Ubuntu Weekly News #145

Dave Bush myrtlebeachbums at ubuntu.com
Sun Jun 7 18:14:17 BST 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 145 for the week June 1 - 7,
2009. In this issue we cover Ubuntu Hall of Fame: Adi Roiban, Ubuntu Stats,
Ubuntazo In Venezuela, Ubuntu Forums Tutorial of the Week, In the Press &
Blogosphere, Upcoming Meetings & Events, Updates & Security, and much, much

== 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 Hall of Fame: Adi Roiban
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Ubuntazo In Venezuela
 * Ubuntu Forums Tutorial of the Week
 * In the Press & Blogosphere
 * Upcoming Meetings & Events
 * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Hall of Fame:  Adi Roiban ===

Adi Roiban leads the Romanian Lo``Co and Localization teams. He founded and
still coordinates the Romanian Free Software Group (Grupul pentru Software
Liber), and is responsible for organizing several FLOSS events in Romania.
He provides Launchpad Translations support in the Launchpad Answers section,
submits and triages internationalization bugs, and is a prominent member of
the Ubuntu Translation Coordinators team.  Read more at:

== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (57578) +250 over last week
 * Critical (18) +/-0 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (26543) +166 over last week
 * Unassigned (49629) +266 over last week
 * All bugs ever reported (286601) +1486 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 (14026) -162 over last week
 * French (42824) -71 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (53463) -225 over last week
 * Swedish (54417) -23 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (59006) -2 over last week

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

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

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

 * club-ubuntu.org-GBJ09 (295)
 * gbj-UK-0902 (203)
 * gbj-florida-0902 (159)
 * gbj-chicago-0902 (129)
 * gbj-oklahoma-0902 (129)

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

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

 * Use the new ubuntu notifications to alert when hardware is detected -
 * Let people know that Ubuntu is sold pre-installed -
 * Ubuntu startup is disjointed - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/20141/
 * Left-handed interface, especially for hand-helds -
 * Make Gimp faster - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/20124/

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 ==

=== Ubuntazo In Venezuela ===

The formidable Ubuntu Venezuela team delivered an event to follow up on the
successful run on FLISOL 2009. The name of the event is UBUNTAZO (Ubuntu
Blast). It was held Saturday May 23rd and it featured a set of talk that
shared basic knowledge on basic Ubuntu daily usage and fostered
participation in the community through joining the Ubuntu-ve team.

It was held at the Simon Rodriguez Public Library in the center of Caracas,
Venezuela and over 60 people came to share experiences with the ubuntu-ve
community in Caracas. Thanks to the invaluable support from the people at
Simon Rodriguez Library. Ubuntazo is scheduled for a second round this
upcoming June 27th for more check the Ubuntu wiki page

Special Thanks to Nelson Delgado, Cecilia Calabria, Andres Thieles, Jaime
Escobar, Camilo Torres, Juan Hernandez Enrique Carpenter, Kathie Quintero,
Reina Escobar y Jean Piero Lombardo for organizing such great event for the
community to share and for keeping the spirit of Ubuntu alive and kicking.

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

June 8, 2009

This week we are highlighting a thread that has been active and supported by
frodon (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=23970) since October 20, 2005!
This comprehensive "HOWTO : Create a FTP server with user access (proftpd)"
is for you if you are willing to share files with friends over FTP protocol
with proftpd, with username/password features (so only people you gave
access will be able to get the files). Encryption is also detailed. Please
do not hesitate to ask questions in the thread, frodon is always around to
help people out.


== In The Press ==

=== ARM-powered smartbook running Ubuntu ===

Geek.com's Sal Cangeloso asks what happens when you drop Intel and x86 and
throw on Ubuntu? How does 10 hours of life from a 3-cell battery sound? The
system even plays some light video. It doesn’t have the power of an Atom
netbook, but it is still sufficient for basic browsing. The Wistron N900z
runs a 800MHz Freescale processor, has 4GB of SSD storage, and packs a
10-inch display. The system might sell for as little as $200, possibly less.
The move to ARM processors will mean a drop in performance, but for people
using these machines as they are intended they could be an inexpensive
alternative to today’s netbooks.

=== SanDisk Ships Next-Generation SSDs ===

tradingmarkets.com reports that San``Disk Corp. announced that it has begun
shipping its next-generation flash memory-based solid state drives (SSD) for
netbooks. San``Disk pSSD P2 and S2 employ a new technology called nCache,
which it said improves netbook performance. Engineers from San``Disk and
Canonical have worked on system optimizations for the Gen2 pSSD, resulting
in improved system responsiveness and longer battery life. "Canonical is
enabling original equipment manufacturers and designers to offer consumers a
fantastic user experience with Ubuntu Netbook Remix running on netbooks,"
said Chris Kenyon, director of OEM services at Canonical. "Our tests have
shown San``Disk second generation pSSD equipped with nCache performing
significantly better than a 5400 RPM HDD, providing Ubuntu users with the
speed and stability that they need."

=== Get a Linux-powered Dell laptop for $299 ===

C``Net's Rick Broida exclaims "Zowie! For less than the price of some
Netbooks, you can get yourself a full-blown Dell notebook. Here's the deal:
Dell is offering the Inspiron 15n for just $299." The real consideration for
most buyers is that the Inspiron 15n runs on Ubuntu Linux 8.10--a great
operating system by all accounts. Everything about the Inspiron is rock
solid, including its 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD burner, and 15.6-inch
wide-screen LCD. You also get a four-cell battery and one-year warranty.
Broida wishes he could say that you'll get out the door for $299, but Dell
charges $29 for shipping, and you may have to pay sales tax as well. Even
so, this is a fantastic bargain for anyone seeking a full-fledged notebook
at a Netbook price. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-10258138-58.html

=== Ubuntu Becomes Intel's Classmate ===

EFYtimes.com tells us that Canonical has reached an agreement with Intel
Corporation to deliver Ubuntu as an operating system for the Intel-powered
classmate PCs. The new Intel-powered classmate PC features a larger screen,
more memory and larger SSD or HDD than the original classmate PC. and it
will also feature a modified version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix. “Not only is
this a significant step for an open operating system, it is a significant
step for any device to be able to offer these capabilities, at this cost, on
standardized hardware,” said Jon Melamut, general manager of Canonical's OEM
services. “Our goal has always been to take the best technology and make it
available to everyone. Coupling our software with a fantastic, affordable
education device like this is a concrete realization of that ambition.”

=== Judgment Day: Studio Dave Tests Ubuntu Studio 9.04 ===

Linux Journal's Dave Phillips says he needs at least one i386 installation
at "Studio Dave" because some production software is not yet 64-bit ready,
and he happens to need that software. He experienced some difficulties with
some of his hardware, but managed to get his system upgraded to Ubuntu 9.04
after consulting the Ubuntu Forums. Phillips says he has only started to dip
into the various goodies provided by the Ubuntu Studio meta packages, and
thanks to the currency of the system he can build and test the latest
Ardour3 as well as many other applications that require up-to-date graphics
and audio components. "Performance-wise this system is now a beauty."

=== Linux Makes the Grade in California Schools ===

Jacqueline Emigh of Linux.com says that a few growing pains aside, a Linux
deployment in a Santa Rosa, CA elementary school district is maturing
robustly, letting teachers and students stand apart from their previous
dependence on Microsoft Windows while they try on new open software
attitudes. The transition in Santa Rosa from Windows NT 4 to Ubuntu Linux
Terminal Server Project might not get an A+ mark based strictly on
smoothness, suggested Jordan Erickson, but overall, the Linux deployment is
ranking highly with the seven schools involved, because it saves them money
on Microsoft licenses, spares them from Windows upgrades, prevents computer
viruses, and spurs greater collaboration. For the sake of underlying
stability, Santa Rosa has been sticking with the Long Term Support versions
of Canonical’s Ubuntu Linux, beginning with Ubuntu 6.04 and migrating along
to 8.04, the current deployment. Beyond slashing the costs of Microsoft
licenses, taking giant steps away from Windows permits the schools to hold
on to their software investments. Particularly with LTS versions of Ubuntu,
older software "doesn’t stop getting supported, the way it does in Windows.
Schools these days just don’t have all that much to spend. They can apply
the money they save from LTSP to other needs, such as books."

=== Canonical announces support for Moblin v2 ===

At Computex in Taipei Canonical announced support of Moblin, an optimized
open source Linux software stack and application framework, by committing to
the development of a product based on the recently released Moblin v2 for
Intel® Atom™ processor-based platforms. Moblin v2 provides the core
infrastructure, applications and user experience that Canonical will
integrate into an Ubuntu-based product. "We are very excited about bringing
a Moblin v2-based product to market in the near future,” said Mark
Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project. “Intel’s Atom processor along
with the Linux Foundation bring fantastic energy and excitement to OEMs
looking to deliver Linux-based experiences for users through Moblin. Adding
it as an option alongside Ubuntu, and eventually sharing elements between
the two, means even more rapid innovation on open platforms which will
benefit developers, manufacturers and, most importantly, users.”

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Ubuntu and Moblin Linux to work together ===

Blogger Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols from Computer World informs us of some of
the big news that has come out of the Computex trade show in Taipei Taiwan.
First that Canonical will be announcing partnerships with Intel, San``Disk,
and Real``Networks. The biggest news being Canonical's plan to demonstrate
the Moblin version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix or UNR. He also lets us know of
Canonical's plan to make the full version of Moblin 2 available by year's
end. We are then given an overview of the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. It's a
slimmed down version of Ubuntu 8.04 that's designed to run on the limited
hardware of netbooks. The difference with Moblin that he points out, is that
it will be using the Moblin interface instead of UNR's default launcher. He
leaves us with Canonical's plan to announce the results of new work with
San``Disk, and Real``Networks plan to announce the availability of its Real
Player for Ubuntu.

=== CPU Diversification: Ubuntu’s Gain, Microsoft’s Loss ===

Blogger Christopher Tozzi from Works``With``U tells us the benefits to
Ubuntu and Linux in general of the growing diversity in processor
architectures. He informs us that with Microsoft and Apple sticking with the
x86 architecture for now, it opens up many different chipsets that they
won't support. He then points out that the support for ARM and other
alternative architectures haven't been officially released for Ubuntu yet,
but that unofficial builds are out there. Christopher Tozzi informs us that
even with Microsoft trying to grab hold of the netbook market with Windows
7, Ubuntu will still gain ground as more and more of the netbooks out there
use ARM and other alternative CPUs.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, June 7, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu-us-az LoCo Team Meeting ====

 * Start: 04:00 UTC
 * End: 04:30 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-az irc.freenode.net
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Meetings

=== Monday, June 8, 2009 ===

 * No events as of publication

=== Tuesday, June 9, 2009 ===

==== Kernel Bug Day ====

 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-kernel
 * Agenda:https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/BugDay

==== Asia Oceania Membership Board Meeting ====

 * Start: 10:00 UTC
 * End: 11:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/AsiaOceania

==== 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

=== Wednesday, June 10, 2009 ===

==== 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: 16:00 UTC
 * End: 17:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/

=== Thursday, June 11, 2009 ===

==== Karmic Alpha 2 ====

 * Location: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/karmic/alpha2

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

 * Start: 12:00 UTC
 * End: 13:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

 * Start: 17:00 UTC
 * End: 19:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Edubuntu/Community/MeetingAgenda

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

 * Start: 21:00 UTC
 * End: 22:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Friday, June 12, 2009 ===

==== MC Meeting ====

 * Start: 07:00 UTC
 * End: 08:00 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * Agenda: None listed as of publication

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

 * Start: 15:00 UTC
 * End: 16:30 UTC
 * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
 * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2009-06-12

=== Saturday, June 13, 2009 ===

 * No events listed as of publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-780-1: CUPS vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-780-1
 * USN-781-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-781-1
 * USN-781-2: Gaim vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-781-2

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * foomatic-filters 3.0.2-20071204-0ubuntu2.2 -
 * apache2 2.2.8-1ubuntu0.6 -
 * lsb 4.0-0ubuntu0.8.04.1 -
 * file 4.21-3ubuntu2 -
 * xsensors 0.50-1ubuntu2.8.04 -
 * parted 1.7.1-5.1ubuntu9.2 -
 * installation-report 2.31ubuntu2 -
 * linux 2.6.24-24.54 -
 * linux-restricted-modules-2.6.24 -

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

 * file 4.24-4ubuntu1 -
 * xsensors 0.50-1ubuntu2.8.10 -
 * parted 1.8.8.git.2008.03.24-7ubuntu8 -
 * linux 2.6.27-14.34 -
 * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.27-14.20 -

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

 * kexec-tools 20090000-2.0.0ubuntu3.1 -
 * gvfs 1.2.2-0ubuntu2 -
 * nvram-wakeup 0.97-14lenny1ubuntu0.1 -
 * webdeveloper 1.1.6+repack-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * mapnik 0.5.1-3ubuntu2.1 -
 * irda-utils 0.9.18-8.1ubuntu1.1 -
 * screen-profiles 1.44-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * linux 2.6.28-13.44 -
 * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.28-13.17 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.28 2.6.28-13.14 -
 * lsb 4.0-0ubuntu0.9.04.1 -
 * tracker 0.6.93-0ubuntu3 -
 * file 4.26-2ubuntu4 -
 * linux-meta -
 * netbeans 6.5-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * desktop-switcher 0.4.4-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * hal 0.5.12~rc1+git20090403-0ubuntu2 -
 * spe 0.8.4.h-1ubuntu0.9.04 -

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== Glossary of Terms ==

 1. FLOSS - Free Libre Open Source Software
 1. FTP - File Transfer Protocol
 1. HDD - Hard Disk Drive
 1. LCD - Liquid Crystal Display
 1. LTS - Long Term Support. - Said of a release that will receive support
for 3-years/5-years rather than the typical 18 months
 1. OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer
 1. SSD - Solid State Drive

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