Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #118

Nick Ali nali at ubuntu.com
Mon Nov 24 06:36:51 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #118 for the week
November 16th - November 22nd, 2008. In this issue we cover: Jaunty
Jackalope Alpha 1 released, The Ubuntu Hall of Fame, Ubuntu for the
Holidays, New Community Developers, LoCo Release Parties, Launchpad
offline November 24th, Meet Barry Warsaw, OpenID from your Launchpad
profile, Launchpad t-shirts, Ubuntu UK Podcast, Ubuntu Podcast #12,
Linux Identity Magazine Covers Ubuntu 8.10, and much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

 * Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 released
 * The Ubuntu Hall of Fame
 * Ubuntu for the Holidays
 * New Community Developers
 * LoCo Release Parties
 * Launchpad offline November 24th
 * Meet Barry Warsaw
 * OpenID from your Launchpad profile
 * Launchpad t-shirts
 * In The Press
 * Ubuntu UK Podcast
 * Ubuntu Podcast #12
 * Linux Identity Magazine Covers Ubuntu 8.10
 * On Distributions, Kubuntu, and KDE

== General Community News ==

=== Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 released ===

Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 1 has been released.  As with any pre-release,
it is *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone
who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent
breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and
those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.  This
first in a series of milestone CD images can be obtained from:

 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/jaunty/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-1/ (Kubuntu)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-1/ (Xubuntu)
 * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/jaunty/alpha-1/
(Ubuntu Studio)

Further links to mirrors, change lists, interesting events, and bug
reports can be reached at the link:

=== The Ubuntu Hall of Fame ===

Jono Bacon has announced the formation of the Ubuntu Hall of Fame[1].
His intention is for it to be a showcase in which the wider community
is proud to be featured.  This is still a work in progress, and Jono
(and those that have helped him start this) would like input and ideas
about additional features and which areas of the community they should
be showcasing.  More detailed information is on Jono's blog.

 [1] http://hall-of-fame.ubuntu.com/


=== Ubuntu for the Holidays ===

Those in the United States now have the availability of a more local
Ubuntu store, and just in time for the holidays.  Faster and less
expensive than ordering from Europe, the US shop carries a wide range
of Ubuntu-branded items, and will soon include Kubuntu merchandise.
The U.S. and international shops can both be found at shop.ubuntu.com.

=== New Community Developers ===

Charlie Smotherman (porthose) has been working with Ubuntu since
Dapper, maintains a couple Ubuntu-originated packages in Debian, and has
been doing great things in the MOTU Mentoring Reception Team.  Please
welcome him as a recognised Contributing Developer.
 Launchpad page:  https://edge.launchpad.net/~cjsmo

 Wiki page:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CharlieSmotherman


Stefan Lesicnik (stefanlsd) has been helping out with universe
security, developer documentation, and general package work for
several months.  Please join me in welcoming him as a Contributing
 Launchpad page:  https://launchpad.net/~stefanlsd

 Wiki page:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/stefanlsd


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (48456)-5  over last week
 * Critical (19) +/-0  over last week
 * Unconfirmed (19853)-51  over last week
 * Unassigned (40299)+26  over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (232238)+1545 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 Intrepid ===

 * Spanish (18909)-479 over last week
 * French (61934)-1 over last week
 * Swedish (76532)-192 over last week
 * English (UK) (81459)+4 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (82517)-167 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see
more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

=== 5-a-day bug stats ===

==== Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days ====

   * crimsun (411)
   * chrisccoulson (53)
   * weboide (45)
   * angusthefuzz (44)
   * dholbach (29)

==== Top 5 teams for the past 7 days ====

   * dcteam (415)
   * ubuntu-de-locoteam (60)
   * ubuntu-berlin (57)
   * ubuntu-us-ohio (44)
   * ubuntu-br-pe (26)

5-A-Day stats provided by Daniel Holbach. See

== Kubuntu News ==

The Kubuntu team had a meeting

Richard "Arby" Birnie (ISO Tester, system-config-printer-kde hacker)
and Ralph "txwikinger" Janke (5-a-day hero) were grilled and given

We also discussed specs for UDS, KDE 4.2 Beta packaging, bug status
and the kubuntu-users mailing list.


== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-Iranian Team Release Party ===

The Iranian Local Community had their greatest ever Ubuntu Release
Party. They had 8 presentations in this release party. A tour of
Ubuntu and Kubuntu 8.10 features, an introduction to Joomla CMS, the
Zekr project, desktop effects in Ubuntu & Kubuntu, Ubuntu Server
presentation, Linux kernel compilation how-to and finally plans for
the future development of the Ubuntu-Iranian. Attendance has steadily
risen over the course of the 2 years.

=== Ubuntu-Colombia to Host First UbuCon ===

UbuCon Colombia will hold its first UbuCon Bogotá, Colombia[1].  This
event, consisting of multiple conferences and workshops will be
presented around  FLOSS "Free/Libre Open-Source Software" technologies
on Ubuntu. The target for UbuCon covers the range from local
community, small, medium and large businesses, and independent
professionals.  UbuCon will be held at Universidad de San Buenaventura
sede Bogotá on November 29th.  Admission is free,  but
pre-registration is required.

 [1] http://www.ubucon-co.com/


=== Ubuntu-Zimbabwe host 1st release party ===

On November 1st, the Zimbabwe LoCo held its first Ubuntu Release Party
in Harare.  Held at the premises of one of their sponsors, WebDev, who
also hosts their web site[1].  Logical Solutions provided them with
demo laptops, loaded with the latest release, and Harvest
International donated the snacks.  The party was a relaxed event with
no fixed agenda, as you can see from the pictures[2].

The team believes Zimbabwe was the only other country in Africa to
advertise a release party, except for South Africa. Among those who
attended were representatives from the Computer Society of Zimbabwe,
members of Linux Chix, who travelled all the way from Mutare (on the
Eastern border, over 300Km away), and the IT Manager for the
Parliament of Zimbabwe, who is one of the team members.

It is their feeling that they had a good turnout for the first attempt.

 [1] http://www.ubuntu.org.zw

 [2] http://www.ubuntu.org.zw/node/11


=== Ubuntu Presentation: Ubuntu Peruvian LoCo ===

On November 21st and 22nd, the Free Software Conference and
Installation Festival was held at the National University of San
Agustin, Arequipa, Peru.  Among other presenters was Richard Stallman.
 Also included, the Ubuntu Peruvian LoCo Team participated by giving a
presentation of "Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex".  As an "oh, by the way", the
National University of San Agustin is migrating to Ubuntu.

=== Ubuntu Irish Team release party ===

The Irish LoCo held their Intrepid Ibex Release Party at the Long
Stone pub in Dublin on Thursday, October 30.  Starting with six
people, they soon had 20 sitting down and having nosh and pints.  (In
their words, "we are after all in a pub and we're Irish".)  As they
brought out their laptops, others gathered around to find out what
nerds were doing in a pub.  This resulted in many questions being
asked and answered, and CDs being given out.  A great success!

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad offline November 24th ===

Launchpad will be offline for the second part of the roll-out of our
2.1.11 release from 03.00 UTC on the 24th November.

 * Going offline: 03.00 UTC 24th November.
 * Expected back before: 04.00 UTC 24th November.

They had originally scheduled this down-time for 03.00 UTC today (21st
November) but it did not go ahead.


=== Meet Barry Warsaw ===

Barry Warsaw, one of the developers for Launchpad, is involved with
the mailing list features and the new "Contact this user" feature.
Coming from a background of working with C, C++, Java and Python in
the commercial arena, he is quite happy to to be working for the
makers of Ubuntu, now.  His love of free software came out of his
experiences with the National Bureau of Standards (NSB, now National
Institute of Standards Technology - NIST).  Away from the code, he
plays a 4 string, fretted bass guitar.

=== OpenID from your Launchpad profile ===

Launchpad now supports OpenID 2.0 and 1.1 in web sites outside of the
Ubuntu community: any web site that supports OpenID.  Here's how it

   1. You visit a website that's an OpenID receiver and it asks you to log in.
   2. You give that website your Launchpad profile's URL - e.g.
   3. Launchpad asks you to confirm that you want to log in to the
other website.
   4. Once you've confirmed, you're logged into the website and can
use it just like normal.

More information can be obtained from the OpenID site's "Where"
page[1] and on Launchpad's OpenID help page[2].

 [1] http://openid.net/where/

 [2] https://help.launchpad.net/OpenID


=== Launchpad t-shirts ===

The Launchpad team turned heads in London with their Launchpad logo
emblazoned t-shirts.  Now, they're offering them to you.  You can buy
your own from the Canonical store, in either men's or women's
versions.  Or you can enter their competition and try to win one.
Details on the competition, and instructions for entering it, are
available at the announcement.

== In The Press ==

 * Ubuntu set to debut on netbooks - Arm, the chip designer for mobile
phones, has announced an alliance with Ubuntu.  Rob Coombs, director
of mobile marketing at Arm, said he expected to see the first devices
running a version of Ubuntu by the time of the Computex show in June.
This builds on Canonical's announcement in May 2007 that it would
develop versions of Ubuntu specifically for low-cost note books.

 * Exciting Features For Ubuntu 9.04 - Michael Larabel outlines some
of the possible features of Jaunty Jackalope.  Features such as a
faster boot time, the blending of web services and desktop
applications, the porting of Ubuntu to the ARMv7 architecture, better
power management, the ability to encrypt the whole home directory, X
Server 1.6, updated drivers from Intel, ATI, and Evdev, and the Linux
2.6.28 or Linux 2.6.29 kernel.  In addition, he expects that Ubuntu
9.04 will include GNOME 2.26, that Xfce 4.6 and KDE 4.2 will be
integrated, that it will include OpenOffice.org 3.1 and updates to
GIMP, Pidgin and Firefox.

 * rPath Expands Multi Operating System Support with Ubuntu, CentOS -
rPath, a software application virtualization and management company,
has added Ubuntu and CentOS to its list of Linux offerings.  By
binding applications to these OSs with rBuilder, and managing them
with the rPath Lifecycle Management Platform, rPath expands the
deployment options and opens up new markets for itself and its
customers.  http://www.rpath.com/corp/component/content/article/14-2008-news/293-11192008

 * Three things I like about Ubuntu Intrepid, and one I don't -
Alastair found 3 things that about Intrepid Ibex really stood out in
his opinion.  First was 3G connections that "just worked" as soon as
he inserted the 3G PCMCIA card.  Migration assistant surprised him.
Not a new feature, but so improved that he felt it was a good second.
The third was networking in general.  Moving from one wireless network
to another and bringing a laptop back from a deep sleep have improved
a great deal.  However, he feels that audio is still a problem that
needs to be resolved.  http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=3664

 * Ubuntu for mobile phones - Alastair Otter reports on the deal
between the maker of ARM processors and Canonical to port Ubuntu to
the mini platform.  Not only does this open up the ARM7 architecture
to Ubuntu 9.04, but it makes possible the porting of Ubuntu Linux to
smartphones built with the ARM processor.  Jane Silber, chief
operating officer of Canonical said, "Joining the considerable
community of free software developers working on the ARM platform
ensures that a fully-functional, optimised Ubuntu distribution is
available to the ARM ecosystem, providing wider choice for consumers
looking for the best operating system for their digital lifestyles."
This could cause Ubuntu to start appearing on a range of netbooks,
phones, and other "digital lifestyle" products.

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu UK Podcast ===

Laura Cowen, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the
eighteenth Ubuntu Podcast from the UK Local Community Support Team:

 * They discuss their experience of upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 - the
Intrepid Ibex.
 * They review Ubuntu Kung Fu, a book by Keir Thomas, and they give
away a copy in their competition - which due to the late arrival of
this podcast will be extended until 3rd December.
 * The news.
 * They discuss what they do to their systems after installing Ubuntu,
and briefly discuss Automatix and Ultimatix.
 * Finally they have your feedback.


 Download the ogg file:

=== Ubuntu Podcast #12 ===

Josh and Nick retreated back to Nick's garage for Ubuntu Podcast
Episode #12.  Some things they covered:

 * Ubuntu Georgia Install Fest
 * Trying to give Spread Ubuntu some more love
 * Raid 10 bug
 * Ubuntu Open Week
 * Don't Use Ultamatix!
 * Ubuntu benchmarks


=== Linux Identity Magazine Covers Ubuntu 8.10 ===

For each edition, Linux Identity focuses on a specific application or
distribution. The upcoming edition will feature the Ubuntu 8.10
family. Community members Matthew Helmke, Ryan Troy, and Joe Barker
contributed editorials and articles. Look for it at your local


=== On Distributions, Kubuntu, and KDE ===

What is a distribution?  What is the difference between Kubuntu and
KDE, or is there any?  These are some of the questions raised in this
article, and the author gives some good definitions of each.  Along
the way, he presents Kubuntu as being a distribution that attempts to
package user security and practicality rather than simply presenting
the "bleeding edge" software that an application offers.  This
position has bothered some people with respect to Kubuntu and its
choice of going with KDE 4.1.2.  However, the author defends the
choice of version in this interesting article.

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Mobile Team ===

 * Brutally hack contacts to build a -hildon package ;) . Requires review.
 * On pursuing an acpid cleanup quest we found a module-init-tools
bug: modprobe --all foobar would exit 0, but not with --quiet in the
flags; the conclusion from this is that initramfs-tools was leaking a
lot of environment vars, including
 * Tested new python ubuntu-vm-builder and discovered a bunch of small
regressions; provided bzr branches for some features and fixed most
issues; thanks to Nick for fixing lpia mirror detection!
 * Experimented with use of xdm as a display manager for -MID.
Initial results were positive.  This will become a spec for Jaunty.
 * Initial filtering of packages to be removed from the archive as
part of Moblin 1.0 EOL and general cleanup from gutsy/hardy Mobile
 * Tried unsuccessfully to find good ways to identify packages that
have lpia-specific compilation.  Suggestions would be welcome
 *  bootstrapped an initial build system based on mojo and built an
initial kernel based on the linux-omap tree - rolled the image and
published it for interested developers to help getting ARM ready in
the archive.

=== Japanese Team ===

 * Ubuntu 8.10 Japanese Remix CD was released on 31st October.
 * The Japanese Team exhibited at the Kansai Open Source on 8th
November.2008 http://k-of.jp/2008/index.htmlon
  * In seminar, Hajime Mizuno talked on "Life with Ubuntu"
  * Published:
   * Presentation:
   * Movie: http://cliplife.jp/clip/?content_id=i09924c2
 * New archive/CD image mirror server are deployed.
  * Redistributing ubuntu-dvd/ubuntu-umpc too.
 * Team member have written articles for following local magazines:
  * Software Design: Learning Unix Technology- "What is init daemon"
http://gihyo.jp/magazine/SD/archive/2008/200812 and
  * True face of Ubuntu 8.10 Server:

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, November 25, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 17:00 UTC
 * End: 18:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Wednesday, November 26, 2008 ===

==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

==== Foundations Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Thursday, November 27, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

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

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-671-1: MySQL vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-671-1
 * USN-667-1 Firefox and xulrunner vulnerabilities -
 * USN-672-1: ClamAV vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-672-1
 * USN-673-1: libxml2 vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-673-1
 * USN-674-1: HPLIP vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-674-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * kdepim 4:3.5.10-0ubuntu1~hardy3 -
 * gnome-mastermind 0.3-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * partman-base 114ubuntu6 -

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

 * havp 0.89-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported 0.7.8-0intrepid1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.4.1-1ubuntu10.1 -
 * initramfs-tools 0.92bubuntu16 -
 * at-spi 1.24.0-0ubuntu3.8.10.1 -
 * logcheck 1.2.66ubuntu1 -
 * network-manager-pptp 0.7~~svn20081015t024626-0ubuntu1.8.10.1 -
 * ppp 2.4.4rel-10ubuntu2.8.10.1 -
 * ubuntustudio-meta 0.37.1 -
 * drgeo 1.1.0-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * xkeyboard-config 1.3-2ubuntu4.2 -
 * samba 2:3.2.3-1ubuntu3.1 -
 * fast-user-switch-applet 2.24.0-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * ruby1.8 -
 * pulseaudio 0.9.10-2ubuntu9.1 -
 * ca-certificates 20080514-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * nagios-plugins 1.4.11-2ubuntu2.1 -
 * dmraid 1.0.0.rc14-2ubuntu12.1 -
 * linux 2.6.27-10.20 -
 * cups 1.3.9-2ubuntu2 -
 * cups 1.3.9-2ubuntu3 -

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