Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #140

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun May 3 22:32:39 BST 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #140 for the week April 
26th - May 2nd, 2009. In this issue we cover: Karmic Open for 
Development, Notify OSD to be discussed at Ubuntu UDS Karmic, Ubuntu 
Open Week Summary, New Ubuntu Member, Ubuntu Hug Day: May 7th, LoCo 
News: Jaunty Release Parties, Launchpad 2.2.4, Launchpad's web service 
code released as stand alone libraries, New prefixes in the help 
sub-forums, Hiding post (bean) counts, Announcing the Ubuntu High 
Availability Team, Ubuntu Brains, Ubuntu 9.04 does not use ext4 by 
default, Ubuntu-UK podcast: Partners in Crime, Canonical engaging Ubuntu 
Software Partners, Team Meeting Summaries for April 2009, 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 ==

  * Karmic Open for Development
  * Notify OSD to be discussed at Ubuntu UDS Karmic
  * Ubuntu Open Week Summary
  * New Ubuntu Member
  * Ubuntu Hug Day: May 7th
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * LoCo News: Jaunty Release Parties
  * Launchpad 2.2.4
  * Launchpad's web service code released as stand alone libraries
  * New prefixes in the help sub-forums
  * Hiding post (beans) count
  * Announcing the Ubuntu High Availability Team
  * Ubuntu Brains
  * Ubuntu 9.04 does not use ext4 by default
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Ubuntu-UK podcast: Partners in Crime
  * Canonical Engaging Ubuntu Software Partners
  * Team Meeting Summaries for April 2009
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Karmic Open for Development ===

On Tuesday, April 28th, following the setting up of the toolchain, 
Karmic Koala began it's general development stage. Automatic syncing 
with Debian will begin shortly. The release schedule for Karmic is 
available at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicReleaseSchedule. The first 
milestone is expected to take place mid-May, and cessation of automatic 
syncs with Debian around the end of August. It is suggested that 
developers getting involved with Karmic during the initial state of flux 
be prepared to recover from anything up to complete system failure. 

=== Notify OSD to be discussed at Ubuntu UDS Karmic ===

  * Ubuntu UDS Karmic Koala: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDSKarmic
  * Dates: May 25th-May29th
  * Where: Palau de Congressos de catalunya, Barcelona Spain

At UDS Karmic later this month, there will be a session for discussing 
improvements to the Notify OSD notification server. 

Topics for discussion will include:
  * experimenting with better positioning for the notification bubbles
  * improving the appearance and behavior (making composited bubbles 
more obviously unclickable, and non-composited bubbles classier)
  * implementing the duration rules, so that notifications with longer 
text are shown for longer
  * better handling of long backlogs of notifications
  * investigating whether we can use non-critical priorities for 
anything useful
  * helping to get the FreeDesktop.org notifications specification to 1.0
  * a Qt implementation
  * investigating a "do-not-disturb" mode
  * accessibility, e.g. sound theme compliance and maybe alt text for icons
  * media key confirmation bubbles (Play, Pause, Previous, Next)
  * suppressing bubbles when any window is full-screen
  * a test suite for the rendering layer.

If you want to take part in the discussion, keep an eye on the schedule 
here: http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-karmic/ to find out when the session 
will be. If you can't attend(either physically or virtually) but have 
suggestions you'd like considered, please add them to the Notify OSD 
comments page. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NotifyOSD/Comments


=== Ubuntu Open Week Summary ===

Ubuntu Open Week finished up last Friday, and as usual, it was a great 5 
days of sessions geared toward helping the community get involved. Open 
Week kicks off the start of each new Ubuntu release in development. With 
Jaunty Jackalope released, and the announcement of Karmic Koala in 
development, it was the perfect time to get the community together. 
Ubuntu Open Week gives the community an introduction to many of the 
Ubuntu Teams that help make Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Community what they are.

One of the most looked forward to, and highly attended sessions was of 
course, the Q&A session with the leader of Ubuntu, Mark 
Shuttleworth(sabdfl), but the list of prominent Ubuntu community members 
hosting sessions was, as always, impressive. You can find the logs of 
all the Ubuntu Open Week Sessions here: 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek just scroll down the page to "The 
Timetable" header and click on any session title to read the logs.


=== New Ubuntu Member ===

 From The Asia Oceania Membership Board Meeting April 28th, 2009

Harisfazillah Jamel from Ubuntu Malaysian LoCo Team is now a new Ubuntu 
Member. He has been promoting Ubuntu at various conferences and has 
conducted several seminars on Ubuntu together with his Malaysian 
counterparts. More about him and his contributions at: Wiki 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/linuxmalaysia Launchpad 

The Asia Oceanic Membership Board is happy to welcome this new Ubuntu 

The next meeting of the Asia Oceanic Board will be held on 12 May 09 at 
10.00 UTC


=== Ubuntu Hug Day: May 7th ===

Martin Mai has announced the next Ubuntu Hug Day:

  * Date:    7th May, 2009
  * Target:  compiz
  * Page:    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20090507
  * IRC:     #ubuntu-bugs
  * Infos:   http://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs/


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

  * Open (54430) +1075 over last week
  * Critical (16) -1 over last week
  * Unconfirmed (24407) +722 over last week
  * Unassigned (46513) +1063 over last week
  * All bugs ever reported (277693) +2696 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 (14704) -242 over last week
  * French (43385) +134 over last week
  * Swedish (54350) +115 over last week
  * Brazilian Portuguese (55719) -112 over last week
  * English (Uk) (58986) -6 over last week

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

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

  * Remove some unneeded screensavers - 
  * Audio playback is not CPU-efficient - 
  * Project's official website not shown in Synaptic - 
  * Show more information when overwriting a file - 
  * Cleanup tool is useless (a workaround, not a solution) - 

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 ==

=== Jaunty Launch Party: Waterloo ===

The Jaunty Launch Party, held in Waterloo, New York, was planned by 
Jeremy (ausimage) and Landen (slick666) as both a release party and a 
public information session.  There were roughly 30 people in attendance 
with about 65% of the audience already using Linux. The event was the 
first multi-region, multi-LUG event planned and executed by the New York 
State Ubuntu local team.  Among other things, a presentation, focused on 
potential new users, was given. "The Ubuntu Experience" covered the 
meaning of Ubuntu and why that focus makes the ubuntu community a good 
choice for end users. There was also a lengthy question and answer 
session, food, drink, and entertainment.  More, including pictures can 
be seen at the link.

=== Jaunty Release Party: Kentucky ===

The Ubuntu Kentucky LoCo will be holding a Jaunty Release party on May 
9th from 4PM-7PM(EST)in conjunction with the Blue Grass Linux User 
Group[1]. The event will be held at Tates Creek Christian Church in 
Lexington, Kentucky, and is open to the public. A copy of their flyer 
and a map of the location can be found at their link.  A facebook event 
is available to help them plan on the number of people attending.

  1. http://www.bglug.net/


=== Jaunty Release Party at "The Jackalope" in Austin, TX ===

Dustin Kirkland notes that the Jaunty Release Party in Austin, Texas, 
may have been the only one held in a bar named for the 9.04 namesake: 
The Jackalope (a picture of the sign is included at the link, as well as 
other pictures of the party). About 30 people showed up to join in the 
festivities, beer and demonstrations.

=== Ubuntu-ZA-jhb had a cake ===

A member of the Ubuntu-za community prevailed on his wife and daughter 
to bake a cake for their release party. A picture is included at the link.

=== Ubuntu Berlin Jaunty Release Party ===

The Ubuntu Berlin Jaunty Release Party was once again held in c-base 
(their conference center).  Once again, there were advertisements for 
the party on Berlin's metro TV system, which resulted in a lot of new 
people who had never heard of Ubuntu and were curious. More than 200 
people showed up for barbecue and CDs, talks (that were streamed live on 
the internet), and a general good time. See pictures of the event at the 

=== Philippine Team Release Party ===
The Filipino Linux and Ubuntu enthusiasts gathered together for three 
hours and discussed different topics about Ubuntu and Linux!

The Philippine Team held their release party on April 25th. The Filipino 
Linux and Ubuntu enthusiasts gathered together for three hours and 
discussed different topics about Ubuntu and Linux! A list of attendees, 
links to blogs, and picture albums is available at the link.

=== Ubuntu-FL Release Party ===

The Florida team held release parties in 3 locations:  Pensacola, 
Jacksonville and Gainesville.  Pictures from the events are available at 
the following links:

  * Pensacola Jaunty Release Party 
  * Jacksonville/St. Augustine Jaunty Release Party 
  * Gainesville Jaunty Release Party 

=== Manchester Ubuntu Release Party Success ===

Manchester, United Kingdom, held their first ever event and were pleased 
with the turnout. They had 60+ people invade the bar at the BBC building 
on Oxford Road, and really enjoyed themselves. Advertising for the event 
was assisted by BBC Backstage Blog[1], and a full write up of the event 
was posted to the WorksWithU site[2]. More than 60 people had the 
opportunity to attend and be introduced to the Ubuntu community.

  1. http://welcomebackstage.com/2009/04/ubuntu-904-release-party/
  2. http://www.workswithu.com/2009/05/01/ubuntu-904-a-social-event/


=== Ubuntu Chicago Jaunty Release Party ===

nixternal gave us a look at the Chicago Jaunty Release party. The event 
was organized by Jim Campbell, Kevin Harriss, and Ilan who is Kevin’s 
boss, and it took place at the Institute of Design. Talks were given on 
what was new in Ubuntu, Xubuntu, the Server and Kubuntu for 9.04, 
Pictures of the event can be seen at the link, as well as at the 
following 2 links:

  * http://www.flickr.com/photos/nixternal/sets/72157617231898933/
  * http://www.flickr.com/photos/j1mc/sets/72157617364414205/


== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 2.2.4 ===

Launchpad 2.2.4 introduces several new features such as the ability to 
import translations from bazaar branches and more AJAX in the web interface.


==== Import translations from Bazaar branches ====

In the last release, the ability to import translation templates from 
Bazaar branches was added. Now, you can now import the actual translations.

The most common scenario that this feature will likely be used for is 
the initial import of translations when you start using Launchpad 
Translations for a project that already has translations. To make this 
easy to accomplish, a "Request Bazaar import” option has been added in 
the menu bar of your project's release series right next to "Settings". 
You need to have an official branch linked to this release series in 
order to see this button. You can go to the "Settings" page and choose 
"Import templates and translation files" to have Launchpad continuously 
import both translation templates and actual translations from your 
branch. The approval of translation files after they are uploaded works 
just as if they were uploaded through the upload form.


==== Introducing AJAX in the Launchpad web interface ====

Launchpad has started moving towards a JavaScript-driven interface to 
streamline how Launchpad is used. Green links are being added to various 
pages in order to make it clear to users that they can click on the link 
without navigating away from the page that they are currently working 
on. Launchpad 2.2.4 also includes a new milestone picker as well as a 
redesigned way to set the privacy of a bug, both of which use AJAX.

==== Two years since 1.0 ====

Here are some of the ways Launchpad has grown since releasing the beta 
of Launchpad 1.0 two years ago.

  *People registered: 898,261 April 2007, 2,728,657 today
  *Projects registered: 2,323 April 2007, 11,475 projects today
  *Bug reports: 125,310 April 2007, 367,178 today
  *Code branches: 2,459 April 2007, 29,380 today

Launchpad has also introduced Personal Package Archives, a web
services API, mailing list hosting, code review, plugins for two-way
communication between Launchpad and external trackers, and many other 

=== Launchpad’s web service code released as stand alone libraries ===

After several weeks of work and sprint in Montreal, you can now create 
your own web service using the same techniques used in Launchpad.

The library is lazr.restful, and there's a companion client library 
called lazr.restfulclient. They're also on PyPl(restful, restfulclient). 
The place to discuss these libraries is on the lazr-users-mailing list.

The goal is to remove almost all code from launchpadlib, leaving only 
the OAuth handling and some launchpad-specific information. They are 
also working on making it easier to use lazr.restful with standard WSGI 
applications, so you do not have to know as much Zope.


== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== New prefixes in the help sub-forums ===

Two new prefixes were added this week, wubi and unr (Ubuntu Network 
Remix). They are available to threads in the support area. Following our 
previous rationale not to increase the number of categories, it is now 
preferred to use either prefixes (adding new ones is only available to 
admins) or tags (any member can add a tag to any thread).

=== Hiding post (beans) count ===

Hiding post counts is available again from userCP. Number of posts in 
the support area can still be seen when visiting the user profile. Beans 
only add up when posting in help areas, not in the general community 
chat areas. When users reach 3,500 beans, they can customize their title.

== The Planet ==

=== roaksoax: Announcing the Ubuntu High Availability Team ===

In the latest Server Team meeting, RoAkSoAx presented the idea that HA 
Cluster packages should be important for the Server Team and that the 
team should also concentrate on this packets and be a bug contact for 
them. Why, because companies nowadays work with clusters or want to 
start using them, which makes Ubuntu a possible choose. He had had this 
idea for a long time, but never presented it to the Server Team. In the 
meeting it was decided to create the Ubuntu High Availability Team. This 
team will work with packages related to HA Clustering in Ubuntu, as a 
bug contact for them. A mailing list has been created. So, if you like 
HA clustering, and you want to collaborate triaging bugs related to this 
packages, everyone is welcome to join!

  * Ubuntu High Availability Team: https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-ha
  * Bugs related to this package: 


=== doctormo: Ubuntu Brains ===

Ubuntu Community Learning Project(Ubuntu Brains): 

This project is to create an interactive learning environment based on 
Moodle to support new users becoming more engaged in the Ubuntu 
community. The goal is to take new motivated users and turn them into 
contributing members of the community. The intend is to do this by 
working with existing teams such as the classroom team, as well as 
trying to leverage the work and ongoing training already being done by 
the MOTU Team, Bug Squad, Doc Team, Desktop Training, and LoCo's to 
develop an integrated training solution, In turn, that will allow the 
community to undertake self paced and instructor lead training in 
conjunction with IRC based training and question times. This is similar 
to what most teams already are doing individually but gives more 
flexibility in providing quality training materials that will assist in 
learning without requiring as much IRC time.


=== Matt Zimmerman: Ubuntu 9.04 does not use ext4 by default ===

There seems to be a significant misconception around Ubuntu 9.04, that 
it uses the (comparatively new) ext4 filesystem by default. It doesn’t. 
Ubuntu 9.04 still uses the tried-and-true ext3 filesystem by default. If 
you install Ubuntu 9.04 and use automatic partitioning, you will get 
ext3, which we consider to be the most stable option at this time. ext4 
is available as an option in the manual partitioning screen for people 
who wish to try out the latest stuff. There are some known bugs which 
affect this configuration, though, and filesystem bugs generally carry 
the risk of lost data, so this is not for the faint of heart.


== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu 9.04 ===

Kevin Anderson of The Guardian reports that Canonical has unleashed the 
Jackalope, or Ubuntu 9.04, code-named the Jaunty Jackalope. It's the 
latest release of an operating system that has become one of the most 
popular Linux distributions, and it manages to balance adding new 
features (including cloud computing), a netbook release and an improved 
interface with performance. That's a balance that Microsoft and Apple 
don't always make with major updates to their operating systems. 
Anderson has been using Ubuntu since 6.10, and he feels that with each 
release that Ubuntu has become a little more polished. To him everything 
just feels smoother and more responsive in Ubuntu 9.04. 

=== An open letter to Mark Shuttleworth ===

Tux Radar says to Mark Shuttleworth, "Thanks for creating Ubuntu! Jaunty 
is the best release yet - stable, fast and full of features, just the 
way we like it." Not everything is the way they like though, "There's 
one thing we don't like, and that thing is Update Manager's new-found 
pop-under behaviour. We understand the need to encourage people to 
install security updates, but getting on their nerves just doesn't seem 
like the smart solution." They propose an idea to use the new 
notification system to point out what critical updates are available, 
but point out that the the Updates Available balloon may not be the best 
option. They do feel that it's a better better option than the pop under 
window though. Tux Radar finishes with, "Let's work together to make the 
Linux desktop smarter, smoother, and as irritation-free as possible." 

=== Has Ubuntu Reached the End Of the Line? ===

IT World's Keir Thomas says, "I admit it. I'm impressed. I might have 
written a wishy-washy review of the beta of Ubuntu 9.04, but now I've 
had a chance to play with the final release, I like what I'm seeing. I 
like it a lot. Well done, Ubuntu guys!" There can be no doubt that the 
Ubuntu guys have finally caught up with Windows and Mac OS X, but Thomas 
would argue that Ubuntu actually crossed the finish line this time last 
year, when 8.04 was released. Ubuntu 8.04 was a genuine swap-in 
replacement for Windows or Mac OS X. It really was Linux for the 
ordinary human. No hype. No bullhonkey. All of this leaves the Ubuntu 
guys with a very real problem: Where do they go next? 

=== Which Vendors were mentioned with Ubuntu Linux last week? ===

With Microsoft posting its first quarterly loss last week, lots of 
people are looking for reasons. One of the reasons that some people 
point to is the rise of Linux. This past week was a big one for many in 
the Linux community with a major release of Ubuntu Linux. The 
interesting thing about Ubuntu is that it is trying to be a mainstream 
operating system as opposed to just appealing to the core Linux 
community itself, but how does the media see Ubuntu? Running a search 
for Ubuntu, it is possible to determine which other vendors were 
mentioned in stories alongside it. Stats show that Microsoft is the most 
mentioned vendor (and perhaps competitor?) to Ubuntu Linux. Further 
review reveals an interesting data set that provides some insight into 
how the media perceives and writes about Ubuntu. 

=== Ubuntu Jaunty Tries to Set the Usability Agenda ===

Bruce Byfield notes that with the first release in 2004, Ubuntu 
established itself as one of the most user-friendly GNU/Linux 
distributions available. Since then, each release has reaffirmed this 
reputation. However, with the supposedly improved notifications system 
in the recently-released Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu unintentionally raises 
a new issue in usability, which is whether a distribution can or should 
set the usability agenda by itself. The fact that Ubuntu should be the 
distribution where this issue arises seems inevitable. Some other 
distributions like Fedora and Mandriva also have an interest in 
usability, but few have such a long and extensive history of desktop 
improvements, nor such an apparent hurry to improve the user experience 
as Ubuntu. 

=== Ubuntu: keyword is more popular than Windows XP in Google Trend ===

TechWorlds.net reports that Ubuntu has finally eclipsed Windows XP in 
terms of popularity according to the most recent data from Google 
Trends. It could be argued that Windows XP is too old that’s why it’s 
losing its appeal and is going downhill. Compare Ubuntu with the fresh 
Windows Vista or with the upcoming Windows 7 shows Ubuntu still out 
pacing its Microsoft competitors. These statistics from Google Trends 
are another solid proof that Ubuntu is key to Linux mainstream adoption. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Cloud computing with Ubuntu Server Edition 9.x ===

Blogger Voyager8 gives us a look at some of the new features in cloud 
computing introduced in Ubuntu Server Edition 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope. 
First he points out the 2 types of clouds that are offered: Ubuntu on 
Amazon EC2, and the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud. Voyager8 says, "Cloud 
computing transforms traditional server infrastructure into a dynamic 
environment that expands and reduces capacity depending on 
requirements." Voyager8 then speaks of the flexibility and efficiency, 
and greater utilization that cloud computing can provide. He then points 
out the Canonical announcement that the next version of Ubuntu 9.10 
Karmic Koala is planned to be very cloud oriented. 

=== Jaunty Jackalope: Are Alarm Bells Ringing in Redmond? ===

Ubuntu's Jaunty Jackalope has bounded onto desktops, and reaction in the 
Linux blogosphere is mostly thumbs up. With the release of Ubuntu 9.04 
last week, it's not too surprising that few other topics got much 
attention on the Linux globs in the ensuing days. When it came right 
down to it, though, it seemed people mostly just wanted to talk about 
Ubuntu 9.04 -- Jaunty Jackalope, that is, the successor to Intrepid 
Ibex. It soon became clear that the release was a very, very exciting 
one, if the discussions were anything to go by. Titles such as: Not bad 
at all, All Ubuntu all the time, Gigantic Improvements, I want to 
upgrade so badly, and I prefer Debian were just a few. Read several of 
the articles or get the link to them at the site. 

=== System76 Launches Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook ===

Joe Panettieri, of WorksWithU, looks at the new offering from System76 - 
the Starling NetBook that's loaded with Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix. 
Without actually having his hands on one yet, he goes over the 
specifications and pricing for this new device. He's had good experience 
with a System76 laptop, and is impressed by the increase in their 
revenues due to the match-up with Ubuntu. His only concern is whether 
netbooks will continue to do as well in the marketplace, and whether 
both System76 and Ubuntu can maintain quality in the face of trying to 
build even lower-cost systems.

=== Ubuntu 9.04: Wow ===

Jack Wallen, reporting for TechRepublic, hasn't been terrifically 
impressed with Ubuntu since about 7.04.  It seamed to him that the 
distribution was getting progressively more sluggish.  Couple that with 
an ageing laptop with quirky graphics, and he didn't hold much hope for 
Ubuntu 9.04.  But he was in for a pleasant surprise.  It not only 
installed and loaded, but ran faster than anything he'd had on it 
recently.  It's his opinion that all the claims that Mark Shuttleworth 
made for the release were true, and all he could say was "WOW".

=== 10 reasons you'll want to install Ubuntu 9.04 ===

Ubuntu has brought Linux to the masses better than any other Linux 
distribution. And with its recent 9.04 release, Ubuntu has not only 
continued to create one of the most user-friendly operating systems 
available, it has made it faster and more reliable. Let’s take a look to 
see if there is one (or 10) reasons to entice you to install Ubuntu 
9.04. The following are in no certain order: Ext4, GNOME 2.26.1, Speed, 
Cleanup Janitor, Nautilus Encryption, Xorg 1.6, Notifications and system 
messages, Native ARM support, Better menu layout, and Better wireless 
support. Those are 10 solid reasons to give Ubuntu 9.04 a try. Is it 
perfect? No, but what operating system is? I can happily say, however, 
that 9.04 might be the strongest overall release of a Linux distribution 
I have seen to date. http://globs.techrepublic.com.com/10things/?p=707

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu-UK podcast: Partners in Crime ===

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Tony Whitmore, Dave Walker and Producer 
Laura Cowen are back with a brand new episode of the Ubuntu Podcast from 
the UK Local Community Support Team.

In this episode:

  * We completely mess up the introductions. So good luck figuring out 
who did what since the last episode!
  * We briefly talk about Ubuntu derivatives and talk about some 
potential new ones
  * A discussion about what’s good and bad about the latest release of 
Ubuntu - Jaunty (9.04)
  * The News
  * In light of bug 332945 we discuss the interaction between Ubuntu 
developers and users 
  * We announce some upcoming events:
   * April 27th - May 1st - Ubuntu Open Week in the #ubuntu-classroom 
channel on the Freenode IRC network.
   * June 13th - Clemson, South Carolina, South East Linux Fest
  * We announce the winner of episode one’s competition to win some 
Ubuntu goodies - but this time, we left it in during the edit unlike in 
episode 2. Oops
  * We have a new competition to win an exclusive Ubuntu T-shirt from 
the most recent Ubuntu Developer Summit. Email competition at ubuntu-uk.org 
with your answer before Sunday 10th May 2009
  * We delve into the Ubuntu Ecosphere
   * Firmware in Ubuntu with questionable licences
   * Joseph Shields recommends replacing Rhythmbox with Banshee
   * Solaris Manzur recommends replacing XSane with gnome-scan
   * Rubén Romero y Cordero announces updates to the Spread Ubuntu 
   * Chris Rowson rants about the state of ATI video drivers
   * Full Circle Magazine issue 24 is out
   * Chromium now available in a PPA
   * Matt Zimmerman talks about his experience migrating to ext4
   * Stephen J Vaughn-Nichols ponders on the slowest machines able to 
run Linux - we mention Hugo’s Random Benchmark
  * And finally we cover your emails, tweets and dents since our last show

Comments and suggestions are welcomed to: podcast at ubuntu-uk.org
Up to 30 seconds of voicemail can be left at +44 (0) 845 508 1986
Follow our twitter feed http://twitter.com/uupc
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Discuss this episode in the Forums http://uk.ubuntuforums.org/


=== Canonical Engaging Ubuntu Software Partners ===

Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU discusses what he's seen of the 
relationship between Canonical and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). 
Overall, he feels that response from ISVs for Ubuntu 9.04 was somewhat 
lacking. However, he also sees that Canonical and its partners are 
working to coordinate their efforts through various means, including 
conferences and working closely with Canonical. He feels that what 
Canonical and Ubuntu need right now is ISVs that are passionate about 
working together.

== Meeting Summaries: April 2009 ==

=== Ubuntu Governance ===

==== Community Council ====

  * Meeting 2009-04-21:
   * Yann Hamon asked for the 3 month review of Oxford Archaeology's 
blog on Planet Ubuntu. Everybody was happy with it.

==== MOTU Council ====

  * Brian Murray joined the MOTU team. He has been doing great work in 
the BugSquad and we're happy to have a new MOTU on board.
  * MC Call, 2009-04-08:
   * Attendees (3/7): Richard Johnson, Emmet Hikory, Michael Bienia.
   * Open Applications: Pedro Fragoso (MOTU; scheduled for 2009-04-10), 
Elliot Murphy (U-C-D; scheduled for 2009-04-23), Benjamin Drung (U-C-D; 
scheduled for 2009-04-23), Brandon Holtsclaw (re-activation; scheduled 
for 2009-04-10)
  * Meeting, 2009-04-10: no quorum, no attendees.
  * MC Call, 2009-04-15:
   * Attendees (6/7): Daniel Holbach, Emmet Hikory, Jonathan Davies, 
Michael Bienia, Richard Johnson, Soren Hansen.
   * Open Applications: Pedro Fragoso (MOTU; scheduled for 2009-04-10), 
Elliot Murphy (U-C-D; scheduled for 2009-04-23), Benjamin Drung (U-C-D; 
scheduled for 2009-04-23), Brandon Holtsclaw (re-activation; scheduled 
for 2009-04-10),LI Daobing (U-C-D; scheduled for 2009-05-08).
   * Meeting times.
  * MOTU Council Meeting 2009-04-23
   * Attendees (6/7): Daniel Holbach, Richard Johnson, Michael Bienia, 
Emmet Hikory, Nathan Handler
   * Pedro Fragoso joined the MOTU team. He has been working with the 
Ubuntu Desktop Team, and he has performed Gnome updates, bugfixes, 
merges and even LPI changes.
   * Benjamin Drung joined the ranks of the Ubuntu Contributing 
Developers. He has looked after xmms2 and its clients, and is an active 
member of the Berlin LoCo.
   * Brandon Holtsclaw rejoined the MOTU team. He plans to resume 
working on the mono (apache and cli) packages as well as universe SRU 
and SWAT stuff.
  * MC Call, 2009-04-29:
   * Attendees (4/7): Michael Bienia, Jonathan Davies, Emmet Hikory, 
Daniel Holbach.
   * Open Applications: Li Daobing (u-c-d), James Westby (core-dev), Jo 
Shields (motu).
   * Continued discussion about changing to more suitable meeting times.

==== Forums Council ====

   * Attendees (20-April-2009): ubuntugeek, Matthew Helmke, John Dong, 
Mike Basinger, Bodhi Zazen and bapoumba
   * Community Council voted to increase size of Forums Council to seven.
   * Matthew Helmke, John Dong, Kiwinz, and Mike Basinger were 
re-elected to a second two year term to the forums council.
   * Bodhi Zazen and bapoumba added to the Forums Council
   * The bans for linuxisevolution and LaRoza were not lifted.
   * The ability for hide post count, at least from the main page has 
been added. Post count can still be seen on the forums user profile page.
   * The Forum Council saw no problem is the issue reported by 
suomalainen on people replying to his posts.
   * The Jaunty Jackalope Development forums was closed and the Karmic 
Koala Forum Development was open on 24-April-2009.
   * Wolfen69 was banned on 28-April-2009

==== Americas Membership Board ====

   * Meeting (17-April-2009)
   * The following people were given Ubuntu Membership: Craig 
Huffstetler, Michael Terry, Tim Sharitt, Dan Trevino, Alex Launi, and 
David Siegel

=== Ubuntu Development Teams ===

==== Xubuntu Team ====

===== Documentation Team =====

  * OpenWeek Docs Day was a great success with five hours of 
documentation tutorials covering everything we do. We'd like to pass on 
thanks to everyone who attended and made it possible and I'd especially 
like to thank Jorge.
  * Ubuntu Documentation Students (Contributors) team became an open team.
  * Several new contributers welcomed to the team, especially following 
  * Discussion began on a proposed installation guide 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Specs/KarmicInstallationGuide- the next meeting 
is 10 May 2009 in ubuntu-doc on irc.freenode.net
  * Team meeting 2 May 2009 19:00 UTC in ubuntu-doc on irc.freenode.net
  * Playbook released - http://www.lynxworks.eu/files/BugsPlaybook.pdf 
Fixing Bugs in the System Documentation
  * A series of lessons on IRC covering contributing to the team were 
announced - dates to be confirmed.
  * A series of Doc Days - day long pushes across the community in 
nominated areas announced.

=== Ubuntu LoCo Teams ===

==== Berlin ====

  * 2009-04-23: Bug Jam where we discussed how we'd like future Bug Jams 
to work. Also Benjamin Drung became Contributing Developer during the Jam!
  * 2009-04-25: Fantastic Release Party in Berlin's c-base. 

==== Kiel ====

  * 2009-04-23: Dynamic Release Party in K34 art gallery 
About 30 attendees.

=== Irish Team ===

  * Regular Monthly IRC Meeting was held on 15th of April 
  * Ubuntu-ie celebrated Jaunty Jackalope Release on the 25th of April - 

=== Philippine Team ===

  *  Jaunty Release Party 
   * media coverage courtesy of Chin Wong on the April 28, 2009 edition 
of Manila Standard Today 
  * Assignment of the following languages under our Launchpad Team
   * Hiligaynon
   * Cebuano
   * Pangasinan
   * Pampanga
   * Iloko
   * Bikol
   * Filipino

=== US Teams Project ===

  * Apr 21: Team meeting Minutes: 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/USTeams/Meetings/Minutes/2009-04-21 Logs: 
  * Apr 21: Appointment of Dan Trevino and John Crawford to team board 
  * Apr 24: Launch of new Ubuntu-US.org! http://www.ubuntu-us.org

==== Pennsylvania Team ====

  * New team logo http://ubuntupennsylvania.org/images/keystone_192x192.png
  * Helped organize the Philadelphia geeknic (first geeknic in the 
world!) http://geeknic.org/?p=41
   * Philadelphia Geeknic: Success http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=1573
  * Apr 23: Pittsburgh Jaunty Release Party 
  * Planning Philadelphia release party, scheduled for May 2nd

=== Florida Team ===

  * April 7th - Team Meeting
  * April 18th - Bar Camp Orlando
  * April 21st - Team Meeting
  * April 23rd Pensacola Jaunty Release Party 
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3656/3471814793_dca0b393e7.jpg?v=0 Hosted 
by Pensacola Linux User Group & David Baucum
  * April 25th Jacksonville/St. Augustine Jaunty Release Party @ City 
Coffe Company 
  * April 25th Gainesville Jaunty Release Party @ Fiber Optics Plus 

=== Czech Team ===

  * We have attended LinuxExpo conference and exhibition 
http://www.linuxexpo.cz/?lang=1 (April 15th-16th) with both (two 
computers with Ubuntu and Kubuntu) and talk (Ubuntu 9.04 preview). 
Photos: http://album.jabbim.cz/vojtech.trefny@jabber.cz/

=== Honduras Name ===

  * April 25 th Jaunty Release Party
  * April 25 th FLISOL 2009

=== Swiss Team ===

  * 2009-04-23: Release Party in Bern. 

=== Ubuntu Women ===

  * Women Behind Ubuntu interview series: 
http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Interviews Second interview appeared on 
pages 29-30 of Full Circle Magazine Issue 24
  * Apr 29: Ubuntu Open Week presentation on Ubuntu Women 


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, May 3, 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, May 4, 2009 ===

  * None listed as of publication

=== Tuesday, May 5, 2009 ===

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-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

==== Community Council Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team Meeting ====

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

=== Wednesday, May 6, 2009 ===

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

=== Thursday, May 7, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Bug Day ====

  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20090409

==== Packaging Training: Personal Package ====

  * Start: 06:00 UTC
  * End: 07:00 UTC
  * Location IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Packaging/Training

==== 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, May 8, 2009 ===

==== MC Meeting ====

  * Start: 06:00 UTC
  * End: 07:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: none listed as of publication

==== MOTU Council ====

  * Start: 06:00 UTC
  * End: 07:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: none listed as of publication

==== Catalan Ubuntu Release Party ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 19:00 UTC
  * Location:  IES Nicolau Copèrnic

=== Saturday, May 9, 2009 ===

==== Catalan Ubuntu Release ====

  * Ubuntu Catalan Team celebrates the new release on Ubuntu (9.04 
Jaunty Jackalope) at IES Nicolau Copèrnic.

==== Ubuntu Community Learning Team Meeting ====

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

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

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-761-2: PHP vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-761-2
  * USN-766-1: acpid vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-766-1
  * USN-767-1: FreeType vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-767-1
  * USN-765-1: Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerabilities - 
  * USN-768-1: Apport vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-768-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

  * python-django-tagging 0.2.1+svn154-0ubuntu2.1 - 
  * udev 141-1.1 - 
  * pulseaudio 1:0.9.14-0ubuntu20.1 - 
  * tracker 0.6.93-0ubuntu2 - 
  * evolution-exchange 2.26.0-0ubuntu3 - 
  * checkbox 0.7.2 - 
  * glade-3 3.6.3-0ubuntu1 - 
  * cups 1.3.9-17ubuntu3 - 
  * ubuntu-docs 9.04.10 - 
  * update-manager 1:0.111.9 - 
  * brasero 2.26.1-0ubuntu1 - 
  * acpid 1.0.6-9ubuntu4.9.04.3 - 
  * ppm 0.0.2-0ubuntu3 - 
  * softflowd 0.9.8-1ubuntu1 - 
  * opencity - 
  * iozone3 308-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * libical 0.43-2ubuntu1 - 
  * kpackagekit 0.4-0ubuntu8.1 - 
  * freeradius 2.1.0+dfsg-0ubuntu4.1 - 
  * gnome-app-install 0.5.24-0ubuntu1.1 - 
  * splix 2.0.0-0.1ubuntu3.1 - 
  * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.6.3-0ubuntu9.1 - 
  * compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported 0.8.2-1ubuntu1 - 
  * compiz-fusion-plugins-unsupported 0.8.2-0ubuntu1 - 
  * compiz 1:0.8.2-0ubuntu8.1 - 
  * compizconfig-backend-gconf 0.8.2-0ubuntu2 - 
  * linux 2.6.28-12.43 - 
  * kile 1:2.1.0~svn942443-0ubuntu4.1 - 
  * linux-backports-modules-2.6.28 2.6.28-12.13 - 
  * linux-restricted-modules 2.6.28-12.16 - 
  * alarm-clock 0.9.18-3ubuntu0.1 - 
  * ikiwiki 3.09ubuntu1.1 - 

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