Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #35

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon Apr 9 01:24:07 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #35 for the week April
1st - April 8th, 2007. In this issue we cover Feisty Fawns' immanent
release and the cancellation of Herd6. Launchpad has also been
launched with a new interface as a public beta, and we review the long
awaited change in licensing for the community documentation.

== In This Issue ==

 * Feisty Herd 6 Cancelled
 * Feisty Frozen for Release Candidate Preparation
 * Licensing of the Documentation Wiki Discussed
 * Launchpad Open for Beta Testing
 * Migrating from Windows Keeps Getting Easier

== General Community News ==

=== Feisty Herd 6 Cancelled ===

Tollef Fog Heen, Ubuntu Release Manager, has announced there will be
no Herd 6 since the kernel will be frozen soon and the Feisty release
candidate will be available April 12th. You can read more at

=== Licensing of the Documentation Wiki Discussed ===

Matthew East of the Documentation Team announced that after much
discussion with the Community Council, the licensing for the Ubuntu
Help Wiki will now be the Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike
2.5 license. It should noted that this doesn't include the regular
wiki at http://wiki.ubuntu.com, merely the help wiki at
http://help.ubuntu.com/community. If you have any concerns about this
relicensing, please contact the community council at
community-council at lists.ubuntu.com. You can
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-doc/2007-April/008367.html or

=== Problems with Archiving of Ubuntu Lists ===
Because of the high volume of traffic on the ubuntu-bugs and
desktop-bugs mailing lists, the archiver is having problems backing up
the rest of the mailing lists. For now, ubuntu-bugs and desktop-bugs
will not be archived, so the rest of the mailings lists on
lists.ubuntu.com can be backed up. Canonical would like to know if
subscribers of the ubuntu-bugs and desktop-bugs lists are interested
in their respective archives and for what reasons as all bugs are
already available on Launchpad. You can

== New in Feisty Fawn ==

=== Feisty Frozen for Release Candidate Preperation ===

Colin Watson, acting release manager, has announced that the Feisty
code base is frozen in preparation of the April 12th release
candidate, and final release on April 19th. While the universe
repository is still open, only release-critical bugs will be accepted
to the main repositories. Important issues for Feisty can be tracked
at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+milestone/ubuntu-7.04. You can read
more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2007-April/000274.html.

=== Ext4 Support Dropped in Feisty ===

The ext4 file system will not be included in Feisty. While it is not
likely to corrupt files, it is not believed to be stable yet.
Announced at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-discuss/2007-March/000672.html

=== NetworkManager Release Notes Discussed ===

There has been a discussion about problems encountered by Edgy users,
with manually configured networks, upgrading to Feisty. While the
Feisty network manager is installed by default and should ignore the
manual configurations, the interfaces should be set to "automatic."
This will be documented in the release notes. You can read more at

== Development News ==

=== Help Wanted with OpenOffice.org Bugs ===

An OpenOffice upstream bug team member is needed to join the newly
formed OpenOffice project on Launchpad. The member should have a login
to the OpenOffice.org bug tracker, so Ubuntu bugs that are triaged as
upstream OOo issues can be properly reported.

=== Experimental Feisty+1 Toolchain Packages ===

The toolchain packages have been updated for Feisty+1 and should
install on top of a current Feisty chroot/installation. The updates
involve gcc, glibc, and gcj. There is a performance drop when
switching to the new gcc libraries which is known and accepted by the
gcc developers. Warning: The toolchain packages are very experimental
and installation will likely cause most systems to become unstable.
Read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023529.html

=== BugHelper Reports ===

BugHelper reports contain bug information and bugs that you can help
fix. They are updated hourly and available at
http://daniel.holba.ch/bugs/. Clue files are used to search for bugs
fitting pre-defined patterns. Documentation for writing and adding
clue files are available at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugHelper. Read
more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023523.html

== Launchpad News ==

Canonical has started public beta testing of Launchpad 1.0. Launchpad
is a web application that helps track communications between many free
software communities. With the tool, its possible to coordinate and
collaborate work among projects that have shared code. Launchpad
features an interface that allows branding and emphasizes current
activity of projects. Launchpad allows for team management, tracking
bugs, hosting code, translations, feature and ideas tracking, and
community support. Besides Ubuntu, well known projects like Zope,
SilverCMS, and Jokosher use Launchpad. Read more:
http://www.ubuntu.com/news/LaunchpadRelease (official press release),
http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/103 (Mark Shuttleworth's

== In The Press ==

Bill Bennett, in The Sydney Morning Herald, talks about the result of
running Ubuntu alongside Windows XP for months. He explains how Linux
can revive an old computer and that Ubuntu runs faster and smoother on
his two-year-old PC compared to Windows XP and Vista. Read the full
article: http://www.smh.com.au/news/home-office/linux-reloaded/2007/03/31/1174761806748.html

Marius Nestor, at Softpedia News, writes about the beta version of
Feisty. He includes many screenshots along with discussions of the
migration assistant, restricted drivers manager, network manager tool,
Beagle, the redesigned help center, codec installation, and plug and
play network sharing with Avahi. A quick overview on the new features
introduced in Feisty. Read the full article:

Michael Stutz, in CIO, talks about what enterprises need to look for
when selecting a Linux distribution. Stutz says that Ubuntu has been a
success on the desktop and the partnership with Sun will win over a
few clients. The full article at:

Marius Nestor, at Softpedia News, comments on what he loves and hates
about Ubuntu. Marius suggests creating an Ubuntu+Kubuntu LiveCD and
making the GNOME desktop more Windows-user friendly. Read the full
article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/What-Do-You-Love-and-Hate-About-Ubuntu-51188.shtml

William West, at mercator.net, discusses how Ubuntu derivatives can
help parents protect their children from offensive content on the
Internet while providing all the tools to do their homework. West
covers web filters and Open Office, along with how to customize
Ubuntu. While West talks about specific Ubuntu derivatives, all the
filtering tools can be installed on any standard Ubuntu installation.
Read the full article:

== In The Blogoshpere ==

John M. Reese, from LeetCode.net, has a detailed overview with
screenshots of the Gnome enhancements in Feisty. He covers network
settings, restricted drivers, desktop effects, HPLIP toolbox,
sessions, and themes. It's been dugg over 1000 times.

Sarah, at 3till7.net, talks about the ease of using Ubuntu. She
mentions the simplicity of installing by using the LiveCD and how
Synaptic makes installing applications very easy. Sarah says that
average people like her mom and dormmates have used Ubuntu
successfully and can find help quickly on the Ubuntu Forums and wiki.
Read more: http://www.3till7.net/2007/04/05/the-ease-of-linux-with-a-focus-on-ubuntu/

Clivecooper.co.uk talks about transitioning from Windows to Ubuntu.
The site discusses why a user would want to move to Linux, why Ubuntu,
how to install Ubuntu, and Linux equivalents of common Windows
applications. Read more: http://www.clivecooper.co.uk/

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu Chicago LoCo at Flourish Conference ===

The Ubuntu Chicago Local Community recently represented at the
Flourish Conference held at the University of Illinois - Chicago
campus. With a strong showing at the conference, the team passed out
over two hundred Ubuntu CDs. The team also participated in a "Battle
of the Distros," an event where guests talked about the various
distributions and what set them apart. Richard Johnson has an
extensive write up on his weblog:

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, April  10, 2007 ===

==== Technical Board Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoardAgenda

=== Wednesday, April  11, 2007 ===

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuMeetingAgenda

==== Launchpad Users Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 21:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaunchpadUserMeeting/2007-04-11

=== Thursday, April  12, 2007 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 21:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings

==== Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/DevelTeamMeeting20070412

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 21:00
 * End: 23:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

=== Friday, April  13, 2007 ===

==== Forum Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ForumCouncilAgenda

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Ubuntu Case Studies ===

A great way to promote anything is by showing people it actually works
in the real world. Ubuntu has grown a lot in a very short time, and it
is being given many different uses we probably can't even imagine.
This is why we are trying to collect success stories around the world,
and present them as "Use Cases". Any way you use Ubuntu in your school
or workplace might be interesting and useful to someone else. The main
Ubuntu website has a special place for these at:
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/casestudies. We would like to encourage
you to participate sending your story to mystory at ubuntu.com, using
http://www.ubuntu.com/products/mystory as a starting point.

=== Easier Migration from Windows to Ubuntu ===

The Windows Migration Wizard is a new migration tool which imports all
your Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox bookmarks, desktop
wallpaper, AOL IM contacts and Yahoo IM contacts. This offers easier
and faster migration for new users of Ubuntu and individuals wanting
to run a dual partition. In addition to single accounts, you can
migrate several users' settings in Ubuntu. This has been added in
Ubiquity, Ubuntu's installer, and it shows the commitment to making
Linux as easier to use as possible. You can read the specification at:

=== Ubuntu Marketing Team - Spread the Word ===

The Marketing Team is responsible for promoting Ubuntu and every
single way possible. Ubuntu Bug #1 is their inspiration and its final
bugfix is their final goal. Spreading all Free Software is within the
interest of the Team, and Ubuntu among that is its main focus. All
Ubuntu users are/can be a part of its marketing effort. The Marketing
Team is behind projects like "The Fridge", "Ubuntu Weekly News", "Case
Studies", "Ubuntu Counter", "Ubuntu Video" and many more. You can join
them in IRC in #ubuntu-marketing, in our mailing list
ubuntu-marketing at lists.ubuntu.com, or read more about what they do at:

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-449-1: krb5 vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-449-1
 * USN-448-1: X.org vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-448-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * glibc 2.3.6-0ubuntu20.5 -
 * freetype 2.1.10-1ubuntu2.3 -
 * libxfont 1:1.0.0-0ubuntu3.3 -
 * xorg-server 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.6 -
 * krb5 1.4.3-5ubuntu0.3 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * freetype 2.2.1-5ubuntu0.1 -
 * libxfont 1:1.2.0-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * xorg-server 1:1.1.1-0ubuntu12.2 -
 * krb5 1.4.3-9ubuntu1.2 -
 * mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.24a-9ubuntu2 -
 * eclipse 3.2.1-0ubuntu3 -
 * mpd 0.12.1-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * python-kde3 3.15.2+20060422-2ubuntu4.3
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.3 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.4 -
 * adept 2.1.1ubuntu3.4 -
 * squid 2.6.1-3ubuntu1.4 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (26920) +1137 # over last week
    * Critical (24) +5 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (12966) +800 # over last week
    * Unassigned (19533) +1042 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (91582) +3021 # 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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