Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 251

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 7 03:40:59 UTC 2012

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 251 for the week
January 30 - February 5, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue251

== In This Issue ==

 * Precise Pangolin Alpha 2 Released!
 * Developer Week: Summaries Days 1-3
 * The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Needs You!
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * Canonical Design Team: Multi-Monitor Update and Greeter Prototype
 * Didier Roche: Unity 5.2 is now released!
 * Paul Tagliamonte: Mapping the Ubuntu Community
 * With GOV.UK, British government redefines the online government platform
 * You Don't Have To Quit Ubuntu!
 * Canonical Promotes Standard Ubuntu Branding with New Website
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security
 * And much much more

== General Community News ==

=== Precise Pangolin Alpha 2 Released! ===

Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager, announces the Alpha 2 release of
Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin.

Pre-releases are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system nor
anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional or even frequent
breakage; however, it is important that these releases are tested.

More information on this milestone release an how you can get involved
with testing can be found at the link below.


=== Developer Week: Summaries Days 1-3 ===

Daniel Holbach summarizes the events of Ubuntu Developer Week.
Session descriptions, leaders and links to the session logs can be
found the event summaries below.




=== The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Needs You! ===

Elizabeth Krumbach issues another call for volunteers to join the
Ubuntu News Team. The UWN team is in need of more volunteers to help
sustain this project.  Krumbach outlines where the shortages are and
how the Ubuntu community can get involved.  Individuals interested in
helping maintain the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter shoulf read Krumbach's
blog post in full.


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===

Daniel Holbach gives his weekly Ubuntu development update as Alpha 2
of Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin becomes available.  In this post,
Holbach announces to the community that a rebuild of the full Ubuntu
archive is now underway and reminds everyone that feature freeze will
go into effect in 2 weeks.

Holbach highlights community desktop contributor, Jeremy Bicha's
explanation of how the Ubuntu desktop components were chosen for the
12.04 cycle.

Events in the spotlight this week include summaries of Ubuntu
Developer Week as well as a list of items that still need to be done.

Individuals wanting to contribute to the ongoing development of the
Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin development cycle can find out more at
the link below.


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

 * Open (88559) +294 over last week
 * Critical (141) +29 over last week
 * Unconfirmed (46514) +134 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 (8691) -47 over last week
 3. English (United Kingdom) (32302) -682 over last week
 4. Bosnian (38546) -389 over last week
 5. Brazilian Portuguese (43512) -51 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 ===

 * Increase Sound Menu functionality: song progress slider  -
 * scrollbars are not enough for efficiency -
 * Increase Ubuntu One Userbility: List all published documents -
 * Make the desktop/background less dull -
 * Automatic performace and Desktop environment sugestions -

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-my Collaboration with Federal of Malaysian Consumers
Association (FOMCA) ===

Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman of the Malaysian LoCo summarizes the teams
involvement in FOMCA's Access to Knowledge National Campaign on A2K
Policies and Campaign to promote Open Source Software to consumers.
Outlined in this post are overall and specific objectives, activities
the team is involved and the areas impacted throught this campaign.


=== Ubuntu Podcast, Season 5 ===

Tony Whitmore announces that the Ubuntu UK Podcast will be back for a
5th season.  In this post, Whitmore shares with readers ways to
suggest content, share ideas and give feedback.


== Launchpad News ==

=== Fighting fire with fire - Changes to bug heat ===

Dan Harrop-Griffiths announces changes to the way bug heat is
calculated and displayed in Launchpad in part to enhance the
performance of Launchpad.


=== How to do Juju - Charming oops-tools ===

Diogo Matsubara, of the Launchpad Red Squad and Product Team, writes
about a new  a new cloud project this team recently began work on.
Matsubara notes that as part of this  new project the team will be
using juju -- a tool that helps users easily deploy services on the

In his quest to learn more about juju, Matsubara has written a new
charm to deploy oops-tools.  The charm is described as an open source
Django application that helps visualize and aggregate error reports
from Launchpad, on Amazon's EC2 and Canonical's private OpenStack

More information on this charm and juju can be found at the link below.


=== Faster deployments ===

Francis J. Lacoste writes about the 10% improvement seen since
Launchpad announces its implementation of fastdowntime deployment.

Lacoste shows comparison graphs of the old method against the new
fastdowntime deployment method.

Find out more about this successful implementation as well as future
planned improvements by reading this post in full.


== The Planet ==

=== Michael Hall: Singlet, part 0.2 ===

Michael Hall of the Ubuntu community team at Canonical, writes about
recent improvements to Singlet -- Python library for quickly building
simple Unity lenses and scopes.

Hall goes into details of these improvements, provides screenshots of
outcomes and highlights the next steps for improvements.


=== Canonical Design Team: Multi-Monitor Update and Greeter Prototype ===

Stewart Wilson announces changes in the Multiple Monitors UX
Specification and the prototype made to show how the Greeter works
across multiple displays. The new specification, the prototype and how
to run it (the prototype) are all described in the full post.


=== Chris Johnston: Big changes to Summit ===

Ubuntu community contributor, Chris Johnston, announces recent changes
and updates to the Summit system. Scheduler views and user role
updates are among the highlights of these improvements.  Johnston
notes that the first real time test of these updates will occur this
week at Linaro Connect Q1.12.


=== Marco Ceppi: Bugs are not questions ===

Marco Ceppi of AskUbuntu.com describes the policy of bugs being
off-topic for the site. A team within the community has been mobilized
to review questions which are actually bugs, as they "can improve Ask
Ubuntu by just pointing the user to bug filing advice and promptly
closing the question."


=== Jeremy Bicha: Update on GNOME Versions for Ubuntu 12.04 ===

Jeremy Bicha discusses the caution behind the selection of software
for the upcoming 12.04 LTS release and gives details on the versions
which will be included, including: Totem 3.0, Evolution, Disk
Utility/Disks, System Settings 3.2 and much of the rest at 3.4. Bicha
wraps up by mentioning that the desktop team is always looking for
more packagers and developers for the desktop team, if you're
interested join #ubuntu-desktop to learn more.


=== Didier Roche: Unity 5.2 is now released! ===

Unity 5.2 is out and they are looking for testers. It now has
multimonitor support with screen edge detection, "push to reveal"
launcher behavior to avoid false positive when hitting the back button
of firefox, per workspace alt-tab switcher, new home dash,
automaximize only on netbooks and a lot of small details that matter.


=== Xubuntu: Bringing our web presence to 2012 ===

The Xubuntu project has launched a new website, features include:
migration from Drupal to WordPress, easier administration, fully
rewritten theme using the new branding and a number of important
content updates.


=== Stephane Graber: Ever wanted an armhf container on your x86
machine? It's now possible with LXC in Ubuntu Precise ===

Stephane Graber details how, by using the newly updated lxc and
qemu-user-static packages, you can now run a virtualized armhf system
on a x86 machine in 12.04. He reviews some of the limitations in this
setup and reminds readers that this is not as a replacement for actual
ARM hardware.


=== Paul Tagliamonte: Mapping the Ubuntu Community ===

Paul Tagliamonte uses the public longitude and latitude data from
Ubuntu Members to generate a series of maps detailing the
contributions based on karma of Ubuntu Members around the world.


== In The Press ==

=== With GOV.UK, British government redefines the online government platform ===

The British government has launched new the new gov.uk site, an "open
source, mobile-friendly, platform agnostic, uses HTML5, scalable,
hosted in the cloud and open for feedback." The details of this new
deployment reveal that the servers are Amazon EC2 instances running
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.


=== Ubuntu's New 'HUD' Factor: A Step Forward or Back? ===

Katherine Noyes of LinuxInsider discusses the new HUD (Head-Up
Display) interface being released in 12.04 by reviewing and linking to
several articles from bloggers around the community discussing the
current comments, questions and concerns about it.


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== You Don't Have To Quit Ubuntu! ===

Swapnil Bhartiya shares some of the alternatives to the Unity UI of
standard Ubuntu by exploring KDE 4.8 in Kubuntu, and the "Gnome 2.x
like" interfaces provided by Lubuntu and Xubuntu. He recommends these
official derivatives because "Canonical is invested a lot of time and
resource in making Linux more acceptable for home users" and stresses
that you "quit Ubuntu to quit Unity."


=== Canonical Promotes Standard Ubuntu Branding with New Website ===

Christopher Tozzi reviews some of the history of Ubuntu branding and
reflects upon the improvements made with the new Branding website
released by the Canonical design team at the newly launched


=== Ubuntu 12.04 ARM Performance Becomes Very Compelling ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix runs a series of benchmarks comparing
11.10 to a couple of snapshots of 12.04 in January running on ARM.
Benchmark tools he used include Apache, BYTE Unix, CacheBench, Ogg and
MP3 encoding, imagemagick and more.


=== Debian/Ubuntu games screenshot party! ===

Paul Wise appeals to contributors who enjoy gaming and are looking for
a way to contribute to Debian and Ubuntu by sharing details of an
upcoming games screenshot party  on the weekend of 25th-26th February.
Details for how to sign up and be a part of it in the link below.


=== Ubuntu Alpha 2 Reviews ===

With the release of the Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, Alpha 2 last
Thursday the UWN team includes a list of the following Alpha 2
articles of interest:

 * Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Alpha 2 Released [Video,
Screenshots] - http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/ubuntu-1204-lts-precise-pangolin-alpha.html
 * Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Alpha 2 Screenshot Tour -
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 Released -

== In Other News ==

=== Linux at CES 2012: Everything You Need to Know ===

Manuel Jose of Tech Drive-in summarizes some of the Linux-related
products showcased at CES in January, starting off with Ubuntu TV.


=== Another Special Edition - this time, Scribus! ===

Description of this special edition issue of Full Circle Magazine:
"FCM reader Brian has pulled together my Scribus tutorials from the
early issues of FCM and even added updated screenshots to it. So, if
you're thinking of creating a publication of any kind, you might want
to check out this special edition."


== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Heads Up for Linux - http://www.linuxplanet.com/news/heads-up-for-linux.html
 * 2012 Linux Computer Buyer's Guide -

== 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 - February 1, 2012
 * Mythbuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
 * Ubuntu Studio Team - February 5, 2012
 * Xubuntu Team - February 1, 2012

== 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-1351-1: AccountsService vulnerability -
 * USN-1352-1: Software Properties vulnerability -
 * USN-1354-1: usbmuxd vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1354-1
 * USN-1355-1: Firefox vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1355-1
 * USN-1355-2: Mozvoikko update - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1355-2
 * USN-1355-3: ubufox and webfav update - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1355-3

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * None Reported

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * software-properties -
 * debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.14 -
 * base-files 5.0.0ubuntu20.10.04.5 -
 * apt -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.10.04.2 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * software-properties -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * software-properties -
 * usbmuxd 1.0.7-1ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * kickseed 0.55ubuntu1.2 -
 * partman-iscsi 16.1 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * software-properties -
 * accountsservice 0.6.14-1git1ubuntu1.1 -
 * ruby-sinatra 1.2.6-1ubuntu1 -
 * evince 3.2.1-0ubuntu2.2 -
 * usbmuxd 1.0.7-1ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * paprefs 0.9.9-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * ghostscript 9.04~dfsg-0ubuntu11.5 -
 * libvirt 0.9.2-4ubuntu15.2 -
 * bamf 0.2.104-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * apt 0.8.16~exp5ubuntu13.1 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.4 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * mozvoikko 2.0.1-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * firefox 10.0+build1-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 16.0.912.77~r118311-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -

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