Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue #100

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Jul 21 04:31:48 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #100 for the week July
13th - July 19th, 2008. In this issue we cover: UWN 100th Issue, UWN
Past & Present Staff Podcast, Mark Shuttleworth podcast, Comments from
Past & Present Editors, Joining the UWN staff, New Ubuntu QA team,
Call for nominations for Tech Board, Alpha 3 soft freeze, Next UDS,
Peru LoCo gives Ubuntu presentation at San Marcos University, Ubuntu
Ireland gets local press coverage, Ubuntu Nicaragua Continues with TV
shows, New Leader for Ubuntu France, Ubuntu-UK podcast #10, 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 100th Issue
 * UWN Past & Present Editors Podcast
 * Mark Shuttleworth podcast
 * Joining the UWN staff
 * New Ubuntu QA team
 * Call for nominations for Tech Board
 * Alpha 3 soft freeze
 * Next Ubuntu UDS
 * Ubuntu stats
 * LoCo news
 * Ubuntu Forums news
 * In the Press & Blogosphere
 * Ubuntu-UK podcast #10
 * UWN podcast transcriptions
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security

== UWN 100th issue ==

Welcome to the 100th issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter!

The purpose of this newsletter is to let everyone know what is
happening in all the different corners of the vast Ubuntu community.
The first issue was unleashed 04 June 2006, a few days after the
release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Since then, four releases have come out
and community has grown by leaps and bounds. We, at the Ubuntu Weekly
Newsletter, have tried to let readers know the the going-ons in the
vast and growing community, including information from the different
teams, LoCos, forums, mailing lists, IRC universe, and newsworthy
press coverage and blogs. Many LoCos help spreading the news by doing
translations. Current translations include: Spanish, Italian, French,
and Hebrew.

It has undoubtedly been a fun and rewarding experience for all involved!

We would like to thank all our readers for all their comments and
corrections (yes, we do make mistakes!) .

As always, the UWN staff welcomes any feedback.

=== History ===

Before the UWN, there were several other publications that kept the
community up to date. Benjamin Mako Hill published the first Ubuntu
Traffic 27 August 2004. Ubuntu Traffic was modeled after Kernel
Traffic, and even used the same software. It was focused on summaries
of major wiki pages, IRC, and mailing list. Mako published it weekly
by himself, usually taking about a day to do. Every message sent to
every Ubuntu list was read, but soon became very difficult as the
community grew. The last issue of Ubuntu Traffic was released 04
February 2005.

Soon, different teams took it on themselves to improve communication
internally and to communicate better with the rest of the project and
followed the newsletter model to do that. Vincent Untz published the
first Ubuntu Desktop Newsletter in December 2005, followed by the
Ubuntu Documentation Newsletter, Kubuntu Newsletter, and Edubuntu

Creating separate newsletters became unwieldy quickly. All the
newsletters were brought back under one roof when Matt Galvin released
the first issue of the UWN on 04 June 2006.

=== Retrospect ===

Issue #1 high points:

 * New look for www.ubuntu.com
 * Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, and Xubuntu 6.06 Released
 * Paris Summit to be held at the Charles de Gaulle, Paris hotel from
Monday 19th to Friday 23rd June 2006

Issue #25 high points: Contributors - Cody Somerville, Jenda Vancura,
Corey Burger, Toby Smithe, Martin Albisetti, Freddy Martinez, Melissa

 * Feisty Herd 1 released
 * Ubuntu-devel mailing list split into core developers and MOTU
 * Ubuntu Canada and Ubuntu Nebraska and UbuntuAZ(South Africa) holds
first meeting
 * Call for installer developers
 * Ubuntu named "King Distro for 2006" Distrowatch and Google Trends
 * Mark Shuttleworth sends an open letter to openSUSE developers
asking for those concerned with Novell's recent pact with Microsoft to
"come join the Ubuntu project."

Issue #50 high points: Contributors - Martin Albisetti, Dawid van
Wyngaard, Nick Ali, John Crawford, Corey Burger

 * Canonical working on Desktop Training courses, and asks for help
from the community to develop
 * US LoCo Teams "Call to Arms!- An effort to get LoCo teams in every
US state by the end of 2008
 * New in Gutsy Gibbon - Drag and Drop Gnome application tabs now featured
 * Launchpad 1.1.7 released - Answer Tracker for FAQ, Personal Package
 * Canonical announces Landscape, a Web-based systems management
application for servers and desktops at Ubuntu Live conference in
Portland, OR

Issue #75 high points: contributors - Nick Ali, John Crawford, Craig Eddy

 * Hardy Heron Alpha 4 Freeze announced
 * Ubuntu 6.06.2 LTS Release
 * Voting open on MOTU Council Election
 * Launchpad 1.2.1 released - No more sysadmin request need to delete
a PPA package
 * Dell releases XPS 1330n Ubuntu preinstalled laptops to the European Markets
 * Full Circle Magazine issue #9 available
 * Community Council decides on the concept of a LoCo Council to
streamline membership approval

=== UWN Past and Present Staff Podcast ===

Several of the past and present contributors of the UWN came together
to share their experiences with the UWN in a podcast. Martin
Albisetti, Cody Somerville, Joey Stanford, John Crawford, Craig Eddy,
and Nick Ali discuss how they got involved, the process of creating
each issue, what technologies were used, and their impressions of the

Download the podcast:
 * Ogg - http://www.ubuntu-georgia.org/files/UWN_staff.ogg
 * Mp3 - http://www.ubuntu-georgia.org/files/UWN_staff.mp3

A transcript of this podcast can be found below.

Special thanks to Joey Stanford for organizing and hosting the
podcasts, Craig Eddy for the great introductions and John Crawford for
recording the sessions.

=== Mark Shuttleworth podcast ===

Join Martin Albisetti as he conducts a special interview of Mark
Shuttleworth about what the UWN means to the community, what he likes,
what he would like to see more of, and his thanks for being such a
great asset to the community.

Download the podcast:
 * Ogg - http://www.ubuntu-georgia.org/files/Shuttleworth_interview.ogg
 * Mp3 - http://www.ubuntu-georgia.org/files/Shuttleworth_interview.mp3

The transcript of this podcast can be found below.

== Comments from Past & Present UWN Editors ==

=== Cody Somerville ===

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is one of the few items in my mailbox
that I look forward to reading each week and I'm proud to have served
as the Chief Editor (Special thanks to Corey Burger for initially
mentoring me into the role) for over 40 issues. It has been a huge
pleasure to be able to work with some awesome folks like Corey, Nick,
Martin, and Joey and equally exciting to see new faces such as Craig.

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter was my gateway drug in terms of being a
Ubuntu contributor. I wouldn't be a MOTU or involved in leading
Xubuntu now if it wasn't for this awesomely informative and often
educational community treasure. I encourage everyone to get more
involved in the UWN - its your duty as a community member :)

=== Martin Albisetti ===

UWN was the first place I got to help out in the community, thanks to
Corey Burger and Cody Somerville who where the main editors at the
time, and it proved to be an entrance gate into other more complex
places in the community.
Having worked on the newsletter for over a year, I can truly say that
it's an experience worth going through, especially if you're in your
first steps in the community. It gives you a very good idea of the
depth and size of the Ubuntu community, and helps you later on in any
path you decide to continue on, already knowing who the key people
are, and what the main processes look like.

Additionally, you also get to work with many cool people like Nick,
John, Cody, Craig and Joey, and the feedback from the readers on each
release is amazing.

Congratulations to all the people that made the 100 editions possible.

=== Craig A. Eddy ===

Being a part of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter has been an experience
and a half.  When I first joined the Arizona LoCo, I had no idea that
I'd be involved in as much as I am, nor get to meet the people that I
have.  I have had opportunities in the past to be a part of
communities, but none of them have had the camaraderie or focus that
this one has.  And that is amplified and concentrated in my
experiences with John and Nick.  A lot of work gets done, very often
live in the wiki, with people jokingly kidding about hogging the wiki
or mistakes and mis-types they may have made.  Then I look outside the
Newsletter, at some of the articles and links that the newsletter
provides, and see that there's a whole community that has this
easy-going, get the job done type of attitude.  There's no other word
I can find to express that except GREAT!  Thanks, friends.  And Happy
One Hundredth.

=== John Crawford ===

I began my work on the newsletter beginning with issue #48, and it's
been a fun, exciting, and educational year. Ubuntu continues to grow,
the community continues to excel, and we have more to report each week
than ever before. Creating a finished product on a weekly basis is a
challenge in itself, but thanks to the solid foundation put in place
by former staff and editors, the UWN has been able to grow as Ubuntu
has grown. Our thanks to all of them for their continue support and
contributions, and for making our job easier.

The current staff is a fantastic group, and I'm proud to call them my
friends. Each of us earned our Ubuntu memberships while working on the
UWN, and now that I think about it, I don't know of any past staffer
that isn't a Ubuntu member. That's pretty impressive.

Special thanks to Nick, Craig, and Martin.

=== Nick Ali ===

Just like the other editors, the UWN was the beginning of my journey
in the Ubuntu world. Sure I wanted the cool @ubuntu.com address. Sure
I wanted to be an Ubuntu member. But most of all I wanted to
contribute to the community that had created the great distribution I
used everyday. But it was tough finding something I thought I would
enjoy. I wasn't particularly interested in the MOTU route; I looked at
code all day for a living and I wasn't interested in doing it when I
came home. Looking through many wiki pages, hanging out in many IRC
channels, I found the UWN. There were no prerequisites to
contributing. Simply edit the wiki page. For the first issue I worked
on, UWN #32, I added two sentence summaries of news reports.

That was it. That made me a contributor. That made me an Ubuntu contributor.

69 issues later, I'm proud to have made friends like Cody and Joey who
share the same passion as me.

Thanks to Martin and Corey Burger for putting up with my incessant
questions when I started out.

Thanks to John, Craig, and Isabelle for tirelessly pounding away at
the UWN every week.

Till the 200th issue...

== Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Editors and Staff - Past and Present ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter has been brought to you by: (in order of

Silviu Bojica, Rocco Stanzione, Jeff Schering, Jonathan Riddell, Matt
Galvin, Jerome Gotangco, Christian Bjälevik, John Dong, Jenda Vancura,
ZM Chen, Brian Burger, Matt Zimmerman, Rich Johnson, Daniel T. Chen,
Paul Sladen, Matthew Revell, Richard Johnson, Corey Burger, Jordan
Mantha, Eldo Varghese, John Little, Christian Reis, Henrik Omma,
Melissa Draper, Hubert Figuiere, Paul O'Malley, Jenda Vancura, Paul
Sladen, Eldo Varghese, Christian Reis, Szilveszter Farkas, Brandon
Holtsclaw, Jerome S. Gotangco, Jenda Vancura, Joey Stanford, Matthew
Walster, Alexandre Vassalotti, Michael Vogt, Paul O'Malley, David
Symons, Pete Savage, "towsonu2003", Fabian Rodriguez, William Grant,
Ryan Paul, Jorge O. Castro, Lotusleaf, Jenda Vančura, Matthew Walster,
Tony Yarusso, Matty Janssen, Cody Somerville, Toby Smithe, Martin
Albisetti, Freddy Martinez, Isabelle Duchatelle, Rj Ian S. Sevilla,
Tony Yarusso, RJ Marsan, Mariano Mara, Markus Wimmer, Dan Buch, Nick
Ali, Audrey Deutschmann, Gabriele Monti, John Crawford, Dawid van
Wyngaard, Lionel Porcheron, Craig A. Eddy, Ruben - Hubuntu

And many others

== Joining the UWN staff ==

As Ubuntu has grown, so have the number of related articles, blogs,
teams, mailing lists, podcasts, etc., that the UWN staff reports on.
These are exciting times for Ubuntu and our community, and you can
help contribute by joining the Ubuntu Newsletter Team. Some ways to
join or contribute are listed below.

 * UWN mailing list: One way to get started is to join the mailing
list and post an introduction. We can then help guide you on how to
get started working for our publication.

 * UWN IRC channel: Anyone can drop by the UWN news channel and ask
how they can help. Just join #ubuntu-news on freenode and introduce

 * Translations: Anyone can help by translating our editions into
another language. We would especially like to see our worldwide
network of LoCo teams get involved with translations as a way of
contributing back to the community.

== General Community News ==

=== New Ubuntu QA team ===

A new community-driven Ubuntu QA team has formally been created [1]
and is rocking already! The Ubuntu QA team is focused on developing
tools, policies, and practices for ensuring Ubuntu's quality as a
distribution as well as providing general advice, oversight, and
leadership of QA activities within the Ubuntu project. [2]

The idea is to enhance the awareness and contributions to QA around
Ubuntu, as well as helping people interested in serious QA work find a
common, collaborative, and open environment. If you are interesting in
contributing or joining the Ubuntu QA team please read the team wiki
page. [2]

 * [1] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-qa
 * [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/


=== Call for nominations for Tech Board ===

The Technical Board is the custodian of technical architecture,
engineering processes and technology strategy in Ubuntu. They like to
make sure it represents the best combination of experience and
innovation from the Ubuntu desktop, server and mobile teams, and they
are welcoming nominations for additional members of the Board. Tech
Board meetings happen on Tuesday every two weeks, at 14:00 UTC, though
the schedule has been adjusted to accommodate the membership at times.
You can find more information at the link including who to contact.

=== Alpha 3 Soft Freeze ===

Intrepid Alpha 3 will again use a "soft freeze" for main. 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 expected release date of
Intrepid Alpha 3 is next Thursday, July 24.

 * Intrepid Alpha 3 short bug list:
 * Intrepid Alpha 3 release critical bug list:


=== Next Ubuntu Developer Summit ===

The next Ubuntu Developer Summit will be for the 9.04 release, and
will take place Monday 8th - Friday 12th, of December 2008. It will be
held at the Google Campus, Mountain View, California, USA. The last
time it was held at this venue we had an excellent and productive UDS,
with strong participation. The date is out a little early so you can
mark it in your calendars. Very soon the process will be opening up
for you to register for UDS. More details can be found at


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (47090) -13 # over last week
 * Critical (24) -6 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (23622) +62 # over last week
 * Unassigned (38107) +242 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (196101) +1322 # 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 (12095)
 * French (39115)
 * English (United Kingdom) (49609)
 * Swedish (52859)
 * Brazilian Portuguese (54448)

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Peru LoCo gives Ubuntu presentation at San Marcos University ===

July 12th - Ubuntu Peru was invited to direct talks about Ubuntu in
the System and Informatic Engeniering Faculty of San Marcos
University. Nicolas Valcarcel (nxvl) talked about Ubuntu's release
process and learning from FLOSS. Michael Garrido (xander21c) talked
about Ubuntu Peru, the community, and Ubuntu and the command line.
Pictures are available at the link.

=== Ubuntu Ireland gets local press coverage ===

Ireland's Technology news service, Siliconrepublic: The upcoming
Software Freedom Day 2008 event, organised and run by Ubuntu Ireland,
will gather together all Ubuntu users from around the country and aims
to educate the wider public about the benefits of free open source
software (FOSS). The main event will be held at Camara's offices in
the Digital Hub in Dublin. Camara is a small charity organisation that
together with volunteers takes old computers and refurbishes them with
open source software before shipping these on to developing countries.
Ubuntu Ireland already has its sights set on bigger plans. In the near
future, they want to organise monthly events like: workshops,
presentations and tutorials.

=== Ubuntu Nicaragua Continues with Television Shows ===

In issue #98 we reported on Ubuntu Nicaragua working with the
Nicaraguan LUG to produce their own TV show. This is a once in a
lifetime chance to advocate on Nicaragua's largest television network
for FOSS. Two shows are completed now, and can be found by following
the links:

 * Episode #1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=UHFqw3VZAMU
 * Episode #2: http://youtube.com/ubuntunicaragua


=== New leader for Ubuntu France ===

Christophe Sauthier is now the official team leader of the Ubuntu
France LoCo. The team has lots of ongoing work, they had already
started the transition some months earlier : new website (the
transition to Drupal should be done within weeks), new projects, and
rework of some existing procedures to include more and more people in
the decision process.

== Launchpad News ==

=== 250000 Bugs Reported in Launchpad ===

Launchpad announces that 250 000 bugs have been reported in Launchpad!
 Bug #250000 was an Ubuntu bug reported against gnome-terminal.
Congratulations (or not?) for achieving this milestone! Perhaps this
is related to UWN reaching 100 issues, Ubuntu-UK podcast reaching 10
shows, and Launchpad being upgraded with huge UI changes. :)

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

This week's selection is a nifty trick for anyone who may want to
access an FTP site from within a directory structure -- "[HOWTO] mount
an FTP host as a filesystem using CurlFtpFS", by geco.

The guide includes help for versions all the way back to Edgy, so
anyone still using an earlier version of Ubuntu can give this a spin
too. And recent replies suggest the instructions work on version 8.04
as well. If it sounds like something you might be interested in,
geco's instructions are clear and well presented, and easy to follow.

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===

Mark Shuttleworth has agreed to answer the "Nine Simple Questions" for
the 100th issue of UWN. The questions have not been changed for him,
and the funniest one is #7! This interview is quite different from the
ones usually published, and as Matthew writes it "Mark Shuttleworth,
in addition to being an all-around nice guy, is also a true geek at
heart." Please read the whole interview here:

== In The Press ==

 * Dell is serious about Ubuntu - Dell has announced it is now
officially offering consumer desktop and notebook PCs with Ubuntu 8.04
pre-installed. Two notebooks and one desktop join two desktop systems
in Dell's open-source product portfolio. Choices among Dell's Ubuntu
8.04 (Hardy Heron) PCs are limited, but if you want such a PC, you can
order one now without having to go through the process of installing
it yourself. The two available notebooks are the XPS 1330 and the
Inspiron 1525 for $949 and $549, respectively. There is also an Ubuntu
desktop PC – the Inspiron 530N, which is priced at $449.

  * Direct Dell link:

 * Proprietary software? Counsel objects - Nathan Zale Dowlen objects
to proprietary software, so when he opened his new law office, he
outfitted it with Ubuntu and open source software. Cost was the main
factor in his decision at first, but he has since come to appreciate
the security found in FOSS and the ease of use found with Ubuntu. The
main reason he prefers Ubuntu is the distribution's business mindset.
They have a goal of market penetration and they want to be pre-loaded
on manufactured machines. Many other distros just want to configure
the operating system as they want, when they want, but that is not
helpful for small business or the advancement of Linux.

 * Best Buys' $20 Ubuntu: Good or Bad for Linux? - What does the sale
of the Ubuntu Hardy Heron LTS package for $20 at Best Buy mean for the
Linux community? The linuxinsider gives us some of the reactions of
the open source community, which includes: Mainstream legitimacy, nice
to see, not a bad deal, price concerns, misses the mark, a loss for
Linux, and even the idea of Canonical introducing it's own Ubuntu PC.
Get all the reactions at the link.

 * Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS vs. 8.10 Alpha 2 Performance - Phoronix recently
conducted benchmark testing between Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS and 8.10 Alpha
2. Comparing 32 different test results can be challenging, but in the
end there was simply no clear winner. It was a very competitive race
between these two Ubuntu releases, and in many of the real-world tests
the differences would go unnoticed, but in 20 of these tests Ubuntu
8.04.1 LTS was the leader. However, there is still over three months
to go until Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" will be released. Look for
additional Ubuntu benchmarks with an expanded selection of hardware as
its final release nears.

 * Ubuntu hits new high in Linux boredom (Robin 'Roblimo' Miller) -
Last weekend a friend of Robin's was moaning about endless problems
with Windows XP on his desktop PC. They decided to  install Ubuntu
7.04 on it, and the problems went away. That started Robin thinking
about his own "daily driver" computer, a Dell Latitude that also runs
Ubuntu 7.04, and it made him realize that he hadn't thought about my
laptop or its operating system in many months. Linux -- especially
Ubuntu -- has become so reliable and simple that for most end users
it's simply not worth thinking about, any more than we think about
tools like wrenches and screwdrivers. Right now 8.04 is the latest
Ubuntu version. Robin has stuck with 7.04 because he feels no great
need to update a reliable system that does everything he asks of it.

 * Shuttleworth has some nice words for KDE - Given the amount of flak
that the recent KDE release - 4.0 - has taken from the pro-GNOME
pundits at sites like linux.com, you would think that the worst
possible thing any supporter of GNOME - as Mark Shuttleworth is
perceived to be - could do is to speak out in support of anything
associated with KDE. But you would be wrong. Mark is now floating the
idea that there can be a QT-based GNOME. Does he then favour a switch
away from GTK to QT? No, he merely thinks it would be perfectly
possible to deliver the values of GNOME on top of QT. See further
explanation of Mark's stance below, In Other News.

 * Linus Torvalds, Geek of the Week - Linus Torvalds, an acknowledged
godfather of the open-source movement, was just 21 when he changed the
world by writing Linux. Today, 17 years later, Linux powers everything
from supercomputers to mobile phones. In fact ask yourself this: if
Linux didn't exist, would Google, Facebook, PHP, Apache, or MySQL?
Linus uses different operating systems, but he actually doesn't care
too much about the distribution, as long as it is easy to install and
keep up-to-date. "I like Ubuntu."

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Canonical, Openbravo Set to Demo ERP for Ubuntu Linux - Ubuntu
isn't just for desktop users anymore. That will be the key message
when Canonical and Openbravo demonstrate open source ERP software on
Ubuntu servers at Linuxworld in August. Openbravo is an open source
company that focuses on enterprise resource planning (ERP) and
point-of-sale (POS) software. This is a smart move by Canonical and
Openbravo. It's all about the applications for CIO's, midmarket IT
managers, and solution providers.

 * My new netbook with Ubuntu 8.04 - WatirMelon went out a picked up a
new Asus Eee PC 900 with a 20 GB HD. Since his wife has already been
"Ubuntized," he quickly decided to install Ubuntu. The installation
process is fairly easy using a flash drive, and there are plenty of
helpful howtos to tweak the system. He figures his new netbook running
Ubuntu is way cooler than a Macbook Air, plus it was about 20%
cheaper. http://watirmelon.wordpress.com/2008/07/17/my-new-netbook-with-ubuntu-804/

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu-UK podcast: episode #10 ===

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore bring you
the 10th episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast: "Easy Come, Easy Go"

In this episode:

 * Discussion:
  * Watching video content on Ubuntu
  * Podcast now available in transcribed form!
  * Sarcastic News
  * Selling Ubuntu without using 'Freedom' in the sales pitch

 * Competition:
  * We announce the winner of the Canonical Store Voucher this month
  * We start a new competition where we give the Wraith PC from Efficient PC!

Just answer the question set out in this weeks show, and you could be
the proud owner of this PC! Picture of PC at the link:

=== Clarification of the Mark Shuttleworth interview ===

There seems to be some confusion on Slashdot and blogosphere about
Mark's comments during a derstandard.at interview
(http://derstandard.at/?url=/?id=3413801, ): "Well, I think it would
be perfectly possible to deliver the values of GNOME on top of Qt."
Some interpret it as Mark wants GNOME to be able to sit on top of QT.
Others think Mark meant adding GNOME-like qualities on top of QT. By
email, he replied

"I was saying that, *if* GNOME decided to embrace Qt, it would be
perfectly possible to deliver the user experience that we associate
with GNOME, on top of Qt.

GNOME is built on a commitment to user experience (the HIG [1]), and a
desire to have LGPL libraries, which gives a great deal of flexbility
to ISV's. The latter precludes Qt, but if it were to change, then
GNOME could, and should, *consider* embracing Qt. I think it's
reasonable to consider all the options."

[1] Human Interface Guidelines, http://developer.gnome.org/projects/gup/hig/

== Transcript of Mark Shuttleworth Podcast ==

ANNOUNCER:  Welcome to a special 100th issue podcast for the Ubuntu
Weekly Newsletter featuring Martin Albisetti and Mark Shuttleworth.

UWN:  So, Mark, as you know, we're at the 100th of the Ubuntu Weekly
Newsletter. So we're just wondering what you thought of the UWN, if
you thought this was a good service to the community?

MARK:  Alright, well first I should say congratulations to everybody
who's delivered to the community 100 amazing issues, and, yea! I think
it's a fantastic contribution to the community.  I look forward to it
every week and I think it's the best single sort of summary of what's
going on in all the amazingly diverse activities that there is in this
fantastic project.

UWN:  OK, great. So you read it on a weekly basis, more or less?

MARK:  Yea, if I don't get to it immediately, I save it up, but I
always read it within a week or two.  And it's such a fantastic view
because all the . . . a lot of stuff does come to the Community
Council, or a lot of things - you know I have some ability on many
different processes within Ubuntu.  There's always stuff inside UWN
that I didn't know was going on. And it's a thoroughly fascinating
insight into everything that's happening in the community.

UWN:  OK, great.  Is there anything you think that could be improved
in what we currently have or anything you'd ever like to see on it?

MARK:  The thing that I'm most pleased with in the recent couple of
editions is the way the flow of information from the recent membership
boards used in becoming members of the project and what they're doing
and what their project is and what their interests are and so on, in
the UWN.  So, it's a very nice way of keeping in touch with just the
general flow of what individuals are doing.  It would also be nice to
hear more of kind of LoCo news and news from other teams.  There are
now tens of active teams in Ubuntu, and while we do have a reporting
process, it would be nice to hear some of the stories and some of the
project initiatives that are happening
and the responses, that are happening in Ubuntu into the UWN.

UWN:  OK, great.  So is there anything else you'd like to say to
everybody listening to this hundredth anniversary broadcast?

MARK:  Well, it's just congratulations to . . . thank you very much
for what you're doing and keep it coming.  And you'll have at least
one avid reader in me and I reckon that there is a couple of hundred
people around the world who look forward to it every week.  So it's
really worth the effort that gets put into it, and that effort is
hugely appreciated.

UWN:  Great!  Thanks, thanks, Mark, for your time.  We really appreciate it.

MARK:  Well it was a pleasure to speak and thanks for giving me a call.

ANNOUNCER:  Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the 100th issue
of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

== Transcript of UWN Staff Podcast ==

ANNOUNCER:  Welcome to a special podcast for the 100th issue of the
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter featuring past and present UWN editors.  Your
host for this session is Joey Stanford.

JOEY:  This is Joey Stanford, here, with a fine cast of characters
from the Ubuntu Weekly News.  And, let's see, let's go through the
introductions.  We'll start with John Crawford.

JOHN:  Hi, I'm John Crawford, one of the co-editors.  I'm also am the
Team leader of Ubuntu-Arizona LoCo, and on the Fridge Team.

JOEY:  Fantastic.  Thanks, John.  With us, also, we have Nick Ali.  Nick?

NICK:  Hey!  Nick Ali. I've been doing the Newsletter for, I guess, a
little bit more than a year.  Part of the Georgia, U.S. LoCo.  Do some
other stuff, like the LoCo Council, the Fridge, and all that fun

JOEY:  Fantastic.  Welcome, Nick.  Also with us is Craig Eddy.  Craig?

CRAIG:  Good morning, I'm Craig Eddy, otherwise known as tyche on the
internet.  I am a member of the Arizona LoCo.  I am also the Team
scribe for the Arizona LoCo, and an associate editor for the Ubuntu
Weekly Newsletter.  And, of course, everybody knows what an associate
editor is. . .

JOEY:  Thanks, Craig.   Also with us is Martin Albisetti.  Martin?

MARTIN:  Well, I edited the Ubuntu Newsletter, I think, for over a
year or so, until Nick picked it up and has done a fantastic job
since.  I'm also  . . .

JOEY:  Fantastic.  And last we have Cody Summerville with us.  Cody?

CODY:  I was involved with the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter since, I guess
I started around issue 12 or 13, 14.  And I was involved probably up
until issue, beginning the high 60's where I kind of went off in a
different direction.  For a period of time I was the chief editor and
I really enjoyed . . . and I really enjoyed bringing the news to
everybody, and really glad to see that we have some . . . folks that
are taking that . . . step now.

JOEY:  Fantastic.  Thanks, Cody.  I suspect our listeners are
wondering why myself am actually hosting or partially co-hosting the
call today.  And that's 'cause I was actually, believe it or not, and
editor for 2, 2 Ubuntu Weekly News sessions.  Somewhere like the 16th,
one for - or 14th, one for Corey and then I covered one for Cody. So,
my little claim to fame with the Ubuntu Weekly News. So, guys, thanks
very much.  This is a really exciting time for us.  This is the 100th
episode, 100th edition of the Ubuntu Weekly News.  This is just
fantastic.  So, one of the questions I have is how did Ubuntu Weekly
News get started?

NICK:  I have talked to Benjamin Mako to about . . .a little . . .
kind of get a little history about it, and when he was a Canonical
employee he actually put out the Ubuntu Traffic.  And he had modeled
it after the Kernel Traffic Newsletter, which would basically catalog
all the mailing lists stuff, and he would pick out the highlights and
comment on all of that.  And back then, he pretty much did it by
himself, and he basically read all the mailing lists, all the Ubuntu
mailing lists and kept track of it all  Obviously, it got to be quite
a big job, and it split off into different newsletters.  Like there's
a documentation newsletter, a desktop newsletter.  And then, since
there were a bunch of them, it was kind of time to bring them all back
into one so that the community could get a pretty good idea of what
was going on.  And Matt Galvin took that on and released the first in,
sometime in 2006?

JOEY:  I think I have that date right here.  I was doing some research
with John, and I think we discovered it was May 28th, 2006.  Where
does the time go?  So it's really interesting, it's really interesting
that over the course of the 2 years that I've been involved, on and
off again, mostly off recently, I apologize for that, I've seen, when
we first started, you know, the very first early editions, we used
gobby quit a bit.  There were nice, long Saturday evenings when we
were all sitting there, hacking away, and trying to get all the
necessary material actually assembled to the Ubuntu Weekly News.  Do
we still, in the current editions, do we still use gobby?  Or do we
use some other technology?  How does that happen, these days.

NICK:  We tried to use gobby, on and off, now and then. But we always
end up going. . .we always end up editing the wiki.  And I think, when
Martin, Corey and I were doing some of it, I think we did gobby for a
couple of issues.  But I think we always went back to the wiki.  It
was the easiest way of just managing everything.

MARTIN:  Yea, I think it's easier because everyone can do it, and at
their own time.  I mean, when we used to do gobby we used to just sit
everybody at the same time and work for a couple of hours.  I think,
now, you guys are a bit more organized, and, during the week,
everybody work when everybody has the time.

NICK:  You would think so, but. . .

MARTIN:  Yea, well that's. . . yea.

CODY:  I think that would be the very important part in the getting
the newsletter together. I think that the different features there
sometimes in different from people to do were in different ranges were
not kind of put on the back shelf or what not depended . . . that made
a big difference. That sometimes, for example, when we used to do a
description of all of the new upstream releases in the development . .
. we really needed gobby there.  Nobody liked doing it, but it was
really cool when it was all done.  And that's a situation where we
really needed gobby there.  And there were stories and that that were
sometimes controversial, or we wanted to be professional about it and
we would collaborate real-time, again, in there.

JOEY:  I think that was the most interesting thing, from my
experience, is to just re-factoring.  So somebody would write
something and you'd come in behind them, and re-factor it, and then a
third person would come in behind you and change it a little bit
further.  And it was kind of a nice, interactive way of doing it.  But
I'm glad that the wiki's working out for you guys.  That's fantastic.
You know, Cody got me thinking about something.  You know, he started
to give us a little bit about his impressions.  So we should, we
should probably talk about that. I think the listeners would really
appreciate that.  Our impressions from the editors. You know, how we
got involved, what went well, what didn't.  You know, did we find our
time worthwhile.  That type of thing.  So, Cody, I'll turn to you, if
you wouldn't mind.  Why don't you take a stab at that.  Did you like
your stint as the editor?  How did you become involved?  Those type of

CODY:  I think that the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter was really the, I
guess, the gateway for me really being more involved with other areas.
 Now I'm the, you know, heading up the Ubuntu Project.  I wouldn't be
in this position, today, if I hadn't started out working with the
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.  Working with that, those social teams is
really important for people that are just starting out.  People would
make those connections and make, you know, friendships and
relationships with other people in the community.  That's really
important for people that are interested in being strong, and
contributors over a long period of time, that sustained contribution.
So, the greatest thing I really enjoyed about it was the social
component and learning so much about the community that I was so
fascinated by.

JOEY:  Fantastic.  Thanks.  Thanks, Cody.  Uh, Martin . . . your impressions.

MARTIN:  Well, my story's really similar to Cody's.  I actually got
involved in Ubuntu because, I think, I dropped by the Ubuntu Marketing
Team which, at the moment, was a pretty good sized team.  Corey was
there, Corey Burger.  There was quite a good set of people who were
really friendly and helped you get integrated to the community.  So, I
just ended up wanting to help with whatever tasks they had.  And the
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter was one of the biggest ones.  And releasing
week to week is sometimes really hard, and everybody has, you know,
work in real life, and all that.  So . . . and it really helped me to
grasp how the community worked, and respect a lot of people.  It was
really interesting for me it was also a really big gateway to other
places within Ubuntu.  So, I really, really enjoyed it.  And I think
that the social aspect of it was probably what had drawn me to it,
initially, and then moved on to some of the technical, more technical
bits.  So, that was really . . . was a really interesting experience.
You learn a lot about the community in general, because, you just go
through every single article, and talk to a lot of different people
and get a lot of feedback.  So, it's a good place to start off with.

JOEY:  Great.  Thanks, Martin.  Craig.  What are your thoughts?

CRAIG:  Well, I'm probably the newest one on the team.  I came in due
to John.  Nick was already on board at the time. John had been working
with him for a while, and John felt that they needed a little bit more
help.  Someone to do the background stuff, like the bug stats, and
translation stats, and upcoming meetings, and stuff like that.  It's
all pretty much cut and paste type stuff.  And, since then I've been
branching out, and learning an awful lot more about the community,
itself, the way the world perceives us, things like that.  And, it's

JOEY:  I think we'd all agree with that.  Thanks, Craig.  Nick?

NICK:  The way I got into the newsletter in the first place was at the
end of 2006, we were trying to start up the Georgia LoCo and it was
kind of going slow.  And, I wanted to get involved, and I initially
looked into the MOTU stuff.  And there's a learning curve with that,
and I write code for a living, so, I kind of didn't want to do that
when I got off of work.  So, I decided that, let me see if I could
find something else to do.  And, I think that I had just dropped by
the marketing channel and I basically harassed Martin, and Corey,
into, you know, kind of letting me help out.  Little bits here and
there.  It's turned into a really amazing experience.  While I started
out working, like, on some of the blog stuff and some of the press
coverage.  And like Craig was saying, it's very interesting to see how
other people see Ubuntu.  Especially since they usually look at Ubuntu
as the end product.  You know, they look at, you know, does it have
this application or, you know, why my web cam doesn't work properly.
Where, working on the newsletter you're trying to expose all the
corners of the community to the reader.  So you learn a lot about the
community.  And, you know, it's a fun job.  And, it is challenging, at
times, but it's definitely is worthwhile.

JOEY:  Fantastic.  Thanks, Nick.  John?  Your thoughts.

JOHN:  I got started on issue 48, so I'm one year and one issue on the
hundredth celebration, here.  I got in touch with Martin through
Vorian, who knows everybody, and Martin took me onto the staff.  And,
lo an behold, about 2 weeks later, he was gone.  And, I really didn't
know Nick at all.  But, we got along good, and things have gone well,
and when we brought Craig on it really made a difference.  I'm not a
big tech person, so this was a way for me to contribute to the
community and learn more about Ubuntu as I went along and evolved.
And I've really enjoyed it.  One person that we should mention that is
not here today is Isabelle Duchatelle, and I don't know if it's
"Dushet" or "Dushay".  But she does all the Forum stuff on the Ubuntu
Weekly News, has done it for a long time, and just does a great job.

JOEY:  Absolutely.  I think Corey Burger probably is the other person
that we should single out, because he was one of the very first
editors af . . .

MARTIN:  Yea, I got in because of Corey Burger.

JOEY:  Fantastic.  You know, I have the same, me, personally . . .
thanks, John . . . for me, personally, I have the same comments that
the rest of you have.  I joined because I thought it was kind of a
neat thing to do.  And, when you started looking at the topics that we
had to cover for each issue, and it touched everything. It went deep
into distro, it went into, deep into components of Launchpad that
Ubuntu uses.  You know, translations and bugs, and whatnot.  It went
into the LoCo Teams, and into just various pieces of the community,
that it was just an amazing and, for me, it was a fulfilling
experience.  I really miss actively participating on Ubuntu Weekly
News, actually, in recent times.  But it's lead me to think about
something, as I was reminiscing and looking through a lot of the past,
uh, past issues, I notice that there's a large number of the issues
where there was this steady team of Cody and Martin and Nick.  That it
just, you go for issue after issue after issue with just their names
in it.  And so the question. . .the question I have, to really all of
you, is what's your motivation to continue to do this on a regular
basis?  I mean, what drives you, week after week, to produce a
Newsletter for consumption by the community?

JOHN:  Well, I think it's something that the community needs.  It's a
way to centralize the news for Ubuntu.  And, it's important to me to
give them that news every week.

MARTIN:  For me, for me, personally, I think, it was so many people
commented on whatever, without available to . . . I mean, I remember
we used to, I mean, we missed a week, a week's release and everybody
was commenting or asking about it.  So, when you see the impact it
has, you just. . .you just, you know, realize that a lot of people
actually wait for it, and then read and feed off of it.  So, it's
just, you know, it just drives you and pushes you to actually make
sure that your meets and to get information on there the best as
possible.  It's just, you know, really, really gratifying.  And I
think most of us, I think Nick and, I'm not sure, John, I think we got
our Ubuntu Membership because of our work on the Ubuntu Weekly
Newsletter.  So . . .

JOHN:  Oh, absolutely.

NICK:  That was a big part of it.

JOEY:  Excellent.

NICK:  It goes back to the community is so huge and there is no easy
way to keep track of what's going on inside the community, easily.
You can read the planet and you can read, you know, stuff that other
people post, news reports or blogs or whatever.  But it's hard to get
a sense of what is happening in different teams, and different LoCos.
That's kind of the little niche that we're filling, trying to just
inform everybody. It's - we have to do it.   It's almost like we have
to do it because, otherwise, I think, the communication within the
community would, kind of, fall apart.  Or if not fall apart, we
improve what everybody knows and that just makes the community a
better place.

JOEY:  It's been said that the Ubuntu Weekly News is called the glue
of the global community.  That all of you have really reinforced that
today.  That it's something that everybody looks forward to.  It's
translated into several different languages, it's posted on the Fridge
for wider consumption, there's been quotes in mainstream media, taken
from Ubuntu Weekly News.  So, it's a pretty powerful little endeavor
that happens every week.

JOHN:  Translations is a good point to bring up.  We still can use
more translators.  And, of course, we can always use more staff.  As
the Ubuntu Weekly News and the Ubuntu Community has grown, you know,
we grow with it, and every week we have more and more to report.  And
we can always use more help.

JOEY:  So, if people listening to this want to help, how would they contact us?

JOHN:  They can drop by ubuntu-news mailing list . . . uh . . . sorry,
IRC channel on freenode. They can join the Ubuntu News Team mailing
list.  We will provide all the links in the newsletter.

JOEY:  Fantastic.

JOHN:  OK, 1...2...3  Happy one hundredth

MASSED VOICES:  Happy one hundredth (and cheers)

ANNOUNCER:  Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy the 100th issue
of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, July 21, 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

==== LoCo Council Meeting ====

 * Start: 18:00 UTC
 * End: 19:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda

=== Tuesday, July 22, 2008 ===

==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

==== EMEA Membership Approval Meeting ====

 * Start: 21:00 UTC
 * End: 22:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/EMEA

==== Platform Team Meeting ====

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

=== Wednesday, July 23, 2008 ===

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

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

==== Java Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 14:00 UTC
 * End: 15:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

==== Ubuntu Mobile Meeting ====

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

=== Thursday, July 24, 2008 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====

 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-624-1] PCRE vulnerability -
 * [USN-625-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-623-1] Firefox vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

 * pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.6.06.3 -
 * linux-source-2.6.15  -
 * firefox 1.5.dfsg+ -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.7.04.3 -
 * linux-source-2.6.20 2.6.20-17.37 -
 * firefox -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * pcre3 7.4-0ubuntu0.7.10.3 -
 * linux-source-2.6.22 -
 * firefox -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * gtkhtml3.14 3.18.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * pcre3 7.4-1ubuntu2.1  -
 * glib2.0 2.16.4-0ubuntu2 -
 * ufw -
 * xkeyboard-config 1.1 -
 * linux 2.6.24-19.36 -
 * linux 2.6.24-20.37 -
 * epiphany-browser 2.22.2-0ubuntu0.8.04.4 -
 * gtk2-engines 1:2.14.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * gnome-system-monitor 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * libgweather 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * eog 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * evolution-exchange 2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * xulrunner-1.9 -
 * firefox-3.0 3.0.1 -
 * gdm 2.20.7-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * gtkhtml3.14 3.18.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * gnome-games 1:2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * nspr 4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.4 -
 * nss -
 * linux-ubuntu-modules-2.6.24 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.24 -
 * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 -

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== Conclusion ==

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!

== Credits ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

 * Nick Ali
 * John Crawford
 * Martin Albisetti
 * Craig A. Eddy
 * Isabelle Duchatelle
 * And many others

== Glossary of Terms ==

 * LUG - Linux Users Group
 * LTS - Long Term Support
 * LoCo - Local Community
 * FOSS - Free Open Source Software
 * QA - Quality Assurance
 * MOTU - Master Of The Universe (Developers approved for submitting
to the repos)
 * UTC - Coordinated Universal Time (Replaces GMT)

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