Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #36

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Sun Apr 15 20:28:42 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #36 for the week April
8th - April 14th 2007. This is probably the last UWN before Ubuntu
Feisty Fawn 7.04 gets released into the wild. In this issue we cover
Mark's announcement on the next Ubuntu release codename and schedule,
Feisty Fawn's release parties and a small delay in the release
candidate due to problemas with certain ATA chipsets, although the
final release is still expected on Thursday 19th.

== In This Issue ==

 * Next Ubuntu release: Gusty Gibbon
 * Feisty Release Parties
 * Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn RC delayed
 * LoCo Teams started in Finland
 * Ubuntuforums Council Meeting summary
 * Apport: Automatic crash reports

== General Community News ==

=== Feisty Release Party in London ===

Canonical is sponsoring a Feisty release party in London. It will be
held April 20th at
Corbet Place, Old Truman Brewery]. Mark Shuttleworth will be there
among other well known Ubuntu personalities. All are welcome. You can
read more at:
To find a Feisty release party near you, see

=== Next Ubuntu Release announced: Gusty Gibbon ===
Mark Shuttleworth has announced Gutsy Gibbon will be the next
engineering mascot succeeding Feisty. The Gibbon beat out the Glossy
Gnu in a close race. 7.10 will include a release that has "no
firmware, drivers,imagery, sounds, applications, or other content
which do not include full source materials and come with full rights
of modification,
remixing and redistribution." Ubiquity, the Live CD installer, will
allow for unattended installation which will make it easy to roll out
Ubuntu desktops across an organization. Composite-by-default also has
a good chance of making into Gibbon. Gutsy should be open for general
upload the day Feisty is released. Gutsy's goals will be decided at
UDS-Sevilla, May 5-11 in Andalucia, Spain. Read Marks announcement at
Gutsy's release schedule has already been decided. There will be 6
milestone releases, with the beta release on September 27th and final
release coming out on October 18th. Read more at:

=== Release Candidate Delayed ===

"The Ubuntu 7.04 release candidate has been delayed due to bugs
discovered during validation testing, specifically problems with
certain ATA chipsets and with the connection status displayed by the
network-manager panel applet."
Feisty release is still expected on Thursday 19th. The full
announcement at:

=== Canonical Website Relaunched ===

Canonical's website has been given a makeover to follow the ubuntu.com
style.  More information is given about the commercial services
Canonical offers, the partner programme and projects it is involved
with. http://www.canonical.com/

=== April 13th, 2007, Ubuntuforums Council Meeting Notes ===

 * The Hardware Team will be merged with the Beginners Team.
Bodhi_Zazen and Lord Illidan will be Co-Leaders.
 * Guidelines for "sticky" threads were established.
 * Launchpad Profile links have been added as an option to Forum
Members profile.
 * When posting a new thread or a reply in the support areas of the
forums users can link to a Launchpad bug. (several people were
wondering when the launchpad team would reciprocate)
 * The FC approved an application process for 3rd party projects to
request a forum: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=393914
 * The FC agreed on an official stance on 3rd party installation
scripts: http://ubuntuforums.org/announcement.php?f=13
 * Next Meeting to be held on May 18th @ 20:00 UTC on irc.freenode.net
channel #ubuntu-meeting.
You can read the full meeting log here:

=== Linux Mint Now Available for KDE ===

Linux Mint is a distribution based on Ubuntu. Linux Mint is
concentrating on the desktop and plans to release monthly or every two
months. Similar to Ubuntu, some releases will be designated for LTS. A
second release candidate for the KDE version of Linux Mint 2.2 has
been announced. Read more: http://www.linuxmint.com/20070414.html. For
a list of Kubuntu derived distributions, see

== LoCo News ==

=== LoCo Teams started in Finland ===

Finnish LoCo started its teams this Saturday to gather together people
who want to volunteer in spreading Ubuntu in Finland and helping
others to use it. The teams were introduced and discussed in an 2 hour
IRC-session at #ubuntu-fi-tiimit (-teams).
Part of the teams act locally, like in a city or so and others
virtually in whole Finland like marketing team, blog team, forum team,
support team, documentation team, localization team and bug squad.
More information (in Finnish): http://www.ubuntu-fi.org/Wiki/Tiimit
Feisty Release party is also being planned for next Saturday in
Helsinki, see http://dy.fi/rq

== In The Press ==

Alastair Otter, at Tectonic, is reporting the Ubuntu release slated
for October 2007 will be named Gutsy Gibbon. Gibbon will be even
easier to install and will include composite-by-default. Alongside
Gibbon, Mark Shuttleworth also announced an ultra-free version of
Ubuntu. This version will contain "no firmware, drivers, imagery,
sounds, applications, or other content which do not include full
source materials and come with full rights of modification, remixing
and redistribution." Read the full artcile:
http://www.tectonic.co.za/view.php?id=1447 Mark's announcement:

Steven Shankland, a staff writer for CNET News.com, covers the release
of the beta version of Launchpad and how Mark Shuttleworth and
Canonical hope that this will increase collaboration between open
source projects, and in turn will allow the open source community to
compete more effectively against Microsoft.
Read the full article:

Distrowatch weekly showcases the new Mandriva 2007.1 Tour, calling it
"an Ubuntu-style Wiki page listing detailed information about the new
features". You can read the full Tour at
http://wiki.mandriva.com/en/Releases/Mandriva/2007.1/Tour and
DistroWatch Weekly at http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20070409

Our very own Mark Shuttleworth was interviewed by The Linux Action
Show! podcast. Subjects covered are Mark's experiences in space, the
new Launchpad version, the upcoming release of Feisty, and much more.
Read the full artcle: http://www.linuxactionshow.com/?p=99

Jack Loftus, at SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, writes about how Feisty is
drawing more attention on servers. Ubuntu's developers have been
running it on their servers since Warty. Virtualization tools have
been included in Feisty, like KVMs and VMI support. Over the past
year, Toshiba, PalmSource, and Harvard Medical School have all started
using Ubuntu on servers. Ubuntu is also being noticed for thin
clients, since it includes a pre-release of the Linux Terminal Server
Project (LTSP). Read the full article:

A partnership between Ubuntu and IBM allows for easy installation of
the latest version of DB2 on the 6.06 LTS release. "Partnering with
IBM enables us to combine the stability and ease of use of Ubuntu with
IBM's leading database solution, ensuring that enterprise customers
get the fully supported low-cost and robust solution they demand,"
says Mark Shuttleworth. Read the full article:

Steven Shankland, a staff writer for CNET News.com, discusses how
Feisty creates crash reports and can automatically send them to
developers. One advantage is that developers get to hear about issues
users don't bother to report. Second, the crash reports contain more
technical details than most users can provide. Mark Shuttleworth is
also quoted as saying Feisty+2 (April 2008) will most likely be the
next LTS release. Read the full article:

== In The Blogosphere ==

Will Lee, at Internet Marketing Fool, talks about trying out Ubuntu
when realizing the cost of upgrading to Vista. He covers the ease of
trying out a Live CD, installing and upgrading software, and hardware
compatibility. Read more:

Max Limpag's "computing life has improved exponentially with Ubuntu."
He says "I haven't been gushing this profusely since I met my wife."
Read more: http://max.limpag.com/2007/04/10/ubuntu-makes-me-work-faster-in-windows-xp/

Phil Bull counts down to the release of Feisty by covering a new
feature or improvement every day. So far he has covered session
management, the Network``Manager, disk usage analyzer, easy codec
installation, restricted drivers manager, and more. Read more:

Matt Asay, at Info``World, writes about a dinner conversation with
Mark Shuttleworth. Matt notes that while Mark has been funding Ubuntu,
Mark plans on Ubuntu funding itself. Mark also believes it's better to
have multiple forks of a project rather than a single fork and
Microsoft can stop stymie the spread of OSS if it manages to place a
patent tax. Read more:

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, April  17, 2007 ===

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00
 * End: 16:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting

==== Community Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 23:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: hhttps://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

=== Wednesday, April  18, 2007 ===

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00
 * End: 14:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuMeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, April  19, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu 7.04 Release ====
 * Start: 00:00
 * End: 23:59

==== Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00
 * End: 17:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/DevelTeamMeeting20070419

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Apport: Automatic crash reports ===
Apport is a system which intercepts application crashes, gathers
information about the crash, and presents an interface informing the
user how to proceed to file a bug in Launchpad. Since it may be
difficult for end users to create a bug report that is really useful
for developers, apport was created to handle all the data collection.
Apport will display a page with a sensible default bug title and web
form that the user can fill out and apport will automatically attach
the collected information. It has been deactivated by default in
Feisty's final release until developers can find a way to handle
massive floods of duplicate bugs without disturbing Launchpad's normal

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-452-1: KDE library vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-452-1
 * USN-451-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-451-1
 * USN-450-1: ipsec-tools vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-450-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * file 4.16-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * ipsec-tools 1:0.6.5-4ubuntu1.1 -
 * linux-source-2.6.15 2.6.15-28.53 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.2-0ubuntu18.4 -
 * qt-x11-free 3:3.3.6-1ubuntu6.2 -
 * app-install-data-commercial 5.4 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * file 4.17-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * ipsec-tools 1:0.6.6-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * libaqbanking 2.0.0-3build1 -
 * gnome-hearts 0.1.2-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * linux-source-2.6.17 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.4 -
 * qt-x11-free 3:3.3.6-3ubuntu3.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (27504) +584 # over last week
    * Critical (17) -7 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (13370) +404 # over last week
    * Unassigned (20041) +508 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (93592) +2010 # 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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