1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Lucid Ubuntu Developer Summit Videos
    2. New LoCo Council Members
    3. America's Membership Board Meeting: November 18th, 2009
    4. Developer Membership Board public meeting
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Karmic
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. LoCo Contact Change: Wisconsin LoCo Team
  6. The Planet
    1. Doctor Mo: Ice Skating at UDS
    2. Matthew Helmke: Heading Home from UDS-L
    3. Joe Baker: An Interview with Richard Johnson (nixternal)
    4. Martin Pitt: Nicer Launchpad upstream releases with lp-project-upload
  7. In The Press
    1. 20 Essential Tips Every Ubuntu User Should Know
    2. Canonical working on an iTunes-like music store for Ubuntu?
    3. Good karma: an in-depth review of Ubuntu 9.10
    4. Head to Head: Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 9.10
    5. Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is really nice
    6. GIMP To Be Removed From Lucid; F-Spot Has Challengers
    7. How The X Stack In Ubuntu 10.04 LTS May Look
    8. Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
    9. Ubuntu in truffle shuffle with Chrome OS
    10. Ubuntu 9.10: A karmic disconnection
  8. In The Blogosphere
    1. Canonical: Profiting From Google Chrome OS?
    2. Canonical’s Landscape: The Ubuntu Management Strategy
    3. Dell Shows Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Some Love
    4. Why Ubuntu release schedules should be changed
    5. Shutdown/Reboot Ubuntu 9.10
    6. Ubuntu One Music Store
    7. Ubuntu One Music Store: A Real Business?
    8. Ubuntu's Canonical and Google partner to create Chrome
    9. Who Deserves Free Ubuntu CDs More?
    10. Ubuntu Netbook Remix to be redubbed Ubuntu Netbook Edition
    11. My life with Linux: Day 1 - The daily ups and downs of switching to open source
  9. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday November 23, 2009
      1. Security Team Catch-up
    2. Tuesday, November 24, 2009
      1. Asia Oceania Membership Board Meeting
      2. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      3. Desktop Team Meeting
      4. Kernel Team Meeting
    3. Wednesday, November 25, 2009
      1. Server Team Meeting
      2. Foundation Team Meeting
      3. QA Team Meeting
    4. Thursday, November 26, 2009
      1. Ubuntu Java Meeting
      2. MC Meeting
    5. Friday, November 27, 2009
    6. Saturday, November 28, 2009
    7. Sunday, November 29, 2009
  10. Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04 and 9.10
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 6.06 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 8.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 9.04 Updates
    6. Ubuntu 9.10 Updates
  11. Archives and RSS Feed
  12. Additional Ubuntu News
  13. Conclusion
  14. Credits
  15. Glossary of Terms
  16. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  17. Feedback


Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #169 for the week November 15th - November 21st, 2009. In this issue we cover: Lucid Ubuntu Developer Summit Videos, New LoCo Council Members, America's Membership Board Meeting: November 18th, 2009, Developer Membership Board public meeting, LoCo Contact Change: Wisconsin LoCo Team, Doctor Mo: Ice Skating at UDS, Matthew Helmke: Heading Home from UDS-L, Joe Baker: An Interview with Richard Johnson (nixternal), Martin Pitt: Nicer Launchpad upstream releases with lp-project-upload, and much, much more!

UWN Translations

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In This Issue

  • Lucid Ubuntu Developer Summit Videos
  • New LoCo Council Members

  • America's Membership Board Meeting: November 18th, 2009
  • Developer Membership Board public meeting
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Contact Change: Wisconsin LoCo Team

  • Doctor Mo: Ice Skating at UDS
  • Matthew Helmke: Heading Home from UDS-L
  • Joe Baker: An Interview with Richard Johnson (nixternal)
  • Martin Pitt: Nicer Launchpad upstream releases with lp-project-upload
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Lucid Ubuntu Developer Summit Videos

The Ubuntu Developer Summits have always been very open and participatory events, but this year they are going a step further than in previous years. On top of the audio streams, gobby documents, separate IRC channels, blueprints and wiki pages they also had many sessions video recorded. The videos are available in both Ogg Video format and flash, so we can reach a wide and diverse audience of interested parties. Below are direct links to the Ogg Video. To download any or all of the various videos please visit the Ubuntu Developers Channel: , the Youtube channel: , or the Miro Ubuntu Community:

Group picture of the UDS attendees:

UDS Lucid was a big success!! It used what was successful in past UDS conferences and built on it. Ubuntu's continued success is largely due to the openness of its work process and the enthusiasm of the Ubuntu Community.

Thanks to Alan Pope for posting the videos on his blog and also to Amber Graner for conducting the interviews.

New LoCo Council Members

It's with great pleasure we'd like to announce the new members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council.

After a delay getting started the election process went very well. We originally intended to have two new members on the LoCo council to replace the two members who recently left. However after voting we had a draw but as they are all fantastic contributors to the project we thought it would be best to add all three of them to the team.

America's Membership Board Meeting: November 18th, 2009

After an incredibly productive meeting with most of the board members sitting in the same room, the following contributors were accepted as Ubuntu Members at our meeting this evening:

Luis Lopez works as an independent IT consultant in Canada, after a period in Canonical as a Sales Engineer. He is very active and helped setting up the Colombian LoCo, as well as other advocacy work in Colombia. Luis is also very active in bug reporting in Ubuntu. His future plans involve providing feedback to the Ubuntu project about enterprise desktop requirements to increase adoption, and helping non-technical users to participate in the project.

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Mathieu Trudel I is a system/networks administrator for a moderate-sized internet firm on the south shore of Montreal. He has done quite a bit of work on NetworkManager, and has provided fixed to a wide variety of bugs in Ubuntu. However, his amazing work in the Ubuntu-QC LoCo and organization of release parties is what made us proud to have him as a new member.

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Juan Marquez Ruiz is a systems engineer, telecommunications engineer and software developer from Colombia. Juan has contributed heavily to the Ubuntu forums, is a very active member in the Colombian LoCo team, as well as promoting Ubuntu in local newspapers and organizing install-fests. His application came with many enthusiastic testimonials.

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Guillermo Lisi is a system administrator and applications programmer in commercial enterprises, and has been contributing to Ubuntu for over 2 years. His focus has been on the Argentinian LoCo team, with an enormous effort in moderating the forums and walking new people through the philosophy and spirit of the Ubuntu community. He has also help organize countless events, and his application came with an amazing set of fans.

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Micah Gersten has been answering Ubuntu questions in Launchpad since Dec 2008, getting to be one of the top 20 contributor for Ubuntu Bugs and Ubuntu Answers. He has done an incredible amount of bug triaging, and his karma being at precisely 22558 points shows off his efforts. He also works closely with the Mozilla team in identifying bugs in the daily builds and making sure the keep on running. He has a fantastic set of support from well established community members.

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Michael Hall has been a web application developer for more than 10 years, transitioning from Perl to Java, PHP and now Python, and lives in Florida, USA. In addition to his extensive work in the Florida LoCo team, he's the author of Qimo Linux - a Xubuntu derivative designed for young children featuring open-source educational games and a simplified desktop. He has set up a on-profit organization whose goal is to recycle second hand computers into educational system for your kids. His application came with strong support and a great variety of pictures.

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David, (mostly known as komputes), has done an overwhelming amount of work in bug reporting, triaging and debugging. He has a good understanding of the Linux audio subsystem and the various audio projects, and uses this knowledge to help users troubleshoot audio issues in Ubuntu. He's also involved in the Canada LoCo, having organizes various events.

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Marco Antonio de Hoyos is the a founder member of the project UTUTO since 2004 and had participate in SOLAR, Software Libre Argentina. He jumped on board Ubuntu on Warty and joined the Argentinian LoCo by the end of 2007, taking on the task of moderating the mailing list, and making sure new members understood the spirit of the project and our Code of Conduct. He has also taken maintaining and adding to the LoCo webpage. Last but certainly not least, he's very passionate about teaching open source and actively gives talks and classes in a variety of places.

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The Americas Board and the Ubuntu Community congratulates these new members!

Developer Membership Board public meeting

The team has a fair backlog of main upload requests. They will hold a DMB meeting next week at Tuesday 15:00 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting to process those. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have a pending application to main upload privileges, it would be appreciated if you could participate.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (75585) +1057 over last week
  • Critical (31) +1 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (39087) +752 over last week
  • Unassigned (66278) +1010 over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (350616) +2383 over last week

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

Translation Stats Karmic

  1. Spanish (13469) -591 over last week
  2. Brazilian Portuguese (45692) -3462 over last week
  3. French (46845) -3425 over last week
  4. Swedish (65560) -3211 over last week
  5. English (United Kingdom) (73372) -2846 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more at:

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea.

LoCo News

LoCo Contact Change: Wisconsin LoCo Team

There is a new LoCo Team Contact for the Wisconsin US-team. Anthony Hook is taking over from Trevor Mosey and Uberushaximus. Anthony mentions his motivations towards the team: "I hope that we will be able to get some regular activity in our LoCo and make it worthwhile for our 87 members." On behalf of the LoCo Council, a warm welcome to Anthony and all the best to ubuntu-us-wi.

The Planet

Doctor Mo: Ice Skating at UDS

At UDS they do various fun activities after the sessions have ended. People have been great for getting these events organized. On Tuesday they went to the local Galleria to ice skating. There are some great pictures at the following link:

Matthew Helmke: Heading Home from UDS-L

The Ubuntu Developer Summit has ended and I’m on my way home. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is going to be an incredible release and I’m proud to have participated a little bit in the process. I’ll be writing more about it as time passes. For now, enjoy the group photo at the link below.

Joe Baker: An Interview with Richard Johnson (nixternal)

The next interview in the series comes from somebody who I’ve never really spoken to personally (well…until now), but who I’ve heard a lot of people talking about/referring to. To me, this shows the extraordinary amount of work that he’s put into Ubuntu/Kubuntu. Some of you have probably heard of him for something more recent…which I won’t spoil. The interview covers, personal info, how and when he started using computers, his involvement with Ubuntu, his best memories, advocacy, and tips for new users. You can read the full interview at the link below.

Martin Pitt: Nicer Launchpad upstream releases with lp-project-upload

A while ago Martin Pitt introduced a script lp-project-upload to automate tarball release uploads to Launchpad.

Many people asked for further features, two of which Martin has added now: First, it automatically invokes gpg to create a tarball signature (unless one is already present), and second it invokes an editor to specify changelog and release notes (just keep the files empty if you don’t need them). Uploaded to lucid’s ubuntu-dev-tools.

In The Press

20 Essential Tips Every Ubuntu User Should Know

Maximum PC's Will Kraft says so you've read Maximum PC's Complete Beginner's Guide to Linux and have decided to adopt an open-source operating system--congratulations! But diving right into a new OS is daunting, even if it is as polished and stable as Ubuntu. That's OK though, because they're here to help. He has compiled a list of the 20 most important skills that every Ubuntu user should have. These tips, ranging from basic GUI manipulation to advanced system recovery, are essential to your Windows-free computing experience. Whether you've just installed Ubuntu for the first time or have been a Linux acolyte for years, you'll want to read our refresher. Follow this link for these 20 tips:

Canonical working on an iTunes-like music store for Ubuntu?

Lee Mathews of Download Squad says the one program people he knows miss when they've tried to switch to Linux is iTunes. Like it or not, Apple's desktop app has gained the reputation of being the place to buy music and video downloads. But iTunes on Linux? Fuhgettaboutit. That leaves an opportunity for someone in the Linux community to step up and deliver an alternative. Enter Canonical, who may be preparing to do just that in time for the release of Lucid Lynx. Over at LaunchPad, there's a blueprint called Ubuntu One Music Store which states its goal as "to deliver the ability to purchase music from within a desktop music player." There's nothing much yet for details on the associated wiki, so there's no telling yet what exactly might be in the works. Even if the Ubuntu One Music Store ends up being an affiliate app powered by Amazon, it could provide a decent revenue stream for Canonical. It's also one more feature that could entice users to give Linux a try on their desktop.``Tunes-like-music-store-for-ubuntu/

Good karma: an in-depth review of Ubuntu 9.10

ARS Technica's Ryan Paul reminds us that Ubuntu 9.10, codenamed Karmic Koala, was officially released last month. In this comprehensive review, Ars takes you under the surface for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes. Karmic Koala, climbed down from the tree last month with new features and updated software. For five years and eleven releases, the Ubuntu Linux distribution has delivered a capable desktop operating system built largely on open source software. The new version is another important step forward for Ubuntu and its corporate backer Canonical. Ubuntu has achieved a level of popularity that is unprecedented for a desktop Linux distribution. It has gained an enormous following among open source software enthusiasts and is even beginning to attract some mainstream recognition. The Karmic release continues Ubuntu's march forward and will raise the bar a notch for other desktop distributions.

Head to Head: Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 9.10

Benny Har-Even of IT Pro points out that Windows 7 turns to face its latest challenger in the form of Ubuntu 9.10, the latest and greatest flavor of Linux to be released. "It’s with some trepidation then that we pitch the most recently updated flavour of Linux, Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, against the new mainstream choice that is Windows 7." There’s no great revelation is saying the Windows 7 is a fine operating system that is going to remain the default choice for most, even though it costs money. However, for a business, if your strategy is to try and avoid Microsoft, end users could be worse off than being stuck with Ubuntu 9.10. If you look hard enough, there’s nothing your Windows machine can do that your Ubuntu one can’t. As much as Har-Even says he likes Windows 7, he can’t help but be impressed with what’s on offer in Karmic Koala and if you’ve never tried Linux then it’s an easy and relatively painless place to start.

Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is really nice says if you have read his Ubuntu 9.10 review last week, you must have noticed his reaction to the latest Ubuntu release was rather lukewarm. This makes today's Kubuntu review all the more intriguing. First, is there and why is there any difference between Ubuntu and Kubuntu, after all, they are pretty much the same distro? Then, what are these differences and are they any good? Kubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala is very, very nice. It's a pleasant surprise. And it's better than Ubuntu. It is not without issues, but they are mostly cosmetic and related to KDE. If you're considering trying the latest Ubuntu release, I'd say try Kubuntu. It's lovely, polished, smooth, runs well, and will cooperate with your hardware. You will also get a decent array of programs to begin with, plus lots of eye candy to please you while you grunt over and smooth the bumps you find along the way.

GIMP To Be Removed From Lucid; F-Spot Has Challengers reports that the decision has been taken, and it seemed pretty final that The GIMP will not be included in Ubuntu Lucid by default. The decisions behind this are based on a few factors:

  • the general user doesn't use it
  • its user-interface is too complex
  • it's an application for professionals
  • desktop users just want to edit photos and they can do that in F-Spot
  • it's a photoshop replacement and photoshop isn't included by default in Windows...
  • it takes up room on the disc

Of course, these are all perfectly valid points, and says he agrees with most of them. The logic behind this is sound. Desktop users just do not need something as powerful as The GIMP. It takes up space, it's not widely used outside of designers and a simpler "paint" type program would better serve the features it provides that don't overlap with F-Spot.

How The X Stack In Ubuntu 10.04 LTS May Look

Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports that Canonical's Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (codenamed Lucid Lynx) is taking place this week in Texas, but happening right now on the Ubuntu-X mailing list is a discussion about what the X.Org plans are for Ubuntu Lucid. Bryce Harrington, Canonical's principal X leader, has shared his views about the X.Org package set for Ubuntu 10.04. As far as the X Server goes, Bryce believes it is a question between the 1.6, 1.7, and 1.8 releases. X Server 1.7 has been shipping as part of X.Org 7.5 since early October, but Bryce is still willing to consider using 1.6 in Lucid as an option since it's been tested longer than 1.7. However, X Server 1.6 lacks support for X Input 2.0 / Multi-Pointer X, VGA arbitration, EXA improvements, and many other goodies. Using X Server 1.6 though would likely just be a fall-back scenario if going with X Server 1.7/1.8 does not work in Ubuntu's favor. Right now this is all up in the air but we will see what ends up getting settled for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Phoronix will certainly be around with their benchmarks when the time comes.

Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks

Phoronix's Michael Larabel recalls that back in August upon the launch of Apple's Snow Leopard he delivered benchmarks comparing Mac OS X 10.5 and Mac OS X 10.6 along with initial benchmarks of how Ubuntu 9.10 was running against Mac OS X 10.6. Since that time though Ubuntu 9.10 has been officially released with various changes since last August and Apple has issued two point releases for Snow Leopard, now putting it at version 10.6.2. As we await the release of FreeBSD 8.0 to deliver a larger operating system comparison, Larabel has carried out a fresh round of tests comparing Mac OS X 10.6.2 and Ubuntu 9.10 (both x86 and x86_64 editions) under a variety of tests. Ubuntu 9.10 (with the 32-bit and 64-bit wins being added together) had won about ten of the sixteen benchmarks in this Mac OS X vs. Ubuntu Linux comparison.

Ubuntu in truffle shuffle with Chrome OS

Kelly Fiveash of The Register reports reports that Ubuntu’s commercial sponsor Canonical revealed late yesterday that it has been working with Google on its Chrome OS platform since before Mountain View announced its game-changing plans in July this year. The firm’s OEM veep Chris Kenyon said in a blog post on Thursday that “Canonical is contributing engineering to Google under contract”. His comments came following Google’s announcement that it would open source the Chrome OS. “While the two operating systems share some core components, Google Chrome OS will provide a very different experience to Ubuntu,” he said. “Ubuntu will continue to be a general purpose OS running both web and native applications such as OpenOffice and will not require specialized hardware.” Chrome OS on the other hand will be specifically designed for a hand-picked selection of web-obsessed x86- and (eventually) ARM-based netbooks created by Google’s hardware partners that include big name computer makers such as Hewlett Packard, Asus, Acer, Lenovo.

Ubuntu 9.10: A karmic disconnection

William Charles D'Souza of The Business Standard writes that he has always believed that the primary responsibility of an operating system is to work so smoothly that it becomes virtually invisible — functioning without the least bit of hiccup to provide an unobtrusive environment on any computer where other applications come into play. Now imagine if you could have this for free! I mean, the basic version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 costs nearly Rs 6,000. Why pay so much when you can do all your normal tasks on an OS that’s absolutely free for home use? The Linux-based Ubuntu was fast catching up with the Windows on all these parameters, at least till its latest version 9.10 — the ‘Karmic Koala’. D'Souza went onto experience DSL problems during upgrade which soured his opinion of Karmic, but he still likes Ubuntu. "As for me, I am just hoping that somewhere between the fixes and forums, the Karmic gives my MTNL connection back... Then the 9.10 would be the definitive alternative to the Windows. Till then, I would be happy to have my netbook stuck with the good old 9.04 Jaunty."

In The Blogosphere

Canonical: Profiting From Google Chrome OS?

Joe Panettieri, WorksWithU, has written two blog post about Canonical and Chrome OS 1) Canonical: Profiting From Google Chrome OS? and Google Chrome OS: Should Ubuntu and Canonical Worry? in which he believes that Chrome OS posses at threat to Canonical. According to Joe he still believes this threat a real one to spite the fact that Google is partnering with Canonical in this endeavor. Links to both of Joe's articles are below he makes some good points, but read and see what you think about Google Chrome OS and the future of Ubuntu and Canonical.

Canonical’s Landscape: The Ubuntu Management Strategy

Joe Panettieri, WorksWithU, spoke via podcast with Ken Drachnik, Landscape manager at Canonical. The Podcast includes answers to the following questions:

  1. What is Landscape?
  2. Is Landscape positioned for small, medium, or large organizations?
  3. Is Landscape for netbooks, notebooks,. desktops or servers?
  4. Can Landscape manage Ubuntu in the Cloud?
  5. Does Landscape run on-premise or is it a SaaS (software as a service) solution?
  6. What is a landscape dedicated server?
  7. Is Landscape available globally?
  8. How is Landscaped priced?
  9. Where is Canonical heading next with Landscape?

Want to know how to find out more information about Landscape it's all in the podcast.There is even a link to free Landscape test and much more. The podcast takes less than 10 minutes and is well worth the listen is Landscape is on your radar.

Dell Shows Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Some Love

Joe Panettieri, workwithU, gives some early details of Dell beginning to to show "Lucid Lynx Some Love" in this article. "According to Dell's Direct2Dell website: 'Dell Linux Engineers will hit the road to Dallas, TX to participate in the upcoming Ubuntu Developers Summit for Lucid Lynx (UDS-L).'" Joe points out the signs of progress between Dell and Canonical with the following:

  • Dell and Canonical in mid-September 2009 introduced Ubuntu Moblin Remix Developer Edition on Dell netbooks.
  • Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth visited Dell’s Austin, Texas headquarters in late September 2009.
  • Dell’s U.S. website in October 2009 finally re-introduced a desktop PC with Ubuntu pre-installed.

Joe points out that Dell is studying the Ubuntu 10.04 and LTS release that will be supported by Canonical for 3 years on the desktop and 5 on the server. Joe sees a lot of potential in the future for this endeavor. Let's see what comes out from Dell about their involvement in UDS this week. See what you think read this article full of links and information.

Why Ubuntu release schedules should be changed

Sam Varaghese wants to see Ubuntu go from a 6 month release schedule to a annual release schedule. The first reason he gives, is so that no showstopping bugs will show up in future releases like they have in 9.04 and 9.10. Second, he points out that with Ubuntu's move to the Debian testing stream instead of the Debian unstable stream will require a slower release schedule. We are also informed of the opinion that the 6 month release schedule is used mainly to give Ubuntu the impression of being in perpetual motion. The third reason given is GNOME's major changes that are planned for 3.0. Sam Varaghese informs us that 1 month between the release of GNOME and Ubuntu's release is not enough time to work out the problems that will arise from the changes in GNOME.

Shutdown/Reboot Ubuntu 9.10

J.A. Watson doesn't like the 60-second delay that has been added when you shutdown and reboot in 9.04 and 9.10. We are also told that the option in 9.04 to turn this delay off was missing in 9.10, but he gives us a way to turn this off in the GNOME configuration settings. He then starts what he calls a "rant" and asks why this feature was added, and why the option to turn it off was hidden in the GNOME configuration settings.,1000000567,10014447o-2000498448b,00.htm

Ubuntu One Music Store

Stefano Forenza notes that Ubuntu is considering a music store for Ubuntu 10.04. The store would be hooked up to Ubuntu One, thus the name "Ubuntu One Music Store". He raises a few interesting questions in his blog, such as: what type of commercial agreements were reached with the music companies, what format the music would be in (mp3 or open formats), and what about DRM?

Ubuntu One Music Store: A Real Business?

Joe Panettieri of Works With U voices his opinion of Ubuntu offering a Music Store in Lucid Lynx. This, according to Launchpad, is a project to deliver the ability to purchase music from inside a desktop music player. He goes on to ask 3 questions:

  • Can Canonical actually make money from the Ubuntu One Music Store?
  • Is the music store something completely new, or is it a simple connection to existing online music stores?
  • Is Canonical stretching itself too thin by continuing to launch more and more services.

Joe seems to feel that this is a good move for Ubuntu, as music is a big drawing card for on-line use.

Ubuntu's Canonical and Google partner to create Chrome

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, the Cyber Cynic writing on the Computerworld blogs, announces that Ubuntu is partnering with Google to create Chrome. This is a major project, under contract, where Canonical is contributing engineering for the netbook operating system. He feels that this doesn't impact Ubuntu, since Ubuntu is for general purpose machines, and Chrome is for a specific goal on specific hardware.

Who Deserves Free Ubuntu CDs More?

Christopher Tozzi of Works With U addresses the questions concerning Canonical's move to scale back the Ship-It program. It is his opinion that Canonical may be targeting the wrong people. Free CDs are now being sent only to those who are already Ubuntu members. But Christopher feels that this may be discriminating against those who don't have the technical ability to burn ISOs, or the bandwidth to download them: in short, the very people that need the service the most. Read his views at the link.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix to be redubbed Ubuntu Netbook Edition

liliputing reports via OMGUbuntu, that Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) is being renamed Ubuntu Netbook Edition (UNE). The fact that the term "remix" implies and "respun" version of the operation system and the word "Edition" would mean a fully supported, fully-featured version of the OS. So what this renaming means is yet to be seem. Could it be a UNR by any other name is still an UNR or are we looking more in the edition. Time will tell. Take a look into the article and the blueprint that it is linked and see what's in store for the Ubuntu Netbook Edition for Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx.

My life with Linux: Day 1 - The daily ups and downs of switching to open source

Stuart Turton, writing for Australian PC Authority, begins his odyssey in the Linux world by installing Ubuntu 9.04 at home and Fedora 11 at work. He was impressed with the Wubi installation, but not with the brown theme of Ubuntu or what he considered the retro menus. He also wasn't to impressed with the speed of 9.04. He was impressed with the preselected programs that were installed, as well as the selection of other programs available through Add/Remove. After 2 hours, he was feeling right at home with Ubuntu.,my-life-with-linux-the-daily-ups-and-downs-of-switching-to-open-source.aspx

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday November 23, 2009

Security Team Catch-up

  • Start: 18:00 UTC
  • End: 18:30 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up.s

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Asia Oceania Membership Board Meeting

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Desktop Team Meeting

Kernel Team Meeting

  • Start: 17:00 UTC
  • End: 18:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Server Team 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, November 26, 2009

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

MC Meeting

  • Start: 17:00
  • End: 18:00
  • Location: None listed as of publication
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Friday, November 27, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Saturday, November 28, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Sunday, November 29, 2009

  • None listed as of publication

Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04 and 9.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

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