Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #80

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Sun Mar 2 22:05:58 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 80 for the weeks
February 24th - March 1st, 2008. In this issue we cover the Alpha 6
Freeze, the release of Kubuntu-KDE4, Full Circle Magazine #10, Ubuntu
Mobile, launch of Ubuntu Brainstorm, a Mark Shuttleworth Interview,
and, as always, much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * Alpha 6 Freeze
 * Kubuntu-KDE4 Released
 * Full Circle Magazine #10
 * Canonical announces Ubuntu Mobile
 * Ubuntu Brainstorm Launched
 * Belgian Release Party, May 03 2008
 * Ubuntu Forums Interview
 * Tutorial of the Week
 * In The Press & Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Meeting Summaries
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security
 * Bug Stats & Translations

== General Community News ==

=== Alpha 6 Freeze Ahead ===
The sixth and final alpha testing milestone for Hardy, is scheduled
for next Thursday, March 6.  Hardy Alpha 6 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 list of bugs targeted for alpha-6 can be found in a couple of
different places, according to your tastes:
 * https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+milestone/hardy-alpha-6
 * https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bugs?field.milestone%3Alist=952

This milestone is intended to be used for tracking bugs that must be
fixed in order for the alpha release to happen.

Read more at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2008-March/000392.html

=== Kubuntu-KDE4 Alpha Released ===
Kubuntu-KDE4 Hardy Alpha is here.  There will be two editions of
Kubuntu with the 8.04 release, a commercially supported KDE 3 edition
and a community supported KDE 4 edition.  It includes KDE 4.0.1 and a
few applications from KDE 3 to fill in any gaps.

This is the first alpha for the KDE 4 version of Kubuntu. As with any
first alpha there remains much polishing to be done (you will need to
run knetworkmanager manually for example) but it gives a good overview
of what will be released as 8.04 in April.

Read more at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2008-February/000390.html

=== Full Circle Magazine - issue #10 out now! ===
Full Circle - the Independent Magazine for the Ubuntu Linux Community
are proud to announce the release of the tenth issue. This months
issue features:
 * Linux Mint Install
 * How-To : Compile from Source, Install and use TuxPaint, Rip a DVD
with AcidRip and Create Your Own Server Part 2
 * Review of the ASUS EEE PC running Xubuntu
 * Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, Top5 and more!

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-10

=== Canonical announces plans for Ubuntu Mobile ===

Canonical has posted some more details and a bunch of pictures of
Ubuntu Mobile, designed for mobile computers using Intel's Silverthorn
processor like the Samsung Q1U Ultra.  Ubuntu Mobile will include
touch-screen support and large icons so you can navigate with your
fingers and no stylus. The interface is designed for 4.8-inch through
7-inch screens with resolutions from 800 x 480 pixels to 1024 x 768
pixels.  The default web browser is based on Firefox and supports
Flash 9, Java, and pretty much everything you'd need to access modern
web sites.  See more information at

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm launched ===
A new feedback site has been launched at http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
that will make it easier for Ubuntu users to suggests ideas for
improvements. Voting makes it clear which ideas have the most support
in the user community and should be given priority. The site was
inspired by the IdeaStorm site from Dell but modified to fit the needs
of Ubuntu. The development team can now take the pulse on the most
pressing user issues and propose the ideas as topics at the Ubuntu
Development Summits and ultimately as specifications.

== LoCo News ==

=== Belgian Release Party, May 03 2008 ===

The party is open to everybody as most of us do speak English, German
or French.  The presentations and workshops will be held in Dutch but
there will be more to see.  This event will be a place where Ubunteros
can meet, share idea's, help beginners with the installation, see what
is possible professionally with Ubuntu and Open-Source.  People
interested in coming to the party, please subscribe at
so we can estimate how many people will come. For the non-dutch
speakers: The button to subscribe is called "Inschrijven."

Read more at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-event-planners/2008-February/000029.html

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===
This week features FuturePilot, a self-described former "Windows Power
User," his curiosity led him to Linux, then to Ubuntu — and now he
hopes to one day find a profession with Linux. Please read the whole
article here: http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2008/03/01/an-interview-with-futurepilot/

=== Tutorial of the Week ===
We would like to highlight Heliode's nearly immortal "Howto: Backup
and restore your system!". First posted in May 2005, you might
consider its longevity to be a testimonial to its effectiveness. Need
a time-tested method for backing up your system? Please give it a try:

== In The Press ==

 * Open-source advocates to build free PCs for needy Bay Area schools
-  For years, open-source software advocates have been holding
"installfests," to help others learn how to install and use Linux. On
March 1st, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit group and a San Mateo,
Calif. based open-source vendor are taking the idea a step further by
co-sponsoring an all-day "Installfest for Schools"[1] to create what
they hope will be 500 refurbished computers to be used by
underprivileged students in neighboring schools. The computers, which
are older, outdated PCs donated by consumers and businesses in the Bay
Area, will be brought to four locations where tech volunteers will
install Ubuntu Linux 7.10. Andrew Fife, product marketing manager at
San Mateo-based Untangle Inc. says, "This is a very interesting
experiment to see how non-tech users who don't have a lot of computing
experience can adapt to Ubuntu."

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Ubuntu Mirror returns to the Vietnam BSD/Linux Mirror - The Vietnam
BSD/Linux Mirror is located in the Quang Trung Software City located
in District 12 of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Viet Nam. The Public IP
and bandwidth was donated by GHP Far East Co., Ltd. The server is
provided by VscapeOne Technologies and maintained by the Vietnam
Professional Linux/Unix Group (ViPLUG). Visit the site for links to
the downloads. http://www.saigonnezumi.com/?p=577

 * Your chance to feed the Ubuntu Brain(storm) - Ubuntu has launched a
new site - Ubuntu Brainstorm - where anyone can submit and vote on
ideas for the popular Linux distribution. It's a bit like Dell's
Ideastorm (which, perhaps not coincidentally, led Dell to start
offering Ubuntu systems for sale). The difference here, however, is
that it is the Ubuntu community that will take the feedback and build
a better Ubuntu, rather than submitting ideas into a corporation which
will weigh its quarterly objectives against the community's ideas.
This is yet another way that Ubuntu continues to demonstrate its
community credentials. It's a way to give even non-developers like me
a chance to make an imprint on Ubuntu.

== In Other News ==

===  Zend Framework to be part of Ubuntu! ===
An interview with Zend's Andi Gutman about Zend Framework in Ubuntu 8.04

Great news from Stephan Hermann[1], who is a MOTU with Ubuntu. Stephan
has spearheaded getting the Zend Framework included in Hardy Heron.
The Zend Framework is the leading open-source PHP framework and has a
flexible architecture that lets you easily build modern web
applications and web services.[2] "Zend is very proud to be an
integral part of the Ubuntu distribution going forward. This is an
important step towards making Zend Framework accessible to a broader
audience and by working closely with the MOTUs we are able to ensure a
positive end-user experience."



=== The Linux Foundation interview with Mark Shuttleworth ===

Jim Zemlin interviews Mark Shuttleworth as part of their ongoing
conversations at the Linux Foundation with leaders in the Linux
community. The goal is to gain insight into the trends that are
shaping the future of open source and Linux. When asked about the
trends of the Linux desktop, server and mobile telecommunications
industry, Mark says: "There's a real sense that almost every Internet
user today uses Linux. They use it as a web service and it's either
called Google or it's called Amazon or it's called eBay or, you know,
it's – they use it remotely. A huge number of Western technology
adopters are going to be using Linux very soon and that is in the form
of consumer electronics. A very large percentage of us will be in
touch with Linux every day and so I think that represents some real
opportunities. Linux as a whole, I think, is very clearly on a
trajectory to be the emerging platform of choice." Concerning the
mobile market Mark says: "If you look at the mobile telephone market,
we have a couple of very, very powerful companies who control either
big chunks of the handset manufacture or the billing and customer
management side of things including the operators, and the networking
side of things. As a result, it's very difficult for folks to work in
an open way across the industry. So, I think what is going to be
important is to try and find sort of neutral forums. I think the
Ubuntu mobile forum is fairly neutral."
 * Podcast - http://linux-foundation.org/weblogs/openvoices/2008/02/24/open-voices-podcast-with-mark-shuttleworth/
 * Transcript -

=== Ubuntu: Bridging the technology gap ===

In the second interview with Mark Shuttleworth, ITPRO discusses issues
of interoperability and the learning curve associated with switching
to Linux. Being a technologist and something of a geek, Shuttleworth
feels that "free software brings a number of huge advantages" to the
problem of spanning the educational and technology gap between rich
and poor nations.
 * Free software and society: "First, newly acquired skills can flow
freely along with the tools themselves. So we can teach someone to use
Linux and OpenOffice, and then they can take that software home and
teach someone else...Second, with free software people have the right
to modify it. This allows the software to be customised for markets
that are not large enough to attract the attention of a company like
 * Low cost computing: It follows that Shuttleworth is enthusiastic
about Nicholas Negroponte's One Laptop Per Child Project which "has
been a real catalyst for discussion and research into low-cost
computing. Traditionally, Moore's Law has always been applied from the
perspective of first world markets: 'people will pay $300 - $900 [£150
- £450] for a PC, how much bang can we squeeze in for that buck this
year.' The converse, asking 'how cheap can we make a basic computer?'
hasn't really been explored. "One of the barriers to this," he
believes, "is the cost of getting basic technology in place."

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Finnish Team - ubuntu-fi ===

    * Meeting of Northern Finland Linux/Ubuntu users held in February,
as well as meetings for people in the Pori area and an informational
happening in Helsinki for elderly people as part of an IT day
    * Localization of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is going relatively well, both
upstream and Ubuntu-specific - documentation translators would be
needed, though
    * 8.04 LTS release party being planned
    * Discussion forums have 6908 members, various teams are active
(some not so)
    * Web site http://www.ubuntu-fi.org/ as a whole is faring well,
thanks to Canonical hosting
    * 1000 posters printed of the GPL'd Ubuntu poster, localized into
Finnish. 300 were sponsored by two companies, rest are for sale by the
member of community who handled buying those.

=== Jordan Team ===

    * Forming the team and getting around five active members
    * Preparing for Ubuntu Desktop Course at Jordan University &
University of Science and Technology
    * In contact with Jordan Post Office to prepare for Ubuntu
installation festival

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, March 3, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: See Below
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080304

=== Tuesday, March 5, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: See Above
 * End: See Below
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080304

=== Wednesday, March 5, 2008 ===

==== Bugs for Hugs Day ====
 * Start: See Above
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080304

==== Platform Team Meeting ====
 * Start: 07:00 UTC
 * End: 08:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

=== Friday, March 7, 2008 ===

==== Kubuntu Developers Meeting ====
 * Start: 11:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: http://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kubuntu/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-582-1] Thunderbird vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

 * lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.6 -
 * lookup-el 1.4-4ubuntu0.6.06 -
 * mozilla-thunderbird_1.5.0.13+ -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

 * lighttpd 1.4.13 -
 * lookup-el 1.4-4ubuntu0.6.10 -
 * mozilla-thunderbird_1.5.0.13+ -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * lighttpd 1.4.13-9ubuntu4.3 -
 * lookup-el 1.4-4ubuntu0.7.04 -
 * mozilla-thunderbird_1.5.0.13+ -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * lighttpd, lighttpd 1.4.18-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * thunderbird -

== Bug Stats ==

 * Open (40002) +43 # over last week
 * Critical (23) +2 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (19556) -333 # over last week
 * Unassigned (30536) +46 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (156167) +1991 # 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 ==
==== Alphabetically ====
 * English-UK (41194) -27 # over last week
 * French (43221) -861 # over last week
 * German (67356) -324 # over last week
 * Spanish (13966) -542 # over last week
 * Swedish (53534) -323 # over last week

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

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