* Announcing Ubuntu Core, with snappy transactional updates!
* Ubuntu Stats
* Party? Party!
* Welcome new and returning members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council!
* Daniel Holbach: Foundation or no foundation
* Nicholas Skaggs: Quality opportunities for the Vivid Cycle
* Ali Jawad: StartUbuntu Leadership & My Ultimate Goal
* Scott Moser: Snappy Ubuntu Core and uvtool & Snappy Ubuntu Core and
* Kubuntu: Calligra 2.8.7 is Out
* Daniel Holbach: Summarising the last CC meeting
* Lubuntu Blog: Happy Christmas
* Next Membership Board 22 UTC Meeting
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: November 2014
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 14.04 and 14.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Announcing Ubuntu Core, with snappy transactional updates! ===
Mark Shuttleworth announces a new "snappy" image called Ubuntu Core
which uses the same technology as Ubuntu phone in that an update
applies perfectly or not at all. He says that it is called "snappy"
because it uses a new mechanism for app delivery and system updates
which is completely different to Ubuntu server and desktop. Mark ends
his announcement with: "Welcome to the family, Ubuntu Core!"
=== Welcome new and returning members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council! ===
Elizabeth K. Joseph congratulates Bhavani Shankar and Nathan Haines on
being newly appointed or newly renewed members of the LoCo Council.
She also thanks everyone who participated in the recent call for
=== Daniel Holbach: Foundation or no foundation ===
Daniel Holbach writes that the call for an Ubuntu Foundation has come
up again and questions which problems it would solve. He says that
Ubuntu's success is tied to Canonical's success and that adding a new
layer will bring "incredible amounts of work" but not fix Ubuntu's
=== Nicholas Skaggs: Quality opportunities for the Vivid Cycle ===
Nicholas Skaggs informs us what we can to do help Ubuntu in this cycle
from a quality perspective. He lists the tasks as being dogfooding,
QATracker, Unity8, Core Apps, Manual Tests, Images and Triaging,
describing what is required for each one.
=== Ali Jawad: StartUbuntu Leadership & My Ultimate Goal ===
Ali Jawad looks back at the StartUbuntu project which he started in
April 2013, noting the lack of contributions, the lack of interest
from magazines, the continued use of Windows XP, and that it is not a
one-man project. He says: "Let's share the leadership of StartUbuntu
and let's move forward." In a follow-up post, Ali links to several
other Ubuntu related projects that he is involved with.
The Kubuntu Team announces the release of Calligra 2.8.7 for Kubuntu
14.10. They inform us how we can obtain the update, to where bugs
should be reported, and credit those who helped in making the
=== Daniel Holbach: Summarising the last CC meeting ===
Daniel Holbach summarizes the recent Community Council meeting which
dealt with problems, questions and proposals put forward for
discussions. He links to an "actions" pad which shows the notes that
were taken during and after the session.
Matt Hartley of Datamation examines the areas that need to come
together in order for Linux Mobile-Desktop convergence to be widely
accepted. He doubts that anyone is going to dump their existing
financial investment in iOS or Android to move to another platform
"all in the name of convergence."
=== This Modular Smartphone Wants to Offer Ubuntu, SailfishOS ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Finnish company Vsenn
may offer Ubuntu for Phones alongside Firefox OS, Sailfish OS and
Android. He quotes from the company's press release: "Bringing
multiple OS support is something that the online community has been
asking us to do, and so, we deliver,"
=== Ubuntu 15.04 To Soon Land The Linux 3.18 Kernel ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that the Linux 3.18 kernel has
been released and that it should be landing in the Ubuntu 15.04
archive soon. He says that the new version brings many new features
but by the time 15.04 is released, Ubuntu 15.04 will likely have
switched to 3.19.
=== UT One Ubuntu Tablet Delayed; Rooted Android Device May Come Instead ===
Christopher Tozzi of The VAR Guy, reports that The Demski Group has
announced the UT One, an Ubuntu-based mobile device has been delayed
and that the company may be releasing a hacker-friendly Android tablet
instead. He says: "The catch, however, is that the tablet the Demski
Group is now working on will run Android by default, so users would
have to install Ubuntu on it themselves."
=== Ubuntu 15.04 to Include GNOME 3.14, Updates to Default Apps ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Ubuntu 15.04 will
ship with GNOME 3.14 providing a few outstanding issues are fixed. He
provides a quote from the Ubuntu Developer mailing list and suggests
that some applications will see a jump of several versions.
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E37 - The One on the Last Night ===
Join the full team of Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope and Tony
Whitmore in Studio L for season seven, episode thirty-seven of the
In this week's show:-
* We take a look at what's been happening in the news:
* Some crowd-funding news
* More crowd-funding news
* Yet more crowd-funding news
* CoreOS launch a rocket
* There's a new live wire
* Firefox say Hello
* OnePlus have to stop shipping to India
* Canonical and Data Foundry do something together
* HP have a cool new laptop
* Sony suffer a big data breach
* We take a look at what's been happening in the community:
* Ubuntu Make is announced
* Ubuntu Core snappy is also announced
* There's a Raspberry Pi Jam in Egham
We'll be back next week for the last episode of the series, when we'll
be talking to Michael Hall and reviewing last year's predictions!
=== Ubuntu Community Leadership/Governance Discussions ===
Jono Bacon, Daniel Holbach, Svetlana Belkin, Stephen Michael Kellat,
Michael Hall and David Planella try to drive some of the subject
matter of recent discussions around leadership and governance to
conclusions and action items.
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