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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue ## for the week MONTH DAY - DAY, YEAR. In this issue we cover ...

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In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase II

Jono Bacon has announced the Second Free Culture Showcase, your opportunity to show off your creativity in Jaunty Jackalope. The winning entries will be available in the Examples/ folder in the home directory of shipped CDs and download images of the Ubuntu 9.04 release. Entering the showcase is simple:

  • Your submission must be one of the following:
    • o Audio Entries - no larger than 1MB in size - made available in Ogg Vorbis format. o Video Entries - no larger than 2.5MB in size - made available in Ogg Theora format. o Photo/Graphic Entries - no larger than 0.5MB in size - made available in PNG or JPG formats.
  • All entries must be licensed and distributable under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

  • Upload your submission somewhere online (there are lots of free hosting solutions available such as Do not email any of the organizers or judges with your submissions.
  • Add your entry to one of the submission tables at

  • When the deadline for submissions closes, our panel of judges will pick a shortlist, and the Community Council will then pick the final winners from the shortlist.

The deadline is February 6, 2009.

Interview (maybe move this to ION)

Matthew Helmke interviewed Nicolas Valcárcel Scerpella for the Ubuntu Community Interviews. From an early start with computers at the age of 4, Nicolas has gone on to become a Security Engineer in the OEM Solutions Group for Canonical. A part of the Peruvian LoCo team council and MOTU, he is focusing on bringing more people into packaging. He would like to see more hardware manufacturers writing drivers for Linux and more proprietary software migrating to Linux.

Archive of Interviews

Daniel Holbach has started an archive of Developer Interviews[1]. He feels that it is great to read about the exciting things that people have done. This can be seen as a "work in progress". He would like to have more interviews of Ubuntu members added to it, and is thinking of adding a box with the latest interviews to the Hall of Fame[2].

New MOTU: Onkar Shinde

We're very pleased to announce that Onkar Shinde (slytherin) joined the MOTU team. His outstanding work in the area of Java packaging and maintenance made our choice easy.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (48693)+237 over last week
  • Critical (18)-1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (19667)-186 over last week
  • Unassigned (40549)+250 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (233877)+1639 over last week

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

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats Intrepid

  • Spanish (18544)-365 over last week
  • French (61913)-21 over last week
  • Swedish (76522)-10 over last week
  • English (UK) (81459) +/-0 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (82142)-375 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see more at:

5-a-day bug stats

Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days

  • crimsun (550)
  • jibel (297)
  • Chrisccoulson (85)
  • alessandro-ghersi (55)
  • hew (47)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  • dcteam (552)
  • ubuntu-berlin (55)
  • ubuntu-de-locoteam (55)
  • ubuntu-au (47)
  • ubuntu-chicago (23)

5-A-Day stats provided by Daniel Holbach. See

LoCo News

Ubuntu Tamil Team

Tiruppur, Nov 22. The Textile Town of TamilNadu, India - Tiruppur[1] witnessed Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex release by its IT Association - TITA[2]. Members of Tiruppur IT Association demonstrated Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex and its various features starting from Tamil Language support, Multimedia Capabilities, Office Suites, Package Management techniques, Wine etc.,

Ubuntu Tamil Team put forth the idea, that a one day Monthly Training program be organized for people who purchase computers through the Association Members, on Ubuntu by the Association itself. This will motivate people to switch over to Free Software with confidence.

Sri Ramadoss and Siva from Ubuntu Tamil Team conducted the event. The second day event explored the Ubuntu Server capabilities for the TITA members. More demand were made on the Server segment.

It was a memorable event and Special Thanks for Tiruppur IT Association for providing us this opportunity. Our heart felt gratitude to Mr. Ravichadran, President of IT association, Mr. Babu, Mr. Thiyagu, Mr. Senthil and others for backing and helping us in conducting this event.

Photos soon at:

Tunisia Team

The Tunisian Team held an install party and conferences on November 15 at Multimedia and Computer Science Institut of Sfax, Tunisia, in conjunction with the local cell of the Tunisian Association Young and Sciences. They started their day with a booth of about 10 laptops powered by Ubuntu, UbuntuStudio and Ubuntu Muslim Edition. There, they distributed about 40 CDs, as well as burning iso images and USB installations. They also made 2 presentations, one to introduce FOSS and Ubuntu and the other to talk about UbuntuStudio.

Ubuntu-NL release party (Dutch language version here:

Ubuntu Zimbabwe Team

New in Intrepid Ibex

Launchpad News

Launchpad 2.1.11 and Open ID support

Ubuntu Forums News

RSS Feeds for Ubuntuforums

bapoumba has a solution for those looking for RSS feeds of the Ubuntuforums. The dedicated page for the feeds was lost in the last big upgrade of the Ubuntuforums software. It may come back, but in the meantime here is a work-around. By clicking on a sub-forum thread in the Ubuntuforums front page and looking at the address bar, you will see a number at the very end. This is the forumid number. So, for example, the URL for Absolute Beginner's Talk (ABT) would be And this one for the whole gear would be

In The Press

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Xavier School Deploys 600 Ubuntu Linux Desktops

Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU reports that Xavier School in San Juan, Phillipines has deployed more than 600 Ubuntu desktops. The switch from Windows was brought about due to a budget issue based on Microsoft's base licenses and subscription licenses. Ubuntu was chosen because of its ease of use as a desktop, and because of the availability of Edubuntu.

Ubuntu Podcast #13

Josh Chase and Nick Ali from the Georgia US LoCo released episode #13. Some topics covered:

  • Release of Jaunty Alpha 1
  • Ubuntu US shop is open for business
  • Ubuntu Hall of Fame
  • New theme on
  • Lots of LoCos had 8.10 release parties

  • Linux Identity magazine covering Ubuntu 8.10
  • Ubuntu onto the ARM architecture
  • Aaron Seigo, a KDE developer, has a podcast on UStream

Hardening the Linux Desktop

Using Ubuntu as for the tutorial (registration required)

Coming soon: Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Due to be released in mid-January, the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a succinct, yet comprehensive guide allowing readers to understand core competencies without wading through volumes. Available from Amazon or a free PDF version will be also be available.

Speed up your Ubuntu brings us some hints how to speed up our Ubuntu 8.10 installation. 50 ideas in total will let you quite a choice what you might need or not.

50 best Linux/Gnome/Ubuntu Desktop themes

Meeting Summaries

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Server Team Meeting

Kernel Team Meeting

  • Start: 17:00 UTC
  • End: 18:00 UTC (Tuesday, December 2, 2008)
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Community Council Meeting

Forum Council Meeting

  • Start: 23:00 UTC
  • End: 00:00 UTC (Wednesday, December 3, 2008)
  • Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Ubuntu Classroom Meeting

Ubuntu-us-pa LoCo team Meeting

  • Start: 12:30 UTC
  • End: 13:30 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-pa
  • Agenda: None as of publication

Foundation Team Meeting

  • Start: 16:00 UTC
  • End: 17:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

QA Team Meeting

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Maryland LoCo IRC Meeting

  • Start: 00:00 UTC
  • End: 01:00 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-us-md
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

  • Start: 12:00 UTC
  • End: 13:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Desktop Team Meeting

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Community Spotlight

Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 7.10 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

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