WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 452 for the week January 25 - 31, 2016.
In This Issue
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 versionsthat have participated in the release: Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu Cloud. He goes on to explain where to download the images and suggest that those interested in following the development of the release subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list.
Welcome New Members and Developers
- Open (#) +/- # over last week
- Critical (#) +/- # over last week
- Unconfirmed (#) +/- # 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
Ask (and answer!) questions at http://askubuntu.com
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 some 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.
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:
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 the underlying version control system. He also requests that any bugs discovered be reported.
Canonical Design Team: Designing cloud tools in Cape Town
Alejandra Obregon blogs on behalf of Canonical’s cloud design team, about the recent mid-cycle sprint held in Cape Town. Photos of the week in Cape Town are included with a final note that they’re hiring.
Lubuntu Blog: Resistance is futile!
A brief request to “Join the Borg collective” and grab your 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’. ‘adapt’ is a package installer that will install any package from any Ubuntu release onto any version of ubuntu. This will allow you to run an LTS, but still install packages from later versions of Ubuntu. This is achieved through the use of architecture independant 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
KDE’s Plasma 5.5.3 and Frameworks 5.18.0 are available for Kubuntu 15.10 through the Kubuntu Backports PPA.The Software Repository Guide will tell you to add the required PPA. Yes the release has been available for some time, but announcement was delayed until some 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 Ubuntu Make release (16.01.2 milestone). This includes Apple’s Swift lang being running on Ubuntu, Eclipse php and Eclipse cpp support, and that man pages are now generated directly from --help. The slides of Didier’s Scale/Ubucon talks are provided with video coming. Latest versions are available through ppa for 14.04LTS, 15.04 and 15.10 releases.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Released: Juju GUI 2.0 - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/25/released-juju-gui-2-0/
Telco Demos With Juju: Intro - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/26/telco-demos-with-juju-intro/
Microsoft announces first Technical Preview of Azure Stack with Ubuntu - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/26/microsoft-announces-first-technical-preview-of-azure-stack-with-ubuntu/
Canonical teams with Oracle to drive enterprise cloud adoption - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/27/canonical-teams-with-oracle-to-drive-enterprise-cloud-adoption/
IBM LinuxONE Gets its Juju - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/28/ibm-linuxone-gets-its-juju/
Telco Demos With Juju: DataArt - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/01/29/telco-demos-with-juju-dataart/
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 with a photograph of the 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.
Command & Conquer
- 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!
Featured Audio and Video
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXJIBLI8AGM and continues with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1wj0BaBFRk
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): https://youtu.be/4gt-KI4J4Pg?t=1h50m
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
Kernel Team - January 26, 2016 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Newsletter/2016-01-26
Security Team - January 25, 2016 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20160125
Server Team - January 26, 2016 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20160126
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, 15.04 and 15.10
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
Ubuntu 15.04 Updates
Ubuntu 15.10 Updates
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