* Taking a stand against unofficial Ubuntu images
* Ubuntu Stats
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* Zygmunt Krynicki: Ubuntu Core Gadget Snaps
* Harald Sitter: Snapping KDE Applications
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* In The Blogosphere
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* Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 16.04 and 16.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Taking a stand against unofficial Ubuntu images ===
Mark Shuttleworth writes how Ubuntu is a major component in the cloud
with AWS, Azure, Google, Rackspace, SoftLayer and more. Canonical
however is in dispute with an unnamed EU cloud provider shipping
"insecure and broken" images, where attempts to modify their behavior
have failed. The post discusses how Canonical is working to defend the
integrity of the Ubuntu name by working with these companies and through
legal means to make sure users are confident that images are secure when
they have the Ubuntu name.
Elizabeth K. Joseph writes about the recent Ohio LinuxFest 2016 and
gatherings with her fellow Ubuntu-focused attendees. Elizabeth also
tells us of the various talks and presentations she went to including
OpenNMS, Devs from Mars, Ops are from Venus, Hacking bureaucracy and
more. She shares a number of links to slides including her own talk on
OpenStack deployment scenarios.
=== UbuCon Europe - a sure sign of community strength ===
Daniel Holbach tells us of the recent UbuCon Europe which was attended
by 170 people from 20 countries in Essen Germany on 18-20 November 2016.
For those that weren't there he shares some photos of the event and
highlights some of the talks and workshops that took place. Daniels
advises that next year's UbuCon Europe will be in Paris.
=== Zygmunt Krynicki: Ubuntu Core Gadget Snaps ===
Zygmunt Krynicki tells us about gadget snaps which are not very familiar
to those of us on desktops but are found on all snap core devices such
as IoT. He says that these snaps can be found at github.com/snapcore
with the pattern 'devicename-gadget', and are mirrored on Launchpad. The
wiki link included in the article provides further information.
Harald Sitter shares a video on Snapping KDE Applications, but also
writes for those who prefer to read. He reminds us of KDE's 20 year
history which along with the framework model can be a challenge. Harald
says that with Snapcraft, Flatpak et al. packaged-apps in these formats
can be large and to solve this problem KDE Frameworks 5 now uses content
snaps which reduced a KCalc app snap from 70MiB to 32KiB. He concludes
his article with a "howto" using KAlgebra as an example with includes
full yaml code and the necessary snap commands.
Marcos Costales notes that he has seen recent advances of Ubuntu Touch
on a Fairphone 2 thanks to the UBPorts project. He shows us some
photographs of the phone and points out some of its best features.
Article is in Spanish.
=== You Can Now Package Your Apps as Snaps Without Bundling Their
Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, informs us of the recent
availability of the ubuntu-app-platform snap which allows developers to
package their apps as Snaps without the need to build all of the
dependencies. He says that an updated Snapcraft version will be made
available soon and quotes Canonical's Olivier Tilloy as saying that the
size of the webbrowser-app snap has been reduced from 136MB to 22MB.
=== This Is The Release Date for Ubuntu 17.04 'Zesty Zapus' ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that the release date for
Ubuntu 17.04 has been set to be April 13, 2017. He lists the key dates
of the Ubuntu 17.04 development schedule and reminds us that the release
will be supported for nine months.
=== Ubuntu Prepping Its 16.04 "Rolling HWE Kernel" ===
Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix writes that starting with Ubuntu
16.04.2, the LTS (Long term Support) releases are switching to a concept
of a "rolling HWE kernel." He quotes Leann Ogasawara as saying:
"Essentially, consumers of an HWE kernel will automatically be upgraded
to the next HWE kernel offered in subsequent point releases until
reaching the final HWE Kernel offered in 16.04.5." Michael points out
that this is not a true rolling kernel but an automatic upgrade with
future LTS point releases.
=== Canonical Releases New Kernel Live Patch Security Update for Ubuntu
16.04 LTS ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Canonical has announced the
availability of the second kernel live patch security update to Ubuntu
16.04. He lists the security issues that have been addressed and says
that Canonical have recommended all Ubuntu 16.04 users to update their
systems as soon as possible and also points out that there is no need to
reboot systems after upgrading.
=== Canonical Takes Stand Against Unofficial Ubuntu Images, Reportedly
Risky & Insecure ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on Canonical's dispute with a
European cloud provider who have been "publishing insecure, broken
images of Ubuntu" for its cloud customers. He gives us an idea as to the
changes that have been made and speculates on the identity of the cloud
=== S09E39.2 - Le CrossOver Number 2 - Ubuntu Podcast ===
It's Le CrossOver #2! Marius Quabeck, Rudy, Martin Wimpress and Max
Kristen are connected and speaking to your brain.
Four complete strangers make a podcast during UbuCon Europe 2016 at the
Unperfekthaus in Essen, Germany.
We discuss some news:
* Nintendo's new NES Classics Edition console can run a custom build
* Low Graphics Mode in Unity 7
* Microsoft Fortifies Commitment to Open Source, Becomes Linux
Foundation Platinum Member
We discuss whats been happening at UbuCon Europe 2016
* We nearly have an awesome interview with Nathan Haines
We share a Command Line Lurve:
* magic-device-tool - A simple tool to handle installing/replacing
mobile operating systems
There is a full video playlist for UbuCon Europe 2016
That's all for Le CrossOver #2! If there's a topic you'd like us to
discuss, or you have any feedback on previous shows, please send your
comments and suggestions to [hidden email]
It's Season Nine Episode Forty of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark
Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Dan Kermac are connected and speaking to
The same line up as last week are here again for another episode.
In this week's show:
We discuss what we've been upto recently:
* Telling people to use Opera and joining ORG, playing Tyranny.
* We review the nexdock and how it works with the Raspberry Pi 3,
Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Phone, bq M10 FHD Ubuntu Tablet, Android, Dragonboard
410c, Roku, Chomecast, Amazon FireTV and laptops from Dell and Entroware.
We share a Command Line Lurve:
* netdiscover - A network address discovering tool
And we go over all your amazing feedback - thanks for sending it -
please keep sending it!
That's all for this week! If there's a topic you'd like us to discuss,
or you have any feedback on previous shows, please send your comments
and suggestions to [hidden email]
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