Ubuntu Weekly News #23

Corey Burger corey.burger at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 27 08:07:23 GMT 2006

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 23 for the week of Nov
19 - 25, 2006. In this issue we cover the hot new BehindUbuntu
interview with Jono Bacon, the mEDUXa release, the free geek burglery,
upcoming Ubuntu open week event, changes in Feisty, the promotion of
Kurdish Ubuntu in Turkey, and much more.

== In This Issue ==

 * mEDUXa Released
 * Jono Bacon Interview
 * Free Geek Burgled
 * Free Poster for Quiz Winner
 * LoCo Team News
 * Changes in Feisty (Not finished)
 * In the press
 * Meetings
 * Upcoming Events
 * Specification Spotlight
 * Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10
 * Bug stats
 * Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Correction

== General Community News ==

=== mEDUXa Released ===

The Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Spanish Canary
Island's regional government have released mEDUXa 1.0. mEDUXa is a
Free Software GNU/Linux distribution developed for educational
purposes based on Kubuntu. It will be deployed on 35,000 computers in
1100 schools, which represents 325,000 possible users (25,000 teachers
and 300,000 students) in the Canary Islands state schools. mEDUXa
comes with different profiles, configured thanks to KDE's Kiosk mode.
One of mEDUXa's major feature is the profile for young pupils (from 4
to 8 years old).


=== Jono Bacon interviewed by BehindUbunutu ===

If you haven't been keeping up with the BehindUbuntu interviews, now
is as a good time as ever! Florida, Sausage Dogs and bash.org! Open
your mouth wide in shock as he slips in a full two sentences pimping
Jokosher! Get it all in the BehindUbuntu's revealing interview with
our very own man of metal, Jono Bacon.

=== Free Geek Burgled ===

Free Geek is a not for profit community organisation that recycles old
computer parts and equipment and supplies them to under-privileged
people, schools, and non-profit organisations in exchange for
community service. They install Ubuntu on all the machines they

Sadly, the Free Geek organization was recently the victim of burglary.
The value of the stolen hardware has been estimated to be worth
approximately $4,500. Numerous people and non-profit organisations are
feeling the effects of this, most importantly the local school system.
For more info about the incident and how you can help, see
http://www.freegeek.org/news.php#breakin, also
http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/648 provides an excellent summary, and
http://www.katu.com/news/4688221.html for a news report.

=== Free Poster for Quiz Winner ===

As has been announced before, the Ubuntu Quiz-masters schedule weekly
IRC in #ubuntu-trivia. However, next week's quiz is special! Not only
will the champion receive fame and glory, the lucky winner will be
shipped a free Ubuntu Poster, like the one below, as a bonus! So, come
on out on Friday December 1st 22:00 UTC, network with others, and test
your trivia knowledge in an attempt to win an amazingly awesome Ubuntu


=== Ubuntu 6.06.2? ===

A common question has been ''Are there any plans to release Ubuntu
6.06.2? If so, when?'' and we've finally gotten an answer. Colin
Watson, an Ubuntu developer and Canonical Employee, announced on the
Ubuntu-devel mailing list that there is no current plans for Ubuntu
"I expect we'll do another point release at *some* point just to
aggregate updates, but there's no schedule at the moment, and other
things are higher-priority"
You can read Watson's entire message at

=== Calling all LoCo Teams! ===

In our pursuit for newsletter excellence, we are always on the lookout
for new material. One area we are sorely missing stories from is all
the marvellous LoCo Teams. We would absolutely love it if you guys
could pass Ubuntu-related stories from your countries and doing so is
easy! Compose an email to ubuntu-marketing at lists.ubuntu.com with an
summary of the article, as much relevant linkage as you can find and
if the articles are not in English, full English translations would be
much appreciated.

To find out more, read Melissa Draper's Calling all Loco Teams! at

How good can the UWN get? With your help, the possibilities are endless!

== LoCo News ==

Welcome to the new LoCo Team News Section where we'll feature news,
articles, and stories about and from our Ubuntu Loco Teams. If you'd
like to contribute an article, please compose an email to
ubuntu-marketing at http://lists.ubuntu.com with an summary of the
article, as much relevant linkage as you can find. If the articles are
not in English, full English translations would be greatly

=== New Tamil LoCo Team Forums ===

The Tamil LoCo Team is proud to announce the opening of the Tamil LoCo
Team Forum which is available at

=== New Irish LoCo Team Forums ===

Similarly, the Irish LoCo Team opened their own subsection of
ubuntuforums.org, located at http://ie.ubuntuforums.org .

== Changes In Feisty ==

The week was a little bit quieter than last, with fewer of any of the
high volumes than usual (GNOME, Telepathy, KDE or XFCE). None the
less, there were some interesting and exciting changes that still
landed. This week we also have a new method of showcasing the changes
in Feisty. Rather than throw a blizzard of names and number at you,
there is a smaller selection, explaining not only what was uploaded
but the changes you care about. As with any change to the UWN, we
welcome you feedback.

=== General ===

RSIBreak 0.80, the RSI prevention tool for KDE has been uploaded. New
features in this release include more powerful possibilities when
breaks start or end, a cancel button in the relax pop-up, an option to
reset timers only when you're idle for a long break and some other bug
fixes. You can read more about RSIBreak at

Mono 1.2.1 provides the necessary software to develop and run .NET
client and server applications on Linux. 1.2.1 added Thread.Interrupt
implementation, numerous bug fixes, web Services now support generic
types (List<T>), Web Services updates for the .NET 2.0 API, a partial
port to MIPS architecture, many bug fixes to Windows.Forms, support
for more type converters, XmlSchema reading and writing, process
launching will now support opening special files in addition to
launching programs.

cdrkit 5:1.0, a portable command-line CD/DVD recorder software, was
synced by Scott Remnant. This is a new package for Ubuntu. See
http://cdrkit.org for more information.

OctPlot 0.3.9, uploaded by Jordan Mantha, is free open source software
under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). OctPlot is a
handle graphics package for Octave, the free alternative to matlab.
OctPlot provides quality postscript(TM) and screen graphics. This
release includes layer support; Arrowheads supported for lines using
arrowhead, arrowlength, arrowwidth etc; New properties for axes: box,
xaxislocation etc; Axis accepts on/off/equal arguments; box, quiver,
plotyy, stem, barh and pareto added; and new figure handling.

cupsys 1.2.7 was uploaded this week by Martin Pitt. This included
documentation updates, postscript improvements and scheduler fixes,
amongst other things. For full details, visit

=== GNOME ===

As per usual, there were a number of GNOME 2.17 uploads by Sebastian
Bacher, as can be expected. This week be landed nautilius, yelp (the
help browser) and gnome-applets. You can read more about GNOME 2.17 at

Bluez-gnome 0.6 was uploaded. This release fixes the status icon
appearance and adds an application for changing the Bluetooth

Tomboy 0.5.1 is a simple easy to use desktop note-taking application.
.5.1 included new managed dbus interaction, search interface
improvements, fixed tray icon and panel resizing, removal of the old
tintin image.

Beagle 0.2.13, a search tool that 'ransacks your personal information
space' to find whatever you're looking for, sees numerous improvements
from Edgy's Beagle 0.2.9 including a drastic reduction of memory usage
by beagled and beagled-index-helper at startup; improvements to i18n
support; numerous optimizations; numerous new back-ends such as
KNotes, KAddressBook, and Labyrinth; new details pane in UI; many bug
fixes including a fix for the dreaded focus stealing bug once and for
all; and much more.

Daniel Holbach has uploaded nemiver 0.1.0-0ubuntu1, the new gtkmm
front end to the GNU debugger, gdb. You can read more about nemiver at

=== Office ===

Abiword 2.4.5, the lightweight word processing software was uploaded
this week by Michael Vogt. This update includes many feature updates
and bug fixes, as well as 10 new or updated translation packs. See
http://www.abiword.com/ to find out more about this software.

GnuCash, an open source accounting program, was upgraded from 2.0.1 to
2.0.2. This point release included small improvements to the UI and
several bug fixes including one crasher.

=== Multimedia ===

Audacity 1.2.6, the well known sound recording and editing software
has been uploaded by Daniel T. Chen. This release included a bug fix
in font size display problems. Also, this new version enabled the FLAC
support that had previously been missing. Read more about Audacity at

Qsynth 0.2.5, is a QT gui interface for FluidSynth. New features in
this release are new dial-knob behavior now follows mouse pointer
angular position, middle clicking on a dial resets its position to
default, bank offset finally gets its due effect, while on the
channels and channel preset selection dialogs, new fancy widget,
qsynthKnob, with some modifications to replace the actual *ugly* QDial

Muine is a music player for Gnome featuring a simple, intuitive user
interface; Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, AAC and MP3 music playback support;
Automatic album-cover fetching via MusicBrainz and Amazon; Support for
embedded album images in ID3v2 tags; ReplayGain support; Support for
multiple artist and performer tags per song; and Plug-in support.
Brandon Hale uploaded Muine 0.8.6 which fixes an astounding number of
bugs. Full details at http://muine-player.org/wiki/Release_0.8.6

ALSA 1.0.13 packages (alsa-libs and alsa-util) were uploaded by Daniel
T Chen. The changelog is fairly technical and can be read at

Daniel T Chen uploaded flashplugin-nonfree 9.0. This is still at beta
2. This update included many improvements but there are still some
issues. More information can be found at

=== Feisty Release Plan unveiled ===

Matt Zimmerman, CTO of Canonical and lead distro team member unveiled
the new Feisty Release Plan, showcasing the general themes for the
next release, general time frame (Feisty will be a standard 6 month
release cycle again), support life cycle, changes for developers and
more. You can read more at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FeistyReleasePlan

== In The Press ==

=== Kurdish Ubuntu in Turkey ===

Kurdish Ubuntu has been promoted
(http://www.ntvmsnbc.com/news/391178.as link in Turkish) in
Diyarbakir, Turkey, with a reception. According to the news agency,
Ubuntu was the first linux distribution to implement Kurdish
localization. Kurdish localization in Linux is an important milestone
for Turkey due to ethnic conflicts (You can read more at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurds_in_turkey ).

Kurdish Ubuntu was prepared by a team of hardworking translators
(https://launchpad.net/people/kurdish ) in Rosetta. In his talk at the
reception, the mayor of Sur (a town in Diyarbakir) said that "Whatever
language it is in, we wanted it "our service" to be accessible
multi-lingually because multilingualism is our wealth. Our work is
being conducted on Kurdish, English, and Turkish language support. ...
If we can integrate multilingualism, multi-identities, and
multi-culturalism in this nation, this region will be a place of peace
instead of conflicts."

Mehmed Uzun, a Kurdish writer, speaking about the Kurdish language,
told the attendees that "Our most important problem is that the
language is not standardized. The Kurdish language should be
standardized." Ubuntu was later distributed to the reception's
attendees. You can find screenshots of the Kurdish Ubuntu at

=== Ubuntu in the OLPC mix: An Interview at ZDNet ===

MIT Media Lab guru Nicholas Negroponte has been grabbing the headlines
recently with his One Laptop Per Child project. The aim is to create a
cheap — about $100 — and robust laptop for use in the developing
world. Negroponte is adamant that ownership of the device is key to
helping children engage with technology. However, the OLPC project is
not the only organisation to have focused on the lack of computing
devices and infrastructure in the developing world.

An alternative to both the refurbished PCs and the OLPC approach has
been developed by two UK academics. Ndiyo, the Swahili word for "yes",
is a project that aims to allow multiple users access to the same PC.
The brain-child of Quentin Stafford-Fraser, a former research
scientist at AT&T Laboratories Cambridge, Ndiyo is based around the
untapped ability of the Linux operating system (Ubuntu) to support
numerous simultaneous users.

Read the article at

== Meetings ==

=== Xubuntu Community Meeting ===

Xubuntu had a very important meeting (the first meeting in almost 6
months, you can read the agenda at
https://wiki.ubuntu.org/Xubuntu/Meetings/Archive/Agenda/2006-11-25) on
November 25th which was open to the general community. After 2 and a
half hours of discussion, it appears that the Xubuntu Team
(http://launchpad.net/people/xubuntu-team ) and interested community
members have made great strides in developing goals, strategies, and
organization for the Feisty release cycle. Topics included artwork,
documentation efforts, website development, community development, and
much more. You can review the minutes from the meeting at
and the log at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Xubuntu_2006-11-25.

=== Ubuntu Documentation Team Meeting ===

The Ubuntu Documentation Team was also guilty of taking a long meeting
hiatus but that changed on November 24th when the doc team got
together to discuss documentation specifications, the kubuntu desktop
guide, Ubuntu open week, the use of screencasts, Xubuntu documentation
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Documentation) and consider a move
from svn to bzr. You can find a detailed summary at

== Upcoming Events ==

In just two years, Ubuntu has become one of the most popular Linux
distribution in the world with millions of users and a spot regularly
at the top of Distrowatch. Ever wondered what all the fuss is about?
How we've achieved such a great feat in such a short space of time?
With the upcoming Ubuntu Open Week, you can do just that!

The Ubuntu community and Ubuntu's corporate sponsor Canonical is
holding a series of online workshops where you can:

    * learn about the Ubuntu landscape;
    * talk to some of the key developers from the Ubuntu project;
    * find out about the Community and its relationship with Canonical;
    * participate in an open Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder
of Ubuntu; and
    * much more...

The week takes place between '''Mon 27th Nov and Sat 2nd Dec 2006'''
and more information about the event (including a schedule of the
week's events) can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek.

== Specification spotlight ==

Last week we added a new feature called "Specification highlight" and
we discussed the very interesting Network Roaming
and Default Network Services
specification. This week will continue with the network theme and take
a look at the much desired Winmodem Support
specification which proposes developing out-of-the-box support for

As you may know, a winmodem is a software modem designed to work with
the Microsoft Windows operating system. A traditional modem uses
hardware to perform its tasks, but Winmodems perform their key tasks
with software. This makes them smaller and cheaper to produce, but it
also means they cannot be easily used on other operating systems
because the driver support requires far more effort to produce. This
specification proposes including drivers for supported winmodems by
default andr working with the upstream project (http://linmodems.org)
to develop drivers for winmodems that are currently unsupported.

With over 500 individuals strongly supporting this specification (out
of 771 respondents) according to an unofficial poll
(http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=82608) conducted on the
ubuntu forums (http://ubuntuforums.org), it seems like support for
winmodems could have a positive impact on the ubuntu experience for a
lot of users.

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-384-1: OpenLDAP Vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-384-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

The new Flash plugin 9 beta will be  backported to 6.06 in the coming
week. It requires "DEBIAN_FRONTEND=interactive" in order to install,
though, so if you have trouble installing run {{{
DEBIAN_FRONTEND=interactive dpkg --configure -a }}}

 * gcl 2.6.7-14ubuntu2 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.1 -
 * speex -
 * dpkg 1.13.11ubuntu7 -
 * hal 0.5.7-1ubuntu18.2 -
 * lvm2 2.02.02-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * maxima 5.9.2-2ubuntu2

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * gimp 2.2.13-1ubuntu2 -
 * libgnomeprintui 2.12.1-4ubuntu1 -
 * gnome-games 1:2.16.1-0ubuntu2 -
 * gtk+2.0 2.10.6-0ubuntu2 -
 * vino 2.16.0-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * oprofile 0.9.2-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * wlassistant 0.5.5-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * gnome-vfs2 2.16.1-0ubuntu3 -
 * gnome-system-tools 2.15.5-0ubuntu3 -
 * totem 2.16.2-0ubuntu2 -
 * lvm2 2.02.06-2ubuntu3.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

  *  Open (20021) +211 over last week
  *  Critical (22) +6 over last week
  *  Unconfirmed (10628) +74 over last week
  *  Unassigned (15154) +128 over last week
  *  All bugs ever reported (65895) +483 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/

=== Infamous Bugs ===

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== Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Correction ==

The UWN Team would like to correct an error in the Ubuntu Weekly
Newsletter Issue # 21.

Colin Watson wrote"

Quoting from https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news/2006-November/000061.html:

"However, only certain people have the authoirty[sic] to determine
which specs are worthy of discussion at a meeting like the Ubuntu
DeveloperSummit in Mountain View, and fewer still can approve a spec
for official inclusion in Ubuntu."

Actually, this is backwards. Approving specs for meetings is done by
the Technical Board (four people at present), while we have been
farming the job of approver out to increasing numbers of
longer-serving core developers. We had a conference call shortly
before the summit with IIRC at least six of us going through the list
and figuring out which of us would be best suited to make sure each
discussion was going in a sensible direction.


Colin Watson

The UWN Team would like to apologize for any confusion that this error
may have caused and much thanks to Colin Watson for letting us know.

== Additional Ubuntu News ==

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== Conclusion ==

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

== Credits ==

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 * Corey Burger
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 * Jonathon Riddell
 * Cody Somerville
 * Jenda Vancura
 * Eldo Varghese
 * Melissa Draper
 * and the many wonderful people that make Ubuntu what it is

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