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In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase

Would you like to have a chance to have your creative work in front of millions of people? Here's your chance: the Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase. Submit your audio, video or photo/graphics for an opportunity to have them included in the next release of Ubuntu

How it works is simple:

  • Your submission must be no larger than 1MB for audio, 2.5MB for video and 0.5MB for photo/graphic.
  • 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 tables below.
  • When the deadline for submissions closes, our panel of judges (Cory Kontros, Luis de Bethencourt, Luke Yelavich, Lydia Pintscher and Tony Whitmore) will pick a shortlist, and the Community Council will then pick the final winners from the shortlist.

The deadline for submissions is 6th February 2009.


  • All submissions must be in by 6th February 2009.
  • All decisions by the judges are final.
  • Content that contains nudity, racism, sexism or other offensive content will be disqualified.
  • All submissions must be licensed as Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike (

Jono Bacon on FossCamp and UDS

FossCamp, December 5th and 6th, is an opportunity for people from Ubuntu and upstreem to get together and discuss how to work together. Held at the Google offices in Mountain View, California, they are open to everyone.

Right afterward, December 8th through the 12th, is the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS). This event, for 200 of Ubuntu's finest, is for the purpose of designing, discussing and planning Jaunty Jackalope, Ubuntu 9.04. Also, as a part of UDS, Jono will be heading the Community Track that will include all sorts of issues, including governance, process, initiative, collaboration and participation and much, much more.


  • We're pleased to announce that Stefan Ebner joined the MOTU team.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (48265)-233 over last week
  • Critical (16)-2 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (18800)-778 over last week
  • Unassigned (40149)-197 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (235465)+1343 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 (17640)-903 over last week
  • French (61915)+2 over last week
  • Swedish (74404)-1018 over last week
  • English (UK) (81460)+1 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (81647)-68 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 (717)
  • jibel (287)
  • wolfger (82)
  • charlie-tca (80)
  • chrisccoulson (54)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  • dcteam (720)
  • ubuntu-michigan (82)
  • ubuntu-de-locoteam (36)
  • ubuntu-berlin (35)
  • ubuntu-au (19)

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

LoCo News

Tamil Team - Intrepid Introduced at Udhagamandalam

Udagamandalam, Nov 28. Computer World of Udagamandalam(1) (a.k.a Ooty), hosted Intrepid Ibex release event at Lawly Institute. Wide range of people ranging form School Teachers, Students, Computer Vendors, Government Officials took part in the event.

Variety of topics starting from different modes of Installing Ubuntu, Package Management, Administration, Tamil features were discussed & demonstrated.

Special Thanks to Terrance S Rajesh of Computer World for making arrangements for event despite heavy rains across the week. Sri Ramadoss & Padmanathan of Ubuntu Tamil Team conducted the event.

Pictures at:

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New in Intrepid Ibex

Launchpad News

Launchpod #13

Meet Henning Eggers

Launchpad hiring bug tracker

Ubuntu Forums News

In The Press

IBM pushes "Microsoft alternative" desktop

Based on Ubuntu Linux, virtualization technology from Virtual Bridges and its own Lotus Applications IBM created a desktop that should become an alternative to Microsoft. Usage of Virtual Bridge's VERDE (Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment) is said to make this solution more cost-efficient than Using Microsoft Office on Microsoft Windows Desktops.;jsessionid=T4YWJV4HS24WSQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN?pgno=1

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast #14

Josh Chase and Nick Ali from the Georgia US LoCo released episode #14. Some topics covered:

Vibuntu 1.0

Vibuntu is another Ubuntu derivative that is based on Ubuntu 8.10 and targeted for visually impaired users. Therefore it logs on automatically and has Orca enabled by default. Applications that are not or rarely used by blind and otherwise visually impared people, such as GNOME or F-Spot, have been removed.

Lazy Linux: 10 essential tricks for admins

Ever got your DVD-Rom locked by someone else? Harrased your console? Or even forgot the root password (Well, maybe not on Ubuntu)? IBM DeveloperWorks has some tricks for you to deal which such annoyances next time.


Meeting Summaries

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Server Team Meeting

Kernel Team Meeting

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

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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 11, 2008

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

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

UWN #: A sneak peek

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