Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #54

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Sun Aug 26 21:52:38 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #54 for the week August
19th - August 25th, 2007. In this issue we cover Canonical's new store
opening, the announcement of UDS-Boston, Gutsy Gibbon's latest alpha
release, Launchpad's new features, and much much more.

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

== In This Issue ==

 * Canonical Store Opened!
 * Ubuntu Developer Summit Boston
 * Ubuntu Certified Professional mailing list goes OFFICIAL!
 * Gutsy Gibbon - Tribe 5 Released
 * Launchpad team releases version 1.1.8
 * In The Press and In the Blogosphere
 * Translation stats
 * Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Canonical Store Opened! ===

The Canonical Merchandise Store has just opened, and now you have a
place to buy Ubuntu clothing, accessories, stickers, CD/DVDs, and
professional support and training. Do yourself a favor and drop by for
a closer look at the new swag being offer. https://shop.canonical.com/

=== Ubuntu Developer Summit Boston ===

The Ubuntu Developer Summit is a week long event in which a large
number of Ubuntu contributors get together into the same venue to
design, discuss and flesh out the next version of Ubuntu. This
includes the entire Ubuntu team that works for Canonical, a number of
Ubuntu contributors
that we sponsor and a large number of contributors who attend
themselves. The next UDS is scheduled for Sunday 28th October to
Friday 2nd November 2007 and will be held at The Hilton at MIT in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1095

=== Ubuntu Certified Professional mailing list goes OFFICIAL! ===

The mailing list of Ubuntu Certified Professional has became official:
* ubuntu-training-community:
open for community members to get involved with the ubuntu training
 * ubuntu-training-support:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-training-support Q&A
assistance on training courses
 * #ubuntu-training IRC Channel on freenode network

=== New MOTU: Áron Sisa ===

The MOTU team has a new member [https://launchpad.net/~asisak Áron
Sisak], who put a lot of effort into the Desktop Team. We're glad to
have him around. Go Áron!

== New in Gutsy Gibbon ==

=== Gutsy Gibbon - Tribe 5 Released ===
The Ubuntu developers are hurrying to bring you the absolute latest
and greatest software the Open Source Community has to offer. Gutsy
Gibbon Tribe 5 is the fifth alpha release of Ubuntu 7.10, and this
alpha release brings a host of excellent new features. As usual, this
tribe brings you the latest and greatest GNOME (the first public beta
of what will soon become 2.20), with a lot of bug fixes compared to
Tribe 4. New Features for Firefox: Ubufox ships two new, hot Ubuntu
Firefox features - Apt-Enabled Plugin Finder Wizard and Extension
Manager integration. Note: This is still an alpha release. Do not
install it on production machines. The final stable version will be
released in October 2007. If you upgrade from feisty, please make sure
that you have update-manager 0.59.23 from feisty-updates installed.
Then run "update-manager -d".

== Loco Team News ==

=== Team Contacts Need to Join loco-contacts Mailing List ===

All Loco team contacts should be subscribed to the loco-contacts
mailing list. If the team contact for your Loco changes, the new
person should join the list. Recently, it has been used to keep the
Loco leaders informed about the hosting changes and the new options
available for web hosting. Since all the appropriate contacts are not
on the list, the information is not properly filtering through the
community. Also, check the archives to see if you have missed
anything: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/.

== Launchpad News ==

This week the Launchpad team released version 1.1.8 of Launchpad. There's a lot
in this release to excite the Ubuntu community!

 * The Personal Package Archives beta will soon be available to all members of
   the Launchpad Beta Testers team who have signed the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.
 * You can now see your individual translation import queue at
 * If you host code branches with Launchpad, you can now specify which
   branch, if any, you intend to merge the code into.
 * The bug tracker's email interface now lets you set a bug's tag.
 * Also in the bug tracker, bug notification email headers now state
   which milestone the bug is targeted to.
 * Work is underway to enable you to file bugs against packages in
   Canonical's commercial repository.

Other highlights include a new "Deactivate your account" option, Trac
bug statuses are correctly interpreted and the bug filing page has
been overhauled.

One important note: searching in bug comments has been temporarily
suspended, as it was causing timeouts. As soon as the problem is fixed,
bug comment searching will return!

Find out more about Launchpad 1.1.8 in our release notes:

== In The Press ==

 * Copowi, the world's first ISP to guarantee network neutrality - How
much would you pay for an Internet connection from an ISP that
guarantees a neutral network, bills itself as a "social enterprise"
instead of a traditional business, and sends free Ubuntu CDs to every
new customer? Copowi's main pitch is a fully neutral network, which it
defines as one that provides "equal access to all web sites and online
services." The idea is that usage will be unrestricted and traffic
will not be shaped, throttled, or prioritized. According to Matafonov,
the major telecommunications companies want to "privatize the
Internet" because greater control leads to greater profits. The
eventual outcome could become something more like cable television
than like the open Internet we know now, and Copowi strongly supports
Save`the`Internet.com's campaign to preserve an open 'Net.

 * Ubuntu maker enters BBC iPlayer dispute - Canonical, the company
behind Ubuntu Linux, has backed demands by the Open Source Consortium
(OSC) for a platform-independent BBC iPlayer. "It is shocking that the
BBC, which has for so long advocated open access to information, has
abandoned the approach for iPlayer," said a Canonical spokesman, Chris
Kenyon. "To link the ability to download content from the BBC, a
publicly funded body, to the use of one operating system is
anti-competitive and at odds with the BBC charter. "Locking access to
BBC iPlayer content to phones and internet tablets running Windows is
short sighted and bad for fee-payers. Platform neutral means that we
need a solution that supports Linux and Apple's

 * Ubuntu founder advises South Africa on IT strategy - Speaking in a
keynote address at the Govtech conference in Cape Town this morning,
Mark Shuttleworth discussed strategies that government should take on
in developing IT locally. "Our goal should always be sustainable
economic growth," he emphasized, saying that technology was an easy
area of economic growth in which to ensure sustainability. In crafting
its own strategy, South Africa should play to its own strengths and
should not just copy other strategies that have worked in different
economic circumstances. On the issue of strengths and weaknesses, he
made reference to the importance of differentiating between software
producers and software consumers. Within South Africa there was very
little in the way of software production and much more software
consumption, he said, adding that South African policy and strategy
should focus on promoting the software consumer.

 * Canonical downplays Ubuntu hacks - Canonical, the commercial
sponsor of the Ubuntu Linux, has said that compromises of most of its
local community servers last week did not reflect on the
distribution's security or enterprise-readiness. The company said such
criticisms were wide off the mark, since the affected servers were
running old versions of Ubuntu, as well as a number of insecure web
applications. Canonical was at pains to point out that the servers did
not host down loadable software, but mainly news pages, blogs and
localized documentation. The problem came down to the fact that
responsibility for the security of the machines didn't clearly belong
to either Canonical or the communities using the servers. The systems
were all located outside Canonical's own data center.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Ubuntu Leads Linux Desktop Servey - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
shares the results of the Desktop Linux.com poll of 38,500 readers of
their site in their annual desktop Linux survey. I am not surprised by
Ubuntu gaining the top spot but SUSE running a close second is a
surprise, at least to me. A lot of us run Ubuntu Linux here at Zenoss
and we hope to soon have support for both Debian and Ubuntu for Zenoss
Core. http://blog.zenoss.com/2007/08/22/ubuntu-leads-linux-desktop/

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, August 27, 2007 ===

==== Screencast Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 16:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScreencastTeam/Meeting20070827

=== Tuesday, August 28, 2007 ===

==== 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 29, 2007 ===

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

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-499-1: Apache vulnerabilities -
 * USN-500-1: rsync vulnerability -
 * USN-501-1: jasper vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * rsync 2.6.6-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * jasper 1.701.0-2ubuntu0.6.06 -
 * pkgstriptranslations 27.1 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.2-0ubuntu27.1 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.2-0ubuntu18.5 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * rsync 2.6.8-2ubuntu3.1 -
 * jasper 1.701.0-2ubuntu0.6.10 -
 * pkgbinarymangler 31.1 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.5 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.5 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * apache2-mpm-itk 2.2.3-01-1build1.1 -
 * rsync 2.6.9-3ubuntu1.1 -
 * jasper 1.701.0-2ubuntu0.7.04 -
 * pkgbinarymangler 39.1 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.6-0ubuntu20.2 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.6-0ubuntu14.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (31952) +214 # over last week
    * Critical (19) -1 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15816) +49 # over last week
    * Unassigned (23906) +148 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (115913)  +1039 # 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 (20818) -2388 # over last week
   2. French (39629) -325 # over last week
   3. Swedish (54520) -227 # over last week
   4. English-UK (58974) -2205 # over last week
   5. German (64038) -468 # over last week

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

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