* Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-2 released!
* Ubuntu Stats
* FOSSCON 2014 Sat August 9th Philadelphia
* Ubuntu Touch session in Morocco
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Leadership Team:Team Leaders Wanted
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A faster Ubuntu positioning system with Nokia HERE
* Ubuntu Scientists: Backport spyder 2.3 to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
* Harald Sitter: Kubuntu Testing and You
* 5 Things to Do After Upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04
* Ubuntu Server Guide - Calling all contributors
* Permission to break the system? - GRANTED!
* Canonical News
* A year without Windows and a new love of Linux
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: June 2014
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
* And much more!
Ubuntu developer Iain Lane announces the release of the 14.10 Utopic
Unicorn alpha-2 for the following flavors participating in the alpha
series: Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and Ubuntu Cloud.
Download links and release notes included.
Jim Fisher of the Pennsylvania LoCo announces the upcoming Fosscon
event in Philadelphia. The event will include representation from the
local hackerspaces, a hackathon, Amateur Radio License Testing,
workshops, talks and an installfest put on by the Pennsylvania LoCo
Adnane Belmadiaf, Ubuntu Touch developer, invites everyone to attend
at his talk at the JMaghreb conference in Morocco in November. He will
be be covering system architecture, security model, QML/HTML5 SDK,
APIs, writing & testing apps and publishing apps to the store.
=== Ubuntu OpenStack on an Orange Box, Live Demo at the Cloud Austin
Meetup, August 19th ===
Dustin Kirkland announces that he'll be presenting Orange Box on
August 19th at Rackspace in Austin. He will use it to " to deploy
Hadoop, scale it up, run a terasort, destroy it, deploy OpenStack,
launch instances, and destroy it too. I'll talk about the hardware
(the Orange Box, Intel NUCs, Managed VLAN switch), as well as the
software (Ubuntu, OpenStack, MAAS,Juju, Hadoop) that makes all of this
work in 30 minutes or less!"
Adam Stokes shares screenshots of some of the upcoming UI enhancements
in the next release of the Ubuntu OpenStack Installer. Enhancements
include improved feedback during installation, changes to how
deployments are shown and a help screen "to provide more insight into
The Ubuntu Leadership Team is seeking feedback from team leaders of
the various teams that make Ubuntu possible. Desired information
includes what is or isn't working, and any comments about problems
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: A faster Ubuntu positioning system with
Nokia HERE ===
An agreement with Nokia HERE allows Ubuntu to get faster positioning
inside apps than raw GPS would allow. With explicit consent,
anonymous data will be contributed to crowd-sourcing location
services. The system will be run under confinement, so that the
service and data can't be used without the user explicitly granting
access to them.
Harald Sitter introduces some basic testcases for the Kubuntu desktop.
These tests are designed so that any user can run them "to ensure that
core functionality such as instant messaging and playing MP3 files is
working as expected." Harald continues: "All tests are meant to take
no more than 10 minutes and should be doable by just about everyone."
=== 5 Things to Do After Upgrading from 12.04 to 14.04 ===
The Xubuntu team presents 5 tasks that users can do after upgrading
from 12.04 to 14.04 to "get closer to the default setup of Xubuntu
14.04." Tasks include: Removal of xscreensaver in favor of Light
Locker, replacement of alacarte with MenuLibre, removal of gThumb,
default of Whiskermenu and a reminder to check and re-enable PPAs post
upgrade, since they would have been disabled as part of the upgrade.
=== Permission to break the system? - GRANTED! ===
Silverlion shares an article on how can you test a Lubuntu disk image
in a virtual machine with some simple steps. He also points out who
you can reach in the case you get stuck or want to get some more
information about the process.
=== Dell/Canonical Whitepaper: Juju with KVM and LXC in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ===
Sally Radwan announces a whitepaper co-authored by Canonical and Dell
which shows "how to easily deploy cloud services on a single Dell
PowerEdge server or a laptop" to illustrate "how easily you can take
the cloud with you using Linux containers, virtualization and Juju
orchestration software from Canonical."
Nokia HERE has been selected to provide Ubuntu mobile devices with
enhanced positioning capabilities using A-GPS and WiFi signals. The
solution will also be available to application developers using Ubuntu
OS on their own hardware.
=== Bukwang Pharmaceuticals cut IT costs and created business value
with Ubuntu ===
South Korean company Bukwang Pharmaceuticals migrates off XP when it
goes end of life and onto Ubuntu. In addition to cost savings, ease
of deployment, and good interoperability, they were able to launch a
new business unit specializing in open source solutions for Korean
=== A year without Windows and a new love of Linux ===
Alan Stainer writes for Mid Sussex Times about his year-long journey
to move from Windows to Ubuntu. He writes that after this year "I have
become a Linux advocate and convert." And goes on to share some of the
ways he's been able to use Linux full time, including leveraging of
cloud-based tools, the discovery of equivalent programs and games
provided by Valve via Steam.
=== Canonical Rolls Out Ubuntu Linux 14.04.1 Updates ===
Christopher Tozzi at The VAR Guy writes about the latest 14.04.1 LTS
release. He writes that none of the updates are momentous on their
own, but "the long list of changes represents significant enhancements
to the operating system, which is particularly important because
Ubuntu 14.04 is a long-term support (LTS) version of the platform."
=== Cloud 9 IDE 3.0 Now Runs in Ubuntu Containers via Docker ===
Abel Avram from InfoQ lets us know how the Cloud 9 IDE now comes with
workspaces hosted through Docker containers running on Ubuntu. He also
mentions the latest features that you can find in the Cloud 9 IDE.
=== The End Arrives: All Ubuntu One Data To Be Permanently Deleted Today ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon at OMG! Ubuntu! writes about the Ubuntu One Files
service being closed down permanently on the 31st August. He also
shared some instructions on how could you get your files from the now
=== Ubuntu Phone Adds New 'Swipe to Close' App Gesture ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon reports that Ubuntu Phone is now having a 'swipe
to close' gesture in the multitasking menu. In the article you will
also be able to find a video demonstrating one of the latest features.
=== BOOK GIVEAWAY: The Official Ubuntu Book, 8th Ed. ===
ITWorld is doing a raffle of a copy of the 8th Edition of The Official
Ubuntu Book. Make sure to enter to win a copy! Please note that the
giveaway is only valid for people 18 years or older who are legal
residents of the United States.
=== Valencia Schools Save Almost $50 Million (EU37 Million) with a
Linux OS Based on Ubuntu ===
Silviu Stahie at Softpedia writes the story of the schools in
Valencia, who saved almost $50 million by switching their computers to
a Linux operating system based on Ubuntu, instead of using proprietary
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E18 - The One with the Flashback ===
"We're back with Season Seven, Episode Eighteen of the Ubuntu Podcast!
Alan Pope is still MIA, Mark Johnson is still in quarantine but
talking to us using Skype, and Tony Whitmore and Laura Cowen are
drinking cold squash (it's really quite hot out there!) and eating
Jamaican Ginger cake in Studio L."
In this week's show:
* We interview Graham Binns about the MAAS project at Canonical...
* Upgrading last year's version of the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition
laptop to 14.04 at last...
* Rescuing unloved SNES games...
* Attending Mum and Dad's Ruby Wedding Anniversary celebrations.
* We share some Command Line Lurve: rlwrap
* And we read your feedback.
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