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with boot, hibernate, wake, and shut down times, which were mostly an
improvement over Hardy (the exception being the time it takes to go
into hibernate). Next he looks at the times for file copy and
compression, which are again mostly improved in Lucid compared to
Hardy. He goes on to look at multimedia applications by testing
Handbrake, Lame, POV-Ray, Blender and Raw Therapee; again, Lucid is
generally faster than Hardy. The next benchmarks reported are
Peacekeeper (using Firefox) and Geekbench, where Lucid again performed

In the UNiGiNE Heaven benchmarch testing, the testers discovered that
there is something in the desktop effects settings in Lucid that slows
framerates considerably. To fix this, they disabled the desktop
effects setting, at which point Lucid outperformed Hardy, again. For
the benchmark results on Tropics, Sanctuary, and Lightsmark things
were mixed. In most cased Lucid with desktop effects disabled
outperformed Hardy, except for Lightsmark 2008, where Hardy does much
better than Lucid. The last benchmark results checked are those for
games. These were all very close with Lucid winning some and Hardy
winning others. Clearly, however, disabling desktop effects did much
to improve Lucid's performance.

Adam concludes that Lucid is the desktop Linux distro king, however,
worries that it will get quickly replaced in advertising by 10.10,
which he fears will not be as good.

For all the details of Adam's review:,2634.html

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu's Unity Desktop: Reality vs. Rationales =3D=3D=3D

Is Ubuntu's Unity desktop meeting up to Mark Shuttleworth's
expectations for a fast-booting, simple, 'finger-friendly' cloud
distribution? Take a look at the Unity desktop (which is to become the
desktop for the Ubuntu Netbook Remix release, and the upcoming 'Ubuntu
Light') and see for yourself. Is the layout more touch screen
friendly? Does it have a lightning fast boot time? Is the screen
layout more horizontal rather that vertical to better suit netbooks?
This author says no. However, Unity does deliver quite well on a few
key features, while targeting a market of 'cloud' users who do not
necessarily want or need many locally installed applications, and just
want an 'instant-web' portal. If we look at Shuttleworth's goals, we
can see that Unity is not a polished final project, but rather a
playground on which the ideas can be worked out. This author feels
that Ubuntu's Unity desktop may undergo MANY changes, including
changes in vision and target markets.

To for more information on this article please go to:

=3D=3D In The Blogosphere =3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D Five Usability Improvements in Ubuntu 10.04 =3D=3D=3D

Christopher Tozzi at WorksWithU writes about five features that are in
Ubuntu 10.04 (some started in Ubuntu 9.10) which improve usability. He
notes that they may be so small that you don't notice them; however,
they are things that make Ubuntu a more intuitive operating system to

Christopher focuses on these five usability enhancements:

 * Screenshot Utility
 * Syntax Highlighting in Nano
 * Archive Mounter
 * RAR Files
 * Better PDF Reader

While he notes that there is still more work, Christopher says the
usability improvements in 9.10 and 10.04 show a real commitment to
usability, and he's looking forward to see what comes next.

For more information about what Christopher thinks of the usability
changes in 10.04 see:

=3D=3D=3D HTML5 Video on Ubuntu =3D=3D=3D

Christopher Tozzi at WorksWithU tried out HTML5 on Ubuntu using Google
Chrome. Christopher is not a fan of Flash, partially because it is
closed and proprietary, but also because it is slow, insecure, and
buggy. While Adobe has worked to improve Flash, these improvements do
not help a Linux user.

HTML5 has the potential to replace flash with the <video> tag included
in the codec. The main concern with HTML5 for Christopher is that most
video currently used on sites using HTML5 use the H.264 codec, which
is not free. This means that Firefox does not support HTML5 videos on
sites such as YouTube which use H.264. As a result, Christopher
downloaded Google Chrome to test HTML5. His actual experience using
HTML5 on YouTube was that it worked well with little effort.

For more information on Christopher's experience with HTML5:

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu Netbook 10.10 Will Get a Global Menu By Default =3D=3D=3D

WebUpD8 reports that Mark Shuttleworth has announce that Ubuntu
Netbook Edition 10.10 (and only Ubuntu Netbook Edition) will have a
global menu. The reason for using a global menu is that it should
increase available vertical space. Mark clarified on the Ayatana
mailing list the details of how the menu will work. When the window is
not maximized, the menu will be in the panel. When maximized, the
panel will contain the window controls, the window title, and the
indicators. When you mouse towards the window title, or press Alt, it
will chance to the menu.

WebUpD8 questions what will happen for switching between running
applications, as Mark has stated it will be addressed separately. The
writer for WebUpD8 wonders if this will mean that a dock-like
application will be added.

WebUpD8 also provides instructions for installing the Global Menu in
your current version of Ubuntu.

For more information see:

=3D=3D In Other News =3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D Landscape 1.5 Released with new Enterprise Features =3D=3D=3D

Canonical released the latest version of Landscape, an enterprise
class systems management and monitoring service. Landscape 1.5 debuts
this week and is timed to support the newest LTS release 10.04. Many
new features have been integrated; such as SSO integration allowing
users to log into Landscape with existing credentials, through
authentication modules such as LDAP and Active Directory. Package
configuration, pinning and improved LTS to LTS upgrades are now part
of the standard feature set of the improved Landscape 1.5.

Ken Drachnik, Canonical Landscape Manager, covers all the important
points in the article.

To learn more about Landscape and read what Ken Drachnick has to say
about Landscape go to:

=3D=3D=3D Canonical Pushes Skype into Ubuntu Repository =3D=3D=3D

The popular closed source VoIP application, Skype, can now be found in
the Canonical Third Party Repositories. The Skype package is available
in the Lucid 10.04 Partner Repositories, which can be enabled
according to this tutorial [1] and then installed using the Software
Center. Skype can be found on Launchpad [2] and package development
can be followed at

 1. -
 2. -

For more information see:

=3D=3D=3D Linux Security Summit 2010 =3D=3D=3D

Kees Cooks, Ubuntu Security Manager, posts on his blog that the call
for papers at LinuxCon is now open.

The Call For Participation is open for the 2010 Linux Security Summit,
being held just before this year=92s LinuxCon.

If you=92re interested in helping make Linux more secure, you=92ve got
ideas to present, want to have your opinion heard, or generally just
want to hang out, please join us and/or suggest a topic for discussion
(CFP ends June 4th, so please hurry).

I=92m hoping to get a chance to discuss what I=92m calling the =93popular
kernel hardening patches=94 which appear in a lot of distros yet remain
missing from the upstream Linux kernel.

For more information on the Linux Security Summit 2010 please go to:

=3D=3D=3D Full Circle Magazine #37 =3D=3D=3D

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
is proud to announce the release of issue thirty-seven.

In this month's issue:

  * Command and Conquer.
  * How-To : Program in Python =96 Part 11, Adding Screenlets, and
Streaming Media.
  * Review =96 Lubuntu.
  * MOTU Interview =96 Stefan Lesicnik.
  * Top 5 =96 Tiling Window Managers.
  * plus: Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, My Story, and all
the usual goodness!

Get it while it's hot!

=3D=3D Featured Podcasts =3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu UK Podcast: Three Friends =3D=3D=3D

Laura Cowen and Tony Whitmore introduce a special
post-developer-summit episode of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo
Team featuring three interviews from UDS

What we've been doing -

Interviews with:
 * Robbie Williamson (@undacuvabrutha), the platform lead for Ubuntu 10.04
 * Kees Cook (@keescook) from the SecurityTeam
 * Rick Spencer (@rickspencer3) the Desktop Team lead.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed to: podcast at

 * OGG download High:
 * OGG download Low:
 * MP3 download High:
 * MP3 download Low:

For more information on the Ubuntu-UK Podcast go to:

=3D=3D Upcoming Meetings and Events =3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D Monday, May 31, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D=3D Docs, Learning, Manual Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 16:00 UTC
   * End: 17:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: Discuss blueprint

=3D=3D=3D=3D Security Team Catch-up =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 17:00 UTC
   * End: 17:30 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up. Weekly Ubuntu
Security Team catch-up meeting. Anyone is welcome to join if they want
to watch, contribute, etc.

=3D=3D=3D Tuesday, June 1, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 13:00 UTC
   * End: 14:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D Technical Board Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 14:00 UTC
   * End: 15:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: None given at time of publication

=3D=3D=3D=3D Desktop Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 16:30 UTC
   * End: 17:30 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-desktop on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D Kernel Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 17:00 UTC
   * End: 18:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=3D=3D=3D=3D LoCo Teams Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 17:00 UTC
   * End: 18:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams on
   * Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=3D=3D=3D=3D Server Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 18:00 UTC
   * End: 19:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D EMEA Membership Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 19:00 UTC
   * End: 20:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D Community Council Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 19:00 UTC
   * End: 20:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: Per CC
Agenda page, as of 11/29/08

=3D=3D=3D Wednesday, June 2, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D=3D Cameroonian LoCo Team monthly IRC meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 14:00 UTC
   * End: 16:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-cm on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D Foundation Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

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

=3D=3D=3D=3D QA Team Meeting  =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 17:00 UTC
   * End: 18:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D=3D Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast : Various Topics and Q+A =3D=3D=3D=

   * Start: 18:00 UTC
   * End: 19:00 UTC
   * Location:
   * Agenda: This is a weekly videocast by the Ubuntu Community
Manager, Jono Bacon in which he discusses a range of topics and also
provides a regular weekly Q+A.

=3D=3D=3D Thursday, June 3, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D=3D Ayatana UX Team Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 12:00 UTC
   * End: 12:30 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda: * Introductions * Review team charter * Organize first UX
activity * Brainstorm future UX activities

=3D=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu Java Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

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

=3D=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu Translations Meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 15:00 UTC
   * End: 16:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
   * Agenda:

=3D=3D=3D Friday, June 4, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D  Saturday, June 5, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D=3D DC LoCo Team BugJam =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 20:00 UTC
   * End: 22:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc on
   * Agenda: none listed as of publication

=3D=3D=3D=3D DC LoCo IRC meeting =3D=3D=3D=3D

   * Start: 22:00 UTC
   * End: 23:00 UTC
   * Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc on
   * Agenda: none listed as of publication

=3D=3D=3D Sunday, June 6, 2010 =3D=3D=3D

None listed as of publication

=3D=3D Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.04, 9.10, and 10.04 =3D=3D

=3D=3D=3D Security Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * USN-944-1 GNU C Library vulnerabilities -
 * USN-945-1 ClamAV vulnerabilities -

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu 6.06 Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * glibc-
 * clamav (delayed)-

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu 8.04 Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * glibc_2.7-10ubuntu6_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * clamav_0.95.3+dfsg-1ubuntu0.09.04~hardy2.4_sparc_translations.tar.gz

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu 9.04 Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * glibc_2.9-4ubuntu6.2_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
 * clamav_0.95.3+dfsg-1ubuntu0.09.04.2_lpia_translations.tar.gz-

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu 9.10 Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * eglibc_2.10.1-0ubuntu17_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
 * clamav_0.95.3+dfsg-1ubuntu0.09.10.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-

=3D=3D=3D Ubuntu 10.04 Updates =3D=3D=3D

 * gtkmm2.4 1:2.20.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * rhythmbox 0.12.8-0ubuntu5 -
 * telepathy-butterfly 0.5.9-0ubuntu1 -
 * skype -
 * netbook-meta 2.025 -
 * hamster-applet 2.30.1-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * eglibc_2.11.1-0ubuntu7.1_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers    195.36.24-0ubuntu1~10.04 -
 * gnome-keyring    -
 * brasero 2.30.1-0ubuntu1 -
 * brasero 2.30.1-0ubuntu2 -
 * clamav_0.96.1+dfsg-0ubuntu0.10.04.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * get-iplayer 2.66-1ubuntu1 -
 * harpia 1.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * kdepimlibs 4:4.4.2-0ubuntu2.1 -

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