Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #31

Martin Albisetti argentina at gmail.com
Sun Mar 11 21:20:05 GMT 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #31 for the week March
1st - March 10, 2007. In this issue we cover some of the buzz that is
starting to build up around the Feisty Fawn release. We've also got
our hands on some very juicy forum statistics, we get to welcome the
US Ohio LoCo team after being officially approved, and we're back to
our regular release schedule. Enjoy!

== In This Issue ==

 * Linspire now based on Ubuntu
 * Statistics of Ubuntuforums
 * Ohio US Team approved and official
 * Weekly Quiz Update
 * Upcoming meetings and events
 * 6.06 & 6.10 updates and security notices
 * Bug Stats
 * Highlighting the Xubuntu Testers

== General Community News ==

=== Linspire to be Based on Kubuntu, first Ubuntu-based distro to have
Click and Run ===

Linspire announced that they will be switching to base their
distribution off Ubuntu.  With their polished KDE desktop this makes
Linspire the latest in the impressive list of operating systems based
off Kubuntu.

It was also announced that Linspire's Click and Run install programme
would be added to the Ubuntu archive, giving users of all Ubuntu
distributions easy access to a large range of free and proprietry


=== Kubuntu and Ubuntu at Chemnitzer-LinuxTage ===

March 3 and 4, Kubuntu and Ubuntu had their booths on a major FOSS
event in Germany, the Chemnitzer-LinuxTage. Both projects had their
booths side by side and therefore the collaboration was fine.
A lot of visitors came to ask about the differences between the
different desktops and projects, about the changes in feisty and to
see and experience them. We gave away about 300 Kubuntu CDs (Dapper
and Edgy) and we could have given more but were sold out the second
day, while about 500 Ubuntu CDs were provided.

Pictures of the event:

Both projects will also have booths at LinuxTag in Berlin (May 28 -
June 2). If you're interested in helping out, you can send us a mail
to kontakt at kubuntu-de.org or meet us in IRC #kubuntu-de.org on
irc.freenode.net for Kubuntu, if you want to get involved for Ubuntu
at LinuxTag subscribe to

=== Ubuntuforums.org Statistics ===

The forums administrator, ubuntu-geek, has released impressive numbers
related to the official Ubuntu forums:

 * over 14,000 new accounts each month
 * average ~22,000 new threads a month
 * average ~136,000 new posts each month
 * average ~3.7 million visits each month
 * average ~12.6 million page views per month
 * ~74% of visitors use Firefox
 * ~12% of visitors use IE
 * ~61% of visitors use Linux
 * ~35% of visitors use Windows
 * ~57% of traffic is recurring visitors
 * ~42% of traffic is new traffic visitors
 * ~69% of traffic comes from google
 * ~5% of traffic comes from *.ubuntu.com
 * ~3% of traffic comes from digg.com

These forums rock, many thanks to the whole community!
You can read the ubuntuforums statistics thread at:

== LoCo News ==

=== Ohio US Team approved ===

The [:OhioTeam:Ohio US LoCo Team] was granted "official" status at the
February 26th Community Council Meeting.  The Ohio Team, while among
the youngest LoCo Teams, has benefited from a steady stream of new
Team Members who collectively represent nearly every user demographic
in the Ubuntu universe.  Current Ohio Team Members include Ubuntu
Forum staff, Marketing Team members, business owners seeking Ubuntu
partnership, and even some fledgeling developers.  The Ohio Team's
active projects include partnering with Ohio Libraries to distribute
and circulate Ubuntu-related media, writing and publishing educational
curricula for Ubuntu and FOSS, and representing the Ubuntu Community
at the 2007 [http://www.ohiolinux.org/ Ohio Linux Fest].  If you're an
Ohio resident, be sure to check out this LoCo Team and consider
joining the ranks: [https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-us-ohio (launchpad

== This Week's Quiz ==

Thanks to the UbuntuTrivia Team, we had another exciting quiz this week.

|| '''Quizmaster''' || theCore ||
|| '''Champion'''  || tonyyarusso ||
|| '''Sponsor'''   || mc44 ||
|| '''Prize'''  || Ubuntu 6.10 DVD edition ||

Upcoming for next week: Special quiz about Python, on March 17th at
18:00 UTC, hosted by your usual quizmaster.

Quick note, everybody has now access to Ubuntu Trivia 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, thanks to Quizbuntu -- our trivia bot. The official
matches, with prizes organized by the Ubuntu Trivia team, will
continue as usual, but now you can enjoy the quizzes anytime.
Instructions how to use the bot, are at: http://blog.ryanak.ca/archives/7

More info: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuTrivia

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.

For more info on prizes, donating, quizzes and giving quizzes see the
above link.

== In The Press ==

"Heise open", the open source portal of Germany's leading computer
magazine, writes about Ubuntu and the latest steps Canonical has taken
in building new business models. The article mentions the co-operation
with SpikeSource and Linspire as signs of continuous growth within the
Open Source market.
Read the full story in (it's in german): http://www.heise.de/open/artikel/85411

Jeremiah Foster writes an open letter to Mark Shuttleworth on O'Reilly
Network, he suggests to focus on hardware as next step for Canonical
and Ubuntu to gain success on the Desktop.
Read the full letter:

We're happy to see a young startup company is offering notebooks and
desktop computers with pre-installed Ubuntu, as reported in macnn, a
news-portal for mac users.
Read the full article:

Feisty's current development status has bien reported on ZD Australia
by Renai LeMay, highlighting what as been happening with the "Compiz
by default" specification.
Read the full Article:

Melissa Draper has published an interesting article about Edubuntu
about it's history, why it's being successful and where Edubuntu es
Read the full story: http://www.linux.com/article.pl?sid=07/02/20/197251

The French parliament has chosen Ubuntu for all the Members of
Parliament computer (and assistants). Linagora and Unilog will provide
support for those 577 'political' computers.
Read the full story (in French):

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, March 11, 2007 ===

==== LoCo Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 10:00
 * End: 11:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamMeeting

==== Ubuntu-Women Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00
 * End: 16:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-women

=== Monday, March 12, 2007 ===

==== Derivative Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 18:00
 * End: 20:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DerivativeTeam

=== Tuesday, March 13, 2007 ===

==== Forum Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ForumCouncilAgenda

==== Technical Board Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoardAgenda

=== Wednesday, March 14, 2007 ===

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

=== Thursday, March 15, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 21:00
 * End: 23:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

=== Friday, March 16, 2007 ===

==== MOTU Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 10:00
 * End: 12:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Council/Meetings

=== Saturday, March 17, 2007 ===

==== Xubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 15:00
 * End: 17:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Topic: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

=== Monday, March 19, 2007 ===

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

=== Wednesday, March 21, 2007 ===

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00
 * End: 14:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.edubuntu.org/EdubuntuMeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, March 22, 2007 ===

==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

=== Tuesday, March 27, 2007 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====
 * Start: 08:00
 * End: 10:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings

==== Technical Board Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TechnicalBoardAgenda

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Highlighting the Xubuntu Testers ===

In a recent meeting for Xubuntu, the Xubuntu Testers team was decided
upon and announced by Cody Somerville. The Xubuntu testers team, which
will be headed by Jim Campbell is dedicated to testing the latest and
greatest in Xubuntu, including nightly disk images. They can be found
on [https://launchpad.net/~xubuntu-testers Launchpad] and have a
[http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Testing Wiki] page as well.  Getting
involved in this team is designed to be easy so please feel free to
try to help. The full email announcement can be found
here]. They hope to help push Xubuntu Feisty along side all the other

== Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-434-1: Ekiga vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-434-1
 * USN-433-1: Xine vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-433-1
 * USN-432-1: GnuPG vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-432-1
 * USN-424-2: PHP regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-424-2
 * USN-431-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-431-1
 * USN-430-1: mod_python vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-430-1
 * USN-429-1: tcpdump vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-429-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -
 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -
 * asterisk 1: -
 * tcpdump 3.9.4-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * libapache2-mod-python 3.1.4-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * ejabberd 1.0.0-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * mozilla-thunderbird -
 * langpack-locales -
 * php5 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.6 -
 * gnupg -
 * xine-lib 1.1.1+ubuntu2-7.6 -
 * ekiga 2.0.1-0ubuntu6.2 -
 * speex -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * slocate 3.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * tar 1.15.91-2ubuntu0.3 -
 * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.17 -
 * cyrus-imapd-2.2 2.2.13-4ubuntu1.1~proposed1 -
 * ubuntu-docs -
 * zope3 3.2.2-0ubuntu1.1~proposed1 -
 * asterisk 1: -
 * tcpdump 3.9.4-4ubuntu0.1 -
 * ejabberd 1.1.1-8ubuntu0.1 -
 * mozilla-thunderbird -
 * tzdata 2007b-0ubuntu0.6.10 -
 * php5 5.1.6-1ubuntu2.3 -
 * gnupg 1.4.3-2ubuntu3.3 -
 * python-kde3 3.15.2+20060422-2ubuntu4.1 -
 * kdelibs 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.2 -
 * kdebase 4:3.5.5-0ubuntu3.3 -
 * xine-lib 1.1.2+repacked1-0ubuntu3.3 -
 * ekiga 2.0.3-0ubuntu3.2 -
 * python-kde3 3.15.2+20060422-2ubuntu4.2 -
 * adept 2.1.1ubuntu3.3 -
 * xmms-sid 0.7.4+0.8.0beta15-2build0.1 -
 * azureus -
 * pouetchess 0.2.0-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * rpy 0.99.2-4ubuntu1 -
 * xdg-utils 1.0-0ubuntu2.3 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (23848) +711 over last week
    * Critical (17) -1 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (11690) +229 over last week
    * Unassigned (17530) +469 over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (81604)  +2445 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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