Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #83
nali at ubuntu.com
Sun Mar 23 22:07:33 GMT 2008
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 83 for the weeks March
16th - March 22nd, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu and Kubuntu
8.04 LTS Beta releases, interview with Jerome Gotangco (former
Community Council member), 8.04 release parties, Launchpad logo
contest, Ubuntu Forum News, Document Freedom Day, and much, much more!
== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu & Kubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta Releases
* Ubuntu 8.04 Release Parties
* Interview with Jerome Gotangco, former Community Council member
* Launchpad News
* Ubuntu Forum News
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Team Meeting Summaries
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security
* Bug & Translation Stats
=== Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta Release ===
The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 8.04
LT (Long-Term Support) on desktop and server. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop
Edition features incremental improvements to familiar applications,
with an emphasis on stability for this second Ubuntu long-term support
release. Ubuntu 8.04 LTS server follows in the footsteps of Ubuntu
7.10 with even more virtualization support and security enhancements -
enabling AppArmor for more applications by default, improving
protection of kernel memory against attacks, and supporting KVM and
iSCSI technologies out of the box. Kubuntu, Xubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and
Mythbuntu also available in Beta. Visit the link for more info on the
various releases, mirror, and torrent links.
=== Kubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta Release ===
Kubuntu 8.04 will consist of two different releases, the commercially
supported one featuring the stable KDE 3.5.9 desktop and a remix
featuring the latest release of KDE 4.0. The following is a list of
just some of the features you can expect with the beta release:
* Easier scheduling in KOrganizer
* KGeography and Kig fixes in the KDE Edu module
* KPDF fixes
* Improved support for the iPhone and iPod Touch
* Fixes to the PostgreSQL backend
* Automatic Codecs installation when opening a Kaffeine file
* Wubi installer for Windows users
* File system encryption
* Read and write to NTFS partions using Dolphin
* Bulletproof X
* And much, much, more
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Release Parties ===
With Hardy being released on 24th April 2008, it is time for the
community to plan release parties.
Go and read this guide for running a release party:
Work with your local Ubuntu LoCo Team, Linux User Group or just work
by yourself to get everything in place and organise a party.
Update the following page with the dates and location of your party:
== Interview with Jerome Gotangco, former Community Council member ==
This week the UWN interviews Jerome Gotangco. Jerome is from the
Philippines and founder of the Philippines Team. Till recently, he was
a member of the Community Council. Jerome is also the co-author of the
upcoming book "Ubuntu Server in Action."
UWN: How did you get introduced to Linux and Ubuntu?
JG: I think it was around 1997 when I got my first real taste of Linux
with a CD made by a local ISP, but I've read about it in the local
magazines and BBS earlier. But it wasn't until 1998 that I did give
Linux a spin in a dual Pentium Pro server machine and I couldn't
really figure out what to do with it - I was a server admin that was
given a task to eliminate NT and evaluate other systems that can be
used as a file server. I was being trained with HP-UX so that I could
support a test system and had some experience with AS/400 so some of
the stuff was familiar.
I got exposed to desktop linux with Caldera Open Linux (yes, the one
that eventually became SCO) and pretty much fell in love with it and
checked out other stuff like Linux Mandrake, Storm Linux, etc. But I
think the one that really impacted me the most was something that was
based on RedHat 6.2. I think it was by VA Systems and it had
Enlightenment and boy it looked really good. I must say from the
start, I didn't buy much of the Free/Open source software philosophies
but was more interested in the functionality that it provided. Like
discovering the Lost City of Gold and couldn't think of what to do
with all the stuff you just discovered. In an instant, almost all the
software tools I needed to do my work were at my disposal and it
started my career with F/OSS.
I was contributing small stuff to various projects that didn't really
made an impact. I remember volunteering for KDE-zine and doing a bunch
of skins for the OZ project (OpenZaurus). I was particularly
interested in embedded systems because my employer back then was an
EMS (Electronic Manufacturing Services) provider so I get to read
sites and journals that involve embedded systems and a lot of it was
talking about Linux and eventually stumbled upon no-name-yet.com
(which eventually became Ubuntu). After Warty, I thought that this was
a good project to get involved with and just went to the chatrooms and
UWN: What are the different areas of the Ubuntu community you've been
JG: Oh I went to lots of areas early in the game. Having been part of
previous developer sprints (Sydney and Paris), local initiatives and
even some helping hand on little events like the Asia Business Tour,
I've been exposed to a lot of parts into the community. I did writing
for the Doc Team, seeing Edubuntu from the start, sorting out bugs in
xorg (which really tested my patience), tried to do sync initiatives
as well as bluetooth, weeding out bugs in LP, translating to Tagalog
language, LoCo team, representing the project in a conference in
Seoul, Laptop testing and even getting the unit for free (and its
still under warranty), etc...I couldn't recall the rest. But I did
make sure to see how everything mixed together in the end, either via
the list or in IRC. My current LP page wouldn't give me justice
anymore since I removed myself from a bunch of groups/teams to clean
up my mail and wasn't doing much so no use of staying.
UWN: How have you been involved with the Philippines Team?
JG: I started it around 2005 I think with a short email to the PLUG
(Philippine Linux Users Group) list. A bunch of people responded and
were already Ubuntu users since Warty and there were people sending
out CDs to those who couldn't get them at all. I asked jdub to create
a list specifically for the team, as well as a domain name and some
hosting space and got cracking on building a small site and a mailing
list. I don't handle those anymore and it has pretty much grown
organically to other areas like in the forums, etc.
The team isn't a strict team in the purest sense; I see it more as a
bunch of guys from different parts of the country (the Philippines has
over 7,100+ islands) who got into IRC and the mailing list and decided
to group together and form a virtual team. I used to get the CD
shipments but now Zak takes care of that. I rarely get the pressed CDs
anymore as the iso works fine for me, although I did keep some CDs to
which I know I have been involved with in one part or another as a
UWN: What are the successes and failures that you have experienced in
spreading FLOSS and Ubuntu in the Philippines?
JG: Being part of Ubuntu did open up opportunities for me to spread the
word, but doing that is only the start and needs to be nurtured until
there are others to fill up the gaps to make it possible. I believe
that's one reason why local FLOSS initiatives do not prosper at all.
It's quite different on the business side of things though. Outside
Ubuntu, there are numerous locals involved with key open source
projects in Apache-land and they are success stories in their own
right. I had one real failure with regards to adoption in education
and it really shattered my confidence level in doing something similar
in the future, although I feel that it is more of a management failure
rather than a technical one.
UWN: Was the view from the CC different? How?
JG: It was very different. I learned how things work in between groups (TB
and CC for instance) and how it affects the overall community. CC
isn't a very strict group and we always had open discussion on issues
that come out and settle things quickly. I think the only issue we had
in the CC was that we aren't the best in terms of scheduling of
meetings. But then again, the CC isn't something that convenes just to
approve membership - that's why in the recent meetings there were
discussions on delegating membership approvals so that the CC can
focus on governance issues and the direction of the project as a
whole. We rarely had the chance to do those stuff and I think that is
one of my regrets, although that wasn't the reason i stepped down
UWN: Why have you decided to step down from the CC?
JG: It was all about time and I couldn't devote enough to have some sort
of impact to the community and to the project as a whole. The Code of
Conduct has something explicit regarding such situations apart from
the popular ones like "Be Considerate," and "Be Respectful." And that
is to "Step down considerately." Since I couldn't devote myself
anymore to something I pledged in the past, there was no need for me
stay any longer as there are more people now deserving to serve in a
higher level like the CC.
I just sent a private email to everyone in the CC (Mark, Mako, Daniel,
Matthew, James, Corey, Mike) and everyone took it well and gave their
thanks. Half of the CC I know in person while the others I've worked
with online since the beginning so it was very casual and simple.
After that, I removed myself from the team and the list (which
resulted to a cleaner inbox though lol).
I've always wanted to go back to basics again and start anew with the
LoCo and since I've been travelling a lot in my home country lately,
I want to make the most out of it and meet up with the people who are
involved, or would like to get involved and just have fun in the
process. And I'm pretty sure something good will come out of those
trips in the future.
UWN: What do you feel has been your best or most important
contribution to Ubuntu/Linux/FLOSS so far?
JG: As Ubuntu literally changed my life as it opened up opportunities in
my career and personal growth, I've always aimed to open up the same
to people I know who deserve it. I've been pretty successful so far
and I'd rather not elaborate (you guys know who you are). I believe
this is far greater achievement than the technical stuff I made,
documentation I wrote, bugs triaged, etc. I wish I could give out
money to developers to do more magic, but I'll leave that to someone I
know for now.
UWN: What else have you been doing?
JG: I've busy lately with my employer Morph Labs, Inc.
(www.mor.ph) on the SaaS framework built on top of a pure open source
platform. You might want to check it out if you're heavily involved in
Rails development or just starting to dive in. A lot of my work
involve servers and making them do magic with Amazon EC2 and S3. Zak
(Elep) is part of the team as well so I'm still within the Ubuntu
Circle of Friends/Trust/etc.
Family life has been good too with my daughter just finishing prep
school and moving up to Grade 1 next school year. A lot of stuff
happened to me since last year it feels like living in dog years
rather than Human years :)
== Launchpad News ==
=== Logo competition closing soon! ===
As the logo competition moves toward it's March 31st deadline, the
submissions have picked up a notch, not only in quality, but the
number of entries. The contest is a community based competition to
design a new logo for Launchpad. If your submission is chosen, you'll
receive a Ubuntu Messenger Bag, and bragging rights to the whole
Contest rules: https://help.launchpad.net/logo
See the logo submissions here: https://help.launchpad.net/logo/submissions
== Ubuntu Forums News ==
=== Tutorial of the Week ===
The tutorial of the week for March 17, 2008, is a simple collection of
settings called "HOWTO: Customize terminal header" by PurposeOfReason:
If you'd like to make your terminal a little more attractive, or if
you prefer life at the command line, this howto will get you started
toward something other than monochrome. Enjoy!
=== Other UF News ===
Using ubuntuforums can be sometimes confusing to new members. Staff
has discussed the issue, raised in different threads, and came up with
a reference sticky: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=726219.
The thread is closed, so that no noise will be added. If you wish to
have points added, please see here:
== In The Press ==
* Phoronix: Ubuntu Linux Disk Encryption Benchmarks - With the
introduction of Disk encrytion in the Hardy alternate CD, phoronix
decided to do some bench tests to see how real-world performance was
impacted in both gaming and other desktop tasks. These Linux tests
included Enemy Territory, Doom 3, Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, LAME
encoding, Gzip compression, and measuring the time to copy 364 images
(amounting to 1.3GB) from a USB flash drive over to the hard drive.
Depending upon the situation, the performance impact of using dm-crypt
will vary, but for mobile users with sensitive or just personal
information, hard disk encryption is becoming a necessity and its
benefits should out weigh the small performance impact.
* Ubuntu's Hardy Heron Receives Its Beta Wings - The latest version
of the desktop and server software, which takes about 25 minutes to
install, has a full suite of software including the Firefox browser,
OpenOffice with Word Processor, Spreadsheet and Presentation, the
Evolution e-mail and calendar system, a CD/DVD burning software and
the latest version of GNOME. This particular upgrade is certified a
Long Term Support (LTS) release -- only the second for the Ubuntu
project, which means Canonical will offer commercial support for five
years on the server and three years on the desktop. The Ubuntu
operating system has quickly become one of the more popular
Linux-based offerings because the main development focused entirely on
the desktop experience, instead of the commercial server environment.
With so many enthusiastic people in the community, the software is
under this rapid, progressive development.
* What is the outlook for Ubuntu Server? - Is Ubuntu getting ready to
make a big splash in the Linux server market, just as it has on the
desktop? Blogger Matthew McKenzie thinks so. In his article, "Ubuntu
Eyes The Linux Server Landscape", he notes that Ubuntu Server is
making moves that position it well to compete in the small and midsize
business market. McKenzie also cites the release of Landscape — a
systems management tool for Ubuntu desktops and servers — that reduces
the complexity of similar tools for Red Hat and Novell enterprise
systems. There are also deals involving Ubuntu Server with IBM and
possibly Sun that signal further forays into the server market.
* Sun to start distributing pre-installed Ubuntu Linux servers -
Ubuntu is on the upswing. The signs are everywhere. Canonical, which
developed this version of Linux, has been very busy talking with the
major server and desktop vendors and is making inroads with both.
However, one of the biggest surprises is that Sun Microsystems, one of
the server vendors, is getting into the Ubuntu game. Sun also offers
Linux distributions from Novell and Red Hat, but its inclusion of
Ubuntu is a significant demonstration of Ubuntu's clout. Sun is firmly
committed to Solaris, but think about how cool a
"Sun-acquires-Ubuntu-Linux" story would sound to buyers. Suddenly,
there would be real competition in the Linux market--competition based
on product quality, not on cheap
== In The Blogosphere ==
* Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 Beta Screenshot Tour - The title says it
all. Visit the link to see 31 screen shots of Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04
Beta release. The tour includes internet, multimedia, graphics, system
applications, network application and many others. If you've been
wondering what the new Ubuntu release looks like, here's your chance.
== In Other News ==
=== What Are You Doing For Document Freedom Day? ===
The Free Software community has a certain level of "activist" within
it, always pushing those around it towards the ideals that it
cherishes. Ideals such as freedom of communication, freedom of data,
freedom of choice. March 26th is Document Freedom Day, another
occasion where we can band together and help promote Open Document
Standards. DocumentFreedom.org is a site that works to promote the use
of Open Document standards. To find out how you can participate this
year, visit http://documentfreedom.org/ There you'll be able to find a
team (or start a team!) near you. Even if the best you can do is blog
about it, please feel free to do so. One more person reached is one
more "Open" mind.
== Meeting Summaries ==
=== Full Circle Magazine ===
* Full Circle Podcast #1 finally released. Comments mostly positive.
* Full Circle Magazine #10 released and doing well. Over 22,400
downloads in just three weeks.
* Full Circle Magazine #11 almost complete, preview will be released
to Marketing Team by Mon 23rd March.
* Full Circle Magazine #12 is our first anniversary and I (Ronnie)
have written an article detailing how FCM got started and included
statistics on downloads and readership done using Google Analytics.
* New French translation team working on #10
* From #12 onwards, regular contributors are required to submit a
short 30 word bio which should not contain any business promo's/URL's
* We now have several dozen proof-readers working.
* We are planning a Gameathon where the community selects an open
source, online, game and we have monthly and yearly winners.
* Full Circle Magazine #9 Italian is up. As is #9 in Chinese.
=== Mobile Team ===
* Modified Open Office to be able to export documents to PDF from the
command line. The reason behind this is to allow evince to view MS
* Firefox 3.0 beta2 Chinese language pack was patched and made to
work with Midbrowser and we added all the internationalization support
back into moblin-applets and enabled mobile-basic-flash to display
multi-language icon texts.
* Prepared elisa (a project to create an open source media center
solution for GNU/Linux) packages which will need testing.
* UME control panel was documented and a sample applet is being
created to demonstrate best practice.
* Discovered that changing kernel configure options could let Moblin
kernel boot faster. Setting "no" to several options could save as many
as 3 seconds. We also saved another 6 seconds for normal boot by
removing some "unnecessary" services and moving some services to be
started after hildon desktop is launched.
* A need for additional documentation was identified for the tarball
release + ppa upload process, the patch addition process and bug
=== Ubuntu Studio ===
* Artwork completed.
* Continue testing and fixing bugs.
* Working on release notes.
* Reading website updates for release.
== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==
=== Wednesday, March 26, 2008 ===
==== Launchpad users meeting ====
* Start: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #launchpad-meeting
* Agenda: https://help.launchpad.net/UsersMeeting
==== Server Team Meeting ====
* Start: 21:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting
=== Friday, March 28, 2008 ===
==== MOTU Meeting ====
* Start: 04:00 UTC
* End: 05:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings
== Updates and Security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10 ==
=== Security Updates ===
* [USN-587-1] Kerberos vulnerabilities -
* [USN-588-1] MySQL vulnerabilities -
* [USN-589-1] unzip vulnerability -
=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===
* krb5_1.4.3-5ubuntu0.7 -
* mysql-dfsg-5.0_5.0.22-0ubuntu6.06.8 -
* unzip 5.52-6ubuntu4.1 -
=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===
* phpmyadmin_2.8.2-0.2ubuntu0.1 -
* wml 2.0.8-11ubuntu0.6.10 -
* python-cherrypy 2.2.1-3ubuntu0.1 -
* krb5_1.4.3-9ubuntu1.6 -
* mysql-dfsg-5.0_5.0.24a-9ubuntu2.4 -
* unzip 5.52-8ubuntu1.1 -
=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===
* postgresql-8.2 8.2.7-0ubuntu0.7.04 -
* krb5_1.4.4-5ubuntu3.4 -
* mysql-dfsg-5.0_5.0.38-0ubuntu1.4 -
* unzip 5.52-9ubuntu3.1 -
=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===
* postgresql-8.2 8.2.7-0ubuntu0.7.10 -
* krb5_1.6.dfsg.1-7ubuntu0.1 -
* mysql-dfsg-5.0_5.0.45-1ubuntu3.3 -
* unzip 5.52-10ubuntu1.1 -
== Bug Stats ==
* Open (40228) +294 # over last week
* Critical (19) -3 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (19545) +198 # over last week
* Unassigned (31027) +321 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (162500) +2068 # 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 (13351)
* French (39022)
* English-UK (42515)
* Swedish (52271)
* Brazilian Portuguese (54053)
Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron", see more
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