Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #66

Martin Albisetti beuno at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 19 03:24:59 GMT 2007

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #66 for the week
November 11th - November 17th, 2007. In this issue we cover the LoCo
teams up next for official approval, the welcoming of a new MOTU, some
news from the good folks in Ubuntuforums, and, as always, much much

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 * Português - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue66/Pt

== In This Issue ==

 * 5 Loco Teams Up for Approval
 * The Ubuntu Forum News and Observations
 * In The Press
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security
 * Bugs & Translation Stats

== General Community News ==

=== MOTU ===

Having contributed myriads of fixes and updates through the MOTU team,
[https://launchpad.net/~dktrkranz Luca Falavigna] became MOTU himself.

== LoCo News ==
=== 5 Loco Teams up for Approval at the next Council Meeting ===
At the next Community Council meeting, there will be 5 loco teams up
for approval. Denmark, New Jersey, Georgia, New Mexico, and Michigan
have all submitted to become approved teams. This is an unusual amount
of teams to submit for approval at one time. It shows that the loco
team project is very much alive and healthy. Ubuntu, the Loco Teams,
and the volunteer community are all doing a great job of advocating
and spreading the news about what we believe is the greatest Operating
System around. With approval comes extra perks not available to
non-approved teams. To find out more, visit this link.

== Ubuntu Forum News ==

=== This weeks interviews and observations ===
Taumosaur, a coder active in the Programming Talk area, is also a
student and a musician. Read more here:

compiledkernel, Linux system administrator and developer in the day,
UF moderator, Ubuntu Gamers Arena and Ubuntu Document Storage Facility
driving force at night (or may be the other way aroud? W00t CK!!). The
full interview is there:

We had an awful spam event this week. Some spammers posted malicious
code in answers to new threads in the Absolute Beginners area. This
code could lead to wiping the whole system out. Staff and members
worked hard together to warn new users and remove all the offending
posts. We are currently discussing Damage Control Mechanisms we can
set up in light of this event.

== In The Press ==

 * Ubuntu Server: Considering Kernel Configuration - Carla Schroder
last week looked at Ubuntu Server's documentation, discussed hardware
requirements, tried to figure out what sets Ubuntu Server apart from
Ubuntu Desktop, and what's included in the current release, 7.10
(Gutsy Gibbon). Ubuntu itself is not very helpful with these things,
and she doesn't like to write reviews that complain without also
offering some answers, so today she shows us how dig into Ubuntu
without installing it and find out these things for ourselves. You
will still need the installation .iso image, but at least you won't
have to install it or even burn it to a CD to learn some useful
information. http://www.enterprisenetworkingplanet.com/netos/article.php/3710641

 * Ubuntu Let Us Play, Now Grab Our DIY OS Pre-Giveaway! - Popular
Mechanics is having a contest, giving away a Mini Monster PC to one
person.  But anyone can be a winner by downloading the operating
system.  Popular Mechanics didn't make the OS from scratch. They
cribbed from one of the best Linux-based OSs out there. It's called
Ubuntu, and it's simple to install, uncluttered and streamlined for
easy operation. Plus, networking is a snap, there are minimal threats
from viruses and a suite of open-source applications is built in. Most
of the programs have a similar feel to their commercial counterparts.
Open Office is the open-source alternative to Microsoft Office. GIMP
is the open-source answer to Adobe Photoshop. Instant messaging is
handled by Pidgin. But most important for our purposes, music and
movie functionality is superb. Ubuntu automatically downloads all the
codecs to play your video and audio files.

 *Top Ten Reasons Why Ubuntu Is Best for Enterprise Use - Mark
Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu Project writes how Ubuntu, the
"darling of the Linux desktop space", "is increasingly deployed on
corporate networks. Voted No. 16 in PC World's Top 100 Products for
2007 and now coming as an option for Dell users straight out of the
box. With a free server edition, a professional support organization
and a growing band of enthusiasts in and around the IT divisions of
enterprises, there are many reasons to consider Ubuntu when looking
for a Linux solution. Here are the top 10 reasons why Ubuntu is best
for enterprise use": Users Love It, The Platform Has Excellent
Support, Cost Savings, A Superlative Security Record, Frictionless
Deployment, A Huge Selection of Applications and Tools, Thin Client
Joy, Unleash Your IT Talent, Access A Whole New Skills Pool,
Predictable Releases. "With such compelling reasons, how can you go
wrong with Ubuntu?". http://www.cio.com/article/print/155753

 * Macedonia picks Ubuntu for 20,000 PCs - A batch of 7,000 PCs with
Ubuntu Linux have been sent to Macedonian schools, the first of a
collection that Ubuntu sponsor Canonical expects will reach 20,000.
Through a program called Computer for Every Child, the Macedonia
Ministry of Education and Science plans to install the PCs throughout
its elementary and secondary school system. Canonical plans to
announce Tuesday, that Ubuntu will run on the 20,000 PCs, but 160,000
more students will be able to share those machines using hardware from
NComputing. "By selecting Ubuntu as the operating system for all of
our classroom virtual PCs, our education system can provide
computer-based education for all schoolchildren within the limited
financial and infrastructural confines that most institutions face
today." The schools are using version 7.04 of Edubuntu, a version of
Ubuntu tailored for classroom use.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * 10 Reasons Why You Need to Download Ubuntu Right Now - This article
lists highlights of the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon distribution. Some of
these include the ability to read/write to NTFS partitions, the GNOME
+ Compiz Graphic User Interface, and Wine.  Also listed are things
that Ubuntu users have become used to, such as no malware and the ease
of use.  The package manager in Ubuntu is a single point of source for
almost all software that operates on the distribution.  Hardware
support has never been better, on a par with Mac OS X.  And, of
course, there's the community support that makes you feel like you're
part of a tight knit team, the reliable 6 month release schedule and
bug fixes that keeps the operating feeling fresh.

 * The little desktop Linux that came out of the blue - When a desktop
Linux distribution suddenly becomes popular before even Distro Watch
starts tracking it, you know you've got something special. One new
Ubuntu-based distribution, gOS, has managed to capture users'
attention purely by word of mouth over the Internet. gOS was
introduced by Everex, a mid-tier PC vendor, in its inexpensive Green
gPC TC2502 computer in late October. This cheap computer is sold for
$198 at Wal-Mart stores and online at walmart.com. The operating
system is based, like so many desktop Linux's such as Mint, on Ubuntu.
In gOS' case, it's built on top of the newly released Ubuntu 7.10
Linux. It includes the usual array of open-source software that users
have learned to expect from a Linux desktop such as popular
applications from Firefox, Skype and Open Office. The one difference
that Linux users will notice immediately about it is that it uses the
Enlightenment E17 desktop interface with a Google-centric theme
instead of the far more common KDE or GNOME desktops.

== In Other News ==

 * About a week, ago Wal-Mart began selling a $200 Linux machine
running on a 1.5 ghz VIA C7 processor and 512 MB of RAM. While the
specs are useless for Vista, it works blazingly fast on Ubuntu with
the Enlightenment Window Manager. The machine is now officially sold
out of their online warehouses (it may still be available in some
stores). And the product sales page at wal-mart.com is full of glowing
reviews from new and old Linux users alike. See some of the reviews
below. http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/11/12/2235200

 * Walmart Customer reviews of the Everex TC2502 Green gPC w/ Via C7-D
Processor - Below you will find a few of the reviews from the Walmart
website mentioned in the above article.

 * Greatest $200 I have ever spend:By Anonymous - After setting up, I
have been greeted to a nonstop computing fest. I had never imagined a
computer could be so easy to use! I was use to my Windows XP computer
at work, so I had held high hopes for this 'Linux' computer. You have
to see, use, and experience this computer. It is worth 10x the price
in terms of ease-of-use, speed, security, and pleasantness. It's so
intuitive, quiet, inexpensive, efficient, etc. It is the best possible
deal for a person looking to use a computer for anything except 3D

 * Very good cheap computer:By helenericson - I was looking for a
cheap computer to do some basic stuff like surfing, sending email and
listening to music, the main things most people use their computer
for. I decided to try this one out, and was pleasantly surprised.
Having never used anything but Windows before, I was afraid it'd be
hard to use anything else, but it wasn't at all. I really like how the
system is made and works, and I'd even go so far to say I like it
better than windows.

 * A nice surprise:By mictester - This is NOT a computer to run
Windows of any type on. It's ideally suited for the gOS Linux that's
pre-installed, but if you want a little more bang for your buck,
install Ubuntu. You can download Ubuntu free, and it's easier than
Windoze to install. I installed Ubuntu as soon as this machine was out
of the packaging, and put in more RAM. You can double the RAM in this
machine for ~$45 if you shop around. It now really flies and
embarrasses any Windows machine I've ever seen for speed, facilities,
security and even eye-candy!

 * Great for most people nowadays:By nelfer - I work on computers and
my friends are always asking for help to set them up with computers. I
noticed that most people just use the computer to browse the web and
do things on the internet. This computer is a great bargain. It helps
debunk the myth that "Linux is hard", as everything in the computer is
very easy to use and almost self-explanatory.

 * Excellent!:By tekwerx - For what it is, it does a SUPERB job. It
runs a very lightweight derivative of Ubuntu, and runs it well. This
machine is geared towards people who need something cheap that does
the basics - surfing the net, email, IM's, and some light word
processing. For the price, you can't beat it.

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, November 19, 2007 ===

==== MOTU REVU day ====
 * Start: 00:00 UTC
 * End: 23:59 UTC
 * Location: IRC Channel #ubuntu-motu
 * Agenda: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1232

=== Tuesday, November 20, 2007 ===

==== MOTU REVU day ====
 * Start: 00:00 UTC
 * End: 11:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-motu
 * Agenda: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1232

=== Thursday, November 22, 2007 ===

==== Desktop Team Development Meeting ====
 * Start: 14:00 UTC
 * End: 15:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication.

=== Friday, November 23, 2007 ===

==== MOTU meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-540-1] flac vulnerability -
 * [USN-541-1] Emacs vulnerability -
 * [USN-542-1] poppler vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-542-2] KOffice vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-543-1] VMWare vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-544-1] Samba vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-544-2] Samba regression -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * Accepted: debian-installer 20051026ubuntu36.11 (source) -
 * Accepted: pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.6.06 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: gnome-system-tools 2.15.5-0ubuntu6 (source) -
 * Accepted: pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.6.10 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * Accepted: vmware-server 1.0.4-1feisty1 (source) -
 * Accepted: gnome-system-tools 2.18.1-0ubuntu2 (source) -
 * Accepted: pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.7.04 (source) -
 * Accepted: vmware-server 1.0.4-1feisty2 (source) -
 * Accepted: ggz-gtk-games 0.0.13-4ubuntu0.1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: gnome-system-tools 2.20.0-0ubuntu2 (source) -
 * Accepted: pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.7.10 (source) -
 * Accepted: cryptmount 2.0-1ubuntu1 (source) -
 * Accepted: apturl 0.1ubuntu2 (source) -
 * Accepted: ubufox 0.4~beta1-0ubuntu5 (source) -
 * Accepted: python-qt4 4.3-2ubuntu7.1 (source) -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (37370) +290 # over last week
 * Critical (16) -3 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (20149) -27 # over last week
 * Unassigned (28624) +192 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (135858) +1159 # 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 (15066) -1347 # over last week
 2. French (38688) +1133 # over last week
 3. Swedish (49242) +1159 # over last week
 4. English-UK (51583) +1128 # over last week
 5. German (66535) +1163 # 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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