Uubntu Weekly Newsletter #119

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Nov 30 22:13:54 GMT 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #119 for the week 
November 23rd - November 29th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Free 
Culture Showcase II, Archive of Interviews, New MOTU:  Onkar Shinde, 
Ubuntu Tamil Team, Ubuntu Tunisia Team, Ubuntu-NL release party, 
Launchpad 2.1.11 and Open ID Support, RSS feeds for Ubuntu Forums, 
Ubuntu Podcast #13, Full Circle Magazine #19, Community Interview of 
Nicolas Scerpella, Hardening the Linux Desktop, Coming Soon: Ubuntu 
Pocket Guide and Reference, 50 amazing Ubunt time-saving tips, 50 of the 
best looking Gnome/Ubuntu desktop themes, Team meeting summaries, and 
much, much more!

== UWN Translations ==

  * Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of 
linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the 
information you need.


== In This Issue ==

  * Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase II
  * Archive of Interviews
  * New MOTU: Onkar Shinde
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * Ubuntu Tamil Team
  * Ubuntu Tunisia Team
  * Ubuntu-NL release party
  * Launchpad 2.1.11 and Open ID support
  * RSS feeds for Ubuntu forums
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu Podcast #13
  * Full Circle Magazine #19
  * Community Interview of Nicolas Scerpella
  * Hardening the Linux Desktop
  * Coming Soon: Ubuntu Pocket Guide & Reference
  * 50 amazing Ubuntu time-saving tips
  * 50 of the best looking Gnome/Ubuntu desktop themes
  * Team Meeting summaries
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

===  Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase II ===

Jono Bacon has announced the Second Free Culture Showcase, your 
opportunity to show off your creativity in Jaunty Jackalope. The winning 
entries will be available in the Examples/ folder in the home directory 
of shipped CDs and download images of the Ubuntu 9.04 release. Entering 
the showcase is simple:

  * Your submission must be one of the following:
   * Audio Entries - no larger than 1MB in size - made available in Ogg 
Vorbis format.
   * Video Entries - no larger than 2.5MB in size - made available in 
Ogg Theora format.
   * Photo/Graphic Entries - no larger than 0.5MB in size - made 
available in PNG or JPG formats.

  * All entries must be licensed and distributable under the Creative 
Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

  * Upload your submission somewhere online (there are lots of free 
hosting solutions available such as archive.org). Do not email any of 
the organizers or judges with your submissions.

  * Add your entry to one of the submission tables at 

  * When the deadline for submissions closes, our panel of judges will 
pick a shortlist, and the Community Council will then pick the final 
winners from the shortlist.

The deadline is February 6, 2009.  http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=1427

=== Archive of Interviews ===

Daniel Holbach has started an archive of Developer Interviews[1] in 
order to showcase all the exciting things that people in the community 
have been, or are involved in. At this point, it is a "work in progress" 
but he would like to have more interviews of Ubuntu Members added to it. 
Daniel is also thinking of adding a box with the latest interviews to 
the Hall of Fame.[2] Drop by either link to learn more about some of the 
great people in our community.

  [1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Interviews

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


=== New MOTU: Onkar Shinde ===

We're very pleased to announce that Onkar Shinde (slytherin) joined the 
MOTU team. His outstanding work in the area of Java packaging and 
maintenance made our choice easy.

Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~onkarshinde

Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OnkarShinde

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (48498)+42 over last week
  * Critical (18)-1 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (19578)-97 over last week
  * Unassigned (40346)+47 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (234122)+1884 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 (18543)-364 over last week
  * French (61913)-21 over last week
  * Swedish (75422)-1110 over last week
  * English (UK) (81459) +/-0 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (81715)-792 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 (747)
    * chrisccoulson (81)
    * alessandro-ghersi (55)
    * hew (45)
    * jibel (41)

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

    * dcteam (749)
    * ubuntu-cl (135)
    * ubuntu-berlin (54)
    * ubuntu-de-locoteam (52)
    * ubuntu-au (45)

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu Tamil Team ===

Tiruppur, Nov 22nd. The Textile Town of TamilNadu, India - Tiruppur[1] 
witnessed the Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex release in a demonstration given by 
its IT Association - TITA[2]. Members of Tiruppur IT Association 
demonstrated Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, and its various features including 
Tamil Language support, Multimedia Capabilities, Office Suites, Package 
Management techniques, Wine, etc.

The Ubuntu Tamil Team proposed, that a one day Monthly Training program 
on Ubuntu, be organized for people who purchase computers through the 
Association Members. This should motivate people to switch over to Free 
Software with confidence. Sri Ramadoss and Siva from the Ubuntu Tamil 
Team conducted the event. The secoond day of the event explored the 
Ubuntu Server capabilities for the TITA members. More demand were made 
on the Server segment.

It was a memorable event, and the team wishes to thank the Tiruppur IT 
Association for providing the team with this opportunity. Special thanks 
also to Mr. Ravichadran, President of IT association, Mr. Babu, Mr. 
Thiyagu, Mr. Senthil, and others for their backing and helping with this 

Photos soon at: 

  [1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirupur

  [2] http://tita.in

=== Tunisia Team ===

The Tunisian Team held an install party and conference on November 15th 
at the Multimedia and Computer Science Institute of Sfax, Tunisia. Held 
in conjunction with the local cell of the Tunisian Association Young and 
Sciences, they started the day with a booth of about 10 laptops powered 
by Ubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Ubuntu Muslim Edition. They distributed 
about 40 CDs, burned iso images, and did some USB installations. The 
team also made 2 presentations, one to introduce FOSS and Ubuntu, and 
the other to talk about UbuntuStudio. 

=== Ubuntu-Netherlands release party ===

The Netherlands Team held a release party in Groningen, and it was quite 
successful according to Herman Bos. The team had about 50 people stay 
through the whole program. Herman felt that the size of the party was 
good, and that a good time was had by all in attendance. Two talks were 
given during the party, too.

(in English)

(in Dutch)

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 2.1.11 and Open ID support ===

Launchpad 2.1.11 has just been released, and includes  two major 
features.  First, OpenID, that lets you access many different websites, 
such as SourceForge, Blogger, LiveJournal and thousands of others,just 
got better. Second is the ability to contact other Launchpad users when 
their email address is hidden.  By using the new "Contact this 
user/team" link you can email up to three users/teams per day. For more 
information on this, go to the Launchpad "Contacting People" page. 


== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== RSS Feeds for Ubuntuforums ===

bapoumba has a solution for those looking for RSS feeds of the 
Ubuntuforums. The dedicated page for the feeds was lost in the last big 
upgrade of the Ubuntuforums software. It may come back, but in the 
meantime here is a work-around. By clicking on a sub-forum thread in the 
Ubuntuforums front page and looking at the address bar, you will see a 
number at the very end.  This is the forum-id number. So, for example, 
the URL for Absolute Beginner's Talk (ABT) would be 
http://ubuntuforums.org/external.php?forumids=326. The one for the 
complete forums RSS would be http://ubuntuforums.org/external.php.


== In The Press ==

  * Local hero: Stefan Lesicnik on Linux and Ubuntu - South African web 
site Tectonic interviewed Stefan Lesicnik on various aspects of how he 
got involved with Linux and Ubuntu. Stefan points out that Ubuntu 
contributing developers, are contributors to Ubuntu that do so on a more 
technical level. Ubuntu contributors typically handle more complicated 
tasks such as merging new packages from Debian, debugging software, or 
packaging software from scratch. Stefan has been working with the 
security team, and part of his responsibilities will be to merge 
security fixes from vendors or the community, into supported versions of 
Ubuntu. Stefan was this week confirmed as an Ubuntu contributing 
developer. http://www.tectonic.co.za/?p=3692

  * Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks - Over the past few 
weeks Phoronix has been providing several in-depth articles looking at 
the performance of Ubuntu Linux. They first compared Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 
benchmarks, then Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 benchmarks, and in this 
article they compared the 64-bit performance of Ubuntu 8.10 against the 
latest test releases of OpenSolaris 2008.11 and FreeBSD 7.1. The tests 
included LAME MP3 encoding, 7-Zip Compression, Gzip compression, GnuPG, 
BYTE Unix Benchmark, Tandem XML, Bork File Encryption, Java SciMark, 
Bonnie++, OpenSSL, and Sunflow Rendering System. The Phoronix Test 
Suite, which is Phoronix's advanced GPLv3 testing software that is 
compatible with Linux, BSD, OpenSolaris, and Mac OS X platforms, powered 
all of these tests. In the end if simply counting which operating system 
was in first place most frequently, it would be Ubuntu. Ubuntu 8.10 
x86_64 was in first place eight times, OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 was in 
first place seven times, and FreeBSD 7.1 Beta 2 AMD64 was in first just 
three tests. 

  * Fedora 10 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks - With the Fedora 10 release 
earlier this week, Phoronix performed benchmarks comparing the 
performance of Ubuntu 8.10, and Fedora 10. In their testing they used 
both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of each distribution, and then ran a 
series of automated tests through their Phoronix Test Suite. After 
testing both the x86 and x86_64 editions, performances were nearly 
identical. In fact, the results were so close that it was hard to call a 
winner. There were a few slight deviations in tests like the timed Gzip 
compression and BYTE Unix Benchmark, but nothing conclusive on the 
hardware configuration Phoronix used, or the real-world tests conducted. 

  * First Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) alpha hops into view - Ubuntu 
developers have announced the availability of Ubuntu 9.04 alpha 1, the 
first pre-release version. Ubuntu 9.04, codenamed Jaunty Jackalope, is 
scheduled for official release in April. In addition to the ongoing 
long-term usability enhancement efforts, Canonical and the Ubuntu 
development community, are focusing on several specific technical goals 
for 9.04. Some of these improvements include performance, boot time, and 
integrating web services more tightly with the desktop. Ubuntu 9.04 
alpha 1 is available for download from the Ubuntu web site, although 
only the server CD image and the text-based "alternate" CD image were 
built for the alpha release. The next major alpha release is scheduled 
for December 18th, shortly after the Ubuntu Developers Summit(UDS). The 
final Debian package import freeze for 9.04 will be on Christmas day. 
Additional pre-releases will follow until the final release arrives on 
April 23rd. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * When Ubuntu Breaks, Who’s to Blame? - Blogger Christopher Tozzi 
tells us that as a regular participant in support threads on 
ubuntuforums.org, he's exposed frequently to people who might be fairly 
characterized as ‘dissatisfied customers’ of the Ubuntu experience. 
Something doesn’t work as well as it’s supposed to—no out-of-the-box 
wireless or dual-monitor support are two of the most popular 
complaints—and these new users condemn Ubuntu and Linux in their 
entirety as a result. But are these charges justified, and how should 
Ubuntu respond? Canonical has to assume responsibility for shortcomings 
in software beyond its control. Microsoft and Apple may not have to 
answer for the problems of third-party applications, but if Ubuntu 
really aspires to become a Linux for the masses, its developers and 
community members need to understand the point-of-view of ordinary users 
and stop placing blame elsewhere, even when it does rightly lie 
elsewhere. Accepting blame for someone else’s faults is neither pleasant 
nor fair. But it’s a reality that Ubuntu has to accept if it truly 
aspires to bring desktop Linux to the masses. 

  * More Ubuntu Kung Fu - Keir Thomas, author of the new book Ubuntu 
Kung Fu, stopped by lifehacker to share some of the best material from 
his book. Tips in this article include how to optimize startup for 
faster boot times, running boot-time scripts in parallel, building a 
read-ahead profile personalized to your computer, and trimming the gnome 
startup programs. Keir also explains network time protocol, getting more 
data onto CD-R discs through over-burning, and installing all the 
multimedia playback codecs you’ll ever need. You'll learn how to get 
better dvd movie playback, create zip files using maximum compression, 
and how to get a high-quality (and free) command-line word processor 
with Microsoft word. Top it all off by learning how to add drop shadows 
to screenshots, stop the cursor from blinking, how to play MP3/OGG files 
at the command line, and adding RAR file compression support to Ubuntu. 

  * Xavier School Deploys 600 Ubuntu Linux Desktops - Joe Panettieri of 
WorksWithU reports that Xavier School in San Juan, Philippines has 
deployed more than 600 Ubuntu desktops. The switch from Windows was 
brought about due to a budget issue based on Microsoft's base licenses 
and subscription licenses.  Ubuntu was chosen because of its ease of use 
as a desktop, and because of the availability of Edubuntu. 

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu Podcast #13 ===

Josh Chase and Nick Ali from the Georgia US LoCo released episode #13. 
Some topics covered:

  * Release of Jaunty Alpha 1
  * Ubuntu US shop is open for business
  * Ubuntu Hall of Fame
  * New theme on help.ubuntu.com
  * Lots of LoCos had 8.10 release parties
  * Linux Identity magazine covering Ubuntu 8.10
  * Ubuntu onto the ARM architecture
  * Aaron Seigo, a KDE developer, has a podcast on UStream


=== Full Circle Magazine: Issue #19 ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our nineteenth issue.

This month:

  * Command and Conquer - Lost and Found.
  * How-To : Program in C - Part 3, Make a WiFi Access Point, Using GIMP 
- Part 8, and Create Mobile Multimedia.
  * My Story - Ubuntu John
  * Book Review - Beginning Ubuntu Linux 3rd Ed.
  * MOTU Interview - Emilio Monfort
  * Top 5 - Virtualization Tools
  * NEW FEATURE! Ubuntu Games - Open Arena

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-19/


=== Community Interview of Nicolas Scerpella ===

Matthew Helmke interviewed Nicolas Valcárcel Scerpella for the Ubuntu 
Community Interviews.  From an early start with computers at the age of 
4, Nicolas has gone on to become a Security Engineer in the OEM 
Solutions Group for Canonical.  A part of the Peruvian LoCo team council 
and MOTU, he is focusing on bringing more people into packaging.  He 
would like to see more hardware manufacturers writing drivers for Linux 
and more proprietary software migrating to Linux. 

=== Hardening the Linux Desktop ===

Jeffrey Orloff has developed a 2 hour tutorial posted on the 
developerWorks section  of IBM.com. The tutorial covers: protection from 
malware attacks, firewall configuration, system backup, updates, and 
password protecting the bootloader. Registration is required to access 
this information. 

=== Coming soon:  Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference ===

Due to be released in mid-January, the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference 
is a succinct, yet comprehensive guide allowing readers to understand 
core competencies without wading through volumes. Available from Amazon 
or a free PDF version will be also be available. 

=== 50 amazing Ubuntu time-saving tips ===

techradar.com brings us 50 hints on how to speed up your Ubuntu 8.10 
installation. With 50 tips most everyone should be able to find 
something to improve their installation. Click the link and have a look 
to see how you can improve your installation! 

=== 50 of the Best Looking Linux Gnome/Ubuntu Themes ===

Some people never change their theme or wallpaper, while others are 
constantly tinkering with the look of their desktops. The folks at 
TechieSouls.com have put together what they believe are the 50 best 
looking Gnome/Ubuntu themes. It's like a one stop shop for making your 
desktop eye appealing. 

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Community Council ===

  * CC Meeting 08-11-18:

   * Quick update on Ubuntero being inappropriate for female 
contributors: the decision is to get rid of the term Ubuntero and 
generalize the CoC. 

   * The Asia Oceania board asked for an expansion of their team of 2-4 
members. They will send nominations to the CC and a poll will be set up.
   * Quick update on the TB situation: Mark is waiting for more 
nominations to have a run-off election.
   * Quick update on the IRC Council situation: nominations have reached 
the TB. Daniel will chase missing voters of the CC.

=== Documentation Team ===

  * help website updated to include 8.10 documentation 
  * New theme introduced throughout help website and help wiki. 
https://help.ubuntu.com & https://help.ubuntu.com/community
  * Presentation given during the OpenWeek by Dougie Richardson
  * Improvements made to help wiki guide. 
  * Discussion of reworking the mentoring program. 

=== MOTU Council ===

  * Andrew Starr-Bochicchio became a contributing developer
  * Michael Casadevall became a MOTU
  * MC Meeting 2008-11-12
   * Open Applications:
    * UUC: Charlie Smotherman, Stefan Lesicnik
    * MOTU: Stéphane Graber, David Futcher, Stefan Ebner, Nathan Handler
    * Core-Dev: Dustin Kirkland
   * Discussion of possible procedure for per-package upload request 
    No conclusion was sought or obtained.
   * Discussion of techniques to better trigger MC members to start 
voting when an application is complete.
    The proposal under review is to ask that endorsements for a given 
applicant be included on wiki pages prior to the application being sent 
to the MOTU Council mailing list.
   * Discussion on MOTU Council meeting format
    Consensus is to remain with the current structure for the time being.
  * Charlie Smotherman became a contributing developer
  * Stefan Lesicnik became a contributing developer
  * MC Meeting 2008-11-19:
   * Open Applications
    * MOTU: slytherin, nhandler, sebner, bobbo, stgraber
    * core-dev: kirkland
   * Discussion of improvements of the application processes. Expect RFC 
  * MC Meeting 2008-11-26:
   * Open Applications: MOTU: iulian, koon, slytherin, nhandler, bobbo, 
sebner, stgraber
   * Application process discussion.
  * Onkar Shinde became a MOTU.

=== Mythbuntu ===

  * Discuss focus points for 9.04
  * Ported entire live disk build process to be livecd-rootfs friendly
  * Canceled alternate disk builds

=== Training Team ===

  * Our primary project is updating the Ubutnu Desktop Course materials 
from 7.10 to the 8.04 LTS version. Many contributors have reviewed the 
existing material and suggested edits. To see the status of our 
progress, see the Getting Involved section of the wiki. 
  * The Training Team is now holding weekly mentoring sessions. These 
sessions cover using the tools (Docbook editing via OO.org v. 3, Bzr and 
Launchpad)to help update the Ubuntu Desktop Course. Sessions are held 
every Wednesday in #ubuntu-training at 20:00 UTC. Starting next year we 
hope to add North America evening times as there have been several 
requests for this.
  * Emmajane and Popey have created several screencasts and updated the 
Knowledge Base to help new users contribute. 

=== LoCo Council ===

  * Meeting 10-11-18:
   * South Africa Team reviewed and reapproved.
   * Discussed encouraging LoCos to do their Team Reports. Decided that 
the LoCo Council will not make an official push, but will see if the 
News Teams publicity of the Team Reports has any impact.
   * The idea of LoCos having their IRC meetings in #ubuntu-meeting was 
discussed. The reasoning involved making LoCo members feel part of the 
greater Ubuntu community, not just their LoCo. It was deemed unnecessary 
since it would cause major scheduling headaches and require LoCo members 
to join a separate channel just for a meeting.

=== Austrian Team ===

New Austrian Team launched their new forum here. http://www.ubuntu-at.org/
They also started to get into the "LoCo Community Process" and as a 
result are posting here.

Plans for the future:
  * Setting up a Wiki for better structure of information around our 
LoCo activities.
  * Planning a come together each month
  * Planning workshops
  * After tools like the forum and wiki are ok, they will focus on 
getting as much members as possible in their new community

=== Danish Team ===

Yet another nice month for the danish team, and a range of great 
projects has been planned for the next couple of months.

  * The 8.10 Release Party was the biggest event for the danish team 
yet. Feedback has been great, and they feel it was a success. Planning 
has started for the next one or two release parties.
  * Appeared in National TV (DR1) equivalent to English BBC in a 20 min. 
long show about Ubuntu and Open Source.
  * Increased the average daily visitor number on the LoCo site by a 
stunning 71% in 2 months due to heavy marketing campaign. A similar 
increase in the registered forum user number has been counted.
  * A good general increase in the number of active members and 
participants in the LoCo team.

  * A new project has been started to redesign/plan out website, from 
the bottom up. A LP group has been created to the project.
  * A danish Ubuntu Podcast is being planned.
  * More focus has been put on marketing for Ubuntu in Denmark, both for 
private and governmental institutions. Discussions about distribution 
Ubuntu CDs from public libraries and the likes, together with home-made 
flyers has been taken, and the flyers are being worked out.

=== German Team(Berlin) ===

  * The team had a fantastic release party. 
   * Translation of the officially unofficial party report as posted on 
the ubuntu-berlin mailing list: The "Ubuntu Berlin" user group 
successfully accomplished the 6th release party in Berlin on November 
1st to celebrate the latest Ubuntu version "Intrepid Ibex". For the 
fourth time the party took place at the Berlin culture project "c-base 
e.V." establishing a fine tradition. Once again around 150-200 people 
took part in the celebration during the night. The agenda consisted of 6 
presentations about new features in Ubuntu, the network manager, an 
initiative for free wireless networks "Freifunk", the semantic Desktop 
DeepaMehta, tips and tricks for newbies, KDE 4 and of course personal 
support and demonstrations on the demo computers. To prepare the party 
the media agency Area42 kindly sponsored 1000 leaflets that were 
dispersed all over the town, and for the second time the Berlin subway 
TV "Berliner Fenster" promoted the Ubuntu release and the party to 
thousands of travelers. Some high profile blogs like netzpolitik.org as 
well as the popular radio station "Radio Fritz" made a good point about 
the event in their news coverage. Amongst the supporting musical program 
covering a variety of tastes and styles were DJ HighEnergy with live 
electronic music and the rock band "Hankyfour", while booths for Ubuntu 
brownies, Ubuntu apparel and Ubuntu origami contributed to the rich 
variety of activities. As before dozens of still warm [k|x]ubuntu CD's 
were spread amongst the party people... Our special thanks goes out to 
Area42, Berlin subway TV "Berliner Fenster", ubuntu Deutschland e.V., 
c-base e.V. and all volunteers taking part in the preparation and 
wrap-up of the party.
  * Workshop held on 2008-11-20: working with Ubuntu - users show their 
applications for the daily work (organized as an open talk). There were 
about 20 people in the audience. More infos in german language at 

=== Irish Team ===

  * 30th October Intrepid Ibex Release Party. 

=== Jordan Team ===

  * Meeting to discuss the teams plans for Ubuntu Week at Jordan 
University as part of FLOSS week (During December).

=== Romanian Team ===

  * Ubuntu 8.10 and Ubuntu Romanian Team presentation in Targu Mures. 
   * Adi Roiban talked about launchpad, the Romanian team role, and what 
should be done in the future (translations, bug fixing, etc). Jani 
Monoses gave a talk about Kiwi Linux, and how it was created. 
http://kiwilinux.org/ Marius Popa talked abou the new features in Ubuntu 
that included a live demo of the 3g networking, new compiz effects, 
openoffice 3.0 from PPA, new gnome empathy, nautilus tabs, new 2.7.27 
kernel, a movie made with Ubuntu, and a new game made by szaby. 
http://www.szabster.net/2008/10/17/autumn/ A new local LUG has been 
created. http://www.lug-mures.org/ The team did an interview for a local 
radio station. http://www.radiomures.ro/ Full report: 
http://mapopa.blogspot.com/2008/11/ubuntu-8.html Pictures: 
  * Romanian Ubuntu web services migrate to a new server.
  * thanks to Stas, forum.ubuntu.ro and www.ubuntu.ro were updated. Note 
they are now easier to use.
  * the first meetings between the local Ubuntu Romanian Team members, 
and Romanian users in a series of sessions named Ubuntu Romania Open 
The meetings took place on #ubuntu-ro IRC channel. 

=== Tunisian Team ===

  * Participation to the Tunisia SFD'2008 : Presentation in the UWN #115 
and an abstract here. 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TunisianTeam/TeamReporting#Ubuntu at The 
software Freedom Day 2008
  * Ubuntu at The CLLFST Virtualization Day. 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TunisianTeam/TeamReporting#Ubuntu at The CLLFST 
Virtualization Day
  * Ubuntu's day in Sfax. 
  * 5th regular IRC meeting. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TunisianTeam/Meetings

=== Zimbabwean Team ===

The Zimbabwean Team had an active and fulfilling month:

  * The team held their first ever Ubuntu Release Party in Zimbabwe, and 
it was a great success. They also incorporated an installfest, but 
didn't get many takers since the crowd was quite small, being as this 
was their first release party. A few demonstrations were given on 
Intrepid Ibex, and they were well received by those present. Full report 
available at http://www.ubuntu.org.zw/node/12.
  * The teams monthly face-to-face meeting was held on 12-11-08.
  * The local Zimbabwean Web site was launched later in the month. 
  * Monthly article on Ubuntu in Zimbabwe was submitted on 20-11-08 for 
inclusion in the Computer Society of Zimbabwe's newsletter.
  * The ICT Director for the Parliament of Zimbabwe, who is also a Team 
Member, was invited to speak at this year's World e-Parliament 
Conference in Brussels 
http://www.ictparliament.org/worldeparliamentconference2008/, and will 
be giving a presentation on the plans for Ubuntu, and open source in the 
Zimbabwe Parliament. Since the conference is taking place very late in 
the month, the team will not be able to give a full report until next month.

=== New Mexico Team ===


  * New developments in the teams EPC project. 

  * Discussions about a wiring plan, cost, and execution. The team will 
be upgrading the lab to LTS on December 20th and 21st. Eric purchased 
some mesh routers and the team will use those to test a wireless 
solution for the dorm rooms.


  * Pictures of the Intrepid Ibex Release Party are on the wiki check 
them out. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NewMexicoTeam/IntrepidIbexParty


  * Intrepid Ibex Release Party News, and pictures coming soon. 


  * New Mexico LinuxFest web site started. 
  * New Mexico Ubuntu News Archive. 

=== Italian Team ===

  * The Italian Gruppo sviluppo, the Italian counterpart of the 
development team, is organizing a BugDay in Bologna for the second 
Saturday of December. It will not be a feature-complete BugDay, it's a 
test to understand what needs to be done, and what are the necessities 
for organizing for future BugDay. The plan is to hold one in June, 
always in Bologna. For more information, visit the Italian wiki at: 
  * The Italian Gruppo web, the team responsible for Ubuntu Italian web 
site, worked on restructuring the home page that now has a new section 
for rapid access to the contents.

=== PuertoRican Team ===

  * Organizing FreeCD Activity for December 4th.
  * Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Launch Party (Pendent)
  * Distribution Ubuntu CDs, and focus on provide Ubunto CDs/DVDs on 
University of Puerto Rico bookstores.

=== SouthDakota Team ===

  * Ownership of the team transfered to MTecknology.
  * Complete redesign of our wiki page: 
  * First Meeting - Set road maps and goals.
  * Joined forces with 1/2 of state LUGs.
  * Hopefully we can achieve much more.

=== Full Circle Magazine ===

  * Issue 18 released and doing well, almost 20,000 downloads between 
1st Nov and 24th Nov.
  * Issue 16 Italian and 17 Hungarian now available for download.
  * No Starch Press (via FCM) are sending a book, for review in a future 
issue, to a member of the Ubuntu Women team.
  * FCM has had enquiries from Brazilian and Turkish translators. Let's 
hope they take up the challenge...
  * Brett Alton will begin writing a Web Dev series from FCM#20 onwards.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, December 2, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #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

==== Community Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 21:00 UTC
  * End: 23:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

==== Forum Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 23:00 UTC
  * End: 00:00 UTC (Wednesday, December 3, 2008)
  * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Wednesday, December 3, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Classroom Meeting ====

  * Start: 01:00 UTC
  * End: 02:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Classroom/MeetingAgenda2008Dec3

==== Ubuntu-us-pa LoCo team Meeting ====

  * Start: 12:30 UTC
  * End: 13:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-pa
  * Agenda: None as of publication

==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

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

==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

=== Thursday, December 4, 2008 ===

==== Maryland LoCo IRC Meeting ====

  * Start: 00:00 UTC
  * End: 01:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-us-md
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== 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

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-674-2: HPLIP vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-674-2
  * USN-675-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-675-1
  * USN-675-2: Gaim vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-675-2
  * USN-676-1: WebKit vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-676-1
  * USN-677-1: OpenOffice.org vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-668-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-678-1: GnuTLS vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-678-1
  * USN-680-1: Samba vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-680-1
  * USN-679-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.5.2+git20070928-0ubuntu2.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * hal-info 20081124-0ubuntu1~hardy - 
  * compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.7.4-0ubuntu4.1 - 
  * bacula 2.2.8-5ubuntu7.2 - 
  * compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.7.4-0ubuntu6.1 - 
  * php5 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.4 - 
  * cupsys 1.3.7-1ubuntu3.2 - 
  * linux 2.6.24-23.46 - 
  * console-setup 1.21ubuntu9 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * hal-info 20081124-0ubuntu1~intrepid - 
  * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.27-10.14 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.27 2.6.27-10.8 - 
  * debian-installer 20080522ubuntu24 - 
  * compiz-fusion-plugins-main 0.7.8-0ubuntu2.1 - 
  * libgnomecanvas - 
  * kde4-style-qtcurve 0.59.3-0ubuntu2.1 - 
  * linux-meta - 
  * debian-installer 20080522ubuntu25 - 
  * opencryptoki 2.2.6+dfsg-1ubuntu1 - 
  * gedit 2.24.2-0ubuntu1 - 
  * gnome-settings-daemon 2.24.0-0ubuntu3.3 - 
  * evolution-exchange 2.24.2-0ubuntu1 - 
  * evolution-data-server 2.24.2-0ubuntu1 - 
  * evolution 2.24.2-0ubuntu1 - 
  * open-vm-tools 2008.08.08-109361-1ubuntu2.1 - 
  * alsa-utils 1.0.17-0ubuntu3 - 
  * cups 1.3.9-2ubuntu4 - 
  * splix 2.0.0~rc2-0ubuntu2.3 - 
  * libv4l 0.5.6-1~intrepid1 - 
  * console-setup 1.25ubuntu4 - 
  * tracker 0.6.6-1ubuntu5.1 - 
  * network-manager 0.7~~svn20081018t105859-0ubuntu1.8.10.1 - 
  * knetworkmanager 1:0.7svn864988-0ubuntu1.8.10.3 - 

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