Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 254

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Tue Feb 28 01:13:12 UTC 2012

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 254 for the week
February 20 - 26, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue254

== In This Issue ==

 * Sound theme results
 * Ubuntu in your pocket
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update
 * Awesome Unity Contributions
 * We had a great Fix-It Friday!
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * Openstack on Precise Pangolin Christmas is over
 * Daniel Holbach: Making Ubuntu development more personal
 * Brian Murray: Where are the bugs?
 * Michael Hall: Swimming Upstream: What to do next with your Quicklists
 * Stephane Graber: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04
 * Ubuntu's full desktop OS coming to multi-core Android devices
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * 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 ==

=== Sound theme results ===

The Canonical Design team has released the results of the sound theme
survey they sent to the community to select a new startup sound for
possible inclusion in the upcoming 12.04 release. Over 2000 surveys
were completed and the Design Team noted that they were  "quite
overwhelmed with the encouraging feedback received".  a significant
amount of feedback as well.  Out of the four sounds the community
could chose from;  sound one was chosen. The Design Team is working to
refine the chosen sound based on the survey feedback. More information
about these results and to hear the chosen startup sound can be found
on the Design Team's blog.


=== Ubuntu in your pocket ===

Mark Shuttleworth announces plans to show Ubuntu neatly integrated
into Android" at Mobile World Congress(MWC) (Barcelona, Spain - 27 Feb
- 1 Mar 2012).  Shuttleworth says in his post, "This isn't the "Ubuntu
Phone". The phone experience here is pure Android". He continues with,
 "This announcement is playing to a different story, which is the
convergence of multiple different form factors into one most-personal

Shuttleworth invites those attending MWC to stop by and give him your
feedback on the Ubuntu Phone.


More information on the Ubuntu on Android can be found at:


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition ===

Matthew Nuzum announces the Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition,
he says "we'd like to create a new countdown banner to share across
the web. If you would like to make a highly visible contribution to
Ubuntu, this is your chance." He shares guidelines and details on how
to contribute your own banner. The deadline for submissions is Monday,
March 12th.


=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update ===

Daniel Holbach and the Ubuntu Developer News Team provide their weekly
highlights on the state of 12.04 Development. This issue discusses the
UI Freeze,  highlights chatter from the Developer Blogsphere and
provides an interview with Leanne Ogasawara, Ubuntu Kernel Release
Manager, about the Ubuntu Kernel Team.


=== Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 freeze now in effect. ===

In preparation for the Beta 1 release, currently scheduled for March
1st, the Ubuntu Release Team has announced the Beta 1 freeze and
explains that during the freeze "all uploads to main must be approved
by a member of the release team, so if you have fixes which are
important to get in, please get in touch as soon as possible."


==  Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==

=== Awesome Unity Contributions ===

Jono Bacon thanks community members  Nekhelesh Ramananthan, Trenton
Fox, Prateek Karandikar, and David Baucum for answering Michael Hall's
call to help contribute Unity Quicklists. Bacon notes there is still
more work to be done and links to Hall's blog posts which include
details for getting involved and helping with Unity Quicklists are
included in the full post.


=== We had a great Fix-It Friday! ===

Daniel Holbach covers work completed in the first Fix It Friday with
contributions from Dmitry Shachnev, Michael Hall, David Baucum, bcbc,
Paolo Sammicheli, Rigved Rakshit, Barneedhar Vigneshwar, Valdur Kana
and Andrew Mitchell.


More details about the new Fix It Friday can be found on Holbach's blog at:


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (89658) + 316 over last week
    * Critical (104) - 7  over last week
    * Unconfirmed (46705) - 294 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 (8515) - 61 over last week
 3. English (United Kingdom) (30287) - 429 over last week
 4. Bosnian (37554) +/- 0 over last week
 5. Brazilian Portuguese (435040) - 387 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 ===

 * KDE native application should be marked in Software Center -
 * Ubuntu as U+, like Google has G+ - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29256/
 * e-mail, notes and contacts integration -
 * Allow installation of ubuntu without cd or dvd within own partition
- http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29299/
 * Smartphone backups - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29261/

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 ===

 * Why do some packages conflict with themselves? -
 * Will long-term use of ubuntu via wubi harm my PC? -
 * After 12.04 release would 10.04 still be LTS? -
 * How to change the Ubuntu source code -
 * What's the deal with point releases in LTS versions? -

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Montevideo, Ubuntu Welcome Day!!! ===

Pablo Rubianes shares photos and details from the first Montevideo
Ubuntu Welcome Day which he describes as "a street meeting where LoCo
members talk about Ubuntu to regular people who are passing by.
Instead of IRC to get new people, we go to look for them!"


=== Making Ubuntu better: the Italian team ===

Daniel Holbach recently chatted with Andrea Grandi and Paolo
Sammicheli about the plans the Italian team has for the upcoming
Ubuntu Global Jam to be held on 2-4 March. Holbach asks Grandi and
Sammicheli about how the event was organised, what they'll be working
on and more.


=== Ubuntu Malaysia LoCo Team at Penang Matriculation ICT Day 2012 ===

Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman shares photos and details from an Ubuntu
booth at Penang Matriculation ICT Day 2012. At their booth they were
able to speak with students, lecturers and outside campus visitors
about Ubuntu.


=== Some upcoming Ubuntu Global Jams ===

The following are a sampling of blog announcements from teams around
the world planning Global Jams:

 * Michigan, US -
 * Tunisia - http://blog.nizarus.org/2012/02/ubuntu-global-jam-tunisia-12-03
 * Barcelona - http://blogs.fsfe.org/rcarreras/?p=121
 * California, US -
 * Mexico - http://viajemotu.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/ugj-df/

For a full listing of Global Jams (and to see if there is one near you!) go to:


=== Jam Jam... Ubuntu Global Jam... Waterloo Pictures ===

Charles Profitt shares photos from a past Ubuntu Global Jam in
Waterloo, Onatrio, Canada and asks "Thinking of running a global jam?"


=== How Ubuntu Michigan runs Jams ===

Jorge Castro interviews Craig Maloney, team contact for the Ubuntu
Michigan LoCo Team, about Ubuntu Global Jams. Castro notes that the
Michigan team invented the idea "Jams" and ask what their "secret
sauce" is for making them so successful.  Also included in this
interview is how this LoCo team deals with having people spread out
over a large geographical area, the structure of the event (free-form
or task-based) and more.


=== How Ubuntu Oregon Runs Jams ===

Michael Hall interviews Benjamin Kerensa, contact for the Ubuntu
Oregon team about Ubuntu Global Jam activities in Oregon. Hall asks
about the team's experience with Jams--How they select a venue and
activities; how they get the word out about their Jam;  what they have
planned for this upcoming Jam.


== Launchpad News ==

=== Reimagining the nature of privacy in Launchpad (part 3) ===

The third in a series of privacy posts by the Launchpad team, Curtis
Hovey goes into detail about the three kinds of policies they are
implementing: proprietary, embargoed security, and user data.


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Openstack on Precise Pangolin Christmas is over ===

Chuck Short, of the Ubuntu Server Team at Canonical, gives readers (of
his personal blog) an update on Openstack and Ubuntu for the Precise
release.  Short writes about package testing and what he expects to
see land in main and supported once 12.04 is released.

Short also discusses the Openstack juju charms which are available and
note the Keystone charms are in progress.

For Upstream work, Short notes that many bug fixes a have already gone
in and he expects to see more for land in time for Openstack's Essex


== The Planet ==

=== Martin Pitt: power-usage-report: Find power drain causes ===
Martin Pitt writes about a script he wrote to find the causes for
power drainage on your system.  The script will also give you a power
usage report.   As of the 21 Feb 2012 Precise update, Pitt's script is
now part of fatrace 4.1, and is now available for use.

To find out more about this script and how it can be used see Pitt's
blog post at:


=== Daniel Holbach: Making Ubuntu development more personal ===

By looking into ways to make the Ubuntu Development process more
personal Daniel Hlobach discusses some observations and suggestions
for improvement.
The observations about development in Ubuntu which Holbach lists
include: working hard on improving documentation, working on improving
the tools, somebody is always around to answer questions, getting
better at doing code reviews and providing feedback.

However, even with all this hard work and improvements it was noted
that even more needed to be done.  A Developer Advisory Team was
created to reach out to:  new contributors and thank them for their
work as well as get their feedback; individuals who might be ready to
apply for upload rights and help them through that process; formerly
active contributors who are now inactive, get their feedback and offer

For those who want more information on this process or want to get
involved Holbach gives the contact information in the full post.


=== Brian Murray: Where are the bugs? ===

Brian Murray of the Ubuntu Foundations Team at Canonical has created a
chart view of bug tasks opened against a package by team--currently
Foundations, Desktop, Server, X-Swat are the views available--for
those which have been opened in the past seven (7) or fourteen (14)
days.  Murray also says he will create these for other teams if they
would like them.  More information about this tool and to see how the
chart is displayed see Murray's post.


=== The Fridge: Interview with Gema Gomez-Solano ===

Elizabeth Krumbach interviews Ubuntu QA Platform Engineer Gema
Gomez-Solano about her work with software. Krumbach asks how
Gomez-Solano started her work with QA, open source and involvement
with the Ubuntu QA team. In this interview, Gomez-Solano also shares
ways that others can get involved with the Ubuntu QA team.


=== Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Juju Charm Contest - Help bring Free Software
into the cloud ===

Jorge Castro announces the first juju charm contest.  The contest will
start on Monday 27 Feb and remain open for four (4) weeks closing on
23 Mar.  Three (3) judges will reviewed the charms that have been
submitted to the contest and select one (1) winner and two (2)
runner's ups.  Prizes include:  A $300 Amazon Gift card for the winner
and each of the two (2) runner's up will receive one (1) $100 Amazon
Gift card.

For complete contest rules and information on writing charms please
the link below:


=== Silver Fox: An Interview with Balloons ===

In this interview, Silver Fox, talks to Nickolas Skaggs, aka balloons,
the QA Community Coordinator on the Canonical Community Team.


=== Michael Hall: Swimming Upstream: What to do next with your Quicklists ===

In this post Michael Hall encourages developers to submit their
Quicklist upstream.  He notes in his post that while Unity may be the
default desktop for Ubuntu it's also been ported to ArchLinux and
[open]SuSe.  Hall says Unity is also making its way to Fedora as well,
so submitting your Quicklist upstream not only helps Ubuntu but other
distro's as well.
The steps Hall includes to achieving this are: Find your upstream,
Talk to your upstream, Submit your changes, Update your merge
proposal, Stay involved with your upstream.


=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Updates ===

Jono Bacon updates the Ubuntu community on Ubuntu Accomplishments--a
system by which Ubuntu contributors can articulate they contributions
in a visible manner through the use of trophies.

Bacon demos how this Ubuntu Accomplishments work, issues a call for
testing, and defines what makes a good or bad trophy.




=== Stephane Graber: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04 ===

Stephane Graber, describes two changes that are happening in regards
to DNS resolving in Ubuntu 12.04.  Those changes are:

 * Switch to resolvconf for /etc/resolv.conf management
 * Using dnsmasq as local resolver by default on desktop installations

More information on these changes can be found at the link below:


== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem ===

Gavin Clarke,The Register, reflects upon hardware requirements for the
software which runs on modern day smartphones. He also addresses the
Ubuntu for Android announcement by Mark Shuttleworth noting that
"...Ubuntu for Android pairs up with Android. Your smartphone runs
Android when it's a phone but when you plug into a monitor or dock,
Ubuntu kicks in. Plug in a keyboard and you've got Ubuntu - with the
phone serving as your desktop computer."


=== Ubuntu's full desktop OS coming to multi-core Android devices ===

In this article, Michael Gorman, Engadget, writes about the
announcement of Ubuntu for Android. Gorman describes Ubuntu for
Android as  "a customized version of Ubuntu that plays nice with
Android, the two OS's sharing data and services while running
simultaneously." A video demo is also included.


== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Unity 5.4 Review - http://www.muktware.com/articles/3324/unity-54-review

 * Top 5 Ubuntu pre-installed Laptop companies -

 * What does Ubuntu want to be when it grows up? -

 * Ubuntu's Business Desktop Remix: Taking a Closer Look -

 * 10 New Features Added to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin -

 * Ubuntu For Android, Announced By Mark Shuttleworth  -

 * Canonical Continues to Push Ubuntu for the Cloud  -

 * Ubuntu One Gets A New Qt Interface For Ubuntu 12.04 Precise
Pangolin - http://www.webupd8.org/2012/02/ubuntu-one-gets-new-qt-interface-for.html

 * Login Screen, Software Center, Ubuntu One Changes Land in Ubuntu
12.04 - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/02/login-screen-software-center-ubuntu-one-changes-land-in-ubuntu-12-04/

== In Other News ==

=== Vodafone chooses Ubuntu One for their App Select store ===

Canonical's Ubuntu One team announces that Ubuntu One Files app has
been selected by Vodafone for their curated "boutique" app store for
Android. It's now available for download via the Vodafone store in UK,
Ireland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Greece and Portugal.


=== Thanks CES...hello MWC! ===

The Canonical Ubuntu One (U1) team reflects upon the success of Ubuntu
and Ubuntu One at Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas in
January.  In this post the U1 team discuss their plans for Mobile
World Congress (MWC) which is being held in Barcelona on 27 February
to 1 March 2012. The team notes their focus is shifting to
opportunities in wireless markets and they are keen to provide cloud
storage with partners with a clear proposition that  includes: not
creating information silos, use of Ubuntu One APIs for companies to
brand their own features on top of Ubuntu One and revenue sharing.


=== Full Circle Magazine #58 ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our fifty-eighth issue.

This month:
 * Command and Conquer.
 * How-To : Beginning Python - Part 30, LibreOffice - Part 12, Backup
Strategy - Part 6, Screencast Your Desktop, and The Paperless Office.
 * Linux Lab - Useful Investigative Tools.
 * Review - Linux Mint 12
 * I Think - Which Mobile OS.
 * Closing Windows - Formatting a USB Device
plus: more Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!

Google Currents Edition:

ePub Edition:
coming soon...

Get it while it's hot!

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Adobe and Google Partnering for Flash Player on Linux -
 * Why the World Is Desperately Seeking Linux Talent -
 * Actually, Open Source Code Is Better: Report -
 * Why Linux Is a Model Citizen of Quality Code -
 * Why You Should Contribute To Open Source Projects [Opinion] -

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - February 21, 2012
 * Desktop Team - February 21, 2012
 * Server Team - February 21, 2012

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Lubuntu Team - February 22, 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-1371-1] cvs vulnerability-
 * [USN-1372-1] Puppet vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1373-1] OpenJDK 6 vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1374-1] Samba vulnerability -
 * [USN-1375-1] httplib2 vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * samba_3.0.28a-1ubuntu4.17_lpia_translations.tar.gz-

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * lazr.restfulclient 0.9.11-1ubuntu1.3 -
 * ddclient 3.8.0-9ubuntu2.1 -
 * update-manager 1: -
 * cvs_1.12.13-12ubuntu1.10.04.1_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * libvirt 0.7.5-5ubuntu27.22 -
 * puppet 0.25.4-2ubuntu6.6 -
 * openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.13-0ubuntu1~10.04.1 -
 * xorg-server 2:1.7.6-2ubuntu7.11 -
 * insserv 1.12.0-14ubuntu0.1 -
 * consolekit 0.4.1-3ubuntu3 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * cvs_1.12.13-12ubuntu1.10.10.1_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * puppet 2.6.1-0ubuntu2.6 -
 * fex	20100208+debian1-1+squeeze2build0.10.10.1 -
 * openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.13-0ubuntu1~10.10.1 -
 * insserv 1.14.0-2ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * ubuntu-docs 11.04.4 -
 * gnome-user-docs 3.0.0+git20110406ubuntu12	-
 * cvs_1.12.13-12ubuntu1.11.04.1_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * pithos 0.3.9-1~ubuntu5 -
 * puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.8 -
 * fex 20100208+debian1-1+squeeze2build0.11.04.1 -
 * openjdk-6 6b22-1.10.6-0ubuntu1 -
 * insserv 1.14.0-2ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * bridge-utils 1.5-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * python-networkx 1.5-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * vlan 1.9-3ubuntu3.1 -
 * ifenslave-2.6 1.1.0-19ubuntu1.1 -
 * mesa 7.11-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates 295.20-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * monodevelop 2.6+dfsg-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * cvs 2:1.12.13+real-6ubuntu0.1 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.5 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.4 -
 * opendkim 2.4.2+dfsg-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * jockey 0.9.4-0ubuntu10.2 -
 * jockey 0.9.4-0ubuntu10.1 -
 * puppet 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.5 -
 * openjdk-6 6b23~pre11-0ubuntu1.11.10.2 -
 * insserv 1.14.0-2.1ubuntu0.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.56~r121963-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-openchrome 1:0.2.904+svn920-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * tvtime 1.0.2-7ubuntu1.1 -
 * xkeyboard-config 2.3-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * kexec-tools 1:2.0.2-1ubuntu4 -

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