Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #98

John Crawford johnc4510 at cox.net
Sun Jul 6 20:25:37 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #98 for the week June 
29th - July 5th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS 
released, Intrepid Alpha 2 due out Thursday, Ubuntu Brainstorm, Two new 
Ubuntu Teams, Kubuntu Intrepid News, Ubuntu Nicaragua TV show, Launchpad 
1.2.6 released, Launchpod episode #6, New Ubuntu Forums Interviews Host, 
Ubuntu-UK podcast #9, 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 8.04.1 released
* Intrepid Alpha 2 due out Thursday
* Ubuntu Brainstorm
* Two new Ubuntu Teams
* Kubuntu Intrepid news
* Ubuntu Stats & Bugs
* Ubuntu Nicaragua
* Launchpad News
* Ubuntu Forums news
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Ubuntu-UK podcast #9
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS released ===

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS, 
the first maintenance update to Ubuntu's 8.04 LTS release. In all, over 
200 updates have been integrated, and updated installation media has 
been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after 
installation. These include security updates and corrections for other 
high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and 
compatibility with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS. Since its release, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS 
has seen widespread use in a variety of desktop and server deployments, 
and the Ubuntu team has focused their efforts on resolving the issues 
reported by people deploying Ubuntu in the real world. 

=== Intrepid Alpha 2 due out Thursday ===

With the DebianImportFreeze now in effect, and most merges being done, 
the time for the second Intrepid Alpha has come. It is scheduled for 
next Thursday, July 10. Developers should refrain from uploading 
packages between Tuesday and Thursday which don't bring us closer to 
releasing the alpha. This milestone is intended to be used for tracking 
bugs that must be fixed in order for the alpha release to happen. Alpha 
releases are not intended for anyone needing a stable system. A list of 
bugs targeted for the alpha-2 realease can be found at the link along 
with further information to aide developers. 

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm ===

==== 1 Million Votes ====

There have already been one million votes cast at the Brainstrom site on 
ideas by Ubuntu users. WOW! Congrats to Brainstorm, and a high five to 
the Ubuntu Community for their participation!

==== Call for moderators for project-specific Brainstorm frontends ====

At the moment, ideas at Ubuntu Brainstorm can concern any project, 
Ubuntu-related or upstream. As a project maintainer however, you may 
want more visibility and control with the part of the website dedicated 
to your project, and an easier way to deal with your ideas. That's what 
is coming next! If you are willing to moderate it, you can ask for a 
brainstorm.ubuntu.com/project_name/ area. This "subsection" will be like 
the current Brainstorm site, and use the same idea database, but ideas 
will be filtered by your project - it's basically a Brainstorm front end 
for your project. If you are interested, you can ask for it on the 
mailing list or in IRC channel #ubuntu-testing. For project maintainers 
who are interested in feedback and who want to use their own tools, XML 
export will be provided in the next update. 

=== Two new Ubuntu Teams ===

==== Ubuntu Java Team ====

Up and running, and already the new Java team has had its first meeting. 
That doesn't mean that you have missed out on it though. The team is 
just getting started and they are enthusiastic about making Java rock 
with Ubuntu. If you are interested in joining this new Ubuntu team, join 
#ubuntu-java on freenode and introduce yourself. 

==== Ubuntu Web Presence Team ====

Want to help make the Ubuntu website a thing of greater beauty? If so, 
here’s your chance. The newly created Ubuntu Web Presence team is 
recruiting members. If you’re excited about web technologies this is the 
team for you. Some of the tasks this team will tackle include:

* New countdown banners for the releases
* Contribute to the start page that users see when they first load 
Ubuntu (http://start.ubuntu.com/8.04)
* Allow localization of key portions of the Ubuntu website
* Use your javascript, python or PHP coding skills to create exciting 
new features
* Design a visually engaging website experience
* Enable more people in the community to help out
* And more… the possibilities are limitless!

Sign up now by joining the Web Presence Team’s mailing list and 
introducing yourself: 


=== Kubuntu Intrepid News ===

Kubuntu Intrepid will bring major changes with KDE 4.1, fixing a lot of 
bugs or making them irrelevant. The team needs help sorting out which 
bugs can now be closed, which still need to be fixed in Intrepid, and 
which bugs are really important and need to be fixed in Hardy/KDE3. The 
next hug day, Tuesday, July 8th, will focus on transitioning old KDE3 
bug reports to KDE4. The event will be held in #ubuntu-bugs on Freenode.

The list of targeted bugs with instructions is posted at: 

The goal is to deal with all of the bugs on that list. 

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (47228) +36 # over last week
* Critical (29) -3 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (23398) +50 # over last week
* Unassigned (77) ±0 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (193473) +1196 # 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 Hardy ===

This is the top 5, not specific languages, so the languages might change 
week to week.

* Spanish (12210)
* French (39132)
* English (United Kingdom) (49696)
* Swedish (52861)
* Brazilian Portuguese (54600)

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron," see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo ===

By combining forces, the Ubuntu Nicaragua LoCo and the Nicaragua LUG 
have secured a weekly spot on their countries biggest television 
network. It will be a technology show airing every Tuesday beginning 
July 15th. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only produce a 
television show, but to have the chance to help spread the word about 
open source in Nicaragua. Great job Nicaragua! 

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 1.2.6 released ===

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the July 1st, 2008 release of 
Launchpad 1.2.6! New features for this release include:

* two great improvements to code review, including an email interface: 
* a new interface for bugs, translations and distribution pages: 
* more control over code imports: 

Get the full review of all the exciting new Launchpad features here: 

=== Launchpod episode #6: Greasemonkey scripts and LP developer 
interview ===

The latest from the Launchpad developers, questions from Launchpad users 
and stories from people who’ve found Launchpad useful. Hosted by: 
Matthew Revell, Joey Stanford and Elliot Murphy.

In this episode:

* About the bug page, distro page and translations page UI changes - 
give us your feedback on them!
* Members of the Launchpad user community have developed Greasemonkey 
scripts to tweak Launchpad’s interface.
* Launchpad developer Tom Berger talks about his work on the Launchpad 
bug tracker, the bug page UI changes and the forthcoming Launchpad API.
* Joey’s secret number of the week! Plus an insight into Launchpad’s 
future and our QA

Send us your ideas and questions to feedback at launchpad.net!


== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== New Ubuntu Forums Interviews Host ===

K.Mandla has been running the UF interviews since last September. The 
idea originated in a discussion thread in the Staff area on UF, and 
K.Mandla designed the Nine Simple Questions, set up the interviews 
schedule and published them on Motho ke motho ka botho, with a unique 
and cheerful style. 

Real life events are preventing K.Mandla from putting the needed time 
and energy into the project, so Matthew is going to continue, and 
possibly expand the scope to include people from the general Ubuntu 
community. You can read the whole story from K.Mandla and Matthew here:

K.Mandla: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2008/07/04/community-interviews/


Many thanks to K.Mandla for all the hard work, and to Matthew, an admin 
at ubuntuforums, for taking up the project!

=== Ubuntu Forums Interviews ===

forestpixie accepted to be the first "victim, *ahem* I mean volunteer" 
as Matthew puts it! From UK and living with his 8-year old child, 
forestpixie is another member from the Commodore era. He had a 
not-so-funny experience on the forums: he lost all his posts and 
whatnots in a database blink. Fortunately, forestpixie is really easy 
going, the account could retrieve the customizations with some admin 
work, but not all the posts.. Please meet with him here: 

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

The highlighted tutorial this week will interest Hotmail users, and 
Evolution users too. As if you didn't see it coming, it's "HOWTO: Send 
and Receive Hotmail through Evolution" by Indras.
Following the steps in Indras' thread will get Evolution hooked up to 
your Hotmail account, and let you read your e-mail without needing the 
browser interface.
And even though the thread dates back to 2006, recent replies suggest it 
works just as well now as it did then. And it's well-formatted, with 
easy-to-read code boxes and highlighted steps. It's a good example of a 
nicely built tutorial.

== In The Press ==

* The Blessings of Synchronized Releases - The open source community is 
currently debating the merits, if any, of synchronizing the release 
schedules of several of the bigger key projects that make up a Linux 
distribution. Thom Holwerda thinks that beating Apple and Microsoft, on 
their own marketing turf, is going to be difficult. He believes that by 
synchronizing releases of the various applications and distributions, 
then using the assets the community already has in place, we stands a 
better chance of succeeding. Open source is a technically adept 
community with lots of blogs, IM friends, and IRC access and should be 
using those assets to promote and advance the cause. 

* Microsoft tactics push India toward Linux - Tamil Nadu, India may be 
purchasing 100,000 laptops this year to redistribute to students at a 
greatly reduced price. The operating systems of choice would be SUSE and 
Ubuntu. They are already using both on over 2,000 desktops and laptops 
and have found them to be far superior to other operating systems. This 
sounds like another reason for the open source community to rejoice, but 
we shouldn't count on it yet. It seems this announcement came about 
after Microsoft raised it's licensing proposal from $12 for the basic 
OS, to $57 for a bundled package that also included MS Office. Any 
counter offer might put the Linux installed laptops on hold. 

* Making desktop Linux work for business - Today's IT managers face 
tough choices. PCs that run fine today have an uncertain upgrade path, 
especially now that Microsoft has chosen to discontinue Windows XP. 
Upgrade costs associated with Vista, coupled with the ever-escalating 
cost of application licenses, make switching to desktop Linux an 
increasingly attractive option. Neil McAllister makes the claim that, " 
When it comes to making the break from Windows, Linux is ready when you 
are". The article is more cautionary however as it outlines some of the 
problems that businesses can run into in making the switch to Linux. 
However, if a company can afford to be flexible, there are Linux options 
such as Ubuntu available that specialize in delivering a high quality 
user experience, and are backed by commercial support. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

* First Look: Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Alpha 1 - Intrepid Ibex features 
updates to the Linux kernel as well as some interesting new gizmos on 
the desktop. The most noticeable change to Linux’s leading desktop is a 
darker brown visual theme. Ibex will introduce new networking 
configuration tools that will let users find and connect to wifi 
networks more easily, and include support for most broadband wireless 3G 
networks. System tweaks will focus on speeding up performance to cut 
boot time, and utilizing pre-fetching techniques to shorten the time 
needed to load programs. Intrepid will also include better Flash 
support, better KDE support for Firefox, and the upcoming release of 
Open Office 3. Keep in mind that being an alpha release, things can 
change before the final comes out. 

* Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 Screenshot Tour - Marius Nestor has compiled some 
screen shots of Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1, Intrepid Ibex, showing what the new 
darker theme may look like. One change, according to Mark Shuttleworth, 
will be the ability to stay connected to the internet as you go from the 
office, to the train, or home. Being an Alpha release, many things may 
change before the final comes out. 

* Ubuntu - Ready For Prime Time - Big``Jolly declares that not only does 
Ubuntu Rock, it is now easier to install and use than ever before. 
Anyone can safely tell their friends to install the latest Ubuntu 
version, Hardy Heron 8.04. They’ll get the latest version of Firefox, 
GIMP, a photo manager, streaming audio, Open Office 2.4, and so many 
games they won’t have time to blog. Plus, there are thousands more FREE 
open source programs at their disposal. His enthusiasm is contagious, 
and some of his readers give their reactions to Ubuntu in their 

* My Awesome Ubuntu Experience - Lone Truth has been trying different 
versions of Linux off and on since 1999, but always ended up going back 
to Windows. He has become increasing aware lately that his current OS 
just isn't cutting it, and after hearing good things about Ubuntu, he 
decided to give a try. He downloaded the ISO and installed Hardy 8.04 
and booted into his new system. His wireless, sound card, and file 
sharing worked right out of the box. He especially liked the speed of 
updating and not having to reboot after each upgrade. There were some 
tweaks needed, but overall he is very impressed with Ubuntu and Linux in 
general. http://lonetruth.wordpress.com/2008/06/30/ubuntu-experience/

* My path to Ubuntu, and why I stayed. - In this comment to the article, 
Linux Trends Show Ubuntu Overtaking Competition, OMRebel explains how he 
got started using Ubuntu and why he has stayed with it. At first, he was 
leery of the hype that surrounded the distribution, but now feels that 
there is legitimate reason for it. Aside a from better "out of the box" 
experience, the Ubuntu community is one of the biggest factors in 
Ubuntu's success, and a major asset. http://www.osnews.com/thread?321211

* Which Linux Distributions Are Dying? - possible248, in a reaction to 
an article he read, pulled some graphs from Google Trends showing the 
direction of growth for various Linux distributions. In the end, there 
are 2 graphs that rather speak for themselves, one shows the growth of 
Ubuntu, the other shows that Ubuntu is possibly overtaking Linux as a 
google search term. He believes that the newer distributions of Linux 
are on the rise, and that Ubuntu is rising at a "shocking" rate. (It 
should be noted that Google Trends is not necessarily the best set of 
statistics available, but it's what the author based his conclusions 
on.) http://codingexperiments.com/archives/149

* Five Reasons Ubuntu Is the #1 Linux Distro - Andrew Min tells us the 5 
main reasons why he feels Ubuntu is the #1 Linux distro. His 
explanations are geared to reflect the feelings of both the average user 
and the hardcore hacker to show how Ubuntu reaches out to both. Ease of 
use, a balance of power, the community, the regular releases, and the 
professional support available to those who need it are Andrew's main 
reasons for his statement that Ubuntu is the #1 Linux distro available 
(Five Reasons Ubuntu Is the #1 Linux Distro)

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu-UK podcast #9: Playing for keeps ===

Laura Cowen, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the ninth 
episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.

In this episode:

* Efficient PC hardware review
* We review the Wraith PC from Efficient PC. Listen in to our next 
episode (number 10) for a chance to win this great computer!
* Ubuntu mobile edition confusion
* Lugradio Live discussion
* Drobo disk storage robot and Drobo Share
* Competition:
* The competition from Episode 8 is still open. It will end on the 12th 
July. (we have extended the competition due to the last episode being 

Comments and suggestions are welcome at: podcast at ubuntu-uk.org


=== Ubuntubash website ===

Ubuntubash is a bash.org type site for the community, and independent 
from Ubuntu. It is meant to be a fun outlet that lets users post content 
not usually found in the main channels. It may be your cup of tea, or 
maybe not, but it's sure to provide some interesting reading. 

== Correction ==

In our June 22nd issue, we reported that the MOTU council had approved 
two new applicants for core-dev membership. These new applicants were 
actually approved by the Technical Board, as all core-dev applicants are.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, July 8, 2008 ===

==== Asia and Oceania Ubuntu Membership Approval Board Meeting ====

* Start: 11:00 UTC
* End: 12:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/AsiaOceania

==== Server Team Meeting ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

=== Wednesday, July 9, 2008 ===

==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

==== Platform Team Meeting ====

* Start: 22:00 UTC
* End: 23:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

=== Thursday, July 10, 2008 ===

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Mobile Meeting ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

=== Friday, July 11, 2008 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====

* Start: 12:00 UTC
* End: 13:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

=== Saturday, July 12, 2008 ===

==== Xubuntu Community Meeting ====

* Start: 13:00 UTC
* End: 15:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.04, 7.10, and 8.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

* [USN-617-2] Samba regression - 

* [USN-619-1] Firefox vulnerabilities - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

* samba_3.0.22-1ubuntu3.8 - 
* libxfcegui4_4.3.90.2svn+r21598-0ubuntu2.1 - 
* firefox 1.5.dfsg+ - 
* xfce4-panel_4.3.90.1svn+r21633-0ubuntu2.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* samba_3.0.24-2ubuntu1.7 - 
* libxfcegui4_4.4.0-0ubuntu2.1 - 
* update-manager 1:0.59.26 - 
* firefox - 
* xfce4-panel_4.4.0-0ubuntu1.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

* pam-pgsql 0.6.3-0ubuntu1.7.10.1 - 
* samba_3.0.26a-1ubuntu2.5 - 
* libxfcegui4_4.4.1-1ubuntu1.1 - 
* firefox - 
* pidgin 1:2.2.1-1ubuntu4.2 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

* python-qt4 4.3.3-2ubuntu4.1 - 
* openoffice.org 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2 - 
* openoffice.org-l10n 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2 - 
* pam-pgsql 0.6.3-0ubuntu1.8.04.1 - 
* samba_3.0.28a-1ubuntu4.4 - 
* xfce4-utils 4.4.2-4ubuntu1.1 - 
* ubuntu-restricted-extras 15.2 - 
* axyl 2.1.14ubuntu1 - 
* enthought-traits-ui 2.0.1b1-3ubuntu1.1 - 
* trousers 0.3.1-4ubuntu0.2 - 
* xfce4-session 4.4.2-2ubuntu2.1 - 
* xserver-xorg-video-geode 2.9.0-1ubuntu2.4 - 
* firefox - 
* pidgin 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2.1 - 
* nss - 
* nspr 4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.2 - 
* poppler 0.6.4-1ubuntu3 - 
* xubuntu-default-settings 0.39.1 - 
* avant-window-navigator 0.2.1-0ubuntu2.1 - 
* wink 1.5.1060-3ubuntu1.2 - 
* opencryptoki 2.2.5+dfsg-1ubuntu1.3 - 
* hfsprogs 332.14-1ubuntu0.1 - 
* thoggen 0.7.1-0ubuntu1 - 
* ubuntulooks 0.9.12-12 - 
* gtk2-engines-murrine 0.53.1-1ubuntu2 - 
* dolphin 0.9.2-0ubuntu6.1 - 
* dnsmasq 2.41-2ubuntu2 - 
* python-apt 0.7.4ubuntu7.1 - 
* php5 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.2 - 
* gnome-games 1: - 
* xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.2.1-1ubuntu13.5 - 
* update-notifier 0.70.8 - 
* gtkmathview 0.8.0-1ubuntu1.1 - 

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