Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #181

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Feb 21 23:30:18 GMT 2010

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #181 for the week 
February 14th - February 20th, 2010. In this issue we cover: Debian 
Import Freeze in effect, Feature Freeze in place - Alpha 3 freeze ahead, 
New MOTU, Ubuntu single sign on service launched, Meet Jelmer Vernooij, 
Sikuli — scripting your use of GUIs, Global Bug Jam, Taking Lucid for a 
test spin, Opportunistic Developer Update, Ubuntu One Music Store, One 
Hundred Paper Cuts, Mark Shuttleworth to give keynote at PyCon 2010, 
Ubuntu UK Podcast returns, Ubuntu torrents are now IPv6 enabled, 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 ==

  * Debian Import Freeze in effect
  * Feature Freeze in place - Alpha 3 freeze ahead
  * New MOTU
  * Ubuntu single sign on service launched
  * Ubuntu Stats
  * Meet Jelmer Vernooij
  * Sikuli — scripting your use of GUIs
  * The Planet: Daniel, Dustin, Jono, Alan, David, & Robert
  * In the Press & Blogosphere
  * Mark Shuttleworth to give keynote at PyCon 2010
  * Ubuntu UK Podcast returns
  * Ubuntu UK podcast returns
  * Ubuntu torrents are now IPv6 enabled
  * Upcoming Meetings & Events
  * Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Debian Import Freeze in effect ===

We are now in Debian Import Freeze. This means that there are no more 
automatic syncs from Debian testing. If you require a package to be 
synced from Debian please file a bug in the normal way. 

Please ensure that syncing the package will help us with the goal of 
having a rock-solid remarkable release of Ubuntu, and that you test the 
new version of the package in the environment they are destined for.


=== Feature Freeze in place - Alpha 3 freeze ahead ===

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

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

  * https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FreezeExceptionProcess

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

  * https://blueprints.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/

Our next testing milestone, Lucid Alpha 3, is scheduled for Thursday, 
February 25. Lucid Alpha 3 will use a "soft freeze" for main. 
This means that developers are asked to refrain from uploading packages 
between Tuesday and Thursday which don't bring us closer to releasing 
the alpha, so that these days can be used for settling the archive and 
fixing any remaining showstoppers.

The list of bugs targeted for alpha-3 can be found at: 

For more information on bug targeting policies, or if you one of the 
group who have milestone bugs assigned to you, please visit the link below.


=== New MOTU ===

Chow Loong Jin

  * MOTU application: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/hyperair/MOTUApplication
  * Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~hyperair
  * Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/hyperair

We are happy to announce that Chow Loong Jin (hyperair) has joined the 
ranks of MOTU. Loong Jin has been working extensively with Geany, 
general plg-CLI stuff, and miscellaneous other bugs. He is looking 
forward to helping with patch review and developer training. Please 
welcome him to the team!


=== Ubuntu single sign on service launched ===

We are pleased to announce the launch of the brand new Ubuntu single 
sign on service: https://login.ubuntu.com/

The goal of this service is to provide a single, central login service 
for all Ubuntu-related sites, thus making it more convenient for Ubuntu 
users and community members to access information, communicate, and 
contribute. This service will replace the existing Launchpad login 
service that is currently in use for many Ubuntu-related sites, although 
existing Launchpad accounts will continue to work in the new service.

Over the next few months we will be moving all of the Ubuntu and 
Canonical related sites that currently use the Launchpad service to 
Ubuntu single sign on, starting with sites we manage directly and then 
working with community site owners to move the community-managed sites.

Because of the number of existing Ubuntu users who have created accounts 
in Launchpad for the purpose of logging into other sites, we have set 
the Ubuntu and Launchpad services to share account data during the 
transition.  Launchpad is in the process of enabling users to log in 
with an Ubuntu account and, once completed, this sharing will be 
removed.  This does mean that you will be able to log into both services 
with the same credentials for a while.  We realise this is something 
internet users have been encouraged to not do but it is a necessary 
side-effect of the transition.  Doing this ensures you won’t lose access 
to services you’ve purchased from us in the past or your account 
histories in the sites you’ve previously visited, as long as you use 
your existing Launchpad credentials on Ubuntu single sign on.

Ubuntu single sign on is built on OpenID so, once all the sites we know 
about have moved over, we will also be opening up the OpenID service to 
enable you to log in to any site which accepts standard OpenIDs.

  * Why replace the Launchpad login service?

The Launchpad login service has served us well for several years but 
Launchpad is not a familiar brand for many Ubuntu users.  As Ubuntu 
grows, we’ll see more and more users who don’t understand the connection 
between Launchpad and Ubuntu and the new Ubuntu login service is 
intended to overcome this problem.  It will also enable us to develop 
features which are more oriented to Ubuntu users.

  * How does the new service differ from the old one?

For now, not much apart from the appearance of the site.  We have many 
plans for great new features, however, and hope to roll these out once 
the service is established.  If you have ideas for other features you’d 
like to see in Ubuntu single sign on, we’d love to hear about them

  * Is the new service Open Source?

No, it’s not. It is, however, built and hosted on open source 
technologies (python, django, apache and postgres amongst others).

  * I have a problem with the new service. Where can I get help?

We have an email support channel. You can submit your support requests 
using our support form. https://forms.canonical.com/sso-support/ If you 
have found a bug, please take a few minutes to tell us about it on 
Launchpad. https://bugs.launchpad.net/canonical-identity-provider

We’re sure you have more questions. Please submit them and we’ll do our 
best to respond to them all. 


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

     * Open (76691) +39 # over last week
     * Critical (26) +11 # over last week
     * Unconfirmed (39002) −74 # 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 (10614) −95 # over last week
  2. English (United Kingdom) (20053) −12032 # over last week
  3. French (40290) −144 # over last week
  4. Brazilian Portuguese (41688) −1235 # over last week
  5. Swedish (66185) −7 # 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 ===

  * A vendor-neutral name for the 64bit versions of Ubuntu - 
  * A way to open windows which were accidentally closed - 
  * Icon Theme building - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/23705/
  * Context menu is too fat - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/23693/
  * Large is better for touchscreen - 

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/

== Launchpad News ==

=== Meet Jelmer Vernooij ===

Jelmer Vernooij recently joined the Launchpad team at Canonical, so 
Matthew Revell caught up with him to get the usual Meet the developers 
interview. Some of the questions to Jelmer are as follows:

  * What do you do on the Launchpad team?
  * Can we see something in Launchpad that you’ve worked on?
  * What did you do before working at Canonical?
  * How did you get into free software?
  * Do you/have you contribute(d) to any free software projects?
  * Tell us something really cool about Launchpad that not enough people 
know about.
  * Is there one developer who has been an inspiration to you? If so, why?

You can read Jalmer answers to these and other questions at the link below.


=== Sikuli — scripting your use of GUIs ===

The Sikuli project recently switched to using Launchpad, and Matthew 
Revell asked Tsung-Hsiang Chang to tell us more about the project. From 
the interview we learn that the current release of Sikuli is called 
Sikuli Script, which focuses on only automation using screenshots of GUI 
widgets. We have another project called Sikuli Search, which queries a 
search engine using screenshots instead of keywords. Although Sikuli 
Script is supposed to be able to “search” buttons or text on the screen, 
it isn’t good at scraping or analyzing information from screenshots yet. 
Follow this link to learn more about Sikuli: 

== The Planet ==

=== Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Global Jam – preparations ===

I’m very excited about Ubuntu Global Jam this time around because for 
many people around the globe it will probably be the first time they get 
their hands dirty with doing actual work on Ubuntu and actually make 
Ubuntu itself better. In addition to that Lucid is going to be an LTS, 
so this time it’s personal!
Definitely Going!

Definitely Going!

The great thing is we have a number of sessions lined up to share tips 
and advice about holding jams. We will meet on IRC in #ubuntu-locoteams 
and try to answer questions and think of creative ways to get more 
people together, have more fun and make Ubuntu even better. Stay tuned 
for more!

   * 26 Feb – 2100 UTC How to run a jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams)
   * 03 Mar – 1500 UTC How to run a translations jam 
   * 04 Mar – 1500 UTC How to run a packaging jam 
   * 06 Mar – 1900 UTC How to run a jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams)
   * 10 Mar – 2100 UTC How to run a jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Jams)
   * 11 Mar – 0900 UTC How to run a translations jam 
   * 12 Mar – 0900 UTC How to run a packaging jam 


=== Dustin Kirkland: Have you taken Lucid for a test drive yet? ===

Ubuntu Lucid Lynx is in Feature Freeze, and Alpha3 is right around the 
corner, releasing next week. If you're running Ubuntu 9.04, 9.10, or 
10.04, it's trivial to test-drive Lucid in a virtual machine, without 
modifying your current installation! http://launchpad.net/testdrive

If you're already running Lucid, congrats! All you need to do is add the 
testdrive ppa, and install testdrive, and either kvm or virtualbox-ose.

Just pop open a terminal and run:

  * sudo add-apt-repository ppa:testdrive/ppa && \
  * sudo apt-get update && \
  * sudo apt-get install testdrive

Then you can either run testdrive from the command line, or use the 
menu, Applications -> System Tools -> Testdrive. A menu will pop up, 
with a listing of the Lucid daily images. If you have previously 
downloaded any of these, you should see a timestamp of the cached file. 
If you run testdrive everyday, your cache will stay up-to-date, and the 
incremental download will be much faster! Select one of the offered 
ISOs, or enter a URL to another one of your choosing, and you should be 
off and running. Help us make Lucid Lynx the best Ubuntu to date! 
Screenshots at the link below.


=== Jono Bacon: Some Opportunistic Developer Updates ===

A few awesome opportunistic developer updates:

   * Firstly, I have been adding some parties every day during Ubuntu 
Opportunistic Developer Week. These include a couple of hacking parties 
in which you should come and join us and hack on your new apps and be 
around folks to ask for help, answer questions and share progress.
   * Secondly, given the interest brewing around opportunistic 
developers on Ubuntu, I have created a new IRC channel called 
#ubuntu-app-devel where you can go to hang out with others writing apps, 
you can ask questions there, share progress and talk about how we can 
make Ubuntu a rocking system for harnessing the creative inclinations of 
opportunistic developers.

Rock and roll, my friends.


=== Alan Pope: Ubuntu One Music Store Sneak Peek ===

It looks like 7digital are providing the back-end for the Ubuntu One 
Music Store which is due to land in Ubuntu Lucid at Alpha 3 – very soon 
now. I've included some screen shots that originate from my browser. 
Before too long, the store can be reached from the Rhythmbox 
application. The landing page clearly has the Ubuntu One branding. As 
you’d expect you can easily search for music....to find your favourite 
artist or album, or download tracks. The store supports Credit/Debit 
cards, Click&Buy and Paypal..You can also track your existing downloads. 
Of course this isn’t ready yet, so we can’t see it in Rhythmbox on 
Ubuntu yet, but it’s clearly getting there. There are screen shots at 
the link below to give you a better idea of how this new feature will look.


  * Update: After the post I made about the Ubuntu One Music Store, I’ve 
noticed a couple of things which might indicate what’s coming. First, as 
we know Rhythmbox is the music player of choice in Ubuntu, and we can 
already see the place holder for the music store in the app. I noticed 
something new today though, the “Music” category has a little [+] 
expander, and when we open that up we can see two options “Music” and 
“musicstore”. A new Rhythmbox plugin added called “umusicstore” is now 
showing. More screenshots of this feature are at the link below along 
with more detailed information. Get ready to rock on with the Ubuntu One 
Music Store!


=== David Siegel: One Hundred Paper Cuts for Lucid, Round 10 ===

Time flies like an arrow! This week marks the final round of paper cuts 
for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “Lucid Lynx.” We’ve done an outstanding job so far 
but we still have work ahead of us. Here are some paper cuts that need 
attention this round:

“Create Document” Templates difficult to use
  * Right-clicking on the Desktop and choosing “Create Document” still 
shows a menu with only “No templates installed” and “Empty File.” Let’s 
at least put some OpenOffice Document templates in there.

Shutdown/restart dialogs make it unclear whether people should wait
  * Users often mistakenly believe they have to wait through the 
60-second countdown on Shut Down and Restart dialogs.

Opening a deleted ‘recent document’ results in a new file.
  * Deleted files shouldn’t be displayed in the Recent Documents menu.

Default setting for remembering password should be remember until logout
  * “When accessing a windows file share (or other network resource) 
that requires a password, the radio button defaults to “Forget password 
immediately”. While this is understandable for security reasons, it is a 
usability “paper cut” because one will typically be confronted with the 
same password prompt again in very short order (without even closing the 
nautilus window). Just yesterday this got a smirk out of a Windows user 
looking over my shoulder that I had to enter the password “again.” This 
has also been an annoyance for me for quite a few years.”

Context menu for an USB pen-drive shows “Unmount”, “Eject” and “Safely 
Remove Drive”
  * Which one do I choose?!

OpenOffice menus still have icons which should be removed
  * enough said.

In the file operation dialog, the file count and the size count change 
in opposite direction.
  * File count decreases while copy size increases, causing users to go 

In Help, Table of Contents switches from left to right when user selects 
  * Eww.

Unfriendly message upon typing incorrect password (Policykit-GNOME)
  * “AUTHENTICATION FAILURE” is a severe message to confront users with, 
especially users who sometimes make mistakes when typing into password 
fields. When a user makes a mistake while typing his password, we should 
be understanding, supportive, and encouraging rather than alarming, 
accusatory, or even perfunctory.


=== Robert Collins: Yay Dell-with-Ubuntu down under ===

Dell has been offering Ubuntu on selected models for a while. I had 
however nearly given up hope on being able to buy one, because they 
hadn’t started doing that in Australia. I am very glad to see this has 
changed though – check out their notebook page.[1] Not all models yet, 
but a reasonable number have Ubuntu as an option.




== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu 10.04's Nouveau Stack Gets Ready ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel states that one of the slated features for 
Ubuntu 10.04 early on in its development cycle was support for the 
Nouveau graphics driver on NVIDIA hardware since it's much better than 
the xf86-video-nv driver mess and has a much brighter future, which is 
especially important with 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" being a Long-Term Support 
(LTS) release. This was prior to Nouveau going mainline with Linux 
2.6.33, but Ubuntu Lucid is running with the Linux 2.6.32 kernel so as a 
result Nouveau's DRM was back-ported. Canonical's Bryce Harrington 
describes this Nouveau stack as being "nearly ready" for Lucid and is 
requesting a final test among those interested in the open-source NVIDIA 
graphics hardware support. If you are interested in testing out Ubuntu 
10.04's Nouveau stack you can do so by following this call [1] for 
testing thread and checking out the Nouveau evaluation Wiki page. [2]


  [2] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Testing/NouveauEvaluation


=== EXT3, EXT4, Btrfs Ubuntu Netbook Benchmarks ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel reminds us that last month he published 
benchmarks of EXT4 comparing this file-system's performance when it was 
first marked stable in the mainline kernel and then where it is at now 
in the Linux kernel while testing every major release in between. This 
article was followed up by a Btrfs versus EXT4 comparison using the 
Linux 2.6.33 kernel to see how the two most talked about Linux 
file-systems are battling it out with the latest kernel. After those 
Linux file-system benchmarks were published, he received a request from 
Canonical to look at the EXT3 performance too. With that said, we have 
done just that and have published EXT3, EXT4, and Btrfs benchmarks from 
Ubuntu 9.10 and a Ubuntu 10.04 development snapshot from an Intel Atom 
netbook. Under Ubuntu 9.10, the Intel Atom N270 netbook did the best 
with Btrfs and its numbers even improved with Ubuntu 10.04, but the EXT4 
file-system had a much stronger boost that led it to a first place 
finish. The performance between EXT3 and EXT4 was close at unpacking the 
Linux kernel linux-2.6.32.tar.bz2 file, but Btrfs was a bit slower. More 
Linux file-system tests are on the way!


=== Ubuntu One Music Store Pushed In Rhythmbox ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us that one of the features that was 
talked about and proposed a few months back was a music store for Ubuntu 
where one could easily purchase music and somewhat fits in with 
Canonical's plans for the Ubuntu Software Store. Plans were laid out for 
an Ubuntu One Music Store and the first packages to support this in 
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS are now available. The Lucid specifications for the 
Ubuntu One Music Store on the Ubuntu Wiki mention "The Lucid music store 
project aims to deliver the ability to purchase music from within a 
desktop music player. Look for more on Canonical's Ubuntu One Music 
Store as the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release approaches in April.


=== The Linux Box to Market Ubuntu OS in the U.S. ===

eWeek's Darryl K. Taft reports that the Linux Box has announced a 
partnership with Canonical whereby it will market the Ubuntu Linux 
operating system in the United States. As a Canonical Silver Solution 
Provider Partner, The Linux Box will sell, install and support 
customized Ubuntu-based solutions to organizations running Linux 
systems. It will also provide businesses with large-scale migration 
deployment support and training services for cloud computing 
infrastructures and enterprise desktop alternatives. "Combining forces 
with The Linux Box enables many more U.S. businesses in every industry 
to embrace Ubuntu as their end-to-end open-source data center solution," 
said Steve George, director of corporate services at Canonical, in a 
statement. "We look forward to Ubuntu being The Linux Box's 
best-of-breed open-source solution."


=== Ubuntu Optimizes its OS for ARM CPUs ===

Ryan Whitwam of Maximum PC believes that an ARM-based netbook running 
Ubuntu could be in your future with the newest version of  Ubuntu 
Netbook Edition. Much like Windows, the popular Linux distro did not 
previously have support for ARM processors. With the anticipated flood 
of ARM packing “smartbooks” expected to materialize, the Ubuntu devs got 
to work rewriting Ubuntu. According to Ubuntu’s Jamie Bennet, the 
problem was that Ubuntu Netbook Edition required 3D graphics drivers 
that didn’t exist for ARM chips. They got around this by employing 2D 
Enlightenment Foundation Libraries to fake a 3D interface. We’re hearing 
that you won’t be able to tell the difference in the interface. That’s a 
big win for smartbooks and Ubuntu. This may be the space that Ubuntu 
specifically, and Linux in general, can succeed in.


=== Five Ubuntu Features You Didn't Know About ===

Ken Hess of Linux Magazine knows that the quest to discover something 
new and fresh about Ubuntu, which is arguably the world’s most popular 
and best documented Linux distribution, is an almost ridiculous one to 
accept and an almost impossible one to fulfill. Hess says he felt like 
the Mission Impossible character, Jim Phelps, as I read the request from 
my editor to come up with five Ubuntu features you didn’t know about. 
Here's what he came up with:

  * Byobu: A Better Screen
  * Dynamic MOTD
  * UEC Scheduling
  * Over Provisioning
  * PowerNap

Hess does think that Ubuntu has many secrets left but these five, until 
now, were perhaps the last of their kind. He also gives special thanks 
to Dustin Kirkland, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Developer for his assistance 
and information with this material. Follow this link for more 
information on each of these the five features: 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Are smartbooks and Linux meant for each other? ===

Smartbooks are an upcoming mobile computing device category built around 
ARM’s Cortex A8 and A9 line of processors. These devices are awaited 
with great anticipation because they promise a mixture between 
smartphone features, and the functionality of netbooks/laptops at a 
price point lower than that of current netbooks. The biggest question 
according to this blogger is, will widen Linux adoption and erode the 
often criticized monopoly of Windows on pc-like computing devices. 
Windows CE can be used on ARM, however the 6.5 version does not support 
multi-core processors. Android is another possibility, but the author 
believes it would be better suited for smartbook tablets. laptop-like 
smartbooks with keyboards are better served with a full-desktop Linux 
like Ubuntu due to the fact, that on these devices, buyers will expect 
full-fledged applications like OpenOffice, Thunderbird, Firefox…etc. His 
conclusion is that every kind of smartbook device can be put to its full 
potential with a properly customized Linux variant like Ubuntu.


=== 5 New Things about Windows 8 and Ubuntu 10.04 ===

This blogger acknowledges that Windows 8 won't be out until late 2011 or 
early 2012, but goes ahead to list 5 things the development team 
finalized as key scenarios. But what should be expected of Ubuntu? How 
can they one-up themselves, after the hat-trick they pulled with 9.10? 
According to the author, Gautham Raj, you can expect a new look, more 
speed, a GUI at startup, and the ability to install updates at shutdown, 
and Ubuntu Software Center as the core application installation tool. 
Gautham believes this could be the Ubuntu release that the public would 
have a hard time turning down as its desktop OS. Not only will it have a 
very solid foundation, the overlaying structure will be much more modern 


=== Canonical Launches Ubuntu Single Sign On ===

Canonical has launched a new service, dubbed Ubuntu Single Sign On. The 
effort seeks to simplify and unify all login services for all 
Ubuntu-related sites. Sound like a good idea? Here’s the deal. The plan 
is to make it more “convenient for Ubuntu users and community members to 
access information, communicate, and contribute.” It’ll replace the 
Launchpad login service, but don’t worry — existing Launchpad accounts 
will still work with the single sign-on service. Over the next few 
months Canonical plans on shifting the entirety of Ubuntu and Canonical 
related sites running Launchpad and migrating them to Ubuntu single sign 
on. Ubuntu single sign-on is build on the OpenID standard. That means 
any site that accepts the standard will let you pop on with that account 


=== Lubuntu: Not Just for Lusers ===

The Lubuntu project, which was established a year ago as a community 
endeavor, aims to create a lightweight Linux distribution based on 
Ubuntu.  Towards this end, it uses the LXDE desktop environment in 
combination with the Openbox window manager to keep the demand on system 
resources low. This author downloaded the Lucid Alpha 2 version of 
Lubuntu for testing. What he found was a clean desktop and a relatively 
attractive interface. Most of the software that comes installed by 
default diverges from that of regular Ubuntu.  Lubuntu ships with 
Firefox, Pidgin, Transmission and Synaptic, but the similarities end 
there. The obvious competitor for Lubuntu’s niche is Xubuntu, an 
official Ubuntu flavor based on the Xfce desktop environment and 
designed for less powerful or older hardware. The bottom line? A lot of 
work remains to be done on Lubuntu to make it stable and bring it up to 
speed with the other Ubuntu flavors.  But so far, it’s looking very 
impressive and may finally provide the truly modern and functional, yet 
lightweight, distribution that many Ubuntu users have been looking for 
for years.


=== Product Spotlight: Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud ===

According to Jack Wallen, if you are even remotely considering cloud 
computing, you owe it to yourself to begin with the Ubuntu Enterprise 
Cloud (UEC) open source cloud software. There are many reasons for this. 
Not only is this tool feature-rich, it is also free. If you are only 
just now trying to decide if you want to deploy a cloud environment, 
then you do not want to shell out your entire IT budget only to find out 
if cloud computing is for you (or your company). That is where UEC comes 
in. The Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is for anyone (personal, SMB, 
enterprise) needing to either test or deploy a cloud environment. The 
biggest problem UEC solves is the determining if a cloud environment is 
suitable for your needs. By deploying UEC you will only be spending 
budget on hardware (unless you already have the hardware available) and 
not on software. This gives your administration a certain freedom they 
won’t have by using a commercial solution. If you are not sure about 
deploying a cloud, and want to give it a try without breaking your IT 
budget, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud is the way to go.


== In Other News ==

=== Mark Shuttleworth to give keynote address at PyCon ===

Mark Shuttleworth and Antonio Rodriguez are to be the keynote speakers 
at PyCon 2010, the world's largest conference of the Python programming 
community.  Over 1,000 Python programmers are gathering now at the Hyatt 
Regency in downtown Atlanta for eight days of intensive education, 
cooperation, and networking.

Mark Shuttleworth is the founder of the Ubuntu Project, which produces a 
Linux distribution enormously popular among software developers and end 
users alike for its utility and ease of use. The Ubuntu Project is often 
cited as an example of a well-run cooperative programming effort; it 
relies heavily on highly-readable Python programs which make 
collaboration between developers easy. Many Python programmers, in turn, 
benefit from the powerful, no-fuss Linux development platform provided 
by Ubuntu.


  * About PyCon 2010: http://us.pycon.org/2010/about/
  * Mark being interviewed by The Bit Source at PyCon: 

=== Ubuntu UK Podcast returns ===

Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker, Tony Whitmore and Laura Cowen 
are back with an all new first episode of 3rd season of the Ubuntu 
Podcast from the UK LoCo Team. Highlights of this podcast include:

  * What we’ve been doing since the last episode all those months ago 
including running, playing with new laptops, yet more packaging and 
talks for our LUG, setting up an etherpad service and lots more fun 
packed frolics.

  * In the wake of a recent ReadWriteWeb article we discuss the news 
that many Facebook users can’t tell the logon screen from a hole in the 
ground and what that means for us.

  * In the News this week

  * Interviews of Kyrill and Artyom Zorin, who have created some 
interesting Ubuntu derivatives – yes, more than one!

  * Upcoming events

  * News discussions

  * And finally, tweets and dents and voicemail since our last show

Comments and suggestions are welcomed to: podcast at ubuntu-uk.org

Visit the link below to download or stream the latest edition of the 
Ubuntu UK Podcast!


=== Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 gets ported onto Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 ===

Engadget's Darren Murph comments that not even a fortnight after we saw 
Android 2.0.1 slapped onto Sony Ericsson's all-but-forgotten Xperia X1, 
along comes a port that makes the other look like child's play. A 
dedicated coder over at XDA Developers has managed to stuff Ubuntu Hardy 
Heron 8.04 onto an X1, and while the functionality is limited, the 
amount of fun to be had is restrained only by your imagination. Go on 
and peek that source link[1] to join the discussion.

  [1] http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=631437


=== Ubuntu torrents are now IPv6 enabled ===

Since February third, the official Ubuntu torrents found on 
releases.ubuntu.com include an IPv6-enabled tracker in the announce 
list. This means that we are one step further in getting Ubuntu 
downloadable over IPv6.

Clients connected only via IPv6 (which are unfortunately rare, but 
still) can download the torrent from the IPv6 enabled 
releases.ubuntu.com and start downloading the iso via IPv6. There are a 
few (fast connected) IPv6 enabled seeders around, so downloading should 
work great.

Stats over the last two weeks show reasonable usage, although we expect 
more and more users switching to IPv6.

All we need now, is an IPv6 address for www.ubuntu.com. :)

For more information about IPv6, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipv6

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, February 22, 2010 ===

==== PyCon ====

  * Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  * Agenda: Main annual conference of the Python programming community.

==== 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, February 23, 2010 ===

==== PyCon ====

  * Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  * Agenda: Main annual conference of the Python programming community.

==== 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

==== 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

==== Global Jam Meeting ====

  * Start: 20:00 UTC
  * End: 21:00 UTC
  * Location:  IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Wednesday, February 24, 2010 ===

==== PyCon ====

  * Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  * Agenda: Main annual conference of the Python programming community.

==== Server Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 14:00 UTC
  * End: 15:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== 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/

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

  * Start: 19:00 UTC
  * End: 20:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Edubuntu/Meetings/Agenda

=== Thursday, February 25, 2010 ===

==== PyCon ====

  * Location: Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  * Agenda: Main annual conference of the Python programming community.

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

==== MC Meeting ====

  * Start: 17:00 UTC
  * End: 18:00 UTC
  * Location: None listed as of publication
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== Regional Membership Board - Americas ====

  * Start: 23:00 UTC
  * End: 01:00 UTC Friday, February 26, 2010
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards/Americas

=== Friday, February 26, 2010 ===

==== Lucid Weekly Release Meeting ====

  * Start: 16:00 UTC
  * End: 17:30 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2010-02-26

==== How to Run a Jam ====

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

=== Saturday, February 27, 2010 ===

==== BugJam ====

  * Start: 21:00 UTC
  * End: 23:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc and IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== DC Loco IRC meeting ====

  * Start: 23:00 UTC
  * End: 24:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Sunday, February 28, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting ====

  * Start: 18:00 UTC
  * End: 19:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda:  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrcTeam/IrcCouncil/MeetingAgenda

==== Ubuntu Gaming Team Meeting ====

  * Start: 20:00 UTC
  * End: 22:00 UTC
  * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  * Agenda: None listed as of publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

  * USN-893-1: Samba vulnerability- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-893-1
  * USN-892-1: FUSE vulnerability- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-892-1
  * USN-894-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities- 
  * USN-897-1: MySQL vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-897-1
  * USN-898-1: gnome-screensaver vulnerability- 
  * USN-899-1: Tomcat vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-899-1
  * USN-900-1: Ruby vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-900-1
  * USN-901-1: Squid vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-901-1
  * USN-895-1: Firefox 3.0 and Xulrunner 1.9 vulnerabilities- 
  * USN-896-1: Firefox 3.5 and Xulrunner 1.9.1 vulnerabilities- 
  * USN-890-5: XML-RPC for C and C++ vulnerabilities- 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

  * squid_2.5.12-4ubuntu2.5_i386_translations.tar.gz- 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

  * flashplugin-nonfree- 
  * squid_2.6.18-1ubuntu3.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz- 
  * mozplugger 1.10.1-2ubuntu2.1 - 
  * virtualbox-ose-modules 24.0.13 - 
  * php5 5.2.4-2ubuntu5.11 - 
  * evolution-data-server 2.22.3-0ubuntu4	- 
  * hybserv (delayed)- 
  * chrony (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

  * flashplugin-nonfree- 
  * ruby1.9- 
  * squid_2.7.STABLE3-1ubuntu2.2_hppa_translations.tar.gz- 
  * landscape-client 1.4.4-0ubuntu0.8.10	- 
  * hybserv (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

  * flashplugin-nonfree- 
  * ruby1.9- 
  * squid_2.7.STABLE3-4.1ubuntu1.1_sparc_translations.tar.gz (delayed)- 
  * landscape-client 1.4.4-0ubuntu0.9.04	- 
  * hybserv (delayed)- 
  * chrony (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Updates ===

  * flashplugin-nonfree- 
  * ruby1.9- 
  * squid_2.7.STABLE6-2ubuntu2.1_sparc_translations.tar.gz (delayed)- 
  * landscape-client 1.4.4-0ubuntu0.9.10	- 
  * samba 2:3.4.0-3ubuntu5.5 - 
  * eucalyptus 1.6~bzr931-0ubuntu7.5 - 
  * libapache2-mod-authz-unixgroup	1.0.1+svn67-1ubuntu0.1 - 
  * foomatic-filters 4.0.3-0ubuntu2.2 - 
  * linux-ec2 2.6.31-304.11 - 
  * linux-fsl-imx51 2.6.31-108.22 - 
  * hybserv (delayed)- 
  * chrony (delayed)- 
  * gnome-games 1:2.28.0-0ubuntu3 - 
  * xmlrpc-c (delayed)- 

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