Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #27

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Tue Jan 9 06:39:13 GMT 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 27 for January 1st - 7th,
2007. In this issue we cover the Kubuntu Developer Meeting, Google &
Edubuntu, CD/DVD image testing, upcoming meetings, upcoming events, feisty
fawn changes, and much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * Kubuntu Developer Meeting
 * Google sponsors Edubuntu notebooks for Fijian schools
 * New CD/DVD Image Testing Forum
 * Use the Ubuntu IRC Channels Securely
 * Ubuntu turns "Pro"
 * Upcoming meetings and events
 * Bug stats
 * Security notices & Updates for Ubuntu 6.10 and 6.06
 * Feisty Fawn Changes
 * Ubuntu Trivia Quiz Update
 * German LocoTeam Forum's Post Count: Half a million
 * LoCo Team Meetings

== General Community News ==

=== Kubuntu Developer's Meeting ===

The Kubuntu Developers held a meeting on January 9th, 2007 in
#ubuntu-meeting to discuss and decide on the future development of Kubuntu
7.04 (The Feisty Fawn), as well as hold an interview for the latest
applicants for Kubuntu Membership.

The Kubuntu Teams welcomes three new members to the group:

 * Ryan Kavanagh (ryanakca) https://wiki.kubuntu.org/RyanKavanagh
 * Mirjam Waeckerlin (Zerlinna) https://wiki.kubuntu.org/MirjamWaeckerlin
 * Sebastian Kügler (sebas) https://wiki.kubuntu.org/sebas

Discussions covered the possibility of a new Windeco style for Kubuntu 7.04.
Martin Böhm expressed his interest in the Polyester Windeco. Further
discussion will be required with the Kubuntu Art Team for a final
conclusion. Gwenview, the image viewer in Kubuntu, was discussed on its
future as the default image viewer in Kubuntu. As it stands Gwenview will
remain the default viewer. A central revision control system (RCS) was
discussed (i.e., Alioth at svn.debian.org) to host the debian/ directories
for Kubuntu related packages. Group opinions were stated that this could
possibly make it easier for more people to contribute and cooperate. The "No
More Source Packages" specification, if and when implemented, would remove
the need for a RCS and make it easier for everyone to contribute. KMilo was
also discussed about changing the style of the pop-up received when
increasing or decreasing volume on a laptop (or any machine with a
multimedia keyboard that has volume buttons). As it stands the team will
look into creating one solution, similar to the Amarok OSD, that will pop-up
for applications such as Amarok, KMilo, K3b, and more. Overall it was a very
productive meeting with a lot of great ideas.

For future Kubuntu Developer Meetings, please review
https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kubuntu/Meetings. To read the IRC meeting logs from
this meeting, please review
at 11:00 and carrying over to

=== New CD/DVD Image Testing Forum ===

Henrik Omma announced a new Feisty Fawn CD/DVD Image Testing Forum located
at http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=201. Here is a very simple
way for you to get involved in the Ubuntu community. When the Herd 2, the
next pre-release, image is released on or around January, 11, 2007, all you
have to do is download the ISO file, burn it to a CD-ROM, and install it on
your computer. Do note however that being a pre-release, there are going to
be bugs and possibly some instabilities, so it is not recommended just yet
to be run as a stable operating system. There is more information in the
Sticky Threads portion of the new forum - please review prior to your

=== Use the Ubuntu IRC Channels Securely ===

If you are using IRC to connect to any of the Ubuntu IRC channels, the IRC
Operator's Team would like to inform you that to make your connection secure
you should use port 8001 when connecting to any of the Freenode servers.
There has been a recent surge in people exploiting vulnerable routers of IRC
users. Using port 8001 will prevent you from being disconnected from one of
these DCC attacks. It is also recommended that you download and install the
latest firmware for your router. Do note that all these attacks do is
disconnect you from the IRC server. So to avoid being banned from a channel
due to join and part flooding, fix your settings now. One other sidenote,
when in one of the Ubuntu IRC channels, avoid using the word DCC as well, as
it will get you automatically kicked (KLined) from the network.

== LoCo News ==

=== Chicago Team Meeting ===

The Ubuntu Chicago Local Community Team will hold a team meeting on
Saturday, January 13th.  The event will be at the Elmhurst Public Library in
Elmhurst, IL. The team will be discussing the future of the LoCo by looking
at business and marketing ventures, local support options, structure and
more. If you or someone you know is in the Chicago land area and might be
interested is encouraged to make an appearance. More information can be
located at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ChicagoTeam/Meetings as well as

=== Munich User Meeting ===

According to Sebastian Heinlein, the next meeting of Munich's Ubuntu user
group will be on Saturday, the 13th January at the Café Bar Froschkönig in
the Nymphenburgerstraße 110. It will start at 5 o'clock. Please see [
http://www.froschkoenig-bar.de here] for more information about the cafe.

=== German LocoTeam Forum's Post Count: Half a million ===

At 00:30 on the 8th January 2007, the German Ubuntu LocoTeam forum reached
half a million posts. That means an average of around 614 posts a day! Visit
http://www.ubuntuusers.de to see all the hustle for yourself.

== This Week's Quiz ==

## In this section, edit the opening text, then fill in the blanks

Thanks to the UbuntuTrivia Team, headed by Alexandre Vassalotti, we had
another exciting quiz this week.

Quizmaster : Alexandre Vassalotti (theCore)
Champion   : Jason Ribeiro (jrib)
Sponsor    : Jenda Vančura (jenda)
Prize      : Ubuntu Poster (yep, a poster)

Upcoming for next week:

Sponsor    : Jason Ribeiro (jrib)
Prize      : Ubuntu Poster

And the week after that:

Sponsor    : The German Ubuntu Association (thanks to Julius Bloch!)
Prize      : Ubuntu 6.10(Edgy Eft) x86 Limited DVD Edition

To participate in the quiz, join #ubuntu-trivia on irc.freenode.net on
Friday and/or Saturday UTC-nights - the topic will usually tell you when the
next quiz is scheduled.

To give a quiz, contact Alexandre Vassalotti (theCore) - we will probably
find you a spot.

To donate a prize, please contact Jenda Vancura (jenda) - your generosity is
appreciated. The generic prize is an Ubuntu Poster ($5 value).

The quiz usually has a theme, and the quizmaster will sometimes tell you
what the theme of the quiz will be. If not, you can always bribe him/her. By
winning the quiz and foregoing the prize, you donate it for the next quiz.
This is especially appreciated if you are a frequent winner.

== Changes In Fiesty ==

A new version of Thunderbird, a popular email client by the Mozilla
Foundation was uploaded. It was made to sync the latest Thunderbird package
with the Ubuntu repositories, and includes improved stability and several
security fixes.

TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery software! It was primarily
designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks
bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain
types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting your
Partition Table). Partition table recovery using TestDisk is really easy. In
6.5, a screen has been added to control the log file creation, It's now
possible from TestDisk file listing to copy files from NTFS partition to a
selected directory, NTFS MFT can also be repaired in more cases, A
compilation problem has been fixed with old version of libntfs, and
documentation has been fixed, it now displays correctly with IE. For more
info on TestDisk, see http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

cdrkit is a suite of programs for recording CDs and DVDs, blanking CD-RW
media, creating ISO-9660 filesystem images, extracting audio CD data, and
more. The programs included in the cdrkit package were originally derived
from several sources, most notably mkisofs by Eric Youngdale and others,
cdda2wav by Heiko Eissfeldt, and cdrecord by Jörg Schilling. However, cdrkit
is not affiliated with any of these authors; it is now an independent
project. 1.1.1 has been released, featuring some bugfixes, some
functionality extensions and documentation updates.

GNOME System Tools is a set of applications that is working to improve the
life of Unix/Linux system administrator. It is useful for managing shares,
time and date, runlevels, users / groups and more. GNOME System Tools has
been updated to included more translations, better networking support, a
number of bug fixes, and more support for several distributions.

Eqonomize! is a personal accounting software, with focus on efficiency and
ease of use for the small household economy. Eqonomize! provides a complete
solution, with bookkeeping by double entry and support for scheduled
recurring transactions, security investments, and budgeting. It gives a
clear overview of past and present transactions, and development of incomes
and expenses, with descriptive tables and charts, as well as an
approximation of future account values. Eqonomize! 0.4 is now available with
many bug fixes and several exciting new features: Split transactions;
Refunds and repayments; Account ledger; QIF import and export; Enhanced CSV
import; Application and mime icons (by Elias Probst); Backup on save, crash
recovery, and option to automatically save on exit; Manual; French and
German translations; and many bug fixes and minor enhancements.

KeyTouch is a program that lets you easily configure the extra function keys
of your keyboard. This means that you can define, for every individual
function key, what to do if it is pressed. Instead of having a CD configure
these keys for your OS (some CDs may not work on GNU/Linux), the user is the
one defines what their keyboard does with KeyTouch. The latest version
includes a graphical user interface for easy configuration.

Linux Terminal Server Project 0.129 was uploaded by Oliver Grawert. The new
version includes a new printerserver called Jetpipe and several bug fixes.

Azureus implements the BitTorrent protocol using java language and comes
bundled with many invaluable features for both beginners and advanced users.
Axureus 2.5.0 includes a wizard to simplify sending a link to content to a
friend or to embed in a web page (e.g. a blog); a new feature that allows
you to control your upload speed based on the latency of your internet
connection as gauged by pinging other members of the Distributed Database;
OSX: Open .torrent files into Azureus via Finder/Desktop/etc; 'Do not
download' files handled more consistently with respect to download
completion; Renaming of a download directories; Moving of data files on
torrent removal from Azureus; Signed updates and plugins for improved
security; Interface improvements - more information: date added, idle times,
new info view, file piece view; more per-torrent options; Debug information
generator; and much more. Notable bug fixes include: LAN Peer Finder retains
peers more effectively; explicit LAN peer identification and reduced CPU
usage when connected to large numbers of peers. New plugin: AzSMRC (see:
http://azureus.sourceforge.net/plugin_list.php). For the full changelog, see

digiKam Image Plugins are a collection of plugins for digiKam Image Editor
and ShowFoto. These plugins add new image treatment options like color
management, filters, or special effects.

The KDE System Settings has been updated to the SVN build as of January 4th.
System Settings is a configuration tool for many KDE settings including time
and date, networking, users / groups and much more.

KDE 3.5.5, a small micro release, was uploaded to the repositories. The new
version includes numerous bug fixes including several crashers, performance
improvements (such as improved loading speed of background images and faster
tab switching in Konqueror). INFAMOUS BUG CLOSURE: If icons are dragged
outside the desktop area, they are now jerked back in. Fixes the long-hated
issue with the desktop becoming scrollable.

KTorrent is BitTorrent client for KDE. The 2.1rc1 release has improved
upload and download performance, a new IDEAL style GUI (like KDevelop), new
plugins and of course many bug fixes.

PostgreSQL is a highly-scalable, SQL compliant, object-relational database
management system. This release adds many functionality and performance
improvements that were requested by users, including: query language
enhancements, lower memory usage, and better concurrency.

Seahorse is a GNOME application for managing encryption keys. It also
integrates with Nautilus, Gedit, as well as other encryption operations.
This release adds new functionality, fixes bugs, and adds further

Pingus is a free clone of the game Lemmings(TM). Pingus 0.6.0 contains one
island with 22 playable tutorial levels. This is the first playable release
ever of Pingus.

Gossip Telepathy uses the Gossip application which is an instant messaging
client for GNOME. It is built on the open protocol Jabber, and provides an
clean and easy-to-use interface. Telepathy is a flexible communications
framework that uses the quote "Are you thinking what I'm thinking?" The goal
of the project is to provide a unified framework for all forms of real-time

The Telepathy Stream Engine has also been updated recently to go along with
the other Telepathy updates. The engine handles the streams created and used
by the Telepathy framework

Gossip is an instant messaging client for GNOME which is layered on top of
the open protocol Jabber. It provides a clean and easy-to-use interface,
providing users of the GNOME desktop a friendly way to keep in touch with
their friends. This latest release is a bug fix release as well as adding
functionality such as the ability to join one group chat from within another
group chat.

gtk+2.0 2.10.7 was recently uploaded. GtkNotebook: Tab reordering is a less
intrusive, Rendering fixes on win32; GtkTreeView: Column resizing works
correctly in right-to-left languages, Many scrolling bugs have been fixed;
GtkTextView: Improved scrolling during DND; GtkRecentManager is more robust
against bad URIs; Print support: The cups backend works with
'BrowseShortNames Off' in the cups configuration, Multi-valued options are
properly passed to cups, Fix build with cups 1.3, A few IPP compliance
issues have been fixed, Make the lpr backend work on BSD; Input methods:
GtkEntryCompletion works with input methods, The Thai input method has been
replace by a functional Thai and Lao input method based on libthai;
Accessibility support: GtkMessageDialog sets accessible name role
explicitly;  Theme support: The semantics of the gtk-color-scheme setting
has been slightly changed. Values from rc files are still merged together,
but the X setting just overrides the prior table; GdkPixbuf:
gdk_pixbuf_loader_write() now closes the loader when returning FALSE, as
documented, The BMP loader supports more BMP variants, including
transparency and 10-bit channels; updated translations; and over 100 bugs
fixed. INFAMOUS BUG CLOSURE: Bug #69977 - "Unable to login after
gnome-theme-manager crash".

Several patches were applied to VNC this week to fix security

XChat is an IRC chat program for both Linux and Windows, and is the default
IRC client in Ubuntu. It allows you to join multiple IRC channels (chat
rooms) at the same time, talk publicly, private one-on-one conversations
etc. Even file transfers are possible. In the 2.8.0 release the biggest
addition has been the tray icon (aka Notification Area) various translations
where updated, and a brand new channel list window.

TEG is a round-based computer board game. The idea for this Open Source
program came from 'Plan Táctico y Estratégico de la Guerra', a game which
has it's origin in Argentina, but it differs in many aspects of the rules.
Main changes in the 0.11.1 version aretranslations updates for French,
Brazilian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Polish, and fixes to the

Liferea is an abbreviation for Linux Feed Reader, a news aggregator for
online news feeds. It supports a number of different feed formats including
RSS/RDF, CDF, Atom, OCS, and OPML. Liferea is intended to be a fast, easy to
use, and easy to install news aggregator for GTK+/GNOME. The version that
just got in is 1.2.2 and is generally a bug fix release.

gnome-games is the official package of games for the GNOME desktop. As with
most of the updates to GNOME packages, this is also now at version 2.17.5.
Again, this release contains updates and bug fixes to the new games in the
set: glChess and GNOME Sudoku, which are for release with the rest of the
GNOME desktop in 2.18 - the stable release that is to be in Feisty. Full
changes available at:

Super Lotsa Added Stuff Hack - Extended Magic (SLASH'EM) is a role-playing
game where you control a single character. The interface and gameplay are
similar in style to Rogue, ADOM, Angband and, of course, Nethack. You
control the actions through the keyboard and view the world from an overhead
perspective. The changes in 0.0.7E7F2-3 version where adding experimental
GNU autoconf support and splitting GTK interface into a separate package.

Klear is a graphical TV viewer with an integrated recording system for
Linux. It's designed as a DVB desktop application with all common features.
A clear, nifty and feature rich DVB viewer and recorder for your desktop
machine. klear 0.6.0 has added the Italian and Catalan translations, fixed
some bugs with fullscreen mode and various bug fixes like the crash when
pressing ESC in main window.

KMPlayer is a video player plugin for Konqueror and basic
MPlayer/Xine/ffmpeg/ffserver/VDR frontend for KDE. The KMPlayer KPart plugin
for Konqueror mimics QuickTime, MS Media Player and RealPlayer plugin
browser plugins. 0.9.3a was the first maintenance release with a few small
fixes at various places. You can check out the changelog for the whole
story: http://kmplayer.kde.org/changelog.php

ProFTPD is a secure, highly configurable FTP server software. It's current
version 1.3.0, recently added in Feisty with many improvements made to
improve stability, many requested configuration directives and general bug

Gnome System Monitor is a GNOME process viewer and system monitor with an
easy-to-use interface. The System Monitor has some nice features, such as a
tree view for process dependencies, icons for processes, the ability to hide
processes that you don't want to see, graphical time histories of
CPU/memory/swap usage, the ability to kill processes needing root access, as
well as the standard features that you might expect from a process viewer.
The new version is 2.17.5 and it's mainly bug fixes and general speed

gThumb is the default image viewer and browser on Ubuntu. Latest unstable
development version 2.9.1 has been added to Feisty with a long list of
changes: Added red-eye removal tool, Added mousewheel navigation, Added new
shortcuts, many EXIF enhancements and Fixed image scaling memory leak, and
many many more. Get the whole list from: http://gthumb.sourceforge.net/

A new version of GNoise (0.1.15), a GTK+ based wave file editor has been
added. The primary design objectives of GNoise are stability, speed, and the
ability to handle big files. It supports common editing functions such as
cut, copy, paste, fade in/out, reverse, interpolate, normalize and more with
unlimited undo. Changes in this version include adding markers and cue
points, Alpha 64bit support and changes in the way looping is handled.

A new version of Wine (0.9.28),a translation layer (a program loader)
capable of running Windows applications on Linux has hit Feisty. Windows
programs running in Wine act as native programs would, running without the
performance or memory usage penalties of an emulator, with a similar look
and feel to other applications on your desktop. Changes in this version
include fixes to OpenGL in child, better mouse support in games, beginnings
of new state management in Direct3D, and as always, lots of bug fixes.

== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu turns Pro ===

Infoworld had an interesting article on how key open source projects are
maturing into "enterprise ready". It mentions Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake)
with it's long term 5 years support. Read the article at:

=== Google sponsors Edubuntu notebooks for Fijian schools ===

Edubuntu was featured when Google's Open Source Program Office donated via
the Imara Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology 10 Lenovo
Thinkpads containing Edubuntu pre-installed on them. ITWire has the whole
story: http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/8392/53/

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, January 9, 2007 ===

==== LoCo Team Meeting ====

Start: 15:00 UTC
End: 16:00 UTC

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamMeeting

==== Forum Council Meeting ====

Start: 16:00 UTC
End: 18:00 UTC

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ForumCouncilAgenda

==== Community Council Meeting ====

Start: 21:00 UTC
End: 23:00 UTC

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

=== Tuesday, January 16th 2007 ===

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

Start: 20:00 UTC
End: 22:00 UTC

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoardAgenda

=== Wendsday, January 17th 2007 ===

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

Start: 20:00
End: 22:00

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    * Agenda: https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuMeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, January 18th 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====

Start: 08:00 UTC
End: 10:00 UTC

    * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

== Community Spotlight ==

Continuing the efforts that are being made by Ubuntu to simplify the desktop
experience as much as possible for users, the "ZeroConfNetworking"
specification has been implemented for Feisty. Zeroconf Networking is a
collection of protocols which try to configure your network automatically,
leaving users with minimal intervention and trying to give them clear
information to take decisions when conflicts come up. The main advantage
behind this new spec is making life easier for users without a local DHCP
server for a network, having Ubuntu correctly configuring everything
necessary for the network to work properly.

Some use cases for this spec:

 * Claudia and Mary set up an adhoc wireless network between between their
laptops. They want to be able to communicate without needing to do anything
special with interface address assignments.
 * John's home server was booted and it got a link-local address. He adds a
DHCP server to his network, and boots his laptop, which receives a regular
DHCP-assigned address. He wants his server and laptop to be able to
communicate without fiddling with their interfaces.
 * Ellen uses a name server that makes a .local top-level-domain available.
She upgrades her computer from Edgy to Feisty, where link-local addresses
are assigned by default. She gets a notification that the unicast .local TLD
and the link-local .local domain conflict with each other, along with
instructions on how to disable link-local networking.

Changes to implement this spec where limited to making this functionality
available without breaking current configurations to avoid problems when
users upgrade from 6.10 (Edgy Eft) to 7.04 (Feisty Fawn).

As always, for more information on ZeroConfNetworking you can turn to the
wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZeroConfNetworking

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-398-2: Firefox vulnerabilities (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-398-2)
 * USN-398-3: Firefox theme regression (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-398-3)
 * USN-400-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities (
 * USN-401-1: D-Bus vulnerability (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-401-1)
 * USN-402-1: Avahi vulnerability (http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-402-1)

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * glibc 2.3.6-0ubuntu20.1 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * glibc 2.4-1ubuntu12.1 -
 * ubiquity 1.2.6~prop1 -
 * ubiquity 1.2.6 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (20871) +139 over last week
    * Critical (20) -1 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (10631) +92 over last week
    * Unassigned (15810) +185 over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (70500)  +606 over last week

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

Check out the bug statistics: http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~carthik/bugstats/

== UWN 28: A sneak peek ==

 * New Feature: Community Spotlight - Process of the Week;
 * Community Council Meeting recap;
 * more Feisty changes;
 * and much more.

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