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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) reaches End of Life on July 28 2016 ===
Adam Conrad announces that Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) reaches its
end of life on July 28, 2016. In this announcement you can also find a
link to instructions to upgrade 15.10 to the latest version of Ubuntu.
=== Zygmunt Krynicki: snapd 2.0.10 released to Fedora COPR ===
Zygmunt Krynicki announced that "Fedora users can now get snapd 2.0.10
from the COPR repository. There are many bug fixes and new features in
this release." He goes on to include a full list of fixes in his blog.
Stephen M. Webb previews the new unity from Canonical. He writes that
Unity 8 has been on phones and tablets for nearly a year now, however,
it is not quite ready for the consumer desktop. He says, "Our current
goal is to make the Unity 8 desktop available in the Ubuntu 16.10
release coming up this October as an alternative login session on the
ISO (installation image)."
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Shaping up universal snaps ===
David Planella writes that Snap user and developer experience is a
major focus at the next Heidelberg, Germany meeting, from 18-22 July.
Projects such as Debian, Elementary OS, Fedora, KDE, Kubuntu, MATE or
VLC have already confirmed participation at the event. He also
includes a link to apply for participation.
=== Stephen M. Webb: X11 Applications and Unity 8 ===
Stephen M. Webb writes that convergence has been a big topic in the
community, with a goal to have one Ubuntu version for all devices. He
shares details about how Unity 8, which is a graphical shell that
presents a way to surface and launch applications and display some
information, brings us convergence. He writes, "Part of the magic
underlying Unity 8 is the Mir compositing display server, which
replaces the venerable X11 display server" and goes on to explain how
Libertine will be used to run X11 applications in Mir on Unity 8.
Didier Roche, writing for the Ubuntu App Developer Blog, announces new
desktop launchers. "The goal," he writes, "was to streamline the
experience and make sure that all following user visible features are
working, independent of the toolkit or technology you are using." HE
shares that there are currently 5 launchers, depending on the
technology you want to support: gtk2, gtk3, qt4, qt5 and glib-only for
a lightweight, non graphical app, but needing basic integration like
GSettings and MIME types.
=== Daniel Pocock: Can you help with monitoring packages in Debian and
Daniel Pocock writes about monitoring packages in Debian and Ubuntu,
the uses of them, and how to help maintain monitoring packages in
Debian. He writes, "Monitoring packages are for everyone. Even if you
are a single user or developer with a single desktop or laptop and no
servers, you may still find some of these packages useful."
=== Ubuntu Studio: Backports, the benefits and the consequences. ===
The Ubuntu Studio team announces that backports are coming soon to
14.04 and 16.04, explaining that these are development versions of
software ported to stable releases. They explain the potential
pitfalls of making these upgrades and offer advice on how to do it.
While not released yet, they provide a road map of upcoming backports,
with the Ardour application being the first to come.
=== Daniel Holbach: Contributing to the world of snaps ===
Daniel Holbach points out some small but meaningful ways that you can
contribute to Snappy. He briefly highlights contributing to snapd and
Snapcraft, but goes on to talk about contributing to documentation,
answering questions on AskUbuntu, and much more.
=== Canonical Design Team: Getting Vanilla ready for v1: the roadmap ===
Inayaili de Leon Persson reports that Vanilla is expecting its first
official release in early September 2016. Inayaili reminds us how
projects need short, mid and long term goals to help them achieve
intended results and lists some of those (via link to Trello roadmap)
for Vanilla. The purpose of the blog post is to document the process
that a Vanilla pattern should follow, which includes a diagram showing
steps before submission through to full acceptance, but please note
that this is still a work-in-progress.
Chuck Short briefs us on goals for nova-lxd's 16.04 development cycle,
giving differences being used for 16.10 leading to live migration. A
demo video of this migration is provided, plus commands necessary to
Didier Roche tells us about ten (10) favorite Snaps created during
June, which include Krita, Jenkins, Cassandra, Freecad, Shout,
Nextcloud, Htop, Moon-buggy, Hangups and Webdm. Some apps have links
to 'uapp Explorer' (the unofficial app viewer for Ubuntu Touch).
Amrisha Prashar talks about the importance of Over-the Air (OTA)
updates for improving the performance of a device still in
development. She talks about Ubuntu's first convergence device, the
Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet and how the overall functioning has
been upped by the recent OTA-11 updates.
=== Getting started: Creating Ubuntu Apps with Cordova ===
David Barth writes about his meeting with the Cordova development team
at the recently held Phonegap Day EU. He shares about how both the
teams had jointly hosted workshops for developing ubuntu apps with
Cordova and also starting the release process for the
=== Canonical-Pivotal partnership makes Ubuntu preferred Linux distro
for Cloud Foundry ===
Ron Miller of TechCrunch writes about the announcement regarding the
official partnership between Canonical and Pivotal, creators of the
open source cloud development platform Cloud Foundry. He explains that
with this announcement, not only does Ubuntu become the default Linux
distro for the platform, but it also gives users additional support
from Canonical nd Ubuntu. He goes on to note that the two companies
will be working on a security certification framework, naturally based
Matt Farrington-Smith from The Inquirer reviews the newly released
Dell XPS 13 laptop running on Ubuntu 14.04 SP1. This detailed review
starts off with the hardware specs and the design of the laptop and
continues into the software specs in the following page. He talks
about the ease of installation and points out difficulties in moving
from a Windows based OS to a Linux distro.
=== Dekko Is Shaping Up Nicely for Desktop Convergence ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! speaks about Ubuntu's native
email client, Dekko, and its growth into an email client for Ubuntu
desktop. He quotes that the current version is apt for Ubuntu phone
and tablet and will surely be developed into a standard Ubuntu desktop
issue in the near future.
=== NVIDIA Announces The GeForce GTX 1060, Linux Tests Happening ===
Michael Larabel from Phoronix discusses about NVIDIA's newly released
GeForce GTX 1060 pascal graphics card and its subsequent testing in
Ubuntu Linux. Laden with ample pictures of the product, he closes with
a briefing about the NVidia Linux drivers for the new graphics card.
=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-13 to Introduce a New Power Manager for Ubuntu
Phones, Tablets ===
Marius Nestor from Softpedia writes about the soon to be released
OTA-12 updates for Ubuntu phones and tablets. He quotes that nothing
new is to be expected other than bug fixes and goes on about the next
update after OTA-12, the OTA-13 musing that the release might be
having an entirely new power management package.
=== Snap Packages vs. Flatpaks: The Differences and Which One You Should Use ===
Derrik Deiner from Make Tech Easier compare and contrasts about the
two leading packaging software, Snappy , an Ubuntu based software
developed by Canonical and Flatpaks, more of an open source version
offering similar functionality. In answering "which is better?" he
sums up by betting on both, stating two is better than one.
Editorial comment from UWN staff: This article provides valuable
information comparing the formats, but it is worthy to note that Snaps
are not actually "hard-coded to use the Snap package store" run by
Canonical as the article states, it is possible to run your own snap
=== Nexus 6 Is Now an Unofficial Ubuntu Phone, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
Support Coming Soon ===
Marius Nestor from Softpedia writes about an exclusive interview with
Marius Gripsgard, a developer of unoffical ubuntu softwares for
various devices. With the recent software updates to Ubuntu Touch
phones like OnePlus and Nexus 5, he reports that the Ubuntu software
might be up and running in the next edition of nexus, the Nexus 6.
=== 32-bit Linux is Disappearing: What It Means for the Channel ===
Christopher Tozzi of The Var Guy reviews the implications of Dimitri
John Ledkov's proposal to end support for 32-bit processors in Ubuntu
by April 2018. He suggests that as hardware has become more and more
similar, it will make the job of software vendors significantly
easier. On the other hand, he notes that mobile platforms are becoming
increasingly more complex, with x86 builds becoming as common as ARM
=== Star Cloud PCG03U is a compact Ubuntu PC for $90 ===
Brad Linder from Liliputing writes about the Star Cloud PCG03U, a
small computer running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. He writes, "...at $90, it's
certainly an affordable option for folks looking for a small, fanless,
low-power Ubuntu computer that you can use in the living room or in an
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S09E19 - Perfectly Preserved
Brain - Ubuntu Podcast ===
In this week's edition of the Ubuntu Podcast, the hosts discuss AMD's
recently released Linux drivers, Mozilla's first round of funding for
its Mission Partners program, and the 0day exploit for Lenovo's
Thinkpad System Management Mode. The hosts also cover several
community related news items including the release of Snapcraft 2.12
and uNav offline maps.
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