Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #71

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Sun Dec 30 23:09:12 GMT 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 71 for the week
December 16th - December 29th, 2007. In this issue: Dell adds DVD
playback, Ubuntu Live Conference proposals, Hardy Alpha 2, Ubuntu
Desktop training course, a community approach to commercial training,
Kubuntu 8.04 LTS status, Full Circle Magazine Issue #8, new Kubuntu
members, IRSeek, a new Official Ubuntu Book, and much, much more!!

== In This Issue ==

 * Dell Adds DVD Playback
 * Ubuntu Live Conference Proposals
 * Hardy Alpha 2
 * MOTU News
 * Ubuntu Desktop Training
 * Kubuntu (Will 8.04 Be LTS?)
 * Full Circle Magazine
 * New Kubuntu Members
 * IRSeek
 * Official Ubuntu Book
 * Launchpad News
 * Forum Interviews & Announcements
 * In the Press & Blogosphere
 * Kubuntu Tutorials Day
 * Meetings & Events
 * Community Spotlight
 * Updates & Security
 * Bug & Translation Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Dell Adds DVD Playback ===
Dell is adding Ubuntu 7.10 (a.k.a Gutsy Gibbon) to the Dell Consumer
Linux line-up for customers in the United States.  It will also be
available on the Inspiron 530 in England, France, and Germany soon.
One of the key requests from customers interested in Linux is the
ability to watch their favorite DVD movies, so Dell will now now
include built-in DVD movie playback with all Ubuntu 7.10 systems. The
experience Dell wanted is simple — when you put a movie in, it plays.

=== Ubuntu Live Conference Call for Proposals Open ===
Sebastopol, CA, December 18, 2007--The second Ubuntu Live conference,
co-presented by Canonical and O'Reilly Media is slated to take place
July 21-22, 2008 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon.
This two day event will gather IT professionals, government leaders,
business executives, and community leaders to share their Ubuntu based
computing experiences and knowledge. Building on the success of the
2007 event, the 2008 event will feature longer sessions and a track
devoted to technical enthusiasts and developers. The program committee
is now accepting proposals to lead sessions, panel discussions, and
demos at the 2008 edition of Ubuntu Live. To learn more about this
exciting conference news. http://press.oreilly.com/pub/pr/1889

=== Hardy Alpha 2 ===

Alpha 2 is the second in a series of milestone CD images that will be
released throughout the Hardy development cycle. The Alpha images are
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs,
while representing a very recent snapshot of Hardy. Pre-releases of
Hardy 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. Please
visit the link for the Alpha 2 downloads.

=== New MOTU ===

Jamie Strandboge, who has been doing awesome work in the security and
the server team now is a MOTU! http://launchpad.net/~jamie-strandboge

=== Ubuntu Desktop Training Courses ===
The long awaited Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course is ready, waiting and all
yours for the taking! It has been written in Docbook using xml style
sheets and the bzr revision control, accessed through Launchpad. There
are 10 lessons in total with the last lesson covering Partitioning and
Booting optional. The course is modular - 2 days if all lessons are
covered. There are 2 versions of the course: An Instructor Guide which
has instructor notes and answers to the exercise questions together,
and a student guide which does not have instructor notes; answers to
the exercises are provided separately. There will also be a book
version of the courseware which you will be able to purchase online.
pdf versions of the student guide and instructor guide can be found by
visiting the link. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Training

=== A Community Approach to Commercial Training Materials: By Mark
Shuttleworth ===

Billy Cina at Canonical has been making steady progress towards the
goal of having a full portfolio of training options available for
commercial users of Ubuntu. Companies that want to ensure that their
staff are rigorously trained, and individuals who want to present
their Ubuntu credentials in a formal setting, need to have a certified
and trusted framework for skills assurance. These courses are usually
sold to companies that have adopted a platform or tool and want to
ensure a consistent level of skills across the organization. Many
companies are moving to Ubuntu for both desktop and server, so demand
for training is increasing. A system builder course and a system
administrator course are now available from authorized training
providers. Using the community approach, the training material is
available in an open format (Docbook), content source is available in
a public Bazaar repository, and licensed under CC-BY-NC-SA.

=== Kubuntu (Will 8.04 Be LTS?) ===
The release schedule for KDE 4 is now clear, and it will be released
during the development cycle of Kubuntu 8.04. This new major release
is already attracting significant interest from users, and is the
focus of most KDE developer effort at this point. From time to time,
this work reaches a natural rest point resulting in a particularly
stable release. For these releases, Canonical makes a commercial
commitment to provide support for a longer term and these become known
as "LTS" releases. Since KDE 4 is a major change to the platform, it
is not currently at one of these natural rest points so would not be
suitable for long term support.  Instead, due to the very high
interest, development efforts will be directed towards KDE 4 and
releasing Kubuntu 8.04 with the option of using either KDE 3.5 or KDE
4. https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/kubuntu-devel/2007-December/002066.html

=== Full Circle Magazine Issue #8 ===

Full Circle - The Independent Ubuntu Community Magazine is proud to
announce the release of issue eight.

Some Content For This Issue Includes:
 * Mythbuntu - Step-by-step Install
 * How-To : Install Wubi, Get a Christmas Desktop, Multi Boot Linux
and Learning Scribus Pt.8.
 * Review of Tom Boy.
 * New Column for Ubuntu Women
 * Letters, Q&A, My Desktop, Top 5 and more!

Get it while it's hot!

=== New Kubuntu Members ===
 * Guillaume Martres - Guillaume is an admin of the French Ubuntu
forums and a KDE-lover. His contributions are strong around bug
reporting, and he hopes to make patches for Kubuntu/KDE in the future.

 * Carlos Cabezas - Carlos is the founder and admin of kubuntu-es.org
for about two years. For the future, he hopes to represent Kubuntu at
Linux events in Spain, work on more translations and bug reports.

=== IRSeek ===

The IRSeeK ( http://www.irseek.com/ ) service is starting to operate
on freenode. The Ubuntu IRC Council has currently authorized their
bot, which owns the "IR Seek Bot" nickname, to join and log channels
in the #*ubuntu* namespace which have UbuntuIRCCouncil as contact and
are already logged by the "ubuntulog" bot (the official Ubuntu logging
bot). https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-irc/2007-December/000383.html

=== Official Ubuntu Book ===

The next version of the Official Ubuntu Book will be out for Ubuntu
8.04 (Hardy Heron). Your contributions will be much appreciated,
especially regarding newer Ubuntu derivatives, such as Gobuntu,
Mythbuntu etc.

For more information and the contact email to submit your recipes, see

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 1.1.12 Released ===

Welcome to the last Launchpad release of 2007! The highlights of
Launchpad 1.1.12 include:

  * Project announcements: get the latest news from a project or
distribution directly on its Launchpad overview page. Or subscribe to
its Atom feed.
  * Bug feeds: subscribe to an Atom feed of all the bugs related to
any distribution, project, team and person in Launchpad. Also
subscribe to individual bugs.
  * Higher quality bug reports: if you're a project owner you can now
ask Launchpad to display your bug reporting guidelines to people who
file bugs against your project.
  * Launchpad is running Bazaar 1.0.0. Congratulations to the Bazaar
team on this new release!

Read on to get the full details of what's new in this release. See you
next year when we'll be back in January with Launchpad 1.2.1!


== Ubuntu Forum News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interviews ===
LaRoza is involved in the Unanswered Post Team and in the Programming
Talk section. A self taught programmer, always willing to help other
users, LaRoza is one of the respected member of our community. Read
the full in interview here:

=== A new "Thank You" option ===
This week, ubuntu-geek implemented a "Thank You" button that can be
clicked to thank a user for a helpful post. The button
(http://ubuntuforums.org/images/uf/buttons/post_thanks.gif) can be
found at the bottom right of each post. A user cannot thank his/her
own posts, and can only thank a given post once. Most of all, the
forum staff would like to express that the "Thank You" feature is not
a reputation system, that just like bean counts or profile images
associated to beans, "Thank yous" are not intended to rate or rank

The "Thank You" feature will hopefully allow users to more easily spot
useful information, and is one answer that UF is providing to help
solve the problem of the dangerous commands posted recently by
spammers. Full implementation will be available with the upcoming
software upgrade. "Thank You" counts will appear in the user profile
and will help new and naive users identify members who positively
contribute to the forums.

== In The Press ==

 * Technology in 2008: Three fearless predictions - The Economist
predicts that the industry will embrace "openness." Small businesses
and homes have started accepting Linux has viable alternatives, due to
Ubuntu 7.10, which is "the sleekest, best integrated and most
user-friendly Linux distribution yet. It's now simpler to set up and
configure than Windows. A great deal of work has gone into making the
graphics, and especially the fonts, as intuitive and attractive as the
Mac's." http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10410912

 * First Impressions of Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Edition - This article is
a subjective outline of the steps required to move a vanilla Ubuntu
Desktop install towards basic multimedia functionality. It walks
through most of the basic first steps to follow. Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop
Edition is one of the most user-friendly Linux distributions this user
has experienced. Though you need to do some tweaking to achieve higher
levels of desktop user satisfaction, the default install creates a
general-application desktop with Internet access, which is suitable
for many users. Desktop systems designed to please everyone
historically tend to end up equally uncomfortable for all. Visit the
link for much, much more on this author's take on Gutsy.

 * INQUIRER guide to free operating systems - XP IS GETTING a bit long
in the tooth, Vista is a pig and you don't want to buy a Mac and join
the Jobs Cult. So, you're thinking of having a look at Linux, but are
bamboozled by the hundreds of flavors and don't want to spend a
weekend discussing it with disturbingly intense bearded men in socks
and sandals. So here is the Inquirer's guide to Linux: quick, clear,
opinionated and unfair. This author goes on to critique Debian,
Fedora, Gentoo, Linspire, Mandriva, Slackware, SUSE, Ubuntu, and
Xandros. To summarize, "As for the future - for now, Ubuntu looks
unstoppable. Give it a go."

 * CPILive interviews Mark Shuttleworth.  "I sold [Thawte] in 1999,
right at the top of the Internet bubble. That then gave me the
opportunity to sit back and ask myself, what are the things in life
that I would like to be a part of? You know, life is short. One thing
was to explore space and be a part of that adventure. I went and I did
that. And the other thought was to be a part of this experience of
free software, which had been beneficial to me — bringing that to a
much wider audience. And that's the genesis of Ubuntu."

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * IBM To Make Massive Ubuntu Server Play? - According to author
Ashlee Vance, it could be Red Hat's worst nightmare. "Part of the Red
Hat discussion included speculation about IBM going whole hog with
Ubuntu on the server. Dave and Matt say this will happen sooner than
we think. Ashlee Vance is skeptical." Visit the link to listen to the
whole radio program and decide for yourself.

 * Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 vs OSX Leopard: Comparison Part 3 - After
installing Ubuntu, the desktop is clean and ready for you to
customize. All applications and tools are accessible via the menus or
command line. If you are used to a GUI windows interface, you likely
be inclined to start adding shortcuts to the desktop area and even
change the way it looks. This is a important distinction to OS X,
because Apple has pretty much set the interface and layout of the
workspace to a more permanent look and feel (which many have no
problem with). In Ubuntu you can change beyond just icons and
wallpaper, almost anything can be altered with a little work. The
remainder of the article goes on to teach users how to tweak their
Ubuntu OS. http://pcwizkid.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/ubuntu-gutsy-gibbon-710-vs-osx-leopard-comparison-part-3/

 * Tweaking Ubuntu - As a virtual novice in the Linux world, Tan Kit
Hoong decided to download and try out the latest version of Ubuntu. A
reader wrote in to ask him to feature more stories on Linux and he
made an observation that though there were little or no games for the
platform, that the "OS is the game" – well, if so, it certainly wasn't
a very enjoyable game as he had to learn all kinds of arcane terminal
commands just to get Ubuntu to do simple things he'd taken for granted
with Windows. That's not to say that the operating system is bad, mind
you, it's just that it still has certain issues that hold it back from
being a truly problem-free operating system to install and run.

 * St. Anthony / Tech Connect help homeless in San Francisco - A nice
You Tube video on people helping the homeless of San Francisco to get
their computers up and running. Ubuntu seems to be the OS of choice,
and it draws very favorable comments. It's a short clip that is worth
watching and possibly a new idea for LoCos. Check it out!!

 * Top Five Open Source Stories Of 2007 - It's been a landmark year
for open source. Here's a quick rundown of what the author thinks were
the top five open source events of the year -- not an exhaustive list,
of course, but the things that best reflected how important and widely
entrenched open source software (especially Linux) has become. 1.
Microsoft gives the Samba Team protocol information. 2. The OLPC, the
Eee PC, and the gPC, three personal computers running on Linux. 3.
Dell shipping Ubuntu on select machines. 4. The GPLv3, the most widely
used Open Source software licensing around got a third revision. 5.
And finally, Busy Box brings suit against Verizon for not offering the
source code as required by licensing agreements.

 * Ubuntu Linux Review - Ubuntu, from Benjamin's point of view, is
really easy to use. Most of his problems with Ubuntu are pretty much
related to Firefox taking up his CPU resources. He also thinks it's
wise to install your graphic card driver manually as the pre-detected
driver wouldn't be as good as the one you downloaded from the
manufacturer's site. To summarize what Benjamin thinks about Ubuntu,
"I would say it's a pretty good distro to start out with if you are
switching from Windows to Linux, and so far I love it, and plan to
keep on using it."  http://benjaminlim.net/blog/?p=11

 *  Top Tech of 2007: Ubuntu Linux - Here's your tech event of the
year, kids. It's a story with several chapters, each still unfolding
at this moment. It began in April with the release of Ubuntu 7.04, the
Feisty Fawn, and continued with Dell's decision to start selling
Ubuntu Linux-based machines. The momentum from this continued
throughout the summer, with Dell extending its Ubuntu program to
Europe. Then, in October, the real tipping point arrived with the
release of 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon. This release brought Linux and
Ubuntu into the big leagues of operating systems. The final piece of
the puzzle was for Dell to bundle 7.10 into its Ubuntu machines, and
that happened about two weeks ago. 2008 is now set to become the Year
of the Penguin in the world of technology, thanks to the advances and
achievements of 2007. Therefore, Ubuntu gets this blogger's 2007
top-tech nod for its transformation of the PC operating system into a
platform that is about community, freedom of use, safety, reliability,
and the speed and smoothness of its upgrade path.

 * There's more to Linux than Ubuntu - Blogger Alex fears that if the
trend goes on, (and at the moment he don't see why would it stop),
then the Ubuntification of Linux is unstoppable, just as Windows
became a follow up to the "PC" term. He's afraid, that Ubuntu can
overshadow Linux. He knows that technologically literate people will
not confuse the two, but for general public, there will be no Linux -
just Ubuntu. It scares him because competition between distribution
benefits them all, perfecting the tools, causing applications to be
developed, economies and companies created, communities united.

 * The Best Desktop Linux Distribution of 2007 - ljpp has spent a lot
of time testing Linux distributions during the year 2007. His goal was
to find a suitable free operating system for my 2nd hand laptop. In
the process he tried just about every popular distribution, but now in
late December he feels he has finally found a winner. In order of
their finish, in at number one is openSUSE 10.3, second is Ubuntu
7.10, and third is Mandriva One 2008. He found pros and cons to all
three, but felt best about SUSE. Visit the link to read the entire
summary of the different Linux OS's.

== In Other News ==

=== Kubuntu Tutorials Day ===

Jonathan Davies has rewritten the Tutorials Day logs on packaging into
an easier to read PDF file.
http://people.ubuntuwire.com/~jpatrick/tutorials/. He is going to work
on more of the logs to be published at a later date.


== Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, January 2, 2008 ===

==== Edubuntu meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 14:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

=== Saturday, January 5, 2008 ===

==== Xubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 18:00 UTC
 * End: 19:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Serbia Loco Organized Ubuntu Presentation ===

On December 15th, the Serbia Loco gave an Ubuntu presentation at the
Centar of Culture Magacin. The discussions followed the following

 * Free Software, GNU/Linux, Ubuntu - presented by dootzky
 * Activities of Loco Serbia - petrovicivan
 * GNOME, KDE, XFCE - Githzerai
 * Graphics and Video - Rainmaker
 * Audio and Office - bojce
 * Wine - vlajkoral
 * Compiz Fusion - olujicz
 * Games - dootzky

There were about 50 visitors, and special thanks to List Solution, a
local retailer and Ubuntu Partner who provided 3 preinstalled Ubuntu


== Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-556-1] Samba vulnerability -
 * [USN-557-1] GD library vulnerability -
 * [USN-558-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-559-1] MySQL vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * Accepted: samba_3.0.22-1ubuntu3.6 (source, amd64, hppa, i386, ia64,
powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: libgd2 2.0.33-2ubuntu5.3 (source, amd64, hppa, i386,
ia64, powerpc, sparc) -
 * Accepted: kdebase 4:3.5.2-0ubuntu27.3 (source) -
 * Accepted: mysql-dfsg-5.0-0ubuntu6.06.6 (source, amd64, hppa, i386,
ia64, powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: pkgstriptranslations 27.3 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: samba_3.0.22-1ubuntu4.5 (source, amd64, i386, powerpc,
sparc, raw-translations, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: libgd2 2.0.33-4ubuntu2.2 (source, amd64, i386, powerpc,
sparc) - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2007-December/008460.html
 * Accepted: kdebase 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.7 (source) -
 * Accepted: mysql-dfsg-5.0.24a-9ubuntu2.2 (source, amd64, i386,
powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: pkgbinarymangler 31.3 (source) -
 * Accepted: pkg-create-dbgsym 0.16.1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * Accepted: samba_3.0.24-2ubuntu1.5 (source, amd64, i386, ia64,
powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: libgd2 2.0.34~rc1-2ubuntu1.2 (source, amd64, i386, ia64,
powerpc, sparc) -
 * Accepted: linux-source-2.6.20 2.6.20-16.33 (source, amd64, i386,
ia64, powerpc, sparc) -
 * Accepted: kdebase 4:3.5.6-0ubuntu20.8 (source) -
 * Accepted: mysql-dfsg-5.0.38-0ubuntu1.2 (source, amd64, i386, ia64,
powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: clamav_0.90.2-0ubuntu1.5 (source, amd64, i386, ia64,
powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) - [Copy URL from address bar]
(Repeat as necessary)
 * Accepted: pkgbinarymangler 39.3 (source) -
 * Accepted: pkg-create-dbgsym 0.20.1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: samba_3.0.26a-1ubuntu2.3 (source, amd64, hppa, i386,
ia64, lpia, powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: libgd2 2.0.34-1ubuntu1.1 (source, amd64, hppa, i386,
ia64, lpia, powerpc, sparc) -
 * Accepted: linux-source-2.6.22 2.6.22-14.47 (source, amd64, hppa,
i386, ia64, lpia, powerpc, sparc) -
 * Accepted: clamav_0.91.2-3ubuntu2.1 (source, amd64, i386, ia64,
lpia, sparc, raw-translations, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: gimp 2.4.2-0ubuntu0.7.10 (source) -
 * Accepted: kdebase 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu2.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: kdelibs 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu3.2 (source) -
 * Accepted: mysql-dfsg-5.0_5.0.45-1ubuntu3.1 (source, amd64, hppa,
i386, ia64, lpia, powerpc, sparc, raw-translations) -
 * Accepted: pkgbinarymangler 45.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: gimp 2.4.2-0ubuntu0.7.10.1 (source) -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (38652) +606 # over last week
 * Critical (19) -1 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (19779) +386 # over last week
 * Unassigned (28984) +551 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (142360) +2114 # 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 (13369) -14476 # over last week
 2. French (37728) -3116 # over last week
 3. Swedish (49257) -6048 # over last week
 4. English-UK (39079) -7830 # over last week
 5. German (66656) -742 # 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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== Glossary of Terms ==

 * Thawte - Certificate Authority (CA) for X.509 certificates. Thawte,
(pronounced like "thought"), was founded in 1995 by Mark Shuttleworth
in South Africa.  In 1999 Verisign acquired Thawte in a stock purchase
from Shuttleworth for 575 million US dollars. The sale enabled
Shuttleworth to become the second space tourist, and to found the
Ubuntu project.

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