Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #52

N Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Aug 13 03:00:52 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 52 for the week August
5th - August 11th, 2007. In this issue we cover the release of Tribe
4, promoting Ubuntu through the use of viral videos, progress of the
US Loco Teams Project, security breaches in community hosted servers,
and much much more.

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== In This Issue ==

 * Tribe 4 Released
 * Ubuntu Viral Videos
 * Community Hosted Servers Compromised
 * US Loco Teams Project Forum
 * In The Press and In the Blogosphere
 * Translation stats
 * Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Tribe 4 Released ===
Tribe 4 is the fourth in a series of milestone CD images that will be
released throughout the Gutsy development cycle. The Tribe images are
known to be reasonably free of show-stopper CD build or installer
bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Gutsy. Pre-releases
of Gutsy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or
anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent
breakage.  They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and
those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs. You can
download it here:
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Ubuntu desktop & Server)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Kubuntu)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Edubuntu)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/gutsy/tribe-4/ (Xubuntu)


=== Ubuntu Viral Videos ===
A proposal has been made to raise the brand awareness of Ubuntu by
using the power of viral marketing. This is a campaign similar to the
one used by Firefox called Firefox Flicks. Contributers would be able
to submit short films advertising Ubuntu. These submissions would then
be voted on by site visitors. The ideal campaign would be edgy,
surprising, original, erotic and emotional-and taps into popular
culture. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam/UbuntuViralVideos

See the Original email here:

== LoCo News ==

=== US Loco Teams Project Has New Forum Page ===

On August 6, 2007 the US Loco Teams Project got it's own forum page in
the US Loco Teams section of the Ubuntu Forums. This new forum is
intended to help get information and news to the existing state loco
teams. It will also give the project exposure in the forums, a vast
resource of potential members for the teams. The first posting is a
sticky that explains how to join or start a US State Loco. Please keep
you eye on this new resource for the US Teams Project, as we plan to
post use it to its potential.

=== US Must Work Hard to Keep Momentum ===

It's no secret that the recent Digg article was a huge boast to the US
Loco Teams Project. But the work is far from over, and we must all
concentrate our efforts order to meet our goals. We still need new
teams in the following states: Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, North
Dakota and West Virginia. Therefore, the US Teams Project is calling
on the Ubuntu Community to lend a hand in helping us reach our goal.
If you are an alumnus from a college in one of these states, if you
have relatives or friends living in one of these states, or maybe you
have  business associations with people living in one of these states.
Whatever your connection, send them an email, or better yet, pick up
the phone and make direct contact. Ubuntu advocacy is the heart of the
Ubuntu Community, and the US Teams Project is advocacy at its best.

=== Community Hosted Servers Compromised ===

This last week, 5 of the 8 servers that are loco hosted but Canonical
sponsored, had to be shut down due to reports that they were actively
attacking other machines. These servers were found to have a variety
of problems including, but not limited to, missing security patches,
FTP (not sftp, without SSL) was being used to access the machines, and
no upgrades past breezy due to problems with the network cards and
later kernels. Loco teams will be given a choice to: a. migrated to
the Canonical data center. or b. stay on the hosted/outsourced
servers. Each option has its good and bad points. Jono Bacon has
therefore called for a meeting to discuss these issues. The meeting
will be in IRC #ubuntu-locoteams on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 2:00PM

== Launchpad News ==

Launchpad Users Meeting 16.00 UTC 15th August 2007, #launchpad. Join
the Launchpad team in #launchpad to discuss what's coming up in the
next version of Launchpad and to ask your questions, make your
suggestions or air your complaints!

Agenda at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaunchpadUserMeeting/2007-08-15

== In The Press ==

## Things Ubuntu-specific are great, but general Linux goings-on are
good to, to an extent.
## We don't need to replicate Digg & Slashdot, but certain things are
of special interest.
## Just pulling one example from my memory, the story about Indiana
schools piloting
## a classroom Linux deployment, a portion of which was Ubuntu, are
good.  Ubuntu
## release reviews are also common items in this section.

 * Shuttleworth: Microsoft Fracturing the Open-Source Community -
Microsoft has succeeded in fracturing the Linux and open-source
community with the patent indemnity agreements it has entered into
with several prominent vendors. It's strategy is to drive a wedge into
the open source community and unsettle the marketplace. Also at issue
is the fact that Microsoft has not disclosed the 235 patent claims it
says are being violated by Linux and other open source software.
"That's extortion and we should call it what it is," he said. "To say,
as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer did, that there is undisclosed balance
sheet liability, that's just extortion and we should refuse to get
drawn into that game. On the other side, if Microsoft is concerned
about its intellectual property, there is no one in the free software
community that wants to violate anyone's IP. Disclose the patents and
we'll fix the code. Alternatively, move on."

 * Telco Dumps Red Hat for Ubuntu - Australian mobile service provider
has replaced its Red Hat enterprise distribution with Ubuntu Linux,
claims no downtime in eight months. Locatrix founder and CEO, Mark
White, said the company did a lot of early development on Solaris but
wanted to move to rack-mounted Intel servers, which initially ran Red
Hat Linux. White said the reasons for moving from the pay-for Red Hat
to the zero-cost Ubuntu was not so much about the price, as Locatrix
still runs a bit of Red Hat for front-end workloads, but was more
about Ubuntu's ability to install new software

 * Lenovo laptops now with Linux - Lenovo Group, the world's No 3 PC
maker, has said it would start selling laptop computers preloaded with
Linux software from Novell Inc instead of Microsoft Corp's Windows
operating system. The laptops are slated to go on sale in the fourth
quarter of this year and will be sold to Lenovo's business customers
as well as to consumers. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, who runs
privately held Canonical In. which sells service contracts to maintain
Ubuntu software, said in an interview last month that he expects Dell
to expand its Linux PC program. He also said that he is in
negotiations with other large PC makers that want to introduce models
preloaded with Ubuntu.

 * Sun Microsystems Enters Commercial Silicon Market With World's
Fastest Commodity Microprocessor - Sun Microsystems, Inc., today
announced the world's fastest commodity microprocessor, the
UltraSPARC(R) T2, as the cornerstone of its merchant portfolio of
microelectronics. Available for sale separate from Sun's own systems,
this new processor is the industry's first volume processor with eight
cores and eight threads per core. Formerly known as the "Niagara 2"
project, the UltraSPARC T2's world-record performance raises the bar
on commodity processors while boasting the industry's highest energy
efficiency per thread. With each thread capable of running its own
operating system, the chip delivers a whopping 64-way system on a
single chip. Sun will provide the UltraSPARC T2 processor design to
the free and open source community via the GPL

 * Linux for Consumers in the U.K. France, and Germany - It's
official: Dell announced that consumers in the United Kingdom, France
and Germany can order an Inspiron 6400 notebook or an Inspiron 530N
desktop with Ubuntu 7.04 pre-installed. Since we began offering Ubuntu
in the United States back in May, it's no secret that we've received
many requests from customers all over the world to offer Linux there.
This represents another step in broadening that offering. Similar to
what we've done in the United States, we will configure and install
open source drivers for hardware, when possible for these new
products. http://direct2dell.com/one2one/archive/2007/08/07/23816.aspx

 * Red Hat And Its Fedora 8 Friends - Red Hat is represented by
Fedora, its community project which this week released the first test
version of Fedora 8. In a birds of a feather (BOF) session, Jack
Aboutboul, community engineer for Fedora at Red Hat, discussed some of
the highlights of Fedora 8, as well as some recent changes in how
Fedora is run. The BOF session also had a raucous discussion among
participants about Dell, Ubuntu and the leadership role of Fedora in
the Linux community. In the Dell keynote at Linux World, company CTO
Kevin Kettler demonstrated how easy it was to set up virtual machines
on Ubuntu. Aboutboul noted that Ubuntu had made use of the "libvert"
tool, which actually originated with Fedora. The fact that Ubuntu was
chosen by Dell as its Linux desktop of choice for the consumer
marketplace also didn't sit too well with Aboutboul. "Am I pissed off?
No," Aboutboul said. "If you want your desktop Linux to look like
Windows, Ubuntu is great. Otherwise use us, you'll have a better
experience." http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/3693511

 * The Linux Action Show! Episode 56 - We cover our favorite new
features in KDE4's latest beta, we debunk CIO magazines eight reasons
to NOT use Linux in the Enterprise, IBM announces a savings of $250
million big ones, we go over the results of 3D gaming with the new
completely fair scheduler - which is completely awesome, and we share
our coverage of the Ubuntu Live conference.
http://www.linuxactionshow.com/?p=134 (podcast that has some stuff
from Ubuntu Live)

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Ubuntu Live Conference on Flickr - For those of us who couldn't
attend the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland, OR, we were left
wondering what we really missed. Did everyone have as much fun as they
said, were there really meeting rooms full of Ubuntu users with their
laptops fired up while listening to the keynote address, and did Mark
Shuttleworth really don a mutilcolored jump suit and hang on an
inflated bag? Follow the link to see all these and more. You won't be
sorry, but you'll probably want to start making plans to attend Ubuntu
Live 2008. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/ubuntulive07/

 * Aptitude vs Apt-Get (What Everyone Should Know) - This blog article
by Aaron Toponce aka atoponce, is a very good read for everyone,
newbie or seasoned veteran, about the differences between Aptitude and
Apt-Get, and the tools associated with each. His conclusion: "Aptitude
is just superior to apt-get in every way, shape, and form. Better
dependency handling. Better curses application. Better options. ONE
tool. Better standard formatting. The list goes on and on. I see
constantly, on forums, IRC and email, the use of apt-get. We need to
better educate our brethren and sisters about the proper use of tools,
and show them the enlightened way of aptitude. I've been using
aptitude since I first learned about it, ad will continue to do so the
remainder of my Debian/Ubuntu days".

 * Dell hails 2008 as the year of the corporate Linux desktop - The
advent of desktop virtualisation will provide the missing link for
Linux to shine on the corporate desktop, Dell chief technology officer
Kevin Kettler predicted in a keynote speech at the Linuxworld
conference in San Francisco. -

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, August 14, 2007 ===

==== Local Teams Meeting ====
 * Start: 14:00 UTC
 * End: 16:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
 * Agenda: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2007-August/001510.html

==== Ubuntu Server Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 16:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== Technical Board Meeting ====
 * Start: 19:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoardAgenda

=== Wednesday, August 15, 2007 ===

==== Launchpad Users Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: When Over
 * Location: #launchpad
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaunchpadUserMeeting/2007-08-15#preview

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

=== Thursday, August 16, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 22:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda set as of this publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

## http://www.ubuntu.com/usn
## List all security advisories since last UWN.
## Format: * USN-###-#: <package name> vulnerability -
## Ex: * USN-389-1: GnuPG vulnerability - [WWW]

 * USN-496-1: koffice vulnerability -
 * USN-495-1: Qt vulnerability -
 * USN-496-2: poppler vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

## https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes
## List all uploads since last UWN.
## Format: * <packagename> - <link to mailing list message>
## Ex: * lvm2 2.02.02-1ubuntu1.2 -

 * qt-x11-free 3:3.3.6-1ubuntu6.3 -
 * koffice 1:1.5.0-0ubuntu9.2 -
 * enigmail 2:0.94-0ubuntu4.4 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.3 -
 * poppler 0.5.1-0ubuntu7.2 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.4 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

## https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes
## List all uploads since last UWN.
## Format: * <packagename> - <link to mailing list message>
## Ex: * lvm2 2.02.06-2ubuntu3.2 -

 * qt-x11-free 3:3.3.6-1ubuntu6.3 -
 * koffice 1:1.5.0-0ubuntu9.2 -
 * enigmail 2:0.94-0ubuntu4.4 -
 * poppler 0.5.1-0ubuntu7.2 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.4 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

## https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes
## List all uploads since last UWN.
## Format: * <packagename> - <link to mailing list message>
## Ex: * lvm2 2.02.06-2ubuntu3.2 -

 * qt-x11-free 3:3.3.8really3.3.7-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * koffice 1:1.6.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * inkscape 0.45-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * phpunit 1.3.2-2ubuntu1 -
 * popfile 0.22.4-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * enigmail 2:0.94.2-0ubuntu2 -
 * apache2 2.2.3-3.2ubuntu1 -
 * gnash 0.7.2-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * poppler 0.5.4-0ubuntu8.1 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.13-9ubuntu4.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (31355) +65 # over last week
    * Critical (18) -1 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15639) +137 # over last week
    * Unassigned (23492) +63 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (113612)  +1067 # over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

== Translation Stats ==

 1. Spanish (23686) -271 # over last week
 2. French (38777) +15 # over last week
 3. Swedish (54562) +156 # over last week
 4. English-UK (60347) +142 # over last week
 5. German (63255) +209 # over last week

Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon", see more
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/gutsy/

== What is it? ==

This week's closeup is the icon for a common application. You will
have until the next UWN release to guess what the item is on the
Ubuntu Forums:


Last week's closeup was a {{{Pentium 200 w/ MMX tech (SL23W/2.8V)}}}.
We have no absolute winner, but the three closest were:

 * DraK
 * scorpion-kde
 * esters


~- {{{ Image Copyright 2007 CPU-World.com, CC license }}} -~

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