* Welcome New Members and Developers
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo Events
* Harald Sitter: Neon OEM Mod...arghhh
* Stephane Graber: Ubuntu Core in LXD containers
* Canonical Design Team: January's reading list
* Simos Xenitellis: How to install Inkscape 0.92 (latest) as a snap
in Ubuntu 16.04
* James Page: snap install openstackclients
* 16.04.2 delayed until Feb 9 for HWE issues
* Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* FreedomPop en Ubuntu Phone
* 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, 16.04 and 16.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Welcome New Members and Developers ===
On behalf of the Ubuntu Membership Board, Naeil Zoueidi writes to
announce two new Ubuntu members from the regional membership board
meeting on February 2nd:
Harald Sitter writes that Ubiquity (Ubuntu's installer) has had an OEM
mode which never worked well with the Qt interface. Harald explains
the OEM mode and issues that were of concern with the Slimbook project
(using KDE neon) which led to Harald & Jens Reuterberg improving it.
Screenshots of links are provided.
=== Stephane Graber: Ubuntu Core in LXD containers ===
Stephane Graber reminds us that Ubuntu Core, current series 16
released in November 2016, is fully-transactional and based on
read-only snap packages. Stephane gives the requirements for Ubuntu
Core on LXD and provides commands needed to launch, view, update,
install some snaps and more. Many command examples and links are
=== Canonical Design Team: January's reading list ===
Inayaili de Leon Persson of Ubuntu Design provides seventeen (17)
'best' links shared by the Design team during January 2017. Inayaili
thanks Andrea, Anthony, Clara, Grazina, Jamie, Karl and Richard for
=== Simos Xenitellis: How to install Inkscape 0.92 (latest) as a snap
in Ubuntu 16.04 ===
Simos Xenitellis tells us about Inkscape 0.92 providing links to video
and release notes should you want to know more. He provides commands
needed to install a snap version of Inkscape in Ubuntu 16.04, plus
screenshots and information on what appears within Ubuntu Software,
James Page reminds us about what snaps are--in particular, mentioning
them with regard to Python projects. He shares that if you're running
Ubuntu 16.04, installing openstackclients is very easy and provides
commands and other notes. The openstackclients snap is currently
aligned to the Newton OpenStack release. Link to GitHub snap source is
provided, with kudos given to the snapcraft team for doing a great job
with the Python plugin.
=== 16.04.2 delayed until Feb 9 for HWE issues ===
Adam Conrad and the Ubuntu release team, having received notice of a
potential arm64 boot problem, has approved the 16.04.2 release to be
delayed for a week. This will allow testing to be performed on the
boot regression problem with arm64. The new expected release date is
February 9, 2017.
=== Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz! ===
To celebrate Issue 500 of Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, readers are
invited to take part in a newsletter-related quiz and to submit notes
of thanks to contributors if they wish. Responses are due 20 February
2017 and will be announced in issue 500.
Marcos Costales reflects on his experience when using a FreedomPop
Spain SIM in his Ubuntu Phone. He was unsure if the data connection
would work or not but happily reports that it works well. Marcos
includes some screenshots in his post to show how he activated the
data connection. Article is in Spanish.
=== A Look at What's Next for Ubuntu Linux in 2017 ===
Sean Michael Kerner, writing for eWeek, refers to a video interview
with Mark Shuttleworth discussing the codename for the 17.10 release
after end of the alphabet will have been reached with 17.04. He says
that Ubuntu Core, the LXD hypervisor, the internet of things, and
Snappy will continue to be worked on and that Shuttleworth is also
optimistic about the continued evolution of the Ubuntu desktop and
Unity 8. Sean embeds a video of the interview in his post.
=== Canonical Releases Snapd 2.22 Snappy Daemon for Ubuntu 14.04,
16.04 and 16.10 ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia tells us that Canonical's Michael Vogt had
the pleasure to announce snapd 2.22 has been released for Ubuntu. This
new release introduces new features such as support for
X-Ayatana-Desktop-Shortcuts, automatic transition of Snaps from
ubuntu-core to core, the new 'reload-command' option in snap.yaml,
ability to disable sshd from the core config, plus other improvements.
=== Meet the $114,725 Ubuntu server with eight Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs ===
Agam Shah of PC World shows and tells us about System 76's new Ibex
Pro. Agam lists some basic specs, options and prices for the
rack-mounted server, which is aimed at machine learning tasks like
speech and image recognition. The Ibex Pro ships with Ubuntu by
=== Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Delayed Until February 9 Due to Serious Boot
Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Leann Ogasawara, Ubuntu kernel
manager, has reported a boot regression on Arch64 hardware which will
take time to resolve. Canonical's Adam Conrad approved the delay; so
now ISOs aren't expected until February 9. Ubuntu 16.04.2 will ship
with the Linux 4.8 kernel.
Eric Brown of LinuxGizmos writes about Gigabyte's EL-30 IoT gateway,
listing specs and telling us it tapped Intel's new 14nm "Apollo Lake"
chips. Unlike the prior EL-20, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS has equal billing with
Windows 10 IoT and Android Nougat 7.0. The EL-30 is fanless, and
provides dual HDMI (1.4b) outputs driven by a Intel HD 505 GPU.
Leo Arias resumes the weekly series of Ubuntu Testing Day sessions in
which various guests are invited to talk about their projects. This
week's topic for discussion is snap-based Ubuntu Core which is
introduced by Michael Vogt.
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