Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 256

Elizabeth Krumbach lyz at ubuntu.com
Mon Mar 12 22:10:19 UTC 2012

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 256 for the week March
5 - 11, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Issue256

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update
 * Ubuntu User Survey 2012
 * Membership changes to Community and LoCo Councils
 * Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Charm School webinar video available.
 * Canonical Design Team: Notes from the Mobile World Congress 2012
 * Michael Hall: Faces of Ubuntu: The non-Developers
 * Alan Pope: Improved Unity Files Lens Call For Testing
 * Mark Shuttleworth: Government use of Ubuntu
 * Brian Murray: Confirming a bug task in Launchpad
 * Ubuntu for Android is an open-source treat in hands-on video
 * How Linux is changing lives in Zambia
 * Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer?
 * Ubuntu 12.04 .ISO Will Remain CD Sized
 * Improving Hardware Support in Ubuntu
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development 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 ==

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update ===

In yet another 12.04 development update, the dev news team gives us an
upbeat and informative look at the progress being made and some
highlights from Ubuntu Developers. This week features links to current
projects worked on by developers throughout the project, some upcoming
events, an interview with Thomas Hood, and more.


=== Welcome New Members ===

Results for the EMEA Membership Board Meeting March 6, 2012
 * Jo Erlend Schinstad (https://launchpad.net/~joerlend.schinstad |
 * Redmar (https://launchpad.net/~redmar | https://wiki.ubuntu.com/redmar)


=== Ubuntu User Survey 2012 ===

Ubuntu User Survey 2012 was launched this week.  Data from this survey
should give a better understanding of where users are from, how they
discovered Ubuntu, general demographics, and more.   The survey, which
is offered in three (3) languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, will
run through all of next week with the possibility of remaining open
until the week of the 20th.

Once the survey closes, the results will be made publicly available in
their entirety for anyone who wants to read them.

 * English - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/UbuntuSurvey2012
 * Spanish - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/EspanolUbuntu2012
 * Portuguese - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PortuguesUbuntu2012

=== Membership changes to Community and LoCo Councils ===

Elizabeth Krumbach of the Community Council announces that Amber
Graner has submitted her resignation to the Community Council due to
other obligations. Charles Profitt has accepted a place on the
Community Council and in taking on this new role, has stepped down
from his position on the LoCo Council. Christophe Sauthier, a former
LoCo Council member who stood for re-appointment, has accepted
appointment to fill this role.


==  Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==

=== ... for human beings ===

Mark Shuttleworth emphasizes the purpose and audience of Ubuntu and
thanks all of those who have helped Ubuntu on its journey. He goes on
to say, "For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user
experience innovation is available on a full production-ready
enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well
before it shows up in Windows or MacOS." Shuttleworth finishes by
saying, "Again, thanks to the Ubuntu community, 500 amazing people at
Canonical, the contributors to all of the free software that makes it
possible, and our users."


=== Ubuntu Forums and Ask Ubuntu ===

Jono Bacon thanks "both our Ubuntu Forums and Ask Ubuntu communities"
saying "Both are excellently managed and governed communities that
provide a great on-ramp for our community [to] learn about Ubuntu,
meet other Ubuntu fans, and have fun. Both are important parts of the
Ubuntu community."


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (90670) + 465 over last week
    * Critical (110) + 2  over last week
    * Unconfirmed (46982) + 151 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 (8476) - 20 over last week
 3. English - United Kingdom (29486) - 212 over last week
 4. Bosnian (37545) - 11 over last week
 5. Brazilian Portuguese (42806) - 167 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 ===

 * Put an ubuntu one status icon in the notification area   -
 * In libreoffice writer page should be possible to be split in one
window   - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29329/
 * Fixes boot problems when running Ubuntu with restricted hardware -
 * Using the calendar to plan   - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29343/
 * Compact nautilus properties window  -

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 ideas. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week ===

 * How do I upgrade Ubuntu to 12.04? -
 * How to make Vi default? -
 * Can I safely remove Banshee, without breaking Ubuntu? -
 * Why is a LTS release not using the Extended Support Version of
Thunderbird? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/110139/why-is-a-lts-release-not-using-the-extended-support-version-of-thunderbird
 * Will they add the kernel 3.3 to Ubuntu 12.04? -

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

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-Co Yearly Report - 2011 ===

Sergio Meneses of Ubuntu Colombia (Ubuntu-Co) presents the annual
update on the progress of the Ubuntu Community in Colombia, which
includes "official community members, Ubuntu Members, followers on
social networks, mailing list, web site, project status, events and


=== Global Jam! [Philadelphia] ===

Jim Fisher of the Pennsylvania LoCo shares the results of the
Philadelphia Global Jam at Hive 76, including their work on Bug #1.


=== Bangladesh: We Jammed for the First Time. We Partied Too! ===

Randall Ross interviews Md Ashickur Rahman, from Ubuntu Bangladesh
about their recent Ubuntu Global Jam. Ross asks for Rahman's thoughts
on global jams, what this jam meant for the Bangladesh team, and
shares a photo from the event.


=== A Couple of Precise Jams ===

Randall Ross shares a couple of his favorite photos from the recent
Ubuntu Global Jam in Oregon and Ontario as contenders in his photo


== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Charm Contest, Week One! ===

Jorge Castro shares a status update of the first week of the juju
Charm contest, including work begun on charms for Firefox Sync Server,
PHP Symfony framework and more.


=== Charm School webinar video available. ===

On March 8th the Cloud team hosted a webinar version of their juju
Charm School which attracted 125 attendees. The video of this webinar
is now available.


== The Planet ==

=== Canonical Design Team: Notes from the Mobile World Congress 2012 ===

The Canonical Design team shares event photos and reports on
Canonical's booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They were
showcasing the Ubuntu for Android prototype as well as Ubuntu TV, and
new offerings from Ubuntu One.


=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu One for Application Developers ===

Jono Bacon shares his experience working with Ubuntu One from a
developer perspective. He explained how Ubuntu Accomplishments was
designed with Ubuntu One as a core piece to sync, verify and validate


=== Michael Hall: Faces of Ubuntu: The non-Developers ===

Michael Hall highlighted 3 non-developers who contributed to a variety
of Quicklists and patches for Ubuntu 12.04. Hall posted pictures and
brief descriptions of the key contributors, offering encouragement for
other Ubuntu users to help improve the project.


=== Alan Pope: Improved Unity Files Lens Call For Testing ===

Alan Pope issues a call for testing to the Ubuntu community for help
to improve the Unity Files Lens. Testing requires installation of the
unity-lens-files PPA (personal package archive) which he explains at:


=== Canonical Design Team: Choosing, moving, wallpapers ===

The wallpaper contest for the 12.04 cycle was kicked off in January,
and has since gained nearly 3,000 submissions. The contest runs until
March 15th, when judges will then sort through the candidates to
select as many for inclusion in the release as possible.


=== Michael Hall: Contributing to Unity for non-developers: Package patching ===

Michael Hall continues his series "Contributing to Unity for
non-developers" by discussing package patching. He begins by
discussing the important distinction between a code change and a
package patch. He then uses the patching tool quilt to walk users
through the process of turning a code change into a useful package


=== Mark Shuttleworth: Government use of Ubuntu ===

Mark Shuttleworth discusses his interest in hearing from public
service officials in order to strike up conversations about how Ubuntu
could be used to deliver better software for government use. In this
post he covers security certifications, local cultural customization,
skills development, and more, closing with an invitation to
collaborate: "If this is interesting to you, and you're in a position
to participate in building something that would actually get used in
such a context, then please get in touch."


=== Brian Murray: Confirming a bug task in Launchpad ===

Handling bugs is an important task for the Ubuntu community and they
always need more volunteers to assist.

In the first of a series of very short videos, each showing one single
aspect of dealing with bugs, Brian Murray explains how to confirm a
bug task in Launchpad.

Murray's blog post here: http://www.murraytwins.com/blog/?p=113

Direct YouTube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-cQDAlPFc

== In The Press ==

=== Ubuntu for Android is an open-source treat in hands-on video ===

CNET was able to get a hands-on experience with Ubuntu for Android
while at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A detailed video
shows how Ubuntu for Android works between the two operating systems,
as well as how applications can work between the two experiences.


=== Ubuntu Linux 12.04 One-Ups Windows and Mac, Shuttleworth Says ===

Katherine Noyes of PCWorld wrote about Mark Shuttleworth's blog post
where he asserted that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS represents the first time
"real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full
production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of
charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS."

"Still, I think it's interesting to hear the magnitude of
Shuttleworth's assertions this time around. Ubuntu 12.04, apparently,
isn't just another release, in Canonical's view--it's the first solid
look at what Canonical wants its distro to be in the coming years, and
how it plans to advance in a desktop market still dominated by Windows
and Macs," Noyes noted.


=== How Linux is changing lives in Zambia ===

Adam Oxford of Tech Radar does an in-depth report of work being done
by several organizations in Zambia using open source software to
increase communication within developing communities. The goal is to
achieve this through broader availability of Internet access and
computer labs, computer training, and other services. They have an
"Ubuntu Campus" for their small technology training college "named in
honour of a certain popular distribution and the ideal behind the
name." The article reports that they "also install open source
alternatives such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Libre Office, Gimp,
Audacity etc. We utilise Ubuntu as our primary distro, though we do
keep tabs on other distros."


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer? ===

Matt Hartley of Datamation writes about how, despite being critical of
Unity, that Unity offers a stable configurable desktop experience.
Hartley says, "Thanks to the HUD (heads up display), more Unity-based
configuration options, support for Sandy Bridge, and improved power
consumption, Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to be a really solid release."


=== Exclusive Interview With Mark Shuttleworth, HUD, Ubuntu For
Android And Much More ===

In this interview with Mark Shuttleworth, Swapnil Bhartiya asks for
Shuttleworth's thoughts regarding how far Ubuntu has come since 2004,
the complicated desktop market, the upcoming LTS release, and more. A
video of this interview is also included with the post.


=== Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta ===

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports on Mark Shuttleworth's comments in a
recent blog post regarding the current status of the Ubuntu 12.04
beta. He mentions the the "push-back" to the new Unity interface and
notes that Shuttleworth's post begins by thanking everyone who "stood
by Canonical and me as we set out on this adventure," and goes to
discuss the advantages for developers, as well as innovating to make
the desktop better.


=== Privacy Settings in Ubuntu 12.04 Gets New Application Usage Dialog ===

Nekhelesh Raman discusses a new application usage dialogue that has
landed in the privacy settings in Ubuntu 12.04, which shows users how
often different applications are used. Raman also notes that, aside
from some small bugs, "the Privacy Manager is otherwise stable, and
provides the user with an array of features to respect his/her


=== Ubuntu 12.04 .ISO Will Remain CD Sized ===

Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on Stephane Graber's explanation
that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will continue to fit on a standard CD, although
the file size will increase to 703MB.


=== Beta 1 reviews ===

The beta1 reviews keep rolling in! The following caught the attention
of our editors:

 * Ubuntu 12.04 Open Source OS LTS Offers More Features, Polish -
 * First Beta of Ubuntu Version 12.04 Features Many Improvements -
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Beta Review -

== In Other News ==

=== Improving Hardware Support in Ubuntu ===

In this post at the Canonical blog, Anthony Wong, Project Technical
Lead at Canonical, shares a "distilled" version of an "improving
hardware support in Ubuntu" presentation he gave at the 2011 Hardware
Summit in December. Wong covers collaboration with OEMs, which
includes tracking and driving code changes from OEMs to make sure they
make it upstream, and shares diagrams to help understand how the
process fits in to a release cycle.


=== Full Circle Magazine - Virtualization Series Special Edition ===

"The single-topic Special Editions continue with Lucas Westerman's
complete series of articles parts 1 through 6."


== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Fluendo, Lineo Solutions, Mocana and NVIDIA Join The Linux
Foundation - http://www.linuxfoundation.org/news-media/announcements/2012/03/fluendo-lineo-solutions-mocana-and-nvidia-join-linux-foundation
 * The New Era of Computing - http://ostatic.com/blog/the-new-era-of-computing

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - March 6, 2012
 * QA Team - March 7, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120307
 * Desktop Team - March 6, 2012
 * Security Team - March 5, 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-1383-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1385-1] APT vulnerability -
 * [USN-1384-1] Linux kernel (Oneiric backport) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1386-1] Linux kernel (Natty backport) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1387-1] Linux kernel (Maverick backport) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1388-1] Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1389-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1390-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1391-1] Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerability -
 * [USN-1392-1] Linux kernel (FSL-IMX51) vulnerability -
 * [USN-1394-1] linux-ti-omap4 vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1395-1] PyPAM vulnerability -
 * [USN-1396-1] GNU C Library vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * glibc- https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2012-March/012734.html
 * tzdata 2012b~repack-0ubuntu0.8.04 -
 * tzdata 2012b~repack-0ubuntu0.8.04 -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * fex 20091210+debian0-2ubuntu0.1 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * linux-fsl-imx51 2.6.31-612.33 -
 * linux-fsl-imx51 2.6.31-612.33 -
 * plib 1.8.5-5+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 -
 * python-pam 0.4.2-12.1ubuntu1.10.04.1	-
 * eglibc_2.11.1-0ubuntu7.10_armel_translations.tar.gz -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.10.04 -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.10.04 -
 * procps 1:3.2.8-1ubuntu4.2 -
 * libxml-atom-perl 0.37-1+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.10.04.1 -

End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.35-903.32 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.35-903.32 -
 * linux-meta-mvl-dove -
 * linux-mvl-dove 2.6.32-423.42 -
 * linux-mvl-dove 2.6.32-423.42 -
 * linux-meta-mvl-dove	-
 * plib 1.8.5-5+squeeze1build0.10.10.1	-
 * python-pam 0.4.2-12.1ubuntu1.10.10.1	-
 * eglibc_2.12.1-0ubuntu10.4_armel_translations.tar.gz -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.10.10 -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.10.10 -
 * libxml-atom-perl 0.37-1+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.10.10.1 -

End of Life - April 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * apt_0.8.13.2ubuntu4.4_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * plib 1.8.5-5+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 -
 * python-pam 0.4.2-12.2ubuntu2.11.04.1	-
 * eglibc_2.13-0ubuntu13.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.11.04 -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.11.04 -
 * libxml-atom-perl 0.37-1+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.11.04.1 -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.65~r124586-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * apt_0.8.16~exp5ubuntu13.2_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1207.17 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1207.17 -
 * gst-plugins-good0.10 0.10.30-1ubuntu7.1 -
 * plib 1.8.5-5+squeeze1build0.11.10.1	-
 * libqxt 0.6.1-3ubuntu1.1 -
 * checkbox 0.12.10 -
 * lightdm 1.0.6-0ubuntu1.5 -
 * egenix-mx-base 3.2.1-1~oneiric0.1 -
 * udev 173-0ubuntu4.2 -
 * midori 0.4.0-2build0.1 -
 * linux 3.0.0-16.29 -
 * linux 3.0.0-16.29 -
 * nvidia-settings-updates 295.20-0ubuntu0.1	-
 * python-pam 0.4.2-12.2ubuntu2.11.10.1	-
 * eglibc_2.13-20ubuntu5.1_i386_translations.tar.gz -
 * gzip 1.3.12-9ubuntu1.2 -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.11.10 -
 * tzdata 2012b-0ubuntu0.11.10 -
 * gzip 1.3.12-9ubuntu1.2 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * chromium-browser 17.0.963.78~r125577-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 -

End of Life - April 2013

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