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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 255

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Ubuntu

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #255 for the week February 27 – March 4, 2012.

In this issue we cover:

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 Released.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update
Ubuntu Stats
LoCo News
Michael Hall: Contributing to Unity for non-developers: Keywords
Tiago Hillebrandt: Interview: Nick Tait, Unity project manager
Clint Byrum (SpamapS): Precise is coming
Canonical Design Team: About Usability Testing – Recruiting
Ubuntu’s Bold Mobile Gambit
Ubuntu 12.04 hits beta, brings smooth Unity for marching masses
Ubuntu for Android Gets Shown Off At Mobile World Congress
Paul Wise: Debian/Ubuntu games screenshot party results
In Other News
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Podcasts
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
And much more!

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