Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 301 for the week
January 21 - 27, 2013.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue301
== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu Developer Week is back
* Ubuntu Stats
* Romero, the Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team's game server
* January Business Meeting for Ubuntu Ohio
* Parcel in the post: Stickers!
* Juju GUI now easily deployable in the Charm Store
* Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates publication
* Lubuntu Blog: 13.04 wallpaper contest
* Scott Lavender: Lunchtime Thoughts on Ubuntu Studio Team Structure
* Didier Roche: Unity: release early, release often... release daily!
* Michael Terry: Software Updater Changes in Ubuntu 13.04
* Jono Bacon: Community Driven Ubuntu Phone Core Apps
* Martin Owens: Give Jono a Break, Grow the Community
* Nicholas Skaggs: Introspecting with Autopilot
* Victor Tuson Palau: [Ubuntu QML] ToDo Android vs Ubuntu
* Ubuntu helped set the stage for today's inauguration
* Ubuntu considers "huge" change that would end traditional release cycle
* Ubuntu CEO: two-year releases are only "an idea"
* The Engadget Interview: Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products
* In The Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu Developer Week is back ===
Daniel Holbach announces Ubuntu Developer Week, which will be held
from 29th to 31st of January 2013. Holbach writes that, in the
upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week, attendees can expect "sessions from
hands-on introduction, packaging and Ubuntu development to talks
about how to quickly get involved in certain teams and interact with
other projects and much much more."
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (103191) +113 over last week
* Critical (83) -3 over last week
* Unconfirmed (51142) +101 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top Idea this week ===
* Spread View: Close Windows on Middle-Click -
Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add
your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or
against another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week ===
* How does my sys admin know that I haven't rebooted my system?
* Is it possible to undo an apt-get install command?
* How do I audit an executable to make sure it is not malicious
* I am looking for software to defragment Ubuntu
* What does this info mean when I fire 'dpkg -l lxpanel'?
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== Romero, the Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team's game server ===
Julian Fernandes of Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo announces the release of their
first Ubuntu gaming server called Romero. For now only one game is
available on their server, which is Valve's "Killing Floor." Later on
more games will be available to play. Besides the announcement,
Fernandes also gives instructions on how to connect to the server.
=== January Business Meeting for Ubuntu Ohio ===
Stephen Michael Kellat of Ubuntu Ohio LoCo reports details of the
meeting, which was held on January 23rd 2013 where they covered some
of the online resources the team currently has. Logs from the meeting
are available on the following link:
=== Parcel in the post: Stickers! ===
Maia Grotepass informs us about the Ubuntu stickers she ordered for
Ubuntu-za by showing a lovely photo of them, and encourages everybody
else from the Ubuntu-za LoCo to contact her to order them for a small
== Ubuntu Cloud News ==
=== Juju GUI now easily deployable in the Charm Store ===
Jorge Castro shares details about the availability of the Juju GUI
from the charm store, saying it's now easy to "deploy GUI into an
existing Juju development." Detailed instructions are available on the
following link: http://jujucharms.com/charms/precise/juju-gui
Along with announcement Castro also provides us with some screenshots
of Juju-GUI in action.
=== Ubuntu Cloud Images automated release updates publication ===
Ben Howard unveils details about the Ubuntu cloud images, covering
their ad-hoc release in the past and automated release in the near
future for Ubuntu server 10.04 LTS, 11.10, 12.04 LTS and 12.10. "This
means that approximately every three to four weeks, a new, freshened
image will be released. The release cadence will follow the kernel SRU
process." Any concerns related to this release change can be reported
either to Howard's blog post or directly to his mail.
== The Planet ==
=== Lubuntu Blog: 13.04 wallpaper contest ===
Alexander Andjelkovic of the Lubuntu Artwork team announces the start
of the Lubuntu 13.04 wallpaper contest, and asks submissions to be
made through Flickr.
=== Scott Lavender: Lunchtime Thoughts on Ubuntu Studio Team Structure ===
Scott Lavender writes about his ideas of a new team structure and
positions of the Ubuntu Studio Team. For example, including subteams
in the structure, following other flavors' structures closer so they
can use and improve them, etc.
=== Didier Roche: Unity: release early, release often... release
daily! (parts 1-4) ===
Didier Roche of the Unity team describes the new process to release
Unity daily in the archive, and talks about the life of a merge
request, stacks, personal package archive builds, and integration
tests to publish a daily package of Unity. He discusses the advantages
and disadvantages of this change, and explains in detail what will be
done, as well as how will it be done. He also states some guidelines
for merge proposals, and says how can you contribute to making this
=== Michael Terry: Software Updater Changes in Ubuntu 13.04 ===
Michael Terry writes about the new Software Updater changes
implemented on releases coming to Ubuntu 13.04, including grouping
items into Backup and Ubuntu base sections and improvements to both
=== Jono Bacon: Community Driven Ubuntu Phone Core Apps ===
Jono Bacon writes that, after a response from over 1,500 developers
willing to help with creating the core apps for the Ubuntu Phone, the
community was invited to help contribute design ideas for the apps.
Balsamiq, an online mock-up tool, has provided a site where designs
can be saved and commented on. Additionally, Jono Bacon notes that
there will be other opportunities in the future to contribute,
including icon design, QA, and testing.
=== Martin Owens: Give Jono a Break, Grow the Community ===
Martin Owens writes about the immense amount of work that the
Canonical Community Team does for Ubuntu, but that even with long
days, the team is unable to meet all needs of the Ubuntu community.
Instead of having the Canonical Community Team as the perceived
"center" of the Ubuntu Community, he proposes that the community seek
to "find an identity for Ubuntu which lies outside of Canonical."
=== Nicholas Skaggs: Introspecting with Autopilot ===
Nicholas Skaggs introduces how "introspection" can be used to perform
some more complicated automated test cases, and explains what this
means for testing with Autopilot with a visual example using
"autopilot vis" - the Autopilot visualization tool.
=== Victor Tuson Palau: [Ubuntu QML] ToDo Android vs Ubuntu ===
Victor Tuson Palau writes about his experiences writing apps for
mobile platforms and compares mobile development platforms and their
tools including: Android vs Ubuntu phone, QML vs Dalvik Java,
Eclipse vs QtCreator and documentation. Palau's code is available at
his launchpad repository
== Canonical News ==
=== Ubuntu helped set the stage for today's inauguration ===
The Obama campaign relied heavily on Ubuntu during the 2012 US
Presidential race. Harper Reed, CTO for the Obama campaign, spoke with
Canonical about the challenges they faced, and how the team
implemented solutions during last year's campaign.
== In The Press ==
=== Ubuntu considers "huge" change that would end traditional release cycle ===
Jon Brodkin of Ars Technica reports that Canonical is considering
switching from the traditional release cycle to a rolling release,
where a major version is released every two years, with updates rolled
out in between. Reasons for the switch include being able to stay
current with security updates and software fixes, as well as giving
developers more time and fewer restrictions to deliver features.
=== Ubuntu CEO: two-year releases are only "an idea" ===
Canonical's CEO Jane Silber told PC Pro that the move to a rolling
release is at "very, very early stage discussions." She notes that she
doesn't know how likely a decision to switch to the new release cycle
is, stating, "it's an idea at this point, and I think the decision
=== The Engadget Interview: Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products ===
Richard Collins, head of Ubuntu mobile products, sat down with
Engadget and answered their questions about the upcoming Ubuntu Phone.
Topics discussed in the interview include: how Ubuntu Phone compares
to Ubuntu on the desktop, compatibility with Android existing apps,
competition, Ubuntu for Android, and what the future holds for Ubuntu
in two years' time.
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== New Icons, Window Snap Animation Land in Unity ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! gives us a sneak peak of some of
Unity's new features:
* Window snapping effect
* New icons - new effects on Ubuntu button on Launcher
* Revamped Unity Previews
* New Launcher options
Along with description and screenshots Sneddon also provides us with
short demonstration video that shows changes in Ubuntu 13.04.
=== Baidu Music Search Available for Ubuntu 13.04 ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! informs that "search support for
China's largest music download site, Baidu Music, has been been added
to Ubuntu 13.04 and is likely to ship as default in the Chinese
version of Ubuntu."
=== Head-to-Head Desktop Comparison: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. OS X Mountain Lion ===
Matt Hartley of Datamation gives us a thorough comparison of Ubuntu
12.10 and OS X which includes: installation of an operating system,
operating system first impression and software and pre-installed
hardware choices. Hartley concludes: "Which operating system is the
best? My advice is to read everything above carefully and determine
what's important to you. Speaking for myself, Ubuntu (and other Linux
distros) will continue to be where my time is spent. They offer me the
experience that best meets my needs. Your own experiences may vary."
=== The first game for Ubuntu phone OS, Dropping Letters, sees new
features and desktop-enabled state ===
razvi of iloveubuntu gives us a detailed preview of the Ubuntu phone
game "Dropping letters" including description and video. Code of the
game is available on the following link
=== Ubuntu Ask Community to Help Create New App Icon ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon informs us that Ubuntu's design team is looking
for community members to join in with ideas how to change new Ubuntu's
software updater icon. According to Ubuntu's Matthew Paul Thomas
Ubuntu's current software updater app design has nothing to do with
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