Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 452 for the week January 25 - 31, 2016.

In This Issue

  • Xenial Xerus 16.04 Alpha 2 now released for select flavors
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • About our Mailing List
  • Ubuntu at SCALE14x
  • LoCo Events

  • Launchpad News: Beta test: Git recipes
  • Canonical Design Team: Designing cloud tools in Cape Town
  • Lubuntu Blog: Resistance is futile!
  • Dustin Kirkland: adapt install [anything]
  • Kubuntu: Plasma 5.5.3 and Frameworks 5.18.0 Backported to Kubuntu 15.10
  • Didier Roche: Ubuntu Make 16.01.2 with Swift, eclipse php and eclipse cpp support
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Ubuntu Phone News
  • The mainframe lives on in IBM's LinuxONE
  • In The Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • UbuCon Summit Videos

  • 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

Xenial Xerus 16.04 Alpha 2 now released for select flavors

Walter Lapchynski and Martin Wimpress, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announce the release of the second alpha of Xenial Xerus which will become 16.04. He informs us of the flavors and versions that have participated in the release: Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu Cloud. He goes on to explain where to download the images and suggests that those interested in following the development of the release subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (118778) -1268 over last week
  • Critical (307) +7 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (58384) -939 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: cl-netbox (, Serg (, philsf (, Pilot6 ( and Rinzwind (

Ask (and answer!) questions at

LoCo News

About our Mailing List

Simon Quigley runs through the advantages and disadvantages of having a mailing list hosted by Launchpad instead of using the traditional Ubuntu lists. He also summarizes some of the newsletters that he forwards to the list and concludes: “Although it has it's downsides, using Launchpad for our mailing list has been very smooth for us and the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, in my honest opinion. So we will continue to use it.”

Ubuntu at SCALE14x

Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about her long weekend in Pasadena from January 21-24th when she participated in the 14th Annual Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE14x) which also included the first UbuCon Summit. With the aid of some photographs she sets out the highlights of the weekend, mentions some of the people she met, and summarizes her own presentation which was entitled “Building a career with Ubuntu and FOSS.” She shares a number of links to videos of the various sessions, and also to her personal flickr site which hosts some of the many photographs that she took at the event.

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

Launchpad News: Beta test: Git recipes

Colin Watson asks Launchpad beta testers to try the Git-based recipes. The recipes documentation tells you what to do, with minor changes relating to specifying a branch name for the underlying version control system. He also requests that any bugs discovered are reported.

Canonical Design Team: Designing cloud tools in Cape Town

Alejandra Obregon writes on behalf of Canonical’s cloud design team, about the recent mid-cycle sprint held in Cape Town. She shares some photos of the week in Cape Town and in her final note lets us know that they’re hiring.

Lubuntu Blog: Resistance is futile!

Rafael Laguna issues a brief request to “Join the Borg collective” and grab costumes (pixmaps, artwork) related to Lenny (the official mascot of Lubuntu).

Dustin Kirkland: adapt install [anything]

Dustin Kirkland back from speaking at SCALE14x, tells us about ‘adapt’ which is a package installer that will install any package from any Ubuntu release onto any version of ubuntu. He says that this allows the running of an LTS but also allows the installation of packages from later versions of Ubuntu and that this is achieved through the use of architecture independent LXD system containers. A PDF of the slides from Dustin’s SCALE14x talk is provided by link.

Kubuntu: Plasma 5.5.3 and Frameworks 5.18.0 Backported to Kubuntu 15.10

The Kubuntu team announces the release of KDE’s Plasma 5.5.3 and Frameworks 5.18.0 for Kubuntu 15.10 through the Kubuntu Backports PPA. They admit that the release has been available for some time, but that the announcement has been delayed while initial problems were resolved.

Didier Roche: Ubuntu Make 16.01.2 with Swift, eclipse php and eclipse cpp support

Didier Roche tells us of announcements made at UbuCon Summit about the latest Ubuntu Make release (16.01.2 milestone). He says that this includes Apple’s Swift lang being running on Ubuntu, Eclipse php and Eclipse cpp support, and advises that man pages are now generated directly from --help. The slides of Didier’s Scale/Ubucon talks are provided with video coming. Didier says that the latest versions of Ubuntu Make are available through a PPA for the 14.04 LTS, 15.04 and 15.10 releases of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9 released

Łukasz 'sil2100' Zemczak announces the release of Ubuntu Touch OTA-9, advising that all users should receive update notifications within 24 hours of his announcement. He shares a link to the release notes, thanks all those who participated in the release, and looks forward to OTA-9.5.

My Ubuntu Phone is my 'mini' PC for traveling

Marcos Costales writes how when he travels he likes to update his blog, upload photographs, and share his thoughts, but because he doesn’t code while travelling he doesn’t carry his laptop. He informs us that he purchased a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and discovered a “new Ubuntu Phone.” Marcos concludes his post with a photograph of his set-up and says: “From now, I'll traveling with the keyboard, mouse and the phone. Now my phone is my real portable and small PC :))”

In The Press

The mainframe lives on in IBM's LinuxONE

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, writing for ZDNet, reminds us that IBM invested a billion dollars in Linux in 2002, and what makes up LinuxONE which was introduced last year. He says that Ubuntu and its Ubuntu OpenStack cloud tool sets will soon be available on LinuxONE, and that Xenial Xerus will be the first version of Ubuntu to fully support LinuxONE mainframes.

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Full Circle - Issue #105

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of issue one hundred and five.

This month:

  • Command & Conquer

  • How-To : Python in the Real World, LibreOffice, Migrating From VAX and Using GnuCash

  • Graphics : Inkscape and Creating A Valentines Card In LaTeX.
  • Chrome Cult: Cloud Distros
  • Linux Labs: Building A 3D Printer
  • Ubuntu Phones: OTA-9
  • Review: MyGica ATV582 TV Box

  • Book Review: Python Playground
  • Ubuntu Games: DIRT Showdown

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

Get it while it's hot!

UbuCon Summit Videos

The first UbuCon Summit took place in Pasadena, California on January 21-22nd. The following videos are now available from the event.

Event introduction, keynote by Mark Shuttleworth and Plenaries by Sergio Schvezov, Jorge Castro, Didier Roche and Scarlett Clark, begin at and continues with

User track, with the following on hourly increments:

  • The Future of Ubuntu by Nathan Haines
  • Ubuntu Redux by Jono Bacon
  • Building a Career with Ubuntu and FOSS by Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • The Ubuntu phone and the road to convergence by David Planella
  • Marvin: Test your Ubuntu apps on phones you haven't got by Alan Pope

Developer track, with the following on hourly increments:

  • Internet of Things gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core by Sergio Schvezov
  • Labdoo: Ubuntu for your old used notebook in developing countries by Sujeevan Vijayakumaran
  • Writing your first Juju Charm by Marco Ceppi
  • Building apps for Ubuntu phones by Stuart Langridge
  • Designing Ubuntu for Convergence by John Lea

Friday morning Ubuntu Leadership panel and plenaries by Barton George, Michael Hall, Alan Pope and Jorge Castro (link begins at 1 hour 50 minutes, when the leadership panel begins):

Full Circle Weekly News #02

“A short podcast (<10 minutes) with just the news. No chit-chat. No time wasting. Just the latest FOSS/Linux/Ubuntu news.”

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 - February 2016

Ubuntu 15.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2016


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