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The Kubuntu Team is happy to announce that Kubuntu 20.04.1 LTS “point release” is available today, featuring the beautiful KDE Plasma 5.18 LTS: simple by default, powerful when needed. As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated ... [More] installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Kubuntu 20.04 LTS. More details can be found in the release notes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FocalFossa/ReleaseNotes/Kubuntu In order to download Kubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, visit: Download Kubuntu Users of Kbuntu 18.04 LTS will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 20.04.1 LTS via Update Manager/Discover. For further information about upgrading, see: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FocalUpgrades As always, upgrades to the latest version of Kubuntu are entirely free of charge. We recommend that all users read the 20.04.1 LTS release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FocalFossa/ReleaseNotes If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places: #kubuntu on irc.freenode.nethttps://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/kubuntu-usershttps://www.kubuntuforums.net/https://www.reddit.com/r/Kubuntu/ [Less]
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WSLConf is the first and only community conference dedicated to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). Canonical proudly sponsored the first WSLConf in March 2020. Since then Ubuntu 20.04 on WSL 2 has arrived and support for AI/ML workloads is ... [More] available in Windows Insiders. With WSL growing, WSLConf community organizers did not want to wait another year to gather the community together. WSLConf is returning in September 2020 in virtual form, as microWSLConf. microWSLConf will feature a virtual hallway track for unscheduled conversations by attendees and breakout sessions for affinity groups. The schedule for microWSLConf has been broken into two shorter sessions expanding the geographic reach of the virtual conference to Europe, Africa, and Asia. Session One NYC: September 9 9pm-12amSEA: September 10 6pm-9pmLON: September 10 2am-5amHKG: September 10 9am-12pm Session Two NYC: September 10 10am-1pmSEA: September 10 7am-10amLON: September 10 3pm-6pmHKG: September 10 10pm-12am microWSLConf is still accepting presentation proposals through 15 August. Submit a presentation proposal at wslconf.dev. Planned speakers to date include: Hayden BarnesEngineering Manager for Ubuntu on WSL at CanonicalMicrosoft MVP Nuno do CarmoAnalyst, Ferring PharmaceuticalsCNCF Ambassador, Docker Captain, and Microsoft MVP Carlos RamirezCEO, Whitewater Foundry, publishers of Pengwin and Raft Mario HewardtPrincipal Program Manager, Microsoft, for Sysinternals for Linux Kohei OtaSolutions Architect, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Jérôme LabanChief Technology Officer, Uno Platform Carlos LopezBusiness System Analyst, Conduent, and SQL Server expertMicrosoft MVP Join the WSLConf Telegram chat. All the streamed content from the first WSLConf is available on the Ubuntu YouTube page: [Less]
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We know a lot of you are on vacation so we’ll keep this month’s State of Robotics edition short and sweet. Try out the Hello World of ROS Looking for an easy way to get familiar with ROS 2? We recently published a few helpers on how to simulate ... [More] robots with turtlesim to help our readers get a rolling start on ROS2. For something that carries a little more punch, follow our tutorial on simulating a TurtleBot3. TurtleBots not only have the standard array of sensors and actuators, they also work with tht ROS navigation and Simultaneous Location and Mapping (SLAM) packages. Overall these packages can be an excellent way to learn more about autonomous robotics! Get involved with the ROS security community What does it mean to “secure a ROS robot”? Canonical is working with the Center for Internet Security (CIS) to address exactly that question. CIS has a long and successful history of creating community-consensus best practice recommendations for security. The first CIS benchmark for ROS is currently under consideration and covers Melodic running on Ubuntu Server 18.04. Want to get involved? You don’t need to be an expert in security or in robotics. We’d love to have your help to define the recommendations for ROS. Send us your insights on common sense security settings that prevent abuse of robots in the field.  Join the call to define the industry best security practices for the next generation of robots. Robotics Rewind The Ubuntu Robotics team has been busy working to make robotics more approachable and stable on Ubuntu, and sharing all the work with the community. Recent initiatives include getting up and running with ROS 2, software development for ROS and building snaps for your robot. We’ve published over two dozen articles & videos on these topics, so in case you may have missed them, take a look at our recent recap. Remembering Grant Imahara On a more somber note, Grant Imahara – a beloved icon of the robotics community – passed away from brain aneurysm this July. Imahara was 49. And 2020 just won’t take a breather. An avid roboticist, Imahara was most famous for being the energetic host of MythBusters and the operator of R2D2 in the Star Wars prequels. Here is a tribute that the folks over at Discovery made for Grant and all his contributions to the robotics community.  Outro For all the makers and hackers out there, if you have an open-source project or initiative you’d like us to showcase in this monthly series, shoot us a message on robotics.canonical@canonical.com. We’ll take it from there. That’s it folks, enjoy your downtime and stay safe in August! [Less]
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The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. As usual, this point release includes many ... [More] updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Kubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu Budgie 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu MATE 20.04.1 LTS, Lubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu Kylin 20.04.1 LTS, Ubuntu Studio 20.04.1 LTS, and Xubuntu 20.04.1 LTS are also now available. More details can be found in their individual release notes: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FocalFossa/ReleaseNotes#Official_flavours Maintenance updates will be provided for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, Ubuntu Cloud, and Ubuntu Core. All the remaining flavours will be supported for 3 years. Additional security support is available with ESM (Extended Security Maintenance). To get Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS In order to download Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS, visit: https://ubuntu.com/download Users of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will soon be offered an automatic upgrade to 20.04.1 LTS via Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FocalUpgrades As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free of charge. We recommend that all users read the 20.04.1 LTS release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes on the release itself. They are available at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FocalFossa/ReleaseNotes If you have a question, or if you think you may have found a bug but aren’t sure, you can try asking in any of the following places: #ubuntu on irc.freenode.nethttps://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-users https://ubuntuforums.org https://askubuntu.com Help Shape Ubuntu If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of ways you can participate at: https://discourse.ubuntu.com/contribute About Ubuntu Ubuntu is a full-featured Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, clouds and servers, with a fast and easy installation and regular releases. A tightly-integrated selection of excellent applications is included, and an incredible variety of add-on software is just a few clicks away. Professional services including support are available from Canonical and hundreds of other companies around the world. For more information about support, visit: https://ubuntu.com/support More Information You can learn more about Ubuntu and about this release on our website listed below: https://ubuntu.com/ To sign up for future Ubuntu announcements, please subscribe to Ubuntu’s very low volume announcement list at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-announce Originally posted to the ubuntu-announce mailing list on Thu Aug 6 17:31:55 UTC 2020 by Łukasz ‘sil2100’ Zemczak, on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team [Less]
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O Diogo está em parte incerta, e o Carrondo noutro fuso horário, mas o PUP must go on! Esta semana trazemos actualidade do final de Julho e a já tão falada aplicação de rastreamento covid… Saúde para todos e fiquem com mais 1 capítulo desta aventura. ... [More] Já sabem: oiçam, subscrevam e partilhem! https://9to5linux.com/meet-ubuntued-20-04-an-educational-ubuntu-flavor-for-kids-schools-and-universities https://discourse.ubuntu.com/t/ubuntu-education-ubuntued/17063 https://9to5linux.com/meet-ubuntu-retro-remix-an-ubuntu-distro-to-turn-your-raspberry-pi-into-a-retro-gaming-pc https://ubuntuunity.org/ https://rastreamento.pt/ https://ansol.org/STAYAWAY-COVID https://www.humblebundle.com/books/raspberry-pi-raspberry-pi-press-books?partner=pup Apoios Podem apoiar o podcast usando os links de afiliados do Humble Bundle, porque ao usarem esses links para fazer uma compra, uma parte do valor que pagam reverte a favor do Podcast Ubuntu Portugal. E podem obter tudo isso com 15 dólares ou diferentes partes dependendo de pagarem 1, ou 8. Achamos que isto vale bem mais do que 15 dólares, pelo que se puderem paguem mais um pouco mais visto que têm a opção de pagar o quanto quiserem. Se estiverem interessados em outros bundles não listados nas notas usem o link https://www.humblebundle.com/?partner=PUP e vão estar também a apoiar-nos. Atribuição e licenças Este episódio foi produzido por Diogo Constantino e Tiago Carrondo e editado por Alexandre Carrapiço, o Senhor Podcast. A música do genérico é: “Won’t see it comin’ (Feat Aequality & N’sorte d’autruche)”, por Alpha Hydrae e está licenciada nos termos da [CC0 1.0 Universal License](https://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/). Este episódio e a imagem utilizada estão licenciados nos termos da licença: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0), cujo texto integral pode ser lido aqui. Estamos abertos a licenciar para permitir outros tipos de utilização, contactem-nos para validação e autorização. [Less]
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Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, we are pleased to announce that Lubuntu 20.04.1 LTS has been released! What is Lubuntu? Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor which uses the Lightweight Qt Desktop Environment (LXQt). The project’s goal is to provide a lightweight yet functional Linux distribution based on a rock-solid Ubuntu […]
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This week we’ve been building Monster Joysticks and playing Red Alert. We discuss the proliforation of Ubuntu Remixes, bring you some GUI love and go over all your wonderful feedback. It’s Season 13 Episode 20 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark ... [More] Johnson and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain. In this week’s show: We discuss what we’ve been up to recently: Martin has been building Monster Joysticks Mark has been playing Red Alert. We discuss the proliforation of Ubuntu Remixes. Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix Ubuntu DDE Remix Ubuntu Unity Remix We share a GUI Lurve: ScreenRuler And we go over all your amazing feedback – thanks for sending it – please keep sending it! Ergodox-EZ Image credit: Kameron Kincade We are running a crowd funder to cover our audio production costs on Patreon. You can listen to the Ubuntu Podcast back catalogue on YouTube. That’s all for this week! If there’s a topic you’d like us to discuss, or you have any feedback on previous shows, please send your comments and suggestions to show@ubuntupodcast.org or Tweet us or Toot us or Comment on our Facebook page or comment on our sub-Reddit. Join us in the Ubuntu Podcast Telegram group. [Less]
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The web team here at Canonical run two week iterations. Here are some of the highlights of our completed work from this iteration. Meet the team Hi everyone! Jeff Pihach I’m the Canadian 🇨🇦 on the Web Team here at Canonical. I joined ... [More] Canonical as a software engineer around 8 years ago and since then have worn a few hats. I started writing code sometime around 1993 with Qbasic, dabbled in some C, C++, before ultimately ending up working with the various components of the web stack and working with PHP, Perl, Python, Go, Javascript. Day to day I’m working with Juju, JAAS and building the Juju Dashboard. Outside of a computer, I enjoy being outside and snow, wake and kiteboarding. Web squad Our Web Squad develops and maintains most of Canonical’s promotional sites like ubuntu.com, canonical.com and more. Promotions This iteration we created two new takeovers. Building powerful customer solutions This is a small series of webinars to explain how GSIs can work with Canonical’s offerings.  If you are interested, please join us. Join the GSI webinar series >  Comparing Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Canonical’s Charmed OpenStack Learn how you can improve your total costs by moving to Charmed OpenStack overusing RedHat. Get the whitepaper >  Japanese website updates We have been updating a few parts of the localised Japanese ubuntu.com website.  This iteration we added a new newsletter with our popular CLI cheat sheet for server users as an incentive for joining. Sign up for the newsletter > Portuguese version of the VMware to Charmed OpenStack whitepaper This is the first Whitepaper that we have translated into Portuguese.  If you are interested in potentially moving from VMware to  OpenStack, please grab it. Get the VMware to Charmed OpenStack whitepaper > Automotive page The automotive page has been revamped with all new content and illustrations. The page also includes a unique animation.  The animation was developed using CSS animations applied to an inline SVG. A combination of transitions and keyframe animations provides the Ubuntu boxes turning on and data flow resulting in the car slightly sliding in. All of which is triggered by Javascript applying a class to the strip when it’s scrolled into view Notice about the latest Chromium update The desktop team plans to provide some information about the latest Chromium update in Ubuntu 20.04.1 from within the operating system. Which the web team provided a stand-alone HTML page. The main consideration was to remove external dependencies which involved inlining the CSS and inline SVGs. As size was a concern we stripped back the CSS provided by Vanilla to the bare minimum. Giving us good insights into the critical CSS provided by Vanilla. Brand The Brand team develops our design strategy and creates the look and feel for the company across many touch-points, from web, documents, exhibitions, logos and video. Ubuntu infographics We worked with the Marketing Team on an infographic to promote Ubuntu 2004 to 20.04 LTS, it required a number of new graphics to be created. Pictogram development The pictogram design exploration from the last iteration progressed into some initial design concepts. We aim to present the full presentation internally and take them to the next stage. Vanilla The Vanilla squad designs and maintains the design system and Vanilla framework library. They ensure a consistent style throughout web assets. Chips We’ve been working on upstreaming some of the search and filter component work from our React components library. This work involves the styling for the chip component. Which was recently released as part of Vanilla v2.15. Application layout We continue the work on application layout. After the initial phase of prototyping, we are implementing the application grid layout and the panels styling into Vanilla framework. We’re also finalising the application panels UX spec. Vanilla Suru strips Canonical websites often use distinctive slanted Suru backgrounds. They’ve been initially implemented for ubuntu.com and copied to other sites. We are in the process of moving the most common of these patterns into Vanilla, so they can be consistently reused across our sites and applications. MAAS The MAAS squad develops the UI for the MAAS project. KVM List page in React Our KVM page is halfway through the ReactJS transition. We just completed our QA both in Design and UI in our KVM listing page. Aside from that our graphs are more simplified and should work in responsive views. The KVM details page is on its way to QA and should be completed soon! New CLI On the UX side of our iteration, we continue the quest to understand problems with the existing CLI in MAAS. We are also hopeful that we can create a more aligning structure for the CLI across products.  In this iteration, MAAS UX and Snapcraft UX had sync and immerse ourselves in the CLI experience to align the underlying problems in our CLIs across products and created an initial guideline for the CLI input structure and output structure. We are still working on it and gathering feedback from the team to figure out different states of our outputs, such as empty state, incomplete state, tone of voice, and more states to find out. Our goal is to make MAAS CLI simpler and more human-readable. SR-IOV and NUMA aware VMs NUMA aware VMs have been our focus for quite some time. We want our users to be able to deploy high-performance workloads on KVM hosts. This includes aligning the VMs to a single NUMA node, as well as using SR-IOV to improve networking throughput and latency. In this iteration, we have gone through a few UX design stages to simplify and visualise the connection between NUMA nodes and machines, as well as providing a way to incorporate hugepage memory into the virtual memory for better performance. We have explored a few versions of design options as below: The first design focuses on the ability to show different sections of the virtual memory when they are split into general purposes and hugepages.  Our second design focuses on scalability and the ability to add more hugepage memory of different page sizes in the future. Our third design focuses on responsiveness of our UI by breaking down the virtual memory into a doughnut chart and combining information in a card form. Finally, we establish the connection between NUMA node and machines within the summary view: In our future work, aside from being able to add multiple hugepage memory into the virtual memory, we also want to make the connection between virtual functions and network interfaces more succinct. JAAS The JAAS squad develops the UI for the JAAS store and Juju dashboard projects. Cross-model relations – UX workshop During the last iteration we spoke to some Juju users about their experience of Cross-model relations (CMR), we have summarised all the insights into a report. In this iteration, we started to analyse the key requirements around displaying CMR information on the JAAS dashboard in a workshop. Adding additional controllers to the dashboard UX design-wise, we adopted the new Vanilla Panel pattern and designed the interaction flow for the feature of registering/editing/removing controllers. This new feature is now ready for use in the Juju Dashboard 0.2.0 release. Try it out. Snapcraft and Charmhub The Snapcraft team works closely with the Store team to develop and maintain the Snap Store site and the upcoming Charmhub site. Snapcraft A/B tests on the homepage In the last weeks, the homepage was running an A/B test to test the search bar on the top level of the homepage. It was a success. The snapcraft.io team will design and update the page to get a fresh look. Charm Hub We updated the look and feel of charm/bundle cards on the home page and store page. We also added beautifully topic cards to the store page. As part of the “publisher” section of the website, we implemented “publisher account details” and “charm settings” pages. The team is also researching and exploring solutions for the developer experience of Charm Hub, including publishing, consuming and the development journey. We did some user interviews to better understand charm developers’ journeys and try to figure out how the website can support developers throughout their process. This research also helped us better comprehend the differences between the reactive framework and the new approach defined by the operator framework. In line with this work, we also did a benchmark of different programming language websites, to see how they support their developers in their learning and discovery processes.  This is useful to see how others are structuring their content, which could provide some common threads for us to follow.  [Less]
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Advantech, a leading global provider of intelligent IoT systems and embedded platforms, is pleased to announce EPC-C301, a compact fanless box PC powered by 8th Gen. Intel® Core™ processor. This system features diverse domain-focused I/O and can ... [More] operate in broad temperature ranges. EPC-C301 integrates Intel® and Canonical technologies, provides Ubuntu and OpenVINO toolkits, and is aimed at accelerating the advancement of AIoT. This powerful system is an excellent choice for machine vision applications, such as automated optical inspection (AOI), and automated plate number recognition (APNR). Embedded software support EPC-C301 comes with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS image and iManager software API. “By certifying Advantech’s EPC-C301 for Ubuntu 18.04, Canonical guarantees 10-years of software update support that gives enterprises a stable and secure AIoT platform for their industrial automation and robotics,” said Loic Minier, Global Director Devices Field Engineering at Canonical. Likewise, Advantech’s EPC-C301 features WISE-DeviceOn, an IoT device operation and management software, which enables users to integrate, visualize, operate, and manage their industrial IoT devices through cloud services easily. Intel® OpenVINO™ Toolkit accelerates AIoT EPC-C301 accelerates the advancement towards AIoT using the Intel® OpenVINO™ toolkit. The OpenVINO™ developer kit is compatible with the VEGA-330 AI acceleration card and the pre-loaded Ubuntu 18.04 LTS yielding a comprehensive set of functions. Sameer Sharma, General Manager of Smart Cities and Transportation at Intel® stated, “With an increase in urban population and road vehicles, there is a significant opportunity to help cities stay ahead of growing demands that put strain on existing road infrastructure. Intel’s collaboration with Advantech, coupled with investment in AI technologies, including the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit, can help accelerate the transformation towards safer, greener, and more efficient road infrastructures.” Key Features 8th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7-8665UE/i5-8365UE processor Dual Channel DDR4-2400MT/s up to 32GB with HDMI + DP* Dual 4K Displays 4 x GbE, 4 x USB 3.2, 4 x USB 2.0, 3 x RS-232/422/485, 1 x RS-232, 2 x isolated CANBus, and 8 GPIO M.2 E-Key 2230, B-Key 3042, M-Key 2280 for SATA & PCIex4 SSD, and mini-PCIe DC-12V, and -20 ~ 60 °C (-4 ~ 140 °F) operating temperature Supports iManager software APIs for Windows 10, Linux and WISE-DeviceOn Developer kit (EVK) SKUs default equip VEGA-330, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, Intel OpenVINO Toolkit Advantech’s EPC-C301 fanless box PC is available from July, 2020. For more information, please visit Advantech website. [Less]
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 642 for the week of July 26 – August 1, 2020. The full version of this issue is available here. In this issue we cover: First Groovy Gorilla test rebuild 20.04.1 LTS Release Candidate ISOs ... [More] ready for testing Ubuntu Stats Hot in Support LoCo Events Focal Fossa (20.04.1 LTS) Point-Release Status Tracking Mitigating BootHole – ‘There’s a hole in the boot’ – CVE-2020-10713 and related vulnerabilities Canonical News In the Press In Other News Other Articles of Interest Featured Audio and Video Meeting Reports Upcoming Meetings and Events Updates and Security for 16.04, 18.04, and 20.04 And much more! The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by: Krytarik Raido Bashing-om Chris Guiver Wild Man 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, this issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License [Less]