Ubuntu Weekly News #16
corey.burger at ubuntu.com
Thu Oct 5 08:19:37 BST 2006
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue No. 16 for the week of
September, 24 - 30, 2006.
You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at:
== Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) Beta Release ==
The beta releases of Kubuntu 6.10 and Ubuntu 6.10 were made this week.
Kubuntu features stylish new artwork, improved power management and
better accessibility. See:
Ubuntu features Firefox 2 beta and adds Tomboy and F-spot. Artwork
hasn't been neglected either. See:
== Akademy 2006 ==
Report by Jonathan Riddell.
"Even though I was not able to attend the whole Akademy this year (due
to the Kubuntu beta release) the conference, e.V. meeting and BoF
sessions I did make it to were exciting and showed great promise for
Firstly, thanks to Canonical for making Kubuntu a Gold sponsor of
Akademy, it was lovely to have large Kubuntu banners all over the
lecture theatres as well as a hacker lab full of Kubuntu machines.
KDE 4 has been a long time coming, but with the presentations at the
weekend we got to see the multimedia layer Phonon in action and the
hardware layer Solid at work. In the KDE 4 build environment we saw a
full KDE 4 session being run - a first for many people. There's still
plenty of work to be done; the Plasma desktop still has no screenshots
and the Telepathy project Decibel is behind schedule, but with the
first developers' preview now out and packages available in Kubuntu
Edgy, development should now accelarate.
We were pleased to have a number of speakers from other communities
including Gnome's John Palmieri, who convinced us that it's not just
who are happy to have competition, Keith Packard, who wrote some
special code to ensure his laptop worked with the university's
projector and showed other wonders of hotswap pluggyness that will be
coming into X soon, and Jin Yoon, who showed us the open platform used
on his Ricoh
Looking very promising is KHTML, where the decision on whether to keep
the original KHTML or convert to a version of WebKit will likely be
taken soon. We also got to see the Qt 4 C# bindings and using
The Akademy Awards were given to the author of Krita, a painting
application that now rivals the free and proprietary competition; the
poor soul who converted all of KDE from autotools to the CMake build
system and the Mandriva coder who has made more KDE 3 to KDE 4 commits
than anyone else.
Unfortunately, Mark Shuttleworth had to cancel his visit after
Canonical One needed repairs, but I managed to hold a successful
Kubuntu BoF on my
own showing what we had done in Edgy and working out how to get those
changes further upstream. The SuSE developers were especially
interested in Ubuntu's thinkpad-keys daemon.
KDE e.V. is KDE's legal body, and in a day long meeting we went over
the usual administrative matters that projects the size of KDE have
also chose the location of Akademy 2007 of which I will be one of the
organisers, details to be announced soon."
== Ubuntu Poster Competition Yields Results ==
Ubuntuforums.org user HanZo has created a winning entry for a poster
design competition that happened at the forums. You can look at the
image at http://doc.ubuntu.com/~marketing/DIY%20Material/Batch%201,%20Posters/HanZo/poster-v01.jpg
The image will yet be edited a bit (especially the white text), but is
a sure winner now. HanZo will be getting 5 free prints. There will be
total of 500 prints, available by email order from Jenda Vancura
approximately for production costs. To read more about the
please read http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=248546
== Universe Version Freeze ==
Daniel Holbach tells us that the Universe Freeze is now in effect.
This means that no new upstream versions will be synced and no new
will be admitted entrance to the Universe repository. All is not lost
for those certain emergencies though, as you can always file a UVF
exception; the process for this is explained
For an exception, please make sure you attach all the necessary
information and in cases of NEW packages have it reviewed and approved
on REVU beforehand! Universe Freeze is in accordance with the Edgy
release schedule which can be found
== Changes in Edgy ==
As previously mentioned, universe is moving towards frozen, which will
slow down the changes in Edgy somewhat. However, this week was a busy
one, as people raced to beat the freeze.
=== Ubuntu ===
Sebastian and Daniel of the GNOME uploading team started in on GNOME
2.16.1 at the end of the week, with the bulk being uploaded after Sept
30th. 2.16.1 is the first of 3 bug fix releases on the stable branch
of GNOME. Bits of the underlying libraries were also updated as well,
with the uploading of gtk 2.10.4 and gtkmm1:2.10.2 by Sebastien and
Other updated GNOME and GTK-based applications this week included glom
1.1.2, clamtk 2.24 (both uploaded by Daniel Holbach), lat 1.0.7,
bluefish 1.0.6, and wifi-radar 1.9.7 (synced from Debian), the new
Novell/SUSE menu, slab 0.0.cvs.20060915, synced by Sebastian Bacher,
who also uploaded glade-3 3.0.2 and Sebastian Droege uploaded brasero
The world of Telepathy continued at is usual frantic pace this week,
with the syncing of telepathy-stream-engine 0.3.6, farsight 0.1.8,
gst-plugins-farsight 0.10.2and telepathy-gabble 0.3.7 from Debian and
the new telepathy-butterfly 0.1.0 (a connector for MSN), its
underlying library pymsn 0.2.1 and telepathy-blue
0.0.1.1~darcs20060926 (a bluetooth/sms connector). Daniel Holbach also
uploaded libgalago 0.5.1+svn20060928, telepathy-feed 0.13 and cohoba
0.0.4. Also on the communications front, Daniel Holbach uploaded
gossip 0.17 and loudmouth 1.1.4 while asterisk 188.8.131.52 was synced
A new Firefox plugin for interacting with Launchpad was uploaded this
week, firefox-launchpad-plugin 0.1. If you fancy your web browsing
slightly more basic, links 2.1pre23, the new version of the Links
webbrowser might be more up your alley.
=== Kubuntu ===
A few pieces of Kubuntu were also updated, including a new SVN
snapshot of kde-systemsettings, 0.0svn20060929, uploaded by Anthony
Mercatante. He also uploaded the 0.1 release of knetworkmanager, the
KDE frontend to the Network Manager tool. Not yet part of Kubuntu,
strigi is a desktop search and indexing tool. This week saw version
0.3.8 of the program, strigi, and the applet, strigiapplet.
=== Xubuntu ===
The Xubuntu people, while not as insanely busy as the GNOME uploading
team, still manage a respectable output. This weeks haul includes the
new xfce4-dict-plugin 0.1.0, uploaded by Gauvain Pocentek and a number
of new bits of xffm, the XFCE file manager. They include
xffm-applications 4.5.0, xffm-book 4.5.0, xffm-locate 4.5.0 and an
underlying library libxffm 4.5.0.
=== Ichthux ===
The Ichthux team keeps rolling along, with Raphael Pinson uploading
bibletime 1.6 and bibletime-i18n 1.6. He also uploaded
ichthux-konqueror-shortcuts 0.1, a new set of Ichthux specific
bookmarks. Jordan Mantha also uploaded sword-text-dutsvv 1.3,
sword-text-swahili 1.0, sword-text-tagalog 1.1, and sword-text-viet
=== General ===
The multimedia side of Ubuntu got a great deal of action this week.
Daniel Chen uploaded an SVN version of vlc, 0.8.6-svn20060918 as well
as mutagen 1.7.1, Sebastien Droege uploaded the new last-exit, 3.0 as
well as banshee-official-plugins 0.11.0, William Alexander Grant got
working on the new soundcoverter, 0.9.1, and Anthony Mercatante
uploaded the new kmplayer 0.9.3. In the MythTV universe, ivtv 0.7.0
and the new myththemes 0.20, the latter uploaded by William Grant,
made their way into the archives. A number of new versions of various
multimedia tools were also synced from Debian, including mpqc 2.3.1,
cdtool 2.1.8, rosegarden 1.2.4, djplay 0.3.0.
For those of you who use your Ubuntu machine for a bit of gaming, this
week was not all work. bomberclone 0.11.7, lincity-ng 1.0.3, pioneers
0.10.2 and stellarium 0.8.1 were all synced from Debian.
If you the scientific pays the bills or floats your fancy, this week
brings the syncing of tulip 2.0.5, openbabel 2.0.2, and pcb 20060822
from Debian, William Alexander Grant uploading biosquid
1.9g+cvs20050121, amap-align 2.0, astronomical-almanac 5.6, and
treeviewx 0.5.1. In a more medical vein, the gnumed-client 0.2.2a was
synced from Debian.
Mattias Klose may have the misfortune to have to deal with
OpenOffice.org, but he still has time to deal with Zope and this week
he did exactly that, uploading zope-cmfplacefulworkflow 1.0.0,
zope-pluginregistry 1.1, zope-pas 1.2, zope-plonepas 2.0.1,
zope-statusmessages 2.0, and zope-passwordresettool 0.4, all new
packages to Debian and Ubuntu.
Various pieces of Java software also got updated this week. They
include classpath 0.92, an integral part of the free Java stack. This
release brings Cairo graphics. You can read more at
http://savannah.gnu.org/forum/forum.php?forum_id=4573. Also updated
were axis 1.4 and wsdl4j 1.5.2.
If you use any of the distribution revision control systems (and you
should be), this week brought you some new toys. Users of bzr were
given 0.11-rc3 (the final was out as of writing) and if you prefer a
graphical frontend, olive 0.11, a Summer of Code project that is going
strong after the summer is over, was uploaded as well. bzrtools was
also updated to 0.11.0 for the new bzr release. Another popular system
is mercurial, which was updated to 0.9.1. And for those that cannot
decide, there is a tool for moving between revision control systems.
It is called tailor and you get version 0.9.26 as of this week.
In other server news, several popular applications were updated. They
include egroupware 1.2-105 (Users of groupware should read
http://www.jwz.org/doc/groupware.html) and horde3 3.1.3.The 0.5.5
release of the, "light and fast" web server, cherokee found its way
If you fancy a spot of file sharing, nicotine 184.108.40.206 and mldonkey
2.8.1 are now available. However, if you seek the need to protect your
identity while doing it, tor 0.1.1.23 can help you do that.
Users of gmail received a gift with the uploading of gmailfs 0.7.2,
which allows you to turn your gmail account into another file system.
The more prosaic use case of merely checking a gmail account got
easier with the release of checkgmail 1.10, which apparently uses Atom
feeds for notification. On the server end of the mail system, maildrop
2.0.2 and geximon 0.7.3 are now available.
A couple of final things you might be interested include a new version
of espeak, the speech synthesizer, 1.15, a new Intel video driver
update by Matthew Garrett, 1.6.0, the 2nd release candidate of the 1.0
release of Fluxbox, 0.9.15.1+1.0rc2. Andrew Mitchell uploaded the new
krb5-auth-dialog 0.6, which is a dialog for dialog for
reauthenticating kerberos tickets. Those of you still stuck with
Windows partitions will notice the new ntfs-3g 20060920, which allows
full read and write to NTFS drives, all done in userspace. Lastly, Xen
has 2.6.17 this week, thanks to the hard work of Chuck Short.
xen-source-2.6.17 and xen-restricted-modules-2.6.17 were uploaded
right on the last day of the month.
== Launchpad News ==
Welcome to another round of Launchpad updates covering changes
included in this week's rollout. This cycle was mainly focused on
existing features, although a number of new features that are under
development were brought closer to deployment.
=== Bug watch enhancements ===
The new features deployed in this rollout make bug watches a bit more
convenient to work with: it is now possible to specify a remote bug
tracker for a specific upstream product; when adding new bug watches
to distribution bugs, the bugtracker and product name will be
there is information linking the package to an upstream product.
The prefilling also works for upstream products that are officially
using Launchpad as a bug tracker. For instance, if you visit the page
for the [https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/bzr/+bugs bazaar
source package in Ubuntu], notice a bug which is an upstream matter,
when marking it as upstream you will notice that the name "bazaar" is
already filled in. This small improvement is the first in a number of
enhancements planned for upstream bug forwarding.
Bug information can now also be synchronized from archived debian
bugs; this is the reason why a number of bug watches were updated at
week (and you may have received some bugmail letting you know!).
=== CVE reports ===
The CVE report pages were reformatted and optimized; you can see the
general CVE status for Ubuntu at
This listing displays CVEs related to bugs, and their current status.
There are now also CVE reports for upstream products -- but no
have CVEs linked to their bugs yet!
=== Other bug tracking improvements ===
Handling of binary package names as input in the Package: field was
improved in the bug-filing and bug-changing page. Oh, and the
'Untriaged' status was renamed to 'Undecided'; this avoids confusing
the concepts of "status triage" and "importance definition". Time to
=== Distribution and package management enhancements ===
On the distribution management front, this rollout included new
formatting for mirror listings; the number of official mirrors
for Ubuntu is growing rapidly, and we aim to make this information
authoritative for the distribution in the coming weeks:
This rollout meant deployment of the optimization and code improvement
work done in the London sprint. Visible results of this deployment are
significantly faster publisher runs (with no-op runs taking negligible
time, and the faster 'real' runs taking around 7 minutes). Package
builds are now issued to saner sets of architectures, taking into
account package-specific architecture restrictions. With respect to
upload processing, failed uploads now trigger email notifications to
theperson uploading as well; uploads to frozen releases go straight to
pending-approval queue, and superseding backport uploads behave as expected.
The Soyuz team also invested long hours into an acceptance testing
system which was used to verify the changes done over this period
to rollout. The test system successfully pointed out regressions and
allowed fixes to be verified before deployment.
A script for automatically retrying failed builds was implemented, and
the queue tool was updated to include pocket information and behave
correctly in a few corner cases (read the detailed changelog for the details).
=== Branches in the Bazaar ===
One interesting Launchpad feature for upstream products is the
tracking of series and releases. Each release represents an actual new
release of upstream; a series represents a line of tarball releases
that were spawned from the same long-term code branch.
Product series can now have Bazaar branches linked to them, this
branch ideally containing the coding work done for that specific
product can select which series is its main development ("trunk", or
"HEAD" in CVS terms) series, containing new feature work being
implemented. This allows Launchpad to more closely model the coding
work done on an upstream product, which will in turn make it easier to
Bazaar to manage the codebase for a product, and in particular,
derivations of that codebase.
=== Other news ===
On the translations front, improvements to the automatic package
imports were deployed; they reduce the amount of manual nursing
imports of packages with unusual directory layouts. Language pack
generation was optimized, as were the pages that report translation
status for languages in specific distribution releases. A number of
additional performance improvements are in queue and will be deployed
part of the next rollout.
In the ticket tracker, subscriptions of support contacts were modified
to be implicit. This means that new support contacts are automatically
notified of all existing ticket modifications.
The calendaring feature in Launchpad was temporarily disabled; we
found it was too buggy to be useful, and have chosen to now focus on
which are priorities for this period.
Full announcement and changelog at
== In The Press ==
Ubuntu isn't quite yet synonymous with Linux, but it is increasingly
referenced in the tech press whenever the subject of Linux is raised.
Check out this recent comment by Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan
''We're not anti-vendor. We're not here to bash anybody. Every single
business we're in must be multi-platform if it's going to be
When I'm selling the hardware we're talking about, I'm going to be
thrilled to talk to the Linux community about running Ubuntu on
When I'm talking about Solaris I'm going to be thrilled to talk to you
about HP and Dell. They are no longer competitors in my mind. They are
now channel partners.''
You can read more at http://www.internetnews.com/bus-news/article.php/3634846
Malcolm Yates, Canonical's ISV and partner manager has been
interviewed by Information Week on the topic of Ubuntu's growing
Independent Software Vendors and Original Equipment Manufacturers:
"I think the next few months will see us involved more and more with
enterprises looking at using Ubuntu to deliver business solutions.
Previously, we have seen Ubuntu deployed in organizations where it it
was hidden, but now with full and extended support, we are getting
calls, to move to Ubuntu as a major Linux platform."
You can read the whole thing at
Ubuntu Member Melissa Draper was recently interviewed by Australia's
LA Updates. You can listen to it at
In his speech to the Labour Party conference in Britain last week,
Bill Clinton talked about the importance of the "spirit of ubuntu".
The resulting BBC News article featured a stylish thong from our very
own Cafepress Ubuntu shop. The article can be found at
And a few weeks back, the newsletter of DistroWatch mentioned the
Ubuntu Marketing Team, and more specifically, the Ubuntu Surveys. You
can read the newsletter, including the non-Ubuntu bits at
http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20060918. If you have not yet
taken the survey, you can do so at http://surveys.geekosophical.net.
== Meetings and other similar events ==
[CommunityCouncilAgenda Community Council Meeting] 2006-10-03 17:00 GMT
== Upcoming Events ==
[http://www.linuxinfotag.de Linux Info Tag in Dresden] Dresden,
== Feature Of The Week - Bip ==
Bip, an IRC proxy, keeps you connected to IRC, stores logs, and can
even produce a backlog which displays upon connection from your IRC
client to the server. You can install Bip on a server that stays
connected, and connect as many clients as you wish while using the
nickname. So, once you setup Bip, you connect to it like you would any
ordinary server, while using your IP, port, and a custom password
bip can generate and encrypt) - Bip will do the rest.
For instance, Bip is setup on server 192.168.1.3, using the default
Bip port of 7778, and using the username 'Bip', password 'biprocks',
network 'freenode'. I would set my client up to connect to the server
and port, and in the "Password" section for the connection on my IRC
client, I would enter Bip:biprocks:freenode. Now, I am connected from
my localhost to my Bip server, which means I can reboot my localhost
never loose connection to IRC, meaning I won't miss a thing. People on
IRC won't even know I rebooted!
Help: #bip on irc.oftc.net for the official support channel. Also,
feel free to contact RichardJohnson on IRC as nixternal for more help.
can find him on Freenode and OFTC regularly.
== Additional News Resources ==
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== Security Updates ==
* USN-353-1: OpenSSL vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-353-1
* USN-352-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-352-1
== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ==
No updates were made, however, several packages were backported:
* Accepted amarok 2:1.4.3-0ubuntu8~dapper1
* Accepted konversation 1.0-0ubuntu5~dapper1
* Accepted ktorrent 2.0.2-0ubuntu1~dapper1
* Accepted libvisual-plugins 0.4.0.dfsg.1-1ubuntu1~dapper1
* Accepted cpio 2.6-10ubuntu0.1
== Bug Stats ==
* Open (15684) (+124 over last week)
* Unconfirmed (8228)
* Unassigned (11028)
* All bugs ever reported (56546)
Daniel Holbach has posted a list of Bug Tasks for people looking for
things to do. You can read more at
== Conclusion ==
Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. See you next week!
== Credits ==
The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:
* Melissa Draper
* David Symons
* John Little
* Eldo Varghese
* Richard Johnson
* Jenda Vancura
* Paul O'Malley
* Corey Burger
* And many others
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