1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu LoCo Teams Meeting
    2. New MOTUs
    3. Rockin' LoCo Docs Day
    4. Ubuntu Hug Day
    5. Improved mail server stack: Testing needed
    6. Drupal 5.x and 6.x LoCo Suite Released
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Jaunty
    3. Translation Stats Intrepid
    4. 5-a-day bug stats
      1. Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days
      2. Top 5 teams for the past 7 days
    5. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu Honduras being organized
  6. Launchpad News
    1. Launchpod episode #17
    2. Triage in Launchpad suite
    3. PPA page performance improvements
  7. In The Press
    1. Netbooks: A Curse or a Blessing in an Imploding PC Market?
  8. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu and the new user
    2. Ubuntu spawns new generation
    3. Life with Ubuntu
  9. In Other News
    1. Ubuntu Training for USA
    2. HP Mini Mi screenshots
  10. Meeting Summaries
    1. Server Team Meeting Feb.10th
  11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, February 16, 2009
      1. MOTU-Release
      2. LoCo Council Meeting
      3. Forum Council Meeting
    2. Tuesday, February 17, 2009
      1. Community Council Meeting
      2. Server Team Meeting
      3. Desktop Team Meeting
      4. Kernel Team Meeting
    3. Wednesday, February 18, 2009
      1. Ubuntu-us-pa LoCo Team Meeting
      2. Foundation Team Meeting
      3. QA Team Meeting
    4. Thursday, February 19, 2009
      1. Ubuntu US Teams Meeting
      2. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Java Meeting
    5. Friday, February 20, 2009
      1. Americas Regional Board Meeting
      2. Jaunty Weekly Release Meeting
      3. Ubuntu-tn IRC Meeting
  12. Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.10, 8.04, and 8.10
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 6.06 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 7.10 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 8.10 Updates
  13. Archives and RSS Feed
  14. Additional Ubuntu News
  15. Conclusion
  16. Credits
  17. Glossary of Terms
  18. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  19. Feedback


Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #129 for the week February 8th - February 14th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu LoCo Teams Meeting, New MOTU's, Rockin' LoCo Docs Day, Ubuntu Hug Day, Improved mail server stack: Testing needed, Drupal 5.x and 6.x LoCo Suite Released, Ubuntu Honduras being organized, Launchpod #17, Triage in Launchpad suite, PPA page perfomance improvements, Ubuntu Training for USA, HP Mini Mi Screenshots, Server Team Meeting Feb. 10th, and much, much more!

UWN Translations

  • Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the information you need.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu LoCo Teams Meeting

  • New MOTU's
  • Rockin' LoCo Docs Day

  • Ubuntu Hug Day
  • Improved mail server stack: Testing needed
  • Drupal 5.x & 6.x LoCo Suite Released

  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu Honduras being organized
  • Launchpod episode #17
  • Triage in Launchpad suite
  • PPA page performance improvements
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Ubuntu Training for USA
  • HP Mini Mi screenshots
  • Server Team Meeting Feb. 10th
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Ubuntu LoCo Teams Meeting

Be sure to put this date on your LoCo and personal calendars, Feb. 28th, 2009. At 6pm UTC there will be an Ubuntu LoCo Team's Community meeting. You can find out more details on the meeting page: The meeting will take place in #ubuntu-locoteams on Freenode. Everyone is welcome. This meeting will be to kick off regular LoCo Team Community meetings.


In the first ever MOTU Council meeting dedicated to developer applications,, several new MOTU's were approved:

Didier Roche (didrocks) just joined the MOTU team. Didier is also involved with the Ubuntu-FR LoCo team, a contributor to French documentation, and the author of Simple Comme Ubuntu. Launchpad: Wiki:

Christophe Sauthier (huats) is now a MOTU. In addition to his MOTU work, Christophe is also the leader of the Ubuntu-FR LoCo team, and does some translation work. Launchpad: Wiki:

Iain Lane (Laney) just joined the MOTU team. After an impromptu meeting about dependency graphs, tree-hugging and Haskell we were happy to approve Iain's application, he now is a MOTU. Launchpad: Wiki:

Alessio Treglia (quadrispro) is now a MOTU. Alessio is very active in the Ubuntu community. He is involved on the LoCo level with the Italian team and also with Xubuntu Users, Bug Squad, Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Testing, and many more. Launchpad: Wiki:

Congratulations to the four of you!

Rockin' LoCo Docs Day

Feb 14th, was LoCo Docs Day for the Ubuntu LoCo Community, and it was a Rockin' event. The LoCo Community came together to work on expanding and improving the LoCo Documentation on the Wiki. It was great to see folks from all the different LoCo's coming together to tweak the already excellent documentation. Here is a list of the work done:








Jorge Castro



Thanks to everyone for getting involved and contributing your time. Of course, today is just one day and we need to continue to work hard to keep our documentation as up to date and authoritative as possible. Jono is planning on organizing more LoCo Doc Days in the future.

Ubuntu Hug Day

Another Hug Day is scheduled for terminating those pesky bugs:

Everyone is welcome and will be able to make a contribution by attending.

Improved mail server stack: Testing needed

During last UDS it was decided to improve the mail server stack available in Ubuntu Server. One of the items that came out of the discussion was a better integration between postfix and dovecot. Ante Karamatic worked on implementing it for Jaunty and his results have been uploaded. To test it all you need is a jaunty system and install the dovecot-postfix package. Once the installation has completed the following configuration will be available:

  • SASL authentication for smtp services
  • Dovecot delivered as the default Local Delivery Agent

  • Tls for smtp services

If you’re interested in a integrated mail stack providing a combination of smtp, imap, pop3 and managesieve services, the Jaunty Jackalope will suit you. Have a look at it, install it, and test it. One simple command: apt-get install dovecot-postfix Please let the Ubuntu Server team know about your suggestions and comments here:

Drupal 5.x and 6.x LoCo Suite Released

That long needed suite of tools has finally been completed.

This suite is designed for any Ubuntu LoCo Communities wanting to host a website. It is designed to allow any LoCo team to quickly create a website using Drupal for their team.

What this suite offers:

  • An approved theme for any LoCo

  • A highly customizable theme
  • Launchpad OpenID integration
  • Users don't need to create an account on your site
  • Launchpad Teams integration
  • Can control access levels in site based on LP team memberships
  • Fast and friendly support

Official project:

Release Downloads:

Special Thanks - This project would not be possible without all the collaboration from:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (47390) +152 over last week
  • Critical (24) +/-0 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (19200) +81 over last week
  • Unassigned (39815) +83 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (250183) +1755 over last week

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

Translation Stats Jaunty

  • Spanish (20690) +3973 over last week
  • French (59550) +6802 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (67267) -1101 over last week
  • Swedish (77622) +6251 over last week
  • English (Uk) (80140) +4449 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," see more at:

Translation Stats Intrepid

  • Spanish (15787) -1 over last week
  • French (61297) +/-0 over last week
  • Swedish (72562) +/-0 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (74852) -21 over last week
  • English (UK) (81040) +/-0 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

  • hew (91)
  • crimsun (40)
  • dholbach (39)
  • charlie-tca (30)
  • itnet7 (18)

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

  • ubuntu-au (91)
  • ubuntu-berlin (51)
  • ubuntu-de-locoteam (50)
  • dcteam (40)
  • ubuntu-us-florida (23)

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

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

  • Left click anywhere on the desktop to close taskbar volume control.
  • Improve transparency of the panel
  • Round the edges
  • Adding a small gloss to the panel
  • Adding a few simple themes to the panel

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea.

LoCo News

Ubuntu Honduras being organized

Anyone interested in helping to organize the Honduras Ubuntu team is invited to come and meet fellow users on the #ubuntu-hn IRC channel, next Thursday night February 19th. When: 9PM, Tegucigalpa (UTC-6) time. Convert to your time zone here: Make plans now to help get this new LoCo Team up and running.

Launchpad News

Launchpod episode #17

Launchpod: the Launchpad team podcast!

Host: Matthew Revell. Theme: Obscurity by Barry Warsaw.

  • David Mason talks about IntraHealth’s open source project’s that producing software for health workers in the developing world.

  • Danilo Segan talks about the Launchpad Translations team’s work in Launchpad Performance Week.
  • Curtis Hovey does the same for the Launchpad Registry team.

Triage in Launchpad suite

The Launchpad team is changing the way that they triage bugs reported against the Launchpad suite of applications. The Wishlist importance will no longer be used because the term is not about importance. There is a distinction between the Confirmed and Triaged bug status, namely that any user can confirm a bug, but only a project member can state the bug is in the application’s code. Many bugs in the Launchpad suite of applications are implicitly in the Triaged state because the Launchpad team members have set the importance.

Changes to current bugs:

  • All bugs that were Wishlist importance are now Low importance and are tagged with “feature”.
  • All Confirmed bugs that had a importance of Low, Medium, or High were changed to Triaged.

The Launchpad team also wants to clarify the meaning of Critical, High, Medium, and Low by expressing their definition in practical terms. Some teams do not think Medium is distinguished from Low, so will not use it. The teams that do use Medium importance will use it to create a pool of bugs for release planning — the bugs may be escalated to High or targeted to a release without a commitment to complete them.

You can read "A Practical Guide to Launchpad Bug Triage" to learn more about the reasons for these changes.

PPA page performance improvements

Last week was the first of the Launchpad Performance Weeks that are being started to improve performance. The Soyuz team worked hard on improving the performance of the PPA page, which had a tendency to be very slow, or even time out on PPAs that have a lot of binaries published. The more observant of you will have noticed that the PPA page on edge is now using asynchronous requests to fetch both the “Repository disk usage” section, and the package information section that is expanded when you click on the triangle at the left of each source package row. This means that the initial page load time is a lot quicker! There’s still some more speed we can get out of the page by reducing the query load that it places on the database server, and we’ll deliver that change soon.

A major overhaul of the PPA page is in the pipeline. Watch out for that soon!

In The Press

Netbooks: A Curse or a Blessing in an Imploding PC Market?

From the Technology section of the New York Times, Ashlee Vance reports that, though the Netbook market has been blamed for the fall-off of PC sales, the sale of PCs had actually slumped before Netbooks arrived on the market. Couple that with the lower cost of processors, the lack of need for high-end graphics, and the use of Linux on Netbooks, and you have a formula for making money - just not as much money as the companies used to make. Hewlett-Packard is one of the latest to join the Linux migration. HP has taken Ubuntu and modified it by stripping out the branding and creating their own startup screen for the Mini 1000 Mi Edition computer. This provides people with the ability to access photos, e-mail, music and the Internet. Ashlee believes that other PC makers will also try fresh approaches, and that such work should eventually reach standard laptops and PCs and benefit consumers.

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu and the new user

Pete Graner has just converted his wife Amber to Ubuntu. She was an avid Windows user that he managed to get onto Macs, but that was as far as she would go. Now, Pete is a Canonical employee, and he's gotten Amber to try Ubuntu 8.10. Amber is an average housewife who, according to her doctor, is human. Being diagnosed as human, she wanted to try the "Linux for Human Beings" - Ubuntu. She started the install of Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 6400, and in less than 2 hours found herself able to connect to the Internet, connect to a color laser printer wirelessly, get to her website, get to FaceBook, access classes at Dayton, and write her blog. You can read about her "Ubuntu" adventures on her blog here:

Ubuntu spawns new generation

In just the few years since it was released, Ubuntu Linux has inspired tens of new Linux distributions. Here we look at five of the best. In just the few years that Ubuntu Linux has been around it has become one of the most popular Linux versions available, ahead of others such as Red Hat, Suse and Mandriva. Ubuntu is not only a popular distribution in its own right, but it has spawned a new generation of Linux versions that use its underlying code to build versions for particular interest groups. Apart from the official Ubuntu derivatives such as Xubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu, there are tens of other distributions built around the Ubuntu community.

Life with Ubuntu

A blogger from Bent corner recounts his continuing experiences from his recent install of Ubuntu to replace his install of windows XP. His HP Pavillion dv6000 has the AMD turion 64 bit processor which lead him to the choice of installing Ubuntu 64-bit. He was having trouble getting important things to work, like youtube videos. This led him to install Ubuntu 32-bit to see if that improved his experience. Because of a storm in his area, there were power dips that caused his wireless router to reset to it's default settings which made it interesting to find his wireless network. Once he got that problem fixed he was able to install Ubuntu 32-bit, and was able to install programs like wine that he had difficulty installing before on the 64-bit version.

In Other News

Ubuntu Training for USA

Canonical has recently signed up two new training partners in the U.S. Fast Lane and Bridge Education. Both companies are already providing Ubuntu training courses across the U.S., details of which you can find here: As a special introduction offer, they are offering a 10% discount to any Ubuntu loco member who takes a course over the next 6 months. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them directly.

HP Mini Mi screenshots

M Freitas provides screenshots of his HP Mini Mi along with a brief description of his feelings about it. This is his first Ubuntu computer, and he has found the experience really interesting. He has even gained the interest of a couple of lawyers, friends of his, who are interested in using it when they're on the move. Even his parents-in-law are interested. See his screenshots at:

Meeting Summaries

Server Team Meeting Feb.10th

Here are the minutes of the meeting. They can also be found online with the irc logs here:

  • SRU for ebox: mathiaz reported that the relevant ebox packages for the intrepid SRU had been uploaded to the intrepid-proposed pocket. They're waiting to be accepted by the archive team.
  • Screen profiles: kirkland announced that a new version of the screen-profile package had been uploaded to the archive. Some new features have been added (ec2-cost estimator for the status bar) as well as the usual round of bug fixes. He considers screen-profiles to be feature complete for Jaunty. A PPA[1] has been created to provide screen and screen-profiles packages for intrepid and hardy. Testing is welcome. [1]:

  • Update ServerGuide for Jaunty: sommer mentioned that a few sections of the server guide had been updated. The list is kept in a wiki page[2] and updated sections are marked as needing a review. Help in doing so would be appreciated. [2]:

ACTION: sommer to ping mdke about keeping up-to-date

ACTION: sommer to mark all relevant section as Needs review rather then Done

  • Postfix and Dovecot integration: ivoks gave a status of the dovecot/postfix integration planned for jaunty. The goal is to have postfix use the dovecot lda, provide SASL authentication via dovecot and use maildir as the default mail store. After some discussion it was suggested to provide a different dovecot configuration file (dovecot-postfix.conf) and modify dovecot's init script to use it if available instead of the default configuration file.

ACTION: ivoks to prepare a debdiff implementing the proposed solution.

kirkland also reported on his suspend and hibernate tests with server hardware: all of them worked beautifully. In the process he wrote up a MIR for the wakeonlan package. He is looking for volunteers to test suspend and hibernate on server hardware.

  • Agree on next meeting date and time: Next meeting will be on Tuesday, February 17th at 16:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, February 16, 2009


  • Start: 19:00 UTC
  • End: 20:00 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

LoCo Council Meeting

Forum Council Meeting

  • Start: 21:00 UTC
  • End: 22:00 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Non listed as of publication

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Community Council Meeting

Server Team Meeting

Desktop 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, February 18, 2009

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, February 19, 2009

Ubuntu US Teams Meeting

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

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

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Friday, February 20, 2009

Americas Regional Board Meeting

Jaunty Weekly Release Meeting

  • Start: 15:00 UTC
  • End: 16:30 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Ubuntu-tn IRC Meeting

  • Start: 20:00 UTC
  • End: 22:00 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-tn
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

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

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 7.10 Updates

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

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Glossary of Terms

  1. IMAP - Internet Message Access Protocol.
  2. IRC - Internet Relay Chat
  3. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the Universe and Multiverse repositories.
  4. NTFS - the standard file system of Windows NT.
  5. POP3 - Post Office Protocol version 3.
  6. PPA - Personal Project Archive.
  7. SASL - Simple Authentication and Security Layer: a framework for authentication and data security in Internet protocols.
  8. SMTP - Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.
  9. SRU - Stable release updates.
  10. Tls - Transport Layer Security, successor to Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
  11. UDS - Ubuntu Developer Summit
  12. UTC - Coordinated Universal Time: UTC replaced GMT as the basis for the main reference time scale or civil time in various regions on January 1, 1972.

Other acronyms can be found at

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