* The Orange Box
* Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) End of Life reached on May 16 2014
* Ubuntu Stats
* Trusty DVD parcels
* Vagrant boxes with Juju now available
* Ronnie Tucker: Ubuntu AIO DVD Has All Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Flavors on One Disk
* Jono Bacon: Announcing Ubuntu Pioneers
* Jonathan Riddell: Next Generation Edges Closer
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Announcing Ubuntu Dual Boot with
enhanced upgrades and more!
* Valorie Zimmerman: Today's catch-up meeting with the Ubuntu Community Council
* Kubuntu Wire: Univention Corporate Client 2.0 - First milestone released
* Svetlana Belkin: Stuck With Ubuntu Touch!
* Canonical News
* Canonical offers 'Chuck Norris Grade' OpenStack private cloud service
* PC Pro Ubuntu 14.04 review
* HP targets China's post-XP crowd with Ubuntu Kylin
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: April 2014
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 13.10 and 14.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== The Orange Box ===
Peter Mahnke writes "The Orange Box is a complete mobile cluster and
an easy, low-risk way to deploy OpenStack cloud infrastructure on your
premises, for testing or proof of concept." He gives a brief
specification of the box and links to a downloadable fact sheet which
contains further information.
=== Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) End of Life reached on May 16 2014 ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf on the Ubuntu Release Team, reminds us that
Ubuntu 12.10 in so longer supported, and will be archived within the
coming weeks. He outlines the supported upgrade paths to Ubuntu 13.10
and Ubuntu 14.04, and links to the upgrade instructions and caveats.
Jorge Castro writes about the availability of Juju Vagrant boxes,
which are 12.04 images with Juju and the Juju GUI configured
automatically. Jorge says: "For those of you on OSX and Windows this
is a slick way to get Juju with the GUI out of the box deploying to
containers for a nice local development resource."
Jono Bacon announces 'Ubuntu Pioneers' which will celebrate the first
200 app developers who get their apps into Ubuntu. Recipient
developers will get a special 'Ubuntu Pioneers' t-shirt and will be
listed at http://developer.ubuntu.com/pioneers in perpetuity.
=== Jonathan Riddell: Next Generation Edges Closer ===
Jonathan Riddell informs us that he has released the Plasma Next Beta
which uses KDE Frameworks 5 but that it will not be included by
default in the next Kubuntu release, which will continue to feature
Plasma 1. He says "It's going to be an exciting release. But not so
exciting it'll implode :)"
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Announcing Ubuntu Dual Boot with
enhanced upgrades and more! ===
The app developer team announces the availability of new Touch images
that have the ability to dual boot either Ubuntu or Android on a
single device. The post discusses the features of this release and
warns "Dual boot is not a feature suitable for regular users. It is
recommended to be installed only by developers who are comfortable
with flashing devices and with their partition layout."
=== Valorie Zimmerman: Today's catch-up meeting with the Ubuntu
Community Council ===
Valorie Zimmerman reports on the Kubuntu team's catch-up meeting with
the Ubuntu Community Council where various items pertaining to the
past, the present, and the future were discussed. Valorie says the
discussions included threats of legal action against Mint,
apprehension over Wayland/Mir, Kubuntu.org, and KDE's new Frameworks.
She concludes by writing "I'm not sure any issues were resolved, but
it did feel like the air was cleared."
=== Kubuntu Wire: Univention Corporate Client 2.0 - First milestone released ===
Jonathan Riddell explains that Univention Corporate Client is a
derivative of Kubuntu for commercial customers that contains advanced
administration tools. Jonathan links to the webpage where Version 2.0
can be downloaded as an ISO to test.
Svetlana Belkin continues her series of blog posts where she evaluates
the Ubuntu Touch images from a user perspective. She notes, from using
the dev channel, that new features have been added such as the ability
to uninstall click apps and not crashing as often as previous
releases. She also reflects on some of the features that she is
Mark Baker announces "a set of industry benchmark performance records
for hyperscale OpenStack running on Ubuntu OpenStack (Icehouse) and
AMD's SeaMicro SM15000 system." Baker goes on to give details of the
three new benchmark records set on this "largest known demonstration
of OpenStack scalability ever."
=== Ubuntu announcements from the Atlanta OpenStack Summit ===
Dustin Kirkland reports from the OpenStack Summit on some of the
announcements from Ubuntu, including: growth of the Ubuntu OpenStack
Interoperability Lab (OIL) to 18 members, partnerships with IBM and
Cloudbase, introduction of the Orange Box and the fully managed Your
Cloud, "a fully managed service for those customers wanting to
outsource the management and maintenance of their cloud."
=== NUDT and Canonical bring OpenStack to world's fastest supercomputer ===
Canonical writes: "China's National University of Defense Technology,
NUDT, developers of the Tianhe-2 supercomputer, and Canonical, the
organisation behind Ubuntu, today announce a collaboration to bring
OpenStack to the world's fastest supercomputer for high performance
=== The browser is dead. Long live the browser! ===
Giorgio Venturi, UX Designer at Canonical, writes about some of the
innovations the Canonical Design team is imaging around mobile
browsers, including how tabs are navigated and managed, a new approach
to browsing history and how they both will leverage use of the bottom
edge as it's "easily accessible at any time and ergonomically friendly
to the typical one-hand phone hold."
=== Huge downloads for Ubuntu Kylin 14.04LTS, first OEM partner announced ===
Jon Melamut writes about the success of Ubuntu Kylin in China, saying
"over three million people downloading Ubuntu Kylin in the first 12
months. The initial adoption of Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS, launched in
April, has been phenomenal, with over one million additional new
downloads." He goes on to announce HP as the first OEM partner
planning on carrying Ubuntu Kylin on shipped systems. Finally, he
mentions the work done at Zhengzhou Commercial & Trade Technician
College where they have deployed over 120 Ubuntu Kylin computers in
training classrooms across the campus.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet reports on the announcement of Your
Cloud, Canonical's "fully managed, OpenStack private clouds with
carrier service level agreements." He goes on to speculate based on
feedback from companies attending the OpenStack summit, that Canonical
"will have no problem finding customers for this new service."
Darien Graham-Smith of PC Pro reviews the 14.04 release, covering new
features, and concluding: "With a stable platform thus established,
Canonical now has some breathing space to focus on more ambitious
works, such as the forthcoming Mir display server and Unity 8
front-end that will underpin the next-generation, multi-platform,
consumer edition of Ubuntu. In other words, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS may not
be exciting in itself, but it sets the scene for bigger things to
=== HP targets China's post-XP crowd with Ubuntu Kylin ===
Nick Heath of ZDNet reports on the news from HP and Canonical about
their intention to ship Ubuntu Kylin-based systems in China and
speculates that this "may be a move to capitalise on millions of
Chinese people looking for a successor to Windows XP."
=== Ubuntu Devs Propose Creating Separate 'Unity 8 Desktop' Flavor to
Aid Development ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports for OMG! Ubuntu! on the recent suggestion
from the Ubuntu Desktop Team to create a separate Unity 8 Desktop
flavor of Ubuntu. Sneddon gives an overview of the proposal, links to
further information, and explains the potential benefits.
Michael Larabel writes for Phoronix on the proposed new Unity 8 flavor
of Ubuntu. Along with an overview, he includes an explanation of why
this will make testing Unity 8 for the desktop easier for developers
Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, gives an overview of Mark
Shuttleworth's keynote speech at the OpenStack Summit. The keynote
focused on how a range of developments have supported Canonical's work
in the open source cloud ecosystem. Tozzi comments on how Canonical is
trying to hold onto its share of the OpenStack market. He also
comments on Canonical's use of OpenStack to expand its ability to
=== Intel Adds Ubuntu 14.04 Support to Linux Graphics Driver Installer ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on Intel's addition of
Ubuntu 14.04 (both 64bit and 32bit) support to it's GPU driver
installer. He also mentions that Intel has now dropped support on the
GPU driver installer for earlier versions of Ubuntu. Ubuntu 13.04 and
earlier are now completely dropped and Ubuntu 13.10 is deprecated.
Intel suggest that users update to 14.04 to use the GPU driver
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that official support for
Ubuntu 12.10 has now ended. His post also includes a video showing
what was new in Ubuntu 12.10 for those users who have already upgraded
=== Mark Shuttleworth - Openstack Summit Atlanta 2014 - the CUBE ===
Mark Shuttleworth is interviewed by John Furrier and Stu Miniman at
the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta. Mark talks about Ubuntu's role within
OpenStack, Cloud Foundry, Juju, and explains that Canonical offers
support to Ubuntu based commercial deployments.
=== Canonical Keynote - OpenStack Summit: 13th May 2014 ===
Mark Shuttleworth delivers his keynote speech at the OpenStack summit
in Atlanta where he talks about the success of Ubuntu in the OpenStack
ecosystem, unveils the new Orange Box and talks about what the
combination of Landscape, MAAS and OpenStack can do for companies
seeking to deploy their infrastructures.
Jorge Castro is joined by Charles Butler and Matt Bruzek for a Juju
Charm School which talks about Vagrant, which OS X and Windows users
can use to test Juju in a virtual environment on their local machines.
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