[ubuntu-us-nc] Fwd: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #183

Amber Graner akgraner at gmail.com
Sun Mar 7 23:51:00 GMT 2010

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Subject: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #183
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #183 for the week
February 28 - March 6th, 2010. In this issue we cover: Mark
Shuttleworth: "Light" the new look of Ubuntu, Announcing the 10.10
Ubuntu Developer Summit, UI Freeze in place for Lucid, Developer
Membership Board meeting, International Women's Day Vote, Getting
Patches Upstream, The Grand App Writing Challenge Submissions, Server
Bug Zapping results, Ubuntu Classroom Team presents "ClassBot", February
2010 Team Reports, and much, much more!

== UWN Translations ==

* Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of
linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the
information you need.


== In This Issue ==

* Mark Shuttleworth: "Light" the new look of Ubuntu
* Announcing the 10.10 Ubuntu Developer Summit
* UI Freeze in place for Lucid
* Developer Membership Board meeting
* International Women's Day Vote
* Ubuntu Stats
* Getting Patches Upstream
* The Grand App Writing Challenge Submissions!
* Server Bug Zapping results
* Ubuntu Classroom Team presents "ClassBot"
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* February 2010 Team Reports
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security

== General Community News ==

=== Mark Shuttleworth: "Light" the new look of Ubuntu ===

Jono Bacon, Alan Pope, and many others have written, yesterday we
published a new visual story and style for Ubuntu. The core design work
was lead by Marcus Haslam, Otto Greenslade and Dominic Edmunds, who are
the three visual artists leading our efforts in the Canonical Design
team. Once we had the base ideas in place we invited some anchor members
of the Ubuntu Art community to a design sprint, to test that the concept
had the legs to work with the full range of forums, websites,
derivatives and other pieces of this huge and wonderful project. And
apparently, it does! https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Brand

Embracing both Ubuntu and Canonical

One of the real challenges for us has been to find a branding and design
strategy which spans the spectrum of audiences, forums and dialogues
that we cover. With Ubuntu, it's my specific dream to find a
constructive blend of commercial and community interests, not only for
Canonical but for other companies. That has made our design and branding
work difficult - the distinctive look of Ubuntu lent itself well to pure
community messaging, but it was hard to do a brochure for Canonical data
center services for Ubuntu on servers. We have not only Ubuntu, but also
Kubuntu and an important range of derivatives that all have a role in
our ecosystem.

So we spent a lot of time trying to distill the requirements down into a
set of three dimensions.

* Community <---> Commercial
* Consumer <---> Enterprise
* End-user <---> Engineer

We found a set of ideas which each represent those spectrums, and which
work together.

For example, we identified a palette which includes both a fresh, lively
Orange, and a rich, mature Aubergine, which work together. The use of
Aubergine indicates Commercial involvement of one form or another, while
Orange is a signal of community engagement. The Forums will use the
Orange elements more strongly, and a formal product brochure, with
descriptions of supporting services, would use more of the Aubergine.

On the consumer/enterprise spectrum, we took inspiration from the
aerospace industry, and identified a texture of closely spaced dots.
When you see more of that, it means we're signalling that the story is
more about the enterprise, less of that, and it's more about the
consumer. Of course, there are cross-overs, for example when we are
talking about the corporate desktop, where we'll use that closely space
dot texture as a boundary area, or separator. We also identified shades
of Aubergine that are more consumer, or more enterprise - the darker
shades mapping to a stronger emphasis on enterprise work.

And on the end-user / engineer spectrum, we took inspiration from graph
paper and engineering blue prints. When you see widely spaced patterns
of dots, or outline images and figures, that's signalling that the
content is more engineering-oriented than end-user oriented.

And finally, we found a number of themes which enhanced and echoed those
ideas. We use a warm gray supporting colour to give shape to pages and
documents, and we built on the dots and circles to create a whole style
for figures, illustrations and pictograms.

The beauty of this is that we can now publish content that spans the
full range, and we generally know when we start the design process what
sorts of visual cues we want to be signalling. Instead of having these
different mental domains fight with one another, we can now convey quite
subtle collaboration between community and corporate, or work which is
aimed at engineers and developers from enterprises as opposed to
developers working with consumers. Time will tell how it shapes up, but
for now I'm celebrating the milestone and the efforts of the team that
pulled it together. There's something there for everyone who wants to
participate in the great hubbub of Ubuntuness that is our shared
experience of free software.

We have commissioned a new font to be developed both for the logo's of
Ubuntu and Canonical, and for use in the interface. The font will be
called Ubuntu, and will be a modern humanist font that is optimised for
screen legibility. It will be published under an open font license, and
considered part of the trade dress of Ubuntu, which will limit its
relevance for software interfaces outside of Ubuntu but leave it free
for use across the web and in printed documents.

It's been an exciting process, but I have the sense that we are just
getting started. The language will get richer, we will find new things
that we want to communicate, and new treatments and visual themes that
resonate well with these starting points. We'll find new ways to
integrate this on the web, and on the desktop (look out for the two new
themes, Radiance and Ambiance). I hope we'll see the language being used
to good effect across everything we do, both commercial and community
oriented. There's a range of expression here that should be useful to
artists across the spectrum. Let me know how it works for you.

Screenshots of possible Ubuntu branding for different uses can be found
at the link below. You can also check out Jono Bacon's blog on this
topic which covers different areas of the work product here:


=== Announcing the 10.10 Ubuntu Developer Summit ===

Announcing the details of the next Ubuntu Developer Summit taking place
at Dolce La Hulpe Hotel and Resort in Brussels, Belgium from the 10 - 14
May 2010.

* UDS: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/UDS
* Dolce La Hulpe Hotel & Resort:

The Ubuntu Developer Summit one of the most important events in the
Ubuntu calendar and at it we discuss, debate and design the next version
of Ubuntu. We bring together the entire Canonical development team and
sponsor a large number of community members across the wide range of
areas in which people contribute to Ubuntu. This includes packaging,
translations, documentation, testing, LoCo teams and more. UDS is an
incredible experience, filled with smart and enthusiastic people, fast
paced and exhausting, but incredibly gratifying to be part of the
process that builds the next Ubuntu.

It is important to note that UDS is not a conference. It is absolutely a
participatory discussion-based summit in which we work together as a
team to define what our next release will look like. If you are planning
on attending or planning on applying for sponsorship, you should be
prepared to participate in the sessions actively.

For every UDS, Canonical sponsors a number of community members to
attend the event. We are looking for those who want to bring some real
insight and expertise in their area of Ubuntu, be it development or
community governance. If you feel you could offer this but can't afford
to cover your expenses of attending, you should apply for sponsorship.

Luckily, requesting your sponsorship is pretty simple, and we a simple
system to handle sponsorship requests. To apply for sponsorship, just
follow these simple steps:

* Go to http://summit.ubuntu.com/uds-m/ and log in with OpenID. When you
have logged in, click the Request Sponsorship link.
* On the first page, add your location and use the About yourself box to
tell us why you should be sponsored and tell us about your work on
Ubuntu - here you should tell us your vital stats - tell us your any
5-A-Day numbers, any work on the sponsorship queue, what you have
uploaded, which teams you are in, your LoCo involvement, documentation
you have written, any translation work and other work that you have been
involved in. When you have done this, click the Next button.
* On the final page, answer the questions and then click Finish to
finish your sponsorship request.

More details on requesting sponsorship are here:

PLEASE NOTE: we have a re-direction bug at the end of this process that
affects some people. Don't worry though, your application is still saved
to the system. We are currently in the process of fixing this bug.


=== UI Freeze in place for Lucid ===

Effective today, we are officially under the User Interface Freeze for
Lucid: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserInterfaceFreeze

In order to help ensure our documentation is accurate for the release,
please notify the documentation team of any further changes to artwork,
text strings, or UI designs that will be made between now and the
release, and please make such changes only where necessary.

Also, as part of the ongoing process of
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ArchiveReorganisation, we're happy to report
that the ubuntu-release and motu-release teams have now been merged.
Welcome to all our new release team members! When submitting freeze
exception requests (either for the UI Freeze or for the Feature Freeze),
please subscribe the ubuntu-release team only, regardless of whether the
package is in universe or in main. Otherwise, the requirements for
submitting freeze exceptions remain the same, and as always are
documented at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FreezeExceptionProcess


=== Developer Membership Board meeting ===

New Contributing Developer: Scott Howard

Scott has been active in g-p-m, Science packages, and many miscellaneous
fixes. He was approved unanimously for Contributing Developer.

* Developer Application:
* Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ScottHoward/
* Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~showard314

New Core Developer: Didier Roche

Didier has extended his work on Desktop packages into several flavors
and deep build dependencies, and was approved was approved unanimously
for Core Developer.

* Core Developer Application:
* Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DidierRoche
* Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~didrocks

The Ubuntu Developers Team and the Ubuntu Community extends a warm
welcome to these two new member developers!


=== International Women's Day Vote ===

In January some of the Ubuntu Women members launched a competition to
gather stories about women and girls discovering Ubuntu. The aim of the
competition was to counteract the invisibility of women and girls in the
community and demonstrate that their path is really no different than
any other.

Entries for this competition closed last week, and the voting has now
opened on the 15 wonderful entries received. Everyone can have their say
in which are their favourite stories; so please take a moment to read
these tales of discovery and cast your votes.

The Community Manager, Jono Bacon, will announce the most popular story
winner and draw a random winner on March 8th, 2010 to celebrate
International Women's Day, 2010. http://internationalwomensday.org/


== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

* Open (77454) +428 # over last week
* Critical (27) +1 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (38755) -209 # 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 Karmic ===

1. English (United Kingdom) (7874) -8360 # over last week
2. Spanish (10400) -4 # over last week
3. French (40178) -23 # over last week
4. Brazilian Portuguese (40304) -264 # over last week
5. Swedish (65063) Not listed last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

* Move the min, max, close buttons back to the right in 10.04 -
* Save network settings during install -
* Ship the vastly improved AoTuv Vorbis encoder in Ubuntu -
* add more RTL (Hebrew, Arabic) fonts to the Ubuntu fonts collection -
* Integrate Cheese Application in F-Spot -

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/

== Launchpad News ==

=== Getting Patches Upstream ===

We heard from Ubuntu maintainers and upstream developers that it was too
easy to lose track of patches in bugs filed on Launchpad -- or, put
another way, that Launchpad wasn't doing enough to bring patches to
developers' attention.

According to the Launchpad Upstream Improvements Spec that came out of a
recent UDS: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Specs/LaunchpadUpstreamImprovements

* Upstreams frequently complain that it is difficult for them to find
Ubuntu patches. patches.ubuntu.com is a diff between Ubuntu and Debian,
so it's not really useful to some upstreams. We want an upstream patch
report that shows patches in packages and their age, so we can act on
them. ...

To help solve this problem, we've added two new features to Launchpad.

1. The upstream report now shows bugs carrying patches.
2. A new "patch report" is available wherever bugs are available.

We're hoping that these features, combined with the recently-landed
patch notification improvements and bug heat, will make it easier to
find the patches worth immediate attention.

These patch reports are new in Launchpad 10.02. About a month after they
go live, we're going to look at the stats on how people have been using
them, and we're going to survey some upstreams and Ubuntu maintainers to
see what they feel can be improved. Please also file bug reports as you
use these new features, of course (if you feel like going the extra
mile, tag your bug report with the patch-tracking tag -- it'll save us
some time).

Finally, please feel free to help improve the features yourself! The bug
links below will lead you to the branches on which these changes were
made, so you can see what the code looks like. The Launchpad development
wiki is the place to start for hacking on Launchpad.

* Launchpad Upstream Improvements Spec:
* The Bugs/PatchTracking page in the Launchpad Development Wiki:
* Bug #283097 is about adding a 'has patch' column to the +packagebugs
page: https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/malone/+bug/283097
* Bug #283941 is about showing patches in the upstream report (see
linked branch for code change):
* Bugs tagged with story-patch-report are about the patch report (again,
see linked branches for code changes): http://tinyurl.com/yzzj2kl

More information and screenshots at the link below.


== The Planet ==

=== Jono Bacon: The Grand App Writing Challenge Submissions! ===

As many of you will be aware, this week Ubuntu Opportunistic Developer
Week took part, and the week has been wonderful so far. There has been
so much excitement and interest, and I have been tickled pink at just
how many people have been telling me that the week has re-invigorated
their interest or given them a new passion for writing fun and useful
apps. Ubuntu is an awesome platform for making these apps, and it has
been a real pleasure to see people getting so fired up about using it.

Before the week kicked off, I offered a fun little challenge called The
Grand App Writing Challenge. With a week of rocking content ahead
designed to help build a fun and thriving community who like to write
apps that scratch their itches, I put forward the challenge for you good
people to write some apps and see how far you get this week, and I will
blog your progress at the end of the week. Well, while we still have a
few sessions yet to go, it is Friday and I was keen to show off some

* Chris Couzens: HardwareMap
* Andy Breiner: Blogite
* Owais Lone: Rename it All
* Martin Eve: sshsplit
* Bernard Opic: Uninstaller for Adobe(R) AIR(R) 1.0.0
* Anirudh: Splatter
* Andrew Sellers: Ain't Easy

The Results: In my original blog post I offered to send three of the
projects an Ubuntu t-shirt. I was going to pick three fave projects, but
I think all the submissions are great, so I going to send you all a
t-shirt. Thanks all for taking part! For links to each project and
screenshots, visit the link below.


=== Dustin Kirkland: Server Bug Zapping results ===

Big thanks to those who participated in this week's Ubuntu Server Bug
Zapping effort on Ubuntu's KVM! During the course of this week, we
reduce the total number of open bugs against the qemu-kvm package in
Ubuntu from 48 on Monday to 24 today. That's 24 bugs closed, slicing our
open bug list in half!

Torsten Spindler was an all-star, helping triage, reproduce, and confirm
fixes for quite a number of bugs, and thanks to Brian Thomason for the
documentation patch. Also, thanks to Anthony Liguori (QEMU's maintainer)
for meeting me at Opal Divine's and helping triage a bunch of the
remaining open bugs.

I didn't get to spend quite as much time on this effort this week as I
hoped, so I libvirt didn't get the love it deserves yet. I'll plan on
working on libvirt in one of the next few weeks.

As for next week, stay tuned to Thierry Carrez' blog, as he's going to
announce the next Bug Zapping target. http://fnords.wordpress.com/


=== Chris Johnston: Ubuntu Classroom Team presents "ClassBot" ===

It is with pleasure that I am introducing you to a wonderful new tool
for the Ubuntu Classroom. ClassBot, written by Nathan Handler which will
automate many of the tasks that need to happen in #ubuntu-classroom and
#ubuntu-classroom-chat on irc.freenode.net. Many hours were spent by
Nathan writing the code and testing ClassBot. He also wants me to
mention that I wrote the specs for ClassBot and did most of the bug
testing. ClassBot has already handled the 48 Hours of Ubuntu Manual
Learning event and is currently taking care of Ubuntu Opportunistic
Developer Week.

If you are an instructor, or would like to be, and want to test out
ClassBot, you can contact Nathan or myself and we can set you up with a
demonstration session. Also, don't forget to check out the Using
ClassBot wiki page.

* Ubuntu Classroom ClassBot wiki: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/Classroom/ClassBot


== In The Press ==

=== Canonical CEO Elucidates on Lucid Lynx Linux Server ===

Server Watch's Sean Michael Kerner notes that Canonical, the lead
commercial sponsor behind the Ubuntu Linux project, has a new CEO this
week. Jane Silber, the former chief operating officer of the company,
has now officially taken the reins from Canonical founder Mark
Shuttleworth and is already talking up what's ahead for the popular
Linux distribution. While a lot is happening at Canonical, Silber does
not see the change in CEO as marking a dramatic shift in Ubuntu's
direction. "So far, it has been a pretty smooth transition," Silber told
InternetNews.com. "Over the last three months, Mark Shuttleworth and I
have continued to do many of the things that we've done together, and
I've additionally started to pick up more of his responsibilities as he
has transitioned to focus more on some of the product design and
strategy areas." Follow the link to read more of Kerner's talk with Jane


=== Hands-on: Ubuntu goes social, gains Me Menu in 10.04 alpha 3 ===

Ryan Paul of ARS Technica tells us that Canonical is planning to
overhaul the desktop panel and integrate social networking features in
Ubuntu 10.04, codenamed Lucid Lynx. One of the key components of this
effort is the Me Menu, which shipped in the Lucid alpha 3 last week. The
Me Menu, which Canonical unveiled in December, provides a unified
interface for managing your presence on instant messaging and social
networking services. A text box that is embedded in the menu allows
users to publish status messages to all of their accounts. The Me Menu
expands on the concept of Ubuntu's existing presence menu, which was
included in the panel session applet in Ubuntu 9.04. Like the original
presence menu, the new Me Menu is designed to work with GNOME's Empathy
instant messaging client. When you post a status message in the menu, it
will be propagated to all of your Empathy accounts. The social
networking functionality in the new Me Menu is powered by Gwibber, an
open source microblogging client.

=== Ubuntu 10.10 To Be Released on 28th of October ===

Phoronix's Michael Larabel states that while Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will not
even be released until the end of April, Ubuntu 10.10 (with a codename
yet to be announced) already has its release schedule available. Ubuntu
10.10 is scheduled to be released to the world officially on the 28th of
October. Prior to this year's release of Ubuntu 10.10 that is six months
after the release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (the "Lucid Lynx") will be four
alpha releases, a beta, and then a release candidate. The details for
the Ubuntu 10.10 release schedule can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki. [1]

[1] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MReleaseSchedule


=== Interviews: Matt Asay Answers Your Questions About Ubuntu and
Canonical ===

Slashdot solicited questions from their readers for new Canonical COO
Matt Asay. Asay has responded back to the questions posted, such as
Enderandrew's question "You often praise proprietary, closed-source
products on your blog (especially products from Apple and IBM). What is
your stance on mixing proprietary and open products?" Asay had this to
say in response, "Ubuntu is about choice. While we believe that an
operating system is best developed with the source code openly
available, that does not mean that the applications running on it need
to be restricted to only those using the same development method. Our
own users tell us, in large numbers, that they would like to see apps
become available from the likes of Adobe and the games developers. On
server the case is even more apparent where there are excellent
proprietary applications that we would love to make available to Ubuntu
users and we work to do that." Click the link to see all the questions
posed to Asay and his responses.


=== Ubuntu 10.04 To Support iPhone/iPod Touch? ===

Thom Holwerda of OS News thinks that it is a welcome surprise for those
of us waiting for Ubuntu 10.04, the Lucid Lynx. Several users are
reporting that their iPod Touches and iPhones (including the 3GS) work
in alpha 3 - without tweaking, without jailbreaking, without patching -
with Nautilus and Rythmbox. Several users have reported that upon
installing the third alpha release of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx, their
iPod Touches and iPhones are recognised by the operating system. You can
browse your iPhone/iPod with the file manager, and Rythmbox can work
with them as well. Hopefully, everything will work by the time the new
Ubuntu release is out, and hopefully, other distributions adopt this
functionality as well.


=== Ubuntu dumps the brown, introduces new theme and branding ===

ARS Technica's Ryan Paul reports that Canonical has revealed the style
of the new default theme that will be used in Ubuntu 10.04, the next
major version of the popular Linux distribution. In a significant
departure from tradition, Ubuntu is shedding its signature brown color
scheme and is adopting a new look with a palette that includes orange
and an aubergine shade of purple. Ubuntu's distinctive brown look dates
back to the very first version of the distribution, which was released
in 2004. Although the style has evolved considerably since then and new
colors like orange gradually gained a foothold in the desktop palette,
brown has been the dominant color of Ubuntu's default themes for the
past five years. Although Ubuntu has made great strides in the area of
usability, it has still lagged behind other distros like openSUSE in the
quality of its theming and visual style. The new theme is a nice
improvement that will move Ubuntu forward and make the desktop more
visually appealing.


=== Ubuntu Lucid Makes Scanning Simple ===

Starry Hope's Jim tells us that Canonical is aiming to make the task of
scanning documents super simple with version 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Canonical
developer Robert Ancell is working on Simple Scan, a great little
program that does exactly what it claims - it makes scanning documents
simple! Simple Scan is now the default scanning software in Lucid.
Simple Scan offers only the most basic of controls. It lets you choose
the type of document you are scanning (photo or text), lets you do basic
cropping, then lets you save the scan as a file, email your scans via
Evolution or just print. It also handles multi-page documents, allowing
you to save them as a PDF file or as a series of JPG images. That's
about all there is to it - it's simple!


== In The Blogosphere ==

=== 17 Featured Applications in Ubuntu 10.04 Software Center - But are
they wise Choices? ===

The OMG!Ubuntu folks ask folks which applications readers wanted to be
"featured applications in the Ubuntu 10.04 Software Center. Here are 17
the selections they had listed on March 03, 2010.

* Arista Transcoder
* Audacity
* Blender
* Cheese
* Chromium B.S.U.
* Deja Dup
* Firewall Config
* Frozen-Bubble
* GTG!
* HomeBank
* Liferea
* Moovida
* Pingus
* Stellarium

While they admit, "nothing is set in stone yet so this list is subject
to change, but for now it shows a great and varied selection of the best
applications available in the Ubuntu repos."


=== Ubuntu has new themes - but what is up with those window buttons? ===

The folks on the Element Developers Blog had a few observations about
the new theme. They were excited of the new makeup and even noted that
your desktop won't favor a "muddy beach" now and expressed that "Ubuntu
is slick". Included in the article screens shots of the new theme as
well. However, the author does have one complaint - the window button
arrangement. The author does go on to say that, "I am going to play an
advocate of the pros of this design of Ubuntu's window button placement
through a short real world office usability scenario." Then lists those
5 scenarios. In the conclusion it is noted that, "Sometimes something
untraditional, especially in regard to interfaces can increase usability
and make things generally easier." The article was updated on 3/04 with,
"Canonical/Ubuntu say the button placement will now be on the right hand
side as it traditionally was, thus sort of negating this blog post.
However I still find this left hand side arrangement very interesting
and beneficial to netbook or laptop users."


=== Lubuntu Gets a New Look ===

Christopher Tozzi, workswithU has been looking at Lubuntu, a lightweight
Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Tozzi noted that since February 16,
2010, "the operating system has undergone major changes that merit a
revisit of its features." He speculates that Lubuntu may replace
Xubuntu. Tozzi approves of the new aesthetics and provides screen shots
to highlight the new look and content of Lubuntu. Tozzi also points out
the Lubuntu now uses NetworkManager instead of wicd, Chrome instead of
Firefox, as well as a special interface for netbooks. Tozzi states, "I
really like what I see, and am starting to regret not having a computer
old enough to justify switching to this still-unofficial Ubuntu variant."


=== Ubuntu Gets New Themes, Logo, Boot Screen, Identity and So Much
More! ===

A little over a week ago the OMG!Ubuntu folks let readers know to be on
the lookout for an announcement concerning the re-branding of Ubuntu and
on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 the announcement was indeed made public.
OMG!Ubuntu noted that "even we didn't expect it to be quite as big as this!"
In this article they discuss the team that brought you this new look.
There are view of the new typeface and logo as well as screen shots of
the two new themes as well as the boot screen. OMG!Ubuntu also shows the
new look of the official website. At the end of this article it ends
with a poll asking readers they like or loathe the new look.


== Meeting Summaries: February 2010 ==

=== Ubuntu Governance ===

==== Developer Membership Board ====

* Developer Membership Board meeting, 2010-02-02

* Chair: Colin Watson

* Present: Emmet Hikory, Michael Bienia, Soren Hansen, Stéphane Graber

* Absent: Cody Somerville, Richard Johnson

* First meeting of new board following election

* Action review

* [ACTION] persia to ask CC to make DMB an admin of
~universe-contributors, as part of the DMB/MC merge (carried over; but
in the meantime TB members can act on changes)

* motu-release team currently does not have any administrators (Scott

* Dealt with by setting ubuntu-release as administrator, pending a full
team merge

* MOTU direction (ScottK, cjwatson)

* initial drafting complete, subject to approval by DMB and TB

* [ACTION] ScottK to start discussion on future of MOTU Council among
its constituency (MOTU)

* DMB is presently hearing MOTU applications, although there seems to be
some confusion about this

* [ACTION] cjwatson to confirm MOTU process with TB

* current draft approved unanimously, aside from pending motu-council

* will continue with TB

* Approval of the application process for new applications

* approved unanimously

* Per-package uploader: Martin-Éric Racine
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MartinEricRacine) for xserver-xorg-video-geode

* Martin-Éric has done fine work on this in the past, and is already a
member of MOTU; approved unanimously. Welcome!

* Ubuntu Contributing Developer: Dmitrijs Ledkovs

* Dmitrijs has been working on xiphos and sword, and was approved
unanimously for universe-contributors. Welcome!

* MOTU and per-package-uploader: Elliot Murphy

* See previous thread on motu-council

* We separated Elliot's application into a few parts:


* Of five members present, two voted in favour, with three abstentions
(citing a desire for more sponsored uploads)

* [ACTION] cjwatson to gather votes from absent members by e-mail

* ubuntuone-client, ubuntuone-storage-protocol, erlang, couchdb,
desktopcouch, python-configglue, rabbitmq-server: approved unanimously

* evolution-couchdb, couchdb-glib: denied on the basis that the person
directly maintaining these should apply instead; Elliot intends to do
packaging work on these and will reapply

* libubuntuone: not yet in the archive; deferred

==== IRC Council ====

* IRC Council Meeting 2010-02-13

* The official policy on #ubuntuforums

* The IRCC has access, access list has been cleaned up.

* Revisit #ubuntu-ops policies including 'no idling' & +v

* Allow mailing list discussion to continue until next meeting.

* Create wiki page documenting the suggestions and their pros/cons.

* Agreed to close the incactive #ubuntu-helpteam channel

* Decided on ban removal policy: operators can remove bans set by others.

* Mail to be sent to mailing list, and relevant wiki pages will be updated.

* Discussion on general attitude on -ops will be started on mailing list.

* Discussed request to add #ubuntu-women to core channels.

* IRCC to discuss what makes a core channel a core channel and we will
revisit this next meeting

==== LoCo Council ====

During the Lucid Release cycle, the LoCo Council has been tasked with
identifying Approved LoCo teams which were approved close to, or over 2
years ago, and are due for re-approval. Each of the LoCo Council Members
have been assigned LoCo's to contact for Re-Approval, and have made some
real progress identifying 26 Teams. 10 of the teams have been contacted,
and 1 Team has been re-approved. The LoCo Council has 2 official
meetings left, but have been discussing the possibility of adding a
couple of special meetings in order to meet the LoCo Council's
aggressive schedule.

The Local Council met on the February 16th. There were three teams that
attended this meeting: Ubuntu Belgian LoCo (up for Re-Approval), Ubuntu
Quebec LoCo (up for Approval), and the Ubuntu Mexico LoCo (Up for
Approval). All of the teams have doens some really incredible work for
Ubuntu and our Community. Please see the minutes
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncilAgenda/20100216 ) for further details.

==== Technical Board ====

* Technical Board meeting, 2010-02-09

* Attendees: Martin Pitt (chair), Kees Cook, Mark Shuttleworth, Colin Watson

* Guests: Emmet Hikory, Daniel Holbach

* Review https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Specs/LucidMOTU

* Acknowledged; unclear part is the membership approval, which is the
next item

* Approvals for new MOTUs

* There was a very long discussion about whether the DMB or the MC
should handle applications for new MOTUs

* There is a certain tension between MOTU self-governance, and having
done the DMB elections under the announcement of unifying the approval
process of core-devs, MOTUs and per-package uploaders

* The MC is currently in the process of redefining its goals and

* The TB unanimously took the following decision:

Hearing and approvals for MOTU will now be exclusively done by the DMB,
with the option of delegating it to the MC upon request by MC or DMB,
and approval by TB in the future.

* Prior actions: deferred until next meeting, due to timeout

* [ACTION] kees to follow up with Debian TC on units policy

* [ACTION] cjwatson to follow up with mythbuntu-dev to get
ubuntu-core-dev added

* [ACTION] ScottK to update Kubuntu/UpdatesPolicy based on Kubuntu
upstream feedback (cf.

* [ACTION] sabdfl to propose to CC that the TB is a CC delegate, and
clarify his role

* Chair for next meeting: Scott James Remnant

* Technical Board meeting, 2010-02-23

* Attendees: Kees Cook (chair), Martin Pitt, Colin Watson, Matt Zimmerman

* Guests: Iain Lane, Emmet Hikory, Jonathan Riddell, Chow Loong Jin, Jo
Shields, Jussi Schultink, Scott Moser, Daniel Holbach, Jonathan Carter,
Benjamin Rubin

* Action Review has a few remaining items:

* [ACTION] receive Debian TC response to Units Policy (bdale, kees)

* [ACTION] receive upstream KDE approval of updates policy (Riddell)

* [ACTION] propose to CC that the TB is a CC delegate, and clarify
sabdfl's role (sabdfl)

* Have delegated teams become responsible for security of their
package-sets (Kees Cook)

* proposal needs review of language, discussion with teams

* [ACTION] kees to bring up proposal in email, go from there

* Package set for CLI/Mono packages (Iain Lane)


* Approved: creation of CLI/Mono team with sebner directhex raof
hyperair laney, pending TB agreement on delegated package list (via email)

* 3 for, 0 against, 0 abstained.

* Approved: CLI/Mono team membership is delegated to DMB

* 4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained.

* Approved: packageset extension of CLI/Mono team done via TB e-mail

* 3 for, 0 against, 0 abstained.

* Ubuntu IRC Council Access level in #ubuntu-devel (Jussi Schultink)

* None against: implement IRC Council Access on IRC

* 2 for, 0 against, 2 abstained.

* Review https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UEC/Images/RefreshPolicy (Scott Moser)

* Approved, 4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained.

* Ran out of time, had to defer:

* Edubuntu Developers Delegation

* Archive reorganisation (and sponsorship items)

* community bugs

* Chair for next meeting: Scott James Remnant

=== Ubuntu Development Teams ===

==== Xubuntu Team ====

Xubuntu team report for February, 2010

This has been our best month ever.

===== Packaging, Development, & Testing =====

* Testing of the new LTS, Lucid Lynx, is continuing on schedule. We have
entered the Feature Freeze for Lucid. From this point forward, emphasis
should be on testing, bug fixing and polishing the new LTS.

* Testing discovered a couple of high importance bugs. One would have
prevented all upgrades from the previous LTS to using update-manager.
Another was an issue with the new Plymouth and NVidia video card

* Bug-triage team has triaged over 200 bugs this last month. Many bugs
were resolved during this process.

===== Documentation =====

* Jim has begun work on Xubuntu docs, ported off of Ubuntu docs. The bzr
branch is located here
and will be merged to the current Xubuntu doc branch once stable.
Conservatively, this will be ready within the next two weeks.

* Once that is done, Jim will need help from Pasi to work on the CSS
theming and the landing page.

=== Ubuntu LoCo Teams ===

==== Cameroonian Team ====

* 15-16 february 2010.Attend to 2-days workshop related to: local
languages and IT (http://www.goethe.de/ins/cm/yao/fr5478994v.htm) at
Goethe institut, Yaounde

==== Catalan Team ====

* February 1st: LoCo irc meeting. General organization aspects.

* February 2nd: new web calendar (http://www.ubuntu.cat/calendar) for
the LoCo.

* February 3rd: first Ubuntu Hour in Caldes de Montbui, near Barcelona.

* February 11th: two speeches (Free Software and Ubuntu) at the ''Escola
del Treball de Barcelona'' for the Informatics students.

* February 16th: LoCo irc meeting. Discussion about presencial meetings
a month after release parties.

* February 19th: arranged a speech about Ubuntu in Sabadell in April.

* February 19th: Call of Papers for Lucid Lynx release party in València.

==== Colombian Team ====

* There was little activity at our team, however these are the highlights:

* Getting Ready for FLISOL

* Reality Bites: A government program which aims to educate people with
low income in Colombia, requires propietary software to fulfill its
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-co/2010-February/021037.html A
step backwards into our Country development.

==== Danish Team ====

* Planned attendance at the Open Source Days

==== Honduras Team ====

'' Presentations ''

* T3 Conference

==== Irish Team ====

* Face to face meet up on Thursday 4th of February with ILUG
(http://www.linux.ie/) in the Longstone (http://www.thelongstone.com).

* Some members of the LoCo headed off to Fosdem
(http://fosdem.org/2010/). From the great story's we are hearing, it
must have been great fun. Some photos

* Regular Monthly IRC Meeting
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/IRCMeetings/2010-02-17) was held at
8pm Irish time on Wednesday 17th February 2010.

* A member of a Loco Engineers Week (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/User:tdr)
organised a series of events for (http://www.engineersweek.ie/ ) in the
local hackerspace (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hackerspace) TOG
(http://www.tog.ie) , featuring many Open source Hardware
(http://www.tog.ie/page/2010/01/introduction-to-the-arduino-platform/ )
and software (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/
talks and workshops. A round up of the events can be found here

* We had a great Ubuntu Hour (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Hour) on the 24th
of February (http://www.ubuntu-ie.org/node/88 ) at 6pm at the Trinity
Capital Hotel bar (http://www.trinitycapitalhotel.com/ ).

* We had a first big non-Dublin event of the year on the 28th of
February in Limerick. With the help of Skynet (http://www.skynet.ie/) we
had a great day of talks
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/Events/February-2010-Talks ) and a
great night too.

* Plans are well under way for our next big event next month. Open Jam.
More details (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/
http://www.lczajkowski.com/2010/02/19/open-jam/ ).

==== Japanese Team ====

* Ubuntu Magazine Japan vol.3 was released on Feb. 23.

* http://ubuntu.asciimw.jp/elem/000/000/010/10106/

* We attended Open Source Conference Tokyo Spring and held a seminar.
Thank Tormod Volden for coming to see our LoCo team from Switzerland.

* https://wiki.ubuntulinux.jp/OSC2010TokyoSpring

* We started "Takao Fonts" project. We are planning to set this fonts as
default in Japanese locale.

* https://launchpad.net/takao-fonts

==== Philippine Team ====

* Meeting on Languages due for libc

* Meeting Log (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PhilippineTeam/MeetingLogs/20100226 )

==== Russian Team ====

===== Translations =====

* Russian Fullcircle Magazine issue #32 is published on-line

* 2 new videos of UbuntuTV
(http://www.youtube.com/user/AgafonovDmitry#p/c/B3AFE3A47C67AA97) series.

===== Kuban Team =====

* We are distributing Ubuntu 9.10 and 8.04.4 LTS as well as repositories
for Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS.

* We had continued preparations for the project
(http://kub-ubuntu.beneficium.ru/forum/index.php?board=21.0) of typical
automated information management system for business (SMB) based on
Ubuntu LTS distributions.

==== Tunisian Team ====

* Organisation of the ubuntu event on Mohamed Jamoussi cultural center.

* Report (French) :

* Photo album : http://ubuntu.nizarus.org/v/tanyour10.02/

===== California Team =====

* IRC meeting on February 7th
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Meetings/10February07): planned
for SCaLE and Ubucon, and discussed making the team's wiki pages more
accessible to new users

* Planned and held Southern California Ubucon 2010
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/SCUbucon2010) (also on
SCaLE's website
(http://www.socallinuxexpo.org/scale8x/special-events/ubucon)) on
Friday, February 21st (the first day of SCaLE).

* Two-day exhibit hall booth at SCaLE 8x

===== Chicago Team =====

* Held the first of our new regular series of monthly IRC meetings.
Minutes (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ChicagoTeam/Meetings/Minutes/2010-02-01)

===== District of Columbia Team =====

* February Meeting Notes

*February 6th 2010

*February 13th 2010

*February 27th 2010

===== Florida Team =====

* February 1, 15, and 22 Ubuntu Hours were held in Orlando.

* Feburary 16 Florida Team's SpaceCoast Linux & OSS Meetup Group met
with Melbourne (FL) Linux Group for their Programming SIG.

* February 25 Floridat Team's SpaceCoast Linux & OSS Meetup Group met
with the Brevard Users Group teach their Linux SIG.

* First ever Tampa Ubuntu Hour was also held this month.

* Florida Team is preparing for the Loco Council Meeting for Re-Approval
on March 16th.

* mhall119 taught 4 classes on python in #ubuntu-classroom

* cjohnston began working with nhandler on the classbot for

* cjohnston began developing the Website Localization project for the
ubuntu.com website

* Team Meetings were held in #ubuntu-us-fl on February 9th and 23rd.

* The LoCo Directory has had a bunch of enhancements and is beginning to
really get used by the community. http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/

Topics Discussed during our team meetings this month:

* Ubuntu Global Jam - dantrevino

* Looking for instructors to teach classes in #ubuntu-classroom - cjohnston

* IRC for New Users - dantrevino

* Anchor House Build Day - mhall119

* Lucid Release Parties - maxolasersquad, - dantrevino

===== North Carolina Team =====

* Held an Ubuntu Hour (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Hour ) in Winston-Salem
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NorthCarolinaTeam/Events/2010-02-13 ).

* Team meetings to discuss remaining steps to becoming an approved team
and establishing a team council

* February 2, 2010
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NorthCarolinaTeam/Meeting/2010-02-02 )

* Approved proposed positions; filled the positions

* February 16, 2010
(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NorthCarolinaTeam/Meeting/2010-02-16 )

* Refined definitions of roles

=== Ubuntu Beginners Team ===

* Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting 2010-02-02

* Charles Profitt (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/cprofitt) discussed his plans
for the Security Focus Group for the next year. He wants to:

* Clean up and add security pages to the wiki

* Develop courses that will contribute to the UCLP on security related

* Discuss how agenda items should be brought up for discussion on the
mailing list at least 1 week prior to the meeting

* Decide to bring up topic of moving major decision making from IRC
meetings to Launchpad votes on the mailing list

* Ákos Veres (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Akos) joined the Ubuntu Beginners
Team. He has been a very competent and well mannered padawan, and he
will be a great asset to the team.

=== Ubuntu Classroom Team ===

* Started using the #ubuntu-classroom-backstage IRC channel

* Hosted 48 Hours of Ubuntu Manual Learning

* Hosted a series on Learning Django ( Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

* Hosted Intro to Python classes ( For Programming Beginners
For Programmers

* Hosted a Bug Q&A

* Hosted a class on How to effectively use a PPA and providing updated

* Developed ClassBot (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Classroom/ClassBot)

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Monday, March 8, 2010 ===

==== Security Team Catch-up ====

* Start: 18:00 UTC
* End: 18:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up.

=== Tuesday, March 9, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

* Start: 13:00 UTC
* End: 14:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MobileTeam/Meeting

==== Technical Board Meeting ====

* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Ubuntu Bugsquad Monthly Meeting ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad/Meeting

==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

* Start: 16:30 UTC
* End: 17:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-desktop
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

* Start: 17:00 UTC
* End: 18:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Global Jam Meeting ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Wednesday, March 10, 2010 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====

* Start: 14:00 UTC
* End: 15:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== QA Team Meeting ====

* Start: 17:00 UTC
* End: 18:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/

==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

* Start: 19:00 UTC
* End: 20:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Edubuntu/Meetings/Agenda

==== How to Run a Jam ====

* Start: 21:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

=== Thursday, March 11, 2010 ===

==== How to run a Translation Jam ====

* Start: 09:00 UTC
* End: 10:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

* Start: 14:00 UTC
* End: 15:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Friday, March 12, 2010 ===

==== How to run a Packaging Jam ====

* Start: 09:00 UTC
* End: 10:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
* Agenda: Not listed as of publication

==== Lucid Weekly Release Meeting ====

* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2010-03-12

=== Saturday, March 13, 2010 ===

==== Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting ====

* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 21:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrcTeam/IrcCouncil/MeetingAgenda

==== BugJam ====

* Start: 21:00 UTC
* End: 23:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc and IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

==== DC Loco IRC meeting ====

* Start: 23:00 UTC
* End: 24:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc
* Agenda: None listed as of publication

=== Sunday, March 14, 2010 ===

* None listed as of publication

== Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04 and 9.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

* USN-906-1: CUPS vulnerabilities- http://www.ubuntu.com//usn/USN-906-1

=== Ubuntu 6.06 Updates ===

* cupsys (delayed)-

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

* db2exc-amd64 9.7.1-2hardy1 -
* cupsys_1.3.7-1ubuntu3.8_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
* cupsys 1.3.7-1ubuntu3.9 -
* python-clamav-
* php-clamavlib_0.13-1.2ubuntu1~hardy4.1_hppa_translations.tar.gz-
* klamav_0.46-2~hardy2.1_hppa_translations.tar.gz-
* havp_0.89-2ubuntu2~hardy2.1_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
* dansguardian (delayed)-
* clamav-

=== Ubuntu 8.10 Updates ===

* fckeditor-
* cups_1.3.9-2ubuntu9.5_amd64_translations.tar.gz-

=== Ubuntu 9.04 Updates ===

* cups_1.3.9-17ubuntu3.6_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
* cups 1.3.9-17ubuntu3.7 -

=== Ubuntu 9.10 Updates ===

* alfresco-community 3.2.0-3 -
* alfresco-community 3.2.0-4 -
* cups_1.4.1-5ubuntu2.4_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
* rrdtool 1.3.1-4ubuntu2.1 -
* logcheck 1.2.69ubuntu0.1 -
* ec2-init 0.4.999-0ubuntu7.2 -
* xorg-server 2:1.6.4-2ubuntu4.2 -
* linux-fsl-imx51 2.6.31-108.23 -
* eucalyptus 1.6~bzr931-0ubuntu7.6 -

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