Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 226
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Wed Aug 3 02:56:48 UTC 2011
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 226 for the week July
24 - 30, 2011.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue226
== In This Issue ==
* Unity Progress Report - Alt-Tab style
* New ISO images available : Lubuntu
* Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
* Ubuntu Stats
* [REMINDER] Please file your re-approvals, if your team is due!
* Let There Be Jam!
* Launchpad News
* Stephane Graber: State of IPv6 in Ubuntu Oneiric
* Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Cloud Days complete, logs available
* Jorge Castro: A retrospective of the first year of Ask Ubuntu
* A big thanks to our 1 million users: have some storage on us!
* Featured Podcasts
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Unity Progress Report - Alt-Tab style ===
A look at the progress that has been made in Unity for the past week
with a special look at the new alt-tab style that will be landing in
Oneiric. Unity Contributors contributions, bugs fixed in Oneiric as
well as steps on how to get involved round up this report.
=== New ISO images available : Lubuntu ===
Julien Lavergne shares the news of the latest ISOs of Lubuntu which
are now available at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/. Julien also
mentions that he hopes that the next release of Lubuntu will be the
first official release of Lubuntu as part of the Ubuntu family.
=== Ubuntu 11.10 Development update ===
Next week the 3rd Alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 is due and everybody is trying
to get ready for the release. The switch from Gnome 2.32 in Ubuntu
11.04 to Gnome 3 for Ubuntu 11.10 is going really well with the Gnome
3 team consisting of mostly non-Canonical contributors. Also meet a
new contributor, Christian Titze from Germany.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===in
* Open (84306) -88 over last week
* Critical (159) +6 over last week
* Unconfirmed (46566) -161 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 Oneiric ===
* Spanish: (10568) -3 over last week
* English (United Kingdom) : (50477) +500 over last week
* Brazilian Portuguese: (51937) -3239 over last week
* French: (71226) +436 over last week
* German: (75903) -185 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see
more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/ and
=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===
* Streamline boot-up process when using full-disk encryption:
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/
=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week ===
* How to use "grep" command to find text including subdirectories:
* What do "." and ".." mean when in a folder?:
* Is there any Window Manager like the Windows 7's for Ubuntu?:
* Is the command line structure the same for Linux and Ubuntu?:
* How do I set up an email server?:
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== [REMINDER] Please file your re-approvals, if your team is due! ===
Paul Tagliamonte reminds teams going through LoCo team re-approval
this cycle to get their applications in soon and offers details for
how to get in touch if there are any questions.
=== Let There Be Jam! ===
Randall Ross encourages teams to participate in the Ubuntu Global Jam
coming up September 2nd - 4th and provides a "Jam-o-meter" to track
progress of teams signing up.
== Launchpad News ==
=== No more monthly 90 minute downtime ===
Starting very soon users of Launchpad will no longer have to suffer
the monthly 90 minute downtime that occured every month for schema
changes, DB server maintenance and so forth. This maintenance has been
reduced to just 6 minutes.
=== Less mail for mailing list admins ===
In an effort to reduce the amount of email administrators receive,
admins for open teams in launchpad will no longer receive join and
leave messages for their teams. In the future they plan to have a
subscription facility for team admins that do want these emails.
=== Approve your own translation imports ===
"Until today, when you imported a template or translation file into
Launchpad for the first time, you'd have to wait for a member of the
Canonical Launchpad team to review and then approve that file before
your project's translation community could make use of it.
Now, if you're a project maintainer, you can manage your project's
translations import queue yourself."
Excerpt from and more information at:
== The Planet ==
=== Scott Moser: Updated AWS tools PPA for Ubuntu ===
Scott Moser offers a quick post to announce the updated Amazon Web
Services tools in his Personal Package Archive.
=== Martin Owens: Ubuntu Contributor Harmony ===
Martin Owens discusses changes to the Canonical contributor agreement
which now make it so they do not call for copyright assignment. He
asks for thoughts from the community on this change.
=== Dustin Kirkland: Getting started with the CloudFoundry Client in Ubuntu ===
Dustin Kirkland announces the availablity of the CloudFoundry client
in the upcoming Oneiric release. He discusses what it is, how to
install it, deploying your first applications and more.
=== Stephane Graber: State of IPv6 in Ubuntu Oneiric ===
Stephane Graber made it a focus of his for the Oneiric development
cycle to make sure proper IPv6 support at install time and during
regular use of the system. In this post he discusses some of the
challenges and outlines their progress.
=== Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Cloud Days complete, logs available ===
On July 25-26 Ahmed Kamal assembled a team of Ubuntu cloud experts to
do a series of Ubuntu Classroom sessions for the "Cloud Days" event.
Technologies discussed include Orchestra, Ensemble, OpenStack and
Eucalyptus, logs of all these sessions are now available.
=== Victor Palau: Ubuntu Pre-installed: Tell me your story ===
Victor Palau works with hardware manufacturers to improve Ubuntu
support. In this post he asks for feedback from the community: "Have
you ever bought a system with Ubuntu pre-installed? Where did you get
it? What systems was it? How did it go? Could you then upgrade to the
next Ubuntu release?"
=== Jorge Castro: A retrospective of the first year of Ask Ubuntu ===
On July 29th askubuntu.com celebrated its first anniversary and is now
the 4th largest Stack Exchange. Jorge Castro quickly covers the
history of the site and goes through a detailed review of statistics
detailing how successful the project has been.
=== Michael Hall: The new direction of Summit development. ===
Michael Hall discusses past summit.ubuntu.com development and outlines
core changes that haven taken place in this cycle, including bug
fixes, improvements in setup and branch-based development, testing
code, and uds.ubuntu.com website integration.
== In The Press ==
=== Ubuntu Linux gets serious about business partners ===
Canonical has introduced a new channel partner program, Ubuntu
Advantage, which is designed to help resellers bring a new set of
support services for Ubuntu server, desktop and cloud installations.
Canonical has also simplified its hardware certification program with
only one Canonical-endorsed hardware certification program being
available, known as Ubuntu Certified.
=== Ubuntu dressed in cheap elastic support, sent out in public ===
To fix a pricing disparity that existed in support contracts between
bare-metal servers used inside corporate data centers and virtual
servers used in the cloud, Canonical has introduced The Ubuntu
Advantage Cloud Guest which lets a company take out one support
contract that covers up to 100 virtual machine images running
instances of Ubuntu.
=== Asus Starts Selling EU209 Ubuntu-Powered Netbook in Europe ===
Asus has followed up their launch of the 1215P netbook running Linux
in Europe two weeks ago with the luanch of the R011PX running Ubuntu
in Germany. The R011PX is available from Amazon for 209 Euros, which
is 40 Euros less than its Windows counterpart.
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== Linux 4 Hope takes old computers, installs Ubuntu, gives them to
people in need ===
"Garron Haun wrote in to us yesterday to let us know about a project
he founded called Linux 4 Hope which aims at rejuvenating donated
computers by installing Ubuntu, and then giving them to people in need
around his local community."
Excerpt from and more information at:
=== Lubuntu 11.10 Default Theme "Ozone2" Gets Revamped ===
The default theme for Lubuntu (a lightweight derivative of Ubuntu that
uses LXDE) named Ozone2 will be based on a theme called Zukitwo for
the upcoming 11.10 release. The reason for the change is that Zukitwo
comes in both GTK2 and GTK3 versions and this will give a more unified
look for all applications in the new release.
=== Revamped Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 11.10 ===
Ubuntu 11.10 has received an updated Session Menu with shortcuts to
various settings including 'System Settings', 'Displays' and 'Start-up
Applications' to name a few. As with any Alpha release this menu is
subject to likely change before the final product ships in October.
=== Ubuntu 10.04 LTS -- I like it better now than I did then ===
Blogger Steven Rosenberg explains his growing fondness of Ubuntu 10.04
over the period of its release in which he has some comparisons with
his Debian Squeeze install, he also talks about the things he thought
shouldn't have been added to this LTS release etc.
=== Affordable But Capable Ubuntu-powered Laptop Computers ===
As Ubuntu has grown over the years and gained some prominence, the
number of systems with Ubuntu pre-installed has grown. Here is a
quick look at 4 different manufacturers offering notebook and netbooks
with Ubuntu pre-installed.
== In Other News ==
=== Indian Judiciary Choose Ubuntu 10.04 (85k PCs) ===
Ramesh Babu, working as a Judge in Tamil Nadu, India, reported to
Ronnie Tucker of Full Circle Magazine that the Supreme Court of India
has directed all the Courts (approx 17000 Courts) to move from RHEL5
to Ubuntu 10.04.
Reported to the Ubuntu News Team list by Ronnie here:
For more information visit http://www.sci.nic.in/e-committee.htm
=== Review: ZaReason's Verix 2 Linux Laptop Hits the Spot ===
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier reviews ZaReason's Verix with Ubuntu 11.04
pre-installed, he discusses the hardware itself and runs tests of
applications to review overall performance with the defaults enabled.
=== A big thanks to our 1 million users: have some storage on us! ===
Back in May Canonical's Ubuntu One service surpassed the 1 million
subscribers mark. To celebrate they are now offering 5G of space to
their free customers (up from 2G) and have added space to their paid
plans as well. They have also made their Ubuntu One App Developer
Program public to ease the development of applications geared toward
the Ubuntu One service.
=== 100 Best Free and High Quality Linux Games ===
Richard at the cahilig.net blog "Open Mind" reviews 100 popular and
free high quality games which run on Linux natively.
=== Full Circle Issue #51 is released ===
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our half-centenary+1 issue.
* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Program in Python - Part 25, LibreOffice - Part 6, Ubuntu
Development - Part 3, and Using KDE (4.6) Part 2.
* Linux Lab - Creating Your Own Repository.
* Review - GRAMPS.
* Top 5 - VOIP Clients.
* I Think - What Distro(s) Do You Use?
plus: Ubuntu Games, My Story, and much much more!
Get it while it's hot!
== Featured Podcasts ==
=== Full Circle Podcast Episode 22: Mad Max Meets Ben Hur ===
In this episode, all things Chrome
== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==
* Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 -
* Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 -
* Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 -
* Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for July 29th, 2011 -
== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at
== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 ==
=== Security Updates ===
* [USN-1173-1] FreeType vulnerability
* [USN-1174-1] libsndfile vulnerability
* [USN-1175-1] libpng vulnerabilities
* [USN-1176-1] DBus vulnerability
* [USN-1177-1] QEMU vulnerability
* [USN-1178-1] IcedTea-Web-
* [USN-1179-1] ClamAV vulnerability
* [USN-1180-1] libvirt vulnerability
* [USN-1181-1] libsoup2.4 vulnerability
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===
* libpng 1.2.15~beta5-3ubuntu0.4 -
* dbus 1.1.20-1ubuntu3.5 -
* vzctl 3.0.22-5ubuntu1.2 -
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===
* libpng 1.2.42-1ubuntu2.2 -
* openbravo-3 3.0.r13141.MP-1-0lucid1 -
* dbus 1.2.16-2ubuntu4.3 -
* qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.15 -
* landscape-client 11.07.1.1-0ubuntu0.10.04.0 -
* openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.04.2+1.8.9 -
* openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.9-0ubuntu1~10.04.2 -
* libsoup2.4 2.30.2-0ubuntu0.2 -
* xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 -
* libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.10.04.1
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===
* libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu0.1 -
* dbus 1.4.0-0ubuntu1.3 -
* qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.10 -
* openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.10.2+1.8.9 -
* openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.9-0ubuntu1~10.10.2 -
* libsoup2.4 2.31.92-0ubuntu1.1 -
* xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 -
* opensaml2 2.3-2+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 -
* libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.10.10.1
End of Life - April 2012
=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===
* libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu3.1 -
* dbus 1.4.6-1ubuntu6.1 -
* openbravo-3 3.0.r13141.MP-1-0natty1 -
* qemu-kvm 0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu4.4 -
* icedtea-web 1.1.1-0ubuntu1~11.04.1 -
* libsoup2.4 2.34.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
* xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 -
* libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.11.04.1
End of Life - October 2012
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