Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #122

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Dec 21 20:08:25 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #122 for the week 
December 14th - December 20th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Holiday 
Schedule for the UWN, Announcing the next "Global Ubuntu BugJam, Ubuntu 
on Amazon EC2 Beta released, Main frozen for Alpha 2, New Ubuntu 
Developer Week set for January, New MOTU's, Ubuntu on national Danish TV 
again, Launchpad interviews: Jonathan Lange & Adam Olsen, Launchpad 
2.1.12 released, Preparing for signed PPA's, Launchpod episode #14: 
Drupal Modules, Linux is a way of life, not a clone of Windows, Ubuntu 
Podcast #15, 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 ==

  * Holiday Schedule for Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter
  * Announcing the next "Global Ubuntu BugJam"
  * Ubuntu on Amazon EC2 Beta release
  * Main frozen for Alpha 2
  * New Ubuntu Developer Week set for January
  * New MOTU's
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * Ubuntu on national Danish TV again
  * Launchpad interviews: Jonathan Lange & Adam Olsen
  * Launchpad 2.1.12 released
  * Preparing for signed PPA's
  * Launchpod episode #14: Drupal Modules
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Linux is a way of life, not a clone of Windows
  * Ubuntu podcast #15
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Holiday Schedule for Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter ===

Today's issue of the UWN will be the last new issue for the year 2008. 
Regular weekly editions of the UWN will resume on January 4th, 2009. We 
want to express our thanks to the Ubuntu Community for all their words 
of encouragement and support during the past year. It has been our 
privileged to bring you all the Ubuntu related news and stats, and we 
look forward to continuing this process in 2009. The editors and 
contributors of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter wish you and yours a happy 
and safe holiday, and a prosperous 2009.

  * Please note that we have included in the "Upcoming Meetings and 
Events" section, the schedule for the next two weeks.

=== Announcing the next "Global Ubuntu BugJam" ===

jorge has given us the dates for the next Global BugJam: February 20th 
to 22nd, 2009. This is an opportunity for people to get together on-line 
and really make an impact fixing bugs. For LoCo Teams, it's an 
opportunity to physically get together, meet new people, and share the 
Ubuntu experience. jorge even supplies a way to organize local support 
for the bugjam. 

=== Ubuntu on Amazon EC2 Beta released ===

Rick Clark has released information that Amazon has started beta testing 
the Ubuntu 8.10 Server Edition EC2 Cloud Computing, and is accepting 
applications for access[1]. Amazon will charge EC2 users for their usage 
of the service, but there is no additional charge for the Ubuntu Server. 
You can find out more information about Ubuntu on Amazon:

  * https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EC2StartersGuide
  * https://help.ubuntu.com/community/EC2FAQ

Information about Amazon's EC2 service is available at:

  * http://aws.amazon.com/resources/

  [1] http://www.ubuntu.com/ec2


=== Main frozen for Alpha 2 ===

Steve Langasek has reported that Alpha 2, the second milestone for 
Jaunty Jackalope, occurred on December 18, 2008.  With this, the 
milestone freeze is in effect, and one should hold any disruptive or 
unnecessary files until after the release of Alpha 2. Primary focus 
should be on resolving existing bugs[1] and helping get the archive in a 
consistent state[2].

  [1] https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/+bugs?field.milestone=2210
  [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopment/PackageArchive#Consistency


=== Next Ubuntu Developer Week set for January ===

Ubuntu Developer Week is coming in January. This means a week of IRC 
sessions where you can jump right in, participate, learn and ask all 
your questions. Daniel Holbach has requested your questions so he can 
get the appropriate people together for presentations. Please let him 
know what you like, what you want to learn, what would excite and help 
you get started.  Go to Daniel's blog site and leave a comment. 

=== New MOTU's: Stéphane Graber and Nathan Handler ===

Nathan Handler just joined the MOTU team. He has done fantastic work and 
the MOTU team is very happy he's on board.  Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~nhandler  Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/nhandler

Stéphane Graber joined the MOTU team. Having put a lot of effort into 
LTSP and friends, the MOTU team is very pleased to welcome him on board. 
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~stgraber  Wiki: 

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

     * Open (47440) -508 # over last week
     * Critical (19) +4 # over last week
     * Unconfirmed (18496) +17 # over last week
     * Unassigned (39305) -517 # over last week
     * All bugs ever reported (237806)  +1139 # 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 (17186) -97 # over last week
     * French (61915) ±0 # over last week
     * Swedish (72541) ±0 # over last week
     * Brazilian Portuguese (80766) -543 # over last week
     * English (UK) (81460) ±0 # 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 (211)
     * hew (168)
     * jibel (165)
     * chrisccoulson(62)
     * dholbach (45)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

     * dcteam (211)
     * ubuntu-au (168)
     * ubuntu-berlin (50)
     * ubuntu-de-locoteam (47)
     * ubuntu-co (40)

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

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

  * OpenOffice.org In Ubuntu 9.04
  * Change the Update Manager so you can read package descriptions while 
  * Hardware certification testing and logo
  * Less resources used by System Monitor
  * Keep 3rd party wifi drivers working after distro upgrade

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 
another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu in national Danish TV again ===

The Danish LoCo has done it again.  Following their first appearance on 
television, where they set up Ubuntu for a family with children, they 
have now followed up with the family.  The family is still using Ubuntu, 
and the father's company has also moved to Ubuntu.  This tops off their 
2008 year of parties and advertising very nicely. 

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad interview: Meet Jonathan Lange ===

Jonathan is one of the "busy people" working on the SSH server, and it's 
components for Launchpad. This is the system that allows you to download 
branches and commit to them through bzr. His humor, as well as his 
interest in computers and software, come through quite well in this 
interview. But, did he really ingest an ancient Tibetan philtre that 
granted him the ability to walk through walls, and compel him to give 
away Python code every so often? Read the entire interview here: 

=== Launchpad interview with Adam Olsen(Exaile) ===

The Exaile media player began life as a clone of Amarok but developed 
for GNOME rather than KDE. At that time, Adam felt that Amarok was a bit 
buggy despite the qualities it had. First hosted on his own servers, he 
moved to Launchpad when his server was hacked. In this interview Adam 
describes some of his interaction with Launchpad, and what he likes 
about it. Read the entire interview here: 

=== Launchpad 2.1.12 released ===

Just released, Launchpad 2.1.12, and two exciting new ways for other 
services to use data in Launchpad. Included are the bug plugin API, and 
plugins for Bugzilla and Track. The API plugin allows you to create your 
own plugins for other bug trackers. Also included is the Drupal modules 
for launchpad that let you use Launchpad to authenticate your Drupal 
sites visitors, and assign Drupal roles based on someones Launchpad team 

=== Preparing for signed PPA's ===

Personal Project Archives are getting the ability to have signed 
packages. Instead of having individual private keys on file with 
Launchpad, or creating one key for all the packages, Launchpad is 
generating new keys for each archive and then signing each build made 
from the time of the keys creation. It will take some time to generate 
all the keys so, for a while, some packages will have keys and some 
won't. Check your PPA overview page to see if the key for your PPA has 
been generated yet. 

=== Launchpod episode #14: Drupal Modules ===

Stuart Metcalfe talks about the Launchpad Drupal modules. Please see the 
original announcement for help: 

  * Ogg vorbis file: 
  * Podcast Feed:  http://news.launchpad.net/category/podcast/feed


== In The Press ==

  * Ubuntu-sponsored FOSScamp builds community - The week-long Ubuntu 
Developer Summit (UDS) meets every six months at changing locations to 
discuss what will be included in the next Ubuntu release. The mostly 
unheralded FOSScamp always meets the weekend before. FOSScamp has no 
program, no invited speakers, and costs nothing. It has been compared to 
a sort of geek Woodstock but smaller, where the Ubuntu hip just show up. 
With a blank whiteboard in the lobby, anyone can pick up a marker and 
schedule a presentation. The speakers are self-selected and 
self-proclaimed, but not every available slot gets filled with a topic 
because a hot topic may not have much scheduled against it. Article 
author Robin Rowe tells us, "I've spoken at many open source conferences 
-- Open Source Days, FOSDEM, GUADEC -- but being able to invent sessions 
in the moment, and to experiment with session topics was new to me, and 
freeing." During the two days of FOSScamp, Robin led twice as many 
FOSScamp sessions as he would at a typical conference. 

  * Java Performance: Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Vista - Have you ever 
wondered on what operating system Java works the best? Phoronix ran a 
number of Java benchmarks on both Windows Vista Premium and Ubuntu 
Linux, to see how the Java Virtual Machine performance differs. Phoronix 
also tested both Sun's official Java package as well as the OpenJDK 
alternative when running Ubuntu. The Java tests they ran included 
Sunflow Rendering System, Bork File Encrypter, Java SciMark, and the 
Java 2D Microbenchmark (j2dbench test profile). All tests were run on 
the Phoronix Test Suite, though on Windows Vista they had to be run 
manually. Java on Ubuntu was pretty much the hands-down winner compared 
to Microsoft Windows Vista Premium SP1. Running the Java tests on Ubuntu 
showed significant advantages when it came to file encryption, Fast 
Fourier Transforms, Successive Over Relaxation, Monte Carlo, and the 
composite Java SciMark performance. The six tests didn't stress all 
areas of the Java stack, but it provided a brief look at where the Java 
performance is between Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista. 

  * One Linux to Rule Them All? - techradar.com has an interesting 
interview with Jeremy Allison, leader of the Samba project. Of interest 
is Allison's assertion that Ubuntu, thanks to its unparalleled 
popularity and huge user base, has the strongest chance to take Linux 
mainstream. Author Christopher Tozzi, agrees. Ubuntu is making 
significant progress where other distributions have failed for ten 
years: namely, consolidating the resources of the free-software 
community into a single Linux distribution that has enough users and 
developers to present itself to those outside the IT world as the 
pre-eminent representative of the Linux community. Ubuntu has managed to 
make itself almost synonymous with Linux, at least for non-techies. 
Simplification, is what Linux needs if it aspires to take over the 
desktops of the world. Ubuntu's dominance doesn't mean that other 
distributions can't exist or should become irrelevant, but there needs 
to be one distribution that mainstream users can directly and easily 
associate with Linux. Ubuntu may well prove to be that distribution. 

  * ZaReason Preparing Ubuntu Servers - ZaReason, one of the best-known 
companies developing Ubuntu desktops and notebooks, plans to introduce 
Ubuntu server products soon. ZaReason CEO Cathy Malmrose mentioned the 
server news to WorksWithU a few months ago, but details about their 
server strategy remains sketchy. ZaReason briefly mentioned: "We will be 
launching our servers on the site in Q4 2008", however, time is running 
out in Q4. In some ways, ZaReason, and Ubuntu are going into uncharted 
waters together. So far, Canonical's Ubuntu Server Edition initiative 
has yielded mixed results. WorksWithU's 1000 survey confirms that 
companies are embracing Ubuntu Server Edition faster than the mainstream 
media reports. Ubuntu however is a work in progress for servers, and Sun 
Microsystems is the only major server maker to endorse the Ubuntu Server 
Edition so far. System76, another vocal Ubuntu proponent, sells Ubuntu 
certified servers, and ZaReason's anticipated entry into the Ubuntu 
server market should provide another moderate step forward for 
Canonical's server strategy. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * Back from UDS - Blogger Stuart Langridge has returned from the 
Ubuntu Developer Summit and tells us, "It was fascinating meeting 
everyone and seeing it all up close." Stuart got interviewed by the 
Ubuntu UK podcast team, caught up with a few people he hadn't seen for a 
while, and lots of people he'd never met face-to-face. He threw together 
a quick lifestream bit of JavaScript which would track a tag across 
various sites, and it ended up on Launchpad. Langridge tell us that he 
starts work for Canonical at the beginning of January, and he's really 
excited because now he gets to help make the desktop he uses even 
better. http://www.kryogenix.org/days/2008/12/15/back-from-uds

  * Going Loco Over the Ubuntu Logo - Ubuntu is undoubtedly the most 
popular Linux distribution at the moment. It has millions of passionate 
users, and tons of dynamic community members to prove it. Some people 
have taken their love for Ubuntu to the extremes. This blog posting 
shows us pictures of the Ubuntu logo in many forms including tattoos, 
hair cuts, bread, buns, cookies, cakes, soup, and more! Ubuntu fans will 
enjoy reviewing the photos and adding links to their own versions of the 
Ubuntu logo to the comments section at the bottom of the article. 

== In Other News ==

=== Linux is a way of life, not a clone of windows ===

Locutus tells us "All too often I hear the phrase, if only Linux would 
do such'n'such like Windows, then it would be more popular." Generally 
those type of remarks only come from Windows users. People will try and 
make Linux like Windows, but they don't get much support. The most 
popular distributions are also the most Linux flavored ones. Linux is 
more than just an operating system - it is a way of life. It does not 
mean a way of life in the sense that you dress in technicolor tie dyed 
clothes, give up on personal hygiene, and listen to bad poetry. Linux is 
all about individuality, freedom of expression, and having control over 
your computing environment. Linux is not a company with a goal to 
capture market share. It is a labor of love by people who want freedom 
of choice. Linux is not, and has never aspired to be a clone of 
anything. If it does seem similar to other operating systems, that is 
because that particular functionality is the best way to do it. 

=== Ubuntu Podcast #15 ===

Josh Chase and Nick Ali from the Georgia US LoCo released episode #15. 
Some of the topics covered in this episode include:

  * UDS Recap
  * 4000 People at French Team release party!
  * Ubuntu Hall of Fame: Alberto Milone
  * System76 launches $899.00 Gazelle Ultra
  * IBM rolling out virtual desktops that are Microsoft free + Ubuntu + 
and include the Lotus Symphony and Lotus Notes apps


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Christmas Week ===

Tuesday, December 23, 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 24, 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 25, 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

Friday, December 26, 2008

Tunisian LoCo Team Meeting

  * Start: 20:00 UTC
  * End: 22:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-tn
  * Agenda:  None listed as of publication

=== New Years Week ===

Tuesday, December 30, 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 31, 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, January 1, 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-691-1] Ruby vulnerability - 
  * [USN-690-1] Firefox and xulrunner vulnerabilities - 
  * [USN-692-1] Gadu vulnerability - 
  * [USN-693-1] LittleCMS vulnerability - 
  * [USN-690-2] Firefox vulnerabilities - 
  * [USN-690-3] Firefox vulnerabilities - 
  * [USN-694-1] libvirt vulnerability - 
  * [USN-695-1] shadow vulnerability - 
  * [USN-696-1] Avahi vulnerabilities - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * base-installer 1.42ubuntu14 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * adobe-flashplugin - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * base-installer 1.86ubuntu2.3 - 
  * user-setup 1.16ubuntu6 - 
  * partman-target 54ubuntu7 - 
  * base-files 4.0.1ubuntu5.8.04.4 - 
  * nautilus-share 0.7.2-0ubuntu5.1 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 - 
  * gksu 2.0.0-5ubuntu3.8.04.1 - 
  * network-manager 0.6.6-0ubuntu5.8.04.1 - 
  * adobe-flashplugin - 
  * debian-installer 20070308ubuntu40.6 - 
  * ubiquity 1.8.13 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * translations_main_20081215 - 
  * translations_multiverse_20081215 - 
  * translations_universe_20081215 - 
  * translations_restricted_20081215 - 
  * base-installer 1.86ubuntu7.1 - 
  * cups 1.3.9-2ubuntu5 - 
  * setools 3.3.5.ds-3ubuntu1 - 
  * cairo 1.8.0-0ubuntu1.1 - 
  * pulseaudio 0.9.10-2ubuntu9.2 - 
  * transmission 1.34-0ubuntu2.2 - 
  * ntp 1:4.2.4p4+dfsg-6ubuntu2.1 - 
  * opal 2.2.11~dfsg1-4ubuntu1 - 
  * amavisd-new 1:2.6.1.dfsg-2ubuntu1.1 - 
  * ghostscript 8.63.dfsg.1-0ubuntu6.1 - 
  * adobe-flashplugin - 
  * linux 2.6.27-11.21 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.27-11.15 - 
  * linux 2.6.27-11.22 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.27 2.6.27-11.10 - 
  * linux-meta - 

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== Credits ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  * Nick Ali
  * John Crawford
  * Craig A. Eddy
  * Dave Bush
  * And many others

== Glossary of Terms ==

  1. FOSS - Free Open Source Software
  1. FOSDEM - Free and Open Source Software Developers' European Meeting
  1. GUADEC - GNOME Users And Developers European Conference
  1. JDK - (OpenJDK) Java Developer's Kit
  1. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the 
Universe and Multiverse Repositories
  1. OSS - Open Source Software
  1. SSH - Secure SHell - a network protocol that allows data to be 
exchanged using a secure channel between two networked devices
  1. UDS - Ubuntu Developer Summit

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