Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 435

Elizabeth K. Joseph lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Sep 22 00:40:23 UTC 2015

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 435 for the week
September 14 - 20, 2015.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue435

== In This Issue ==

 * Big Bug Bonanza Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
 * Community Council Call for Nominations
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Ubuntu-tn Re-Verification
 * LoCo Events
 * El Acheche Anis: Membership Board Member Interviews: Svetlana Belkin
 * Ubuntu Cloud News
 * Converting to Ubuntu Touch
 * Landing team 17.09.15
 * Canonical News
 * Fairphone 'Exploring' Switch to Ubuntu Touch
 * Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source OS Runs 42 Percent of Dell PCs in China
 * Ubuntu Phone Will Skip 15.10
 * New Ubuntu Store Makes It Easier to Buy Ubuntu Laptops, PCs and Phones
 * Meet The New Ubuntu 15.10 Default Wallpaper
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Featured Audio and Video
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: August 2015
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04
 * And much more!

== General Community News ==

=== Big Bug Bonanza Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ===

Will Cooke describes how most users stick to LTS versions, and that
over the years bug lists have grown to become unmanageable. To ensure
developer's time is spent on the important current bugs, Will outlines
a proposal to cut down the bug-list to size. Critical bugs will be
reviewed, but most for unsupported releases of Ubuntu will be closed
by robot. Will Cooke further highlights where you can most help, in
"triaging" or trying to reproduce bugs in 15.10. How to help is
explained, and programming skills are not required.


=== Community Council Call for Nominations ===

Michael Hall writes that all seven elected Community Council terms
will expire in November, and that all Ubuntu Members are eligible to
vote. Details of the election will be announcd soon, but first
nominations are being sought, so if you know someone this is the place
to go.


The following community members commented on the announcement:
 * Charles Profitt -
 * Stephen Michael Kellatt -

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (118667) -550 over last week
    * Critical (289) +3 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (59198) -454 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 ====

 * Combine two commands into one command
 * Timestamp, year 2038 problem for 64 bit Ubuntu system
 * How can I find out if someone logged onto my computer through
putty? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674497/how-can-i-find-out-if-someone-logged-onto-my-computer-through-putty
 * What's the best way to write an Ubuntu ISO image on a USB stick?
[on hold] http://askubuntu.com/questions/674441/whats-the-best-way-to-write-an-ubuntu-iso-image-on-a-usb-stick
 * Does dd act at the filesystem level or go to the raw device
directly? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674335/does-dd-act-at-the-filesystem-level-or-go-to-the-raw-device-directly

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

 * How can I find out if someone logged onto my computer through
putty? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674497/
 * Timestamp, year 2038 problem for 64 bit Ubuntu system
 * How to get terminal back after I suspend a computer over SSH?
 * Does dd act at the filesystem level or go to the raw device
directly? http://askubuntu.com/questions/674335/
 * When creating a .desktop file, what are valid categories?

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: A.B.
(http://askubuntu.com/users/367165/a-b), heemayl
(http://askubuntu.com/users/216503/heemayl), Fabby
(http://askubuntu.com/users/344926/fabby), mchid
(http://askubuntu.com/users/167115/mchid) and Mousa

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-tn Re-Verification ===

El Acheche Anis announces a successful 4th Reverification meeting
between the Tunisian LoCo and the LoCo Council. He says that no
questions were asked as all the required information was included in
the Reverification wiki page.


== LoCo Events ==

The following LoCo team events are currently scheduled in the next two weeks:

 * Journee du logiciel libre 2015, Ubuntu Cameroonian LoCo Team:
 * Sierra Vista Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team:
 * Tempe Ubuntu Hour, Arizona LoCo Team:
 * Ubuntu Install Fest - Naypyidaw, Ubuntu Myanmar LoCo Team:
 * Monthly meeting, FOSS User Group at Natick Community-Senior Center,
Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo:

Looking beyond the next two weeks? Visit the LoCo Team Portal to
browse upcoming events around the world:


== The Planet ==

=== El Acheche Anis: Membership Board Member Interviews: Svetlana Belkin ===

El Acheche Anis writes that the Ubuntu Membership Board is responsible
for approving new Ubuntu members. To help  to get to know them better,
interviews are performed. The subject of this interview is Svetlana
Belkin who has used Ubuntu since 2009, became involved with the
community in 2013, and has worked on a number of projects since then.


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

 * Write Juju Charms, we'll pick up the tab -

== Ubuntu Phone News ==

=== Converting to Ubuntu Touch ===

Aaron Honeycutt shares his experiences running Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus
4 for one week. He tells us which of the apps he needs have no
replacement in Ubuntu at the moment and asks us for any information
that updates what he found.


=== Landing team 17.09.15 ===

Lukasz Zemczak reports the work done by the Ubuntu Touch developers on
the upcoming major software update of Ubuntu Touch, OTA-7. Work
includes a new Unity8, updated version of unity-scopes-click and
pay-service and a fix for a regression introduced by the
libusermetrics library.  Also, Lukasz informs us that investigation of
the various phone slowness issues continues: "It looks like the
overall problem is a combination of many many smaller problems. Not
sure if all of those can be resolved by OTA-7 - fingers crossed".


== Canonical News ==

=== The future of access networks ===

Maarten Ectors writes about how Google & co seem to have their eye set
to take over the telecom business. Telecoms businesses though have
users who want more data, but to pay less, with few (or no) phone
calls or SMS. IoT promises to be a data tsunami but only trickle
desired revenue. Maarten equates the traditional telecoms business to
like an old Nokia handset; strong & dependable, but the industry has
changed. Maarten explores the many facets of the telecoms industry
including CPEs (cheap on-premise equipment), parental control, apps,
wifi, DSLAMs (broadband), to phones and tablets, finally linking it
with Ubuntu Core.


=== Ubuntu nominated in V3 Technology Awards shortlist; cast your vote! ===

Canonical have been nominated for three V3 Technology Awards this
year. These are the sixth annual awards which allow V3 readers to vote
on the best business products and vendors for the year. Of the 24
categories, the three nominations are:

 * best cloud computing provider - Canonical
 * best business software provider - Canonical
 * best Internet of Things product - 'snappy' Ubuntu Core

Voting ends 9th October 2015, and a link is provided for a brief
survey and so you can cast your vote. You needn't vote in every award,
only those where you expertise/experience applies.


=== dConstruct 2015  ===

Jamie Young writes about dConstruct held in Brighton (UK) recently of
which Ubuntu was a premier sponsor. Jamie's post contains several
photos, and includes details of a popular origami competition in which
the winner received a BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu phone.


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Fairphone 'Exploring' Switch to Ubuntu Touch ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the Fairphone 1
handset was affected by the Stagefright Android vulnerability
uncovered earlier this year and that fixing the vulnerability was not
easy to achieve because of licensing and vendor restrictions. He says
to remedy that, Fairphone is "exploring the possibility of replacing
the Android software by alternative operating systems
(Ubuntu/Firefox/Jolla) in an effort to prolong the life of the


=== Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source OS Runs 42 Percent of Dell PCs in China ===

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, writes that Dell have reported that
42% of the PCs that it sells in China run a variant of Ubuntu that
Canonical has helped to develop, i.e. Ubuntu Kylin. He says that
Ubuntu Kylin uses the Unity interface but the default theme used make
it look more like Windows. Christopher adds that Dell's comment on
their Chinese sales follows an announcement of a US $125 million
investment in China.


Softpedia, PCWorld and Phoronix also had articles about this new statistic:
 * Dell Reportedly Shipping Ubuntu-Based Linux On 40%+ Of PCs In China
 - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Dell-China-40-Linux
 * It's the year of the Linux desktop, for Dell, in China -
 * Dell Reporting That 40% of PCs Sold in China Are Ubuntu-Powered -

=== Ubuntu Phone Will Skip 15.10 ===

Marius Nestor of Softpedia shares the news that the Ubuntu Touch
developers have no plans to switch from the stable Ubuntu 15.04 base
and quotes Lukasz Zemczak as saying the 15.10 will be skipped. He also
quotes another developer as saying: "There is a growing concern,
however, that the lack of attention to Wily will hit us hard (w/
compounded interest) when we want to switch off of Vivid." Marius sees
Canonical as considering the upcoming LTS as a good candidate for the
next stable version of Ubuntu Touch and that they will soon start
looking for an upgrade path.


=== Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) to Be the Last "Boring" Release ===

Silviu Stahie of Softpedia writes that Ubuntu 15.10 which is scheduled
to launch on October 22nd will be the last release that users will be
able to say is no different from its predecessor. He says that while
the next release will ship with Unity 7 Canonical is doing its best to
offer Unity 8 as an alternative. He ends his post by saying: "that
should make the new LTS a very exciting version."


=== New Ubuntu Store Makes It Easier to Buy Ubuntu Laptops, PCs and Phones ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Canonical has opened
a new "brand store" in conjunction with Snapdeal, India's biggest
online retailer. He says: "In launching an Ubuntu Store on Snapdeal
Canonical not only makes it easier for Ubuntu enthusiasts in India to
see, compare and buy Ubuntu laptops and PCs, but makes it easier for
its hardware partners to their promote devices to potential


=== Intel Graphics Installer for Linux Adds Support for Ubuntu 15.04 ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that the new release of the
Intel Graphics Installer now supports Ubuntu 15.04 and that support
for Ubuntu 14.10 has been dropped. He says that 15.04 users can use
the tool and download the latest Intel Graphics Stack.


=== Meet The New Ubuntu 15.10 Default Wallpaper ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a screenshot with us of the
new default wallpaper for Ubuntu 15.10. He says that although the new
wallpaper hasn't been packaged and uploaded to the archive yet, those
using 15.10 can download the wallpaper from the link that he provides.


Softpedia also reported on the new wallpaper:

=== Cuba's Ubuntu Linux-Based Open Source Linux OS to Get Facelift ===

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, reports on Nova Lightweight 2015, the
Cuban government's new OS based on Ubuntu that uses the Guano desktop
environment. He says that the goal of the project is to change
Microsoft's dominance of being the most popular OS in Cuba and quotes
a source that says that the release of Nova Lightweight 2015 is


=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-7 Gets New Unity 8, More Convergence Features ===

Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports on the upcoming update to Ubuntu
Touch, OTA-7 which will implement several new features and bug fixes.
He says that the updated should be released by the end of the month
[September] but the slowness reported in OTA-6 has not yet been fixed.


== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Debian Project Aims to Keep the CIA Off Our Computers -
 * Canonical's Ubuntu One Project Forked into Magicicada -
 * ZaReason Zini 1550 tiny Linux desktop PC review -
 * Microsoft has developed its own Linux -

== Featured Audio and Video ==

=== Ubuntu convergence: tablet in desktop mode ===

"Demoing the current shell convergence features: Unity 8 and Mir
running on a Nexus 7 tablet connected to an external monitor via HDMI
with modified grid units. With Kevin Gunn on camera and Daniel
D'Andrada on demo."


=== Ubuntu Community Team Q&A with Kevin Gunn - 15th September 2015 ===

"Kevin Gunn has been leading the Unity8 and Mir teams for quite a
while already, so he knows where the teams have been coming from and
what lies ahead of them. Reason enough to invite him to the Community
Q&A and let you ask him all your questions!"


=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S08E28 - Warrior of the Lost World ===

It's Episode Twenty-eight of Season Eight of the Ubuntu Podcast! Mark
Johnson is back with Laura Cowen, Martin Wimpress, and Alan Pope!

In this week's show:

 * We chat about backing up and reinstalling applications on different
devices. We mention Aptik and Timeshift and Mackup.
 * We go over your feedback, including...
  * If you fancy resurrecting transcriptions of the podcast, take a
look at the wiki.
  * Get the latest Terminator (not the film); find out more.
  * The Unload Tab.
 * We have a command line love, from Nathanael Olander: Use screen -s
ttyname to make using screen easier, :sessionname ttyname if you
forget initially, screen -r tty if you have an attached tty that isn't
actually in use that you need to use. Though we mention byobu too...
 * We chat about how to re-enable GPU acceleration in Chrome, learning
Java again, moving /boot and / partitions to somewhere else, and Open
Media Vault for Network Attached Storage (NAS).

That's all for this week, please send your comments and suggestions
to: show at ubuntupodcast.org


== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - September 15, 2015 -
 * Security Team - September 14, 2015 -

== Monthly Team Reports: August 2015 ==

See here for the team report for August 2015:

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get
your team started:

== 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 12.04, 14.04 and 15.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-2740-1] ICU vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-2741-1] Unity Settings Daemon vulnerability -
 * [USN-2742-1] OpenLDAP vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

 * linux-ti-omap4 3.2.0-1471.92 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~12.04.0 -
 * icu -
 * openldap 2.4.28-1.1ubuntu4.6 -
 * icu -
 * e2fsprogs 1.42-1ubuntu2.3 -
 * cloud-init 0.6.3-0ubuntu1.21 -
 * openldap 2.4.28-1.1ubuntu4.6 -
 * gtk+2.0 2.24.10-0ubuntu6.2 -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~12.04.1 -

End of Life - April 2017

=== Ubuntu 14.04 Updates ===

 * bcache-tools 1.0.7-1~14.04.1 -
 * unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu1 -
 * lsvpd 1.7.5-0ubuntu3~14.04 -
 * util-linux 2.20.1-5.1ubuntu20.7 -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~14.04.0 -
 * cinder 1:2014.1.5-0ubuntu2 -
 * icu 52.1-3ubuntu0.4 -
 * unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu2 -
 * openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu8.2 -
 * unity-settings-daemon 14.04.0+14.04.20150825-0ubuntu2 -
 * icu 52.1-3ubuntu0.4 -
 * e2fsprogs 1.42.9-3ubuntu1.3 -
 * skiboot 5.1.1-0ubuntu1~14.04.1 -
 * openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu8.2 -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~14.04.1 -

End of Life - April 2019

=== Ubuntu 15.04 Updates ===

 * lsvpd 1.7.5-0ubuntu3~15.04 -
 * ubuntu-release-upgrader 1: -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~15.04.0 -
 * icu 52.1-8ubuntu0.2 -
 * unity-settings-daemon 15.04.1+15.04.20150408-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu12.3 -
 * icu 52.1-8ubuntu0.2 -
 * unity-settings-daemon 15.04.1+15.04.20150408-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * skiboot 5.1.1-0ubuntu1~15.04.1 -
 * openldap 2.4.31-1+nmu2ubuntu12.3 -
 * xe-guest-utilities 6.2.0-1120+dsf1-0ubuntu1~15.04.1 -

End of Life - January 2016

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