Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 374

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #374 for the weeks of June 23 – July 6, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Jose Antonio Rey
  • And many others

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New Ubuntu Membership Board Members

Back in April and June the Community Council put out a call to restaff the Ubuntu Membership Board for several open spots on the board.

Today I’m happy to announce that the Community Council has appointed (or renewed membership of) the following individuals:

For the 1200 UTC time slot:

For the 2200 UTC time slot:

Thanks to all nominees for putting their names forward for consideration and thanks to the outgoing members who have served on the board these past couple of years!

Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Community Council

Community Donations Funding Report, Q1 2014

When users visit the Ubuntu download page from our main website, ubuntu.com, they are given the option to make a donation to show their appreciation and help further the work that goes into making and distributing Ubuntu. Donations ear-marked for “Community projects” made available to members of our community, and events that our members attend.

In keeping with our core principles of openness and transparency, the way these community funds were spent is detailed in a regular report and made available for everybody to see. These requests for funding are an opportunity for us to invest in our community, and every dollar spent has benefited the Ubuntu project through improved contributions, organization and outreach.

Once again everybody on this list deserves a big thanks for their continued contributions to Ubuntu. The funds they were given may cover immediate expenses, but they in no way cover all of the time, energy, and passion that these contributors have put into our community.

The latest funding report, using the same format as the previous one, can be viewed here.

Published on behalf of Michael Hall of the Community Team

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) alpha-1 released!

"A long time ago, when the Earth was green
There was more kinds of animals than you’ve ever seen
They’d run around free while the Earth was being born
And the loveliest of all was the unicorn."
– Shel Silverstein

The first alpha of the Utopic Unicorn (to become 14.10) has now been released!

This alpha features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and the Ubuntu Cloud images.

Pre-releases of the Utopic Unicorn are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 1 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 1 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Utopic Unicorn. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 1 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 14.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

Kubuntu

Kubuntu is the KDE based flavour of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

Kubuntu development is now focussing on the next generation of KDE Software, Plasma 5. This is not yet stable enough for everyday use, so we are still shipping the Plasma 1 desktop on our image which has been updated to the latest version in the alpha.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/utopic/alpha-1/

More information on Kubuntu Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/Alpha1/Kubuntu

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Alpha 1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/utopic/alpha-1/

Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME is an flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/utopic/alpha-1/

UbuntuKylin

UbuntuKylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Alpha-1 images can be downloaded at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/utopic/alpha-1/

More information on UbuntuKylin Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Ubuntu Kylin/1410-alpha-1-ReleaseNote

Ubuntu Cloud

Ubuntu Cloud images can be run on Amazon EC2, Openstack, SmartOS and many other clouds.

http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/releases/utopic/alpha-1/

Regular daily images for Ubuntu can be found at: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop Utopic, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a week) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases and other interesting events.

http://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-devel-announce

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release!

Stéphane Graber, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Thu Jun 26 19:34:08 UTC 2014 by Stéphane Graber

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 373

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #373 for the week June 16 – 22, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Tiago Carrondo
  • Jose Antonio Rey
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

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