Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #2

Matt Galvin matt.t.galvin at gmail.com
Sun Jun 11 00:47:11 BST 2006

= Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #2 =

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #2 for the week of June 4, 2006 - June 10, 2006

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

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Documentation on Paper
 * Screenshot Tours of Edubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu (Ubuntu was
covered last week in
 * Edgy Development Officially Started
 * Bug Fixes and Security Updates
 * Mark Shuttleworth Interviewed on ``Lug``Radio
 * Buy a Computer with Ubuntu Preinstalled
 * Feature Of The Week - Tomboy
 * and much more

== General Community News ==

=== Contribute to UWN ===

Since our inaugural issue last week we received a flurry of great
ideas and suggestions about how to improve the UWN and increase its
usefulness for our readers. One of the suggestions we received is to
write feature of the week articles (either for dapper or edgy) in
order to introduce readers to features of Ubuntu they may not be aware
of or to learn a trick or two about apps they may already use and
love. It would rock if the feature of the week content could be driven
by community contributions. We would absolutely love to hear about how
you use Ubuntu each day and what you love about it. Other people may
not know about the features that you know about and use everyday.
Spread some Ubuntu love around by writing a small paragraph about a
neat Ubuntu feature. Drop it on:


and we will get it into a future issue.

If you have any other ideas of things you would like to se in UWN stop by:


and let us know what you have in mind. We would love to hear about
what you would like to read about each week.

=== Edgy Development Has Commenced ===

On June 7th Ubuntu developers started uploading new software into the
new edgy repository. Kicking off the uploads were Jeff Bailey, Scott
James Remnant, Matthias Klose and Adam Conrad who have begun moving
edgy to the new toolchain (gcc 4.1, etc...). The Edgy development
cycle is going to be *very* exciting so stay tuned for the low down on
all the great things that will be happening very quickly.

The new kernel for edgy will be 2.6.17 which is already packaged and
will be uploaded by Ben Collins soon.

'''NOTE: Since the toolchain is being upgraded it is likely things
will get broken so don't upgrade to edgy just yet.'''

=== Initial Timeline For Edgy Development ===

Matt Zimmerman gives us a look at the initial timeline for edgy. The
edgy repository is open, specs are being written and the Paris
Developer Summit is quickly approaching.


=== Maintaining Packages in bzr for edgy ===

Edgy is all about new and exciting things and there will be lots of
new development work going on. So now is the time to begin maintaining
packages in bzr! See this announcement made by Scott James Remnant for
more information on how to get started:


=== Regular Language Pack Updates ===

"In the future, we will update the language packs of all stable Ubuntu
releases on the first Monday of every month. This predictable schedule
should ease coordination for translators. As a special exception,
there will be an additional update for the recently released Ubuntu
6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) on June, 14th, since a lot of last-minute
updates did not make it into the final release." - Martin Pitt


=== Mark Shuttleworth on LugRadio ===

Mark Shuttleworth interviewed on latest ``Lug``Radio Podcast. Mark
talks about why Ubuntu on SPARC is a good idea and more:


=== Printed Ubuntu Documentation via Lulu ===

The Ubuntu documentation that is available on your computer and online
is now also available in printed book form. The Ubuntu Documentation
Team does not make any money when you buy a copy so you only pay the
cost of printing the book and any shipping and handling charges, which
for each book about $6 US. It's a great deal if you like to have a
paper reference to keep by your side.

Check out the announcement at:


If you would like to buy a copy go to:


This story even made /.


=== Buy a Computer with Ubuntu Preinstalled ===

"The real competition between free and non-free software will come the
day that normal people will be able to buy a computer with a free
operative system inside as easily as it is to buy a computer with a
non-free operative system. Any competition starting with a manual
installation on a hard drive controlled by an automatically
pre-installed system is unfair.

Carrefour has started offering in Spain a laptop with Ubuntu
pre-installed for 929€ (VAT and transport included) which is between
100€ and 200€ cheaper compared to similar laptops offered in

 '''Carrefour bets for laptops with Ubuntu preinstalled''' -

=== Dapper Point Release Updates ===

"At the time of this writing a week after the release of Ubuntu 6.06
LTS, several installer issues have already arisen which are known to
affect many users and which generate enormous numbers of bug reports.
(This is not too surprising since we released a completely new
installer frontend.) Part of long-term support for this release should
include a means to correct installer bugs, which involves re-rolling
CD images." - Collin Watson


=== Proposed Archives ===

A new set of package archives has been added to archive.ubuntu.com to
allow proposed updates and fixes to be uploaded and tested (by those
with the archive enabled) before the packages are officially released.
This process will allow for the proposed updates to see wider testing
helping improve the quality of the updates. Every release in the
archive now has a -proposed directory which looks like:

 * edgy-proposed
 * dapper-proposed
 * etc...

Although these do not contain any packages at the moment, if you help
test Ubuntu, you will want to keep an eye on these.

== 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/000326.html
USN-289-1: tiff vulnerabilities]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000327.html
USN-290-1: awstats vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000328.html
USN-291-1: FreeType vulnerabilities]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000329.html
USN-288-2: PostgreSQL server/client vulnerabilities]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000330.html
USN-293-1: gdm vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000331.html
USN-292-1: binutils vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000332.html
USN-288-3: PostgreSQL client vulnerabilities]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000333.html
USN-294-1: courier vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000334.html
USN-295-1: xine-lib vulnerability]
 * [https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2006-June/000335.html
USN-296-1: firefox vulnerabilities]

== Ubuntu ==

OSVids has a video tour of Dapper in action:



=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) Updates ===

 * kickseed 0.35.1 - Fix passwd/root-login preseeding (closes: Malone
 * pcmcia-cs 3.2.8-5.2ubuntu7 - Correct the direction of the test for
an upgrade from breezy so that pcmcia-cs is only restarted if we're
_not_ upgrading that far.
 * preseed 1.12ubuntu1 - Backport from trunk (closes: Malone

=== New Apps In Edgy ===

Edgy development is ramping up. There are many new features planned
for edgy already. Here is a list of a few of the new features already
making their way into edgy (these are highlights and is not a list of
every package upload):

 * libselinux 1.30-1 and libsepol 1.12-1 - Collin Watson has started
the effort to bring SELinux into edgy.
 * gcc-4.1 4.1.1-2ubuntu1 - The new gcc 4.1 compiler collection was
among the first package uploads to edgy.
 * ocfs2-tools 1.2.1-1ubuntu1 - tools for managing OCFS2 cluster filesystems

== Kubuntu ==

OSDir has a full screenshot tour of Kubuntu 6.06:


and OSVids even has a video tour:



=== Kubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) Updates ===

 * kde-guidance 0.6.7-0ubuntu5 - Add kubuntu_03_passwordwarning.diff
from branch, userconfig would throw error if the password warning
field in /etc/shadow was empty (closes: Malone

=== What Still Needs a Console ===

Midmark started collecting notes on when he still needs to resort to a
command line. Please add to the list and we'll try and find answers in


=== Edgy planning ===

Planning for edgy has begun, please review the specs at:


== Edubuntu ==

OSDir has a full screenshot tour of Edubuntu 6.06:


=== Edgy Ideas ===

The Edubuntu team has started to flesh out ideas for the next version
of Edubuntu which you can check out at:


=== Edubuntu Tips & Tricks ===

 [https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuViaNetBoot Edubuntu via NetBoot]
by [https://wiki.edubuntu.org/MauricioHernandez Mauricio Hernandez]

== Xubuntu ==

OSDir has a full screenshot tour of Xubuntu 6.06:


== In The Press ==

=== NewsForge ===

 '''Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu Long Term Support''' -

=== Lunapark6 ===

 '''Ubuntu Dapper Review''' - http://lunapark6.com/?p=1235

=== TMCnet ===

 '''Red Hat and Novell beware. Ubuntu Dapper Drake is coming for
you.''' - http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2006/05/31/1664703.htm

=== tectonic ===

 '''Ubuntu Dapper Drake fires up''' - http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1015

== Feature Of The Week - Tomboy ==

We all have lots of things to do, ideas that float through our minds
everyday and random other stuff that we need to jot down so that we
don't forget. There have been various apps around like sticky notes
and others that can do the job but they are not always very feature
full and are a bit out-dated. Tomboy is an excellent little app that
can sit on your GNOME panel that allows you to take notes just like
sticky notes but it can do a lot more as well.

Tomboy uses a wiki style of managing notes allowing you to link to
other notes creating a web of interrelations between all of your
various notes and ideas. Tomboy keeps a table of contents of all of
your notes, allows you to search through your notes, performs spell
checking, and if you use Beagle for searching your desktop Beagle can
search through your notes as well. There are also plugins available
for Tomboy to extend its functionality. There are a few default
plugins already installed that allow you to print your notes or export
them to HTML. Tomboy even allows you to format your notes in a variety
of ways such as font sizes, colors and more. This is a big step up
from those plain old sticky notes.

If you would like to try out Tomboy go ahead and install the package
'''"tomboy"'''. You can launch it from Applications -> Accessories ->
Tomboy Notes. If you would like Tomboy to live on your GNOME panel
permanently you can right click on your panel, select "Add To
Panel...", select "Tomboy Notes" and click "Add". Tomboy is very easy
to use and can really help you organize your tasks and ideas.

If you would like to learn more about Tomboy check out:


== Additional News Resources ==

As always you can find more news and announcements at:

 http://www.ubuntu.com/news [[BR]]

== 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
 * Jeff Schering
 * And many others

== Feedback ==

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