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The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 484

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 17:47

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #484 for the weeks October 3 – 16, 2016, 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
  • Chris Guiver
  • Simon Quigley
  • Mary Frances Hull
  • Chris Sirrs
  • 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

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 484

The Fridge - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 17:47

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #484 for the weeks October 3 – 16, 2016, 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
  • Chris Guiver
  • Simon Quigley
  • Mary Frances Hull
  • Chris Sirrs
  • 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

Sebastian Kügler: to not breathe

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 17:10

I’ve always loved diving down while snorkeling or swimming, and it’s been intriguing to me how long I can hold my breath, how far and deep I could go just like that. (The answer so far, 14m.)

Last week, I met with Jeanine Grasmeijer. Jeanine is one of the world’s top freedivers, two times world record holder, 11 times Dutch national record holder. She can hold her breath for longer than 7 minutes. Just last month she dove down to -92m without fins. (For the mathematically challenged, that’s 6.6 times 14m.)

Diving with Jeanine GrasmeijerJeanine showed me how to not breathe properly.
We started with relaxation and breathing exercises on dry land. Deep relaxation, breathing using the proper and most effective technique, then holding  breath and recovering.
In the water, this actually got a bit easier. Water has better pressure characteristics on the lungs, and the mammalian diving reflex helps shutting of the air ways, leading to a yet more efficient breath hold. A cycle starts with breathing in the water through the snorkel for a few minutes, focusing on a calm and regular, relaxed breathing rhythm. After a few cycles of static apnea (breath holding under water, no movement), I passed the three-minute-mark at 3:10.
We then moved on to dynamic apnea (swimming a horizontal distance under water on one breath). Jeanine did a careful weight check with me, making sure my position would need as little as possible correction movements while swimming. With a reasonable trim achieved, I swam some 50m, though we mainly focused not on distance, but on technique of finning, arms usage and horizontal trim.
The final exercise in the pool was about diving safety. We went over the procedure to surface an unconscious diver, and get her back to her senses.

Freediving, as it turns out, is a way to put the world around on pause for a moment. You exist in the here and now, as if the past and future do not exist. The mind is in a completely calm state, while your body floats in a world of weightless balance. As much as diving is a physical activity, it can be a way to enter a state of Zen in the under water world.

Jeanine has not only been a kind, patient and reassuring mentor to me, but opened the door to a world which has always fascinated and intrigued me. A huge, warm thanks for so much inspiration of this deep passion!

The cutest whale in the world!
In other news on the “mammals that can hold their breath really well” topic: I’ve adopted a cute tiny orphaned whale!

Elizabeth K. Joseph: Seeking a new role

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 16:23

Today I was notified that I am being laid off from the upstream OpenStack Infrastructure job I have through HPE. It’s a workforce reduction and our whole team at HPE was hit. I love this job. I work with a great team on the OpenStack Infrastructure team. HPE has treated me very well, supporting travel to conferences I’m speaking at, helping to promote my books (Common OpenStack Deployments and The Official Ubuntu Book, 9th and 8th editions) and other work. I spent almost four years there and I’m grateful for what they did for my career.

But now I have to move on.

I’ve worked as a Linux Systems Administrator for the past decade and I’d love to continue that. I live in San Francisco so there are a lot of ops positions around here that I can look at, but I really want to find a place where my expertise with open source, writing and public speaking can will be used and appreciated. I’d also be open to a more Community or Developer Evangelist role that leverages my systems and cloud background.

Whatever I end up doing next the tl;dr (too long; didn’t read) version of what I need in my next role are as follows:

  • Most of my job to be focused on open source
  • Support for travel to conferences where I speak at (6-12 per year)
  • Work from home
  • Competitive pay

My resume is over here: http://elizabethkjoseph.com

Now the long version, and a quick note about what I do today.

OpenStack project Infrastructure Team

I’ve spent nearly four years working full time on the OpenStack project Infrastructure Team. We run all the services that developers on the OpenStack project interact with on a daily basis, from our massive Continuous Integration system to translations and the Etherpads. I love it there. I also just wrote a book about OpenStack.

HPE has paid me to do this upstream OpenStack project Infrastructure work full time, but we have team members from various companies. I’d love to find a company in the OpenStack ecosystem willing to pay for me to continue this and support me like HPE did. All the companies who use and contribute to OpenStack rely upon the infrastructure our team provides, and as a root/core member of this team I have an important role to play. It would be a shame for me to have to leave.

However, I am willing to move on from this team and this work for something new. During my career thus far I’ve spent time working on both the Ubuntu and Debian projects, so I do have experience with other large open source projects, and reducing my involvement in them as my life dictates.

Most of my job to be focused on open source

This is extremely important to me. I’ve spent the past 15 years working intensively in open source communities, from Linux Users Groups to small and large open source projects. Today I work on a team where everything we do is open source. All system configs, Puppet modules, everything but the obvious private data that needs to be private for the integrity of the infrastructure (SSH keys, SSL certificates, passwords, etc). While I’d love a role where this is also the case, I realize how unrealistic it is for a company to have such an open infrastructure.

An alternative would be a position where I’m one of the ops people who understands the tooling (probably from gaining and understanding of it internally) and then going on to help manage the projects that have been open sourced by the team. I’d make sure best practices are followed for the open sourcing of things, that projects are paid attention to and contributors outside the organization are well-supported. I’d also go to conferences to present on this work, write about it on a blog somewhere (company blog? opensource.com?) and be encouraging and helping other team members do the same.

Support for travel to conferences where I speak at (to chat at 6-12 per year)

I speak a lot and I’m good at it. I’ve given keynotes at conferences in Europe, South America and right here in the US. Any company I go to work for will need to support me in this by giving me the time to prepare and give talks, and by compensating me for travel for conferences where I’m speaking.

Work from home

I’ve been doing this for the past ten years and I’d really struggle to go back into an office. Since operations, open source and travel doesn’t need me to be in an office, I’d prefer to stick with the flexibility and time working from home gives me.

For the right job I may be willing to consider going into an office or visiting client/customer sites (SF Bay Area is GREAT for this!) once a week, or some kind of arrangement where I travel to a home office for a week here and there. I can’t relocate for a position at this time.

Competitive pay

It should go without saying, but I do live in one of the most expensive places in the world and need to be compensated accordingly. I love my work, I love open source, but I have bills to pay and I’m not willing to compromise on this at this point in my life.

Contact me

If you think your organization would be interested in someone like me and can help me meet my requirements, please reach out via email at lyz@princessleia.com

I’m pretty sad today about the passing of what’s been such a great journey for me at HPE and in the OpenStack community, but I’m eager to learn more about the doors this change is opening up for me.

Ubuntu Insights: Canonical and ARM collaborate on OpenStack

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 06:00

Canonical and ARM collaborate to offer commercial availability of Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph for 64-bit ARM-based servers
  • Availability of Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph support included with Canonical’s Ubuntu Advantage enterprise-grade offering
  • Partnership extends Canonical’s support for ARM server which dates back to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

CAMBRIDGE and LONDON, U.K. Oct 17, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, the leading platform and operating system for container, cloud and scale-out computing, and ARM, the industry’s leading semiconductor IP company, announced today that Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph are now commercially available and  supported on processors and servers based on 64-bit ARM® v8-A architecture.

Corporations deploying OpenStack and Ceph are actively searching for more choice and innovation in the data center. This expanded partnership will make Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph Storage solutions, including Ubuntu Advantage support, available to address growing demand in enterprise and telco markets for ARMv8-A based enterprise solutions.

The focus will be on direct customer use cases, driving scale out computing solutions in the server and cloud ecosystem. ARM and Canonical will actively work with Ubuntu certified System on Chip (SoC) partners, original design manufacturers (ODMs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to ensure production grade server systems, storage platforms, and networking solutions are available in the market with Ubuntu Advantage support.

“With the growth in scale-out computing and storage, we wanted to ensure we had the best OpenStack and Ceph storage solutions and enterprise grade support available,” said Lakshmi Mandyam, senior marketing director of server programs, ARM. “The commercial availability of Ubuntu OpenStack and Ceph is another milestone that demonstrates open source software on ARM is ready for deployment now. The ARM and Canonical ecosystems can now simply write once and deploy anywhere on ARM-based servers.”

The ARM ecosystem has invested heavily in maturing the 64-bit ARMv-8-A architecture, and server-grade chips are now available from multiple sources. Canonical has built a solid ecosystem program which ensures that enterprises can confidently deploy ARM-based systems from a variety of vendors all covered by Canonical’s professional services and support.

“We have seen our Telecom and Enterprise customers start to radically depart from traditional server design to innovative platform architectures for scale-out compute and storage. In partnering with ARM we bring more innovation and platform choice to the marketplace,”, said Mark Baker, Product Manager, OpenStack, Canonical. “The next generation of scale-out applications are causing our customers to completely revisit compute and storage architectures with a focus on scale and automation.  The ARM and Canonical ecosystems offer more choice in data center solutions with a range of products that can be optimized to run standard server software and the next generation of applications.”

Independent analysis in June by the OpenStack user survey again showed that more than 55 percent of the world’s largest production OpenStack deployments run Ubuntu OpenStack, more than all other vendor solutions combined. From AWS to OpenStack, Ubuntu has become the most popular operating system for the cloud with over two million Ubuntu Linux instances launched in the cloud in 2015.

Ubuntu OpenStack underpins some of the most exciting cloud projects happening today in areas such as telco (NFV), Retail, Finance, Media with large cloud customers such as Deutsche Telekom, Tele2, Sky, AT&T, Cisco, Bloomberg and Time Warner Cable choosing Ubuntu.

If you are attending OpenStack Barcelona later this month, please stop by the ARM booth (B29) or the Canonical booth (B24) to learn more and see a demo. Please do stop by to see it in action.

Supporting quotes Applied Micro

“As part of our long standing relationship, AppliedMicro has worked jointly with Canonical and ARM to implement and productize OpenStack on our X-Gene family of 64-bit ARMv8-A SoCs,” said Kumar Sankaran, associate vice president, software and platform engineering at AppliedMicro. “OpenStack and CEPH provide the right framework for rapid deployment and customization of work-loads in a variety of applications. The availability of a commercially supported OpenStack solution with Ubuntu goes a long way in providing a production and stable solution to end users and we are excited to be a part of this key development.”


“Today’s announcement is a continuation of the collaboration between Canonical and Cavium on bringing innovative technology and solutions to the ARMv8-A server market in key areas such as dual socket cache coherency, application optimized accelerator support and fully integrated I/O,” said Larry Wikelius, Vice President Software Ecosystem and Solutions Group at Cavium.  “With Cavium’s ThunderX® leading the way as the only ARMv8-A certified SoC for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Canonical is aggressively enabling our customers and partners to deploy production systems at scale with the assurance of the Ubuntu Advantage support model.”


“ARM, Canonical and Qualcomm have been collaborating closely in upstream enablement of various open source projects for ARM servers,” said Ram Peddibhotla, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies.  “OpenStack and Ceph are critical ingredients in enterprise cloud deployments and commercial availability and support from Canonical underscore the continued momentum of enterprise-class, ARM-based solutions for the cloud.”

Penguin Computing

“Penguin’s Valkre family of systems, built on the latest ARMv8-A based silicon in conventional and Open Compute Project (OCP) form factors, is now available with Canonical’s Ubuntu and OpenStack software, delivered and supported worldwide by Penguin and Canonical,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Vice President of Advanced Solutions at Penguin. “ARM is our valued partner as we pursue our mission of enabling and delivering the efficient, virtualized, ‘Software Defined’ data center of the future.”

About ARM

ARM technology is at the heart of a computing and connectivity revolution that is transforming the way people live and businesses operate. From the unmissable to the invisible; our advanced, energy-efficient processor designs are enabling the intelligence in 86 billion silicon chips and securely powering products from the sensor to the smartphone to the supercomputer. With more than 1,000 technology partners including the world’s most famous business and consumer brands, we are driving ARM innovation into all areas compute is happening inside the chip, the network and the cloud.

All information is provided “as is” and without warranty or representation. This document may be shared freely, attributed and unmodified. ARM is a registered trademark or registered trademarks of ARM Limited (or its subsidiaries). All other brands or product names are the property of their respective holders. © 1995-2016 ARM Group.

Mark Shuttleworth: The mouse that jumped

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 05:23

The naming of Ubuntu releases is, of course, purely metaphorical. We are a diverse community of communities – we are an assembly of people interested in widely different things (desktops, devices, clouds and servers) from widely different backgrounds (hello, world) and with widely different skills (from docs to design to development, and those are just the d’s).

As we come to the end of the alphabet, I want to thank everyone who makes this fun. Your passion and focus and intellect, and occasionally your sharp differences, all make it a privilege to be part of this body incorporate.

Right now, Ubuntu is moving even faster to the centre of the cloud and edge operations. From AWS to the zaniest new devices, Ubuntu helps people get things done faster, cleaner, and more efficiently, thanks to you. From the launch of our kubernetes charms which make it very easy to operate k8s everywhere, to the fun people seem to be having with snaps at snapcraft.io for shipping bits from cloud to top of rack to distant devices, we love the pace of change and we change the face of love.

We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the ‘Zesty Zapus’.


Stéphane Graber: LXD is now available in the Ubuntu Snap Store

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 22:55

What are snaps?

Snaps were introduced a little while back as a cross-distro package format allowing upstreams to easily generate and distribute packages of their application in a very consistent way, with support for transnational upgrade and rollback as well as confinement through AppArmor and Seccomp profiles.

It’s a packaging format that’s designed to be upstream friendly. Snaps effectively shift the packaging and maintenance burden from the Linux distribution to the upstream, making the upstream responsible for updating their packages and taking action when a security issue affects any of the code in their package.

The upside being that upstream is now in complete control of what’s in the package and can distribute a build of the software that matches their test environment and do so within minutes of the upstream release.

Why distribute LXD as a snap?

We’ve always cared about making LXD available to everyone. It’s available for a number of Linux distribution already with a few more actively working on packaging it.

For Ubuntu, we have it in the archive itself, push frequent stable updates, maintain official backports in the archive and also maintain a number of PPAs to make our releases available to all Ubuntu users.

Doing all that is a lot of work and it makes tracking down bugs that much harder as we have to care about a whole lot of different setups and combination of package versions.

Over the next few months, we hope to move away from PPAs and some of our backports in favor of using our snap package. This will allow a much shorter turnaround time for new releases and give us more control on the runtime environment of LXD, making our lives easier when dealing with bugs.

How to get the LXD snap?

Those instructions have only been tested on fully up to date Ubuntu 16.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.10 with snapd installed. Please use a system that doesn’t already have LXD containers as the LXD snap will not be able to take over existing containers.

  1. Make sure you don’t have a packaged version of LXD installed on your system. sudo apt remove --purge lxd lxd-client
  2. Create the “lxd” group and add yourself to it. sudo groupadd --system lxd sudo usermod -G lxd -a <username>
  3. Install LXD itself sudo snap install lxd

This will get the current version of LXD from the “stable” channel.
If your user wasn’t already part of the “lxd” group, you may now need to run:

newgrp lxd

Once installed, you can set it up and spawn your first container with:

  1. Configure the LXD daemon sudo lxd init
  2. Launch your first container lxd.lxc launch ubuntu:16.04 xenial
Channels and updates

The Ubuntu Snap store offers 4 different release “channels” for snaps:

  • stable
  • candidate
  • stable
  • edge

For LXD, we currently use “stable”, “candidate” and “edge”.

  • “stable” contains the latest stable release of LXD.
  • “candidate” is a testing area for “stable”.
    We’ll push new releases there a couple of days before releasing to “stable”.
  • “edge” is the current state of our development tree.
    This channel is entirely automated with uploads triggered after the upstream CI confirms that the development tree looks good.

You can switch between channels by using the “snap refresh” command:

snap refresh lxd --edge

This will cause your system to install the current version of LXD from the “edge” channel.

Be careful when hopping channels though as LXD may break when moving back to an earlier version (going from edge to stable), especially when database schema changes occurred in between.

Snaps automatically update, either on schedule (typically once a day) or through push notifications from the store. On top of that, you can force an update by running “snap refresh lxd”.

Known limitations

Those are all pretty major usability issues and will likely be showstoppers for a lot of people.
We’re actively working with the Snappy team to get those issues addressed as soon as possible and will keep maintaining all our existing packages until such time as those are resolved.

Extra information

More information on snap packages can be found at: http://snapcraft.io
Bug reports for the LXD snap: https://github.com/lxc/lxd-pkg-ubuntu/issues

The main LXD website is at: https://linuxcontainers.org/lxd
Development happens on Github at: https://github.com/lxc/lxd
Mailing-list support happens on: https://lists.linuxcontainers.org
IRC support happens in: #lxcontainers on irc.freenode.net
Try LXD online: https://linuxcontainers.org/lxd/try-it

PS: I have not forgotten about the remaining two posts in the LXD 2.0 series, the next post has been on hold for a while due to some issues with OpenStack/devstack.

David Mohammed: budgie-remix 16.10 released

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 12:31
I’m very pleased to announce the release of budgie-remix based on the solid 16.10 Ubuntu foundations. For the uninitiated, budgie-remix utilises the wonderful budgie-desktop graphical interface from the Solus team. This is our first release following the standard Ubuntu release … Continue reading →

Stuart Langridge: My nominations for the Silicon Canal Tech Awards 2016

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 11:02

The Silicon Canal tech awards are coming up here in Birmingham, so I thought I’d write down who I’ve nominated and why! Along with a few categories where I had difficulty deciding, in which an honourable mention or two may be awarded, although such things do not get submitted to the actual award ceremony :-)

Best Tech Start-Up ImpactHub Birmingham

As ImpactHub say, “We want to empower a collective movement to bring about change in our city, embracing a diverse range of people and organisations with a whole host of experiences and skills.” ImpactHub is a place enabling the tech scene in Birmingham, which is the most important part of it all; that’s what makes Birmingham great and more than just some half-baked clone of London or San Francisco. Bringing tech companies together with the rest of the city also hugely increases the number of connections made and opportunities created right here in Birmingham itself, and helps tech entrepreneurs meet other communities and unify everyone’s goals.

Most Influential Female in Technology Jessica Rose

Jess tirelessly advocates technology and Birmingham, both inside and outside the city. She’s great at connecting dots, showing people who they can work with to get things done, and advising on how best to grow a community or a company into areas you might not have otherwise pursued. And she’s helpful and engaging and good to work with, and knows basically everyone. That’s influence, and she’s using it to better the Brum tech scene as a whole, and that deserves reward.

Runner up: Immy Kaur for setting up ImpactHub :-)

Small Tech Company of the Year Technical Team Solutions

TTS are heavily invested in the tech life of Birmingham itself. They sponsor events, they’ve partnered with Silicon Canal as exclusive recruitment agents, and most importantly they’re behind Fusion, a regular and vibrant quarterly tech conference drawn from the city and supporting both local tech and local street food vendors. This isn’t like some other conferences which basically are in Birmingham by coincidence; Fusion is intimately involved with the Brum tech scene, as are TTS themselves, and that should be massively encouraged.

Runner up: Jump 24, web design and development studio getting good stuff done and run by a very smart and very short Welshman1 :-)

Large Tech Company of the Year (revenue over £10 million) Talis

Talis are strong supporters of the Birmingham tech scene, a successful large scaleup here in the city, and willing to work openly with others in pursuit of those goals. They regularly sponsor tech events with money or by providing space to host meetups, hold hack days and write about them afterwards, donate time and money to helping others in the city including events for entrepreneurs as well as developers, and run their own events (such as Codelicious) to add more to the growing vibrancy of Brum. It’s great to see a company of this size be cognisant of the city and their life within it, and this certainly deserves to be recognised.

Most Influential Male in Technology Roy Meredith

A jolly good way to make connections in the city is through Roy, who is connected to all sorts of people via being responsible for the tech sectors in Marketing Birmingham. I’m not sure the government marketing agency are always perfect, but I am sure that Roy is a person to know. He’s an engaging public speaker, he’s got a background in industry (with a list of AAA games he’s worked on that’d blow your mind), and he’s approachable and smart and everyone listens to him. If that’s not influence, I don’t know what is.

Outstanding Technology Individual of the Year Mary Matthews from Memrica

Mary describes herself as “passionate about using technology to make a difference to people’s lives” and, unlike quite a few people who might say that, I think she actually means it. It was marvellous to see Memrica get recognised as part of the UberPITCH consultancy earlier this year, and her trip out to meet Travis Kalanick not only will have helped her continue her long history of doing good tech things but also helped elevate Birmingham’s profile as a place for internationally recognised startups. That’s pretty outstanding, in my opinion.

Runner up: Jess Rose


Best Angel or Seed Investor of the Year: no nomination here because I have no idea! I know a couple, but haven’t worked with them.

Graduate Developer of the Year: no nomination here because I don’t know enough graduates. I’d have nominated @jackweirdy if he hadn’t left us :)

Developer of the Year: no nomination here because, well, too contentious. I don’t know who I’d pick as the best, and I do know that everyone I don’t pick will never buy me a pint again, so I’m not sure who to say here. Maybe I should have just picked myself :-)

Now, your turn

Maybe you agree, maybe you don’t. That’s what I think. You will notice that I primarily care about the tech life of the city; if you do a bunch of good stuff here in Birmingham and you’re proud of that, I like what you do. If you do interesting things but never talk about them here in the city, I’m less interested in your things. Perhaps you have different criteria: you should now go and say what you think. Go and add your nominations, Birmingham people; let’s get everyone’s voices heard.

  1. sorry, Dan; Fusion just tips it for TTS, but maybe you should run a conference as well to lobby for the vote :)

Svetlana Belkin: Goals for Z Cycle And Reflection on Goals from Y Cycle

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 09:57

It’s hard to believe that Ubuntu 16.10 is already released (I think I may of lost track of time this cycle) and it seems that it’s time for the next cycle’s goals.  But first, I wish to reflect on the goals from the last cycle.  I found out that I’m (somehow) no mood for coding and/or hacking, but I was able to do something for Linux Padawn, which was Buddy Press, but it needs tweaking to get it to work right.

As for this cycle’s goals, they will be centered around the Grailville Pond project, Ubuntu (Touch), and Linux Padawan:

Grailville Pond Project

Work on the Raspberry Pi as I stated here and also work on a temperature inversion catching script for R.

Ubuntu (Touch)

Work on a demo because I’m planning to go Ohio Linux Fest next year and I want to bring something cool.

Linux Padawan

Work on community building in order to increase the growth and also try to get Buddy Press to work.

Hopefully this time I can complete them.

Aaron Honeycutt: A very bright future ahead.

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 06:34

It’s only half way though October but it has already been a very busy month for us at Kubuntu. We have welcomed Rik Mills (acheronuk on IRC) as a new Kubuntu/Ubuntu member, Clive Johnston (clivejo on IRC) as a Kubuntu Developer and pushed a new Kubuntu release out the doors!

Be sure to let us know how much you love it in the #kubuntu-devel IRC Channel, Telegram group or the Mailing List. Your reply might be featured in the next Kubuntu Podcast!

Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio 16.10 Released

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 16:26
We are happy to announce the release of our latest version, Ubuntu Studio 16.10 Yakkety Yak! As a regular version, it will be supported for 9 months. Since it’s just out, you may experience some issues, so you might want to wait a bit before upgrading. Please see the release notes for a complete list […]

Will Cooke: What to do with Unity 8 now

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 06:09

As you’re probably aware Ubuntu 16.10 was released yesterday and brings with it the Unity 8 desktop session as a preview of what’s being worked on right now and a reflection of the current state of play.

You might have already logged in and kicked the proverbial tyres.  If not I would urge you to do so.  Please take the time to install a couple of apps as laid out here:


The main driver for getting Unity 8 in to 16.10 was the chance to get it in the hands of users so we can get feedback and bug reports.  If you find something doesn’t work, please, log a bug.  We don’t monitor every forum or comments section on the web so the absolute best way to provide your feedback to people who can act on it is a bug report with clear steps on how to reproduce the issue (in the case of crashes) or an explanation of why you think a particular behaviour is wrong.  This is how you get things changed or fixed.

You can contribute to Ubuntu by simply playing with it.

Read about logging bugs in Ubuntu here: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ReportingBugs

And when you are ready to log a bug, log it against Unity 8 here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity8




Will Cooke on Google+

Jonathan Riddell: KDE 1 neon LTS Released: 20 Years of Supporting Freedom

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 04:12

To celebrate KDE’s 20th birthday today, the great KDE developer Helio Castro has launched KDE 1, the ultimate in long term support software with a 20 year support period.

KDE neon has now, using the latest containerised continuous integration technologies released KDE1 neon Docker images for your friendly local devop to deploy.

Give it a shot with:

apt install docker xserver-xephyr
adduser <username> docker
<log out and in again>
Xephyr :1 -screen 1024×768 &
docker pull jriddell/kde1neon
docker run -v /tmp/.X11-unix:/tmp/.X11-unix jriddell/kde1neon

(The Docker image isn’t optimised at all and probably needs to download 10GB, have fun!)


The Fridge: Juju 2.0 is here!

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 21:49

Juju 2.0 is here! This release has been a year in the making. We’d like to thank everyone for their feedback, testing, and adoption of juju 2.0 throughout its development process! Juju brings refinements in ease of use, while adding support for new clouds and features.

New to juju 2?

You can check our documentation at https://jujucharms.com/docs/2.0/getting-started

Need to install it?

If you are running Ubuntu, you can get it from the juju stable ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:juju/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install juju-2.0

Or install it from the snap store

snap install juju --beta --devmode

Windows, Centos, and MacOS users can get a corresponding installer at:


Want to upgrade to GA?

Those of you running an RC version of juju 2 can upgrade to this release by running:

juju upgrade-juju

Feedback Appreciated!

We encourage everyone to subscribe the mailing list at juju at lists.ubuntu.com and join us on #juju on freenode. We would love to hear your feedback and usage of juju.

Originally posted to the juju mailing list on Fri Oct 14 04:34:41 UTC 2016 by Nicholas Skaggs

Juju 2.0 is here!

The Fridge - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 21:49

Juju 2.0 is here! This release has been a year in the making. We’d like to thank everyone for their feedback, testing, and adoption of juju 2.0 throughout its development process! Juju brings refinements in ease of use, while adding support for new clouds and features.

New to juju 2?

You can check our documentation at https://jujucharms.com/docs/2.0/getting-started

Need to install it?

If you are running Ubuntu, you can get it from the juju stable ppa:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:juju/stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt install juju-2.0

Or install it from the snap store

snap install juju --beta --devmode

Windows, Centos, and MacOS users can get a corresponding installer at:


Want to upgrade to GA?

Those of you running an RC version of juju 2 can upgrade to this release by running:

juju upgrade-juju

Feedback Appreciated!

We encourage everyone to subscribe the mailing list at juju at lists.ubuntu.com and join us on #juju on freenode. We would love to hear your feedback and usage of juju.

Originally posted to the juju mailing list on Fri Oct 14 04:34:41 UTC 2016 by Nicholas Skaggs

Lubuntu Blog: Lubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) Released!

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 16:19
Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 16.10 has been released! With the codename Yakkety Yak, Lubuntu 16.10 is the 11th release of Lubuntu, with support until July 2017. We even have Lenny the Lubuntu mascot dressed up for the occasion! What is Lubuntu? Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor based on […]

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Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 16:18
Kubuntu is a friendly, elegant operating system. The system uses the Linux kernel and Ubuntu core. Kubuntu presents KDE software and a selection of other essential applications.

We focus on elegance and reliability. Please join us and contribute to an exciting international Free and Open Source Software project.

Install Kubuntu and enjoy friendly computing. Download the latest version:

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PCs with the Windows 8 logo or UEFI firmware, choose the 64-bit download. Visit the help pages for more information.

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Sean Davis: Xubuntu 16.10 “Yakkety Yak” Released

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 15:30
Another six months have come and gone, and it’s been a relatively slow cycle for Xubuntu development.  With increased activity in Xfce as it heads towards 4.14 and full GTK+3 support, few changes have...

Kubuntu: Kubuntu 16.10 Released!

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:10

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We, the Kubuntu Team are very happy to announce that Kubuntu 16.10 is finally here!

After 6 months of hard but fun work we have a bright new release for you all!

We packaged some great updates from the KDE Community such as:

– Plasma 5.7.5
– Applications 16.04.3
– Frameworks 5.26.0

We also have updated to version 4.8 of the Linux kernel with improvements across the board such as Microsoft Surface 3 support.

For a list of other application updates, upgrading notes and known bugs be sure to read our release notes!

Download 16.10


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