Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 348

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #348 for the week December 16 – 22, 2013, 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 Krumbach Joseph
  • Paul White
  • Mathias Hellsten
  • Nathan Dyer
  • 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

Trusty Alpha 1 Released!

“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.”
— Alfred Adler

The first Alpha of the Trusty Tahr (to become 14.04) has now been released!

This alpha features images for Edubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, UbuntuKylin and Xubuntu.

Pre-releases of Trusty Tahr 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 Trusty Tahr. 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 14.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.

There were been some adjustments to the release schedule for 14.04 in the last vUDS, so for the latest plans, please check:

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseSchedule

Edubuntu

Edubuntu aims to bring Ubuntu to educational institutions by shipping the finest educational software available in an easy to configure installer. It also supports diskless booting and for the first time in 14.04, a directory server that supports single sign-on.

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

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

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.

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

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

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/trusty/alpha-1/

More information on Ubuntu-GNOME Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/Alpha1/UbuntuGNOME

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/trusty/alpha-1/

More information on UbuntuKylin Alpha-1 can be found here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuKylin/1404-alpha-1-ReleaseNote

Xubuntu

Xubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu that comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment.

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

More information on Xubuntu Alpha-1 can be found here: http://xubuntu.org/news/xubuntu-14-04-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 Trusty, 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!

Kate Stewart & Steve Langasek, on behalf of the Ubuntu release team.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Thu Dec 19 23:33:18 UTC 2013 by Kate Stewart

Ubuntu Technical Board Election

The Ubuntu Technical Board election has begun and ballots sent out to Ubuntu Developers by Ubuntu Community Council member Scott Ritchie. Voting closes at end of day UTC on Dec 31st.

Please contact the community-council@lists.ubuntu.com if you are an Ubuntu Developer but did not receive a ballot. Ballots were sent to the public address defined in launchpad, or your launchpad_id@ubuntu.com if no public address was defined.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 347

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #347 for the week December 9 – 15, 2013, 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 Krumbach Joseph
  • Paul White
  • Emily Gonyer
  • Penelope Stowe
  • Jim Connett
  • 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

Calling for Server Guide reviewers/contributors – - TRUSTY

We’re always in need of folks to review current instructions provided in the Ubuntu Server Guide and suggest improvements. Please do check out the following link and help out where you can.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DocumentationTeam/SystemDocumentation/UbuntuServerGuide

The subjects we need the most help with this cycle are the following (also documented above):

  • Zentyal
  • Network Authentication – Samba and LDAP
  • DNS Troubleshooting
  • AppArmor
  • TLS Certificates
  • eCryptfs
  • Monitoring – Overview
  • Monitoring – Nagios
  • Monitoring – Munin
  • Apache
  • Ruby on Rails
  • phpMyAdmin
  • Exim4
  • Mailman
  • MailFiltering
  • Version Control Systems – References
  • Samba – Introduction
  • Samba – File Server
  • Samba – Print Server
  • Samba – Securing File and Print Server
  • Samba – As a Domain Controller
  • Samba – Active Directory Integration
  • JeOS and vmbuilder (scheduled for removal)
  • Ubuntu Cloud (will probably redirect to upstream docs)
  • OpenVPN

Instead of helping on a per-topic basis you can also offer fixes to existing bugs:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/serverguide

We’re also looking for help in maintaining the guide in terms of validating reviews (merge proposals).

Originally posted to the ubuntu-doc mailing list by Peter Matulis on Wed Dec 11 17:43:07 UTC 2013

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