Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 259
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Mon Apr 2 21:30:01 UTC 2012
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 259 for the week March
26 - April 1, 2012.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue259
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/ES/Edicion259
== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Released.
* Ubuntu Countdown Banners Now Available
* Unsung heroes
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo News
* Parallelising the Unparallelisable
* Jono Bacon: Integrating Your App Into Unity
* Mark Shuttleworth: Holistic UI is smarter UX
* Canonical: Ubuntu Survey Parts 3 and 4
* Rick Spencer: 12.04 Quality Engineering Retrospective
* What Ubuntu users think about Ubuntu 2012
* Canonical Integrates Landscape with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
* Red Hat Earnings End Ubuntu Server Debate
* Beta 2 Reviews
* Full Circle #59 is here for the taking!
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Podcasts
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
* 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 ==
=== Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Released. ===
Kate Stewart of the Ubuntu Release Team has announced the second, and
final, beta release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop,
Server, Cloud, and Core products, along with the recognized flavors.
"Code-named "Precise Pangolin", 12.04 continues Ubuntu's proud
tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source
technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The
team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new
features, but mostly fixing bugs.
With Ubuntu 12.04, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Mythbuntu and
Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 2 status today."
=== Ubuntu Countdown Banners Now Available ===
The Ubuntu Countdown Banners for 12.04 are now available.
Thanks to the Ubuntu Web Presence Team for contributing these graphics
and animations. If you're interested in helping to spread Ubuntu, the
team is open to everyone. A special thanks goes to the community
members who created the graphics, concept and animation:
* Silviu-Ionut Radu
* Gerhard Grossmann
* Everyone who entered a countdown banner
=== Welcome New Members ===
Marcin Juszkiewicz became MOTU on 2012-03-12
== Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==
=== Unsung heroes ===
Mark Shuttleworth recognizes and thanks Manish Sinha and Stefano
Candori for their contributions to the new privacy features in 12.04.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (92147) +463 over last week
* Critical (97) -2 over last week
* Unconfirmed (47767) +269 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 ===
* English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
* Spanish (8203) -11 over last week
* English (United Kingdom) (23743) -91 over last week
* Bosnian (37002) -537 over last week
* Brazilian Portuguese (42584) +/- 0 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 this week ===
* chat could be more integrated http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29446/
* making the Launcher better for the user.
* Unified Profile "me" in ubuntu One http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29434/
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 ===
* Flash video appears blue
* What is Ubuntu for Eyewear?
* How to secure Ubuntu for a non-technical user? (your mom)
* How do I get mt-daapd?
* How to Install the new Gnome Boxes?
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== Stellenbosch ubuntu hour March ===
Maia Grotepass shares a photo from the latest Ubuntu Hour in
Stellenbosch, South Africa.
== Launchpad News ==
=== Parallelising the Unparallelisable ===
Having to run more than twenty thousand tests can really burden down
systems - and making them work parallel brings in complications.
Access to databases, temporary directories and virtual machines comes
with a high overhead. Launchpad has found their solution, LXC (Linux
Containers) and talks about it in this post.
=== That Juju that you do (Part I: Bring the pain) ===
Launchpad recently announced that they were planning on changing their
testing system to a parallel system but with this came a lot of
unknowns and some tricky problems. One problem was solved by using
Amazon EC2 instances, while not being sure what the best architecture
would be. Then they had to set it all up quickly to overcome
geographical and time zone differences, something which requires a
better solution than simple shell-scripts. This post details these
problems and ends with a "to be continued" with a better solution.
== The Planet ==
=== Jono Bacon: Integrating Your App Into Unity ===
Jono Bacon shares a video about how you can integrate your application
into the Unity interface, including use of Quicklists, Indicators,
Launcher, Menus and the HUD and Lenses and Scopes within the Dash.
=== Brian Murray: See the heat ===
Brian Murray blogs about how bug heat is a good indication of which
bugs need to be addressed, and takes the opportunity to graph the five
hottest bugs for the packages that his team subscribes to.
=== Mark Shuttleworth: Holistic UI is smarter UX ===
Mark Shuttleworth writes about the shortcomings of having many tools
that each "do one thing well," and notes that having greater awareness
between the various pieces of software would allow for better user
experiences. He spotlights some small issues with the notification
system, and how fixing the simple things leads to a better experience
=== Canonical: Ubuntu Survey Parts 3 and 4 ===
The final sets of responses from the Ubuntu Survery have been
released, and bring with them a closer look at the people that use
Ubuntu. Some of the results include the fact that ~40% of users take
advantage of Ubuntu One, users seem to be most excited about the
upcoming Ubuntu for Android, and the majority of users still use
Windows or other operating systems on a regular basis. Most users
report that they use Ubuntu on their main PC, and are willing to buy a
device with Ubuntu pre-installed.
=== Rick Spencer: 12.04 Quality Engineering Retrospective ===
Rick Spencer discusses the robustness of the upcoming 12.04 release,
pointing out that he has been using the development release for a
couple months and that it's "beautiful, fast, and robust" and has
"stayed of usable quality throughout the development cycle." He goes
into depth by describing the three key activities:
1. Verify and fix before landing major changes in Ubuntu
2. Not waiting when something breaks to take action
3. Test for testability, then test rigorously
And how their value led to the engineering quality Spencer observes in
this development cycle.
=== Xubuntu: Beta 2 released & new branding ===
Along with their Beta2 release this week, the Xubuntu team announces a
new, wider wallpaper and an update to their branding, included in
=== Michael Hall: Hello Unity ===
Michael Hall and David Planella have been working on a "Hello World"
example application for Unity, called Hello Unity. The post provides a
video explaining the key features and a link to the package and source
code on Launchpad.net.
== In The Press ==
=== What Ubuntu users think about Ubuntu 2012 ===
"Ubuntu's come a long way from being the popular Debian-based Linux
distribution for desktops. So, who uses Ubuntu today and what do they
think about where Ubuntu is now and where it's going?" Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet seeks to answer this by reviewing some of the
results from the Ubuntu Survey results recently published by
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== [How To] Easily Skin Ubuntu's Unity Desktop ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares a how-to about creating custom
skins for the Unity Desktop. He shows how to create a "Costume
Background," and how to use MyUnity to put it into good use.
=== Canonical Integrates Landscape with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ===
Manuel Jose shares that Ubuntu 12.04 now contains Landscape, a service
from Canonical that allows administrators to "monitor, manage and
update [their] entire Ubuntu infrastructure from a single interface"
and provides management tools that help admins remotely access
machines, manage tasks, and get real-time alerts. Jose shows
screenshots of how this integration works in 12.04.
=== Red Hat Earnings End Ubuntu Server Debate ===
The VAR Guy takes a look at the announced quarterly results from Red
Hat in context of the recently made blog post by Ubuntu founder Mark
Shuttleworth about the success of Ubuntu at Red Hat's expense.
=== On Old Hardware, Think Twice About Ubuntu 12.04 ===
With less than a month to go before Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is released
Phoronix has already done a host of tests using the pre-release images
and are planning even more once the final release is out. So far for
all of the improvements in Precise Pangolin in regards to performance
and power usage for "respectable hardware, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is looking
great", but the verdict on older hardware is slightly less rosy.
=== If You're Lucky, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Can Boot Faster ===
Thus far the booting time tests conducted by Phoronix have been a
mixed bag with boot times sometimes being faster and even, at times,
being twice as slow as booting Ubuntu 10.04.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 vs. Windows 8: The Battle for Desktop Supremacy ===
A unified interface is one which is to be used over multiple different
devices. Unity is one, Windows 8 is another. Jun Auza does a little
comparing to see how they match up.
=== Beta 2 Reviews ===
There have been many Beta 2 reviews, but the following caught the
attention of our editors.
* Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Released -
* Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 Released [Screenshots, Video] -
* Final Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Released -
* Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 2 Released | What's New -
* Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin' Reaches Final Beta -
And Softpedia provided screenshot tours for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu:
* Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 Screenshot Tour -
* Kubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 Screenshot Tour -
* Xubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour -
* Lubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 Screenshot Tour -
== In Other News ==
=== Full Circle #59 is here for the taking! ===
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our fifty-ninth issue.
* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Beginning Python - Part 31, LibreOffice - Part 13,
Portable Linux, Resizing Your VirtualBox Drive, and Create Your Own
* Linux Lab - Foremost for data recovery.
* Review - Bodhi Linux
* I Think - What turns to/from a distro?
* Closing Windows - Task Manager
plus: more Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!
Google Currents Edition:
ePub Edition: http://dl.fullcirclemagazine.org/issue59_en.epub
Get it while it's hot!
== Other Articles of Interest ==
* Red Hat: The first billion dollar Linux company has arrived -
== Featured Podcasts ==
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E03 - True to His Colours ===
Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen are back for
the third episode of the new season of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK
* Interview with Richard Hughes
* News, including: Android forks, new Humble Bundle, KDEnlive
* Upcoming events: Ohio Linux Fest, Barcamp Canterbury, Ubuntu UK
Release Party and OggCamp 12
* Ubuntu News: Mark Shuttleworth blog post, Do geeks dream of Ubuntu
desktops?, WUBI wemoved, KDE's lives, Ubuntu User Survey results, and
Photograph winners announced for 12.04
* and more!
== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==
* Kernel Team - March 27, 2012
* QA Team - March 28, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120328
* Desktop Team - March 27, 2012
* Security Team - March 26, 2012
* Server Team - March 27, 2012
== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==
* Lubuntu Team - March 28, 2012
== 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-1404-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerability -
* [USN-1405-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
* [USN-1407-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
* [USN-1410-1] Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerability -
* [USN-1411-1] Linux kernel vulnerability -
* [USN-1406-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
* [USN-1409-1] Linux kernel (Oneiric backport) vulnerabilities -
* [USN-1408-1] Linux kernel (FSL-IMX51) vulnerability -
* [USN-1197-7] ca-certificates-java vulnerability -
* [USN-1412-1] Linux kernel vulnerability -
* [USN-1413-1] Nova vulnerability -
* [USN-1197-8] ca-certificates-java regression -
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===
* linux 2.6.24-31.100 -
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===
* ca-certificates-java 20100406ubuntu1.1 -
* adobe-flashplugin 18.104.22.168-0lucid1 -
* flashplugin-nonfree -
* nis 3.17-31ubuntu0.10.04.3 -
* mawk 1.3.3-15ubuntu2.0.10.04 -
* cups 1.4.3-1ubuntu1.6 -
* debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.15 -
* cloud-init 0.5.10-0ubuntu1.7 -
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===
* ca-certificates-java 20100412ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
* adobe-flashplugin 22.214.171.124-0maverick1 -
* flashplugin-nonfree -
* cloud-init 0.5.15-0ubuntu3.1 -
End of Life - April 2012
=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===
* ca-certificates-java 20100412ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
* adobe-flashplugin 126.96.36.199-0natty1 -
* flashplugin-nonfree -
* nova_2011.2-0ubuntu1.3_i386_translations.tar.gz -
* cloud-init 0.6.1-0ubuntu8.1 -
End of Life - October 2012
=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===
* mawk 1.3.3-15ubuntu2.11.10 -
* lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.6 -
* udev 173-0ubuntu4.2 -
* linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-17.10 -
* linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-17.10 -
* linux 3.0.0-17.30 -
* linux 3.0.0-17.30 -
* linux-meta 188.8.131.52.20 -
* linux-meta 184.108.40.206.20 -
* ca-certificates-java 20110912ubuntu3.1 -
* adobe-flashplugin 220.127.116.11-0oneiric1 -
* flashplugin-nonfree 18.104.22.168ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
* nis 3.17-32ubuntu1.2 -
* nova_2011.3-0ubuntu6.5_i386_translations.tar.gz -
* ca-certificates-java 20110912ubuntu3.2 -
* cloud-init 0.6.1-0ubuntu22.1 -
End of Life - April 2013
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