Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 250
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Wed Feb 1 00:41:12 UTC 2012
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 250 for the week
January 23 - 29, 2012.
== Links to UWN ==
* Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue250
== In This Issue ==
* Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu.
* Ubuntu Developer Week: 31st January-2nd February
* Planet Ubuntu Update
* Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
* Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
* Ubuntu Stats
* SCALE 10x
* Launchpad News
* Hitting the road with juju talks and Charm Schools.
* OpenStack Jenkins dashboard available for testing
* juju events for 2012
* Precisely how we're going to make the wallpapers in 12.04 the best ever!
* Searching Menus
* The HUD: Call For Testers
* software-center now installs language support automatically
* Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8 on Kubuntu
* Ubuntu Brand Guidelines get their own site
* Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps for January 2012
* Quick Team Update
* Retiring the Firefox Stable PPA
* In The Press
* Ubuntu's Already Making Plans For ARM In 2014, 2015
* Ubuntu 12.04 Is ARM-ing Up For Better Performance
* Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization
* Full Circle Magazine #57 - out now!
* Other Articles of Interest
* Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security
* And much much more
== General Community News ==
=== Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu. ===
Mark Shuttleworth introduces the Ubuntu community to the HUD (Heads Up
Display) -- a feature planned to eventually replace menus in Unity
applications. A video demonstrating this future feature is available
at the link below.
=== Ubuntu Developer Week: 31st January-2nd February ===
Just a reminder that Ubuntu Developer week starts today, January 31st,
2012 and you are invited to join in on these three action-packed days
full of tutorial and hands-on session all around Ubuntu development.
More information can be found at the link below.
=== Planet Ubuntu Update ===
Milo Casagrande on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council (CC)
announces the update to Ubuntu Planet configuration and the removal of
former Ubuntu Member blogs from the list. The CC reminds Ubuntu
members that the "nick" field is for your Launchpad ID and gives
members steps to take in case your blog was removed in error.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===
Ubuntu 12.04 is already in its 15th week of development and Daniel
Holbach updates the community what accomplishments have been reached
in the last week. Holbach gives links to the testing wiki for those
who would like to help in that area. He also highlights Mark
Shuttleworth's introduction of the future Heads Up Display (HUD)
feature and mentions the new configurable Unity display.
Holbach reminded the community about the Developer Membership Board
meeting that was held on Monday, Jan 30th and reminds interested
individuals to attend Ubuntu Developer Week which starts today,
Tuesday January 31st, 2012.
To find out more about the Ubuntu Development cycle and how you can
get involved see the link below.
=== Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open ===
Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, announced that Ubuntu Developer
Summit (UDS) sponsorship requests are now open. In his announcement
on Friday, January 27th, 2012 Bacon said the deadline to request
sponsorship is Wednesday February 22, 2012.
The next UDS, UDS-Q, will take place at the Oakland Marriott City
Center, Oakland, California, USA from the 7th - 11th May 2012.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (88265) +59 over last week
* Critical (112) -2 over last week
* Unconfirmed (46380) +37 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. English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
2. Spanish (8738) -54 over last week
3. English (United Kingdom) (32984) -1387 over last week
4. Bosnian (38935) -4661 over last week
5. Brazilian Portuguese (43563) -29 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 ===
* Notify user about failing HDD - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29150/
* Improving information about data traffic on mobile connections -
* Resizable text selections - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29151/
* It should be very easy for users to test latest development kernels
* Software Cannot Be Uninstalled from the Software Update
Notification Window - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29161/
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/
=== Top 5 Ask Ubuntu Questions This Week ===
* How to hide terminal output when executing a command? -
* How much benefit does increasing memory RAM have on the system -
* /var/log/ folder is 39.5GB -
* What version of Unity will be used in 12.04 -
* How to find all pdf files in the directory and subdirectories? -
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
== LoCo News ==
=== Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team Blog ===
The new Ubuntu-BR-SC blog announced last week is now underway. The
team currently consists of twelve members who who write news, tips,
and tutorials in Brazilian Portuguese to support Ubuntu Brazilian
Community. The team invites the community to give feedback and
participate in this new LoCo team blog.
=== SCALE 10x ===
Elizabeth Krumbach and Philip Ballew in two separate posts, each
summarize their experiences at SCALE 10x. From setting up the Ubuntu
Booth, participating in the UbuCon, going to dinner with other Ubuntu
Community members, reflections on their talks and more.
To find out more about the California LoCo teams participation at
SCALE10x see the links below.
== Launchpad News ==
=== Social private teams ===
Curtis Hovey announced that users can now use private teams in social
contexts in Launchpad. Private teams can collaborate with public
projects and other teams if they choose to reveal the existence of the
private team. More details about these private teams please see the
Launchpad blog post.
== Ubuntu Cloud News ==
=== Hitting the road with juju talks and Charm Schools. ===
Jorge Castro lists all the places you will be able to find juju talks
and Charm schools in 2012. Upcoming events include: Strata, POSSCon,
the OpenStack Conference, railsconf, NodeConf, gluecon, Velocity,
OSCON, RubyConf, SURGE, QCon, and LISA 12.
=== OpenStack Jenkins dashboard available for testing ===
Jorge Castro announces that James Page has set up jobs in the Ubuntu
OpenStack QA Lab to start publishing to the public Jenkins QA
instance. Now available are automated build testing of all core
openstack components triggered from upstream trunk commits.
=== juju events for 2012 ===
The juju team now has a complete schedule of events for 2012. to see
the events calendar and to find out more information please see the
== The Planet ==
=== Canonical Design Team: Precisely how we're going to make the
wallpapers in 12.04 the best ever! ===
Iain Farrell explains how you (the community) can help give Ubuntu
12.04 the most amazing and precisely the best wallpapers yet. Read the
comments for an interesting discussion about submissions from
=== Ted Gould: Searching Menus ===
Ted Gould talks about the idea behind HUD (Heads UP Display) and how
you can find functionality in an application with having to know the
data structure. Gould talks about how the HUD works and how the
community can make it better.
=== Jono Bacon: The HUD: Call For Testers ===
Jono Bacon helps Nicholas Skaggs get the word out about how to test
HUD and notes those who wish to help with testing should be running
the Ubuntu 12.04 development release.
=== Martin Pitt: software-center now installs language support automatically ===
Martin Pitt fixes a 2.5 year old language support bug by rewriting the
check-language-support logic. "Today's language-selector upload
provides an aptdaemon plugin which automatically marks corresponding
language support packages (translated help, dictionaries, spell
checker modules, and translations themselves) for installation for any
newly installed package, for all languages that are configured on your
system," says Pitt in his post. To find out more see the link below.
=== Jonathan Riddell: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8 on Kubuntu ===
Jonathan Riddell notes that Kubuntu has packages for 4.8 which
updates to Plasma workspaces and other KDE Applications. In this post
Riddell quotes Kubuntu users from a thread on kde-devel mailing list
which highlight the positive benefits from these updates.
=== Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Brand Guidelines get their own site ===
Canonical announces the Ubuntu Brand Guidelines site. The site aims
to make it easy to find out about the brand guidelines, values, assets
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps
for January 2012 ===
January's Ubuntu Software Centre featured apps include: Core Breach,
And Yet It Moves, Oil Rush. To find out more about these featured
apps as well as how to have your app featured check out this post on
the Ubuntu App Developer Blog.
=== Jono Bacon: Quick Team Update ===
Jono Bacon reviews how the community team are doing with meeting their
goals for the 12.04 cycle. In this post Bacon shows the burndown
chart view and goes into more details about the following areas of his
team: Developer Growth, Cloud and juju, App Developers, Upstream
Relations, and QA. Bacon invites the community to read this post and
=== Chris Coulson: Retiring the Firefox Stable PPA ===
"With the announcement that users of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.10
will be upgraded to the latest version of Firefox, we are going to be
retiring the Firefox Stable PPA." writes Chris Coulson.
Coulson also notes that Firefox 10, to be released on Tuesday, January
31, 2012, will be delivered as a security update to all Ubuntu
releases which should mean that users will receive the update without
having to do anything.
He also asks that should anyone in the community who uses the various
support channels notices anyone pointing to the use of the PPA would
they remove that reference or correct the post.
== In The Press ==
=== Ubuntu swaps application menus for HUD control system ===
BBC news looks at Ubuntu's decision to replace its application menus
for the future Heads-Up-Display (HUD) feature.
=== Linux users cautiously optimistic about Ubuntu's Head-Up Display desktop ===
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet says, "Most users seem willing to
give Ubuntu Linux's Head-Up Display interface the benefit of the
doubt." Read the article in full to see all the areas Vaughan-Nichols
looks at and advice he gives for those who just the thought of Unity
or HUD has them "breaking out in hives".
== In The Blogosphere ==
=== DOWNLOAD Ubuntu: An Absolute Beginner's Guide ===
In their new guide, MakeUseOf tells beginners how to use Unity, what
all that technical jargon like "kernel" and "FLOSS" mean, along with
other helpful tips and tricks. You need to "like" them on Facebook or
subscribe to their newsletter to get the download.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 Wallpaper Contest Launched ===
Joey Sneedon of OMG! Ubuntu! helps get the word out about he recently
launched Ubuntu 12.04 Wallpaper contest. The post goes over what can
be submitted, the deadline for submissions and links to find
inspiration for submissions.
=== Ubuntu's Already Making Plans For ARM In 2014, 2015 ===
Michael Larabel, Phoronix, covers David Mandala of Canonical's talk at
Linux.Conf.Au 2012 where Mandala walked attendees through the history
of Ubuntu Linux support for the ARM architecture. Lababel looks at the
future of Ubuntu ARM in the 12.04 LTS and beyond.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 Is ARM-ing Up For Better Performance ===
Michael Larabel, Phoronix, posts his benchmarks the PandaBoard ES -- a
development board based around the Texas Instruments OMAP4660 --
running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ARM. He also looks at the future of Ubuntu
ARM and improvements being made in the 12.04 LTS cycle.
=== Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization ===
This post highlights the new customization features that are planned
for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.
== In Other News ==
=== Full Circle Magazine #57 - out now! ===
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our fifty-seventh issue.
* Command and Conquer.
* How-To : Try Enlightenment, LibreOffice - Part 11, Backup Strategy
- Part 5, Encrypted USB Stick, and Varnish Web Cache.
* Linux Lab - Mana World Server.
* Review - OpenArtist: 5th Incarnation
* I Think - SpiderOak Questionnaire.
* Closing Windows - Wireless Networking
plus: more Ubuntu Games, My Desktop (and another extra!), My Opinion,
My Story, and much much more!
Google Currents edition:
Get it while it's hot!
== Other Articles of Interest ==
* KDE vs. Windows 7 -
* Linux fate lies in the hands of many -
* Linux / Open Source For Kids: A Feast of Riches -
== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==
* Edubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
* Kubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
* Lubuntu Team - January 25, 2012
* Mythbuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
* Ubuntu Studio Team - No new meeting as of this publication
* Xubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
== 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-1343-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities -
* USN-1344-1: linux vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1344-1
* USN-1345-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
* USN-1346-1: curl vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1346-1
* USN-1263-2: OpenJDK 6 regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1263-2
* USN-1347-1: Evince vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1347-1
* USN-1342-1: Linux kernel (Oneiric backport) vulnerability -
* USN-1348-1: ICU vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1348-1
* USN-1349-1: X.Org vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1349-1
=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===
* None Reported
=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===
* xdg-utils 1.0.2-6.1ubuntu3.2 -
* kickseed 0.54ubuntu1.10.04.2 -
* partman-iscsi 14.1 -
* media-player-info 16-1~lucid1 -
* openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~10.04.3 -
* openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.10-0ubuntu1~10.04.3 -
* evince 2.30.3-0ubuntu1.3 -
* linux-lts-backport-oneiric 3.0.0-15.26~lucid1 -
* icu 4.2.1-3ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===
* curl 7.21.0-1ubuntu1.3 -
* openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~10.10.3 -
* openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.10-0ubuntu1~10.10.3 -
* evince 2.32.0-0ubuntu1.2 -
* icu 4.2.1-3ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===
* curl 7.21.3-1ubuntu1.5 -
* openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~11.04.2 -
* openjdk-6 6b22-1.10.4-0ubuntu1~11.04.2 -
* evince 2.32.0-0ubuntu12.4 -
* icu 4.4.2-2ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===
* evince 3.2.1-0ubuntu2.2 -
* rhythmbox 2.90.1~20110908-0ubuntu1.3 -
* paprefs 0.9.9-2ubuntu1.1 -
* gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu5 -
* libvirt 0.9.2-4ubuntu15.2 -
* ruby-sinatra 1.2.6-1ubuntu1 -
* bridge-utils 1.5-2ubuntu1.1 -
* curl 7.21.6-3ubuntu3.2 -
* openjdk-6 6b23~pre11-0ubuntu184.108.40.206 -
* ghostscript 9.04~dfsg-0ubuntu11.5 -
* icu 4.4.2-2ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
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