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* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Alan Pope: Ubuntu Scopes Contest Wishlist
* Ben Howard: GCE Anyone?
* Didier Roche: Just released Ubuntu Developer Tools Center 0.1.1
* Nicholas Skaggs: Autopilot Feature Primer
* Kubuntu: KDE Telepathy Instant Messenger 0.9 for 14.10
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: How to add location awareness to your scope
* Kubuntu Wire: Plasma 5 Default in Kubuntu 15.04 News Coverage
* Bryan Quigley: 32 bit usage - survey results
* Martin Albisetti: Click packages and how they'll empower upstreams
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== General Community News ==
=== Joining the Ubuntu Online Summit ===
Michael Hall writes about the Ubuntu Online Summit coming up from
November 12th through the 14th (Wednesday-Friday) and shares details
about how to host a session. Michael continues by describing each of
the tracks being hosted: Ubuntu Development, App & Scope Development,
Cloud & DevOps, Community and Users.
Canonical writes about Extreme OpenStack, instant solutions for big
data, LXD, a revolution in container technology, and Cloud Foundry,
where Juju lets you deploy and configure an entire environment in
John Zannos announces that network virtualisation specialist, Midokura
has joined the Ubuntu Cloud Partner Programme and that their MidoNet
technology will be part of Ubuntu's OpenStack Interoperability Lab
[OIL]. He says: "We are committed to building an ecosystem around
scale out computing, OpenStack and Ubuntu and so an open source
Midonet in OIL helps us take a big step in that direction."
=== Certified Ubuntu images available on Google Cloud Platform ===
Canonical announces that they are working with Google and are
launching the public beta of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 12.04 LTS and 14.10 on
Google Cloud Platform which is a collection of cloud services that
allows customers to create anything from simple websites to complex
applications.The announcement is concluded with: "Head over to Google
Cloud Platform and see for yourselves how it feels to run Ubuntu on
the infrastructure that powers Google's own services."
John Zannos writes: "It tests and validates the interoperability of
hardware and software in a purpose-built lab, giving Ubuntu OpenStack
users the reassurance and flexibility of choice. Today, we welcome
PMC-Sierra, Inc. to OIL."
=== EMC partners with Ubuntu for OpenStack storage ===
John Zannos writes that he is pleased to announce an expansion of
EMC's participation as an Ubuntu Cloud Partner, and that EMC made
several announcements at the Paris OpenStack summit to indicate their
continued commitment to OpenStack and collaboration with Canonical to
expand the OpenStack ecosystem.
Canonical writes about OpenStack on autopilot: "you metaphorically
decide in which direction you want to go, and let the automation do
the rest." Their article includes a short video to demonstrate this
and they say that once the installation completes you will have
Canonical OpenStack which is Ubuntu OpenStack built to Canonical's
best practices configuration.
Alan Pope informs us that he is one of the judges in the Scope
Development Competition. He says that there are ideas about what he'd
like to see made as scopes and he shares them with us. Alan would like
to be able to manage a Spotify playlist, display an Amazon wish list,
to be informed of local events and to be told when satellites, such as
the ISS, are passing overhead.
Ben Howard announces the availability of beta images for Ubuntu 12.04
LTS, 14.04 LTS, and 14.10 which are now available for testing on
Google Compute Engine. He says that these images also include the
Google Cloud SDK which should provide all users with the same Ubuntu
experience as other cloud providers.
=== Didier Roche: Just released Ubuntu Developer Tools Center 0.1.1 ===
Didier Roche discusses the latest release of the Ubuntu Developer
Tools Center. He explains how the issues found were first noticed and
his opinion on Android Studio no longer being included with the SDK
Nicholas Skaggs informs us that autopilot recently celebrated its two
year anniversary as an independent project and that during that time
it has developed into a useful tool for testing UIs for GTK and Qt
toolkits. He describes some of the new and under-used features
including Python 3 support, screenshots and video, autopilot vis3,
test result viewer, and subunit support. Nicholas concludes: "I hope
this helps you take another look at what autopilot might be able to
help you test. Happy Testing!"
=== Kubuntu: KDE Telepathy Instant Messenger 0.9 for 14.10 ===
The Kubuntu Team announces the release of KDE Telepathy 0.9.0 for
Kubuntu 14.10 and the development release. They advise to where bugs
should be reported, and for Kubuntu 14.10, from where the updated
packages can be downloaded.
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: How to add location awareness to your scope ===
David Calle writes: "Ubuntu has a solid location stack, allowing users
to select which applications have access to the device location."
David says that this also applies to scopes and links to a short
tutorial which shows how to bring location awareness to a scope.
Jonathan Riddell writes: "News has been spreading around the world
that Kubuntu 15.04 will ship with Plasma 5 as the default desktop." He
quotes and links to several sources which reported the news in
English, Spanish, Finnish and Czech.
=== Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone - Part 4:
Joe Liau continues his series with a post in which he says:
"Technology is supposed to be complicated ... 1337 phr34k5 0n1y ...
Nobody should know (or wants to know) how it works, so let's hide that
... " His post ends with an embedded "save our phones" image which
links to the Ubuntu phone web site.
=== Bryan Quigley: 32 bit usage - survey results ===
Bryan Quigley publishes the results of a 32-bit usage survey, that is
where users are running 32-bit Ubuntu when the hardware technically
supports 64 bit. He breaks down the results to show what users are
using, how users feel about switching from 32-bit to 64-bit, and says:
"Just to complete the application compatibility story (not from
survey), Games are starting to be 64-bit only:"
=== Martin Albisetti: Click packages and how they'll empower upstreams ===
Martin Albisetti feels that running click packages on the desktop will
soon be a reality. He tells us about the work the Security team has
done around making click packages safe, reliable but flexible, and how
click packages will simplify package building by app developers
including updating apps outside of the Ubuntu release cycle.
=== Randall Ross: Ubuntu. It's in the Cloud. It's Juju! ===
Randall Ross explains the connection between Ubuntu and OpenStack,
saying: "A few years back, the people behind Ubuntu got involved in a
big way in this thing called OpenStack." Randall embeds a video of a
demo by Mark Shuttleworth of Juju in his post, tells us that this is
the beginning of a new era, calling this "Ubuntu's Second Act."
=== Community interview: Riccardo Padovani & Filippo Scognamiglio ===
Steph Wilson writes about her meeting with Riccardo Padovani and
Filippo Scognamiglio, who spoke about how and why they contribute to
Ubuntu. The young developers talk about their background, what
motivates them, what it means to be part of the community, and the
sprint in Washington DC, which is where the interviews took place.
Dustin Kirkland announces LXD, a new hypervisor that delivers
capabilities to LXC containers that cloud users demand in scale out
infrastructure. Dustin embeds a short video in his announcement which
was recorded at the recent OpenStack summit in Paris.
=== Canonical Developing LXD As A New Linux Hypervisor ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that Canonical's latest effort for
pushing Ubuntu into the cloud is LXD, derived from the concepts of
LXC. He says that Canonical hopes to have it ready in the next
half-year and links to the Ubuntu's LXD web page from where further
information can be obtained.
=== Canonical Confirms Involvement in Ubuntu Linux Tablet ===
Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, writes about information he has
received that leads him to reveal that Canonical will be involved in
the development of an Ubuntu based tablet called the UT One. He says
many of the details are hazy and even if Canonical is not directly
responsible for developing the tablet they will have some kind of
official relationship with it.
=== Positive Ambivalence: Press Reaction to Ubuntu 14.10 ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on the technical press
coverage of Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, quoting and linking to
several sources. He concludes: "But what critics, the majority of whom
only go hands on with the OS for a few hours every six months, think
matters less than what you, the user, has to say."
=== Ubuntu Scopes Workshops: 6th November 2014 ===
David Planella, David Calle and Kyle Nitzsche each present an
Ubuntu-on-Air workshop which shows viewers how to set up a development
environment for writing scopes, how to write their first scope, and
adding location support to a scope.
The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on
different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical
support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No
contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to
get in on all the community fun associated with developing and
promoting Ubuntu. http://community.ubuntu.com/contribute/