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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 Events
  5. The Planet
    1. Kubuntu: Kubuntu site revamped
    2. Didier Roche: Ubuntu Make 15.09 featuring experimental Unity 3D editor support
    3. Launchpad News: Launchpad news, August 2015
    4. Ian Weisser: You should be using Find-a-Task
    5. Svetlana Belkin: Membership Board Member Interviews: Aaron Honeycutt
    6. Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Snappy Ubuntu + Mycroft = Love
    7. Daniel Holbach: Free Culture and Ubuntu
    8. Kubuntu Wire: Plasma 5.4 lands in Kubuntu Wily
    9. Daniel Holbach: Tomorrow is a special anniversary
    10. Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Next Generation SDK
    11. Michael Hall: Share a link, win a Mycroft!
  6. Ubuntu Cloud News
  7. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu Phone Team Lead Leaves Canonical
    2. That Awkward Ubuntu Tablet Plans To Go Up For Pre-Order Soon
    3. The Death of Ubuntu's Software Center
    4. Ubuntu Snappy Core Runs on Banana Pi BPI-M2 with Linux Kernel 4.1.6, Download Now
    5. How Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Can Prove Useful for Enterprise WiFi
    6. Ubuntu Will Not Abandon DEB Packaging in Favor of Snappy, Says Mark Shuttleworth
  8. Other Articles of Interest
  9. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu Community Q&A - 1st September 2015
    2. Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E26 – Courageous
    3. Kubuntu Podcast #4 - Core Applications
  10. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  12. Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 15.04 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 433 for the week August 31 - September 6, 2015.

In This Issue

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

Aaron Honeycutt announces, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, that Will Cooke’s application for Ubuntu Membership has been accepted.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2015-September/002304.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (119037) +194 over last week
  • Critical (284) -2 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (59545) +138 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: A.B. (http://askubuntu.com/users/367165/a-b), Ravan (http://askubuntu.com/users/439451/ravan), terdon (http://askubuntu.com/users/85695/terdon), Serg (http://askubuntu.com/users/295286/serg) and Paranoid Panda (http://askubuntu.com/users/364819/paranoid-panda)

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

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:

http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

The Planet

Kubuntu: Kubuntu site revamped

The Kubuntu team announces the arrival of their new website that coincides with the move to Plasma 5. They acknowledge those that helped, appeal for further help with web development, packaging and documentation, and end by saying: “Please use our new site to find what you need, and tell us if you find something which needs improvement.”

http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-site-revamped/

Didier Roche: Ubuntu Make 15.09 featuring experimental Unity 3D editor support

Didier Roche reminds us of the port of Unity 3D (Game Engine) to Linux. He speaks of its inclusion into Ubuntu Make, links to the release notes, issue tracker and encourages people to do pull requests (Contribute).

http://blog.didrocks.fr/post/Ubuntu-Make-15.09-featuring-experimental-Unity-3D-editor-support

Launchpad News: Launchpad news, August 2015

Colin Watson gives us an update on what the Launchpad team has been working on for the past month, including mail notifications, package build infrastructure, and more.

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/launchpad-news-august-2015

Ian Weisser: You should be using Find-a-Task

Ian Weisser reminds us that Find-a-Task was introduced in January 2015 to show volunteers the variety of tasks and roles available to those wanting to contribute to Ubuntu. He urges his readers to use it, asks teams whether they are listed, and encourages ideas and suggestions to improve and increase usage of the tool to be sent to the ubuntu-community-team mailing list.

http://cheesehead-techblog.blogspot.com/2015/09/you-should-be-using-find-task.html

Svetlana Belkin: Membership Board Member Interviews: Aaron Honeycutt

In the seventh interview of the series, Svetlana Belkin talks to Ubuntu Membership Board member Aaron Honeycutt about his career, his first computing experience and some of the projects that he’s worked on over the years. Aaron says that his focus on Ubuntu today is getting every Documentation team to work together in a similar fashion .” He also shares with us his comment: “Once you find that spot when your both needed and want to be, you’ll find happiness in the community.”

http://senseopenness.com/membership-board-member-interviews-2/

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Snappy Ubuntu + Mycroft = Love

David Planella writes that since the Mycroft AI project decided to go the Open Source and Open Hardware path they picked Ubuntu Snappy as their platform for the IoT (Internet of Things). He says that with Ubuntu Snappy they have found designing the system to be much easier from package creation with snappy packages to applying updates.

https://developer.ubuntu.com/en/blog/2015/09/04/snappy-ubuntu-mycroft-love/

Daniel Holbach: Free Culture and Ubuntu

Daniel Holbach writes that thanks to Nathan Haines and José Antonio Rey we again have the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase, Ubuntu’s way of acknowledging that there’s not just free software but wallpapers, videos and audio that can be included in Ubuntu. He links to a wiki page from where further information can be found and says: “You still have some time to submit your works for the competition. The winners are going to get their free culture works included in Ubuntu itself. “

https://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2015/09/free-culture-and-ubuntu/

Kubuntu Wire: Plasma 5.4 lands in Kubuntu Wily

Marco Parillo announces the landing of Plasma 5.4 in Kubuntu Wily and that it is ready for testing.

http://wire.kubuntu.org/?p=391

Daniel Holbach: Tomorrow is a special anniversary

Daniel Holbach celebrates his tenth anniversary working for Canonical. He reflects about when he first started out, and describes some of the things he has learned along the way.

https://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2015/09/tomorrow-is-a-special-anniversary/

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Next Generation SDK

Zoltán Balogh lets us know about the new Ubuntu SDK, and how to install it.

http://developer.ubuntu.com/en/blog/2015/09/01/next-generation-sdk/

Michael Hall: Share a link, win a Mycroft!

Michael Hall announces a competition in which Mycroft have joined with Ubuntu to give away a free device. He says that the Artificial Intelligence company are in the final days of their Kickstarter campaign and the contest will spread awareness of the project. Michael informs us of how to enter the competition and that the prize is a “Mycroft Extendable unit ($149 level on Kickstarter), which makes the HDMI and GPIO ports easily accessible for hackers and makers to extend it’s functionality by connecting it to other devices.”

http://mhall119.com/2015/09/share-a-link-win-a-mycroft/

Ubuntu Cloud News

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu Phone Team Lead Leaves Canonical

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that Cristian Parrino, the team lead for the Ubuntu Phone project has left Canonical and that his position will be filled by other members of the team and Canonical chief Jane Silber. Joey-Elijah takes a quick look at other employees that have left the company and says of Parrino: “But although we’re sad he’s leaving we just know he’s going to do wonderful things in the future.”

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2015/09/ubuntu-phone-team-lead-leaves-canonical-to-save-the-planet

Michael Larabel of Phoronix also reported on this story: The Leader Of The Ubuntu Phone Project Has Left - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Ubuntu-Phone-Lead-Out

That Awkward Ubuntu Tablet Plans To Go Up For Pre-Order Soon

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that MJ Technology, inspired by the failed Ubuntu Edge campaign, is to start accepting pre-orders for their unofficial Ubuntu tablet in January. Michael gives us some specifications of the device, shows us some screenshots, and raises his concern that the company has no proven track record, they haven’t even contacted Canonical. and that they’re aiming to use the desktop version of Ubuntu rather than the Phone/Touch version that’s designed for such form factors.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MJ-Tech-Ubuntu-Pre-Order

The Death of Ubuntu's Software Center

Matt Hartley of Datamation looks at the alternatives that some of the Ubuntu flavors and derivatives are using in preference to the Ubuntu Software Center. He puts forward the argument that a software store is not there for ease of installation but somewhere where reviews and feature lists can be read, and applications can be visually discovered. Matt also notes that the move away from Debian packaging will be slow as will the death of the Software Center.

http://www.datamation.com/open-source/the-death-of-ubuntus-software-center.html

Ubuntu Snappy Core Runs on Banana Pi BPI-M2 with Linux Kernel 4.1.6, Download Now

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that the Banana Pi project have announced that Snappy Ubuntu Core runs on the Banana Pi BPI-M2 which is a single board computer powered by an ARM7 processor with 1GB of RAM.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-snappy-core-runs-on-banana-pi-bpi-m2-with-linux-kernel-4-1-6-download-now-490712.shtml

How Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Can Prove Useful for Enterprise WiFi

Steven Scheck from Small Business Trends informs us that Ubuntu 15.04 can help build an Enterprise Wi-Fi, recommending it over RHEL 7.1 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

http://smallbiztrends.com/2015/09/ubuntu-15-04-vivid-vervet-enterprise-wifi.html

Ubuntu Will Not Abandon DEB Packaging in Favor of Snappy, Says Mark Shuttleworth

Marius Nestor of Softpedia shares highlights from a recent interview by Sean Michael Kerner from ServerWatch of Mark Shuttleworth. In addition to talking about highlights of the 15.10 release, the video has the following quote from Mark Shuttleworth confirming that the DEB-based versions of Ubuntu will not be abandoned: "'We build Snappy out of the built debs, so we can't build Snappy unless we first build the deb,' said Mark Shuttleworth in the video interview. 'Going forward every six months, we're still gonna get an archive full of DEBs.'"

http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-will-not-abandon-deb-packaging-in-favor-of-snappy-says-mark-shuttleworth-491023.shtml

Ubuntu Community Q&A - 1st September 2015

David Planella and Daniel Holbach present another Ubuntu On Air Q&A session in which they answer questions that are put to them on IRC.

https://youtu.be/41pPg5WWyqI

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E26 – Courageous

It’s Episode Twenty-six 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 chat about Firefox and Chrome and whether Firefox’s new changes will turn it around.
  • We go over your feedback, including a list of the apps we discussed in our Ubuntu Phone review a few episodes ago (you can find them all in the uApp Explorer):
    • Telegram – encrypted instant messaging like WhatsApp

    • Seshat – reading Kindle ebooks
    • Notes – writing notes; syncs with Evernote
    • uDropCabin – basic mobile client for Dropbox
  • Also, here’s the list of links about Mint MATE:
  • We have a command line love, hstr) from Chris.
  • We chat about getting LibreOffice working on the Ubuntu Phone, watching frankly amazing TV, going on holiday and eating a lot of pierogi (but not bringing any back for us), and listening to the Third World Linux podcast.

That’s all for this week, please send your comments and suggestions to: show@ubuntupodcast.org

http://ubuntupodcast.org/2015/09/03/s08e26-courageous/

Kubuntu Podcast #4 - Core Applications

Rick Timmis, Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan and Aaron Honeycutt present the fourth in a regular series of podcasts on behalf of the Kubuntu team.

https://youtu.be/RGC-Cg-Yy1s

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

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 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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Additional Ubuntu News

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Conclusion

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Credits

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  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
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  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

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Ubuntu - Get Involved

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