* Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 Released
* We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now!
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu Global Jam Pack [at the Roanoke Linux Users Group]
* LoCo Events
* Jorge Castro: Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes - Release 1.5.2
* Xubuntu: Winners of the #lovexubuntu Competition
* Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 12.0.6 in 16.04 & 16.10
* Harald Sitter: KDE Slimbook
* Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 now
available in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04 and 16.10
* Canonical News
* In The Blogosphere
* Full Circle Magazine #117
* Full Circle Weekly News #51
* 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 ==
=== Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 Released ===
Simon Quigley, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team, announces the
release of Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus Alpha 2. He informs us of the
flavors which have participated in the release: Lubuntu, Kubuntu,
Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu GNOME and Ubuntu Budgie, and goes on
to link to where the images can be downloaded from. Simon concludes
his announcement by writing; "A big thank you to the developers and
testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release, and
welcome Ubuntu Budgie!"
=== We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now! ===
Nathan Haines informs us that the Free Culture Showcase for Ubuntu
17.04 is underway and that desktop wallpaper images are now being
sought. He shares links to where the images will be collected on
Flickr and to where further information about the Free Culture
Showcase can be found. Nathan says that he is looking forward to the
successful submissions that will ship with Ubuntu 17.04, to be
released on April 13th.
=== Ubuntu Global Jam Pack [at the Roanoke Linux Users Group] ===
Darrell Little of the Roanoke Linux Users Group (ROALUG) reaches out
to the community to report on the success of their participation in
the W4CA Amateur Radio Hamfest in August 2016 and the Barnes & Noble
Mini-Maker Faire in November 2016. He expresses thanks for the
donation of the Global Jam Pack and shares a link to the Ubuntu Global
Jam event ROALUG held in November.
=== Jorge Castro: Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes - Release 1.5.2 ===
Jorge Castro writes that the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes
1.5.2 has been released and is supported. He says that it is a pure
upstream release designed to be easily deployable to public clouds,
private servers and laptops. He shows us the commands to install and
run Kubernetes on 16.04 systems, or upgrade from the prior 1.5.x
series. Jorge also lists the general bug fixes and additional
=== Xubuntu: Winners of the #lovexubuntu Competition ===
The Xubuntu team announces the winners of the #lovexubuntu
competition, quoting stories and tweets from the winners and
finalists, one of whom designed a plastic 3D-printed Xubuntu cookie
cutter. They thank all those that submitted entries, and for those
that would like their own Xubuntu cookie cutter, they share a photo
and a link to the design on Thingiverse.
=== Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 12.0.6 in 16.04 & 16.10 ===
Timo Aaltonen reminds us that prior LTS versions of Ubuntu came with a
renamed Mesa backported from the latest release which created issues
for some users. He says that from 16.04.2 onwards, Mesa will be
backported un-renamed, and that version 12.0.6 is now in
xenial-proposed and yakkety-proposed.
Harald Sitter tells us that some KDE contributors have been working
awhile on a secret project which has now been revealed: the KDE
Slimbook. The Spanish laptop retailer Slimbook, has helped create "the
first KDE laptop" shipping with KDE neon. Harald lists some of the
work done, shares some links to KDE and the slimbook, and shows us the
KDE logo found on the laptop.
=== Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 now
available in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04 and 16.10 ===
"The Kubuntu Team announces the availability of Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE
Frameworks 5.2.8 on Kubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) and 16.10 (Yakkety) though
our Backports PPA." The article also includes instructions for how to
get the update.
=== UbuCon Summit at SCALE 15x to Take Place March 2-3 in Pasadena,
Marius Nestor of Softpedia advises that Nathan Haines has announced
the dates of the next UbuCon Summit as being March 2 and March 3 and
that it will take place in Pasadena, California during the SCALE 15x
event. Marius shares some links to where further information about the
conference can be found and quotes Nathan as saying: "UbuCon Summit at
SCALE 15x is the next in the impressive series of conferences."
=== Ubuntu OTA-15 Will Let Ubuntu Touch Users Access HTTPS Sites Again ===
Joey Sneddon writing for OMG! Ubuntu! informs us that OTA-15 won't
contain any new features but a very limited number of critical fixes
pertaining to the Ubuntu browser. He says Ubuntu Touch users are
reporting that they are unable to load HTTPS websites and quotes
Canonical's Chris Coulson who explains the reasons for this issue.
Joey advises that at present there is no firm date for the release for
=== Need a Linux-tuned laptop? New KDE Slimbook aims to make it
simpler to drop Windows ===
Liam Tung of ZDNet reports on the Slimbook laptop which runs the
Ubuntu-based KDE neon operating system and has been developed in
conjunction with KDE community developers to ensure the hardware runs
smoothly out of the box. He gives us a brief specification of the
laptop, indicates that pricing starts at EUR729 ($779) and says that
the RAM is upgradeable to 16GB.
=== The Ubuntu Web Browser App Is Getting a New Icon ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reminds us that the default icon for the
Ubuntu web-browser app was considered by some to be too similar to the
Apple Safari icon. He tells us that Canonical have listed to the
criticism, have developed a new icon based on the Suru design
language, and shows us the new icon. Joey predicts that the new icon
may included in the upcoming OTA-15.
=== Ubuntu 17.04 Continues Prepping For Linux 4.10 ===
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that according the the Ubuntu
kernel team's newsletter, Linux 4.10 is still planned to ship with
Ubuntu 17.04 when it is released in April. Michael shares a link to an
overview of the features of Linux 4.10, and says that Linux 4.11 will
probably not be available until after the release of Ubuntu 17.04.
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of issue one hundred and seventeen.
* Command & Conquer
* How-To : Python (Arduino), Snappy on an EEE PC, and Program With FreePascal
* Graphics : Inkscape * [NEW!] Kdenlive
* ChromeCult: Dropbox Paper
* Linux Labs: Dictating a Novel
* KODI Room
* Book Review: Invent Your Own Computer Games With Python
* Ubuntu Games: Life Is Strange
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