Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 398 for the two weeks December 22, 2014 - January 4, 2015.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Stats
- Final Meeting of the Year for Ubuntu Ohio
- New Point of Contact/Leader for Ubuntu Ohio
- ubuntu-it had an awesome year!
- Riccardo Padovani: Ubuntu Phone seen by my friends
- Joe Liau: Dumb is Dead: Snappy is the New Smart
- Costales: Ubuntu Phone Countdown Banner for your blog/web
- Jonathan Riddell: What’s happened with Kubuntu recently?
- Riccardo Padovani: Ubuntu Calculator App Reboot
Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu on ThinkCentre M93p
- Forums Council: Super Moderators
- Elizabeth K. Joseph: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter and other ways to contribute to Ubuntu
- Stuart Langridge: Ubuntu Component Store, redux 2
- Ubuntu Phone User: Manager at Braum's
- Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 - Second edition is now available
- YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?
- In The Blogosphere
- Full Circle Issue #92
- Other Articles of Interest
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10
- And much more!
- Open (116518) -311 over 2 weeks ago
- Critical (258) +20 over 2 weeks ago
- Unconfirmed (57684) -146 over 2 weeks ago
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
How to make apt-get upgrade use less resources? http://askubuntu.com/questions/567680/how-to-make-apt-get-upgrade-use-less-resources
Why is this Bash script not working? http://askubuntu.com/questions/567474/why-is-this-bash-script-not-working
Allocate swap after ubuntu 14.04 LTS installation http://askubuntu.com/questions/566745/allocate-swap-after-ubuntu-14-04-lts-installation
Unable to play “Prince of Persia: Warrior Within” on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS http://askubuntu.com/questions/566509/unable-to-play-prince-of-persia-warrior-within-on-ubuntu-12-04-lts
How can I find the command history if a user used a space before the command? http://askubuntu.com/questions/566534/how-can-i-find-the-command-history-if-a-user-used-a-space-before-the-command
Top Voted New Questions
How to make apt-get upgrade use less resources? http://askubuntu.com/questions/567680/
How can I find the command history if a user used a space before the command? http://askubuntu.com/questions/566534/
Allocate swap after ubuntu 14.04 LTS installation http://askubuntu.com/questions/566745/
Want to disable built-in screen by default http://askubuntu.com/questions/567180/
Where can I download some default ubuntu icons http://askubuntu.com/questions/568487/
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: MVit (http://askubuntu.com/users/341907/mvit), jbrock (http://askubuntu.com/users/331285/jbrock), geoffmcc (http://askubuntu.com/users/361434/geoffmcc), Rinzwind (http://askubuntu.com/users/15811/rinzwind) and Eliah Kagan (http://askubuntu.com/users/22949/eliah-kagan)
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Final Meeting of the Year for Ubuntu Ohio
Svetlana Belkin reports on final Ubuntu Ohio LoCo team meeting of 2014 which took place on December 26. She tells us that the topics that were discussed were the mailing list, the Twitter account, participation in the Ubuntu Global Jam, and the leadership transition.
New Point of Contact/Leader for Ubuntu Ohio
Svetlana Belkin announces the stepping down of Stephen Michael Kellat from his position as the point of contact/leader of Ubuntu Ohio. She links to the team's Launchpad page which names the three deputies, and assures us that Stephen is not leaving the community.
Also see Stephen’s post where names the members of the Ohio Leadership team, looks forward to the Ubuntu Global Jam, and confirms that he will remain a member of the LoCo Council.
ubuntu-it had an awesome year!
Riccardo Padovani looks at Ubuntu-it and the events that the LoCo organized in 2014: the Debian/Ubuntu Community Conference Italia and a community meeting in November. He provides some statistics about the LoCo's social media sites, speculating that activity will increase in 2015 with the launch of a new website and the launch of the Ubuntu Phone.
Riccardo Padovani: Ubuntu Phone seen by my friends
Riccardo Padovani shares some feedback he’s received from his university friends who aren’t studying tech and “know about Ubuntu only because [he is] involved.” Positives include fluidity and ability to multitask, but he noted the lack of the WhatsApp application and a confusing unlock screen as some weaknesses. He concludes “I’m more than happy with the results: Ubuntu Phone seems ready for all, and this is a good point where we could start to build. We have simply to continue on that way, and we will change the world, bit by bit, mind by mind.”
Joe Liau: Dumb is Dead: Snappy is the New Smart
Continuing a series about dumb phones, Joe now focuses on the new “snappy” Ubuntu Core which features transactional, image-based updates and shares a video of Mark Shuttleworth introducing the product.
Costales: Ubuntu Phone Countdown Banner for your blog/web
Marcos Costales shows us a countdown banner that he has made for a forthcoming Ubuntu Phone presentation. He also shows us how to use the banner in web pages and how it can be be customized.
Jonathan Riddell: What’s happened with Kubuntu recently?
Jonathan Riddell informs us that due to a server move, Kubuntu Wire is down so reproduces a Wire post written by Ilya Kowalewski in which he mentions Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 1, Plasma 5, and KDE Frameworks 5,5,0. Ilya quotes several sources including Softpedia, Linux Veda, and a Kubuntu user who says: "Stable, and now hooked on Kubuntu’s KDE plasma. Christmas gift, and Happy Holidays, New Year 2015 and beyond to you and yours."
Riccardo Padovani: Ubuntu Calculator App Reboot
Riccardo Padovani writes about the next core app to be rebooted which is the Calculator app. He shows us some screenshots of the prototypes, describe some features that are to be implemented, and appeals for help testing and fixing bugs.
Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu on ThinkCentre M93p
Svetlana Belkin writes about one of her Christmas presents, a refurbished ThinkCentre M93p. She shows us some photographs to illustrate its small size, and says that 64-bit Ubuntu was soon installed on it.
Forums Council: Super Moderators
The Forums Council informs us that they have decided to mentor a group of Super Moderators who will have access to the Administrator Control Panel. They say: "With the advent of the SSO login, we’ve found that more and more time is spent just trying to help people log into and use the forums. The only way to actually deal with these issues is from the Administrator Control Panel."
Elizabeth K. Joseph: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter and other ways to contribute to Ubuntu
On the last day of 2014, Elizabeth K. Joseph looks back on some of her biggest accomplishments which include the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, for which she runs through the weekly cycle acknowledging her fellow contributors and invites others to help write article summaries. Elizabeth then thanks and names all those who have helped during 2014. She finishes by referring to two presentations she gave during the year for those without programming experience and who might wish to contribute to Ubuntu.
Stuart Langridge: Ubuntu Component Store, redux 2
Stuart Langridge writes that he came up with an idea of how an Ubuntu Component Store could work but that it required a server which maintains accounts. He says that he then came up with an alternative that must be hosted on Launchpad and demonstrates how it works.
Other Community News
Ubuntu Phone User: Manager at Braum's
When taking his son out for ice cream on his birthday Ted Gould, wearing an Ubuntu hat reports that he was asked about Ubuntu. The manager of the ice cream shop Braum’s asked a few questions about Ubuntu, as he was using it on his desktop and had installed it on his phone for full time use. He said, describing his favorite feature, "I love how much it's the same as the computer version. I'm trying to get a business off the ground, have four kids and I have to keep this place running. I don't have time to keep a different model of how two things work."
Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 - Second edition is now available
Kevin Godby informs us that the second edition of “Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04” has been published. He advises from where a copy can be downloaded , and also from where a printed copy can be purchased.
In The Press
YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?
Scott Gilbertson of The Register talks about the lackluster attention given to desktop Linux in 2014 and writes that tablets serve the needs of most users and: “Combine that with better battery life, smaller, lighter form factors and you can understand why Canonical spent the better part of year working on its mobile interface.”
In The Blogosphere
Why You Should Switch to Ubuntu MATE Edition
Matt Hartley of Datamation looks at his use of various desktop environments over the years and encourages us to switch to Ubuntu MATE. He gives us his reasons why he thinks we should, speculates that it could become a popular base flavor, saying: "I'd recommend Ubuntu MATE edition over Ubuntu proper all day long."
The Most Popular Ubuntu News Of 2014
Michael Larabel of Phoronix looks the top Ubuntu news stories of 2014 which include Mark Shuttleworth revealing two manufacturing partners for the Ubuntu Phone, Canonical's Unity 8 Mir compositor video, Ubuntu to develop its own file manager, and several stories that compare the performance between Ubuntu releases.
12 Months, 12 Highlights: This was Ubuntu in 2014
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reflects on the positive highlights of Ubuntu in 2014. On a month by month basis, amongst the events he looks at are the Ubuntu Phone, the Ubuntu releases, Ubuntu MATE, and improvements to Unity.
Shuttleworth Explains Why Open Source is More Secure than Closed Source [VIDEO]
Sean Michael Kerner of Datamation quotes Mark Shuttleworth as saying; "You'll never stop security issues from occurring in either open source or proprietary software but you deal with issues faster in open source." He embeds a video in his article of a short interview with Mark which expands on this quote.
2014’s Five Biggest Stories Affecting FOSS
Christine Hall of FOSS Force covers a selection of five of the biggest stories of 2014, including the systemd discussion and possibility of forks which may impact Ubuntu.
Dust Off That iBook: Ubuntu MATE PowerPC Support Is Coming
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that although Ubuntu stopped supporting PPC builds of Ubuntu after 6.10, Lubuntu continues to release PowerPC builds of its LTS releases and that Ubuntu MATE has now followed Lubuntu's lead. He invites us to download and test the ISO but warns us that not all apps available on a regular x86-based version of Linux can be compiled for or are compatible with PowerPC.
In Other News
Full Circle Issue #92
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our ninety-second issue.
Command & Conquer
How-To : Make a Special Edition, LibreOffice, and Bulk Print with Nautilus
- Graphics : Inkscape.
- Linux Labs: Compiling a Kernel Pt 5 and Graphically Renaming Files Over SSH
- Review: Scilabs
- Book Review: Build Your Own Web Site
- Ubuntu Games: X-Plane Flight Plans
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.
Get it while it's hot!
Other Articles of Interest
Features Of The Linux 3.19 Kernel: Graphics & Disks Rule - http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTg3MTA
Why is the Number of Linux Distros Declining? - http://www.datamation.com/open-source/why-is-the-number-of-linux-distros-declining.html
Debian Project News - December 29th, 2014 - https://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2014/17/index.en.html
Reminder: PearOS is dead and insecure - Don't install it, stop using it immediately! - http://thepcspy.com/read/reminder-pearos-is-dead-and-insecure/
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
End of Life - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2019
Ubuntu 14.10 Updates
End of Life - July 2015
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