Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 442 for the week November 9 - 15, 2015.

In This Issue

  • Community Council election [2015]
  • Your donations at work
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Studio: Want to help making Ubuntu Studio a great OS for creative humans?
  • Launchpad News: Beta test: webhooks
  • Colin King: Firmware Test Suite in active development
  • Scarlett Clark: Kubuntu: KDE Applications 15.08.3 Bugfix release is ready for testing!
  • UDS/UOS Summaries
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Community Council election [2015]

Daniel Holbach announces the start of the election for the new Ubuntu Community Council in which all Ubuntu Members are eligible to vote. The poll will remain open for two weeks, and he includes instructions to contact him if you are missing a ballot.

The post also contains a list of the candidates.

Mark Shuttleworth has written a post about the Ubuntu Community Council election and encourages eligible community members to vote. You can read his post here:

Your donations at work

Michael Hall publishes the list of donations made in the second quarter to the Ubuntu community. The list also shows how the donations have been used by members of that community to promote and improve Ubuntu. Michael Hall thanks everyone who has donated to the funds.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (120253) +192 over last week
  • Critical (278) +2 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (59870) +133 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: A.B. (, cl-netbox (, comrademike (, nisargshah95 ( and Raphael (

Ask (and answer!) questions at

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

Ubuntu Studio: Want to help making Ubuntu Studio a great OS for creative humans?

The Ubuntu Studio team writes that they need your help! They are asking for help from the community to make Ubuntu Studio a “great OS for creative humans.” The post explains that they are all volunteers and outlines some of the ways that new contributors can help make a difference from testing to documentation to packaging and more.

Launchpad News: Beta test: webhooks

Colin Watson informs us that Launchpad’s beta testers team can now test out webhooks for Bazaar branches and Git repositories. He shares that these can be used to set up integration with external sites for various purposes, such as running CI jobs or publishing documentation.

Colin King: Firmware Test Suite in active development

Colin King shows us graphs about the amount of Firmware Test Suite patch authors, commits, and lines of C for the last five years. He says: “Kudos to the Canonical Hardware Enablement firmware folk for wrangling the patches and preparing each FWTS release.”

Scarlett Clark: Kubuntu: KDE Applications 15.08.3 Bugfix release is ready for testing!

Scarlett Clark reports that the KDE Applications 15.08.3 bugfix release is ready for testing. The Kubuntu team is asking for help in testing this release for Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily). As always, they advise you not to test on a production machine.

Other Community News

UDS/UOS Summaries

Nicholas Skaggs informs us that easy to read summaries of the UDS/UOS sessions have been posted to the wiki for safekeeping. He links to the wiki which also includes summaries for a number of previous summits.

Ubuntu Cloud News

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with Unity 8 to Run GTK+ Apps Natively

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia shares results from a recent UOS session held by the Ubuntu Desktop Team. He reports that in the future, Unity 8 will be able to run GTK+ apps natively, quoting Ubuntu desktop lead Will Cooke about their work “working on the Mir-GTK backend at the moment so that we can run GTK apps natively on Mir. He’s made lots of progress, there are a few blockers and a few bugs, but he continues to get those fixed, and that’s looking really good. You’ll be able to run GTK apps on Mir on the phone and on the Unity 8 desktop. You can do that already, but it’s getting better all the time.”

Will LXD Containers on Ubuntu Revolutionize Open Source Virtualization?

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, writes that LXC 2.0 has been released by Canonical. He says that according to Mark Shuttleworth, it has revolutionized the container market by providing a lot of various advantages that other containers don’t. Christopher explores this assertion in relation to Docker and writes: “So far, the container craze has centered mostly on Docker. But Canonical's effort to develop a different approach to containers could serve it well as enterprise adoption of container-based virtualization accelerates.”

BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition Launches in Russia on November 17

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia writes that according to Ubuntu insiders, the BQ Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition Phone will launch in Russia on November 17, 2015. He says that the price is unknown but it will be different from some other European versions.

Kubuntu Announces New Release Managers

Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares the news that after Jonathan Riddell’s resignation from Kubuntu, Philip Muskovac and Scarlett Clark have announced that they will be taking over the Release Manager position.

Ubuntu Touch OTA-8 Gets Prepared, Lands [This] Week with Convergence Features

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Łukasz Zemczak has written on the Ubuntu Touch mailing list that a lot of the cool convergence features demoed during the past few weeks will be making there way out. All current Ubuntu phones and Nexus devices will be getting them at the same time as with OTA-7.

Digital Migration: After 20 years with Windows, I am moving to Ubuntu

Joshua Twinamasiko G writes for PC Tech Mag explaining his experience with Windows, the Microsoft booth at a conference, and his decision to switch to Ubuntu. In his next post, he will cover his actual switch.

Ubuntu Community Q&A - 10th November 2015

Alan Pope and Daniel Holbach host another regular Q&A session on behalf on Canonical's Community team in which they answer questions that are put to them on IRC.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E36 – Khan the Con - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Episode Thirty-six of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! With Mark Johnson, Laura Cowen, Martin Wimpress, and Alan Pope are still in Liverpool at OggCamp 2015 looking at each other whilst recording the show!

In this week’s show:

  • We talk about OggCamp 2015. And we totally run out of time to say how awesome the social events were too!

  • We go over your feedback.
  • We chat about Ubuntu convergence.

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

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10

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

Ubuntu 15.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2016


Get your copy of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter delivered each week to you via email at:


You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at:

Additional Ubuntu News

As always you can find more news and announcements at:



Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!


The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Simon Quigley (tsimonq2)
  • Daniel Beck
  • Paul White
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • Jim Connett
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at

Ubuntu - Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu.

Or get involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team! We always need summary writers and editors, if you're interested, learn more at:


This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please check for more information on where to get help.

Except where otherwise noted, this issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License CCL.png

UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue442 (last edited 2015-11-16 19:20:10 by lyz)