Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #107

John Crawford johnc4510 at cox.net
Mon Sep 8 03:50:12 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #107 for the week August 
31st - September 6th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Intrepid Alpha 5 
released, KDE Community Stabilizes Desktop with KDE 4.1.1, KDE 4.1.1 
available for Kubuntu 8.04, Wanted: Moderators for Ubuntu Brainstorm, 
Ubuntu Developer Week Summary, PackageKit: Call for testing, New MOTU, 
Ubuntu Package Status Pages, New Proposed WikiGuide page, Call for 
feedback on new wiki theme, Ubuntu-UK podcast #13, Say Ubuntu, KDE 
Usability project video, Atlanta Linux Fest, and much, much more!

== UWN Translations ==

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== In This Issue ==
  * Intrepid Alpha 5 released
  * KDE Community Stabilizes Desktop with KDE 4.1.1
  * KDE 4.1.1 available for Kubuntu 8.04
  * Wanted: Moderators for Ubuntu Brainstorm
  * Ubuntu Developer Week Summary
  * PackageKit: Call for testing
  * Two Years Going Strong
  * New MOTU
  * Ubuntu Package Status Pages
  * New proposed WikiGuide Page
  * Call for feedback on new wiki theme
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo News
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu UK podcast #13
  * Say Ubuntu!
  * KDE Usability Project Video(Celeste Lyn Paul)
  * Atlanta Linux Fest
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Intrepid Alpha 5 released ===

Welcome to Intrepid Ibex Alpha-5, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.10. 
Alpha 5 is the fifth in a series of milestone CD images that will be 
released throughout the Intrepid development cycle. The Alpha images are 
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, 
while representing a very recent snapshot of Intrepid. You can download 
it here:

  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/intrepid/alpha-5/ (Ubuntu)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-5/ 
(Ubuntu Education Edition)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-5/ (Kubuntu)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-5/ (Xubuntu)

Pre-releases of Intrepid are *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 

Alpha 5 includes a number of software updates that are ready for 
large-scale testing. Please refer to 
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/intrepid/alpha5 for information on changes 
in Ubuntu. Please visit the link below to learn more about the Intrepid 
Alpha 5 release.


=== KDE Community Stabilizes Desktop with KDE 4.1.1 ===

September 3, 2008. The KDE Community today announced the immediate 
availability of KDE 4.1.1, the first bugfix and maintenance update for 
the latest generation of the most advanced and powerful free desktop. 
KDE 4.1.1 is a monthly update to KDE 4.1. It ships with a basic desktop 
and many other packages; like administration programs, network tools, 
educational applications, utilities, multimedia software, games, 
artwork, web development tools and more. KDE's award-winning tools and 
applications are available in more than 50 languages.

Most all applications have received the developers' attention, resulting 
in a long list of bugfixes and improvements. The most significant 
changes are:

  * Significant performance, interaction and rendering correctness 
improvements in KHTML and Konqueror, KDE's web browser
  * User interaction, rendering and stability fixes in Plasma, the KDE4 
desktop shell
  * PDF backend fixes in the document viewer Okular
  * Fixes in Gwenview, the image viewer's thumb nailing, more robust 
retrieval and display of images with broken metadata
  * Stability and interaction fixes in KMail

More information can be found at 

=== KDE 4.1.1 available for Kubuntu 8.04 ===

KDE 4.1.1 has been released and packages are available for Kubuntu 8.04, 
the Hardy Heron. These packages install to /usr/lib/kde4 and can be 
installed along side your existing KDE 3 installation.
The updated packages for Kubuntu 8.04 are located in the Kubuntu 
Member's KDE 4 Personal Package Archive (PPA) repositories. To update to 
KDE 4.1.1, please follow these instructions:

Thanks to Harald, Jon, Steve, Guillaume for preparing these packages. 
Special thanks to Scott for doing a late night shift to get emergency 
uploads into Kubuntu Intrepid Alpha 5. To help out, you can join the 
Kubuntu Team. More information is available on the Kubuntu Wiki: 
https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kubuntu To update to KDE 4.1.1, please follow 
the instructions at the link below.


=== Wanted: Moderators for Ubuntu Brainstorm! ===

In an effort to improve the quality of ideas received by Ubuntu 
Brainstorm, they will be initiating a Sandbox where ideas can be 
reviewed by moderators before going into the mainstream.  They are 
asking for people with good moderation experience to join the team. 
Moderators will review the ideas in the Sandbox, help authors to 
structure them, and approve or reject the ideas.  Interested persons 
should send a message to the team mailing list, 
brainstorm-moderators at lists.launchpad.net before joining the team. For 
additional information, join #ubuntu-brainstorm on IRC. Launchpad: 


=== Ubuntu Developer Week Summary ===

Ubuntu Developer Week just ended and was a big success. Ubuntu Developer 
Week was a series of online workshops where you could:

  * learn about different packaging techniques
  * find out more about different development teams
  * check out the efforts of the world-wide Development Community
  * participate in open Q&A sessions with Ubuntu developers
  * and much more...

If you missed any of the sessions, you can read the logs by visiting 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek Clicking on the title 
headers under "The Timetable" will take you to the IRC chat logs of each 


=== PackageKit: Call for testing ===

The APT backend for Packagekit 3.0 series has made progress, and now has:

  * Search for codecs and mime type handlers
  * Local file installation
  * Change log for updates
  * Group support
  * Repository handling
  * Notification of new distro releases
  * A lot of bug fixes

Those interested in furthering PackageKit for a freeze exception should 
test it and report any bugs.  Information on the location of the 
repository and what packages to download can be found at the link.


=== Two Years Going Strong ===

Two years ago today Jono Bacon came to work at Canonical as the Ubuntu 
Community Manager. When he started at Canonical, it was just him working 
with Mark to define his role and focus, and to determine what he wanted 
to do to help grow and facilitate our stunning community. Since then he 
has become part of the wider Ubuntu team at Canonical, and he has 
expanded his own team with the help of his fellow horsemen Daniel 
Holbach, and Jorge Castro. Jono is looking forward to continuing to grow 
the team and to helping our community to do amazing things. 

=== MOTU ===

==== New MOTU ====

We're very pleased to announce that Devid Antonio Filoni just joined the 
MOTU team. After months of hard work and good feedback from his peers, 
we're glad he now is part of the team. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~d.filoni Wiki: 


=== Ubuntu Package Status Pages ===

The QA Team has released it's first set of Package Status Pages for the 
wider audience to view: http://status.qa.ubuntu.com/ For those of you 
unfamiliar with these pages, the idea was first generated from one of 
our QA Team specs[1]. The intention of these pages are to help package 
maintainers, developers, and other interested parties measure the 
current state of a package. The pages, for example, provide interesting 
bug metrics and statistics than can help focus development efforts and 
locate useful entry points for getting involved.

The plan is to continue modifying, updating, and improving the content 
provided in these pages. The team has already set up a feedback wiki[2] 
to document many of the changes they plan to implement.  You are 
encouraged to please add any other feature requests or ideas to that 
wiki as well.

  * [1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/PackageStatusPages
  * [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Specs/PackageStatusPages/Feedback


=== New Proposed WikiGuide Page ===

Allan Day has been working on a new WikiGuide page and while it's only a 
draft there seems to be favorable commits on it and it looks to be an 
improvement over the previous version. Improvements can still be add of 
course, but this seems to be enough of an improvement to consider 
implementing it in place of the older version. 

=== Call for feedback on new wiki theme ===

Recently Matthew East has been developing a new theme which is intended 
to replace
the existing themes on the documentation wiki: 
https://help.ubuntu.com/community. The intention of the theme is to make 
reading the wiki easier for a user (a cleaner interface) and for an 
editor (an editbar at the bottom of the screen which follows the window 
as you scroll).

This is a call for testing and feedback of the theme. Matthew would 
really like to implement a similar theme for the development wiki at 
wiki.ubuntu.com if the feedback is positive. To test the theme, log into 
the help wiki and go to the preferences page (User Preferences). Set the 
theme to 'ubuntunew' (you can easily set it back later). Then just edit 
a few pages and see what you think. Please send comments to: mdke at ubuntu.com


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (46099) -334 # over last week
  * Critical (26) -2 # over last week
  * Unconfirmed (21361) +19 # over last week
  * Unassigned (37620) -289 # over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (207693) +1663 # 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) -20 # over last week
  * English-UK (30836) +/-0 # over last week
  * French (39040) -2 # over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (50047) +/-0 # over last week
  * Swedish (52880) +/-0 # 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

  * andreas-moog (64)
  * fluteflute (62)
  * crimsun (52)
  * dholbach (45)
  * chrisccoulson (45)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  * ubuntu-uk (62)
  * ubuntu-berlin (47)
  * kubuntu-de.org (13)
  * indian-team (9)
  * ubuntu-michigan (7)

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-ko LoCo team ===

The Korean Ubuntu Users' meeting was held in Seoul on August 23rd, 2008 
from 2:00PM to 6:00PM. Many users (mostly from Seoul area) showed up to:

  * Introduce each person by themselves. picture: 
  * Participate in hardware give-and-take, where people would bring in 
computer parts that they are not using and give them to others who need 
them picture : http://ubuntu.or.kr/download/file.php?id=1038
  * Help each other set up their Ubuntu installs on various devices, 
such as pmp, umpc, a lot of laptop. picture : 
  * Give presentation and participate in discussion
   * "Creating Ubuntu packages and utilizing Korean PPA" (by haze11) 
picture : http://ubuntu.or.kr/download/file.php?id=1042
   * "Open source, translation and participation" (by Mr. Dust) picture 
: http://ubuntu.or.kr/download/file.php?id=1043

All in all, the team had a lot of fun meeting other Ubuntu users and 
helping each other out. picture : 


== In The Press ==

  * Getting to grips with Linux - Gary Parkinson has a hard time with 
Linux on his laptop. The laptop came with Xandros installed on it, but 
he's unhappy with the look and feel of the distribution and installs 
Ubuntu instead. The wireless wouldn't work however, and then there was 
dealing with using the terminal to install software.(Synaptic?) Geek 
Squad, a tech support service partnered with the Carphone Warehouse in 
the UK, finally helps him get on line, but then he still can't sync his 
iPod. The fault there lies not in Linux, but in the Apple software. 
Enjoy the antics Gary goes through at 

  * Can Ubuntu Shine Where Red Hat Won't Go? - Katherine Noyes notes 
that Red Hat has no interest in producing a desktop version of Linux for 
the consumer market.  The reasons range from "it's too expensive to 
fight Microsoft" to "Ubuntu is already doing the desktop."  Hardy Heron 
has been a major assist in making Linux available to Windows users with 
the inclusion of Wubi. 

  * Book review: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks - James F. Koopmann discusses the 
book "Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done 
Guidebook" with some enthusiasm. The book presents its information as 
projects, each of which build one's knowledge of the Ubuntu and Linux 
environments. http://www.linux.com/feature/144301

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * Dude, I’m Wantin’ a Dell – In Ken Hess’s Linux Blog, it’s obvious 
that Ken really wants a Dell Mini 9. Dell is previewing the Mini 9, 
whose base model includes a 4GB solid state drive, 512MB RAM, built in 
WiFi, Intel Atom Processor N270, 9.9” screen with 1024x600 resolution, 
and runs Ubuntu 8.04. The base model goes for $349. Weighing in at under 
2.5 lbs and its small size (9"x6"x1") make it highly portable, and easy 
to add to your briefcase or carry-on bag. 

  * Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Alpha 5 – Com Van blog notes that Ubuntu 
8.10 Alpha 5 has been released. Ubuntu, as most who read Ubuntu Weekly 
Newsletter know, is a free, open-source operating system. Ubuntu 
includes most of the applications that a many of us use pre-installed. 
Ubuntu includes both Desktop and Server editions, both of which are 
built on Debian Linux. Ease of use & installation and access to the best 
of the infrastructure that the free software community has to offer are 
the hallmarks of Ubuntu. Links are provided for Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 5 and 
the current version, Ubuntu 8.04. 

  * Ubuntu Linux Netbooks: What Dell Can Learn From ZaReason - Dell's 
new Inspiron Mini 9 netbook is the latest vote of confidence for Ubuntu 
Linux in the desktop and mobile markets. Blogger Joe Panettieri is 
impressed by Dell's commitment to Ubuntu, but he feels that Dell can 
learn a few things from small PC maker ZaReason which specializes in 
Ubuntu systems. ZaReason's attention to the little things, as well as 
their typically being ready to ship systems with the latest version of 
Ubuntu on the day that it is released, surpasses Dell's current 
offerings. It seems like Dell can learn quite a bit from ZaReason. 

  * Dell’s Mini packs Ubuntu, XP; Vodafone to sell it - Dell's Inspiron 
Mini 9 is now available on Dell's web site, and Vodafone is going to 
sell the Mini 9 in Europe. Michael Dell stated at the Citigroup 
Technology Conference that telecom carriers will sell netbooks to push 
3G services, and speculation is US carriers will follow this lead. The 
Dell Inspiron Mini 9 running Ubuntu is on sale now starting at $349. 

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu UK podcast #13: Don’t Be Cruel ===

In this episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast:

     * A interview with Billy Cina from Canonical about training and 
certification, and have details of how you can get a discount on Ubuntu 
     * Sarcastic News
     * Trademark issues with Ubuntu
     * An interview with Andy Stanford-Clark, Master Inventor from IBM
     * They discuss Virtual Private servers and their purpose
     * They announce the winner of the Canonical store voucher from the 
last episode and start a new competition to give away a virtual private 

The podcast can be downloaded in ogg and mp3 formats, or viewed in your 
browser or pop-up window in mp3 format.


=== Say Ubuntu!!! ===

Top students in Chennai, India are presented with free laptops loaded 
with Ubuntu.  Picture at http://planetoss.com/detail.php?id=17

=== KDE Usability Project (Akademy 2008 Video and Slides) ===

Celeste Lyn Paul, an ubuntu member, and heavy contributor to the KDE 
project, has posted the links to her talk on the KDE Usability Project. 
  The video is in ogg format, and the slides are in a pdf file. 

=== Atlanta Linux Fest ===

The Atlanta Linux Fest is the place to come and learn, discuss, and 
discover your next favorite system! Atlanta Linux fest will be host to 
dozens of the top distributions: Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, openSUSE -- all 
on the bleeding edge of innovation. If you are curious about what makes 
Linux the ultimate operating system, you definitely want to attend this 
event! There will be Live CDs available so you can try out the latest 
releases without installing.

There will be demos of all the major distributions, installation help, 
user support for all your favorite distributions, and drawings for 
prizes!  All you have to do is register to come (it's free!) and there 
will be pizza available for a $5 donation to the event.

When is it?

Saturday, September 20, 2008, 11 - 6pm

Where is it?

IBM Hillside Conference Center
4111 Northside Pkwy Atlanta, GA.


  * The Ubuntu Georgia LoCo team is a participating member of this Open 
Source conference. Visit the link below to hear our own Nick Ali in a 
special podcast about the event.


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, September 9, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 15:00 UTC
  * End: 16:00 UTC
  * Location:  IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

=== Wednesday, September 10, 2008 ===

==== 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, September 11, 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, September 12, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Release Meeting ====

  * Start: 15:00 - UTC
  * End: 16:30 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Saturday, September 13, 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-639-1] tiff vulnerability - 
  * [USN-640-1] libxml2 vulnerability - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

  * tiff 3.7.4-1ubuntu3.3 - 
  * libxml2 2.6.24.dfsg-1ubuntu1.2 - 
  * linux-source-2.6.15 2.6.15-52.72 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

  * tiff 3.8.2-6ubuntu1 - 
  * libxml2 2.6.27.dfsg-1ubuntu3.2 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * tiff 3.8.2-7ubuntu2.1 - 
  * libxml2 2.6.30.dfsg-2ubuntu1.2 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * specter 1.4-2ubuntu0.1 - 
  * torque 2.1.8+dfsg-0ubuntu1.2 - 
  * tiff 3.8.2-7ubuntu3.1 - 
  * libxml2 2.6.31.dfsg-2ubuntu1.1 - 

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== Glossary of Terms ==

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