Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #201
akgraner at ubuntu.com
Mon Jul 12 02:09:38 BST 2010
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 201 for the week July
4th - July 10th, 2010.
== In This Issue ==
* Welcome New Ubuntu Members
* Kubuntu developer wins KDE Akademy 2010 Award
* The Ubuntu Font
* Ubuntu Developer Week
* Indicator Panel Menu Rocks the House
* Ubuntu Translations Interviews: Milo Casagrande (Italian Team)
* Ubuntu Closes Root Hole
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned: Massachusetts Team
* June LoCo Health Check Follow-up
* New Launchpad Bugs Status: Opinion
* Cleansweep Progress Report
* Accessing files made easy – Exploring vs Finding
* Dear Canonical
* We’ve packaged all of the free software…what now?
* In The Press
* In The Blogosphere
* How to Install Ubuntu on Your Nexus One/Android!
* GNOME Amazon Referral Fees June 2010
* Ailurus - A Useful Ubuntu Tweak Alternative For Beginners
* Using Bazaar on Subversion Repositories
* GIMP Plugin Registry 3.5.1 Gets ~129 New Plugins
* Getting Amarok running in Ubuntu 10.04
* Featured Podcasts
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security
* UWN A Sneak Peek
* and much much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Welcome New Ubuntu Members ===
The approval results from the May 28th Asia-Oceanic Membership meeting
are as follows:
==== Benjamin Humphrey ====
Benjamin Humphrey is a 20 year old student from New Zealand. As well
as helping out with Ubuntu he has a pilots licence, is a hobbyist
photographer and plays several instruments. You might also know him as
the founder and leader of the Ubuntu Manual project and a contributor
to various other parts of the ubuntu ecosystem. He would love it if
you all check out his manual - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-manual
and the new Support and Learning Center -
==== OneLeaf ====
Oneleaf is a key player in the Ubuntu landscape in China. He is the
co-founder of the Ubuntu China LoCo and created the ubuntu.org.cn
site. He is also an advocate for the use of Ubuntu within the Chinese
governement with some excellent success stories. Thanks to all the
people who voiced their support for Oneleaf. Its been a while since
I've seen that many testimonials for any person. Its a testimant to
the work he does within China.
=== Kubuntu developer wins KDE Akademy 2010 Award ===
Top Kubuntu developer Aurélien Gâteau (agateau) has been honoured with
an Akademy Award for 2010. The Akademy Awards are given out each year
at the annual KDE Akademy conference; the jury being formed of
Aurélien won the award for his work on Gwenview, the image viewing
application which ships with Kubuntu. He was also commended at Akademy
for his work in getting the KDE Status Notifier specifications adopted
by the Ubuntu project, where they are known under the nameApplication
Indicators along with necessary DBusMenu additions.
To read more about Akademy and Aurélien Gâteau go to:
=== The Ubuntu Font ===
Ivanka Majic, of the Canonical Design Team, announced on July 7th,
2010 that all Ubuntu Members now have access to the new Ubuntu Font
PPA for testing purposes. Ivanka goes on to state that, "The font is
scheduled for completion 8th August and this is when we aim to open
the beta to everyone."
If you are an Ubuntu Member and have yet to check out the PPA or if
you want to know more about the new Ubuntu Font then go to:
=== Ubuntu Developer Week ===
Ever wondered how Ubuntu development works? How to get involved
yourself? Find out from July 12th 2010 to July 16th 2010!
The sessions will happen in #ubuntu-classroom and chat in
#ubunt-classroom-chat on irc.freenode.net.
To find out more about the sessions that are being offered in this
Ubuntu Developer Week or how you can participate go to:
=== Indicator Panel Menu Rocks the House ===
Jono Bacon writes about the new Indicator Panel Menu that is scheduled
to be shipped in Ubuntu 10.10 version of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition.
The article also contains a link to download, test and play with the
new panel menu. Don't want to downlaod it but are curious as to what
it looks like? Jono provides screenshots in this posts as well. Jono
states, " Now I can absolutely see and feel the benefits; I am loving
having the menu there and my desktop feels sleeker and more
consistent." He also notes that there is still many things that need
to be tested and fixed but the pros seem to out weight the cons.
If you want to know more about the new Indicator Panel Menu go to:
=== Ubuntu Translations Interviews: Milo Casagrande (Italian Team) ===
Ubuntu is brought to users in their own language by a large community
of volunteer translators, who tirelessly work on localizing every part
of the operating system on every release.
In this series of interviews we’ll get to know who they are, about
their language and how they work.
This week we’re introducing you to Milo Casagrande, the Italian
translation team coordinator.
To see all that the Italian Translation team is doing for Ubuntu, what
Milo had to say and how you can help go to:
=== Ubuntu Closes Root Hole ===
User crve, of h-online, discusses a security flaw that was fixed
earlier this week.
crve writes, "A flaw in the module pam_motd (message of the day),
which displays the daily motto and other information after login (to
the shell), can be exploited under Ubuntu to expand access rights.
Attackers can exploit this vulnerability to gain root access. Ubuntu
has already provided a patch for the flaw. Operators of multi-users
systems should install it as soon as possible because directions are
already in circulation via Twitter on how to exploit the flaw to get
access rights to the password file /etc/shadow. The file can then not
only be read, but changed.""
crve, also states, "According to the developers, the problem only
occurs on Ubuntu; other Linux systems are reportedly not affected.
Ubuntu has remedied the flaw by taking root rights away from the
module for access to the file motd.legal-notice (under .cache)."
To find out more and to read the article in full go to:
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (77561) +230 over last week
* Critical (31) -1 over last week
* Unconfirmed (36889) +4 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 Lucid ===
1. English (United Kingdom) (0) +/-0 over last week
2. Spanish (9013) -113 over last week
3. Brazilian Portuguese (34702) -120 over last week
4. French (38201) -64 over last week
5. German (54309) -11 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", see more
=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===
* Keeping the time accurate over the Internet by default -
* Software Installation/removal for Newbies -
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 ==
=== LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned: Massachusetts Team ===
In the latest LoCo Team interview in this US Teams Interview Series -
LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned, Amber Graner talks to Martin
Owens of the Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo Team. Martin talks about the
tools the team uses, events they attend as well as help with, and what
advice the Massachusetts LoCo Team would give to other teams and
community members and much much more!
To find out what Martin had to say and to read the interview in full go to:
=== June LoCo Health Check Follow-up ===
LoCo Council Health Check session will be run on the 1st Tuesday of
the month in #ubuntu-locoteams from 17:00-19:00 UTC It’s open for
everyone to come along and ask questions about how to get the most
from your team. If you have suggestions on how to improve the
information and also any issues you need clarified.
To read the minutes from the last Health Check session or to add items
for discussion go to:
== Launchpad News ==
=== New Launchpad Bugs Status: Opinion ===
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