Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 220

Nathan Handler nhandler at ubuntu.com
Mon Jun 13 17:56:36 UTC 2011

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 220 for the week of
June 6 - June 13, 2011.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue220

== In This Issue ==

 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Update
 * Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 6.06 LTS End of Life
 * Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 1 Released
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Ubuntu Community Week
 * LoCo Team Re-Approvals
 * Launchpad News
 * New Ubuntu Members through Forums Council
 * Raphaël Hertzog: Official Debian/Ubuntu packages for Dropbox
 * Matt Zimmerman: DEX finishes first batch of derivative patches for Debian
 * Victor Palau: Ubuntu Certification Going Forward
 * Jorge Castro: Unity Community Contributor plans for 11.10
 * Nigel Babu: Cleaning up the Planet
 * Ara Pulido: Ubuntu Friendly Squad
 * Daniel Holbach: Getting people involved
 * Jono Bacon: Community Team Plans For Oneiric
 * PCWorld: Tony Bradley: 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux
 * Braid is now available in the Ubuntu software center
 * Tom's Hardware: Adam Overa: Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Reviewed In Depth
 * Full Circle Issue #49 is released
 * Featured Podcasts
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04

== General Community News ==

=== Weekly Ubuntu Development Update ===

Daniel Holbach posted a summary of the current state of Oneiric
development. It includes upcoming dates and milestones relevant to
developers, a discussion with Paolo Sammicheli on his experiences as a
developer, and tips about getting involved with Ubuntu.

More information can be found at: http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=1013

=== Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) end-of-life reached on April 30, 2011 ===

The support period for Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) formally ended on
May 1, 2011. Ubuntu Security Notices no longer include information or
updated packages for Ubuntu 9.10.

More information can be found at:

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) End of Life ===

On June 1st, 2006, Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake" was released. Ubuntu
supplies security updates and critical fixes for a period of 5 years
for the server edition of LTS (long term support) releases. The period
in which these fixes and updates are supplied has now ended for Ubuntu
6.06 LTS Server.

More information can be found at:

=== Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 1 Released ===

The first Alpha release of Oneiric Ocelot is out. The Alpha images are
known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs,
while representing a very recent snapshot of Oneiric. Pre-releases of
Oneiric Ocelot are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system
or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu
developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and
fixing bugs.

More information can be found at:

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (89375) +8842 over last week
 * Critical (135) +97 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (49726) +4198 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 (UK) (8) -4378 over last week
 2. Spanish (5858) -2836 over last week
 3. Brazilian Portuguese (27205) -2772 over last week
 4. French (34565) -4995 over last week
 5. Turkish (43273) -8114 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat", see
more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/maverick/

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

 * Switch windows more easily using Unity launcher -
 * Option for invisible mouse cursor. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28094/
 * Login screen appears to "freeze" after entering password - not a
bug - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28063/
 * Using Ubuntu on USB is quite not easy -
 * Bluetooth Applet only shows in deprecated Notification Area -

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 Community Week: It's New! ===

A new learning event titled "Ubuntu Community Week" is starting this
cycle which aims to help Ubuntu users find the community, participate
in the community, create their community, and much more.  This event
is scheduled to take place from Mon 18 July - Fri 22 July, 2011.

More information can be found at http://randall.executiv.es/ucw . If
you're interested in presenting, there's a call for presenters at

=== We want to know about the best LoCo Team Blogs! ===
If you have a blog that you use to post about the awesome things your
LoCo Team does, then you should add it to
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoPortalFeeds . The new loco.ubuntu.com will
use some of those feeds to provide people with an overview of all of
the amazing things going on in the LoCo community.

More information can be found at:

=== Planet Ubuntu-it gets new theme ===

The theme for Planet Ubuntu-it has been updated to match the Ubuntu
website style. The code is available on Launchpad for people to

More information can be found at: http://en.leoiannacone.com/?p=182

=== LoCo Team Re-Approvals Are Underway ===

One week after being announced, 3 LoCo teams out of a total of 27
teams have submitted applications for re-approval. The LoCo Council is
using bugs on Launchpad to track re-approval statuses. Teams can also
request to have their applications reviewed at the LoCo Council's
monthly IRC meeting: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil/Agenda

More information can be found at: http://www.lczajkowski.com/?p=1037

=== Ubuntu UK LoCo CDs ===

Alan Bell announced that while his chickens might enjoy playing with
the CDs, the Ubuntu UK LoCo would rather send them to people who need
them. People on dialup can request a CD by emailing alanbell [at]
ubuntu.com with a clear subject saying you would like a CD and then
sending a stamped self-addressed envelope large enough to hold a CD to
the address he replies with. The LoCo will also be giving CDs to
people distributing recycled PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu so that
they can also include a CD with the computer, and to people
representing Ubuntu at events and conferences.

More information can be found at: http://www.theopensourcerer.com/?p=2937

== Launchpad News ==

=== Initializing page JavaScript from the JSONCache ===

JSONCache is a nice way to initialize on-page JavaScript. It is only
available for users who are logged in, but allows you to get any
object you might need on any page.

More information can be found at:

=== Getting started with launchpadlib ===

Are you interested in writing a script to pull information from
Launchpad, but put off due to not being a developer? In this new
series of blog posts, a user in this exact situation attempts to show
that even a non-developer can learn to use launchpadlib to interact
with Launchpad from a Python script.

More information can be found at:

=== JavaScript development: YUI testing ===

YUI tests are a fast and easy way to do test-driven development. They
feel like a safety net when making changes and are a good way to test
your model code and HTML changes. YUI testing is being utilized by
several members of the Launchpad team.

More information can be found at:

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Congratulations to the new Ubuntu Members ===

The Forum Council has recently started granting Ubuntu Membership to
people who primarily contribute on the forum. They have just finished
their first round of membership approvals, granting Ubuntu Membership
to 19 individuals.

More information can be found at:

== The Planet ==

=== Raphaël Hertzog: Official Debian/Ubuntu packages for Dropbox ===

Dropbox is a popular service to synchronize files between multiple
computers. However, due to some issues, the Ubuntu packages that
Dropbox provides do not work on Debian. Raphaël went ahead and
prepared new packages for Debian, which are now available to install
with 'apt-get install nautilus-dropbox' from Debian's non-free
repository, Ubuntu's multiverse repository (oneiric only), or
ppa:hertzog/nautilus-dropbox . He is also looking for someone to take
over maintaining the package.

More information can be found at: http://raphaelhertzog.com/?p=1624

=== Matt Zimmerman: DEX finishes first batch of derivative patches for
Debian ===

The DEX team has completed their first project! Several hundred Ubuntu
patches whose status wasn't clear have now been cleaned out or merged
into Debian or upstream. DEX's next major project is called
"big-merges" and will focus on identifying packages with big
differences between the Ubuntu and Debian versions and getting them as
close to identical as possible. Also, Allison Randal is working on
Python 2.7 in Ubuntu and Debian, Nathan Handler is developing tools
for cross-distribution work as part of Google Summer of Code, and
Stefano Zacchiroli added a derivatives BoF to DebConf 11.

More information can be found at:

=== Victor Palau: Ubuntu Certification Going Forward ===

Victor Palau writes about changes to Ubuntu certification this cycle.
The "Ubuntu Ready" program will be closed down before the release of
Oneiric in favor of the Ubuntu Certified program, which will be
Canonical's only official certification program going forward. There
will also be a community-based Ubuntu Friendly program using Canonical
Platform Services' remote testing tools.

More information can be found at:

=== Jorge Castro: Unity Community Contributor plans for 11.10 ===

The Unity team is continuing their effort to make it easy to
contribute to Unity by adding a list of "backlog bugs" which are
approved by the design team and just need to be implemented. Focusing
on these bugs will hopefully improve the Unity experience
significantly, and can be done early in the cycle. There's also a new
Launchpad team to help organize people who want to work on bugs like

More information can be found at:

=== Robbie Williamson: Interested in the progress towards Ubuntu
Server 11.10? ===

Robbie Williamson highlights the Ubuntu Server work item status page
for people interested in how the Server team is doing this cycle.  The
page has a burndown graph for work items and lists relevant topics,
blueprints, and assignees.

More information can be found at:

=== Nigel Babu: Cleaning up the Planet ===

One privilege that goes along with Ubuntu Membership is the ability to
add a blog to Planet Ubuntu. One issue that has come up is that there
no easy way to remove the feeds of all people who have let their
membership expire. Therefore, the Community Council has decided that
the 'nick' field should contain the Launchpad ID of an Ubuntu Member
that will be responsible for it. This policy also applies to blogs for
teams and other organizations.

More information can be found at:

=== Jono Bacon: Future LoCo Team Portal Plans ===

Jono discusses his plans to make the LoCo Directory more tab-worthy, a
hub of activity, and to encourage teams to share updates and other
achievements. He is going to be having phone calls with several people
to try and make these goals a reality. He has also prepared an initial
design for how this LoCo Team Portal could look.

More information can be found here:

=== Ara Pulido: Ubuntu Friendly Squad ===

The Ubuntu Friendly program (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFriendly)
is a community-driven hardware validation program. They have just
created the Ubuntu Friendly Squad
(https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-friendly-squad) for people to start
participating in the program. People participating at this stage will
be helping to get the team organized. There is a mailing list and a
Launchpad project (https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-friendly) for people
interested in getting involved.

More information can be found here: http://arapulido.com/?p=389

=== Daniel Holbach: Getting people involved ===

Daniel discusses his top 3 ideas for getting people involved in
contributing to Ubuntu. They are:
 1. The project needs to be exciting. The atmosphere needs to be
welcoming and friendly.
 2. The documentation needs to be clear.
 3. Contributors need to find their first tasks easily.
He also mentions that people are still actively working on revamping
the Packaging Guide and that the ubuntu-dev-tools package contains a
bitesize script for marking bugs that are appropriate for new
contributors to work on.

More information can be found at: http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=1000

=== Jono Bacon: Community Team Plans For Oneiric ===

Jono talks about the different projects that the members of the
community team (Jono Bacon, Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro, David
Planella, and Ahmed Kamal) will be working on during the Oneiric
development cycle. Some other miscellaneous activities that they will
be working on include:
 * A mentoring program
 * Various Classroom events
 * Release Parties
 * Ubuntu Developer Summit
 * and bringing LoCo teams to the next level

More information can be found at: http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=3415

== In The Press ==

=== PCWorld: Tony Bradley: 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux ===

Tony Bradley at PCWorld has decided to look at Ubuntu for his second
"30 Days With" project. He's just under two weeks into his review, and
has given his thoughts on a lot of the basic points of the Ubuntu
experience, including Ubuntu's installation process, Software Center,
Unity, hardware compatibility, and LibreOffice.

More information can be found at:

=== Braid is now available in the Ubuntu software center ===

On Monday, June 6th, braid-game.com announced that Braid (a platform
game in a painterly style where you manipulate the flow of time to
solve puzzles) is now available in the Ubuntu Software Center. A
special thanks is given to Ryan C. Gordon for doing the port and
Jonathan Beilin for doing the legwork for getting the game in the
Software Center.

More information can be found at: http://braid-game.com/news/?p=703

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Tom's Hardware: Adam Overa: Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Reviewed
In Depth ===

Here is a very in-depth review from Tom's Hardware. If you haven't
checked out Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), or if you are trying to
persuade someone to give it a look, check out this article. Adam Overa
gives an excellent overview of everything from the installation
process to in-depth looks at the UI, as well as benchmarks. Also,
don't miss the section on essential Unity tweaks.

More information can be found at:

== In Other News ==

=== Full Circle Issue #49 is released ===

Full Circle Magazine issue #49 was published on May 27th. This issue
features a top 5 web management tools list, a review of virtual
machines, the part 2 of 'swappiness' from the Linux Lab, as well as
Python programming how-tos and much much more.

More information is available at: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/?p=1283

== Featured Podcasts ==

=== Full Circle Podcast #20: A Dutch Pirate with False Teeth ===

In this episode, Google IO news, UDS and your feedback

 * OGG: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/podpress_trac/web/1285/0/fullcirclepodcast_ep20_290511.ogg
 * MP3: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/podpress_trac/web/1285/1/fullcirclepodcast_ep20_290511.mp3

More information is available at:

=== Lococast.net Episode 17 ? Extreme Blabbermouth Edition ===

 * Intro
 * Events: Penguicon, PyOhio, MUG
 * Feedback
 * Natty is out and people are responding, loads of stories: Unity,
XFCE, quality testing, Ubuntu power users project, UDS, Documentation,

More information is available at: http://lococast.net/archives/488

=== At Home With Jono Bacon 06/08/11 ===

Catch up on the latest with Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon with
the latest in his weekly videocast:

=== Ubuntu UK Podcast: S04E08 ? Caught Somewhere in Time ===

Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Mark Johnson are in Studio
A again (with podcasts) for episode 8 of season 4 of the Ubuntu
Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

In this week?s show:

 * We talk about photographing weddings, quietening PCs, buying a
Proliant Microserver, and pimping Laura?s online survey
 * In the news
 * We mention upcoming event, OggCamp11 (http://oggcamp.org/)
 * At listener Jason Simmons? suggestion, we discuss making Linux
servers easier to use.
 * We interview Frank Karlitschek about his ownCloud project
(literally, a cloud of your very own). Try it out or get involved
 * We have a Bit About Ubuntu
 * ..and a bit that?s Not About Ubuntu
 * And we had some Command Line Love
 * Finally we have your feedback

More information is available at:

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for June 7th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from June 9th 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for June 7th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for June 9th, 2011 -

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at
ubuntu-news.org: http://ubuntu-news.org/calendars/

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-1144-1: Subversion vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1144-1
 * USN-1122-3: Thunderbird regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1122-3
 * USN-1146-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1145-1: QEMU vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1145-1

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * subversion 1.6.6dfsg-2ubuntu1.3 -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * lupin 0.29.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-openchrome 1:0.2.904+svn827-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.8 -
 * oss4 4.2-build2002-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * libimobiledevice 0.9.7-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * multipath-tools 0.4.8-14ubuntu11.1 -
 * ifenslave-2.6 1.1.0-14ubuntu2.2 -
 * dkms -
 * dovecot 1:1.2.9-1ubuntu6.5 -
 * sysvinit 2.87dsf-4ubuntu17.4 -
 * qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.9 -
 * unbound 1.4.1-2ubuntu0.1 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * subversion 1.6.12dfsg-1ubuntu1.3 -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * lupin 0.32.1 -
 * libimobiledevice 1.0.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.4 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * dovecot 1:1.2.12-1ubuntu8.3 -
 * lintian 2.4.3ubuntu2.1 -
 * ifenslave-2.6 1.1.0-15ubuntu2.10.10.1 -
 * qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.5 -
 * unbound 1.4.5-1ubuntu1.1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * amarok 2:2.4.0-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * sandboxgamemaker 2.6.1+dfsg-3ubuntu0.1	-
 * unscd 0.47-2build0.1 -
 * icedtea-web 1.1~20110420-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * unity-place-applications 0.2.46-0ubuntu3.1	-
 * empathy 2.34.0-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * pyside 1.0.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * foolscap 0.6.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * system-config-printer	1.3.1+20110222-0ubuntu16.4 -
 * ipython 0.10.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * gnome-user-docs 3.0.0+git20110406ubuntu10	-
 * subversion- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011939.html
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * flashplugin-nonfree-
 * lyx 2.0.0-1~natty1 -
 * bcmwl -
 * libwx-perl 1:0.98-1build0.1 -
 * emerald 0.7.2-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * aeskulap 0.2.2b1-7ubuntu1.1 -
 * compiz 1:0.9.4+bzr20110606-0ubuntu1~natty1	-
 * compiz-plugins-main	0.9.4+bzr20110527-0ubuntu1~natty1 -
 * mini-dinstall -
 * cups 1.4.6-5ubuntu1.2 -
 * xserver-xorg-input-synaptics	1.3.99+git20110116.0e27ce3a-0ubuntu12.1
- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011951.html
 * foo2zjs 20110210dfsg-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * ifenslave-2.6 1.1.0-15ubuntu2.11.04.1	-
 * qemu-kvm 0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * vlc- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011955.html

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