Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 308 for the week March
11 - 17, 2013.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue308
== In This Issue ==
* 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 1 Released!
* Ubuntu GNOME is approved as an official flavour
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo Team Portal Improvements Released
* And There Was Jam
* Robert Ancell: More information on Mir
* Michael Hall: Ubuntu SDK Apps are coming
* Michael Hall: Coming Soon: Unity 7
* Nicholas Skaggs: Kick-starting quality for Ubuntu Touch
* Christopher James Halse Rogers: Mir and YOU!
* Jono Bacon: Refining and Improving Virtual UDS
* Elizabeth Krumbach: You can help the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter!
* Barneedhar: Unity Tweak Tool is now in the Raring repository!
* Announcing the Next Ubuntu Hug Day!
* Canonical and Dell expand joint PowerEdge Server engineering and support
* Ubuntu Linux developer squabbles go public
* Ubuntu Display Server Fallout
* Ubuntu 13.04 Updates Nautilus, Update Tool Icons
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: February 2013
* 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 ==
=== 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 1 Released! ===
Stephane Graber, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team, announces the
release of the 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Beta 1.
Beta 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is an early set of images, so you should expect some
bugs. For a more detailed description of the changes in the Beta 1
release and the known bugs (which can save you the effort of reporting
a duplicate bug, or help you find proven workarounds), please see:
Full announcement here:
Several press outlets also covered this beta1 release, the following
is a sampling of those:
* Ubuntu 13.04 'Raring Ringtail': Beta 1 preview -
* Ubuntu development hits 13.04 beta 1 milestone -
* Ubuntu Linux 13.04 'Raring Ringtail' hits beta 1 -
=== Ubuntu GNOME is approved as an official flavour ===
Tim Lunn announces, on behalf of the Ubuntu GNOME developers, that
their flavour, which "aims to bring a mostly pure GNOME desktop
experience to Ubuntu.Ubuntu GNOME Remix" has been accepted as an
official flavour by the Ubuntu Technical Board.
Congratulations to the Ubuntu GNOME developers!
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (104456) +230 over last week
* Critical (68) -5 over last week
* Unconfirmed (51361) +83 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week ===
* Why does this grep command not work?
* Bash: delete from cursor till end of line
* How can I run a single C source code on code:block or in geany?
* What is the best alternative to Google Reader?
* How to make username in terminal smaller?
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== LoCo Team Portal Improvements Released ===
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about Adnane Belmadiaf's work on a large
number of bug fixes to the LoCo Team portal, including many "low
priority bugs" and wishlist items. Also, a new events page is
=== And There Was Jam ===
Randall Ross writes about the Vancouver team at the Ubuntu Global
Jam, and shares some facts which had led the community to grow -
against the assumptions that the Ubuntu community is struggling.
=== This Is Ubuntu Community! ===
Randall Ross expresses what he thinks about the Ubuntu community
around the "we are all one" ethos, and invites others to start sharing
its passion about their own local community.
== Launchpad News ==
=== Errors for Launchpad Users ===
Brian Murray reports that new features have landed into the Ubuntu
Error Tracking system, allowing a user to search for crashes in
specific applications, subscribing by name, and improving share
== Ubuntu Cloud News ==
=== Node.js, Django, and Rails updates for cloud users ===
Jorge Castro gives an overview of the latest developments related to
Juju and "platform charms." Among the work done you can find updates
to the Django charm, master/slave replication for the Postgres charm,
and other work related to the Django, Rails and Node.js charms.
== The Planet ==
=== Serge Hallyn: Qemu updates in raring ===
Serge Hallyn reports that the qemu-linaro and qemu-kvm packages have
been merged into qemu thanks to a combined effort by the Ubuntu and
Debian teams. The latest qemu also integrates qemu-kvm-spice, and adds
support for transparent hugepages and automatic hugetlbfs mount.
=== Robert Ancell: More information on Mir ===
Robert Ancell shares some links to articles by Christopher Halse
Rogers with answers to common questions about Mir: why Mir and not
Wayland/Weston? What does this mean for other desktops on Ubuntu? And
what does this mean for Linux graphics drivers?
=== Xubuntu: Want to help out Xubuntu? Test Raring! ===
The Xubuntu Team puts a call out for testing the latest Xubuntu beta
images. Detailed instructions have been published, introducing the
=== Mark Shuttleworth: Let's go faster while preserving what works best ===
Mark Shuttleworth reflects on recent discussions about the rolling
release proposal, and offers a new proposal: Strengthening the LTS
point releases, reducing the amount of release management - and
duration of support - for interim releases, and designating the tip of
development as a Rolling Release.
=== Michael Hall: Ubuntu SDK Apps are coming ===
Michael Hall gives an overview of the latest developments related to
the SDK core apps for Ubuntu touch, which includes, a calculator,
calendar, clock and weather applications. Updates for non-core apps
are also shared including: a more less, an alternative to the weather
app, gwibber, sudoku, akari, samegame, a chess engine, the Novacut
first application, OMG! Ubuntu! Reader Google reader, WhosThere and
the Jono head program.
=== Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest results ===
The five winners of the Lubuntu 13.04 Community Wallpaper Contest have
=== Michael Hall: Coming Soon: Unity 7 ===
Michael Hall writes that a Feature Freeze Exception has been filed to
get Unity 7 into Ubuntu Raring. New features include server-side Smart
Scopes that run on-demand, many additional scopes, and more
fine-grained privacy controls.
=== James Hunt: Upstart Cookbook updated for Upstart 1.7 ===
James Hunt shares that the Upstart Cookbook has been updated to
include the new features of Upstart 1.7.
=== Nicholas Skaggs: Kick-starting quality for Ubuntu Touch ===
Nicholas Skaggs discusses testing on the new mobile distribution, and
what testers and developers can do to help ensure its quality.
=== Christopher James Halse Rogers: Mir and YOU! ===
Christopher James Halse Rogers discusses how Mir could integrate with
other projects, and what future changes might bring.
=== Jono Bacon: Refining and Improving Virtual UDS ===
Jono Bacon writes about the first virtual UDS, and seeks feedback from
the community about how they can make the next event better.
=== Elizabeth Krumbach: You can help the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter! ===
Elizabeth Krumbach makes a call out for volunteers interested in
helping to keep running the UWN. Summary writers and Editors are some
of the positions where most help is required.
=== Scott Kitterman: Kubuntu vUDS ===
The Kubuntu project held their mid-cycle virtual developer summit, and
agreed on their position regarding release management.
=== Barneedhar: Unity Tweak Tool is now in the Raring repository! ===
Barneedhar writes "It's been wholly four months since we started
development on unity-tweak-tool and two months since it was available
for wider testing. And now, finally, it is in the Ubuntu repository
for 13.04 release!" And shares some plans for the next cycle.
== Other Community News ==
=== Announcing the Next Ubuntu Hug Day! ===
Marconi Fabio of the Ubuntu BugSquad announces the next Ubuntu Hug Day
on March 21stt where they will be focusing on fixing bugs related to
Details at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/Ubuntu-release-upgrader-20130321
== Canonical News ==
=== Canonical and Dell expand joint PowerEdge Server engineering and support ===
Canonical announces PowerEdge server certification and Ubuntu
Advantage support, while Dell adds Ubuntu Server to their Linux OS
Support Matrix. Various updates have also been made to fully validate
Ubuntu Server on Dell PowerEdge servers.
== In The Press ==
=== Ubuntu Linux developer squabbles go public ===
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet follows the latest debates over
rolling releases and the Unity interface, which have moved from
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