Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #38

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon Apr 30 02:30:29 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 38 for the week April
22nd - April 28th, 2007. In this issue we cover Gutsy Gibbon's kick
off off development and new additions, the availability of VMware
server on Canonicals commercial servers and the Latinamerican

== In This Issue ==

 * Gutsy Gibbon Ready for Development
 * VMware server available for Ubuntu
 * Flisol 2007
 * Meetings and Events
 * Security Updates
 * Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Gutsy Gibbon Ready for Development ===
Tollef Fog Heen has announced that the next release, Gutsy Gibbon, is
ready for development. The main purpose of Gutsy is improvement and
quality. There will not be much in terms of new or experimental
features but stabilising and polishing the existing features. Gutsy is
being synched with Debian's unstable branch, Sid. Some basic packages
have already been updated, including the toolchain (binutils, GCC,
glibc). Other important changes:

 * The Java compatible environment in main (gij/gcj) now supports Java
1.5 compatibility.
 * g77 (Fortran compiler) will be dropped and moved to universe. This
will require manual changes in all packages build-depending on g77. To
avoid differing naming this will be coordinated with Debian.
 * A prerelease of GCC-4.2 will be available in the archive and
packages in main will be changed so they can be built using this new

=== VMware server available for Ubuntu ===

VMware server has been added to Canonical's commercial software
repository as of a few days ago. In order to try it out, add the
commercial repostiory through Add/Remove Programs and search for
VMware. For the more exact, the package name is vmware-server. You can
find further instructions (in French) on Fabian Rodriguez's blog at

== LoCo News ==

=== Flisol 2007: Latinamerican Install Fest a success ===
On Saturday 28th of April the "Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación
de Software Libre" took place in 18 countries and Ubuntu seemed to be
the star in most (if not all) the events.
Some pictures available at:

== Gutsy Development News ==

With the opening of Gutsy as reported above, several major pieces of
Gutsy are beginning to fall into place. The toolchain (gcc and
friends) has been uploaded and shortly following that, Ben Collins
uploaded with first of the new Gutsy kernels.  In the GNOME world,
2.19.1, the first of the 2.19 development series leading to 2.20 has
been released and the Desktop team has been working hard to get that
in. Sebastian Bacher has issued a call for help with the Desktop Team
at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023593.html.

Of course, it was only a matter of time before some breakage happened,
this time with a switch on dash on some of the buildds, which Colin
Watson announced at

=== Helping find the right package for your bug ===

Brian Murray, one of the lead QA people for Ubuntu, has posted a quick
howto on the proper package to file against, especially for those bugs
whose origin is not clear. You can

== In The Press ==

 * David Sims, at TMCnet, reports that Canonical announced the
availability of Sugar Open Source for Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Sugar Open
Source, created by SugarCRM, is a customer relationship management
platform, emphasizing a "Web 2.0" architecture and Ajax interface.
Sugar Open Source has been translated into 50 languages and has over
300 extensions which enhance and extend the application. "Demand for
Ubuntu is growing rapidly among SugarCRM customers who require
enterprise-level performance and reliability when running Sugar.
Ubuntu offers a great user experience and vibrant community that
complements SugarCRM's open source project," said John Roberts,
Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of SugarCRM. Read the full article:

 * Stan Beer, at iTWire, writes that Ubuntu has the easiest install
and "Ubuntu advocates are right when they say it's probably just as
easy and maybe easier than installing Windows." For Linux to keep
growing, Stan thinks white box vendors need to pre-install Linux and
believes this will start  happening with Dell. Corporate sponsors of
the various Linux distributions should also spend as much money
convincing hardware vendors the benefits of Linux as development. Read
the full article: http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/11532/1023/

 * Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, at Linux-Watch.com, compares the
relationship of Sun and Ubuntu with Red Hat and JBoss. Sun and JBoss
provide Java application server stacks. Mark Shuttleworth says "We
don't want to eat up our way up the development stack; we partner with
the best people...[Ubuntu/Sun vs. Red Hat/JBoss] is an interesting
contrast. Red Hat feels they need to own the brand, while we partner."
Sun wants to make Java an important Linux language and thinks the
"software stack [that comes with Ubuntu] is enterprise-ready and high
performance." Read the full article:

 * Michael E. Callahan, at Tucows, reviews Ubuntu 7.04. He quotes
Benjamin Mako Hill, who said, "Free software is produced by expert
volunteers who make their time and work freely available - our goal is
to ensure that anybody in the world can make the best use of that
work, at no charge." Michael is impressed how clean and uncluttered
Ubuntu is and how frequently it updates. He thinks Ubuntu is
impressive and recommends it for users who want to try Linux. Read the
full article: http://www.tucows.com/article/1512

 * Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, at Linux-Watch.com, wonders if Canonical
can translate Ubuntu's popular success into business success. While
Canonical has established partnerships with Sun for a Java application
server stack, SugarCRM with its Sugar Open Source product, and IBM
with its DB2 database, it is also expanding its support business.
Canonical is close to announcing Ubuntu training and certification
(Ubuntu Certified Professional) programs. To continue making progress,
Canonical has to build relationships with key ISVs and IHVs like IBM
and HP. Steven thinks Canonical has made a "solid first step into the
enterprise." Read the full article:

 * Desktop``Linux.com reports that registration is now open for Ubuntu
Live, the first official conference dedicated to Ubuntu. The three-day
conference will be held July 22-24, along with the O'Reilly 2007 Open
Source Convention, in Portland, Oregon. The conference will include
sessions and tutorials run by experts, informing and educating the
community, everyone from beginners to power-users. Mark Shuttleworth,
Jono Bacon, Jon "maddog" Hall and many other Linux celebrities are
scheduled to appear. Read the full article:

 * Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, at Linux-Watch.com, writes about
Ubuntu's recently updated trademark license which is published under
Creative Commons Sharealike with Attribution license (CC-BY-SA). The
trademarks states that Canonical owns Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and
Xubuntu in word and logo form. Any trademarks consisting of Ubuntu or
buntu will need permission before use. Non-profits groups advocating
the use of Ubuntu are exempt. Remixes, which are derivitives that
haven't changed any shared libraries or desktop components are
allowed. Read the full article:
http://www.linux-watch.com/news/NS6581540510.html and
http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/112 (Mark's post)

 * OpenBusiness sat down with Mark Shuttleworth for an interview. Mark
talks about figuring out how to make a sustainable ecosystem around
free software and how to make the econsystem pay for itself. The
attraction of Linux cannot be a single killer application, but the
system as a whole. Listen to the interview:

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * David Wolf, at Seek Alpha, blogs that Ubuntu 6 is better
alternative to Windows XP. David thinks Microsoft's initiative to sell
a prepackaged suite of applications at $3 won't work when large
segments of population live on $1 or less. The initiative is not about
stopping piracy, its about stopping the spread of Ubuntu. Read more
at: http://software.seekingalpha.com/article/33196

 * An anonymous blogger, at Reflection Design, writes about his
adventures of setting a dual-boot machine with Windows XP and Ubuntu
7.04. He has no problems with the Gnome Partition Manager resizing his
NTFS drive and has no problems installing Ubuntu. He is impressed 3D
accelaration works with the restricted drivers easily. Read more at:

 * Dean, at Technical Itch, writes about his impressions of doing an
upgrade to Ubuntu 7.04 from 6.10. He finds the upgrade instructions
easy to follow and finds all his existing applications working after
the upgrade. Troublesome videos worked flawlessly after the
installation of codecs. Dean thinks Ubuntu 7.04 is a top notch
product. Read more at:

 * Manuel Amador Briz, at Rudd-O.com, has published an interview with
author of Upstart, Scott James Remnant. Upstart is a replacement for
init daemon which handles starting of tasks and services during boot,
stopping them during shutdown and supervising them while the system is
running. Read more at:

 * Todd Barnett, at gonnaeatthat.net, discusses how to convert Windows
users to Ubuntu. While the negative Vista press sends many users to
Ubuntu, showing off the features and uses of Compiz can attract lots
of attention. Potential converts should be shown Linux equivalents of
their Windows applications, like Evolution, Thunderbird, Gimp, and
Open Office. Coverting users also requires commitment since they will
inevitably ask for help. Todd has many other recommendations, such as
setting up bookmarks to reference guides and ubuntuguide.org, and
teaching basic shell commands. Read more at:

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, May 1, 2007 ===

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

==== Mozilla Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 18:00
 * End: 20:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MozillaTeam/Meetings

=== Wednesday, May 2, 2007 ===

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

==== Xubuntu Developers Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

=== Thursday, May 3, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Education Summit ====
 * End: 23:59
 * Location: Sevilla, Spain
 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UES-Sevilla

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

=== Friday, May 4, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Education Summit ====
 * End: 23:59
 * Location: Sevilla, Spain
 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UES-Sevilla

=== Saturday, May 5, 2007 ===

==== Ubucon - Sevilla, Spain ====
 * Start: 10:00/Madrid, 08:00/GMT
 * End: 17:30/Madrid, 15:30/GMT
 * Location: University of Seville, Sevilla, Spain
 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TheUbucon/Sevilla

== Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, and 7.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-454-1: PostgreSQL vulnerability -  http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-454-1
 * USN-455-1: PHP vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-455-1
 * USN-453-2: rdesktop regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-453-2

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.0.1 -
 * rdesktop 1.4.1-1.1ubuntu0.6.06 -
 * php5 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.7 -
 * postgresql-8.1 8.1.9-0ubuntu0.6.06 -
 * mydns 1.1.0+pre-3ubuntu0.1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * update-manager 0.45.4 -
 * k3d -
 * lighttpd 1.4.13~r1370-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * rdesktop 1.4.1-1.1ubuntu0.6.10 -
 * postgresql-8.1 8.1.9-0ubuntu0.6.10 -
 * php5 5.1.6-1ubuntu2.4 -
 * mydns 1:1.1.0-3ubuntu0.1 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * cinepaint 0.21-2-0ubuntu4.1~proposed1  -
 * apport 0.76.1~prop1 -
 * tzdata 2007e-0ubuntu0.7.04~prop1 -
 * update-manager 1:0.59.21 -
 * control-center 1:2.18.1-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * rdesktop 1.5.0-1ubuntu1~prop1 -
 * gnome-panel 1:2.18.1-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * tzdata 2007e-0ubuntu0.7.04 -
 * bughelper -
 * k3d -
 * postgresql-8.2 8.2.4-0ubuntu0.7.04 -
 * php5 5.2.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * rdesktop 1.5.0-1ubuntu1 -
 * apport 0.76.1 -
 * mydns 1:1.1.0-6ubuntu0.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (28906) +776 # over last week
    * Critical (22) +4 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (14089) +344 # over last week
    * Unassigned (21550) +670 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (97295) +1653 # 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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