Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 260

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Mon Apr 9 21:49:36 UTC 2012

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 260 for the week April
2 - 8, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue260
 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/ES/Edicion260
(Spanish Version)

== In This Issue ==

 * Introducing Metal as a Service: provisioning for the hyperscale era
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Ordering your 12.04 CDs for LoCo Teams is now available
 * Launchpad News
 * Why the juju charm store will change the way you use Ubuntu Server
 * Kicking the tires on MAAS
 * Don't miss the inaugural Ubuntu Cloud Summit
 * Jono Bacon: Looking Towards Ubuntu 12.04
 * Chuck Short: Openstack Essex on 12.04
 * Ubuntu Classroom: Algorithms in Programming Classes
 * Shuttleworth defends Ubuntu's Linux contributions
 * New Canonical Tool Tackles 'Hyperscale' Data Centers
 * The Ubuntu 12.04 Default Wallpaper Revealed
 * Why Ubuntu Is Not Contributing To Linux, Or Is It?
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * 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 ==

=== Introducing Metal as a Service: provisioning for the hyperscale era ===

On April 4th Mark Shuttleworth announced the new Metal as a Service
(MAAS) in this blog post, explaining:

"As we move from "tens" to "hundreds" to "thousands" of nodes in a
typical data centre we need new tools and practices. This hyperscale
story - of hyper-dense racks with wimpy nodes - is the big shift in
the physical world which matches the equally big shift to cloud
computing in the virtualised world. Ubuntu's popularity in the cloud
comes in part from being leaner, faster, more agile. And MAAS - Metal
as a Service - is bringing that agility back to the physical world for
hyperscale deployments."

He shares further ideas behind MAAS, which makes "it easy to set up
the hardware on which to deploy any service that needs to scale up and
down dynamically."


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (92635) +488 over last week
    * Critical (91) -7 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (48032) +265 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 (8147) -56 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (23260) -483 over last week
 * Bosnian (37002) +/- 0 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (42309) - 2750 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 ===

 * Playing Input Through Output Device is Extremely Difficult  -
 * Reduce the size of apt-get update (not upgrade) downloads   -
 * right click ona window titlebar and take screenshot   -
 * Checking for updates at the right time   -

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 ===

 * Does Ubuntu generally post timely security updates? -
 * What package is right for my computer? -
 * Understanding LTS Support -
 * How do I launch a GUI application as root on user login? -
 * Reasons why not to update an Ubuntu version to a newer/older kernel
version - http://askubuntu.com/questions/119803/reasons-why-not-to-update-an-ubuntu-version-to-a-newer-older-kernel-version

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

== LoCo News ==

=== Ordering your 12.04 CDs for LoCo Teams is now available ===

The LoCo Council announces that Approved LoCo team administrators can
now pre-order 12.04 CDs for their teams. The new packs, effective with
this release, do not come with Kubuntu.


== Launchpad News ==

=== That Juju that you do (Part II: A magical balm to sooth your ills) ===

Graham Binns of Launchpad shares a second post regarding Launchpad and
the use of juju. In this post he introduces juju itself and the first
Buildbot charm, and discusses how the relationship management that
juju provides helped their build environment. He wraps up the post by
sharing what they've learned generally about juju and provides
instructions how to download the Buildbot master and slave charms


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== POSSCon 2012 and charm set options. ===

Jorge Castro gives a short review of his visit of POSScon 2012 where
Marco Ceppi demoed the juju set command during his speech in the charm


=== Why the juju charm store will change the way you use Ubuntu Server ===

Jorge Castro discusses some of what the juju team is trying to
accomplish policy-wise with the development of their "charm store" --
a non-freezing archive that charm writers and administrators can
choose to use.


=== Ubuntu Server is No Longer the Best OS for Cloud Computing. ===

Robbie Williamson makes the case for why the Ubuntu Cloud release is a
better option than Ubuntu Server for cloud computing with Ubuntu. He
explains why scaling-out is better than scaling-up and looks at the
complexity of management that scale brings.


=== Kicking the tires on MAAS ===

Jorge Castro shares step-by-step instructions for how users can test
out the new Metal as a Service infrastructure with as few as 3 boxes
for testing, and details for how to give feedback.


=== Don't miss the inaugural Ubuntu Cloud Summit ===

Cezzaine Haigh announces the inaugural Ubuntu Cloud Summit, "a one day
event for both technology and business people interested in what cloud
computing can do for their organisations." This will be taking place
at the Ubuntu Developer Summit at the The Oakland Marriott City Center
in Oakland on Tuesday 8th May.


== The Planet ==

=== Michael Hall: Hello Unity, episode 2 ===

Last week we saw a preview of Hello Unity, a "Hello World" example
application for Unity, which was delivered by Michael Hall and David
Planella. This post describes even more features about it, and what
has been added since the last video came out.


=== Jono Bacon: Looking Towards Ubuntu 12.04 ===

Jono Bacon shares some history leading up to the upcoming release of
12.04, including changes made to the interface with the introduction
of Unity, Ubuntu's core values, and the evolving vision and design of
Ubuntu. Bacon discusses the introduction of a formal QA team during
this development cycle and notes that "Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to
be a solid contender in continuing to break down the digital divide
and bring a stable, simple, effective, and powerful experience for


=== Chuck Short: Openstack Essex on 12.04 ===

Chuck Short shares the news of the availability of the latest
Openstack release, Essex, and progress of its availability in upcoming
release of Ubuntu 12.04.


=== Tiago Hillebrandt: Interview: Jorge Castro, Ubuntu Community Team member ===

Tiago Hillebrandt interviews Jorge Castro, asking him about his life,
work with Canonical and Ubuntu, inspiration for involvement with
Ubuntu, a personal perspective of what can be expected with 12.04 and


=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu Software Center: Run, jump,
thermonuclear war and more! ===

John Pugh showcases several new applications available via the Ubuntu
Software Center this month, including And Yet it Moves, DEFCON,
Multiwinia, PDF Studio 7 and more.


=== Ubuntu Classroom: Algorithms in Programming Classes ===

The Ubuntu Classroom will be hosting a new series of Algorithms in
Programming classes presented by Marek Bardonski (bdfhjk). The first
will be taking place on Friday, April 13th at 17:00 UTC in
#ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat on irc.freenode.net.


== In The Press ==

=== Shuttleworth defends Ubuntu's Linux contributions ===

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet reports on the recent report by
Linux.com on top contributors to the Linux kernel, noting that
Canonical is not in the list of top 20 contributors. He shares
excerpts from emails with Mark Shuttleworth defending Canonical's
Linux contributions explaining, among other things, that " the kernel
is a tiny part of the user experience of Ubuntu, and we don't lead
kernel development as a particular goal" and that they do lead with
"tools that make Linux a fantastic environment for developers, system
administrators and end-users alike"


=== New Canonical Tool Tackles 'Hyperscale' Data Centers ===

Rick Whiting of CRN covers the release of the Metal-as-a-Service
(MAAS) provisioning and management tool. Whiting writes "Businesses
and cloud service providers today are wrestling with what some are
calling "hyperscale" data centers running tightly packed racks of
thousands of nodes, especially those running ARM and Atom CPUs." The
post includes excerpts from an interview with Mark Shuttleworth where
the tool is discussed.


=== This Wild Visionary Wants To Turn His Linux Company Into The Next Apple ===

Julie Bort of Business Insider compares some of the goals, actions and
relationships that Canonical has with users and vendors with those of
Apple. Among those comparisons include the "new Apple-like user
interface" (Unity), Ubuntu One service which mixes the ideas of iTunes
and iCloud, Ubuntu TV, Ubuntu for Android to market to phones and
Ubuntu tablets. Bort ends by quoting from Mark Shuttleworth who "sees
his role as making Linux more popular."


=== Ubuntu in South African Schools ===

Andrew Craucamp writing for MyBroadband.co.za News makes a case for
using Ubuntu and other open source software in South Africa, rather
than the current proprietary options. His reasons include recognised
open standards that Ubuntu abides by, ability to run it on older
machines without additional antivirus software, and freedom of
licensing. The article concludes that Ubuntu is " a natural fit for a
modern South African youth."


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== New Ubuntu Print Test for 12.04 LTS ===

The printer test page has had an update to herald the upcoming release
of Ubuntu. The new test page not only uses less ink, but also gives
additional information about the printer and driver that was used.


=== The Ubuntu 12.04 Default Wallpaper Revealed ===

Web Upd8 reports on the release of the Ubuntu 12.04 Default Wallpaper
with screenshots and comparisons with the past releases.


=== 5 problems with Ubuntu 12.04 part 1: Unity Dash usability issues ===

Russell Barnes of Linux User discusses his view of what would happen
to a prospective Windows user experiencing Ubuntu 12.04. The
fictitious character Wendy Windows encounters five problems in this
article including the following: "At first glance she doesn't see the
Lens icons at the bottom of the window at all, but even if she did
would she recognise which represents applications? Should she take her
chances she would eventually be met by a list of applications, but it
needs to be expanded and cycled through before she'll get the result
she's looking for."


=== Why Ubuntu Is Not Contributing To Linux, Or Is It? ===

Swapnil Bhartiya of Muktware discusses some of the contributions to
Linux being made by Ubuntu and Canonical. Bhartiya begins by
discussing the low percentage of kernel changes submitted by
Canonical, and takes the discussion beyond the raw numbers presented
in these contributions. He shares discussions around the development
that has been done in making Linux more accessible "among the masses"
and contributions to other open source projects.


=== My interview with Andy Woodhead, aka ActionParsnip. ===

Vibhav Pant interviews Andy Woodhead (aka actionparsnip), a top
contributor in Launchpad Answers, and contributor in the #ubuntu
channel on IRC.


== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Debian Project News - April 2nd, 2012 -
 * Counting Contributions: Who Wrote Linux 3.2? -
 * Linux boss: We're number one where it counts -
 * Linux Tycoon game lets you 'create' your own distro, neck beard not
required - http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/04/linux-tycoon-game-lets-you-create-your-own-distro/

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - April 3, 2012
 * QA Team - April 4, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120404
 * Desktop Team - April 3, 2012
 * Security Team - April 2, 2012
 * Server Team - April 3, 2012

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Lubuntu Team - April 4, 2012 http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Meetings/20120404

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at
fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-1414-1] Aptdaemon vulnerability -
 * [USN-1415-1] Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerability -
 * [USN-1400-4] Thunderbird regressions -
 * [USN-1416-1] tiff vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1417-1] libpng vulnerability -
 * [USN-1418-1] GnuTLS vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * None at time of publication

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * tiff 3.9.2-2ubuntu0.8 -
 * libpng 1.2.42-1ubuntu2.5 -
 * cups 1.4.3-1ubuntu1.6 -
 * gnutls26_2.8.5-2ubuntu0.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * tiff 3.9.4-2ubuntu0.5 -
 * libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu0.4 -
 * gnutls26_2.8.6-1ubuntu0.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * aptdaemon- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-April/012457.html
 * tiff 3.9.4-5ubuntu6.1 -
 * chromium-browser	18.0.1025.142~r129054-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser	18.0.1025.142~r129054-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu3.4 -
 * gnutls26_2.8.6-1ubuntu2.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * typo3-src	4.3.9+dfsg1-1+squeeze3build0.11.04.1 -
 * tryton-server 1.6.1-2+squeeze1build0.11.04.1	-

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * aptdaemon_0.43+bzr697-0ubuntu1.2_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * virtuoso-opensource 6.1.3+dfsg1-1ubuntu1.1	-
 * modemmanager 0.5-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * krename 4.0.7-1ubuntu1 -
 * klavaro 1.9.2-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * cobbler 2.1.0+git20110602-0ubuntu26.2	-
 * mesa 7.11-0ubuntu3.2 -
 * chromium-browser	18.0.1025.142~r129054-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser	18.0.1025.142~r129054-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * tiff 3.9.5-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * libpng 1.2.46-3ubuntu1.3 -
 * gnutls26_2.10.5-1ubuntu3.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-

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