Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 232
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Mon Sep 12 23:54:02 UTC 2011
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 232 for the week
September 5 - 11, 2011.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue232
== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu Development Update
* Ubuntu Membership Next Steps
* Ubuntu Developer Survey Report and Next Steps
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo News
* David Planella: Great Is The Art Of Beginning: Ubuntu App Developer
Week Day 1-4
* Ubuntu Women: Today Starts The Ubuntu Women Month of Making
* Countdown to Ubuntu 11.10: The first beta version arrives
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: August 2011
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, and 11.04
* and much more
== General Community News ==
=== Technical Board is looking for nominations ===
The term length of five of the six members of the Technical Board will
end on 1st October. Elected members will stay on the board for two
The nomination period runs from now until 1500 UTC on 13th September
2011. After a quick deliberation period the election will be
announced. All Ubuntu developers are eligible to vote. Voting will run
for two weeks.
=== Ubuntu Development Update ===
In this installment of Daniel Holbach's developer update he discusses
organizing release parties, summarizes the Ubuntu Global Jam
participation, highlights the sessions for Ubuntu App Developer Week,
shows users where they can get involved and more. For those readers
looking for a place to get started with development, Holbach's posts
are a must read.
=== Ubuntu Membership Next Steps ===
Jono Bacon updates the community on the results from the Ubuntu
Membership Survey and the subsequent meeting with the Ubuntu Community
Council. In this post Bacon notes that the following areas are where
improvement can be driven--Setting expectations, How the process
works, Mentoring and support, Meeting improvement. More about these
findings and links to the survey can be found in Bacon's post.
=== Ubuntu Developer Survey Report and Next Steps ===
Jono Bacon presents the link to his report survery to kick off
dicussions with the Technical Board and Developmer Membership Board.
These discussions will be used to decide how to start improving the
=== Ubuntu User Days on September 24-25th: Call for instructors! ===
Want to help Ubuntu out? Ubuntu User Days are looking for instructors!
Contact the Ubuntu User Days team if interested.
=== Looking for a few good people. ===
Jorge Castro is looking for "a few good people" who are interested in
leading an Ubuntu Open Week session. Ubuntu Open week is a week of
online tutorials geared toward new users and contributors and will
take place from Monday October 17 - 21, 2011.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (89022) -413 over last week
* Critical (168) -7 over last week
* Unconfirmed (46822) +106 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 (12663) -1237 over last week
* Brazilian Portuguese (51297) -32 over last week
* English (United Kingdom) (55298) -2038 over last week
* French (79815) +387 over last week
* German (82929) -124 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 ===
* Make software download easy to redistribute to others -
* Quicker skype access in unity - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28495/
* Default options of auto-run dialog boxes -
* Extra Pane action improvement - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28507/
* Clean up home directories - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28504/
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 ===
* Why does Ubuntu ask to check my hard drives every so often? -
* What is the meaning of ./ before a given path? -
* How good are the open-source Nvidia drivers (Nouveau)? -
* How do I quickly encrypt a file with AES? -
* How to remove all files from a directory? -
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== Philip Ballew: Ubuntu Global Jam San Diego wrap-up ===
Philip Ballew shares some news from the Ubuntu Global Jam that was
held in San Diego. From a new Xubuntu user to a new venue, Philip
sees San Diego becoming a thriving area for all open source activity.
=== Maia Grotepass: Oneiric Global Jam in Cape Town ===
The Global Jam in Cape Town saw a small but dedicated group of bug
fixers help to make Oneiric a success.
=== Efrain Valles: Ubuntu Global Jam Maracaibo: Success! ===
Confirming bugs and learning how easy it is to do package updates
ensured that the Ubuntu Global Jam held in Maraciabo was a roaring
success. Oh, and there was pizza.
=== Stefano Rivera: Ubuntu Global Jam Oneiric ===
Stefano shares another successful Ubuntu Global Jam story. A small
team came together and worked on some build failures for the up and
coming Oneiric release.
=== Slovenian translation team: Slovenian LoCo on a translation spree,
The Slovenian Ubuntu LoCo Team has ensured that 100% of Oneiric will
have been translated into the Slovene language when they got together
in an Ubuntu Global Jam event and translated more than 2000 strings.
=== Vancouver Got Jammed! (Epilogue) ===
Randall Ross provides photographic evidence that Ubuntu Global Jams
are serious business.
=== Amber Graner: Ubuntu Friendly at Ubuntu Global Jam in NC ===
In this summary, Amber Graner sums up her lessons learned at the
Ubuntu Global Jam held in Asheville, North Carolina where members of
the NC LoCo team joined forces with the Western North Carolina LUG.
During this event Graner introduced Ubuntu Friendly and demo'd the
beta 1 release of Ubuntu 11.10.
=== Nizar Kerkeni : Ubuntu Global Jam Tunisia ===
Nizar of the Tunisia team shares a series of photos from their latest
Ubuntu Global Jam.
== Launchpad News ==
=== We're hiring: a Software Engineer and a Usability and
Communications Specialist ===
Canonical is hiring for two roles within the Launchpad team, contact
Matthew Revell if you have questions about their Software Engineer or
Usability Communications Specialist positions.
=== Speeding up development ===
Francis J. Lacoste discusses recent improvements to the Launchpad
infrastructure which offer less maintenance downtime and quicker
deployment of fixes and changes which require database schema changes.
== Ubuntu Forums News ==
=== Ubuntu Membership via Forums participation ===
Being helpful on the Ubuntu Forum as a moderator/administrator? Get
your Ubuntu Membership application in place if your not a member yet
(and keep up to good work).
=== Ubuntuforums : changes on accounts permissions. ===
In a bid to curve the ever present threat of spam, new users to the
official Ubuntu Forums have had some permissions curtailed for the
first number of posts to be sure of their intentions.
== The Planet ==
=== Chuck Short: Xen 4.1.1 on Ubuntu ===
Here is a quick way on installing Xen hypervisor, kernel, and user
land tools on Ubuntu.
=== Victor Tuson Palau: Some possible tweaks to Ubuntu.com/Certification ===
Victor Palau discusses a wire-frame concept for
Ubuntu.com/Certificates he came up with that tries to address the core
issues identified from users feedback when accessing the site.
=== David Planella: Great Is The Art Of Beginning: Ubuntu App
Developer Week Day 1-4 ===
In this series of posts David Planella sums up Ubuntu App Developer
Week. For anyone who is wondering what this week is about or for
those who couldn't participate in the sessions this time around these
summaries are perfect for getting you caught up and moving toward
Ubuntu App Developement.
=== Jono Bacon: Menu Discoverability In Ubuntu 11.10 ===
Jono Bacon discusses Menu Discoverability in Ubuntu 11.10 where he
gets to the root of some current debates currently happening online
about surround this the menu and window controls.
=== Stephane Graber: Help translate Edubuntu 11.10 ===
With about a month until release day, help is needed with translation
efforts for Edubuntu 11.10. Lend a hand if you can!
=== Jono Bacon: Recording a Screencast In Ubuntu Tutorial ===
Charles Profitt (in a rather ironic way) recorded a screencast on....
wait for it... how to record a screencast!
=== Ubuntu Women: Today Starts The Ubuntu Women Month of Making ===
The Ubuntu Women project has launched a "Month of Making" where they
ask women in the community to present their Ubuntu-related projects,
creations and anything they've been working on or making. This is
inspired by and in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day coming up on
=== Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Node.js and MongoDB on Ubuntu ===
Want to install Node.js and MongoDB on Ubuntu using Ensemble? Now
there is a guide for that.
=== Michael Terry: Why I Ubuntu ===
Michael Terry explains why he uses Ubuntu.
=== Scott James Remnant: A new release process for Ubuntu? ===
Scott James Remnant floats a proposed Ubuntu release process, somewhat
in the theme of Debian, but not a rolling release.
== In The Press ==
=== Will Ubuntu Again Benefit From Industry Turmoil? ===
According to Edward F. Moltzen there might be enough turmoil in the IT
industry lately that coupled with the worries in the world market the
new Unity interface might just be what Ubuntu needs to benefit out of
these difficult times.
=== Countdown to Ubuntu 11.10: The first beta version arrives ===
ITWorld takes a look at some of the key points of the latest Beta
release of Ubuntu 11.10. As the article states, "Following all the
controversy and excitement over Ubuntu's Unity interface this spring,
I'm excited to see what the final version of Oneiric Ocelot will
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 screenshot preview ===
Join with LinuxBSDos to see, rather than only read, about the latest
features in the beta release of Ubuntu 11.10
=== Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Beta 1 Review And Screenshots Tour ===
Even more screenshots showing of the latest and greatest features that
has made there way into the beta release of the up and coming Ubuntu
== In Other News ==
=== Our first App Developer talk ===
The folks over at Ubuntu One has held there first app developer
evening after the July announcement of their App Developer Program.
== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==
* Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for September 6th, 2011:
* Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for September 6th, 2019:
* Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for September 9th, 2011:
* Ubuntu ARM Team Meeting Minutes for September 8th, 2011:
== Monthly Team Reports: August 2011 ==
See here for the team report for August 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
== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04 ==
=== Security Updates ===
* [USN-1197-3] Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerability -
* [USN-1197-4] NSS vulnerability -
* [USN-1197-5] CA Certificates vulnerability -
* [USN-1200-1] Quassel vulnerability -
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===
* bcfg2 0.9.5.7-1ubuntu0.1 -
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===
* ecryptfs-utils 83-0ubuntu3.2.10.04.3 -
* bcfg2 0.9.6-0ubuntu2.1.10.04.1 -
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===
* prefixsuffix 0.5.0+cvs.2005.06.18-0ubuntu10.10.10.1 -
* ecryptfs-utils 83-0ubuntu220.127.116.11.3 -
* bcfg2 0.9.6-0ubuntu18.104.22.168.1 -
End of Life - April 2012
=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===
* prefixsuffix 0.5.0+cvs.2005.06.18-0ubuntu10.11.04.1 -
* ecryptfs-utils 87-0ubuntu1.3 -
* bcfg2 1.1.1-2ubuntu1.2 -
End of Life - October 2012
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