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  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Developer Membership Board election results
    2. Ubuntu User Days A Big Success
    3. Canonical Blog: ISV support for Ubuntu Server Edition widens
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Infamous Bugs
    3. Translation Stats Karmic
    4. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu LoCo Re-Approval Process
    2. LoCo Stories: the Ubuntu Honduras School Tour
  6. New in Karmic Koala
  7. Launchpad News
  8. Ubuntu Forums News
  9. The Planet
    1. Jorge Castro: Docs for upstreams and how to work with upstreams
    2. Laura Czajkowski: New flavors of Ubuntu being developed in Ireland
  10. In The Press
    1. New Low-Latency Ubuntu Server Build Proposed
    2. Analysis: Will Ubuntu Take Windows 7 In Speed War?
    3. Canonical to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver?
    4. Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10
    5. Ubuntu primes music service
  11. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu LoCo re approval process explained Posted in Ubuntu
    2. Should Ubuntu include proprietary software?
    3. Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Wallpapers - The Ubuntu Artwork Pool
    4. Ubuntu Help Centre To Get Major Overhaul For Lucid?
    5. The Ubuntu Effect
  12. In Other News
    1. Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10
  13. Meeting Summaries: <MONTH> <YEAR>
  14. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, January 25, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Developer Week
      2. Security Team Catch-up
    2. Tuesday, January 26, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      2. Technical Board Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Developer Week
      4. Desktop Team Meeting
      5. Kernel Team Meeting
    3. Wednesday, January 27, 2010
      1. Server Team Meeting
      2. Foundation Team Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Developer Week
      4. QA Team Meeting
      5. Edubuntu Meeting
    4. Thursday, January 28, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Java Meeting
      2. Ubuntu Developer Week
      3. MC Meeting
    5. Friday, January 29, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Developer Week
      2. Lucid Weekly Release Meeting
    6. Saturday, January 30, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Manual Meeting
    7. Sunday, January 31, 2010
      1. Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting
  15. Community Spotlight
  16. 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
  17. UWN #: A sneak peek
  18. Subscribe
  19. Archives and RSS Feed
  20. Additional Ubuntu News
  21. Conclusion
  22. Credits
  23. Glossary of Terms
  24. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  25. Feedback



Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue ## for the week MONTH DAY - DAY, YEAR. In this issue we cover ...

UWN Translations

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In This Issue

General Community News

Developer Membership Board election results

As elected by the Ubuntu development team, the members of the Developer Membership Board are now:

They will serve for a 1 year term, helping to welcome new Ubuntu developers into the project, after which another election will be held.

Ubuntu User Days A Big Success

Ubuntu User Days just wrapped up, and what a day it was. Lasting 15 hours, and with each presenter giving a one hour presentation, it made for a very lively day over all. The awesome crew of Ubuntu User Days[1] did a great job of organizing, and when one presenter turned up sick and another couldn't get on line, duanedesign and starcraftman volunteered to take over those two spots to keep the ball rolling. As usual with these on line sessions, the audience with their great qauestions and feedback was what made the day a success. If you weren't able to attend, or missed a session you wanted to be at, you can find the logs of all the sessions here:

Ubuntu User Days was also conducted in Spanish and reports that their sessions were just as productive and fun and the Engish version. You can can find a report of that sessions succes here: and the logs of the day here:

Canonical Blog: ISV support for Ubuntu Server Edition widens

This week were very pleased to see three companies behind three great technologies announce their support for Ubuntu. In the run up to the LTS in late April we are keen that our users are aware of the growing number of application options that they can have on their preferred operating system. These will be a mix of open source solutions, the ‘enterprise’ version of open source solutions or proprietary applications. A healthy and growing ecosystem is an obvious prerequisite for any successful OS.

PGP has extended its enterprise-focused data protection solutions to include Ubuntu in addition to Windows and Mac. For companies running a mixed environment (an increasingly common scenario as Ubuntu begins to find a place in businesses as a replacement technology) security and administrative concerns are reduced as the same tool can used whatever the choice of OS.

GroundWorks Open Source announced its support for Ubuntu Server. GWOS’ excellent systems monitoring and management tools will give users a great, low-cost option for their Ubuntu deployments, something that is very important as Ubuntu Server is pushed into larger and more critical use environments.

Finally LikeWise and the Ubuntu development team were able to confirm the latest version Likewise Open 5.4 has made the alpha of Ubuntu 10.04 where it will undergo rigorous testing for stability before confirmation in the release. Users from 9.10 and 8.04LTS will have a direct upgrade path at release and a version supported for five years when they do.

I hope you take time to consider these options as part of your Ubuntu deployment. Expect to see more of these types of announcements as we broaden support for the 10.04 release. We will also be able to give details soon of some programs for the ISVs themselves to more easily come on board with the LTS release and understand why it is a great addition to their portfolios. We’re looking well set for a great release.

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (76540) +5 # over last week
  • Critical (36) -1 # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (39567) -40 # over last week

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

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats Karmic

  1. Spanish (11152) -134 # over last week
  2. French (43408) -647 # over last week
  3. Brazilian Portuguese (44737) -193 # over last week
  4. Swedish (66419) +5 # over last week
  5. English (United Kingdom) (67787) -1095 # 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

Ubuntu LoCo Re-Approval Process

From the Ubuntu LoCo Council. For the Lucid cycle we have undertaken to look at the re-approving all approved Ubuntu LoCos. This was discussed at UDS Lucid in November.(

We thought it best to publicize and inform everyone about the re-approval process of a LoCo. It was decided back at UDS to start this process. It gives us a chance to see how LoCos are doing, if they need a hand in areas and to give you a chance to give us some feedback.

How it will work, for all teams which have been approved over 2 years, a member of the LoCo Council is selected to be the point of contact with the LoCo team for re-approval, they will contact your Team contact / leader.

They will attempt to contact you three times over one month. Once contact is made, you will then invite you to the next available IRC meeting. Using the method you were originally approved, We just want to see how you’ve progressed, your activity, and if you’ve had any issues, how you’ve handled them.

During this time, we may need to have more IRC meetings, but we will let you know when you are requested to attend. The re-approval process is documented and the information is on the wiki

The members of the current LoCo Council you will hear from are regarding this re approval process are

  • · Laura Czajkowski (czajkowski) · Alan Pope (popey) · Jan Claeys (janc) · Efrain Valles (effie-jayx) · Christophe Sauthier (huats) · Chris Crisafulli (itnet7)

LoCo Stories: the Ubuntu Honduras School Tour

This week we’re travelling to Central America to visit the Ubuntu Honduras team, a LoCo true to the Ubuntu ethos and a mission of their own: encourage and promote the use of free technology through Ubuntu in the Republic of Honduras.

One of the most special activities the Honduran team organises to pursue this noble goal are their Ubuntu School Tours, a series of events where they travel to schools around the country and talk to students about Ubuntu. The idea is to promote the use of Open Source and raise awareness on its significance among students and teachers in educational institutions.

In words of Diego Turcios, the team contact lead, the idea is that “more and more people in Honduras learn about Ubuntu and Free Software and see it as an excellent Operating System option for laptops, desktops and servers. We also want to show that with Ubuntu everyone, be it home users or companies, have all the applications they need, such as a web browser, word processor, spreadsheed editor, instant messaging and others.”

Despite the political unrest in the country, which forced them to cancel many presentations, they showed their strong determination and great team organization in running two School Tour events last year, both with great success. In particular, they were at the Master School and at the Tridentino Institute in San Pedro Sula, the second biggest city in Honduras, in which we’ll focus to learn more on the event.

It was in the morning on the last Saturday of September last year, and during that time, they managed to provide a very complete overview of the team, Ubuntu and Open source in general. They started with a brief introduction to the Honduran team, followed by a presentation about what Open Source is and why Ubuntu is the OS of their choice. Next up was a demonstration of free office suite applications, GNU/Linux distributions and the four Free Software freedoms, followed by a showcase of Compiz which left more than one with their mouths open. The grand finale was an installation workshop and Q&A session, after which they left Ubuntu installed in one of the school’s machines and gave them a LiveCD to share.

From the testimonials of those present it was a very interesting experience: 20 students attended, showing a lot of enthusiasm in the subject, and who were in the end invited to join the LoCo and to participate in future team activities, which was also received with great interest.

All in all, another great example of the Ubuntu LoCo culture and spirit!

Links for the Honduras Team:

New in Karmic Koala

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

The Planet

Jorge Castro: Docs for upstreams and how to work with upstreams

As part of my cycle goals I have (mostly) finished the cut of the upstream section of our wiki docs. Sometimes I get a mail from an upstream project who has no idea how Ubuntu works, but they want to get their software into Ubuntu to get it out in people’s hands. They have no idea what SRU, PPAs, and all that other stuff is.

This document kind of gives you an overview of Ubuntu development that you as an upstream care about. So if you’ve ever run into “hey how do we get this fix into Ubuntu?” then this will steer you in the right direction. Ubuntu development can be a bit daunting to step your foot into so I hope this helps people figure out what they need to do to get in Ubuntu.

The next bit is the “Adopt a Package“. The great bit about this is there’s already people out there doing this, so we’re putting together a place where we can share information on best practices so we can be more efficient and weeding through old bugs and making sure that upstream bugs go to the right place. We’ve also put together a nice set of recommendations on how to talk to upstreams to make the work easier for everyone.

Laura Czajkowski: New flavors of Ubuntu being developed in Ireland

In The Press

New Low-Latency Ubuntu Server Build Proposed

Michael Larabel of Phoronix tells us that Canonical's Tim Gardner is seeking comments regarding a new build of Ubuntu Server that he is proposing. Canonical is considering another build of Ubuntu Server (there is already Ubuntu Server 32-bit and 64-bit along with specialized builds for cloud computing with Amazon EC2 and UEC), but this one would be specialized for just 64-bit platforms that have low-latency requirements and on power consumptive systems. This new build would be tuned for tasks like Asterisk that have low-latency requirements and where the current Ubuntu Server builds may not be sufficient. Though from the initial RFC, it may just end up being an alternate kernel that can be selected during the installation process of Ubuntu Server. The thread regarding low-latency improvements for Ubuntu Server and this new build can be found on the ubuntu-devel mailing list.

Analysis: Will Ubuntu Take Windows 7 In Speed War?

ChannelWeb's Edward F. Moltzen thinks that the Ubuntu development community spent much of the last year losing a lot of momentum, as Microsoft gave birth to its Windows 7 operating system and its latest releases of the Linux OS failed to overly impress. Among the many differences between Microsoft and the Ubuntu community is speed. While it took more than three (painful) years between the launch of Windows Vista and the launch of Windows 7, the Ubuntu folks are already in full stride toward the next desktop release of the Linux-based desktop OS, version 10.04 -- code-named "Lucid Lynx." Ubuntu leader Mark Shuttleworth has said, "Speed remains our goal." And it's a good goal to have. In earlier versions of both Windows and Ubuntu, we've seen Ubuntu overtake Windows in overall system performance -- including speed. The Linux OS still has an edge in boot time, and that edge could grow significantly.;jsessionid=SFZTST5CSBMQFQE1GHPCKHWATMY32JVN?cid=CRNFeed

Canonical to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver?

Tom Wickline of Wine-Reviews notes that in a official post on the Ubuntu Forums, user Matthew Helmke asks users to complete a survey with the applications they would like to see in the upcoming versions of Ubuntu. Among the applications one can find: Spotify, Pandora, Hulu, Skype, WoW, Picasa, Adobe Photoshop, Apple iTunes, CodeWeavers and a couple more applications. Wickline wonders if Canonical has plans to bundle CodeWeavers CrossOver with forthcoming releases? Most of the applications CodeWeavers already supports and the one or two apps they don't officially support will already run as Unsupported apps in CrossOver now. The only change would be for CodeWeavers to officially support the apps in a upcoming release. Follow this link for more information, and to a link to the survey:

Linux Mint 8 vs Ubuntu 9.10

LinuxBSDos.coms says that on the surface, trying to write a comparative review of Linux Mint 8 (Helena) and Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic koala) would seem like a pointless exercise. After all, Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. So what’s the point? Well, as in cases such as this, where one product is based on another, there begins to emerge – at some point – a product differentiation. In the case of Mint and Ubuntu, that differentiation has been apparent almost from the first year of Mint’s existence. They compare the benefits and similarities of both distros, and they think that Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) is better in in terms of the Updates Manager, Games, USB Startup Disk Creator, and Cloud Service. Follow this link for their complete break down of both Linux Mint 9 and Ubuntu 9.10.

Ubuntu primes music service

Alastair Otter of MyBroadbandNews notes that although it is not yet official, Ubuntu's next release looks likely to include a music store service similar to Apple's iTunes. The first hint that Ubuntu developers were considering a music store came in September last year when Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth announced plans for Lucid Lynx, the next version of Ubuntu. At the time Shuttleworth made vague references to an Amazon- and iTunes-like music store for the next release. Since then the noise around an Ubuntu music store has grown into a coherent direction and a number of details suggest that the Ubuntu One Music Store is on track for possible inclusion in Lucid Lynx which is scheduled to be released in April this year. Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx will be released in April this year when questions around the Ubuntu One Music store will be clarified but for now it does appear that Ubuntu's music plans are more than just speculation.

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu LoCo re approval process explained Posted in Ubuntu

Should Ubuntu include proprietary software?

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Wallpapers - The Ubuntu Artwork Pool!+Ubuntu!)

Ubuntu Help Centre To Get Major Overhaul For Lucid?!+Ubuntu!)

The Ubuntu Effect

In Other News

Introducing Ubuntu Electronics Remix 9.10

Meeting Summaries: <MONTH> <YEAR>

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, January 25, 2010

Ubuntu Developer Week

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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Technical Board Meeting

  • Start: 15:00 UTC
  • End: 16:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Ubuntu Developer Week

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, January 27, 2010

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

Ubuntu Developer Week

QA Team Meeting

Edubuntu Meeting

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Ubuntu Developer Week

MC Meeting

  • Start: 17:00 UTC
  • End: 18:00 UTC
  • Location: Not listed as of publication
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ubuntu Developer Week

Lucid Weekly Release Meeting

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ubuntu Manual Meeting

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting

Community Spotlight

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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