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/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
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 sexy 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
=== 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.
* 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 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
== 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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