Ubuntu Weekly News 309

General Community News
Changes in Ubuntu releases decided by the Ubuntu Technical Board
The Ubuntu Technical Board announce their decision to change support for non-LTS releases from 18 to 9 months, and the adoption of a mechanism to allow users to continuously track the development focus without explicitly upgrading from release to release.
Also read the follow-up post by Rick Spencer, Vice President of Ubuntu Engineering, for his comments on the decisions by the Ubuntu Technical Board, and how they will impact users: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2013/03/19/ubuntu-technical-board-looks-at-shuttleworths-proposal-for-release-management-methodology/
Visit the following articles for some other takes on the announcement:
[]Ubuntu Technical Board Meeting Decisions Regarding The New Release Proposals - http://www.webupd8.org/2013/03/ubuntu-technical-board-meeting.html
]Ubuntu To Halve Support Window for ‘Regular’ Releases - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/03/ubuntu-to-halve-support-window-for-regular-releases
[]Canonical to halve support for standard Ubuntu releases - http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/canonical-to-halve-support-for-standard-ubuntu-releases
[/list]Ubuntu Membership Board call for nominations
Elizabeth Krumbach, on behalf of the Community Council, makes a call out for restaffing the Membership Board, which is responsible for voting new Ubuntu members. The Membership Board is in need of 9 Ubuntu Members with a good community track record and enough time available for meetings once a month. Nominations will be accepted through Friday April 5th at 12:00 UTC for ubuntu-membership-boards at lists.ubuntu.com
Canonical and Chinese standards body announce Ubuntu collaboration
The CSIP (China Software and Integrated Chip Promotions Centre), National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) and Canonical join forces to create Ubuntu Kylin, a China-focused Ubuntu desktop system. This announcement represents the first step into the government’s five year plan to promote open source software and accelerate the growth of the open source ecosystem within the country.
This story has also been covered in the wider press:
]China to create home-grown operating system - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21895723
[]Ubuntu tapped by China for national operating system - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/22/china_makes_linux_os_with_canonical_help/
]China plans to standardize around local version of Ubuntu - http://www.itworld.com/open-source/349324/china-plans-standardize-around-local-version-ubuntu
[]China chooses Ubuntu for a national reference OS coming in April - http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/23/china-chooses-ubuntu-for-a-national-reference-os-coming-in-april/
]Goodbye Windows: China to create home-grown OS based on Ubuntu - http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/03/goodbye-windows-china-to-create-home-grown-os-based-on-ubuntu/
[/list]LoCo News
Community Testing of Ubuntu systems
Randall Ross shares news from the LoCo in the Czech Republic, which has been approached by a PC manufacturer to test Ubuntu. Tadeáš Pařík writes: “we are able to test all their products with Ubuntu - they have many computers to be sold without OS and we can test them” … “After successful tests we inform about it on our Czech Ubuntu blog (e.g. this is the second article from the last week in Czech - http://blog.ubuntu.cz/clanek/prvni-krucky-ii ).”
The Planet
Christopher James Halse Rogers: Artistic differences
Christopher Halse Rogers explains the different goals of the Mir and Wayland projects, using X11 as a reference point.
Jono Bacon: Recent Ubuntu Community Refinements
Jono Bacon highlights changes he hopes to see in order to improve community engagement with Canonical, including: transparent planning and training for engineers not accustomed to developing in the open, regular public Ubuntu leadership meetings, refinements to the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit and more.
Benjamin Kerensa: The Coolest Ubuntu Business Cards Ever
Benjamin Kerensa shares the steps involved to get USB Ubuntu Business Cards in order to promote and advocate Ubuntu, starting at $10 for a small order.
Daniel Holbach: Parabéns e muito obrigado!
Daniel Holbach announces that the Brazilian Portuguese translation of the Ubuntu packaging guide is more than 70% complete and will be posted on developer.ubuntu.com. He lists the status of the translations for other languages, which still need some work before being ready for publication.
Nicholas Skaggs: Call for Testing: Smart Scopes
Nicholas Skaggs reports that the Unity development team is calling for help with testing Unity 7’s Smart Scopes. Skaggs explains how to do testing for those new to it, and writes “we’ve updated and added a new testcase to our unity suite for these smart scopes.”
Fumihito YOSHIDA: Japanese Ubuntu Server guidebook : “Ubuntu Server Practical Bible” in store now!
Fumihitio YOSHIDA announces the publishing of an Ubuntu Server guidebook, “Ubuntu Server Practical Bible”, which provides in-depth coverage of Ubuntu Server, written in Japanese.
The Fridge: Catch up with the Community Council
José Antonio on behalf of the Community Council makes a reminder about the openess of the Council and invites anyone with concerns to get in touch to discuss any issues.
José Antonio Rey: Secure Credentials Storage on the Phone – On Air!
José Antonio Rey invites everyone to come hear about Secure Credentials Storage in Ubuntu Touch on Ubuntu on Air on Thursday 28th March 2013, at 15:30 UTC. “This will be to explain how secure credentials storage works on the phone system, and to map out a route forward.”
James Hunt: Upstart 1.8 released
James Hunt announces Upstart 1.8 release and highlights the new file bridge and improvements to the graphical interface that landed in the release.
The Fridge: First Community Leadership Meeting Summary
Jono Bacon gives a summary of the first community leadership meeting. Topics discussed include the technical board decision regarding the regular release proposal, and the documentation team - which is struggling to keep up with maintaining docs.
Other Community News
Ubuntu Touch summary (week 11)
Daniel Holbach gives an overview of the latest work done on Ubuntu Touch, including applications, bug fixes and new ports. Among these are updates to the media, gallery and telephony apps, a new library for media signals, and updates to the Platform API. He also mentions a new port for Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and that porting work has started for HTC Sensation XL, SGS III (Qualcomm AT&T) and Toshiba AC100.
In The PressDispelling FUD About Ubuntu
Matt Hartley from Datamation discusses some of the more frequent considerations which lead users to get angry with Ubuntu and Canonical, and makes the assumption that most of these issues are not Ubuntu’s fault. He invites the audience to not forget its noteworthy achievements and contributions to the Linux community.
Ubuntu For Tablets: Hot or Not?
Abhishek from TechSource gives an Ubuntu Touch overview and refers to the “Hot” and “Not Hot” features, which could help Ubuntu to compete in what he feels is an an already saturated tablet market.
In The Blogosphere
Putting Dell’s Ubuntu Ultrabook to the test
Thorsten Leemhuis from H-Online tests Dell’s XPS 13 Developer Edition and writes about minor shortcomings found while testing the platform, but reports that continued tests show “Ubuntu ultimately running very nicely on the XPS 13.”
Ubuntu 13.04 Adds Legal Notice to System Settings
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a screenshot from the newly introduced legal notice in the Ubuntu system settings. Sneddon also adds “The new legal notice joins a recent change to the text shown in the Unity Dash search box, which informs users that it text entered is matched against online as well as local content.”
13.04 wallpapers submitted
Ian Farrell shares that the Ubuntu Wallpapers for Ubuntu 13.04 have been pushed, and congratulates the community for helping review the user-submitted images. He invites the community to participate in the next Ubuntu wallpaper contest.
New Ubuntu Software Center Icon Arrives in Raring
Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares the new icon for the Ubuntu Software Center, and takes a look back at previous icons that have been used.
Other Articles of Interest[list]
[]Debian Project News - March 18th, 2013 - http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2013/06/
]Backports integrated in the main archive - http://www.debian.org/News/2013/20130320
[]A visual history of Linux - http://www.itworld.com/slideshow/91544/visual-history-linux-348653
]RasPlex - Plex on Raspberry Pi, Beta out now - http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/news/rasplex-plex-on-raspberry-pi-beta-out-now
[]Google Chrome OS Linux WAS Exploited at Pwnium 2013 for $40,000 - http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/google-chrome-os-linux-was-exploited-at-pwnium-2013-for-40000.html
]OpenStack Certified Professionals: New Cloud Pros Coming - http://www.thevarguy.com/2013/03/18/openstack-certified-professionals-new-cloud-pros-coming/
[]The Best Servers for Linux in 2013 - http://www.linux.com/news/hardware/servers/709943-the-best-servers-for-linux-in-2013/
]Debian Wheezy Linux Nearing the Finish Line as 100 Bugs Remain - http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/debian-wheezy-linux-nearing-the-finish-line-as-100-bugs-remain.html
[]Intro to Real-Time Linux for Embedded Developers - http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/710319-intro-to-real-time-linux-for-embedded-developers/
]Goodbye Google Reader, Linux Has Its Own RSS Aggregators - http://www.linux.com/news/software/applications/710409-goodbye-google-reader-linux-rss-aggregator