Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #72

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Jan 7 05:03:46 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 72 for the weeks
December 30th - January 5th, 2008. In this issue: Alpha 3 Freeze,
Kubuntu Tutorials Day, Ubuntu Live Conference videos, a new Kubuntu
member, the success of Inkscape with Launchpad, Ubuntu Forum News,
Ubuntu Tutorial of the Week, and much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * Alpha 3 Freeze: Bug Time
 * Kubuntu Tutorials Day
 * New Kubuntu Member
 * Ubuntu Live Conference - A Look Back and Ahead
 * Launchpad News
 * Ubuntu Forum News
 * Ubuntu Tutorial of the Week
 * In The Press & Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Meetings & Events
 * Security & Updates
 * Bugs & Translations

== General Community News ==

=== Kubuntu Tutorials Day - Bugs ===

This is an in depth look at the process of Bug Triage used by the
Kubuntu Development Team. It covers who the team works with, why bug
triage is important, what skills are needed, bug reporting, the triage
process, testing and sorting the reported bugs, duplicates, working
upstream, and much more. To learn more about the bug process for
Kubuntu, or to get involved, visit the link. Help make every version
bug free by squashing a few yourself.

=== Ubuntu Live Conference - A Look Back and Ahead ===

With the announcement of the the 2008 Ubuntu Conference, taking place
on July 21-22, 2008 in Portland, Oregon, it seems fitting to look back
at some of the highlights of the 2007 conference. By following the
link to these videos, you can get a feel for how the conference works,
or whet your appetite for the upcoming get together. Reminisce, or see
what you missed, but make plans to attend the next conference.

=== New Kubuntu Member ===

Yuriy Kozlov started the Massachusetts LoCo (Team was approved in
November). He also did a summer of code project in 2006 — the Guidance
configuration module for Wine. Most recently he has been working on
porting Adept to KDE 4. https://launchpad.net/~yuriy-kozlov

=== Alpha 3 Freeze Ahead, Time to Squash Bugs ===

This developer milestone is intended to be used for tracking bugs that
must be fixed in order for the alpha release to happen.  To figure out
whether a bug should block the alpha, developers will err on the side
of caution by using the milestone for the bug so that the release team
can review it. The number of bugs blocking the alpha is expected to be
relatively small, so developers without any milestoned bugs will help
with the list of bugs that are listed as release-critical for Hardy as
a whole: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/+bugs.

== Launchpad News ==

=== A fantastic result for Inkscape with Launchpad ===
Just a couple weeks after Inkscape moved its bug tracker to Launchpad
(see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue67), the
results are impressive! The Inkscape community has been working very
hard, and the number of new bugs has decreased from about 1800 to 1500
within a week. Mark Shuttleworth elaborates on the strength of the
Open Source community in his article:

== Ubuntu Forum News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===
So, K.Mandla, dedicated interviewer, UF moderator and so much more
(running half-marathons, speaking four languages, etc), has finally
answered the "Nine Simple Questions." You can read the article here:

=== Ubuntu Tutorial of the Week ===
The idea is to highlight a Tutorial every week, as an example, and
maybe improve the quality of the Tutorial & Tips sub-forum.

You can subscribe to the closed thread to get the notifications each
week: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=655207. The discussion
thread regarding the Tutorial of the Week can be found here:

== In The Press ==

 *  OpenVZ to release pre-made Ubuntu VMs - The OpenVZ Project will
release on Jan. 8th, pre-made Ubuntu 7.10 server and desktop virtual
machines. The OpenVZ Project is an open source community branch of
SWsoft, the virtualization company behind Parallels and Virtuozzo.
Here's how it works: users will download an Ubuntu software template
from OpenVZ. With this template, they can then set up OpenVZ VMs
(virtual machines) of either Ubuntu server or desktop on an existing
Linux system. This software represents a combined effort by OpenVZ and
Canonical, Ubuntu's commercial sponsor, to make it easier for
administrators to quickly deploy Ubuntu desktops or servers. How
quick? OpenVZ claims that a system manager will be able to set up a
new Ubuntu server in about a minute.

 * When Enlightenment met Ubuntu - Many Linux distributions try to be
visually appealing. Some use Beryl-Compiz for cool 3-D effects on
resource-laden boxes, while others turn to desktops like Enlightenment
for a little bit of gloss at the expense of functionality. Geubuntu is
a new distro that combines the best of those two worlds, equipping
Enlightenment with bits from GNOME and Xfce on top of Ubuntu. Geubuntu
7.10 "Luna Nuova" is only the second release of the distro, which
seems to trace Ubuntu's release cycle. Despite being a young distro
with just two releases under its belt, Geubuntu delivers a visually
stunning desktop without compromising functionality. Built atop
Ubuntu, the distro has a solid, well-tested base.

 * 7 Months with Ubuntu - In early June 2007, Mark Joseph Edwards
finally got around to giving Ubuntu another look (using a bootable
Live CD) and was pleasantly surprised. The new OS recognized all his
hardware immediately, including his printers, wired Ethernet cards,
and half a dozen different Wi-Fi cards. He then poked around the
desktop a little bit and discovered that almost all the tools he
needed for day-to-day work were either already installed by default or
were available for easy Internet-based installation with a few clicks
of the mouse. It was at that point that Ubuntu really got his
attention. He found myself thinking that he could quickly install
Ubuntu along with all the tools he need and take the OS for an
extended long-term test drive. He found that Ubuntu is reasonably
secure, has decent desktop controls that help prevent unwanted access
(similar to Vista's User Access Control--UAC), and is relatively
quickly patched when security problems appear in various OS
components. Installing those patches is easy too--a bit easier than
typical desktop updates on Windows platforms.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Built-in apps get an "A", wireless support an "F" - Dennis O'Reilly
at cnet.com blogs has tested Ubuntu. He is very impressed with the
overall distribution, and all the applications bundled in Ubuntu,
especially the ones he did not expect: F-Spot Photo Manager, GIMP
Image Editor, Open Office.org Drawing app, XSane Image Scanner, Movie
Player, Rhythmbox Music Player, Serpentine Audio CD-Creator, Sound
Juicer CD Extractor, Sound Recorder, Ekiga, Evolution, Pidgin client
(previously known as Gaim). He also enjoyed the games: "Blackjack,
Sudoku, and a Tetris knockoff; there's even a version of my favorite
time-waster, Mahjongg". But did not manage to make the wireless work
out of the box or with ndiswrapper. The comments on the article offer
different solutions. http://www.cnet.com/8301-13880_1-9838468-68.html

 * How I Spent My Christmas Vacation - Craig Mathias loaded up Ubuntu,
and came away very impressed. It installs like a breeze, it's easy to
use (OK, a little background in UNIX is required, but this can be
fixed over time), it's fast, and it includes everything one might need
- the Firefox browser, Open Office, and a Virtual Network Computing
(VNC) client. VNC is particularly important here because one can
access other VNC-equipped machines, of any form, and control them
remotely - just like Microsoft Remote Desktop, but
platform-independent. His company, Farpoint Group, may be done
purchasing new Microsoft operating systems and PCs to run them, and
that is a thrilling prospect for the bottom line.

 * Ubuntu: Beyond the Hype - This is not the first time this author
had a look at Ubuntu. Though many (often as baseless as they are bold)
claims are still repeated all around, Ubuntu has come a long way.
Perhaps there's a strong self-fulfilling prophecy going on. With lots
of users flocking to Ubuntu, the user base has really taken off. The
Ubuntu forums he checked out were filled with useful comments, and the
wikis and other kind of websites are likewise full of useful
information, not just about Ubuntu and derivatives, but also Linux in
general. Today there's surely much more substance to at least some of
the claims: Ubuntu is easy to install, easy to use, easy to manage.
Please visit the link for a more in depth look at this author's recent
experience with Ubuntu.

 * For 2008 Media Will Create Red Hat-Ubuntu War -  Here's an easy
prediction to make. In 2008 the media will gin up a "war" between Red
Hat and Ubuntu for "control" of Linux. It's already started. The
latest distribution of Red Hat Fedora, Fedora 8, is called "an
assault" on Ubuntu at Mad Penguin. The new Fedora 8 has improved
support for notebooks, for gamers, and for programs like Pulse Audio.
These are good things, and it will be interesting to see how Ubuntu
raises the bar in 2008. Another way in which the media will crank up
the Red Hat-Ubuntu "war" theme involves the hiring of Jim Whitehurst
as CEO, replacing Matthew Szulik. You're going to see a host of
articles over the next two weeks contrasting Mark Shuttleworth's
entrepreneurial flair with Whitehurst's button-down mind. But the
competition is a good thing. It means new features, new options, and
new possibilities for all Linux users in 2008. The more successful
businesses we have based on Linux, and the more money they make, the
better for everyone. http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1848

== In Other News ==

=== Rocket Linux To Launch At CES ===

The startup that used Linux on the fast-selling $199 Wal-Mart PC last
November will launch version 2.0 of its gOS operating system, dubbed
Rocket, Monday in Las Vegas. Rocket will add new Google-based
applications and features as it debuts at the Consumer Electronics
Show. It will also be available as a free download at
www.thinkgos.com. A Google search function is built into the center of
the gOS 2.0 desktop. The operating system already works with Google's
online applications, such as Gmail, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, and
Google Maps. Rocket, like the first version of gOS, is based on
Ubuntu, but has a desktop workspace based on the Enlightenment 17.
Rocket will come with its first custom application, gBooth, a
browser-based webcam application that can capture photos and video,
add special effects, and share the results across Facebook, You Tube,
and other web services.

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, January 9, 2008 ===

==== Edubuntu meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 22:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

==== US Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 US/Pacific
 * End: 21:00 US/Pacific
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/USTeams/MeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, January 10, 2008 ===

==== Desktop Team Development Meeting ====
 * Start: 14:00 UTC
 * End: 15:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: Beyond the normal reporting by each team member, additional
agenda items will be listed on the
[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting Meeting wikipage]

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * Accepted: langpack-locales (source) -
 * Accepted: wesnoth_1.1+reverted+to+1.0.2-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * Accepted: opera 9.25-20071214.6dapper1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: tzdata 2007k-0ubuntu0.6.10 (source) -
 * Accepted: wesnoth_1.1.8-1ubuntu0.2 -
 * Accepted: opera 9.25-20071214.6edgy1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * Accepted: tzdata 2007k-0ubuntu0.7.04 (source) -
 * Accepted: wesnoth_1.2.3-0ubuntu1.3 -
 * Accepted: opera 9.25-20071214.6feisty1 (source) -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * Accepted: tzdata 2007k-0ubuntu0.7.10 (source) -
 * Accepted: avahi 0.6.20-2ubuntu3.1 (source) -
 * Accepted: wesnoth_1.2.6-1ubuntu2.4 -
 * Accepted: opera 9.25-20071214.6gutsy1 (source) -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (38776) +124 # over last week
 * Critical (19) +/-0 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (19820) +41 # over last week
 * Unassigned (29119) +135 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (143449) +1089 # 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 (12589) -780 # over last week
 2. French (37728) +/-0 # over last week
 3. Swedish (49184) -73 # over last week
 4. English-UK (27547) -11532 # over last week
 5. German (66656) +/-0 # 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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