* Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 released
* Ubuntu Stats
* Yakkety Yak release parties
* UbuCon Europe 2016
* LoCo Events
* Harald Sitter: KDE Framworks 5 Content Snap Techno
* Stephane Graber: Running snaps in LXD containers
* Dustin Kirkland: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Security: A Comprehensive Overview
* Ross Gammon: Manual Tests of Ubuntu Studio Packages
* Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu and Linux Mint doing Plasma 5.8 testing
* Canonical News
* In The Blogosphere
* Featured Audio and Video
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 16.04 and 16.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-14 released ===
Lukasz Zemczak announces the release of OTA-14 which focused on less
regressions and did not introduce many changes. He shares a link to
the release notes and advises that all users should have received the
update within one day of his announcement.
Rafael Carreras reports on the Catalan LoCo team's release party which
took place on November 5th and celebrated the release of Ubuntu 16.10.
He shares some photographs taken during the event and offers to
provide advice to anyone interested in organizing a similar event.
Nathan Haines writes about UbuCon Europe which was held in Germany in
mid November. He records some of what he heard and saw at UbuCon EU,
shares photos of the event, thanks the Ubuntu Community Reimbursement
Fund for helping out with expenses and Sujeevan Vijayakumaran and the
German and French LoCos for their work on the conference and
=== Harald Sitter: KDE Framworks 5 Content Snap Techno ===
Continuing on from a prior post, Harald Sitter shares more details on
the actual building and workings of content snaps specific to KDE
Frameworks 5. In total near one hundred KF5, Qt5 and graphics source
tarballs have been built to form the Frameworks stack. He concludes
his post by saying: "Using the KDE Framworks 5 content snap KDE can
create application snaps that are a fraction of the size they would be
if they contained all dependencies themselves."
=== Stephane Graber: Running snaps in LXD containers ===
Stephane Graber tells us that the LXD and AppArmor teams have
completed work on AppArmor support within LXD containers and support
has landed in the latest Ubuntu kernels. Originally pushed to 16.10,
it's also now available in 16.04 LTS with kernel 4.8.0 and squashfuse
installed. Stephane shows us as an example the commands for Ubuntu
16.10 to install the nextcloud snap.
Dustin Kirkland writes that Ubuntu 16.04 LTS strives to be the most
secure Linux distribution out-of-the-box. The article is primarily a
link to some slides which explain how and when Ubuntu achieved it.
Dustin links to the Ubuntu wiki from which most of his material is
=== Ross Gammon: Manual Tests of Ubuntu Studio Packages ===
Ross Gammon shares with us the fact that Ubuntu Studio has been caught
out a few times recently with problems in particular packages, and
requests help to test Zesty 17.04. He provides step by step
instructions for those that wish to aid in the testing of Ubuntu
=== Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu and Linux Mint doing Plasma 5.8 testing ===
Explaining that Linux Mint 18 KDE uses the Kubuntu backports, the
Kubuntu team advises that both the Kubuntu and Linux Mint teams are
asking their users to help test Plasma 5.8 which will include
Frameworks 5.28 and Applications 16.04.3. They say that if anyone
would like to help in the testing that some command line skills are
recommended. The team show us the commands necessary to perform the
Adarsh Verma of Fossbytes lists 10 "promising characteristics of
Ubuntu" which have helped it gain a top spot amongst users. Amongst
those reasons are that Ubuntu is user-friendly, free, secure, has a
high level of customization, has "tons of flavours", has a supportive
community, and that there is "Tons of free software in Software
Center." He says that he chose Ubuntu as the distribution for his
article as "For most of us, Ubuntu was our first Linux-based operating
=== Canonical and System76 Working on Improving Unity7 HiDPI Support
in Ubuntu Linux ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia informs us that Canonical and System76 are
working to improve HiDPI support for Unity 7 suggesting that the
recently released patches will be for Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10. He says
that Ubuntu community has been asked to help contribute patches to
existing HiDPI bugs on Launchpad and reminds us that in order to
receive the latest HiDPI improvements we should always keep our PCs up
Swapnil Bhartiya, writing for InfoWorld, reminds us that Ubuntu Core
has been designed with security and ease of maintenance in mind. He
explains how an independent software vendor can create a new snap and
deliver an update to all internet connected Ubuntu Core devices in
eight hours. Swapnil writes: "I see no reason for IoT vendors to no
use systems like Ubuntu Core that offer optimum security and almost
=== This $90 Kit Converts an ODROID board into a Touchscreen #Ubuntu PC ===
Joey-Elijah Sneddon, writing for OMG! Ubuntu! informs us of a $90 kit
that can turn a HardKernel ODROID board into a 8 inch touchscreen
Ubuntu or Android PC. He lists what the kit contains, shares some
photographs of the finished device and links to the HardKernel website
where further information about the ODROID board can be found.
=== 8 Things That Keep You Coming Back to Ubuntu ===
Bertel King, Jr of MakeUseOf explores the reasons why people "stick
with Ubuntu" and suggest that they include a familiar name and
desktop, that it can come preinstalled on new computers, it is easy to
troubleshoot using web searches, and that Ubuntu is available on
phones and tablets. He quickly compares Ubuntu to other distributions,
admits Ubuntu isn't perfect and ends his post by writing: "But there's
a reason you and millions of other people continue turning to Ubuntu."
Aaron Honeycutt, Ovidiu-Florin Bogdan and Rick Timmis are joined by
Ryan Sipes of System76 for another regular podcast in which they
discuss Kubuntu and KDE news, user feedback, and news from the Kubuntu
core development team.
=== S09E41 - Pine In The Neck - Ubuntu Podcast ===
It's Season Nine Episode Forty-One of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope,
Mark Johnson, Martin Wimpress and Joe Ressington are connected and
speaking to your brain.
We are four once more, thanks to some help from our mate Joe!
In this week's show:
We discuss what we've been up to recently:
* Playing with Amazon Echo dot and driving "up north" and back and
using lots of mobile data.
We discuss the news:
* The UK's contentious surveillance bill has become law
* PINE64 has launched the Pinebook, a low-cost Linux laptop
* Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Canonical is launching a case
against a cloud provider using Ubuntu branding on unoffical images
We discuss the community news:
* Sujeevan Vijayakumaran: UbuCon Europe in the retrospective
* Ubuntu Insights: UbuCon Europe - a sure sign of community strength
* Ubuntu SDK meets snapcraft
* Mir is not only about Unity8
* Ubuntu is Prepping Its 16.04 "Rolling Hardware Enablement Kernel"
* Rolling HWE Stacks for 16.04
We mention some events:
* BaDhack: 13th December 2016 - Basingstoke (well Chineham actually), England.
* 2nd Horsham Raspberry Jam: Sunday 11th December 2016 - Horsham, England.
* linux.conf.au 2017: 16 to 20 of January 2017 - Hobart, Australia.
* FOSDEM 2017: 4 to 5 of February 2017 - Brussels, Belgium.
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