* Welcome New Members and Developers
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ohio Team Wiki Team Wiki Update/Clean Up
* Free Official Ubuntu Books for Local Teams
* How to run a Global Jam event
* The power of community charming
* Archive-triggered Cloud Image Builds
* The Fridge: Interview with Svetlana Belkin
* Ubuntu Women: Calling For Testers for Orientation Quiz
* Jorge Castro: The Ubuntu Steam box, one year later
* Dustin Kirkland: Call for Testing: Docker 1.0.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty)
* Lubuntu Blog: Community wallpaper contest
* Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 has been released
* Canonical News
* VMware Hybrid Now Available In Ubuntu Flavors
* In The Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Welcome New Members and Developers ===
Results from Membership requests taken to email following the 7 August
Ubuntu Membership Board meeting:
=== Free Official Ubuntu Books for Local Teams ===
Jorge Castro announces an offer for verified LoCo teams from Prentice
Hall: each is entitled to a copy of the recently published 8th edition
of The Official Ubuntu Book. He gives instructions for LoCo contacts
to follow in order to organize shipment of the book.
Charles Butler explains the difference between what a recommended
charm is vs a charm that lives in a personal namespace in the Juju
Charm Store. He goes on to give advice as to which is the right choice
for developers and how to find more help.
Ben Howard announces archive-triggered (rather than time-based) Ubuntu
Cloud image builds in an effort to build images when they are needed,
like in the midst the recent Heartbleed vulnerability, and not waste
resources when a build is unnecessary. Ben writes: "Now, instead of
building every day at 00:30 UTC, the build starts when the archive has
been updated and the packages in the prior cloud image build is older
than the archive version."
=== The Fridge: Interview with Svetlana Belkin ===
Elizabeth K. Joseph interviews Svetlana Belkin for issue 87 of Full
Circle Magazine. They discuss her work in the Ubuntu community,
challenges newcomers need to overcome when joining and improvements
the project can make to encourage more contributors.
=== Ubuntu Women: Calling For Testers for Orientation Quiz ===
Svetlana Belkin puts a call out to the community for testers of a
newcomer Orientation quiz written by the Ubuntu Italy team and adopted
by the Ubuntu Women project for use by the global community. A demo
site has been deployed and source code is available upon request.
=== Jorge Castro: The Ubuntu Steam box, one year later ===
Jorge Castro writes about the past year with his Ubuntu-based steam
box, offering a summary of what has changed since he first created his
box in the hope that it will help others who are building "next gen"
consoles. Jorge covers hardware and software selection, installation,
streaming and more.
=== Dustin Kirkland: Call for Testing: Docker 1.0.1 in Ubuntu 14.04
LTS (Trusty) ===
Dustin Kirkland puts out a call for testing of Docker 1.0.1, which has
landed in the trusty-proposed archive. To aid testing, he provides
instructions users can use to either install or upgrade their version
of Docker and how to run a simple shell.
=== Getting Started with Ubuntu 14.04 has been released ===
Kevin Godby announces the availability of the free "Getting Started
with Ubuntu 14.04" book published by the Ubuntu Manual Team. Kevin
writes: "You can download a copy of the new manual from our website at
http://ubuntu-manual.org/ or purchase a printed copy."
=== Ubuntu OpenStack -- the natural choice for telcos and service providers ===
Canonical shares results from the OpenStack Foundation survey this
year showing that 55% of OpenStack clouds run by those polled are
running Ubuntu. The article goes on to cite several reasons to use
Ubuntu for OpenStack, including an "Extensive portfolio of tools to
make hardware provisioning, service deployment and orchestration, and
cloud operation management quick, easy, and hassle-free."
=== Juju plays in the big leagues at Linux Foundation survey ===
Sally Radwan discusses results from a recent Linux.com poll and
writes: "In a survey of more than 550 respondents conducted by
linux.com and The New Stack, Juju came in forth in the "provisioning
and management tools" category, edging out well-established
competitors like Chef and Vagrant."
On August 21st Canonical and VMWare announcemed that "certified Ubuntu
LTS images are available on VMware vCloud(r) Air, an enterprise-grade
cloud platform offering customers performance, reliability, and
security for their cloud infrastructures." The article goes on to
discuss benefits for existing customers and also notes that some
configurations allow a company "to use its existing VMware ESXi
hypervisors as a foundation for running OpenStack."
=== VMware Hybrid Now Available In Ubuntu Flavors ===
Ben Kepes of Forbes reports on the recent news that Canonical and
VMware are officially certifying Ubuntu on VMWare's vCloud Air
(formerly vCHS). He writes: "This announcement is good for VMware
(another bunch of customers they can target) and it's good for
Canonical (they get to stamp "Ubuntu Inside" on another enterprise
cloud product). But most of all it's good for those organizations that
already run applications on top of Ubuntu."
=== Ubuntu MATE Remix Seeks Official Spin Status ===
Joey Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the latest news from
the Ubuntu MATE Remix team regarding their efforts to become an
official flavor, writing "In an update, Martin Wimpress says that the
Ubuntu Technical Board is in 'support of Ubuntu MATE' and that a few
'formalities' are left outstanding before the request for official
endorsement can proceed."
=== The Linux desktop-a-week review: Ubuntu Unity ===
Bryan Lunduke of Network World does a review of Unity. In the
beginning of the article he acknowledges his discomfort and dislike
for Unity and does a deep dive into some of the features and issues he
has with it. While he concludes that it "could be much better" he also
writes "I actually didn't find anything in Unity that would prevent me
from enjoyably using my Linux-powered PC. It worked, and it has been
quite reliable. In fact, if Unity were the only Desktop Environment
available for Linux... I would use it quite happily."
=== Munich Council Say Talk of LiMux Demise Is Greatly Exaggerated ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares comments from a Munich city
council spokesman who has "attempted to clarify the reasons behind its
plan to re-examine the role of open-source software in local
government IT systems" and concludes that it's too early to say
whether a switch away from Linux is likely for Munich.
=== A look at Google's internal desktop OS: Goobuntu ===
Jan Willem Aldershoff of Myce writes about Goobuntu, an operating
system that is combination of security enhancements and Google's own
applications and their "other" OS of choice. The OS is based on the
LTS versions of Ubuntu and is used by 20,000 of Google Employees. The
article also explains a few of the OS's 'secret' features.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E20 - The One with All the
We're back with Season Seven, Episode Twenty of the Ubuntu Podcast!
Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking
tea and eating the Co-op's Red Velvet cake in Studio L.
In this week's show:
* We discuss whether Google are eating our lunch? Not literally. At
least, I hope not...
* We also discuss:
* Programming a Logitech Harmony universal remote on Ubuntu
(Spoiler: it's easy)...
* Going on holiday and buying a secondhand laptop...
* Buying a solar panel...
* We share some Command Line Lurve that tells you the day of the week
(modified from @climagic):
* And we read your feedback. Thanks for sending it in!
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E21 - The One with the Rumour ===
Laura Cowen, Alan Pope, and Mark Johnson are in Studio L for Season
Seven, Episode Twenty-One of the Ubuntu Podcast!
In this week's show:
* We take a look at what's been happening in the news
* As Tony is away, there's no gaming news this week.
* We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
* Ubuntu Global Jam - Friday, 12 September 2014 17:00 to Sunday, 14
September 2014 22:00 UTC
* Prentice Hall are giving away copies of the Official Ubuntu Book...
* Ubuntu Online Summit - 12th to 14th November
* And there's an event called OggCamp
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