Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 481 for the week September 5 - 11, 2016.

In This Issue

  • Schedule of UbuCon Europe released – Registration is open

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Valorie Zimmerman: Kubuntu Alive and Thriving at KDE Akademy
  • Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Releasing the 4.1.0 Ubuntu SDK IDE
  • Launchpad News: Linking Git merge proposals to bugs
  • Robert Ancell: Introducing snapd-glib
  • Ted Gould: Click Hooks
  • Ubuntu GNOME: Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 wallpaper contest winners
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • Canonical News
  • 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 16.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

Schedule of UbuCon Europe released – Registration is open

Sujeevan (svij) Vijayakumaran announces the schedule for UbuCon Europe coming up in November and opening of registration. He writes “Saturday and Sunday (the 19th and 20th November) are the days where all the talks and workshops are taking place. Our very special guest is Jane Silber, who is the CEO of Canonical. She will do the opening keynote on the first day. Furthermore we're happy to have talks from Canonical employees, from other other companies like Nextcloud and Microsoft and most importantly from the wider Ubuntu-Community.” He concludes by putting a call out to the community for a venue in 2017.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (125449) +210 over last week
  • Critical (394) +13 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (61932) +132 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: Anwar (, heemayl (, mook765 (, Zanna ( and Edity (

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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

Valorie Zimmerman: Kubuntu Alive and Thriving at KDE Akademy

Valorie Zimmerman writes about attending KDE Akademy in Berlin. Meeting teams face-to-face is great, also having many teams at the one place is better. At KDE Akademy, Kubuntu e.V. also have their annual AGM. This year also had Qtcon hosted by KDAB, Qt, VideoLAN and the FSFE. Reflecting on Kubuntu, she shares that there are more candidates than positions for the Kubuntu Council, which she sees as a healthy indicator.

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Releasing the 4.1.0 Ubuntu SDK IDE

Benjamin Zeller and Zoltán Balogh announce the upgrade to the Ubuntu Software Development Kit (SDK) Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to most recent 4.1.0 QtCreator. A link to new features and fixes is provided. They share that LXD containers are used to run apps so the SDK IDE host doesn't need runtime dependencies. Commands to grab this IDE are provided.

Launchpad News: Linking Git merge proposals to bugs

Colin Watson tells us of a new feature for Launchpad's Git repository: Git-based merge proposals can be linked to Launchpad bugs. Colin reveals the required commit text to make linking with bugs work, which is the same as for debian/changelog files. Colin notes that bugs don't automatically close, and there are differences to how Bazaar links.

Robert Ancell: Introducing snapd-glib

Robert Ancell blogs about snapd-glib; a new library for glib projects to query, install and remove Snaps. It can accessed via C, python or Vala, and a Qt/QML wrapper is coming. Snapd uses the REST API, which snapd-glib closely matches. Robert provides sample code that will show you how to have your apps integrate Snap support.

Ted Gould: Click Hooks

Ted Gould gives us the reasons as to why he likes Click hooks. Ted outlines the history for his post, what hooks are, including filesystem hooks. Ted tells us Click hooks work, including how they can help find bugs. Whilst the design may feel wrong at first, it'll fall into place after you create some hooks.

Ubuntu GNOME: Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 wallpaper contest winners

Alfredo Hernández shares the winners of the 16.10 wallpaper contest, with links to all the wallpapers. He also writes: “The team would like to thank all the gorgeous photographs and digital art that have been submitted to the contest” and shares some alterations to the rules for the next contest.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 16.04 kisses the cloud, disses the desktop

Tom Henderson of Network World evaluates the latest Ubuntu release, 16.04. He is critical of the lack of changes on the desktop, but does talk about the new Snap package format. Most of his article dives into increased support on what is more traditionally thought of as the server and cloud side of Ubuntu, including ZFS, Ceph, LXC and OpenStack.

Intel Graphics Update Tool Adds Support for Ubuntu 16.04

Joey Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares that the new version of Intel’s Linux graphics driver update tool is now available for download, writing that this version “offers users the chance to upgrade to the 2016Q2 Intel Graphics Stack.” He shares a download link and concludes by encouraging anyone trying it to “pay close attention to the list of known issues, caveats and install info on the downloads page, and heed the advice on not force-installing packages.”

This drone kit doubles as a Ubuntu Linux PC

Agam Shah writes for PC World in this article about Parrot’s S.L.A.M.dunk, “a development kit that runs on Ubuntu and the Robot Operating System and can be used to make auxiliary devices for drones.” He provides some of the specs of the hardware included and notes that pricing has yet to be announced, and shipping of these kits should happen in the fourth quarter of this year.

Tesla Autopilot 2.0 Capabilities Demoed With Ubuntu

In spite of his own lack of interest in cars, Joey Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a video from a Tesla test drive. He writes, “The German electronics company Bosch supplies Tesla’s radar equipment, and has its own autonomous vehicle program based on the Tesla Model S so that it can test its systems.” and goes on before the video link to say “Ubuntu fans may be more interested in the OS that’s used to help test it…”

Ubuntu Phone Now Has a Nifty, Native Photo Editing App

Scott Bouvier of OMG! Ubuntu! reveals Ubuntu phone’s new native photo editing app. He writes that the app offers a number of filters and presets that are all individually adjustable in addition to a variety of cropping options.

Meet The New Default Wallpaper of Ubuntu 16.10

Joey Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares the default wallpaper of Ubuntu 16.10. The article contains a link to download a high resolution version of the wallpaper.

Linux Luddites Episode #86

At 38:04 in this Linux Luddites podcast Ubuntu community members Michael Hall and Sujeevan Vijayakumaran talk about the European UbuCon that will be held in Essen 18-20 November 2016.

Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 6th September 2016

David Planella and Alan Pope host this edition of the Ubuntu Community Team Q&A, answering questions posed to them by community members.

S09E28 – Death by Viking - Ubuntu Podcast

“It’s Episode Twenty-Eight of Season-Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, Laura Cowen, and Martin Wimpress (just about) are here again.” In this week’s edition of the Ubuntu podcast, the team discusses why distributions rise and fall in popularity and the process for installing Ubuntu on the Nexus 7 2013 and more.

Full Circle Weekly News #34

Just a quick message to let you know that Full Circle Weekly News #34 is out: and, Full Circle Magazine #112 came out a couple of weeks ago:

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Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2021


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