Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #92

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon May 26 05:28:22 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #92 for the week May
18th - May 24th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Developer Summit
Intrepid Ibex, Ubuntu Live canceled, new Ubuntu Membership Approval
Boards to meet, new Ubuntu Contributing Developers, a new Launchpad
podcast, and much, much more!

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== In This Issue ==

 * UDS Intrepid Ibex
 * Ubuntu Live Canceled
 * New Ubuntu Membership Approval Boards to Meet
 * New Ubuntu Contributing Developers
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Launchpad News
 * Ubuntu Forums News
 * In the Press & Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Meeting Summaries
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Developer Summit Intrepid Ibex ===

At the beginning of a new development cycle, Ubuntu developers from
around the world gather to help shape and scope the next release of
Ubuntu. The summit is open to the public, but it is not a conference,
exhibition or other audience-oriented event. Rather, it is an
opportunity for Ubuntu developers -- who usually collaborate online --
to work together in person on specific tasks. This year you too can
get a feel for what went on during the fast paced week of UDS by
watching the 19 videos available on YouTube. The link is your portal
to what developers, including Mark Shuttleworth, have to say about the
next Ubuntu release, "Intrepid Ibex."

 * UDS Group Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nxvl/2515647319/sizes/o/
 * UDS Flickr Album: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/udsintrepid/
 * Martijn van de Streek UDS pics:

Ubuntu Developer Summit was broken down into tracks: community,
server, platform, QA, desktop, kernel, and mobile. Sessions in each
track discussed new features and processes, and ways to improve for
the upcoming Intrepid Ibex release cycle. The community track had
sessions covering how to improve the Brainstorm site, investigating
how the new LoCo Council could support teams better, and figuring out
ways non-English speaking developers could get involved. Server track
discussed providing GUIs for administrative tasks, possible
integration with OpenChange (potential Exchange server replacement),
and various J2EE servlet containers to add in Intrepid. The Platform
track covered faster boot cycles and OpenOffice 3 upload schedules.
Sessions about bug response times and escalation, and upstream bug
workflow were handled by the QA track. Single Sign On and Kubuntu
related requirements were on topic for the Desktop track.

More details about discussions and plans that took place at UDS in
Prague can be found below (more information will be added in the
coming week as well):

 * Community Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Community
 * Server Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Server
 * Platform Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Platform
 * QA Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/QA
 * Desktop Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Desktop
 * Kernel Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Kernel
 * Mobile Track: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS-Intrepid/Report/Mobile

Please remember these are simply discussions. There is no guarantee
any mentioned features or suggestions will appear in 8.10.

=== Ubuntu Live Canceled ===

The Ubuntu Live conference, which was scheduled to take place July
21-22 in Portland, OR has been canceled. Canonical is planning to
include Ubuntu content in the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON),
also happening July 21-25 in Portland, Oregon. Those interested in
future Ubuntu events and developments should watch www.ubuntu.com.

=== New Ubuntu Membership Approval Boards to Meet ===

The EMEA(Europe, Middle East and Africa) and the Americas Ubuntu
Membership Approval Board Meeting are scheduled to take place this
week to review and approve pending Ubuntu Member applicants. This will
be the first new members approval for each board and everyone is
welcome to attend and watch the process. Membership in the Ubuntu
community means recognition of significant and sustained contribution
to Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community, and expected future involvement.
Contributions in all areas are welcome, from support to advocacy,
programming to artwork and documentation, Loco Teams activities to
core packaging. The meetings will be held in #ubuntu-meeting, and you
can find the date, time and agenda by following the links to the
corresponding boards.

 * http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1456  EMEA
 * http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1455  Americas

=== New Ubuntu Contributing Developers ===

The MOTU Council has determined that Steven Stalcup and Emanuele
Gentili have met the requirements to become Ubuntu Contributing
Developers. Responsibilities include the maintenance of most of the
packages in Ubuntu (the universe and multiverse components), merge of
new versions from Debian, sponsored uploads of bugfixes and new
packages, technical discussions with other Ubuntu developers, and the
possibility to become a MOTU through the demonstration of technical
skills and understanding of Ubuntu development processes. You can find
their applications, feedback, and the vote at the links below.

 * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/motu-council/2008-May/001155.html
 * https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/motu-council/2008-May/001150.html

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (46907) +617 # over last week
 * Critical (32) +/-0 # over last week
 * Unconfirmed (23205) +347 # over last week
 * Unassigned (37268) +544 # over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (185055) +1367 # 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 (14217)
 * French (39362)
 * English (United Kingdom) (49699)
 * Swedish (53033)
 * Brazilian Portuguese (64718)

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

== Launchpad News ==

The Launchpad team have started a new podcast, with the superb name Launchpod!

Each week the podcast will provide the latest news from the Launchpad team,
have interviews with people who've done interesting things with Launchpad and
answer questions from listeners.

The two episodes so far:

 * http://news.launchpad.net/podcast/launchpod-episode-1-rescuetime
 * http://news.launchpad.net/podcast/launchpod-episode-2-uds-prague

Send your questions or feature suggestions to feedback at launchpad.net

Subscribe to the podcast feed at http://news.launchpad.net/category/podcast/feed

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===

CptPicard, from Finland, is another member active in the Programming
Talk section (we already had LaRoza and Wybiral in the past weeks). A
former Gentoo user, his Linux journey started with Slackware 3.4.0. As
he says it: "I try to enlighten people about the general, universal
nature of computation." Please read the whole interview here:

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

If you have a small home network or manage an Ubuntu lab, you might be
interested in this week's tutorial pick: coolen's "HOWTO: Share
updates across multiple machines."

This is a well-built and well-designed howto that gives plenty of
information about the apt-cacher tool and how to set it up right. It
also mentions how to reverse the changes, and coolen is updating his
instructions quite frequently -- both hallmarks of a superior howto.


== In The Press ==

 * Linux is a platform for people, not just specialists - In a future
not dominated by Windows, Ubuntu hopes to be the provider of a service
ecosystem for free software. The Guardian of the UK recently sat down
with Ubuntu Chief, Mark Shuttleworth to talk about himself, Canonical
and its business model, the Dell/Ubuntu deal, the ultraportable
sector(Netbook Remix), GNU/Linux position in the market, his stance on
the ISO's handling of the Microsoft OOXML situation, and how Ubuntu
has an increased responsibility to speak out as it gains importance in
the computing world.

 * Ubuntu to announce its mobile Linux in June - Canonical will
announce a Netbook Remix, a version of Ubuntu  tailored for mobile
devices, in two weeks, Mark Shuttleworth said in an interview with the
Guardian. "We're working with Intel, which produces chips custom-made
for this sector." Ubuntu has been working on a mobile version of its
operating system for months. In an April interview about the release
of the new Hardy Heron version of Ubuntu, Mark said the mobile version
is sufficiently important that developing it is worth pushing back the
company's move to profitability.

 * Why Linux isn't yet ready for synchronized release cycles - This
discussion is likely to continue for some time as the major
stakeholders articulate their various perspectives. Communication has
already moved the debate forward in many ways and brought to the
surface some alternatives and variations on the initial proposal. The
final outcome could have some broad implications for how open-source
software programs and distributions handle release management, but
right now none of the proposed ideas are mature enough for widespread

 * Linux on the desktop? Why not? - The out-of-the-box experience is
incredible. Ubuntu comes with everything one needs to work -- an email
reader, the Firefox browser, instant messaging client, softphone, and
the Open Office productivity suite. It includes tools for managing and
playing music and movies, for managing and editing photos, and for
burning CDs and DVDs. It even includes several games for when you need
a little play time.

 * Schools set to go open source(Tender seeks suppliers for an £80m
framework deal) - Officially sanctioned open source and free-to-use
software could be in use across the UK education system within months
after government education agency Becta issued a tender for a
four-year framework agreement. Becta is looking for up to 10 software
suppliers to participate in the £80m framework that will launch in
October. Ian Lynch, a member of the Open Schools Alliance, said:
"Canonical with Ubuntu, perhaps Mandriva, Sun Microsystems or
Novell/Suse might bid, as all have integrated open source software
solutions that could satisfy the framework requirements."

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Transition to the GNU/Linux Ubuntu Operating System - In 2007, The
Garfield Guest House set up up a computer with Internet access, in the
breakfast room for guests to use. To help keep costs down and to
reduce maintenance they installed the Ubuntu 7.04. It has been a great
success, with guests commenting regularly about how useful it is to
have quick and easy internet access while staying at The Garfield
Guest House. They also switched their office computer to Ubuntu at the
same time, and have been very happy to find that they have had no
issues with viruses, malware or spyware since switching. Computer
maintenance time has been drastically reduced - maintenance now
consisting of installing Ubuntu updates when notified by the update
manager. Since installing Ubuntu, the computers have run flawlessly.
Last week they decided to upgrade both the office and breakfast room
computers to the latests version of Ubuntu.

 * Ubuntu Developer Summit(Prague) - On Monday this week Barton(Sun
representative) attended the first day of the Ubuntu Developer Summit
in Prague.  The summit which just ended, is intended to drive plans
and decisions for the next Ubuntu release "Intrepid Ibex" which is due
out on October 30th. Sun had about 12 folks there representing Glass
Fish, Open JDK, Net Beans, Hudson, Sun Studio and MySQL.  They
attended sessions, had side meetings, and had a big Canonical/Sun sync
up at the end of the day to talk about the slew of software they hope
to get into Intrepid. See some pics of the event by following the link
to Barton's blog.

 * Ubuntu - 8.04 (Review) - Ubuntu seems to be on the doorstep of
mainstream acceptance, gets better and better with each release. Their
latest release 8.04 is certainly no exception and in fact is the most
polished release to date. Hardy Heron is the second ever "LTS" (long
term support) release from Ubuntu which entails 3 years of support for
desktop versions and 5 years of support for server versions. With that
in mind, it seems the developers from Ubuntu concentrated squarely on
stability for Hardy Heron.

 * Ubuntu 8.04 behaving itself quite nicely(all of my issues have been
resolved) - Steven Rosenberg says adding software, updating, and
adding repositories is made easy with Ubuntu. Best of all though is
that with Ubuntu 8.04, he can now use his flash drive as a plug and
play device, something he had problems with in earlier versions. His
other problem with Suspend/Resume is also fixed. All in all, Steven is
a happy camper. You should also check out the link to see his idea of
an Ubuntu twelve pack.

 * Don battles the monster Ubuntu - 2 weeks ago or so, Don did the
obligatory upgrade from Gutsy to Hardy. This proved to be both a good
and a bad thing. His system really really didn't like it. Evolution
ground to a halt - checking email would take ~ 1/2 hour to retrieve a
single email, highlighting a message would take ~ 3 minutes and max
the CPU. Epiphany/Firefox just hogged the CPU to the point of
uselessness. Programs would randomly crash or fail to start. However,
even now this has turned into a good thing. he's been using the same
base system since Dapper and it was beginning to age a little. The
fancy desktop effects finally work and are sane enough to try using
(they're not annoying me yet). Everything feels faster, more
responsive. All in all, he's liking his new system. Even if he had to
spend hours and hours rebuilding jhbuild, setting up all his
applications to be perfect and teaching the panel to know how he likes
his system. http://donscorgie.livejournal.com/13790.html

== In Other News ==

=== Will Every Linux Distro Soon Look the Same? ===

A flurry of release news this week led to the recurring question: Is
Linux growing homogeneous? If it is, is that such a bad thing? In the
end, "the fact that there are so many distros shows the strength of
the Free Software ecosystem," Dean concluded. "The fact that so many
exist, and are staying alive, indicates that different peoples needs
are being met. Release schedules notwithstanding, "there's very little
desire to make a SINGLE appearance of GNU/Linux -- in fact, it's just
the opposite," says blogger Kevin Dean. Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth
played a role, suggesting that perhaps the distros should coordinate
their release cycles to all hit at the same time.

=== Distribution Release: UbuntuME 8.04(Muslim Edition) ===

UbuntuME 8.04(Ubuntu Muslim Edition), an Ubuntu-based derivative
distribution featuring Islamic software, a Quran study tool and a web
content filtering utility, has been released.  It includes an
installable live desktop CD, a second CD with additional software
(OpenOffice.org, Arabic language packs, Quran recitations, etc.), an
installable DVD (with more Quran recitations), and a script to convert
standard Ubuntu installations to UbuntuME.

=== New group advocates for FOSS in libraries ===

A new advocacy group, the Public Software Foundation (PSF)[1], is
working to make free and open source software available to local
libraries so it can be checked out and used just like a book or video.
The premise is simple: hand out one CD and maybe you've taught one
person; make it available in a library and perhaps you'll reach
hundreds or thousands. Future plans call for the PSF plans to increase
the number of software titles it offers, but currently it provides
four Linux distributions -- Edubuntu, Fedora, Knoppix, and Ubuntu --
and the Open Office.org office suite.

[1] http://publicsoftwarefoundation.org/

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Community Council ===
 * Meeting 2008/05/06:
  * Recent problems in the Ubuntu IRC world were discussed with
members of the Ubuntu Community, members of the IRC Council, members
of the Freenode staff.
  * Core issues that were identified and possible solutions that were
pointed out:
   * Unacceptable behaviour by some ops was complained about and
everybody agreed that the Ubuntu Code of Conduct should be upheld,
especially by leaders of the community.
   * The team of Ubuntu Ops is understaffed.
   * More regular IRC Council meetings
   * More transparency about escalation processes.
  * The advertisement of the `##ubuntu-uncensored` channel was discussed.
  * The IRC Council was asked to deal with the complaints about the
IRSeek service first.

=== MOTU Council ===

 * Established the Universe Contributors launchpad group, allowing
separation of the grant of Ubuntu Membership from the grant of Ubuntu
 * Recommended Till Kamppeter for Ubuntu Core Developer
 * Recommended Jamie Strandboge for Ubuntu Core Developer
 * Rick Clark (a.k.a. dendrobates on IRC) is the newest addition to
the MOTU team. Rick is also the technical lead of the Ubuntu Server
team. https://launchpad.net/~dendrobates
 * MC 'Call' May 7th 2008:
  * Improved Ubuntu Developers: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDevelopers to:
   * mention the general Membership:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership requirements
   * ask to add the name to the Subject line of applications
   * specifically mention to organise the sponsors to give feedback
  * setting up MOTU/Council/Team Report:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Council/TeamReport and
MOTU/Council/Attic: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Council/Attic
 * MC 'Call' May 14th 2008:
  * Existing discussion of ubuntu-bugs@ thread regarding use of Malone
for workflow bugs highlighted for focus at UDS
  * Review of updated MC reporting practices (Team Report + Email report)

=== Full Circle Magazine ===

 * Unfortunately Matthew Rossi no longer has the time to devote to the
podcast so the podcast is now defunct.
 * #13 is finished its second round of proof-reading and the marketing
preview will be sent out on Monday 26th with release date set at
Friday 30th May.
 * #11 in both Chinese traditional and simplified, and #11 Italian are
up for download.
 * Robert Clipsham has had to devote some of his time to real-life
'stuff' so as of #14 will hand over his Q&A section to Tommy
 * The Brazilian magazine Command.com (which covers both Windows and
Linux) has asked if they could include some issues of FCM on their
cover CD which we have of course agreed to.
 * We always welcome new articles especially My Opinion, My Story
and/or Reviews.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, May 27, 2008 ===

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

=== Wednesday, May 28, 2008 ===

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

==== Launchpad users meeting ====
 * Start: 17:00 UTC
 * End: 18:00
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-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

==== Americas Ubuntu Membership Approval Board Meeting ====
 * Start: 20:00 America/EST
 * End: 21:30  America/EST
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/Americas

=== Thursday, May 29, 2008 ===

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

=== Friday, May 30, 2008 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====
 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-612-7] OpenSSH update -
 * [USN-613-1] GnuTLS vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-612-8] openssl-blacklist update -

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

 * openssh-blacklist 0.1-1ubuntu0.6.06.1 -
 * openssh_4.2p1-7ubuntu3.4 -
 * openssl-blacklist 0.1-0ubuntu0.6.06.1 -
 * gnutls12 1.2.9-2ubuntu1.2 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

 * openssl-blacklist 0.1-0ubuntu0.7.04.4 -
 * gnutls13_1.4.4-3ubuntu0.1 -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * openssl-blacklist 0.1-0ubuntu0.7.10.4 -
 * gnutls13_1.6.3-1ubuntu0.1 -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * evolution-data-server -
 * audacious 1.5.0-2ubuntu2~hardy1 -
 * apport 0.108.2 -
 * gnome-keyring 2.22.1-1ubuntu1 -
 * openssl-blacklist 0.1-0ubuntu0.8.04.4 -
 * gtk-vnc 0.3.4-0ubuntu2 -
 * xorg-server 2:1.4.1~git20080131-1ubuntu9.1 -
 * base-installer 1.86ubuntu2.1 -
 * apt-setup 1:0.31ubuntu8 -
 * gnutls13_2.0.4-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * gdm 2.20.6-0ubuntu2 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-geode 2.9.0-1ubuntu1 -

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== Glossary of Terms ==

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