Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #40

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon May 14 01:37:34 BST 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #40 for the week May
6th - May 12th, 2007. In this issue we cover the long awaited stable
release of Ubuntu Studio, the new Ubuntu Central American LoCo Team,
the growing media coverage on Ubuntu (both press and blogs), and we
highlight the amazing work done by the MOTU Team.

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== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Studio released
 * Arizona LoCo Team growth
 * New Ubuntu Central American Team
 * Lots of media coverage
 * MOTU Team
 * Security Updates

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Studio Released ===
A stable version of Ubuntu Studio was released to heavy anticipation
on May 10th. Ubuntu Studio is an unofficial derivative of Ubuntu which
is heavily geared to multimedia manipulation: video editing, audio
production, image manipulation and more. Some features include a low
latency kernel for audio work, a modified installer, and Ardour 2.
Support is also available in the IRC channel ''#ubuntustudio'' and in
the Ubuntu Forums.

== LoCo News ==

The Arizona Team, "The Hottest Lo``Co on Earth," started up a month
ago and already has 30 members. The Lo``Co has started a Server Team
to help teach and train users who are interested in Linux server
technologies. The Server Team is already working with and has gotten a
donated server from the the De``Vry Linux Users Group in Phoenix,
Arizona. In order to keep their members informed, the Arizona Lo``Co
also puts out its own newsletter and has published three issues so
far. Find out more information about the Lo``Co at

An Ubuntu Central American Team has been created with the
participation of five teams: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala,
Honduras and Nicaragua. Panama and Belize will be added once they
register their teams. The Nicaragua Team will mentor the other teams,
in order to organize them, get them active, and approved before the
end of the year. A joint project is already being planned: the two-day
Central American Ubuntu Festival in Managua, Nicaragua for the release
of Gutsy. The event will have conferences, installfests, booths,
exhibitions, contests, and much more. Read more at:

== In The Press ==

 * Jason Brooks, at eWeek, thinks Linux is getting closer to fixing
bug #1. Jason thinks Ubuntu's best features are "its excellent
software management tools, its well-organized community and its large
catalog of ready-to-install free software applications." As more
people use Linux applications, they will find it easier to install and
update compared to Windows. The spruced up implementation of the
Network``Manager gets high praise as it was deemed "essential" in
Blueprints for 7.04. Read the full article:

 * The BBC covers the new Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded project with
Intel. Intel CEO Paul Otellini has shown off a device using a
prototype of the Ubuntu mobile platform. Devices powered by Intel's
new low-engery chips will be much smaller than conventional processors
and consume only 10% of the power. The Ubuntu platform aims to
maximize energy efficiency while "offering a graphical interface
designed specifically for the small screen." More details are expected
after the Ubuntu Developer Summit. Read the full article:

 * Jo Best, at Business Week, also covers the Ubuntu and Intel
parternship. Ubuntu CTO Mark Zimmerman says "It is clear that new
types of device - small, handheld, graphical tablets which are
internet-enabled - are going to change the way we communicate and
collaborate. These devices place new demands on open source software
and require innovative graphical interfaces, improved power management
and better responsiveness." Linux is expected to run on 200 million
mobile devices by 2012. Read the full article:

 * VMWare has released Workstation 6 which supports
paraviritualization with paravirt-ops. Paravirt-ops "allows users to
run the same Linux kernel in paravirtualized mode on a hypervisor as
well as on native hardware" meaning companies have to maintain fewer
Linux kernels, will be able to save money, and simplify development.
Ubuntu 7.04 is the first distribution to support paravirt-ops. Jane
Sibler, director of operations at Canonical, says "VMware and the
Ubuntu community have worked closely together to ensure that Linux
customers can use a single operating system for both virtual and
physical environments as well as receive optimal performance and an
excellent out-of-box experience in both environments." Read the full
article: http://www.sys-con.com/read/373486.htm

 * Rodney Gedda, at Info``World Nederland, discusses Mooter Media's
move to Ubuntu when implementing a platform "that would scale from
100,000 transactions a day in 2005 to a projected 100 million a day in
2007 and beyond." Mooter CIO Mark Hetherington's design required the
platform to be massively scalable and redundant and support new
releases quickly without interruptions. Mark says "Our platform of
choice was Linux for development reasons and our distribution of
choice, Ubuntu, gave us a much more flexible way of managing software
in an automated manner. The Debian packages allow you to deploy far
more automatically whereas deploying to Red Hat is a pain in the bum."
Read the full article:

 * Will Smith, at Maximum PC, goes through the process of installing
Ubuntu 7.04. Will says with Ubuntu "you can boot off the CD to
determine whether or not your rig will work with the OS before you
make a single change to the hard drive. You can tell if you're going
to have a problem before you hose your system, which is always a good
thing." He goes on to describe how to find and install applications
and restricted drivers using Synaptic. Will comments "it is actually
safe to run an Ubuntu install without any kind of malware-fighting
utilities running in the background." Google and the Ubuntu forums are
mentioned as good places to find help for any technical problems. Read
the full article: http://www.maximumpc.com/linux

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Jessamyn Charity West, a librarian at Calef Library, in Washington,
Vermont, created a video of installing Ubuntu on donated computers.
Three computers came with no legal licenses for Windows, so Jessamyn
burned an ISO of Ubuntu and proceeded to overwrite Windows. She
comments how Ubuntu is instantly useful since it comes with
Open``Office and Gaim pre-installed. See the video at

 * Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, at ZDNet, is excited with the idea of
Ubuntu on mobile devices. He thinks current embedded platforms are
awful and Ubuntu can help change this and it would be good exposure
for Linux as a whole. Adrian says "I can tell you now that I'm looking
forward to seeing it in action!  This release of Ubuntu could change
how we interact with out mobile devices forever." Read more at:

 * Steve Ross, at FON, blogs about installing Ubuntu 7.04. He goes
through the default installation, automatically partitioning his drive
and keeping Windows. Ubuntu was able to import most of his pictures,
music, and documents from Windows and Steve notes that everything
"just worked." Next, he connects a back up hard drive, Microsoft
wireless keyboard and mouse, and a card reader to the computer and
everything works seamlessly. Steve goes on to say "I know this sounds
like an advertisement for Ubuntu, I guess it is." Read more at
http://blog.fon.com/en/archive/technology/adios-microsoft.html and

 * Pablonius Monk, at Pablo's Point, talks about reviving an either
old Sony Vaio desktop with Ubuntu. Initially the computer had Windows
98SE and was upgraded to XP in 2002. Performance degraded severely and
Pablonious started looking for alternatives. He took the plunge with
Ubuntu and comments "to say I've gotten my use out of that computer is
an understatement. Ubuntu really helped me stretch it out." Read more
at http://pablospoint.blogspot.com/2007/05/dellighted-about-ubuntu.html

 * Alex, on his Gentoo blog, writes about how Ubuntu is helping out
Linux. He says that Ubuntu is made with usability in mine, "has a
commercial support of involved vendor", is about community, has a
successful business model, and listens to its users. Alex thinks that
Ubuntu will succeed in areas that Red Hat has failed, and Ubuntu will
be more careful with its community compared to Novell. Read more at

 * Tech``Book``Report reviews the latest Ubuntu release. It talks
about running the Live CD so the user can try out Ubuntu and look at
the wide range of available applications. Once booted into Ubuntu,
"you are presented with an uncluttered and rather elegant looking
desktop." Tech``Book``Report finds the installation easy and requires
little technical knowledge and its easy to keep the system updated.
Ubuntu doesn't try to overwhelm the user by installing too many
applications by default. Overall, "Ubuntu feels rock solid, and the
ease of use is impressive."

 * Carla Schroder, editor of Linux Today, discusses how online
discussions can be hurtful and destructive. People justify mistreating
others by hiding behind free speech and ridiculing political
correctness. Carla thinks the fact that Ubuntu enforces a code of
conduct, has helped create a community "that supports courtesy and
discourages rotten behavior, without needing jackbooted forum cops on
duty all the time."

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, May 15, 2007 ===
==== Community Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 13:00
 * End: 16:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

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

=== Wednesday, May 16, 2007 ===
==== Launchpad Users Meeting ====
 * Start: 08:00
 * End: 09:00
 * Location: #launchpad
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaunchpadUserMeeting/2007-05-16

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

=== Thursday, May 17, 2007 ===
==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting

=== Friday, May 18, 2007 ===
==== Forum Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00
 * End: 22:00
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ForumCouncilAgenda

== Community Spotlight ==

=== MOTU: Masters of our Repositories ===
Masters of the Universe (MOTUs) are the brave souls who keep the
Universe and Multiverse repositories of Ubuntu in shape. They are
community members who spend their time adding, maintaining, and
supporting as much as possible the software found in Universe. They
keep Ubuntu equipped with the latest and greatest of applications.
Like most teams in Ubuntu, they are always looking for new
contributors, check out: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU
You never know, you might fall in love with packaging.

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-458-1: Moin``Moin vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-458-1
 * USN-457-1: elinks vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-457-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * elinks 0.10.6-1ubuntu3.1 -
 * moin 1.5.2-1ubuntu2.3 -
 * firestarter 1.0.3-1.1ubuntu4.1 -
 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.2 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * elinks 0.11.1-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * moin 1.5.3-1ubuntu1.3 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * elinks 0.11.1-1.2ubuntu2.1 -
 * moin 1.5.3-1.1ubuntu3.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

    * Open (30632) (29887) +745 # over last week
    * Critical (23) +0 # over last week
    * Unconfirmed (15369) (14915) +454 # over last week
    * Unassigned (23105) (22488) +617 # over last week
    * All bugs ever reported (100454) (99149) +1305 # 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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