Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #131

John Crawford johnc4510 at cox.net
Sun Mar 1 22:46:17 GMT 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #131 for the week 
February 22nd - February 28th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Jaunty 
Alpha 5 Released, Needed: Countdown to Jaunty Banners, Ubuntu Global Bug 
Jam Success, Voting for New MOTU Council seats, Ubuntu Server: Call for 
testing, Next Ubuntu Hug Day, Developer News: Issue #2, LoCo Team 
Meeting, Philadelphia Bug Jam, Chicago Bug Jam, Arizona team has new 
website, Launchpad Performance Week Roundup, Launchpad 2.2.2 released, 
Meet the Devs, Ubuntu podcast #20, Full Circle Magazine #22, UK 
government backs open source, Random Ubuntu Sightings, Feburary Team 
Meeting Summaries, Team of the Week(Ubuntu New Mexico), 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 ==
  * Jaunty Alpha 5 Released
  * Needed: Countdown to Jaunty Banners
  * Ubuntu Global Bug Jam Success
  * Voting for New MOTU Council seats
  * Ubuntu Server: Call for testing
  * Next Ubuntu Hug Day
  * Developer News: Issue #2
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo Team Meeting
  * Philadelphia Bug Jam
  * Chicago Bug Jam
  * Arizona team has new website
  * Launchpad Performance Week Roundup
  * Launchpad 2.2.2 released
  * Meet the Devs
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu podcast #20
  * Full Circle Magazine #22
  * UK government backs open source
  * Random Ubuntu Sightings
  * February Team Meeting Summaries
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Team of the Week: Ubuntu New Mexico
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Jaunty Alpha 5 Released ===

Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 5 has been released.  Pre-releases of Jaunty 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 bugs.  Alpha 5 includes a number of 
software updates that are ready for large-scale
testing.  Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/jaunty/alpha5 
for information on changes in Ubuntu.

For those interested in helping with testing, reporting and fixing bugs, 
the Alpha release can be obtained from:

  * Ubuntu: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/jaunty/alpha-5/
  * Edubuntu: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-5/
  * Kubuntu: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-5/
  * Xubuntu: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-5/
  * Ubuntu Studio: 
  * Mythbuntu: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/jaunty/alpha-5/
  * Ubuntu Netbook Remix: 
  * Ubuntu MID: 
  * Ubuntu ARM: http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/netboot/jaunty/alpha-5/


=== Needed: Countdown to Jaunty Banners ===

Once again, countdown graphics are needed.  And this time the call is 
going out for others to help. This is a particularly unique opportunity 
because your creative work will be seen by millions and millions and 
millions of people across the world on many different websites.

Here are the guidelines for contributions:

  * Lets keep the same size as before. It worked great. 180px wide x 
150px high.
  * Optimized png, gif or jpg format or, if you're gutsy, a lightweight 
iframe containing static HTML (no php etc), javascript and images. No 
google analytics or web bugs, no flash, small download size, only link 
will be back to the ubuntu.com website. Animation should not be 
perpetual (i.e. stop after a few seconds) and should not annoy people. 
If you want to do the iframe thing ping me on IRC or email back to the 
list and we can discuss some ideas.
  * There are 32 images needed, days numbered 30 - 1, a "coming soon" 
for day 0 and an "it's here" once 9.04 is released
  * It is not needed nor recommended to try to incorporate the release 
code name "Jaunty Jackalope" into the design
  * We need to see results soon.


=== Ubuntu Global Bug Jam Success ===

Wow, what an incredible Ubuntu Global Bug Jam! Thanks to everyone who 
got involved. It's safe to say, it not only beat the number of bugs 
touched last year, but smashed it! Its events like this that really help 
us spread the Ubuntu Ethos. Thanks to everyone who got involved and 
helped make Ubuntu that bit better! Reports from the different events 
are still coming in, but there are lots of pictures at the link below so 
you can see for yourself.


Note: You can also read a short report on Global Bug Jam by 
Nathan(nhandler) here: http://nhandler.wordpress.com/?p=49

=== Voting for New MOTU Council seats ===

It has been decided to increase the MOTU council to seven seats. There 
are 3 community members up for nomination for the empty seats.

The nominees and their wiki pages:

  * Daniel Holbach - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DanielHolbach
  * Nathan Handler - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/nhandler
  * Jonathan Daveies - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JonathanDavies


=== Ubuntu Server: Call for testing(Suspend, Hibernate, Resume) ===

Dustin Kirkland reports on what he's seen of the the ability of a server 
to suspend, hibernate and resume.  He was able to install the Ubuntu 
Jaunty Server on my hardware, both suspend and hibernate the system from 
the command line, and then remotely resume the system using wake-on-lan. 
  Now he would like feedback from the Ubuntu Server community on their 
experiences.  He provides detailed instructions on his blog for the 
information he needs and how to gather it.

=== Next Ubuntu Hug Day! ===

Martin Mai provides us with the next Ubuntu Hug Day information:

  * Date: 5th of March, 2009
  * Target: flashplugin-nonfree
  * Location: #ubuntu-bugs
  * Page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20090305
  * Info: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs/


=== Developer News: Issue #2 ===

The second edition of Ubuntu Developer News is out. For past items or to 
submit your own please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com 
UbuntuDevelopment/News More submissions for the developer news would be 
very much appreciated.

In this issue of the Developer News they discuss the following:

   * Karmic Koala Announced
   * Jaunty Feature Freeze
   * Per-package uploaders and developer team structure
   * Python 2.6
   * Removal of aRts
   * Progress of the Mono 2.0 transition
   * Packaging large Java stacks
   * Kernel Stable Release Updates
   * White-listing external repositories in apturl
   * Kernel changes in Jaunty
   * Hardware Clock handling
   * The Stracciatella GNOME session
   * Pulseaudio in Jaunty
   * Status of Sugar on Ubuntu
   * Kubuntu and ports
   * Reinhard Tartler (siretart) resigns as MOTU Launchpad Liaison
   * MySQL and Amarok
   * New REVU Coordinator
   * Ubuntu Studio in Jaunty
   * Brainstorm for packaging requests?
   * REVU gets Filtering and Tags
   * Tools
   * Developer Changes
   * Meeting Minutes/Weekly Reports

You can read a short summary of the above points by following the link 


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (47558) +372 over last week
  * Critical (20) -2 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (19194) +414 over last week
  * Unassigned (39992) +404 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (254327) +2151 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 (19982) +882 over last week
  * French (56307) +847 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (64582) -367 over last week
  * Swedish (71985) -1822 over last week
  * English (Uk) (83808) +4239 over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Intrepid ===

  * Spanish (15881) +/-0 over last week
  * French (61243) -148 over last week
  * Swedish (72656) +/-0 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (73976) -388 over last week
  * English (UK) (81134) +/-0 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

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

dholbach is in the process of refining the 5-a-day stats page. Here are 
the finals for the latest Global Bug Jam as of the end of the event.

  * gbj-fr-0902             297
  * gbj-UK-0902             293
  * club-ubuntu.org-GBJ09   269
  * gbj-michigan-0902       266
  * gbj-oklahoma-0902       162
  * gbj-florida-0902        156
  * gbj-fr-paris-0902       149
  * gbj-chicago-0902        149
  * gbj-colombia-0902       135
  * gbj-fr-toulouse-0902    110
  * gbj-za-0902              71
  * gbj-pennsylvania-0902    68
  * gbj-chile-0902           63
  * gbj-berlin-0902          63
  * gbj-dcteam-0902          55
  * gbj-IE-0902               9

Total Bugs touched:       2315

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

  * No file templates are installed by default
  * Resolution of unknown monitors is only 800x600 Pixels
  * Allow override of faulty resolution detection
  * rhythmbox doesn't auto-rate my songs
  * Whats happend after the updates?

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 ==

=== LoCo Teams Meeting ===

The US LoCo teams held a meeing on the 28th of February to discuss and 
share experiences, learn from each other, and see how other LoCos are 
"getting it done." Nick Ali(boredandblogging) chaired the meeting, and 
78 nicks were in the #ubuntu-locoteams channel to participate. A great 
deal of discussion took place, and for that hour the channel was really 
jumping.  Congratulations to the LoCoTeams for an informative and 
productive meeting. You can see a list of the main points discussed at 
the link. http://tycheent.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/the-loco-teams-meeting/

=== Philadelphia Bug Jam ===

On Saturday Feb. 21st, the Philadelphia team of Ubuntu US Pennsylvania 
hosted their BugJam. PLUG member Art Alexion graciously offered them 
space at Resources for Human Development. They had a great room with 
wired connections for the event, and access to a kitchen for their eats. 
People started arriving around noon and they got things set up, 
retrieved the Oreo Cake and sticky buns donated by Pechter’s Bread.

The team started things off on a social level, answering basic 
questions, and getting everyone online with launchpad accounts. Lyz, 
(pleia2) had drafted some handouts the night before, and Jim Fisher 
supplied a bunch of printouts of the bug workflow charts. When people 
were finally settled in Connor Imes did a short presentation tour of the 
important Wiki pages and basics on how to find and handle bugs. The team 
did a great job with 9 participants and 6 hours of work. Pictures at the 


=== Chicago Bug Jam ===

The Bug Jam started out with introductions all around before it got down 
to some major bug squashing. All over the room, they had people triaging 
and fixing bugs. Whenever somebody had a question, there was usually 
someone in the room who had the answer. However, even with all of the 
knowledgeable people that were present at the event, a question 
regarding 5-a-day came up that nobody knew the answer to. Calls to 
several people in the greater Ubuntu Community finally produced an 
answer. All in all the Chicago Bug Jam was a success, and team members 
really saw the meaning of what the Ubuntu Community is all about.


=== Ubuntu-UK Bug Jam ===

Ubuntu-UK actually held 2 bug jams.  One in Birmingham starting Friday, 
and the other in London on Saturday.  In both cases, the events were 
well attended. There were people that didn't have Launchpad accounts, 
either because they felt they didn't deserve one because they weren't 
programmers or because they'd never heard of Launchpad.  However, 
everyone had an opportunity to participate in one way or another, and it 
was a great learning experience for everyone.

=== Arizona team has new website! ===

Ubuntu-Arizona has a new website and everyone is invited to visit and 
give their opinion about it by voting in the poll on the website. 
http://azloco.com The team put the site together using Drupal, and with 
the help of several team members. 2 servers, rack space, and Internet 
connection were donated to the team, making this site possible. The 
better of the 2 servers is running the website, and soon will also be 
offering free hosting to the LUG groups in Arizona. The second server is 
being used to test programs, and for teaching server administration to 
team members.

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad Performance Week Roundup ===

As reported the beginning of February, Launchpad has been trying to 
improve the performance of page loading on their site.  Bug pages now 
load only the first 80 comments, with a box in the space of the 81st 
allowing one to go beyond that.  The subscriber list is loaded 
asynchronously, allowing the rest of the page to load without 
bottleneck.  The PPA disk usage information and the detail for each 
package are both now loaded  asynchronously with the detail only being 
loaded when you click on the header.  There are other enhancements that 
have been done, and another Launchpad Performance Week will be performed 
in April. Read more about the Launchpad Performance Week Roundup at the 


=== Launchpad 2.2.2 Released ===

Launchpad 2.2.2 has just made it easier to link to upstream bug reports. 
  Launchpad developer Graham Binns explains:

  Launchpad will now give you direct links to the bug search and filing 
forms in a project’s external tracker, so long as Launchpad knows the 
tracker’s location.

  To find the links, all you have to do is click “Also affects project” 
on the bug report and select the project you want to link to.

See more at Graham's blog post:  http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=534


=== Meet the Devs ===

Matthew Revell of the Launchpad Team published 4 Launchpad interviews 
this week in their "Meet the Devs" section. The interviews are diverse 
and in depth, and worth the read. The interviewees work for different 
Launchpad Teams: Launchpad Code Team, Registry Team, Bazaar, and 
Translations. The full interviews are at the links:

  * Michael Hudson: 
  * Brad Crittenden: 
  * Tim Penhey: http://blog.launchpad.net/meet-the-devs/meet-tim-penhey
  * Jeroen Vermeulen: 


== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu 9.04's new login screen and more ===

Ubuntu 9.04 is getting closer and closer to the final release, so here's 
a sneak peek at some of the upcoming features. One of these new features 
that was introduced with this weeks updates was a brand new login screen 
a.k.a. GDM (GNOME Display Manager) theme. It is black and has a nice 
Ubuntu logo in the right bottom corner. The new login screen is entitled 
"Human" and it was created by Kenneth Wimer and Mat Tomaszewski for 
Canonical. Also included was a revamp "Where are You" which is part of 
the Ubiquity installer. Finally the new "Notification" area was also 
included in the updates. Screen shots of each of these improvements at 
the link.


=== Ubuntu bets on desktop sparkle ===

Alastair Otter from MyBroadband describes some of the desktop redesign 
that is taking place with Ubuntu 9.04. The notification system, known as 
Notify-OSD, is intended to integrate better with Jaunty and provide 
system messages across all applications and keyboard actions. These are 
meant to be slicker and less disruptive than previously. Also, the login 
screen has been changed from the old brown screen. Now there will be a 
new, mostly black login screen with redesigned graphics. Further 
redesign will take place in Karmic Koala as it develops.


=== Ubuntu allies with Amazon and Dell ===

Dana Blankenhorn of ZDNet examines the alliances that Mark Shuttleworth 
is building with Amazon and Dell. With Amazon, it's the EC2 Cloud 
computing. Amazon's cloud isn't specific to a particular company's 
applications, nor is it a custom built work. It's a service business 
hosting serious applications. With Dell, it's the full line of Ubuntu 
Netbooks and laptops.  Unlike other companies, this is a single Linux 
distribution support.


=== Netbook nightmare: My experiences with the Sylvania g netbook ===

Caitlyn Martin, writing on the O'Reilly website, relates her experiences 
with the Sylvania g Netbook. Overall, she was not impressed with this 
early version of the Sylvania Netbook.  The first crashed within 10 
days, and the second out of the box.  Though she showed that, by wiping 
the drive and installing Ubuntu it is possible to make it work, she 
suggests that people forgo it for the newer Sylvania g Netbook Meso with 
the preloaded Ubuntu Netbook Remix.


=== Subtle improvements to Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 5 ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us that Ubuntu 9.04 is now at feature 
freeze so there isn't much to expect in Jaunty Alpha 5, but there are a 
few items worth highlighting. For one, the new desktop notification 
system has landed in Ubuntu 9.04, which looks nice if you are running on 
a composite desktop. There is a new log-in screen for Ubuntu 9.04, which 
is mostly black with only a bit of orange. A completely new desktop 
theme will not be here until Ubuntu 9.10, the Karmic Koala. The Ubiquity 
installer for Ubuntu 9.04 has also picked up a new world map. Also 
changed in the Ubiquity installer is the home encryption support, which 
has been removed unless you pre-seed the option to Ubiquity. This option 
has been temporarily dropped since there is no encrypted SWAP support, 
which reduces the security benefit of an encrypted home directory. The 
final alpha of Ubuntu 9.04 will be out in mid-March, and the final 
release of Ubuntu 9.04 is scheduled for the 23rd of April.


=== Review: Ubuntu Mobile Edition ===

Paul Ferrill of Wi-Fi Planet takes a look at Ubuntu Mobile Edition, and 
notes that the mobile Internet device (MID) space is one of the fastest 
growing platforms with new concept designs appearing every month. 
Ferrill was able to pick up one of the original Samsung Q1s from 
woot.com, but he found out that while the Q1 XP Tablet edition 
combination is functional, it just seemed like it wasn't made to fit the 
small form factor. Installing software often produced the clipped dialog 
screen problem where you couldn't see the buttons at the bottom to click 
on them. Enter Ubuntu Mobile: Canonical and Intel have teamed up to 
sponsor the Ubuntu Mobile and Embedded (UME) project with a goal of 
providing the infrastructure and necessary components for mobile 
application development. Images are available for download on the UME 
Website for the Samsung Q1 Ultra and Elektrobit MIMD. The installation 
procedure was well documented and easy to follow, and once the Q1 was 
rebooted the user was presented a screen with large buttons that make it 
easy to launch different applications with a finger touch. Ferrill's 
overall impression is that Ubuntu Mobile Edition represents a good start 
toward making the Linux operating system a viable alternative to Windows 
for these ultra portable devices.


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Ubuntu runs one of every 3 Dell Netbooks sold ===

A blogger from Netbook Digest says that "Dell has made a strong effort 
to support the Linux community." Dell's Director of Marketing announced 
that "A third of our Mini 9 mix is Linux, which is well above the 
standard attach rate for other systems that offer Linux." He mentions 
that the blogosphere was saying that Linux netbooks were having a rate 
of return that was four times higher, but Mr. Pinkert says that the 
return rate was comparable. The blogger speculates that MSI wasn't 
running Ubuntu so maybe the distro is the difference. He is interested 
to see how things change once Google's Android OS is release for the 
netbook market. 

=== Ubuntu is the new Windoze...Only Better...By Far ===

Ctolbert from Yore Foundation introduces us to his favorite open source 
software like Mozilla's Firefox, which is used and recommended by many 
people and organizations. He then leads us into an introduction to 
Ubuntu. With netbooks coming out the way that they have, it has made 
people notice another option, and that option is Linux. The benefits of 
Linux, specifically Ubuntu, is evident. It's free, and has many 
applications for everyday tasks: web browsing, note taking, file 
sharing, document creation, and playing multimedia files. Linux also 
doesn't need anti-virus software, it uses lower systems resources, and 
has the ability to run as well on a lower powered machines. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10: Better, or just better looking? ===

Christopher Tozzi from Works With U gives us his opinion on Mark 
Shuttleworth's recently outlined development goals for Ubuntu 9.10 
Karmic Koala. He first outlines the development goals which are: better 
integration with cloud-computing environments, and the simplification of 
cloud creation using open-source tools on Ubuntu Server Edition, faster 
boot, seamless netbook support, taking advantage of kernel mode settings 
to make the boot process and virtual terminals shinier and snappier, and 
sprucing up the desktop by giving it a prettier default theme. He agrees 
with making it easy to use Ubuntu servers as hosts for clouds, and he 
believes it's critical to have hassle free netbook support. This blogger 
doesn't like the focus on making the boot manager and default theme look 
nicer. He concludes that, "the specifics of Ubuntu 9.10 won't emerge 
till the developer conference in May, so extensive criticism at this 
point is unwarranted. He hopes Shuttleworth and Canonical don't make the 
mistake of giving looks priority over what really matters." 

=== Ubuntu vs OSX smackdown ===

Shape Shed did a side by side comparison the different aspects: 
appearance, text editor, Email client, web browser, music player, 
twitter client, office applications, ftp client, and workspaces. He had 
to work harder to get fonts they way he wanted, and still didn't like 
how Ubuntu's desktop, so he gave this point to OSX for appearance. For 
text editor he compared gedit with textmate, and due to terminal 
integration in gedit he gave his point to Ubuntu. He didn't like 
Evolution in Ubuntu, but did like Thunderbird more than Mail.app leading 
him to give the point to Ubuntu. Safari and itunes got his nod over 
Firefox and Rhythmbox. For office applications he compared iWork suite 
to OpenOffice.org, and he gave the point to Ubuntu. For FTP client he 
compared Transmit with gFTP, and due to gFTP having a "clunkier" UI than 
Transmit he gave the point to OSX. His final score was OSX 5, Ubuntu 4. 
Shape concludes that for his daily development work, Ubuntu would serve 
him well, and he doesn't think it is that far behind. He also liked that 
Ubuntu was much more configurable than OSX. 

=== Is Red Hat taking aim at Ubuntu ===

Christopher Tozzi from Works With U looks into Red Hat's plans to go 
back into the desktop market after concentrating on the server market 
for so long. This has led people to believe that Red Hat is trying to go 
after Ubuntu. Christopher points out that this is not the case, since 
Red Hat is working on a thin-client deployment, and is more likely to be 
competing with IBM which recently announced it's own thin-client system. 
  Christopher thinks that, Red Hat isn't set to challenge Ubuntu's 
dominance of the Linux desktop in any serious way, or to encroachment 
into Ubuntu's server market for now. 

=== Unified Communications for Ubuntu Server Edition ===

Joe Panettieri talks about Unison Technologies fulfilling its promise to 
offer free unified communications software on Ubuntu Server Edition. 
"...Unison software is not open source, but Unison will offer a free, 
advertising driven, version of its unified communications software to 
customers running Ubuntu Server Edition." In a recent eWeek review of 
the software they concluded that, "Unison Server and Desktop unified 
communications software offers a good, basic UC experience, but lacks 
too many features to be useful to enterprises with advanced UC needs." 
The free price tag should help with small businesses looking for 
cost-effective technologies. Mr. Panettieri concludes that, "Unison for 
Ubuntu Server Edition represents a small but significant step in 
Canonical's ongoing server initiative." 

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu podcast #20 ===

In this podcast Nick and Josh bring you:

  * Ubuntu 9.04 release
  * New notification in Jaunty
  * Kubuntu 8.04.2 release
  * Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala
  * US Teams seeking Mentors
  * Global Bug Jam summary
  * EPC in Albuquerque
  * Ubuntu wins LQ desktop of the year
  * and much more


=== Full Circle Magazine #22 ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community is 
proud to announce the release of their twenty-second issue.

This month:

  * Command and Conquer - Resizing Images With FFMPEG.
  * How-To : Program in C - Part 6, Web Development - Part 3, Installing 
CrunchEEE To The EEE PC, and Spreading Ubuntu.
  * My Story - Making The Switch
  * Book Review - Ubuntu For Non-Geeks 3rd Edition
  * MOTU Interview - Emanuele Gentili
  * Top 5 - DVD Rippers
  * PLUS: all the usual goodness...

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-22/


=== UK government backs open source ===

The UK government has said it will accelerate the use of open source 
software in public services. Tom Watson MP, minister for digital 
engagement, said open source software would be on a level playing field 
with proprietary software such as Windows. According to the government 
in the UK, Open source software will be adopted when it delivers best 
value for money. It added that public services should, where possible, 
avoid being locked into proprietary software. According to some in the 
open source industry, the shift from proprietary standards could save 
the government £600m a year.


== Random Ubuntu Sightings ==

=== Bumping into Ubuntu users ===

Martin Albisetti happened upon an Ubuntu user in a somewhat unique way. 
He was in a taxi going to a friend's house, when he struck up a 
conversation with the driver. Martin is explaining about the work he 
does for a company that makes a Linux distribution called Ubuntu. At 
that point the driver freaked out, and grabbed his cell phone (while he 
was driving), flips it open and displays the Ubuntu logo. 

=== London Bus Shelter ===

An Ubuntu sticker has been sited on a bus shelter in south London.

== Meeting Summaries: February 2009 Team Reports ==

=== Ubuntu Technical Board ===

==== Meeting 2009-02-10 ====

  * Members present: Colin Watson (acting chair), Mark Shuttleworth, 
Matt Zimmerman, Scott James Remnant
  * Patent policy
   * Assigned to Jono, but no progress to report yet. Still on the radar 
because it blocks another TB ruling (ffmpeg).
  * Policy for per-package upload permissions
   * Emmet Hikory sent a proposal to the Technical Board mailing list, 
which was discussed and largely agreed with a few generalizations 
(remove language making it specific to small sets of packages and small 
numbers of developers, and remove text about the lack of an existing 
maintenance team). The Board will deal with final polishing and ratify 
the proposal out of band.
  * cdrtools
   * Mark gave an update on the cdrtools inclusion situation. Joerg 
Schilling has declined to grant a specific permission on his CDDL code, 
and in the absence of that (or in the absence of a broader discussion 
between CDDL and GPL stakeholders to resolve the license 
incompatibility), Eben Moglen of SFLC informs us that we cannot ship 
cdrtools. For the time being, the matter is closed.
  * Kernel firmware licensing
   * The Technical Board was approached with concerns about unclear 
licensing on specific firmware components shipped in Ubuntu. The kernel 
team has investigated this and has cleared everything except the DVB 
firmware, which is still a work in progress. This is on track for 9.04. 
In future, Pete Graner will review licences on all new firmware. This 
does not represent a change in firmware licensing policy, but rather 
simply ensuring that Ubuntu has the legal right to redistribute each 
item of firmware.
  * Kernel team upload privileges
   * Pete Graner asked the Technical Board to consider restricted upload 
privileges to kernel packages for Stefan Bader, who is responsible for 
kernel maintenance in stable releases. The Board approved Stefan's 
application and welcomed him to the development team.

=== Ubuntu Development Teams ===

==== Xubuntu Team ====


  * Preliminary ideas for Jaunty artwork.

Bug Triage:

  * Fixed the pages on the Xubuntu wiki for Bugs-Triage; made sure they 
agree with QA bugsquad pages.
  * Triaged a good number of bugs, some of the Xubuntu bugsquad 
participated in the Global Bug Jam, which was a big success.
  * Got many bugs fixed thanks to the successful upload of AbiWord 2.6.6 
and Xfce 4.6 RC1.


  * Following the Grow the Xubuntu Community specification: 


  * Jim and Pasi are working to make Yelp look more Xubuntuish on Xubuntu.
  * Jim has been integrating updates from Ubuntu documentation into 
Xubuntu docs, and is finding the merge process helpful in fixing bugs 
and incorporating info about new features.
  * Much of the Xubuntu-specific documentation still needs to be 
written, but some of it can be adapted from previous versions of Xubuntu 
  * Jim will be filing bugs against problem areas to help direct people 
to areas where they can pitch-in during a Xubuntu-doc hug day.


  * Committed a patch to website which fixes layout problems on Internet 
Explorer. (This patch is pending an RT ticket.)
  * Following the Grow the Xubuntu Community specification: 

Packaging, Development, & Testing:

  * Released Alpha 4
  * Uploaded all of Xfce 4.6 RC1 (Big Thanks to Lionel, Michael, 
Jeromeg, and the Debian Xfce Team).
  * Moved all our packages into bazaar branches and setup a number of 
imports for Xfce components.
  * Jeromeg uploaded xfce-switch-plugin (a user session switcher applet).
  * Lionel uploaded a new version of gigolo (formerly known as Sion).
  * Mario patched xfce4-session to not show the tips screen on first log in.
  * Jeromeg uploaded xfce4-power-manager.
  * Nathan Handler (nhandler) has been working with the samba browser 
patch for Thunar.

=== Mobile Team ===
Spent some time reviewing the specs. In summary these are:

  * The open source components of Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) will be 
fully integrated into the Jaunty release. An installation image will be 
created by the distro team using the standard distro tools (ubiquity)and 
this will include a modified seed and a modified set of applications. 
These are:

   * netbook-config           # a default UNR configuration (gconf 
settings, etc..)

   * netbook-launcher         # the UNR launcher

   * desktop-switcher         # a switcher between UNR desktop and gnome

   * human-netbook-theme      # the default UNR theme

   * maximus                  # a window maximizer daemon

   * window-picker-applet     # a window picker panel applet

   * go-home-applet           # a go home panel applet

   * webfav                   # a firefox extension to save bookmarks to 
UNR launcher

   The source for most of these packages is available at 
   The image will also include standard Ubuntu packages that were 
modified by the OEM
   Services Group most notably to make the UI fit in 576 vertical 
pixels. Also a modified
   kernel is available here

  * For the Mobile images a mobile setup wizard allows 
user-customisation post-install to better support OEM rollouts. The 
setup questions asked were reviewed
  * The seeds for the Mobile flavours reflect the concepts inherent 
midway through the intrepid development cycle, and management thereof 
has not been adjusted to reflect changes in 8.10 final, those expected 
as part of jaunty, or those expected in preparation for the archive 
reorganization. The Mobile seeds shall be adjusted to match a model 
expected to be stable for the next few cycles. This is not an end user 
visible specification
  * Provide a softboot loader for ARM to address outstanding issues with 
the wide variety of methods used to boot ARM devices. One of the major 
problems with the ARM architecture is that there is no standardized boot 
framework like EFI/BIOS on a PC, or Open Firmware on a Mac, which makes 
supporting Ubuntu on ARM a rather difficult process since not only the 
kernel must be tweaked, but we also must add support to d-i for each 
boot configuration we want to support. The basis of the soft boot loader 
is to get a system to a point where it can load the main operating 
system. It makes more sense to use the Linux kernel to load all the 
necessary devices (IDE,USB etc), load the main kernel image, and then 
boot into it
  * With the armel architecture (Ubuntu supports the ARMv7 architecture) 
appearing in ubuntu it needs to be identified which selection of images 
should be built. ARM uses very specific boot methods for hardware that 
can vary from board to board, the currently vfat/syslinux or 
iso9660/isolinux image setup used for other architectures will not boot 
right away, ARM will need special treatment and we need to identify a 
bootloader process that works for the majority of the devices.
  * Reviewing the lpia v i386 issue. The lpia architecture is a 
maintenance burden for Ubuntu; we need to make sure it's useful enough 
or dropped: either by asserting that it is useful enough, or by changing 
it into something more useful. The lpia architecture also creates 
problems of its own (incompatibility with third party .debs)
  * David also cleaned up mobile related specs in Launchpad

=== Romanian Team ===

  * New design for the Planet Ubuntu-ro page. Theme can be found in bzr 
(https://code.edge.launchpad.net/~alexeftimie/ubuntu-ro/planet). The 
page look like this: http://planet.ubuntu.ro/
  * Committed our http://forum.ubuntu.ro theme and hacks we use with 
FluxBB: https://code.edge.launchpad.net/~sushkov/ubuntu-ro/forum

=== Colombian Team ===

  * Begin of the project of training to the members of the community on 
IRC Classrooms:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ColombianTeam/Classrooms
  * We made a Pre Ubuntu Global Bug Jam, where Andres Mujica taught us 
how to work in the BugSquad and in the Global Bug Jam - Photo Gallery: 
  * We participate in the Ubuntu Global Bug Jam: 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ColombianTeam/GlobalBugJam - Photo Gallery: 

=== Chicago Team ===
  * Planned for the Ubuntu global Bug Jam, securing office space & 
reaching out to members of the Free Software community who aren't 
regular participants in Ubuntu-specific events.
  * Actually participated in the Ubuntu Global Bug Jam, including about 
25 on-site participants over two days!
  * Discussed possibility of updating the Ubuntu-Chicago website using 
the drupal loco-team template.

=== Florida Team ===

  * The Tampa Linux meeting of the Florida LoCo was held Saturday, Feb 
7, 2009. The attendees set the direction for the next few monthly 
meetups and we managed to help a fellow member repair his Ubuntu 
installation. The meeting brought a bunch of new faces and several 
returning for more! Next meeting will be held on 7 March 2009. Meetup 
info: http://meetup.com/Tampa-Linux for details!

  * The Florida Team participated in the Ubuntu Global Bug Jam. We met 
several new contributors and triaged over a hundred bugs.
  * Planning continues for the 3/9/2009 Florida Linux Show. Ubuntu 
Florida will be exhibiting and demoing Ubuntu and new Jaunty features.
  * Next Meeting Date 3/3/2009

=== Pennsylvania Team ===

  * Planned and promoted the Feb.21st Bug Jam: 
  * Hosted Bug Jam!
   * Photos: http://gallery.ubuntupennsylvania.org/main.php?g2_itemId=523
   * Blog Post: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=1464

=== Jordan Team ===

  * Jad has resigned from Ubuntu Jordan. Khamis and Faisal taking care 
of the team now

=== Ubuntu Arabic ===

  * Jad is about to resign, still need to find a new team lead/contact.

=== Irish Team ===

  * Hosted Ubuntu Global Bug Jam
    * Blog posts:

    * Pictures:
      * Hard at work: http://twitpic.com/1ltp4
      * Showing how it's done http://twitpic.com/1lw2q
      * Photos: 

=== Arizona Team ===

  * Received two new servers, rack space, and Internet connnection(all 
donated): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Teams/Server
  * New Team Website: http://azloco.com/
  * Four IRC Meetings: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Meetings
  * Three Team Newletters: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArizonaTeam/Newsletters
  * One Installfest(Tucson): 

=== Full Circle Magazine ===

  * Issue #21 was released on time, and has been downloaded nearly 
20,000 times.
  * Translations uploaded: #19 Italian. #20 Hungarian, Chinese and 
Turkish. #21 Russian.
  * All book and badge prizes up to #21 sent off, finally. Sorry for the 
delay folks!
  * FCM#22 nearly complete, just need to add a couple of space filler 
ads, some news, and it'll be ready for release this coming Friday, 27th 

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, March 1, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Women Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-women on irc.freenode.net
  * Agenda:  http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Meetings/20090301

=== Monday, March 2, 2009 ===

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

  * Start: 20:00 UTC
  * End: 22:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/EMEA

=== Tuesday, March 3, 2009 ===

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

  * Start: 15:00 UTC
  * End: 16:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/AsiaOceania

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:00 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

==== Community Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 21:00 UTC
  * End: 23:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncilAgenda

=== Wednesday, March 4, 2009 ===

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

  * Start: 12:30 UTC
  * End: 13:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-pa
  * Agenda: None as of publication

==== 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, March 5, 2009 ===

==== 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

=== Friday, March 6, 2009 ===

==== Jaunty Weekly Release Meeting ====

  * Start: 15:00 UTC
  * End: 16:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2009-03-06

==== Ubuntu US Teams Meeting ====

  * Start: 22:00 UTC
  * End: 23:00 UTC
  * Location: #ubuntu-us
  * Agenda: Mentoring approvals

== Community Spotlight ==

=== Team of the week ===

==== New Mexico Ubuntu LoCo projects keep moving forward ====

On February 7, 2009 the New Mexico team began the final work of the 
installation of the Open Mesh network for the EPC campus. It took longer 
than they expected, including some attic climbing. Thanks to LoCo member 
Fred for getting covered in fiberglass insulation, and LoCo member Eric 
for purchasing the open mesh routers. Thanks to David from the EPC 
organization for "picking up lunch". The project still has some work to 
do, but was very sucessfull. The team has done many things for EPC 
including: creating a computer lab all running Ubuntu, computer classes 
being taught in the lab, and now a mesh router running througout the EPC 
campus. The team is looking to the future for more projects that they 
can perform for EPC, and other organizations. Pictures of the project 
can be found here: 


== Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-724-1: Squid vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-724-1
  * USN-725-1: KMail vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-725-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * langpack-locales - 

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

  * tzdata 2009b-0ubuntu0.7.10 - 
  * adobe-flashplugin - 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * tzdata 2009b-0ubuntu0.8.04 - 
  * adobe-flashplugin - 
  * linux-meta - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * cryptsetup 2:1.0.6-6ubuntu2.2 - 
  * tzdata 2009b-0ubuntu0.8.10 - 
  * adobe-flashplugin - 
  * linux 2.6.27-13.29 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.27-13.18 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.27 2.6.27-13.14 - 
  * hugin 0.7.0~svn3191+beta5-1ubuntu1.1 - 

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