Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 490 for the week November 28 - December 4, 2016.

In This Issue

  • Taking a stand against unofficial Ubuntu images
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo News

  • LoCo Events

  • Zygmunt Krynicki: Ubuntu Core Gadget Snaps
  • Harald Sitter: Snapping KDE Applications
  • Ubuntu Phone News
  • Canonical News
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • 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

Taking a stand against unofficial Ubuntu images

Mark Shuttleworth writes how Ubuntu is a major component in the cloud with AWS, Azure, Google, Rackspace, SoftLayer and more. Canonical however is in dispute with an unnamed EU cloud provider shipping "insecure and broken" images, where attempts to modify their behavior have failed. The post discusses how Canonical is working to defend the integrity of the Ubuntu name by working with these companies and through legal means to make sure users are confident that images are secure when they have the Ubuntu name.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (127705) +74 over last week
  • Critical (409) +3 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (63281) +90 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: George (, Serg (, ThatGuy (, kapcom01 ( and UTF-8 (

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LoCo News

Ohio LinuxFest 2016

Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about the recent Ohio LinuxFest 2016 and gatherings with her fellow Ubuntu-focused attendees. Elizabeth also tells us of the various talks and presentations she went to including OpenNMS, Devs from Mars, Ops are from Venus, Hacking bureaucracy and more. She shares a number of links to slides including her own talk on OpenStack deployment scenarios.

UbuCon Europe – a sure sign of community strength

Daniel Holbach tells us of the recent UbuCon Europe which was attended by 170 people from 20 countries in Essen Germany on 18-20 November 2016. For those that weren't there he shares some photos of the event and highlights some of the talks and workshops that took place. Daniels advises that next year's UbuCon Europe will be in Paris.

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

Zygmunt Krynicki: Ubuntu Core Gadget Snaps

Zygmunt Krynicki tells us about gadget snaps which are not very familiar to those of us on desktops but are found on all snap core devices such as IoT. He says that these snaps can be found at with the pattern 'devicename-gadget', and are mirrored on Launchpad. The wiki link included in the article provides further information.

Harald Sitter: Snapping KDE Applications

Harald Sitter shares a video on Snapping KDE Applications, but also writes for those who prefer to read. He reminds us of KDE's 20 year history which along with the framework model can be a challenge. Harald says that with Snapcraft, Flatpak et al. packaged-apps in these formats can be large and to solve this problem KDE Frameworks 5 now uses content snaps which reduced a KCalc app snap from 70MiB to 32KiB. He concludes his article with a "howto" using KAlgebra as an example with includes full yaml code and the necessary snap commands.

Ubuntu Phone News

Fairphone 2 & Ubuntu

Marcos Costales notes that he has seen recent advances of Ubuntu Touch on a Fairphone 2 thanks to the UBPorts project. He shows us some photographs of the phone and points out some of its best features. Article is in Spanish.

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

You Can Now Package Your Apps as Snaps Without Bundling Their Dependencies

Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, informs us of the recent availability of the ubuntu-app-platform snap which allows developers to package their apps as Snaps without the need to build all of the dependencies. He says that an updated Snapcraft version will be made available soon and quotes Canonical’s Olivier Tilloy as saying that the size of the webbrowser-app snap has been reduced from 136MB to 22MB.

This Is The Release Date for Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that the release date for Ubuntu 17.04 has been set to be April 13, 2017. He lists the key dates of the Ubuntu 17.04 development schedule and reminds us that the release will be supported for nine months.

Ubuntu Prepping Its 16.04 "Rolling HWE Kernel"

Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix writes that starting with Ubuntu 16.04.2, the LTS (Long term Support) releases are switching to a concept of a “rolling HWE kernel.” He quotes Leann Ogasawara as saying: “Essentially, consumers of an HWE kernel will automatically be upgraded to the next HWE kernel offered in subsequent point releases until reaching the final HWE Kernel offered in 16.04.5." Michael points out that this is not a true rolling kernel but an automatic upgrade with future LTS point releases.

Marius Nestor of Softpedia wrote a similar article:

Canonical Releases New Kernel Live Patch Security Update for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Canonical has announced the availability of the second kernel live patch security update to Ubuntu 16.04. He lists the security issues that have been addressed and says that Canonical have recommended all Ubuntu 16.04 users to update their systems as soon as possible and also points out that there is no need to reboot systems after upgrading.

Canonical Takes Stand Against Unofficial Ubuntu Images, Reportedly Risky & Insecure

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on Canonical’s dispute with a European cloud provider who have been "publishing insecure, broken images of Ubuntu" for its cloud customers. He gives us an idea as to the changes that have been made and speculates on the identity of the cloud provider.

S09E39.2 – Le CrossOver Number 2 - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Le CrossOver #2! Marius Quabeck, Rudy, Martin Wimpress and Max Kristen are connected and speaking to your brain.

Four complete strangers make a podcast during UbuCon Europe 2016 at the Unperfekthaus in Essen, Germany.

We discuss some news:

  • Nintendo’s new NES Classics Edition console can run a custom build of Ubuntu
  • Low Graphics Mode in Unity 7
  • Microsoft Fortifies Commitment to Open Source, Becomes Linux Foundation Platinum Member

We discuss whats been happening at UbuCon Europe 2016

  • We nearly have an awesome interview with Nathan Haines

We share a Command Line Lurve:

  • magic-device-tool – A simple tool to handle installing/replacing mobile operating systems

There is a full video playlist for UbuCon Europe 2016

That’s all for Le CrossOver #2! 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

S09E40 – Dirty Dan’s Dark Delight - Ubuntu Podcast

It’s Season Nine Episode Forty of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Dan Kermac are connected and speaking to your brain.

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

In this week’s show:

We discuss what we’ve been upto recently:

  • Telling people to use Opera and joining ORG, playing Tyranny.
  • We review the nexdock and how it works with the Raspberry Pi 3, Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Phone, bq M10 FHD Ubuntu Tablet, Android, Dragonboard 410c, Roku, Chomecast, Amazon FireTV and laptops from Dell and Entroware.

We share a Command Line Lurve:

  • netdiscover – A network address discovering tool

And we go over all your amazing feedback – thanks for sending it – please keep sending it!

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

Ubuntu Testing Day - 2nd December 2016

In the second session of the series, Leo Arias and Kyle Fazzari are joined by Aaron Ogle from Rocket.Chat.

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

Ubuntu 16.10 Updates

End of Life - July 2017


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