Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #182

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Feb 28 22:50:39 GMT 2010

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #182 for the week 
February 21st - February 27th, 2010. In this issue we cover: Lucid Alpha 
3 Released, Rocking The Opportunistic Desktop, Can you hear the Music, 
New Ubuntu Members: Americas Board Meeting, Ubuntu Libya LoCo at the 
Technology & Science Fair, Help localization testing with the ISO 
tracker, Translating software descriptions with Nightmonkey, Attention 
Encrypted Home Users, Server Bug Zapping - Call for Participation, 
Ubuntu Women has a new IRC Channel, Full Circle Magazine #34, 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 ==

* Lucid Alpha 3 Released
* Rocking The Opportunistic Desktop
* Can you hear the Music?
* New Ubuntu Members: Americas Board Meeting
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu Libya LoCo at the Technology & Science Fair
* Help localization testing with the ISO tracker
* Translating software descriptions with Nightmonkey
* Attention Encrypted Home Users
* Server Bug Zapping - Call for Participation
* Ubuntu Women has a new IRC Channel
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Full Circle Magazine #34
* Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Lucid Alpha 3 Released ===

Welcome to Lucid Lynx Alpha 3, which will in time become Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

Pre-releases of Lucid are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable 
system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even 
frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers 
and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Alpha 3 is the third in a series of milestone CD images that will be 
released throughout the Lucid development cycle. The Alpha images are 
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, 
while representing a very recent snapshot of Lucid. You can download it 

* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu)
* http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Server 
for UEC and EC2)
* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Kubuntu)
* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Xubuntu)
* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Edubuntu)
* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Mythbuntu)
* http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/lucid/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu 

See http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Mirrors for a list of mirrors.

Alpha 3 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider 
testing. Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/lucid/alpha3 for 
information on changes in Ubuntu.

This is quite an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs. 
For a list of known bugs (that you don't need to report if you 
encounter), please see: http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/lucid/alpha3


=== Rocking The Opportunistic Desktop ===

Here are some fun opportunistic developer things going on over the next 
few weeks. All of these events provide a great opportunity to get 
started having fun making awesome apps that you can share with others.

1. Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week

* Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week Wiki: 

A few weeks ago Jono Bacon announced the plan to put together Ubuntu 
Opportunistic Developer Week: a week of IRC tuition sessions aimed at 
helping opportunistic developers scratch their itches and write fun and 
useful programs using our awesome platform. The week takes place from 
1st – 6th March 2010.

The response so far to the call for sessions has been fantastic, and we 
already have the following sessions scheduled, all visible from the 
timetable for the week:

* Welcome! Ubuntu For Opportunistic Developers – Jono Bacon
* Gooey Graphics with GooCanvas – Rick Spencer
* Testdrive – Dustin Kirkland
* CouchDB support in your app with DesktopCouch – Stuart Langridge
* Creating stunning interfaces with Cairo – Laszlo Pandy
* Hot-rod your app for translations support – David Planella
* Creating a PyKDE app – Rich Johnson
* Creating an application from scratch with Quickly – Rick Spencer
* Microblog from your app with the Gwibber API – Ken VanDine
* What’s new in Quickly 0.4 – Didier Roche
* Learning through examples with Acire and Python-Snippets – Jono Bacon
* Building in Application Indicator support – Sense Hofstede
* Writing a Rhythmbox plug-in – Stuart Langridge
* Create games with PyGame – Rick Spencer
* Write Beautiful Code (and Maintain it Beautifully) – rockstar
* Using GTK+ signals in Python – Sense Hofstede
* Integrated development workflow with Ground Control – Martin Owens
* Building multimedia into your app with GStreamer – Laszlo Pandy
* Speed your development with quickly.widgets – Rick Spencer
* Web browsing and rapid UI with WebKit – Ryan Paul

Each of these sessions is designed to give you a taste of the topic and 
get you up and running, enough to be productive and start exploring the 
features of the tool being discussed. In addition to this we will have a 
series of showcase sessions:

* SHOWCASE: Gwibber – Ken VanDine
* SHOWCASE: Lernid – Jono Bacon
* SHOWCASE: Photobomb – Rick Spencer

These sessions explain the story behind the app: talking about which 
tools, modules and technology that was used to put these apps together 
and what challenges were solved. This is a great way to learn more about 
tools available for opportunistic developers so that when you need to do 
something, you know which tool to reach out for.

2. Introduction To Python Tuition Sessions

Now, many of you will be entirely new to Python and entirely new to 
coding. To give you folks a head start before Ubuntu Opportunistic 
Developer Week kicks off, Rick Spencer from the desktop team will be 
running some beginners Python tuition sessions on the Thursday before 
Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer Week:

* Thu 25th Feb 2010 – 15.00 UTC – Ubuntu Opp Dev Week Prep: Intro to 
Python for total beginners – Rick Spencer
* Thu 25th Feb 2010 – 16.00 UTC – Ubuntu Opp Dev Week Prep: Intro to 
Python for programmers – Rick Spencer

This is a great way of getting your opportunistic development kickstarted!

Again, this awesome content is best experienced using Lernid. If you 
would prefer to use a normal IRC client, just join #ubuntu-classroom and 
#ubuntu-classroom-chat to join in the fun.

3. Fun Apps And Hacking Parties

With an awesome week of opportunistic developer learning ahead of us, I 
was keen to put together some sessions where you good folks can just 
hack on fun projects in the same room, ask each other questions and 
more. As such, at the end of each Opportunistic Developer Week day, 
there will be a a series of parties. These include:

* Mon 1st March 2010 – 21.00 – 23.00UTC – Hacking Party – Work on your 
app together, ask/answer questions and have fun together!
* Tues 2nd March 2010 – 21.00 – 23.00UTC – Hacking Party – Work on your 
app together, ask/answer questions and have fun together!
* Wed 3rd March 2010 – 21.00 – 23.00UTC – Hacking Party – Work on your 
app together, ask/answer questions and have fun together!
* Thu 4th March 2010 – 21.00 – 23.00UTC – Snippets Party – Join us and 
create Python snippets!\
* Fri 5th March 2010 – 21.00 – 23.00UTC – Hacking Party – Work on your 
app together, ask/answer questions and have fun together!

This is an awesome opportunity to get together and make something fun. 
So, Jono has issued a challenge for you good folks: before we start next 
week, think of a fun app to focus on writing next week. Pick something 
that will do something useful for you and something not too large and 
comprehensive (e.g. don’t pick a word processor or spreadsheet!).

4. The Place To Be: #ubuntu-app-devel

As part of building an awesome community and platform for opportunistic 
developers, Jono created #ubuntu-app-devel on Freenode and we have a 
great group of enthusiastic developers in there who can answer your 
questions and help you get started. Join us and join in the fun!


=== Can you hear the music? ===

Well probably not yet, but the Ubuntu One Music Store is right around 
the corner.

The team has made great progress since we announced this new Ubuntu 
feature just a few short months ago at UDSLucid in Dallas. That session 
was very important for a couple of reasons. It confirmed the community’s 
interest in having easy access to popular music from within an Ubuntu 
application. It was also an excellent opportunity to learn some of the 
community’s concerns and desires. We think we’ve built a music store 
that everyone will enjoy using at the launch of Ubuntu 10.04 and as it 
evolves in the future.

There have been some great discussions in blogs and blog comments since 
bits of the store started appearing in Lucid Lynx Alphas. Now that Lucid 
Lynx has just passed the Alpha 3 milestone, we thought it was a good 
time to give everyone a quick update.

The store is currently being thoroughly tested by a small group of 
users. After we fix some of the initial bugs, we’ll expand testing to a 
larger group. This should be in the next few weeks. In the meantime, 
we’ve prepared an FAQ for everyone to learn more about the upcoming 
music store. Additional information about expanded testing will be 
posted here so follow this blog or our posts on identi.ca and twitter 
for more information.

* Ubuntu One Store FAQ: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOne/MusicStore


=== New Ubuntu Members: Americas Board Meeting ===

The approval results from the February 25th Americas Membership meeting 
are as follows:

Dylan Mccall

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DylanMccall
* Launchpad - http://launchpad.net/~dylanmccall

Dylan is a student from Vancouver, Canada who has been using and 
following development of Ubuntu since 2006. He is the maintainer of
the slideshow that runs during Ubuntu's desktop installation process, 
simply named "ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu" and also contributes to the 
forums, writes patches and submits bugs.

Penelope Stowe

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Pendulum
* Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~pendulum/

Penelope has been using Ubuntu since 7.04 and is currently involved with 
several projects in the community, including: Ubuntu Women,
Ubuntu User Days as an organizer and now member of the Classroom team, 
Ubuntu NGO as co-head of the Advocacy team, has worked with Ubuntu UK 
and is also involved with research to create an open source device for 
people who cannot communicate orally or through sign.

Anthony Hook

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AnthonyHook
* Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~anthonyhook

Anthony is a Computer Science student at the University of Wisconsin and 
is currently the team lead for Ubuntu Wisconsin where he has
hosted a successful release party, launched a new website and organized 
monthly team meetings. He also is involved with bug
reporting, testing and has done some work with application development.

Robert Wall

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RobertWall
* Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~robertwall

Robert has been an active member of the California LoCo team since 
December 2008, working on many projects and events, including: the
team's approval application, manning booths at both OSCON 2009 and SCaLE 
8x 2010, handling mailing list, IRC channel and launchpad
administration, and also even has time for the occasional forays into 
Launchpad Answers and Ubuntu bug triaging.

Brett Alton

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BrettAlton
* Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~brett-alton

Brett Canadian web developer and computer science undergrad who began 
using Ubuntu with 5.10. In addition to deploying over 60 Ubuntu
installations, he is active on the forums, brainstorm ideas, bug 
reports, feature requests, blog posts and blog posts. He is currently 
helping the GetDeb.net project with user interface work and doing work 
on the Ground Control project.

Pablo Rubianes

* Wiki - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PabloRubianes
* Launchpad - https://launchpad.net/~pablorubianes-uy

Pablo is a member of Uruguay's LoCo Community Council where he has done 
a considerable amount of work with the team site and wiki,
handling administrative tasks and developing tutorials in Spanish. He is 
also a member of the Ubuntu Beginners team, was also instrumental in the 
recent Spanish version of Ubuntu User Day, has done translations and 
documentation work.

A big welcome from the Americas Board and the Ubuntu community to all of 
these great new members!


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (77026) +335 over last week
* Critical (26) +/-0 over last week
* Unconfirmed (38964) -38 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 (10404) −210 # over last week
2. English (United Kingdom) (16234) −3819 # over last week
3. French (40201) −89 # over last week
4. Brazilian Portuguese (40568) −1120 # over last week
5. German (65160) Not listed 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 ===

* Idea Lifetimes - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/23756/
* Auto-solving problems in synaptic, when "no space left on device" - 
* Avoid duplication of the "Generating Grub.cfg" script during upgrade - 
* evolution should import emails and addressbook at instalation - 
* slow ISP bandwidth speeds and no way to prove it - 

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 Libya LoCo at the Technology & Science Fair ===

Starting a new local community group requires a mixture of dedication, 
enthusiastic people and the will to make things happen. And having fun 
at it. The folks at the Ubuntu Libyan LoCo seem to have all the 
ingredients for the recipe to success and are showing them off on their 
way to becoming an approved LoCo team.

Ubuntu is the most used distro in Libya, and the team was born with the 
lofty goal of supporting the Ubuntu users in the country. Since they 
first joined the Ubuntu family in Karmic, a lot new members have joined 
in. They’ve participated in a great deal of workshops, meetings and 
discussions, which allowed them to shape the team’s plans and goals.

While doing that, they’ve also participated in educational events 
organized by local universities and private educational institutes, and 
we’re going to focus in one of them.

As part of its activities and ongoing strive to increase the knowledge 
of GNU/Linux and Open Source Software, the Ubuntu Libya Loco Team 
participated in the Technology & Science Fair, organized by The Libyan 
Information Technology Group during the week of Dec 6th-12th 2009 and 
hosted by the Al-Fateh University in Tripoli, Libya.

The Libyan Information Technology Group kindly provided a dedicated 
booth for the Ubuntu Libya Loco Team, with an elegant and attractive 
black and orange Ubuntu theme that clearly stood out in the Fair.

During the period of the Fair, the Libya Loco Team distributed 500 
Ubuntu Karmic CDs to visiting students, IT specialists, Instructors and 
IT consultants. An Ubuntu installation workshop was also organized by 
the team after an introductory presentation about Ubuntu.

Many visitors were interested to know more about Ubuntu and Open Source 
Software and this event was a great opportunity for the Ubuntu Libya 
Loco Team to spread their knowledge and enthusiasm.

Their next event is going to be Libya’s first installfest, for which 
they’ve set themselves a target of 1000 attendees.

* Libyan Team Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LibyaTeam
* Libyan Team Website: http://ubuntu.ly/
* Libyan LoCo Forum: http://libya.ubuntuforums.org/
* IRC channel #ubuntu-ly


== The Planet ==

=== David Planella: Help localization testing with the ISO tracker ===

The Ubuntu Testing Team is currently testing Lucid Alpha 3 candidate images.

* Testing Team Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing
* Testing Lucid Alpha 3 images

This cycle we have a brand new set of localization test cases for 
everyone to check and make sure language support in Lucid is top notch, 
and we need your help!

Here’s how you can contribute; the procedure for testing is very easy, 
and it involves:

* Signing up – create an account at the ISO testing tracker and log in
* Running the test cases – run the localization test cases following the 
given steps
* Reporting – report on them (pass/fail, comments, bugs, etc.)

If you are interested in helping out, please visit the link below for 
in-depth instructions on how to set up your own testing tracker.


=== David Planella: Translating software descriptions with Nightmonkey ===


What’s this?

Nightmonkey is a project created and driven by the Ubuntu Hungarian team 
to allow an easier translation of the descriptions of packages, with 
István Nyitrai as the main developer and rockstar.

These are the short and long texts used to describe what a particular 
software package does. They are shown in different places in the system, 
most notably on Software Center when you are looking at an application’s 
info page.
Why is this so cool?

For multiple reasons. Let me just mention a few:

* It’s a community project around translations, providing an alternative 
view to translatable packages in Launchpad. This makes them more 
discoverable and eases the translation process.
* It was designed with upstream collaboration in mind. István and 
Michael Vogt made a great effort to ensure these translations can be 
sent back to Debian.
* It’s very easy to use, and it allows filtering translations according 
to popularity, so that translators can focus their work on the 
descriptions of most important applications.
* It is a great tool for teams to set translation goals and use it for 
Translation Jams, for example.

Can you contribute to it?

Well of course!, Nightmonkey is Open Source, and you can:

* Translate it: https://translations.launchpad.net/ddtp-lp-html
* Improve it: https://code.launchpad.net/ddtp-lp-html
* Report bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ddtp-lp-html
* Ask and answer questions: https://answers.launchpad.net/ddtp-lp-html


=== Dustin Kirkland: Attention Encrypted Home Users ===

We're rapidly pushing toward an excellent Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release, and 
we have made a few improvements in the way your Encrypted Home's 
metadata is stored.

If you configured your Encrypted Home with Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic) or 
Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid), then no action is required, -- you may stop 
reading here.

If you're not sure, and you want to check if you need to read this 
article, take a look at your /var/lib/ecryptfs directory. If that 
directory is empty, or it does not exist, you may stop reading here. If 
that directory has contents, then you may want to continue reading...

Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) Encrypted Home installations stored eCryptfs 
metadata in /var/lib/ecryptfs/$USER. This information is absolutely 
required to mount your Encrypted Home Directory. Actually, everything in 
here can be re-created if you wrote down your randomly generated mount 

Big fat reminder here ... please be absolutely certain that you have 
recorded your mount passphrase, on a piece of paper, stored somewhere 
safely, separate from your computer! You can retrieve your randomly 
generated passphrase by running the ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase utility.

For Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), new installs actually put this metadata in 
/home/.ecryptfs/$USER. This is far more convenient for users who put all 
of /home on its own partition, or for users who just simply backup all 
of /home.

I've previously written about how to move your metadata out of 
/var/lib/ecryptfs. Particularly if you're planning a Lucid upgrade of a 
system that was originally installed with Jaunty's Encrypted Home 
Directory, I strongly recommend that you follow these instructions: 


=== Dustin Kirkland: Server Bug Zapping - Call for Participation ===

In October 2009, just before the release of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), 
Mathias Gug, Dan Nurmi, and I holed up for a couple of very long days, 
working on the Ubuntu Eucalyptus package. Over the course of 72 hours, 
we uploaded Eucalyptus 7 times, fixing over 30 bugs! While Mathias, Dan, 
and I were co-located, we were also greatly assisted by Thierry Carrez 
(located +7 hours ahead) and community member Joseph Salisbury. Thierry 
and Joe helped tremendously with regression testing of the rapid fire 
uploads, triaging and squashing any new issues as they arose. This 
"push" was essential to delivering UEC for Ubuntu 9.10!

Well, the Server Team is going to do it again, for Ubuntu 10.04, and 
covering several other important server packages in addition to 
Eucalyptus, and we're hoping to get your help this time!

We're calling this effort Server Bug Zapping. The schedule and plans are 
detailed here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerLucidBugZapping


=== Laura Czajkowski: Ubuntu Women has a new IRC Channel ===

Since UDS Lucid we’ve been working on some changes as a team, most know 
about the Ubuntu team leader, but also a big change was the decision to 
have a LOGGED CHANNEL. These came about from discussions and meetings 
discussing the IRC purpose, as again the team is more than IRC.

Many many conversations were happening on IRC and not on mailing list of 
indeed the forums. If you weren’t on IRC you missed the information or 
indeed the lengthy and interesting discussions taking place. The idea to 
create a logged channel means if you don’t IRC, not on IRC at the time, 
and perhaps you don’t run a screen session you don’t lose out on these 
conversations and discussions, you can catch up and read the logs like 
many other teams.

We now have two channels and I’d like to point out to folks to perhaps 
join and update their autojoin

#ubuntu-women-project is the new channel created, it is the logged 
channel for the Ubuntu Women Project This is the Ubuntu, technical, and 
project discussions take place, of course social chat is going to happen.

#ubuntu-women is the non logged channel social channel.

If anyone has any questions pop onto IRC and chat to us there.


== In The Press ==

=== A preview of Ubuntu 10.04 ===

Kenny Johnson of the PC Report acknowledges that Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid 
Lynx) is only in the Alpha stage of testing at this moment. It doesn’t 
look extremely different from the current version of Ubuntu but there 
are a few noticeable differences. Johnson decided to dig a little to 
find out what has been changed. The most notable differences to me are 
the games (or lack thereof) and a video editing software called PiTiVi. 
The games that come with Ubuntu 10.04 are AisleRiot Solitaire, gbrainy, 
Mahjongg, Mines, Quadrapassel, and Sudoku. The video editor known as 
PiTiVi looks similar to Windows Movie Maker in Johnson's opinion. Ubuntu 
Software Center has been upgraded, and when you click on the Games 
category the screen gets split and you can chose from a sub-category or 
scroll through the entire list of games. These are just the first few 
things Johnson discovered. Follow the link for more information.


=== An Update On The Boot & Power Performance In Ubuntu 10.04 ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel recalls that in December he wrote that Ubuntu 
10.04 already shortened the boot time, which has been a great focus 
amongst Canonical and Ubuntu developers as they strive for a ten second 
boot. A lot has changed since that article was published last year, 
including the introduction of Plymouth and many kernel mode-setting 
improvements along with the introduction of Nouveau for NVIDIA KMS 
support. Larabel has ran a new boot performance comparison on two 
laptops and a netbook to see how the boot times are looking with Ubuntu 
10.04 LTS when compared to Ubuntu 9.10. He also looked at how the power 
consumption has changed in the Lucid Lynx for these mobile devices. 
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" is certainly on track to booting much 
faster than its predecessor, which will certainly please many mobile 
users particularly those with netbook computers. While it's not been an 
active area of interest for Ubuntu developers, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS doesn't 
appear to be any more power efficient than Ubuntu 9.10 besides with some 
notebooks now dimming to a darker state by default when running on 
battery power.


=== Ubuntu 10.04 to Include Built-In Music Store ===

Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker notes that looking to further its mission of 
making your software, and your media, free of restrictions, Ubuntu is 
bundling an Ubuntu One Music Store into 10.04, the next release of the 
Linux operating system due out in April. The store uses 7Digital as its 
provider, likely due to its greater international availability than 
Amazon's own offering, and looks to be integrated into the Rhythmbox 
music player. The Ubuntu One name implies a likely connection with the 
cloud-based file syncing service, and a blogger who came across a 
preview interface [1] says each track purchased can be downloaded 3 
times on different computers.

[1] http://popey.com/blog/2010/02/19/ubuntu-one-music-store-sneak-peek/


=== Ubuntu goin' gray, like the Mac OS way? ===

Tech Source's Jun Auza reports that a source from inside the Ubuntu team 
has informed a blogger that there will be an important announcement 
coming from Canonical regarding a possible rebranding of Ubuntu. A lot 
of enthusiasts are quick to speculate that the changes will be all about 
the color schemes used by Ubuntu and that it may go from brown to gray. 
Evidence pointing to an Ubuntu makeover is this Ubuntu Single Sign On 
page where the logo being used is color gray and not the usual brown. 
There’s also this statement made by Shuttleworth from a recent interview 
in which he said: "We'll have some new styling which is going to be the 
starting point of another five year view. We've been Human for the last 
five years and now we're going to be light oriented." If indeed Ubuntu 
turns to gray or light oriented as they call it, how will the users react?


=== Analysis: Ubuntu 10.04 Keeping Pace, Or More, With Windows? ===

Edward F. Moltzen, writing for ChannelWeb, has reviewed Ubuntu 10.04 
"Lucid Lynx" Alpha 3 and feels that it compares well to Windows 7 in 
boot speed: 15.2 seconds for Lucid Lynx compared to 30 seconds for 
Windows 7 on the same machine. He also noted that it includes other 
software in it's installation. NVidia is getting solid support, and 
Gwibber, a social networking application that aggregates services 
including Flickr, Twitter and Facebook is now included. He also tried 
putting Windows 7 inside a Virtual Machine (VM) in Lucid Lynx, and 
putting Lucid Lynx inside a VM in Windows 7, and was successful both 
ways. In his words, "Folks, this is the real deal."


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== 4 Cool New Features in Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 ===
Jim, Starry Hope Blog, talks about 4 cool features in Ubuntu 10.04, 
Lucid Lynx, Alpha 3 release. Those features include:

* iPhone and iPod Touch Support
* Gwibber and the MeMenu
* Facebook Chat
* Improved Sound Controls

This article contains screenshots and commentary on all the above 
features. The author concludes with, "Ubuntu 10.04 is shaping up to be a 
fine release. Alpha 3 is pretty stable and brings some great new 
features with it. There are still more features to come, such as the 
Ubuntu One Music Store and possibly a new theme. I look forward to 
tracking Lucid’s progress and installing it on all of my workstations 
when it is released in April."


=== Customizing the Ubuntu Application Stack Before Installation ===

Christopher Tozzi, workswithU, discusses the pros and cons of allowing 
users to pick and choose what applications users want on their computers 
when installing Ubuntu on a new system. In this article Tozzi discusses 
nhandler's brainstorm idea that proposes just that. Tozzi points out 
that the implementation of this idea may save advance users time in 
customizing their systems after a new install, but may as d0od points 
out on OMG!Ubuntu, confuse new or "non-geek" users. Tozzi himself agrees 
that though the idea has some limitations it also has merit, and he 
would like to see Ubiquity follow suit.


=== EFL brings Ubuntu Netbook Remix to ARM ===

Gustavo Sverzut Barbieri, Enlightenment news, points to Jamie Bennett's 
(Canonical, Mobile Team) about the new user interface (UI) for the ARM 
based Ubuntu devices. Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) enabled 
rich graphical user interfaces even on non-3D-accelerated ARM devices 
and this is what the UNR ARM devices will use. Barbieri gives some 
history on EFL in this article as well as pointing out that the 
Enlightenment team boasts pride over in this inclusion stating, "Another 
of the great things about this launcher, as opposed to the 3D launcher 
shipped with Karmic, is that it's extremely theme-able. The 
Enlightenment team is proud its products are being used more and more on 
embedded systems, be they e-book readers, phones, or TV's; x86, ARM, or 
MIPS; accelerated or non-accelerated hardware."


=== Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 Released - What's new? ===

In this article, OMG!Ubuntu, points to what's new in Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 
3 that was released this week.

* Music Store
* Plymouth
* Boot time
* Software Centre
* Ubuntu Netbooks and "Desktop mode"
* Notification area
* Gwibber
* as well as all the latest fixes, updates, revisions and kernel updates

If you are curious to see all this new and exciting things that are in 
Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3 release the article even gives you this link to 
download it for yourself.


=== Ubuntu Linux Now Available to Fed Customers on GSA Advantage ===

David Coursey, PCWorld, points out that Ubuntu is now the third Linux 
operating system approved by the General Services Administration (GSA) 
for use by federal purchasers. Red hat and Novell are already available 
through the GSA advantage purchasing program. "This gives government 
purchasers the option of using Canonical's Ubuntu as well as its 
Landscape systems management and monitoring tool," said Cole Crawford, 
CTO of Autonomic Resources, an IT and service integration company 
approved to offer the products to federal customers. Ubuntu is currently 
the most popular operating system base for developers building 
cloud-based computing solutions, Crawford said. The open source 
operating system is already used in some government agencies, including 
NASA, but has not been widely available as it lacked GSA schedule 
pricing and support. "The value to the federal government or to 
Canonical with Ubuntu and the Landscape services being added to the GSA 
schedule is unknown at this time, but to find out more follow the link.


=== UbuntuOne Music Store - Your Questions Answered ===

OMG!Ubuntu takes a moment to answer your UbuntuOne music store 
questions. The UbuntuOne Music Store team as a helpful online FAQ and 
there is a link to that as well in the article. Questions and the answer 
to them include the following:

* What will be the store's name?
* How is Ubuntu getting access to popular music?
* What desktop application will include the Ubuntu One Music Store?
* How is this different than Jamendo and Magnatune?
* Will these downloads play on my iPod or portable media player?

Answers to these and more can be found at OMG!Ubuntu. 

== In Other News ==

=== Full Circle Magazine #34 ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our thirty-fourth issue.

This month:

* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Program in Python – Part 8, Digitally Retouching a Photo in 
GIMP, and The Perfect Server – Part 4.
* My Story – a Linux User, and Powerpets.
* Review – Acer UL30-A laptop.
* MOTU Interview – Roderick Greening.
* Top 5 – Reference Tools.
* Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, and all the usual goodness!

Get it while it's hot: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-34/

Full Circle Magazine now has a new podcast available. Created by Robin 
Catling, Ed Hewitt and Dave Wilkins, the podcast features tech segments, 
news, opinions, and fun tidbits. Check it out here: 


== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, March 1, 2010 ===

==== 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, March 2, 2010 ===

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

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

==== Developer Membership Board ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: None listed as of publication
* 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

==== LoCo Teams Meeting ====

* Start: 18:00 UTC
* End: 19:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Building multimedia into your app with GStreamer - Laszlo Pandy ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:00 UTC
* Location: None listed as of publication
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== EMEA Membership Meeting ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:00 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, March 3, 2010 ===

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

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

==== Ubuntu Women Project IRC Meeting ====

* Start: 02:00 UTC
* End: 03:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-women
* Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Meetings/March2010/Agenda

==== Server Team Meeting ====

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

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

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-cm
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CameroonianTeam/NextMeeting

==== How to run a Translation Jam ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== QA Team Meeting ====

* Start: 17:00 UTC
* End: 18:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu-uk LoCo Meeting ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-uk-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UKTeamMeetingAgenda

=== Thursday, March 4, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

==== How to run a Packaging Jam ====

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

==== 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, March 5, 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/2010-03-05

=== Saturday, March 6, 2010 ===

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

* Start: 19:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== 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, March 7, 2010 ===

* None listed as of publication

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

=== Security Updates ===

* USN-902-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-902-1
* USN-903-1: OpenOffice.org vulnerabilities - 
* USN-904-1: Squid vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-904-1
* USN-905-1: sudo vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-905-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

* sudo- 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.4.1-1ubuntu2.9_sparc_translations.tar.gz (delayed)- 
* linux 2.6.24-27.67 - 
* openoffice.org_2.4.1-1ubuntu2.3_ia64_translations.tar.gz- 
* acroread 9.3.1-1hardy1 - 
* acroread 9.3.1-1hardy2 - 
* squid_2.6.18-1ubuntu3.2_ia64_translations.tar.gz- 
* db2exc 9.7.1-3hardy1 - 
* polipo- 
* sudo- 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.5.2-0ubuntu1.7_i386_translations.tar.gz- 
* openoffice.org- 
* acroread 9.3.1-1intrepid1 - 
* squid_2.7.STABLE3-1ubuntu2.3_i386_translations.tar.gz- 
* polipo- 
* ajaxterm- 
* otrs2_2.2.7-2lenny3build0.8.10.1_i386_translations.tar.gz (delayed)- 
* sudo- 

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.5.5-1ubuntu8.6_amd64_translations.tar.gz- 
* amsn 0.97.2~debian-2ubuntu2.1 - 
* drupal6 (delayed)- 
* drupal5- 
* acroread 9.3.1-1jaunty1 - 
* squid_2.7.STABLE3-4.1ubuntu1.2_ia64_translations.tar.gz- 
* polipo- 
* sudo- 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Updates ===

* ifupdown 0.6.8ubuntu21.1 - 
* pidgin_2.6.2-1ubuntu7.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz- 
* ddclient 3.8.0-4ubuntu1.1 - 
* bansheelyricsplugin 0.7-1ubuntu1 - 
* gcalctool 5.28.2-0ubuntu2 - 
* python-bzutils 0.2-1ubuntu0.1 - 
* ubuntu-dev-tools 0.81.2 - 
* recordmydesktop - 
* ifupdown 0.6.8ubuntu21.2 - 
* cryptsetup 2:1.0.6+20090405.svn49-1ubuntu7.3 - 
* drupal6 (delayed)- 
* drupal5- 
* acroread 9.3.1-1karmic1 - 
* squid_2.7.STABLE6-2ubuntu2.2_i386_translations.tar.gz- 
* sudo- 

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