* Reminder: Ubuntu Online Summit 12-14 Nov
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu OpenStack - The Canonical Distribution
* Gladinet join Canonical's Charm Partner Programme
* IBM briefing: build the future with Ubuntu on OpenPOWER
* Atomia bundles Canonical's BootStack to deliver a fully managed
solution for the hosting industry
* Didier Roche: Eclipse and android adt support now in Ubuntu Developer
* Randall Ross: Make Software? Come to San Francisco and Check Out
Ubuntu on Power!
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: It's time for a Scope development competition!
* Daniel Holbach: Washington sprint
* Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Vivid in Bright Blue
* Interview: NUDT talks Ubuntu Kylin and its 14.10 release
* ScalingStack: 2x performance in Launchpad's build farm with OpenStack
* In The Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Reminder: Ubuntu Online Summit 12-14 Nov ===
Daniel Holbach writes an email to remind us that 12th-14th November are
the dates for the next Ubuntu Online Summit. Daniel tells us that
sessions will fall into the following categories: App Development, Cloud
DevOps, Community, Ubuntu Development, and Users. He gives us several
links to tell us how to create and attend the sessions as well as
registering for the event.
=== Ubuntu OpenStack - The Canonical Distribution ===
Canonical write that "Ubuntu OpenStack - The Canonical Distribution" is
the latest OpenStack offering from Canonical and is the quickest and
easiest way to build an OpenStack cloud in record time. They link to a
full press release and to the site from where the software can be
Canonical announce that Gladinet, a company which provides a brandable,
self-hosted dropbox alternative are the most recent addition to their
Charm Partner Programme [CPP]. Franklyn Peart, COO of Gladinet says: "By
joining the CPP, we gain access to Ubuntu's cloud ecosystem without
needing to port our existing work to a new platform. It's a no brainer
=== IBM briefing: build the future with Ubuntu on OpenPOWER ===
Randall Ross, on behalf of Canonical, tells us about an IBM briefing
that "highlights how OpenPOWER is working with Ubuntu and Canonical to
build the future." He provides a link to register for the event and
says: "We look forward to providing valuable information to help you
increase revenue by driving new business quickly."
=== Atomia bundles Canonical's BootStack to deliver a fully managed
solution for the hosting industry ===
Canonical write that they are pleased to announce that Atomia AB are the
newest member of their Reseller programme. They say that Atomia and
Canonical will promote their bundled solution in the coming OpenStack
events. The posts includes links from where further information about
the arrangement can be obtained.
=== Svetlana Belkin: Personal Goals for Ubuntu 15.04 ===
Svetlana Belkin explains why she was not able to complete the six or so
goals that she set herself for Ubuntu 14.10, breaking them down by team
participation: Ubuntu Docs, Ubuntu Ohio and Ubuntu Women.
=== Didier Roche: Eclipse and android adt support now in Ubuntu
Developer Tools Center ===
Didier Roche informs us that Eclipse and Android ADT support now in
Ubuntu Developer Tools Center. He provides installation and removal
instructions, and links to a further blog post that explains how to
contribute and help.
=== Randall Ross: Make Software? Come to San Francisco and Check Out
Ubuntu on Power! ===
Randall Ross writes: "Some fun Ubuntu folks will be with their IBM and
OpenPower friends just south of San Francisco, California next Wednesday
(Nov. 5th, 2014) to talk about the future: Ubuntu on Power." He says
that registration is required but the event is free.
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: It's time for a Scope development
Michael Hall writes that it's time for another development showdown,
contestants having five weeks to develop a project from scratch and
submit it to the Ubuntu Store. He says "But this time all of the
entries must be Scopes.", and continues with a list of the prizes, on
what the entries will be judged and the identities of the judges.
Michael also links to the scope developer documentation and tells us how
non-programmers can participate.
Daniel Holbach writes a follow-up post to the recent Q & A Discussion
which he also links to. He says "...everybody seemed happy to see that
their work of the last months and years is slowly coming together", and
tells us about some of the conversations that he had at the Washington
=== Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Vivid in Bright Blue ===
Jonathan Riddell announces that Kubuntu Vivid is the development name
for Kubuntu 15.04 which will be released in April 2015, and that after
much discussion will include Plasma 5 by default. He says that any
missing bits from Plasma 5 will be added over the next six months, and
that packaging will be stored in Debian git to make it easier to share
=== Interview: NUDT talks Ubuntu Kylin and its 14.10 release ===
Daniel Holbach publishes an interview with Dr. Jonas Zhang of the
National University of Defense Technology [NUDT] to find out more about
the latest release of Ubuntu Kylin. Dr. Zhang talks about the meaning of
the word "Kylin", what is different from standard Ubuntu, and the
project's plans for the next LTS.
=== ScalingStack: 2x performance in Launchpad's build farm with
Canonical write that they have made some changes to the underlying
infrastructure of Launchpad by migrating it to an OpenStack instance
that they are calling ScalingStack. They look at the changes that they
have seen and say in their conclusion: "...the scale of the hardware
density increase surprised us, as did the performance improvements - the
reductions in build time and the build queue were a nice side effect!"
Steph Wilson, the new Editorial and Web Publisher, tells us about her
first trip to America, her first Sprint and her first chili-dog which
were all part of an absorbing week in which developers, designers and
community members gathered for the Devices Sprint. She shows us several
photographs taken during the week and shares with us an interview with
Olga and Giorgio who both work on the Design Team.
=== Canonical Announces Its Own Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that Canonical has announced the
Canonical Distribution of Ubuntu OpenStack which offers users the widest
range of commercially supported vendor options. He goes on to say that
it is currently in public beta for free but is limited to up to 10
physical and 10 virtual machines. Michael also links to the official
Bruce Byfield of Linux Magazine looks back at the last ten years, a week
after Ubuntu celebrated the tenth anniversary of its first release, and
says: "What nobody asked was the obvious question: after ten years, is
Ubuntu a success?" Bruce describes the changes to Ubuntu's desktop,
notes that Ubuntu's greatest failure is financial, and questions whether
Canonical has a workable business model considering how saturated the
mobile phone market is.
=== The science behind the ebb and flow of Ubuntu Unity's popularity ===
Jack Wallen of TechRepublic writes that he is surprised at the results
of a recent about the popularity of various Linux desktops. He found
that 63% of users, according to the poll, use Unity but predicts that
figure will fall when the Unity 8 and Mir arrive.
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our ninetieth issue.
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : OpenConnect to Cisco, LibreOffice, and Broadcasting With
* Graphics : Inkscape.
* Linux Labs: Compiling a Kernel Pt.3
* Review: MEGAsync
* Ubuntu Games: Prison Architect, and X-Plane Plugins
plus: News, Arduino, Q&A, and soooo much more.
Daniel Holbach introduces an Ubuntu Community Q&A session with Alan Pope
and Michael Vogt who talk about the recent "sprint" and click packages.
Daniel and Alan also answer questions put to them on IRC.
Michael Hall presents another regular update which includes the following:
Ubuntu 14.10 release update (sil2100):
* Utopic released \o/
* Vivid pocket opened, landings started - Currently no vivid Ubuntu
Touch images building due to problems with the infrastructure, first
images might have issues due to systemd etc.
* Many discussions regarding the landing process - New ideas on the QA
process for image promotion and regression scans, formalizing rules to
make sure we get the most from our landings
* A new 14.09 image promoted 2 weeks ago
* Planned new 14.09 promotion this week - cut-off day for final
landings for this image is Thursday 30th
* Updating and adding documentation regarding the landing process (on
the Ubuntu wiki)
Core Apps update (popey):
* Filippo Scognamiglio (https://launchpad.net/~flscogna) is re-writing
the Terminal app to use a clean upstream plugin, plans to allow 3rd
party apps to use the terminal as a component
* Working on sharing data between Reminders app and scope
* New design for the Calculator
* Calendar fixes, backend fixes and design input
* Weather app given new designs
Community update (mhall119):
* New Developer portal Scopes tutorial
* General topic: UOS happening on 12-14 Nov open for session proposals,
need track leads for Users track
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E31 - The One with the Dozen
Join Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore, Mark Johnson and Alan Pope in Studio L
for season seven, episode thirty-one of the Ubuntu Podcast!
In this week's show:-
* We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
* Microsoft are helping promote Open Source in China
* All your FTDI chips are belong to FTDI
* It's geek mental help week
* Google have revolutionised e-mail... again
* Bringing WhatsApp functionality to Ubuntu phone
* Windows finally gets apt-get
* Gaming news happened!
* We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
* Owncloud is removed from Ubuntu 14.10 and future releases
* Randall Ross is the latest Ubuntu Community Manager
* Something funky has happened in the Ubuntu Developer Tools Centre
We'll be back next week, when we'll be talking about the fanfare
surrounding the latest Ubuntu release and looking over your feedback.
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