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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 345

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 345 for the week November 25 – December 1, 2013.

== Links to UWN ==

* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue345

== In This Issue ==

* Quotes for community.ubuntu.com
* Ubuntu Stats
* Reboot New York: IRC Meetings
* Ubuntu Canada IRC November 28th meeting
* Bryan Quigley: Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200
* Alan Pope: Ubuntu Reminders App Progress
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Community driven Core Apps convergence
* Kubuntu: Calligra 2.7.5
* Asus and Ubuntu deliver affordable world-class laptops to USA Education
* Ubuntu Lab Tests OpenStack Interoperability
* In The Blogosphere
* Full Circle Magazine #79
* 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, 13.04 and 13.10
* And much more!

=== Quotes for community.ubuntu.com ===

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph recalls that earlier this year she helped
launch the new community.ubuntu.com site. Elizabeth has completed her
first task of getting images for the site from LoCo teams. For her
second task, she needs short quotes from community members in response
to “What do you work on and why?” or “What inspires you about Ubuntu?”

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=8762

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (107512) +1 over last week
* Critical (116) -5 over last week
* Unconfirmed (53313) +57 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 ====

* Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E

http://askubuntu.com/questions/172013/realtek-semiconductor-co-ltd-rtl8101e-rtl8102e

* How to revert back to GUI as the default interface from CLI in
Ubuntu desktop?

http://askubuntu.com/questions/372019/how-to-revert-back-to-gui-as-the-default-interface-from-cli-in-ubuntu-desktop

* System Crash After Boot Repair

http://askubuntu.com/questions/384802/system-crash-after-boot-repair

* How do I run Cisco Packet Tracer 6.0.1?

http://askubuntu.com/questions/335785/how-do-i-run-cisco-packet-tracer-6-0-1

* Upgrading ubuntu 12.04

http://askubuntu.com/questions/384806/upgrading-ubuntu-12-04

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

* Command to convert an upper-case string to lower-case?

http://askubuntu.com/questions/383352/

* What is the difference with all the different types of .tar
archives? http://askubuntu.com/questions/383033/
* What’s the difference between tun/tap vs bridge+vnet vs macvtap?
(For virtualization KVM) http://askubuntu.com/questions/383082/
* Should I be concerned about the Linux.Darlloz worm?

http://askubuntu.com/questions/383831/

* Does Ubuntu 13.10 still encounter issues with UEFI and Windows 8?

http://askubuntu.com/questions/384570/

People Contributing the best questions and answers this week: Rinzwind
(http://askubuntu.com/users/15811/rinzwind), rajagenupula
(http://askubuntu.com/users/33833/rajagenupula), Avinash Raj
(http://askubuntu.com/users/202806/avinash-raj), Oli
(http://askubuntu.com/users/449/oli) and Braiam
(http://askubuntu.com/users/169736/braiam)

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Reboot New York: IRC Meetings ===

Charles Profitt announces that the Reboot New York Project is now
under way with IRC meetings scheduled to take place on the 2nd
Wednesday of every month from 8pm to 9pm. Charles tells us that the
main focus of the first meeting will be on helping people find other
Ubuntu users in their local areas.

http://ftbeowulf.wordpress.com/2013/11/30/reboot-new-york-irc-meetings/

=== Ubuntu Canada IRC November 28th meeting ===

The Ubuntu Canada team invited LoCo teams across the world to join
them in a brainstorming session for their team on November 28th.
Meeting notes and minutes have been posted to the loco-contacts
mailing list:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2013-November/006568.html

== The Planet ==

=== Bryan Quigley: Update, an Ubuntu laptop is now 16th on Amazon for $200 ===

Bryan Quigley updates a previous post by telling us that the only
Ubuntu laptop on Amazon is now selling for $200, and for those looking
for a more powerful laptop, he states that System76 has just
introduced two new models (one desktop and one laptop).

http://bryanquigley.com/uncategorized/update-an-ubuntu-laptop-is-now-16th-on-amazon-for-200

=== Alan Pope: Ubuntu Reminders App Progress ===

Alan Pope shares that work is progressing on the Ubuntu Reminders App
for Ubuntu Touch, including work on the design with help from the
Ubuntu Design Team who have come up with draft wireframes. The app
will eventually connect with Evernote to display notes, notebooks, and
reminders.

http://popey.com/blog/2013/11/27/ubuntu-reminders-app-progress/

=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Community driven Core Apps convergence ===

Michael Hall writes that “Convergence is going to be a major theme for
Ubuntu 14.04, not just at the OS and Unity 8 levels, but also for the
apps that run on it.” Michael says that the community is being asked
for its input and provides full details of what is required and how to
submit designs.

http://developer.ubuntu.com/2013/11/community-driven-core-apps-convergence/

=== Kubuntu: Calligra 2.7.5 ===

The Kubuntu team announces that a new bugfix release of the office and
productivity suite Calligra is available for Kubuntu 13.10 and 12.04
LTS. The team provides links to the sites where bugs should be
reported and from where the update can be downloaded.

http://www.kubuntu.org/news/calligra-2.7.5

== Canonical News ==

=== Asus and Ubuntu deliver affordable world-class laptops to USA Education ===

Canonical advises that a quiet revolution is taking place in the
global education sector as an increasing number of institutions and
students are discovering the value of the Ubuntu operating system. The
article makes reference to Ubuntu partner ASUS and their X201E and
1015E laptops which are “are high-quality, affordable [laptops]” and
refers readers to Amazon.com and other online retailers for further
information.

http://insights.ubuntu.com/resources/article/asus-and-ubuntu-deliver-affordable-world-class-laptops-to-usa-education/

== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu Lab Tests OpenStack Interoperability ===

Gary Hilson of Network Computing states that the new Canonical
OpenStack Interoperability Lab (OIL) is working to ensure that
Ubuntu’s OpenStack offerings are compatible with a wide variety of
cloud services. By working with high-profile partners, Canonical plans
to ensure that their products work well for both vendors and end
users.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/next-generation-data-center/servers/ubuntu-lab-tests-openstack-interoperabil/240164355

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== We Interview Michael Hall, Ubuntu App Development Liaison ===

In a Muktware interview, Benjamin Kerensa talks to Michael Hall asking
him questions about himself, his role at Canonical, and the other work
he did before becoming the Ubuntu App Development Liaison. Michael’s
final comment is “Working someplace where you’re *expected* to be on
IRC, talking to people outside of the company, is kind of a weird
thing at first.”

http://www.muktware.com/2013/11/interview-michael-hall-ubuntu-app-development-liason

=== Mir 0.1.2 Pulls In 52 Changes, Surface Resize Support ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that this week’s Mir update carries
at least 52 changes, mostly bug-fixes but also API clean-ups,
performance regression fixes, and some Android driver support
improvements. Michael provides a full list of the changes and a link
to the Bazaar repository where more details can be found.

http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTUyODQ

=== Unity Global Menu Can Now Be Disabled For Individual Applications
[Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr] ===

Andrew of WebUpd8 writes that after a recent update in Ubuntu 14.04
Trusty Tahr, it has become possible to whitelist or blacklist
individual applications from using the Ubuntu global menu. Andrew
shows us how this may be achieved by providing examples of the changes
to be made in Dconf Editor.

http://www.webupd8.org/2013/11/unity-global-menu-can-now-be-disabled.html

=== What to Expect in Xubuntu 14.04 LTS and Lubuntu 14.04 LTS ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon takes a look forward to April 2014 when support
for Windows XP comes to an end. Joey-Elijah argues that Ubuntu may not
be an option for some XP users using older PCs. He subsequently gives
us a detailed look at both Xubuntu and Lubuntu as options for those
that choose not to upgrade to Windows 8 as doing so may require
purchasing a new PC.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/expect-xubuntu-14-04-lts

=== Ubuntu = Freedom! ===

Anton Dekker, in a MyNews24 article, explains his reasons for leaving
Microsoft behind and his successful transition to Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Ubuntu-Freedom-20131128

=== ZaReason launched interesting Strata 7440 laptop ===

razvi of iloveubuntu informs us that ZaReason has announced the
availability of the Strata 7440, a pleasant looking laptop that comes
with Ubuntu 13.10. razvi lists the important parts of the laptop’s
specification, shows us some photographs of the laptop, and tells us
that the pricing starts at $749.

http://iloveubuntu.net/zareason-launched-interesting-strata-7440-laptop

=== Unity 8 updated with numerous under-the-hood enhancements ===

razvi of iloveubuntu tells us that Unity 7 is to continue as the
default in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS although the developers have
been working on Unity 8 in order to power phones, tablets, and
desktops. razvi informs us that Unity 7.84 (the 8 series) has been
released and lists some of the latest changes.

http://iloveubuntu.net/unity-8-updated-numerous-under-hood-enhancements

=== The Ubuntu Xmas Gift Guide ===

Joey-Elijah Sneddon says “Ho ho ho – the annual holiday gift buying
period is now very much upon us. That means, sometime right about now,
thousands of folks will be looking at the Linux-loving people in their
lives and scratching their heads, bereft of gift ideas.” Joey-Elijah
shows us some of the items available and provides links to web sites
where orders can be placed.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/11/linux-xmas-gift-guide

=== Ubuntu Touch – a preliminary review ===

Sayantan Das, in a Muktware article, writes “Is Ubuntu Touch ready to
handle the daily chores like the established iOS and Android or the
new players like Sailfish OS and Firefox OS?” He then looks at the
operating system in detail, examining features such as the browser,
the weather app, file manager, and the messaging app. Sayantan
concludes that there are a number of issues plaguing the OS and
certain apps are missing, but the Ubuntu Touch team is confident that
Ubuntu Touch will be ready for prime time by April 2014.

http://www.muktware.com/2013/12/ubuntu-touch-preliminary-review/16978

== In Other News ==

=== Full Circle Magazine #79 ===

Full Circle – the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
is proud to announce the release of our seventy ninth issue.

This month:

* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Python, LibreOffice, and Use BOINC.
* Graphics : Blender, and Inkscape.
* Book Review: Mind Mapping With Freemind

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

Get it while it’s hot!

http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-79/

== Other Articles of Interest ==

* Choosing A 2013 Laptop/Ultrabook For Linux –

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTUzMDc

== Featured Audio and Video ==

=== Ubuntu Ohio – Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 141 ===

“This week’s episode is brief but refers to matters raised in a
previously posted Post-Meeting Announcement.”

http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/177

=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S06E40 – Citizen Ubuntu ===

“We’re back with the fortieth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu
Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore,
and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating millionaire’s shortbread
(om nom nom) in Studio A.”

In this week’s show:

* We interview Andrew Gregory about the new Linux Voice magazine.
* We share some Command Line Lurve, which we pinched from
CommandLineFu.com: some_very_long_and_complex_command # label.
* And we read your feedback, including Ivan’s suggestion of an online
beginners’ Java course.

http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2013/11/28/s06e40-citizen-ubuntu/

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

* Kernel Team – November 26, 2013 –

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2013-11-26

* Security Team – November 25, 2013 –

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20131125

== 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, 13.04 and 13.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

* [USN-2034-1] OpenStack Keystone vulnerability –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2013-November/002322.html

* [USN-2035-1] Ruby vulnerabilities –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2013-November/002323.html

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

None.

End of Life – April 2015 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

* sendmail 8.14.4-2ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020780.html

* libvirt 0.9.8-2ubuntu17.16 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020781.html

* pm-utils 1.4.1-9fix.ubuntu12.04 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020782.html

* ejabberd 2.1.10-2ubuntu1.3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020783.html

* rsyslog 5.8.6-1ubuntu8.6 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020784.html

* apt 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10.16 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020785.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.352-2ubuntu1.4 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020786.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.0-1ubuntu2.8 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020787.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.352-2ubuntu1.4 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020788.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.0-1ubuntu2.8 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/precise-changes/2013-November/020789.html

End of Life – April 2017

=== Ubuntu 12.10 Updates ===

* keystone 2012.2.4-0ubuntu3.3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014659.html

* xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.20.9-0ubuntu2.3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014660.html

* keystone 2012.2.4-0ubuntu3.3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014661.html

* unzip 6.0-7ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014662.html

* rsyslog 5.8.6-1ubuntu9.3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014663.html

* gnome-keyring 3.6.1-0ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014664.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-4ubuntu0.4 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014665.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-1ubuntu1.6 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014666.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-4ubuntu0.4 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014667.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-1ubuntu1.6 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/quantal-changes/2013-November/014668.html

End of Life – April 2014

=== Ubuntu 13.04 Updates ===

* keystone 1:2013.1.4-0ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011566.html

* keystone 1:2013.1.4-0ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011567.html

* unzip 6.0-8ubuntu2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011568.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-7ubuntu1.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011569.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-8.1ubuntu1.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011570.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-7ubuntu1.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011571.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-8.1ubuntu1.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/raring-changes/2013-November/011572.html

End of Life – January 2014

=== Ubuntu 13.10 Updates ===

* simple-scan 3.10.2-0ubuntu1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012764.html

* keystone 1:2013.2-0ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012765.html

* keystone 1:2013.2-0ubuntu1.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012766.html

* update-notifier 0.147.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012767.html

* systemd-shim 4-0ubuntu0.13.10 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012768.html

* nautilus 1:3.8.2-0ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012769.html

* lxc 1.0.0~alpha1-0ubuntu14 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012770.html

* gcc-4.8 4.8.1-10ubuntu9 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012771.html

* librcc 0.2.9-3.1ubuntu0.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012772.html

* flightgear-data 2.10.0-2ubuntu1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012773.html

* pyqwt5 5.2.1~cvs20091107+dfsg-6+b3build2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012774.html

* tango 8.0.5+dfsg-3ubuntu0.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012775.html

* gtk+3.0 3.8.6-0ubuntu3 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012776.html

* ubuntu-download-manager 0.2+13.10.20131104-0ubuntu1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012777.html

* duplicity 0.6.21-0ubuntu4.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012778.html

* libvirt 1.1.1-0ubuntu8.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012779.html

* gnome-settings-daemon 3.8.5-0ubuntu11.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012780.html

* gnome-control-center 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu45.2 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012781.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-7ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012782.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-8.1ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012783.html

* ruby1.8 1.8.7.358-7ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012784.html

* ruby1.9.1 1.9.3.194-8.1ubuntu2.1 –

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/saucy-changes/2013-November/012785.html

End of Life – July 2014

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