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== Meeting Summaries ==

## Any news from any Ubuntu Team listed here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/January2008 be sure to udate to current month.
== Meeting Summaries: September 2009 ==

=== Ubuntu Governance ===

==== MOTU Council ====


 * Four applications and three new developers:


  * Benjamin Drung joined the MOTU team from Berlin, Germany.


  * Andres Rodriguez put some hard work into Server and HA applications and joined the MOTU team.


  * Cody Somerville was recommended for core-dev membership by the MOTU Countil.


  * Martin-Éric Racine was approved as a MOTU and recommended for xserver-xorg-video-geode upload rights.


 * Three MOTU applications, all of them approved:


  * Marc Deslauriers works in the Ubuntu Security team and has done a lot of amazing work in a short time. Keep it up!


  * Fabrice Coutadeur has been working on lots and lots of packages already and helped to clear up lots of obscure build failures, also is he interested in video editing.


  * Michael Terry has done great work in Canonical's OEM team but also in getting rsyslog ready for Karmic and doing lots of merges. His main objective is getting deja-dup into main.




==== Technical Board ====


 * Technical Board meeting, 2009-09-08


  * Debian technical committee participation in techboard


   * Bdale Garbee has put himself forward to participate and help define the role


   * ACTION received: cjwatson to respond to Bdale, make arrangements for him to participate


  * Java SRU policy


   * Passed: proposed Java SRU policy at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/StableReleaseUpdates#sun-java* as amended for appropriate smoke testing by pitti/kees.


   * ACTION received: pitti to update SRU document per vote


  * Removal of sun-java6 from Karmic


   * Passed: remove sun-java6 from karmic in favor of openjdk-6, contingent on approval from the maintainer (Matthias Klose).


   * ACTION received: kees to confirm removal of sun-java6 with doko


  * Developer Membership Board


   * Scott has set up the appropriate teams in Launchpad


   * The DMB now needs to be communicated, and start doing the work of processing membership applications


   * ACTION received: cjwatson to announce DMB to MC, -devel announce


   * Action: jono to update documentation


  * Archive reorganisation (Colin Watson)


   * Colin had a couple of minor items to confirm with the TB before throwing the switch on package sets


   * Ubuntu package sets are now implemented in Launchpad


  * Community bugs (none)


  * select a chair for the next meeting (kees)





 * Technical Board meeting, 2009-09-22


  * reviewed actions from last meeting


   * ACTION: Keybuk to find Bdale at LinuxCon to hash out participation


  * Removal of sun-java6


   * Based on feedback all around, it was agreed that it is still early for sun-java6 to be dropped. However, it was not yet clear if responsibility for the package should be changed.


   * ACTION: kees to drive sun-java6 email thread and get resolution on responsibility


  * Developer Membership Board


   * Striking the right balance between openness and privacy combined with the desire to not change existing processes too radically continues to be a non-trivial issue.


   * ACTION: cjwatson to drive DMB email thread to conclusion


  * Discuss UnitsPolicy


   * Excepting some clarifications to the language surrounding file sizes, the Policy is nearly ready.


   * ACTION: Keybuk to finalize unit policy and email to TB for vote


  * Community Bugs (none)


  * Archive reorganisation (Colin Watson)


   * There was general agreement that team admins have been delegated the responsibility to grant upload privileges, but that how they choose developers is not entirely clear.


   * Daniel expressed a concern that team admins should follow a standard transparent process when dealing with applicants.


   * Scott proposed having it split into "application" (standard) and "approval" (up to the admin)


   * Martin proposed that the TB would approve a set of possible application processes an admin could choose from.


   * ACTION: cjwatson to drive vote on Archive Reorg rights for ubuntu-desktop and mythbuntu in email


  * Select a chair for next meeting (pitti)




=== Ubuntu Development Teams ===





==== Xubuntu Team ====


'''Xubuntu team report for September 2009'''





===== Packaging, Development, & Testing =====





 * Cody regenerated the Xubuntu metapackage.


 * Lionel updated xubuntu-default-settings to provide default.desktop desktop session file to correctly set system wide default session.


 * Lionel uploaded a new upstream bugfix release of xfce4-volumed.


 * Lionel patched xfce4-power-manager to fix a segfault in xfpm_session_set_client_id.


 * Lionel fixed LP #412659 by updating the xubuntu-artwork package to increase the alternative priority of the xubuntu usplash theme so that the xubuntu theme is preferred over the ubuntu one.


 * Lionel updated xubuntu-default-settings to improve integration with new gdm and readd a shortcut for xfce4-popup-menu (LP: #424282).


 * Lionel fixed LP #195649 by patching exo to fix failure to eject video cd/dvd & data cd/dvd using hardware button.


 * Cody added xfce4-volumed to xubuntu desktop seed.


 * Cody removed thunar-tpa (trash panel applet) from default session as part of the xubuntu-karmic-session-slim-down specification (https://blueprints.launchpad.net/xubuntu-desktop/+spec/xubuntu-karmic-session-slim-down).


 * SiDi patched xfce4-power-manager to use custom notification icons as part of the notify-osd spec





===== Artwork and marketing =====


 * Pasi and SiDi worked with James Schriver and MadsRH to make the new GTK theme and mockups for Xsplash


 * Pasi and Jim did the new documentation startpage


 * Pasi worked extensively with Karmic release artwork (GDM, wallpaper and overall look)




=== Ubuntu LoCo Teams ===





==== Cameroonian Team ====


* Activities during the Software Freedom day (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CameroonianTeam/Events/SoftwareFreedomDay)


 * Theme of the Conference held in Yaounde: Free software, what interets for Cameroon and Africa countries ?


 * IRC chat on #ubuntu-cm with folks from Yaounde, Douala, Limbe and even abroad (germany, switzerland) . The log: http://logs.ubuntu-eu.org/freenode/2009/09/19/%23ubuntu-cm.html


 * In the press (french): Le logiciel libre fêté à Yaoundé (http://www.journalducameroun.com/article.php?aid=2797)




==== Honduras Team ====


 * Continuable helping user in the IRC Channel #Ubuntu-hn


 * Preparations for the Ubuntu Global Jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam)


 * In September 26 we did again the Ubuntu-Tour (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam/Ubuntu_Tour) presentation in the Instituto Tridentino (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HondurasTeam/Ubuntu_Tour/InstitutoTridentino)




==== Irish Team ====


 * Face to face meet up on Thursday 3rd of September with dinner first in Jimmy Chungs (http://www.jimmychungs.com/locate/loc_dublin.htm) and then onto the Longstone (http://www.thelongstone.com) for drinks.




 * Regular Monthly IRC Meeting (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/IRCMeetings/2009-09-16) was held at 8pm Irish time on Wednesday 16th September.





 *The loco ran a one day conference, OSSBarcamp (http://ossbarcamp.com/) to coincide with Software Freedom Day on the 19th of September.





 *Preparations are well under way for Global Jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuGlobalJam) next month in Ireland (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IrishTeam/GlobalJam09).




==== Japanese Team ====


 * We have attended Open Source Conference Nagoya as exhibitor and speaker.


   * pores_n and jkbys spoke on Ubuntu 9.04, Netbook and Cloud.


   * https://wiki.ubuntulinux.jp/OSC2009Nagoya


   * Seminar video:


     * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYpRzcXBUpc


     * http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqoYAvo59rA


 * Ubuntu pre-installed device "Net``Walker PC-Z1" was released.


   * Net``Walker PC-Z1 is Ubuntu pre-installed "Mobile Internet Tool" which is made by Sharp.


   * This device specification is 5-inch/1024x600 display, touch screen, ARM Freescale i.MX515, 512MB memory, 4GB flash storage, 802.11b/g WiFi, and lightweight 409g, long-life battery 10 hours.


   * Pre-installed release is Ubuntu 9.04.


   * http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/


 * Ubuntu Magazine Japan vol.01


   * "Ubuntu Magazine Japan vol.01" which is Ubuntu specialized magazine will be released on September 29, 2009.


   * Our team members writes some articles for this magazine.


   * http://ubuntu.asciimw.jp/


   * http://ascii.asciimw.jp/books/books/detail/978-4-04-867996-1.shtml




==== Romanian Team ====


 * we have relaunch planet.ubuntu.com as an agregator for all Romanian blogs talking about Ubuntu


 * toghether with members from other Linux communities (especially Fedora) we start filming a series of short Linux relates report for the national television ... we still don't know when they will be aired




==== Russian Team ====


===== The Team =====





 * Preparations for QA workgroup launching (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-ru-qa)





===== Translations =====





 * 1st and 26th issues of Full Circle magazine in Russian (http://ubuntu.ru/fullcircle).





===== Kuban Team =====





 * Ongoing effort in spreading Ubuntu 9.04 and Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS.


 * Distribution of actual repository snapshots for Ubuntu 8.04.2 LTS.


 * Preparations for Software Freedom Day 2009 has been completed.


 * Working on Automatic Information System for medicine service applications.


 * SFD-2009 events:


  * Ubuntu postmans on bikes (http://kub-ubuntu.beneficium.ru/content/ubuntu-dostavyat-kuda-ugodno) (Photos: http://kub-ubuntu.beneficium.ru/image-galleries/software-freedom-day-2009)


  * Lectures on Free Software #1 (http://beneficium.ru/content/meropriyatiya-posvyashchennye-dnyu-svobodnogo-programmnogo-obespecheniya)


  * Lectures on Free Software #2 (http://kub-ubuntu.beneficium.ru/content/lektsiya-v-kubanskom-gosudarstvennom-agrarnom-universitete) (Photos: http://kub-ubuntu.beneficium.ru/image-galleries/meropriyatie-v-kubgau)




===== Saratov Team =====





 * Preparations for Software Freedom Day 2009 has been completed (http://sfd.sgu.ru/).


  * Linux ADs translated into Russian (YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/user/AgafonovDmitry#play/user/F136CA66D831A562)


  * Report on Russian Ubuntu LoCo, Russian community and Launchpad use cases prepared (Slides: http://agafonov.pp.ru/wiki/_media/ubuntu-ru_3.odp, Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/AgafonovDmitry/SoftwareFreedomDay2009).


  * Master-class on Bluetooth in Linux prepared.




==== United States Teams ====





===== California Team =====


 * Applied for (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/ApprovalApplication) and accepted as an approved !LoCo team by the !LoCo Council


 * Shared a booth at Solano Stroll 2009 (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/SolanoStroll2009)


 * Planning for Karmic release parties (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/KarmicRelease) and Global Jam (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CaliforniaTeam/Projects/KarmicGlobalJam)




=== Ubuntu Beginners Team ===




=== Ubuntu NGO Team ===


 * NGO Packaging (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/NGO/ApplicationPackaging) is moving on slowly, but surely: php-recaptcha, php-validate-it and php-services-json (all necessary for CiviCRM) now in our our PPA (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-ngo/+archive/ppa); preliminaty packages of php-htmlpurifier and php-ids. Licensing issues of `php-validate-finance` have been resolved, this unblocks `php-validate-ie` and `php-validate-finance-creditcard`.


 * Lots of new members: we're at 92 now.
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Contents

Contents

  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 9.10 Beta released
    2. Planning of Karmic Release Parties kicks off!
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Infamous Bugs
    3. Translation Stats Jaunty
    4. Translation Stats Karmic
    5. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu-Tour in Honduras
  6. New in Karmic Koala
  7. Launchpad News
  8. Ubuntu Forums News
  9. In The Press
    1. First Look at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Beta
    2. Ubuntu gets set to mark fifth birthday
    3. Mark Shuttleworth's Radical Vision
    4. FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
    5. Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Is Available for Download
    6. ZaReason's New Terra A20 Ubuntu Netbook: Everything Works
  10. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu One: Canonical Raising Storage Limit
    2. U Done Me Right. U Done Me Wrong
    3. Karmic Koala: That's One Seriously Fast Marsupial
  11. In Other News
  12. Meeting Summaries: September 2009
    1. Ubuntu Governance
      1. MOTU Council
      2. Technical Board
    2. Ubuntu Development Teams
      1. Xubuntu Team
        1. Packaging, Development, & Testing
        2. Artwork and marketing
    3. Ubuntu LoCo Teams
      1. Cameroonian Team
      2. Honduras Team
      3. Irish Team
      4. Japanese Team
      5. Romanian Team
      6. Russian Team
        1. The Team
        2. Translations
        3. Kuban Team
        4. Saratov Team
      7. United States Teams
        1. California Team
    4. Ubuntu Beginners Team
    5. Ubuntu NGO Team
  13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, October 05, 2009
      1. Security Team Catch-up
      2. Ubuntu Community Learning Project Meeting
    2. Tuesday, October 06, 2009
      1. End of Ubuntu Community Council Elections 2009
      2. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      3. Technical Board Meeting
      4. Server Team Meeting
      5. Desktop Team Meeting
      6. Kernel Team Meeting
      7. LoCo Teams Meeting
      8. EMEA Membership Meeting
      9. Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting
      10. Community Council Meeting
    3. Wednesday, October 07, 2009
      1. Cameroonian LoCoTeam monthly IRC meeting
      2. Foundation Team Meeting
      3. QA Team Meeting
    4. Thursday, October 08, 2009
      1. Ubuntu Java Meeting
      2. Ubuntu Translations Meeting
    5. Friday, October 09, 2009
      1. MC Meeting
      2. Karmic Weekly Release Meeting
      3. Edubuntu Meeting
    6. Saturday, October 10, 2009
      1. Ubuntu IRC Council meeting
    7. Sunday, October 11, 2009
  14. Community Spotlight
  15. 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
  16. UWN #: A sneak peek
  17. Archives and RSS Feed
  18. Additional Ubuntu News
  19. Conclusion
  20. Credits
  21. Glossary of Terms
  22. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  23. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #162 for the week September 27 - October 3rd, 2009. In this issue we cover ...

UWN Translations

  • Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the information you need.

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

In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu 9.10 Beta released

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop and Server editions, and the Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Codenamed "Karmic Koala", 9.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition improves on the work of 9.04 to get you going faster, with improved startup times and a streamlined boot experience.

Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition integrates Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud setup in the installer and provides improvements to system security with AppArmor, including an AppArmor profile for libvirtd to further isolate virtual machines from the host system.

The Ubuntu 9.10 family of variants, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu, also reach beta status.

To upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Beta from Ubuntu 9.04, follow these instructions: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/KarmicUpgrades

Or, download Ubuntu 9.10 Beta here (choose the mirror closest to you):

Please download using Bittorrent if possible.

The final version of Ubuntu 9.10 is expected to be released in October 2009.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2009-October/000125.html

Planning of Karmic Release Parties kicks off!

KarmicKoala is coming, scheduled for release in October 2009. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicKoala

For every Ubuntu release we like to organize parties all over the world. At these parties everyone is welcome and we get together to celebrate, meet new friends and often introduce people new to Ubuntu to our community and our Operating System. Release parties are not only a great way to meet people but they are a lot of fun!

This guide[1] explains how best to run a great release party and you can get a lot of advice and help with the planning on the ubuntu-event-planners[2] and loco-contacts[3] mailing lists.

Be sure to add your party to the Karmic Release Parties wiki, and post pictures of the party in your blog afterwards. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicReleaseParties

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

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

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

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats Jaunty

  • Spanish (10634) -363 over last week
  • French (37127) -41 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (47748) -148 over last week
  • Swedish (53178) -222 over last week
  • English (United Kingdom) (53415) -4 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 (16209) -11 over last week
  • French (61435) +261 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (69655) -1261 over last week
  • Swedish (70860) +700 over last week
  • English (Uk) (87440) +556 over last week

1. Language (#) +/- # 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-Tour in Honduras

The Ubuntu Honduras Loco Team did another presentation in the Instituto Tridentino locate it on the city of San Pedro Sula. They were also planning on taking part in the Global Jam that just concluded, and hope is will be the first of many jams they participate in. If you are a Spanish speaker, you can learn more about the "Tour of Honduras" at the links below.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2009-September/000716.html

New in Karmic Koala

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

In The Press

First Look at Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Beta

Life Hacker's Kevin Purdy notes that the beta release of Karmic Koala, the next version of Ubuntu Linux, just arrived on the net. In general, Ubuntu 9.10, or Karmic Koala, doesn't have a whole ton of new-new features over what we saw in 9.04. That's because a lot of the focus has been on more nuts-and-bolts areas, like boot-up management, application security, and other deep-down bits. That said, there is some new stuff worth checking out. Follow this link for a screen shot tour: http://lifehacker.com/5372301/first-look-at-ubuntu-910-karmic-koala-beta/gallery/

Ubuntu gets set to mark fifth birthday

Sam Varghese of IT Wire says it seems like only yesterday that Warty Warthog was making its debut to cheers among the crowd who had always wanted a distribution based on the unstable development stream of Debian. At the end of this month Karmic Koala will be out for download, and it will be another proud moment for Mark Shuttleworth. Shuttleworth has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams as far as usage goes, but he still has a few mountains left to climb as he tries to remove the red ink from the Canonical books. Karmic Koala is an excellent milestone, and a fitting one to mark the fifth birthday. Many happy returns of the day, Mark. http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28023/1090/

Mark Shuttleworth's Radical Vision

Carla Schroder of Linux Planet notes that Mark Shuttleworth's Linuxcon keynote has gotten a lot of attention. Some for being the big Linux celebrity, some for making some unfortunate comments, and a small bit for his actual message. "People often ask me why I'm so fascinated by Free software , and why I put so much time, energy, and money into Ubuntu...I really believe the Free software process is the right way to build software. Not only that, but there is the potential, if we raise our game... that we could end up defining the experience that the average person has whenever they turn on a computer." Hit this link to read more of Schroder's comments, or to watch the video of Shuttleworth's speach: http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/6861/1/

FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

Phoronix's Michael Larabel reminds us that Canonical will be releasing Ubuntu 9.10 at the end of next month while the final release of FreeBSD 8.0 is also expected within the next few weeks. With these two popular free software operating systems both having major updates coming out at around the same time, he decided it warranted some early benchmarking as we see how the FreeBSD 8.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 performance compares. More times than not, Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 came out on top compared to FreeBSD 7.2 and 8.0-RC releases. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=Free``BSD8_ubuntu910&num=1

Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Is Available for Download

Marius Nestor of Softpedia tells us that the Ubuntu development team has unleashed the Beta release of the upcoming Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) operating system, due for launch in late October this year. What's new in Ubuntu 9.10 Beta? Well, as you probably already know, there is now a revamped Human theme, the Humanity icons and lots of wallpapers! Moreover, the Ubuntu Software Store has been renamed to Ubuntu Software Center and updated several times in the last two weeks. And... in order to improve the boot performance, the Ubuntu developers have now transitioned to Upstart. Follow this link for further details: http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-9-10-Beta-Is-Available-for-Download-123131.shtml

ZaReason's New Terra A20 Ubuntu Netbook: Everything Works

Linux Planet's Paul Ferrill tells us that many vendors offer a variety of operating system options, but very few preload an OS targeted specifically at the netbook. ZaReason is one of the few and preloads Ubuntu 9.04 Netbook Remix on their Terra A20 netbook. If you were to take a look under the hood of the ZaReason netbook, you'd find an Intel Atom N270 1.6 GHz processor, up to 2 GB of memory and a variety of options for the hard disk. They also offer, as an option, and a built-in 3G wireless modem for $99. At a base price of $349 it's slightly higher than similarly equipped units from Acer, Asus or HP. You could get one of these and just install Ubuntu Netbook Remix yourself or, you could support a fine company in ZaReason and expect to get real service and support. The choice is yours. http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reviews/6862/1/

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu One: Canonical Raising Storage Limit

Joe Panettieri, of Works With U, talks about the initial Beta testing of Ubuntu One and suggestions that have been made for improving it. Initially, the storage limit for Ubuntu One was 2 gig for the free service, and up to 10 gig for $10 per month. Ubuntu One Product Manager Matt Griffin made it official on October 1st that the paid subscription would be 50 gig for $10 per month. Other suggestions have been made by Beta testers, including making Ubuntu One available for Mac OS X, iPhone and Windows users, too, but so far third party developers haven't come up with anything concrete.

http://www.workswithu.com/2009/10/01/ubuntu-one-canonical-raising-storage-limit/

U Done Me Right. U Done Me Wrong

Marcel Gagné begins a new blog for Ubuntu User with an introduction of himself, and a description of his "love/hate" relationship with Ubuntu. Actually, his problem is that he likes Kubuntu, personally, but found that Kubuntu 9.04 had some real problems. Now that he's tried Karmic Koala Alpha 5, though, the problems that Jaunty had seem to have been solved. See what he has to say at his blog.

http://ubuntu-user.com/Online/Blogs/Marcel-Gagne-Orbiting-Planet-buntu/U-Done-Me-Right.-U-Done-Me-Wrong

Karmic Koala: That's One Seriously Fast Marsupial

Jason Perlow, in his blog "Tech Broiler" on ZDNet, was surprised to see that Karmic Koala would boot in 15 seconds. He had installed it in a virtual box, and actually got the time down to 10 seconds with some virtual box tweaks. That's 15 seconds from BIOS post to full desktop. Karmic Koala comes with the latest GIMP 2.6 as well as OpenOffice 3.1. and Firefox 3.5.3. Also included is a 2.6.31 Linux kernel and it now uses the GRUB 2 bootloader and ext4 file system by default. In all, he appeared to be impressed with the improvements. For more on his thoughts, see his blog.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/perlow/?p=11218

In Other News

Meeting Summaries: September 2009

Ubuntu Governance

MOTU Council

  • Four applications and three new developers:
    • Benjamin Drung joined the MOTU team from Berlin, Germany.
    • Andres Rodriguez put some hard work into Server and HA applications and joined the MOTU team.
    • Cody Somerville was recommended for core-dev membership by the MOTU Countil.
    • Martin-Éric Racine was approved as a MOTU and recommended for xserver-xorg-video-geode upload rights.
  • Three MOTU applications, all of them approved:
    • Marc Deslauriers works in the Ubuntu Security team and has done a lot of amazing work in a short time. Keep it up!
    • Fabrice Coutadeur has been working on lots and lots of packages already and helped to clear up lots of obscure build failures, also is he interested in video editing.
    • Michael Terry has done great work in Canonical's OEM team but also in getting rsyslog ready for Karmic and doing lots of merges. His main objective is getting deja-dup into main.

Technical Board

  • Technical Board meeting, 2009-09-08
    • Debian technical committee participation in techboard
      • Bdale Garbee has put himself forward to participate and help define the role
      • ACTION received: cjwatson to respond to Bdale, make arrangements for him to participate
    • Java SRU policy
    • Removal of sun-java6 from Karmic
      • Passed: remove sun-java6 from karmic in favor of openjdk-6, contingent on approval from the maintainer (Matthias Klose).
      • ACTION received: kees to confirm removal of sun-java6 with doko
    • Developer Membership Board
      • Scott has set up the appropriate teams in Launchpad
      • The DMB now needs to be communicated, and start doing the work of processing membership applications
      • ACTION received: cjwatson to announce DMB to MC, -devel announce
      • Action: jono to update documentation
    • Archive reorganisation (Colin Watson)
      • Colin had a couple of minor items to confirm with the TB before throwing the switch on package sets
      • Ubuntu package sets are now implemented in Launchpad
    • Community bugs (none)
    • select a chair for the next meeting (kees)
  • Technical Board meeting, 2009-09-22
    • reviewed actions from last meeting
      • ACTION: Keybuk to find Bdale at LinuxCon to hash out participation

    • Removal of sun-java6
      • Based on feedback all around, it was agreed that it is still early for sun-java6 to be dropped. However, it was not yet clear if responsibility for the package should be changed.
      • ACTION: kees to drive sun-java6 email thread and get resolution on responsibility
    • Developer Membership Board
      • Striking the right balance between openness and privacy combined with the desire to not change existing processes too radically continues to be a non-trivial issue.
      • ACTION: cjwatson to drive DMB email thread to conclusion
    • Discuss UnitsPolicy

      • Excepting some clarifications to the language surrounding file sizes, the Policy is nearly ready.
      • ACTION: Keybuk to finalize unit policy and email to TB for vote
    • Community Bugs (none)
    • Archive reorganisation (Colin Watson)
      • There was general agreement that team admins have been delegated the responsibility to grant upload privileges, but that how they choose developers is not entirely clear.
      • Daniel expressed a concern that team admins should follow a standard transparent process when dealing with applicants.
      • Scott proposed having it split into "application" (standard) and "approval" (up to the admin)
      • Martin proposed that the TB would approve a set of possible application processes an admin could choose from.
      • ACTION: cjwatson to drive vote on Archive Reorg rights for ubuntu-desktop and mythbuntu in email
    • Select a chair for next meeting (pitti)

Ubuntu Development Teams

Xubuntu Team

Xubuntu team report for September 2009

Packaging, Development, & Testing
  • Cody regenerated the Xubuntu metapackage.
  • Lionel updated xubuntu-default-settings to provide default.desktop desktop session file to correctly set system wide default session.
  • Lionel uploaded a new upstream bugfix release of xfce4-volumed.
  • Lionel patched xfce4-power-manager to fix a segfault in xfpm_session_set_client_id.
  • Lionel fixed LP #412659 by updating the xubuntu-artwork package to increase the alternative priority of the xubuntu usplash theme so that the xubuntu theme is preferred over the ubuntu one.
  • Lionel updated xubuntu-default-settings to improve integration with new gdm and readd a shortcut for xfce4-popup-menu (LP: #424282).
  • Lionel fixed LP #195649 by patching exo to fix failure to eject video cd/dvd & data cd/dvd using hardware button.

  • Cody added xfce4-volumed to xubuntu desktop seed.
  • Cody removed thunar-tpa (trash panel applet) from default session as part of the xubuntu-karmic-session-slim-down specification (https://blueprints.launchpad.net/xubuntu-desktop/+spec/xubuntu-karmic-session-slim-down).

  • SiDi patched xfce4-power-manager to use custom notification icons as part of the notify-osd spec

Artwork and marketing
  • Pasi and SiDi worked with James Schriver and MadsRH to make the new GTK theme and mockups for Xsplash

  • Pasi and Jim did the new documentation startpage
  • Pasi worked extensively with Karmic release artwork (GDM, wallpaper and overall look)

Ubuntu LoCo Teams

Cameroonian Team

* Activities during the Software Freedom day (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CameroonianTeam/Events/SoftwareFreedomDay)

Honduras Team

Irish Team

Japanese Team

Romanian Team

  • we have relaunch planet.ubuntu.com as an agregator for all Romanian blogs talking about Ubuntu
  • toghether with members from other Linux communities (especially Fedora) we start filming a series of short Linux relates report for the national television ... we still don't know when they will be aired

Russian Team

The Team

Translations

Kuban Team

Saratov Team

United States Teams

California Team

Ubuntu Beginners Team

Ubuntu NGO Team

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, October 05, 2009

Security Team Catch-up

  • Start: 17:00 UTC
  • End: 17:30 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up.

Ubuntu Community Learning Project Meeting

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

End of Ubuntu Community Council Elections 2009

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Technical Board Meeting

  • Start: 14:00 UTC
  • End: 15:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

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: Not listed as of publication

EMEA Membership Meeting

Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting

Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Cameroonian LoCoTeam monthly IRC meeting

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, October 08, 2009

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Ubuntu Translations Meeting

Friday, October 09, 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

Edubuntu Meeting

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Ubuntu IRC Council meeting

  • Start: 13:00 UTC
  • End: 14:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Sunday, October 11, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Community Spotlight

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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