Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #78

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Sun Feb 17 22:02:26 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 78 for the weeks
February 10th - February 16th, 2008. In this issue we cover Developer
Week, MOTU Freeze Team, Hardy Alpha 5, Hug Day, PulseAudio, and, as
always, much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Developer Week
 * MOTU Freeze Team
 * Hardy Alpha 5 Coming Thursday, 21 February
 * Hug Day - 19 February 2008
 * PulseAudio in 8.04
 * In The Press & Blogosphere
 * Meeting Summaries
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security
 * Bugs & Translations

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Developer Week ===

We're very very pleased to announce the first ever Ubuntu Developer
Week. What does this mean? We'll have one week full of action-packed
IRC sessions where you can:

 * learn about different packaging techniques
 * find out more about different development teams
 * check out the efforts of the world-wide Development Community
 * participate in open Q&A sessions with Ubuntu developers
 * and much much more...

We're absolutely excited to have such a diverse programme and thrilled
we have so many excellent speakers in the first ever Ubuntu Developer
Week. All your favourite Ubuntu developers will be there, who will
introduce you to lots of parts of Ubuntu development including
packaging, virtualisation, desktop application testing, development
processes, collaboration techniques and lots lots more. This is the
perfect time to get started, get up and running and in touch with
future team members.

So, what are you waiting for? Go and see the timetable:

Then see how to attend, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/JoiningIn.

Oh, and lets spread the word! Digg It Here!

=== Hardy Alpha 5 Coming Thursday, 21 February ===

The Feature Freeze is now in effect for Hardy. From now until release,
the focus is on polishing and bug fixing. If you do believe that a new
package, a new upstream version of a package, or a new feature is
needed for the release and will not introduce more
problems than it fixes, please follow the Freeze Exception Process by
filing bugs and subscribing ubuntu-release or motu-release as

The next testing milestone, Hardy Alpha 5, is scheduled for next
Thursday, February 21. Hardy Alpha 5 will again use a "soft freeze"
for main, as described in previous announcements:
This means that developers are asked to refrain from uploading
packages between Tuesday and Thursday which don't bring us closer to
releasing the alpha, so that these days can be used for settling the
archive and fixing any remaining show stoppers.

The list of bugs targeted for alpha-5 can be found in a couple of
different places, according to your tastes:

 * https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+milestone/hardy-alpha-5
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bugs?field.milestone%3Alist=951

=== New MOTU Member ===

The MOTU Council agreed that Matvey Kozhev has all it takes to become
a MOTU. https://launchpad.net/~sikon

=== MOTU Freeze Team ===

Ubuntu now has a MOTU Release team for the remainder of the Hardy
cycle. It consists of:

 * Cesare Tirabassi
 * Luke Yelavich
 * Sarah Hobbs
 * Scott Kitterman
 * Stefan Potyra

This team is responsible for observing the freeze exception process:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FreezeExceptionProcess for the Universe and
Multiverse repositories. If you have any questions, let them know. The
MOTU team is confident that this team will stay on top of things and
make sure we have a good Universe and Multiverse in Hardy.

=== Hug Day - 19 February 2008 ===

For the next hug day we'll be working with bug reports regarding
printing, so make sure you have plenty of ink and paper! The bug team
will be looking at new bug reports regarding cupsys and
system-config-printer primarily and with those they'll be following up
with reporters, documenting test cases, confirming bug reports.  The
event will be held in #ubuntu-bugs on Freenode.  The list of targeted
bugs and tasks is posted at:

The goal is to deal with all of the bugs on that list and maybe more!

So on 19 February 2008, and lasting for 3 days in all timezones, the
bug team be meeting in #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net for another
Ubuntu Hug Day.

== New in Hardy Heron ==

=== PulseAudio ===

PulseAudio is a sound server that is a proxy for your sound needs. It
allows you to do advanced operations on your sound data as it passes
between your application and your hardware. Things like transferring
the audio to a different machine, changing the sample format or
channel count and mixing several sounds into one are easily achieved
using a sound server. Currently audio on Linux is a mess. Sound
servers like  Esound, Arts, Jack, PulseAudio constantly fight for
exclusive access to the sound device. Applications usually support
only a small subset of the available sound server/device APIs, and
need to be configured for their use. Alpha 4 includes PulseAudio
enabled by default. Some non-GNOME applications still need to be
changed to output to pulse/esd by default and the volume control tools
are still not integrated. The goal is to incorporate Pulse Audio to
make a single core sound program that will satisfy not only the
desktop user, but the professional sound guru too.

== In The Press ==

 *  Obsidian signs deal to offer Ubuntu training - South African Linux
and open source specialists, Obsidian, will be offering official
training for the Ubuntu Certified Professional program starting in
March. Obsidian will be providing both Ubuntu Professional Courses 1
and 2 for system administrators wanting to pass the required Linux
Professional Institute 101 and 102, and also Ubuntu 199 exams to
achieve the Ubuntu Certified Professional certification. These courses
are two in a series of classroom and e-learning courses available for
Ubuntu Linux professionals. Robin Edser, Obsidian Open Systems
Architect said: "It is fantastic that Ubuntu has reached the level
where relevant certified training has become available for Linux
professionals." http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=2138

 * What if Ubuntu Hosted a Repository and Nobody Came? - Bruce Byfield
questions the need for a commercial Ubuntu repository. Last week,
Canonical announced that it would be using its Partners repository to
sell proprietary applications like Parallels Workstation. You can see
the reasoning: Ubuntu already has the infrastructure for on-demand
downloads and software installation, so why not monetize it? But, if
past incarnations of the idea are any indication, then the results are
likely to be disappointing at best. For one thing, neither the free
software community nor the software vendors care for the idea, so
there's  little market for it. For another, with the recent maturity
of many pieces of free software, how many Ubuntu users will insist on
a brand name that they will pay for when they can get the
functionality for free? Judging by the Ubuntu forums, the most common
reaction has been mild curiosity.

 * Measuring Ubuntu's Boot Performance - Using Bootchart, Phoronix has
gone back and performed clean installations of Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS,
Ubuntu 6.10, Ubuntu 7.04, Ubuntu 7.10, and an Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
development build to analyze their boot performance. The Ubuntu 8.04
development copy was a daily build from February 7. With Ubuntu 6.06.1
LTS, the time it took to boot and reach the GDM was 32 seconds. The
disk throughput maximum was 19MB/s. While more processes had started
by default in Ubuntu 6.10, its boot time had decreased by one second.
Edgy Eft had booted in 31 seconds with a disk throughput maximum of
31MB/s. In Ubuntu 7.04 the boot time had once again decreased by a
second while its disk throughput had dropped to 27MB/s. This
performance boost had come while Ubuntu 7.04 had more services
starting by default at boot-time. However, the biggest boot
performance increase for Ubuntu had come in 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon with the
boot time dramatically decreasing down to 22 seconds. Even with many
new features and additions appearing in every new Ubuntu release, it's
gratifying to see the boot time continuing to drop. While the Ubuntu
8.04 build was three seconds slower than Ubuntu 7.10, expect further
optimizations to occur prior to the April release of Hardy Heron.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Commercial Ubuntu - A post by Bruce Byfield (see above), raises an
interesting question: will anyone use the Partner repository? If not,
could it alienate Ubuntu users from using the distribution? Alex
thinks what Bruce doesn't see is that this service is no different
from other software distribution methods. The main reason for
Canonical to do support a commercial repository is that Ubuntu is not
just for home desktop users - its for business users and Ubuntu Server
users, who may use proprietary applications for their businesses and
need a standard way of installing applications. Sun has its own
software distribution system, just as Apple's Mac OS X and MS Windows
do. Why is it forbidden for Linux distributions to have one that
includes commercial software? Alex thinks Bruce emotionally reacted to
the offering of something proprietary for Linux. While it is perfectly
fine for some users to be upset, business people might actually be
glad that they will be able to get the software they want or need in a
standard fashion.

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Documentation Team ===

 * http://doc.ubuntu.com is now up and working again as a preview
server for documentation for the development version of Ubuntu.
 * Great work is being done by the server team on improving and
expanding the server guide documentation

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, February 18, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: All Day Event
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080219

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek

=== Tuesday, February 19, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: All Day Event
 * End: All Day Event
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080219

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek

=== Wednesday, February 20, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: 00:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080219

==== TriLoCo-Midwest Meeting ====
 * Start: 01:00 UTC
 * End: 02:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: The TriLoCo-Midwest group, a newly formed entity made up of
the 3 approved loco teams Michigan, Ohio, and Chicago (US Teams) will
be meeting. The purpose of the TriLoCo-Midwest group is to encourage
cooperation between US LoCo teams in the Midwest for events such as

==== Launchpad users meeting ====
 * Start: 09:00 UTC
 * End: Not listed
 * Location: IRC channel #launchpad-meeting
 * Agenda: https://help.launchpad.net/UsersMeeting

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek

==== Platform Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 19:00 UTC
 * End: 20:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

==== Education Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

==== Server Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 21:00 UTC
 * End: 22:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

=== Thursday, February 21, 2008 ===

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 14:00 UTC
 * End: 15:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek

==== Community Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

=== Friday, February 22, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-577-1] Linux kernel vulnerability -
 * [USN-578-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * wzdftpd 0.6.1-1ubuntu1.2 -
 * python-uncertainities 0.001-3.1ubuntu1.1 -
 * vmware-player-kernel-2.6.15 -
 * linux-source-2.6.15 2.6.15-51.66 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.15 2.6.15-51.9 -
 * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.15 -
 * clamav_0.92~dfsg-2~dapper1ubuntu0.1 -
 * update-manager-core 0.56 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.17 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.20 -
 * dspam 3.6.8-4ubuntu1.1 -
 * clamav_0.90.2-0ubuntu1.6 -
 * klavaro 1.0.1-1ubuntu1 -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * linux-source-2.6.22 2.6.22-14.52 -
 * klavaro 1.0.3-1ubuntu1 -
 * twill 0.9~b1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * clamav_0.91.2-3ubuntu2.3 -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (39936) +16 # over last week
 * Critical (23) +2 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (20281) -71 # over last week
 * Unassigned (30476) +83 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (152393) +1505 # 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 (12389) -17 # over last week
 2. French (37728) +/-0 # over last week
 3. Swedish (49176) +/-0 # over last week
 4. English-UK (24947) +/-0 # over last week
 5. German (66051) -3 # 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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