Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #65

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 12 01:31:14 GMT 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #65 for the week
November 4th - November 10th, 2007. In this issue we cover the
UbuntuWire Community Network, a Christmas marketing campaign, the
Michigan Packaging Jam, and, as always, much much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * UbuntuWire Community Network
 * A Merry Ubuntu Christmas
 * Michigan Packaging Jam
 * Ubuntu Forum News
 * In The Press & In The Blogosphere
 * Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security
 * Bug Stats
 * Translation Stats

== General Community News ==

=== UbuntuWire Community Network ===

The UbuntuWire project provides hosting and support for many of the
community developed tools, specifically those geared towards the
Universe and Multiverse repositories. This is intended to be a
resource for collaborating and sharing of simple scripts, interesting
data files, and similar information in support of Ubuntu development.
Developers will have access to shell scripts, cron, and Ubuntu-related
file uploads without having quotas, bandwidth, or CPU restrictions.
For quality assurance, there is  access to regularly scheduled runs of
many of the automated Quality Assurance scripts. A customized Google
search is also available, covering the forums, wiki, and launchpad.
UbuntuWire includes REVU, the package checking tool, for MOTU and new
contributors. For more, see

=== A Merry Ubuntu Christmas ===

Philip Newborough has come up with an idea concerning Ubuntu, ShipIt,
and Christmas. It occurred to him that there may well be other people
out there struggling to come up with ideas for gifts — so he started
thinking about a Christmas marketing campaign for Ubuntu. He believes
that since the Countdown to Gutsy campaign has finished up, the Ubuntu
community should maximize it's gains by replacing it with a Christmas
Marketing campaign. Before you start shouting, "It's only November!"
he points out that the Shipit service can take anywhere up to 6-10
weeks to deliver. If you'd like to help get the campaign going then
please consider replacing your current Countdown Campaign code with
the code found at the link below. There are Ubuntu and Kubuntu images
available, as well as German and Dutch editions.

== Ubuntu Forum News ==

This week's interview features Matthew, one of the Forum Council
members, admin on UF, and our troll expert. Please read the complete
interview here:

== In The Press ==

 * Dell: Ubuntu PCs still available - Dell has denied that it will no
longer offer Ubuntu on Inspiron systems sold in the UK, and has
maintained that a problem which meant that some customers were unable
to buy the software pre-installed has now been fixed. The issue arose
on Tuesday when a Dell customer reported to the Inquirer that he had
been told the Dell Inspiron computer with Ubuntu pre-installed was no
longer available. The news spread quickly before a Dell executive
stepped in to clarify the situation. According to Lionel Menchaca,
Dell's digital media manager, there had been a problem with a link on
the company's website, but the problem was only temporary.

 * 10 Things Ubuntu Needs To Improve On - Ubuntu has been a force to
be reckoned within the Linux world for a couple of years now. It's
undeniably the path to Linux gaining mainstream acceptance. In this
article, Matt Hartley examines ten areas where he thinks Ubuntu could
go still further; that is, really improve and even gain back those who
abandoned it out of frustration. Wireless consistency, Multimedia
Codecs, GRUB as the bootloader, No automatic fstab backup, No
automatic xorg backup, No restoring files from the trash, PPPoE is a
mess, IPV6 enabled, No GUI-based recovery mode, and Common sense
distribution of documentation.

 * Ubuntu Server: Attractive Choice, Paltry Documentation - Carla
Schroder writes: "Whatever anyone may think of Ubuntu, you can't deny
they're busy little critters, stuffing all manner of new things into
every release. Which is a splendid thing, but what would make it even
better is if they documented all of these wonderful new things, and
also the old things." "It's the worst of the major Linux distributions
for documentation." She has spent a considerable amount of time trying
to find out what makes Ubuntu's server kernel different from a desktop
kernel, what exactly is the OEM installation, where is the online
package search page, what's new in this release, and what's included
in this release. Ubuntu.com is poorly-organized and seems more
marketing-oriented than informative. The Ubuntu release notes are
quite sparse, and they lump the server and desktop editions together.
Just cruise the Debian and Fedora release notes to see how it should
be done. In fact you can check out older Ubuntu release notes—the
farther back you go, the more complete they are, though they're still
short of what they should

 * Ubuntu migration: the sweet taste of freedom at a price - Well the
Linux desktop is certainly here and Stan Beer can prove it because as
of today he is officially an Ubuntu user and even though things aren't
perfect, he feels like he's finally escaped from jail. Those of you
contemplating the move from Windows, however, had better be prepared
to make some compromises and even a few sacrifices. At this stage of
his Ubuntu trip, the more sophisticated a user is, the more difficult
the migration is going to be. For the home user who has little or no
stake in using Microsoft products, like Office, and who uses the
Outlook Express, there will be little or no pain. If however, you're a
home office or small office user, using Outlook, or a student using
Excel and Power Point, there will be some issues. The problems become
magnified as you move into medium sized and large organizations where
legacy Windows applications have become entrenched. Thankfully,
however, virtualization does provide the prospect of some salvation.
Running Windows XP in a virtual window on top of Ubuntu or another
Linux desktop using VMWare or Xen Source could be the way to go.
That's the bad news, but there is just so much good news, that it's
hard to know where to begin.(See article)

 * We're only Human after all: a review of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon -
Ubuntu 7.10, codenamed Gutsy Gibbon, emerged from the jungles last
month and has been beating its chest ever since. Touted as the
easiest-to-use desktop Linux distro yet, 7.10 hopes to bring the power
of Linux to the masses. Testing Ubuntu 7.10 was done on several
different computers, including the Dell Inspiron 1420n that we
recently reviewed with Ubuntu 7.04. The verdict: it's impressive. How
impressive? Despite the minor issues that impact some of the new
technologies, Ubuntu 7.10 is still a very solid improvement over
Ubuntu 7.04. Current Ubuntu users will benefit considerably from
upgrading, and users of other Linux distributions should give it a
spin to see what they're missing. Ubuntu is also increasingly becoming
a viable platform for regular users who don't have previous exposure
to Linux. Distributions have improved at an astounding pace, and
Ubuntu leads the pack in the desktop market.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Ubuntu 7.10: Inflection Point or Tipping Point? - Dave Shields has
just upgraded two of his Ubuntu boxes from 7.04, "Feisty Fawn," to
7.10, "Gutsy Gibbon." In the past, he has almost always done major
upgrades in Linux by doing a full reinstall. However, this time he
decided to try the upgrade option, and within a half hour or so the
update was complete. It took only a few minutes for him to realize
that … Something Had Changed. Though it was impressive that Ubuntu was
able to upgrade a major level, he was even more impressed to find that
his box was qualitatively different. Ubuntu just looked better, more
professional and more polished than Windows XP. A couple of the most
impressive things he noticed right off, were the newer version of
Amarok, and Ubuntu 7.10 noticed that MP3 support wasn't available …
and then offered to install it! "These Ubuntu/Linux folks are getting
better and better."

 * Mandriva 2008 VS Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon - Mitch Meyran is a
Mandriva user. Recently though, he took an interest in Ubuntu: He
installed version 7.04 on a laptop, and it did look interesting,
enough to make him doubt his commitment to Mandriva's products. Thus,
when 7.10 came out with a bang in the media, and he got another laptop
to de-borgify, he downloaded the Ubuntu 7.10 ISO along with the
install CD for Mandriva 2008.0 Free. Installing Ubuntu 7.10 from the
LiveCD was indeed comfortable and felt very stable. Both distributions
have their pros and cons. Mandriva has recently consolidated its
product lines and offers, allowing users afraid to be on their own the
reassurance of paid for support while leaving a very convincing offer
available to free software users, while Ubuntu is appearing more and
more often pre-installed on consumer computers—and version 7.10 should
be even easier to pre-install.

 *  The Ubuntu Plunge - Day 3: Epiphany! - A funny thing happened to
Randall Kennedy on the way to the web this morning. He had justed
booted back into Vista x64 to check on a couple of schedule items when
he noticed an alert coming from Windows Defender. It seems that the
anti-spyware utility had been unable to download new malware
definitions for over a week. It also noted what it believed to be some
"suspicious" behavior on the part of a particular executable. So,
naturally, he did what most veteran (i.e. been burned before) Windows
users do when faced with a potential malware infection: Panic! How
could this have happened? It's a nearly fresh (2 weeks old) install of
Vista! He had UAC enabled and all the security patches in place! He
even installed the SP1 Beta! Then it hit him: he had just wasted over
an hour of his life chasing down a phantom malware infection. It was a
disturbing sensation, more so since he hadn't experienced anything
like it in several days...ever since he started his odyssey into
Linux-land. And, he couldn't help but think of all the things he's
missing since booting back into his "Gutsy Gibbon" install: spyware;
viruses; and (most importantly) fear.

 *  The Ubuntu Plunge – Day 4: A Small Detour - Randall Kennedy has
been exploring the use of Ubuntu as a Windows Vista replacement, and
has become quite enamored with it. The ability to "skin" almost every
aspect of the UI – combined with the simplicity of the package
management system (application "tire kicking" is now a pleasurable
experience) – makes it ridiculously easy to explore the wide world of
FOSS. However, they say the "grass is always greener" somewhere else,
and he couldn't help but admire the snazzy looking screen shots of
openSUSE 10.3. He decided to take a side trip into SUSE-land to see
what all the fuss was about. It was a short trip. First-off, the
installation process is far more involved than Ubuntu. At the end of
his first week running Ubuntu he's managed to carve out a very
functional, and highly personalized, workspace. His goal is to
completely master Ubuntu and to reach a point where, at the end of his
30 day odyssey, he not only no longer needs to go back to Windows, but
he doesn't want to, either.

 * Why I liked Ubuntu (and my thoughts on Gutsy Werewolf, aka Fedora
8) - One of the reasons Colin Charles likes Ubuntu is because they
have a really swanky commercial repository, and they make it easy for
him to get some commercial software, without pulling an RMS-styled
"Freedom is a feature". When Gutsy Gibbon got released, he couldn't
wait to update. He expected things to move forward, never regress
right? Sun's software still works, as does Opera, but VMWare, has
since, stopped working. Kernel 2.6.22-14 does not come with
appropriate VMWare modules. He moved to using Ubuntu daily, and did it
to get away from the frustration of having to build things himself. He
did it, for the "Just Works"(tm) experience. Now he realizes that he's
going to have to do things manually, if he wants them to work. This is
irrespective of if he runs Ubuntu or Fedora.

 * Episode 84 - Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon(Podcast) - In this shortened
and downloadable episode: a brief discussion of upgrades and installs
of the newest release of Ubuntu Linux, 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon; Listener Tip
on the bash shell's double-exclamation point history operator; email
feedback. http://www.linuxreality.com/podcast/episode-84-ubuntu-710-gutsy-gibbon/

 * When it comes to releasing operating systems, Ubuntu has it figured
out - Adrian Kingsley-Hughes knows that it might not seem like it at
times, but he's a big Ubuntu fan. When it comes to trying to make the
right technology choices, surprises aren't so good because they create
too much uncertainty and doubt.  When looking at both Leopard and
Vista, one thing stands out - both were highly anticipated, but once
they were released the disappointment set in pretty quickly. With
Ubuntu things are different.  Rather than a whole pattern shift with
every release, you get small, incremental changes on a regular basis.
Things get better, but the learning curve and disruption to workflow
is kept to a minimum. The Ubuntu model has some huge benefits, the
main one being that the wheel doesn't have to be reinvented for each
release.  The programmers can stick with what works, fix what doesn't
and add features at a more controlled and leisurely pace.

 * The Ubuntu project: By Dean Guistini - Open Source 'Linux' Software
- Since his post earlier about Ubuntu, Dean Giustini has had a few
questions about what Ubuntu is. Ubuntu is often translated as "I am
because you are" or, "I am a person because of you". Ubuntu (the
software), in fact, is influenced by the unique digital context in
which it is developed. This suggests both the project and the eventual
'product' are related to larger social concepts, even social
movements. Ubuntu software can easily be uploaded over the web by
anyone, anywhere. It is a form of digital humanity. It reflects a
global community as well as the specific communities that use it. It
incorporates ideas in an electronic realm, but transcends that by
getting workers together to meet face to face occasionally to work out
problems. This larger sense of community and shared humanity is what
uniquely defines Ubuntu. The Ubuntu project is funded by South
Africa's Shuttleworth Foundation to "[unlock] the creative and
intellectual potential in people" (Shuttleworth, 2007). His Foundation
promotes the ideals of "open source, open standards and open
information access". The goal is to develop computer operating systems
to help teachers provide access to computer resources in
underprivileged areas. Ubuntu helps educators with limited technical
knowledge to design computer labs and online environments for learners
and aims to centralize the management of computers for collaborative
learning in classrooms.http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/googlescholar/archives/043596.html

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, November 13, 2007 ===

==== New York Loco Meeting ====
 * Start: 18:00 America/New_York
 * End: 19:30 America/New_York
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-newyork
 * Agenda: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/NewYorkTeam

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Michigan Packaging Jam ===
The Michigan Team put on a Packaging Jam on Saturday, November 3rd.
The purpose of the Jam was to get people together in one place who are
interested in learning how to package applications for Ubuntu. The
event went very well with good attendence and amazing leadership by
former MOTU, Aaron L. and host Rick H.  More information can be found
on the Michigan Team wiki page:

== Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-539-1] CUPS vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: cryptsetup 2:1.0.5-2ubuntu2.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: network-manager 0.6.5-0ubuntu16.7.10.0 (source) -
 * Accepted: qt4-x11 4.3.2-0ubuntu3.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: rutilt 0.15-0ubuntu5.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: logcheck 1.2.61ubuntu0.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: dates 0.4.3-1ubuntu2.1 (source) -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (37080) +397 # over last week
 * Critical (19) +/-0 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (20176) +290 # over last week
 * Unassigned (28432) +326 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (134699) +1065 # over last week

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

== Translation Stats ==

 1. Spanish (16413) -141 # over last week
 2. French (37555) +503 # over last week
 3. Swedish (48083) -1666 # over last week
 4. English-UK (50455) -607 # over last week
 5. German (65372) -25 # 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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