Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #177

John Crawford johnc4510 at ubuntu.com
Sun Jan 24 23:02:14 GMT 2010

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #177 for the week January 
17th - January 23th, 2010. In this issue we cover: Developer Membership 
Board election results, Ubuntu User Days A Big Success, Bugs and hugs, 
Ubuntu Developer Week: January 25th – January 29th, 2010, Canonical 
Blog: ISV support for Ubuntu Server Edition widens, January 20th 
America's Membership Review Board Meeting, Ubuntu LoCo Re-Approval 
Process, LoCo Stories: the Ubuntu Honduras School Tour, Launchpad 10.1 
roll-out 09.00-11.30 27th January 2010, Anonymous Access to the 
Launchpad Web Service API, Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10, 
and much, much more!

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== In This Issue ==

* Developer Membership Board election results
* Ubuntu User Days A Big Success
* Bugs and hugs
* Ubuntu Developer Week: January 25th – January 29th, 2010
* Canonical Blog: ISV support for Ubuntu Server Edition widens
* January 20th America's Membership Review Board Meeting
* Ubuntu Stats
* Ubuntu LoCo Re-Approval Process
* LoCo Stories: the Ubuntu Honduras School Tour
* Launchpad 10.1 roll-out 09.00-11.30 27th January 2010
* Anonymous Access to the Launchpad Web Service API
* The Planet
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Developer Membership Board election results ===

As elected by the Ubuntu development team, the members of the Developer 
Membership Board are now:

* Colin Watson - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ColinWatson
* Emmet Hikory - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EmmetHikory
* Soren Hansen - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SorenHansen
* Michael Bienia - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MichaelBienia
* Stéphane Graber - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/stgraber
* Richard Johnson - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RichardJohnson
* Cody Somerville - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CodySomerville

They will serve for a 1 year term, helping to welcome new Ubuntu 
developers into the project, after which another election will be held.


=== Ubuntu User Days A Big Success ===

Ubuntu User Days just wrapped up, and what a day it was. Lasting 15 
hours, and with each presenter giving a one hour presentation, it made 
for a very lively day over all. The awesome crew of Ubuntu User Days[1] 
did a great job of organizing, and when one presenter turned up sick and 
another couldn't get on line, duanedesign and starcraftman volunteered 
to take over those two spots to keep the ball rolling. As usual with 
these on line sessions, the audience with their great questions and 
feedback was what made the day a success. If you weren't able to attend, 
or missed a session you wanted to be at, you can find the logs of all 
the sessions here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDays/Logs/January2010

1. http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=2547

Ubuntu User Days was also conducted in Spanish and reports that their 
sessions were just as productive and fun and the English version. You 
can can find a report of that sessions success here: 
http://blog.diegoturcios.net16.net/?p=372 and the logs of the day here: 


=== Bugs and hugs ===

We’re pleased to be participating in an Ubuntu Bug Day on Thursday 28 
January 2010 and hope you will join us as we triage ubuntuone-client bugs.

Ubuntu Bug Day is also known as HugDay. So what exactly is a HugDay?

* The HugDay is a special day where the Ubuntu Community comes together 
with a shared goal of triaging a specific package or set of packages. 
Working together allows us to share knowledge and give some much needed 
assistance to the Ubuntu Developers. The term HugDay is a spin on BugDay 
but every time someone triages a bug, then someone else should hug 
him/her. Why? This is a very special way for us to tell everyone that we 
love contributions! And triaging bugs is a really big contribution.

We look forward to working with you on triaging some Ubuntu One bugs and 
giving numerous digital hugs along the way!

* Date: Thursday 28 January 2010
* Place: #ubuntu-bugs on freenode IRC
* Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20100128


=== Ubuntu Developer Week: January 25th – January 29th, 2010 ===

Are you interested in learning how to help make Ubuntu better? If you 
are saying yes, then you need to check out Ubuntu Developer Week which 
starts on Monday.. There will be 25 workshops over the course of five 
days covering things like fixing bugs, hacking launchpad, server testing 
and many more. You can get more information about Ubuntu Developer Week 
by visiting the UDW wiki page at: 


=== Canonical Blog: ISV support for Ubuntu Server Edition widens ===

This week were very pleased to see three companies behind three great 
technologies announce their support for Ubuntu. In the run up to the LTS 
in late April we are keen that our users are aware of the growing number 
of application options that they can have on their preferred operating 
system. These will be a mix of open source solutions, the ‘enterprise’ 
version of open source solutions or proprietary applications. A healthy 
and growing ecosystem is an obvious prerequisite for any successful OS.

PGP has extended its enterprise-focused data protection solutions to 
include Ubuntu in addition to Windows and Mac. For companies running a 
mixed environment (an increasingly common scenario as Ubuntu begins to 
find a place in businesses as a replacement technology) security and 
administrative concerns are reduced as the same tool can used whatever 
the choice of OS.

GroundWorks Open Source announced its support for Ubuntu Server. GWOS’ 
excellent systems monitoring and management tools will give users a 
great, low-cost option for their Ubuntu deployments, something that is 
very important as Ubuntu Server is pushed into larger and more critical 
use environments.

Finally LikeWise and the Ubuntu development team were able to confirm 
the latest version Likewise Open 5.4 has made the alpha of Ubuntu 10.04 
where it will undergo rigorous testing for stability before confirmation 
in the release. Users from 9.10 and 8.04LTS will have a direct upgrade 
path at release and a version supported for five years when they do.

I hope you take time to consider these options as part of your Ubuntu 
deployment. Expect to see more of these types of announcements as we 
broaden support for the 10.04 release. We will also be able to give 
details soon of some programs for the ISVs themselves to more easily 
come on board with the LTS release and understand why it is a great 
addition to their portfolios. We’re looking well set for a great release.


=== January 20th America's Membership Review Board Meeting ===

The approval results from the July 15th Americas Membership meeting are 
as follows:

Diego Turcios - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DiegoTurcios Launchpad: 

Diego is currently acting as the team contact for the Honduras LoCo 
team. Diego has also contributed to many events in Honduras including 
FLISOL, Ubuntu Global Bug Jam, two release parties, and many more. He is 
also a
member of the Spanish Translators team and Beginner's team.

José Ernesto Dávila Pantoja - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Josernesto 
Launchpad: http://launchpad.net/~josernestodavila

José is a member of the Nicaraguan LoCo team where he helps administer 
both the IRC channel and mailing list. He has given many presentations 
at conferences such as FLISOL and other events including the first event 
organized by the Nicaraguan LoCo team.

Allen Dye - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Iowan Launchpad: 

Allen is a active member of the Ubuntu Forums where he spends much of 
his time providing support to other users. And he has provided a lot of 
it, 3600 posts in the last 10 months. His support work does not end at 
the Forum; he is also active on Launchpad Answers and is working towards 
becoming a member of the Ubuntu Answers team.

Sergio Andres Meneses Echavéz - Wiki: 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SergioMeneses Launchpad: 

Sergio is a member of the Colombian LoCo team where he a member of the 
team council and support team. He helped organize and execute the Ubuntu 
Global Bug Jam in Colombia and has also worked with such events as 
FLISOL and Free Software Symposium.

Victor Vargas - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/VictorVargas Launchpad: 

Victor is a member of the Chilean LoCo team and has been active within 
the team by doing training events on bug triage. Additionally, he is 
working on HUUF, Help Ubuntu Users in Forums, which will help users 
provide useful information about their computes to those who are trying 
to help.

Cristian Barahona G. - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CristianBarahona 
Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~cristianvirtual

Cristian is another member of the Chilean LoCo team and is on their LoCo 
council along with being its team contact. He was one of the creators of 
FUCH, which is the precursor to HUUF. He has also been active in the
community by presenting at and working booths at conferences.

Jamal Fanaian - Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/jamalta Launchpad: 

Jamal is a member of the Florida US LoCo team where he has attended many 
events Bug and Packaging Jams, release parties, and other meetups. He 
has been working with the Ubuntu Learning team and has contributed code 
to Launchpad. He has also submitted patches to Gwibber and created 
GrooveNotify, which integrates Grooveshark with the Ubuntu notification 

Please join the Americas Board in welcoming these great new Ubuntu members!


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (76540) +5 # over last week
* Critical (36) -1 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (39567) -40 # 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 (11152) -134 # over last week
2. French (43408) -647 # over last week
3. Brazilian Portuguese (44737) -193 # over last week
4. Swedish (66419) +5 # over last week
5. English (United Kingdom) (67787) -1095 # 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 ===

* Touchpad Speed, seperate from Anything else speed - 
* It's not easy enough to install a desktop cube in Ubuntu - 
* display the size of files in software center - 
* Consider Brainstorm contributions in Launchpad Karma - 
* Better Print-preview - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/23415/

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 LoCo Re-Approval Process ===

 From the Ubuntu LoCo Council. For the Lucid cycle we have undertaken to 
look at the re-approving all approved Ubuntu LoCos. This was discussed 
at UDS Lucid in 

We thought it best to publicize and inform everyone about the 
re-approval process of a LoCo. It was decided back at UDS to start this 
process. It gives us a chance to see how LoCos are doing, if they need
a hand in areas and to give you a chance to give us some feedback.

How it will work, for all teams which have been approved over 2 years, a 
member of the LoCo Council is selected to be the point of contact with 
the LoCo team for re-approval, they will contact your Team contact / leader.

They will attempt to contact you three times over one month. Once 
contact is made, you will then invite you to the next available IRC 
meeting. Using the method you were originally approved, 
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoGettingApproved. We just want to see how 
you’ve progressed, your activity, and if you’ve had any issues, how 
you’ve handled them.

During this time, we may need to have more IRC meetings, but we will let 
you know when you are requested to attend. The re-approval process is 
documented and the information is on the wiki 

The members of the current LoCo Council you will hear from are regarding 
this re approval process are

· Laura Czajkowski (czajkowski)
· Alan Pope (popey)
· Jan Claeys (janc)
· Efrain Valles (effie-jayx)
· Christophe Sauthier (huats)
· Chris Crisafulli (itnet7)


=== LoCo Stories: the Ubuntu Honduras School Tour ===

This week we’re travelling to Central America to visit the Ubuntu 
Honduras team, a LoCo true to the Ubuntu ethos and a mission of their 
own: encourage and promote the use of free technology through Ubuntu in 
the Republic of Honduras.

One of the most special activities the Honduran team organises to pursue 
this noble goal are their Ubuntu School Tours, a series of events where 
they travel to schools around the country and talk to students about 
Ubuntu. The idea is to promote the use of Open Source and raise 
awareness on its significance among students and teachers in educational 

* Ubuntu School Tour: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam/Ubuntu_Tour
* Events: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam/Eventos2009

In words of Diego Turcios, the team contact lead, the idea is that “more 
and more people in Honduras learn about Ubuntu and Free Software and see 
it as an excellent Operating System option for laptops, desktops and 
servers. We also want to show that with Ubuntu everyone, be it home 
users or companies, have all the applications they need, such as a web 
browser, word processor, spreadsheet editor, instant messaging and others.”

Despite the political unrest in the country, which forced them to cancel 
many presentations, they showed their strong determination and great 
team organization in running two School Tour events last year, both with 
great success. In particular, they were at the Master School and at the 
Tridentino Institute in San Pedro Sula, the second biggest city in 
Honduras, in which we’ll focus to learn more on the event.

It was in the morning on the last Saturday of September last year, and 
during that time, they managed to provide a very complete overview of 
the team, Ubuntu and Open source in general. They started with a brief 
introduction to the Honduran team, followed by a presentation about what 
Open Source is and why Ubuntu is the OS of their choice. Next up was a 
demonstration of free office suite applications, GNU/Linux distributions 
and the four Free Software freedoms, followed by a showcase of Compiz 
which left more than one with their mouths open. The grand finale was an 
installation workshop and Q&A session, after which they left Ubuntu 
installed in one of the school’s machines and gave them a LiveCD to share.

 From the testimonials of those present it was a very interesting 
experience: 20 students attended, showing a lot of enthusiasm in the 
subject, and who were in the end invited to join the LoCo and to 
participate in future team activities, which was also received with 
great interest.

All in all, another great example of the Ubuntu LoCo culture and spirit!

Links for the Honduras Team:

* Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam
* Website: http://ubuntu-honduras.org/
* Forum: http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=369
* Mailing list: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-hn
* IRC chat at #ubuntu-hn on Freenode


== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad 10.1 roll-out 09.00-11.30 27th January 2010 ===

Launchpad’s web interface will be read-only, and all other parts of 
Launchpad offline, for roughly two and a half hours from 09.00 UTC on 
the 27th January 2010.

* Starts: 09.00 UTC 27th January 2010
* Expected back: 11.30 UTC 27th January 2010

This is for the roll-out of our Launchpad 10.01 code. 

We’ll post details of what’s new after the release.


=== Anonymous Access to the Launchpad Web Service API ===

You asked for it and we’ve delivered. Your launchpadlib scripts can now 
get read-only access to the Launchpad web service API without going 
through any authorization process. Previously, to authorize your script, 
you had to open a web page in the end-user’s web browser and get the 
user to click a button. Now, you only have to go through that process if 
you want to access someone’s private data or modify the Launchpad 
dataset on their behalf.

If you’re using the latest version of launchpadlib (1.5.4), you can log 
in anonymously with the login_anonymously helper method. You just have 
to pass in a string identifying your client, and the name of the 
Launchpad server you want to access.

* from launchpadlib.launchpad import Launchpad
* launchpad = Launchpad.login_anonymously("my client", "edge")
* print launchpad.bugs[1].title
* # Microsoft has a majority market share'

(That code also illustrates how the latest version of Launchpadlib lets 
you specify a short string like “edge” instead of having to importing a 
constant like EDGE_SERVICE_ROOT.)

If you’re using an older version of launchpadlib, you can log in 
anonymously using the login helper method. You can get anonymous access 
by passing in empty strings for the token string and access secret:

* from launchpadlib.launchpad import Launchpad, EDGE_SERVICE_ROOT
* launchpad = Launchpad.login("my client", "", "", EDGE_SERVICE_ROOT)
* print launchpad.bugs[1].title
* # Microsoft has a majority market share'

Right now, anonymous access only works on Launchpad’s ‘edge’ and 
’staging’ instances. It’ll be installed on production at the end of the 
month, with the release of Launchpad 10.01.


== The Planet ==

=== Daniel Hobach: Django and the LoCo Directory ===

If you’re confronted with the task of setting up some kind of website 
that allows some kind of user interaction, you suddenly have two tasks: 
first find out which of the many “web frameworks” you want to use and 
second to implement the whole thing.

There was a couple of reasons why I thought I’d try out Django. First I 
like using python whenever possible, but there’s also been 
recommendations of friends and coworkers that were far beyond usual 
fanboyism. Almost everybody told me to have a look at the Django 
tutorial, so I checked it out, played around with it and I very much 
liked what I saw. The definition of the application and its structure 
was very clear and structured and easy to extend.

* Django: http://www.djangoproject.com/
* Django tutorial: http://docs.djangoproject.com/en/dev/intro/tutorial01/

What I liked most about it was that even though I knew I didn’t know 
much, I never felt stupid but got lots of stuff done. Of course working 
together with very clever and very enthusiastic people, I quickly found 
out how to things more elegantly and easily. Django takes care of all 
the “regular” cases you might encounter and you’ll quickly solve all of 

The LoCo Directory journey was a lot of fun up until now and I’m sure 
it’ll stay that way. We all learned a lot and together we quickly went 
from our first objective (replace long list of LoCos – done) to our 
second one (implement event handling system – almost done).

If you want to join in and help out, have a look at the bugs, 
translations or branches and talk to us on #ubuntu-locoteams.

* Bugs: https://bugs.launchpad.net/loco-directory
* Tanslations: https://translations.launchpad.net/loco-directory
* Branches: https://code.launchpad.net/loco-directory


I’m very happy that one of our team, Daviey, decided to give a session 
about Django and Ubuntu Developer Week next week! Make sure you’re there!

=== Dustin Kirkland: 35,000-Core Ubuntu Farm Renders Avatar ===

I just attended Paul Gunn's talk at LCA2010, entitled:

* Challenges in Data Centre Growth (or, "You need how many processors to 
finish the movie???")

Paul is a Systems Administrator at Weta Digital, a Wellywood digital 
effects studio here in Wellington, New Zealand. Check out some of the 
feature films that Weta Digital has worked on, and I think you'll 
recognize a few. District9, Day the Earth Stood Still, Jumper, King 
Kong, Lord of the Rings, Fantastic Four, Eragon, X-Men, i-Robot. Wow!

It was a great talk, about the type of data center needed to render 
special effects in today's blockbuster movies. They have a 2 Petabyte 
disk array, 10gbps networking, and 35,000 cores (4,000+ HP blades) in 
their data center, and still it takes 48 hours to render some of their 
graphic sequences.

According to Paul, Ubuntu is at the core of all of this, running on all 
of the rendering nodes, and 90% of the desktops at Weta Digital. He 
notes that his farm (he calls it a "render wall") is in fact an Ubuntu 
Server farm, and not RHEL as he has seen reported in the media.

Here's a couple of articles on Weta Digital's data center and their work 
on Avatar:



=== Jorge Castro: Docs for upstreams and how to work with upstreams ===

As part of my cycle goals I have (mostly) finished the cut of the 
upstream section of our wiki docs. Sometimes I get a mail from an 
upstream project who has no idea how Ubuntu works, but they want to get 
their software into Ubuntu to get it out in people’s hands. They have no 
idea what SRU, PPAs, and all that other stuff is.

* Upstream section: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Upstream

This document kind of gives you an overview of Ubuntu development that 
you as an upstream care about. So if you’ve ever run into “hey how do we 
get this fix into Ubuntu?” then this will steer you in the right 
direction. Ubuntu development can be a bit daunting to step your foot 
into so I hope this helps people figure out what they need to do to get 
in Ubuntu.

The next bit is the “Adopt a Package“. The great bit about this is 
there’s already people out there doing this, so we’re putting together a 
place where we can share information on best practices so we can be more 
efficient and weeding through old bugs and making sure that upstream 
bugs go to the right place. We’ve also put together a nice set of 
recommendations on how to talk to upstreams to make the work easier for 

* Adopt a Package: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad/AdoptPackage
* Recommendations: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Upstream/Adopt


=== Thierry Carrez: Nominate your favorite Ubuntu Server papercuts ===

An Ubuntu Server LTS release stays around for 5 years, so during the 
development cycle there is an increased focus in QA, bugfixing and 
stability. During Lucid UDS in Dallas, we discussed of various ways of 
translating that effort into clear actions. One of those discussions was 
geared towards improving the Ubuntu Server user (sysadmin) experience: 
we could focus on fixing lots of minor annoyances, low-hanging-fruit 
bugs that traditionally get less attention than others. On the footsteps 
of the excellent One hundred papercuts project (from the User experience 
team), this project was named Server papercuts.

* QA bugfixing and stability: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LTS
* One hundred paper cuts: https://launchpad.net/hundredpapercuts

This project is led by the Ubuntu Server community, for the Ubuntu 
Server community. We discussed the implementation details during our 
weekly IRC meetings, a specific Launchpad project was created, together 
with a team to triage the candidates (with a cool badge).

* Weekly IRC meetings: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting
* Launchpad project: https://launchpad.net/server-papercuts

Now it’s time to nominate your personal pet bug, your favorite minor 
annoyance, your preferred PITA ! Here is the process to follow:

1. If the papercut isn’t already filed as an Ubuntu bug in Launchpad, 
file a bug against the affected Ubuntu package
2. Look up the bug you want to nominate as a Server papercut, then click 
on “Also affects project”
3. Click “Choose another project” and type in “server-papercuts”, click 
4. Click on “Add to Bug report”

That’s it ! Your bug will now show up on the Server papercuts buglist 
and we’ll Confirm or Invalid-ate it soon, when we start getting a good list.

* Server papercuts buglist: https://bugs.launchpad.net/server-papercuts

Here are a few guidelines on what makes a good Server papercut:

* Bug affects a server package
* Bug has an obvious and easy fix
* Bug makes the life of the sysadmin more miserable

Here are a few guidelines on what doesn’t make a good Server papercut:

* New features
* Large-scale improvements that affect multiple packages
* Your solution is likely to result in a new papercut for someone else

For more details, complete acceptation criteria is described in the 
project spec. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerPapercutsSpec


=== Laura Czajkowski: New flavors of Ubuntu being developed in Ireland ===

Laura Czajkowski recently popped down to the BT Young Scientist 
Exhibition for secondary and high school junior students in Dublin. 
Walking through the exhibition she stumbled upon Zorin OS, an OS that 
Kyrill and Artyom Zorin have developed based on Ubuntu, which caught her 
eye. She stopped and asked Kyrill and Artyom Zorin a few questions which 
she shares in this article. Czajkowski thinks it’s pretty amazing that a 
4th year and a 2 year student came up with this idea, and implemented 
it. She would still prefer to work on the idea of getting more people 
using Ubuntu, then having it themed to look more windows like, but 
Czajkowski admits that she can see the reasoning behind it. Laura also 
thinks it’s pretty amazing these developments are happening in her back 
yard, here in Ireland, and makes her rather proud, that if students can 
do this, what else we can do?


== In The Press ==

=== New Low-Latency Ubuntu Server Build Proposed ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us that Canonical's Tim Gardner is 
seeking comments regarding a new build of Ubuntu Server that he is 
proposing. Canonical is considering another build of Ubuntu Server 
(there is already Ubuntu Server 32-bit and 64-bit along with specialized 
builds for cloud computing with Amazon EC2 and UEC), but this one would 
be specialized for just 64-bit platforms that have low-latency 
requirements and on power consumptive systems. This new build would be 
tuned for tasks like Asterisk that have low-latency requirements and 
where the current Ubuntu Server builds may not be sufficient. Though 
from the initial RFC, it may just end up being an alternate kernel that 
can be selected during the installation process of Ubuntu Server. The 
thread regarding low-latency improvements for Ubuntu Server and this new 
build can be found on the ubuntu-devel mailing list. 

=== Analysis: Will Ubuntu Take Windows 7 In Speed War? ===

ChannelWeb's Edward F. Moltzen thinks that the Ubuntu development 
community spent much of the last year losing a lot of momentum, as 
Microsoft gave birth to its Windows 7 operating system and its latest 
releases of the Linux OS failed to overly impress. Among the many 
differences between Microsoft and the Ubuntu community is speed. While 
it took more than three (painful) years between the launch of Windows 
Vista and the launch of Windows 7, the Ubuntu folks are already in full 
stride toward the next desktop release of the Linux-based desktop OS, 
version 10.04 -- code-named "Lucid Lynx." Ubuntu leader Mark 
Shuttleworth has said, "Speed remains our goal." And it's a good goal to 
have. In earlier versions of both Windows and Ubuntu, we've seen Ubuntu 
overtake Windows in overall system performance -- including speed. The 
Linux OS still has an edge in boot time, and that edge could grow 

=== Canonical to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver? ===

Tom Wickline of Wine-Reviews notes that in a official post on the Ubuntu 
Forums, user Matthew Helmke asks users to complete a survey with the 
applications they would like to see in the upcoming versions of Ubuntu. 
Among the applications one can find: Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, Skype, WoW, 
Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes, CodeWeavers and a couple more 
applications. Wickline wonders if Canonical has plans to bundle 
CodeWeavers CrossOver with forthcoming releases? Most of the 
applications CodeWeavers already supports and the one or two apps they 
don't officially support will already run as Unsupported apps in 
CrossOver now. The only change would be for CodeWeavers to officially 
support the apps in a upcoming release. Follow this link for more 
information, and to a link to the survey: 

=== Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10 ===

LinuxBSDos.coms says that on the surface, trying to write a comparative 
review of Linux Mint 8 (Helena) and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic koala) would 
seem like a pointless exercise. After all, Linux Mint is based on 
Ubuntu. So what’s the point? Well, as in cases such as this, where one 
product is based on another, there begins to emerge – at some point – a 
product differentiation. In the case of Mint and Ubuntu, that 
differentiation has been apparent almost from the first year of Mint’s 
existence. They compare the benefits and similarities of both distros, 
and they think that Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) is better in in terms of 
the Updates Manager, Games, USB Startup Disk Creator, and Cloud Service. 
Follow this link for their complete break down of both Linux Mint 9 and 
Ubuntu 9.10. http://linuxbsdos.com/2010/01/16/linux-mint-8-vs-ubuntu-9-10/

=== Ubuntu primes music service ===

Alastair Otter of MyBroadbandNews notes that although it is not yet 
official, Ubuntu's next release looks likely to include a music store 
service similar to Apple's iTunes. The first hint that Ubuntu developers 
were considering a music store came in September last year when 
Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth announced plans for Lucid Lynx, the 
next version of Ubuntu. At the time Shuttleworth made vague references 
to an Amazon- and iTunes-like music store for the next release. Since 
then the noise around an Ubuntu music store has grown into a coherent 
direction and a number of details suggest that the Ubuntu One Music 
Store is on track for possible inclusion in Lucid Lynx which is 
scheduled to be released in April this year. Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx will be 
released in April this year when questions around the Ubuntu One Music 
store will be clarified but for now it does appear that Ubuntu's music 
plans are more than just speculation. 

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Wallpapers - The Ubuntu Artwork Pool ===

The OMG! Ubuntu! site takes a look into the artwork pool for Lucid Lynx 
and the various Wallpapers that available. There are links to the 
"Ubuntu Artwork" site on Flickr where many of wallpapers you'll seen in 
Lucid will come from. The article highlights 8 wallpapers that according 
to the article were "just too darn wonderful not to mention". Don't want 
to wait for Lucid to grab those Wallpapers, the article links to the 
Wallpapers on Flickr where you can download, comment, rate, or as in the 
case of this article, blog about them. 

=== Ubuntu Help Centre To Get Major Overhaul For Lucid? ===

The folks over at the OMG! Ubuntu! site talk about whether "The Ubuntu 
"Help and Support" system may be getting a overhaul in time for Lucid." 
They point out that developers are wondering what the majority of users 
think about "Help and Support". "Developers feel the majority of users 
are either simply unaware that the help system exists or find it overly 
complicated to navigate and draw information from." OMG! Ubuntu! points 
out that users see this option when they do fresh install but after that 
a large number of users for get that "Help and Support" application is 
there, sitting that users will use Google or head straight to the forum 
for answers instead. "As the discussions surrounding the documentation 
are still on-going and due to the fact that Lucid is fast approaching, 
these changes may have to sit out and be included in Lucid +1." 

=== The Ubuntu Effect ===

Ed Hewitt, Yet Another Tech & Gaming Blog, writes about the effect 
Ubuntu has on users even when they don't know what they are using. Ed 
mentions that his brother was using a windows XP machine, when XP broke, 
Ed installed Ubuntu for his brother as a work around until he could get 
and XP CD and fix it for him. Ed points out that when he went to 
reinstall XP his brother was quite happy with the "thing I had put on 
his laptop" (his [Ed's brother's] words)." Ed notes his brother really 
just wanted to be able to get on Facebook and MSN and was happy with the 
speed of Ubuntu over Windows, "Fair point. If all he wants is a Web 
browser, why do you need Windows. It seems Ubuntu is having an effect on 
people, who don't even know what it is!" 

== In Other News ==

=== Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10 ===

Markus Nestor, of Softpedia, introduces Ubuntu Electronics Remix, 9.10, 
"We are proud to present today a new Ubuntu-based (or Remix) Linux 
distribution, this time for electronics. Called Ubuntu Electronics 
Remix, or UER for short, it is based on the popular Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic 
Koala) operating system and comes as a Live DVD ISO image with lots of 
free electronics software. Except for the electronics software, 
everything else is exactly the same as in the original Ubuntu 9.10 
distribution. The goals of the Ubuntu Electronics Remix operating system 
are to make Ubuntu easy to use for electronics, to promote the use of 
100% and open source applications for electronics, to create a Live CD 
with electronics programs, and provide good tutorials for using Ubuntu 
Linux for electronics design. "The software included in Ubuntu 
Electronics Remix is Free Open Source Software with developed active 
communities. This means you get all the power of electronic software 
with all the advantages of open sources software." – was stated on the 
project's website. You can also access the home page, if you want to get 
involved in this project!" There is a list of applications that are 
included in UER 9.10 as well as screen shots of the electronics software 
as well as a link to download the UER 9.10. 

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, January 25, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/

==== 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, January 26, 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

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/

==== 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

=== Wednesday, January 27, 2010 ===

==== 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

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/

==== 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, January 28, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/

==== MC Meeting ====

* Start: 17:00 UTC
* End: 18:00 UTC
* Location: Not listed as of publication
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Friday, January 29, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/

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

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2010-01-29

=== Saturday, January 30, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Manual Meeting ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-manual/Meetings

=== Sunday, January 31, 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

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

=== Security Updates ===

* USN-886-1: Pidgin vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-886-1
* USN-887-1: LibThai vulnerability- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-887-1
* USN-888-1: Bind vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-888-1
* USN-889-1: gzip vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-889-1
* USN-890-1: Expat vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-890-1
* USN-890-2: Python 2.5 vulnerabilities- 
* USN-890-3: Python 2.4 vulnerabilities- 

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

* bind9 (delayed)- 
* gzip- 
* expat (delayed)- 
* python2.4 (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.4.1-1ubuntu2.8_i386_translations.tar.gz- 
* base-files 4.0.1ubuntu5.8.04.8 - 
* debian-installer 20070308ubuntu40.13 - 
* klibc 1.5.7-4ubuntu5 - 
* bind9 (delayed)- 
* gzip- 
* expat (delayed)- 
* acroread 9.3-1 - 
* python2.5 (delayed)- 
* python2.4 (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.5.2-0ubuntu1.6_powerpc_translations.tar.gz- 
* bind9_9.5.0.dfsg.P2-1ubuntu3.5_sparc_translations.tar.gz (delayed)- 
* gzip- 
* expat (delayed)- 
* python2.5 (delayed)- 
* acroread 9.3-1intrepid1 - 
* python2.4 (delayed)- 

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

* gdesklets 0.36-5ubuntu1.1 - 
* pidgin_2.5.5-1ubuntu8.5_armel_translations.tar.gz- 
* horde3_3.2.2+debian0-2+lenny2build0.9.04.1_i386_translations.tar.gz 
* bind9_9.5.1.dfsg.P2-1ubuntu0.4_ia64_translations.tar.gz- 
* gzip- 
* expat (delayed)- 
* proftpd-dfsg_1.3.1-17ubuntu1.1_hppa_translations.tar.gz- 
* python2.5 (delayed)- 
* python2.4 (delayed)- 
* acroread 9.3-1jaunty1 - 

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Updates ===

* pidgin_2.6.2-1ubuntu7.1_ia64_translations.tar.gz- 
* quassel 0.5.0-0ubuntu1.1 - 
* uex - 
* debian-installer 20081029ubuntu70.1 - 
* gnome-power-manager 2.28.1-0ubuntu1.1 - 
* krb5 1.7dfsg~beta3-1ubuntu0.4 - 
* bind9- 
* gzip- 
* expat (delayed)- 
* python2.5 (delayed)- 
* acroread 9.3-1karmic1 - 
* python2.4 (delayed)- 

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