* The Ubuntu Online Summit: A Community Success
* Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
* Welcome New Members and Developers
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo News
* Charm Workshop: Your first five minutes of charming
* Azure Global Outage - JUJU RESCUE INSTRUCTIONS
* MAAS 1.7: one MAAS, multiple operating systems
* Ronnie Tucker: Ubuntu Touch Music App Is Proof That Total Ubuntu
Convergence Is Getting Closer - Gallery
* Charles Butler: A Laymans Guide to the "Big Data" Ecosystem
* Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu CI: the replacement for Project Neon
* Alan Pope: Scopes Contest Mid-way Roundup
* Randall Ross: Why Smart Phones Aren't - Reason #5
* Bryan Quigley: Would you crowdfund a $500 Ubuntu "open to the core"
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== General Community News ==
=== The Ubuntu Online Summit: A Community Success ===
Michael Hall looks back over the second Ubuntu Online Summit [UOS] and
says that it could have gone better. He specifically looks at the track
leads, session hosts, community initiatives and improvements, and ends
by saying "Finally, it's never too early to start thinking about the
next UOS and what sessions you might want to lead for it, so that you're
prepared when those track leads come knocking at your door."
Michael Hall informs us that November 20th each year is Community
Appreciation Day when time is taken to say "thank you" to the people who
help you and the rest of the community. After specifically thanking a
couple of community members he says about the community: "Today more
than ever I am reminded about how lucky I am to be a part of it."
Benjamin Kerensa refers to a recent post on Planet Ubuntu which
proclaimed that a certain LoCo in the Ubuntu Community was no longer
going to use the LoCo term because they felt it was offensive in
Spanish. He says that LoCo is a positive abbreviation, having been used
since the inception of the Local Community program.
=== MAAS 1.7: one MAAS, multiple operating systems ===
Canonical write that a few weeks ago Ubuntu 14.04 LTS for servers and
cloud was released and included a beta version of MAAS 1.7 which can now
provision Windows Server 2012 RT/Hyper-V, CentOS, RHEL, SLES, and
OpenSUSE. The article explains what MAAS is and invites readers to look
at Canonical's cloud pages to learn more about MAAS and other parts of
the Ubuntu cloud portfolio.
=== Ronnie Tucker: Ubuntu Touch Music App Is Proof That Total Ubuntu
Convergence Is Getting Closer - Gallery ===
In article taken from Softpedia, Silviu Stahle writes that before long
Ubuntu for Phones and Ubuntu for Desktop will converge, the biggest
change being that applications for Ubuntu Touch won't have a problem
running on the desktop. Using Music App 2.0 as an example, Silviu says
that when it is run on a Ubuntu 14.10 desktop, users can resize the app
and work much more easily with the playlist.
=== Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu CI: the replacement for Project Neon ===
Jonathan Riddell writes that Harald [Sitter] is working on Kubuntu
Continuous Integration a replacement for Project Neon which makes
packages each day from KDE Git for Frameworks and Plasma. He says that
images are produced weekly and a Jenkins setup reports on what has built
and what need to be fixed.
Alan Pope shares with us a handful of screenshots of some of the entries
in the Ubuntu Scopes Contest that will end on 3rd December. He hopes
that they will raise awareness of the competition and inspire more
people to get involved.
Randall Ross continues his series of posts about the shortcomings of
smart phones, in this post talking about stories of unexpected "butt
dialing" by users. He goes on to hope that the Ubuntu Phone will have a
mechanism to prevent this.
=== Bryan Quigley: Would you crowdfund a $500 Ubuntu "open to the core"
Bryan Quigley asks his readers if they would crowdfund a "very open $500
Ubuntu laptop." He suggests a specification, and says that if he gets
1000 Yes votes to the survey that he links to, then he'll approach
=== Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone - Part 5:
Joe Liau continues with part 5 of his series about phones by talking
about the ongoing problem of poor battery life, particularly because
phones are always wanting to be touched due to one alert or another.
=== Ubuntu 15.04 Gets Tentative Release Date of April 23, 2015 ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! draws our attention to the draft
release schedule for Ubuntu 15.04 which has now been published on the
Ubuntu Wiki. He lists the important dates, and confirms: "The final
release of the Vivid Vervet in all its vivacious glory is pencilled in
for release on: Ubuntu 15.04 Final - April 23rd."
=== Cirrus7 Add Haswell CPUs To Award-Winning Ubuntu PC ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Cirrus7 has given its
award-winning desktop PC an Intel Haswell refresh with no increase in
price. He gives us a brief specification of the Nimbus, details of the
processor options, and says that it is arguably the best looking PC if
not the most well known.
=== FFmpeg Returns To The Official Ubuntu Repositories With Ubuntu 15.04
Vivid Vervet ===
Andrew of WebUpd8 reminds us that FFmpeg hasn't been available in recent
releases of Ubuntu but that will change with Ubuntu 15.04, which is
currently under development. He says that due to conflicts in the FFmpeg
community, FFmpeg was forked, resulting in the Libav project. Many
developers prefer FFmpeg, and through the renaming of libraries both
Libav and FFmpeg can coexist in the Ubuntu repositories for Ubuntu 15.04.
=== Firefox Switches to Yahoo! for Search, Ubuntu Not Affected ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that after 10 years of using
Google as the default search engine in Firefox, Mozilla has announced
that Yahoo!, as part of a five year deal, will replace it from December.
He says that Ubuntu ships with its own semi-customised version of
Firefox so Google will remain as the default search engine.
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that BQ Readers, one of
two companies who plan to ship mobile handsets powered by Ubuntu for
Phones, is holding a mystery media event on November 25th, to announce
three new products. One of them, he suggests, will be the Bq Ubuntu
Phone which may not now be available until next year.
Brad Linder of Liliputing reports that Imp want to deliver a tiny
desktop computer with an ARM -based CPU,2GB of RAM and open source
software so will launch a crowdfunding campaign to fund the project.
Brad gives us an insight into the specification and some photographs of
the developer edition.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E33 - The One with the Late
Join Laura Cowen and Mark Johnson in Studio L for season seven, episode
thirty-three of the Ubuntu Podcast! We have some rather iffy sound
problems that get a bit better if you stick with it past the
introduction. Mark explains a bit more at the start. Thanks for listening!
In this week's show:
* We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
* A major security flaw in Windows has been patched after existing for
* Microsoft will port the server-side .NET stack to Mac and Linux, and
open sourcing it under the MIT license...
* The Internet archive is now host to The Internet Arcade, a
collection of over 900 arcade games playable in a web browser...
* A prize for cracking Telegram encryption...
* Learn about copyleft...in just 142 pages of PDF...
* Raspberry Pi foundation announce the newest and cheapest model of
Raspberry Pi, the model A+
* The Humble Bundle's Humble Store is 1 year old...
* We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
* Linux Outlaws podcast announce their show's end...
* Where they're going with LXD...
We'll be back next week, when we'll be talking about the ind.ie
crowdfunding project and looking over your feedback.
Jose Antonio Rey introduces a Juju Charm School session in which Charles
Butler and Cory Johns go over the traditional way to debug Juju charm
hooks, and Cory introduces his new Juju plugin, DHX, designed to make
debugging hooks much easier.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E34 - The One with Unagi ===
We're back with Season Seven, Episode Thirty-four of the Ubuntu Podcast!
Just Laura Cowen and Mark Johnson here again.
In this week's show:
* We discuss the Ind.ie crowdsourcing campaign.
* We also discuss:
* Visiting a crocodile sanctuary in rural Oxfordshire.
* Going to the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square to see
Tremors and Jaws on the big screen.
* We share some Command Line Lurve (from ionagogo) which finds live
streams on a page. It's great for watching online feeds without Flash.
Just point it at a web page and it finds all the streams. Run with
"best" (or a specific stream type) and it launches your video player
such as VLC: livestreamer
* And we read your feedback. Thanks for sending it in!
We'll be back next week, so please send your comments and suggestions
to: [hidden email]
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