Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #53

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon Aug 20 00:45:59 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 53 for the week August
12th - August 18th, 2007. In this issue we cover Celebratory Hug Day
for GNOME, updates on compromised community servers and LoCo options,
LinuxMCE Media Centre addon for Kubuntu, the Portuguese Team's effort
to put FOSS in schools, and much much more.

 * Deutsch - Start one!
 * Español - Start one!
 * Français - Start one!
 * Italiano - http://wiki.ubuntu-it.org/NewsletterItaliana
 * Português - Start one!

== In This Issue ==

 * Update on Compromised LoCo Servers and Options
 * Celebratory Hug Day for GNOME
 * LinuxMCE Releases Media Centre Addon to Kubuntu
 * Portuguese Team's Starts Effort to Put FOSS in Schools
 * In The Press and In the Blogosphere
 * Translation stats
 * Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Compromised LoCo Servers (What are your options) ===

The recent compromise of the community hosted servers has received
considerable scrutiny both in the linux press and through the mailing
lists. However, since some of the community do not subscribe to the
loco-contacts mailing list, there remains some confusion about what
steps LoCos need to take.

The Canonical staff wishes to point out that this event had no effect
on the code, packages, or CD's for Ubuntu.

Here are the two options available to LoCos:
 * First, if a LoCo  is using one of the "approved" webapps listed in
the e-mail, https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2007-August/001510.html,
 the LoCo is welcome to use the hosting provided by the Canonical
sysadmin team in the London based Canonical data center (CDC). If
third-party modules or plugins are needed, they will need to be
audited for security before being activated.

 * Second, if the LoCo is not using an approved application and
doesn't feel migration to a supported application is possible, the
application can continue to be hosted on the community servers. The
community servers will still be maintained, but not allocated the same
administrative resources that the CDC hosted sites will receive. The
PHP, CGI, and other executable codes on the community servers will
need to be replaced since they may have been compromised.

All of the above means, "don't worry, everything is going to be OK."
Also, each site will need to make arrangements for getting their site
set up in the proper place.
To do this, follow these steps:
 * A. File a bug at https://launchpad.net/loco-webhosting.
 * B. Contact us to make sure we can make DNS changes for your site by
filing a bug at https://launchpad.net/loco-webhosting. This process is
not instantaneous unfortunately.

As always, be patient, LoCo teams far outnumber sysadmins.

If you do not yet have Canonical sponsored hosting and are an approved
team, but would like to have hosting, please understand that there
will be a longer than usual delay, and see the existing instructions
at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoHosting.

See the following links for more information:




=== Celebratory Hug Day - 22 Aug 2007 ===

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the GNOME project we are
having a very special Hug Day on Wednesday, August 22nd.  We will be
focusing on the collaboration between the Ubuntu and GNOME projects by
working on the following topics:
 * Linking related bugs in Malone to GNOME's bugzilla.
 * Ensuring that any forwarded bug reports have the same information
and are complete.
 * Reproducing crasher bugs in GNOME's bugzilla in the development
release of Ubuntu to provide a detailed crash report for GNOME.
There will be a list of types of bugs including specifically targeted
bugs at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20070822 So on 22 August
2007, in all timezones, we'll be meeting in #ubuntu-bugs on
irc.freenode.net for a very special Hug Day.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay If you're interested in helping
to improve Ubuntu and GNOME, please join us. Feel free to ask pedro,
bdmurray, heno and the rest of the team for ways to help out.  We hope
to see you there and your name on the list of
bug triagers! https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-users/2007-August/121367.html

=== LinuxMCE Releases Media Centre Addon to Kubuntu ===

When picking a media center solution for your PC, it tends to be a
matter of compromise. There are solutions that are visually
attractive, solutions that are Free/open source software, solutions
that are more complete than others and solutions that integrate well
with a desktop environment. In the past there have been few, if any,
that have been all of these things. After an extensive beta testing
period a new version of LinuxMCE, release 0704, was recently made
available to the public that shows how we can indeed have our media
center cake and eat it too. See more at http://dot.kde.org/1187201437/
and http://linuxmce.com/

== LoCo News ==

The Ubuntu Loco-Team in Portugal, the Portuguese translation team and
also a few free software friends in Portugal had been discussing a
project specialized in implementing Ubuntu in Portuguese Schools for a
few months (on the ubuntuescolas at googlegroups.com mailing list and
in Freenode #ubuntu-pt). The discussions have led to the conclusion
that the LoCo should focus all the efforts in a more general project,
which could include other free software distributions as well. The
websites, http://www.escolaslivres.org and a forum at
http://www.escolaslivres.org/forum, have been setup and already have
some interesting content. There has been a substantial amount of input
in the first days already.  If you are a Portuguese speaker,
interested in Free Software in schools, join us and contribute!

== Launchpad News ==

Wednesday 22nd August sees the release of Launchpad 1.1.8! Full
details of what's new in Launchpad will be posted to the Launchpad
News blog (http://news.launchpad.net/) and in the next issue of UWN.

== In The Press ==

 * Ubuntu tries to go Loco in all 50 states - The Ubuntu community is
seeking to get approved Local Community (Loco) teams in all 50 states
in the US by the end of this year, and it's making impressive
progress. Christer Edwards, founder of the Utah Loco team and one of
the founders of the US Teams project, says, "As one of the few US
Teams leaders, I felt a bit of a responsibility to share what I had
done with the rest of the country. Myself, Aaron Toponce (also of the
Utah Team), and Stephen Stalcup (of the Ohio Team) started the US
Teams project. Our goal was to create a team-building framework,
improve communication between teams, and build a small group of
mentors to help users build their teams with one-on-one guidance."
Long-time Linux users may be wondering why there's a need for Ubuntu
Loco teams when so many Linux user groups already exist, and whether
the Loco teams are competing with LUGs. Edwards says that the Loco
teams exist to "advocate, educate, and support the use of Ubuntu"
specifically, and that they try hard not to compete with existing
LUGs. In fact, Edwards says a Loco team can assist LUGs. "By offering
Ubuntu-specific education and resources to existing regional and
university-based LUGs, we can help them improve their attendance and
user experience. http://www.linux.com/feature/118583

 * Cedric Janssens, French Speaking Press Contact for Ubuntu-be.org
was invited to a Belgian tech podcast (in French). In the first half
of the podcast, he presented Ubuntu, described the French-speaking
Ubuntu community structure (ways to find websites and help are given
at the end of the interview), and discussed several open-source
applications such as OpenOffice.org, Firefox and Thunderbird. The
professional support offered to business companies or public
administrations is also presented, in addition to security issues
handling in open-source projects. For the complete interview and a 3D
video of the Ubuntu desktop, please see:

 * Ubuntu 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. -

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * XP, Vista, MacOS X and Ubuntu Linux: Innovations at Risk - As I
ponder the coming need to replace my fast aging IBM Thinkpad T40, I am
faced with a tough choice. Do I continue using Windows? I decided to
download and install Ubuntu Linux. Since the arrival of Ubuntu, Linux
installation has become increasingly easy. While Ubuntu doesn't
support as many devices as Windows does, Ubuntu does a great job. The
fact that the Ubuntu CD comes with major productivity software already
bundled makes perfect sense. If you are weary of such a major switch,
you can even run the CD live, that is, you don't have to install
Ubuntu until you are

 * Lunch Meet: Ubuntu is Linux for Human Beings - Ubuntu is a
GNU/Linux distribution that is quite useable and easy to install.
Based on debian and GNOME, ubuntu offers extensive hardware
recognition combined with a functional desktop environment complete
with a suite of office applications. While at Linuxworld in San
Francisco, I had a chat with ubuntu's Kevin Shuk, who gives me a demo.
Video available by clicking on the link.

 * Review: Dell Inspiron 1420N with Ubuntu - The time seems right for
a company like Dell to partner with a distribution like Ubuntu and
bring Linux to the masses. Unfortunately, Dell and Ubuntu's parent
company Canonical have not worked together closely enough to make this
a first-rate offering. While I think the 1420N is a great computer
overall, the lack of attention to detail (and unbelievably bad driver
support) keep these latest Linux offerings from being ready for the
general public. Hopefully Dell and Canonical will resolve these
problems and make a truly great product that I could feel comfortable
recommending to family members who are not familiar with

 * Vista Ultimate vs. Ubuntu 7.04 - Which Install Is Easier? - So less
than 3 hours into this experiment, I have both Vista and Ubuntu
installed and patched. Both systems are stable, more or less, but both
systems have quirks. Neither system worked perfectly, but much to my
surprise the Ubuntu system worked better, (once I got the keyboard
working). More hardware worked without needing to download additional
drivers. More over, the desktop that I do have is more functional -
applications like GIMP, Open Office, and a slew of multi-media apps
are far more useful than Wordpad, Paint and the slew of crap that
Vista comes with. I am left with the feeling that Ubuntu passed the
install test with a higher mark than Vista. While it may lack some of
the polish of Microsoft's flagship product, in this test, on my
machine, it was the better

 * How to install Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) in OS X using Parallels
Desktop 3.0 - a complete walkthrough - This tutorial will take you
every single step of the way through installing Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty
Fawn) using Parallels Desktop 3.0 (Build 4128) for OS X. In other
words, even your parents should be able to follow along. This tutorial
is for anyone with an Intel based Mac who is curious about Linux -
specifically Ubuntu, and has about an hour to kill (not including the
time it takes to download Ubuntu). The steps and screen shots used for
this tutorial are specific to Parallels Desktop 3.0 (Build 4128)
running on a Mac Book Pro w/ OS X (10.4.10). With that said, they will
be nearly identical if you have a Mac Pro, Mac Mini, Mac Book or any
other Intel based Apple Mac.

 * First Official Compiz Fusion Release! - Compiz Fusion is the result
of a merge between the Compiz community plugin set "Compiz Extras" and
the window manager core independent parts of the "Beryl" project. Both
Compiz Extras and Beryl have left important marks on in how we look at
Window management, and with the merge, you no longer have to choose
which one to use. The release marks a milestone as our first release
and six months since the last release of Beryl. -

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, August 20, 2007 ===

==== Forum Council Meeting ====
 * Starts: 22:00 UTC
 * Ends: 23:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ForumCouncilAgenda

=== Tuesday, August 21, 2007 ===

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

==== New York Loco Meeting ====
 * Start: 18:00 EST
 * End: 19:30 EST
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-newyork
 * Info: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/NewYorkTeam

=== Wednesday, August 22, 2007 ===

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

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

=== Thursday, August 23, 2007 ===

==== Gutsy Tribe 5 Release ====
 * Start: 00:00 UTC
 * End: 23:59 UTC
 * Info: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GutsyReleaseSchedule

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda as of this publication

==== Ubuntu Desktop Training Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 16:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-training
 * Agenda: No agenda as of this publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-497-1: xfce4-terminal vulnerability -
 * USN-498-1: libvorbis vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * debconf 1.4.72ubuntu10 -
 * hw-detect 1.32ubuntu8 -
 * hal 0.5.7-1ubuntu18.3 -
 * cupsys 1.2.2-0ubuntu0.6.06.3 -
 * quagga 0.99.2-1ubuntu3.2 -
 * mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.22-0ubuntu6.06.4 -
 * debian-installer 20051026ubuntu36.7 -
 * xfce4-terminal 0.2.5+r21674-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2-0ubuntu2.2 -
 * apache2 2.0.55-4ubuntu2.2 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * cdrtools 4:2.01+01a03-5ubuntu3 -
 * cdrtools 4:2.01+01a03-5ubuntu4 -
 * xfce4-terminal -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2-1ubuntu1.2 -
 * apache2 2.0.55-4ubuntu4.1 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * pycurl 7.15.5-1ubuntu2 -
 * cdrkit 9:1.1.2-1ubuntu1 -
 * multipath-tools 0.4.7-1.1ubuntu3.2 -
 * xfce4-terminal 0.2.6-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2.dfsg-1.2ubuntu1 -
 * libvorbis 1.1.2.dfsg-1.2ubuntu2 -
 * apache2 2.2.3-3.2ubuntu0.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (31738) +383 # over last week
    * Critical (20) +2 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15767) +128 # over last week
    * Unassigned (23758) +266 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (114874)  +1262 # 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 (23206) -480 # over last week
   2. French (39954) +1177 # over last week
   3. Swedish (54747) +185 # over last week
   4. English-UK (61179) +823 # over last week
   5. German (64506) +1251 # 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? ==

Last week's closeup was a {{{The Oxygen icon for Kopete}}}. The winner was:

 * Jucato


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