Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #120

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Dec 7 23:10:55 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #120 for the week 
November 30th - December 6th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Free 
Culture Showcase, Jono Bacon on UDS, MOTU, Tamil Team - Intrepid 
introduced at Udhagamandalam, Ubuntu Zimbabwe, Launchpod #13, Meet 
Henning Eggers, Launchpad hiring bug tracker, Ubuntu Podcast #14, 
Vibuntu 1.0, Lazy Linux: 10 essential tricks for admins., Ilumina TV 
runs on Ubuntu, George Wright responds to backstage questions(Video), 
and much, much more!

== UWN Translations ==

  * Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of 
linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the 
information you need.


== In This Issue ==

  * Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase
  * Jono Bacon on UDS
  * MOTU
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo News
  * Launchpod #13
  * Meet Henning Eggers
  * Launchpad hiring bug tracker
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu Podcast #14
  * Vibuntu 1.0
  * Lazy Linux: 10 essential tricks for admins.
  * Ilumina TV runs on Ubuntu
  * George Wright respons to backstage questions(Video)
  * Upcoming Meeting & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase ===

Would you like to have a chance to have your creative work in front of 
millions of people? Here's your chance: the Ubuntu Free Culture 
Showcase. Submit your audio, video or photo/graphics for an opportunity 
to have them included in the next release of Ubuntu

How it works is simple:

     * Your submission must be no larger than 1MB for audio, 2.5MB for 
video and 0.5MB for photo/graphic.
     * Upload your submission somewhere online (there are lots of free 
hosting solutions available such as archive.org). Please do not email 
any of the judges with your submissions.
     * Add your entry to one of the tables below.
     * When the deadline for submissions closes, our panel of judges 
(Cory Kontros, Luis de Bethencourt, Luke Yelavich, Lydia Pintscher and 
Tony Whitmore) will pick a shortlist, and the Community Council will 
then pick the final winners from the short-list.

The deadline for submissions is February 6th 2009.


     * All submissions must be in by February 6th 2009.
     * All decisions by the judges are final.
     * Content that contains nudity, racism, sexism or other offensive 
content will be disqualified.
     * All submissions must be licensed as Creative Commons Attribution 
ShareAlike (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)


=== Jono Bacon on UDS ===

December 8th through the 12th, is the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS)[1]. 
  This event, for 200 of Ubuntu's finest, and others who wish to attend, 
  is for the purpose of designing, discussing and planning Jaunty 
Jackalope, Ubuntu 9.04.  Five days of sessions spread across seven 
tracks, focusing on different elements of the Ubuntu platform and 
community.  Also, as a part of UDS, Jono will be heading the Community 
Track that will include all sorts of issues, including governance, 
process, initiative, collaboration and participation and much, much 
more.  Another aspect of UDS is community.  Along with the hard work is 
the time to play - to greet old friends and make new ones, and come down 
off the physically draining aspect of the Summit.  Jono invites everyone 
to attend.

  [1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDSJaunty


=== MOTU ===

Stefan Ebner has joined the MOTU team. He lives in Austria and has been 
using Linux for 2 years now. After trying several other distros, Stefan 
settled on Ubuntu. He has worked on merging and syncs for Audacious, 
gbrainy, monodevelop, wxwidgets 2.6, and xmoto. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~sebner Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StefanEbner

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (48265)-233 over last week
  * Critical (16)-2 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (18800)-778 over last week
  * Unassigned (40149)-197 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (235465)+1343 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 Intrepid ===

  * Spanish (17640)-903 over last week
  * French (61915)+2 over last week
  * Swedish (74404)-1018 over last week
  * English (UK) (81460)+1 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (81647)-68 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

=== 5-a-day bug stats ===

==== Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days ====

    * crimsun (717)
    * jibel (287)
    * wolfger (82)
    * charlie-tca (80)
    * chrisccoulson (54)

==== Top 5 teams for the past 7 days ====

    * dcteam (720)
    * ubuntu-michigan (82)
    * ubuntu-de-locoteam (36)
    * ubuntu-berlin (35)
    * ubuntu-au (19)

5-A-Day stats provided by Daniel Holbach. See 

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

  * Allow Renaming of USB Drives in Gnome
  * Enable the ability to set the order of network connections
  * Add a new button "I don't understand this idea"
  * Time Machine line Suns "Time Slider+ZFS+Gnome"
  * OnBoard Webcam support

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your 
ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against 
someone elses. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

== LoCo News ==

=== Tamil Team - Intrepid Introduced at Udhagamandalam ===

Udagamandalam, Nov 28. Computer World of Udagamandalam(1) (a.k.a Ooty), 
hosted Intrepid Ibex release event at Lawly Institute. Wide range of 
people ranging form School Teachers, Students, Computer Vendors, 
Government Officials took part in the event.

Variety of topics starting from different modes of Installing Ubuntu, 
Package Management, Administration, Tamil features were discussed & 

Special Thanks to Terrance S Rajesh of Computer World for making 
arrangements for event despite heavy rains across the week. Sri Ramadoss 
& Padmanathan of Ubuntu Tamil Team conducted the event.

=== Ubuntu Zimbabwe ===

Below is a report submitted from the ICT Director of the Parliament of 
Zimbabwe on his presentation given at the e-Parliament Conference in 
Brussels. The Parliament of Zimbabwe has chosen to use Ubuntu on their 
desktops, and possibly on their servers too. The ICT Director is also a 
member of the Ubuntu Zimbabwe LoCo Team.

The Global Centre for ICT in Parliament already knew that the Parliament 
of Zimbabwe was advocating Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) in 
automating its processes. As a result they requested that I do a 
presentation outlining the business case for the migration to FOSS. Two 
other parliaments have also opted to use FOSS for their operations, 
namely Italy and France, and my presentation followed immediately after 
that of France.

The final PowerPoint presentation is available on request.

A number of African parliaments showed interests in the presentation 
including Ghana, South Africa, Malawi and Tanzania.

The following questions were asked among other issues that were discussed:

      1. Challenges in migrating calendars (MS Outlook as well as those 
created using other proprietary software). Parliament of Zimbabwe argued 
that migrating in general is not a major constraint since there were no 
shared calendars in use. Parliament will have to use the calendaring 
system built into the FOSS.

      2. Challenges importing documents done by very old versions of MS 
Word and MS Excel especially those with nested tables and multiple 
formulae. Most documents in Parliament are not complex and can be easily 
and comfortably migrated.

      3. Italy presented that cost cutting should not necessarily be the 
biggest motivation for migration because major savings cannot be 
realized in the short term but probably in the long term. This raised 
the question of it being affordable in that those countries with good 
budgets can afford the licensing and purchase of proprietary software 
where as those with skinny budgets (such as most African countries) tend 
to have other priorities (hunger relief, HIV/AIDS interventions, Health, 
etc) and the purchase and licensing of software is usually sidelined. 
Parliaments in such countries, therefore, will pirate software. The 
Parliament of Zimbabwe weighed the risk of pirating against the few 
issues that could be raised against FOSS and decided to go the FOSS route.

      4. Challenges relating to training/re-training Officers of 
Parliament and Members of Parliament in the use of the FOSS. Parliament 
submitted that there is a huge difference in the appearance of Office 
2007 and earlier versions of Office in such that Parliaments that opt to 
migrate to Office 2007 will certainly have to re-train. By comparison, 
the appearance of OpenOffice is not too different from earlier versions 
of Office to the extent that it might be easier training for OpenOffice 
than for Office 2007. Having said that, Parliament of Zimbabwe has the 
added advantage of having just come out of general elections meaning 
most of the Members of Parliament are new and will require training. 
Their training will, therefore, include ICT training. The Officers will 
also be trained along with the Members of Parliament.

In the end, it was realized that FOSS is the way to go for Parliaments 
in countries that operate on thin budgets. Given that there is a lot of 
community support and certainly a FOSS equivalent for most desktop 
applications, most African countries should consider FOSS for their 

Pictures at: http://amachu.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/udhagmandalam-ubuntu/


== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpod #13 ===

Matthew Revell and Graham Binns host the latest episode of Launchpod, 
the Launchpad podcast.  Included in this episode are:

     * 01.00: Some of the Launchpad team will be at the Ubuntu Developer 
Summit starting the 8th December. Graham talks a little about what he’ll 
be doing.
     * 03.42: Announcing the Launchpad bug tracker plugins API! Create 
your own plugin to enable the bug tracker of your choice to communicate 
directly with Launchpad. Read more.
     * 11.48: Welcome to Michael Nelson, who is the latest member of 
Launchpad’s Soyuz team. The Soyuz chaps look after PPAs and other 
packaging in Launchpad.


=== Meet Henning Eggers ===

Launchpad News interviewed Henning Eggers, the most recent addition to 
the Launchpad Translation Team.  He is a software developer for the 
team, involved in the importing and approval of code and, most recently, 
the Team's QA contact.  His work, so far, has been involved with the 
rosetta-experts team (Launchpad Translations (codenamed "Rosetta") is a 
platform for open source application translation on the internet).  His 
office, on the fifth or sixth floor of a building in Pinneberg, Germany, 
not too far from the North Sea. 

=== Launchpad hiring bug tracker ===

Launchpad is looking for developers with Python experience to help with 
developing better ways to track bugs.  The successful candidate should 
live and breath Python, love free software, have strong experience 
hacking on bug trackers and have a string of successful projects behind 
him or her.  A full job description is available[1].

  [1] http://webapps.ubuntu.com/employment/canonical_LBAE/


== In The Press ==

  * IBM pushes "Microsoft alternative" desktop - Based on Ubuntu Linux, 
virtualization technology from Virtual Bridges and its own Lotus 
Applications IBM created a desktop that should become an alternative to 
Microsoft. Usage of Virtual Bridge's VERDE (Virtual Enterprise Remote 
Desktop Environment) is said to make this solution more cost-efficient 
than Using Microsoft Office on Microsoft Windows Desktops. 

  * IBM, Ubuntu Unveil Microsoft-Free 'PC' - This is a combination of an 
Ubuntu desktop combined with IBM Lotus applications delivered through a 
Linux virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from Virtual Bridges.  The 
applications, themselves, come from the Open Collaboration Client 
Solution (OCCS) software. Rather than purely open source, this is an 
open standards solution.  It is a paradigm solution, rather than a 
direct product to product competition, because IBM is challenging the 
perception that a desktop is a machine on your desk running Windows. 

  * Ubuntu Remains Best Linux Distribution for Desktops - Jason Brooks 
examined Ubuntu 8.10 as a desktop and felt that, even though Red Hat and 
Fedora may have more users, Ubuntu is the better desktop due to its 
concentration on usability.  He defines usability as being Ubuntu's 
large selection of ready-to-install software, large community of users 
and contributors and its broad support of hardware components.  He does 
feel, however, that Ubuntu lacks the latest security features in the 
server department that are the hallmark of such as Red Hat and Fedora. 

  * Microsoft Should Worry Less About Live, More About Linux - It is Ed 
Moltzen's opinion that, with it's concentration on search and 
advertising space, Microsoft has left the field open for Ubuntu to take 
over the desktop.  He feels that the improvements to Vista have largely 
been surpassed by Ubuntu and, in this economic climate of recession in 
the U.S., Ubuntu has been given a chance to make a dent in Microsoft's 
desktop OS business.  Ubuntu is free to download, easy to install, has 
high performance numbers, and is easy enough for kids to use. 

  * Why Ubuntu Now Beats Vista - ChannelWeb literally looks at both 
Vista and Ubuntu with a series of slides and descriptions of critical 
comparisons.  This comparison clearly points out how Ubuntu has caught 
up to or, in many cases, surpassed Vista.  Some of the points they 
emphasized are wifi connection, the guest session, multimedia support, 
lower hardware requirements and cost. 

  * StudioDave Does A Hardware Review And Meets Ubuntu 8.10 - Dave 
Phillips was faced with the deterioration of his HP Omnibook due to age, 
and set out to replace it with a laptop that would be able to handle his 
audio needs.  This meant getting a machine that could handle his 
specific needs, like AVSynthesis, Csound 5.09, Ardour 3, JACK, and the 
latest Java SDK.  This is not the sort of installation that the ordinary 
user would face, but he was satisfied with the results that Ubuntu gave 
him.  In particular, the apt system that make it easy to update the 
system to the real time kernel and the full-featured development 

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * IBM launches Ubuntu-based VDI solution - Brian Madden acknowledges, 
in this post, that he's not really familiar with or comfortable with 
Linux.  With that as a basis, and the apparent lack of information on 
the virtualization that IBM is using, he sees no point in the offering. 
  It is his opinion that regardless of the platform, it will still have 
to run Windows applications.  In his words, "Maybe in another five or 
ten years when we're all running Rich Internet Apps in the cloud, but 
for now, we live in a Windows world". 

  * IBM, Canonical Declare Ubuntu Linux War Against Windows, Office - 
Joe Panettieri makes the prediction that "the Windows-Office duopoly 
will fall within the next three to five years."  This statement is based 
on the cooperation of IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical in their latest 
offering.  He quotes the IBM press release with saying, "This solution 
runs open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified 
communication, social networking and other software to any laptop, 
browser, or mobile device from a virtual desktop login on a Linux-based 
server configuration." 

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu Podcast #14 ===

Josh Chase and Nick Ali from the Georgia US LoCo released episode #14. 
Some topics covered:

  * Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase II
  * UDS Jaunty
  * More Phoronix performance testing
  * Flash and Handbrake
  * CrunchBang Linux
  * Vibuntu, customized Ubuntu for the visually impaired
  * Potential games coming to Linux


=== Vibuntu 1.0 ===
Vibuntu is another Ubuntu derivative that is based on Ubuntu 8.10 and 
targeted for visually impaired users. Therefore it logs on automatically 
and has Orca enabled by default. Applications that are not or rarely 
used by blind and otherwise visually impaired people, such as GNOME or 
F-Spot, have been removed.

=== Lazy Linux: 10 essential tricks for admins ===
Ever got your DVD-Rom locked by someone else? Harassed your console? Or 
even forgot the root password (Well, maybe not on Ubuntu)? IBM 
DeveloperWorks has some tricks for you to deal which such annoyances 
next time.

=== Ilumina TV runs on Ubuntu ===

Jerome Gotangco took a look at Ilumina TV, a prototype unveiled by a 
local start-up in the Philippines called Inovent Inc. One thing he 
noticed is that it's supposed to be running on a stripped down version 
of Ubuntu. Other than that, it looks like any other Personal Video 
Recorder (PVR), such as MythTV or Elisa, with a different front end. He 
hasn't had the ability to actually see the prototype in action, yet, 
only some pictures and slides on the company blog site. He hopes to get 
a sneak peak in the near future. 

=== George Wright responds to backstage questions(Video) ===

Backstage Blog asked George Wright, Portfolio Manager at Research and 
Innovaton, some questions about the efforts of the BBC, and Ubuntu 8.10, 
to make a range of non-DRM protected content available. Mr. Wright's 
answers appear to be somewhat terse, and aimed mainly at individuals, 
but they go a long way to explain where the plugin is now 
developmentally, and where it is headed.  One of the biggest problems 
that the BBC has is negotiating the rights to offer content outside the 
United Kingdom. Added to with problem is the necessity of 
individualizing the release of content per the location in which it is 
viewed. He will also be blogging about this and other things they're 
working on for the BBC Internet Blog. Video links to the interview are 
available at the link. 

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, December 9, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location:  IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Wednesday, December 10, 2008 ===

==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 UTC
  * Location:  IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  None listed as of publication

==== QA Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/

=== Thursday, December 11, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 12:00 UTC
  * End: 13:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 13:00 UTC
  * End: 14:00 UTC
  * Location:  IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  None listed as of publication

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-675-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-675-1
  * USN-675-2: Gaim vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-675-2
  * USN-676-1: WebKit vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-676-1
  * USN-677-1: OpenOffice.org vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-668-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-678-1: GnuTLS vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-678-1
  * USN-680-1: Samba vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-680-1
  * USN-679-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-681-1: ImageMagick vulnerability - 
  * USN-682-1: libvorbis vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-683-1: Imlib2 vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-683-1
  * USN-684-1: ClamAV vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-684-1
  * USN-685-1: Net-SNMP vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-686-1: AWStats vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-686-1
  * USN-687-1: nfs-utils vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-687-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * jockey 0.3.3-0ubuntu8.2 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 - 
  * linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24 2.6.24-23.36 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.24 2.6.24-23.30 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * ubufox 0.6-0ubuntu1.8.10.1 - 
  * network-manager-applet 0.7~~svn20081020t000444-0ubuntu1.8.10.1 - 

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