Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 455 for the week February 15 - 21, 2016.

In This Issue

  • Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition launches globally
  • Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • report of Ubuntu Korea Loco Team
  • LoCo Events

  • Dustin Kirkland: ZFS is *the* FS for Containers in Ubuntu 16.04!
  • Paul White: Some random thoughts on contributing to Ubuntu
  • Canonical Design Team: MWC stand: behind the scenes (parts 1, 2, 3 & finale)

  • [Ubuntu-manual] Let's go for it!
  • Formal closure of Ubuntu Classroom
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Ubuntu Phone News
  • Canonical News
  • Ubuntu on mobile: How Shuttleworth & team are forging ahead

  • In The Blogosphere
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition launches globally

Canonical announces the global launch of the Meizu PRO 5, with the highest specifications of all the Ubuntu phones yet and one the highest spec smartphones on the market. It will be available for preorder during Mobile World Congress 2016. They write that it has a "host of new features" and is "the fifth Ubuntu device launched by Canonical and partners in 12 months."

This news was widely covered, the following is a collection of articles collected by our editors:

Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS released

Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the release of Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS. He highlights the updated kernel and X stack, as well as new hardware support across architectures.

The following articles collected by our editors from the press and blogosphere also covered the 14.04.4 release.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (118990) +208 over last week
  • Critical (322) +1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (58366) +154 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: muru (, Eduardo Cola (, Pilot6 (, Ashu ( and Rinzwind (

Ask (and answer!) questions at

LoCo News

report of Ubuntu Korea Loco Team

Jung Min Kim of the Ubuntu Korea LoCo Team (UKLT) shares details and photos from their participation in the KCD (Korea Community Day) on January 23rd. They write, “On KCD, UKLT advertised and spread about the Ubuntu (Snappy, MATE on Pi2) and UKLT's official website, Facebook, and AskUbuntu Korea to the KCD participants.“

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

Dustin Kirkland: ZFS is *the* FS for Containers in Ubuntu 16.04!

Dustin Kirkland notes Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is “only a few short weeks away” and blogs about its ZFS. He explains that ZFS is a combination of volume manager and filesystem and now [OpenZFS] is available to Ubuntu. He recounts a few “killer” features of ZFS, like copy-on-write cloning, continuous integrity checking, automatic repair and efficient compression. Dustin details (with screenshots) how to install and do a few things with OpenZFS on Ubuntu.

Paul White: Some random thoughts on contributing to Ubuntu

Paul White, who has been contributing to Ubuntu for nearly six years, gives us his thoughts on contributing to Ubuntu. Paul highlights the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter has a very small team and could really need some help if you’re able to contribute. Paul then goes to talk about Ubuntu Membership, and lastly, the last Ubuntu Online Summit and not getting to the topic of retaining bored/burnt out volunteers, saying that he hopes "this issue gets at least a few minutes of discussion time at the next UOS."

Canonical Design Team: MWC stand: behind the scenes (parts 1, 2, 3 & finale)

Steph Wilson writes about MWC (Mobile World Congress) and behind the scenes construction work in preparing the stand for the MWC, accompanying his posts with lots of photos. Each part reflects the first three days of progress and then the behind the scenes setup finale. & & &

Other Community News

[Ubuntu-manual] Let's go for it!

Hannie Dumoleyn writes to the Ubuntu Manual Team that preparations for the coming Xenial Xerus 16.04 Manual have commenced. All authors, editors and reviewers are asked to add their name to chapters and sections they want to work on. When enough chapters are covered, more detailed instructions will be sent.

Formal closure of Ubuntu Classroom

Elizabeth K. Joseph announces the formal closure of the Ubuntu Classroom team. She points out that the team has had a great run, but it has became clear that it’s time for the project to come to an end. She invites anybody with further ideas to email the Ubuntu Community Team mailing list.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

Canonical News

In The Press

Ubuntu on mobile: How Shuttleworth & team are forging ahead

Swapnil Bhartiya of CIO reflects on the current state of mobile devices in the open source space, writing that in the midst of several failures, Canonical and Ubuntu are forging ahead with a view toward convergence of devices. He speaks with engineers on the project, sharing details about how Snappy, cloud and the relationship between devices will play a role in their success, concluding “After talking to Shuttleworth and the Ubuntu engineers, I can understand why they have confidence in Ubuntu phone.“

In The Blogosphere

Canonical's ZFS Plans Are Lining Up For Ubuntu 16.04

Michael Larabel informs us that Ubuntu developers have been working on ZFS support for Ubuntu 16.04. He writes “ZFS support will be automatically built into the Ubuntu Linux kernel releases, the module will automatically load when needed, zfsutils-linux is part of the main Ubuntu archive.”

Ubuntu Touch OTA-9.1 Hotfix Still in the Works, Dekko Might Come with OTA-10

Marius Nestor gives us an overview of the actual development of Ubuntu Touch. The upcoming OTA-9.1 hotfix patches a Mir bug reported by many users. OTA-10 is expected in March 2016 and introduces a new Dialer app with small visual changes and a new Web Browser with more convergence features. Developers are also thinking about making Dekko the default email client.

Ubuntu Developers and Package Maintainers Prepare for GNOME Software Landing

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia writes about the impending replacement of the Ubuntu Software Center with GNOME Software in the 16.04 release and reports on work that developers are doing to prepare changes in packages themselves for the change.

Ubuntu Phone to Add Fingerprint Unlocking

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares news that Ubuntu is working to support a new fingerprint authentication API, writing “The feature would allow future Meizu PRO 5 Ubuntu Edition owners to unlock their devices using their finger print, and open the doors.” He goes on to explain how the user flow of the feature would likely work.

Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 16th February 2016

Alan Pope, Michael Hall, and Daniel Holbach present an hour of updates updates and answers on behalf of the Canonical Community Team. They open talking about several upcoming events, such as the upcoming Ubuntu Online Summit, Mobile World Congress, and Google Summer of Code. They then answer questions provided to them over IRC. Although the questions were primarily questions about Ubuntu Touch and convergence, there were also questions about Ubuntu Online Summit and the upcoming UbuCon in Germany later this year.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S09E00 – Topical Solution - Ubuntu Podcast

"It's Episode Zero of Season Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Laura Cowen and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.

We're back! And we’re going to be back every week starting Thursday 3rd March 2016!!

In this week’s show we give a quick run-down of all the news that happened while we were away..."

Full Circle Weekly News #05

​"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

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Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 15.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2016


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