Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 497 for the week January 30 - February 5, 2017.

In This Issue

  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Events

  • Harald Sitter: Neon OEM Mod…arghhh
  • Stéphane Graber: Ubuntu Core in LXD containers
  • Canonical Design Team: January’s reading list
  • Simos Xenitellis: How to install Inkscape 0.92 (latest) as a snap in Ubuntu 16.04
  • James Page: snap install openstackclients
  • 16.04.2 delayed until Feb 9 for HWE issues
  • Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!
  • Ubuntu Cloud News
  • FreedomPop en Ubuntu Phone

  • Canonical News
  • In The Press
  • 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

Welcome New Members and Developers

On behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, Naeil Zoueidi writes to announce two new Ubuntu members from the regional membership board meeting on February 2nd:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (128666) +165 over last week
  • Critical (423) +1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (63974) +128 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

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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

Harald Sitter: Neon OEM Mod…arghhh

Harald Sitter writes that Ubiquity (Ubuntu's installer) has had an OEM mode which never worked well with the Qt interface. Harald explains the OEM mode and issues that were of concern with the Slimbook project (using KDE neon) which led to Harald & Jens Reuterberg improving it. Screenshots of links are provided.

Stéphane Graber: Ubuntu Core in LXD containers

Stéphane Graber reminds us that Ubuntu Core, current series 16 released in November 2016, is fully-transactional and based on read-only snap packages. Stéphane gives the requirements for Ubuntu Core on LXD and provides commands needed to launch, view, update, install some snaps and more. Many command examples and links are provided.

Canonical Design Team: January’s reading list

Inayaili de León Persson of Ubuntu Design provides seventeen (17) 'best' links shared by the Design team during January 2017. Inayaili thanks Andrea, Anthony, Clara, Grazina, Jamie, Karl and Richard for links.

Simos Xenitellis: How to install Inkscape 0.92 (latest) as a snap in Ubuntu 16.04

Simos Xenitellis tells us about Inkscape 0.92 providing links to video and release notes should you want to know more. He provides commands needed to install a snap version of Inkscape in Ubuntu 16.04, plus screenshots and information on what appears within Ubuntu Software, and more.

James Page: snap install openstackclients

James Page reminds us about what snaps are--in particular, mentioning them with regard to Python projects. He shares that if you're running Ubuntu 16.04, installing openstackclients is very easy and provides commands and other notes. The openstackclients snap is currently aligned to the Newton OpenStack release. Link to GitHub snap source is provided, with kudos given to the snapcraft team for doing a great job with the Python plugin.

Other Community News

16.04.2 delayed until Feb 9 for HWE issues

Adam Conrad and the Ubuntu release team, having received notice of a potential arm64 boot problem, has approved the 16.04.2 release to be delayed for a week. This will allow testing to be performed on the boot regression problem with arm64. The new expected release date is February 9, 2017.

Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!

To celebrate Issue 500 of Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, readers are invited to take part in a newsletter-related quiz and to submit notes of thanks to contributors if they wish. Responses are due 20 February 2017 and will be announced in issue 500.

Ubuntu Cloud News

Ubuntu Phone News

FreedomPop en Ubuntu Phone

Marcos Costales reflects on his experience when using a FreedomPop Spain SIM in his Ubuntu Phone. He was unsure if the data connection would work or not but happily reports that it works well. Marcos includes some screenshots in his post to show how he activated the data connection. Article is in Spanish.

Canonical News

In The Press

A Look at What's Next for Ubuntu Linux in 2017

Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eWeek, refers to a video interview with Mark Shuttleworth discussing the codename for the 17.10 release after end of the alphabet will have been reached with 17.04. He says that Ubuntu Core, the LXD hypervisor, the internet of things, and Snappy will continue to be worked on and that Shuttleworth is also optimistic about the continued evolution of the Ubuntu desktop and Unity 8. Sean embeds a video of the interview in his post.

In The Blogosphere

Canonical Releases Snapd 2.22 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04 and 16.10

Marius Nestor of Softpedia tells us that Canonical's Michael Vogt had the pleasure to announce snapd 2.22 has been released for Ubuntu. This new release introduces new features such as support for X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts, automatic transition of Snaps from ubuntu-core to core, the new 'reload-command' option in snap.yaml, ability to disable sshd from the core config, plus other improvements.

Meet the $114,725 Ubuntu server with eight Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs

Agam Shah of PC World shows and tells us about System 76's new Ibex Pro. Agam lists some basic specs, options and prices for the rack-mounted server, which is aimed at machine learning tasks like speech and image recognition. The Ibex Pro ships with Ubuntu by default.

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 9 Due to Serious Boot Regression

Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Leann Ogasawara, Ubuntu kernel manager, has reported a boot regression on Arch64 hardware which will take time to resolve. Canonical's Adam Conrad approved the delay; so now ISOs aren't expected until February 9. Ubuntu 16.04.2 will ship with the Linux 4.8 kernel.

IoT gateway runs Ubuntu on Apollo Lake

Eric Brown of LinuxGizmos writes about Gigabyte's EL-30 IoT gateway, listing specs and telling us it tapped Intel's new 14nm "Apollo Lake" chips. Unlike the prior EL-20, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has equal billing with Windows 10 IoT and Android Nougat 7.0. The EL-30 is fanless, and provides dual HDMI (1.4b) outputs driven by a Intel HD 505 GPU.

Ubuntu Testing Day – Ubuntu Core and QEMU

Leo Arias resumes the weekly series of Ubuntu Testing Day sessions in which various guests are invited to talk about their projects. This week’s topic for discussion is snap-based Ubuntu Core which is introduced by Michael Vogt.

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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