* Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS released
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu 16.04 Release Party San Francisco Concluded!
* LoCo Events
* Luke Faraone: Snappy Sprint Heidelberg
* Laura Czajkowski: NoSQL Podcast: Service deployments with JuJu Charms
* Aaron Honeycutt: Working with github
* Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Snapd 2.11/Snapcraft 2.13: downgrade
installed snaps, release to users from the command line
* Ubuntu GNOME: The Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Wallpaper contest has started, guys!
* Justin McPherson: Introducing React Native Ubuntu
* Ubuntu Phone News
* Canonical News
* In The Press
* In The Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04 and 16.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS released ===
Adam Conrad, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the
release of Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS. He shares that key features of this
point release include an updated kernel, stability improvements, and
increased hardware support across all architectures. He goes on to
provide links for downloading this release as well as flavor variants
of the release.
=== Ubuntu 16.04 Release Party San Francisco Concluded! ===
Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about the Ubuntu 16.04 Release Party in San
Francisco and shares her experience hosting the event. She writes,
"The space was excellent, having power strips set up at a pair of
tables near the entrance, a whole area of seating for the presentation
and an open floor plan that lent itself to casual chats as well as
pulling out laptops to swap tips with each other." She shares other
details and her slide notes from the presentation she gave.
Luke Faraone blogs about Snappy after attending a recent Snappy sprint
focused on upstream and cross-distribution collaboration. Luke tells
us of advances in confinement with non-Ubuntu distros and other topics
discussed at the sprint. He also mentions that he has agreed to
co-maintain snapd in Debian.
=== Laura Czajkowski: NoSQL Podcast: Service deployments with JuJu Charms ===
Laura Czajkowski writes about a recent episode of the NoSQL podcast
where she is joined by Michael Hall of Canonical and Juju contributor
Jose Antonio Rey. Together, they review the process for creating Juju
charms and the advantages to using them.
Aaron Honeycutt tells us about his GitHub usage has been since late
July contributing to projects such as UBports, Magic Device Tool, and
the Kubuntu Manual. Aaron also writes about his work on the Kubuntu
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Snapd 2.11/Snapcraft 2.13: downgrade
installed snaps, release to users from the command line ===
The new version of Snapd is out and comes with many new commands and
features. David Calle writes about the new features and commands that
are included such as buy, find private, and many more. He also talks
about the improvements to the Java Plugins and some useful interface
=== Ubuntu GNOME: The Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 Wallpaper contest has
started, guys! ===
Alfredo Hernandez informs us that the Ubuntu GNOME 16.10 wallpaper
contest has started. Ten wallpapers will be selected for the 16.10
release from entries, and rules for entry in the contest are provided.
Justin McPherson of the Webapps team at Canonical tells us about
React.js; a UI framework. Along with HTML5 application support, React
Native applications will now run on the Ubuntu platform. A link to
instructions is provided.
Steph Welson from the Canonical Design Team talks about the release of
the second phase of the app design guides containing various features
like navigation and layouts. These are the sequels to the phase one
release which included the get started and the building blocks.
=== Use any app from your Ubuntu Phone or Desktop! ===
Amrisha Prashar writes about the new feature in Ubuntu phones and
tablets to run traditional Ubuntu deb packages on Unity 8 with a mouse
and keyboard. She links to a technical guide by Kyle Nitzsche on how
this is done.
=== How the M10 tablet can save you luggage space! ===
Amrisha Prashar writes about the luggage space savings that could be
taken advantage of when using the BQ M10 Tablet. She states, "We've
calculated that the M10 vs the average laptop and it's accessories
saves you approximately 1.5kg! Imagine all the extra items you could
take with you in your suitcase with that much of a saving!"
=== You Can Finally Buy These Old-School Disney Games on GOG ===
Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 are included in the list of supported operating
systems in this article by Matt Peckham for Time Magazine, writing,
"16-bit video game platforming classics The Lion King, Aladdin and The
Jungle Book are now available DRM-free for $9.99 a piece."
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! writes about the Nautilus update
that will land in Ubuntu 16.10 and talks about it's new and improved
features. He writes, "The latest stable version of the file manager is
currently pending in the yakkety-proposed updates, along with some
other GNOME 3.20 apps and a bump to GTK 3.20."
=== Well That Only Took Forever: Ubuntu Phone To Finally Add iCal,
CalDav Support ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! informs users of Ubuntu Phone
that iCal/CalDav support might be coming in as soon at OTA-13. He
writes that for a while it has been possible with a few workarounds in
the command line but not very user friendly. He also reports that
support for OwnCloud's Multi-calendar sync will be possible too.
=== Bored? Check Out These New Ubuntu Phone Videos ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon from OMG! Ubuntu! links to some videos about the
Ubuntu Phone. He writes, "Whether you're stuck on the commute home, or
just bored and curious, here are three short (and not so short) videos
from the past week or so that you wouldn't be a fool for checking
=== Canonical Plans to Unify and Clean Up Networking Configuration in
Ubuntu Linux ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Canonical's Martin Pitt,
maintainer of systemd for Ubuntu, reports that there are plans to
clean up network configuring with netplan. He writes that the new
"nplan" package has already landed in Ubuntu 16.10 also known as
Yakkety Yak and though not set as default yet, brave testers and early
adopters can install the nplan package and report issues to the Ubuntu
=== Ubuntu 14.04.5 LTS Is the Last in the Series, Brings Xenial Xerus'
Linux Kernel ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes about the official release and
availability of ISO images for Ubuntu 14.04.5. He shares that this
will mostly be the last maintenance update for the 14.04 version,
which borrows the Linux kernel setup of the 16.04 LTS with added
upgrades. Marius Nestor from softpedia.com elaborates in the article
=== Ubuntu Community Team Q&A - 2nd August 2016 ===
"It's time for another live Q&A session with the Ubuntu Community
Team! This week Michael Hall will be joined by Didier Roche who will
be talking about snaps and answering questions about how to build and
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S09E23 - German Sparkle Party -
Ubuntu Podcast ===
It's Episode Twenty-three of Season Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan
Pope, Mark Johnson, Laura Cowen and Martin Wimpress are connected and
speaking to your brain. This week the podcast includes news, community
news, upcoming events, and "working to the sound of a dehumidifier."
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/