and credit those who helped in making the packages.
Daniel Holbach: Summarising the last CC meeting
Daniel Holbach summarizes the recent Community Council meeting which dealt with problems, questions and proposals put forward for discussions. He links to an "actions" pad which shows the notes that were taken during and after the session.
Lubuntu Blog: Happy Christmas
Rafael Laguna relays seasonal greetings from the Lubuntu team and shows us some wallpaper that celebrates Christmas and the birth of the team's mascot, Lenny.
Other Community News
Next Membership Board 22 UTC Meeting
Svetlana Belkin informs us that due to a clash with New Year’s Day, the next meeting of the 2200 UTC Membership Board Meeting will be on 8th January.
In The Blogosphere
Linux Mobile-Desktop Convergence
Matt Hartley of Datamation examines the areas that need to come together in order for Linux Mobile-Desktop convergence to be widely accepted. He doubts that anyone is going to dump their existing financial investment in iOS or Android to move to another platform "all in the name of convergence."
Ubuntu Developer Tools Center Gets Renamed To Ubuntu Make
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that the Ubuntu Developer Tools Center, a project to allow easy installation of common developer tools, has been renamed to Ubuntu Make.
Andrew of WebUpd8 also covers the story, links to the changelog and provides installation instructions for Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and 15.04.
This Modular Smartphone Wants to Offer Ubuntu, SailfishOS
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Finnish company Vsenn may offer Ubuntu for Phones alongside Firefox OS, Sailfish OS and Android. He quotes from the company’s press release: "Bringing multiple OS support is something that the online community has been asking us to do, and so, we deliver,"
Ubuntu 15.04 To Soon Land The Linux 3.18 Kernel
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that the Linux 3.18 kernel has been released and that it should be landing in the Ubuntu 15.04 archive soon. He says that the new version brings many new features but by the time 15.04 is released, Ubuntu 15.04 will likely have switched to 3.19.
UT One Ubuntu Tablet Delayed; Rooted Android Device May Come Instead
Christopher Tozzi of The VAR Guy, reports that The Demski Group has announced the UT One, an Ubuntu-based mobile device has been delayed and that the company may be releasing a hacker-friendly Android tablet instead. He says: “The catch, however, is that the tablet the Demski Group is now working on will run Android by default, so users would have to install Ubuntu on it themselves.”
Ubuntu 15.04 to Include GNOME 3.14, Updates to Default Apps
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Ubuntu 15.04 will ship with GNOME 3.14 providing a few outstanding issues are fixed. He provides a quote from the Ubuntu Developer mailing list and suggests that some applications will see a jump of several versions.
Other Articles of Interest
Yes, This Trojan Infects Linux. No, It’s Not The Tuxpocalypse - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/12/government-spying-turla-linux-trojan-found
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Community Q&A - 9th December 2014
In the regular weekly update by the Ubuntu Community Team, Daniel Holbach and Alan Pope answer questions put to them on IRC.
Introducing snappy Ubuntu Core
Mark Shuttleworth walks through how snappy Ubuntu Core works on the day that Canonical announce a new way to get Ubuntu in the cloud with transactional, image-based updates.
Ubuntu Engineering Live! - 10th December 2014
Michael Hall is joined by Alan Pope, Jorge Castro, Lukas Zemczak and Tim Peeters for the last regular update of 2014 from the Ubuntu Engineering team.
Join the full team of Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope and Tony Whitmore in Studio L for season seven, episode thirty-seven of the Ubuntu Podcast!
In this week’s show:-
- We take a look at what’s been happening in the news:
- Some crowd-funding news
- More crowd-funding news
- Yet more crowd-funding news
CoreOS launch a rocket
- There’s a new live wire
- Firefox say Hello
OnePlus have to stop shipping to India
- Canonical and Data Foundry do something together
- HP have a cool new laptop
- Sony suffer a big data breach
- We take a look at what’s been happening in the community:
- Ubuntu Make is announced
- Ubuntu Core snappy is also announced
- There’s a Raspberry Pi Jam in Egham
We’ll be back next week for the last episode of the series, when we’ll be talking to Michael Hall and reviewing last year’s predictions!
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Ubuntu Community Leadership/Governance Discussions
Jono Bacon, Daniel Holbach, Svetlana Belkin, Stephen Michael Kellat, Michael Hall and David Planella try to drive some of the subject matter of recent discussions around leadership and governance to conclusions and action items.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - December 9, 2014 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2014-12-09
Security Team - December 8, 2014 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20141221
Monthly Team Reports: November 2014
See here for the team report for June 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/November2014
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, 14.04 and 14.10
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
Ubuntu 14.10 Updates
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