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=== System76 Serval Professional Notebook ===

Michael Larabel of phoronix says that finding a laptop that can run Linux is no longer much of a challenge. A majority off the shelf PCs shipping with Windows can easily have their operating system replaced with Linux and chances are most, if not all, of the components will "just work" on this open-source operating system, while ill-supported parts can usually be configured to work in just a few steps. For those looking to save time or avoid a potential headache, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and other major vendors have been offering Linux notebooks for some time now. One of the smaller vendors that has been offering Ubuntu Linux notebooks (along with desktops and servers) is System76 Inc. System76 recently released their Serval Professional notebook with a 15.4" screen which is available with a 1680 x 1050 or 1920 x 1200 display, and can be configured along with a NVIDIA Ge``Force or NVIDIA Quadro FX graphics processor. Some of the other components include Gigabit LAN, 802.11 a/g/n Wi``Fi, Bluetooth, Express Card, a built-in 2.0 mega-pixel web camera, and a fingerprint reader. System76 currently loads their products up with Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, GNOME 2.24.1, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, and the proprietary NVIDIA driver. This is phoronix's first time reviewing a System76 product, and they report that they are pleased with this notebook. The Serval Professional notebook was designed well, has a great build quality, there is a nice selection of hardware around which this notebook can be configured, and it ships with Ubuntu!



  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Jaunty Jackalope Alpha 6 released
    2. Ubuntu Testing Day: Notify-OSD
    3. Ubuntu Education
    4. News from the MOTU Council
    5. Hug Day: March 19th
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Infamous Bugs
    3. Translation Stats Jaunty
    4. Translation Stats Intrepid
    5. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu Florida rocks Florida Linux show
  6. New in Intrepid Ibex
  7. Launchpad News
    1. gmail filters for bug email
    2. Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint
  8. Ubuntu Forums News
    1. Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team (UFBT)
  9. The Planet
    1. Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint
    2. Ubuntu Women project status
    3. Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released
  10. In The Press
    1. Ubuntu 9.10 sees the cloud above the trees
    2. Ubuntu/Kubuntu Jaunty Alpha 6 screen shot tour
    3. Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex: Usability is hard to do
    4. Possible data loss in Ext4
    5. Testing Ubuntu Jaunty and Ext4 WITHOUT Trashing Your Data
    6. 12 Ubuntu Server Appliances Meet the Cloud
    7. RightScale Puts Ubuntu Server In the Cloud, Too
    8. Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 Released
    9. French police: we saved millions of euros by adopting Ubuntu
    10. 15 free downloads to pep up your old PC
  11. In The Blogosphere
    1. RightScale put Ubuntu Server in the Cloud
    2. Dvorak makes the switch to Ubuntu
    3. 9 features Ubuntu should implement
    4. Ubuntu server appliances meet the cloud
    5. Ubuntu for Business: The Missing Pieces
    6. Five things Ubuntu really needs
  12. In Other News
    1. Ubuntu Podcast #21
  13. Meeting Summaries
    1. Server Team Meeting: March 10th
    2. US Teams Meeting: March 5th
  14. 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
  15. Community Spotlight
  16. 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
  17. UWN #: A sneak peek
  18. Archives and RSS Feed
  19. Additional Ubuntu News
  20. Conclusion
  21. Credits
  22. Glossary of Terms
  23. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  24. Feedback



Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #133 for the week March 8th - March 14th, 2009. In this issue we cover ...

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

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 showstopper 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.

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.

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 starter on 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!

Ubuntu Education

The UFBT Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team has been collaborating with Ubuntu Classroom to start offering educational opportunities to the community. Proposed are IRC sessions focused on specific topics of interest to the community. The goal of the IRC sessions is to enable a interactive teaching / learning format where the community can discuss issues, and participate in Q&A sessions.

The first two IRC Q&A sessions will discuss Security, and will be on March 19th and March 26th. The sessions will be held in #ubuntu-classroom on Freenode, or Ubuntu Servers. Start time is 00:00 UTC. These sessions are open to all and, and your feedback would be appreciated.

News from the MOTU Council

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: Wiki:

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: Wiki:

Andreas Wenning(a|wen) did amazing work in the Kubuntu team and we're very happy he joined the MOTU team. Launchpad: Wiki:

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:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (#) +/- # over last week
  • Critical (#) +/- # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (#) +/- # over last week
  • Unassigned (#) +/- # over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (#) +/- # over last week

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

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats Jaunty

  1. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  2. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  3. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  4. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  5. Language (#) +/- # over last week

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

Translation Stats Intrepid

  1. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  2. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  3. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  4. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  5. Language (#) +/- # over last week

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

# NEEDS UPDATING. # #=== 5-a-day bug stats === # #==== Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days ==== # # * person (#) # * person (#) # * person (#) # * person (#) # * person (#) # #==== Top 5 teams for the past 7 days ==== # # * team (#) # * team (#) # * team (#) # * team (#) # * team (#) # #5-A-Day stats provided by Daniel Holbach. See

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

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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 Florida rocks Florida Linux show

New in Intrepid Ibex

Launchpad News

gmail filters for bug email

Inside Launchpad AJAX sprint

Ubuntu Forums News

Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team (UFBT)

UFBT has taken a step forward, with guidance from BodhiZazen, and collaborates with Ubuntu Classroom. They offer 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 !



Proposed topics (feel free to add):

UF discussion thread:

The Planet

Canonical QA Desktop Automation Sprint

Ubuntu Women project status

Ubuntu Drupal 6.2.0 released

In The Press

Ubuntu 9.10 sees the cloud above the trees

Ubuntu/Kubuntu Jaunty Alpha 6 screen shot tour

Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex: Usability is hard to do

Possible data loss in Ext4

H-Online tells us of a bug report posted in the bug tracker for the next version of Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) that describes a massive data loss problem when using Ext4, which is the future standard file system for Linux, and which is available as an option when installing Ubuntu 9.04. The report describes a crash occurring shortly after the KDE 4 desktop files had been loaded, resulting in the loss of all of the data that had been created, including many KDE configuration files. Ext4 Developer Ted Ts'o advises that "this is really more of an application design problem more than anything else." Programmers had become accustomed to and dependent on, the behaviour of Ext3, which has a commit interval of 5 seconds and a default journalling mode of "data=ordered." Ts'o describes a workaround, but points out that other modern file systems, such as XFS and the new Btrfs, are also affected by this problem. Patches for this issue will not be included in the coming release of 2.6.29, but are queued for the 2.6.30 kernel.

Testing Ubuntu Jaunty and Ext4 WITHOUT Trashing Your Data

Scott Wegner of automaticable reports that Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackelope” 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 filesystem, ext4. The new filesystem has been shown to have significant performance gains over any other Linux filesystem to date. But think twice before you upgrade to ext4–many users have been reporting considerable data loss. This has been a wide-spread problem, particularly for Ubuntu users testing the new Jaunty alpha releases. 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, there cause of the bug is relatively well-known. Regardless of what a permanent solution should include, there are a series of patches which are set to be included in the final Jaunty kernel to address this issue. The patches are set to handle the crash situation similar to ext3– keeping the original version in-tact. However, it comes at a price of performance. Ext4 won’t be any slower than ext3, but the patch will negate many of the performance gains that ext4 previously achieved. Ext4 will likely be patched and fixed by the official Ubuntu Jaunty release. However, it isn’t present in Jaunty Alpha 6, and hasn’t been pushed as an update yet (as of 3/12/09). There is lengthy and ongoing discussion in the original bug report about possible long-term solutions.

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’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 the 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.

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. Think of it this way: Canonical is working very hard to get Ubuntu Server Edition certified and pre-installed by major server vendors. That’s a difficult task. But cloud computing provides a new doorway for Canonical to infiltrate the application server market. The Ubuntu Server revolution is starting — in the clouds.

Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 Released

Michael Larabel of phoronix tells us that we are just a little more than a month away until Ubuntu 9.04 (the Jaunty Jackalope) will be released. With the release getting near, Canonical has today put forth the final alpha release of Jaunty. Ubuntu 9.04 Alpha 6 carries a few updated packages (particularly with the imminent release of GNOME 2.26) and various bug-fixing. The Ubuntu 9.04 beta release is coming in just two weeks (the 26th of March) while the release candidate is scheduled to arrive on the 16th of April. The final release of Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" is set for April 23, 2009.

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, says it 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 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 Linux distribution by 2015. Gendarmerie Lieutenant-Colonel Xavier Guimard says that the Gendarmerie has been able to reduced its annual IT budget by 70 percent without having to reduce its capabilities, and he says that since 2004 they have saved up to €50 million on licensing and maintenance costs as a result of the migration strategy. He believes that the move from Windows to Ubuntu posed fewer challenges than the organization would have faced if it had updated to Windows Vista. The Gendarmerie migration demonstrates the significant cost savings that governments can get from adopting open source software. As the global financial downturn continues to put pressure on budgets, governments are going to increasingly look to open source software as a way to cut IT costs.

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. The following file installs Linux as a dual-boot option on your PC for free." Gralla goes on to say that if you haven't installed Linux before, you'll be quite surprised at how peppy it is. It requires much less hardware overhead than Windows, and so is quite fast, even on an older PC. There's also plenty of free software to try out, and it ships with a good deal of free software as well, including the office suite

In The Blogosphere

RightScale put Ubuntu Server in the Cloud

Dvorak makes the switch to Ubuntu

"Almost all the newest hardware coming out has Linux support. The critical mass has been reached, and it's time everyone tried Ubuntu." -- John Dvorak
original article:,2817,2342703,00.asp

9 features Ubuntu should implement

Ubuntu server appliances meet the cloud

Ubuntu for Business: The Missing Pieces

Five things Ubuntu really needs

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast #21

Meeting Summaries

Server Team Meeting: March 10th

The Server Team meeting minutes can be found online with the irc logs here:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.

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


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

Community Spotlight

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

UWN #: A sneak peek

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