Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 252

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Mon Feb 13 22:18:16 UTC 2012

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 252 for the week
February 6 - 12, 2011.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue252

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events!
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
 * Remixing Ubuntu for the Enterprise Desktop
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Ubuntu Cloud News
 * Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Status
 * Chris Coulson: Why Ubuntu is not using the Firefox ESR
 * Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu sound theme design
 * Daniel Holbach: New Ubuntu developers in the making
 * Will Unity win the battle of the Linux desktop?
 * Trimble Yuma: a rugged Ubuntu-based tablet
 * Privacy Controls & Minor UI Tweaks Land in Ubuntu 12.04
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security
 * And much much more

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events! ===

Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) will take place from 02-04 March 2012. UGJ is
a call to action for Ubuntu users to organize and participate in a
local event designed to be fun and improve Ubuntu at the same time.
Anyone is able to contribute to their local UGJ event and everyone is
welcome and encouraged to get involved.


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===

In his latest Ubuntu 12.04 development update, Daniel Holbach
highlights the Alpha 2 release, encourages users to test this release,
and reminds the community that Feature Freeze is Friday, 17 February

Events in this update cover Ubuntu Global Jam to be held on 02-04
February, 2012, and Holbach links to a video to help get people
started with organizing a local Global Jam.

As usual this update includes a list of items that still need to be
accomplished, how first timers can get involved, and who to contact.

This update also includes interviews from various Kubuntu developers
who look at where this distribution stands and its future.


=== Remixing Ubuntu for the Enterprise Desktop ===

Mark Shuttleworth announced the release of the Ubuntu Desktop Business
Remix which is based on Ubuntu 11.10.  The difference in this release
over other Ubuntu releases is that Canonical tailors the Ubuntu
Desktop Business Remix for enterprise environments.  There is a
special EULA (End User License Agreement) to sign before this can be
used due to proprietary software additions like VMWare and others.

Full post here: http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/1002

Canonical's announcement here:

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (88762) +203 over last week
    * Critical (119) -22 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (46574) +60 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 (8665) -26 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (31311) -991 over last week
 * Bosnian (37829) -717 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (43512) +/-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 Posts this week ===

 * The installer should allow to skip the installation of a boot
loader - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29206/
 * Windows should have names - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29204/
 * Launcher dimension - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29203/

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 ===

 * What is the best printer for Ubuntu?
 * How do I install a new icon set?
 * What Ubuntu alternatives will still be supported after 12.04
 * Help understanding command line
 * How to find out if my system is i386 or x86_64 before installing
Ubuntu? http://askubuntu.com/questions/103137/how-to-find-out-if-my-system-is-i386-or-x86-64-before-installing-ubuntu

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Organizing a Memorable Ubuntu Global Jam ===

Benjamin Kerensa of the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team shares several tips
for teams seeking to organize an Ubuntu Global Jam in early March. He
includes the following topics: picking a time, finding a venue,
engaging potential sponsors for this event and more.


=== New Ubuntu Brazilian Community Council announced ===

Tiago Hillebrandt announces that he, Andre Noel, Ayrton Araujo and
Fabio Nogueira now make up the Ubuntu Brazilian Community Council.


=== Feb Ubuntu Hour Rondebosch ===

Maia Grotepass shares photos from the recent Ubuntu Hour in
Rondebosch, South Africa.


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Automating Openstack Testing on Ubuntu ===

James Page highlights efforts made by the Canonical Platform Server
Team in automating OpenStack testing in Ubuntu.  In this post Page
defines the scope of the work and use of gerrit and jenkins for
pre-commit testing.
Page breaks the post into the following areas: Lab Set-up, Preseeded
LVM Snapshot Installs, Management of Jenkins, Testing OpenStack Essex
on Ubuntu Precise, Build, Deploy, Test, Reporting, Success So Far,
Further Plans for the Lab, References and Credits.


=== Shipping best practice with juju charms ===

Jorge Castro looks at how to solve the problems which Patrick McKenzie
outlines in his "Why I don't host my own blog anymore" post with a
"turbo charged" juju charm to help deploy a more tailored version of
Wordpress.  "Interested in turning a plain boring charm into something
sexy? I've filed the bug here, let us know if you're interested."
concludes Castro.


== The Planet ==

=== Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Status ===

Jonathan Riddell, the sole paid developer of the Kubuntu project at
Canonical, announced that Canonical will no longer offer financial
support for the project after the 12.04 release. Canonical will offer
infrastructure support in the same way as the other community flavors
such as Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu, but future development will
rely on the strength of the community.

Full post here: http://blogs.kde.org/node/4531

More information can also be found in Harald Sitter's "How Kubuntu Did
Not Change" post:

=== Philip Ballew: We are Ubuntu: My interview with Mike Holstein ===

Philip Ballew talks to  UbuntuStudio, NC LoCo, and community
contributor, Mike Holstein in this 'Were are Ubuntu' interview series.
 Holstein lets readers know what he does outside the Ubuntu
Community--he's a musician--, what areas of Ubuntu he helps in as well
as how this helps the Ubuntu community.  He also answers why he uses
Ubuntu, what inspired him to join the Ubuntu community, what else he
would like to help with, as well as what he brings to the Ubuntu to
make it better.


=== Chris Coulson: Why Ubuntu is not using the Firefox ESR ===

Chris Coulson of the Ubuntu Desktop Team explains why Ubuntu is not
using the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) in the upcoming
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.

Coulson looks at the arguments both for and against using Firefox ESR
and concludes his post with, "It is entirely possible that we might
provide a Firefox ESR build for people who are managing large
deployments of Ubuntu, although the details of this aren't decided
yet. However, this isn't going to be the default browser for our LTS.
If it existed, it would be shipped in a PPA (much like we have been
doing for the Firefox Stable PPA), and we would have to be clear to
users that it wouldn't receive the same level of support we give to
the regular Firefox versions."


=== Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu sound theme design ===

The Canonical Design Team is asking for submissions for the Ubuntu Sound Theme.

The ideal length of the startup sound should be around 2 - 4 seconds,
in ogg format at a rate of 320kbps. Additionally, this Ubuntu Sound
Theme submission should encompass the following brand values:
Reliable, Collaborative, Freedom, Precise.  The deadline for
submission is Monday, 13 February, 2012.


=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for January 2012 ===

The top 10 commercial and free apps downloads from the Ubuntu Software
Centre in January 2012 include:

 * Commercial - TRAUMA, Oil Rush, Fluendo DVD Player, Family Farm,
Steel Storm: Burning Retribution , Braid, Monster RPG 2, World of Goo,
The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World, Uplink
 * Free - Marble Arena 2, Ryzom, Crossover Games, Tribal Trouble 2,
CoreBreach Demo, Full Circle Magazine, Vendetta Online, TreeSheets,
CrossOver Pro (trial), Wunderlist

Descriptions and links to these app downloads can be found in the link below.


=== Daniel Holbach: New Ubuntu developers in the making ===

Daniel Holbach looks how outreach, documentation, TODO lists, feedback
loop and joining the ranks play a part in attracting new developers to
make Ubuntu even better.


=== Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Classic, Now With Indicators ===

Jeremy Bicha thanks Jason Conti (for the patch) and Ted Gould (for the
merge) as he announces that indicators have now been ported to
gnome-panel 3.  Bicha says the themeing is a broken, but that should
get fixed in the coming weeks and notes that patches are welcome.

He also admits that the Classic desktop in 11.04 had issues but now
he'd be happy to recommend 12.04 to "fans" of the GNOME 2 style.


== In The Press ==

=== Will Unity win the battle of the Linux desktop? ===

Brian Proffitt, ITWorld, writes about the fragmentation of Linux
desktop environments. In this article Proffitt notes, there aren't
single environments anymore, but desktops using common technologies.
He also describes, with references from User Experience (UX) experts,
why Canonical can (and should) win the Linux desktop battle.


=== A tale of two distros: Ubuntu and Linux Mint ===

Terry Relph-Knight, ZDNet, says, "Regardless of operating system, the
user experience is always mediated through the user interface, or UI.
Since Mint is based on Ubuntu, comparisons between the two OSs for
desktop use come down almost entirely to the UI."

In this article Relph-Knight compares and contrasts Ubuntu and Linux
Mint using screencasts and summaries to highlight the UI experience.


=== Canonical aims for enterprise desktop with Ubuntu business remix ===

Ryan Paul, Ars Technica, reviews the Ubuntu Desktop Business Remix
announced by Canonical.  This remix is customized for enterprise
environments and is based on Ubuntu 11.10.


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== "We're Going to be Building Awesome Things" - Ubuntu TV Interview
with Canonical's Will Cooke ===

Will Cooke, Engineering Manager for the Product Strategy Team at
Canonical, sheds some light on what he thinks will contribute to the
development of Ubuntu TV and the ultimate, simple TV experience.
Cooke's "love for the telly" mixed with Canonical's recruiting
strategy for the best developers and designers promises "awesome
things" in store for Ubuntu TV. The community response has been
amazing so far, and will continue to drive the success of the project
with help from Jono Bacon's "Experience Teams" idea. Decisions
regarding aspects of the design and hardware specifications will be
kept in-house, but will stay focused on simplicity in an attempt to
bringing back the lean-back experience to TV.


=== Trimble Yuma: a rugged Ubuntu-based tablet ===

SDG Systems announced the release of a water and dust resistant tablet
known as Trimble Yuma which is preloaded with the netbook edition of
Ubuntu 10.04. The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.6
GHz Intel Atom processor, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0, a 32 GB
or 80 GB SSD, SDIO and ExpressCard slots, two cameras and integrated
GPS. The models are currently available for $3,695.


=== Privacy Controls & Minor UI Tweaks Land in Ubuntu 12.04 ===

Joey Sneeden, OMG! Ubuntu!, reviews the latest features and changes
that have landed in the Precise such as privacy controls and User
Interface tweaks as feature freeze approaches.


=== Gaming/Graphics Performance On Unity, GNOME, KDE, Xfce ===

Michael Labarel, Phoronix, uses a variety of OpenGL benchmark testing
against Unity, Unity 2D, GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, KDE Plasma, and
Xfce. Labarel also notes that AMD and NVIDIA graphics were also tested
using both open and closed source drivers as well.


=== No More Dodge Windows in Unity? Global Menu to Become Optional in
Ubuntu 12.04? ===

Manual Jose, Tech Drive In, looks at the option of the Global Menu in
the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.  Jose looks at both the Ubuntu Design
Team mailing list and comments posted by Mark Shuttleworth in Google+
thread to a post by Alan Pope [Product Strategy Team, Canonical].

"...Global Menu is kind of useless and sometimes even irritating. Now,
we will have to wait and see if these proposed changes are going to
arrive in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin release itself," say Jose in


== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * How to Improve the Battery Life of Your Linux Laptop -
 * A Selection of the Very Best Open Source Tutorials and Tools -
 * 2011 LinuxQuestions.org Members Choice Award Winners -
 * A New Approach to GNOME Application Design -

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - February 7, 2012
 * QA Team - February 7, 2012
 * Desktop Team - February 7, 2012
 * Security Team - February 6, 2012
 * Server Team - February 7, 2012

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Edubuntu Team - January 11, 2012 -
 * Kubuntu Team - No new meetings as of publication of this issue
 * Lubuntu Team - February 8, 2012 -
 * Mythbuntu Team - No new meetings as of publication of this issue
 * Ubuntu Studio Team - No new meetings as of publication of this issue
 * Xubuntu Team - February 8, 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-1356-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1353-1] Xulrunnner vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1350-1] Thunderbird vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1357-1] OpenSSL vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1358-1] PHP vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1359-1] Tomcat vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1360-1] Firefox vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * openssl_0.9.8g-4ubuntu3.15_ia64_translations.tar.gz -
 * php5_5.2.4-2ubuntu5.22_hppa_translations.tar.gz -
 * pdns - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2012-February/012715.html

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * release-upgrader-apt 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu1~upgrader1 -
 * release-upgrader-python-apt  0.8.0ubuntu9~upgrader3 -
 * unattended-upgrades 0.55ubuntu7 -
 * debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.14 -
 * acroread 9.4.7-1lucid1 -
 * apt -
 * debian-installer-utils 1.72ubuntu5.2 -
 * openssl_0.9.8k-7ubuntu8.8_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * php5_5.3.2-1ubuntu4.13_sparc_translations.tar.gz -
 * fglrx-installer 2:8.723.1-0ubuntu6 -
 * kickseed 0.54ubuntu1.10.04.2 -
 * partman-iscsi 14.1 -
 * pdns- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-February/012652.html
 * atop 1.23-1+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 -
 * openldap 2.4.21-0ubuntu5.7 -
 * linux-firmware 1.34.14 -
 * lazr.restfulclient 0.9.11-1ubuntu1.3 -
 * python-networkx 0.99-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * ddclient 3.8.0-9ubuntu2.1 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * acroread 9.4.7-1maverick1 -
 * php5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-February/009738.html
 * openssl_0.9.8o-1ubuntu4.6_armel_translations.tar.gz -
 * lxc 0.7.2-1ubuntu1 -
 * linux 2.6.35-32.65 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.35-903.30 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-firmware 1.38.10 -
 * pdns_2.9.22-5ubuntu0.1_armel_translations.tar.gz -
 * atop 1.23-1+squeeze1build0.10.10.1   -
 * youtube-dl 2011.08.04-1~maverick0.1  -
 * php5- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-February/009748.html

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.38-1209.21 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.38-1209.21 -
 * acroread 9.4.7-1natty1 -
 * php5_5.3.5-1ubuntu7.6_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * openssl_0.9.8o-5ubuntu1.2_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * lxc 0.7.4-0ubuntu7.2 -
 * python-kinterbasdb 3.3.0-2build1.11.04.1 -
 * linux 2.6.38-13.55 -
 * youtube-dl 2011.08.04-1~natty0.1 -
 * php5_5.3.5-1ubuntu7.7_armel_translations.tar.gz-

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * vino 3.2.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * at-spi2-core 2.2.2-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu6 -
 * acroread 9.4.7-1oneiric1 -
 * php5_5.3.6-13ubuntu3.5_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * openssl_1.0.0e-2ubuntu4.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * python-networkx 1.5-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * gdevilspie 1:0.5-1ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * nam 1.15~RC4-5ubuntu0.1 -
 * nautilus 1:3.2.1-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * python-kinterbasdb 3.3.0-2build1.11.10.1     -
 * file-roller 3.2.1-0ubuntu2 -
 * update-manager 1: -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1207.16 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * pdns 2.9.22-9ubuntu2.1 -
 * linux 3.0.0-16.28 -
 * linux 3.0.0-16.28 -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-16.9 -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-16.9 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta -
 * php5- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-February/011852.html

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