* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo Events
* Ted Gould: Inkscape Snap
* Ted Gould: Snapping Unity8
* Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.5 bugfix release in Xenial and
Yakkety Backports now
* Leo Arias: Call for testing: IPFS
* Canonical News
* In The Blogosphere
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 12.04, 14.04, 16.04 and 16.10
* And much more!
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (128048) +93 over last week
* Critical (413) +6 over last week
* Unconfirmed (63597) +66 over last week
Ted Gould writes that a new version of Inkscape, 0.92, has been
released and that a snap package is available. Ted gives us some
details on the benefits of snaps, and how they were produced for
Ted Gould further writes about snapping up Unity8 which has been in
the works for some time. He gives us the history, benefits and status
of where the process stands today and includes a screenshot of the
Unity8 desktop in his article.
=== Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.5 bugfix release in Xenial and
Yakkety Backports now ===
The Kubuntu team announces the release of Plasma 5.8.5 with bug-fixes
and translations. They say to update and use the release, the Kubuntu
Backports PPA should be used. The team link to instruction on how to
use PPAs with Kubuntu.
Leo Arias wishes everyone Happy New Year, and makes a call-out for
testers of IPFS (peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol) candidate snap. He
links to a video on the IPFS website, and also to a guide to testing,
summaries of testing days, and the commands needed to test for those
that would like to know more.
=== Watch This Terrifying 13ft Robot Walk, Assisted by Ubuntu ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a video and talks about the first
manned robot's first steps. He says that the "robot-powered suit"
responds and mimics the actions of the person in the cockpit, standing
13 feet tall. Joey adds that there is no suggestion of the robot
itself running Ubuntu but is clearly visible being used to monitor and
debug the robot.
=== Nexus 5 Compatible With Ubuntu Phones as of Ubport ===
Christopher McCandles of gigjets.com reports that Ubuntu Touch fans
now have voice support working on the Fairphone 2 port and that new
changes can be found on Ubport's system image server. He says that the
operating system can be installed on the Nexus 5 or Fairphone 2 via
the devel_rc-proposed channel but notes that it is still a daily build
and will likely contain bugs and constant updates.
Michael Larabel, writing for Phoronix, informs us that there isn't
going to be any Ubuntu Phone releases or major OTA updates until
Snap-based images are ready. He reports on Canonical's Pat McGowan's
responses to questions from Ubuntu Phone users, providing a summary of
what Pat said: no plan for OTA-15, Click-based on its way out but
security updates still provided for important components. Michael
shares a link to Pat's comments on the ubuntu-phone mailing list.
=== uNav 0.64 Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation App Now Available for Ubuntu
Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports on the latest from developer Marcos
Costales' uNav which is now at version 0.64. He lists the improvements
in this relatively minor release, including: "centering on POI (Point
of Interest) in search instead of in an area, correct roundabout of
arrow directions for some countries, and Breton voice support."
Bruce Byfield of Datamation tells us that Debian and Ubuntu have been
in the top three Linux distributions on Distrowatch for the last four
years, and the top six since 2005. After giving us a short history of
Ubuntu, Bruce compares Debian and Ubuntu, looking at Installation,
Desktops, Admin and Package Management, Governance and Community in
turn and finally Making a Choice.
=== Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 to Be Based on the GNOME 3.22 Stack, Now Ships
Linux 4.9 ===
Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, looks forward to the next alpha
build of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 based on the GNOME 3.22 stack. He says
that both Flatpak and Snap support are offered out of the box and that
his impression of Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 was good. Marius includes a
number of links in his article including one to download the 17.04
daily build, release notes etc.
=== Review: Dell's new Kaby Lake XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop amazes ===
Bryan Lunduke of Network World reviews the new Kaby Lake XPS 13
developer edition laptop which ships with Ubuntu 16.04. He makes note
of the 10% price drop, but that it's still not cheap laptop, the 13"
3200x1800 screen, a i7-7500U processor, 16GB of RAM and the 512GB SSD
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