Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 221

Nathan Handler nhandler at ubuntu.com
Tue Jun 21 03:48:27 UTC 2011

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 221 for the week June
14 - 20, 2011.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue221

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu 11.10 Development Update
 * Call for Nominations for the Americas Regional Membership Board
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Michigan LoCo sponsorship of MUG
 * Launchpad News
 * New requirements for Ubuntu Certification
 * An Interview with Alan Bell
 * Delivery channels for OpenStack on Ubuntu
 * Calxeda shows off new partners and will launch with Ubuntu as its OS
 * Ubuntu 11.10 ISOs to be hybrid CD/USB images
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: May 2011
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
 * And much more!

== General Community News ==

=== Help Testing Translations in the New Natty Language Packs ===

The next set of translations for Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" are now
ready.  Please help test them.  Also please take special care to test
the localization of Firefox since there are changes in how Firefox
handles translations.  Please ask your teams to test them and provide
an indication that they've done so by following some simple steps and
submitting a signoff.

More information can be found at:

=== Unity Contributor Report for 14 June ===

We've got a bunch of new rockstars since the last status report from
11.04 including Daniel van Vugt, Marius Gedminas, Manuel Nicetto,
Jeremy Bicha, Nico van der Walt, and Cameron Heart.  Some of the more
familiar names like Marco Biscaro, Oliver Sauder, and Andrea Azzarone
have also been awesome at fixing bugs.  To contribute to Unity, follow
the Step by Step Instructions and Wiki Page. This will get the code
from Launchpad, set up your development environment, and getting you
used to the Launchpad workflow.  Then, pick a bug, fix the bug, and
get your code into Unity.  Join the ~unity-community-hackers team and
start digging in.  There is now a Weekly Meeting at 000UTC on #ayatana
on Freenode IRC if you feel like hanging with us and getting organized
and ask questions.

More information can be found at:

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Development Update ===

Daniel Holbach writes about a busy week about Oneiric development.
Oneiric is still in the development phase, where most of the heavy
lifting is being done and where things are still broken. He goes on to
say that its still a great time to get involved and fix a few issues
early on.  Interesting dates coming up in the next few weeks include
dh_python2 porting jam on June 23rd and Ubuntu Developer Week coming
up from July 11th to 15th.  A week full of development tutorials,
workshops and interactive sessions.  This week, we hear about Abhinav
Upadhyay from India and his experience about getting fixes into
More information can be found at:

=== Call for Nominations for the Americas Regional Membership Board ===

The terms of 2 members of the Americas Regional Membership Board shall
soon expire, and new members must be selected.  Candidates should be
Ubuntu Members themselves, and should be well qualified to evaluate
prospective Ubuntu Members and decide when to entrust them with the
additional privileges and responsibilities that go along with being a
member.  Please send nominations to ubuntu-membership-boards at
lists.ubuntu.com (which is a private mailing list accessible only by
RMB members) prior to 19:00 UTC 30th June 2011.

More information can be found at:

=== Results of the June 16th Americas Membership Board Meeting ===

At the June 16th America's Membership meeting, Brian Thomason was
welcomed to official Ubuntu Membership!  Brian works for Canonical as
Technical Lead for Canonical's ISV Partners and has been with the
company since 2007. Much of his work time is devoted to the management
of both the Partner Repository and the "For Purchase" section of the
Software Center. In addition to that he is also active in the Georgia
LoCo where he recently organized the Natty Release Party in Atlanta.
You can also see Brian's work in a weekly column for OMG! Ubuntu
called "Download of the Week."

More information can be found at:

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (90523) +1148 over last week
 * Critical (149) +14 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (50078) +352 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see  https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

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

 * better media browser in Banshee - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28136/
 * Tagging parts of files/documents 'from within' -
 * Post-upgrade Import / export of radio station lists is manual and
tedious. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28129/
 * I want to have Google Tasks accessible in Kontact -
 * Ubuntu needs an alternative for MS Project -

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 ===

 * I have 16GB RAM. Do I need 32GB swap?
 * Are the programs in Ubuntu Software Center spy-ware free?
 * Change niceness (priority) of a running process
 * What are zombie processes?
 * Can I remove Windows Vista from my notebook and only install
Ubuntu? http://askubuntu.com/questions/48838/can-i-remove-windows-vista-from-my-notebook-and-only-install-ubuntu

== LoCo News ==

=== Zamboanga City Natty Release Party ===

The Philippine LoCo Team will hold two Natty Narwhal Release Parties
this June 24, one in Manila and other in Zamboanga City. This will
allow the team to maximize efforts and exposure by serving 2 out of 3
island groups. The Zamboanga City event is organized by Yolynne Media
and will be hosted by ELearning Centre, Inc. Visit
http://ubuntu-ph.org/ for more infomation.

More information can be found at:

=== Better Late than Never – Natty Release Party [Philippines] ===

The folks in the Philippines will kick off June 2011 with Natty
Narwhal Release Party. If you’re in the Greater Manila Area and
itching to meet up with fellow Ubuntu users, join the party and share
your Ubuntu stories over pizza and a bottle of beer (or cup of coffee)
on June 24.

More information can be found at:

=== Michigan LoCo sponsorship of MUG ===

Recently, the Ubuntu Michigan LoCo took over Michigan!/usr/group (MUG)
for a night.  Recently, MUG started a sponsorship program targeted at
companies. A company can choose to sponsor a meeting for $150 where
their sponsorship will be recognized and all of their employees will
be full members for the year. The Michigan LoCo put out a call to
raise funds to sponsor a meeting and we blasted past the $150 amount
and ended up donating $185 to MUG.  There were 6 awesome talks by
amazing members of the LoCo team. There will be videos of the event
posted later.

More information can be found at:

=== LoCo Team Directory Translation Updates ===

The LoCo Team Portal team is working on finalizing updates to the LoCo
Team Directory to push out a new release in the next week. There have
been many changes to the translation strings for the LoCo Team
Directory. The team would appreciate it if translators could take a
look and update any translation strings that need to be updated prior
to then. There could be a secondary release a few days or a week after
the initial release if there are enough translations done after that
would warrant an update.  There are some changes coming up this cycle
to the LoCo Team Directory that will create a fair amount of new
strings that will need to be translated. Please file bugs on any
strings that could be worded differently to make translations easier.

More information can be found at:

=== San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian Dinner ===

The San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian dinners in June
landed on Wednesday the 8th, which was also World IPv6 Day. There were
7 people at the 6PM Ubuntu Hour at The Roastery on New Montgomery. The
conversation included how Ubuntu syncs packages from Debian, the
exciting work of the new DEX team and various Ubuntu tidbits.  The
Debian dinner began at 7PM over at Henry’s Hunan Restaurant on
Natoma Street, just across the alley from The Roastery. It was the
biggest dinner since November, bringing in 10 people, including 2
Debian Developers (thanks again for coming Devin and Jonathan!).

More information can be found at: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=4511

== Launchpad News ==

=== Farewell, Jonathan ===

On Thursday, June 16th, Jonathan Lange, Launchpad Product Strategist
announced that he would be leaving Launchpad . He has held this
position for four and a half years. Lange will be moving next door to
work on the Ubuntu Developer Program from within the Ubuntu Platform

More information can be found at:

=== Visualizing Ubuntu Differences Against Debian ===

Over the past few months, Launchpad's Red Squad have been working to
make it easier to create and manage derivative distributions in
Launchpad.  They have recently released a beta of a new feature that
lets you visualize the differences between Ubuntu's Oneiric series and
Debian Sid.  There is a new portlet on the distroseries page that will
list the numbers of packages in both distributions, numbers only in
Sid and numbers only in Oneiric. Clicking on the links takes you to
pages that show the differences in more detail and allows you to
request debdiffs and add comments on the packages.  Bugs on this
feature are tracked using the 'derivation' bug tag. Note that this is
not meant to be a replacement for MoM – yet.

More information can be found at:

=== Using visibility for rudimentary JavaScript templating ===

When designing pages to work with-and-without JavaScript enabled, then
you’ll likely be tempted to repeat some of the user-interface text
in the template and in the JavaScript file. Especially for text that
appears only some of the time.  One alternative is to render that text
all the time, and only show it some of the time. In Launchpad, you add
the "unseen" class to text in order to hide it.  In YUI3, it’s easy
to add or remove classes using Node.toggleClass().  This adds the
'unseen' class to foo when baz is true, and removes it when baz is
false.  If the page needs to have more than one instance of the text,
this approach doesn't directly apply. However, it’s easy to imagine
extending it by using a hidden copy as a prototype and copying it as

More information can be found at:

== The Planet ==

=== Victor Palau: New requirements for Ubuntu Certification ===

At this blog post, Victor Palau reports the changes being made with
the Ubuntu Certification procedures. The coverage of Suspend, Resume
and boot testing is being revamped. In this article is a list of
proposed tests that a system would need to pass to become Ubuntu
Certified for the 11.10 cycle.

More information can be found at:

=== Silver Fox: An Interview with Alan Bell ===

Silver Fox interviewed UK LoCo Team Leader Alan Bell about his life
and involvement with the Ubuntu Project, including his efforts with
Ubuntu-For-All and his thoughts on the future of Ubuntu.

Full interview can be found at:

=== Thierry Carrez: Delivery channels for OpenStack on Ubuntu ===

Thierry Carrez gives a brief overview of the available ways to acquire
OpenStack packages, including various PPA options.

More information can be found at:

=== Matthew Helmke: The Official Ubuntu Book, sixth edition ===

The Official Ubuntu Book sixth edition is out, and Matthew Helmke has
led the team. In this blog post, you will find the Amazon.com link
where this edition can be purchased. This book continues to be a
quality introduction to Ubuntu software and the community that
surrounds it.

More information can be found at:

=== Elizabeth Krumbach: Buy Ubuntu earrings and help schools using Ubuntu! ===

Maile Urbancic, co-founder and former CTO of the non-profit
Partimus.org and founder of Boutique Academia, has been granted
permission from Canonical to to begin producing Ubuntu earrings. These
earings will be sold at boutiqueacademia.com for $18, and $6 of that
will be graciously donated to Partimus.org. Partimus.org has been
deploying and maintaining Ubuntu labs in San Francisco Bay Area
schools and beyond. "Pick up some earrings for yourself or a loved
one, and help out public schools using Ubuntu at the same time."

More information can be found at: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=4515

== In The Press ==

=== Calxeda shows off new partners and will launch with Ubuntu as its OS ===

Calxeda, the startup building servers using ARM chips, has launched
its partner program, known as Trailblazer. Companies such as
Eucalyptus, Gluster, Canonical and Opscode lined up Tuesday behind the
ARM-based server company to show their willingness to work with
Calxeda’s specialized hardware, which is designed to perform with
better energy efficiency. Calxeda also said it would use Ubuntu’s
Linux distribution as the operating system for its gear.
More information can be found at:

=== Microsoft eyes Ubuntu and Debian love on Hyper-V ===

Microsoft says that its Hyper-V virtualization stack may soon support
the Ubuntu and Debian Linux distros as well as CentOS, Red Hat, and
SuSE.  After adding CentOS support last month, it's looking to support
other Linux distros on Hyper-V and also its management software. They
think that Ubuntu would be the next big popular thing for them to look
at.  Requests are primarily coming from web hosters in Europe.
More information can be found at:

=== Ubuntu 11.10 ISOs to be hybrid CD/USB images ===

In this article Colin Watson officially announces the availability of
hybrid ISO installer images. These hybrid ISO's can be burned to CD
like normal, or, they can be copied directly to a USB device without
the need for an external solution. Starting on June 16th all of the
amd64 and i386 CD images on cdimage.ubuntu.com will be available as
hybrid images.

More information can be found at:

=== 'Harmony' for open source contributors on horizon ===

In an effort to make participation in open source projects easier,
Amanda Brock, general legal counsel with Canonical, started Project
Harmony in May of 2010. Project Harmony has spent a year collecting
feedback on how to refine terms governing contributors to open source
projects. This effort is scheduled to be completed on June 23. Version
1.0 of the Project Harmony rules will be officially released soon

More information can be found at:

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

Mentioned in our last issue, Tony Bradley's series continues. Among
other things, Tony discusses in detail his conversion from Gnome
Classic to Unity and syncing and streaming with Ubuntu One.

More information can be found at:
and http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230438/ubuntu_linux_day_15_cloud_syncing_and_streaming_with_ubuntu_one.html

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for June 14th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from June 16th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for June 14th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for June 14th, 2011 -
 * Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for June 17th, 2011 -

== Monthly Team Reports: May 2011 ==

See here for the team report for May 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
ubuntu-news.org: http://ubuntu-news.org/calendars/

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

=== Security Updates ===

 * USN-1147-1: GIMP vulnerability -
 * USN-1148-1: libmodplug vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1151-1: Nagios vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1152-1: libvirt vulnerabilities -
 * USN-1153-1: libxml2 vulnerability -
 * USN-1154-1: OpenJDK 6 vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * jabberd2 (delayed)-
 * libxml2 2.6.31.dfsg-2ubuntu1.6 -

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * vlc_1.0.6-1ubuntu1.7_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * libmodplug 1:0.8.7-1ubuntu0.2 -
 * gimp_2.6.8-2ubuntu1.3_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * jabberd14_1.6.1.1-5+squeeze1build0.10.04.1_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * cyrus-imapd-2.2_2.2.13-19squeeze1build0.10.04.1_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * adobeair 1: -
 * flashplugin-nonfree-
 * nagios3_3.2.0-4ubuntu2.2_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * libvirt_0.7.5-5ubuntu27.13_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * ejabberd_2.1.2-2ubuntu0.1_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
 * libxml2 2.7.6.dfsg-1ubuntu1.2 -
 * openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.04.1     -
 * openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.8-0ubuntu1~10.04.1        -
 * fpc 2.4.0-2ubuntu1.10.04 -
 * openssh 1:5.3p1-3ubuntu7 -
 * netcfg 1.51ubuntu3 -
 * byobu 2.68-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.9 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * vlc_1.1.4-1ubuntu1.6_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * libmodplug 1: -
 * gimp_2.6.10-1ubuntu3.3_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
 * jabberd14- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-June/009502.html
 * cyrus-imapd-2.2-
 * fex  20100208+debian1-1+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * adobeair 1: -
 * flashplugin-nonfree-
 * nagios3_3.2.1-2ubuntu1.2_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
 * libvirt_0.8.3-1ubuntu18_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * ejabberd_2.1.5-2ubuntu0.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * libxml2 2.7.7.dfsg-4ubuntu0.2 -
 * openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.10.1     -
 * openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.8-0ubuntu1~10.10.1        -
 * fpc 2.4.0-2ubuntu1.10.10 -
 * openssh 1:5.5p1-4ubuntu6 -
 * byobu 3.5-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * software-center 3.0.9 -

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * libmodplug 1: -
 * gimp_2.6.11-1ubuntu6.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * otrs2_2.4.9+dfsg1-3+squeeze1build0.11.04.1_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * jabberd14- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011959.html
 * ejabberd_2.1.5-3+squeeze1build0.11.04.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * fex 20100208+debian1-1+squeeze1build0.11.04.1	-
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * adobeair 1: -
 * flashplugin-nonfree-
 * nagios3_3.2.3-1ubuntu1.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * vlc 1.1.9-1ubuntu1.2 -
 * libvirt_0.8.8-1ubuntu6.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * libxml2 2.7.8.dfsg-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~11.04.1	-
 * openjdk-6 6b22-1.10.2-0ubuntu1~11.04.1	-
 * linux-firmware 1.52.1 -
 * quickly 11.04-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * fpc 2.4.0-2ubuntu3.1 -
 * bzr 2.3.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * software-center 4.0.4 -
 * byobu 3.33-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * ntp 1:4.2.6.p2+dfsg-1ubuntu5.1 -
 * gxine 0.5.905-4ubuntu3.1 -
 * whois 5.0.11ubuntu1.1 -
 * evince 2.32.0-0ubuntu12.2 -
 * kde4libs 4:4.6.2-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * kdeutils 4:4.6.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * curl 7.21.3-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * unity 3.8.16-0ubuntu1~natty1 -
 * deja-dup 18.1.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * oss4 4.2-build2003-1ubuntu1.11.04.1 -

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