Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 488 for the week November 14 - 20, 2016.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu Online Summit for 17.04 concludes
  • Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day 2016
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubucon Europe 2016 - Days 0 & 1

  • SeaGL 2016
  • LoCo Events

  • Dimitri John Ledkov: /boot less LVM rootfs in Zesty
  • Launchpad News: Git-to-Git imports
  • Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Online Summit from a snap perspective
  • Adam Stokes: conjure-up Canonical Kubernetes under LXD today!
  • 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, 16.04 and 16.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu Online Summit for 17.04 concludes

On the 15th and 16th of November, members of the Ubuntu community met to talk about various aspects of the next Ubuntu release, 17.04, Zesty Zapus. Tracks at the Ubuntu Online Summit this time around included Cloud, Community, Convergence and Core.

A keynote was given by Gustavo Niemeyer, which you can view here:

The closing summary, which includes track summaries for each of the four tracks can be viewed here:

Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day 2016

Daniel Holbach and Svetlana Belkin remind us that 20th November is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day and that at least once a year we should thank some specific people for their work in Ubuntu. They thank those that have organized events from small meetings to UDSs and some community members that have improved the quality of their contributions to Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (127441) +224 over last week
  • Critical (402) +7 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (63058) +131 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: Serg (, Zanna (, SuB (, Jacob Vlijm ( and muru (

Ask (and answer!) questions at

LoCo News

Ubucon Europe 2016 - Days 0 & 1

Marcos Costales starts a series of articles about arriving in Essen ready for three days of UbuCon Europe. He shares some photographs of the event and shares some details of what he did there. Articles are in Spanish.

SeaGL 2016

Aaron Honeycutt thanks the Ubuntu community for sending him to SeaGL 2016 noting that the booth had machines running Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Touch. He notes that Kubuntu does not have a Release Manager and thanks for Lubuntu's Walter for giving them a starting point in understanding the release process.

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

Dimitri John Ledkov: /boot less LVM rootfs in Zesty

Dimitri John Ledkov writes about boot loaders (grub2, PReP, zipl) that work on LVM volumes. He says that the debian-installer has been modified in Zesty so as to create an LVM installation without a dedicated /boot partition and asks for feedback about other boot loaders and platforms.

Launchpad News: Git-to-Git imports

Colin Watson notes that Launchpad has had Git-to-Bazaar and some other code imports since 2009, which helped aid Launchpad's original mission of tracking free software. He says that as of last year direct Git hosting support was added, and now Launchpad supports Git-to-Git code imports, otherwise known as Git mirroring. replacing many Git-to-Bazaar imports.

Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Online Summit from a snap perspective

Daniel Holbach shares some details of the recent Ubuntu Online Summit and reminds us that you can still watch all of the sessions. Daniel highlights some of the snap related sessions:

  • Gustavo's intro & keynote

  • Daniel's own on creating snaps
  • Michael & Zygmunt's snap roadmap and Q&A

  • Colin's demo of building snaps in Launchpad.

Adam Stokes: conjure-up Canonical Kubernetes under LXD today!

Adam Stokes informs us that Localhost (LXD) is now a supported cloud type for deployment in the Canonical distribution of Kubernetes. He says that it's confined within LXD containers, is managed by Juju and that with the aid of conjure-up, a Kubernetes implementation can be deployed on a public cloud like AWS, GCE or Azure in about twenty minutes. Adam shows us the commands and some screenshots to help us understand the process.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 16.10 & Unity 8 overview

Dedoimedo reviews the latest release of Ubuntu, 16.10 Yakkety Yak, evaluating several aspects, including installation and package management, default applications, and making Unity 8 usable. They highlight some of the problems with scopes and in their conclusion they write: “There's truly nothing exciting in Yakkety Yak, so at least this hybrid concept brings in some color into a dreary, rainy, foggy, smoggy reality. But it needs a lot more work. A lot more.”

What’s In Store for Unity 8 in Ubuntu 17.04 (And Beyond)

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! assures us that the development of Unity 8, which was introduced in Ubuntu 16.10, will be refined to “deliver a truly converged desktop experience.” He quotes from a recent Q&A session at the recent Ubuntu Online Summit which indicates that there is now a heavy focus on developing Unity 8. Joey shows us a screenshot of what we might expect to see and quotes Canonical’s Will Cooke as saying: “by 18.04 everything will be Snaps and Unity 8 all the way down.”

Michael Larabel of Phoronix and Marius Nestor of Softpedia wrote similar posts about how future releases of Ubuntu and Unity 8 will look:

Linux Kernel 4.9 Lands in Ubuntu 17.04's Proposed Repositories, Based on RC5

Marius Nestor of Softpedia informs us that the recently released 4.9 RC5 kernel is available in the proposed channel of Ubuntu 17.04 which is due for release in April 2017. He says that the kernel should land in the stable repositories soon but predicts that Ubuntu 17.04 might actually ship with a later 4.10 kernel.

This new Ubuntu Linux laptop has a 4K screen and Nvidia Pascal GPU

Agam Shah, writing for TechWorld, briefly reviews System76’s 15.6-inch Oryx Pro laptop with a 4K screen which is preloaded with either Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10, and is priced between US $1,499 and $7,012 depending on configuration. He makes a short comparison to Dell’s XPS13, highlights some of the hardware features and notes that the laptop uses a Intel Skylake chip rather than the newer Kaby Lake chips.

Mozilla Firefox 50.0 Web Browser Lands in All Supported Ubuntu OSes, Update Now

Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, informs us that Firefox 50.0 is available in all of the officially supported Ubuntu repositories. He says that the release is not a major update but as a total of 18 security fixes have been addressed we should update as soon as possible.

Kubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak - Cautiously good?

Dedoimedo reviews the latest release of Kubuntu, 16.10 Yakkety Yak, evaluating several aspects, including various parts of the Live Session, the installation and package management, default applications and customization. They highlight some of the problems and in their conclusion write: “Kubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak is nothing to be proud of, but it is an okay Plasma release that has redeemed a whole generation of failed distributions in the past year or so.”

S09E38 – Jon’s Second Breakfast - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Episode Thirty-Eight of Season-Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Jon Spriggs are connected and speaking to your brain.

The same line up as last week are here for another episode.

In this week’s show:

  • We announce the winner of our Thing Explainer competition.
  • We share a Command Line Lurve:
  • mircapture – Wrapper for mirscreencast and ffmpeg to record Unity 8 desktop videos
  • We also discussed re-working our home network and Steam box upgrades.
  • And we go over all your amazing feedback – thanks for sending it – please keep sending it!
  • This weeks feedback included some interesting Raspberry Pi games from Albert Hickey

That’s all for this week! If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, or you have any feedback on previous shows, please send your comments and suggestions to

Kubernetes the Easy Way

In a short video, Jorge Castro shows us how to get up and running with the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes which he says is easy for anyone to deploy on any cloud.

Full Circle Weekly News #43

Just a quick message to let you know that Full Circle Weekly News #43 is out: and, Full Circle Magazine #114 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, 16.04 and 16.10

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

Ubuntu 16.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2017


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