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Lubuntu Blog: Lubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) Released! from Planet Ubuntu

Thanks to all the hard work from our contributors, Lubuntu 18.10 has been released! With the codename Cosmic Cuttlefish, Lubuntu 18.10 is the 15th release of Lubuntu and the first release of Lubuntu with LXQt as the default desktop environment, with support until July of 2019. Translated into: español What is Lubuntu? Lubuntu is an […]

2 days ago

Tiago Carrondo: S01E06 – Mestres no Open Source from Planet Ubuntu

Revimos o valioso feedback dos ouvintes, voltámos a falar do Pinebook, Olimex e Pihole. Depois passámos apelos à participação da comunidade, mas o prato principal foi a entrevista à Professora Manuela Aparício do Mestrado em Open Source Software do ISCTE/IUL. No fim além da agenda ainda fizemos uma pequena digressão pelo Open Source Lisboa 2018.

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2 days ago

Daniel Pocock: Debian GSoC 2018 report from Planet Ubuntu

One of my major contributions to Debian in 2018 has been participation as a mentor and admin for Debian in Google Summer of Code (GSoC).
Here are a few observations about what happened this year, from my personal perspective in those roles.
Making a full report of everything that happens in GSoC is close to impossible. Here I consider issues that span multiple projects and the mentoring team. For details on individual projects completed by the students, please see their final reports posted in August on the mailing list.
Thanking our outgoing administrators
Nicolas Dandrimont and Sylvestre Ledru retired from the admin role after GSoC 2016 and Tom Marble has retired from the Outreachy administration role, we should be enormously grateful for the effort they have put in as these are very demanding roles.
When the last remaining member of the admin team, Molly, asked for people to step in for 2018, knowing the huge effort involved, I offered to help out on a very temporary basis. We drafted a new delegation but didn't seek to have it ratified until the team evolves. We started 2018 with Molly, Jaminy, Alex and myself. The role needs at least one new volunteer with strong mentoring experience for 2019.
Project ideas
Google encourages organizations to put project ideas up for discussion and also encourages students to spontaneously propose their own ideas. This latter concept is a significant difference between GSoC and Outreachy that has caused unintended confusion for some mentors in the past. I have frequently put teasers on my blog, without full specifications, to see how students would try to respond. Some mentors are much more precise, telling students exactly what needs to be delivered and how to go about it. Both approaches are valid early in the program.
Student inquiries
Students start sending inquiries to some mentors well before GSoC starts. When Google publishes the list of organizations to participate (that was on 12 February this year), the number of inquiries increases dramatically, in the form of personal emails to the mentors, inquiries on the debian-outreach mailing list, the IRC channel and many project-specific mailing lists and IRC channels.
Over 300 students contacted me personally or through the mailing list during the application phase (between 12 February and 27 March). This is a huge number and makes it impossible to engage in a dialogue with every student. In the last years where I have mentored, 2016 and 2018, I've personally but a bigger effort into engaging other mentors during this phase and introducing them to some of the students who already made a good first impression.
As an example, Jacob Adams first inquired about my PKI/PGP Clean Room idea back in January. I was really excited about his proposals but I knew I simply didn't have the time to mentor him personally, so I added his blog to Planet Debian and suggested he put out a call for help. One mentor, Daniele Nicolodi replied to that and I also introduced him to Thomas Levine. They both generously volunteered and together with Jacob, ensured a successful project. While I originally started the clean room, they deserve all the credit for the enhancements in 2018 and this emphasizes the importance of those introductions made during the early stages of GSoC.
In fact, there were half a dozen similar cases this year where I have interacted with a really promising student and referred them to the mentor(s) who appeared optimal for their profile.
After my recent travels in the Balkans, a number of people from Albania and Kosovo expressed an interest in GSoC and Outreachy. The students from Kosovo found that their country was not listed in the application form but the Google team very promptly added it, allowing them to apply for GSoC for the first time. Kosovo still can't participate in the Olympics or the World Cup, but they can compete in GSoC now.
At this stage, I was still uncertain if I would mentor any project myself in 2018 or only help with the admin role, which I had only agreed to do on a very temporary basis until the team evolves. Nonetheless, the day before student applications formally opened (12 March) and after looking at the interest areas of students who had already made contact, I decided to go ahead mentoring a single project, the wizard for new students and contributors.
Student selections
The application deadline closed on 27 March. At this time, Debian had 102 applications, an increase over the 75 applications from 2016. Five applicants were female, including three from Kosovo.
One challenge we've started to see is that since Google reduced the stipend for GSoC, Outreachy appears to pay more in many countries. Some women put more effort into an Outreachy application or don't apply for GSoC at all, even though there are far more places available in GSoC each year. GSoC typically takes over 1,000 interns in each round while Outreachy can only accept approximately 50.
Applicants are not evenly distributed across all projects. Some mentors/projects only receive one applicant and then mentors simply have to decide if they will accept the applicant or cancel the project. Other mentors receive ten or more complete applications and have to spend time studying them, comparing them and deciding on the best way to rank them and make a decision.
Given the large number of project ideas in Debian, we found that the Google portal didn't allow us to use enough category names to distinguish them all. We contacted the Google team about this and they very quickly increased the number of categories we could use, this made it much easier to tag the large number of applications so that each mentor could filter the list and only see their own applicants.
The project I mentored personally, a wizard for helping new students get started, attracted interest from 3 other co-mentors and 10 student applications. To help us compare the applications and share data we gathered from the students, we set up a shared spreadsheet using Debian's Sandstorm instance and Ethercalc. Thanks to Asheesh and Laura for setting up and maintaining this great service.
Slot requests
Switching from the mentor hat to the admin hat, we had to coordinate the requests from each mentor to calculate the total number of slots we wanted Google to fund for Debian's mentors.
Once again, Debian's Sandstorm instance, running Ethercalc, came to the rescue.
All mentors were granted access, reducing the effort for the admins and allowing a distributed, collective process of decision making. This ensured mentors could see that their slot requests were being counted correctly but it means far more than that too. Mentors put in a lot of effort to bring their projects to this stage and it is important for them to understand any contention for funding and make a group decision about which projects to prioritize if Google doesn't agree to fund all the slots.

Management tools and processes
Various topics were discussed by the team at the beginning of GSoC.
One discussion was about the definition of "team". Should the new delegation follow the existing pattern, reserving the word "team" for the admins, or should we move to the convention followed by the DebConf team, where the word "team" encompasses a broader group of the volunteers? A draft delegation text was prepared but we haven't asked for it to be ratified, this is a pending task for the 2019 team (more on that later).
There was discussion about the choice of project management tools, keeping with Debian's philosophy of only using entirely free tools. We compared various options, including Redmine with the Agile (Kanban) plugin, Kanboard (as used by DebConf team), and more Sandstorm-hosted possibilities, such as Wekan and Scrumblr. Some people also suggested ideas for project management within their Git repository, for example, using Org-mode. There was discussion about whether it would be desirable for admins to run an instance of one of these tools to manage our own workflow and whether it would be useful to have all students use the same tool to ease admin supervision and reporting. Personally, I don't think all students need to use the same tool as long as they use tools that provide public read-only URLs, or even better, a machine-readable API allowing admins to aggregate data about progress.
Admins set up a Git repository for admin and mentor files on Debian's new GitLab instance, Salsa. We tried to put in place a process to synchronize the mentor list on the wiki, the list of users granted team access in Salsa and the list of mentors maintained in the GSoC portal. This could be taken further by asking mentors and students to put a Moin Category tag on the bottom of their personal pages on the wiki, allowing indexes to be built automatically.
Students accepted
On 23 April, the list of selected students was confirmed. Shortly afterward, a Debian blog appeared welcoming the students.
OSCAL 2018, Albania and Kosovo visit
I traveled to Tirana, Albania for OSCAL'18 where I was joined by two of the Kosovan students selected by Debian. They helped run the Debian booth, comprising a demonstration of software defined radio from Debian Hams.
Enkelena Haxhiu and I gave a talk together about communications technology. This was Enkelena's first talk. In the audience was Arjen Kamphuis, he was one of the last people to ask a question at the end. His recent disappearance is a disturbing mystery.

A GSoC session took place at DebConf18, the video is available here and includes talks from GSoC and Outreachy participants past and present.

Final results
Many of the students have already been added to Planet Debian where they have blogged about what they did and what they learned in GSoC. More will appear in the near future.
If you like their project, if you have ideas for an event where they could present it or if you simply live in the same region, please feel free to contact the students directly and help them continue their free software adventure with us.
Meeting more students
Google's application form for organizations like Debian asks us what we do to stay in contact with students after GSoC. Crossing multiple passes in the Swiss and Italian alps to find Sergio Alberti at Capo di Lago is probably one of the more exotic answers to that question.
Looking back at past internships
I first mentored students in GSoC 2013. Since then, I've been involved in mentoring a total of 12 students in GSoC and 3 interns in Outreachy as well as introducing many others to mentors and organizations. Several of them stay in touch and it's always interesting to hear about their successes as they progress in their careers and in their enjoyment of free software.
The Outreachy organizers have chosen a picture of two of my former interns, Urvika Gola (Outreachy 2016) and Pranav Jain (GSoC 2016) for the mentors page of their web site. This is quite fitting as both of them have remained engaged and become involved in the mentoring process.

Lessons from GSoC 2018, preparing for 2019
One of the big challenges we faced this year is that as the new admin team was only coming together for the first time, we didn't have any policies in place before mentors and students started putting significant effort in to their proposals.
Potential mentors start to put in significant effort from February, when the list of participating organizations is usually announced by Google. Therefore, it seems like a good idea to make any policies clear to potential mentors before the end of January.
We faced a similar challenge with selecting mentors to attend the GSoC mentor summit. While some ideas were discussed about the design of a selection process or algorithm, the admins fell back on the previous policy based on a random selection as mentors may have anticipated that policy was still in force when they signed up.
As I mentioned already, there are several areas where GSoC and Outreachy are diverging, this already led to some unfortunate misunderstandings in both directions, for example, when people familiar with Outreachy rules have been unaware of GSoC differences and vice-versa and I'll confess to being one of several people who has been confused at least once. Mentors often focus on the projects and candidates and don't always notice the annual rule changes. Unfortunately, this requires involvement and patience from both the organizers and admins to guide the mentors through any differences at each step.
The umbrella organization question
One of the most contentious topics in Debian's GSoC 2018 program was the discussion of whether Debian can and should act as an umbrella organization for smaller projects who are unlikely to participate in GSoC in their own right.
As an example, in 2016, four students were mentored by Savoir Faire Linux (SFL), makers of the Ring project, under the Debian umbrella. In 2017, Ring joined the GNU Project and they mentored students under the GNU Project umbrella organization. DebConf17 coincidentally took place in Montreal, Canada, not far from the SFL headquarters and SFL participated as a platinum sponsor.
Google's Mentor Guide explicitly encourages organizations to consider this role, but does not oblige them to do so either:
Google’s program administrators actually look quite fondly on the umbrella organizations that participate each year.
For an organization like Debian, with our philosophy, independence from the cloud and distinct set of tools, such as the Salsa service mentioned earlier, being an umbrella organization gives us an opportunity to share the philosophy and working methods for mutual benefit while also giving encouragement to related projects that we use.
Some people expressed concern that this may cut into resources for Debian-centric projects, but it appears that Google has not limited the number of additional places in the program for this purpose. This is one of the significant differences with Outreachy, where the number of places is limited by funding constraints.
Therefore, if funding is not a constraint, I feel that the most important factor to evaluate when considering this issue is the size and capacity of the admin team. Google allows up to five people to be enrolled as admins and if enough experienced people volunteer, it can be easier for everybody whereas with only two admins, the minimum, it may not be feasible to act as an umbrella organization.
Within the team, we observed various differences of opinion: for example some people were keen on the umbrella role while others preferred to restrict participation to Debian-centric projects. We have the same situation with Outreachy: some mentors and admins only want to do GSoC, while others only do Outreachy and there are others, like myself, who have supported both programs equally. In situations like this, nobody is right or wrong.
Once that fundamental constraint, the size of the admin team, is considered, I personally feel that any related projects engaged on this basis can be evaluated for a wide range of synergies with the Debian community, including the people, their philosophy, the tools used and the extent to which their project will benefit Debian's developers and users. In other words, this doesn't mean any random project can ask to participate under the Debian umbrella but those who make the right moves may have a chance of doing so.
Google pays each organization an allowance of USD 500 for each slot awarded to the organization, plus some additional funds related to travel. This generally corresponds to the number of quality candidates identified by the organization during the selection process, regardless of whether the candidate accepts an internship or not. Where more than one organization requests funding (a slot) for the same student, both organizations receive a bounty, we had at least one case like this in 2018.
For 2018, Debian has received USD 17,200 from Google.
GSoC 2019 and beyond
Personally, as I indicated in January that I would only be able to do this on a temporary basis, I'm not going to participate as an admin in 2019 so it is a good time for other members of the community to think about the role. Each organization who wants to participate needs to propose a full list of admins to Google in January 2019, therefore, now is the time for potential admins to step forward, decide how they would like to work together as a team and work out the way to recruit mentors and projects.
Thanks to all the other admins, mentors, the GSoC team at Google, the Outreachy organizers and members of the wider free software community who supported this initiative in 2018. I'd particularly like to thank all the students though, it is really exciting to work with people who are so open minded, patient and remain committed even when faced with unanticipated challenges and adversity.

3 days ago

Xubuntu: Xubuntu 18.10 released! from Planet Ubuntu

The Xubuntu team is happy to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 18.10!
Xubuntu 18.10 is a regular release and will be supported for 9 months, until July 2019. If you need a stable environment with longer support time, we recommend that you use Xubuntu 18.04 LTS instead.
The final release images are available as torrents and direct downloads from
As the main server might be busy in the first few days after the release, we recommend using the torrents if possible.
We’d like to thank everybody who contributed to this release of Xubuntu!
Highlights and Known Issues

Several Xfce components and apps were updated to their 4.13 development releases, bringing us closer to a Gtk+3-only desktop
elementary Xfce Icon Theme 0.13 with the manila folder icons as seen in the upstream elementary icon theme
Greybird 3.22.9, which improves the look and feel of our window manager, alt-tab dialog, Chromium, and even pavucontrol
A new default wallpaper featuring a gentle purple tone that greatly complements our Gtk+ and icon themes

Known Issues

At times the panel could show 2 network icons, this appears to be a race condition which we have not been able to rectify in time for release
In the settings Manager, the mouse fails to scroll apps in settings manager (GTK+ 3 regression)

For more obscure known issues, information on affecting bugs, bug fixes, and a list of new package versions, please refer to the Xubuntu Release Notes.
The main Ubuntu Release Notes cover both many of the other packages we carry and more generic issues.
For support with the release, navigate to Help & Support for a complete list of methods to get help.

3 days ago

The Fridge: Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) released from Planet Ubuntu

Codenamed “Cosmic Cuttlefish”, 18.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition
of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a
high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at
work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
The Ubuntu kernel has been updated to the 4.18 based Linux kernel,
our default toolchain has moved to gcc 8.2 with glibc 2.28, and we’ve
also updated to openssl 1.1.1 and gnutls 3.6.4 with TLS1.3 support.
Ubuntu Desktop 18.04 LTS brings a fresh look with the community-driven
Yaru theme replacing our long-serving Ambiance and Radiance themes. We
are shipping the latest GNOME 3.30, Firefox 63, LibreOffice 6.1.2, and
many others.
Ubuntu Server 18.10 includes the Rocky release of OpenStack including
the clustering enabled LXD 3.0, new network configuration via,
and iteration on the next-generation fast server installer. Ubuntu Server
brings major updates to industry standard packages available on private
clouds, public clouds, containers or bare metal in your datacentre.
The newest Ubuntu Budgie, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE,
Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu are also being released today.
More details can be found for these at their individual release notes:
intenance updates will be provided for 9 months for all flavours
releasing with 18.10.
To get Ubuntu 18.10
In order to download Ubuntu 18.10, visit:
Users of Ubuntu 18.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 18.10
if they have selected to be notified of all releases, rather than just
LTS upgrades. For further information about upgrading, see:
As always, upgrades to the latest version of Ubuntu are entirely free
of charge.
We recommend that all users read the release notes, which document
caveats, workarounds for known issues, as well as more in-depth notes
on the release itself. They are available at:
Find out what’s new in this release with a graphical overview:
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4 days ago

Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu 18.10 is released today from Planet Ubuntu

Kubuntu 18.10 has been released, featuring the beautiful Plasma 5.13 desktop from KDE.
Codenamed “Cosmic Cuttlefish”, Kubuntu 18.10 continues our proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.
The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
Under the hood, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 4.18-based kernel, Qt 5.11, KDE Frameworks 5.50, Plasma 5.13.5 and KDE Applications 18.04.3

Kubuntu has seen some exciting improvements, with newer versions of Qt, updates to major packages like Krita, Kdeconnect, Kstars, Peruse, Latte-dock, Firefox and LibreOffice, and stability improvements to KDE Plasma. In addition, Snap integration in Plasma Discover software center is now enabled by default, while Flatpak integration is also available to add on the settings page.
For a list of other application updates, upgrading notes and known bugs be sure to read our release notes:
Download 18.10 or read about how to upgrade from 18.04.
Additionally, users who wish to test the latest Plasma 5.14.1 and Frameworks 5.51, which came too late in our release cycle to make it into 18.10 as default, can install these via our backports PPA. This represents only the 1st initial bugfix release of Plasma 5.14, with 4 more to be released in the coming months, so early adopters should be aware that there may more bugs to be found (and reported).

4 days ago

Ubuntu Studio: Ubuntu Studio 18.10 Released from Planet Ubuntu

The Ubuntu Studio team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu Studio 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish”. As a regular release, this version of Ubuntu Studio 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 […]

4 days ago

Ubuntu MATE: Ubuntu MATE 18.10 Final Release from Planet Ubuntu

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 is a modest, yet strategic, upgrade over our 18.04
release. If you want bug fixes and improved hardware support then 18.10 is for
you. For those who prefer staying on the LTS then everything in this 18.10
release is also important for the upcoming 18.04.2 release. Oh yeah, we've
also made a bespoke Ubuntu MATE 18.10 image for the GPD Pocket and GPD Pocket
2. Read on to learn more...

Superposition on the Intel Core i7-8809G Radeon RX Vega M powered Hades Canyon NUC

What changed since the Ubuntu MATE 18.04 final release?
Curiously, the work during this Ubuntu MATE 18.10 release has really been
focused on what will become Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2. Let me explain.
MATE Desktop
The upstream MATE Desktop team have been working on many bug fixes for MATE
Desktop 1.20.3, that has resulted in a lot of maintenance updates in the
upstream releases of MATE Desktop. The Debian packaging team for MATE Desktop,
of which I am member, has been updating all the MATE packages to track these
upstream bug fixes and new releases. Just about all MATE Desktop packages and
associated components, such as AppMenu and MATE Dock Applet have been updated.
Now that all these fixes exist in the 18.10 release, we will start the process
of SRU'ing (backporting) them to 18.04 so that they will feature in the Ubuntu
MATE 18.04.2 release due in February 2019. The fixes should start landing in
Ubuntu MATE 18.04 very soon, well before the February deadline.
Hardware Enablement
Ubuntu MATE 18.04.2 will include a hardware enablement stack (HWE) based on
what is shipped in Ubuntu 18.10. Ubuntu users are increasingly adopting the
current generation of AMD RX Vega GPUs, both discrete and integrated solutions
such as the Intel Core i7-8809G Radeon RX Vega M found in the Hades Canyon NUC
and some laptops. I have been lobbying people within the Ubuntu project to
upgrade to newer versions of the Linux kernel, firmware, Mesa and Vulkan that
offer the best possible "out of box" support for AMD GPUs. Consequently,
Ubuntu 18.10 (of any flavour) is great for owners of AMD graphics solutions
and these improvements will soon be available in Ubuntu 18.04.2 too.
GPD Pocket
Alongside the generic image for 64-bit Intel PCs we're also releasing a
bespoke image for the GPD Pocket and
GPD Pocket 2 that includes the hardware
specific tweaks to get these devices working "out of the box"
without any faffing about. See our GPD Pocket page for more details.

Ubuntu MATE 18.10 running on the GPD Pocket (left) and GPD Pocket 2 (right)

Raspberry Pi images
We're planning on releasing Ubuntu MATE images for the Raspberry Pi after
that 18.10 release is out, in October 2018. It takes usually takes about a
month to get the Raspberry Pi images built and tested, but we've encountered
some challenges with the 18.04 based images which has delayed their release.
Hopefully we'll have something in time for Christmas 2018 :-)
Major Applications
Accompanying MATE Desktop 1.20.3 and Linux 4.18 are Firefox
59.0.2, VLC 3.0.4, LibreOffice and Thunderbird 60.2.1.

See the Ubuntu 18.10 Release
Notes for details of all
the changes and improvements that Ubuntu MATE benefits from.

Download Ubuntu MATE 18.10
We've even redesigned the download page so it's even easier to get started.

Known Issues
Here are the known issues.
Ubuntu MATE

Nothing significant.

Ubuntu family issues
This is our known list of bugs that affects all flavours.

After installing an Ubuntu 18.10 flavour alongside an existing Ubuntu 18.10 install, the resized filesystem is corrupted.
It has not been reported to happen if the original operating system is something other than Cosmic.

When installing while preserving existing data, an error message is displayed, which is due to Could not get lock /target/var/cache/apt/archives/lock
The packages installed originally are not reinstalled and must be reinstalled manually. Although the user data is preserved.

The screen reader is not auto-enabled on first login even if it's been enabled during installation.
In an OEM installation, during user setup, the language selected is not taken into account.
When disconnecting from VPNs, DNS resolution may become broken requiring a restart of systemd-resolved`.
sudo systemctl restart systemd-resolved.service

Ubiquity slide shows are missing for OEM installs of Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Budgie
To work around this, run apt install oem-config-slideshow-ubuntu-mate in the OEM prepare session.

You'll also want to check the Ubuntu MATE bug tracker to see what has already
been reported. These issues will be addressed in due course.

Ubuntu MATE Bug Tracker

Is there anything you can help with or want to be involved in? Maybe you just
want to discuss your experiences or ask the maintainers some questions. Please
come and talk to us.

4 days ago

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S11E32 – Thirty-Two Going on Spinster from Planet Ubuntu

This week we interview Daniel Foré about the final release of elementary 5.0 (Juno), bring you some Android love and go over all your feedback.

It’s Season 11 Episode 32 of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope and Martin Wimpress are connected and speaking to your brain.
In this week’s show:

We discuss the final release of elementary 5.0 (Juno) with Daniel Foré.

We share an Android Lurve:

TeamViewer for Remote Control – for the client
TeamViewer Host – for the server

And we go over all your amazing feedback – thanks for sending it – please keep sending it!

Scuttlebutt – a decent(ralised) secure gossip platform
#!++ – The classic minimal CrunchBang feel, now with Debian 9.
bunsenlabs – community continuation of CrunchBang Linux.

Image credit: Victor Van Welden

That’s all for this week! You can listen to the Ubuntu Podcast back catalogue on YouTube. 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 or Tweet us or Comment on our Facebook page or comment on our Google+ page or comment on our sub-Reddit.

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4 days ago

Stuart Langridge: Print to Google Drive in a non-Gnome desktop from Planet Ubuntu

Jeremy Bicha wrote up an unknown Ubuntu feature: “printing” direct to a Google Drive PDF. I rather wanted this, but I don’t run the Gnome desktop, so I thought I might be out of luck. But no! It works fine on my Ubuntu MATE desktop too. A couple of extra tweaks are required, though. This is unfortunately a bit technical, but it should only need setting up once.
You need the Gnome Control Centre and Gnome Online Accounts installed, if you don’t have them already, as well as the Google Cloud Print extension that Jeremy mentions. From a terminal, run sudo apt install gnome-control-center gnome-online-accounts cpdb-backend-gcp.
Next, you need to launch the Control Centre, but it doesn’t like you if you’re not running the Gnome desktop. So, we lie to it. In that terminal, run XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=GNOME gnome-control-center online-accounts. This should correctly start the Control Centre, showing the online accounts. Sign in to your Google account using that window. (I only have Files and Printers selected; you don’t need Mail and Calendars and so on to get this printing working.)
Then… it all works. From now on, when you go to print something, the print dialogue will, after a couple of seconds, show a new entry: “Save to Google Drive”. Choose that, and your document will “print” to a PDF stored in Google Drive. Easy peasy. Nice one Jeremy for the write-up. It’d be neat if Ubuntu MATE could integrate this a little more tightly.

6 days ago

The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 549 from Planet Ubuntu

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 549 for the week of October 7 – 13, 2018. The full version of this issue is available here.
In this issue we cover:

Cosmic Cuttlefish (18.10) Final Freeze
Ubuntu Stats
Hot in Support
LoCo Events
Mir News: 12th of October 2018
Canonical News
In the Blogosphere
Featured Audio and Video
Meeting Reports
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 14.04, 16.04, and 18.04
And much more!

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

Krytarik Raido
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

6 days ago

Michael Zanetti: nymea from Planet Ubuntu

It’s been quite a while since I had written a post now. Lots of things have changed around here but even though I am not actively developing for Ubuntu itself any more it doesn’t mean that I’ve left the Ubuntu and FOSS world in general. In fact, I’ve been pretty busy hacking on some more free software goodness. Some few have sure heard about it, but for the biggest part, allow me to introduce you to nymea.

nymea is an IoT platform mainly based on Ubuntu. Well, that’s where we develop on, we provide packages for debian and snaps for all the platforms supporting snaps too.
It consists of 3 parts: nymea:core, nymea:app and nymea:cloud.
The purpose of this project is to enable easy integration of various things with each other. Being plugin-based, it allows to make all sorts of things (devices, online services…) work together.

Practically speaking this means two things:
– It will allow users to have a completely open source smart home setup which does everything offline. Everything is processed offline, including the smartness. Turning your living room lights on when it gets dark? nymea will do it, and it’ll do it even without your internet connection. It comes with nymea:core to be installed on a gateway device in your home (a Raspberry Pi, or any other device that can run Ubuntu/Debian or snapd) and nymea:app, available in app stores and also as a desktop app in the snap store.
– It delivers a developer platform for device makers. Looking for a solution that easily allows you to make your device smart? Ubuntu:core + nymea:core together will get you sorted in no time to have an app for your “thing” and allow it to react on just about any input it gets.

nymea:cloud is an optional feature to nymea:core and nymea:app and allows to extend the nymea system with features like remote connection, push notifications or Alexa integration (not released yet).
So if that got you curious, check out (and perhaps in general) or simply install nymea and nymea-app and get going (on snap systems you need to connect some plugs and iterfaces for all the bits and pieces to work, alternatively we have a ppa ready for use too).

7 days ago

Sean Davis: Xfce Screensaver 0.1.0 Released from Planet Ubuntu

I am pleased to announce the release of Xfce Screensaver (xfce4-screensaver) 0.1.0! This is an early release targeted to testers and translators. Bugs and patches welcome!
Xfce Screensaver is a screen saver and locker that aims to have simple, sane, secure defaults and be well integrated with the Xfce desktop.
It is a port of MATE Screensaver, itself a port of GNOME Screensaver. It has been tightly integrated with the Xfce desktop, utilizing Xfce libraries and the Xfconf configuration backend.
Homepage · Bugzilla · Git

Integration with the Xfce Desktop per-monitor wallpaper
Locking down of configuration settings via Xfconf
DBUS interface to limited screensaver interaction
Full translation support into many languages
Shared styles with LightDM GTK+ Greeter
Support for XScreensaver screensavers
User switching


DBus >= 0.30
GLib >= 2.50.0
GTK+ >= 3.22.0
X11 >= 1.0
garcon >= 0.5.0
libxklavier >= 5.2
libxfce4ui >= 4.12.1
libxfce4util >= 4.12.1
Xfconf >= 4.12.1

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Please be aware that this is alpha-quality software. It is not currently recommended for use in production machines. I invite you to test it, report bugs, provide feedback, and submit patches so we can get it ready for the world.
Source tarball (md5, sha1, sha256)

7 days ago

Tiago Carrondo: S01E05 – Vamos às compras! from Planet Ubuntu

Neste episódio falámos de Pinebooks, Librem Key, SolusOS e muito mais. Um episódio repleto de informação relevante sobre os temas que têm dominado a actualidade. Já sabes: Ouve, subscreve e partilha!

Atribuição e licenças
A imagem: Photo on
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.
Este episódio está licenciado 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.

7 days ago

Jeremy Bicha: Google Cloud Print in Ubuntu from Planet Ubuntu

There is an interesting hidden feature available in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and newer. To enable this feature, first install cpdb-backend-gcp.

sudo apt install cpdb-backend-gcp

Make sure you are signed in to Google with GNOME Online Accounts. Open the Settings app1gnome-control-center to the Online Accounts page. If your Google account is near the top above the Add an account section, then you’re all set.

Currently, only LibreOffice is supported. Hopefully, for 19.04, other GTK+ apps will be able to use the feature.

This feature was developed by Nilanjana Lodh and Abhijeet Dubey when they were Google Summer of Code 2017 participants. Their mentors were Till Kamppeter, Aveek Basu, and Felipe Borges.

Till has been trying to get this feature installed by default in Ubuntu since 18.04 LTS, but it looks like it won’t make it in until 19.04.

I haven’t seen this feature packaged in any other Linux distros yet. That might be because people don’t know about this feature so that’s why I’m posting about it today! If you are a distro packager, the 3 packages you need are cpdb-libs , cpdb-backend-gcp, and cpdb-backend-cups. The final package enables easy printing to any IPP printer. (I didn’t mention it earlier because I believe Ubuntu 18.04 LTS already supports that feature through a different package.)

Save to Google Drive

In my original blog post, I confused the cpdb feature with a feature that already exists in GTK3 built with GNOME Online Accounts support. This should already work on most distros.

When you print a document, there will be an extra Save to Google Drive option. Saving to Google Drive saves a PDF of your document to your Google Drive account.

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This post was edited on October 16 to mention that cpdb only supports LibreOffice now and that Save to Google Drive is a GTK3 feature instead.

October 17: Please see Felipe’s comments. It turns out that even Google Cloud Print works fine in distros with recent GTK3. The point of the cpdb feature is to make this work in apps that don’t use GTK3. So I guess the big benefit now is that you can use Google Cloud Print or Save to Google Drive from LibreOffice.

8 days ago