Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 411 for the week March 30 - April 5 , 2015.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Kubuntu: Kubuntu Sweaters Added to Hellotux Shop
  • Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Return of the Ubuntu UI Toolkit
  • Forums Council: Forum Council Addition
  • Barry Warsaw: Creating Python Snaps
  • Ronnie Tucker: Happy Birthday to us all!
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Adventures in Podbird
  • Send a URL to your Ubuntu phone with Caxton
  • Internet of Things: M2MLabs
  • Hack The Home: creating the home of the future
  • Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets
  • Canonical to integrate Chef DevOps into Ubuntu

  • 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, 14.04 and 14.10
  • And much more!

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (118795) +286 over last week
  • Critical (266) -10 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (59389) +195 over last week

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Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Most Active Questions

Top Voted New Questions

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Baron (, heemayl (, bodhi.zazen (, evergreen ( and mark kirby (

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LoCo Events

Want to learn whether there is an event upcoming in your area? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Planet

Kubuntu: Kubuntu Sweaters Added to Hellotux Shop

The Kubuntu Team writes: "Hellotux have added sweaters to their Kubuntu branded clothes range. Donations to Kubuntu with every purchase." They share a photograph of the sweater and link to site where the sweaters can be purchased.

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Return of the Ubuntu UI Toolkit

Tim Peeters writes that the release of Ubuntu for Phones 15.04 will also see the release of Ubuntu Components 1.2. He looks at some of the new features of components such as MainView, ListItem and UbuntuShape, and says "Besides these new features, we fixed a whole bunch of bugs and we are working hard on the next version of the UI toolkit that we will be blogging about in the near future, so stay tuned for more good stuff!"

Forums Council: Forum Council Addition

The Forums Council announces the success of their new Super Moderators process which has led to the appointment of process participant Slickymaster to fill the an empty seat on the Ubuntu Forums Council.

Barry Warsaw: Creating Python Snaps

Barry Warsaw gives a quick introduction to Snappy Ubuntu Core which links to details about it, and goes on to talk about building and deploying snappy Python applications. He walks through the basic approach to packaging and provides links to scripts for imports of Python packages from both PyPI and git and concludes with some debugging tips and Caveats.

Ronnie Tucker: Happy Birthday to us all!

Ronnie Tucker of Full Circle Magazine writes: "This month marks eight years since Full Circle first appeared. All this because of a crazy idea I had all those years ago." He thanks all those who have written articles, and those who download and spread the word about Full Circle. Ronnie also links to issue #01.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

Adventures in Podbird

Nekhelesh Ramananthan tells us about Podbird, an app for the Ubuntu phone which can search and download podcasts for offline listening. He describes how he joined the team, added some new features such as downloading new podcasts on start-up, and shows us some screenshots of the next version.

Send a URL to your Ubuntu phone with Caxton

Stuart Langridge writes that he often needs to send a URL from his desktop to his phone but there hasn't been a product for the Ubuntu phone until now. He says that Caxton can be used to send any URL from anywhere to any app on an Ubuntu phone. Stuart thanks those who tested and gave advice, and appeals for feedback via Twitter and Google+.

Canonical News

Internet of Things: M2MLabs

Canonical writes: "M2MLabs’ 100 % open source framework provides the foundation for building the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) applications." They welcome M2MLabs to the Ubuntu Core partner program, and link to where further information can be found about Snappy Ubuntu Core, Juju and Charms.

Hack The Home: creating the home of the future

Canonical quotes Mark Shuttleworth as saying "Inventors are gathering at the FirstBuild Hackathon to share ideas and shape their vision of intelligent systems in the home and in business." They go on to say that they are delighted to support FirstBuild at its Mega Hackathon:Hack the Home which takes place on April 10th and 11th, where inventors “will make sci-fi a reality.”

In The Press

Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

Scott Gilbertson of The Register reports that Xubuntu 15.04 will come with an update to Linus Torvalds’ briefly favoured Linux desktop, Xfce. He says some of Xfce 4.12 is already part of Xubuntu but the remainder will arrive in 15.04. Scott says of Xfce: "Xfce has grown in the last few years as the project has become something of a refuge for those unhappy with GNOME."

Canonical to integrate Chef DevOps into Ubuntu

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for ZDNet writes that with Ubuntu being the most popular Linux on Amazon EC2 cloud it makes sense for Canonical to partner with Chef, one of the most popular DevOps companies. He describes the benefits of Chef, shows us a large scale overview of Chef, and quotes Mark Shuttleworth as saying: "Chef and Ubuntu are often inseparable in serious server deployments, making mutual integration a must for our users."

In The Blogosphere

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, quotes one of Linux Mint's lead developers Clement Lefebvre as denying rumors that the Debian-based variant of Mint might become the project's main product. Tozzi says: "This might not seem like news worth caring about if you don't use Mint. But it matters for understanding Ubuntu's role within the world of desktop Linux distributions, where Canonical's OS remains vitally important to third-party projects."

System76 unveils all-new Broadwell-powered Lemur -- an affordable Ubuntu Linux laptop

Brian Fagiolo of BetaNews reports on the Lemur, a laptop with a Broadwell processor produced by System76 a manufacturer that sells desktops and laptops which include Ubuntu. He gives us the specification of the Lemur and tells us that the prices start at $599.

Cube i7-CM is an Ubuntu tablet with Intel Core M

Brad Linder of Liliputing writes that Chinese device maker Cube is launching its first tablet running Ubuntu. He gives us a brief specification of the tablet which supports 3G networks, wi-fi and bluetooth, and informs us that a limited number of tablets will be sold for $399, after which the price will increase to an unspecified amount.

Ubuntu on the Asus Zenbook UX305 ultrabook

Brad Linder of Liliputing informs us that he has successfully run Ubuntu on an Asus Zenbook UX305 which features 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 13.3in HD display and costs $699. He tells us that he found that not all distributions would install on the machine but adds: "The good news is that Ubuntu 15.04 64-bit works whether you disable secure boot or not."

Origami unicorn challenge

“Origami represents the visual style for the Ubuntu phone. In this video our origami expert Mark is giving us a beautiful demo, showing us how to create the perfect Unicorn as part of the finger tip challenge. With his help why not get involved by crafting, snapping your creation to Instagram with #fingertipchallenge and leaving it to the public to choose a winner.”

Community Team Q&A - 31st March 2015

Michael Hall is joined by Jonathan Riddell, Rohan Garg and Alan Pope for another weekly session in which they answer questions that are put to them on IRC. The focus this week is on Kubuntu and Plasma 5, which will be the default desktop environment for Kubuntu 15.04.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E04 – Zombie Nightmare

It’s Episode Three of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson and Martin Wimpress, and again no Laura Cowen are connected and speaking to your brain.

In this week’s show:

  • We discuss Ubuntu MATE, the desktop paradigm back from the dead!
  • We share some GUI Lurve which is the Telegram app, mostly used for phones but with a desktop client, and even a command-line client.
  • And we also chat about not playing GTA 5, and setting up NFC tags with profiles on CyanogenMod.

That’s all for this week, please send your comments and suggestions to:

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10

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

Ubuntu 14.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2015


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