Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #112

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Oct 12 23:33:08 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #112 for the week October 
5th - October 11th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Countdown 
banner for WordPress, Follow up: Xubuntu Hug Day, Ubuntu Free Culture 
Showcase Winners, New Ubuntu Members, Getting help from the Launchpad 
Team, Launchpad to be off-line, Server Team meeting summary, 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 Countdown banner for WordPress
  * Follow up: Xubuntu Hug Day
  * Ubuntu Free Culture Winners announced
  * New Ubuntu Members
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * Getting help from the Launchpad team
  * Launchpad to be off-line
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Server team meeting summary
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Countdown to Intrepid modified for WordPress users ===

There has been an update to the Ubuntu Countdown to Intrepid. It has 
been modified for use with WordPress blog sites.  WordPress and other 
blogs block javascripts, which the original Countdown uses. The method 
provided by Peng however, has no javascript. Two links are provided, as 
well as the graphics themselves. Save the graphics to your hard drive, 
upload them to your blog site, and change the "src=" to match your 
permanent link. 

=== Follow up: Xubuntu Hug Day ===

Xubuntu Hug Day was a *huge* success. Xfce4 developers, Xubuntu 
developers, Debian folk, and members of the Xubuntu and Ubuntu community 
all came out to help test and iron out bugs in the Xubuntu beta. An 
impressive number of folks turned out to tackle bugs. The most exciting 
part of it all is that a number of folks who used hug day as an 
opportunity to get involved for the first time, haven’t stopped! Seeing 
such growth in the contributing Xubuntu community is exciting and very 
encouraging. http://cody.zapto.org/?p=47

=== Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase Winners Announced! ===

Jono Bacon has announced the winners of the Free Culture Showcase.  This 
showcase is to honor the artists for each new release.  The winners were 
chosen from a "slew of entries" to a competition, winnowed down by a 
carefully chosen panel of creative types, then finally selected by the 
Community Council.  The winners are:
  Andrés Vidau (Audio Winner)
  Andrew Higginson (Video WInner)

Full details can be found at the link.  http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=1312

=== New Ubuntu Members ===

==== Asia Oceania Board ====

ArcRiley has been active within the New Hampshire LoCo by helping the 
LoCo to resolve conflicts at crucial times. He has also been active 
conducting installfests, and has shown interest in packaging games, and 
educational softwares. Arc also started a computer recycling program in 
Ithaca, NY in 2001 called, the "Yellow Box Project". The original 
premise was that many families in Ithaca were without computers, while 
hundreds were being thrown away at the city dump which needed only minor 
work, or software to be useful. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~arcriley Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArcRiley

The Asia Oceania Board is happy to introduce this new Ubuntu member!

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (46597) +3 # over last week
  * Critical (28) +1 # over last week
  * Unconfirmed (20401) -445 # over last week
  * Unassigned (38401) +192 # over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (218129) +2728 # 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 ===

  * Spanish (11869) +/-0 # over last week
  * English-UK (30771) +/-0 # over last week
  * French (38902) -5 # over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (49862) +/-0 # over last week
  * Swedish (53189) +/-1 # over last week

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

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

Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days

  * crimsun (674)
  * apachelogger (373)
  * txwikinger (188)
  * chrisccoulson (63)
  * maco.m (50)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  * dcteam (730)
  * kubuntu-de.org (576)
  * ubuntu-uk (190)
  * ubuntu-ca (188)
  * indian-team (20)

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

== Launchpad News ==

=== Getting help from the Launchpad team ===

Matthew Revell has reported that it's now easier to get help from the 
Launchpad team. Each weekday, a member of the team is taking time out to 
answer questions in #launchpad in IRC, and answer emails to Help at 
Launchpad[1]. The members of the team however, are scattered all over 
the globe, but are only pulling 8 hour shifts. You can find out who's on 
duty, and what time zone they're in, by go to HelpRotation [2]. Be sure 
to give the Launchpad team your feedback on this new service they are 

  [1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/launchpad-users <<BR>>
  [2] https://help.launchpad.net/HelpRotation


==== Launchpad to be off-line ====

The Launchpad team is releasing Launchpad 2.1.10 on the 16th of October. 
While they roll-out the new code, Launchpad will be unavailable for up 
to two hours.

  * Launchpad off-line: 00:00 UTC - Thursday October 16th
  * Expected back before: 02:00 UTC - Thursday October 16th

See the Launchpad News blog after the roll-out for details of what’s 
new. http://news.launchpad.net/


== In The Press ==

  * Ubuntu Confirms Linux Netbook Returns Higher than Anticipated - 
Joanna Stern reports on remarks made by MSI concerning a higher rate of 
return on Linux installed netbooks than with Windows XP installed 
netbooks. Gerry Carr, marketing manager at Canonical has confirmed that 
the rate of return appears to be higher than average. There are still 
some questions about what manufacturers, what distributions, and most of 
all what figures are actually involved. Carr highlighted a few reasons 
why Ubuntu-running netbooks are returned more often. "Unclear selling is 
happening, typically online. The customer will get their netbook sent to 
their home, and they expect to find something like a Microsoft desktop, 
but they see a brown Ubuntu version.” Carr stressed that, in these 
cases, it doesn’t matter how good, or bad the Linux OS is. These 
customers just don’t want to try something new. 

  * Xtreme fuels expansion with open source-based video recording - 
Advertising intelligence company Xtreme Information, plans to add 
Ubuntu-based DVRs in Perth, Adelaide and Brisbane to expand the reach of 
its monitoring service. It's services are used by businesses to spy on a 
competitor’s advertising, check if the concept for an advertisement has 
been done before, or make sure that a TV channel, is running 
advertisements in the paid-for slot positions. It currently monitors 
advertising on nine TV stations in Sydney and Melbourne, using digital 
video recorders running Ubuntu and proprietary recognition software 
developed in Germany. 

  * New Linux Broadcom Wi-Fi drivers arrive - Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols 
reports that, along with the improvement to Wi-Fi drivers in general, 
Broadcom has come through with better support for Linux. Specifically, 
Broadcom has added Linux support for its NetXtreme, NetXtreme II, 
NetLink and 4401 product lines. There also is support now, due to 
reverse-engineering, for the Broadcom B43 chipsets in the Linux 2.6.24 
kernel. Dell, with Broadcom and Canonical, have also just released a 
Linux friendly Broadcom Wi-Fi driver for both 32 bit and 64 bit Linuxes 
for the 4311, 4312, 4321 and 4322 chipsets. This means support for the 
Dell 1490,  1395, 1397 and 1510 wireless cards. 

  * Wikipedia simplifies IT infrastructure - Wikipedia has been mixture 
of Linux based IT infrastructure since it's beginning in 2001. That 
meant that often it was haphazardly expanded by tossing in a new server 
with a different operating system each time. In a few months, Wikipedia 
will finish a major transformation by moving from a combination of 
versions of Red Hat products to Ubuntu Linux Version 8.04 on all 400 of 
its servers that support the Web site. The move to all-Ubuntu, was 
primarily done with the goal of making their administration and 
maintenance simpler. 

  NOTE: In a side note to the above, not everyone thinks this is a major 
win, since the move was a sideways one, from a variety of RedHat 
versions to Ubuntu. The goal should be to move IT away from proprietary 
and towards open source. The goal being "Freedom" 

  * Ubuntu's Balancing Act - One thing that has always struck Glyn Moody 
about the free software world, is the power of example. Once it emerged 
that Google ran on GNU/Linux, there could be no more argument about the 
latter's suitability for the enterprise. Similarly, MySQL's adoption by 
just about every Web 2.0 company meant that it, too, could no longer be 
dismissed as underpowered. With the move of Wikipedia to Ubuntu, it 
could mark a similar milestone for business uses to Ubuntu. It will be 
interesting to see how Canonical/Ubuntu manages the balancing act of 
meeting the particular needs of business – ease of administration and 
maintenance - while maintaining its reputation as an innovator on the 

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * Ubuntu, Sanctuary, and Big Buck Bunny - Blogger John Nugent tells us 
how his writing computer, which was running Windows, had what he calls a 
meltdown. Although he has had an aversion to Linux for a long time, he 
gave Ubuntu a chance on that computer. The results are that his writing 
computer is now a faster, leaner, meaner system, that is a much better 
pairing for his MacBook. He's now thrilled to be free of Windows, and 
have a computer system that has been reborn. 

  * Dell Inspiron Mini’s custom Ubuntu interface: A closer look - The 
folks at the official Direct2Dell blog sat down with Doug Anson, to 
discuss the custom interface Dell designed to use with the Ubuntu 8.04 
Linux operating system used on the Inspiron Mini 9 netbook. The most 
noticeable thing that Dell did was create a new menu bar that hangs out 
on the desktop. This includes buttons for Entertainment, Games, 
Learning, Productivity, and Web. Clicking on any section brings up a 
group of icons for launching programs that fall under that category. The 
bar does not interfere with the Gnome panel, and it can be removed if 
the user chooses to do so. The Ubuntu Netbook Remix interface can also 
be manually installed if desired. In addition to other tweaks, Dell has 
also offering, through a partnership with Box.net, 2 GB of free online 
There is also a great video of Doug showing the interface of the Ubuntu 
powered Mini 9 at: 

  * What should the next version of Ubuntu bring us? - The guys at the 
How-To Geek have compiled a list of the seven most requested features 
that did not make it into Intrepid. By the numbers:  1.) A better user 
interface - integrate Compiz and screenlets into the default install. 
2.) A unified hardware driver database - a central repository for 
obscure hardware drivers.  3.) More out of the box applications 
pre-installed - flash, java, Skype, Wine, and Picasa to name a few.  4.) 
Easy to configure multi-monitor support.  5.) Better power management. 
6.) A better sound engine.  7.) Reader's Choice - many comments are 
posted, some helpful, some not, all are entertaining. Take a look. 

  * My switch to Ubuntu - Jim of the Jim Report, tells his tale of 
switching to Ubuntu. About four months ago he finally took the plunge 
and changed his laptop OS from XP, to Ubuntu. Jim does admit to being 
able to rely on a friend who was well-versed in Linux if he ran into 
problems. Once a couple of small annoyances were ironed out, Jim began 
to really appreciate Ubuntu. The three things that were particularly of 
interest were Synaptic, the cost of Ubuntu (FREE!) and the fact that 
Ubuntu grays-out a window when a program hangs or is busy for an 
inordinate amount of time. Jim also highlights the Live-CD 
functionality. Welcome aboard, Jim! 

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Server Team Meeting ===

On October 7th, the Ubuntu Server Team met in IRC where they assigned 
several actions to be taken, and discussed the following topics.

  * Review ServerGuide for Intrepid
  * Ubuntu vm builder
  * KVM
  * Ubuntu Server Survey
  * DRBD
  * Bacula SRU

Visit the link for details of the above topics: 

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, October 14, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 15:00 - UTC
  * End: 16:00 - 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

=== Wednesday, October 15, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu-us-pa LoCo Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 08:30 - EDT
  * End: 09:30 - EDT
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-pa
  * Agenda: Not 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/

==== Platform Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 22:00 - UTC
  * End: 23:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Thursday, October 16, 2008 ===

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

  * Start: 12:00 - UTC
  * End: 13:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 - UTC
  * End: 15:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== EMEA Membership Board Meeting ====

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

==== Americas Membership Board ====

  * Start: 23:00 - UTC
  * End: 00:00 - UTC October 17, 2008
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/Americas

=== Friday, October 17, 2008 ===

==== Tunisian LoCo Team IRC Meeting ====

  * Start: 19:00 - UTC
  * End: 21:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-tn
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Saturday, October 18, 2008 ===

==== Xubuntu Community Meeting ====

  * Start: 13:00 - UTC
  * End: 15:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

  * [USN-651-1] Ruby vulnerabilities - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

  * faad2 2.0.0+cvs20040908+mp4v2+bmp-0ubuntu3.6.06.1 - 
  * langpack-locales - 
  * ruby1.8 1.8.4-1ubuntu1.6 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

'''Ubuntu 7.04 will reach the end of its support period on Sunday, 
October 19, 2008.  After that date, no further listing for it will be 
posted here.  You are encouraged to upgrade to Ubuntu 7.10.'''

  * faad2 2.0.0+cvs20040908+mp4v2+bmp-0ubuntu3.7.04.1 - 
  * tzdata 2008g-0ubuntu0.7.04 - 
  * ruby1.8 1.8.5-4ubuntu2.3 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * faad2 2.0.0+cvs20040908+mp4v2+bmp-0ubuntu5.1 - 
  * tzdata 2008g-0ubuntu0.7.10 - 
  * logrotate 3.7.1-3ubuntu0.7.10 - 
  * ruby1.8 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * dynamips 0.2.7-0.2.8RC2-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * dynagen 0.10.1-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * cdrw-taper 0.4-2ubuntu0.1 - 
  * module-init-tools 3.3-pre11-4ubuntu5.8.04.1 - 
  * vsftpd 2.0.6-1ubuntu1.1 - 
  * fastjar 2:0.95-1ubuntu2 - 
  * vlc_0.8.6.release.e+x264svn20071224+faad2.6.1-0ubuntu3.2 - 
  * seamonkey 1.1.12+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 - 
  * faad2 2.6.1-2ubuntu0.1 - 
  * tzdata 2008g-0ubuntu0.8.04 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.24 2.6.24-21.27 - 
  * chkrootkit_0.47-1.1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * jockey 0.3.3-0ubuntu8.1 - 
  * gpaint 0.3.3-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * logrotate 3.7.1-3ubuntu0.8.04 - 
  * adept 2.1.3ubuntu25.1 - 
  * ruby1.8 - 
  * samba 3.0.28a-1ubuntu4.7 - 
  * bind9 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 - 
  * gnat-4.2 4.2.4-1ubuntu3 - 
  * gcc-4.2 4.2.4-1ubuntu3 - 
  * gcj-4.2 4.2.4-1ubuntu3 - 
  * dbus 1.1.20-1ubuntu3 - 

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== Credits ==

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== Glossary of Terms ==

  1. DRBD - a block device which is designed to build high availability 
  1. KVM - Kernel based Virtual Machine
  1. SRU - Search/Retrieve via URL

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