Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 518 for the weeks of August 22 - September 4, 2017.

In This Issue

General Community News

Artful Aardvark Beta 1 Released!

Martin Wimpress announces the availability of the first beta of Artful Aardvark, which will become Ubuntu 17.10. This milestone includes images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu. They include warnings for those unfamiliar with beta releases, with links for getting images or more details, before giving a big thank you to the developers and testers for their help in making this beta happen.

Interested in the Flavors? Beta 1 release announcements for each as follows:

The editors have also collected articles about the topic from around the Internet:

Welcome New Members and Developers

Robie Basak on behalf of the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board announces the newest MOTU:

Robie Basak on behalf of the Ubuntu Developer Membership Board also announces the newest Ubuntu Core Developer:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

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

Robie Basak: More on the imported repositories

Robie Basak from the Ubuntu Server Team writes more about the new Ubuntu Git workflow that the Server Team is working on for Ubuntu packaging. He goes into detail about how the tool will get information from Launchpad, the “Single source of truth” for packages, the Git branches and tags that will be available for developers to use (and how they relate to the different pockets of Ubuntu), and how they relate to existing tools such as git-buildpackage (in respect to the pristine-tar branch).

Didier Roche: Ubuntu GNOME Shell in Artful (Continued)

Didier Roche of Canonical in a series of daily blog posts describes the process of making Ubuntu GNOME Shell ready for Artful Aardvark 17.10. The desired result contains both a default Ubuntu session experience avoiding any shock for those updating from Unity 7, and the choice of a more generic GNOME session.

The following posts are more post continuing from last week that are part of a series:

Sergio Schvezov: UbuConLA 2017 Summit Summary

Sergio Schvezov from the Snapcraft Team writes about his experience going to UbuCon Latin America (LA) 2017. He writes about the experience, the food, the talks he and others gave, and wraps up the blog post by writing, “This event was interesting, a special thanks to José Antonio for putting this together!”

Colin Watson: env --chdir

Colin Watson from the Launchpad Team writes about some recent challenges he has faced while getting Snaps to work properly on Launchpad. He talks about getting the builders to work with LXD, and provides the code he used to get it working.

Canonical News

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S10E25 - Materialistic Gorgeous Cabbage

"It’s Season Ten Episode Twenty-Five of the Ubuntu Podcast featuring Late Night Linux! Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress, Joe Ressington and Andrew Jesse are connected and speaking to your brain.

This is the Late Night Ubuntu Linux Podcast mashup show recorded live at OggCamp 17. Featuring two thirds of the Ubuntu Podcast team and half of the Late Night Linux team."

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S10E26 - Endurable Wiry Bird

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

This week we’ve been to OggCamp, played with Bash on Windows and received a GPD Pocket computer. In this episode we chat to the organiser of OggCamp 17, Jon Spriggs, serve up another virtual private love and go over your feedback."

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 17.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 14.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2019

Ubuntu 16.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2021

Ubuntu 17.04 Updates

End of Life - January 2018


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