Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #157

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Aug 30 21:40:39 BST 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #157 for the week August 
23rd - August 29th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Karmic: Feature Freeze 
in place - Alpha 5 freeze ahead, Ubuntu Pennsylvania Open Source 
Conference, Ubuntu Arizona Installfest, Ubuntu Mexico Podcast #1, Ubuntu 
Georgia UbuCon at Atlanta Linuxfest, Launchpad news, Ubuntu Forums news, 
Ubuntu at Parliament of Zimbabwe, Full Circle Magazine #28, Ubuntu UK 
podcast: Slipback, August 2009 Team Reports, 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 ==

  * Karmic: Feature Freeze in place - Alpha 5 freeze ahead
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo News: Pennsylvania, Arizona, Mexico, & Georgia
  * Launchpad: Wear your badge with pride
  * Launchpad: New guides to translating your project
  * Ubuntu Forums news: Tutorial of the Week & Marking Threads as Solved
  * Planet news from: Daniel, Ryan, Jorge, Laura, and Alan
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu at Parliament of Zimbabwe
  * Full Circle Magazine #28
  * Ubuntu UK podcast - Slipback
  * August 2009 Team Reports
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Karmic: Feature Freeze in place - Alpha 5 freeze ahead ===

The Feature Freeze is now in effect for Karmic. The focus from here 
until release is on fixing bugs and polishing.

If you believe that a new package, a new upstream version of a package, 
or a new feature is needed for the release and will not introduce more 
problems than it fixes, please follow the Freeze Exception Process by 
filing bugs and subscribing ubuntu-release or motu-release as 
appropriate, or by contacting a designated delegate. 


Please also make sure that specs assigned to you for Karmic are updated 
to their current status (which should be at least Beta Available if not 
Deferred, or unless granted a freeze exception).


The next testing milestone, Karmic Alpha 5, is scheduled for next 
Thursday, September 3.  Karmic Alpha 5 will again use a "soft freeze" 
for main. 
This means that developers are asked to refrain from uploading packages 
between Tuesday and Thursday which don't bring us closer to releasing 
the alpha, so that these days can be used for settling the archive and 
fixing any remaining showstoppers.

The list of bugs targeted for alpha-5 can be found at: 

The Karmic release schedule is available here: 

See the link below for more developer information on this topic.


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (61473) +233 over last week
  * Critical (26) -7 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (28516) -68 over last week
  * Unassigned (53084) +240 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (307416) +2278 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 Jaunty ===

  * Spanish (11336) -1075 over last week
  * French (38674) -806 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (48340) -183 over last week
  * Swedish (53641) -167 over last week
  * English (United Kingdom) (53841) -7 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," see 
more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/

=== Translation Stats Karmic ===

  * Spanish (17468) -2125 over last week
  * French (58694) -166 over last week
  * Swedish (69248) +847 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (72125) +247 over last week
  * English (Uk) (82759) +1909 over last week

1. Language (#) +/- # over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

  * Fix file size confusion - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/21184/
  * Optimize shutdown time - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/21170/
  * Allow parallel (de-)compression of archives - 
  * 99% of users don't check the installation CD at the boot menu - 
  * Empathy doesn't show the number of available and/or online contacts 
- http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/21173/

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your 
ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against 
another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu Pennsylvania at Pennsylvania Open Source Conference ===

The Pennsylvania team will be running a table at the upcoming Central 
Pennsylvania Open Source Conference (CPOSC) 2009. The Central 
Pennsylvania Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, 
one-day conference about all things Open Source. It will be held on 
Saturday, October 17, 2009. Ubuntu Pennsylvania team member Elizabeth 
Krumbach will also be presenting at this conference on “Contributing to 
Open Source Projects. You can find their wiki page about the event here: 


=== Ubuntu Arizona Installfest ===

The Ubuntu Arizona Team just had another Jaunty Installfest, this time 
in Tucson. For this event we teamed up with the University of Arizona's 
Computer Science Department for a co-hosted installfest. The CS Dept. 
has just recently made the change over to an all "Ubuntu" Operating 
System Dept. w00t! We did dual boot, VMware, and parallel for MAC 
installs during the day.

The folks seemed enthusiastic about Ubuntu, and we've already had 
several folks in our team channel who got Ubuntu installs at the event!! 
A big thank you to the CS Dept of the U of A for co-hosting this event. 
Also to team members: lenards, azmike, todd, soldats, hutchnate. Great 
work team.

Wiki with summary and pics here: 


=== Ubuntu-Mexico: Podcast #1 ===

The Ubuntu Mexico team has release their first podcast. The podcast is 
available in ogg format and available at the link below. If you are a 
Spanish speaker, will want to be sure and check it out. Congrats to the 
ubuntu-mx team for adding this new podcast to their growing accomplishments.


=== Ubuntu US Georgia: UbuCon at Atlanta Linux Fest 2009 ===

Atlanta Linux Fest 2009 will be Saturday, September 19th 2009, in 
Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The event is being organized by the Ubuntu 
Georgia US Team.

UbuCon Atlanta 2009 will be held with Atlanta Linux Fest. UbuCon will 
cover what is going on within the Ubuntu community and how to improve 
the Ubuntu community. Part un-conference, part scheduled sessions, the 
Ubuntu Kernel Team will be on hand to test laptops for the upcoming 
Karmic Koala release. The Kernel Team will also teach the basics of 
hacking drivers. Presentations on audio in Ubuntu, Ubuntu server, and 
Ubuntu in the cloud will be discussed. Sessions talking about burnout, 
triaging bugs, and LoCo leadership are already planned. Attendees are 
encouraged to sign up to discuss any aspect of the community they are 
interested in.

Registration is free for the event (required to use WiFi).

To find out more about Atlanta Linux Fest 2009, visit 


== Launchpad News ==

=== Wear your badge with pride ===

Want an easy way to direct people to your pages in Launchpad? Whether 
it’s for yourself or your project, you can pop one of the new badges 
from Launchpad on your website. You can choose badges from 160px wide to 
250px and they even host the badge for you, so all you need is to copy 
and paste the image URL. Take a look at their badge kit page for the 
legal details and also to see the image URLs at: 


=== New guides to translating your project ===

Matthew Revell has revamped the Launchpad guides to translating your 
project with help from Jeroen and Danilo. You can find them here: 

Please let Matthew know if you think there’s anything missing or that 
could be better explained.


== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

This week we will explore some basic networking skills, and how to block 
IP lists from the GUI. uljanow 
(http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=335776) has written a very popular 
"HOWTO: Graphical IP Blocker" which he's been actively supporting for 
two years now. The thread is huge and uljanow made it easy for 
beginners. Please stop by!


=== Marking Threads as Solved ===

The feature is available again, from the Thread Tools menu. The plugin 
had been deactivated due to databases corruption issues, and was 
reactivated after rewriting of the code by the developers. Hopefully, 
we'll be able to keep it.

== The Planet ==

=== Daniel Holbach: New week = Ubuntu Developer Week ===

Ubuntu Developer Week will happen for the fourth time and we’re still 
not running out of exciting topics. We’ll have twenty-four action-packed 
sessions where you can

  * learn more,
  * get involved,
  * ask questions,
  * have fun,
  * meet new friends!

If you can’t make it to the session, there will be logs available on the 
UDW wiki page afterwards. Also if you are not fluent in English enough, 
we will have IRC channels where you can ask questions that will be 
translated and relayed to the speakers. Also check out if you need to 
prepare for a session. Check out the brochure for more information on 
the sessions and speakers.

  * UDW wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek
  * Sessions schedule: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/Sessions
  * UDW brouchure: 


=== Ryan Troy: VMware cookbook - preview ===

Ryan and co-author Matthew Helmke recently completed their VMware 
Cookbook which is being published by O’Reilly and will be on the shelved 
October 22, 2009. Their editor Andy Oram posted a quick blurb with a 
couple of examples from the book. Check it out if you dig VMware ESX and 

  * order your pre-release here: 


=== Jorge Castro: Linking bugs to upstream trackers podcast ===

Behold, Jorge's first screencast, and it’s about linking bugs to 
upstream trackers. He is having a hard time figuring out how to do the 
<video> tag in wordpress (it keeps removing(!) it when he tries to 
publish), so if you know how please post a comment so can add it to the 
docs. Jorge freely admits that he speaks way too fast in this first 
podcast, but says he just sort of got "on a roll". We look forward to 
more podcasts from Jorge.

  * Link to podcast: http://blip.tv/file/2527267


=== Laura Czajkowski: Global Jam time again ===

The Ubuntu Global jam is nearly here and hopefully will be even better 
than last year as we’ve a few new editions.  Global Jam takes place from 
Friday 2nd October to Sunday 4th October, instead of just focusing on 
bugs this year it’s going to encompass more. From Translations, to 
documentation, to packaging for those who are up for it. I’ve even heard 
of some teams spring cleaning their wiki’s and getting rid of obsolete 
pages or pages with typos.

  * Ubuntu Bug Jam wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam
  * Bugs: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams/Bugs
  * Translations: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams/Translations
  * Packaging: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams/Packaging

So what is a bug jam and why should you do it? A world-wide online and 
face-to-face event to get people together to fix Ubuntu bugs – the idea 
is to get as many people online fixing bugs, having a great time doing 
so, and putting their brick in the wall for free software. This is not 
only a great opportunity to really help Ubuntu, but to also get together 
with other Ubuntu fans to make a difference together, either via your 
LoCo team, your LUG, other free software group, or just getting people 
together in your house/apartment to fix bugs and have a great time.

How do you do it, how do you take part ? You need a place to meet, with 
a decent internet connection, as you’re going to be online most of the 
day! Either bring your laptops, or some live CD’s so you can work on 
Ubuntu, and great people to share the work.  I find the best place not 
only for net connection and also to get people involved is a 
University/College. It’s also helpful as many of them have language 
departments if you are looking to work on translations.

So when you have the venue sorted, what next? This is where you need to 
sit down a couple of weeks before hand and work out the areas you and 
your team would like to work on. You do not have to work on all of the 
areas! Work on the ones you can. If it’s your first jam session, perhaps 
working on bugs and bug triaging would be a good start, next up some 
translations and take it from there. Another suggestion would be to have 
some talks that day, have someone explain how to log into Launchpad, how 
to find bugs, triage them and work on them. Try and cater for everyone, 
encourage people to get involved. Remember people may never have done 
this before and may be nervous doing it.


=== Alan Pope: Ubuntu Repositories podcast ===

Alan has added a short introduction to the Ubuntu Repositories to Ubuntu 
screencasts. It outlines the various options in the "Software Sources" 
application. Comments/feedback/requests are welcome!

  * ogg format: 
  * M4V format: 
  * FLV format: 

You can find all of the Ubuntu screencast by visiting this link: 

== In The Press ==

=== 5 Annoying “Papercuts” to be Fixed in Ubuntu 9.10 ===

The Linux Loop reminds us that Ubuntu 9.10 is coming in October, and, in 
addition to some new features, it will also feature 100 fewer 
“papercuts”. Papercuts are minor bugs that cause a usability issue. Five 
of these paper cuts include:

  * Renaming "Auto eth0" to something more easily understood by new users
  * Modifying how scrolling works on a touchpad so that workspaces don't 
fly by
  * Adding icons for the various file systems on a user's computer
  * Having icons that clearly tell a user when they should and should 
not remove USB and other drives
  * The printing notification will give the document name instead of the 
print job number


=== Coming Soon: Ubuntu App Centre – Replacing Add/Remove, Synaptic, 
Gdebi, Update Manager… ===

Ubuntu is currently developing a centralised “App Store” to simplify the 
adding/removing/updating/configuring of software within Ubuntu. The plan 
is to completely replace Synaptic, Software Sources, Gdebi, and (if 
appropriate) Update Manager with a centralised ‘App Centre’. This ‘App 
Centre’ aims to combine the ”human-readable” approach of Add/Remove, the 
power of Synaptic and the ease of Update manager all within one single 
interface. It’s hoped this “one stop” approach will make handling 
software easier, improve visibility and prominence of applications, 
potentially free space on the Ubuntu CD and, above all else, be better 
for end users. The team behind it have set out a preliminary road map 
for the development of an Ubuntu ‘App Centre’ that stretch over the next 
four releases. (9.10 –> 11.04 ) with the full replacement the current 
Package Management tools by App Centre being introduced during 10.04 and 
refinement/new features being added to it after that. The Ubuntu ‘App 
Centre’ has the makings of being the single greatest evolution for the 
Ubuntu Desktop so far. 

=== Canonical Unveils The Ubuntu Software Store ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix notes that beyond pushing out a new 
graphical boot screen just before the feature freeze went into effect 
for Ubuntu 9.10, Canonical released the first public version of their 
own app store, previously codenamed AppCenter, but now known as the 
Ubuntu Software Store (or software-store as its package is called). With 
the Ubuntu Software Store, Canonical is hoping to unify all of the 
different package management needs into a single, unified interface. 
While this will not be achieved in Ubuntu 9.10, Canonical is hoping that 
all of the capabilities of the update-manager, Synaptic, the computer 
janitor application, gdebi, and other package management-related 
programs will be merged into Ubuntu Software Store. When this has 
occurred, it will be easier on the new end-user having to just deal with 
a single program to provide all of this functionality. 

=== Checking In On Ubuntu Karmic's Boot Time ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel tells us that by the time Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 
rolls around next April, Canonical is interested in seeing Ubuntu boot 
on an Intel Atom netbook (specifically the Dell Mini 9) in less than ten 
seconds. Phoronix installed Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04, and a 9.10 development 
snapshot on two netbooks and one laptop to see how Ubuntu's boot time is 
changing. Under Ubuntu 8.10 it took 33 seconds to boot, just 14 seconds 
to boot Ubuntu 9.04, and the Ubuntu 9.10 development snapshot took 14 
seconds too. Also worth noting from the Bootchart graphs is the maximum 
disk throughput, which peaked at 58MB/s in Ubuntu 8.10, but for Ubuntu 
9.04 and 9.10 was at 72 MB/s. 14 seconds for a boot time is nice, but 
still not the 10 seconds or less that we will be looking for on this 
Mini 9 within the next eight months or so when Ubuntu 10.04 LTS rolls 

=== Early Ubuntu 9.10, OpenSuSE 11.2, Mandriva 2010 Benchmarks ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix did some benchmarks of Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 
last week, but Ubuntu is not the only Linux distribution preparing for a 
major update in the coming months. Also released in the past few days 
were OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 6 and Mandriva Linux 2010.0 Beta 1. To see 
how these three popular distributions compare, Phoronix set out to do 
their usual Linux benchmarking dance. Depending upon the test scenario, 
different leaders came out on top. For the most part, all three 
distributions performed roughly the same, which is not that surprising 
since all of the core packages are the same between Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4, 
OpenSuSE 11.2 Milestone 6, and Mandriva Linux 2010.0 Beta 1. Once these 
distributions are officially released, Phoronix will be out with new 
numbers and will throw Fedora and others into the mix. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Gets A New Splash Screen, Not Plymouth ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel recalls that Plymouth, a project to replace 
the aging Red Hat Graphical Boot (RHGB) software, was introduced last 
year with Fedora 10. Canonical then decided it would look at integrating 
Plymouth into Ubuntu 9.10, but at the most recent Ubuntu Developer 
Summit it was decided that no Plymouth would be coming to Ubuntu. There 
is now actually a new splash screen for Ubuntu 9.10 and it's not 
Plymouth. Just in time for the Ubuntu Karmic feature freeze there is 
Xsplash, which is a splash screen that uses the X Server. Stay tuned as 
the boot splash screen for Ubuntu 9.10 is likely to receive more 
refinements before the final release of the Karmic Koala comes in late 
October. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzQ4Mw

=== Sharp's 5-inch PC-Z1 NetWalker honors Zaurus legacy with touchscreen 
Ubuntu ===

Engadget's Thomas Ricker says that fanboys have been running Ubuntu on 
Sharp's deceased Zaurus lineup of PDAs for years. Now Sharp makes it 
official with the launch of this 5-inch, 1024 x600 TFT LCD touchscreen 
NetWalker smartbook, aka the PC-Z1. It's not a Zaurus per se, but the 
compact 161.4 x 108.7 x 19.7 ~ 24.8mm / 409g device certainly resurrects 
its ghost. Underpinning the device is an 800MHz Freescale i.MX515 CPU 
built around the ARM Cortex-A8 architecture, 512MB of memory, 4GB of 
on-board flash storage (with microSDHC expansion for another 16GB), 
802.11b/g WiFi, 2x USB, and QWERTY keyboard going 68 percent of 
full-size. The PC-Z1 features a 3-second quick launch, non-removable 
10-hour battery, it isn't quite a smartphone and it isn't quite a 

=== Top 15 Linux Distributions for Netbooks ===

Bablotech states that as all of us know a netbook has very limited 
resources, so running Windows Vista or Windows 7 on a netbook is not 
really a great idea. Although Windows XP can run much better on a 
netbook, if we compare the Linux distributions available for netbooks 
(e.g. Ubuntu netbook remix) then Linux surely beats windows. Bablotech 
goes on to say that Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix is the most feature-rich 
open platform for netbooks, and it is a simple download for most popular 
netbook models. Ubuntu Netbook Remix includes a new consumer-friendly 
interface that allows users to quickly and easily get on-line and use 
their favorite applications. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Likewise Software: Ubuntu Meets Microsoft Active Directory ===

Joe Panettieri, of Works With U, has posted information on an upcoming 
webinar hosted by Likewise Software[1] and specifically designed for 
Ubuntu users and administrators.  He feels that Likewise is making news 
by specifically reaching out to the Ubuntu community — and to Windows 
administrators who may need to manage Ubuntu systems.  The webinar will 
be held in September of 2009.



=== Rethinking Empathy in Ubuntu 9.10 ===

Christopher Tozzi, writing for Works With U, explains why the question 
of Empathy versus Pidgin has come up again, and this late in the 
development cycle of Karmic Koala - in the middle of a feature freeze. 
Pidgin has recently added video chat, which had been one reason to go to 
Empathy.  However, Empathy has the Telepathy framework, which offers a 
rich infrastructure for desktop collaboration that Pidgin will likely 
never implement.  Christopher doesn't feel that Empathy will be switched 
back out of being the default instant messaging application at this 
time, simply because Karmic is so deep in feature freeze.  See his 
reasons at: 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 vs. Mac OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7 ===

Jun Auza, in his blog "Tech Source From Bohol", takes a look at some of 
the features of three operating systems being released to the public in 
October of 2009:  Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard); Windows 7; and Ubuntu 
9.10 (Karmic Koala).  His comparison of the same areas of each - User 
Interface, System Enhancements, and Additional Features - is only a 
small example of what each can do, and links are provided for more 
information on each of them.  He also states, "I've noticed that Windows 
and Mac OS X is trying to be like Linux right now --fast and resource 
efficient."  View the rest of his comments and critique at: 

=== The Ubuntu Server: Slowly Gaining Acceptance ===

The BeginLinux blog notes that, though the server edition of Ubuntu 
hasn't reached the acceptance level of the desktop, the server edition 
is gaining ground.  One reason for the increased interest in Ubuntu 
Server Edition is the adoption of cloud computing.  Lack of hardware 
certification is still a factor that is slowing down the growth, 
however.  "The largest growth is seen in small and medium-sized 
businesses, which could benefit from the cost savings of cloud 
deployment."  Read the blog for more details: 

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu at Parliament of Zimbabwe ===

In 2008 Parliament had about 180 personal computers and 50 laptop 
computers running various versions of the Windows operating system. Most 
of the operating systems were not fully patched due to limited 
connectivity to the Microsoft repositories internationally located. Both 
the servers and the desktops were prone to regular attacks by viruses 
and Trojans as budgets to license our anti-virus solution were limited, 
released too late for the upgrades to be purchased or were not available 
at all. The mail and web server were on a machine running RedHat Linux 
which was compromised several times.

In line with its vision "To champion the integrity of Parliament 
regionally", Parliament decisively agreed to champion the use of Free 
and Open Source Software within Government and in Parliaments both 
regionally and internationally. In 2008 The ICT Director, Ganyani Khosa, 
started looking for the best and most reliable free and open source 
product for desktops and servers. He decided on Ubuntu and joined a 
group of ICT professionals who are equally driven by the passion for 
having software freely accessible – the Ubuntu Zimbabwe Loco Team. In 
his own words, Ganyani says, "I never regret having made this decision. 
Parliamentary business will never be done the same way as this 
technology enables us to do more work, deliver more information to more 
people as we work smarter and with near zero percent down time."

Parliament decided to install Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop on one hundred 
Personal computers and two laptop computers. The Mail & Proxy server, 
the Information & Document Management server and the Library System 
Server were installed with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Server. The fourth Server to 
be installed with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is running as a Parliament Ubuntu 
Repository Server providing local mirroring of the Local Repository 
hosted by Yo!Africa. The rest of the laptops and desktops are being 
gradually installed with Ubuntu 8.10 desktop.

Teresa Kamvura (Parliament ICT Manager) sums up what happened at the 
Parliament of Zimbabwe by saying "With the main advantage of being free 
and legal software, Ubuntu proves unaffected by viruses and very stable. 
In our administration of the Parliament ICT environment where movement 
of files from person to person and computer to computer is high, Ubuntu 
manages to rise to the challenge. Since we operate on a streamline 
budget, this has been the best cost effective measure that we have 
achieved. Our network is 95% on hardware running free and open source 
software. The cost of software did not hold us back from delivering a 
world class ICT experience to Parliament of Zimbabwe users and 
Legislators, thanks to open source and free software."

Please note that the link below opens very slowly so we have tried to 
include the majority of the article for you here.

=== Full Circle Magazine #28 ===

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

This month:

  * Command and Conquer
  * How-To : Program in Python - Part 2, LAMP Server - Part 1, 
Networking with SSHFS and Fast Internet With Squid.
  * My Story - My Linux Experience I and II.
  * My Opinion - AllMyApps
  * Review - Tellico.
  * MOTU Interview - Stephane Graber.
  * Top 5 - SIP Clients.
  * Ubuntu Women Interview, Ubuntu Games and all the usual goodness!

Get it while it's hot! - http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-28/


=== Ubuntu UK podcast: Slipback ===

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Tony Whitmore, Dave Walker and the snoozing 
producer Laura Cowen are back once more with a monster episode of the 
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK Local Community Support Team.

At over 1.5 hours this is our longest episodes ever. Sorry to those of 
you who prefer short shows. We’ll try and curb our babbling in future. 
In our defence we have a fantastic interview that we just couldn’t cut 
up. Enjoy. As ever, your feedback is always welcome, details at the end 
of this post.

Details of this show at the link.


== Meeting Summaries: August 2009 ==

=== Ubuntu Governance ===

==== Forum Council ====

Ubuntu Forums Council August 2009

  * August was a busy month for several of us outside of the forums and 
we were unable to have a FC IRC meeting. We will attempt to resolve 
pending agenda items via mailing list.

  * The Ubuntu Forums Unanswered team is organizing it's leadership and 
has organizational meetings scheduled.

  * The Testimonial Team 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Forum/Spec/TestimonialTeam) has started to 
improve user experience in Forums Help and Feedback.

==== MOTU Council ====

  * MC Meeting 2009-08-14,

   * We are very happy to have Julien Lavergne (gilir) join the MOTU 
team. His great work in Ubuntu and great passion for collaborating with 
Debian made the decision very easy.

   * Yulia Novozhilova was recommended for upload privileges for 
`netbeans` (and related packages). We're very happy to have somebody new 
being very active with Java-related packages!

   * Andy Whitcroft was recommended for upload privileges for the 
Kernel. His great work clearly spoke for himself. :-)

==== Technical Board ====

  * Technical Board meeting, 2009-08-11

   * Review of outstanding actions; actions carried over:

    * Action: Scott to implement Developer Membership Board proposal 
(LP, mailing list, documentation, etc.)

    * Action: Jono to see that documentation is updated to reflect the 
Developer Membership Board (blocked on above)

    * Action: Colin to update 

    * Action: Jono to draft text to communicate the TB's willingness to 
review key topics submitted by the community

   * Debian TC liaison

    * Brief discussion of the role of a Debian representative on the TB, 
in order to follow up to Bdale; Colin will take it back to e-mail.

   * Technical Board nominations (MattZimmerman)

    * All nominees have agreed, but there is a Launchpad-related hitch: 
m-of-n votes are not supported. As a fallback, the board agreed to use 
the Condorcet Internet Voting Service 

    * The vote will run from the 17th to the 31st of August, and will 
elect board members for a two-year term.

    * Action: Mark to create and announce TB vote

   * Ubuntu security policies 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SecurityTeam/Policies) (KeesCook)

    * The board approved all the non-draft items in revision 15 of this 
wiki page.

    * Action: Jamie Strandboge to add a reference to the 
previously-approved mDNS policy (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZeroConfPolicySpec)

    * Discussion on the execute bit policy will continue by e-mail; 
there are obvious difficulties around WINE and Java, and disagreement on 
the proper semantics for .desktop files.

   * Handling community problems 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReportingCommunityProblems) (JonoBacon)

    * No objections to Jono proceeding with this; the TB will add a 
standing agenda item to review the bug list.

   * Investigate alternative to Google CSE (Bug:305905, Bug:402767) 

    * The multisearch experiment in Firefox has ended 
so this is no longer of immediate concern, although the desktop team 
still needs to decide on and implement the final experience for 9.10.

    * It appears that the desktop team is not wedded to the 
implementation tried out in Alpha 3, and is aware of the issues, so it 
does not appear that the TB needs to intervene at this time.

    * There is likely to be further discussion on search options at UDS 
in November.

   * Statistics gathering policy (PaulSladen)

    * Paul proposed a draft policy with best practices for developers in 
the field of active statistics gathering.

    * Mark indicated that he would not be happy with a policy that 
required Canonical to share all the statistics it gathers; although that 
was not the intent of Paul's draft.

    * The members of the Technical Board are not domain experts in 
statistics. There is some overlap with usability testing, for which 
there is certainly expertise in the Ubuntu community, although active 
statistics gathering is a more precise art.

    * We asked Paul to bring his proposal to the attention of a wider 
audience, in order to attract attention from people with direct 
experience with this kind of problem; it may come back to the board later.

   * Chair for next meeting to be discussed by mail.

  * Technical Board meeting, 2009-08-25

   * Yulia Novozhilova was approved for per-package upload privileges to 

    * Action: cjwatson to implement

   * Andy Whitcroft was approved for per-package upload privileges to 
the kernel

    * Action: cjwatson to implement

   * Review of outstanding actions; actions carried over:

    * Action: TB to review Jono's draft text to communicate the TB's 
willingness to review key topics submitted by the community

    * Action: Colin to update 

     * Done, with further text to be applied

     * Action: Colin to apply further updates to 
http://www.ubuntu.com/community/processes/techboard based on his new text

    * Action: Colin to discuss role of a Debian representative on the TB 
by e-mail.

     * No reply from Debian TC, Colin to chase and continue discussions

    * Action: Jamie Strandboge to add a reference to the 
previously-approved mDNS policy (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZeroConfPolicySpec)

     * Done.

    * Action: Mark to create and announce TB vote

     * Done, the vote in is in progress.  78 votes have been cast out of 
130 voters.

   * Developer Membership Board (ScottJamesRemnant)

    * LP changes have been implemented

    * RT tickets filed (#35428, #35429) for mailing list changes

    * Action: Scott to complete implementation of Developer Membership 
Board proposal

    * Action: Jono to see that documentation is updated to reflect the 
Developer Membership Board (blocked on above)

   * Archive reorganisation (ColinWatson)

    * The majority of MOTUs have responded to the initial feelers about 
their final privileges, most want to be generalists

    * Action: cjwatson to do a final check with the Soyuz team on the 
details, and start pushing initial sets into LP

    * After that, the next step is to start talking with the release 
teams about unifying processes there

   * Check up on community bugs

    * Zarro boogs.

   * Drivers for Ubuntu (MattZimmerman, Curtis Hovey)

    * We received an authorative explanation from the LP team about what 
the driver teams can currently do, and they are now looking for us to 
tell them what they *should* be able to do

    * cjwatson to draft proposed ubuntu drivers scheme for consensus

   * Base-2 prefix names (BenjaminDrung)

    * Benjamin Drung asked that the Technical Board discuss the use of 
units in Ubuntu, specifically the distinction between IEC base-2 
multiple units such as kibibyte (KiB) vs. SI base-10 multiple units such 
as kilobyte (kB) vs. the current scattered implementations.

    * (as an aside, there's a third "standard" in the form of the 
O'Reilly Style Guide which species a base-2 multiple unit (KB))

    * The Technical Board agreed that the current scattered forms are a 
mess, and that we should have a nuanced policy on their use in Ubuntu

    * Action: bdrung to draft an initial policy to serve as a basis for 

   * Select a chair for the next meeting

    * The next meeting takes place after the TB vote has been completed.

    * It seems unfair to bestow the chair on a newly elected member

    * If mdz is elected for a further turn, he is the next chair on rotation

    * If mdz is not elected, the next chair on rotation would fall to 

=== Ubuntu Development Teams ===

==== Xubuntu Team ====

Xubuntu team report for August 2009

===== Packaging, Development, & Testing =====

  * Cody updated xubuntu-artwork package to include MurrinaXubuntu theme 
for testing.

  * Cody/Mario patched gnome-screensaver to recommend 
gnome-power-manager OR xfce4-power-manager to prevent gnome-screensaver 
from pulling in gnome-power-manager.

  * Cody seeded libasound2-plugins to fix no sound issue.

  * Cody patched exaile to drop bad and ugly gstreamer plugins to 
suggests instead of recommends to fix ISO oversize issue. (comment from 
SiDi : did you patch exaile 0.2.14 old package ? the 0.3 one does not 
recommend ugly/bad plugins and weights 11.4 MB instead of 65)

  * SiDi wrote a notify-osd patch that allows building notify-osd with 
xfconf for use of XFCE's font settings

  * SiDi wrote a notify-osd patch to enable color / opacity / text size 
gconf/xfconf keys for a11y reasons

  * SiDi fixed one of the two bugs in xfce4-volumed (crashes when no 
sound card is available)

  * Cody packaged and uploaded gdm-2.20 for use instead of the new 
gnome-dependent gdm.

=== Ubuntu LoCo Teams ===

==== Chilean Team ====

  * IRC Triagging Session I (Taller de Triage). By VictorVargas and 
MarlonCisternas (August 1st, #ubuntu-cl).

  * IRC Activity for Bug Jam (August 8th and 9th, #ubuntu-cl)

  * IRC Monthly Meeting (August 24th, #ubuntu-cl). The meeting page with 
the log is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ChileanTeam/Reuniones/2009-08-24.

==== Greek Team ====

  * An Ubuntu repository (http://ts.sch.gr/repo/) has been created for 
educational software used in Greek schools. Members of our loco team 
where involved in the project.

  * 5th issue of Ubuntistas 
our team's e-magazine was released.

==== Honduras Team ====

  * Ubuntu Honduras Loco Team has a web 

  * Planning next visits for the Ubuntu-Tour 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam/Ubuntu_Tour) on the following 

  * August 1st:

   *I Ubuntu Coffee Bash (http://ubuntu-honduras.org/node/13) at the 
city of San Pedro Sula.

==== Irish Team ====

  * We ran a Geeknic (http://wiki.geeknic.org/index.php/Dublin_2009_2) 
on Sunday 2nd August in Dublin. It was a great day out. Some pictures 
here: http://pix.ie/czajkowski/album/349891.

  * Face to face meet up on Thursday 6th of August in the Longstone 

   * Czajkowski (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/czajkowski) and Rory 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RoryMcCann) gave a short talk on Ubuntu NGO 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NGO) at the meeting.

  * Regular Monthly IRC Meeting 
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/IRCMeetings/2009-08-12) was held at 
9pm Irish time on Wednesday 12th August.

==== Japanese Team ====

  * We held "Ubuntu Offline Meeting Tokyo" on August 1st at Hirose 
Building, Akihabara.

    * This event, organized by Ubuntu Japanese Team and Hirose Electric 
Works, ltd. had Ubuntu 9.04 install party, a number of seminar sessions 
and lunch party.

    * We received more 70 visitors.

    * Report page (Japanese): 

  * pores_n joined the Japanese team.

    * He has been participated in many offline events and helped other 
members. We are glad to welcome him to the team.

    * https://wiki.ubuntulinux.jp/pores_n

    * https://launchpad.net/~pores-n

  * Fumihito Yoshida, who is team member, started new series "Do you 
know? - processes behind OS" on Software Design September issue.

    * http://gihyo.jp/magazine/SD/archive/2009/200909

  * Yoshida wrote "How to use TOMOYO Linux on Ubuntu" on ThinIT which is 
Japanese web magazine.

    * http://thinkit.jp/article/979/1/

  * Our team wrote up yearly team report from July 2008 to June 2009.

    * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JapaneseTeam/ApprovalApplication/2009

  * We are arranging for Open Source Conference Nagoya.

==== United States Teams ====

===== Ohio Team =====

  * Ohio LinuxFest

   * Conference materials and CDs have arrived

   * Ordered and received Ubuntu books from Pearson to display at booth

  * Set team contact from ~ubuntu-us-oh-council back to ~jpeddicord

   * ~ubuntu-us-oh-council still in place; change just to make things 
easier for external contacts

  * Discussed alternate IRC meeting times

  * More NEO group discussions

  * Filed a team report on time (yeah! :) )

===== Pennsylvania Team =====

  * Team member Alex Launi presented on bzr 
(http://ubuntupennsylvania.org/?p=47) at PLUG (http://www.phillylinux.org)

  * South Central PA hosted a Social/Planning Meeting 

  * Began planning our portion of the UbuntuGlobalJam with a 
Philadelphia Mythbuntu Installfest 
and participation in the US Teams Wiki Doc Day 

  * Started planning and taking donations for a table at CPOSC 2009 
(http://ubuntupennsylvania.org/?p=48) where team member Elizabeth 
Krumbach (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/lyz) will be speaking in October

===== Arizona Team =====

  * Planning and execution of Tucson Jaunty installfest. A co-hosted 
event with the University of Arizona Computer Science Dept. 

  * Working on ABLEconf - a co-hosted event set for Oct. 2009 where the 
states LUGs, SIGs, and our team host an open source conference. Location 
for this years event is in Phoenix. (http://www.ableconf.com/)

=== Ubuntu Beginners Team ===

  * Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting 2009-08-11 

   * Explain Folding at Home 
(https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FoldingAtHome) and how to install and 
setup origami (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FoldingAtHome/origami)

   * Agree to stop using the Ubuntu Beginners Team Calendar and to use 
the Fridge Calendar (http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendar) instead

   * Agree to drop ##beginners-classroom and use #ubuntu-classroom instead

  * Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting 2009-08-25 

   * Status update about ##beginners-classroom being dropped and 
progress being made on new mailing list creation

   * Yvan Pierre (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/yvan300) joined the Ubuntu 
Beginners Team. He has been a great participant in all team activities, 
and has done an excellent job of helping people in #ubuntu-beginners-help.

   * Agree to try and revive the quiz that is given to Padawans

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, August 31, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week, Day 1 ====

  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Tuesday, September 1, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week, Day 2 ====

  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

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

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

==== Server Team Meeting ====

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

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:30 UTC
  * End: 17:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-desktop
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

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

==== LoCo Teams Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== EMEA Membership Meeting ====

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

==== Community Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 21:00 UTC
  * End: 22:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

=== Wednesday, September 2, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week, Day 3 ====

  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Cameroonian LoCoTeam monthly IRC meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 16:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-cm
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CameroonianTeam/NextMeeting

==== 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, September 3, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week, Day 4 ====

  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Karmic Alpha 5 ====

  * Agenda: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/karmic/alpha5

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

=== Friday, September 4, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week, Day 5 ====

  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Karmic Weekly Release Meeting ====

  * Start: 15:00 UTC
  * End: 16:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2009-09-04

==== How to run a successfull Jam (Jorge Castro) ====

  * Start: 21:00 UTC
  * End: 22:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam

=== Saturday, September 4, 2009 ===

  * None listed as of publication

=== Sunday, September 5, 2009 ===

  * None listed as of publication

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-822-1: KDE-Libs vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-823-1: KDE-Graphics vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-824-1: PHP vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-824-1
  * USN-825-1: libvorbis vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-825-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * langpack-locales - 
  * sun-java5 1.5.0-20-0ubuntu0.6.06.1 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * tzdata 2009l-0ubuntu0.8.04 - 
  * ganeti 1.2.0-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * compiz-fusion-bcop 0.6.0-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * zabbix 1:1.4.2-4ubuntu3.1 - 
  * wasce-server - 
  * sun-java6 6-16-0ubuntu1.8.04 - 
  * sun-java5 1.5.0-20-0ubuntu0.8.04 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * tzdata 2009l-0ubuntu0.8.10 - 

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

  * tzdata 2009l-0ubuntu0.9.04 - 
  * zabbix 1:1.6.1-3ubuntu0.1 - 
  * packagekit-gnome 0.3.13-0ubuntu1.1 - 
  * gitosis 0.2+20080825-2ubuntu0.1 - 
  * sun-java6 6-16-0ubuntu1.9.04 - 

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