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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 archive.org). 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.

Terms

  • 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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/)

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFreeCultureShowcase

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.

http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=1464

MOTU

  • 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 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

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: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

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 http://daniel.holba.ch/5-a-day-stats/

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

  • Allow Renaming of USB Drives in Gnome
  • Enable the ability to set the order of network connections
  • Add a new button "I don't understand this idea"
  • Time Machine line Suns "Time Slider+ZFS+Gnome"
  • OnBoard Webcam support

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site to add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against someone elses. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

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: http://amachu.wordpress.com/2008/12/01/udhagmandalam-ubuntu/

(1) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ootacamund

New in Intrepid Ibex

Launchpad News

Launchpod #13

Matthew Revell and Graham Binns host the latest episode of Launchpod, the Launchpad podcast. Included in this episode are:

  • 01.00: Some of the Launchpad team will be at the Ubuntu Developer Summit starting the 8th December. Graham talks a little about what he’ll be doing.
  • 03.42: Announcing the Launchpad bug tracker plugins API! Create your own plugin to enable the bug tracker of your choice to communicate directly with Launchpad. Read more.
  • 11.48: Welcome to Michael Nelson, who is the latest member of Launchpad’s Soyuz team. The Soyuz chaps look after PPAs and other packaging in Launchpad.

http://news.launchpad.net/podcast/launchpod-episode-13-bug-tracker-plugin-api

Meet Henning Eggers

Launchpad News interviewed Henning Eggers, the most recent addition to the Launchpad Translation Team. He is a software developer for the team, involved in the importing and approval of code and, most recently, the Team's QA contact. His work, so far, has been involved with the rosetta-experts team (Launchpad Translations (codenamed "Rosetta") is a platform for open source application translation on the internet). His office, on the fifth or sixth floor of a building in Pinneberg, Germany, not too far from the North Sea. http://news.launchpad.net/meet-the-devs/meet-henning-eggers

Launchpad hiring bug tracker

Launchpad is looking for developers with Python experience to help with developing better ways to track bugs. The successful candidate should live and breath Python, love free software, have strong experience hacking on bug trackers and have a string of successful projects behind him or her. A full job description is available[1].

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. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS3460383523.html

  • IBM, Ubuntu Unveil Microsoft-Free 'PC' - This is a combination of an Ubuntu desktop combined with IBM Lotus applications delivered through a Linux virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) from Virtual Bridges. The applications, themselves, come from the Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS) software. Rather than purely open source, this is an open standards solution. It is a paradigm solution, rather than a directo product to product competition, because IBM is challenging the perception of a desktop is your machine on your desk running Windows. http://www.internetnews.com/software/article.php/3788981/IBM+Ubuntu+Unveil+MicrosoftFree+PC.htm

  • Ubuntu Remains Best Linux Distribution for Desktops - Jason Brooks examined Ubuntu 8.10 as a desktop and felt that, even though Red Hat and Fedora may have more users, Ubuntu is the better desktop due to its concentration on usability. He defines usability as being Ubuntu's large selection of ready-to-install software, large community of users and contributors and its broad support of hardware components. He does feel, however, that Ubuntu lacks the latest security features in the server department that are the hallmark of such as Red Hat and Fedora. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Linux-and-Open-Source/Ubuntu-Remains-Best-Linux-Distribution-for-Desktops/

  • Microsoft Should Worry Less About Live, More About Linux - It is Ed Moltzen's opinion that, with it's concentration on search and advertising space, Microsoft has left the field open for Ubuntu to take over the desktop. He feels that the improvements to Vista have largely been surpassed by Ubuntu and, in this economic climate of recession in the U.S., Ubuntu has been given a chance to make a dent in Microsoft's desktop OS business. Ubuntu, he maintains, is free to download, easy to install, has high performance numbers, and is easy enough for kids to use. http://www.crn.com/software/212201323

  • Why Ubuntu Now Beats Vista - ChannelWeb literally looks at both Vista and Ubuntu with a series of slides and descriptions of critical comparisons. This comparison clearly points out how Ubuntu has caught up to or, in many cases, surpassed Vista. Some of the points they raise are wifi connection, the guest session, multimedia support, lower hardware requirements and cost. http://www.crn.com/software/212201252;jsessionid=T4YWJV4HS24WSQSNDLPCKH0CJUNN2JVN?pgno=1

  • StudioDave Does A Hardware Review And Meets Ubuntu 8.10 - Dave Phillips was faced with the deterioration of his HP Omnibook due to age, and set out to replace it with a laptop that would be able to handle his audio needs. This meant getting a machine that could handle his specific needs, like AVSynthesis, Csound 5.09, Ardour 3, JACK, and the latest Java SDK. This is not the sort of installation that the ordinary user would face, but he was satisfied with the results that Ubuntu gave him. In particular, the apt system that make it easy to update the system to the realtime kernel and the full-featured development environment. http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/studiodave-does-hardware-review-and-meets-ubuntu-810

In The Blogosphere

  • Fedora 10 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 Benchmarks - With the release of Fedora 10, Phoronix decided to run comparison tests of it against Ubuntu 8.10. Starting with installations of both 32 bit and 64 bit versions of both distributions, Phoronix was forced to conclude that they were virtually identical in performance. The difference between response times for comparable versions (32 bit to 32 bit, 64 bit to 64 bit) was so minimal that they concluded that the only difference between them was the feature set and with which distribution one was most familiar. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_810_vs_fedora_10&num=1

  • IBM launches Ubuntu-based VDI solution - Brian Madden acknowledges, in this post, that he's not really familiar with or comfortable with Linux. With that as a basis, and the aparant lack of information on the virtualization that IBM is using, he sees no point in the offering. It is his opinion that regardless of the platform, it will still have to run Windows applications. In his words, "Maybe in another five or ten years when we're all running Rich Internat Apps in the cloud, but for now, we live in a Windows world". http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/brianmadden/archive/2008/12/05/ibm-launches-ubuntu-based-vdi-solution.aspx

  • IBM, Canonical Declare Ubuntu Linux War Against Windows, Office - Joe Panettieri makes the prediction that "the Windows-Office duopoly will fall within the next three to five years." This statement is based on the cooperation of IBM, Virtual Bridges and Canonical in their latest offering. He quotes the IBM press release with saying, "This solution runs open standards-based email, word processing, spreadsheets, unified communication, social networking and other software to any laptop, browser, or mobile device from a virtual desktop login on a Linux-based server configuration." http://www.workswithu.com/2008/12/04/ibm-canonical-declair-ubuntu-war-against-windows-office/

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. http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Adaptive-Technologies/Vibuntu-43337.shtml

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. http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-10sysadtips/index.html

Ilumina TV runs on Ubuntu

Jerome Gotangco took a look at Ilumina TV, a prototype unveiled by a local startup in the Philippines called Inovent Inc. One thing he noticed is that it's supposed to be running on a stripped down version of Ubuntu. Other than that, it looks like any other Personal Video Recorder (PVR), such as MythTV or Elisa, with a different front end. He hasn't had the ability to actually see the prototype in action, yet, but only some pictures and slides on the company blog site. He hopes to get a sneak peak in the near future. http://engage.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/ilumina-tv-runs-on-ubuntu/

George Wright responds to backstage questions

Backstage Blog asked George Wright, Portfolio Manager at Research and Innovaton, some questions about the efforts of the BBC and Ubuntu 8.10 to make a range of non-DRM protected content available. Mr. Wright's answers appear to be somewhat terse and aimed at individuals, but ignoring that they go a long way to explain where the plugin is now, developmentally, and where it is headed. One of the biggest problems that the BBC has is negotiating the rights to offer content outside the United Kingdom. This problem is added to with the necessity of individualizing the release of content per the location in which it is viewed. He will also be blogging about this and other stuff they're doing on the BBC Internet Blog. http://backstage.bbc.co.uk/news/archives/2008/11/george_wright_r.html

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

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