* Final Freeze for Ubuntu 14.10 (utopic) in effect
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Randall Ross: Why Smart Phones Aren't - Reason #2 & Reason #3
* Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone - Part 1:
Unnecessary & Part 2: Balderdash
* Michael Hall: Unity 8 Desktop
* Kubuntu: KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.14.2
* Jonathan Riddell: Ubuntu's Linux Scheduler or Why Baloo Might be
Slowing Your System in 14.04
* Randall Ross: Writing About Ubuntu? Own Your Own Content
* Mythbuntu: Actions required by Nov 1st due to Schedules Direct change
* Nicholas Skaggs: Final testing for Utopic
* Ronnie Tucker: Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in
* Jussi Kekkonen: Notes about Dell XPS 13 developer edition and Kubuntu
* Randall Ross: Ubuntu Contributors' Guide
* BootStack FAQs
* Designing machine view
* How to customize and brand your scope
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Monthly Team Reports: September 2014
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Final Freeze for Ubuntu 14.10 (utopic) in effect ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, writes a late
announcement that Utopic's Final Freeze is in effect. He shares the
only reasons for which further uploads will be permitted and hopes
that "everyone gets on board with testing images" which will he says,
may have to be respun before the final release.
Randall Ross continues his posts explaining his concerns with the use
of the term "smartphone". Randall reflects that despite the
technology's capabilities, users are asking each other "Where are
you?" on the train and ignoring the fact that "silence is golden"
while at the movies.
=== Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone - Part 1:
Unnecessary & Part 2: Balderdash ===
Joe Liau begins a series of posts where he discusses his concern of
how the smartphone is seldom used to make actual phone calls and how
it provides an excess of useless information through texting and
Michael Hall's blog features a guest post from Will Cooke of Canonical
who writes about plans to get Unity 8 into the desktop release. He
compares Unity 8 to Unity 7, informing us about what is new, and
advises that a preview is available by downloading the daily Ubuntu
Desktop Next live image.
=== Jonathan Riddell: Ubuntu's Linux Scheduler or Why Baloo Might be
Slowing Your System in 14.04 ===
Jonathan Riddell shares the Kubuntu team's experiences of trying to
solve a problem of a user's system that was running slow due to Baloo,
the new indexer from KDE. He says changes to Unity were made as it was
having problems with the CFQ scheduler. Jonathan concludes: "...it
would be nice if the expectation was on Unity to get fixed rather than
on Kubuntu to deal with the bureaucracy to workaround their
=== Randall Ross: Writing About Ubuntu? Own Your Own Content ===
Randall Ross is sad to note that these days a lot of people rarely
post on The Planet instead choosing Google+. He quotes part of
Google's license, and says "Friends, it's really not that difficult to
host a blog and to use a more respectful service."
=== Mythbuntu: Actions required by Nov 1st due to Schedules Direct change ===
Thomas Mashos reproduces an announcement that affects users using the
Schedules Direct service to get guide data. Thomas says "Users that
have enabled the MythTV Updates repo and are on a current version of
MythTV and a supported version of Ubuntu will receive the fix for this
via regular updates." The enabling of the MythTV Updates repo is
something the Mythbuntu team have always recommended.
Nicholas Skaggs writes that the final Utopic images are available and
ready for testing. He says that help is need to records both positive
and negative results on the ISO Tracker, and links to help pages and
=== Ronnie Tucker: Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in
Ubuntu Desktop ===
Ronnie Tucker draws from and links to a Softpedia article that shows
that the Ubuntu Desktop flavor hasn't been the developer's focus for
some time. He concludes his post by saying "Not all users know that
the desktop environment that is now on Ubuntu Touch will also power
the desktop version in the future, and that future is not very far
ahead. In fact, it's a lot closer than users imagine.
=== Jussi Kekkonen: Notes about Dell XPS 13 developer edition and Kubuntu ===
Jussi Kekkonen writes about his experiences installing Kubuntu 14.04
on a new Dell XPS13. He mentions problems with problems with the touch
screen but says "Everything else works like a charm out of the box in
Kubuntu 14.04, except cooling."
Luca Paulina writes that 'Machine View' for Juju was launched a few
weeks ago and shares with us some of the challenges that were faced in
the process of creating it. Luca illustrates his post with several
screenshots and says "We hope that machine view will really help Juju
users by increasing the level of control and flexibility they have
over their cloud infrastructure."
David Calle says that scopes come with very flexible customization and
that they can be made to look like a generic RSS reader, a music
library or a store front. David shows how the SoundCloud scope was
created by providing illustrations, and links to a tutorial.
=== Unity 8 Desktop Still Planned In Time For Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reflects "While much of Canonical's recent
focus has been about reading Unity 8 for mobile devices, their plan is
still to ship Unity 8 by default on the Ubuntu Linux desktop ahead of
its next LTS release." He briefly outlines the plans for each Ubuntu
release and links to Will Cooke's blog post where the plans are
discussed in detail.
=== HP Makes Real-Time Processing Real With Help From TI ===
Sanjay Bhal of Texas Instruments informs us that Hewlett-Packard (HP)
hit a milestone by becoming the first major vendor to add a 64-bit ARM
server to their portfolio and that the 32-bit version includes an
integrated DSP chip from Texas Instruments. Sanjay describes some of
the technical features of the machine and says "...TI and HP have
worked in collaboration with Canonical to enable a software
environment that is powered by Ubuntu."
=== The Ubuntu release cycle and what it means for aging hardware ===
Jack Wallen of TechRepublic look at Ubuntu's version numbers and
support for 32-bit systems. Jack assures his readers that both 32 and
64-bit systems are currently supported including Ubuntu 14.10 which
will be ready very soon.
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that up to now the Ubuntu Touch
email client has been based on the Trojita application but the Ubuntu
Touch developers have stopped upstreaming their changes to Trojita and
are now maintaining their own long-term fork called Dekko. Michael
says that the reason for the changes is to create something that is
tightly integrated into Ubuntu.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E29 - The One with the Baby on
the Bus ===
Join Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore and Alan Pope in Studio L for Season
Seven, Episode Twenty-Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast!
In this week's show:-
* We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
* Open Source is full of horrible people
* All your books are belong to Adobe
* NVidia pick Wayland... and Mir?
* Microsoft CEO reinforces sexist messages
* Chromebook ponders dropping support for Linux ext filesystems
* Protect your privacy online with anonabox
* Google discover a POODLE
* Google announce new Android version, and new devices to run it
* Gaming news happened!
* We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
* Get involved with the IRC Council
* Unity 8 plans revealed
* Discuss other distros on the Ubuntu forums
We'll be back next week, when we'll be talking about diversity at
events like OggCamp and looking over your feedback.
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