Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 445 for the week November 30 - December 6, 2015.

In This Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Ubuntu Studio: Project Lead Vote 2016
  • Diego Turcios: Ubuntu is part of the Google Code In
  • Matthew Helmke: Ubuntu Unleashed 2016
  • Pasi Lallinaho: Clock applets in the Xfce panel in Xubuntu 15.10
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Ubuntu Phone News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Monthly Team Reports: November 2015
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Welcome New Members and Developers

On behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, Walter Lapchynski announces the new Ubuntu Members approved during the 2000 Membership Board Meeting on 2015-12-03:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (121003) +543over last week
  • Critical (276) -7 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (60236) +153 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 (, PandaLion98 (, user311982 ( and Aimad Majdou (

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: Project Lead Vote 2016

In a post on the Ubuntu Studio website, the team advise that they are seeking a new Project Lead. They explain that the vote will occur between January and April 2016 and that candidates should have experience with software development and Debian packaging, and that audio production experience will be helpful. They go on to say that there will be a vote every two years, so that each new project lead will be responsible for the development of a single LTS release.

Diego Turcios: Ubuntu is part of the Google Code In

Diego Turcios informs us that Ubuntu is going to be part of the Google Code In which is a contest that introduces young minds between 13 and 17 years to the world of open source. Diego says: "with a wide variety of bite-sized tasks, it’s easy for beginners to jump in and get started no matter what skills you have."

Matthew Helmke: Ubuntu Unleashed 2016

Matthew Helmke writes about of the release of his book Ubuntu Unleashed 2016 Edition, advising that it is intended for intermediate to advanced users.

Pasi Lallinaho: Clock applets in the Xfce panel in Xubuntu 15.10

Pasi Lallinaho writes about an issue with the Xubuntu 15.10 release: the Orage clock doesn’t show a transparent background. He shows us a workaround by using the "DateTime and Clock" applets and by modifying a configuration file in the home directory.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

A new uNav is here! A GPS Navigator for Ubuntu Phone

Marcos Costales announces a "Big update for this GPS Navigation for Ubuntu Phone", giving thanks to Joerg Berroth for the improvements and his hard work. Marcos shows us several screenshots of the app and briefly describes how to install it from the Ubuntu Store.

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10: The perfect Linux desktop distribution

Jack Wallen writing for TechRepublic shares his experience of using Ubuntu GNOME, saying that he believes Unity has waned in development as work towards convergence has occurred but GNOME is everything that the Ubuntu Desktop should be. His only complaint is with Ubuntu Software Center, which is slated to become GNOME Software for 16.04.

Google will retire Chrome support for 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise, and Debian 7 in March 2016

VentureBeat's Emil Protalinski explains that in April, Google Chrome will stop providing updates for 32-bit Linux or any architecture for Ubuntu Precise or Debian 7. He says that the program will continue to work but it will be forever stuck in the version from March and that affected users are recommended to switch to a 64-bit installation if possible; switch to an alternate browser, like the open source version Chromium or Firefox; or just upgrade hardware.

LibreOffice Document Viewer 2.0 App Officially Released for Ubuntu Phones

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes about the launch of the LibreOffice Document Viewer 2.0 App for the Ubuntu Phone and thanks the people that helped make this happen. Marius writes, “Version 2.0 is a total rebuild of the entire project and includes numerous fixes and improvements, as well as code refactoring and cleanup.”

Ubuntu Phones Spotted in a Store in Germany for Just €1, with Contract

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia reflects upon the international availability of the Ubuntu phones and shares a story about an “Ubuntu fan” who posted a picture in a German shop where the Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition was available for one Euro. He says of this step in marketing that “it’s an important one because it signals the fact that adventurous users might get their hands on phones with a new and innovative operating system based on Linux.”

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E39 – Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Episode Thirty Nine of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Nick B and Martin Wimpress and are connected and speaking to your brain.

In this week’s show we are joined by guest presenter Nick B from #systemau podcast.

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

  • Security researcher Joe Nord has discovered Dell has inadvertently shipped laptops to customers containing a self-signed root certificate installed and its private key.
  • The UK Internet Service Provider’s Association (ISPA) met with the Home Office outlining concerns with the Draft Investigatory Powers Bill
  • Mozilla has released “Firefox OS 2.5 Developer Preview”, including an Android App that allows you to try out FirefoxOS without flashing your device.
  • Mozilla is seeking a new home for Thunderbird as it focuses on Firefox.
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Pi Zero, a smaller, cheaper Raspberry Pi.
  • Sean Beaupre discovered and documented a vulnerability that affects all Snapdragon 805 devices, such as the Motorola Droid Turbo/MAXX, Motorola Nexus 6, and Samsung Galaxy Note 4.

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

  • Didier Roche proposes more languages to be baked into the live CD by default
  • New community council elected

There are even events:

  • 10th Egham Raspberry Jam – Gamification – Sunday 17 January 2016, 14:00 to 17:00 (GMT) – Gartner, Surrey
  • SCaLE 14x – January 21-24, 2016 – Pasadena Convention Center, California (including UbuCon Summit – 21st to 22nd)

  • FOSDEM 2016 – 30 Jan 2016 to 31 Jan 2016 – Brussels, Belgium
  • LinuxConf AU 2016 – Geelong, Victoria, Australia in 2016, between 1st-5th February 2016 at Deakin University’s Waterfront Campus.

  • 2016 – February 5th – 7th 2016 – Brno, Czech Republic

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

Snappy Ubuntu Core Clinic - 2nd December 2015

Daniel Holbach introduces a session in which Sergio Schvezov and Kyle Fazzari give an overview of what's new in Snapcraft. They tell us that new features and plugins have been added which will make bringing software to Snappy Ubuntu Core a lot easier.

Kubuntu Podcast #7 - 3rd December 2015

Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan and Rick Timmis talk about and demonstrate bug reporting in a Kubuntu environment. They also show us how to use Launchpad and the KDE Bugtracking System.

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Monthly Team Reports: November 2015

See here for the team report for November 2015:

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

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


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