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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 327

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 327 for the week July

22 - 28, 2013.


== Links to UWN ==


* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue327


== In This Issue ==


* Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign

* 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 2 Available

* Ubuntu Stats

* Software Freedom Day (Dia de la Libertad del Software) Zulia 2013

* Ubuntu Cloud News

* Sebastian Kugler: the next kubuntu graphics stack

* Nicholas Skaggs: Ubuntu Edge: Convergence in the palm of your hand

* Lubuntu Blog: Here comes the salamander

* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu SDK Beta Released

* Victor Palau: Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action

* Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Edge: Design process

* Nicholas Skaggs: An autopilot emulator for ubuntu sdk apps: Part II

* Alan Pope: Living on the Edge

* Canonical News

* Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu

* Ubuntuorg cracker promises no password release

* In The Blogosphere

* Full Circle Magazine #75

* Other Articles of Interest

* Featured Audio and Video

* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

* Upcoming Meetings and Events

* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04

* And much more!


== General Community News ==


=== Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo Campaign ===


The Ubuntu Edge Team announces a campaign to raise 32 million dollars

to support development of an Ubuntu-based phone. They write: "The

Ubuntu Edge is our very own superphone, a catalyst to drive the next

generation of personal computing." The team tells us Ubuntu Edge is an

exclusive production run available only through Indiegogo, and all of

the funding that is received goes directly towards producing the

device for expected delivery in May 2014. They describe the hardware,

the software, the rollout plan, and the technical specifications. A

number of mock-ups have been released along with a comprehensive FAQ

and details of the evolving pledge levels.




This news was widely covered in the press and blogs! Check out a

sampling of articles selected by our editors:


* Announcing the Ubuntu Edge -


* Ubuntu Edge smartphone seeks $32m of crowdfunded cash -


* Canonical Launch $32 Million Ubuntu Phone Crowdfunding Campaign -


* Living on the Edge - http://mhall119.com/2013/07/living-on-the-edge/

* Ubuntu boss: I want to make a Linux hybrid mobe SO GIVE ME $32m -


* Ubuntu Aim High With Their Risky Crowdfunded Smartphone Project -


* Ubuntu Superphone Fundraiser Rakes in $1M on Debut -


* Canonical CEO Thanks Ubuntu Edge Backers for 'Record' First Day -


* Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign smashes records -


* Ubuntu looks to disrupt smartphone market with $675 device -


* Mark Shuttleworth takes his case for the Ubuntu Edge to Reddit -


* MKBHD Explains Ubuntu Edge [Video] -


* Ubuntu Edge is a smartphone and desktop computer in one -


* 5 Reasons Why I Think Ubuntu Edge is a Brilliant Move -



=== 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) Alpha 2 Available ===


Jonathan Riddell announces the second Alpha of the Saucy Salamander

(to become 13.10) has now been released for testers and early adopters

and features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin

and Xubuntu. He lists the release details for Ubuntu flavors that have

participated in the release and provides links to the downloadable





== Ubuntu Stats ==


=== Bug Stats ===


* Open (105354) +75 over last week

* Critical (84) +1 over last week

* Unconfirmed (51458) +74 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 ===


==== Most Active Questions ====


* How do I change the default logon screen in 12.04


* 12.04 and Asus 1015E problems


* Crouton Ubuntu Chromebook


* Ubuntu 12.10: No WiFi After Update on Dell XPS L502x w/ Intel

Centrino Wireless-N 1030


* Is there a GUI app to setup and toggle hostapd?



==== Top Voted New Questions ====


* Are OpenID logins compromised with the Ubuntu breach?


* What are the features of an application that become a

core/pre-installed/default Ubuntu application?


* How can I use Chromecast http://askubuntu.com/questions/324236/

* How do I check the health of a SSD? http://askubuntu.com/questions/325283/

* Can I start a program from the terminal and make it launch visually

in the background? http://askubuntu.com/questions/326008/


People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Mitch

(http://askubuntu.com/users/59676/mitch), SimplySimon

(http://askubuntu.com/users/155853/simplysimon), Wolfer

(http://askubuntu.com/users/125243/wolfer), izx

(http://askubuntu.com/users/58612/izx) and Eliah Kagan



Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com


== LoCo News ==


=== Software Freedom Day (Dia de la Libertad del Software) Zulia 2013 ===


Cesar Sevilla announces details for the upcoming Software Freedom Day

in Zulia, Venezuela. Ubuntu Venezuela is among the groups supporting

the event.


Article in Spanish:



== Ubuntu Cloud News ==


=== Targetted machine deployment with Juju ===


James Page writes that as of the latest release of Juju (available in

a PPA and in Ubuntu Saucy), Juju now has native support for specifying

to which machine a charm should be deployed. James provides a number

of code samples but points out that there are still a few gotchas;

charms are running without separation, and not all of the Openstack

charms are compatible with the latest version of Juju.




=== JohnJohn -- A Scalable Juju Charm Tutorial ===


Dustin Kirkland provides a tutorial on installing, configuring, and

making use of Juju to utilise with applications that support charms. A

complete step-by-step guide to using Juju with the administration tool

is provided in the article.




=== Screw the Ubuntu Edge...We're Giving Away $30,000!!! ===


Robbie Williamson reminds readers of the the Juju Charm Championship

in which the Juju experts at Canonical can share their expertise

across service/application bundles and "harvest" participants to learn

and master Juju. Winners can earn up to $30,000 in prize money.

Williamson also announces the new integration features of

jujucharms.com, writing that it is "the realization of our vision" to

create "an interface that provides solution architects the ability to

graphically create, deploy, and interact with services visually."




== The Planet ==


=== Sebastian Kugler: the next kubuntu graphics stack ===


Sebastian Kugler discusses the advancements being made on the Kubuntu

graphics stack, with particular emphasis on their goal of making

Plasma Workspaces 2 compatible in the future. He states that for the

foreseeable future Kubuntu will make use of Xorg, with late 2014

bringing support for Plasma Workspaces 2.




=== Nicholas Skaggs: Ubuntu Edge: Convergence in the palm of your hand ===


Nicholas Skaggs writes about his journey to have convergence between

his smartphone and desktop, and how the Ubuntu Edge is the realization

of that goal. With his smartphone powerful enough to handle most

computing tasks and with cloud servers capable of performing longer

running tasks, there seems to be no need to have two separate devices.

Ubuntu Edge allows him to use a bigger screen and keyboard while at

home, yet take it with him and have access to everything he needs.




=== Lubuntu Blog: Here comes the salamander ===


The Lubuntu Artwork Team shows us the the new default artwork,

including the wallpaper, the improved GTK2/3 themes, a new [censored]y app

button, and the (always) evolving icons. A screenshot is provided.




Also be sure to check out the Lubuntu wallpaper contest, which will

select 5 additional images that will be included in the release!




=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu SDK Beta Released ===


The Ubuntu App Developer team announces the release of Ubuntu SDK

beta, whose features include Cordova HTML5 app template, Responsive

Layouts, and much more.




=== Victor Palau: Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action ===


Victor Palau writes that although the hardware is getting a lot of the

attention, it's the Ubuntu Edge's ability to be a phone and a PC that

will have the biggest impact. He shows us a quick video to show a few

examples of how it has made his working life so much simpler for the

two months or more he has been running Ubuntu for Android on a Nexus 4





=== Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Edge: Design process ===


Chee Wong details the process of designing the Ubuntu Edge. After

getting started by expanding on elements in the Suru theme and

transitioning to a physical user experience from a digital one, rough

ideas were sketched out and improved. Afterward, techniques like model

making, 3D CAD, and 3D printing were used to help refine the product

to make it what we now have with the Ubuntu Edge.




=== Nicholas Skaggs: An autopilot emulator for ubuntu sdk apps: Part II ===


Nicholas Skaggs gives props to Leo Arias for making the autopilot

emulator an official part of the Ubuntu SDK. He provides a few

examples on integrating the emulator with other test cases.




=== Alan Pope: Living on the Edge ===


Alan Pope writes about his first visit to OSCON where he helped out on

the Canonical/Ubuntu stand. Alans talks about his reactions to Ubuntu

Edge, acknowledges the help of others in setting up demos, and remarks

"We had a few people go away and come back the next day telling us

they'd backed the campaign after seeing it."




== Canonical News ==


=== Interested in Ceph Cloud storage? Come and join us at a Ceph Day ===


Anthony Beckley announces on the Canonical blog that Canonical will be

participating in Inktank's Ceph Days that will cover the basics of

what Ceph is and how to get started using it. Canonical will have

several consultants at the events giving talks and demonstrations on





== In The Press ==


=== Ubuntu vs. Kubuntu ===


Matt Hartley of Datamation shares his experiences of installing

Kubuntu. He makes several direct comparisons with Ubuntu noting

differences in the applications such as those used for email and web

browsing. Hartley concludes that "Kubuntu is a solid, responsive Linux

distribution for anyone running Ubuntu-capable hardware" but also that

"KDE isn't for everyone."




=== Ubuntuorg cracker promises no password release ===


Simon Sharwood of The Register writes that "Sputn1k_", the entity held

responsible for stealing 1.8m passwords from ubuntuorg, appears

to have reassured the world that s/he doesn't plan to do anything bad

with the credentials. He quotes a Twitlonger post, reminds us the

forums remain down, and that work on reinstalling them continues.




== In The Blogosphere ==


=== Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit vs. 64-bit Performance ===


Michael Larabel of Phoronix does benchmarks of 13.10 on 32-bit and

64-bit systems and shares the performance results and concludes: "The

only test case where 32-bit Ubuntu 13.10 was performing well ahead of

the 64-bit build was with the Apache web server and our simple

single-system test of it."




=== Ubuntu vs Xubuntu ===


Gary Newell does a review comparing Ubuntu and Xubuntu with an eye

toward the default applications. Newell concludes: "At the end of the

day it really comes down to the choice of applications. If you like

lean and mean then go for Xubuntu. If you like all your mod cons

choose Ubuntu."




=== Ubuntu converged's Ubuntu System Settings received numerous new features ===


razvi of iloveubuntu.net writes about changes to the Ubuntu System

Settings, "the next generation system-settings application for Ubuntu

converged" and says "At the moment, Ubuntu System Settings is under

heavy and prolific development, seeing across the latest weeks more

and more features, therefore, being progressively moved towards

usability." In this article, he provides screenshots and details about

the language settings, phone and, time and date.




== In Other News ==


=== Full Circle Magazine #75 ===


Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community

are proud to announce the release of our seventy fifth issue.


This month:


* Ubuntu News

* Command & Conquer

* How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Tasks, Command Line & Conky.

* Graphics : Repairing Photos in GIMP, and Inkscape.

* Review: OUYA Console


plus: Q&A, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and soooo much more!


Get it while it's hot!




== Other Articles of Interest ==


* Debian Project News - July 22nd, 2013 -



== Featured Audio and Video ==


=== Burning Circle Episode 123 ===


"In this week's episode we talk about the most recent IRC meeting held

while also mentioning the hostilities that took place against the

Ubuntu ."




=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E22 - I Still Know What You

Did Last Ubuntu ===


Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are back in

Studio A with ice-creams, tea and an interview in the twenty-second

episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!


In this week's show:


* An interview with Iain Farrell about the Ubuntu wallpaper selection process.

* Sharing some Command Line Hate - Listen to the show to find out why

you should never run "source ~/.bash_history."

* A chat about going to see RMS, getting Lenovo support, getting Dell

support and taking part in a science experiment.

* And of course, your marvellous feedback.




== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==


* Kernel Team - July 23, 2013 -


* Security Team - July 22, 2013 -


* Server Team - July 23, 2013 -



== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==


For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/


== Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04 ==


Note: These may be somewhat inaccurate this week because Canonical IS


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