Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #44

Corey Burger corey.burger at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 11 01:01:43 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #44 for the week June
3rd -June 9th, 2007. In this issue we cover the release of Gutsy Tribe
1, newly approved MOTU Lionel Porcheron, upcoming Ubuntu Hug Day, the
new Launchpad release, an interview with Mark Shuttleworth, an Ubucon
held by the Colorado LoCo at Google offices, and much much more.

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== In This Issue ==

 * Gutsy Tribe 1 Available for Testing
 * Lionel Porcheron Joins MOTU
 * LinuxTag 2007
 * Upcoming Ubuntu Hug Day
 * Launchpad 1.1.5 Released
 * Colorado LoCo and Google Ubucon
 * FM Tech Interviews Mark

== General Community News ==

=== Gutsy Tribe 1 Available for Testing ===
The Gutsy Gibbon Tribe 1, the first alpha release of Ubuntu 7.10, now
availbe for download and testing. The primary changes from Feisty have
been the re-merging of changes from Debian. Below are some of the new
 * The kernel has been updated to 2.6.22.
    * Kernel now features dynticks, which will help laptops have more
battery life and for desktops a quieter, cooler environment.
    * A new flash handling module will allow your flash devices (e.g.
USB flash drives etc.) to last longer and work around any bad blocks
and make it possible to dynamically create, delete and re-size flash
 * GNOME has been updated to 2.19.2.
 * A KVM update brings many new features: faster performance due to
initial paravirtualization support, live migration even between an AMD
or Intel CPU, host suspend/resume support, CPU hotplug support and
 * Automatic search for audio and video codecs was improved and it now
better identifies what capability and version of a specific codec is
required and what is available.

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/tribe1.

ISOs can be downloaded from http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/tribe1.

=== Lionel Porcheron Joins MOTU ===
Lionel Porcheron has been contributing to Ubuntu since the Dapper
cycle and spent work on all regular MOTU tasks like merges, bug fixing
and new packages. Among these regular tasks he also wants to help with
sponsoring to keep the queue
as small as possible. Examples of his packages are gastman, a GTK
console for Asterisk, and firefox-launchpad-plugin, a quick search for
Launchpad in Firefox.
(new MOTU)

=== LinuxTag 2007 ===

Members from the German speaking Kubuntu community participated in
Europe's leading conference and exhibition for Free Software, Linux,
and Open Source, the LinuxTag. It was held from May 30th to June 2nd,
2007 in Berlin. This was the first time it was held in Berlin, but due
to a long term contract with the Berlin's exhibition organisation this
will be repeated in 2008.

With 9600 visitors in attendance, the LinuxTag was a great success. As
usual in such events, no Ubuntu/Kubuntu CDs were left over, but in
fact the last couple of days only Edgy CDs were available, which
together with the printed notices for the upgrade website for feisty
were taken nevertheless without hesitation by the visitors. More
information about the experiences of the German Kubuntu community can
be found at http://www.kubuntu-de.org/nachrichten/veranstaltungen/nachlese-linuxtag-2007
(German) and http://www.kubuntu-de.org/english/reflections-linuxtag-2007
(English). Photographs are available at

== Ubuntu Hug Day ==

On a HugDay, when someone closes a bug,
then someone else should hug him/her. Why? This is a very special way
for us to tell
everyone that we love contributions! And triaging bugs is a really big

Triaging bugs is one of the best ways to start contributing to
development. It provides you
an opportunity to learn more about Ubuntu, packages and packaging too.
 All of which leads
down the path to becoming a MOTU, the Ubuntu developers who take care
of the  Universe
and Multiverse repositories.

The next Hug Day will be this Wednesday, June 13th, all the day in all
timezones, taking
place in #ubuntu-devel on Freenode IRC servers and we would be really
glad to see you there!
Since we have just released the first Alpha of the next version of
Ubuntu, Gutsy Gibbon,
it's a very good moment to test it and help make the next release of
Ubuntu even better.

We will be triaging every type of bug, but specifically the list
at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20070613 . There you will find
bugs you will be able to work on, regardless of your experience. Even
if you have never
triaged bugs, there are easy ones (bugs tagged bitesize) so you can
start with easier tasks,
and go to harder bugs when you're a bit more experienced. We will be
there to help you if
you don't know how to proceed for any bug. Also, if you want to learn packaging
(or if you already know a bit), there are bugs tagged as packaging,
which are perfect for
starting. And if you have any doubt, we will be there to help you out!

Hope to see you there!

== Interview of the Week ==
This week we interview ''Mike Basinger'', one of the recently
appointed Community Council members.

UWN reporter: '''Since when have you been member of the Ubuntu community?'''

Mike Basinger: ''I have been Ubuntu member since November 2006, but
using Ubuntu since late 2004. Before Ubuntu I was a die hard
RedHat/Fedora fanboy, I even earned my RHCE back in 1999.''

UWN: '''What do you think the next year will look like for Ubuntu?'''

MB: ''I think this will be an exciting year for Ubuntu.  With the Dell
now selling desktops and laptops with Ubuntu Linux install, Ubuntu is
not  only a name techies know, but something the man on the street may
have heard of. Also with the improvement to 3D graphics and the ease
of installing new sound codecs, Ubuntu is making it easier for new
people to move over from Windows. This will only improve with Gutsy
and Gutsy +1.''

UWN: '''What do you think can be improved in the Ubuntu community?'''

MB: ''I think there need more communication between the different
teams. What if more forums user knew how to pass on information to the
developers via Launchpad, or if LoCo team could easily talk to the
marketing team about way to promote Linux in their area. How you
market Ubuntu in Texas would be different than how you market it in
Denmark :).

We also need to maintain and improve our relations with Linux groups
upstream (Debian, Gnome, KDE, etc...). Ubuntu has gotten an unjust
reputation as stealing the thunder away from the rest of Linux world.
At the end of the day all Linux people use basically the same kernel,
and share similar beliefs in free software and open source.''

UWN: '''What are you most active in the community?'''

MB: ''I mostly work on the Ubuntu Forums. I have been moderator on the
forums since September 2005, and was elected to the Forums Council
after it was formed in January 2007. I have also worked with the
Backports team and I'm a member of the Ubuntu Utah LoCo team.''

== LoCo News ==

=== Colorado LoCo team holds Ubucon ===

The Colorado LoCo team recently held an Ubuntu conference with the
help of Google in Boulder. The conference was held in preparation for
its attendance at the Colorado's Technology In Education (TIE)
Conference. A wide variety of topics were covered like avahi, gobby,
and SSH tunneling. Neal McBurnett gave a demo of his Nokia 770
Internet Tablet and Jim Hutchinson provided background and an overview
of his TIE (Technology In Education) presentation and classroom lesson
plans. Read more about the Ubucon and how to hold one for your LoCo at

=== Tamil Team launches Planet ===

The Tamil Team recently announced the creation of an Ubuntu Tamil
Planet, syndicating the blogs of Ubuntu users and enthusiasts in the
Tamil language. Sri Ramadoss M, who announced the Planet, wished to
thank the Ubuntu UK team for their support. You can read the new
Planet at http://www.ubuntu-tam.org/planet/.

== Launchpad News ==
Launchpad has released version 1.1.5. Some of the new functionality included:

 * Importing translation files for a new version of Ubuntu will no
longer require taking Launchpad offline. This means translations will
be opened much earlier in each Ubuntu version's development cycle.
 * Project administrators can now make binary files available for
download direct from Launchpad.
 * Teams can now be assigned as support contacts only by team administrators.
 * Entering a number in the Answer Tracker search box will jump
directly to the ticket.

A new version of launchpad will be released each month. Upcoming
enhancements can be seen at https://launchpad.net/launchpad-project.

Release notes are available at

== Developer News ==

=== RFC on the removal of the big-iron kernel flavour ===

The big-iron kernel flavour, described as the choice when "a single
server costs 6 figures" or "you need a 30 page manual just to turn it
on" might be headed for a the scrapbin. Ben Collins, lead Ubuntu
kernel dev, has asked for comments on how many people are using this
flavour and if it is still useful. You can read more at

== In The Press ==

 * The Economist discusses Mark Shuttleworth's work with Ubuntu. It
provides a background on how Linux is perceived in different quarters,
but that "most computer users do not know or care about the politics
of open-source software." Mark and Ubuntu do not focus on ideologies,
but concentrates on the user. OSS does not simply copy proprietary
applications, instead the "collaborative approach of the open-source
community is the richest model for stimulating innovation." Still, the
community tends to focus on functionality, and not ease of use. The
lack of consistent packaging creates "an artificial barriers where
none need exist." In essence, open source should be about "a desire
for greater digital inclusiveness" and "making sure that everyone has
access to the next wave of thinking." Read the full article:

 * ExtremeTech provides a chapter on multitasking from their book,
Hacking Ubuntu: Serious Hacks Mods and Customizations. The chapter
covers little details like the difference between Alt+Tab and
Ctrl+Alt+Tab, to more sophisticated configurations, such as
X-resources, which allow the customization of a program's startup
position its fonts, size, and colors. Tutorials on dnotify and other
task automation tools are included as well. The dnotify program
watches a directory for any changes like file creation and deletion,
which triggers the running of a specified script. Read the full
article: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2139727,00.asp

 * Canonical announced details of the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded
Edition at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. The first release,
expected in October, will include video, sound, and "full-featured
internet browsing." The new edition will focus on Intel's Mobile
Internet Device platform, which will be used for mini-tablet PCs
containing low-power processors and tiny keyboards. while delivering
fast boot and resume times, with small memory and disk footprints. At
Computex, Canonical is working with manufacturers to ensure better
driver support and with system builders to provide devices for release
next year. Read more at http://www.cellular-news.com/story/24222.php
and http://news.zdnet.co.uk/software/0,1000000121,39287421,00.htm.

 * Barry Shilliday, at IT Week, takes a look at Ubuntu 7.04.
Installation via the Live CD is easy, while migration tools allow
users to copy documents and setting from Windows partitions. Since the
universe and multiverse repositories are enabled by default, necessary
codecs for audio and video files can be installed without any hassle.
Barry describes how to add support to play encrypted DVDs and a
different backend to play more video formats. Read the full article:

 * Duncan McLeod, at FM Tech, interviews Mark Shuttleworth on patents
issues with Microsoft, the future of Novell, and the partnership with
Dell. Mark provides a background on the relationship with Dell, saying
the results of the IdeaStorm started the process. Canonical makes
money strictly through support contracts. Microsoft spends $100M
defending legal patents and almost $2B settling patents they have
violated. Mark believes Microsoft is smart enough, that it won't keep
going down its current path. Novell had good incentive to make the
deal with Microsoft since it was paid $300M. To listen to the
interview, http://www.fmtech.co.za/software/shuttleworth-hear-all-about-it/

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * SynergyMX reviews usability and new features in Ubuntu 7.04.
Installation works with no problems and "it's hard not to see why this
distro is really ruling the Linux word right now." New tools like the
Windows Migration tool, easy codec installation, and plug and play
network installation are discussed along with support for kernel
2.6.20 and Gnome 2.18. Ubuntu 7.04 is referred to as a "mature, stable
and easy to use system."

 * Ian Murray, at OhmyNews, discusses how many users are searching for
an alternative OS after the release of Windows Vista. With Vista's
price and compatibility issues, "Ubuntu Linux has some amazing visual
effects, which consume very little resources compared to Vista." Ian
points out that the bundled software which provides a productivity
suite, browser, instant messenger, and email client, are all free. The
lack of viruses and need to install anti-virus software keeps the PC
running faster and efficiently.

 * Michael Larabel, at Phoronix, has published a guide to building an
Ubuntu Myth Tv PC. A primer on Myth TV is provided, describing the
front-end and backend, and its many features like the support for
plugins. Michael discusses different tuner, hard drive, and video
cards options and what he selected for the PC. Ubuntu is selected as
the distribution of choice since MythTV is available in the
repositories and the Ubuntu Community Wiki provides  documentation on
many different possible configurations.

 * Paul Nowak, at Sys-Con, discusses how well his switch to
single-boot Ubuntu has gone. Ubuntu has made installation easy, become
a good productivity tool, and the lack of viruses can save
considerable amounts of money. Paul describes his experience trying to
reinstall Windows XP on an IBM T60 which had a corrupted rebuild
partition.  The process involved time, money (to buy OEM CDs and a
Symantec subscription) , and the hassles of product keys. Maintaining
a clean Windows installation has become a burden and and Paul believes
IBM and Lenovo should provide Ubuntu as an OEM install. Read more at

 * Ashton Mills, at APC Magazine, writes about the new Dell Ubuntu
PCs. The kernel version is one point newer than the one shipped with
Ubuntu 7.04. A full Ubuntu image is stored in a separate FAT32
partition, similar to other PC s sold with Windows. Price differences
between comparable Windows machines can vary from $100 to $299
depending on the Vista edition.

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, June 10, 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

=== Tuesday, June 12, 2007 ===
==== Kernel Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00
 * End: 16:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting

=== Wednesday, June 13, 2007 ===
==== Edubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00
 * End: 14:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuMeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, June 14, 2007 ===
==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting

=== Saturday, June 16, 2007 ===
==== Xubuntu Developers Meeting ====
 * Start: 17:00
 * End: 19:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-469-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-469-1
 * USN-470-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-470-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -
 * mozilla-thunderbird -
 * multipath-tools 0.4.7-1ubuntu7.1 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * firefox -
 * mozilla-thunderbird -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * firefox -
 * clamav 0.90.2-0ubuntu1.1
 * mozilla-thunderbird -
 * xvidcore 2:1.1.2-0.1ubuntu1.1 -
 * app-install-data-commercial 7.2 -
 * cinepaint 0.21-2-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * brasero 0.5.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * linux-source-2.6.20 2.6.20-16.29 -
 * clamav 0.90.2-0ubuntu1.2 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (30271) -237 # over last week
    * Critical (25) -4 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15220) -130 # over last week
    * Unassigned (22678) -258 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (104720) +821 # over last week

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

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

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