Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #49

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon Jul 23 01:13:50 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #49 for the week July
15th - July 21st, 2007. In this issue we cover the release of Gutsy
Tribe 3, Canonical's launch of training courses, the first Ubuntu
conference in Germany, a State of the Union Summary of the Ubuntu US
Lo``Co Teams, the release of Launchpad 1.1.7, a new ATI driver in
Gutsy, and much much more.

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== In This Issue ==
 * Canonical To Launch First Official Training Courses
 * Gutsy Tribe 3 Released
 * German Lo``Co announces Ubucon 2007
 * United States of Ubuntu: Lo``Co Team State of the Union
 * New ATI Radeon X1000 Driver in Gutsy
 * Launchpad 1.1.7 Released
 * In The Press and In the Blogosphere
 * Translation stats
 * Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Canonical To Launch First Official Training Courses! ===

To be officially launched at the end of November 2007, the two courses
will feature two different formats. The first will be a instructor led
two day classroom course, and the second will be a web based
e-learning course following the same content as the classroom course.
Material for the instructor led course will be freely available on the
Ubuntu wiki for all to use, share, improve and translate. The focus of
both courses will be to ease the transition of new users from MS to
Ubuntu. Ubuntu will set up a new Ubuntu Community Training Team for
this project, and asks for support and involvement from the whole
Ubuntu community to help make this new project a success. Read more
about this exciting new Ubuntu project, and find out how to volunteer
by clicking on the link below.
Ubuntu desktop training courses: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1038

=== Gutsy Tribe 3 Released ===
The Ubuntu Fridge has announced the release of the Tribe 3 release of
Gutsy Gibbon.

Pre-releases of Gutsy are not recommended for anyone needing a stable
system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage.

For more information, see
and http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/tribe3.

For more details what has been included in this release, goto:

== LoCo News ==

=== United States of Ubuntu: LoCo Team State of the Union ===

Christer Edwards aka Zelut has written the State of the Union Summary
for the Ubuntu US Lo``Co Teams. The project is just past the half way
point and has 25 teams up, running, and working toward approval. But,
like any project, help is needed. Christer makes a impassioned plea to
all US Ubuntu users to find or start a Lo``Co Team in your state.
Please visit the link below to see if your state has a team already in
place to join, or needs someone to start a team. Ubuntu advocacy,
could there be a better project?

=== Pennsylvania LoCo Team Featured on Radio! ===

On July 14th, 2007, radio station WCOJ 1420AM, featured a discussion
of Ubuntu with Pennsylvania team members Elizabeth Bevilacqua and Alex
Launi. The radio show, Computer Corner, is primarily a Windows based
computer program. However, the hosts of the program expressed having
more excitement after trying out a Ubuntu Live CD, than with any other
Linux distribution they had ever tried. Impressed enough that after
the show the hosts invited Alex and Elizabeth back to do a follow up
show sometime in the next couple of months. To hear the pod cast and
get a better idea of how the discussion went, click on the link below.
Great job of Ubuntu advocacy Team Pennsylvania! Thanks also to Melissa
Draper for hosting this podcast.

=== German LoCo announces Ubucon 2007 ===

The first Ubuntu Conference for Germany has been set for October 20th
and 21st of this year. Whether you are a tech savvy computer expert or
just an everyday user, the German Ubucon is the place to be in
October. Their goal is to give everyone a deeper insight into the
Ubuntu Linux distribution by focusing on presentations, talks,
workshops, tutorials, and getting to know the other community members.
Like Ubuntu, this Ubucon is free, but you need to register, so follow
the link to find out more! http://the-space-station.com/blog/?p=14

== New in Gutsy Gibbon ==

==== The Avivo Driver On Ubuntu ====
The Avivo Driver for ATI Radeon X1000 (R500) has been introduced to
the public. It requires X server version 1.3 which will be standard in
Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon. The driver contains RandR 1.2 support, support
for a variety of R500 graphics cards, and most recently support for
Shadow Framebuffer was added. While it still isn't comparable when it
comes to the features found in the fglrx driver or even the
open-source Radeon driver for the R200/300/400 series, it is a work in
progress and should improve as time goes by. Instructions on
installing this new driver can be seen by clicking the link. We should
also note that Ubuntu users of Feisty Fawn will also find instructions
on installing the required X server necessary to support and use this
new driver. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=777&num=1

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 1.1.7 Released ===
For those of you who don't know, Launchpad brings out a new version of
it's development about every four weeks, with the new version 1.1.7
recently released. This is quite an accomplishment considering that
right now, they've got: five main applications, 3,397 registered
projects, 1172 teams, a staggering 1,121,443 people registered and a
heck of a lot of code. A few of the new features in version 1.1.7 are:
Easier adding of dependency for projects with large numbers of
projects, Support for email upstreaming of bug trackers, Importation
and search of Debian bugs, Smart Server to make it quicker to create a
new Launchpad-hosted branch, Searchable translations, and many more
improvements. Find out more about the other improvements by clicking
the link below. https://help.launchpad.net/ComingFeatures

== In The Press ==

 * Will HP Follow Dell In Offering Preinstalled Ubuntu Systems!? -
Rumors are flying that because Bdale Garbee, Hewlett-Packard's Linux
CTO, is making a keynote address at the Ubuntu Live Conference on
Monday, July 23, 2007, it means that HP is going to join Dell in
offering preinstalled Ubuntu computers. It is PURE SPECULATION, but
doing it at the conference would be the perfect stage to announce an
Ubuntu initiative at HP. Don't put this one in the win column by any
means, but do keep you fingers crossed. Another major computer company
offering the Ubuntu Operating System preinstalled would only be a good
thing. http://techiqmag.com/2007/07/16/four-surprises-in-the-linux-market/

 * "Intel launches mobile Linux initiative" - Intel has unveiled an
ambitious project aimed at developing open source software for mobile
devices. The Moblin project comprises a Linux kernel, UI framework,
browser, multimedia framework, and embedded Linux image creation
tools, along with developer resources such as documentation, mailing
lists, and an IRC channel. Moblin is the upstream project from which
several components of Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded are being derived.

 * "Windows Guy Tries Ubuntu 7.04" - Tom Baker gives us a time line of
his experiences with running Feisty Fawn from the live CD on his Dell
Latitude 620. After spending a few hours playing around with all the
goodies on the live CD, he decides to go for the install. Impressed by
the speed of the installation, 30 minutes, and the ease of use, he
concludes that Feisty Fawn is the first Linux desktop OS that is ready
to use by anyone. http://www.thejemreport.com/mambo/content/view/328

 * "Open-Xchange Express Edition Announced" - Designed to make it easy
for small and mid size businesses to take advantage of the cost
savings of Open Source, without requiring prior Linux experience, is
the main goal of OXEE. The package includes all the tools required to
turn a bare bones computer into a fully functional collaboration
server running Ubuntu Linux. This kind of ready to use software will
make it easier for SMB's to increase productivity and spur innovation
while reducing their IT

 * "NZ Outfit Dumps Open Office For MS Office" - The NZ Automobile
Association has just announced that it is dropping Open Office and
switching back to MS Office. According to their CIO, 'Microsoft Office
is not any cheaper, but it was almost impossible to work out what
open-source was actually costing because of issues such as
incompatibility and training.' In addition, 'you have no idea where
open-source products are going, whereas vendors like Microsoft provide
a roadmap for the future.'" About 500 seats are involved. MS conceded
to letting Office users run the software at home as well.

 * "Linux device offers free phone calls for life" - A startup is
readying an interesting new Linux-based device promising to deliver
free domestic calls (in the U.S.) for life, with no ongoing charges.
Ooma's hub uses P2P networking, with each user's landline serving as a
potential local termination point for all other users.

 * Linux Install Podcast gives an audio tour of installing Kubuntu -
thelip.net brings us a podcast featuring Ben Cheever of Salt Lake
City, Utah, giving a step by step tutorial on installing Kubuntu
Feisty Fawn, using the alternate CD. Ben covers partitioning, the
initial set up, restricted drivers, desktop effects, and looks into
alternate suspend applications for laptops. Ben uses a Dell Latitude
laptop for the install and also covers wireless setup, Automatix and
goes over some of the features of KDE. There is a lot of great
information available for you Kubuntu Feisty Fawn laptop users on this
podcast, so click the link and start enjoying it.

 * Leaving Redmond, Wa in 24 hours - tgdaily.com is hosting a series
of periodic articles on how to migrate from Microsoft Windows to other
operating systems. This first article gives insight into our own
beloved Ubuntu Linux, and calls it the new face of Linux operating
systems. Click on the link to update yourself by reading this in depth
article. http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/32967/113/

 * Automatix can break your Ubuntu Install - Automatix is a program
designed to help ease the burden of users by installing many different
programs automatically. But this report states that it is also
breaking Ubuntu systems on a world wide basis. Some of the problems
reported include, Xorg failures on video card driver installation and
failed upgrades from Edgy to Feisty. Some believe that if the
community would come together and help form a better support team,
most of these problems could be solved. For now however, the reviews
of Automatix seem to be sharply divided.

 * Everex announced yesterday that Wal-Mart will carry its GC3502 PC,
which is rumoured that it will come with Ubuntu preinstalled. The PC
would be sold under $300 as "back to school" product this fall. Read
the whole story at: http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS6819255233.html

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Securing Your Freenode Connection - Ubuntu Member Aaron Toponce aka
atoponce, brings us another informative how to on Securing your
Freenode connection. Aaron first describes how to cloak your host name
to deter a DOS attack. Ubuntu Members are given a free cloak with
their membership, one of the added perks of Ubuntu Membership.
However, percentage wise, there are many more non members than
members. The second part of the how to is devoted to avoiding a
specific router exploit called DCC by switching the port that you
connect to. Everyone who uses IRC and Freenode should take the time to
read and implement these security features. Thanks Aaron!
Freenode Security by Aaron Toponce]

 * Ubuntu Feisty On Your USB Drive - This blogs how to is a very in
depth tutorial with screen shots showing you how you can have a pocket
version of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn that you can actually save your
preferences on. It contains everything necessary to be able to set up
your USB Drive to boot your favorite operating system, Ubuntu, on any
computer you happen to be sitting in front of. How cool is that? For
those of you who would rather have one with Xubuntu, there is a link
to a separate tutorial for that.

 * Psychocats Sets A Standard for New Users - Click on the link below
and you will be directed to a page with options. What's so great about
that you ask? Well, for new users, clicking on the Ubuntu Tutorials
will take you to a place that will rock your world. Forum
Administrator Aysiu has put together a instructional that includes
most everything a new Ubuntu user could want to know. From burning the
ISO's, partitioning, installation, setting up the extra repositories,
and security to multimedia and aptitude versus apt-get. I have
referred many people to this wonderful guide over the years. Oh, and
you can double your fun by clicking the link entitled Ubuntu``Cat Blog
and reading some of Aysiu's personal opinions. Thanks Aysiu, from many
of us for your devotion to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Community.

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, July 22, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Live Conference ====
 * All Day Event
 * Location: Portland, Oregon USA
 * Web Site: http://www.ubuntulive.com/

==== Georgia US LoCo meeting ====
 * Start: 19:00
 * End: 20:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-georgia
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GeorgiaUSTeam/Meetings

==== Catalan LoCo meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 21:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-cat
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CatalanTeam/Reunions

=== Monday, July 23, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Live Conference ====
 * All Day Event
 * Location: Portland, Oregon USA
 * Web Site: http://www.ubuntulive.com/

=== Tuesday, July 24, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Live Conference ====
 * All Day Event
 * Location: Portland, Oregon USA
 * Web Site: http://www.ubuntulive.com/

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

=== Wednesday, July 25, 2007 ===

==== Edubuntu Team 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
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

=== Thursday, July 26, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC Channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda set yet

=== Friday, July 27, 2007 ===

==== MOTU Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 14:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC Channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.comMOTU/Meetings

=== Sunday, July 29, 2007 ===

==== Georgia US LoCo meeting ====
 * Start: 19:00
 * End: 20:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-georgia
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GeorgiaUSTeam/Meetings

==== Catalan LoCo meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 21:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-cat
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CatalanTeam/Reunions
== Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, and 7.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-483-1: libnet-dns-perl vulnerabilities -
 * USN-484-1: curl vulnerability -
 * USN-485-1: PHP vulnerabilities -
 * USN-487-1: Dovecot vulnerability -
 * USN-488-1: mod_perl vulnerability -
 * USN-486-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * USN-489-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * USN-489-2: redhat-cluster-suite vulnerability -
 * USN-490-1: Firefox vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -
 * curl 7.15.1-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * php5 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.9 -
 * dovecot 1.0.beta3-3ubuntu5.5 -
 * libapache2-mod-perl2 2.0.2-2ubuntu1.6.06.1 -
 * ulogd 1.23-5ubuntu0.6.06.1 -
 * linux-source-2.6.15 2.6.15-28.57 -
 * redhat-cluster-suite 1.20060222-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * curl 7.15.4-1ubuntu2.2 -
 * gsambad 0.1.3-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * php5 5.1.6-1ubuntu2.6 -
 * dovecot 1.0.rc2-1ubuntu2.2 -
 * libapache2-mod-perl2 2.0.2-2ubuntu1.6.10.1 -
 * linux-source-2.6.17 -
 * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17 -
 * ulogd 1.23-5ubuntu0.6.10.1 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta -
 * firefox -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.20 2.6.20-16.11 -
 * mesa 6.5.2-3ubuntu8 -
 * 915resolution 0.5.2-10ubuntu2 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * plr 1:0.6.2-4ubuntu1.1 -
 * clamav 0.90.2-0ubuntu1.3 -
 * curl 7.15.5-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * gsambad 0.1.4-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * php5 5.2.1-0ubuntu1.4 -
 * dovecot 1.0.rc17-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * libapache2-mod-perl2 2.0.2-2.3ubuntu1 -
 * firefox -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (30604) +73 # over last week
    * Critical (23) 0 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15182) +37 # over last week
    * Unassigned (22899) +114 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (110430) +985 # over last week

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

== Translation Stats ==

 1. Spanish (25918) -898 # over last week
 2. French (38767) -58 # over last week
 3. Swedish (54492) -6 # over last week
 4. English-UK (60210) -15 # over last week
 5. German (63107) 0 # 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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