* Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 released
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* Simos Xenitellis: How to create a snap for how2 (stackoverflow from
the terminal) in Ubuntu 16.04
* Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Sprint: KDE neon Docker Images Now Support Wayland
* Leo Arias: Ubuntu Testing Day wrap up - Ubuntu Core and QEMU (20170203)
* Timo Aaltonen: Mesa 13.0.4 for 16.04 & 16.10
* Reminder: Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz!
* 2 Anos con Ubuntu Phone: Pasado, presente, futuro
* Community Initiative UBports launches Ubuntu Fairphone 2
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== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu Touch OTA-15 released ===
Lukasz Zemczak announces the release of OTA-15, advising that all
users should receive the update within 24 hours of his announcement.
He says that the release is only a "security bugfix update" and shares
a link to the release notes. Lukasz concludes his announcement by
informing us, "The next future OTAs will most likely be very similar,
concentrating only on critical security issues - until ubuntu-personal
enters the touch world with its snaps."
=== Simos Xenitellis: How to create a snap for how2 (stackoverflow
from the terminal) in Ubuntu 16.04 ===
Simos Xenitellis writes, using Stack Overflow and how2 as an example,
how it is possible to use the how2 command-line utility within a snap.
He outlines the command necessary to install snapcraft, clues on
modifying the snapcraft.yaml, creating your first snap, adding plugs
(for network), and pushing to ubuntu store.
=== Jonathan Riddell: Plasma Sprint: KDE neon Docker Images Now
Support Wayland ===
Jonathan Riddell tells us that KDE neon Docker images are the easiest
way to test out KDE software from a branch other than that of your
host system. He says that the KDE neon images now also support
=== Leo Arias: Ubuntu Testing Day wrap up - Ubuntu Core and QEMU (20170203) ===
Leo Arias writes that Ubuntu Testing Days resumed on the first Friday
of February and that the session covered snaps and QEMU, and featured
Michael Vogt, Zygmunt Krynicki, Federico Gimenez, Robert Wolff and
Oliver Grawert. He links to a guide to running inside a virtual
machine and embeds a YouTube video of the session in his article.
=== Reminder: Gearing up for issue 500 with quotes and a quiz! ===
As a reminder, to celebrate Issue 500 of Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter
we're inviting readers to take part in a newsletter-related quiz and
to submit notes of thanks to contributors. Responses are due 20
February 2017 and will be announced in issue 500.
=== 2 Anos con Ubuntu Phone: Pasado, presente, futuro ===
Marcos Costales writes that it has now been two years since he became
a user of an Ubuntu phone. He says that early reviews of the phone and
tablet were unfavorable as they were being compared to existing and
the best Android devices. Marcos looks forward to Unity 8 based on
snap packages on both PC and mobile devices. He concludes his post
with "And here comes the convergence: Same Ubuntu, same applications,
different devices." The article is in Spanish.
=== Community Initiative UBports launches Ubuntu Fairphone 2 ===
The UBports Foundation reminds the community of their mission and
writes, "During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona end of February
UBports will show a very special combination: Ubuntu on the Fairphone
2. With this successfully working device two worlds come together:
sustainability and open source."
=== Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8? ===
Gavin Clarke of The Register touches on recent changes seen in Ubuntu.
An extensive interview with Mark Shuttleworth covering much of
Ubuntu's history up to the present (including Unity 8) that covers
various initiatives over the years is the crux of this article.
=== 5 Ubuntu Unity Features You May Not Have Known About ===
Derrik Diener, writing for Make Tech Easier, reminds us that Ubuntu
Unity has been around since the 11.04 release but that some of its
features are not generally discussed. In turn, he describes the HUD,
launching a program using the Super key, using the Super key to launch
specific lenses, using the Super key to open the trash, and revealing
=== Lubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) PowerPC Daily Build ISOs to No Longer
Be Produced ===
Marius Nestor of Softpedia writes that Lubuntu's Simon Quigley has
announced that starting with Ubuntu 17.04 there won't be any ISO
images available to install Ubuntu of its flavors on PowerPC 32-bit
architecture. Marius says that while the daily builds for 17.04 will
cease, support for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS on a PPC will continue until April
2021, and April 2019 for the Lubuntu flavor.
=== Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Has Been Delayed Once Again, Should Land on
Monday Now ===
Marius Nestor, writing for Softpedia, informs us that Canonical is not
ready to release Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS as there are some minor issues
that still need to be addressed. He says that this is the first point
release that will come with the HWE [Hardware Enablement] stack from
Ubuntu 16.10, and quotes Canonical's Adam Conrad as saying "There are
still some bits I need to tidy up to get server images going, but that
shouldn't stop people from testing the desktop images."
=== Open source smart home platform gains Ubuntu snap packages ===
Eric Brown of LinuxGizmos writes about the Ubuntu snap package format
and their use in the "Java-driven openHAB home automation framework."
He dives into details about snaps and openHAB itself, exploring
benefits of both, how they work together and links to additional
=== Ubuntu Testing Day - Ubuntu Core and DragonBoard 410c ===
Leo Arias introduces another Ubuntu Testing Day session in which the
topic for discussion is the DragonBoard 410c supported by Ubuntu Core.
The main speaker for the session is Linaro's Robert Wolff who also
answers questions raised on IRC.
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