Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 435 for the week September 14 - 20, 2015.
In This Issue
- Big Bug Bonanza Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
- Community Council Call for Nominations
- Ubuntu Stats
- Ubuntu-tn Re-Verification
- El Acheche Anis: Membership Board Member Interviews: Svetlana Belkin
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Converting to Ubuntu Touch
- Landing team 17.09.15
- Canonical News
- Fairphone ‘Exploring’ Switch to Ubuntu Touch
- Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source OS Runs 42 Percent of Dell PCs in China
- Ubuntu Phone Will Skip 15.10
- New Ubuntu Store Makes It Easier to Buy Ubuntu Laptops, PCs and Phones
- Meet The New Ubuntu 15.10 Default Wallpaper
- Other Articles of Interest
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: August 2015
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Big Bug Bonanza Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
Will Cooke describes how most users stick to LTS versions, and that over the years bug lists have grown to become unmanageable. To ensure developer’s time is spent on the important current bugs, Will outlines a proposal to cut down the bug-list to size. Critical bugs will be reviewed, but most for unsupported releases of Ubuntu will be closed by robot. Will Cooke further highlights where you can most help, in “triaging” or trying to reproduce bugs in 15.10. How to help is explained, and programming skills are not required.
Community Council Call for Nominations
Michael Hall writes that all seven elected Community Council terms will expire in November, and that all Ubuntu Members are eligible to vote. Details of the election will be announcd soon, but first nominations are being sought, so if you know someone this is the place to go.
The following community members commented on the announcement:
Stephen Michael Kellatt - http://erielookingproductions.info/blog/on-staffing-re-staffing-and-jobs.html
- Open (118667) -550 over last week
- Critical (289) +3 over last week
- Unconfirmed (59198) -454 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
Combine two commands into one command http://askubuntu.com/questions/674455/combine-two-commands-into-one-command
Timestamp, year 2038 problem for 64 bit Ubuntu system http://askubuntu.com/questions/675116/timestamp-year-2038-problem-for-64-bit-ubuntu-system
How can I find out if someone logged onto my computer through putty? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674497/how-can-i-find-out-if-someone-logged-onto-my-computer-through-putty
What's the best way to write an Ubuntu ISO image on a USB stick? [on hold] http://askubuntu.com/questions/674441/whats-the-best-way-to-write-an-ubuntu-iso-image-on-a-usb-stick
Does dd act at the filesystem level or go to the raw device directly? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674335/does-dd-act-at-the-filesystem-level-or-go-to-the-raw-device-directly
Top Voted New Questions
How can I find out if someone logged onto my computer through putty? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674497/
Timestamp, year 2038 problem for 64 bit Ubuntu system http://askubuntu.com/questions/675116/
How to get terminal back after I suspend a computer over SSH? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674089/
Does dd act at the filesystem level or go to the raw device directly? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674335/
When creating a .desktop file, what are valid categories? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674403/
People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: A.B. (http://askubuntu.com/users/367165/a-b), heemayl (http://askubuntu.com/users/216503/heemayl), Fabby (http://askubuntu.com/users/344926/fabby), mchid (http://askubuntu.com/users/167115/mchid) and Mousa (http://askubuntu.com/users/204622/mousa)
Ask (and answer!) questions at http://askubuntu.com
El Acheche Anis announces a successful 4th Reverification meeting between the Tunisian LoCo and the LoCo Council. He says that no questions were asked as all the required information was included in the Reverification wiki page.
The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:
Journée du logiciel libre 2015, Ubuntu Cameroonian LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/kmer/3202-journée-du-logiciel-libre-2015/
Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/3191-sierra-vista-ubuntu-hour/
Tempe Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-arizona/3192-tempe-ubuntu-hour/
Ubuntu Install Fest - Naypyidaw, Ubuntu Myanmar LoCo Team: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-mm/3207-ubuntu-install-fest---naypyidaw/
Monthly meeting, FOSS User Group at Natick Community-Senior Center, Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu-us-ma/3110-monthly-meeting,-foss-user-group-at-natick-community-senior-center/
Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to browse upcoming events around the world:
El Acheche Anis: Membership Board Member Interviews: Svetlana Belkin
El Acheche Anis writes that the Ubuntu Membership Board is responsible for approving new Ubuntu members. To help to get to know them better, interviews are performed. The subject of this interview is Svetlana Belkin who has used Ubuntu since 2009, became involved with the community in 2013, and has worked on a number of projects since then.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Write Juju Charms, we’ll pick up the tab - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2015/09/17/free-cloud-for-charmers/
Ubuntu Phone News
Converting to Ubuntu Touch
Aaron Honeycutt shares his experiences running Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 4 for one week. He tells us which of the apps he needs have no replacement in Ubuntu at the moment and asks us for any information that updates what he found.
Landing team 17.09.15
Łukasz Zemczak reports the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers on the upcoming major software update of Ubuntu Touch, OTA-7. Work includes a new Unity8, updated version of unity-scopes-click and pay-service and a fix for a regression introduced by the libusermetrics library. Also, Łukasz informs us that investigation of the various phone slowness issues continues: "It looks like the overall problem is a combination of many many smaller problems. Not sure if all of those can be resolved by OTA-7 - fingers crossed".
The future of access networks
Maarten Ectors writes about how Google & co seem to have their eye set to take over the telecom business. Telecoms businesses though have users who want more data, but to pay less, with few (or no) phone calls or SMS. IoT promises to be a data tsunami but only trickle desired revenue. Maarten equates the traditional telecoms business to like an old Nokia handset; strong & dependable, but the industry has changed. Maarten explores the many facets of the telecoms industry including CPEs (cheap on-premise equipment), parental control, apps, wifi, DSLAMs (broadband), to phones and tablets, finally linking it with Ubuntu Core.
Ubuntu nominated in V3 Technology Awards shortlist; cast your vote!
Canonical have been nominated for three V3 Technology Awards this year. These are the sixth annual awards which allow V3 readers to vote on the best business products and vendors for the year. Of the 24 categories, the three nominations are:
- best cloud computing provider - Canonical
- best business software provider - Canonical
- best Internet of Things product - ‘snappy’ Ubuntu Core
Voting ends 9th October 2015, and a link is provided for a brief survey and so you can cast your vote. You needn’t vote in every award, only those where you expertise/experience applies.
Jamie Young writes about dConstruct held in Brighton (UK) recently of which Ubuntu was a premier sponsor. Jamie's post contains several photos, and includes details of a popular origami competition in which the winner received a BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu phone.
In The Blogosphere
Fairphone ‘Exploring’ Switch to Ubuntu Touch
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the Fairphone 1 handset was affected by the Stagefright Android vulnerability uncovered earlier this year and that fixing the vulnerability was not easy to achieve because of licensing and vendor restrictions. He says to remedy that, Fairphone is "exploring the possibility of replacing the Android software by alternative operating systems (Ubuntu/Firefox/Jolla) in an effort to prolong the life of the device.”
Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source OS Runs 42 Percent of Dell PCs in China
Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, writes that Dell have reported that 42% of the PCs that it sells in China run a variant of Ubuntu that Canonical has helped to develop, i.e. Ubuntu Kylin. He says that Ubuntu Kylin uses the Unity interface but the default theme used make it look more like Windows. Christopher adds that Dell’s comment on their Chinese sales follows an announcement of a US $125 million investment in China.
Softpedia, PCWorld and Phoronix also had articles about this new statistic:
Dell Reportedly Shipping Ubuntu-Based Linux On 40%+ Of PCs In China - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Dell-China-40-Linux
It's the year of the Linux desktop, for Dell, in China - http://www.pcworld.com/article/2984194/operating-systems/its-the-year-of-the-linux-desktop-for-dell-in-china.html
Dell Reporting That 40% of PCs Sold in China Are Ubuntu-Powered - http://news.softpedia.com/news/dell-reporting-that-40-of-pc-sold-in-china-are-ubuntu-powered-491666.shtml
Ubuntu Phone Will Skip 15.10
Marius Nestor of Softpedia shares the news that the Ubuntu Touch developers have no plans to switch from the stable Ubuntu 15.04 base and quotes Łukasz Zemczak as saying the 15.10 will be skipped. He also quotes another developer as saying: “There is a growing concern, however, that the lack of attention to Wily will hit us hard (w/ compounded interest) when we want to switch off of Vivid." Marius sees Canonical as considering the upcoming LTS as a good candidate for the next stable version of Ubuntu Touch and that they will soon start looking for an upgrade path.
Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Be the Last "Boring" Release
Silviu Stahie of Softpedia writes that Ubuntu 15.10 which is scheduled to launch on October 22nd will be the last release that users will be able to say is no different from its predecessor. He says that while the next release will ship with Unity 7 Canonical is doing its best to offer Unity 8 as an alternative. He ends his post by saying: “that should make the new LTS a very exciting version.”
New Ubuntu Store Makes It Easier to Buy Ubuntu Laptops, PCs and Phones
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Canonical has opened a new “brand store” in conjunction with Snapdeal, India’s biggest online retailer. He says: “In launching an Ubuntu Store on Snapdeal Canonical not only makes it easier for Ubuntu enthusiasts in India to see, compare and buy Ubuntu laptops and PCs, but makes it easier for its hardware partners to their promote devices to potential customers.”
Intel Graphics Installer for Linux Adds Support for Ubuntu 15.04
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the new release of the Intel Graphics Installer now supports Ubuntu 15.04 and that support for Ubuntu 14.10 has been dropped. He says that 15.04 users can use the tool and download the latest Intel Graphics Stack.
Meet The New Ubuntu 15.10 Default Wallpaper
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a screenshot with us of the new default wallpaper for Ubuntu 15.10. He says that although the new wallpaper hasn’t been packaged and uploaded to the archive yet, those using 15.10 can download the wallpaper from the link that he provides.
Softpedia also reported on the new wallpaper: http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/ubuntu-15-10-wily-werewolf-official-wallpaper-revealed-492084.shtml
Cuba's Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source Linux OS to Get Facelift
Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, reports on Nova Lightweight 2015, the Cuban government’s new OS based on Ubuntu that uses the Guano desktop environment. He says that the goal of the project is to change Microsoft’s dominance of being the most popular OS in Cuba and quotes a source that says that the release of Nova Lightweight 2015 is imminent.
Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Gets New Unity 8, More Convergence Features
Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports on the upcoming update to Ubuntu Touch, OTA-7 which will implement several new features and bug fixes. He says that the updated should be released by the end of the month [September] but the slowness reported in OTA-6 has not yet been fixed.
Other Articles of Interest
Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers - http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/debian-project-aims-keep-cia-our-computers
Canonical's Ubuntu One Project Forked into Magicicada - http://news.softpedia.com/news/canonical-s-ubuntu-one-project-forked-into-magicicada-492001.shtml
ZaReason Zini 1550 tiny Linux desktop PC review - http://liliputing.com/2015/09/zareason-zini-1550-tiny-linux-desktop-pc-review.html
Microsoft has developed its own Linux - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/18/microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux_repeat_microsoft_has_developed_its_own_linux/
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu convergence: tablet in desktop mode
“Demoing the current shell convergence features: Unity 8 and Mir running on a Nexus 7 tablet connected to an external monitor via HDMI with modified grid units. With Kevin Gunn on camera and Daniel D'Andrada on demo.”
Ubuntu Community Team Q&A with Kevin Gunn - 15th September 2015
“Kevin Gunn has been leading the Unity8 and Mir teams for quite a while already, so he knows where the teams have been coming from and what lies ahead of them. Reason enough to invite him to the Community Q&A and let you ask him all your questions!”
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E28 – Warrior of the Lost World
It’s Episode Twenty-eight 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 backing up and reinstalling applications on different devices. We mention Aptik and Timeshift and Mackup.
- We go over your feedback, including…
- If you fancy resurrecting transcriptions of the podcast, take a look at the wiki.
- Get the latest Terminator (not the film); find out more.
- The Unload Tab.
- We have a command line love, from Nathanael Olander: Use screen -s ttyname to make using screen easier, :sessionname ttyname if you forget initially, screen -r tty if you have an attached tty that isn’t actually in use that you need to use. Though we mention byobu too…
- We chat about how to re-enable GPU acceleration in Chrome, learning Java again, moving /boot and / partitions to somewhere else, and Open Media Vault for Network Attached Storage (NAS).
That’s all for this week, please send your comments and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - September 15, 2015 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2015-09-15
Security Team - September 14, 2015 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20150914
Monthly Team Reports: August 2015
See here for the team report for August 2015: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/August2015
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 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04
[USN-2740-1] ICU vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2015-September/003114.html
[USN-2741-1] Unity Settings Daemon vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2015-September/003112.html
[USN-2742-1] OpenLDAP vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2015-September/003113.html
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
linux-ti-omap4 3.2.0-1471.92 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024365.html
linux-meta-ti-omap4 184.108.40.2061.66 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024366.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~12.04.0 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024367.html
icu 220.127.116.11-3ubuntu0.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024368.html
openldap 2.4.28-1.1ubuntu4.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024369.html
icu 18.104.22.168-3ubuntu0.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024370.html
e2fsprogs 1.42-1ubuntu2.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024371.html
cloud-init 0.6.3-0ubuntu1.21 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024372.html
openldap 2.4.28-1.1ubuntu4.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024373.html
gtk+2.0 2.24.10-0ubuntu6.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024374.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~12.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2015-September/024375.html
End of Life - April 2017
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
bcache-tools 1.0.7-1~14.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019889.html
unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019890.html
lsvpd 1.7.5-0ubuntu3~14.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019891.html
util-linux 2.20.1-5.1ubuntu20.7 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019892.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~14.04.0 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019893.html
cinder 1:2014.1.5-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019894.html
icu 52.1-3ubuntu0.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019895.html
unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019896.html
openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu8.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019897.html
unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019898.html
icu 52.1-3ubuntu0.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019899.html
e2fsprogs 1.42.9-3ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019900.html
skiboot 5.1.1-0ubuntu1~14.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019901.html
openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu8.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019902.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~14.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/trusty-changes/2015-September/019903.html
End of Life - April 2019
Ubuntu 15.04 Updates
lsvpd 1.7.5-0ubuntu3~15.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009254.html
ubuntu-release-upgrader 1:15.04.14.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009255.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~15.04.0 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009256.html
icu 52.1-8ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009257.html
unity-settings-daemon 15.04.1+15.04.20150408-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009258.html
openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu12.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009259.html
icu 52.1-8ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009260.html
unity-settings-daemon 15.04.1+15.04.20150408-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009261.html
skiboot 5.1.1-0ubuntu1~15.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009262.html
openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu12.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009263.html
xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~15.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/vivid-changes/2015-September/009264.html
End of Life - January 2016
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