Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #77

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 11 03:26:24 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 77 for the weeks
February 3rd - February 10th, 2008. In this issue we cover MOTU
Elections, Clutch BitTorrent WebUI, Parallels in the Ubuntu partner
repository, Firefox 3 in 7.10, and much, much more.

'''UWN Translations'''

== In This Issue ==

 * MOTU Release Team Election
 * Clutch BitTorrent WebUI Package
 * In The Press & Blogosphere
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Firefox 3 for 7.10
 * Updates & Security
 * Bug & Translation Stats

== General Community News ==

=== MOTU Release Team election ===

The MOTU UVF team has a new name, the MOTU Release team. This team
deals with all "Freeze Exceptions" after the "Feature Freeze" for the
Universe and Multiverse repos. There are five nominees for the
available positions and the election polls are now open. You can visit
the links to vote for or against the nominees. After the polls close,
the team should be up and running in about a week.

 * https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev/+poll/mr-themuso-hardy
 * https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev/+poll/mr-scottk-hardy
 * https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev/+poll/mr-norsetto-hardy
 * https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev/+poll/mr-hobbsee-hardy
 * https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-dev/+poll/mr-sistpoty-hardy

A special thanks to all the nominees for there interest in this team.

== New in Hardy Heron ==

=== Clutch BitTorrent WebUI Packaged ===

John Dong of the MOTU-P2P team has packaged Clutch, a web-based
BitTorrent client that uses a Transmission engine. Clutch features an
attractive interactive AJAX-powered interface (along with a basic HTML
fall-back) that makes it a compelling alternative to traditional
BitTorrent clients. Unlike the TorrentFlux client which uses the
BitTornado engine, Clutch uses the up-to-date lightweight Transmission
engine. For the user, this means faster performance, lower memory and
CPU overhead, support for modern encryption, port mapping, and peer
exchange resulting in a more efficient torrent downloading. For more
info and some screen shots, see

All Hardy testers are invited to give the package a try and give
feedback. If you experience any problems or have any suggestions about
how to make the installation easier, please file a bug at

== In The Press ==

 * Parallels Workstation for Linux allows users to easily run multiple
operating systems side-by-side on a single computer without rebooting.
The deal with Parallels, Inc. makes the desktop virtualization product
more readily available to Ubuntu users - residing in a drop down menu
on the operating system. "We have always been committed to providing
Ubuntu users with choice," said Randy Linnell, consumer services
manager, Canonical. "Parallels is excellent virtualization technology
which many users have requested. Being able to come to a commercial
arrangement to make it available is great for Ubuntu users and the
project itself. Trial versions of the Parallels Workstation for Linux
software are available through the Add/Remove function in Ubuntu and
keys for permanent use can be purchased directly through
shop.canonical.com or at

 * Canonical adds Parallels to Ubuntu partner repository - The Ubuntu
distribution now includes the Parallels virtualization software in the
partner repository. The popularity of Ubuntu puts the distribution in
a position of high visibility with commercial software vendors who
want to bring their applications to the Linux platform. Canonical
offers the opt-in "partner" repository in Ubuntu to provide users with
easy access to proprietary and closed-source software. Parallels will
be included as a free trial that can be unlocked and transformed into
a full version by purchasing a key through Canonical's store.

 * System Administration: Ubuntu's Upstart event-based init daemon -
Because the traditional System V init daemon (SysVinit) does not deal
well with modern hardware, including hotplug devices, USB hard and
flash drives, and network-mounted filesystems, Ubuntu replaced it with
the Upstart init daemon. The Upstart init daemon is event-based and
runs specified programs when something on the system changes. Upstart
can start and stop services upon receiving information that something
on the system has changed. Such a change is called an event. It can
also start and stop services when the system is brought up, when the
system is shut down, or when a job changes state.
   *The Upstart system is made of five packages, all of which are
installed by default:
     * upstart: provides the Upstart init daemon and initctl utility.
     * upstart-logd: provides the logd daemon and the job definition
file for the logd service.
     * upstart-compat-sysv: provides job definition files for the rc
tasks as well as the reboot, runlevel, shutdown, and telinit utilities
that provide compatibility with SysVinit.
     * startup-tasks: provides job definition files for system startup tasks.
     * system-services provides job definition files for tty services.
Visit the link to learn more about Upstart.http://www.linux.com/feature/125977

 * Debian made this developer unhappy - It's normal to build up a
mental picture of a person based on what you know about them,
especially if you plan to meet that person. One look at Matthew
Garrett and you start wondering: is this the guy who caused such a big
furore in the FOSS community in September 2006 when he made plain his
reasons for leaving the Debian GNU/Linux project after four years as a
developer? Anyone who followed that episode, would have put down
Garrett as a troublemaker, arrogant and somewhat prone to narcissism.
The reality could not be more different. At 28, Garrett is a little
over average height but his height is accentuated by his slimness. He
has been working on laptop and power management support in Linux for
the past four or five years and getting increasingly involved in power
management functionality. Unlike many FOSS people, he is unfailingly
polite - it's difficult to imagine him spewing flames on a mailing
list though he admits he has. While working with Canonical, Matthew
mostly worked on the integration of hardware support for mobile
devices. Matthew worked on things to do with the Ubuntu mobile
project, which aims to produce a Linux distribution that is optimized
for the new Intel Menlow platform that will be coming out shortly. The
Menlow platform is based on the Silverthorne processor, and these
devices will be similar to the Nokia internet tablet, but with
significantly enhanced performance. Read more of the interview with
Matthew by clicking on the link:

 * The Dayton Daily News Says: If you're broke and need a decent
computer, Ubuntu Linux may be for you - You've looked at the newest
Dell XPS, maybe a spiffy HP Pavillion. You've surfed over to Apple's
Web store to drool over the powerful, stylish machines of Steve Jobs.
But there's a problem: You're broke. You just don't have — or
shouldn't be spending— the $600 to more than $2,000 you'd have to pay
for one of those new digital hot rods. There's still hope if you have
the do-it-yourself daring to combine the free, open-source operating
system Ubuntu with an inexpensive used personal computer. Linux, is a
community-developed operating system, and Ubuntu is one of the most
popular among folks seeking computing power for home and office tasks
such as word processing, Web browsing and working with spreadsheets.

 * Moving my mother over to Linux - To save money, Michael Reed
cobbled together a computer for his mother out of cast-offs left over
from his own upgrades. She doesn't need a cutting-edge computer
because she's not a power user, but she does need a reliable machine
to run a few basic applications and to access the Internet. Michael
moved his mother from Windows to Ubuntu, and the experience was a
surprisingly smooth one. The challenge was to not only build a working
system, but also to maintain consistency with her old system. This
meant migrating her data across, finding comparable equivalents for
all of her Windows applications, and adjusting the desktop layout to
one that was similar to that of Windows. So, is Ubuntu ready for this
type of installation? Yes, provided they have someone with some Linux
expertise at hand to help them. http://www.linux.com/feature/125799

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Virtualization in Linux: A Review of Four Software Choices - This
week Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, announced a
partnership with Parallels, maker of the Virtualization products
Parallels Workstation and Parallels Desktop for Mac. Consequently, the
Parallels Workstation virtualization software is now available to
download and install in Ubuntu, completely supported by Canonical, and
done entirely through the Add/Remove programs interface. This article
compares four virtualization products available for Ubuntu: the free,
open source x86 emulator Qemu; the closed-but-free versions of
VirtualBox and VMware-Server, and the commercial Parallels
Workstation. Of these applications, VMware and VirtualBox definitely
come out the clear winners. For individual use, where the ability to
run a single Windows desktop inside of Linux is all that is needed,
VirtualBox turns out to be this authors preference. It's much smaller
than VMware, which comes packed with extra features that aren't
necessary for the

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, February 13, 2008 ===

==== Education Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 13:00 UTC
 * End: 14:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

== Feature of the week ==

=== Firefox 3 for Gutsy ===

 * Firefox-3.0 - As featured in Hardy Heron's latest alpha, the Beta 3
preview of Firefox 3.0 is now available in the 7.10 backports
repository. It is found under the "firefox-3.0" package name and can
be installed side-by-side with the Firefox 2 default with Gutsy.
Firefox 3 will import and upgrade your Firefox 2 profile upon first
launch, but it will not modify your existing profile, so feel free to
try it out hassle-free. Keep in mind that Firefox 3 is still a beta,
the packaging is still in a transitioning phase, and not everything
works perfectly. Please file bugs against this package in
gutsy-backports, not in Ubuntu!

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-574-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-575-1] Apache vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-576-1] Firefox vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * apache2 2.0.55-4ubuntu2.3 -
 * update-manager-core 0.56~dapper3 -
 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.17 -
 * apache2 2.0.55-4ubuntu4.2 -
 * firefox -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.20 -
 * apache2 2.2.3-3.2ubuntu2.1 -
 * apache2-mpm-itk 2.2.3-01-1build1.2 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * firefox -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.22 -
 * db2exc 9.5.0-1gutsy1 -
 * apache2 2.2.4-3ubuntu0.1 -
 * db2exc-amd64 9.5.0-1gutsy1 -
 * apache2-mpm-itk 2.2.3-04-3build4.1 -
 * libopensync-plugin-kdepim 0.19-1build1 -
 * ncpfs 2.2.6-4ubuntu1.1 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * wordpress 2.2.2-1ubuntu1.3 -
 * firefox -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (39920) -213 # over last week
 * Critical (21) +4 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (20352) -245 # over last week
 * Unassigned (30393) -185 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (150888) +1490 # 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 (12406) -8 # over last week
 2. French (37728) +/-0 # over last week
 3. Swedish (49176) +/-0 # over last week
 4. English-UK (24947) -20 # over last week
 5. German (66054) -258 # 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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== Credits ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

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

== Glossary of Terms ==

 1. MOTU UVF - Masters Of The Universe, Universe Freeze
 1. P2P - Peer To Peer

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