[Guide] Learn About Ubuntu GNOME Community

Hello and welcome to Ubuntu GNOME Community Guide for Newcomers :)

If you are interested to join Ubuntu GNOME Community as a volunteer to help ‘or’ you have joined already and you are a newcomer to Ubuntu GNOME Community, then this simple guide is for you.

3-Simple Simple Steps:

  1. First, you need to read Ubuntu GNOME Community Wiki Page.
  2. If you require further details, here is a list of ALL Ubuntu GNOME Wiki Pages.
  3. If the above two steps were not enough, please Contact Us.

That is all what you need to know and/or do if you are interested to join Ubuntu GNOME Team or you have already joined but you can’t find your way easily and need some help :)

For those who would like even further details, here is our Getting Involved Guide. This guide will explain to you from A-Z how to get involved with Ubuntu GNOME.

As always, thank you for choosing and joining Ubuntu GNOME!

Ali/amjjawad
Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board

HR Sub-Team

Hi,

For the very first time, not only in Ubuntu GNOME Community but within all Ubuntu Communities (Ubuntu + Official Flavours); Ubuntu GNOME Team has taken the initiative and the productivity by establishing the very first Human Resource (Recruiting) Sub-Team within Ubuntu Communities.

For more details, please see this blueprint.

Now, Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Teams has a new arrival and we hope the rest of Ubuntu Communities will follow our steps :)

Ubuntu GNOME Blueprints for Utopic Unicorn are ready to be approved. We had 7 Roadmaps for 7 Sub-Teams but now, we have 7 + 1 = 8 Roadmaps.

We’re so excited about this new addition and we hope this experience will be very excited and helpful for our team.

Thank you!

Ali/amjjawad
Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board

Acting Team Leader

Hi,

As we promised you on the earlier post we have published today, there will be great new changes within Ubuntu GNOME Community and here is yet another one.

We’re pleased to announce that starting from this cycle (Utopic Unicorn), each Sub-Team within Ubuntu GNOME will have:

  • Team Leader
  • Acting Team Leader

The idea was proposed on the first weekly meeting for Ubuntu GNOME Team for Utopic Unicorn Cycle and the team have voted with ‘YES’ to this idea; hence it has been approved.

For more details, please see this blueprint on Launchpad.

On Sunday, 29-06-2014, Ubuntu GNOME Team will have its second weekly meeting for this cycle (Utopic Unicorn) and we shall discuss and decide who will be the Acting Team Leaders for Ubuntu GNOME Sub-Teams.

This is our second official team announcement during this cycle (Utopic Unicorn). Stay tuned for more ;)

Ali/amjjawad
Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board

Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board

Hi,

Ubuntu GNOME Community/Team is glad to announce the establishment of Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board (Council).

The idea was proposed on the first weekly meeting for Ubuntu GNOME Team for Utopic Unicorn Cycle and the team have voted with ‘YES’ to this idea; hence it has been approved and the board has been created successfully.

For more details about this new board, please see this blueprint.

The Code Name of this board will be:
Ubuntu GNOME Shinobi

This is our first official team announcement during this cycle (Utopic Unicorn). Stay tuned for more :)

Ali/amjjawad
Ubuntu GNOME Leaders Board

Planning for Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn

Hello everyone,

After a very successful and long 6 months with Trusty Tahr Cycle, here comes another cycle and another 6 months of fun, hard work and more great and successful achievements to accomplish.

As with any start of any cycle, there is a planning phase, then a brainstorming phase and then the implementation phase.

The Planning Phase of Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn
Blueprints are done and we have the main roadmap for Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn with 7 blueprints for each Sub-Team and more to come whenever needed.

Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn Roadmap

  1. Artwork Roadmap
  2. Brainstorming Roadmap
  3. Marketing and Communications Roadmap
  4. Packaging Roadmap
  5. QA Roadmap
  6. Translations Roadmap
  7. Wiki and Documentation Roadmap

Above are the main Blueprints for Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn Cycle. There is one main roadmap of course which is the umbrella of all the other 7 main blueprints for each sub-team.

More blueprints will be added whenever needed and will be linked to one of the 7 blueprints, depending on the area these new blueprints will be created under. Example: if the new created blueprint will be related to Ubuntu GNOME Slideshow, this will be under Artwork Sub-Team and therefore, will be linked to: Ubuntu GNOME Artwork Roadmap for Utopic Unicorn.

The Brainstorming Phase of Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn
Ubuntu GNOME Team will start many meetings, one for each Sub-Team, in order to discuss the blueprints. Once these blueprints are discussed and approved, we shall start then the Implementation Phase.

The Implementation Phase of Ubuntu GNOME Utopic Unicorn
This phase obviously will be longest which will start right after the discussion and brainstorming phase. Planning Phase is done. Brainstorming Phase will start very soon right after publishing this post. It might take 1-2 weeks Maximum and then we shall start the Implementation Phase.

Each Sub-Team will have specific tasks to do. Our Team is more than ready to carry on with the great and amazing work we have always showed and we’re looking forward for yet another cycle of fun, team work, achievements and smiles on the faces of Ubuntu GNOME Users.

We promise that we shall never let you down. However, don’t expect to find/see ALL what you have in mind on Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 ;) nothing is perfect as you know.. Yet, from your side, you can play a great role to help and support. That can be easily achieved and done by:

Joining Ubuntu GNOME and Getting Involved.

Thank you!

Ali/amjjawad
Head of Brainstorming and One of Ubuntu GNOME Leaders

Reading the Release Notes is a must-do step

Hi,

Two days ago, the entire world has celebrated the release of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS and the other official flavours of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu GNOME Team has received many Emails and Posts on our Social Media Channels about the very same question/issue.

“Why the system information is showing Ubuntu 13.10 instead of Ubuntu 14.04″?!

Same question is being asked daily even before the final release of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04.

Ubuntu GNOME Team is asking everyone to please read the release notes of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS before downloading or upgrading to Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS.

This is actually a must-do step with any new release/version of any Operating System/Software in the world and to be more specific here, it is a must-do step every time Ubuntu and its official flavours announce a new release every 6 months.

Why reading the release notes is very important?
The answer is very simple: because the release notes will explain everything about the new release and above all, show the known issues for every new release that all users must be aware of before anything else.

Sorry for the inconvenience
Ubuntu GNOME Team would like to apologize if we caused any kind of confusion and/or headache to the users of Ubuntu GNOME. Our Developers are working on the known issues, specially this problem:

System Details shows Ubuntu 13.10 instead of 14.04

A Workaround
Meanwhile, you can check and verify which release/version of Ubuntu GNOME you’re using by following these steps:

How can I find the version of Ubuntu that is installed?

Thank you!
As always, thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME and thanks for reading this very important note. Please keep that in mind with each and every release, you do need to read the release notes. This will save your time and save the trouble for you and for everyone else.

Enjoy and have fun with Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS

Ali/amjjawad
On behalf of Ubuntu GNOME Team

Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS is released

The Ubuntu GNOME Team is proud and happy to announce the release of Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS.

Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavour of Ubuntu, featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME is a mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories. This is our very first Long Term Release (LTS) version.

Release Notes

Please read the Release Notes before Downloading Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TrustyTahr/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuGNOME

Get Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS

There are important steps you need to be aware of before installing Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS so please read carefully: Download Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS

Ubuntu Announcement and Release Notes

Please see this link.

Contact Us

Please, see the full list of our communications channels

Thank you everyone

To each and everyone who participated, helped, supported and contributed to Ubuntu GNOME this cycle; big thanks to all of you.

Ubuntu GNOME Team has gone the extra miles by putting extraordinary efforts to the point, the team was ready to apply for the LTS Status. We have done all what we could to achieve that and indeed we have and therefore, we gained and deserved the LTS Status. Without a doubt, that is a huge achievement in our history.

Special thanks to our testers who did a unique great job to make Ubuntu GNOME better. As a result of all these efforts, we have a great LTS release to be proud of.

Thank you for choosing and using Ubuntu GNOME.

Ali/amjjawad
QA Lead of Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Release Candidate

Hi,

This is the final week of Trusty Tahr Cycle. We are now at the very last phase of this cycle. It is called The Final Freeze and Release Candidate.

The Final Freeze vs The Final Release
You need to understand the difference between The Final Release and The Final Freeze.

Final Freeze – April 10th

Final Release – April 17th

Adam Conrad from The Ubuntu Release Team has explained in details in his email and announced The Final Freeze of Trusty Tahr Cycle.

What does all this mean?
It means that Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Daily Builds are considered to be RC.

What does RC (Release Candidate) mean?

Release Candidate

“During the week leading up to the final release, the images produced are all considered release candidates.”

The Final Round of Testing Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr
This is the final round and the last week to test Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr.

Ubuntu GNOME QA Team is testing now Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Release Candidate.

As always, your help, support and testing are highly needed and greatly appreciated.

All about Testing Ubuntu GNOME.

Download and Test Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Release Candidate.

Feel free to Contact Us.

Thank you for choosing, testing and supporting Ubuntu GNOME. Without your great and amazing support, we would have never reached to this point.

Upgrade Testing

Hi,

Ubuntu GNOME as an official flavour of Ubuntu, it has the same Release Schedule of Ubuntu and the same goes for all the other official flavours as well.

When it comes to Testing Ubuntu GNOME, we need to make sure everything is working as expected without any problem.

That said, we would like to invite you to help Ubuntu GNOME with Upgrade Testing.

How to help Ubuntu GNOME with Upgrade Testing?
The idea is very simple. We need to upgrade Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 to Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr and test the upgrade process.

If you have Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 installed already, we would really appreciate your help in this regard.

If Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 is not installed, then kindly install it and do the upgrade. Installing Ubuntu GNOME from LiveUSB should not take more than 10 minutes.

How to do an upgrade from 13.10 to Trusty Tahr?
Before we get into this, kindly have a read at Upgrades Documentation.

Whether you’re helping Ubuntu GNOME Team with Testing or you’re a fan of running unstable releases on your machine, kindly make sure to backup your important files before anything else.

To upgrade Ubuntu GNOME 13.10 Stable to Ubuntu GNOME Trusty Tahr Development Release, kindly have a read at Upgrading to Development Releases.

Share your Testing Results
Please make sure to share your Testing Results with Ubuntu GNOME QA Team. The more feedback in this regard, the better.

Let’s make sure that our very first LTS Release of Ubuntu GNOME is solid as rock.

Thank you for helping, supporting and testing Ubuntu GNOME!

As always, for more information about testing, please see Ubuntu GNOME Testing Wiki Page.

Should you have any question, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

Happy Testing :)

Canonical is Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

Hi,

“No, unfortunately it’s not an April Fools joke.”

Said Jane Silber from Canonical.

Sad but true. Canonical is shutting down Ubuntu One file services.

“Today we are announcing plans to shut down the Ubuntu One file services. This is a tough decision, particularly when our users rely so heavily on the functionality that Ubuntu One provides. However, like any company, we want to focus our efforts on our most important strategic initiatives and ensure we are not spread too thin.”

However, the shutting down will not be over night but Ubuntu One will no longer be available on Ubuntu and its official variants.

“As of today, it will no longer be possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services will not be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, and the Ubuntu One apps in older versions of Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores will be updated appropriately. The current services will be unavailable from 1 June 2014; user content will remain available for download until 31 July, at which time it will be deleted.”

This decision, as per Canonical, will not affect:

“The shutdown will not affect the Ubuntu One single sign on service, the Ubuntu One payment service, or the backend U1DB database service.”

For Full Details, please refer to this post.

Thank you!