WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 453 for the week February 1 - 7, 2016.
In This Issue
General Community News
Ubuntu Online Summit: 3-5 May 2016
Daniel Holbach announces that the dates of the next Ubuntu Online Summit will be 3rd to 5th May 2016. He writes: “Summit and related pages will be updated in due time.“
Vacant Developer Membership Board seats: Call for nominations
Dimitri John Ledkov informs us that Iain Lane and Stéphane Graber ahve expressed their wish to resign from the Developer Membership Board and that the terms for Brian Murray, Micah Gersten, and himself will expire soon. He says that his email is a call for nominations, explains what is required of nominees and outlines the process that needs to be followed until the “call for votes begins.”
Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase submissions are now open again!
Nathan Haines announces the opening of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase submissions, which requests submissions from the video, audio, and photographic realms. “Not only will the chosen content be featured on the next set of pressed Ubuntu discs shared worldwide across the next two years, but it will serve the joint purposes of providing a perfect test for new users testing Ubuntu’s live session or new installations, but also celebrating the fantastic talents of artists who embrace Free content licenses.” He continues a brief description of the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase, with a link to more information about it. Lastly, he thanks all of the artists who provided wallpapers for the release of 15.10.
Canonical reinvents the personal mobile computing experience
Canonical announces the launch of the first in a series of converged devices alongside their European partner BQ, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet that brings full Ubuntu experience to life. They list the key Ubuntu convergence factors, the features specific to the Aquaris M10, and tell us the value of Ubuntu convergence to both businesses and consumers. Canonical end their announcement advising: “The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet will be on sale from Q2 2016 via BQ’s online store.”
Other news outlets and blogs have covered the news about the release of the tablet, the following is a selection from our editors:
Ubuntu Tablets Arrive: Canonical Reaches Convergence for Linux-Based OS - http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/ubuntu-tablets-arrive-canonical-reaches-convergence-linux
Canonical Reveals The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Tablet - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Ubuntu-M10-Aquaris-Tablet
New Ubuntu Tablet: Everything You Need to Know - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/bq-m10-ubuntu-tablet-everything-you-need-to-know
Meet The World’s First Ubuntu Tablet (That Is Also a Desktop PC) - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-tablet-announced-specs
New Ubuntu Tablet: Photo Gallery - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/new-ubuntu-tablet-photo-gallery
Canonical Announces the First Ubuntu Converged Device, the BQ Aquaris M10 Tablet - http://news.softpedia.com/news/canonical-announces-the-first-ubuntu-converged-device-the-bq-aquaris-m10-tablet-499927.shtml
Everything You Need to Know About BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition Tablet - http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/everything-you-need-to-know-about-bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-edition-tablet-gallery-499929.shtml
Canonical's new Ubuntu tablet can also be your PC - http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/4/10914004/canonical-m10-ubuntu-tablet-convergence
The first Ubuntu tablet is a desktop too - http://www.cnet.com/products/bq-aquaris-m10-ubuntu-edition/
Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) End of Life reached on February 4 2016
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the “End of Life” of Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), advising that no more package updates will be accepted and that the release will be archived in the coming weeks. Adam advises us of the supported upgrade path, and provides instructions and caveats for the upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10 which continues to be supported with security updates.
Welcome New Members and Developers
Walter Lapchynski, on behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, announces a new Ubuntu Member added on 4th February at the 2200 UTC meeting:
- 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
Scale and Ubucon
Philip Ballew writes about his working “assisting and attending UbuCon at SCALE” in Pasadena a couple weeks ago. He writes “All of the talks were amazing. One of the talks was about building a Juju Charm. Another was about g[e]tting started in Free software as a career. I saw a keynote by Mark Shuttleworth, and also a member of my local community, Nathan Haines“ and continues by sharing a couple photos from the event and sharing some details about the rest of the conference.
Ubuntu activities at Barcamp Yangon 2016
THOHI of Ubuntu Myanmar shares details about Ubuntu-related activities at the recent Yangon Barcamp where University of Computer Studies Yangon (UCSY) and University of Information Technology (UIT) students are working on their own University-specific distro. They also share that Ubuntu Myanmar participates in these events to share “about Ubuntu, Open Source, FOSS, Open hardware and Raspberry Pi.” A link to their Flickr page is also included, which has photos from the event.
UbuCon Summit and SCALE 14x in Pasadena
Sujeevan Vijayakumaran writes about the recent UbuCon Summit at SCALE14x in Pasadena, sharing details about talks and activities from each day along with a series of photos. He concludes that he “really enjoyed UbuCon and SCALE” and hopes “to have the chance to go to another UbuCon Summit in the next year and hope to see you all there again!”
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:
Mythbuntu: Mythbuntu theme survey
Thomas Mashos writes that the Mythbuntu team would like some feedback on the current MythTV theme, and links to a Polldaddy Survey. He points out that no personal information is collected whether the survey is completed or not.
Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Membership News: New Page Wiki Added
Svetlana Belkin informs us that she recently added a new wiki page to the Ubuntu Membership board area of the wiki called “Best Practices” which will hold guides on how to apply, and what to expect from those who applied for Ubuntu Membership in the past. She says: “Hopefully this page can help the new applicants.“
Sean Davis: Catfish 1.3.4 Released (New PPA)
Sean Davis shares a screenshot of newly released Catfish 1.3.4 which includes a number of bug fixes, adds initial support for PolicyKit, and is available in a new PPA. He informs us that there are three versions in the PPA, a stable release, a development release and a daily release. Sean provides instructions on how to add the PPA to your system.
Canonical Design Team: Trimming the fat from the Ubuntu online tour
Barry McGee from the Canonical Design Team describes some of the resource optimizations to the Ubuntu Online Tour. He highlights some of the optimizations he made and the tools he used to record this information.
Canonical Design Team: A new look for tablet
Inayaili de León Persson from the Canonical Design Team updates us on the recent redesign of the Tablet page on the Ubuntu website, including several comparisons with screenshots. She also tells us what was the process to decide how to redesign it.
Thomas Ward: NGINX PPA Cleanup
Thomas Ward details the recent cleanup operations on the NGINX PPAs for stable and mainline releases. He also documents future operational changes for the PPA in regards to end-of-life Ubuntu releases.
Randall Ross: Have We Converged Yet?
Randall Ross shares and reflects on a blog post by “long-time Ubuntu Vancouverite” Wayne who shared his thoughts on Ubuntu’s convergence announcement. He concludes “It's about the agenda that is behind the technology. The friendly folks who make Ubuntu are charting a course in computing that respects people. The Ubuntu Tablet is another way to deliver that goal. That's the real news.”
Joe Liau: People = People
Joe Liau reflects on a series of definitions around “Ubuntu” and “People” and how they relates to the reasons why we work on building Ubuntu. He writes “When we come together to celebrate Ubuntu, we celebrate the humans who are involved in the project. Our events and attention focus on the people and not just software. This means that we establish environments that allow and encourage people to be people. We don’t get Ubuntu by simply having people there. We get Ubuntu by acknowledging that those people are human beings who are part of the bigger picture.”
Other Community News
Ubuntu Desktop on i386
Dimitri John Ledkov begins a discussion on the ubuntu-devel mailing list about the future of the i386 ISOs for the Ubuntu Desktop. He suggests that “people with i386-only hardware are unlikely to be capable to run Unity 7 Desktop, and probably run other Ubuntu variants“ and proposes ceasing to build, validate and ship the ubuntu-desktop-i386.iso, “we should only test the relevant multiarch i386 pieces that are there to support 3rd-party, i386-only apps on amd64 desktop.”
Calling for Server Guide reviewers/contributors - - XENIAL
Peter Matulis calls for help reviewing the current Ubuntu Server Guide, invites us to visit the online site, and lists the subjects that need attention in order of priority. He requests help fixing specific bugs and validating reviews (merge proposals).
Ubuntu Cloud News
The Start of Charm: Another Guide for New Juju Charmers - http://blog.josephliau.com/the-start-of-charm-another-guide-for-new-juju-charmers/
Embeddable cards for Juju - http://design.canonical.com/2016/02/embeddable-cards-for-juju/
Telco Demos With Juju: DataStax - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/03/telco-demos-with-juju-datastax/
From the trenches: Juju ‘Management’ Camp - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/04/juju-management-camp/
Juju Charmer Summit Update - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/03/juju-charmer-summit-update/
Juju Charmers Summit: The Real Day - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/05/juju-charmers-summit-the-real-day/
Ubuntu Phone News
UI Toolkit for OTA9
Zsombor Egri updates us with the latest changes which have been introduced into the OTA-9 toolkit. These include a new PageHeader, Toolbar, Facelifted Scrollbar, and a unified BottomEdge experience which he illustrates with some partial screenshots.
¡1 Año con Ubuntu Phone!
Marcos Costales tells us his experience after using the Meizu MX4 phone with Ubuntu as his daily driver for a year. He highlights what he found with applications and convergence, and attaches several pictures of his journey. This article is in Spanish.
Phone Update: OTA-9
Amrishar Prashar lists the key updates that landed in the ubuntu phone update known as OTA-9. Amongst those mentioned are custom ringtones, an audible warning on low battery, and the first release of pocket desktop components.
#UbuntuAtMWC Competition - http://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/04/ubuntuatmwc-competition/
Why robots can't live without apps - https://insights.ubuntu.com/2016/02/04/why-robots-cant-live-without-apps/
In The Blogosphere
Dell will ship XPS 13 Developer Edition "Project Sputnik" Linux laptops with Skylake chips - http://www.pcworld.com/article/3029193/laptop-computers/dell-to-ship-xps-13-developer-edition-linux-laptop-with-skylake.html
Canonical Releases Groundbreaking Snapcraft 2.1 Ubuntu Snappy Creator Tool - http://news.softpedia.com/news/canonical-releases-groundbreaking-snapcraft-2-1-ubuntu-snappy-creator-tool-499880.shtml
Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/ubuntu-16-04-reverts-to-older-version-of-nautilus
Ubuntu Linux in the Wild: How a French University Uses Unity - http://thevarguy.com/open-source-application-software-companies/ubuntu-linux-wild-how-french-university-uses-unity
Ubuntu 6.06 To Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Performance Benchmarks: 10 Years Of Linux Performance - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu-dapper-xerus&num=1
Canonical To Demo OnePlus & Sony Devices Running Ubuntu - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/02/ubuntu-phone-sony-oneplus-fairphone-community-ports
Ubuntu.com Gets a New Look for the Tablet Section, Rest of Website to Follow - http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-com-gets-a-new-look-for-the-tablet-section-rest-of-website-to-follow-499989.shtml
Featured Audio and Video
Community Team Q&A - 2nd February 2016
Alan Pope and Daniel Holbach present an hour of updates and Q&A on behalf of Canonical’s Community Team. After updating us on the recent UbuCon in Pasadena, and briefly discussing the next Google Summer of Code and the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase for Ubuntu 16.04 they answer questions that are put to them on IRC.
Kubuntu Podcast #9 - Pimp your Plasma Desktop
“Welcome to the Kubuntu Podcast show - Join Aaron Honeycutt, Ovidiu-Florin BOGDAN and Rick Timmis as they discuss all things Kubuntu.”
Full Circle Weekly News #03
“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 - February 2, 2016 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Newsletter/2016-02-02
Security Team - February 1, 2016 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20160201
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 15.10
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
Ubuntu 14.04 Updates
Ubuntu 15.04 Updates
Ubuntu 15.10 Updates
Get your copy of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter delivered each week to you via email at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-news
You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter
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
- Paul White
- Simon Quigley
- Thomas Ward
- And many others
Glossary of Terms
Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary
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. http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/
Or get involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team! We always need summary writers and editors, if you're interested, learn more at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Join
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 https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/Ubuntu-news-team and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Ideas. 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 http://community.ubuntu.com/help-information/ 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