Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #5

Matt Galvin mgalvin at ubuntu.com
Sun Jul 2 06:08:08 BST 2006

= Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 5 =

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 5 for the week of June 25, 2006 - July 1, 2006

You can always find this and other Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issues at:

== In This Issue ==

 * Edgy release schedule
 * Dapper backports is open for business
 * Ubuntu marketing team gearing up
 * Pictures from UDS Paris (and personal ramblings)
 * Artist in Chief appointments
 * Weekly development meeting review
 * Ubuntu Dapper installfest in Taiwan
 * Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CDs arriving
 * Bug fixes and security updates
 * and much more

== General Community News ==

=== Edgy Release Schedule ===

Wondering when The Edgy Eft will be released? No need to keep
scratching your head. As expected The Edgy Eft will be released to the
world in October of 2006, making it Ubuntu 6.10. The Edgy Eft
development cycle is going to be a fast one, with only around four
months until it's release. Check out the Edgy release schedule at:


=== Dapper Backports is Open For Business ===

The Ubuntu Backports Team is now accepting and processing requests for
the dapper-backports repository. This allows for someone to request
that a newer version of a package from Edgy be recompiled for use on
Dapper. In practice, this allows Dapper to remain reasonably
up-to-date while still having a stable base, until the next version of
Ubuntu comes out. Backports is geared towards personal desktop users
who would like the latest and greatest software (instead of the
versions shipped and no longer updated for 6 months) while not wanting
the instability associated with development releases.

Backports is managed through Launchpad in the dapper-backports
product, allowing close integration with the rest of Ubuntu. To file a
backport, simply open up a bug ticket at:


describing what version and what package you want backported.

When newly backported packages are built and available in the
repositories, the Backports team will announce them in the Ubuntu
Weekly Newsletter, just like how security updates are announced now.

=== Ubuntu Marketing Team Gearing Up ===

The Marketing Team has found new life around its first-ever IRC
meeting and has resolved organizational issues. Three projects have
been launched are a quickly picking up momentum and they are:

 * Spreadubuntu
 * Ubuntu Magazine
 * Media Relations Project

You will be able to read about these projects from their respective
wikis and more about the meeting in it's minute, all linked from the
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam wikipage.

=== Pictures From UDS Paris (and personal ramblings) ===

Where you not able to attend UDS? Never fear, the pictures from the
Ubuntu Developer Summit in Paris are here along with some person
accounts of the Summit. Check out pictures of all the fun:


The following are some articles written by community members.

 Benjamin Mako Hill writes: '''Ubuntu Developer Summit Paris: New
alliances, new horizons''' -

 Paul Sladen write: '''Ubuntu Developer Conference - Paris''' -

Many attendees also blogged about their experience. Here are their stories:

 Jonathan Carter: http://jonathancarter.co.za/?p=36

 Simon Law (day 0): http://sfllaw.livejournal.com/231994.html

 Simon Law (day 1): http://sfllaw.livejournal.com/232408.html

 Tollef Fog Heen: http://err.no/personal/blog/

Many of these and more personal accounts can be found at:


There are some addition Kubuntu specific accounts below in the Kubuntu
section as well.

=== Artist in Chief Appointments ===

Mark Shuttleworth has appointed Frank Schoep (Ubuntu) and Ken Wimer
(Kubuntu) to the new positions of  "Artists in Chief" for the upcoming
Edgy Eft release.

These AICs have the authority to decide the final images selected for:

 * usplash
 * login background
 * login splash
 * desktop wallpaper

as well as a variety of other artwork.

We congratulate Frank and Ken, and look forward to seeing the Edgy
artwork. Check out the official announcement at:


=== Weekly Development Meeting ===

The weekly Dev Team IRC meetings resumed on Thursday after an off-line
one was held last week in Paris.

The developers caught up on the status of the specs that were
discussed in Paris. A large number are already drafted and approved,
ready to be implemented. Some specs are still in the drafting phase,
and these need to be completed and approved by next week's meeting if
they are to be included in the tracked development pipeline for Edgy

Work has started on several implementations and the following specs
are already implemented: {{{optimized-live-cd-layout-for-faster-boot,
ubuntu-meta-from-bzr, dash-as-bin-sh}}}.

=== Ubuntu Dapper Installfest In Taiwan ===

We're pleased to inform you that the Ubuntu Taiwan community is having
an Ubuntu installfest and release party in Taipei on July 4, 2006.  It
will be their first major event since the creation of the community
web site one year ago.

They're excited and full of energy! The installfest will take place at
[http://wiki.tossug.org/MixCoffee%26Tea Mix Coffee & Tea], a cafe with
free wireless access.

If you're a newbie on Ubuntu or an Ubuntu power-user in Taiwan, bring
your laptop with you and join 93 others who have signed up for the

The event is co-hosted by TOSSUG, the [http://tossug.org/ Taipei Open
Source Software User Group] , which provides local support on finding
the venue and sponsors.[http://www.openfoundry.org/ OSSF] provides the
 required server, network and staff on the spot.

For more information, please go to:

 * [http://installfesttw.blogspot.com Ubuntu Taiwan Installfest Blog]
 * [http://wiki.tossug.org/UbuntuInstallFest/Jul2006/SignUp Sign Up page]
 * [http://wiki.tossug.org/UbuntuInstallFest/Jul2006/Tshirt Souvenir T-shirt]

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CDs Arriving ===

Ubuntu users have started to receive their Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS CDs in the
mail. They come with stickers too! Take a look:



== Security Updates ==

Security vulnerabilities found in the following packages have been
fixed in all affected Ubuntu releases:

 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000345.html
USN-304-1: gnupg vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000346.html
USN-305-1: OpenLDAP vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000347.html
USN-306-1: MySQL 4.1 vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000348.html
USN-307-1: mutt vulnerability]

== Kubuntu ==

=== KDE 3.5.3 Enters Edgy ===

KDE 3.5.3 has started to enter Edgy.  Initial versions of the Qt
package were binary incompatible so make sure you've upgraded to the
fixed Qt 3 3.3.6-2ubuntu2 and associated KDE versions.

Qt 4 was also updated to include all the safe patches from KDE's qt-copy.

There are still many KDE packages yet to be updated or merged, if you
want to help sign yourself up to packages on


and ping Riddell on IRC to coordinate.

=== Kubuntu Developer Interviewed on Podcast ===

UbuntuOS launched their new extended Podcast with an interview with
Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell talking about the plans for Kubuntu
Edgy.  The interview starts 1 hour 10 minutes in.


=== Paris Summit ===

Several Kubuntu and KDE developers were at the Ubuntu Developers
Summit in Paris.  A number of specification were approved and more are
being reviewed for approval.  If you are interested in helping with
more than packaging and bug fixing in Kubuntu take a look at some of
the specs and see which you can help with.


Some of the KDE developers blogged about their experiences:

 Ellen: http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2147

 Ken: http://kwwii.blogspot.com/2006/06/kde-loveits-better-than-ki_115106623359611933.html

 Aaron: http://aseigo.blogspot.com/2006/06/paris.html

 Kevin: http://ervin.ipsquad.net/index.php/2006/06/20/47-kubuntu-developers-summit-paris-day-0-2

 Jonathan: http://www.kdedevelopers.org/node/2113


 Sebas: http://vizzzion.org/?blogentry=624

== Feature Of The Week - gLabels ==

[http://glabels.sourceforge.net/ gLabels] is a business card & label
design program. If you've ever fiddled around in a spreadsheet or a
graphics application trying to get labels or cards to exactly match a
pre-cut sheet, you know how time-consuming & irritating it can be.
gLabels has you covered - it's got hundreds of templates included,
sorted mostly by [http://www.avery.com/ Avery's] product numbers,
which even non-Avery products often refer to.

To install gLabels in Ubuntu: '''Applications->Add/Remove...''' then
simply search for "glabel", or look for it under the Office category.
gLabels is in the Universe repository, so you'll need to have the
"Show unsupported applications" box checked in Add/Remove

You can do basic drawing & text work directly in gLabels, and import
existing images for your labels or cards. gLabels can also do
barcodes, should you need those, and it can merge existing data from a
variety of other sources - useful for the semi-automated production of
mailing address labels, for example.

If the massive list of included templates still doesn't have what you
need, gLabels has a very nice template-making wizard included so you
can create your own templates very easily. One drawback is that
there's no easy way to edit existing templates, although if you're
feeling adventurous they're all fairly simple XML files that could be
hand-edited in your favorite text editor.

''Submitted by Brian Burger ([:Madpilot])''

== Additional News Resources ==

As always you can find more news and announcements at:




== Conclusion ==

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. See you next week!

== Credits ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

 * Matt Galvin
 * Jerome Gotangco
 * Jonathan Riddell
 * John Dong
 * Jenda Vancura
 * ZM Chen
 * Brian Burger
 * And many others

== Feedback ==

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Matt T. Galvin
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Ubuntu Documentation Team Member

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