Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 243
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Tue Nov 29 20:22:11 UTC 2011
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 243 for the week
November 21 - 27, 2011.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue243
== In This Issue ==
* Career Days: From Developer to CEO Wrap-up * Official UDS-P group
photo and personal photo set * Edubuntu Council Elections * Ubuntu
12.04 Development update * Ubuntu IRCC Nominations * Building a
Precise Pangolin: A summary of UDS success * Ubuntu Stats * LoCo News
* Launchpad News * Ubuntu Cloud News * Randall Ross: Ubuntu Community
Lexicon, Part 2 & 3 * Raphael Hertzog: People behind Debian: Stefano
Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader * Jono Bacon: Canonical Community
Team 12.04 Plans * Jono Bacon: Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans * In
The Blogosphere * In Other News * Featured Podcasts * Upcoming
Meetings and Events * Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10,
11.04 and 11.10 * And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== Career Days: From Developer to CEO Wrap-up ===
On Saturday, November 12th, the Ubuntu Women Project welcomed
Canonical CEO Jane Silber to the Ubuntu Women Career Days to give an
overview of her career in tech--from Software Developer to CEO.
Elizabeth Krumbach, summaries Silber's session in this post on the
Ubuntu Women Blog. For links to the full IRC Logs and to read
Krumbach's post in full, see the link below.
=== Official UDS-P group photo and personal photo set ===
Sean Sosik-Hamor, official photographer for the Ubuntu Developer
Summit (UDS), shares the group photo he took at UDS in early November
in Orlando. He also links to the gallery where you can find dozens of
other photos from the summit.
=== Edubuntu Council Elections ===
The Edubuntu Council has put out a call for nominations for the next
iteration of the Edubuntu Council. If you're interested, or know
someone who is, please send their information to
edubuntu-devel at lists.ubuntu.com or jonathan at ubuntu.com.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===
In this ongoing development update, Daniel Holbach discusses Feature
Definition Freeze, highlights posts from Ubuntu Community Appreciation
Day and gives the dates for the next Ubuntu Developer Week.
However, that's not all. Holbach also lets those new to Ubuntu
Developement know how to get started, as well as details a few of the
bugs that have already been fixed in the "Precise" cycle already.
Want to get involved, need something to work on, or want to get in
touch with developers then read the full post at the link below.
=== Ubuntu IRCC Nominations ===
Jussi Schultink, Ubuntu IRC Council Chairman, sent out the call for
Ubuntu IRC Council nominations.
If you are interested in the Ubuntu IRC community, feel you have a lot
give to it and can help to improve it, please review the Leadership
Code of Conduct and update your personal wiki page with:
* your ideas how to resolve what you feel are the most pressing
issues highlighted in the recent IRC team survey * endorsements and
comments from your peers
The email as well as more information on the IRCC call for nominations
can be found at the link below.
=== Building a Precise Pangolin: A summary of UDS success ===
Gerry Carr of Canonical summarizes UDS as, "...800 people, from
Canonical engineers and employees, Ubuntu community members, partners,
ISVs, upstreams and many more gathered to discuss and plan for the
upcoming Ubuntu 12.04, code-named Precise Pangolin."
In this post he also notes that there were over 420 sessions, across
nice tracks and discusses the focus on desktop and the cloud, UDS
sponsors, Linaro Connect, and the vision of what's next.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (88169) +255 over last week * Critical (129) +4 over last week
* Unconfirmed (46175) +27 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. Spanish (9073) +34 over last week 2. English (Australia) (24351)
-3655 over last week 3. Brazilian Portuguese (45405) -12 over last
week 4. English (United Kingdom) (45882) +2607 over last week 5.
Bosnian (65165) +1224 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 Ideas this week ===
* Words added to the default dictionary should be shared between
computers - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28897/
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 ===
* Is Ubuntu optimized for multicore CPUs? -
* Is there animation software available? -
* Prevent gedit from creating files with the '~' suffix -
* Can I put more applications in a Unity icon? -
* How to convert .tex into .odt? -
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== Open Source Conference 2011 Tokyo/Fall ===
The Japanese Ubuntu LoCo attended at the Open Source Conference in
Tokyo. The LoCo team held a seminar on "Ubuntu 11.10 and ARM Devices"
and distributed around 200 CDs.
== Launchpad News ==
=== Ending support for multi-tenancy ===
Curtis Hovey writes, "Launchpad is ending support for multi-tenancy
for branches and bugs to ensure that projects can manage the
disclosure of private information. This is a fundamental change to how
launchpad permits communities to share projects. Very few users will
be affected by this change, but several communities will need to
change how they work with private bugs and branches."
=== Customisable bug listings in beta! ===
Dan Harrop-Griffiths posts, "The information displayed with bug
listings is often not what you want to see - you might not be
interested in bug heat and want to see bug age, but it's not there.
Looking at this problem, we've come up with a new beta feature: custom
bug listings. A lot of you have said that you'd like to be able to
filter bugs in a way that works best for you."
== Ubuntu Cloud News ==
=== Charm School! ===
The juju team will hold a Charm School on December 2, 2011 at 1500UTC
in the #juju IRC channel on Freenode.net. A "charmer" or juju expert
will answer questions about juju and its charms.
== The Planet ==
=== Jason Gerard DeRose: Note on Ubuntu One dropping CouchDB sync ===
"In the short run, this has little impact on Novacut," writes Jason
DeRose of Novacut. "Because of the scaling difficulties presented by
the particular way Ubuntu One needed to use CouchDB, we couldn't
reliably sync larger databases like dmedia through Ubuntu One anyway,
so we weren't counting on this being available (not that it wouldn't
have been nice)."
DeRose says Novacut will follow U1DB development closely and in the
end they may stick with CouchDB at least on the server-side.
"Regardless, I'm going to be involved with the U1DB efforts where I
imagine my experience building "painfully ambitious" desktop apps that
use documented-oriented databases will prove useful," concludes
=== Randall Ross: Ubuntu Community Lexicon, Part 2 & 3 ===
In this ongoing series of post UDS-P blog articles, Randal Ross
disgrams the Ubuntu Community.
Randall says, "During UDS-P, I asked publicly for a favour: When we
speak about community, lets use adjectives. Let's use more than one
adjective if one isn't enough. Let's use precise language to help
frame the problems we are trying to solve in the Precise cycle.
To that end, and being a visual thinker, I have begun to map out the
Ubuntu community as a first step in developing a lexicon. I hope this
will help us frame our discussions and develop a common understanding
of what our community looks like."
Follow along at the links below.
=== Jono Bacon: The Ubuntu Commons ===
"One of the most wonderful things about Open Source and collaborative
community is that every community member participates in a commons; a
shared area of community real-estate in which we can all contribute,"
says Bacon. In this post Bacon takes a look at the Ubuntu "commons".
He looks at: Our Commons, An Open Commons, Ubuntu for Everyone, and
=== Pasi Lallinaho: Roadmap closed ===
The planning period for Xubuntu Precise Pangolin has ended and the
team announces it has 15 roadmap items with assignees. There are still
four outstanding items that need approval from the community. Find out
more about the future of Xubuntu at the link below.
=== Raphael Hertzog: People behind Debian: Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian
Project Leader ===
Next up in Raphael Hertzog's ongoing People Behind Debian series is
Debian Project leader Stefano Zacchiroli. In this interview
Zacchiroli talks about who he is, how he started contributing to
Debian, his 2nd year as the Debian Project Leader and more.
=== Jono Bacon: Canonical Community Team 12.04 Plans ===
Jono Bacon tells readers what his team of "horsemen" will be focusing
on in this 12.04 cycle and how they can track blurprints and stay on
top of their own action items from UDS.
The Canonical Community Team will be focusing on cloud and juju, App
Community growth, developer outreach, translations, upstreams,
quality, and more.
Find out more about the focus areas and which Canonical Community Team
Member is responsible for each of those areas in Bacon's full blog
=== Jono Bacon: Behind The Canonical Community Team ===
The "horseman" logo gallops into focus as Jono Bacon highlights the
personalities who make up horsepower that drives the Canonical
Community Team. The team consists of Jono Bacon, David Planella,
Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro and Michael Hall.
=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans ===
"Accessibility is a core value for Ubuntu and we have a wonderful
Ubuntu Accessibility Team who are passionate about making Ubuntu a
truly accessible platform for everyone," writes Bacon. The areas that
the Ubuntu Accessibility Team will focus on in the 12.04 cycle
consists of: Testing, Development, General Community Work and
== In The Press ==
=== Ubuntu tells dumped CouchDB: It's not you, it's me ===
The fact that UbuntuOne dropped CouchDB (a popular NoSQL option) as
it's backend database is attributed, via a quote from Canonical
employee John Rowland Lenton that "[The UbuntuOne] situation is rather
unique, and we were unable to resolve some of the issues we came
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== Ubuntu 11.10 live from USB -- first impressions ===
Steven Rosenberg goes through the steps he took to make a 64-bit
Ubuntu 11.10 USB image and once booted discusses some of his first
impressions. Rosenberg compares Unity and GNOME Shell and discusses
the new alt-tab switcher, desktop layout, and offers some suggestions
to Ubuntu developers for continued polish.
=== 7 Hidden Features Of Ubuntu 11.10 You Might Not Know Of ===
Well known makeusof.com made an article highlighting features which
are hidden for most users and also helps enabling the Global Menu for
apps currently lacking them (Google Chrome & LibreOffice). Check them
all out for an even more awesome experience with your Ubuntu.
=== Will Ubuntu PCs in Retail Succeed Where Mail Order Failed? ===
Christopher Tozzi shares some thoughts on Canonical's recent
announcements regarding retail sales of Ubuntu in Asia and Europe.
Tossi reviews some of the history of Ubuntu sales, including efforts
by Dell primarily in the United States and speculates whether the
different market and model (stores vs online) will improve their
chances. Either way he says "it's reassuring for the open source
community to see Canonical continuing to invest in desktop Linux."
=== 20 Most Highly Rated Applications to Install from Ubuntu Software Center ===
Manuel Jose from Tech Drive-In takes you through a summary of the top
20 rated apps in the Ubuntu Software Center. Some old favorites like
Stellarium and GIMP are there along with some new goodies.
=== Lubuntu 11.10 Review: You Don't Have To Quit Ubuntu ===
Swapnil Bhartiya discusses his search for an alternative to the Unity
interface which includes testing out other distributions. Bhartiya's
review then focuses on Lubuntu to review from the perspective of a
home user and including screenshots, a hardware support review,
compatibility with Android devices, accessing data over the network
and viewing application lists.
=== Firefox 8 Finally Lands in Ubuntu 11.10 ===
Firefox 8 is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 via update manager. The
update includes several improvements in memory management, loading
times and add-ons.
=== Mark Shuttleworth Talks New Icon Theme, Criticisms, GNOME-Shell &
Ubuntu on TVs, Phones... ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports from the Q&A with Mark
Shuttleworth held in the Ubuntu Classroom channel on November 23rd.
Questions covered include "Will 12.04 put an end to the recent
criticism of Ubuntu?" "Have you noticed that Ubuntu has dropped in the
Distrowatch rankings?" "Do you really think you can compete with iOS
and Android on TV/Tablet/Phone?" and more.
=== 12 Things to Expect in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin ===
Juan Auza gives a high-level look at what the major changes in Ubuntu
will be for the 12.04 release. Some of the highlighted changes include
the (potential) removal of Mono, an improved Unity, and GNOME 3.2.
=== Ubuntu Smart TV Discussions Begin to 'Warm Up' ===
A follow-up on the UPD-P article, going more in-dept into the forming
of the Ubuntu TV project. First mock-up and feature-list and more.
== In Other News ==
=== Thoughts of Thankfulness From Linux Land ===
Katherine Noyes from Linux Insider shares a spirit of Thanksgiving,
and writes about things that different people are thankful about. Free
choice of an operating system, of free apps and amazing people to
communicate with are among the things she shares to give thanks for.
=== Five Gifts for Linux Lovers ===
Looking for an idea for a present for someone who loves Linux? Steven
J. Vaughan-Nichols shares five ideas from a credit card that benefits
the Linux Foundation to laptops to tablets and links to sites which
offer a variety of low-cost gifts.
=== Linux syslog may be on way out ===
Current syslog technology is text-based and easy to manipulate by
individuals looking to cover their tracks through log manipulation. To
battle this two Red Hat developers are working on a more secure
binary-based replacement for syslog called "The Journal" that will
hopefully be ready for Fedora 17.
=== Best Linux email client: 5 reviewed and rated ===
An in-dept article comparing Linux email clients in their recommended
platforms. Read how well the integrating with the desktop is, what the
user experience feels and performance handling.
=== Five Golden Rules for a Successful Ubuntu Desktop Migration ===
Canonical prepares a guide for migration to the Ubuntu Desktop. The
guide suggests 5 main steps for successful process: plan ahead, target
correct audience, select right apps, build management flows and pilot
the project before going live.
=== Full Circle Magazine #55 - out NOW! ===
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our fifty-fifth issue.
This month: * Command and Conquer. * How-To : Program in Python - Part
29, LibreOffice - Part 9, Backup Strategy - Part 3, Audacity Basics,
and Quick Home Server. * Linux Lab - VOIP at Home. * Review -
BackTrack vs BackBox. * I Think - Did you update your current install
or do a fresh install? * Closing Windows - Control Panel and Device
Managerplus: Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Story, and
much much more!
Get it while it's hot!
== Featured Podcasts ==
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E20 - Run to the Hills ===
Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are in Studio
A for episode 20 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo
In this week's show:- * We chat about using Ubuntu One instead of
Dropbox, upgrading a desktop PC from Maverick to Natty, writing the
UUPC Christmas panto (oh no we don't...), and working out how to
create a PDF from PHP (guess who that was). * We nterview Trystan Lea
and Glyn Hudson from the OpenEnergyMonitor project who we met at
Homecamp 4. We also have the second installment of Podbusters, the
quiz with slightly harder questions than it had the first time round.
* In the news: * Events: * A Bit About Ubuntu: * We have a command
line lurrrrrrrrve pointed out to us by Graham Bleach. * We have your
feedback, including a contribution from someone who is very definitely
not the Wing Commander. * For more information about the petition to
the Dutch government about open standards in schools, see petition,
FSFE article (in English), open letter (in English), and
follow at janstedehouder on Twitter.
== Other Articles of Interest ==
* Ubuntu Alternatives, Xfce, & Having A Go With Fedora 16! -
* Ubuntu sets out accessibility plans for 12.04 -
== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at
== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 ==
=== Security Updates ===
* USN-1277-1: Firefox vulnerabilities -
http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1277-1 * USN-1277-2: Mozvoikko and
ubufox update - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1277-2 * USN-1269-1:
Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities -
http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1269-1 * USN-1278-1: Linux (Maverick
backport) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1278-1 *
USN-1279-1: Linux (Natty backport) vulnerabilities -
http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1279-1 * USN-1280-1: Linux (OMAP4)
vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1280-1 * USN-1281-1:
Linux (OMAP4) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1281-1
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===
* None Reported
=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===
* procps 1:3.2.8-1ubuntu4.1 -
* papyon 0.4.8-0ubuntu2.3 -
=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===
* procps 1:3.2.8-9ubuntu3.1 -
* wireshark 1.2.11-6+squeeze5build0.10.10.1 -
* hedgewars 0.9.17-1~maverick0.1 -
* papyon 0.5.1-0ubuntu2.3 -
=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===
* procps 1:3.2.8-10ubuntu3.1 -
* hedgewars 0.9.17-1~natty0.1 -
=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===
* ubuntuone-client 2.0.0-0ubuntu2.2 -
* ubuntu-meta 1.245.1 -
* ghostscript 9.04~dfsg-0ubuntu11.2 -
* command-not-found 0.2.44.1ubuntu1 -
* procps 1:3.2.8-10ubuntu5.1 -
* gnome-settings-daemon 3.2.2-0ubuntu2 -
* banshee 2.2.1-1ubuntu2 -
* hedgewars 0.9.17-1~oneiric0.1 -
* jenkins-winstone 0.9.10-jenkins-25+dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 -
* jenkins 1.409.1-0ubuntu4.1 -
* gnote 0.7.5-1ubuntu1.1 -
* lightdm 1.0.6-0ubuntu1.2 -
* unity-2d 4.12.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
* shotwell 0.11.6-0ubuntu0.1 -
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