Ubuntu Weekly News #18
corey.burger at ubuntu.com
Fri Oct 20 08:04:44 BST 2006
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 18 for the week of Oct
, 8 - 14 2006. In this issue we cover KDE turning 10, Matt Zimmerman
telling all, new Edgy apps and much more.
You can always find older Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter issues at::
== In This Issue ==
* Behind Ubuntu: Matt Zimmerman
* The Free Desktop turns 10 - KDE celebrates
* Topics sought for next development summit
* Edgy Changes
* In the Press
* Security and other 6.06 updates
* Bug Stats
== General Community News ==
=== Behind Ubuntu: Matt Zimmerman ===
Behind Ubuntu sat down with the ever-so-popular Matt Zimmerman
recently, for a quick one-on-one conversation. The interview goes over
Matt's involvement with the Ubuntu community, Open Source, as well as
his personal life. A good read no doubt, so if you are interested in
reading the interview, head on over to
http://behindubuntu.org/interviews/MattZimmerman and get your fix.
=== The Free Desktop Turns 10 ===
The free desktop is 10 years old this week as KDE celebrated its 10th
birthday on Saturday the 14th. In honour of the momentous anniversary
your hard working Kubuntu developers all stayed at home to fix bugs in
time for the Edgy release candidate. But in a warehouse somewhere in
outer Bavaria the finest free software developers got together to
party at the 10 years of Linux Desktop rave.
One of the keynote speakers was the Ubuntu Community Manager Jono
Bacon who announced that Mark Shuttleworth was now the first Patron of
KDE. This prestigious title shows an ongoing financial and social
commitment to KDE. Thanks to Mark for signing up to this new scheme.
KDE e.V. supporting members scheme, http://ev.kde.org/supporting-members.php
Mark Shuttleworth Becomes the First Patron of KDE,
KDE Celebrates 10 Years of the Free Desktop, http://dot.kde.org/1160834616/
At the party Jono won a German book on Qt 4. Since he does not speak
German, he is giving the book away to the person who will write the
best Qt 4 application.
=== Topics for next development summit sought ===
Kicking off the next development cycle, Matt Zimmerman announced a
call for topics for discussion at the next development summit, to be
held in early November at Google's headquarters in Mountain View,
California. The topics being discussed will be for the next version of
Ubuntu, due out in April 2007. You can read more at
== Changes In Edgy ==
This week brought us a whole host of new applications, including new
Firefox and Open Office, as well as lots of general polish for the
Two of the largest apps in Ubuntu got updated this week. Ian Jackson
uploaded the new firefox 1.99+2.0rc2, bring the latest release
candidate of Firefox 2.0 while Mattias Klose uploaded openoffice.org
2.0.4, the latest stable version of Open Office.
Stephan Hermann delivered the new version of wine this week, 0.9.22,
which brought the usual list of bugs fixes and other improvements. You
can read more at http://winehq.org/?announce=1.126.
In the Zope world, Mattias Klose brought us a whole host of new Zope
plugins, including zope-statusmessages 2.0.1, zope-pluginregistry
1.1.1, zope-plonelanguagetool 1.4, zope-plonetranslations 2.6.0,
zope-plonepas 2.1, zope-plonetestcase 0.8.4, zope-ploneerrorreporting
1.0, zope-passwordresettool 0.4.1, zope-pas 1.4, zope-kupu 1.3.8,
zope-groupuserfolder 3.54, zope-externaleditor 0.9.2,
zope-extendedpathindex 2.4, zope-cmfplone 2.5.1,
zope-cmfformcontroller 2.0.5, zope-cmfplacefulworkflow 1.0.2,
zope-cmfdynamicviewfti 2.1, zope-cmf1.6 1.6.2, zope-atrbw 1.5,
zope-atcontenttypes 1.1.3 and zope-archetypes 1.4.1. Lastly, zope
2.9.5 was also uploaded by Mattias.
In server land, there were a few new packages that came around this
week. Bloggers will be happy to know that wordpress 2.0.4 is now
available. You can read more a
http://wordpress.org/development/2006/07/wordpress-204/. Also in
serverland is the new mysql 5.0.24a, synced from Debian.
=== Ubuntu ===
The world of Telepathy never stops producing new packages to upload.
This week they included Daniel Holbach's contribution of libgalago
0.5.2, galago-daemon 0.5.1 and gaim-galago 0.5.1. Riccardo Setti got
into the action with telepathy-gabble 0.3.10, telepathy-butterfly
0.1.2, telepathy-python 0.13.3 and telepathy-stream-engine 0.3.7. The
biggest new package for Telepathy was meta-telepathy, a meta package
for all these disparate packages. Daniel Holbach uploaded 1 and 2 this
week. Not quite Telepathy but almost was the syncing of gaim-hotkeys
0.2.0 from Debian.
Artwork in Ubuntu underwent a major change, with the change back to
the 6.06 artwork, from the earlier default in Edgy. All this came in
edgy-gdm-themes 0.5, edgy-session-splashes 0.3 and edgy-wallpapers
0.5, all uploaded by Daniel Holbach. edgy-wallpapers 0.6 came later,
with the removal of a few redundant wallpapers and edgy-gdm-themes
0.6, which added a place for the pam messages. The one piece of the
new Edgy stuff that remained were the new sounds.
In other artwork notes, Daniel Holbach uploaded human-theme 0.2, which
split out the cursors into human-cursors-theme 0.2, also uploaded this
week. human-cursors-theme 0.3 fixed the package so it actually
installed. human-icon-theme 0.5 also hit, with some minor work on
"vacuuming defs" from the various SVGs. human-icon-theme 0.6 hit later
in the week, reducing the size of the netstatus icon. Separate
packages for the community artwork also landed, with tropic-look 0.1,
peace-look 0.1 and blubuntu-look 0.1.
=== Kubuntu ===
The Kubuntu world got its hands on the latest release of the KDE,
version 3.5.5 this week, and it has already been added in time for the
Release Candidate. This latest release is yet another maintenance
release, however there are some notable enhancements as well. Some of
the new enhancements include, but are not limited to: Kopete version
0.12.3, support for sudo in kdesu, speed improvements with KHTML, CUPS
1.2 support, and improvements in the number of translations available.
A more detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.5.4 release can
be found at http://www.kde.org/announcements/changelogs/changelog3_5_4to3_5_5.php.
Qt 4.2 made its way into Kubuntu recently as well. This latest release
of Qt includes numerous amounts of improvements, performance
optimizations, and feature additions. Some of these include: enhanced
widget styleability, more UI control; new, advanced 2D canvas; tighter
integration with the GNOME desktop environment, which will improve the
interoperability between KDE and GNOME. More information about the Qt
4.2 release can be found at
=== Xubuntu ===
In Xubuntu, the new background image landed in
xubuntu-default-settings 0.20, courtesy of Gauvain Pocentek.
Xubuntu-meta also got two updates by Jani Monoses, to include
avahi-daemon, the linux-printing.org-ppds, util-linux-locales and
gcacltool-gtk to the xubuntu-desktop. Later in the week Colin Watson
again updated the Xubuntu-meta seeds, this time to remove the -live
target, as that is now handled by tasksel.
Other Xubuntu packages included xfwm4 126.96.36.199svn+r23334, a new SVN
snapshot of the Xubuntu window manager and system-config-printer
0.7.32, the Red Hat/Fedora tool that Xubuntu uses for controlling
their printers. python-cups 1.9.13 was also uploaded, as it was needed
=== Edubuntu ===
Mirroring the xubuntu changes, edubuntu-meta got updated with
avahi-daemon, libgl1-mesa-glx, linuxprinting.org-ppds and onboard
added to edubuntu-desktop. There was also an updated edubuntu-artwork
0.1.0 which updated the splash screen.
== In The Press ==
The Daily Cup of Tech takes a look at the involved and lengthy Ubuntu
installation process. You can read it all at
This week brings two book reviews. The first is of the Apress book,
Beginning Ubuntu Linux. The review notes several times that the this
book is for new Ubuntu and Linux users and overall gives the book a
very favourable review. You can read more at
The second review is of the Official Ubuntu Book. This time by
ArsGeek, again giving high reviews and noting the book is very useful
for new Ubuntu and Linux users. In their words:
''"So should you go out and buy this book? If you're a Linux/Ubuntu
expert then you can probably forgo it. Anyone else who's interested in
Ubuntu either as a primary operating system, or as a means to learn a
lot more about Linux should pick this up. It's a great reference and
has everything you'll need from install to working productively in one
easy place. It also comes with the Ubuntu 6.06 LTS DVD, saving the new
user from trying to download and burn a copy – a time saver in the
You can read more at http://www.arsgeek.com/?p=625
(Time for another full disclosure. The Chief Editor of the Ubuntu
Weekly News, Corey Burger, is one of the primary authors of the
Official Ubuntu Book.)
reported that Nexenta, an open source operating system, is combining
the Open Solaris kernel with GNU utilities and Ubuntu in its alpha 5
[http://www.technewsworld.com/story/53513.html Technewsworld] has an
article on Ubuntu, where Ubuntu is reported to be similar to the Mac
OS X of Linux according to IT-Harvest Chief Research Analyst Richard
Stiennon, who also "...downplayed Ubuntu's support for Sun hardware,
[saying] it would take a bigger player, such as HP... or Dell... to
propel Ubuntu further into the business world, where it potentially
could function as leverage against incumbent Red Hat."
== Meetings and other similar events ==
During the week of October 9th through the 15th, the following
* Technical Board
* Ubuntu Development Team - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelTeamMeeting20061012
During the week of October 16th through the 22nd, the following
* Community Council
All meetings take place in #ubuntu-meeting on irc.freenode.net. To
check on time and dates for upcoming meetings, please review the
calendar at http://fridge.ubuntu.com/event
On October 11, 2006 and October 18, 2006, the Ubuntu Bug Squad hosted
yet another Bug Day. The next Bug Day is scheduled for October 25,
2006. Bug Days are all day events, so make sure you are in
#ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net, and receive your hugs!
== Upcoming Events ==
The following meetings are scheduled for the week of October 23rd
through the 29th:
* Accessibility Team - October 23, 2006 from 19:00 to 21:00 UTC
* Edubuntu - October 25, 2006 from 20:00 to 22:00 UTC
* Ubuntu Bug Day - October 25, 2006 from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC
Meetings take place in #ubuntu-meeting on irc.freenode.net
If you are in the Chicago land area (Chicago, Illinois USA), on
October 28, 2006, from 11:00am to 8:00pm CST, sign-up and stop by.
Information can be found at http://chi.ubuntu-us.org. Hope to see you
== Feature of the Week: Elinks ==
Elinks is a feature-rich text mode web browser. It can render both
frames and tables and is highly customizable.
Ever got a broken X and didn't know what to do next? Elinks is easy
enough for an average user to browse ubuntuforums.org without having X
running to find answers and recover from such problems.
Try it out: ''sudo apt-get install elinks''
Learn more about it: http://elinks.or.cz/
== Security Updates ==
* USN-360-1: awstats vulnerabilities http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-360-1
* USN-361-1: Mozilla vulnerabilities http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-361-1
* USN-362-2: PHP vulnerabilities http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-362-1
* USN-363-1: libmusicbrainz vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-363-1
* USN-364-1: xinit vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-364-1
* USN-365-1: libksba vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-365-1
* USN-366-1: binutils vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-366-1
* USN-367-1: Pike vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-367-1
== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ==
* ktorrent 2.0.3-0ubuntu4~dapper1
* gnomebaker 0.6.0-0ubuntu2~dapper1
* proftpd 1.3.0-9~dapper1
* phpgroupware 0.9.16.011-2~dapper1
* git-core 1.4.1-1~dapper1
* apt-cacher 1.5.3~dapper1
* alsa-lib 1.0.10-2ubuntu4.1
* brasero 0.4.4-0ubuntu1~dapper1
* apt-mirror 0.4.4-4ubuntu1~dapper1
* hal 0.5.7-1ubuntu18.1
* cupsys 1.2.2-0ubuntu0.6.06.1
* language-pack* 1:6.06+20060926~prop1
* KDE language packs
* GNOME language packs
== Bug Stats ==
* Open (16572) - 428 extra open bugs since UWN #17
* Critical (17) - 1 extra critical bug since UWN #17
* Unconfirmed (8401) - 195 extra unconfirmed bugs since UWN #17
* Unassigned (11974) - 418 extra unassigned bugs since UWN #17
* All bugs ever reported (60133) - 1,340 new bugs since UWN #17
Check out the bug statistics: [WWW]
=== Infamous Bugs ===
=== How to Help Kill A Bug that Annoys you. ===
There are times when an application does not work as expected. In some
cases this is a bug.
Report them, this makes your software better.
==== When to find bugs ====
The best time to find a bug is early in the programs lifecycle as it
is being prepared for the next release, not right at the start but the
first snapshot that is taken of the development cycle. You should look
at the critical applications in your distro that you use and check
they work during the beta cycles. This allows developers iron out the
issues before the next release. With the exception of the LTS software
we don't expect to see problems resolved after a release is issued,
unless it is a security issue. (More information here:
==== How to report them ====
The report should be done as soon as the program terminates incorrectly.
What you need to report.
Information about what you as the user were doing or trying to do
before the error occurred. What the expected behaviour was, what the
actual behaviour of the program was. What error messages if any
occurred, all of them is a good starting point.
To report bugs on Ubuntu, get an account on http://launchpad.net, find
the package in the version of ubuntu you have and share the
information you have. It is better to report half correctly and let
someone else come along and confirm it.
Your first step in this location is to check that the bug has not been
reported already. If it has then confirm it for your platform and so
Comments can be added after the initial edit, in fact you may be asked
for more detail after you report.
Have a look at a few bugs on launchpad to get a feeling for what is usual.
==== What _Not_ to do ====
You should not simply report that "Program X is broken", this is not a
fault report, it is in fact a "faulty bug report", which means that it
is useless. It lacks the essential ingredient, appropriate
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