Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 10

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 10 for the week of August, 13 - 19 2006

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In This Issue

  • Ubuntu wins Golden Penguin
  • Ubuntu at LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco

  • Security updates
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS updates
  • Edgy new and updated apps
  • Summer of Code update
  • Weekly Developer meeting notes
  • Launchpad news and updates
  • Bug Stats
  • In the Press
  • Feature of the Week: GNOME Deskbar applet

General Community News

Ubuntu wins the Golden Penguin Award

As reported in the Fridge, Ubuntu won the Golden Penguin Award at LinuxWorld Expo 2006, playing against the Novell OpenAudio team. The Ubuntu team, consisting of volunteers Jorge Castro, Corey Burger and Canonical's Malcolm Yates, led the scoring from the very beginning and despite the Novell team's strong showing the the 3rd round, Ubuntu finished ahead. Congrats to all the players. See more at the Fridge:

LinuxWorld Expo a great success

LinuxWorld Expo in San Francisco recently finished, and both the Ubuntu community and Canonical had a strong showing. Both booths were very busy, with many people discussing how they used Ubuntu or thanking us for making Ubuntu. The .org pavilion booth, run by the Ubuntu California team, was busy demonstrating Ubuntu 6.06 and all the great Ubuntu books currently out, while the Canonical booth focused on working business-to-business relationships.

At the GNOME booth, Ubuntu and GNOME community members Jorge Castro and Corey Burger helped the GNOME Foundation spread the message about how great GNOME was, which included showcasing the many great features coming both in GNOME 2.16 (due in Edgy) and beyond. Anecdotal evidence suggests an overwhelming number of visitors to the GNOME booth ran Ubuntu.

Security Updates

USN-337-1 imagemagick vulnerability USN 336-1 binutils vulnerablity USN 335-1 heartbeat vulnerability USN 334-1 krb5 vulnerability

More information and a full listing can be found at

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

There were no updates to 6.06 this week.

New Apps In Edgy

Glade 3 was uploaded this week. A description from the GNOME Journal "The GUI designer tool that has been building your GTK+ applications for years is back with a completely new generation of homegrown Free software. Supporting all the widgets in the GTK+ 2.8 family, gnomeui widgets, the GNOME canvas widget, and a whole new feature set; this new tool is sure to raise a few eyebrows."

Other notable packages included:

  • sun java 1.5.0-08 - small upgrade to the Sun Java package
  • 1.0.0 -- a new package of a guide

  • xubuntu-at-speech 0.1 - new package, speech part of the accessiblity support for Xubuntu
  • xubuntu-at-mag 0.1 - new package, screen magnifier part of the accessiblity support for Xubuntu
  • agave 0.4 - colour schemer for GNOME
  • gshare 0.92 - a new package included easy user-level file sharing

Ubuntu Summer of Code update

This week we profile Peter Moberg, who is currently working on two tools for Ubuntu as part of SoC.

His first tool, called Panel Switcher, is designed to make switching panel layouts, even quite complicated ones, very easy. Implemented in Python and pyGTK, you can find more information at .

Session Backup, his other tool, allows a user to save and restore multiple GNOME sessions. As it stores the data in a zipped file, it also allows users to migrate that information to other computers. Also implemented in Python and pyGTK, you can find more information about Session Backup at .

Weekly developer meeting

In the most recent developer meeting - 17 August at 23:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting - the developers planned the list of topics to be discussed at next week's Development Sprint in Wiesbaden, Germany.

A number of features were reported as implemented or complete, including:

  • the speakup kernel module
  • boot-message-logging
  • kubuntu-accessibility
  • Firefox 2.0 beta merge.

The desktop team is keeping very busy with bug triaging and fixing - and could use your help!

Launchpad News

This week's full Launchpad news is at

Highlights include:

  • Details of the staging server at

  • An answer to "Can I use Launchpad (Malone) to track bugs for my software project?" (it's "yes", by the way).
  • Launchpad is now 100% hosted in Bazaar's native format, with over 600 branches registered.
  • Each distribution or upstream product now has a listing of its top contributors, both general and per-activity.
  • Edgy translations should be open on Monday.
  • 30% speed improvement in the package publishing process.
  • Preparations under way for a move to per-application domains and a secret new page layout.

To stay up to date, join the launchpad-users mailing list:

We'd be honored to have you with us.

Bug Stats

  • Open (14220)
  • Unconfirmed (7608)
  • Unassigned (9491)
  • All bugs ever reported (50805)

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Infamous Bugs - Bug #56125



Osnews covers Bug #1

OSnews recently covered Bug #1, the "Microsoft has a majority marketshare" one. You can read more information at

In The Press

Ubuntu and Other Distros Rolled Out to American Students

  • "Students in Indiana are using new Linux desktops under a state grant program to roll out low-cost workstations to schools. More than 22,000 kids have been Linuxed up under the programme which is being run by the Indiana Department of Education. Mike Huffman, special assistant for technology told CRN that Linux workstations were rolled out for 22,000 students over the last year under the Affordable Classroom Computers for Every Secondary Student (ACCESS) programme. The plan is to expand that even further with Novell SUSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu installations. Currently, 24 high schools are using Linux and the plan is to increase that to 80."


Feature Of The Week - GNOME Deskbar

Deskbar allows you to embed an incredibly powerful search interface in a GNOME panel. Search across multiple search engines, enter an email address to send email, jump straight to a web page by entering the URL, or open files and folders by entering the path. There really are too many features to list. To see them all, and what's in store for future versions, visit Raphael Slinckx's blog at:

To add the Deskbar applet to your desktop just right click on an existing GNOME panel, select Add to Panel, and select it from the applets listed in the Accessories section.


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