* Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) released
* V is for Vivid
* Happy 10th Birthday Ubuntu!
* Ubuntu Stats
* Regular LoCo Council Meeting for 21 October 2014
* Review of Ubucon 2014 Germany
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Bryan Quigley: Still running 32 bit Ubuntu?
* Nicholas Skaggs: Sprinting in DC: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday
* Kubuntu: Kubuntu Shirts are Back
* Randall Ross: On Changes, Ubuntu, "Magic Spells", and Real Power
* Jorge Castro: Juju in Ubuntu 14.10 highlights
* Vivid Vervet (15.04) now open for business
* Ubuntu 14.10 desktop: security for global users
* In The Press
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04 and 14.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) released ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the
release of Ubuntu 14.10 which is codenamed "Utopic Unicorn". In his
announcement, Adam lists the flavors that are taking part in the
release, advises from where support can be obtained, and provides
links to the download sites.
Mark Shuttleworth writes "Glad to see the unicorn theme went down
well, judging from the various desktops I see on G+." Mark reflects
that each year brings something new, thanks the phone developer
community, and announces the name of the next cycle, Vivid Vervet.
Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Ubuntu News Team, wishes Ubuntu
a happy 10th Birthday, recalling that 10 years ago, Mark Shuttleworth
announced the release of Ubuntu 4.10 on the
ubuntu-announce-mailing-list. Elizabeth illustrates her post with
several Ubuntu themed cakes, saying "With the release of 14.10 just
days away, enjoy your release parties and perhaps take some time to
reflect upon how far we've come in these 10 years!"
=== Regular LoCo Council Meeting for 21 October 2014 ===
Pablo Rubianes of the LoCo Council shares minutes from the latest
meeting which covered several topics, including community discussion
of the "Our teams reject the new LoCo Council policy" thread,
re-verification of Ubuntu France, and granted requests by the Galician
and Asturian teams to be formally recognized as non-country level
LoCos who are qualified for the verification process.
Sujeevan Vijayakumaran writes a review of the 8th German Ubucon that
took place recently in Katlenburg-Lindau where he spoke about "Git for
Beginners." He gives us a daily summary of the weekend, describes the
location, and links to some photographs of the event.
=== What's new in Ubuntu 14.10 for cloud and servers? ===
Canonical announces the release of Ubuntu 14.10, for cloud and servers
but recommend that enterprise customers stay on the latest LTS
release, Ubuntu 14.04. They advise that the release is packed full of
new features and outline the changes for Ubuntu Server and OpenStack,
the 3.16 kernel, and MAAS and Juju in turn.
=== Rapid Ubuntu image deployment - getting up and running in record time ===
Canonical reflects upon some of the work they've done through the
Ubuntu Certified Public Cloud (CPC) programme, including the testing,
maintenance, security (like Shellshock) and other updates to Ubuntu
images which is important for quick deployments to new datacenters
like a newly announced one for AWS in Frankfurt.
=== Bryan Quigley: Still running 32 bit Ubuntu? ===
In this survey, Bryan Quigley asks for feedback on his suggestion to
moving on to 64-bit versions only after 16.04 LTS, since you would
still be able to run 32-bit applications on a 64-bit distribution.
=== Nicholas Skaggs: Sprinting in DC: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday & Friday ===
Nicholas Skaggs writes that his team, with many core app developers
and others from Ubuntu Engineering, are "sprinting" in Washington DC.
He gives us an illustrated writeup of what happened each day,
mentioning that there was some planning for the next UOS [Ubuntu
Online Summit], an event which happens in a couple of weeks time.
Alan Pope writes that he recently spent a week "with 230 other Ubuntu
people in Washington, DC." for a sprint, 10 of whom were invited
community members working on core apps. Alan writes: "All week we've
been collaborating towards a common goal of high quality, beautiful,
performant and stable applications for the phone today, and desktop of
the future. It's been an incredibly fun and productive week, and I'm a
little sad to be heading home today. But I'm happy that we've had this
time together to improve the free software we all care deeply about."
Svetlana Belkin writes that she was able to upgrade both her PCs from
Ubuntu 14.04 to 14.10 without any issues but on the day of the release
her only thoughts were that of an animated gif from the movie,
=== Sean Davis: Xubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn" ===
Sean Davis writes that the next version of Xubuntu is now available,
featuring the latest in Xfce development and is the first step towards
the next LTS in 2016. Sean looks at 10 new things included in the
release including, a refreshed login screen, pink highlights, Xfce
updates, and changes to the Whisker Menu.
=== Ubuntu GNOME: To Upgrade Or Not To Upgrade? ===
Ali Linx writes that with every cycle, the same question is being
asked over and over again: "Should I upgrade to the latest release? or
should I keep my system as it is?" Ali quickly looks at the options of
installing the latest version as opposed to continue using an older
version. He concludes "This is entirely up to the user to decide based
on his/her needs."
Benjamin Kerensa congratulates the Ubuntu Teams on releasing another
solid release of Ubuntu. He takes the opportunity to encourage various
steps, including the enabling of Telemetry and Firefox Health Report,
to help deliver a better Firefox with each release.
The Kubuntu team announce that their T-shirts and polo shirts are
available again. They tell us of the amounts from each sale that go
towards Kubuntu and the Hungarian LoCo team, and link to the sites
from which the shirts can be ordered.
=== Randall Ross: On Changes, Ubuntu, "Magic Spells", and Real Power ===
Randall Ross reflects on the last seven years, his involvement with
Ubuntu and building local communities, and says that he's met and
worked with many brilliant people in Vancouver BC. Randall announces
that he is Ubuntu's newest Community Manager and tells us on what his
initial focus will be.
=== Jorge Castro: Juju in Ubuntu 14.10 highlights ===
Jorge Castro writes: "This title is kind of a misnomer, as of course,
all this goodness is available to Ubuntu 14.04 users, so it's more of
a 'Things that happen to line up with' Ubuntu 14.10." He lists several
items and links to further information.
=== Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone - Part 3:
Joe Liau continues his series which talks about dumb telephones,
noting that his phone has custom notifications with limited choices.
He tells us how and when he wants a *smart* phone to deliver its
message, and links to the Ubuntu phone website through a "save our
Colin Watson tells us that he has been working on Ubuntu for ten
years, that he was one of the founding group of developers and that he
is Canonical employee #17. He reflects over recent times and informs
us that he is moving from Ubuntu Foundations to the Launchpad
engineering team at the end of the year.
=== Vivid Vervet (15.04) now open for business ===
Adam Conrad announces that after a few small changes, merges and
uploads to the proposed archives, Vivid Vervet is now open for
development. Adams tells us that autosyncs will be running shortly,
and that ISO builds will be turned on in the coming days.
=== Ubuntu 14.10 desktop: security for global users ===
In a release put out by Canonical, highlights of the 14.10 of the
release are covered, including the first iteration of the Ubuntu
Developer Tools Centre, ability to stream Netflix, the 3.16 kernel
which offers better support for Power8 and ARM 64 architectures and
graphics support and more.
Jose Antonio Rey introduces a Juju Charm School session that deals
with Juju Relations, which are the ability for Juju Charms to connect
services together. The bulk of the session is conducted by Ben Saller,
with contributions from Jorge Castro and Matt Bruzek.
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