Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #166

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Nov 1 22:57:23 GMT 2009

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #166 for the week October 
25th - October 31st, 2009. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu 9.10 released, 
Ubuntu Open Week, Ubuntu One Blog: File sync status update, Canonical 
Blog: Landscape 1.4 Adds UEC Support, Asia Oceania Membership Board - 27 
Oct 09, New MOTU, Ubuntu LoCo News, Meet Francis Lacoste, Accessing Git, 
Subversion and Mercurial from Bazaar, Commenting on questions, The 
Planet, Full Circle Magazine #30, Ubuntu Rescue Remix, 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 ==

* Ubuntu 9.10 released
* Ubuntu Open Week
* Ubuntu One Blog: File sync status update
* Canonical Blog: Landscape 1.4 Adds UEC Support
* Asia Oceania Membership Board - 27 Oct 09
* New MOTU
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu LoCo News: AZ, Dublin, Tamil, El Salvador, & Italy
* Meet Francis Lacoste
* Accessing Git, Subversion and Mercurial from Bazaar
* Commenting on questions
* The Planet: Jono Bacon, Jamie Strandoge, Miguel Ruiz, & Amber Graner
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Full Circle Magazine #30
* Ubuntu Rescue Remix
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu 9.10 released ===

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop and Server 
editions, Ubuntu 9.10 Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and 
Amazon's EC2, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix, continuing Ubuntu's tradition of 
integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a 
easy-to-use Linux distribution. Read more about the features of Ubuntu 
9.10 in the following press releases:

* Desktop edition - http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-910
* Server edition - http://www.ubuntu.com/news/ubuntu-910-server-edition

Ubuntu 9.10 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and 
servers. Users requiring a longer support lifetime on the server may 
choose to
continue using Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, with security support until 2013, rather 
than upgrading to 9.10.

Thanks to the efforts of the global translation community, Ubuntu is 
available in 25 languages. For a list of supported languages and detailed
translation statistics for these and other languages, see: 

Ubuntu 9.10 includes the first official release of Ubuntu Server images 
for UEC and for Amazon's EC2, giving you everything you need for rapid
deployment of Ubuntu instances in a cloud computing environment. UEC 
images, and information on running Ubuntu 9.10 on EC2, are available at: 

Ubuntu 9.10 is also the basis for new 9.10 releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, 
Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

* Kubuntu: http://kubuntu.org/news/9.10-release
* Xubuntu: http://xubuntu.org/news/9.10-release
* Edubuntu: http://edubuntu.org/news/9.10-release
* Mythbuntu: http://mythbuntu.org/9.10/release
* Ubuntu Studio: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/9.10release_notes

Users of Ubuntu 9.04 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 9.10 via 
Update Manager. For further information about upgrading, see: 


=== Ubuntu Open Week ===

Ubuntu Open Week takes place from the 2nd – 6th November 2009. Open Week 
is a week of free live online tuition and Q+A sessions that are provided 
on a range of topics by many of the movers and shakers in out community. 
If you are interested in getting involved in the Ubuntu community, this 
is an incredible opportunity to learn many of the skills involved, meet 
many of our contributors and just have a great time!

The way the sessions work is pretty simple, and everything is explained 
here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/JoiningIn You simply join 
two discussion channels, one in which you watch the session leader 
deliver a session and the other to ask questions in. This year we even 
have a web based interface to the sessions, so it is easier than ever to 
get involved! https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/JoiningIn

This is an fantastic opportunity to welcome new members to our 
incredible community, and I would like to encourage everyone to spread 
the word about Ubuntu Open Week so that the opportunity is open to as 
many people as possible: do go and blog, tweet, dent and otherwise 
spread the word!

* Ubuntu Open Week Schedule: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek


=== Ubuntu One Blog: File sync status update ===

A few Ubuntu One users have reported a bug (#462828) in the desktop 
client software that could cause files to become unavailable in some 
circumstances. As a temporary measure, we have updated our server to 
display a “Capabilities Mismatch” error to prevent files from becoming 
unavailable to users. 

A client software update will be released very soon in the update 
channel. Manually running Update Manager will update your client to work 
with the server and fix the root cause. Throughout this period, all 
files are still available from the Ubuntu One website. 

Contact syncing and tomboy syncing services have not been affected by 
this issue.

UPDATE: A new client is available now for beta PPA users running 9.04 
and 9.10. More updates coming soon. 

UPDATE: The updated Ubuntu One client software is now available to those 
running Ubuntu 9.10 and not using the beta PPA. Please run Update 
Manager to install the new software.


=== Canonical Blog: Landscape 1.4 Adds UEC Support ===

Cloud management dominates the theme for Landscape 1.4 with new features 
that allow you to manage your private Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) as 
easily as you manage your instances on Amazon EC2. Also released are new 
features that help system administrators be more efficient including 
time based package updates and role based access. These new features 
will be available this week on both the Hosted and Dedicated Server 
Editions of Landscape.

Cloud Computing: UEC Support

Building upon our support for Amazon’s EC2 Cloud, users can now start, 
stop and manage their private Ubuntu instances on their UEC from within 
Landscape. Users simply enter their credentials directly through 
Landscape to start, stop and manage an instance. We’ve designed 
Landscape to work directly with both Amazon and Eucalyptus console pages 
so you can manage your instances without having to use any other tools. 
Landscape securely stores your security credentials making is easy to 
spin up new instances on UEC or EC2 at anytime. Once the instances are 
initiated, they all display on the same page allowing you manage all 
your physical, virtual and Cloud instances in one place.

New Timed Package Updates

Users can now schedule package updates, system reboots and shutdowns in 
the future with minute increments. This gives System Administrators the 
flexibility to schedule activities for systems to occur during planned 
maintenance windows or low use periods to minimise the impact on the 
network. Now that we have developed the time / scheduling function, look 
for us to add this to other areas of Landscape where it it makes sense, 
like scheduling scripts in the future.

Administrator Roles

As Landscape is deployed in larger enterprises the need to delegate and 
limit access to systems has become a key need. Now, in addition to 
having a master admin who can manage all systems within a Landscape 
account, you can delegate access to systems to other administrators. 
This builds on our tags function (which allows you to tag computers 
performing the same function and update them with a single command) to 
allocate full access to systems by admin. Typically this means system 
admins in different areas can be given full access to their local 
systems, but not to those in another area or country. Like tags, 
assigning systems to other administrators is completely flexible so you 
can use what ever criteria you need.

The Landscape 1.4 client is available today and is included with Ubuntu 
9.10 server edition. Details are at www.canonical.com/landscape

Ken Drachnik, Landscape Manager


=== Asia Oceania Membership Board - 27 Oct 09 ===

Aron Xu, of the Ubuntu Chinese LoCo Team is a new Ubuntu Member 
following the Asia Oceania Membership Board meeting on 27 Oct 09. Aron 
Xu has been contributing to Simplified Chinese Translations & is now an 
active member of Ubuntu Translations Coordinator Team. More about Aron 
Xu and his contributions at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AronXu

Zhengpeng Hou, the Chinese LoCo Team Contact, as new member of Asia 
Oceania membership board as Board member of Asia Oceania Membership 
Board. We thank Community Council for approving his inclusion. More 
about Zhengpeng Hou at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ZhengPengHou

The Asia Oceania Board and the Ubuntu Community welcome these newest 
Ubuntu Members! The next meeting of the Asia Oceania Board is scheduled 
on 10 Nov 2009 at 10.00 UTC.


=== New MOTU ===

Jonathan lives in Cape Town, South Africa and his IRC nick is 
highvoltage. He has been using Ubuntu since Warty 4.10. Working with 
MOTU since 2005, Jonathan enjoys the open and sharing attitude of the 
team. You can learn more about Jonathan at this link: 
Congratulations to Jonathan on becoming a MOTU.

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (70240) +2257 # over last week
* Critical (25) -4 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (35046) +2113 # over last week
* Unassigned (61297) +2045 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (337001) +4604 # 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 Karmic ===

1. Spanish (14671) −207 # over last week
2. Brazilian Portuguese (49151) −517 # over last week
3. French (50724) −116 # over last week
4. Swedish (68583) +2 # over last week
5. English (United Kingdom) (78223) −2 # over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more 
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/

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

* Unify system tray behavior (drop-down menus) - 
* The future Nautilus - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/22153/
* Multitouch and gestures on touchpads - 
* Notify for Daylight Saving Time - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/22039/
* Not everyone uses Evolution, integrate other email clients with Ubuntu 
One - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/22144/

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-AZ: ABLEconf ===

ABLEconf (Arizona Business and Liberty Experience conference) was held 
on Saturday, October 24, 2009. Once again at the University of Advancing 
Technology in Phoenix, the conference held more presentations than in 
its inaugural. Among those displaying their services was the 
Ubuntu-Arizona LoCo team.

We were a little disappointed with the conference at first, this year. 
Not because my table was bracketed by Red Hat on one side and Fedora on 
the other. No, it just seemed that there were very few people attending 
the conference. All morning long, we only had a handful of people 
approach the tables.

However, by noon, the whole area around the vendors’ tables seemed to 
sprout people by the handfuls and in bunches. Then it hit me. Everyone 
had been at the morning presentations. That’s why we hadn’t seen them. 
About 90 people filled the space as PLUG (Phoenix Linux Users Group) 
leader Hans started up the raffle for prizes. Sponsors had donated a 
number of prizes to be given out – everything from books to a USB pen 
(literally) drive, to a child’s penguin costume, to various food items. 
Excitement ran high as Hans had tickets selected and numbers called off, 
and good natured teasing erupted from all over.

The presentations were well received. Certainly discussions at our table 
were enlightening both for the people who came to ask questions and for 
me. If the questions raised at my table are any indication then people 
are starting to think of more than just “what’s in it for me.” They are 
beginning to ask about how Linux behaves and what is available, as well 
as differences between distributions.

The talks with the Red Hat representatives was just as enlightening. We 
discussed problems we’d had with various elements of our distributions – 
everything from window managers and sound and graphics to problems 
raised by others and how we strove to solve them. It was interesting to 
find that we all shared similar problems and solutions. Unlike 
commercial software vendors, there was no competition between us, or at 
least only good natured competition.

All in all, a great event for the LoCo and Ubuntu!


=== Karmic Koala in Karma Dublin ===

The Ubuntu-ie LoCo held their Karmic Koala release party on Saturday and 
had a massive turn out, They decided to go for a sit down lunch at Jimmy 
Chungs, an all you can eat Chinese buffet, and they definitely had their 
fill. After lunch they went to Karma, this was chosen by the LoCo team 
with a poll and list of places to go. It also had free wifi and opened 
up for the team when they got there. Pictures at the link below and also 
here: http://pix.ie/czajkowski/album/359447


=== Ubuntu Tamil Team Event at Salem, India ===

A day of demonstration was conducted for the General Public at Salem, 
TamilNadu, India on Oct 11, 2009. Sri Ramadoss & Kanagaraj from Ubuntu 
Tamil Team took part in the event and demonstrated the public on various 
features of Ubuntu. A customized version of Ubuntu was used for this 
purpose. The event was organized by Visual Media, Sangamamlive.com of 
Salem. More
than fifty participants from across the district of Salem took part in 
the Event.

* Snaps & detailed report in Tamil at: 


=== Ubuntu El Salvador ===

The Ubuntu El Salvador team met for the release of Karmic Koala. They 
even had their our koala mascot in attendance. Check out the artwork and 
picture at the link below.


=== Linuxday 2009 ===

Saturday 24th October, the Linux User Groups of Italy celebrated the 
ninth Linuxday, an event promoted by the Italian Linux Society, and 
organized by the Italians LUGs across 123 cities. Ubuntu-it speakers 
attended some of these events, promoting Ubuntu and how to participate 
in the community. Paolo Sammicheli was one of the Ubuntu-it speakers, 
and there is a video at the link below of his slideshow.


== Launchpad News ==

=== Meet Francis Lacoste ===

Francis Lacoste recently started on a six-month stint of running the 
Canonical Launchpad team. It seemed like a good time to find out a 
little more about him. The following are questions Fancis answered in 
his interview:

* How did you get into free software
* What's more important, principle or pragmatism
* Do you, or have you contributed to any free software projects
* Tell us something really cool about Launchpad the not enough people 
know about
* In the Principia Discordia, Malaclypse the Younger states that all 
things happen in fives. What five things are coming soon in Launchpad 
that you’re most excited about?
* Kiko’s special question! You’re at your computer, you reach for your 
wallet: what are you most likely to be doing?

Read the whole interview at the link below.


=== Accessing Git, Subversion and Mercurial from Bazaar ===

bzr-svn, bzr-git and bzr-hg are plugins for bzr that make Subversion, 
Git and Mercurial branches first class citizens in the Bazaar world by 
allowing you to access them in the same way that you would access native 
Bazaar branches.

Bazaar has supported multiple file formats from its early days. Both its 
model and its implementation allow this:

* Revisions are not identified by the checksum of their layout on disk 
(as they are in systems like Git or Mercurial) but by a (pseudo-)random 
string. This means that copying data to a different file format does not 
affect the revision id.
* Repositories are accessed through a well defined interface. Other 
parts of the code base are ignorant about the structure of the files on 

This has made it easy to introduce better and experimental repository 
formats without having to break old repositories or render them unusable 
for previous versions of Bazaar by forcing upgrades. Initially new 
formats were introduced at a very high pace (perhaps even a too high 
pace?), but fortunately this has slowed down nowadays: the last default 
format change before the 2.0 release was in 2007.

Having grown interested in Bazaar through Martin’s talk at Linux.Conf.Au 
2005 and his blog posts I started looking into Bazaar in 2005. Since 
Samba (the main FOSS project I work on) had just switched to Subversion, 
I was interested in ways to interact with Subversion using Bazaar, in 
particular so I could do off-line commits. On the Bazaar wiki Aaron had 
suggested implementing the well defined interface for repository formats 
for other version control systems (such as Subversion) as well. This 
sounded very neat, so I decided to see how far I could get and looked 
into learning Python and becoming more familiar with the Bazaar API.

Now, four years later, 700 bug reports and about 4400 revisions later, 
we have released bzr-svn 1.0. The models of Subversion and Bazaar have 
significant differences, and bzr-svn has to take care of mapping between 
the semantics of both. Perhaps the best example of this is the fact that 
a Subversion repository is basically a file system; there may be some 
directories that are commonly used as containers for branches or tags, 
but there are a lot of exceptions to this convention. In Bazaar on the 
other hand, a branch is a primary object.

In 2006 Rob and Aaron created a simple plugin for accessing local Git 
repositories in 2006 called bzr-git. Originally it was based on “stgit”, 
a tool which (among other things) exposed a Python wrapper around the 
git executables. Following a switch from Samba to Git I took over in 
2008 and changed bzr-git to use a new native implementation of Git in 
Python, based on a project by James. bzr-git now supports accessing 
remote repositories, working trees and merging changes back into Git.

At the moment I am working on the bzr-hg plugin, again based on an 
initial proof of concept by Rob. Last month ago the first version (0.1) 
was released, providing sufficient support for cloning local and remote 
Mercurial repositories and accessing working trees. There are still some 
problems to work out — memory usage is excessive, commit and push do not 
yet work — but there should be a stable plugin in a few months.


=== Commenting on questions ===

If you’re using edge, you can now just comment on a question in 
Launchpad. For all questions on Answers, the “Just Add a Comment” button 
is now always visible. Previously, you might have only seen “Add Answer” 
and “Add Information Request” (or others; the exact buttons vary), both 
of which add a comment and cause the question status to change. But 
often, for example, all you want to do is clarify an earlier comment, 
add some detail, or give a progress update. For that, “Just Add a Comment”.

It’s been put at the rightmost position of all the buttons because we 
think it should be the least used option. Normally it’s appropriate to 
use one of the other buttons to move the workflow forward.

The button will land in production with the 3.1.10 release next week.


== The Planet ==

=== Jono Bacon: 1000 reasons the be excited ===

Jono was on a mission, and it looks like he was successful. On release 
day, IRC channel #ubuntu-release-party got a total of 1000 people in 
channel. w00t! and congrats to all those who joined the channel and had 
a great time.


=== Jamie Strandoge: Koala Pumpkin ===

Simple, but effective. Jamie's Happy Halloween carved pumpkin really 
looks koala(ish). Check out the pictures at the link.


=== Miguel Ruiz: Release time ===

Thursday was an important day for the Ubuntu community: Karmic Koala was 
released. Yay! I want to say thanks to everyone involved on this cycle. 
We are improving at every release and our community is becoming stronger 
and bigger. In celebration, Pedro and I created a mini release party to 
celebrate the day. Welcome Lucid Lynx! Picture at the link below.


=== Michael Lustfield: Creating Your Own Bazaar Server ===

By now we've all heard about the Bazaar (bzr) version control system. If 
you're a coder then you're well aware of what a version control system 
is and why it's helpful. If you code on Launchpad you're equally aware 
how incredibly awesome this system is.

Rather than discuss how incredible bazaar is, I'd like to explain how to 
set up a production level deployment for a bzr server. If you're curious 
what makes bazaar great, just try it out. You can use 
https://staging.launchpad.net/ to create branches for playing around.

To deploy a low level and basic setup you only need to run this command 
on your server:
sudo aptitude install openssh-server bzr

That's really all there is to it. You can now push an existing code 
branch to your server using the following command:
bzr push ssh+bzr://yourserver.com/~/branch

That's only a basic deployment. What I like doing is having branches 
where multiple people can work on the same branch. This first thing I do 
is create a directory that this whole thing will be based in. I like to 
do this on its own partition for obvious reasons. For me this always 
exists at /bazaar. I then use the following: Please visit the link below 
for the rest of the instructions necessary to complete your bazaar server.


=== Amber Graner: Meet Platform Team Managers - Marjo Mercado and Matt 
Zimmerman ===

In this interview, we meet Marjo Mercado, Ubuntu QA Team Manager and the 
newest member of the Canonical Platform team. And in the final interview 
in my Where Karmic's Karma Comes From series, we meet Matt Zimmerman, 
Ubuntu CTO and chair of the Ubuntu Technical Board. Matt brings each 
team together with his tireless efforts to ensure quality, 
professionalism, and polish to each release.

* Mercado interview: 
* Zimmerman interview: 


== In The Press ==

=== Running Ubuntu 9.10 With Older PC Hardware ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel tells us that for the most part, Ubuntu 9.10 
offers better performance over its predecessor, but in his testing there 
were a few performance drops in different areas. With that in mind he 
looked at how Ubuntu 9.10 is running with older PC hardware. Larabel 
determined that Ubuntu 9.10 offers a number of new features to Linux 
desktop and server users along with other core improvements to this 
incredibly popular Linux distribution. In a number of our tests today 
with an older ThinkPad notebook, Ubuntu 9.10 also provided the best 
performance when compared to earlier Ubuntu releases from the past 18 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" Officially Released ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that just as planned, Ubuntu 9.10 
"Karmic Koala" has been officially released on October 29th. 
Additionally, 9.10 Karmic releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, 
Mythbuntu, and Ubuntu Studio are also available. The Ubuntu 9.10 Server 
build also sports support for the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and 
Amazon EC2 support. Furthermore, another flavor of Ubuntu 9.10 that is 
also available is Ubuntu 9.10 Netbook Remix with its many improvements. 
The Ubuntu 9.10 release notes are available and there is also a 
graphical overview. Download Ubuntu 9.10 and the other members of the 
Karmic Koala family from Ubuntu.com. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 'Karmic Koala' released, could decide your OS fate ===

Engadget's Thomas Ricker says it's October 2009 which means something 
very special for Linux fans: a 9.10 release of Ubuntu. On October 29th 
we see the launch of "Karmic Koala" featuring a faster graphical boot 
sequence (no more scary text scrolls), a revamped audio framework that 
improves sound control across multiple applications, and a new Software 
Center that visually simplifies the Add/Remove Applications tool. These 
are just a few of the user-centric improvements meant to have a 
"transformative effect" on the OS experience and help bring "the world 
of open source closer to the user." It's available in desktop, server, 
and netbook editions now so get to it, before you know it you'll be 
updating to Lucid Lynx. 

=== Ubuntu Linux 9.10 'Karmic Koala' Starts Its Climb ===

Sean Michael Kerner of InternetNews.com recalls that in February, Ubuntu 
Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu 9.10 would be 
codenamed the "Karmic Koala". On October 29th, after months of 
development and buzz, the Karmic Koala was officially released into the 
wild. The first thing that new users are likely to notice about the 
Karmic release is the speedier boot process. "The boot process is now 
substantially faster in Karmic than it has been in any previous Ubuntu 
release," Shuttleworth said in a conference call with the media earlier 
this week. "We have a goal to get to a 10-second boot, and Karmic is a 
nice step in that direction." 

=== Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (Karmic Koala) ===

Desktop Linux Reviews' Jim Lynch tells us that since the launch of 
Desktop Linux Reviews, he has covered a number of different remastered 
versions of Ubuntu Linux. But he hasn’t done a review of Ubuntu itself. 
He is happy to note that Ubuntu Linux has hit version 9.10 and has some 
nifty new features that make it worth reviewing here. Ubuntu Linux 9.10 
is well worth upgrading to if you’re running an earlier version of 
Ubuntu. There’s some great new desktop features in this release as well 
as some new stuff that isn’t readily apparent on the surface. Lynch 
enthusiastically recommend Ubuntu Linux 9.10 for beginners as well as 
more experienced Linux users. It remains one of the best desktop Linux 
distributions around and it’s the basis for so many fun remasters. In 
Lynch's opinion, It’s definitely worth a download. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Mark Shuttleworth: 10 Thoughts On Ubuntu 9.10 ===

ark Shuttleworth, Canonical CEO, gave a phone briefing to members of the 
IT media on 26 Oct about the Ubuntu 9.10. In this article, Joe 
Panettieri, of workswithU, gives us the Top 10 highlights from the call 
he had the opportunity to participate in.
Highlights include:

1. The User Experience
2. Competition with Microsoft, Windows 7
3. On the NetbookMarket
4. On Oracle's Buyout of Sun (and MySQL)
5. On Canonical's March Toward Profits
6. Simple Commercial Software Installs
7. Closed Source ISVs - Still a Challenge
8. But there is ISV Progress
9. Amazon As A Cloud Standard
10. Server Hardware Relationships

Whether you are interested in the desktop, server, or the cloud strategy 
Joe's elaboration on Mark Shuttleworth's key points are well worth the 

=== Top things to do after installing Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala ===

The Silent Number, Blogger, Danny Piccirillo, in this article talks 
about what to do after installing Ubuntu 9.10. Danny has painstakingly 
gone through and documented complete with screen shots of Basic Things, 
to Eye candy to Audio/Video Creation and Editing. Oh, but that is far 
from all. He gives advise on Multimedia Playback: Media Center, Video 
Feeds, Media Player. The fun doesn't stop there take a look at the 
section on Google Chrome, and Epiphany. If you like a little workout for 
your brain he even goes into gbrainy. Wanna know more about Gwibber and 
empathy? What about the PlayDeb options that are available? This article 
is a definite read for anyone who has just updated or freshly installed 
Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala. There is something for novice Ubuntu User to 
the seasoned professional. Danny does a great job with detailing the 
instructions as mentioned above including some awesome screen shots. 
Wanna know what to do now - click the link and talk full advantage what 
Danny is sharing with Ubuntu Users. http://www.reddit.com/tb/9z2xk/

=== My Thoughts on Ubuntu 9.10 ===

Ed Hewitt, Blogger, Gamer and Columnist, Ubuntu Games, for Full Circle 
Magazine takes a moment to share his thoughts on Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic 
Koala. Ed has been using Karmic since the Beta was released and now 
takes a moment to reflect on the newest addition to Ubuntu. Ed believes 
that Karmic is the best release to date! He attributes this components 
to making this happen: Ubuntu Hundred Paper Cuts Project, new look of 
the User Interface, and the Linux Kernel that shipped with 9.10. In his 
article Ed goes into much more detail about all 3 of these components. 
Ed also talks about some new features and applications with Karmic as 
well as the Firefox advancements. He concludes with praises for Ubuntu 
9.10 and is looking forward to "further improvements and polish"

=== Centrify: Ubuntu Server Edition 9.10 Meets Active Directory ===

Joe Panettieri, workswithU, discusses the significance of ISV's such as 
Centrify offering support of the Ubuntu Server. When Ubuntu 9.10 was 
launched on the 29th of October, Certify (maker of Microsoft Active 
Directory, related tools) vowed support of the Ubuntu Server Edition 
9.10. Joe points out that though this may be a small step in gaining a 
"foothold" in the Windows Corporate networks it is still significant 
step. In this post Joe goes on to tell why this is important and what he 
would like to see other ISV (Independent Software Vendors) do in support 
of future Ubuntu Service Releases. Especially the next release (Ubuntu 
10.4, Lucid Lynx, Server Edition) as it will be a Long Term Supported 
(LTS) Release. Though Joe is careful to state he hasn't tested Centrify 
he does show his excitement and support for ISV's willing to support the 
Ubuntu 9.10 and future Server Editions. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10: confidence riding high at Canonical ===

Sam Varghese, iTWire, discusses the confidence, assertiveness, and 
cleverness at Canonical, the Corporate sponsor of the Ubuntu Project. In 
this article Sam discusses the release of Karmic as "the best of all its 
releases". He also discusses the ShipIt announcement, in which Canonical 
COO, Jane Silber announced changes and scaling back of the program. Sam 
cites this is an indicator of Ubuntu being ready for "primetime". Sam 
also talks about the careful naming of each release and what the names 
say about the state and goals of each Ubuntu release. Sam reminds us not 
to forget about the marketing of Ubuntu through IBM or what effect 
Microsoft announcing the release of documentation of Outlook Personal 
Folders will do for Ubuntu. Sam discusses where the Ubuntu Project was 
in 2004 and where and why there is no place to go but up. Read about 
these things and more in this insightful iTWire story by Sam Varghese. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10: Linux for business ===

Steven J. Vaughan-Nicols, Computerworld Blogger, notes that with the 
release of Ubuntu 9.10, Karmic Koala, that Ubuntu means business, with a 
growing emphasis on the server market. Steven, points out that there is 
no doubt that Ubuntu 9.10 is a great desktop distro, but it is clear 
that Canonical is serious about having (making) the Ubuntu 9.10 Server 
known in the enterprise market. Steven, points to a conversation he 
recently had with Steve George, Canonical, Dir. of Support and Services, 
that "Canonical saw it's Amazon EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) compatible 
UEC (Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud) as being perhaps Ubuntu 9.10's most 
important feature" No matter where you want to run your server Ubuntu 
has something for you. Wanna look into the the future of Enterprise 
Servers - Look into Ubuntu 9.10 (and beyond) Server Edition and see what 
solutions Canonical can offer you through the Ubuntu Server and cloud 
computing. Steven does a great job explaining it and provides links to 
help the reader figure out what is best. So take a look and see what 
giant step Ubuntu is taking for the business model. 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 is the Appetizer; Ubuntu 10.04 is the Meal ===

Joe Panettieri, of Works With U, isn't ready to say that Ubuntu 9.10 is 
the "default alternative to Windows." It's his opinion that Ubuntu 
10.04, being a Long Term Support (LTS) release will be the one that 
counts, especially on servers and in the cloud. He is hearing that 
"Canonical’s server and partner teams already have their eyes on Ubuntu 
10.04 (Lucid Lynx), a Long Term Support (LTS) release expected in April 
2010." But time will tell, as corporate deployments of Ubuntu result in 
revenue flowing to Canonical. See his review at the link.


=== Yes, Ubuntu can absolutely be the default Windows alternative ===

Christopher Dawson, writing on ZDNet's News and Blogs section, talks 
about all the places that Ubuntu is advancing and Windows is not: for 
example, the mobile and ARM platforms and the cloud. He acknowledges 
that many feel that Windows 7 is the best Windows yet, but the reason is 
because of the competition generated by Ubuntu and others in the FLOSS 
community. And competition is the word, as Ubuntu is available on MID, 
netbook, kiosk, phone, virtualization and smartbook. See his comments at 
the link.


=== ZaReason Bolsters Ubuntu 9.10 Branding ===

Joe Panettieri, of Works With U, notes that ZaReason is offering a stick 
of Ubuntu case badges with purchase of a new computer between October 29 
and November 5. ZaReason already puts the logo on keyboards and case 
badges on netbooks, notebooks, laptops and servers. Now, they're going 
beyond that, at least temporarily. The reason? Brand recognition. His 
comments can be seen at the link.


== In Other News ==

=== Full Circle Magazine #30 ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community 
are proud to announce the release of their thirtieth issue.

This month:

* Command and Conquer
* How-To : Program in Python - Part 4, Applications for Bookworms, 
Installing OpenOffice.org Base.
* My Story - The Doctor Is In, Recording Porgy & Bess, Ubuntu 
Reincarnates Pensioners Laptop
* My Opinion - Acer Aspire One Distros
* Review - Sony PRS-505 Ebook Reader
* MOTU Interview - Thierry Carrez.
* Top 5 - Writing Applications.
* Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games and all the usual goodness!

Get it while it's hot: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-30


=== Ubuntu Rescue Remix ===

Ubuntu Rescue Remix is a toolkit of open source command line interface 
(CLI) programs to perform data recovery. Presented in .iso format and 
updated to Ubuntu 9.10, it can be burned to CD or even installed on a 
USB using USB Startup Disk Creator. For those who don't want to use CLI, 
it can also be added to the repositories. A list of the tools, broken 
down by type, can be seen at http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/Software . 
Feel free to view the entire article, which includes the MD5SUMS.


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, November 02, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Open Week ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/

==== Security Team Catch-up ====

* Start: 18:00 UTC
* End: 18:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up.

=== Tuesday, November 03, 2009 ===

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

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

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Ubuntu Open Week ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/

==== 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: None listed as of publication

==== LoCo Teams Meeting ====

* Start: 18:00 UTC
* End: 19:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== EMEA Membership Meeting ====

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

==== Community Council Meeting ====

* Start: 22:00 UTC
* End: 24:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Commun­ityCouncilAgenda

=== Wednesday, November 04, 2009 ===

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

* Start: 00:00 UTC
* End: 01:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Beginn­ersTeam/Meetings

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

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

==== Ubuntu Open Week ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/

==== 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, November 05, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Open Week ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/

==== Ubuntu Translations Meeting ====

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

=== Friday, November 06, 2009 ===

==== Ubuntu Open Week ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/

=== Saturday, November 07, 2009 ===

* None listed as of publication

=== Sunday, November 08, 2009 ===

* None listed as of publication

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04 and 9.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

* USN-853-1: Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerabilities- 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

* Nothing posted as of publication

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

* db2exc 9.7.0-8 - 
* informix-csdk 3.50.UC5DE-5 - 
* parallels 2.2.2238-2hardy4 - 
* virtualbox-ose-modules 24.0.11 - 
* acroread 9.2-1 - 
* pidgin 1:2.4.1-1ubuntu2.7 - 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

* acroread 9.2-1intrepid2 - 

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

* evolution-indicator 0.1.13-0ubuntu1.1 - 
* isdnutils 1:3.12.20071127-0ubuntu5.1 - 
* acroread 9.2-1jaunty1 - 
* update-manager 1:0.111.10 - 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Updates ===

* stepic 0.3-1ubuntu1 - 
* py-asterisk 0.1a3+r160-4ubuntu1 - 
* monodevelop 2.0+dfsg-2ubuntu3 - 
* prism 1.0~b2+svn20090813r49078-0ubuntu1 - 
* pycocuma 0.4.5-6-5ubuntu1 - 
* gwibber 2.0.0~bzr476-0ubuntu3 - 
* eclipse 3.5.1+repack~1-0ubuntu1 - 
* tkgate 1.8.7-1ubuntu1 - 
* checkgmail 1.13+svn43-0ubuntu1 - 
* testng 5.10+dfsg-2 - 
* gui-ufw 9.10.4-0ubuntu1 - 
* harden 0.1.35 - 
* weirdx 1.0.32-4 - 
* gnome-do-plugins - 
* haskell-hsh 2.0.3-1ubuntu1 - 
* libpam-blue 0.9.0-2.3 - 
* releaseforge 1.3-1ubuntu1 - 
* audacity 1.3.9-6 - 
* mupen64plus 1.5+dfsg1-7 - 
* sqliteodbc 0.80-1ubuntu1 - 
* xpn 1.2.6-1ubuntu1 - 
* ogre 1.6.1.dfsg1-1ubuntu1 - 
* libmoosex-declare-perl 0.23-0ubuntu1 - 
* mythexport 2.1.3-0ubuntu1 - 
* mythplugins 0.22.0+fixes22594-0ubuntu1 - 
* spring-engine 0.80.5-0ubuntu2 - 
* mythtv 0.22.0+fixes22594-0ubuntu1 - 
* deskbar-applet 2.28.0-0ubuntu3 - 
* tomcat6 6.0.20-2ubuntu2 - 
* ubiquity 2.0.4 - 
* jakarta-jmeter 2.3.4-0ubuntu5 - 
* software-center 1.0.2 - 
* clamav 0.95.2+dfsg-4ubuntu4 - 
* wine 1.0.1-0ubuntu8 - 
* wine1.2 1.1.31-0ubuntu3 - 
* tracker 0.6.95-1ubuntu2 - 
* ia32-libs 2.7ubuntu17 - 
* pulseaudio 1:0.9.19-0ubuntu4 - 
* nvidia-graphics-drivers-173 173.14.20-0ubuntu5 - 
* nvidia-graphics-drivers-180 185.18.36-0ubuntu9 - 
* nvidia-graphics-drivers-96 96.43.13-0ubuntu6 - 
* xserver-xorg-input-evdev 1:2.2.5-1ubuntu6 - 
* xserver-xorg-input-vmmouse 1:12.6.4-1ubuntu3 - 
* daemontools 1:0.76-3ubuntu2 - 
* usplash 0.5.48 - 
* mountall 1.0 - 
* maven-docck-plugin 1.0-2ubuntu1 - 
* akonadi 1.2.1-0ubuntu4 - 
* tracker 0.6.95-1ubuntu3 - 
* lupin 0.26 - 
* lupin 0.27 - 
* netbook-launcher 2.1.12-0ubuntu2 - 
* emacsen-common 1.4.19ubuntu1 - 
* helium 1.6-4.1 - 
* wxbanker - 
* darcs 2.3.0-2ubuntu1 - 
* unr-meta 1.171 - 
* mandos 1.0.13-1 - 
* ogre 1.6.1.dfsg1-1ubuntu2 - 
* mandos 1.0.13-1build1 - 
* python-poppler 0.10.0-1ubuntu1 - 
* netbook-launcher 2.1.12-0ubuntu3 - 
* python-augeas 0.2.0-1ubuntu1 - 
* xmlunit 1.3-1 - 
* quickly 0.2.6 - 
* kdebase-runtime 4:4.3.2-0ubuntu4 - 
* bindwood 0.4.2-0ubuntu1 - 
* xorg-server 2:1.6.4-2ubuntu4 - 
* mseide-msegui 1.8-1ubuntu3 - 
* python-kinterbasdb 3.2-3ubuntu2 - 
* kcheckgmail - 
* azureus - 
* python-kinterbasdb 3.2-3ubuntu3 - 
* llvm 2.6-0ubuntu1 - 
* gnome-translate 0.99-0ubuntu5 - 
* evolution-rss 0.1.4-1ubuntu2 - 
* python-goopy 0.1-3ubuntu1 - 
* kobodeluxe 0.5.1-4ubuntu1 - 
* knmap 2.1-3ubuntu1 - 
* htcheck 1:1.2.4~rc1-1ubuntu1 - 
* gnoemoe 2.2.0+dfsg-2ubuntu1 - 
* klogic 1.63-5ubuntu2 - 
* kdbg 2.1.1-1ubuntu3 - 
* jargoninformatique 1.3.6-0ubuntu3 - 
* libcsfml 1.4-2ubuntu2 - 
* helix-player 1.0.9-0ubuntu7 - 
* python-happydoc 2.1-6ubuntu1 - 
* libcommons-openpgp-java 0+svn533492-1ubuntu1 - 
* bindwood 0.4.2-0ubuntu2 - 
* sugar-hulahop 0.4.9-1ubuntu2 - 
* pympd 0.07-1.2ubuntu1 - 
* llvm-gcc-4.2 2.6~pre1-0ubuntu1 - 
* klamav 0.46-2ubuntu1 - 
* gnurobots 2:1.2.0-4ubuntu1 - 
* pygopherd - 
* ec2-init 0.4.999-0ubuntu7 - 
* partman-iscsi 7 - 
* jlint 3.0-4.2ubuntu1 - 
* gajim 0.12.5-0ubuntu2 - 
* helix-player 1.0.9-0ubuntu8 - 
* opennebula 1.2-0ubuntu6 - 
* rapache 0.7-0ubuntu5 - 
* kmchart 1.2.9ubuntu1 - 
* pyproj 1.8.5-0ubuntu3 - 
* jta 2.6+dfsg-2 - 
* usb-imagewriter 0.1.3-0ubuntu4 - 
* gfxboot-theme-ubuntu 0.8.9 - 
* texinfo 4.13a.dfsg.1-4ubuntu1 - 
* checkbox 0.8.5 - 
* user-setup 1.27ubuntu11 - 
* usplash 0.5.49 - 
* ubiquity 2.0.5 - 
* linux-ports-meta - 
* myththemes 1:0.22.0~zrc1-0ubuntu2 - 
* partman-basicmethods 43ubuntu2 - 
* ubiquity 2.0.6 - 
* partman-target 64ubuntu5 - 
* adobe-flashplugin - 
* ubiquity 2.0.7 - 
* geresh 0.6.3-9ubuntu1 - 
* ubiquity 2.0.8 - 
* ubuntuone-client 1.0.2-0ubuntu2 - 
* groovy 1.6.3-1ubuntu3 - 
* bcel 5.2-3ubuntu4 - 
* antlr 2.7.7-11ubuntu2 - 
* python2.6 2.6.4-0ubuntu1 - 
* jmagick 6.2.6-0-4ubuntu1.1 - 
* binutils 2.20-0ubuntu2 - 
* xsplash 0.8.5-0ubuntu1 - 
* libxstream-java 1.3.1-1ubuntu4 - 
* libregexp-java 1.4-5ubuntu2 - 
* empathy - 
* pyproj 1.8.5-0ubuntu3.1 - 
* nvidia-common - 
* libxpp3-java - 
* samba 2:3.4.0-3ubuntu5.1 - 
* update-manager 1:0.126.7 - 
* grub2 1.97~beta4-1ubuntu4 - 
* totem 2.28.2-0ubuntu1 - 
* gnudatalanguage 0.9~rc1-1.1ubuntu2.1 - 
* jline 0.9.94-5~ubuntu1 - 
* kdebindings 4:4.3.2-0ubuntu4.1 - 
* fuse 2.7.4-1.1ubuntu4.1 - 
* asm2 2.2.3-4~ubuntu1 - 
* acroread 9.2-1karmic1 - 
* maven-war-plugin 2.1~beta1-1build1 - 
* maven-javadoc-plugin 2.5-2build1 - 
* maven-invoker-plugin 1.3-2build1 - 
* maven-ejb-plugin 2.2-1build1 - 
* maven-ear-plugin 2.3.2-1build1 - 
* doxia-maven-plugin 1.1.1-2build1 - 
* maven-antrun-plugin 1.3-1build1 - 
* clirr-maven-plugin 2.2.2-2build1 - 
* f-spot - 
* php5 5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu6.1 - 
* qemu-kvm 0.11.0-0ubuntu6.1 - 
* openafs 1.4.11+dfsg-1ubuntu0.1 - 
* eclipse 3.5.1+repack~1-0ubuntu2 - 
* brasero 2.28.2-0ubuntu1 - 
* eclipse 3.5.1+repack~1-0ubuntu3 - 
* python-defaults 2.6.4-0ubuntu1 - 
* update-manager 1:0.126.8 - 

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== Glossary of Terms ==

1. API - Application Programming Interface.
1. FOSS - Free Open Source Software.
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. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the 
Universe and Multiverse repositories. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU
1. IRC - Internet Relay Chat.
1. ISV - Independent Software Vendors.
1. PPA - Personal Package Archive - http://help.launchpad.net/PPA
1. Q&A - Question And Answer.
1. QA - Quality Assurance.

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