Issue133

Contents

Contents

  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 released
    2. Ubuntu Testing Day: Notify-OSD
    3. MOTU Council News
    4. Hug Day: March 19th
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Jaunty
    3. Translation Stats Intrepid
    4. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu Florida Rocks Florida Linux Show
  6. Launchpad News
    1. gmail filters for bug email
    2. Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint
  7. Ubuntu Forums News
    1. Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team (UFBT)
    2. Ubuntu Forums Interview
  8. The Planet
    1. Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint
    2. Ubuntu Women project status
    3. Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released
  9. In The Press
    1. Ubuntu 9.10 sees the cloud above the trees
    2. French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu
    3. Dvorak discovers Linux (Ubuntu)
    4. 15 free downloads to pep up your old PC
  10. In The Blogosphere
    1. RightScale Puts Ubuntu Server In the Cloud, Too
    2. 12 Ubuntu Server Appliances Meet the Cloud
    3. Possible data loss in Ext4
    4. Testing Ubuntu Jaunty and Ext4 WITHOUT Trashing Your Data
    5. Ubuntu for Business: The Missing Pieces
    6. Five things Ubuntu really needs
  11. In Other News
    1. Ubuntu Podcast #21
  12. Meeting Summaries
    1. Server Team Meeting: March 10th
    2. US Teams Meeting: March 5th
  13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, March 16, 2009
      1. DX & checkbox testing day
      2. Co-operation between *buntu* flavors
    2. Tuesday, March 17, 2009
      1. Community Council Meeting
      2. Asia Oceania Membership Board Meeting
      3. Server Team Meeting
      4. Desktop Team Meeting
      5. Kernel Team Meeting
    3. Wednesday, March 18, 2009
      1. Ubuntu-us-pa LoCo Team Meeting
      2. Foundation Team Meeting
      3. QA Team Meeting
    4. Thursday, March 19, 2009
      1. Jaunty Beta Freeze
      2. Rebuild test
      3. Ubuntu Bug Day
      4. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      5. Ubuntu Java Meeting
  14. 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
  15. Archives and RSS Feed
  16. Additional Ubuntu News
  17. Conclusion
  18. Credits
  19. Glossary of Terms
  20. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  21. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #133 for the week March 8th - March 14th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 released, Ubuntu Testing Day: Notify-OSD, MOTU Council News, Hug Day: March 19th, Ubuntu Florida Rocks Florida Linux Show, gmail filters for bug email, Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint, Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team, Ubuntu Forums Interview: Connor Imes, Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint, Ubuntu Women project status, Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released, Ubuntu Podcast #21, Server Team Meeting Minutes, US Teams Meeting Minutes, 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.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Translations

In This Issue

  • Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 released
  • Ubuntu Testing Day: Notify-OSD
  • MOTU Council News
  • Hug Day: March 19th
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu Florida Rocks Florida Linux Show
  • gmail filters for bug email
  • Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint
  • Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team
  • Ubuntu Forums Interview: Connor Imes
  • Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint
  • Ubuntu Women project status
  • Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Ubuntu Podcast #21
  • Server Team Meeting Minutes
  • US Teams Meeting Minutes
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 released

Announcing the release of Jaunty Jackalope Alpha-6, which will in time become Ubuntu 9.04. Alpha 6 is the sixth in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Jaunty development cycle. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of show-stoppers CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Jaunty. You can download it here:

Pre-releases of Jaunty are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2009-March/000551.html

Ubuntu Testing Day: Notify-OSD

Ubuntu Testing Day will be next Monday, March 16th. Ubuntu Testing day is a special day where the Ubuntu Community comes together with a shared goal of testing a specific set of ISO images (Alpha, Beta, RC, Gold or Point releases), a specific feature, or bugs needing verification. Taking the idea from the Ubuntu Bug Day, Ubuntu Testing Day will apply the same concepts to ISO testing.

The goal for this testing day will be testing a cool new feature in Jaunty: the new notification system. This is a complete new feature in Ubuntu, so it can be fun to play with it, and find bugs no one else has found before! Please, visit the wiki page for more information and test cases to drive your testing efforts. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/UbuntuTestingDay/20090316

Who can join the Testing Day? Everyone! You don't need to be a developer, or know how to code. Everyone is welcome. If you don't know how to help, then just stop by #ubuntu-testing, and they'll explain everything to you. One of the objectives of Testing Day is to help people get started learning, and testing Ubuntu.

Where to join the Testing Day? Come to #ubuntu-testing on freenode IRC. The team will be there day and night resolving any testing questions you might have. For this particular Testing Day, you can ping eeejay and MacSlow to ask for help. Drop in for Ubuntu Testing Day and help make Ubuntu even better!

http://blog.qa.ubuntu.com/node/37

MOTU Council News

Fabrice Coutadeur(fabricesp) joined the ranks of the Ubuntu Contributing Developers. He has done a great job overall and we're happy he is part of the team. One of his primary interests is video editing. Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~fabricesp Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/FabriceCoutadeur

Roderick Greening(rgreening) joined the MOTU team. His great work in the Kubuntu community did not go unnoticed and we're happy to have a new MOTU on board. Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~roderick-greening Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/rgreening

Andreas Wenning(a|wen) did amazing work in the Kubuntu team and we're very happy he joined the MOTU team. Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~andreas-wenning Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/AndreasWenning

Hug Day: March 19th

Another day of bug fixing is on the schedule for the Ubuntu Community to help the BugSquad smash those pesky bugs.

Learn about the BugSquad here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2009-March/000446.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (48148) +293 over last week
  • Critical (20) -1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (19774) +504 over last week
  • Unassigned (40568) +348 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (258584) +2225 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

Translation Stats Jaunty

  • Spanish (25434) +6169 over last week
  • French (54145) -2175 over last week
  • Swedish (54783) -13370 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (58736) -5854 over last week
  • English (Uk) (86555) +4140 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/

Translation Stats Intrepid

  • Spanish (15260) -621 over last week
  • French (59025) -2218 over last week
  • Swedish (63241) -9406 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (66221) -7755 over last week
  • English (UK) (78012) -3122 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex," see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/intrepid/

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

  • A Screen Resolution app that actually works
  • Better install experience
  • Ubuntu needs easy-to-use, effective backup software
  • Gnome-Panel: Do we really need to manually accomodate each item?
  • New users tell that Ubuntu is slow (live sessions)

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. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

LoCo News

Ubuntu Florida Rocks Florida Linux Show

The Florida Linux Show was held on March 9th, and Ubuntu Florida took pictures and named names. The LoCo Team was there to help promote Linux to individuals and businesses in the area. In addition to attending the informative talks, they handed out CDs, brought new people to the LoCo and area LUGs, and had an all-around great time. See the team picture here: http://www.ubuntu-fl.org/images/stories/fls_fl-loco_edited.jpg

http://www.ubuntu-fl.org/index.php/news/60-loco-news/134-ubuntu-florida-rocks-florida-linux-show.html

Launchpad News

gmail filters for bug email

What does you do when you deal with bugs on Launchpad and get the emails about them through gmail? Grouping a large amount of mail in one folder is problematic at best. The author of the Launchpad blog found a solution. He created filters to automatically sort those emails into folders, making it easier to search through them and follow up. His extensive tutorial may even be applicable to other situations, but it certainly is a solution to the problem he faced. See how he solved the problem at the link.

http://blog.launchpad.net/bug-tracking/gmail-filters-for-launchpad-bug-email

Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint

Recently ten people from Launchpad and other parts of Canonical came together in Berlin to hack on Launchpad’s new YUI 3 JavaScript interface. The sprint was tremendously successful, producing four fully functioning YUI 3 Widgets, complete with test suites, and live demo pages. Here is a brief summary.

  • The morning of day one kicked off with a walk through some video proof-of-concepts that they would bring to life. At the end of the day eight of the sprinters split into pairs, each pair picking a widget to work on.
  • Day two saw the four teams plan their attack, then dive into the code.
  • Day three saw more code, tests, and their first working widget.
  • By noon of day four most of the remaining widgets were functional, if not fully styled. Day four’s afternoon was spent in a team review of the fully functional fancy Overlay widget.
  • Everyone had great momentum going into day five. All four widgets were fully functional, with only a few rough spots remaining. Day five’s afternoon was spent with everyone in a Review Jam.

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/inside-the-launchpad-ajax-sprint-a-week-with-widgets-and-yui-3

Ubuntu Forums News

Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team (UFBT)

UFBT has taken a step forward, with guidance from Bodhi Zazen, and collaboration with Ubuntu Classroom. They are offering IRC events and courses, held in #ubuntu-classroom. Events are less formal, based on a Q&A format, or a one day topic. A course is more formal, including series of sessions all related to the same topic (Python 101, Python 201, etc). Upcoming topics are Security, Packaging, How to use LP, How to triage bug reports, How to stay current with Ubuntu Events/Community, How to IRC (clients, registration, channels, etc). Not all potential topics have been scheduled yet. The first two events will be on Security (March 19th and March 26th, see the Events link below for an actual schedule). See you there ! https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Classroom

Events: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/FocusGroups/Education/Events

Courses: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/FocusGroups/Education/Schedule

Proposed topics (feel free to add): https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/FocusGroups/Education/Proposals

UF discussion thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1093535

Ubuntu Forums Interview

Please meet with Connor Imes, aka Rocket2DMn, one of the UF Moderators: http://matthewhelmke.net/2009/03/14/an-interview-with-rocket2dmn/. Rocket has been on Staff since July 2008, after being heavily involved in the UF Beginners Team and Unanswered Posts Team. Currently in Philadelphia, his first encounter with computers was with DOS and Windows 3.1. Always present when it comes to decimating spammers, Rocket also bridges the Forums with Launchpad where he spends time reporting and following bugs that are discussed on UF, and with the doc Team. Enjoy!

The Planet

Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint

Various representatives of Canonical QA gathered in Oxford to collaborate on automating the Ubuntu desktop testing effort. Some of the areas discussed were tools, team collaboration, best practices, and roadblocks. cgregan, the author of the Open Source QA blog, discusses Desktop Automation, particularly with respect to the efforts of the Canonical QA team. "Testing automation is a key process in the testing efforts. It could simplify testers' lives by automating things that are repeatable and leaving human effort to things that cannot be automated by a machine, like usability bugs." --

Automation wiki - Get involved: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Testing/Automation

Original article: http://ubuntu-mobile-edition.blogspot.com/2009/03/desktop-automation.html

Ubuntu Women project status

The Ubuntu Women project, held a meeting on March 4th discussing the current state of projects and future goals. During the meeting they did some brainstorming and came up with a few ideas:

  • Provide more encouragement to women to speak at events and be visible within the project
  • Launch a “Women Behind Ubuntu” interview series for inclusion in Full Circle Magazine and on our wiki
  • Revitalize the website

From the minutes of the meeting, the Ubuntu Women are genuinely and heavily involved with many projects within the Ubuntu Community, and have great ideas for what should be acted upon in the future.

To get involved: http://ubuntu-women.org/

IRC channel: #ubuntu-women

Original article: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=1489

Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released

The Ubuntu Drupal Development team has released version 6.2.0 of the development package. With this release comes great new things:

  • Ability to set the width of the page
  • Ability to display/hide IE banner
  • Ability to change text of banner
  • Ability to modify the right side of the footer
  • Multiple IE bugs fixed
  • A few generic bugs fixed
  • Added a Planet module
  • Updated modules with their own great changes
  • And a few other little extras
  • Jaunty artwork is being considered at this point

They've also complete a Wiki to help users implement this project at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDrupal. This includes a setup guide as well.

You can grab this latest release at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-drupal/6.x

The team wants to make this a perfect solution for every LoCo. If you have ANY suggestions for modules or find any bugs, please file them appropriately at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-drupal

Original article: http://profarius.com/content/ubuntu-drupal-620-released

In The Press

Ubuntu 9.10 sees the cloud above the trees

Next month Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope, hits an FTP or torrent site near you. With its features set frozen, the masterminds at Canonical are looking to the future. Ubuntu 9.10 is already being touted as "cloud-centric," with aims to keep it at the forefront of cloud computing. The cloud storage space can be used for backing up data, but the more visionary approach is that applications can be deployed to the cloud. You can construct applications for others to use, and you can make applications available no matter where you are working on the Internet. Ultimately, Ubuntu wants to make the Amazon cloud as straightforward as their existing Ubuntu package management tool for loading new apps onto your hard drive. http://www.itwire.com/content/view/23719/1141/

French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu

ars technica's Ryan Paul tells us that France's Gendarmerie Nationale, the country's national police force, has saved millions of dollars by migrating its desktop software infrastructure away from Microsoft Windows, and replacing it with the Ubuntu Linux distribution. The Gendarmerie began its transition to open source software in 2005 when it replaced Microsoft Office with OpenOffice.org across the entire organization. It gradually adopted other open source software applications, including Firefox and Thunderbird. After the launch of Windows Vista in 2006, it decided to phase out Windows and incrementally migrate to Ubuntu. At the current stage of the migration, it has adopted Ubuntu on 5,000 workstations and based on the success of this pilot migration, it plans to move forward and switch a total of 15,000 workstations to Ubuntu by the end of the year. It aims to have the entire organization, and all 90,000 of its workstations, running the Ubuntu distribution by 2015. http://arstechnica.com/open-source/news/2009/03/french-police-saves-millions-of-euros-by-adopting-ubuntu.ars

Dvorak discovers Linux (Ubuntu)

Henry Kingman, writing for DesktopLinux.com, notes that John Dvorak will install Ubuntu 8.10 permanently on his latest machines. Dvorak has shied away from it before, due to hardware issues. But now, the LiveCD feature allows him to test his hardware first. Dvorak adds, "The critical mass has been reached, and it's time everyone tried Ubuntu." Some of his interest in Linux stemmed from his experiences with Windows. Those interested in what else appealed to Dvorak can get more information at his editorial for PCMag.com. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2342703,00.asp

http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS8559496096.html

15 free downloads to pep up your old PC

Preston Gralla of Computerworld lists 15 free downloads that can breathe new life into an old PC, and one of his suggestions is Ubuntu. "Frustrated with your old operating system but don't want to spend the money to get a new one? No problem." He suggests using Wubi which installs Ubuntu as a dual-boot option on your PC for free. Preston goes on to say that if you haven't installed Linux before, you'll be quite surprised at how peppy it is. It has lower hardware requirements than Windows, which makes it quite fast, even on an older PC. There's also plenty of free software available in the repositories, and it ships with a good deal of free software, including the office suite OpenOffice.org. http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=Software&articleId=9129351&taxonomyId=18&pageNumber=7

In The Blogosphere

RightScale Puts Ubuntu Server In the Cloud, Too

Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU reports that the Ubuntu Server revolution is starting, but it doesn’t involve traditional on-premise systems. RightScale, a well-known cloud computing company, today announced “full support” for Ubuntu as part of the RightScale Cloud Management platform. It’s big news, and here's why: "The Ubuntu software development community can now use RightScale to easily deploy and manage cloud applications on cloud infrastructures such as Amazon EC2 with complete control and portability." About six months ago, Panettieri assumed Windows Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux would dominate Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud. But moves by RightScale, Turnkey Linux and Canonical itself suggest that Ubuntu Server Edition has a strong chance to become a dominant application server on multiple cloud platforms. http://www.workswithu.com/2009/03/12/rightscale-puts-ubuntu-server-in-the-cloud-too/

12 Ubuntu Server Appliances Meet the Cloud

Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU says that Ubuntu is converging quickly with cloud services. A prime example: Turnkey Linux is launching 12 Ubuntu Server Edition software appliances that users can deploy in various cloud services. The news comes only a few weeks after Canonical said Ubuntu 9.10 will leap into Amazon.com’s cloud. Initial server appliances from Turnkey Linux support the LAMP stack, Ruby on Rails, Drupal CMS, Joomla CMS, MediaWiki, Django framework, MySQL and PostgreSQL database engines, and LAPP. Turnkey Linux's press release also stated that appliances for Apache Tomcat, Wordpress, Moodle, Movable Type and phpBB are currently under-going private testing before a public release. Panettieri says he's certainly intrigued by Ubuntu and software appliances heading into the cloud. http://www.workswithu.com/2009/03/12/12-ubuntu-server-appliances-meet-the-cloud/

Possible data loss in Ext4

A bug report posted in Launchpad bug tracker for the next version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) describes a massive data loss problem when using Ext4. The report describes a crash occurring shortly after the KDE 4 desktop files had been loaded. Developer Ted Ts'o explains the background of the problem. Like other modern file systems, such as XFS, Ext4 implements delayed allocation – writing new data can take up to 60 seconds. This increases the performance and allows for optimization of the data organization on the hard drive platter. Ts'o says that the application should be fixed so it does not write and rewrite small files. He advises that "this is really more of an application design problem more than anything else." http://www.h-online.com/open/Possible-data-loss-in-Ext4--/news/112821

Testing Ubuntu Jaunty and Ext4 WITHOUT Trashing Your Data

Scott Wegner reports that Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope” is set for release in less than two months, and is currently in the “Alpha 6″ testing stage. Arguably, the hottest new feature is stable support for Linux’s new file system, ext4. The new file system has been shown to have significant performance gains over any other Linux file system to date. But think twice before you upgrade to ext4, as many users have been reporting considerable data loss. It manifests itself after a system crash, where open files will simply be emptied and erased. It is particularly prevalent in users’ settings files, such as those used for GNOME or KDE. Fortunately, the cause of the bug is relatively well-known. http://www.automaticable.com/2009-03-12/testing-ubuntu-jaunty-and-ext4-without-trashing-your-data/

Ubuntu for Business: The Missing Pieces

A blogger from Works With U points out several things that Ubuntu is missing to compete well with Microsoft in the business market. They are email access, word processor, spreadsheet, and the ability to collaborate by having access to shared documents all within a secure framework to prevent any unauthorized access or malicious activity. He points out that a Windows Server/Desktop solution is the only one that can currently satisfy all of these functions. When he compares this to Ubuntu, there is OpenOffice. This gives the word processor and spreadsheet applications. The only functionality, that he says is missing, is an email server linked to a centralized user authentication system. This is available with Ubuntu, but not without going through some tedious setup. This blogger says that the one thing that Ubuntu needs to do to make it a great solution for businesses, is to gain integrated directory and email services. http://www.workswithu.com/2009/03/08/ubuntu-for-business-the-missing-pieces/

Five things Ubuntu really needs

Blogger Darren Yates goes over some of the "bigger-picture" things that he believes Ubuntu, and Linux in general could use help with. The first suggestion is "More encouragement for beginners." Darren would really like to see experienced Linux users feeding their vast knowledge back to the community, and helping people who have just started with Linux. The next suggestion he gives is "Better support from big name brands." The US and the UK have pretty good support already, but Darren Yates is from Australia where this support is not nearly as good. The third suggestion that he has is "better netbook/notebook support." This is coming with 9.04, but netbooks have been out for 18 months now, and it has taken Ubuntu this long to get serious about them. The last suggestion that he has is "More supporters introducing it to their friends." He finishes by saying that more than anything, people have been saying, Linux needs people showing it to their friends and family. http://darrenyates.com.au/?p=918

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast #21

In this podcast Nick and Josh bring you:

  • 9.04 countdown banner needed by end of March
  • LoCo Teams Meeting

  • new Xfce 4.6 will be Xubuntu 9.04
  • Jaunty encrypted home directories
  • Phoronix test suite to be in 9.04 repositories
  • Qimo 4 kids
  • and X.org

http://ubuntupodcast.net/2009/03/12/ubuntu-podcast-episode-21/

Meeting Summaries

Server Team Meeting: March 10th

The Server Team meeting minutes can be found online with the irc logs here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20090310

  • Samba Bug Day: mathiaz reminded that next Thursday is dedicated to triaging samba bugs. Ubuntu Server members are welcomed to join the effort and invited to join #ubuntu-bugs to give a hand to bug triagers.
  • Postfix and Dovecot integration: ivoks wrote a blog post about the dovecot/postfix integration. mathiaz mentioned bug 339966 reported by a user that had an existing working dovecot server, and installed the dovecot-postfix package, resulting in a broken system.
  • Exchange support for Evolution: ivoks made some tests with the new evolution-mapi plugin. Although the openchange mapi clients are working evolution is unable to connect to the exchange server. ivoks is not sure what the problem is - further debugging is required.
  • Support for likewise-open krb5 patch: mathiaz gave an update on the likewise-open patch he had applied to the krb5 package in Jaunty. One of the Debian maintainer contacted him to inquire about the future of this patch. The upcoming version of MIT kerberos, 1.7, includes a different implementation of the GSS service than the one provided by the likewise-open patch. Implementations are API incompatible. The Debian maintainer suggested to rework the patch to not change the public header and include the types and prototypes in the likewise package instead.
  • Planet ubuntuserver: dantalizing mentioned he started to aggregate Ubuntu Server related blogs on The Completely Unofficial Ubuntu Server Planet. http://ubuntuserver.org/

  • KVM backport in hardy: kirkland announced he had backported the userspace part of KVM 84 to hardy. Packages are available in the ubuntu-virt team PPA. Anyone having long-standing issues with kvm-62 on hardy should try that package and let the Ubuntu Server team know how it works in #ubuntu-virt. https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-virt/+archive/ppa

  • QEMU 0.10.0 in Jaunty: kirkland reported that a new version of qemu (0.10.0) had been released upstream. He plans to push it to jaunty if the Feature Freeze Exception is accepted by the MOTU release team.

The next Server Team meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th at 15:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting.

http://ubuntuserver.wordpress.com/2009/03/10/server-team-20090310-meeting-minutes/

US Teams Meeting: March 5th

  • Planet
    • Do we want the US Planet to include unapproved teams?
      • The official stance is that unapproved teams should not have websites
      • The reality is that many unapproved teams have websites
      • We found no reason that unapproved teams should not be allowed to participate in the planet if they have a site, but we should uphold the official stance (share your feed if you have one, but we won't encourage unapproved teams to make sites to participate)
    • We now have access to the planet, pleia2 will be working on making the template more US-oriented
  • Website
    • johnc4510 volunteered to work on the Drupal site that Canonical is hosting as a Mentor he will be given Administrative access
    • MTecknology and Yasumoto also offered up their expertise
    • At the time of writing, it was decided to stick with Canonical hosting unless a reason to look for hosting elsewhere is uncovered
    • Content?
      • Will we aggregate news? Who would write news? Should planet be news? Undecided.
      • For now we will keep current content, and expand upon it as time, ideas and initiative dictate
  • Mentors

The US LoCo Teams Project is happy to welcome it's new mentors. Plans are moving forward with the current website hosting situation. The planet will continue to be updated with a new theme and more feeds to be added soon.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/USTeams/Meetings/Minutes/2009-03-05

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, March 16, 2009

DX & checkbox testing day

Co-operation between *buntu* flavors

  • Start: 16:00 UTC
  • End: 17:00 UTC
  • Location: #ubuntu-meeting

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Community Council Meeting

Asia Oceania Membership Board 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, March 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, March 19, 2009

Jaunty Beta Freeze

* https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BetaFreeze

Rebuild test

Ubuntu Bug Day

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

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

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 7.10 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

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  6. LAPP - Linux, Apache, PostgreSQL, Perl (or some say PHP).

  7. LUG - Linux User's Group.
  8. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the Universe and Multiverse repositories.
  9. OSD - On Screen Display.
  10. PPA - Personal Project Archive.
  11. Q&A - Question And Answer.

  12. RC - Release Candidate.
  13. UF - Ubuntu Forums.

Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

Ubuntu - Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

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