Australis has finally landed in Firefox Nightly and this presents and excellent opportunity for all Firefox Users to help test out nightly. Mozilla relies pretty heavily on user feedback and its nightly testers to help keep each release as crisp as possible.
Installing Nightly on Ubuntu
- sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-mozilla-daily/ppa
- sudo apt-get update
- sudo apt-get install firefox-trunk
Reporting Bugs in Firefox
Here is a very simple but robust guide on reporting bugs on Firefox
Feedback is really important to Mozilla in fact Mozilla has an entire team that focuses a lot of their attention on reading through feedback and advocating for changes in Firefox to meet the expectations and needs of users. You can submit feedback about Firefox by going to Help -> Submit Feedback or by clicking here.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #343 for the week November 11 – 17, 2013, and the full version is available here.
In this issue we cover:
- Community Council Election Results
- Ubuntu Developer Summit Schedule Ready
- discourse.ubuntu.com Is Here, Dive In!
- Ubuntu Stats
- Trusty attends first Ubuntu Hour
- Three Teams Verified
- From 0 to hero in a few minutes, Introducing Juju Bundles
- Alan Bell: Building Ubuntu for the Raspberry Pi
- Benjamin Kerensa: Awesome vUDS Sessions
- Xubuntu: Xubuntu 14.04 Default Wallpapers
- Sergio Meneses: Lubuntu needs you!
- Canonical News
- Dell aims for cloudy orbit with Sputnik Ubuntu developer project
- Hillsboro School District considering open-source solutions in wake of failed bond measure
- In The Blogosphere
- Other Articles of Interest
- Featured Audio and Video
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: October 2013
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 10.04, 12.04, 12.10, 13.04 and 13.10
- And much more!
The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:
- Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
- Paul White
- Nathan Dyer
- Jim Connett
- And many others
Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License
November is really going to be Doctor Who month for me. It’s been Doctor Who year really, but things really ratchet up a notch this month, as I am off to lots of events to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show.
Last week I headed to the BFI for the preview screening on “An Adventure in Space and Time”, by Mark Gatiss. It tells the story of how a small team of inexperienced people made magic, despite the hindrance of the old guard in the BBC. As bizarre as it might sound to say about a drama set so long ago, I won’t spoil it for you. I will say that it was a magical way to spend an evening, ninety minutes of joy watching the excellent cast wearing familiar costumes in loving recreations of vintage sets.
The engagement from the audience was intense, and there were lots of sniffles and tears throughout the drama. The standing ovation was well deserved. It’s on BBC Two at 9pm on Thursday, and you should watch it!
Yesterday saw stand-up comedian, presenter and fan Toby Hadoke perform a double-bill of his two Doctor Who-related comedy shows “Moths Ate My Doctor Who Scarf” and “My Stepson Stole My Sonic Screwdriver” at the Garrick Theatre. Although they are ostensibly about Doctor Who, and there are more than enough jokes to keep fans happy, both shows tell a much more human and personal story. It was clear that both stories were affecting and again there were a few tears amongst the audience. It was nice to see a fair few Doctor Who alumni in the audience, including Katy Manning, Nicola Bryant and Dan Starkey, and a pleasure to join what has become a little family of Doctor Who podcasters at yet another event this year.
It’s hard to imagine after this week, but the best this month is yet to come!Pin It
This morning like Oliver Grawert I learned a variety of Linux related news sites had decided to cover a discussion from a few weeks ago on the Ubuntu Devel mailing list surrounding the possibility of a Ubuntu MATE Remix.
The coverage in the media has been pretty mixed, but I was disappointed to see some sites trying to put a spin on things and suggesting that this was Canonical being critical of Linux Mint which is not the case. In fact for the most part Clement Lefebvre has clarified that what Oli and I said was accurate that being that certain updates in Linux Mint are not enabled by default and that Firefox on LMDE (Debian Edition of Linux Mint) was not always updated as much as it probably should have been but now is updated automatically.
I wanted to post briefly and just say that my personal opinion is that Kernel and Xorg updates are important for users to have, and Ubuntu Developers are diligent in testing updates to packages and addressing regressions.
I do not think stability and performance are as big of an issue as Clem alludes them to be, and I think it is important for users to have security updates for all packages automatically without having to do anything extra to get them.
Anyways this post is not to try to convince anyone of my opinion nor was the original discussion on the mailing list.
Lets get back to making awesome free software for our users! FOSS Yeaaaah!
Getting online this morning was in interesting experience, seemingly some news sites picked up a two week old post to a mailing list thread from me to turn it into something that generates revenue for them …
… intrestingly even though the original post was linked in all of these articles, people seem to be more intrested in the interpretation of the reporters of the sites than to read the actual thread, putting potential words from Canonical into my mouth that i didn’t ever say.
I must say I find that pretty offending to me as an individual … yes, I do work for Canonical (still happily since nearly 9 years now and I love what I do and plan to go on to do so …) but please allow me to have my own mind and opinions, not everything an Ubuntu developer says is coordinated by Canonical, even if this statement might trash you conspiracy theories … (oh, and not every Ubuntu developer works for Canonical … unlike some people might want you to think, the Ubuntu dev community is healthy and happily chuggin along, with the new Ubuntu Touch community vibrantly growing)
What I wrote was my own personal opinion (that was actually the reason to use the word “personally” in my sentece about home banking, but I am not a native english speaker, so I might have misunderstood its meaning for all these years)
What I also did was to point to code evidence that shows that Linux Mint supresses security updates for certain software in its default setup … while it might be true that it is configurable and that it is only disabled for certain packages out of the box, this is still an evident fact and can be seen in the code, there is nothing to argue or discuss about (and as I learned now it seems to be part of the Mint philosophy since security updates seem to have caused them instabilities in the past)
Indeed I couldn’t keep my feet still and made the mistake to actually read comments on the different articles …
“He fears losing his job and needs to stir up stuff” … dude … after such a long time in an opensource company and getting headhunter offers regulary, you dont have to worry for your job … what I’m actually worried about is the undeserved badmouthing of Ubuntu based on FUD. Ubuntu is more than Canonical or its decisions, please don’t discredit the work of many many contributors out there … if you want to attack Canonical, do it, but pretty please take into account that Ubuntu is more than Canonical … Oh, and the stirring up part … I can tell you it isn’t any pleasure to be in focus like that for a side statement you made weeks ago …
“He wants to badmouth Linux Mint because they steal users from Ubuntu” … I seriously don’t care if users use Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Mint or elementaryOS, in fact it makes me proud to know they base on work I participated in (note that I maintained one for the first derivative distros of Ubuntu (edubuntu) for about two years nearly on my own) derivatives (and the work they feed back into the Ubuntu archive) are a big part of the Ubuntu ecosystem, why would any sane developer badmouth them ?
A big thanks to OMGUbuntu for fixing their headline … which initially suggested that I “advised” users to not use Mint because it is vulnerable, I never did, I just stated that I personally would not use it for online banking since I know they dont install all available security updates by default …
Seriously, I HATE raisins, I would never eat a cheesecake that contains raisins … did I ask anyone to not eat raisins or did I propose to stop producing them in the former sentence ? no, obviously I didnt … and I dont want the raisin farmers go jobless just because I dont like their product … why people did read something like this into my words in the mail that was quoted is really beyond me …
So lets see if we can get something constructive out of all this, obviously would I be a debian developer that had posted to some debian ML nobody would have picked it up … but since this trivial statement has drawn so much attention we can probably both benefit from it…
To me PERSONALLY suppressing any available security updates is a no-go and while Clem points out that it is configurable in Mint, I don’t belive my Mom or my sister would get along with that, they would just use the default. Which would leave them obviously vulnerable with some packages (wether the vulnerabilities are exploited or not, there are open security holes in your system after all) … obviously the practice to suppress these updates stems from bad experience with using Ubuntu provided security updates …
Hey Clem ! … so how about we take a look at this and improve that situation for you, obviously something in Ubuntu doesn’t work like you need it, Canonical puts a lot of time and money into improving the QA since about two years. I think it would be really helpful to sit down and look if we can improve it well enough for both of us to benefit (Ubuntu from your feedback and you from improvements we can do to the package quality) … wether you still want to suppress updating any packages or not even after we fixed the issue for you, is indeed your choice, but please dear press allow me to also still not use Mint for online banking then
Quotes from the comments section in the above page:
… “Maybe it is time to re-evaluate whether security updates should be held back by default. Ubuntu have made steps to avoid regressions such as Phased Updates.” …
Clem: … “I’d be happy to have that discussion and look at the pros and cons post Mint16 release. It’s not a reaction to a particular incident though, it’s a difference in policy. We actually built the tools that would allow us not to make it trivial for people to apply changes blindly. There’s pros and cons to it, and that’s why it’s configurable.” …
So hey, as much out of bounds these press posts were for such a non-issue, it apparently caused some discussions and will possibly improve the situation for all of us in the end …
Oh, and btw … many people missed the actually interesting part in the mail thread … having Mate in debian and Ubuntu will definitely reduce the maintenance work for Mint since they can just pull it in from the respective archives (and it might bring Ubuntu another new derivative distro)
This is a special review. This time around, I am including three books in a new educational manga series. I originally intended to produce three individual reviews, but I’m pretty excited about these books and don’t want to make you wait. The series was just published, so if it isn’t on your local bookstore shelves now, it will be soon.
Survive: Inside the Human Body, Volume 1: The Digestive System, Volume 2: The Circulatory System, and Volume 3: The Nervous System are being published by No Starch Press, the same people who brought us the Manga Guide to series, several books from which I have reviewed here in the past. Like that series, this set of books was originally published in another country (Korea, this time) and licensed by No Starch and translated into English. During this process, the information in these books was reviewed by medical doctors for accuracy. The story line was also updated in a few places to adjust the fun to an English-speaking audience.
There is much to love in this series. The information is useful and detailed. I’ll tell you more about that in a paragraph dedicated to each volume. In all the volumes, the illustrations are beautifully done, colorful (not black and white!), and genuinely add to the experience without distracting from the information or the story line. There are lovely samples to view on the No Starch site at the links above.
The three volumes have one story line that arcs across the set. It is a cute story that is pretty typical in its use of standard manga motifs like overstated graphic representations of emotions. In all three volumes, at the end of each chapter, there are a couple of pages that step out of the arcing story line that give more academic details with just enough detail to tie up any loose ends that the reader may have without crossing the line into overwhelming the reader.
The first volume covers the digestive system. It covers everything from the mouth to the anus and everything in between. Beautiful illustrations show useful details and help the reader understand what the action describes. We learn about how food is processed, how nutrients are absorbed, how beneficial gut flora are vital to the process, and how waste is eliminated.
The second volume covers the circulatory system. Here we learn about blood and its components, the liver and filtration, the heart, the lungs and oxygenation, the bones and blood creation, blood types, and we even get a few bonuses with side tracks into skin, the nose, and the ears.
The third volume centers on the nervous system. Topics covered include the brain, different kinds of cells in the nervous system, and the diagnostic tests that can be used by doctors to investigate when problems occur.
After about ~7 months of prototyping our watercooler is here.
Our new discussion site built on the modern 100% Free Software Discourse platform. Log in with your Ubuntu SSO and start the party!
Over the next week or so I’ll be detailing instructions for community members to integrate their blog comments with the platform, and we have a bunch of integration ideas between Discourse and summit.ubuntu.com , as well as other integration points with mailing lists and social networks.
We also have an entire section dedicated to Local Team categories, so if you’re looking to jump in with your local team, let me know.