Issue155

Contents

Contents

  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Karmic Alpha 4 released
    2. New Ubuntu Members: Americas Membership Board
    3. Developer News
    4. Reporting Ubuntu Community Problems: Jono Bacon
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Jaunty
    3. Translation Stats Karmic
    4. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu US Teams
    2. UbuCon Atlanta 2009
    3. Brazilian Council and new Brazilian Ubuntu Members
  6. Launchpad News
    1. Zim and the art of wiki development
  7. The Planet
    1. Dave Walker: Ubuntu Server Tips - Help wanted
    2. Pleia2: Ubuntu Community Learning Project
  8. In The Press
    1. Open Source Television
    2. Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" Alpha 4 Released
    3. Technical School changes to Ubuntu and saves Millions
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Dell’s Ubuntu Strategy: Restoring My Faith
    2. Kubuntu Netbook Release Coming
    3. System76 Refreshes, Expands Ubuntu Netbook and Desktop Lineup
    4. An Early Look at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala - Overview & Screenshots
    5. Free Book Review: Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference
    6. Ubuntu Coming to Amahi Home Server?
    7. Ubuntu Support for Non-Geeks
    8. ZaReason Launches Ubuntu Linux Netbook
  10. In Other News
    1. Ubuntu Podcast #32
  11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, August 17, 2009
    2. Tuesday, August 18, 2009
      1. Ubuntu Learning Team Meeting
      2. Community Council Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      4. Server Team Meeting
      5. Desktop Team Meeting
      6. Kernel Team Meeting
      7. LoCo Council Meeting
    3. Wednesday, August 19, 2009
      1. Foundation Team Meeting
      2. QA Team Meeting
    4. Thursday, August 20, 2009
      1. Ubuntu Java Meeting
      2. Global Jam Meeting
    5. Friday, August 21, 2009
      1. Karmic Weekly Release Meeting
    6. Saturday, August 22, 2009
    7. Sunday, August 23, 2009
      1. Ubuntu Gaming Team Meeting
  12. 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
  13. Archives and RSS Feed
  14. Additional Ubuntu News
  15. Conclusion
  16. Credits
  17. Glossary of Terms
  18. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  19. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #155 for the week August 9th - August 15th, 2009. In this issue we cover: Karmic Alpha 4 released, New Ubuntu Members, Developer News, Reporting Ubuntu Community Problems: Jono Bacon, Ubuntu US Teams, UbuCon Atlanta 2009, Brazilian Council & New Brazilian Ubuntu Members, Zim & the art of wiki development, Ubuntu Server Tips - Help Wanted, Ubuntu Community Learning Project, Ubuntu Podcast #32, 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

  • Karmic Alpha 4 released
  • New Ubuntu Members
  • Developer News
  • Reporting Ubuntu Community Problems: Jono Bacon
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Ubuntu US Teams
  • UbuCon Atlanta 2009

  • Brazilian Council & New Brazilian Ubuntu Members

  • Zim & the art of wiki development

  • Ubuntu Server Tips - Help Wanted
  • Ubuntu Community Learning Project
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Ubuntu Podcast #32
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Karmic Alpha 4 released

Welcome to Karmic Koala Alpha 4, which will in time become Ubuntu 9.10. Pre-releases of Karmic 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.

Alpha 4 is the fourth in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Karmic 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 Karmic. You can download it here:

Alpha 4 also includes a number of software updates that are ready for large-scale testing. Please refer to http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/karmic/alpha4 for information on changes in Ubuntu.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2009-August/000603.html

New Ubuntu Members: Americas Membership Board

The following new Ubuntu Members were approved at the August 12th Americas Membership Board meeting:

Carlos Donizete Froes: Carlos is one of the main administrators of the Ubuntu Games project (www.ubuntugames.org) and also an active member of the Brazil LoCo Team. Part of his work with Ubuntu Games was developing the IUG (Installer Ubuntu Games) which makes it very easy for users to install a multitude of games available for Ubuntu. He plans to begin the process of getting the games from Ubuntu Games into the official Ubuntu repositories. Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Coringao Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~coringao

Cody Russell: Cody is a Canonical employee working on the Desktop Experience Team where he has worked on notify-osd and also xsplash, the new X-based boot splash. In addition to his work directly with Canonical, Cody has been a long time contributor to GNOME and gtk+. Especially note-worthy is his contribution to fix a 7 year old gtk bug; GNOME bug 56070. Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CodyRussell Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~bratsche

Marc Tardif: Marc is one of the hard working individuals that spends much of his time testing Ubuntu releases. Specifically Marc has been instrumental in developing Checkbox which is an automated testing platform. He is also an active member in the Montreal Ubuntu Community team helping plan 300+ person release parties and other great events. Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarcTardif Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~cr3

Ursula Junque: Ursula is another Canonical employee who puts in an amazing amount of work in the wider Ubuntu community outside of her normal working hours. Much of her work revolves around the Brazilian Community team where she helps maintain the Brazilian translation wiki. She is also active in supporting the Brazilian team's event planning including giving presentations about Launchpad and how to use it to make Ubuntu better. Wiki: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UrsulaJunque Launchpad: https://launchpad.net/~ursinha

Please join the Americas Board in welcoming these great new Ubuntu Members!

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2009-August/000666.html

Developer News

  • We are very happy to have Julien Lavergne (gilir) join the MOTU team. His great work in Ubuntu and great passion for collaborating with Debian made the decision very easy. https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2009-August/028721.html

  • Yulia Novozhilova was recommended for upload privileges for netbeans (and related packages). We're very happy to have somebody new being very active with Java-related packages!

  • Andy Whitcroft was recommended for upload privileges for the Kernel. His great work clearly spoke for himself.

Reporting Ubuntu Community Problems: Jono Bacon

Jono has been busy lately on how we report problems and issues in the Ubuntu Community. He has been talking with many people inside the Ubuntu community, at the Community Leadership Summit, and with our Community Council and Technical Board about how to flesh out a better, more effective, and more visible process.

While it is a work in progress, the idea is simple: we want to have a place in which our community can report a problem with a community processes or infrastructure and ensure the relevant group or governance body can be assigned to tend to the issue, discuss it as part of their regular meetings and otherwise have it on their radar. The way this will work is that problems are reported as bugs in the ubuntu-community project and preferably assigned directly to the right group, otherwise, other people can assign the bug to the right group. What is important here is that we clearly define what kind of problems should be assigned where. We will then work with our governance bodies to ensure that as part of their work they review these bugs and help to resolve them. Jono would like to encourage our governance bodies to build these bugs into their work.

The process would look like this:

Step 1: Chose the right place to report the problem

We first need to ensure the right team in the Ubuntu project know about your problem:

  • If your problem relates to general community governance or the Community Council then note down communitycouncil
  • If your problem relates to technical policies or the Technical Board then note down techboard
  • For all other issues you don’t need to note anything down.

Make a note of the team name, we will use in just a moment

Step 2: Report the problem

You can now provide us with some details of the problem. This involves three simple steps:

  • Middle click (or press both mouse buttons together) on this link.
  • You will be first asked for a Summary. Here type in a short and descriptive single-line summary of the problem.
  • You are next asked if your problem already exists in the system and a list of possible existing problems will be shown. You can click the arrows to show more details about each problem.
    • If one of the problems describes your problem, click the Yes this is the bug I’m trying to report button.
    • If the problem you are reporting is not in the system click the No, I need to report a new bug button.
  • On next page do the following:
    • Type in some details about the problem in the Further Information box. Try to be as detailed in your description as possible.
    • Click the Extra Options link and in the Assign to box write in the team name you wrote down above. If you didn’t write down a team, or you don’t know it, don’t worry, just leave this box blank.
    • Finally click the Submit bug report button.

When your problem has been filed, you will receive an email with a link to the problem in Launchpad, and you can view that link to see the latest details about the problem.

Jono has documented this process here and also created two other documents which will help us improve it:

Jono would like to review this process at UDS to see how well it works.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2009/08/12/reporting-ubuntu-community-problems/

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (60697) +609 over last week
  • Critical (28) +1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (28316) +350 over last week
  • Unassigned (52346) +558 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (303196) +1977 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 (12430) -40 over last week
  • French (39502) -70 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (48553) -30 over last week
  • Swedish (53810) -4 over last week
  • English (United Kingdom) (53861) -1868 over last week

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

Translation Stats Karmic

  • Spanish (21042) -1178 over last week
  • French (58483) +575 over last week
  • Swedish (68157) -80 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (72112) +176 over last week
  • English (Uk) (80569) -898 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/karmic/

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/

LoCo News

Ubuntu US Teams

Pleia2 has been working with the US Teams project. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/USTeams This is the mentoring team for all the the US teams and this year they reorganized the project and elected a new board and mentors. Liz has been working with Dan Trevino to launch the new US Teams Planet http://planet.ubuntu-us.org/ for aggregating the news feeds for teams in the US (it’s been a great way to see what other teams are up to!). John Crawford also helped to launch a new version of our website. http://ubuntu-us.org/ Pliea2, Dan Trevino, and John Crawford are the board members for the reorganized US Teams Project.

The latest team news? We’re now publishing articles on our new website! There is a lot of LoCo documentation out there, but it can sometimes be tricky to find really useful stuff. Having identified the vital resources, our articles have the following purpose:

  • Identify the documentation that we reference most for US Teams, write short articles highlighting where to find this documentation so it puts it on the radar of more people, and contributing back to the main documentation as we can
  • Come up with new ideas, write articles about it, contribute back to the main documentation
  • US News – approvals, sharing successful new ideas
  • US-specific tips about running a LoCo in this country

The next US Team meeting is scheduled for August 26th 2009 – 10pm EDT, 9pm CDT, 8pm MDT, 7pm PDT in #ubuntu-us – join us then to discuss the project, or drop by #ubuntu-us any time to get help with your US-based LoCo, share experiences, request a mentor or just shoot the breeze with other folks in the US who participate in LoCo teams.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=1806

UbuCon Atlanta 2009

The first UbuCon Atlanta (Ubuntu conference) will take place during the Atlanta Linux Fest. This is a chance to bring together the Ubuntu community for a day of all things Ubuntu. We are calling all LoCo teams and ubuntu community members to come together and share your knowledge and excitement for forwarding the Ubuntu project.

Ready for Ubuntu 9.10? - Want to know if your hardware will work with the upcoming release of Karmic Koala, Ubuntu 9.10? Members of the Ubuntu kernel team will be on hand with custom built USB sticks that will boot and run a test suite. This will not touch the hard disk and will let users know what of the new kernel/hardware features will work on their machine. Bring your machine and help improve Ubuntu 9.10!

Live Hack Session - Interested in learning how to hack drivers? The Ubuntu kernel team will be running a live hack session to show you how! Using a USB dongle that is a thermometer and a "shell" driver, users will walked through writing the drivers, compiling it, and running it.

http://atlantalinuxfest.org/ubuconatlanta2009

Brazilian Council and new Brazilian Ubuntu Members

Recent changes in the previous Ubuntu Brazilian Council, through an election that had three chosen candidates:

Fábio Nogueira was re-elected to the post.

In this process, every candidate listed his plans if elected, and the election consisted of three phases. In each phase, Brazilian official members voted, selecting one Council member per round. The first elected was André Gondim, followed by Fábio Ogueira and then Laudeci Oliveira. Very soon the council intends to publish their ideas and what’s next to come.

New Members

The Brazilian Community is happy to announce its two newest Ubuntu Members:

Coringao is the owner of Ubuntu Games, he’s very active and helpful in Ubuntu Games and development of IUG (Instalador do Ubuntu Games).

Ursinha is an active member, helping with community support and the maintenance of Translations’s wiki. She is really helpful with new users at #ubuntu-br.

The Brazilian Council is proud of you both.

http://en.andregondim.eti.br/?p=111

Launchpad News

Zim and the art of wiki development

Zim is a desktop wiki that uses both Launchpad and Bazaar. Matthew Revell asked Jaap Karssenberg, its founder and main developer, about the project.

Matthew: How does Zim compare with something like Tomboy?

Jaap: I really don’t know as I never used Tomboy for an extensive amount of time — it wasn’t around yet when I first started with Zim. From interface design I get the feeling Tomboy is designed as a replacement for sticky notes while Zim was designed as a replacement for an outliner. I think Zim is more tailored towards structuring notes. But Tomboy is moving fast as it has seemingly more developers and of course it gets traction from being included in Gnome.

Matthew: Do you think desktop wikis will eventually take over from larger applications, such as OpenOffice.org Writer, now that we’re increasingly producing documents for distribution online rather than via paper?

Jaap: I don’t think so, both serve different purposes. Wikis are very useful for storing information and building a knowledge base. Websites to some point have the same use cases, so a program like Zim can be used to build a website (in fact the Zim website itself is maintained in Zim). Office applications on the other hand are used when the focus is on layout and presentation of the data (e.g. writer and presenter) or do specialized calculations (e.g. calc). In my own workflow, I use Zim to collect notes about all my ongoing projects and this changes from day to day. When I need to produce a document these notes are the raw material, but I use an office application to produce a polished document. When such a document is finished it is published and does not change anymore.

Matthew: One of the great advantages of web-based wikis is collaboration. Does Zim have any features to enable collaboration?

Jaap: Zim has plugins to use version control like Bazaar or Subversion on the wiki data. My take on collaboration is that it can be done for a wiki the same way it can be done for code. Obviously you would need some better graphical interfaces for non-programmers to use it, but why not. This features doubles as backup mechanism and as synchronization. I especially like Bazaar for this due to it’s decentralized nature which fits a document concept real well.

Matthew: Are you looking for contributors?

Jaap: Always. Now it is just me on two nights a week and one or two irregular patch submitters. But we do have a lot of translators contributing already and someone working on windows packages, which is very good. Still I feel the project is to much driven by a single developer.

Matthew: Why did you choose Launchpad and Bazaar?

Jaap: Bazaar was a logical choice as I was an avid Arch user before subversion and other modern version control systems arrived on the scene.

In the past I hosted projects on Sourceforge because I didn’t have my own hosting and needed centralized CVS etc. After some frustration I moved to Gnu Arch for version control and started hosting myself. But I started using Launchpad to allow translators to contribute and gradually discovered more useful features. I still have my own hosting contract for the website and put the bazaar branches there, but Launchpad is useful for contributors of other branches, translations and the bug tracker. Also running the mailing list there since my hosting provider doesn’t offer one. In short it spares me the work of setting up and maintaining those services myself.

http://blog.launchpad.net/projects/zim-and-the-art-of-wiki-development

The Planet

Dave Walker: Ubuntu Server Tips - Help wanted

Something the Ubuntu Server Team has been working on is getting some useful little tips into the Ubuntu Server. We all have little gems that we use, making daily server administration easier. This is your chance to help, and share your wisdom with everyone else.

A tip can be something like: “Ubuntu Server Tip: Browse the command line history with ctrl-r and then type a few characters that you know are part of the command you are looking for.”

The current roadmap suggests a tip like the above will be displayed after login, via motd (message of the day).

How can you help? Currently there is a shortage of tips, and translations of these into other languages. They think they can easily get in excess of 500 soon.

So if you have a little gem of wisdom that is reasonably short, raise a bug and include a short description as a title, and include the tip as the main description. If it is accepted, it will be included. https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu-server-tips/+filebug

Translations are another big part of this project, it’s only fair that people see these nuggets in their native language – so if you are capable, we would really appreciate help translating into different languages. Launchpad makes this area very easy to contribute to. https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu-server-tips

Once they have a few more tips, Dave will throw out a call for testing.

http://blog.daviey.com/blogroll/needubuntu-server-tips.html

Pleia2: Ubuntu Community Learning Project

Over the past several months the team has been working through licensing choices, Moodle deployment (theme still to be completed), governing and user infrastructure. They’ve begun working with teams within the community and have met with the Canonical Training folks to discuss materials and overlap of services.

Now, they need you! Martin Owens has also posted about it[1], so if you’re interested and haven’t yet, have a peek at that post as well as he outlines some of the skills we need. Essentially, we need brains! [1]: http://doctormo.wordpress.com/2009/08/11/ubuntu-learning-organised/

Your expertise in your given area of Ubuntu, as mentioned on our wiki page we have 5 categories:

For more information on this topic, see their wiki page: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Learning or visit the link below.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=1806

In The Press

Open Source Television

Mike Riley of Dr. Dobb's recognizes that technologists and consumers alike have been waiting years for "the ultimate media convergence appliance". Numerous attempts have strived to attain this coveted dream device but none have yet captured the gold medal. This myopic view of customers has given open media device vendor Neuros an entry into this race. The Neuros LINK is essentially a quiet x86 PC running Ubuntu Linux with an ATI graphics card delivering video via VGA, DVI, and HDMI output. To help sprout the Neuros LINK to a tech-savvy media convergence seeker, Neuros has seeded the developer community with a special "gamma edition" of the Neuros LINK. The gamma currently arrives pre-installed with Ubuntu 8.10, although Neuros plans to upgrade to version 9.04 in the commercial version. The Neuros distribution is preloaded with all the audio/video codecs necessary to view the various popular media formats, ranging from AVI, FLV, MP3, MP4, OGV and others that the installed MPlayer, VLC and Xine open source video players support. Check out the Neuros LINK Wiki for a more comprehensive list of the LINK's technical specifications. http://www.ddj.com/linux-open-source/219100482

Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" Alpha 4 Released

Phoronix's Michael Larabel reports that right on schedule, Canonical's Steve Langasek has announced the release of Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4. This fourth development release of the Karmic Koala brings more updated packages (including a kernel based upon Linux 2.6.31-rc5), Ubuntu One file sharing support, and some other new features. Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 is also the first build to have Kubuntu Netbook Remix support for KDE 4.3 and Ubuntu UEC. Ubuntu UEC is for the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud with support for Amazon's EC2 service. The release announcement with 9.10 Alpha 4 download links for Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server UEC, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu can be found on ubuntu-devel-announce. More information surrounding this release is also available from the Ubuntu Testing page. The next release in the Ubuntu 9.10 series is Alpha 5, which is penciled in for a release on the 3rd of September. The final release of Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala" will come on the 29th of October. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzQ1Mg

Technical School changes to Ubuntu and saves Millions

PMA Box tells us that the Icelandic National TV channel RUV broadcasted a news story yesterday 11 August 2009 entitled "Nýtt kerfi sparar milljónir", which translates to "New system saves millions." A technical school located in the North of Iceland "Akureyri" saves 5 million Kronas by changing the operating system of the school computers to open source Ubuntu. They also point the fact that it was an easy change without any need of extra hardware or additional costs. Also, they urge other public institutions to follow the example and save money in license fees in this time of world crisis. http://www.pmabox.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=26:technical-school-changes-to-ubuntu-and-saves-milli

In The Blogosphere

Dell’s Ubuntu Strategy: Restoring My Faith

Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, is feeling better about Dell's strategy concerning Ubuntu. Though Dell hasn't yet addressed the question of whether or not they will offer a desktop machine with Ubuntu, it has released the information that it will be offering Ubuntu on the new SmartBooks. Also, it will upgrade to the latest release of Ubuntu on the netbooks. More information is available at: http://www.workswithu.com/2009/08/13/dells-ubuntu-strategy-regaining-my-faith/

Kubuntu Netbook Release Coming

J.A. Watson, writing in his blog attached to ZDNET-UK, is excited about the news that there will be a Kubuntu 9.04 netbook release. He's tried the Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and feels that it lacks something. Also the regular release relies on functionality that the netbooks lack. He has hopes that, as the Kubuntu netbook release is finished up, it will be more a case of adjusting the distribution to the architecture rather than the major changes that are done with the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. See his comments at: http://community.zdnet.co.uk/blog/0,1000000567,10013420o-2000498448b,00.htm

System76 Refreshes, Expands Ubuntu Netbook and Desktop Lineup

Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, notes that System76 is adding 2 Gig of memory to their Starling Netbooks, as well as adding Ubuntu to the System76 nVidia Meerkat Ion and Leopard Extreme Intel i7 Desktops. On the down side, Dell still hasn't come out with information on an Ubuntu desktop, and US Big Box retailers are moving away from Linux netbooks. His report is at: http://www.workswithu.com/2009/08/11/system76-refreshes-expands-ubuntu-netbook-and-desktop-lineup/

An Early Look at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala - Overview & Screenshots

Craciun Dan at Tuxarena provides us with a first look at Karmic Koala, with screenshots. Ubuntu 9.10 comes with the Ubuntu One application for syncing and sharing information, Empathy replacing Pidgin, ext4 filesystem as the default and Grub2 as the new boot manager. His whole write up is available at: http://tuxarena.blogspot.com/2009/08/early-look-at-ubuntu-910-karmic-koala.html

Free Book Review: Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Craciun Dan at Tuxarena gives a brief overview of the Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference written by Keir Thomas. His section by section look at what's in the book demonstrates that it is a good, general, overview of Ubuntu and some of it's capabilities. The book is available as a free PDF download from http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com/index_main.html or as a print edition from Amazon.com for USD 11,99. See his site for details: http://tuxarena.blogspot.com/2009/08/free-book-review-ubuntu-pocket-guide.html

Ubuntu Coming to Amahi Home Server?

Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, notes that Amahi is working on a home server drop-in for Ubuntu. Right now, it's being developed on Ubuntu 9.04, and is still in its early stages. From the Amahi wiki: “We just started porting Amahi to Ubuntu. The support is highly experimental. There are a few important things to be fixed before you can run it with minimal tweaking. Please don’t try it on a production server yet." His report is available at: http://www.workswithu.com/2009/08/12/ubuntu-coming-to-amahi-home-server/

Ubuntu Support for Non-Geeks

Although this has been touched on, before, Christopher Tozzi of Works With U does a good job of explaining the what and why of the entry-level “Starter Desktop” support package. Though it seems rather light for someone with a little experience in dealing with Ubuntu, it may be just what is needed for those migrating from Windows or Mac OS X. This report goes into more detail at: http://www.workswithu.com/2009/08/10/ubuntu-support-for-non-geeks/

ZaReason Launches Ubuntu Linux Netbook

Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, informs us that ZaReason is launching an Ubuntu Linux netbook called the Terra A20. CTO Earl Malmrose has said that, “Since ZaReason isn’t beholden to operating system vendors that place artificial restrictions on system specs, we’ve loaded the Terra up with lots of great features.” Along with Dell and System76, this looks like an area on which to keep watch. His article is at: http://www.workswithu.com/2009/08/12/zareason-launches-ubuntu-linux-netbook/

In Other News

Ubuntu Podcast #32

In this Ubuntu Podcast, Nick and Josh discuss:

  • changing default irc channels in irc clients
  • Canonical Desktop Services
  • Xubuntu discussing what to do with new GDM
  • musician switched over to Ubuntu Studio from Macs
  • Microsoft mentions Canonical and Red Hat in its 10K SEC filings
  • first Launchpad community meetup
  • 100 Hundred papercuts round 3 and round 4
  • Debian is going to a fixed freeze schedule
  • SpreadUbuntu keeps moving along

  • Landscape System Management Tool Adds Dedicated Server
  • UbuCon @ Atlanta Linux Fest 2009

http://ubuntupodcast.net/2009/08/14/ubuntu-podcast-episode-32/

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, August 17, 2009

  • None listed as on publication

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Ubuntu Learning Team Meeting

Community Council Meeting

Ubuntu Mobile Team 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

LoCo Council Meeting

Wednesday, August 19, 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, August 20, 2009

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Global Jam Meeting

  • Start: 18:00 UTC
  • End: 19:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Friday, August 21, 2009

Karmic Weekly Release Meeting

Saturday, August 22, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ubuntu Gaming Team Meeting

  • Start: 19:00 UTC
  • End: 21:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: 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

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

  • None Reported

Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

  • None Reported

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  2. GDM - GNOME Display Manager.
  3. MOTU - Master Of The Universe - Developers responsible for the Universe and Multiverse repositories. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU

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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