Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #93

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 2 00:21:26 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #93 for the week May
25th - May 31st, 2008. In this issue we cover:  new Ubuntu Membership
approval process, new Ubuntu Members, new LoCo approval process,
LinuxTag 2008, Launchpad 1.2.5, Launchpod episode #3, Forum Tutorial
of the week, Ubuntu UK Podcast #6, Full Circle Magazine #13, Team
Reports, and much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * More efficient membership approval process
 * New Ubuntu Members
 * LoCo Council Open for Business
 * LinuxTag 2008
 * Ubuntu Bugs & Stats
 * Launchpad News
 * Ubuntu Forums News
 * In the Press & Blogosphere
 * Ubuntu UK Podcast #6
 * Full Circle Magazine #13
 * Team Meeting Summaries
 * Upcoming News & Events
 * Updates & Securities

== General Community News ==

=== More efficient membership approval process ===

The Community Council has recently implemented some changes to
community governance processes which it believes reflect a significant
improvement in one area of community governance: applications for
Ubuntu membership.

As a result three regional membership boards have been created to
consider applications from contributors to the project for Ubuntu
membership. The boards are:

Americas [[BR]]
Europe, Middle East and Africa [[BR]]
Asia / Oceania

More information is in the article:  http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1461

=== New Ubuntu Members ===

Nicholas Deschildre is the main developer behind the tokamak spec, which
is better known as the very successful "Ubuntu Brainstorm" site.

Philip Newborough is an active Ubuntu advocate in the UK and the
developer of the crunchband Ubuntu derivative.

Timo Jyrniki is team contact, translation team leader and sysadmin for
the Finnish locoteam. https://launchpad.net/~timo-jyrinki

Iulian Andrea is an active BugSquad member and huge contributor to the
Ubuntu Brainstorms website. https://launchpad.net/people/iulian

Ricardo Peréz López is the team admin of the Spanish translators team
and one of its most active translators. https://launchpad.net/~ricardo

Tomas Žeimys is the founder of ubuntu.lt and one of the most active
people in the Lithuanian locoteam. https://launchpad.net/~zeimys

Leo Iannacone is a very active member of the Italian forums and the
Italian documentation team. https://launchpad.net/~l3on/

Agostino Russo is the main developer and maintainer of Umenu and Wubi,
the Ubuntu installer running in windows. https://launchpad.net/~ago

Alessio Treglia is a very active contributor of the Italian team, mainly
on the documentation side. https://launchpad.net/~quadrispro

Martin Pihl is the founder of http://ubuntudanmark.dk/ - the Danish
Ubuntu community site. https://launchpad.net/~martinpihl

Nathan Haines is a member of the California LoCo team, He is polite and
thoughtful advocate and his participation in Organizing events has been
notorious. He is also working hard on packaging PyRoom for intrepid.

Adam Sommer helps keep the Server Guide up to date for each release and
continue to helps test the Server Edition. He recently worked on Xubuntu
documentation as for the Hardy Heron release. https://launchpad.net/~asommer

Andres Rodriguez is a member of the Ubuntu Peru LoCo team, He has been a
contributor to spanish translators. He is an op in #ubuntu-es and is a
member of the Peruvian Ubuntu Council. he demonstrated significant signs
MOTU work. https://launchpad.net/~andreserl

Dante Díaz is a high spirited advocate in the Peruvian LoCo Team. he has
done advocacy work in Universities, he currently manages the services
for the Peruvian Team. he also participates actively in Spanish
translations. https://launchpad.net/~dante

Leann Ogasawara works for Canonical as a Quality Assurance Engineer and
She interested in kernel bugs. I'm also involved in other general QA
related areas. https://edge.launchpad.net/~leannogasawara

Jim Campbell works hard to keep Xubuntu documentation accurate and up to
date. He is also heavily involved in the promotion of Xubuntu in
events.He is te LoCo contact for Ubuntu Chicago.

Dustin Kirkland currently works at Canonical, He develops, extends,
packages, and support the software that comprises Ubuntu's Server,
making it easy to use and secure. He is well know for tools his
developed, like improvements in the search for Ubuntu docs.

Ricardo Cropalato has shown significant sustained translations. He is a
member of Ubuntu Brazil and he currently helps test in the LTSP team. he
also known for his network and security related work.

He is an active member of Ubuntu-ve, currently handling services.
He also participates giving talks across the country. He is also known
for his contributions to Kubuntu website and Kubuntu-es in Spanish
translations. https://launchpad.net/~469

=== LoCo Council Open for Business ===

The Community Council has delegated LoCo-related governance to the
LoCo Council, similar to the recent creation of regional boards for
Ubuntu membership. The LoCo Council is responsible for approving new
LoCos, re-approving LoCos (more on that below), conflict resolution,
resource allocation, mentoring, growth, and highlighting best

The approval process for LoCos has not changed. New teams should
continue referring to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoGettingApproved as
the reference guide for approval. In the near future, the LoCo Council
will be documenting how to bring conflicts in front of the council and
how to privately communicate on sensitive issues. The LoCo Council is
also working on ways to make it easier for LoCos to request resources,
like mailing lists and Canonical-provided hosting.

Approved LoCos will need to be re-approved every year. This is to make
sure LoCos have the resources and help needed to continue supporting
their area. Re-approval is similar to the initial approval
application, simply documenting what the LoCo has done in the previous
year and laying out plans for the future. LoCos needing to be
re-approved will be contacted by the LoCo Council, and provided a
timetable to submit their application. If a LoCo is not ready to be
re-approved, the LoCo Council will work with the team to refocus and
establish itself again.

Meetings will be held at least once a month. LoCos wanting to be
approved or wishing to discuss any issues are welcome to add
themselves to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda.

The next LoCo Council meeting will be held 04-June-2008, 16:00 UTC.

=== LinuxTag 2008 ===

LinuxTag is Europe's largest annual convention for Free Software
focusing on GNU/Linux. This is where dot-com meets dot-org. LinuxTag
is aimed at everyone interested in Free Software: companies, public
agencies, non-profits, and free projects. The conference offers an
all-in-one platform to deliver information to everyone interested in
open source and free software, and to create synergies between
business and the free software community.

 * Ubuntu Booth: http://www.daniel-ritter.de/blog/artikel/67/img_0044

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (47029) +122 # over last week
 * Critical (32) +/-0 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (23358) +153 # over last week
 * Unassigned (37424) +156 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (186759) +1704 # 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 (14163)
 * French (39318)
 * English (United Kingdom) (49700)
 * Swedish (52980)
 * Brazilian Portuguese (64652)

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

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 1.2.5: code branch reviews and translations search ===

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the release of Launchpad
1.2.5! New features in this release include:

 * voting and commenting on code branch mergers
 * new Launchpad-wide search
 * and translations search!

Launchpad's merge proposals are a great way for project contributors
to get their code considered for inclusion in the main line. Now,
branch owners - and anyone else who's interested - can vote and
comment on merge proposals.  These changes make it easy to discuss and
tweak proposed changes to a branch. You can browse the branch which
contains the changes then comment and vote directly on what you've

 * You can take a look at one of the first branch merger comments

=== Launchpod episode 3: New Launchpad Release and Terminator ===

Hosts: Matthew Revell, Joey Stanford and Elliot Murphy.

The latest news from the Launchpad developers, questions from
Launchpad users, and stories from people who've found Launchpad
useful. Feature in this episode:

 * Interview with Aaron Bentley, of the Launchpad Bazaar integration
team, talking about Launchpad's new code merger proposal review
 * Interview with Danilo Segan, of the the Launchpad Translations
team, talking about the new translations search feature.
 * Interview with Chris Jones, leader of the Terminator terminal project..
 * Joey's number of the week! How many projects are registered in Launchpad?

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interviews ===

You might take it for granted that young people comprise a part of the
Ubuntu community. You might not be aware that some forum staff members
are still in their teens. jacobmp92 is one of a few moderators yet to
reach the age of majority, but is fulfilling a considerable
responsibility as a forum volunteer. This Ohioan has made many
contributions to the Ubuntu community and LoCo support, and continues
to draw new users in tech classes and elsewhere. Please meet the
illustrious jacobmp92 here:

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

This week's tutorial is a nifty little trick for laptop owners:
"HOWTO: LED notification for new mail/messages/calls," by Pedric.

With this tutorial, you might be able to flash your laptop LED when
you get an incoming Skype call, or an e-mail arrives.

== In The Press ==

 * VIA Unveils New OpenBook UMPC Reference Design - VIA is announces a
new addition to their portfolio of UMPC reference designs, dubbed the
OpenBook. The VIA OpenBook is a 240mm(W) x 175mm(D) x 36.2mm(H)
mini-note style UMPC that weighs in at a svelte 2.2lbs (1kg).  The
unit offers up to 3 hours of battery life through the use of a 4-cell
2600mA lithium-ion battery, and it sports an 8.9" (1024 x 600) LCD
display, a full keyboard and touch pad, and a dual-head 2MP integrated
webcam. The OpenBook will be made available with a wide array of
operating systems options, both proprietary and open source, including
Ubuntu. Detailed specs at the link.

 * Ubuntu 8.04 Is Ready to Take On Windows - Canonical has marshaled
the best of what the open-source world has to offer in Ubuntu 8.04, a
Linux-based operating system that's capable of mounting a serious
challenge to Microsoft Windows on mainstream desktops and notebooks.
As with any would-be Windows rival, Ubuntu 8.04 faces an uphill battle
for hardware and software certifications. Regarding software, the
continued improvement of open-source alternative applications such as
the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, Firefox Web browser and
Evolution groupware client go a long way toward providing users with
the tools they require to get their work done from a Linux-based
desktop. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/Ubuntu-804-Is-Ready-to-Take-On-Windows/

 * Can System Builders Turn to Ubuntu? - Late last month, Ubuntu 8.04
arrived on the scene, right on time, right on its six-month refresh
cycle and readily available via a simple ISO image file download.
While that may have been big news for the Linux community, the
question remains, what if any impact will this latest release have on
mainstream computer users? For the majority of PC users, the impact
will probably be nil. That doesn't mean there isn't an opportunity
here for solution providers and system builders however. But first
they have to contemplate Ubuntu being a viable alternative to
Microsoft's family of Windows products.

 * Forget the Heron; what's new in Ubuntu's Intrepid Ibex? - Ubuntu,
arguably the most popular Linux distribution today, came out with its
8.04 release last month, dubbed Hardy Heron. Here's the low down on
what the future holds this October with Ubuntu 8.10, Intrepid Ibex.
Two key design goals were announced from the beginning. First, the
user interaction model will be re-engineered to ensure Ubuntu works as
responsively as possible on hardware ranging from little subnotebooks
up to and including high-end workstations. Second, is the goal of
pervasive internet access. Ubuntu has explicitly stated they wish this
next release of Ubuntu to tap into bandwidth wherever you may be to
provide pervasive internet access.

 * New Life for an Old PC  - There are several versions, or
"distributions," of the free operating system Linux, available online.
Ubuntu is considered one of the more user-friendly versions of the
operating system, and you can download a copy at www.ubuntu.com.
Ubuntu Desktop even comes with OpenOffice word-processing, spreadsheet
and presentation software, Firefox Web browser, a calendar and an
e-mail program — the free equivalents of Microsoft software like
Office programs and Internet Explorer.

 * Nonprofit chooses Ubuntu for servers, OpenOffice for desktops -
Oxford Archaeology is one of the largest independent excavation firms
in Britain. Their mission is to discover and preserve historical
artifacts, and then share its findings. Two years ago, when
Puttick(CIO) arrived at the 35-year-old company, his goal was to
convert the entire firm completely to open source -- not just the
operating system but also the database, office desktops, customer
relationship management and geographic mapping systems. Puttick
started with the servers, most of which now run on Ubuntu (some 6.06
LTS and others on 8.04 LTS), then they tried the OpenOffice desktop
application. Canonical is responsive and quick to address user issues,
both through regular channels and personal contacts, Puttick said.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Adventures with open source apps on Linux - Part 1 - In this first
post Adrian Kingsley-Hughes takes a closer look at some of the
applications that ship with Ubuntu 8.04 and which are ready to use as
soon as you've installed and booted into Linux! See, after you've
install Windows, you've got the OS, Notepad, Calculator and a few
other bits and pieces. After installing a distro like Ubuntu you've
got a whole raft of applications at your disposal.

 * Ubuntu desktop (LTS) 8.04 - Why should anyone care about Ubuntu?
Well there are many reasons that it's good to have alternatives - and
free ones at that - to the big operating systems. For one, these
systems are free. For another, they are for the most part open source,
which means that anybody can modify or add to them. One of the most
impressive things about it is that it can coexist with Windows XP on
the same computer. http://sky.dlfound.org/ubuntu-desktop-lts-804/

 * Then they fight you - Jani Monoses asked the organizers if our Free
Software Group could hold a short session about the benefits of FOSS
in education, with references to Ubuntu, Edubuntu and Kiwilinux and we
were given a slot after the ones which had already been planned a
while ago - those of Microsoft, Cisco and a local company that sells
education software for Romanian schools. Then the Free Software Group
was notified that the Microsoft representative in charge with the
education strategy had requested the organizers to pull the Ubuntu
presentation because it is unfair competition to hold such a
presentation at an event sponsored by them.

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu UK Podcast:Episode #6 - Flaming Star ===

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


    * A chat about the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit.
    * A lengthy interview with Mark Shuttleworth where we discuss a
range of topics including:-
     * The release and death of Gobuntu
     * Dealing with reactions to Mark Shuttleworth's blog
     * Mozilla Thunderbird
     * Python
     * Deciding what applications are shipped with Ubuntu
     * SSH/SSL vulnerability resolution
     * Updated shipit CDs
     * HBD
     * The future of Linux
     * The Ubuntu Community
     * Killer features in 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex)
     * Ubuntu Mobile
And much more.  See http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2008/05/27/s01e06-flaming-star/

=== Full Circle Magazine Issue #13 ===

This month:

 * Flavor of the Month - Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron.
 * How-To : Organize an Ubuntu Demo Day/Party, TV Feast for Ubuntu,
Using GIMP Part 2, Create Your Own Server Part 5 and Automatic Backup
via Email.
 * My Opinion - What is Web 2.0?
 * MOTU Interview - Luca Falavigna
 * Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, Top5 and more!

Get is while its hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== LoCo Council ===

 * LoCo Council will start doing approvals at the next meeting:
04-June-2008, 16:00 UTC
 * LoCo Team approval guidelines were discussed, minor changes still required.
 * Approved LoCos will be re-approved on a yearly basis.
  * This is to support LoCos and see if they need any help.
  * LoCos should apply for re-approval close to their anniversary dates.
   * LoCos approved in the last year have approval anniversary dates
on LoCoTeamList.
   * LoCos without approval anniversary dates are over a year old and
need to be re-approved.
 * Resource allocation and conflict resolution procedures being worked on.

=== Server Team ===

 * uvirtbot announces NEW bugs in #ubuntu-server
 * kirkland wrote a simple frontend for generating the verbose
arguments ubuntu-vm-builder
 * Darwin Calendar server is available in the Intrepid repository.

The full report here:

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, June 2, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: See Next Day
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080603

==== EMEA membership meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 21:30 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/EMEA

=== Tuesday, June 3, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: See Previous Day
 * End: See Next Day
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080603

=== Wednesday, June 4, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: See Previous Day
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080603

==== Platform Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 06:00 UTC
 * End: 07:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: Not Listed as of Publication

==== LoCo Council Meeting ====
 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda

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

==== Kubuntu Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 22:00 UTC
 * End:
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kubuntu/Meetings

=== Thursday, June 5, 2008 ===

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

==== Security Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 UTC
 * End: 21:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/Meeting

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * xorg-server 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.12 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * gdb 6.8-1ubuntu2 -
 * envyng-core 1.1.1ubuntu17 -
 * gedit 2.22.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * eog 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * gvfs 0.2.4-0ubuntu1 -
 * gnome-desktop 1:2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * gnome-keyring 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * evolution -
 * seahorse 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * gtkhtml3.14 3.18.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * vino 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * openldap2.3 2.4.7-6ubuntu4.2 -
 * gecko-mediaplayer 0.6.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * gnome-panel 1:2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * evolution-exchange 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-geode 2.9.0-1ubuntu2 -
 * openoffice.org 1:2.4.1 -
 * bacula 2.2.8-5ubuntu7.1 -
 * ubuntu-vm-builder 0.4-0ubuntu0.2 -
 * gnome-menus 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * pycaml 0.82-7ubuntu0.1 -
 * file-roller 2.22.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * deskbar-applet -
 * compiz 1:0.7.4-0ubuntu7 -
 * plucker 1.8-24build0.1 -
 * oxine 0.6.4-4ubuntu0.1 -
 * gnome-games 1:2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.2.1-1ubuntu13.1 -
 * eel2 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * nautilus 1:2.22.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * gnome-applets 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * evince 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * libgnomeui -
 * linux-restricted-modules- -
 * apache2 2.2.8-1ubuntu0.2 -
 * audacious-plugins 1.5.0-1ubuntu1.8.04.2 -
 * yelp 2.22.1-0ubuntu2.8.04.1 -
 * devhelp 0.19-1ubuntu1.8.04.2 -
 * epiphany-browser -
 * xulrunner-1.9 1.9 -
 * firefox-3.0 3.0~rc1 -
 * nss -
 * nspr 4.7.1+1.9-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 -
 * desktop-file-utils 0.15-1ubuntu4 -
 * gcalctool 5.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * gthumb 3:2.10.8-0ubuntu1 -
 * apache2-mpm-itk 2.2.6-01-1build2.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-geode 2.9.0-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * initramfs-tools 0.85eubuntu39 -
 * lupin 0.19 -
 * migration-assistant 0.6.3 -
 * evolution 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * evolution-data-server 2.22.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * gnome-desktop 1:2.22.2-0ubuntu2 -
 * gnome-games 1: -
 * rhythmbox 0.11.5-0ubuntu7 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.2.1-1ubuntu13.2 -
 * ltsp 5.0.40~bzr20080212-0ubuntu7 -
 * net-retriever 1.18ubuntu5 -
 * parted 1.7.1-5.1ubuntu9.1 -
 * openoffice.org 1:2.4.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.2.1-1ubuntu13.3 -
 * sdl-mixer1.2 1.2.8-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * tomboy 0.10.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * ntfs-3g 1:1.2216-1ubuntu2 -
 * dpkg -
 * epiphany-browser 2.22.2-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 -
 * epiphany-extensions 2.22.2-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 -
 * casper 1.132ubuntu0.1 -
 * nautilus 1:2.22.3-0ubuntu2 -
 * bzr 1.3.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * policykit-gnome 0.7-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * openoffice.org-l10n 1:2.4.1 -

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