Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #11

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #11 for the week of August 20 - 26, 2006

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In This Issue

  • breakage in 6.06
  • Distro sprint in Germany
  • Backports are back
  • Upstart unveiled
  • Security updates
  • Updates to Ubuntu 6.06
  • New apps in Edgy
  • Kubuntu updates
  • In the press
  • Features of the Week: Thunar breakage in 6.06

This week a number of users got bitten by an X update to 6.06 that caused them to see a "Linux Blue Screen of Death". You can read more about the issue and the fix on Mark Shuttleworth also has an excellent blog post about the issue and the changes to QA to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

Distro Sprint

The Canonical distro team and a couple of community developers met for a week's hacking in Wiesbaden in Germany. Much feature work was done as we came to the Edgy feature freeze.

On the Thursday local IT consultancy company CC GmbH, who run Kubuntu on all their desktops, invited us to their offices and cooked us a South African dinner in their impressive kitchen. The dinner was commented on as "the best food we've ever had at our conferences".

Our chefs with Mark and Matt:

Scrumptious food photos:

Our office for the week:

Fridge report:

Backports Open for Business

Backports have been reopened this week, thanks to Colin Watson adding support in our archive manager Soyuz.

Backported packages:

  • ktorrent
  • libtheora alpha7 (and dev package too)
  • kbarcode 2.0.3-1ubuntu2
  • nexuiz
  • Gcin 1.2.0
  • mplayerplug-in
  • k3b
  • Dia 0.95
  • RSIBreak 0.7.1

Upstart unveiled

Scott James Remnant unveiled his new init replacement, upstart, this week. Sounds exciting, you say! Rather watch grass grow, would you? Fear not, Scott has told all in a long blog post, including about why you should care, the design, what upstart does currently and why not initng/launchd/SMF/something else. Upstart is currently only in universe, but as Scott explains in his blog post, upstart isn't quite ready for replacing sysvinit quite yet, but expect it go live in Edgy within a few weeks.

Security Updates

There were no security announcements this week.

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

There were three updates to this week, backporting various patches as well as dealing with the breakage mentioned above.

Yaboot was also updated, to fix booting with XFS.

There were also a whole lot of backports, as mentioned above.

New Apps In Edgy

Matthew Garret uploaded a new version of this week, which enables compositing by default. Quinn Storm, of, has also begun working with the Ubuntu team to work on compiz in the Ubuntu repos.

Oliver Grawert has uploaded a new version of ltfsd, which enables local device support, otherwise known as being able to plug a usb stick into the thin client and have it show up on your desktop. Ubuntu's LTSP has also been updated to use this new code.

Brandon Holtsclaw uploaded Amarok 1.4.2, which adds DAAP support, MTP media devices (devices that are part of Microsoft's PlaysForSure use this, including players from Creative and others), custom stations and more.

Hubert Figuiere has uploaded two digital photography apps, dcraw, which has been updated to 8.31 to improve the camera RAW file support with new cameras and UFRaw has been updated to 0.9.1.

As always, this is only a small fraction of cool and rocking new apps uploaded to Edgy in a single week. If you think we missed anything, please let us know.


Kubuntu Edgy has seen some great new things this week, including new artwork, systems tools and more.

New Artwork

Ken Wimer, the Kubuntu Edgy artist in chief, has been busy working on new artwork. The O2 theme has a definite purple feel to it is looking lovely.

System Settings

Simon Edwards has reorganised the layout of System Settings based on ideas from Usability Ellen.

Power Management Applet

The kde-guidance package has gained a new power management applet in Edgy. This replaces the klaptopdaemon used in previous versions of Kubuntu. Try it out and let us know of your experiences.

New artwork coming soon.

HWDB Client

We have added a KDE version of the HWDB client. This programme uploads anonymous information about your computer to our database at which can then be used in bug reports and helps us know more about our target hardware.

New artwork for this also coming soon.

Bug Stats

  • Open (14478) (+258 over last week)
  • Unconfirmed (7678)
  • Unassigned (9746)
  • All bugs ever reported (51631)

In The Press

Tips on keeping your Ubuntu Linux server secure

Computerworld published an excerpt from The Official Ubuntu Book by Benjamin Mako Hill, Jono Bacon, Corey Burger, Jonathan Jesse and Ivan Krstic:

  • "In general, Ubuntu Server is a very secure platform. The Ubuntu Security Team, the team that produces all official security updates, has one of the best turnaround times in the industry. Ubuntu ships with a no open ports policy, meaning that after you install the machine -- be it an Ubuntu desktop or a server -- no applications will be accepting connections from the Internet by default. Like Ubuntu desktops, Ubuntu Server uses the sudo mechanism for system administration, eschewing the root account. And finally, security updates are guaranteed for at least 18 months after each release (five years for some releases, like Dapper), and are free."


An interesting trivia question was spotted today on



And the buzz continues., which indexes over over 52 million blogs lists Ubuntu as its fifth most popular search:


You can search for Ubuntu related blog posts at

Feature Of The Week - Thunar File Manager

Thunar is the new lean and fast Xfce file manager. The first stable release will be included in Xfce 4.4.0 but it is available, in beta form, in Xubuntu 6.06. To install Thunar on any other flavour of Ubuntu, you can install it from Applications > Add/Remove and select it from the applications listed in the System Tools section. Of course, you can also enter sudo apt-get install thunar in your terminal and install it as well. Visit for updates, screenshots, a feature list, and information about ways you can contribute to the project.

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