Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 246

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Dec 20 03:51:36 UTC 2011

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 246 for the week
December 12 - 18, 2011.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue246

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Precise Open for Translation
 * Important notice regarding Java packages in Partner archive
 * Iso Tracker Live and Available for Manual Testing of Ubuntu Flavor Images
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
 * Ubuntu Classroom: Call for Instructors: Ubuntu User Days on January
14-15th 2012
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * Ubuntu Cloud News
 * Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Software Centre app picks for December
 * Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu 12.04: Now With Quieter Logins
 * Expect Longer Battery Life with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'
 * Ubuntu Cloud Live Offers Private Clouds via USB Drive
 * Happy holidays, celebrate with Web Music Streaming!
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: November 2011
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
 * And much much more!

== General Community News ==

=== Happy Holidays ===

We on the Ubuntu News Team wish each of you a happy and joyous holiday
season.  The news team will be spending the next two weeks enjoying
this season and we hope you will be too.

Enjoy Issue 246 including some holiday-themed articles "In the
Blogosphere" and we'll see you in 2012 with Issue 247!

=== Ubuntu Precise Open for Translation ===

David Planella announces the opening of translations for the Ubuntu
12.04, Precise Pangolin release. Planella shares links to the
translation schedule, details for how to get involved and more.


=== Important notice regarding Java packages in Partner archive ===

Due to a change in the Oracle Sun Java JDK packages license, many
companies no longer have permission to distribute Oracle JDK.

Marc Deslauriers of the Ubuntu Security Team writes in his email to
the Ubuntu Security Announce mailing lists, "Due to the severity of
the security risk, Canonical is immediately releasing a security
update for the Sun JDK browser plugin which will disable the plugin on
all machines. This will mitigate users' risk from malicious websites
exploiting the vulnerable version of the Sun JDK."

For more information and details for how to continue using Java on
Ubuntu please see the links below.



=== Iso Tracker Live and Available for Manual Testing of Ubuntu Flavor
Images ===

The ISO tracker for Precise is active and available for testing of the
daily builds of all Ubuntu flavors.


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===

Daniel Holbach's latest Ubuntu 12.04 development update shares details
for where to find updates from various teams, lists tasks which need
to be completed and spotlights "Getting fixes into Ubuntu and getting
upload rights".

Holbach reminds readers about the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week
scheduled for January 30 - February 2nd, 2012.

This update concludes with details on getting involved, bitesize bugs
and how to contact Ubuntu developers.


=== Ubuntu Classroom: Call for Instructors: Ubuntu User Days on
January 14-15th 2012 ===

"User Days was created to be a set of courses offered during a one day
period to teach the beginning or intermediate Ubuntu user the basics
to get them started with Ubuntu." - Ubuntu User Days Wiki page

The Ubuntu Classroom team needs instructors for Ubuntu User Days.
Want to be part of this event?  See the link below and sign up today.


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (87908) -5013 over last week
 * Critical (178) +4 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (45666) -1225 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 ===

 1. English (Australia) (5230) +/-0 over last week
 2. Spanish (8950) +/-0 over last week
 3. Brazilian Portuguese (45255) -3 over last week
 4. English (United Kingdom) (45733) +/-0 over last week
 5. Bosnian (56636) -1282 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 ===

 * Battery notifier could be more complete -
 * Reset Major Ubuntu Configuration to Default -
 * Command-List in Unity-QuickList - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28989/
 * Tabbing through focused desktop's programs first/only -
 * ThinApps for Ubuntu - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28964/

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/

=== Top 5 Ask Ubuntu Questions this week ===

 * How can I repair grub? -
 * Where can I find the command line? -
 * How to browse the Ubuntu Software Centre online? -
 * How can I find out if a specific program is installed? -
 * Recursive HTML to PDF -

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

== LoCo News ==

=== LoCo Council Goings On In 12.04 ===

Jono Bacon reviews the LoCo Council blueprint for this cycle and
discusses LoCo Twinning, the loco.ubuntu.com team naming scheme, the
policy for handling of large geographic areas, thoughts on city LoCos
and team re-approvals.


=== Greg Grossmeier and Sergio Andres Meneses appointed to the LoCo Council ===

Recently Paul Tagliamonte and Leandro Gomez stepped down from their
positions on the Ubuntu LoCo council. The Community Council selected
Greg Grossmeier and Sergio Andres Meneses fill fill those vacancies.
Thanks to Paul and Leandro for their work over the years and welcome
to Greg and Sergio!



=== Ubuntu at ITT Tech, Linux Format and SCALE ===

Elizabeth Krumbach shares some of her work in the California LoCo
including a recent well-attended Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner, an
Introduction to Ubuntu talk for an ITT Tech class in Oakland, upcoming
plans for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCLE 10x) in Los Angeles
and an extended call for speakers for the SCALE 10x Ubucon scheduled
for Friday, January 20th.


=== Ubuntu Mentors Needed! ===

Benjamin Kerensa of Ubuntu Oregon has been working with Western Oregon
University to provide mentors to students participating in a class
covering contributing to Ubuntu. In this post he issues a call to the
Ubuntu community for more online mentors meeting the following
qualifications: can mentor students in the Pacific Standard Time Zone,
speak & write in English fluently, have signed to Ubuntu Code of
Conduct, have a good understanding of contributing to Ubuntu through
documentation, bug triage, development or LoCo Teams.


== Launchpad News ==

=== New approaches to new bug listings ===

Aaron Bentley, writes about new features the Launchpad team are
working on.  Those new items include: Synchronized client-side and
server-side rendering, Client-side Feature Flags, History as Model and
For details on these new items please see the link below.


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Ubuntu Hardware Summit ===

John Bernard briefly covers the third annual Ubuntu Hardware Summit
(UHS) which took place in Taipei. Bernard describes UHS as "fast
becoming one of the must-attend events within the software, ODM and
OEM environments across Taiwan". All UHS presentations are now
available at odm.ubuntu.com by clicking the link to 'Download


=== Quick and easy surveys on the cloud with juju and Limesurvey ===

Jorge Castro shares a juju charm written by Nick Barcet that can be
used to quickly deploy a server instance running Limesurvey software.
Most surveys are for limited in time and Castro notes that this cloud
solution allows users to "fire up an instance, run the survey, get my
data back, and then tear the whole thing down."


== The Planet ==

=== Jono Bacon: Nicholas Skaggs Joining The Canonical Community Team ===

Jono Bacon announces the newest member to join the Canonical Community
Team: Nicholas Skaggs. Skaggs will join the team in January 2012 as
the QA Community Coordinator.
To find out more about Skaggs and the Canonical Community Team see the
link below.


=== Martin Albisetti: Calling all Ubuntu power users: Upgrade to
Ubuntu Precise Pangolin today! ===

Reminding users that there is a focused effort quality and stability
for the Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin release, Martin Albisetti,
encourages Ubuntu users upgrade to Precise today.  "So if you've been
unsure about upgrading, please take the plunge and help out in making
12.04 a rock-solid release, " concludes Albisetti.


=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Software Centre app picks for December ===

The December 2011 Ubuntu Software Centre featured apps include:
Stellarium, TRAUMA, and OpenShot.  More information on these apps can
be found at the link below.


=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: PayPal support lands on the Ubuntu
Software Centre ===

Ubuntu users can now buy commercial apps, ebooks and magazines from
the Software Centre using their PayPal account.


=== Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu 12.04: Now With Quieter Logins ===

Jeremy Bicha uploaded a new version of libcanberra. This package
disables the login sound by default. Check out how users can have more
quiet login experience at the link below.


== In The Press ==

=== New Canonical portal a sign of mobile to come? ===

Brian Proffit, ITWorld, discusses the new Canonical portal for ODMs
and explains why it is important for device manufacturers. Proffit
also offers opinion on what this portal could mean for the Canonical's
"Ubuntu on mobile" plans.


=== Expect Longer Battery Life with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin' ===

Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, looks at Ubuntu Kernel Engineer, Colin
King's  blog post and offers opinion that based on King's blog post
that Ubuntu users can expect improved battery life in the 12.04 LTS
release of Ubuntu.


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Kubuntu 11.10 Komprehensively Explored! ===

In this post, Mohammad Kamil Nadeem reviews Kubuntu and gives readers
his take on what happens when KDE joins Ubuntu.


=== Ubuntu Cloud Live Offers Private Clouds via USB Drive ===

Christopher Tozzi discusses some of the history of the private cloud
offerings in Ubuntu and gives details from his test drive of the
Ubuntu Cloud Live USB image run in virtualization. The "key to its
power is in the "GettingStarted.txt" file on the desktop, which
explains clearly, concisely and specifically what to do to finish
configuring a private cloud via OpenStack Compute and then start
launching instances, all inside the live session" writes Tozzi, and he
goes on to say "the tool is a fantastic way of showing off just how
terrifically simple it is to create a private cloud using the
applications and scripts produced by the Ubuntu cloud community."


=== Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Will Have a Unity Shortcuts Hint ===

Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports "a keyboard shortcut hint overlay
will be displayed in the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)
operating system every time a user presses and holds the Super key"
and provides a screenshot and is sure to remind readers that the
project is "still work in progress and no final decision has been made
on the default shortcut for this overlay hint."


=== Ubuntu TB Decides On Future Of Non-PAE Kernel ===

Michael Larabel summaries several of the points from the December 12th
Tech Board meeting where the future of Non-PAE Kernels in Ubuntu was
discussed and he then summarizes their decision: "The board has
decided they will support the non-PAE kernel option until the Ubuntu
12.10 release, so there will still be support in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The
default i386 kernel in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will become the PAE-enabled
kernel, but the non-PAE flavor will be available."


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Developers Working to Improve Energy Efficiency ===

Christopher Tozzi references a recent blog post by Ubuntu Kernel
Developer Colin Ian King on "Improving Battery Life in Ubuntu Precise
12.04 LTS" and reports that tackling the battery issue in Ubuntu
includes a better understanding of which kernels perform better
power-wise and a call to the community to help test Aggressive Link
Power Management (ALPM) and power.d code on their machines.


=== A commitment to Quality ===

Oliver Ries, a Product Strategy Engineering Manager at Canonical,
writes about the he Unity Quality Team. He discusses the role of the
Quality Engineers whose "main priority is to support their assigned
components in creating test frameworks and automated tests, work on
integration tests and help us measure the performance of our projects"
and the core bug triagers and Quality lead on the team. With "Unity
being an open source project the Quality Team is going to follow suit
and will work with the community wherever possible" and he goes on to
mention ways in which the community can get involved, by visiting the
new "The Quality Hour" blog at qualityhour.wordpress.com and by
attending IRC-based meetings coming up in January.


=== Ubuntu-related Xmas Gift Ideas ===

OMG! Ubuntu! has scoured the web for some great gives you can give
your geek friends (or get for yourself). At the time of the original
post, it was eleven days before Christmas and the staff at OMG!
Ubuntu! found eleven gifts for the season.


=== Happy holidays, celebrate with Web Music Streaming! ===

Streaming your own music via the Ubuntu One Music app on the web has
finally arrived. It's one more reason to use the Ubuntu One Music App.
Now users can enjoy their musical interests where ever they are


== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Ubuntu Kernel Team - December 13, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Desktop Team - December 13, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu QA Team - December 14, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu ARM Team - December 15, 2011 -

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Lubuntu Team - December 14, 2011 -

== Monthly Team Reports: November 2011 ==

See here for the team report for November 2011:

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get
your team started:

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at
fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * The 10 Most Important Open Source Projects of 2011 -
 * Most Highly Recommended Books About Linux -

== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-1299-1: Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1300-1: Linux kernel (FSL-IMX51) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1301-1: Linux kernel (Natty backport) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1302-1: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1303-1: Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1304-1: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1305-1: Nova vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1305-1
 * USN-1307-1: PHP vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1307-1
 * USN-1308-1: bzip2 vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1308-1
 * USN-1309-1: DHCP vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1309-1

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * bzip2 1.0.4-2ubuntu4.2 -
 * postgresql-8.3 8.3.17-0ubuntu0.8.04 -

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.3-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * libgweather 2.30.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * cluster-agents 1:1.0.3-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * nsd3 3.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * bzip2 1.0.5-4ubuntu0.2 -
 * postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.10.04 -
 * sun-java6 6.26-2lucid1 -
 * mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.10.04 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.3-3ubuntu0.1 -
 * libgweather 2.30.3-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.10.10 -
 * php5 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.7 -
 * bzip2 1.0.5-4ubuntu1.1 -
 * postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.10.10 -
 * sun-java6 6.26-2maverick1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * nova 2011.2-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * python-launchpadlib 1.9.7-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.4-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * libgweather 2.30.3-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.11.04 -
 * php5 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.4 -
 * bzip2 1.0.5-6ubuntu1.11.04.1 -
 * postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.11.04 -
 * isc-dhcp 4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu9.3 -
 * sun-java6 6.26-2natty1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * checkbox 0.12.9 -
 * nova 2011.3-0ubuntu6.3 -
 * at-spi2-core 2.2.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * openbve -
 * lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.3 -
 * python-launchpadlib 1.9.8-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * wine1.3 1.3.28-0ubuntu2~oneiric1 -
 * xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.4-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * xubuntu-meta 2.138.1 -
 * evolution-rss 0.2.90~20110822-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * php5 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.3 -
 * bzip2 1.0.5-6ubuntu1.11.10.1 -
 * nvidia-common 1: -
 * libpst 0.6.41-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu4 -
 * sysvinit 2.88dsf-13.10ubuntu4.1 -
 * unity-lens-applications 0.4.12-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * xvba-video 0.7.8-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * harpia 1.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * polkit-qt-1 0.99.0-3ubuntu0.1 -
 * ubuntuone-client 2.0.0-0ubuntu2.3 -
 * webkit 1.4.3-0ubuntu4 -
 * postgresql-9.1 9.1.2-0ubuntu0.11.10 -
 * isc-dhcp 4.1.1-P1-17ubuntu10.1 -
 * postgresql-9.1 9.1.2-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * app-install-data-partner -
 * vmware-view-client 1.3.0-0ubuntu1+oneiric1 -

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