Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 432 for the week August 24 - 30, 2015.

In This Issue

  • Wily Werewolf Beta 1 Released
  • Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase submissions are now open!
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Visiting FrOSCon...
  • LoCo Events

  • Aaron Honeycutt: My contributions to KDE and Kubuntu since Akademy
  • Lubuntu Blog: Happy 24th birthday, Linux!
  • Jonathan Riddell: Ubuntu Archive Still Free Software
  • Rohan Garg: Legalese is vague: Always consult a lawyer
  • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu, Canonical, and IP
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 released (arale, mako, flo and generic)
  • Canonical News
  • Ubuntu Linux continues to rule the cloud
  • Canonical Kills Desktop Ubuntu Software Center, Focuses on Mobile Apps
  • Full Circle Issue #100
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Wily Werewolf Beta 1 Released

Martin Wimpress, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the first Beta release of Wily Werewolf, which will become Ubuntu 15.10. He informs us of the flavors that took part in the release, where to download the images for testing, and links to sites where further information about the release can be found.

The release announcement was picked up by a number of press and blog sites. The following articles were selected by our editors:

Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase submissions are now open!

Nathan Haines announces the accepting of submissions for the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase which he describes as: “The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is a way to celebrate the Free Culture movement, where talented artists across the globe create media and release it under licenses that encourage sharing and adaptation.“ He lists the groups for which submissions will be accepted and links to an Ubuntu Wiki page where further information can be found.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (118843) -10 over last week
  • Critical (286) +/-0 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (59407) +63 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Most Active Questions

Top Voted New Questions

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Fabby (, A.B. (, Jacob Vlijm (, kos ( and Serg (

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LoCo News

Visiting FrOSCon...

Sujeevan Vijayakumaran writes about FrOSCON (Free & Open Source Software Conference) which took place on 22nd & 23rd August 2015 in St. Augustin in Germany. He links to a site where videos of the presentations can be found, briefly outlines the contents of the talks and says: "I'm really looking forward to the next conferences, which will be Ubucon in Berlin and OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen later this year!"

LoCo Events

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:

The Planet

Aaron Honeycutt: My contributions to KDE and Kubuntu since Akademy

Aaron Honeycutt writes about his work with packaging and artwork on Kubuntu since attending the recent Akademy. He says: "I can’t thank the Ubuntu Community enough for funding my trip to Akademy this year! THANK YOU!"

Lubuntu Blog: Happy 24th birthday, Linux!

Rafael Laguna wishes Linux Happy 24th Birthday as he remembers back to Linus Torvalds' initial announcement on the comp.os.minix newsgroup. He reminds us that the first release was on October 5th 1991, so if you missed August 25, you can celebrate the birthday on that day.

Jonathan Riddell: Ubuntu Archive Still Free Software

Jonathan Riddell writes about Ubuntu’s commitment to the principles of free software development, and Canonical’s recent IP policy which he claims have broken the GPL and free licences. He writes that various Canonical staff members have apologized, but Jonathan explores this issue as well as linking with many other writers opinions on the topic, and critiquing their opinions.

Rohan Garg: Legalese is vague: Always consult a lawyer

Rohan Garg’s (shadeslayer) response to the aforementioned post by Jonathan Riddell on Canonical’s IP rights policy. Rohan too refers to other bloggers opinions (including the FSF) highlighting the fact that the jurisdiction you live in (and ISOs are hosted) affects the copyrights Canonical claim.

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu, Canonical, and IP

Jono Bacon airs his views on Canonical’s IP rights policy, reminding us of what Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth have said, and provided with Ubuntu and their commitment to freedom. Jono then examines it from the opposing side of the argument, before asking readers how they feel Canonical should derive revenue.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

Ubuntu Touch OTA-6 released (arale, mako, flo and generic)

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak announces the latest stable Ubuntu Touch update known as OTA-6. He links to the release notes and says that the update should be rolled out to all users within 24 hours of release.

Canonical News

Publishing Vanilla

Continuing their rollout of the new Vanilla framework for CSS, Tristram Oaten shares some details about the CSS microframework powered by Sass, and describes the build process which consists of an open source build and a private build with Jenkins.

Winners crowned in the China Mobile & Ubuntu developer contest

April Wang tells us about the “And your Dream come true” Innovation contest which was run by China Mobile and Canonical, and its winners. She writes " Fu Xixi created the winning entry for his dictionary app in the Students category. Wang Guojian came in first place for his plug-in based native music player in the Professional category." Further we are told about online and offline training sessions that were carried out educating participants on the Ubuntu Phone OS. She concludes bey writing about the launching of Ubuntu Phone hackathons China.

Windows 10: is it finally time to migrate to Ubuntu?

Jon Melamut writes how the public and private enterprises have been using Microsoft Windows for years, and asks whether it is out of habit or the best choice? Jon makes the case that Ubuntu is a worthy and cheaper choice.

Another successful Developer Hackathon in China

April Wang follows up after the Beijing Hackathon, writing about an event in Shenzhen with 30 people onsite and over 170 showing up online. She writes that there were 30+ hours of hacking with several different teams showcasing their work with demo sessions. Sessions included controlling the movement and light features of a Rapiro robot with a Ubuntu Phone and an app called "IoT Ranger" that integrates both Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Core. She concludes: "This was a truly great and rewarding hackathon and we thank and congratulate all of those who participated to make the event a success."

In The Press

Ubuntu Linux continues to rule the cloud

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet writes that with 135,000 instances of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) running Ubuntu vs Amazon’s own Amazon Linux Amazon Machine Image (AMI for short) it’s clear to see Ubuntu is still taking over the cloud. Canonical has even combined their work on OpenStack to include Windows Server on OpenStack.

In The Blogosphere

Canonical Kills Desktop Ubuntu Software Center, Focuses on Mobile Apps

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, outlines his reasons for saying that Canonical will “jettison” the Ubuntu Software Center as a moved is made from Debian-based package management and focusing on Snappy. He gives us some history about the former use of Synaptic, and predicts that Ubuntu will become unique in yet another important way from the rest of the Linux world.

In Other News

Full Circle Issue #100

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our one hundredth issue.

This month:

  • Our Great Ancestor: Warty Warthog
  • Command & Conquer

  • How-To : Python, LibreOffice, Website with Infrastructure, and Programming COBOL

  • Graphics : Inkscape.
  • Survey Results
  • Chrome Cult
  • Linux Labs: How I Learned To Love Ubuntu
  • Site Review
  • A Quick Look At: Linux in Industry, and the French Translation Team
  • Ubuntu Phones
  • [NEW!] Linux Loopback
  • Ubuntu Games: The Current State of Linux Gaming

plus: News, Q&A, and soooo much more.

Get it while it's hot!

Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 25th August 2015

Ubuntu Community managers Nick Skaggs and Michael Hall host this week’s live Q&A session. They give us updates on the work going on in Ubuntu, and take questions that are put to them on IRC.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo - S08E25 – Jurassic Shark

It’s Episode Twenty-five of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! Mark Johnson is back with Laura Cowen, Martin Wimpress, and Alan Pope!

In this week’s show:

We look at what’s been going on in the news:

  • GitLab has announced it will be shipping Mattermost, a self-hosted chat application, alongside its flagship code hosting software.

  • IBM is expanding support for Linux on mainframes with a few new initiatives announced today, including plans for an Ubuntu distribution.
  • The Commodore Amiga 1000 is 30 years old
  • Mozilla has announced that it will be changing the way Firefox addons are implemented
  • It’s been noted by various technology news sites this week that a story about airport baggage handling posted late last year included a picture of the master keys used by TSA officials.
  • Linux is 24 today.

We also take a look at what’s been going on in the community:

  • GTK is difficult
  • Unity overlay scrollbars are going.
  • Feeling creative? Enter your work in the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase

There are even events:

  • Oggcamp returns!

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 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 15.04 Updates

End of Life - January 2016


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