1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 9.04 released
    2. Announcing Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM
    3. Ubuntu Open Week Schedule
    4. MOTU Council News
  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. German LoCo team launches new portal
    2. Ubuntu Live in Aalborg
    3. Chicago Style Release Party
    4. Rocked the Finger Lakes
    5. Ubuntu-CL: FLiSoL
    6. New US LoCo Teams Website
  6. The Planet
    1. Edward A. Robinson: Limited edition Jaunty Jackalope t-shirts
    2. Danny Piccirillo: Announcing Ubuntu Gaming Team
    3. Ruben Romero: Spread Ubuntu to go live soon
  7. In The Press
    1. Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X
    2. Ubuntu 'Jaunty Jackalope' Jumps Linux Forward
    3. Ubuntu 9.04 frankenreview
    4. Ubuntu Users Looking a Bit Jaunty Today
    5. Canonical punts Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope
    6. Crash Testing ext4 on Ubuntu
  8. In The Blogosphere
    1. First Look at Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope
    2. Ubuntu 9.04 review
    3. Ubuntu 9.04: Installs and Upgrades reportedly great so far
    4. Ubuntu Server Edition 9.04: Progress with HP
  9. In Other News
    1. Canonical Partners Launching Ubuntu Server Training
    2. Shuttleworth: Oracle's Sun buy validates open source
    3. Ubuntu Podcast #25: Dustin Kirkland Interview
    4. Full Circle Magazine #24
  10. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Sunday, April 26, 2009
      1. Ubuntu-us-az LoCo Team Meeting
    2. Monday, April 27, 2009
    3. Tuesday, April 28, 2009
      1. Server Team Meeting
      2. Desktop Team Meeting
      3. Kernel Team Meeting
    4. Wednesday, April 29, 2009
      1. Foundation Team Meeting
      2. QA Team Meeting
    5. Thursday, April 30, 2009
      1. Packaging Training: Getting Started with Ubuntu Development
      2. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Java Meeting
    6. Friday, May 1, 2009
    7. Saturday, May 2, 2009
      1. Documentation Team Meeting
  11. Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 6.06 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 8.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 9.04 Updates
  12. Archives and RSS Feed
  13. Additional Ubuntu News
  14. Conclusion
  15. Credits
  16. Glossary of Terms
  17. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  18. Feedback


Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #139 for the week April 19th - April 25th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu 9.04 Released, Announcing Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM, Ubuntu Open Week Schedule, MOTU Council News, German LoCo team launches new portal, Ubuntu Live in Aalborg, Chicago Style Release Party, Rocked in Finger Lakes, Ubuntu-CL: FLiSoL, New Ubuntu US Teams Website, Limited edition Jaunty Jackalope T-shirts, Announcing Ubuntu Gaming Team, Spread Ubuntu to go live soon, Shuttleworth: Oracle's Sun buy validates open source, Ubuntu Podcast #25: Dustin Kirkland Interview, Full Circle Magazine #24, and much, much more!

UWN Translations

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In This Issue

  • Ubuntu 9.04 released
  • Announcing Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM
  • Ubuntu Open Week Schedule
  • MOTU Council News
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • German LoCo team launches new portal

  • Ubuntu Live in Aalborg
  • Chicago Style Release Party
  • Rocked in Finger Lakes
  • Ubuntu-CL: FLiSoL
  • New Ubuntu US Teams Website
  • Limited edition Jaunty Jackalope T-shirts
  • Announcing Ubuntu Gaming Team
  • Spread Ubuntu to go live soon
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Shuttleworth: Oracle's Sun buy validates open source
  • Ubuntu Podcast #25: Dustin Kirkland Interview
  • Full Circle Magazine #24
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Ubuntu 9.04 released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop, Server, and Ubuntu Netbook Remix editions. Jaunty Jackalope continues Ubuntu's tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. Ubuntu 9.04 will be supported for 18 months on both desktops and servers. Users requiring a longer support lifetime may choose to continue using Ubuntu 8.04 LTS rather than upgrading to or installing 9.04.

Ubuntu 9.04 is also the basis for new 9.04 releases of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, UbuntuStudio, and Mythbuntu:

To download Ubuntu 9.04, or obtain CDs, visit:

Read more about the features of Ubuntu 9.04 in the following press releases:

More information is available at:

Announcing Ubuntu 9.04 for ARM

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop edition for ARM processors. This first, community-supported ARM release of Ubuntu supports the imx51, ixp4xx, and versatile sub-architectures, allowing use on a wide variety of hardware and virtual environments. Desktop installation images are available for the i.MX 51 Babbage development board, and netboot installation images for other sub-architectures. Ubuntu 9.04 Desktop Edition for ARM will be supported for 18 months.

Further information can be found at:

Ubuntu Open Week Schedule

Ubuntu Open week starts Monday April 27th, and they've put together a great line-up of sessions for the community to attend, including the ever popular Mark Shuttleworth(sabdfl) question and answer session. Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC Q+A sessions all about getting involved in the rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community. The sessions are held during the week beginning a new release cycle to help new contributors get involved.

  • Date: Monday April 27th - Friday May 1st, 2009
  • Location: #ubuntu-classroom

You can find the schedule of sessions including the topic, who the presenter is, and the session times at the link below.

MOTU Council News

Pedro Fragoso joined the MOTU team. He has been working with the Ubuntu Desktop Team, and he has performed Gnome updates, bugfixes, merges and even LPI changes. Launchpad: Wiki:

Benjamin Drung joined the ranks of the Ubuntu Contributing Developers. He has looked after xmms2 and its clients, and is an active member of the Berlin LoCo. Launchpad: Wiki:

Brandon Holtsclaw rejoined the MOTU team. He plans to resume working on the mono (apache and cli) packages as well as universe SRU and SWAT stuff. Launchpad: Wiki:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (53355) +1316 over last week
  • Critical (17) +1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (23685) +976 over last week
  • Unassigned (45450) +1136 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (274997) +2638 over last week

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

Translation Stats Jaunty

  • Spanish (14946) -497 over last week
  • French (43251) +184 over last week
  • Swedish (54235) -186 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (55831) -143 over last week
  • English (Uk) (58992) -42 over last week

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

Translation Stats Intrepid

  • Spanish (15230) +/-0 over last week
  • French (59023) +/-0 over last week
  • Swedish (63241) +/-0 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (63630) +/-0 over last week
  • English (UK) (78012) +/-0 over last week

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

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

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

German LoCo team launches new portal

Just in time for the Jaunty release, the German LoCo-Team launched a new portal site on: It integrates all the different projects from the German Ubuntu-Community and will make it easier for beginners to find their way into the German Ubuntu Community, or the correct place to ask for help. Ubuntu: Kubuntu:

Ubuntu Live in Aalborg

The Danish LoCo Team in collaboration with NJLUG ( threw an Ubuntu 9.04 release party. The party included talks, pizza, beer, and socializing. You can see the group photo with names here: just hover your mouse over the faces.

Chicago Style Release Party

The Ubuntu Chicago LoCo team held their 9.04 release party today in stormy downtown Chicago. When they arrived it was HOT and HUMID, when they left it was WET and FREEZING. They had quite a good group of people show up, and the great thing was, there were a lot of new faces. They had a lot of fun learning about the Chicago LoCo team, as well as what is new in the 9.04 versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu Server. Pictures at the link.

Rocked the Finger Lakes

New York: The first regional awareness and Jaunty release party was a big success. About 2 dozen people attended from: Albany, Binghamton, Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse and other locations. Talks on "The Ubuntu Experience" and "The Direction of Ubuntu" were given, and a demo table full of computers running Jaunty Jackalope 9.04 held the interest of the attendees. OH, and don't forget the pizza! Pictures at the link.

Ubuntu-CL: FLiSoL

The Latin American Free Software Installfest (FLISOL) is the one of the biggest free software events in the world. Its main goal is to promote the use of free software, sharing its philosophy, advances and development.

  • When? Simultaneously in all Latin America in April 25th, with some exceptions.
  • Where? It will be going to take place in 20 countries and more than 200 cities.
  • Ubuntu? Many Ubuntu Local Communities will participate.

In Chile, Ubuntu-cl will be in Iquique, Valparaíso, Santiago, Talca, Valdivia, Puerto Montt and Punta Arenas with booths, demos, hand out CD’s, talks, workshops and installs.

More information about FLISoL in Chile:

New US LoCo Teams Website

The Ubuntu US LoCo Teams went live with a new website this week. The idea was to present more links and resources in one place for the US LoCo community to have access to. Please drop by the site, look it over, and let us know your thoughts on it. We hope everyone is as enthusiastic about it as we are.

The Planet

Edward A. Robinson: Limited edition Jaunty Jackalope t-shirts

In keeping with tradition, the ubuntu store (well canonical store) has released a Limited Edition Jaunty Jackalope T-shirt to celebrate the release of Ubuntu 9.04. Get yours now because the last time the Hardy Heron T-shirts went fast. Get them here:

Danny Piccirillo: Announcing Ubuntu Gaming Team

In recognition of the value of FOSS gaming, the Ubuntu Gaming Team has been formed for the mutual benefit to Ubuntu and FOSS gaming. The team is now open for anyone to join and participate in. They hope that by working towards improving FOSS gaming and development, it will help to eliminate the argument against switching to Ubuntu, into an appealing reason to switch. FOSS gaming is important to Ubuntu because a lack of quality games is one of the most cited reasons preventing users from switching to Ubuntu from Windows.

Anyone interested may join the Launchpad Team, subscribe to the mailing list, help build the team wiki, and chat in #ubuntu-gaming on!

Ruben Romero: Spread Ubuntu to go live soon

The goal this time around is to become spreadubuntu dot com and spreadubuntu dot org within the release cycle of Karmic Koala! Please read their status page and join them in a meeting soon to be announced. Stay tuned…

A follow up entry to gather ideas for the SpreadUbuntu site is available here:

In The Press

Ubuntu 9.04 as slick as Windows 7, Mac OS X

Renai LeMay of Cnet News says there's something that the official press release for Ubuntu 9.04 won't tell you: its designers have polished the hell out of its user interface since the last release in October. So much so, in fact, that he is starting to prefer using his Ubuntu "Jaunty Jackalope" desktop over the similarly slick Windows 7 beta and Mac OS X Leopard operating systems, which he uses regularly. Looking back to the genesis of Ubuntu 9.04 six months ago, LeMay suspects that Jaunty's subtle but powerful changes are due to the new user interface team that Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth said at the time he would put in place. If so, that team has already earned its paychecks and even more, and we're looking forward to seeing what another six months of development will produce.

Ubuntu 'Jaunty Jackalope' Jumps Linux Forward

Internet News' Sean Michael Kerner reports that Canonical's Ubuntu, known for its quirky animal named Linux releases, came out with its 9.04 release, codenamed the "Jaunty Jackalope", on Thursday. This release includes new versions for netbooks, desktops and servers and features faster boot times and cloud computing capabilities. According to Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman: "This our 10th release and we've really come quite a long way both in demonstrating the success of a model where a business can work together with the community to produce a great product, and in the open source realm in really honing this concept of a strict time based process. It ensures we always have a fresh product on the market with all the greatest improvements that are available in free software." Ubuntu has grown from being a small Debian Linux based distribution to one of the most popular Linux distributions, with more than 8 million users. Ubuntu now challenges Red Hat and Novell in the Linux space, while also going after Microsoft and its upcoming Windows 7 release.

Ubuntu 9.04 frankenreview

TuxRadar says it's official: Ubuntu has taken over the Linux world. TuxRadar has been using Jaunty for some time now and so far they are very impressed: it's solid as a rock, substantially faster and even has some new features. There's no doubt about it: Ubuntu 9.04 is short on killer features, but so what? This is the slow and steady, release early and often approach that has served Ubuntu well so far. When something is faster than what you had and more stable than what you had, clearly it's a lot better. But when you factor in that it also includes hundreds of new features in every conceivable part of the desktop, it becomes clear that Ubuntu 9.04 is a truly worthy update to what was already a technically impeccable Linux distribution.

Ubuntu Users Looking a Bit Jaunty Today

Justin Ryan of Linux Journal says it's that time again, ladies and gents — time for the biannual release of a new Ubuntu version. This time it's the Jaunty Jackalope, officially Ubuntu 9.04, rolling off the line, and bringing with it a fresh new set of features users have been longing for. Prime among the features being touted by the Ubuntu camp are improvements in speed, perhaps rather fitting for a release named for the jackalope. Boot speed is reportedly greatly improved, as low as twenty-five seconds in some cases. Overall Ubuntu 9.04 has lived up to its promised impressiveness. All that remains is to get down to using — and, of course, to developing 9.10.

Canonical punts Ubuntu Jaunty Jackalope

Timothy Prickett Morgan of Channel Register reports that on Thursday Canonical debuted its Ubuntu 9.04 release of Linux, the tenth release since the company founded the Ubuntu project in October 2004. This iteration of Ubuntu, code-named “Jaunty Jackalope,” comes with mixes designed specifically for three platforms: netbooks, desktops, and servers. Even though Ubuntu 9.04 is not a so-called Long Term Support release, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has pretty high hopes for it. “It is an extraordinary release, and we expect it to be very popular,” said Shuttleworth in a conference call announcing the release. "We think it is our best release ever."

Crash Testing ext4 on Ubuntu

One of the more controversial aspects of the Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope release is the use of the ext4 filesystem. Users have apparently lost important data already while testing Ubuntu on their desktop. The advantages of ext4 are increased filesystem support for volumes up to 1 exabyte with files up to 16 terabytes, as well as increased performance. In the tests performed, no data was lost after a number of forced crashes. The tests were done over the period of a day, and they warn that before you bet the farm on ext4 you will want to do several things. Migrate slowly to ext4 to verify for yourself that the option of performance is worth the risks. Always use UPS and do regular backups. If you want to use ext4 on the desktop you must also follow that procedure. Last, there are applications, especially on the desktop, that really are not created for ext4 so they add additional risks.

In The Blogosphere

First Look at Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

Lifehacker writer Keir Thomas reviews the 9.04 release of the Ubuntu desktop. Thomas covers the installation, desktop wallpaper improvements, the new notification system, Brasero CD / DVD Creator, OpenOffice 3.0, and the improvements to the Synaptic package manager. Thomas sums up Ubuntu 9.04 as being "light years ahead of any other desktop version of Linux. Linux simply doesn't get any better than this right now for ordinary users, and Ubuntu is the only serious choice if you're tired of Windows or OS X". Kier Thomas is award-winning Ubuntu author of the Ubuntu Pocket Guide.

Ubuntu 9.04 review

TechCombo weighs the pros and cons of the Ubuntu 9.04 release and the scales tip in favor of the pros. Ubuntu 9.04 includes the latest kernel as well as many other features, including faster boot times, X.Org 1.6, the latest Adobe Flash, and many other pros. Noting the lack of (Windows) game support, notification controls in the preferences menu, and the lack of "new features" as the only cons in this review. " ... Ubuntu is still miles ahead of any other desktop version of Linux, and this release does have some significant server platform developments. Personally, I think Ubuntu is on the same level as Windows and OS X."

Ubuntu 9.04: Installs and Upgrades reportedly great so far

Rick Hodgin writes that there are "no major complaints on user forums thus far regarding either upgrades or new installs". Stating that the problems so far are with the Nvidia and ATI device drivers, relating to the 3D enhanced Compiz Fusion desktop. The open source drivers are not allowing the video drivers to recognize the high-end 3D capabilities of those cards. Hodgin lists the places new users can obtain help and assistance with Ubuntu, such as the, IRC, and online Ubuntu install guides, which as he points out can be a bit dated, but will point the user in the right direction. "With Ubuntu there really are no limitations, and most people I’ve introduced to it say Ubuntu makes using their computer fun again. After all, the word Ubuntu does means 'Humanity to others'."

Ubuntu Server Edition 9.04: Progress with HP

Joe Panettieri talked with Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth about the relationship between Ubuntu and Hewlett-Packard, and while it may not involve HP pre-loading Ubuntu Server on the servers yet (negotiations by Canonical for pre-loading on HP servers are in the works), the relationship currently involves compatibility testing and full certification of Proliant servers to run Ubuntu. Shuttleworth tells WorksWithU's Panettieri that Ubuntu has been tested to run on 45 different server configurations from IBM, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo and other smaller providers. This is the first Canonical release to be tested on so many server systems prior to an Ubuntu upgrade launch.

In Other News

Canonical Partners Launching Ubuntu Server Training

The VAR Guy reports that Canonical is launching Online Virtual Training for Ubuntu Server Edition in May 2009, and in conjunction with Canonical's training partners a classroom-based server course in June, this face-to-face training will be available in 12 countries. In the United States, The Var Guy Reports that the Ubuntu Training Partners ( Fast Lane and Bridge Education ) will offer this server course. The five-day course will cost (US)$2500, and costs will vary by country as the training partners set the pricing according to the local market. Billy Cina, Canonical’s Training Programmes Manager, also told WorksWithU's The Var Guy that a "cloud course" is scheduled for a launch in mid-2009.

The current proposed line up for Canonical’s training program will include these four courses:

  • An Ubuntu desktop course, which shows end-users how to master Ubuntu for their everyday needs.
  • Ubuntu Certified Professional, which shows junior-level administrators how to set up Ubuntu (mainly desktop) in the small-to-medium office.
  • Deploying Ubuntu Server Edition, which trains administrators to deploy, configure and maintain secure Ubuntu servers.
  • Supporting Ubuntu, which helps participants to troubleshoot some common issues faced with Ubuntu

Shuttleworth: Oracle's Sun buy validates open source

According to Mark Shuttleworth, it's very hard to name a large proprietary software company which has been created since the 1990's. He argued that the major sources in software today are either free software or powered by free software, Google Yahoo etc. "The fact that Oracle has just announced a multi-billion dollar acquisition of a company that describes itself as the world's biggest Free Software and Open Source company to me is enormously instructive," Shuttleworth said. "To me it suggests that open source and free software are the big game in town. And everyone is trying to figure out what that means and how they integrate it, what they can't do is ignore it."

Ubuntu Podcast #25: Dustin Kirkland Interview

Nick and Josh bring us another Ubuntu Podcast. In this episode:

  • CDs for LoCos

  • Ubuntu Open Week
  • Jono Bacon on ustream
  • Dustin Kirkland Interview
    • Screen Profiles
    • Ubuntu Man Pages
    • Encrypted private directories

Full Circle Magazine #24

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our twenty-fourth issue.

This month: It's FCM's birthday!

... and a redesign!

  • Command and Conquer - Cron.
  • How-To : Program in C - Part 8, Create a MAME Machine, and Spreading Ubuntu - Part 3 and Inkscape - Part 1.
  • My Story - Great-grandma Goes Shopping and Chinese Translations
  • Book Review - Ubuntu Unleashed, three copies up for grabs!
  • MOTU Interview - James Westby
  • Top 10 - Best of Top5, 2007-'09
  • PLUS: all the usual goodness, doubled!

Get it here:

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ubuntu-us-az LoCo Team Meeting

Monday, April 27, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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, April 29, 2009

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, April 30, 2009

Packaging Training: Getting Started with Ubuntu Development

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, May 1, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Documentation Team Meeting

Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

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Glossary of Terms

  1. CLI - Command Line Interface.
  2. FOSS - Free Open Source Software.
  3. LPI - Launchpad Integration.
  4. MAME - Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
  5. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the Universe and Multiverse repositories.
  6. SRU - Stable release updates.
  7. SWAT - MOTU Special Weapons And Tactics. Handles Universe Security.

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