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Debian and Ubuntu: DebConf17 Videos, From Unity to GNOME Shell, Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter

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  • DebConf17 first videos published

    Due to some technical issues, it took a slight bit longer than I'd originally expected; but the first four videos of the currently running DebConf 17 conference are available. Filenames are based on the talk title, so that should be reasonably easy to understand. I will probably add an RSS feed (like we've done for DebConf 16) to that place some time soon as well, but code for that still needs to be written.

  • A Small Unity Feature Missing in GNOME Shell [Video]

    A world of change is headed to Ubuntu as the distro switches from Unity to GNOME Shell. Long time Unity users accustomed to the workflow, feature set and quirks of Ubuntu’s incumbent releases will need to adapt to different ways of doing familiar things in its upcoming ones.

  • The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 515

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #515 for the week of August 1 – 7, 2017, and the full version is available here.

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Ubuntu Community Hub, Ubuntu Foundations Development, Ubuntu in NYC

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  • Ubuntu Community Hub Proposal

    For over four years now, the Ubuntu Community Portal has been the 'welcome mat' for new people seeking to get involved in Ubuntu. In that time the site had seen some valuable but minor incremental changes; no major updates have occurred recently. I'd like us to fix this. We can also use this as an opportunity to improve our whole onboarding process.

  • Ubuntu Foundations Development Summary: August 8, 2017
  • Ubuntu in NYC: Kubernetes in minutes and enterprise support on AWS

    On August 14th, at the Javits Convention Center in midtown Manhattan, Canonical will be participating in the AWS Summit. Ubuntu has long been popular with users of AWS due to its stability, regular cadence of releases, and scale-out-friendly usage model. Canonical optimizes, builds, and regularly publishes the latest Ubuntu images to the EC2 Quickstart and AWS Marketplace, which ensures the best Ubuntu experience for developers using AWS’s cloud services. And in April, we even launched an AWS-tuned kernel, which provides up to 30% faster boot speeds, on a 15% smaller kernel package, as well as many other features.

Ubuntu 17.10 to Enter Feature Freeze on August 24, Python 3 Transition Continues

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We like the way Canonical keeps the community behind its popular Ubuntu Linux operating system up-to-date with what's going on behind closed doors, and a new newsletter from Ubuntu Foundations Team is out now.

The Ubuntu Foundations Team newsletters highlight some of the biggest things happing behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system, and we'd like to inform the reader about some of them, too, in particular those affecting the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) release.

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Ubuntu Artful Desktop Fit and Finish Sprint

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The Artful development cycle is full speed ahead to the Ubuntu 17.10 release in October. As you may have heard, we’re switching the default desktop from Unity to GNOME Shell in this cycle. With such a significant change, we need all the eyeballs we can get on every part of the desktop experience. As usual we will have our regular testing cycles and automated checks that the QA team runs through.

We are also organising a set of mini-events which we’d love to get our community’s help with. First up is the Desktop Fit & Finish Sprint on August 24th and 25th. Some members of the Ubuntu desktop team will be camped out in the Canonical London office for that Thursday and Friday, and we need your help.

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Also: Canonical Needs Your Help to Finalize the Unity to GNOME Shell Transition

Canonical needs your help transitioning Ubuntu Linux from Unity to GNOME

Debian and Ubuntu

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  • [GNOME] Maps on the go

    went with the 4 GB version of Debian's latest stable release, because I didn't want to get stuck trying to get a mininal net installation ISO of latest testing going (with trying to figure out which additional firmware would be needed for WiFi, and I was pretty sure something like that would be nessesary). Installation was pretty pain-less except for one thing: Everything on the screen was rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise (more on this later). After having read reviews of people installing Linux on similar devices and claiming external USB keyboards and powered USB hubs are essential, this was refreshingly simple, after all.

  • Debian LTS work, July 2017
  • Ubuntu Artful Desktop Fit and Finish Sprint

    The Artful development cycle is full speed ahead to the Ubuntu 17.10 release in October. As you may have heard, we’re switching the default desktop from Unity to GNOME Shell in this cycle. With such a significant change, we need all the eyeballs we can get on every part of the desktop experience. As usual we will have our regular testing cycles and automated checks that the QA team runs through.

    We are also organising a set of mini-events which we’d love to get our community’s help with. First up is the Desktop Fit & Finish Sprint on August 24th and 25th. Some members of the Ubuntu desktop team will be camped out in the Canonical London office for that Thursday and Friday, and we need your help.

Canonical Outs Linux Security Patch for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS to Fix Several Issues

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Canonical on Monday published two Ubuntu Security Notice (USN) advisories to inform users of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS operating systems about the availability of new kernel updates.

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Debian and Ubuntu: LTS, DebConf17, and Departures from Ubuntu, JAAS & Juju Update

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  • My Free Software Activities in July 2017
  • #DebConf17, Montreal • An evening out
  • Forums. Why do I bother to post?

    Today I called "time" on my postings to any forum other than the Ubuntu Forums. Quite simply I have had enough of those users that hide behind anonymous user-names who seem to only post in a manner that belittles anyone that has an opinion which differs from themselves. Such users take postings far too literally in order to provoke an argument. I think troll is the word that I am looking for here. A recent reply to one of my posts caused me to lose several hours sleep as I was finding it very hard not to think about how to reply to something that had upset me so much. In other words: "Why do I bother to post?"

  • Open Source Champion Zannos Joins Inocybe

    John Zannos, a prominent figure in the open source world, has left Canonical and joined open networking technology company Inocybe as chief revenue officer.

  • JAAS & Juju update: Juju GUI 2.8.0

    Direct Deploy gets your solutions deployed easier and faster. The feature allows you to create Juju cards which will add the specified bundle or charm to a new model and then open directly into the deployment flow. At this point they simply need to complete the deployment flow and will have a deployed solution without having to manually add or modify the model pre-deploy. To see Direct Deploy in action click on the image below or on this link.

Debian vs Ubuntu: Compared as a Desktop and as a Server

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After our CentOS vs Ubuntu comparison and the requests we get, it’s finally time to compare Debian and Ubuntu. These 2 distros are used both as a desktop OS and as a server, so we’ll compare both use-cases.

Ubuntu is based on Debian Stable, so naturally, they are similar in many ways. However, they still have differences. Our comparison will focus more on the differences, but we’ll include the similarities too, so you can better compare them and decide which distro is better for you. This is a controversial comparison, so we expect as much input from you as possible. Leave a comment below, please.

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Ubuntu 17.10 Will Have an Always Visible Dock, Wayland Session by Default

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GNOME Project's GUADEC (GNOME Users And Developers European Conference) developer conference is now over, and Canonical's Didier Roche was there to collaborate with the GNOME team for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 release.

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A quick look at the decline of Ubuntu Membership

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An Ubuntu Membership is best described as recognition of significant and sustained contribution to Ubuntu or the Ubuntu community. Back in January 2015 when I was successful in being granted an Ubuntu Membership there were, according to https://launchpad.net/~ubuntumembers, around 750 Ubuntu Members. As I write this, just over two and a half years later, the number has unfortunately reduced to 706.

With a little time to spare on a rainy Saturday afternoon here in the UK, I thought I would take a quick look at that Launchpad group by copying the membership information into a spreadsheet. I sorted the entries by joining date and then grouped them by year. In order to keep things simple I only included those members that had secured their membership directly through the Ubuntu Membership Boards and ignored those users that had made their applications through other means such as the Ubuntu Forums, the Kubuntu Council or the IRC Council. I was left with just 452 members that I was most interested in looking at, that is the "general users" of Ubuntu.

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Linux Foundation Announcements: CIP, OpenMessaging, CDLA

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