Issue149

Contents

Contents

  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud – Launches Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services
    2. Kubuntu Tutorials Day Spreads the Knowledge
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Jaunty
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. Launchpad News
  6. Ubuntu Forums News
    1. Tutorial of the Week
    2. Ubuntu Forums working on Login with Open ID
  7. The Planet
    1. Jonathan Riddell: Canonical Party Welcomes Gran Canaria Desktop Summit
    2. Mackenzie Morgan: Ohio Linuxfest Call for Presentations
  8. In The Press
    1. Ubuntu’s Papercuts: Usability in Little Things
    2. As It Stands, Ubuntu Has No Issues With Mono
    3. Ubuntu: Still Popular?
    4. Desktop Linux Reviews: Kubuntu 9.04
    5. Linux Vendors Head to the Cloud in Search of Cash
    6. Why Ubuntu has become the flag bearer for Linux
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Canonical’s Private Ubuntu Cloud Strategy: Partners Welcome?
    2. Five Questions for Dell’s Ubuntu Linux Team
    3. Three’s Company: Oracle, Ubuntu and OpenOffice
    4. Beyond Ubuntu: Canonical Pursues New Revenue Streams
    5. Ubuntu heads to the clouds
  10. In Other News
    1. Powerpets, Inc. Head Offices Switch to Ubuntu
    2. Full Circle Magazine: Issue #26
    3. Vodcast: Dell’s Ubuntu Linux Strategy
  11. Meeting Summaries
    1. June 2009 Team Reports
      1. Ubuntu Governance
        1. LoCo Council
        2. MOTU Council
        3. Technical Board
      2. Ubuntu Development Teams
      3. Ubuntu LoCo Teams
        1. Austrian Team
        2. Czech Team
        3. Chilean Team
        4. Danish Team
        5. German Team
        6. Berlin
        7. Greek Team
        8. Honduras Team
        9. Irish Team
        10. Japanese Team
        11. Korean Team
        12. Lithuanian Team
        13. Norwegian team
        14. Romanian Team
        15. Russian Teams
        16. The Team
        17. Translations
        18. Resources
        19. Novosibirsk Team
        20. Kuban Team
        21. Saratov Team
        22. Venezuelan Team
        23. United States Teams
        24. US Teams Project
        25. Chicago Team
        26. Florida Team
        27. New York State Team
        28. Ohio Team
      4. Ubuntu Beginners Team
      5. Ubuntu NGO Team
      6. Ubuntu Women
  12. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Sunday, July 5, 2009
    2. Monday, July 6, 2009
    3. Tuesday, July 7, 2009
      1. Server Team Meeting
      2. Desktop Team Meeting
      3. Kernel Team Meeting
      4. LoCo Teams Meeting
      5. EMEA Membership Meeting
      6. Community Council Meeting
    4. Wednesday, July 8, 2009
      1. Foundation Team Meeting
      2. QA Team Meeting
    5. Thursday, July 9, 2009
      1. Packaging Training: TBD
      2. Ubuntu Java Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
    6. Friday, July 10, 2009
      1. MC Meeting
      2. Karmic Weekly Release Meeting
    7. Saturday, July 11, 2009
  13. 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
  14. Archives and RSS Feed
  15. Additional Ubuntu News
  16. Conclusion
  17. Credits
  18. Glossary of Terms
  19. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  20. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #149 for the week June 28th - July 4th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud - Launches Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, Kubuntu Tutorials Day Spreads the Knowledge, Ubuntu Forums tutorial of the week, Ubuntu Forums working on Login with Open ID, Canonical Party Welcomes Gran Canaria Desktop Summit, Ohio Linuxfest Call for Presentations, Powerpets, Inc. Head Offices switch to Ubuntu, Full Circle Magazine: Issue #26, Vodcast: Dell's Ubuntu Linux Strategy, Team Meeting Reports, 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

  • Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud - Launches Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services
  • Kubuntu Tutorials Day Spreads the Knowledge
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu Forums Tutorial of the Week
  • Ubuntu Forums working on Login with Open ID
  • Canonical party welcomes Gran Canaria Desktop Summit
  • Ohio Linuxfest Call for Presentations
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Powerpets, Inc. Head offices switch to Ubuntu
  • Full Circle Magazine #26
  • Vodcast: Dell's Ubuntu Linux Strategy
  • June Team Meeting Summaries
  • Upcoming meetings & events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Canonical Delves Deeper into the Cloud – Launches Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services

London: July 1, 2009-- Canonical, the founder of the Ubuntu project, today launched new professional services to help and support users building 'private clouds', cloud infrastructures behind a corporate firewall.

The move follows the technical preview in April of Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC), an open-source system that enables organizations to build their own clouds that match the interface of Amazon EC2. UEC is now available as part of the Ubuntu Server Edition technology stack.

By creating private clouds with UEC, organizations can optimize server use and increase data-centre efficiencies, while lowering costs and providing end users with self-service IT. Ubuntu is the first Linux distribution to provide such a system and now Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services from Canonical help businesses build these environments with optimal efficiency.

“Enterprises are realizing that building 'private clouds' enables them to better manage variable workloads, while reducing the waste of idle servers. Building on open-source technology also avoids the issue of vendor lock-in,” said Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical. “Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud enables businesses to do this - and the addition of these services helps them to do it with confidence.”

Canonical has partnered with Eucalyptus, whose eponymous product forms the base of UEC, to jointly provide the service but with a single interface for the customer through the Canonical support team.

“While the IT industry talks of future strategies and releases vapour ware, UEC today allows businesses to deploy and now support a 'private cloud' on open source technologies from a renowned Linux provider,” said Woody Rollins, CEO of Eucalyptus. “We are very excited to lend our expertise to building the type of professional services that will help more businesses discover the benefits of private clouds built on open technologies.” Pricing and Availability

Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services enable users to scale up from a five-machine environment all the way to a site license covering all machines, physical and virtual, in a single location.

Yearly pricing for entry-level support for five physical servers and up to 25 virtual Ubuntu servers is $4,750 for 9x5 standard support and $17,500 for 24x7 advanced support. Additional support packs are available per physical server and per ten virtual servers for $1,250 p.a. for standard support and $3,000 p.a. for advanced.

Site support is also available which covers one geographical location. It includes an unlimited number of physical and virtual servers for $90,000 p.a. for standard support and $150,000 p.a. for advanced.

To use Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, users must first install Ubuntu 9.04 Server Edition available at no charge from http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download-server

To find out more about Ubuntu Cloud Computing, please visit http://www.ubuntu.com/cloud

To enquire about support, please visit: http://www.canonical.com/contact/cloud

For more information on Cloud Services, please visit: http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/cloud/services

To keep up-to-date with Ubuntu Cloud activity, follow the cloud blog aggregator: http://cloud.ubuntu.com

Follow Ubuntu cloud on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ubuntucloud

To participate in the Ubuntu Cloud Community, join the mailing list: https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-cloud

To find out more about Eucalyptus see: http://www.eucalyptus.com

http://www.ubuntu.com/news/canonical-launches-enterprise-cloud-service

Kubuntu Tutorials Day Spreads the Knowledge

The recent Kubuntu Tutorials Day featured five of free software’s finest speakers spreading their knowledge to a large audience. There were talks on Kubuntu, artwork, packaging, as well as an introduction to Ruby. There was also a special guest speaker from Amarok who gave a well received tutorial on scripting Amarok with QtScript.

Full and edited logs are available on the Kubuntu Tutorials Day page for anyone who wants to catch up. https://wiki.kubuntu.org/KubuntuTutorialsDay

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/node/1872

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (58730) +447 over last week
  • Critical (25) +4 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (27572) +337 over last week
  • Unassigned (50636) +387 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (292924) +1418 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 (12888) -566 over last week
  • French (40142) -2290 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (51536) -747 over last week
  • Swedish (56767) +2351 over last week
  • English (United Kingdom) (58540) -465 over last week

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

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. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

Tutorial of the Week

June 6, 2009.

This week we would like to highlight FakeOutdoorsman's (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=162846) well written and nicely presented "HOWTO: Easily enable MP3, MPEG4, AAC, and other restricted encoding in FFmpeg". As pointed out in the thread, this tutorial clears up some confusion linked to legal reasons restricting the abilities of the ubuntu provided FFmpeg package. Several options are provided, along with the steps to follow to revert changes and remove the restricted packages. Well done!

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1117283

Ubuntu Forums working on Login with Open ID

Canonical has been working with ubuntu-geek to implement openID authentication on the forums. Work is still in development as some features need to be adjusted (adding friends for example). This is part of the process leading to a greater integration between forums accounts and Launchpad accounts. Stay tuned!

The Planet

Jonathan Riddell: Canonical Party Welcomes Gran Canaria Desktop Summit

The Gran Canaria Desktop Summit was opened with a party sponsored by Canonical. Stickers, t-shirts and beer were all given out to contributors and users of KDE, Gnome and any other free software environment. Some converts were made from the local Canary island population who were enthused by the spirit of freedom. Conversation ranged from the essential cross desktop collaboration issues to the question of whether it ever rains in Las Palmas. Pictures of the party can be found at the link.

http://www.kdenews.org/2009/07/04/canonical-party-welcomes-gran-canaria-desktop-summit

Mackenzie Morgan: Ohio Linuxfest Call for Presentations

Ohio Linuxfest is now in its 7th year, and the theme for this years event is the Past, Present, and Future of UNIX & Linux. Doug McIlroy will be keynoting. If you haven't heard of him yet, he was Kernighan, Thomson, & Richie's boss back at AT&T Bell Labs when they were creating UNIX and C. He's credited with creating the UNIX pipe ("|") as well. Peter Salus, known for his books "A Quarter Century of UNIX" and "The Daemon, the Gnu and the Penguin" will be keynoting as well. And finally, Shawn Powers of Linux Journal fame will be giving a keynote on "Fixing the Economy with Linux." Bdale and his daughter Elizabeth Garbee are expected to speak. Jono has also agreed to speak. But these six people can't be it. If you've got something to say, why not submit a proposal? The call for presentations is only open a few more days—it closes on the 8th. Get your proposal in! You can find out more about this event at the link.

http://ubuntulinuxtipstricks.blogspot.com/2009/07/ohio-linuxfest-call-for-presentations.html

In The Press

Ubuntu’s Papercuts: Usability in Little Things

Linux Loop notes that the first ten of the One Hundred Papercuts have been finished. These are little things, like changing a word from one that geeks would understand to one that most normal people would understand. The author believes that this might be the first time that real attention has been made to tiny details.

http://www.linuxloop.com/news/2009/06/28/ubuntus-papercuts-usability-in-little-things/

As It Stands, Ubuntu Has No Issues With Mono

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports on the position paper concerning Mono that was issued by Scott James Remnant on behalf of Canonical and the Ubuntu Technical Board. This paper was released in response to the concerns of free software advocates, including Richard Stallman, who question the legal aspects of using Mono. However, Ubuntu continues to include it and packages built on it, like F-Spot and Tomboy, in the distribution since there have not been any legal notices of infringement from Microsoft or other IP stakeholders. Scott's position statement on Mono in Ubuntu can be found on Ubuntu's mailing list: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2009-June/000584.html

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzM1Nw

Ubuntu: Still Popular?

The author of Starry Hope looks at some statistics concerning Ubuntu popularity, with the understanding that they really can't project the actual numbers of users. However, in that light, he presents the information from DistroWatch, Netcraft and Alexa along with blogging trends, Google trends in searching, and Twitter. His conclusion is that Ubuntu is still the most popular Linux distribution. Those interested in the statistics may find his numbers, charts, and conclusions at the link.

http://www.starryhope.com/articles/2009/ubuntu-still-popular/

Desktop Linux Reviews: Kubuntu 9.04

Jim Lynch wasn't particularly impressed with Kubuntu 9.04, and felt that it best served experienced Linux users that enjoy KDE and prefer it to Gnome. He did not recommend that new Linux users try it. Some of his objections had to do with the look-and-feel of KDE, and he acknowledges that he is primarily a GNOME user. The quality of the add/remove software and the sliding menus were two of his objections. Read the whole article at: http://desktoplinuxreviews.com/2009/06/25/kubuntu-9-04/

Linux Vendors Head to the Cloud in Search of Cash

Sean Michael Kerner of InternetNews.com examines the difference between the Red Hat certification program for Cloud Computing and Ubuntu's paid support services. The main difference appears to be that Ubuntu does not see Certification as being valuable. Simon Wardley, head of Canonical's cloud strategy, said, "We do believe there is considerable value in providing users with an open source system to build their own private clouds that match the de facto standard of Amazon's EC2 API." His justification is that, "These services will be used in enterprise environments and any enterprise wants the reassurance of professional, ongoing support in this case from the code originators, Canonical."

http://www.internetnews.com/dev-news/article.php/38281/Linux+Vendors+Head+to+the+Cloud+in+Search+of+Cash.htm

Why Ubuntu has become the flag bearer for Linux

This entry from techradar.com sees the rise in popularity of Ubuntu as being caused by the marketing strategy of Canonical, the introduction of LiveCDs as a means of installation, and the lack of interest in Windows Vista. In short, it's saying that Ubuntu entered the distribution scene at just the right time to catch the wave. Read the entire article and get more information at the link.

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/why-ubuntu-has-become-the-flag-bearer-for-linux-612678?src=rss&

In The Blogosphere

Canonical’s Private Ubuntu Cloud Strategy: Partners Welcome?

The VAR Guy, posting at Works With U, notes with interest that Canonical has launched the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services. However, he feels that there is something lacking - the independent software vendors (ISVs). It is his opinion that customers don't buy cloud operating systems. They embrace cloud services to host specific applications (storage, backup/recovery, database, ERP, email, etc.). Canonical needs to promote reliable ISV software stacks for Ubuntu in the cloud. According to The VAR Guy, "in order to get the word out faster, Canonical needs partners."

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/07/01/canonicals-private-ubuntu-cloud-strategy-rewards-and-risks/

Five Questions for Dell’s Ubuntu Linux Team

Joe Panettieri, at Works With U, is intending to meet with Dell's Ubuntu team members and has posted five questions that he would like to ask them. He also invites readers to add questions by emailing him or posting them as comments to his article. It's his intent to create an interview that examines Dell's Ubuntu Linux strategy.

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/06/24/five-questions-for-dells-ubuntu-linux-team/

Three’s Company: Oracle, Ubuntu and OpenOffice

The VAR Guy, from Works With U, notes that Matt Asay from CNet had opined that Canonical needed enterprise software partners like Oracle to help with it's move into servers. The VAR Guy adds one more element into the mix: OpenOffice.org. It's his opinion that Oracle and Canonical could use OpenOffice.org to accelerate Ubuntu's desktop momentum, and that this would help the momentum on the server side.

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/06/30/threes-company-oracle-ubuntu-and-openoffice/

Beyond Ubuntu: Canonical Pursues New Revenue Streams

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/07/02/beyond-ubuntu-canonical-diversifies-its-revenue-streams/

Ubuntu heads to the clouds

On July 1, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu in partnership with Eucalyptus Systems, an open-source cloud infrastructure firm, launched Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services. According to sources at Canonical, Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services "is a set of new professional services to help and support users building 'private clouds', that is cloud infrastructures behind a corporate firewall." The idea, as it always is with cloud computing is to save organizations money by optimizing server use, while lowering costs and providing end users with self-service IT. With Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Services, Canonical will help businesses build private clouds. In a statement, Mark Shuttleworth, Canonical's CEO said, "Enterprises are realizing that building 'private clouds' enables them to better manage variable workloads, while reducing the waste of idle servers. Building on an open-source technology also avoids the issue of vendor lock-in. Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud enables businesses to do this--and the addition of these services helps them to do it with confidence." Once more Canonical is showing that, while its reputation is based on Ubuntu, the popular end-user desktop Linux distribution, the company has every intention of competiting with Red Hat and Novell for the business server market.

http://blogs.computerworld.com/ubuntu_heads_to_the_clouds

In Other News

Powerpets, Inc. Head Offices Switch to Ubuntu

An unsolicited email to the Ubuntu News Team mailing list from Powerpets, Inc. gives us some insight into one companies "Ubuntu Success Story":

In 2002, a small Canadian company was started based on a small idea and big dreams to create an entertaining virtual world with many educational aspects and a company goal to support and spread awareness of abused and abandoned animals.

Less than half a year into the project, powerpets.com was experiencing explosive growth and an explosive amount of problems, mainly e-mail based viruses. We would be affected by the next big threat, weeks before large AV companies such as McAfee would have a fix for it. More time was spent fixing our Windows based office computers than what was spent working on our business.

A switch to Linux was made, with quite a few hurdles, but it was nice to know once a system was set up, you wouldn't have to worry about it. You wouldn't even need to restart it. Unfortunately last year, our *flavor* of Linux that was chosen for the office sold out to another company who pretty much abandoned the OS.

Much research went into selecting a new Linux OS that will carry us through the next decade without headaches or an overload of IT expenses. Ubuntu quickly caught our attention. We actually waited for about a month because we could not find an option to purchase one copy of the Ubuntu OS and felt uncomfortable requesting a free CD. Due to our satellite Internet, we were unable to download the OS.

A few weeks later, our CD arrived in the mail. At the time we were involved in several large projects and were unable to perform any installations. It wasn't until June, when an old test laptop was loaded with Ubuntu. The installation went quick and without a hitch, despite hardware being well outdated. The past few days, the remainder of our office went through the overhaul and in a matter of hours we were using Ubuntu. Some changes were hard to get used to, such as the SAMBA shares, but overall everything was a success.

We're very happy with our Ubuntu solution, and we hope to see the number of Ubuntu system builders grow - after all, one Ubuntu system builder to serve over 300 million people in North America may not be sufficient.

Many thanks for the CD and the great experience

Elizabeth Routliffe: President

Powerpets, Inc.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2009-July/000623.html

Full Circle Magazine: Issue #26

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

This month:

  • Command and Conquer – MOC & IRSSI

  • How To: Ubuntu As A Guest, Apt-Cacher, and Inkscape – Part 3.
  • My Story – Why I Converted To Linux.
  • Review – WebHTTrack
  • MOTU Interview – Stefan Ebner.
  • Top 5 – Linux-powered Devices.
  • Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, and all the usual goodness!

You can download it here: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-26/

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2009-June/000616.html

Vodcast: Dell’s Ubuntu Linux Strategy

WorksWithU's Joe Panettieri spent June 26 at Dell’s headquarters in Austin, Texas, meeting key members of Dell’s Linux team. They spent an hour discussing the broad Linux market; Dell’s current Ubuntu strategy; and the PC giant’s early reaction to Moblin (Mobile Linux).

This quick Vodcast captures thoughts from Dell’s:

  • Todd Finch (consumer Linux system opportunities)
  • John Hull (Linux server and desktop trends)
  • Doug Anson (Moblin’s potential for small mobile devices)

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/06/29/vodcast-dells-ubuntu-linux-strategy/

Meeting Summaries

June 2009 Team Reports

Ubuntu Governance

LoCo Council
  • LoCo Directory Status: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoDirectory

    • 75% of teams populated
    • Small issues with naming convention ( ubuntu-(iso-country-code): Teams that really want to will have to ask nicely to see if they can get their names for their teams. If bad comes to worse they will have to stick to what other name they have.
    • ~locoteams-approved is restricted and further discussion on how to populate it and the reapproval process will be discussed in the mailing lists and brought in for the next meeting.
  • Forum admins can decide what subdomains to use for LoCo forums.

  • Ireland is now an approved LoCo.

MOTU Council
  • MC Call for 03-06-2009:
    • Attendees: Daniel Holbach, Jonathan Davies, Emmet Hikory.
    • Open Applications:
      • أحمد المحمودي (Ahmed El-Mahmoudy)(universe contributor).
      • Steve Stalcup (MOTU/core-dev).
    • Agenda: No items for discussion.
  • MC Meeting, 12th June:
    • Please give Stephen Stalcup a warm welcome to the team, where he's continue to work on KDE packages and sponsoring.
    • We're very pleased to welcome a new member to the MOTU team: Nick Ellery. Nick has been working a lot on merging changes from Debian and lowering the delta between Debian and Ubuntu.
    • Stéphane Graber wants to expand his activities a bit and work some more on server packages and Edubuntu and applied for Core Dev. The MC recommends Stéphane.
  • MC Call 2009-06-18:
    • Attendees: Richard Johnson, Emmet Hikory, Daniel Holbach, Jonathan Davies, Michael Bienia.
    • Upcoming Applications: Ahmed El-Mahmoudy (Contributing Developer)
    • Agenda Items:
      • General move of meeting times (proving difficult, moving discussion to email)
      • Finding suitable meeting time for Ahmed El-Mahmoudy, decided on 25th June, 16:00 UTC.
  • MC Meeting 2009-06-24:
    • أحمد المحمودي (Ahmed El-Mahmoudy)'s great work on packages, his interaction with Debian and work on the Sabily distributions left us no other choice but to say +1.
    • After an interesting discussion about Java packaging, the Server team and cheese the MC found out that they would very much like to see Thierry Carrez in ~ubuntu-core-dev. Hence our recommendation.
    • Andrea Gasparini did a great work in the MOTU community, working on lots of different packages. His great love for QA and working with Debian and love for the Italian LoCo sealed the deal: +1 from all present MC members.

    • Andreas Moog's great work on Desktop and other packages, his great attention to detail and work with Debian made the decision pretty easy. He's just joined the MOTU team.

Technical Board
  • TB meeting, 2009-06-16: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2009-June/028347.html

    • Outstanding actions
      • mdz to talk to kiko/bjornt to investigate drivers powers: continues
      • Mono discussion
    • Edubuntu Releases for Karmic and Karmic+1 and hosting on Canonical infrastructure: approval for moving to USB or DVD images if the CD image team is in agreement and consideration is given to effective testing; releases.ubuntu.com vs. cdimage.ubuntu.com is based on download popularity and infrastructure concerns and is not an indication of status, and mirroring questions should be brought up with mirror admins on ubuntu-mirrors@
    • Inclusion of universe within Edubuntu: approved
    • Ubuntu Core Developer application for Stéphane Graber: approved; congratulations and welcome!
    • Ubuntu Core Developer application for James Westby; approved; congratulations and welcome!
  • TB meeting, 2009-06-30
    • Scott Kitterman's https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ClamavUpdates proposal for a ClamAV update policy was endorsed by the Technical Board, contingent on the approval of the security and release teams

    • Charlie Smotherman was granted upload privileges for ampache, ampache-themes and coherence
    • Thierry Carrez was welcomed as a new core developer
    • Scott James Remnant has put forward a Technical Board position statement regarding Mono, which is to be published shortly
    • The Technical Board is discussing the creation of a new governing body, the Developer Applications Board, to process new developer applications, separating this function from the Technical Board itself

Ubuntu Development Teams

Ubuntu LoCo Teams

Austrian Team

Czech Team

Chilean Team

TODO

Danish Team
  • Started a discussion about licensing for guides, forums and any material created by and for the danish LoCo team.

  • Started preparations for the Karmic Release party in Aarhus, Denmark.

German Team

Berlin

Greek Team

Honduras Team

Irish Team

Japanese Team
  • The Ubuntu Manga "Ubunchu" episode 2 was released under CC-BY-NC. The Japanese LoCo member Fumihito Yoshida translated the majority into Engrish, and the US-Massachusetts LoCo member Martin Owens translated into English. It's translated to 11 languages now.

  • We talked about our activity for a Japanese local magazine "Linux 100%".
  • We started to plan the Ubuntu local meeting "Ubuntu Off-Line Meeting Tokyo 9.08". It's will held 1st Aug.

Korean Team
  • cobuntu 9.04.2 release 2009-06-02: http://ubuntu.or.kr/viewtopic.php?p=25786

    • Changed the name of distro : kobuntu -> cobuntu

    • Changed the default repository : kr.archive.ubuntu.com -> ftp.daum.net

    • Updated translation : May 26, 2009
    • Changed the default font : Unfont -> Lexi font

Lithuanian Team

Norwegian team

Romanian Team

Russian Teams

The Team

Translations

Resources
  • Managing of ubuntu.ru domain has been enhanced by Google Apps:
    • Active members of the Team may use <member>@ubuntu.ru accounts;

    • There are plans to use Google services for project coordination.
  • Public calendar is up and running (http://ubuntu.ru/calendar).

Novosibirsk Team

Kuban Team

Saratov Team

Venezuelan Team
  • June 13: Team's 3rd Anniversary - Merida 2009: The team, through David Hernandez - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/David%20Hernandez organized this year's anniversary event. We had talks (and the collaboration of the GentooVE Team and the Debian Venezuela team), an ubuntu Booth, we gave away socks - http://blog.santiago.zarate.net.ve/archives/44-Ubuntu-Socks! which Jaime Escobar donated, and few caps, and of curse Ubuntu Cds and Flyers of the team. We developed a small application to register the people that asisted, to later send them information and/or invite to next events in their area and so on. The place was provided by the ULA (Los Andes University).

  • June 26: Simon Bolivar University's Install Fest: The guys from the USB (School of computer Science) organized a small install fest, with many teams (Canaima, VOSUG, DebianVE), and they invited us!, so we traveled a little bit, to get there and spread the word!. We made about 2 full Installs, and 2 dual boot, helped some users with software problems, we gave some guidance to others, and made new contacts, for futher events.
  • June 27: Ubuntazo #2: The Caracas Team, again wanted to Repeat the success of the first Ubuntazo, this time, we had another set of talks, from introduction to the internet (Browsing and chat) to OpenOffice (an overview). The people had great interest of having a more deep knowledge of OpenOffice usage, and other tools, we also had a technical board outside the auditorium, with installs and TSPP (Bring your own paste), which consists of users coming with their own virgin cds/pendrives, and we give them the OS on their media, also we gave away more of these socks - http://blog.santiago.zarate.net.ve/archives/44-Ubuntu-Socks! cds, flyers. The place was the Simon Rodriguez Library, in caracas

United States Teams

US Teams Project

Chicago Team
  • Planning Event and Key Signing Party
    • Held at onShore Networks on Sunday, June 28th
    • Approximately 7 people in attendance
    • Planned for future educational sessions to teach people how to use and contribute to Ubuntu
    • Spent time signing GnuPG keys of all attendees to strengthen the web of trust

Florida Team
  • Tampa Meetup
  • Team fishing trip
  • Qimo Build Day May
  • South East Linux Fest
  • Ubuntu Global Jam for Empathy
  • Meeting June 2nd
    1. Proposed a Packaging Jam for September 27th, 2009
    2. Proposed a Bug Jam for July or August but tbd.
    3. Talked about creating a video for the SpreadUbuntu project.

  • Meeting June 16th
    1. Qimo Youth Build Day
    2. Ubuntu Membership mentoring for the team

New York State Team

Events:

Ohio Team
  • Initial prep for Ohio LinuxFest 2009

    • Meeting to be set to go over registration

Ubuntu Beginners Team

  • Ubuntu Forums Beginners Team Meeting 2009-06-02: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/Meetings/20090602

    • Discuss name change in response to Community Council suggestion
    • Introduction of "Quest for Python", a group learning effort to learn Python using "A Byte of Python" by Swaroop C H. - http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python

    • The Ubuntu Community Learning Project - http://learn.ufbt.net was formally presented to the Community Council

    • Discussion about mentoring younger members of the team in regards to proper online etiquette
  • Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting 2009-06-16: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/Meetings/20090616

    • Agreed to add ~ubuntu-beginners-council as an administrator for all Ubuntu Beginners Team Launchpad teams
    • Agreed to add icon - https://launchpadlibrarian.net/15997130/branding.png from ~ubuntu-beginners on Launchpad to Social Group - http://ubuntuforums.org/group.php?groupid=79 on the forums

    • Discussion about how to handle votes will take place on the mailing list, and clear guidelines will be approved at the next meeting
    • Beginners Team Council will work on drafting a charter for the council, which will be voted on at the next meeting. This is in response to a team desire for the council to be more active.
    • The team has been renamed to the Ubuntu Beginners Team. All team resources are currently being updated
    • Decide to create a team todo list
    • Discussion will take place on mailing list about having more frequent focus group meetings
  • Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting 2009-06-30: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/Meetings/20090630

    • Agreed to transition IRC channels from using the ##beginners-foo naming scheme to #ubuntu-beginners-foo
    • Decide to hold off on requiring Beginners Team Council and Focus Group leaders to sign the Leadership Code of Conduct - http://www.ubuntu.com/community/leadership-conduct until it can be tracked on Launchpad.

    • Agreed to keep the list of Ubuntu Members on the Beginners Team (Jedi Fellows) in order to encourage new users to work towards Ubuntu membership
    • Provided a status update on the Beginners Team Council Charter: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/Council/Charter

    • Elizabeth Krumbach - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/lyz joined the Ubuntu Beginners Team. She has done a great job working with the Education Focus Group, and is helping to get the Ubuntu Community Learning Project off the ground.

    • Announcement that the Young New Users Focus Group held its first meeting: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BeginnersTeam/FocusGroups/YNU/Meetings/06-28-2009

    • Announcement that the Ubuntu Beginners Team IRC Channel is now +mz as a result of some recent incidents that transpired.
    • Announcement that the Education Focus Group is still involved with the Ubuntu Community Learning Project, and they are currently discussing which license to use for courses.

Ubuntu NGO Team

Ubuntu Women

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Sunday, July 5, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Monday, July 6, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Tuesday, July 7, 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

LoCo Teams Meeting

  • Start: 17:00 UTC
  • End: 18:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-locoteams
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

EMEA Membership Meeting

Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, July 8, 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, July 9, 2009

Packaging Training: TBD

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

  • Start: 21:00 UTC
  • End: 22:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Friday, July 10, 2009

MC Meeting

  • Start: 07:00 UTC
  • End: 08:00 UTC
  • Location: None listed as of publication
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Karmic Weekly Release Meeting

Saturday, July 11, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

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Glossary of Terms

  1. BOF - Birds of a Feather - An informal discussion group, based on a shared interest, discussing without a pre-planned agenda
  2. IRC - Internet Relay Chat.
  3. IP - Intellectual Property. A term used as a blanket to cover Copyrights, Trademarks and Patents.
  4. ISV - Independent Software Vendors.
  5. LTS - Long Term Support. - Said of a release that will receive support for 3-years/5-years rather than the typical 18 months
  6. MC - MOTU Council - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Council

  7. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the Universe and Multiverse repositories. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU

  8. NGO - Non-governmental Organization.
  9. TB - Technical Board - http://www.ubuntu.com/community/processes/techboard

  10. UEC - Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.

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