Ubuntu Weekly News #22

Corey Burger corey.burger at ubuntu.com
Wed Nov 22 07:20:48 GMT 2006

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 22 for the week of Nov
12th - 18th, 2006. In this issue we cover the new Feisty schedule, new
LoCo teams, Ubuntu-uk auction, changes in Feisty and much more.

== In This Issue ==

 * Feisty on the Schedule
 * New LoCo teams announced
 * New Ubuntu Customization Kit release
 * Ubuntu-based PBX announced
 * Ubuntu-uk holds childrens auction
 * Changes in Feisty
 * In the press
 * Upcoming events
 * Specification spotlight
 * Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10
 * Bug stats

== General Community News ==

=== Feisty on the Schedule ===

Now that Edgy Eft 6.10 is out, the new plan of action is the Feisty
Fawn 7.04 release schedule. This schedule puts Feisty's release at
late April, and promises us the first milestone CD image, dubbed Herd
1, in a few short weeks time. You can read the news at
or alternatively go direct to the schedule at

=== LoCoSphere continues to grow ===

Ubuntu's incredible LoCoSphere continues to grow with new teams. One
such team is the Bosnian LoCo Team.

=== Ubuntu - Just for You ===

Ever wanted to customise an Ubuntu LiveCD to your own tastes? With the
UCK you can. Version 1.3 was released on the 10th of November, and
includes support for the latest stable Ubuntu release, Ubuntu 6.10
"Edgy Eft". For more information on the UCK, see the announcement at

=== Introducing an Ubuntu-based PBX ===

We here at the UWN recently got word of an up and coming Asterisk
based PBX built upon Ubuntu. It is a commercially oriented suite of
management and interface software which dramatically increases the
ease of use and functionality of an Asterisk based PBX and is aimed at
the SME market. More information can be found at

=== Children to benefit from T-Shirt and Book ===

Children in Need, a UK charity, are destined to benefit from the
generosity of members of our wonderful community. An Ubuntu t-shirt
signed by luminaries such as Mark Shuttleworth, Jon 'Maddog' Hall,
Jono Bacon and many others including Canonical staff and community
members will be auctioned by the Ubuntu UK Team, with the money raised
to go to the Children in Need charity. Jono Bacon has also contributed
a signed copy of "Official Ubuntu Book" to raise the stakes and get
more people interested. The auction is being held on the Ubuntu wiki.
If you are interested, please visit
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UKTeam/CharityWork/ChildrenInNeedTShirt and
bid your piggy-bank to this terrific cause.

== Changes In Feisty ==

Changes in Feisty came fast and furious this week, with the usual
stock of uploads from the usual suspects, and an added helping in the
form of the autosyncing of all the completely new packages in Debian.

Users of all the major desktops will be pleased to see a few major
pieces get uploaded this week. The D-Bus 1.0 release was ushered into
Ubuntu by Sebastian Droege. Hitting 1.0 means D-Bus is now API stable,
so expect even wider adoption to follow suit. Also, Daniel T Chen
uploaded the latest Flash Player 9 Beta, flashplugin-nonfree, which he labelled The "afraid of sunlight"
release. Sebastien Droege also uploaded that friend of debuggers
everywhere, valgrind, with its new release, 3.2.1 as well as sqlite
2.8.17, a common database in desktop applications.

On the server side, Christian Bjaelevik uploaded the new asterisk
1.2.1, which includes a fix for CVE-2006-5444 and -5445. openssl
0.9.8c was also synced from Debian.

=== Ubuntu ===

More pieces of GNOME 2.17.2 and related technologies arrived this week
as well, with Daniel Holbach uploading at-spi 1.7.13, gtkmm2.4
1:2.10.3, dasher 4.3.1, gcalctool 5.9.7, gnome-speech 1:0.4.6,
fast-user-switch-applet 2.17.3. eog 2.17.1, and totem 2.17.3, and
libxml++2.6 2.17.1 and Sebastian Bacher also uploaded gnome-desktop
2.17.2, gnome-menus 2.17.2, gnome-python 2.16.2, gnome-keyring 0.7.1,
gnome-python-desktop 2.17.1, libgnomeprint 2.17.0, libgnomeprintui
2.17.0, nautilus 2.16.2, gnome-session 2.17.2, libgnome 2.17.0,
control-center 2.17.1 and pango1.0 1.15.0. Finally, Sebastian Droege
uploaded tomboy 0.5.0 while Martin Pitt uploaded gnome-volume-manager
2.17.0. As always, you can find out the latest in GNOME 2.17 at

There were a number of GNOME-related uploads by a variety of people,
including Jerry Haltom with banshee 0.11.2 and
banshee-official-plugins 0.11.2, Daniel Chen and gnome-osd 0.11.3, the
new clamtk 2.26 uploaded by Daniel Holbach, who also uploaded glom
1.3.1, labyrinth 0.3 and contacts 0.2, the new gaim 2.0.0+beta5 by
Sebastian Bacher, who as uploaded xournal 0.3.1 and xchat-gnome 0.15,
Sebastian Droege's liferea 1.0.25 as well as inkscape 0.44.1 uploaded
by Kess Cook. Finally, Jeremie Corbier uploading gnomebaker 0.6.0,
brasero 0.5.1 was uploaded by Mario Danic and gnumeric 1.7.2 by
Gauvain Pocentek. Adrien Cunin also uploaded gtodo 0.16.0~rc2 while
Daniel Chen uploaded gxine 0.5.8. Most GNOME and GTk+ applications
list their new releases at http://www.gnomefiles.org/.

The relentless march of new pieces of the Telepathy stack continued
with week with Daniel Holbach uploading telepathy-gabble 0.4.5,
telepathy-inspector 0.4.0, meta-telepathy 3 (telepathy-gnome now
depends on gossip-telepathy or cohoba), gossip-telepathy
0.18+cvs20061115, and telepathy-stream-engine 0.3.13 while Riccardo
Setti uploaded telepathy-sharp 0.0.svn.20061115 from the Tapioca

=== Kubuntu ===

On the Kubuntu side, KDE got refreshed with version 3.5.5a, and
KOffice 1.6.0 made its way into the repositories. Along with those,
Konversation and KDevelop both got refreshed this week with new
version from debian. A few NEW KDE applications also made their way
over such as ktoon, kredentials, and komparator, not to mention a few
new kwin-styles for your enjoyment.

=== Xubuntu ===
More parts of the XFCE 4.4 RC2 were landed this week by Gauvain
Pocentek with xfce4-dev-tools, xfce4-battery-plugin,
xfce4-clipman-plugin 2:, xfce4-notes-plugin,
xfce4-smartbookmark-plugin 0.4.2, xfce4-terminal,
xfce4-appfinder, xfce4-weather-plugin,
thunar-archive-plugin 0.2.2, mousepad 0.2.8.

=== Edubuntu ===

In Edubuntu-land, Oliver Grawert uploaded the new gcompris 8.1, as
well as tuxmath 0.97 and tuxmath 1.0, tuxtype 1.5.6.dfsg1, kino 0.92
while tuxpaint 0.9.16 was uploaded by Jordan Mantha.

=== Feisty Kernel version announced ===

Ben Collins announced this week that Feisty will have the latest
stable kernel from upstream (2.6.20) at release. The primary reasons
for doing this are paravirtualization enhancements, power management
enhancements and the kernels' release cycle falling a few months
before Ubuntu release which gives enough time to stabilize and test.
You can read the full announcement at

=== Desktop "bling" begins to land ===
In light of the announcement, Matthew Garrett uploaded compiz
0.3.3-0ubuntu~git20061111 and desktop-effects 0.6.163, the latter of
which is Fedora's control panel. To get compiz working in Ubuntu,
simply install desktop-effects, compiz and compiz-gnome, turn it on by
clicking the button in the "Desktop effects" applet that's under
System/Preferences. A note of caution, if you have installed compiz
from another source previously this may cause problems; depending your
video card this may not work for you. For full details read:

=== New versions from Debian ===

There were a large number of new packages synced from Debian this week
by Scott James Remnant. They include:

 * audacious 1.2.1 - http://audacious-media-player.org/Main_Page
 * auto-install 0.02 - http://packages.debian.org/oldstable/admin/autoinstall
 * automake1.10 1.10
 * awffull 3.7.1 - http://www.stedee.id.au/awffull
 * bcfg2 0.8.4 - http://trac.mcs.anl.gov/projects/bcfg2/
 * biloba 0.4 - Turn based strategy board game for up to 4 players
 * bloboats 1.0.1 - A boat racing game http://bloboats.dy.fi/
 * bmpx 0.32.0 - Beep Media Player eXperimental
 * boson 0.12 - http://boson.eu.org/
 * ceferino 0.97.5 - Action game similar to Super Pang
 * clutter 0.1.0 - http://projects.o-hand.com/clutter/
 * collectd 3.10.3 - Statistics collection daemon http://collectd.org/
 * cryptmount 1.2 - Management and user-mode mounting of encrypted file systems
 * dates 0.1 - A calendar optimised for embedded devices
 * db4.5 4.5.20 - Berkeley DB
 * decompyle 2.3.2 - A Python byte-code decompiler
 * eikazo 0.5.1 Graphical frontend for SANE designed for mass-scanning
 * einstein 2.0 - Puzzle game inspired on Einstein's puzzle
 * fileschanged 0.6.5 - Command-line utility that reports when files
have been altered
 * filezilla 3.0.0~beta2 - Port of the famous Win32 graphical FTP client
 * freetennis 0.4.8-2 - Free Tennis simulation game
 * gbackground 1.0 - Program to change the gnome background periodically
 * gchempaint 0.6.6 - 2D chemical structures editor for the GNOME2 desktop
 * gcstar 0.4.1 - An application for managing your movie collection
 * geekast 0.1.2 - GNOME interface to peercast
 * ggz-server 0.0.13
 * glipper 0.95 - A clipboard manager for GNOME and other window managers
 * gnash 0.7.1+cvs20061006.1521 - Free Flash movie player
 * gplanarity 11496 - Simple puzzle game involving untangling planar graphs
 * gpscorrelate 1.4 - Correlates digital photos with GPS data filling
EXIF fields
 * gst-pulse 0.9.4 - A GStreamer 0.10 plugin for the PulseAudio sound server.
 * gstm 1.2 - Gnome SSH Tunnel Manager
 * guile-1.8 1.8.1 - The GNU extension language and Scheme interpreter
 * gxmms2 0.6.4 - xmms2 client for the GNOME desktop
 * hpodder 0.5.8 - Tool to scan and download podcasts (podcatcher)
 * ink 0.3.2~rc3 - Tool for checking the ink level of your local printer
 * jwchat 1.0beta2 - A full featured, web-based Jabber chat client
 * kbibtex 0.1.5 - BibTeX editor for KDE
 * kicad 0.0.20060828 - Electronic schematic and PCB design software
 * knowledgeroot - Webbased knowledgebase system
 * kolabadmin 0.0.20061103 - Kolab administration tool
 * ktoon 0.8 - 2D animation toolkit
 * linux-libertine 2.2.0 - The Linux Libertine family of free fonts
 * lphoto 1.0.61 - Digital photo manager
 * lsb-appchk3 3.0.3 - LSB v3.x Application checking tool
 * lsb-pkgchk3 3.0.3 - LSB v3.x package checking tool
 * magicrescue 1.1.4 - Recovers files by looking for magic bytes
 * mediawiki1.7 1.7.1 - Website engine for collaborative work
 * molly-guard 0.2.1 - Protects remote machines from accidental
 * mt-daapd 0.2.4+r1376 - iTunes-compatible DAAP server
 * opencity 0.0.3stable - A 3D city simulator game
 * openguides 0.57 - A web application for managing a
collaboratively-written city gui
 * openldap2.3 2.3.29
 * pengupop 2.1.12 - Online multiplayer clone of Bust a Move
 * pgfouine 0.7 - PostgreSQL log analyzer
 * photoprint 0.3.3 - Image printing utility
 * planet 2.0 - Flexible feed aggregator
 * pootle 0.10.1 - Web-based translation and translation management tool
 * proftpd-dfsg 1.3.0
 * python-django 0.95 - A high-level Python Web framework
 * qemu-launcher 1.7.1 - GTK+ front-end to QEMU computer emulator
 * request-tracker3.6 3.6.1 - Extensible trouble-ticket tracking system
 * ri-li 2.0.0 - A toy train simulation game
 * scala 2.1.5 - The Scala programming language
 * secure-delete 3.1 - Tools to wipe files, free disk space, swap and memory
 * ser 0.9.6 - Sip Express Router, very fast and configurable SIP proxy
 * serendipity 1.0.3 - Weblog manager with extensive theming and plugin support
 * shorewall-lite 3.2.4 - Shorewall (lite version), a high-level tool
for configuring Netfi
 * skribe 1.2g - Document production system
 * splashy - A complete user-space boot splash system
 * squid3 3.0.PRE5 - A full featured Web Proxy cache (HTTP proxy)
 * stetic 0.1.0~svn.64684 - GNOME and GTK+ GUI designer
 * subcommander 1.2.1 Graphical client for subversion
 * tikiwiki 1.9.6 - Groupware and content management system
 * transcend 0.3 - Retro-style, abstract, 2D shooter
 * transmission 0.6.1 - Free, lightweight BitTorrent client
 * turbogears 1.0~b1
 * vdrift 0.0.2006.10.06 - Drift racing simulation
 * videolink 1.0 -  Assembles a DVD video filesystem from HTML pages
and video files
 * w3c-linkchecker 4.3 - W3C Link Checker
 * xen-common 3.0.3
 * xenman 0.5 - A graphical Xen management tool
 * xserver-xorg-video-i810-modesetting 1.6.5.git20061014.ac1
 * youtube-dl 2006.09.25 - Download videos from youtube.com
 * zope-ldapmultiplugins 1.4 - LDAP plugin for Zope/Plone
 * zope-ldapuserfolder 2.8~beta - LDAP user and group source for Zope/Plone

== In The Press ==

Since the Edgy Eft 6.10 release is still a fresh topic, Ubuntu is
getting it's fair share of Tech news coverage. One such article
discusses the artwork side of the development process. Ubuntu Artist
in Chief Frank Schoep was interviewed by Linux.com about the artwork
process for this Edgy release. In the open and honest interview, Frank
discussed what worked well and where there was room for improvement,
and also extended his thanks to the community.

"The road was the destination. Although I fully understand the
disappointment about the community Human artwork not being the
default, I want to thank everyone in our artwork community for being
around and sticking to the process for Edgy."

"For Feisty," he says, "a major improvement will be to have Mark's
visual direction explicitly clear in advance of any work done by the
community, so we can prevent working opposite of where we should be
going. This will also allow the community to focus more on creating
artwork instead of defining a design direction."

You can read the full interview at

Further word of the work with Sun has also been revealed, with the
announcement of certification of Ubuntu on the "Galaxy" line. Sun also
pointed out that that their "GlassFish" Java EE 5 application server
will be distributed with Ubuntu LTS 6.06. Despite this good news,
there are still criticisms.

"What Sun is not doing, somewhat paradoxically, is offering customers
the option of preloading Ubuntu LTS 6.06 on its Niagara and Galaxy

For the full story, go to http://www.itjungle.com/tlb/tlb111406-story06.html.

We all know the Ubuntu Community rocks, and increasingly, people on
the outside are seeing the same. This blog post on Linux``Today is a
good example, with the author impressed at the reaction he received to
an article about Ubuntu 6.10 (64bit). Find out the details at

Due to growing dissent with his previous operating system, this user
has documented his transition from Windows to Ubuntu. The user,
manager of a small software company, has grown increasingly unhappy
with the licensing that will be coming with Vista. Is this the first
of many? We can hope. Read his blog post at

The Thai FOSS community is contesting claims by the Thai IT Minister
that Free and Open Source Software is lacking in IP and offers
Thailand no value. The minister's comments were made at his first
'meet the press' and published in the Bangkok Post. See
http://bangkokpost.net/151106_Database/15Nov2006_data001.php for the

The original letter, in Thai, is viewable at
http://www.blognone.com/node/3365 with an English translation of the
letter at http://www.localfoss.org/Thai_FOSS_Community_Responds_to_IT_Minister.

The installation process and features of the oft controversial Ubuntu
derivative 'Ubuntu Christian Edition were discussed in this positive
review. The features included the potentially dangerous Automatix
script. The review can be found at
The UWN would like to advise against the use of Automatix and other
automation scripts.

Another review has been published at
http://www.openaddict.com/page.php?26 This review is of Ubuntu 6.10 on
a Dell XPS M170 Laptop. The review is in-depth and has a slightly more
technical format than the one above. The review also advocates the use
of EasyUbuntu, while we discourage both, EasyUbuntu is less likely to
cause issues than Automatix.

If you bought your laptop or desktop preloaded with Microsoft Windows,
you may be able to get your money back. Simply document your
declination of the license agreement and contact your manufacturer for
a refund. Dave Mitchell from Sheffield did exactly that and is now
£55.23 richer. Read about Dave's experience at

Joseph Hall serves up some interesting instructions on how to Ubuntufy
your holidays more with these tasty sugar cookies. What sets them
apart is the ingenious use of ingredients to create cookies that have
the Ubuntu logo on them. We know what will be on our desert plates
this holiday. For more details, please see

The Flemish Ministry of Education in Belguim has announced a project
to give each school two cd's, one including Open Source Windows
applications and the other with a customized version of Ubuntu 5.10.
The Ubuntu cd contains a number of pieces of educational software,
both for the desktop and for infomation sharing. You can read further
at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/sounder/2006-November/009381.html

Finally, yet another interview with the increasingly popular Mark
Shuttleworth, this time by Desktop``Linux, at

== Upcoming Events ==

The Ubuntu Tamil Team is hosting a National Youth Day & IT Education
Meet of Jan 13 of 2007. They have also organized a meeting of IT
professionals on Dec 16th of 2006. You can read more about these two
meetings at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2006-November/000781.html

== Specification Highlight ==

One of the more interesting specs released for the next Ubuntu
release, Feisty Fawn, is for
Network Roaming]. This shall incorporate NetworkManager, allowing
users to configure their networking settings easily, such as when you
wish to connect to an as-yet-unknown wireless point to check your
e-mail on at a cafe or airport. The spec shall also help you with
differing network set-ups, making it easier to flip between DHCP and
static IP addresses and the like - so called "Location Specific
Networking". Setting up a WPA-encrypted network should also be far
easier using the NetworkManager system, completely removing the need
to use the command-line when setting up a secure wireless network.

The [https://features.launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+spec/default-network-services
Default Network Services] spec would also include "Service Discovery"
- allowing you to connect to a new network environment, with your
computer picking up a network-accessible cups printer, meaning you can
instantly print on it without any configuration whatsoever.

More of the Feisty specs can be obtained on
[https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/feisty/+specs Launchpad].

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===
USN-383-1: libpng vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-383-1
USN-382-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-382-1
USN-381-1: Firefox vulnerabilities http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-381-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

==== Backports ====


=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

==== Backports ====


== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (19810) +503 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (10554) +476 over last week
 * Unassigned (15026) +496 over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (65412) +713 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs

Check out the bug statistics: http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~carthik/bugstats/

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