Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #109

John Crawford johnc4510 at cox.net
Mon Sep 22 02:44:25 BST 2008

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #109 for the week 
September 14th - September 20th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Intrepid 
Ibex Alpha 6 released, Codecs & DVD playback in Intrepid for all users, 
Xubuntu News, New Kubuntu Team, MOTU Team News, SFD: Ubuntu-VE, 
Ubuntu-NI and Ubuntu NO, Ubuntu-ZA leadership change, Launchpad 2.1.9 
released, Ubuntu Mozilla Team summary, and much, much more!

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== In This Issue ==

  * Intrepid Ibex Alpha 6 released
  * Codecs & DVD playback in Intrepid for all users
  * Xubuntu News
  * New Kubuntu Bug Team
  * MOTU Team News
  * FSD: Ubuntu-VE, Ubuntu-NI, and Ubuntu-NO
  * Ubuntu-ZA leadership change
  * Launchpad 2.1.9 released
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * In Other News
  * Mozilla Team Meeting Summary
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Intrepid Ibex Alpha 6 released ===

Welcome to Intrepid Ibex Alpha-6, which will in time become Ubuntu 8.10. 
Alpha 6 is the sixth in a series of milestone CD images released 
throughout the Intrepid development cycle. The Alpha images are known to 
be reasonably
free of show stopper 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-6/ (Ubuntu)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-6/ 
(Ubuntu Education Edition)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-6/ (Kubuntu)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/intrepid/alpha-6/ (Xubuntu)
  * http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/intrepid/alpha-6/ 

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, recommended for Ubuntu developers, and 
those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs. Alpha 6 
includes a number of software updates that are ready for large-scale 
testing.  Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/intrepid/alpha6 
for information on changes in Ubuntu. 

=== Codecs and DVD playback on Ubuntu 8.04 for all users ===

For the first time we are making codecs for media playback and a DVD 
player, from our partners at Fluendo and Cyberlink, available through 
the Ubuntu store. We have had relationships with these companies for a 
while and to date we have offered their products to our hardware 
partners as pre-install options.

Though, we are making them available to all users. It is important to us 
that no matter how you choose to access Ubuntu, pre-installed or as a 
free download, that you can have a similarly rich experience. The vast 
majority of our current users will have installed Ubuntu themselves. 
These users should also be allowed legal DVD and media playback and so 
we have built a way of letting them do this.

Ubuntu cannot ship codecs through the distro, as they are not free to 
redistribute. So we have built a restricted download area that is 
accessible through the store. Once purchased you can find your software 
here which will then install in the familiar hassle-free way that Ubuntu 
users appreciate. A pretty cool feature is that, should you wipe out 
your machine you can go back to the restricted download area and access 
your codecs again. http://blog.canonical.com/?p=37

=== Xubuntu News ===

The Xubuntu Team is happy to announce several important additions and 
shuffles within the Xubuntu Team:

Pasi Lallinaho(knome) of Helsinki, Finland - a user of Xubuntu and Xfce4 
on his desktop for well over a year now has joined the team as the new 
Xubuntu Marketing Lead. Having founded his own business solutions and 
services company at the age of 20, this 22 year old 
entrepreneur/software engineer/artist/web design 
professional/jack-of-all-trades will be a huge asset to Xubuntu in 
helping to grow a strong marketing and artwork community. Pasi is no 
stranger to the Open Source community, having contributed to Amarok for 
close to two years. He has already jumped in with both feet by beginning 
the process of giving our website a much needed face lift and creating a 
countdown banner for the Intrepid release.

Jannis Pohlmann(JPohlmann) is a 23 year old computer science student and 
musician living in Lübeck, Germany. Jannis, an Xfce developer, is well 
known for his development contributions to the Xfce4 project, Lunar 
Linux, and maintainer of the Xfce4 goodies project. Jannis will be 
joining the team as the official liaison between the Xubuntu and Xfce4 
projects and will assist in maximizing collaboration and communication.

Michael Casadevall(NCommander), who recently joined the Xubuntu 
Developer ranks, has agreed to take on the role of being our liaison 
with the Debian Xfce4 developers. In addition to his work as a 
developer, Michael will assist the Xubuntu project in a similar fashion 
to Jannis by helping maximizing collaboration and communication with our 
upstream Debian counterparts.

Vincent Tunro(vinnl), who is a long time Xubuntu contributor and Xubuntu 
website editor, has accepted the role of leading our efforts to develop 
the website. Vincent's primary responsibilities will be to ensure that 
the website is updated regularly with news stories and new content; 
perform administrative duties such as managing and giving direction to 
the other website editors; he will also help keep the website "fresh" in 


=== New Kubuntu Bug Team ===

Kubuntu now has its very own bug team! 
https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-bugs Formerly known as "The Kubuntu Team" 
this team was recently renamed to Kubuntu Bugs. It represents the most 
important part of development - triaging bugs. Additionally, the bug 
tracker changes list also has been updated to aggregate all KDE 4 
packages. https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/kubuntu-bugs


=== MOTU Team News ===

The Master of the Universe are pleased to inform you know that Michael 
Casadevall just joined the Universe Contributors team. He has worked 
hard, so please give him a warm welcome to team. Michael is working 
toward becoming both an MOTU, and a Debian Developer. He works mostly on 
FTBFS fixes, and general packaging work, as well as improving REVU to 
make it easier to work with. Launchpad: 
https://launchpad.net/~sonicmctails Wiki: 

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (46093) +194 # over last week
  * Critical (27) +/-0 # over last week
  * Unconfirmed (21194) -115 # over last week
  * Unassigned (37749) +264 # over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (211330) +1832 # 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 (30838) +1 # over last week
  * French (38907) -134 # over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (49864) -66 # over last week
  * Swedish (53188) +306 # 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 (482)
  * maco.m (201)
  * andreas-moog (110)
  * alessandro-ghersi (73)
  * chrisccoulson (69)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  * dcteam (683)
  * ubuntu-michigan (41)
  * ubuntu-berlin (30)
  * ubuntu-uk (20)
  * kubuntu-de.org (12)

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Software Freedom Day: Ubuntu-VE ===

Just posted:  Pictures from the Software Freedom Day in Maraciabo, 
Venezuela.  Currently, the pictures include the Organizing team, and a 
group photo.  More photos are available at 


=== Software Freedom Day: Ubuntu-NI ===

SFD Nicaragua 2008 was also a Live Streaming event.  Some of the events 
  * 3 conferences in the morning
  * +600 attendees to the conferences
  * +80 attendees to the workshops
  * 12 installs
Photos are included on the site. 

=== Ubuntu-ZA leadership change ===

Craig Adams stepped down as co-leader of the Ubuntu-ZA LoCo Team, due to 
lack of time to contribute in recent months.  In his place will be 
Jonathan Carter, who is an Ubuntu Member with a long list of 
accomplishments.  He has been a long time contributor to Edubuntu, and 
involved in local projects such as Skubuntu and tuxLabs.  He has also 
worked for the Shuttleworth Foundation, Inkululeko and Impi Linux. 
Launchpad: https://edge.launchpad.net/~jonathan Wiki: 


=== Software Freedom Day: Ubuntu-NO  ===

The Norwegian LoCo Team working in conjuction with PING, Oslo LUG, 
Simula Research Labs, and people from Uni, held Software Freedom Day 
September 16, at the University of Oslo. Among their activities was an 
InstallFest which included installing Ubuntu, emacs and other software 
for 50 students, including some Wubi installs. They used a PXE server 
thanks to USIT and CDs courtesy of Canonical. Pictures at the following 



== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 2.1.9 Released ===

The Launchpad team is proud to announce the release of Launchpad 2.1.9

In this release:

  * Karma for code reviews: earn karma when you take part in code
    reviews in Launchpad. For more on code reviews,
    see https://news.launchpad.net/?p=91

  * Maps on profile pages: see straight away where in the world
    other people are thanks to new profile page maps.

Setting your location on the map is easy: visit your profile 
page(https://launchpad.net/people/+me) and click to plant your flag. It 
will show up both on your own profile and on the map of any teams you're 
part of. The maps aren't just for fun: they also make it easier to 
decide on meeting times and possible locations for physical meet-ups. 
Take a look at the Launchpad Developers team for an 


== In The Press ==

  * Asus Eee PC 1000 Plus Ubuntu: Big Power in a Small Package - Paul 
Ferrill describes the Asus Eee PC 1000, that comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel 
Atom processor, 1 GB memory, a 40 GB Solid State Drive and a 1.3 MP 
camera. Also included is network support through a 10/100 Ethernet 
connection or 802.11n wireless, and Bluetooth. This machine comes with 
Ubuntu 8.04, OpenOffice.org, Firefox 3.01, F-Spot photo management, 
Pidgin instant messenger client and Cheese for taking photos.  Other 
availabilities are handled by Synaptic package manager, including 
security updates and additional software. 

  *Battle Brews Over Firefox in Ubuntu 8.10 - Michael Larabel of 
Phoronix reports that Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2, which is slated for 
inclusion in Intrepid, will require users to accept an End-User License 
Agreement (EULA). Mark Shuttleworth weighed in on the subject stating 
the EULA is a reasonable requirement and that Mozilla is simply 
protecting their trademark. In fact, Ubuntu has similar guidelines about 
use of their  Trademark. A number of users are not pleased and state 
that “mandating this EULA is going too far”. Shuttleworth also states 
that "abrowser", a new package in Intrepid, will use only the codebase 
behind Firefox and therefore avoid the need for a EULA. 

  * Shuttleworth defends Firefox licence in Ubuntu - In response to some 
of the criticism that's been going around about the EULA for Firefox, 
Mark Shuttleworth wrote, "Mozilla Corporation asked that this be added 
in order for us to continue to call the browser 'Firefox'." Stating that 
since Firefox is their trademark, which we intend to respect, we have 
the choice of working with Mozilla to meet their requirements or 
switching to an unbranded browser. Shuttleworth added that a package 
called "abrowser" was being developed in Intrepid Ibex which uses 
Firefox's code base without the Firefox trademark. 

  * Is Ubuntu about to become yet another restrictive commercial OS? - 
The author of DC: Infowarrior and Xubuntuphile is contesting the selling 
of licenses to popular multimedia codecs. The concern voiced on his site 
is that these commercial, proprietary codecs would eventually be rolled 
into the actual release instead of the open source software that 
accomplishes the same goals.  He quotes an article by Kristin Shoemaker 
and one by Gerry Carr, the Marketing Manager at Canonical. 

  * Ubuntu's BulletProofX Takes Simpler Step Forward - Michael Larabel 
has taken a look at the BulletProofX that's been included in Intrepid 
Ibex, and finds it to be much easier to solve problems with graphic card 
configurations and troubleshooting. Instead of a simple statement that 
there was a problem that needed to be fixed, now it offers you the 
option of viewing the xserver log, viewing the startup errors or editing 
the configuration file. He feels this is a major step forward. 

  * Kroah-Hartman Attacks Canonical - Kristian Kissling, for Linux 
Magazine, reports that Greg Kroah-Hartman feels that Canonical has only 
released .01% of the total number of patches to the kernel. On the other 
hand, Matt Zimmerman felt that Kroah-Hartman's statistics were flawed 
through including such things as GCC, binutils, X.org and Glibc in with 
the Linux kernel, and in disregarding the desktop stack (GNOME and KDE). 
In addition, Zimmerman notes that Kroah-Hartman has a link with Novell, 
who is a Canonical competitor. 

  * Toshiba NB100 netbook announced for the UK - Amy-Mae Elliott reports 
on the latest Toshiba offering in the UK: a 8.9 inch offered with either 
Ubuntu 8.04 and OpenOffice.org 2.4 or another proprietary system. 
Available October 2008, the netbook includes a 1.6GHz Intel Atom CPU, 
wifi, ethernet port, 3 USB ports, a 0.3MP webcam and a 120 GB hard 

== In The Blogosphere ==

  * Updated: Meet 120 Companies Running Ubuntu Linux - Works With U is 
striving to identify 1,000 businesses and organizations across the globe 
that run Ubuntu on servers, desktops, laptops or mobile devices. The 
fast-growing list of Ubuntu adopters — known as the Works With U 1000 — 
now includes law firms, technology companies, universities, real estate 
firms, media companies, financial services firms, and other types of 
organizations from across the globe. Take a look at the current Works 
With U 1000 list[1], or add your company to the list by filling out 
their quick survey[2]. 

  [1] http://www.workswithu.com/the-works-with-u-1000/

  [2] http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=i2c_2f_2fT9gDCIIMwd1mzqfNg_3d_3d

  * Can Ubuntu Overcome The Status Quo? – Toby Deemer on the Works With 
U blog posts that much of the hesitance in people accepting Ubuntu, and 
Linux in general is caused by Ubuntu and Linux being different, and 
whether people can appreciate what that different might be better. As a 
case in point, Toby relates the story of how he help his wife move to 
Ubuntu. In order to make his wife feel a bit more comfortable he 
customized Gnome to resemble Windows. Once comfortable with Ubuntu he 
purchased his wife an eeePC running Xandros. Toby runs Ubuntu and 
administers a large MS Active Directory environment at work and his wife 
works in education full of Windows and OS X machines. Neither has a 
problem integrating into their respective environments. The only issue 
so far is a Lexmark printer at home…Lexmark has yet to write Linux 

  * Pimp your Blackberry with the Ubuntu Theme! - While we can't run 
Ubuntu on our Blackberries, blogger defcon shows us how we can make it 
look like we are. defcon provides us links to Dr. Devious' Blackberry 
Pearl theme that duplicates the Ubuntu Hardy look and feel. This handy 
theme also shows new mail and calendar items at a glance. Combined these 
provide Blackberry users with a great looking and very helpful theme! 

  * Bureaucracy - Ubuntu kernel manager Pete Graner responds to a 
comment on his blog about the Kernel Team requiring an Launchpad bug 
being filed prior to committing patch to the tree. Graner explains that 
requiring a Launchpad bug being filed isn't about bureaucracy, it's 
about accountability. Without an Launchpad bug being filed then more 
problems may arise when people cannot remember why a patch was received. 
Filing the bug report helps the Kernel Team to manage proper change 
controls and improve the kernel in a well documented manner. 

  * Memo to Canonical and Ubuntu: Stop Chasing Apple Mac OS X - Blogger 
Joe Panettieri is concerned with the focus that Canonical CEO Mark 
Shuttleworth is putting on the future direction of Ubuntu. Panettieri is 
especially worried that by going after the design and polish of Apple's 
OSX that other more important factors, such as wireless networking 
functioning properly on install, may not get the attention they truly 
deserve. He is further concerned about the lack of Ubuntu branding on 
systems shipped with Ubuntu, and with naming confusion over the many 
varieties of Ubuntu. Developing a more elegant OS is a worthy goal, but 
Panettieri suggests that the basics need to be worked out first. 

== In Other News ==

=== The OLPC PH Special Interest Group at Software Freedom Day 2008 
Quezon City, Philippines ===

Jerome Gotangco in his "Engage the World" blog highlights the 
festivities of the Software Freedon Day at the National Computer Center 
in Quezon City. In year’s past, Jerome involved himself with promoting 
Ubuntu, but this year he turned his attention to One Laptop Per Child. 
The XO-1 was a highlight and many asked, “When is it coming to the 
Philippines” and, “Does it run Ubuntu?”.  Jerome states that using the 
XO-1 has made people realize it’s difference from the Netbooks and 
UMPC’s currently on the market.  “-create magic and inspire people! 
That’s the best result any SFD or advocacy can achieve”. Pictures at the 

=== Linux Plumbers Conference Recap ===

Pete Garner shares the highlights of the kernel team mini-sprint and the 
Linux Plumbers Conference. Mini-Sprint developments include: git comment 
hooks for check-ins, more kernel QA, and the kernel team will be 
packaging the latest upstream “Vanilla kernel. Pete indicated that the 
Plumbers Conference was exceptional focusing on faster boot times among 
other things. Canonical was taken to task by Greg Kroah-Hartman in his 
keynote speech for not “giving back”. Both Pete and Matt Zimmerman were 
able to talk with Greg later and reach common ground. 

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Mozilla Team Meeting ===

On September 14th, the Ubuntu Mozilla Team met in IRC where they 
assigned several actions to be taken, and discussed the following topics.

  * Firefox 2 archive removal
  * abrowser rdepends transition
  * Mozilla Freeze Exceptions
  * Status of automatic update for extensions

Visit the link for details of the above topics: 

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, September 23, 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 24, 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: None as of publication

=== Thursday, September 25, 2008 ===

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

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

==== Ubuntu Desktop Meeting ====

  * Start: 13:00 - UTC
  * End: 14:00 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

=== Friday, September 26, 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 27, 2008 ===

==== Intrepid Translation Sprint ====

  * Start: 00:00 - UTC
  * End: 23:59 - UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-es-loco
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

  * [USN-646-1] rdesktop vulnerabilities - 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

  * rdesktop 1.4.1-1.1ubuntu0.6.06.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

  * python-django_0.95.1-1ubuntu1.2 - 
  * rdesktop 1.5.0-1ubuntu1.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * python-django_0.96-1ubuntu0.2 - 
  * rdesktop 1.5.0-2ubuntu0.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 - 
  * gcj-4.2 4.2.4-1ubuntu2 - 
  * gstreamer0.10-fluendo-plugins-doc 0.10.6-1hardy1 - 
  * python-django_0.96.1-2ubuntu2.1 - 
  * rdesktop 1.5.0-3+cvs20071006ubuntu0.1 - 

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