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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #187 for the week March 28th - April 3rd, 2010. In this issue we cover: Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect, Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010, Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week, Ubuntu Manual Team call for help, Lo``Co Directory: Team Events app Rocks, Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review, Help Translate the main Lo``Co Council page, Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging, Kubuntu Netbook Edition ScreenKast, At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast, Better sounding music with Rhythmbox, Ubuntu-UK Podcasts, and much, much more! Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #187 for the week March 28th - April 3rd, 2010. In this issue we cover: Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect, Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010, Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week, Ubuntu Manual Team call for help, Lo``Co Directory: Team Events app Rocks, Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review, Help Translate the main Lo``Co Council page, Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging, Kubuntu Netbook Edition Screen``Kast, At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast, Better sounding music with Rhythmbox, Ubuntu-UK Podcasts, and much, much more!
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Contents

Contents

  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat
    2. Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect
    3. Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010
    4. Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week
    5. Ubuntu Manual Team call for help
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Lucid
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. LoCo Directory: Team Events app Rocks!
    2. Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review
    3. Help Translate the main LoCo Council page
    4. LoCo Team contact Change in Ubuntu Israel
  6. New in Lucid Lynx
  7. Launchpad News
  8. Ubuntu Forums News
  9. The Planet
    1. Marin Albisetti: Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging!
    2. Alan Pope: OggCamp 2010
    3. Jono Bacon: Thanks Evolution Developers
    4. Efrain Valles: Kubuntu Netbook Edition ScreenKast
    5. At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast
    6. Ubuntu One Blog: Better sounding music in Rhythmbox (Matt Griffin)
  10. In The Press
    1. 7 Things That Are Easier To Do In Ubuntu Than In Windows
    2. Groundwork Adds Ubuntu Appliance to Lineup
    3. IBM, Canonical to sell Ubuntu-ready netbooks in Africa
    4. Ubuntu implements units policy, will switch to base-10 units in future release
    5. Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance
    6. Ubuntu 10.10 Is The Maverick Meerkat
    7. Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Dies On April 30th. Long Live Lucid!
    8. Ubuntu Unravelled
  11. In The Blogosphere
    1. Canonical: Making Ubuntu Progress with Oracle?
    2. Commodore 64 Resurrected, Runs Ubuntu
    3. Meet the New Apps Getting Ready for Ubuntu Lucid 10.04
    4. OMG! Interviews: Chris Johnston from the Ubuntu Beginners Team
    5. The Ubuntu Manual Beta available to download; hits writing freeze
    6. Ubuntu window buttons staying left, but will be switching order
    7. Ubuntu 10.04: Five Changes You May Not Have Noticed
  12. In Other News
    1. Ubuntu-UK Podcasts
    2. Linux on Netbooks Reloads With Ubuntu-based Jolicloud
  13. Meeting Summaries: <MONTH> <YEAR>
  14. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Monday, April 5, 2010
      1. Security Team Catch-up
    2. Tuesday, April 6, 2010
      1. Edubuntu/Ubuntu Collab. BugDay
      2. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      3. Technical Board Meeting
      4. Desktop Team Meeting
      5. Kernel Team Meeting
      6. LoCo Teams Meeting
      7. EMEA Membership Meeting
      8. Community Council Meeting
      9. Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting
    3. Wednesday, April 7, 2010
      1. Cameroonian LoCoTeam monthly IRC meeting
      2. Server Team Meeting
      3. Foundation Team Meeting
      4. QA Team Meeting
      5. Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast : Various Topics and Q+A
      6. Edubuntu Meeting
    4. Thursday, April 8, 2010
      1. Ubuntu Java Meeting
    5. Friday, April 9, 2010
      1. Lucid Weekly Release Meeting
    6. Saturday, April 10, 2010
      1. Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting
      2. BugJam
      3. DC Loco IRC meeting
    7. Sunday, April 11, 2010
  15. Community Spotlight
  16. Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, and 10.04
    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
    7. Ubuntu 10.04 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

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #187 for the week March 28th - April 3rd, 2010. In this issue we cover: Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat, Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect, Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010, Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week, Ubuntu Manual Team call for help, LoCo Directory: Team Events app Rocks, Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review, Help Translate the main LoCo Council page, Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging, Kubuntu Netbook Edition ScreenKast, At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast, Better sounding music with Rhythmbox, Ubuntu-UK Podcasts, 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

  • Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat
  • Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect
  • Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010
  • Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week
  • Ubuntu Manual Team call for help
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo Directory: Team Events app Rocks!

  • Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review
  • Help Translate the main LoCo Council page

  • Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging!
  • Kubuntu Netbook Edition ScreenKast

  • At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast
  • Better sounding music with Rhythmbox
  • In the Press & Blogosphere

  • Ubuntu-UK Podcasts
  • Upcoming Meetings & Events

  • Updates & Security

General Community News

Mark Shuttleworth: Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat

It’s time to put our heads together to envision “the perfect 10″.

This is a time of great innovation and change in the Linux world, with major new initiatives from powerful groups bringing lots of new ideas, new energy and new code. Thanks to the combined efforts of Google, Intel, IBM, Canonical, Red Hat, Oracle, Cisco, ARM, many other companies, Debian and other projects, a hundred startups and tens of thousands of professional and inspired contributors, the open source ecosystem continues to accelerate. We need to bring the best of all of that work into focus and into the archive. For millions of users, Ubuntu represents what Free Software can do out of the box for them. We owe it to everybody who works on Free Software to make that a great experience.

At the Ubuntu Developer Summit, in May in Belgium, we’ll have a new design track, and a “cloud and server” track, reflecting some major focal points in 2010. They will complement our ongoing work on community, desktop, kernel, quality assurance, foundations and mobile.

Our new theme is “Light”, and the next cycle will embrace that at many levels. We have a continued interest in netbooks, and we’ll revamp the Ubuntu Netbook Edition user interface. As computers become lighter they become more mobile, and we’ll work to keep people connected, all day, everywhere. We’ll embrace the web, aiming for the lightest, fastest web experience on any platform. The fastest boot, the fastest network connect, the fastest browser. Our goal is to ensure that UNE is far and away the best desktop OS for a netbook, both for consumers and power users.

On the other end of the spectrum, we’ll be lightening the burden of enterprise deployment with our emphasis on hybrid cloud computing. Ubuntu Server is already very popular on public clouds like EC2 and Rackspace, and now that Dell supports the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud for private cloud infrastructure, it’s possible to build workloads that run equally well in your data center or on the cloud. We’ll focus on making it even easier to build those workloads and keep them up to date, and managing the configurations of tens, or tens of thousands, of Ubuntu machines running in the cloud.

It’s not all about work. We don’t just want to be connected to the internet, we want to be connected to each other. Social from the Start is our initiative to make the desktop a collaborative, social place. For the past five years, we’ve all been shifting more and more data into the web, to a series of accounts and networks elsewhere. Now it’s time to start to bring those social networks back into our everyday computing environment. Our addressbooks and contact lists need to be synchronized and shared, so that we have the latest information everywhere – from mobile phones to web accounts.

So there’s a lot to do. I hope you’ll join us in shaping that work. Introducing the Maverick Meerkat

Our mascot for 10.10 is the Maverick Meerkat.

This is a time of change, and we’re not afraid to surprise people with a bold move if the opportunity for dramatic improvement presents itself. We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move. We will deliver on time, but we have huge scope for innovation in what we deliver this cycle. Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little. Let’s hear the best ideas, gather the best talent, and be a little radical in how we approach the next two year major cycle.

Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10. We’re booting really fast these days, but the final push remains. Changes in the toolchain may make us even faster for every application. We’re Social from the Start, but we could get even more tightly connected, and we could bring social features into even more applications. Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever – meerkats teach one another new skills. And that’s what makes this such a great community. Here’s looking at the Lynx

Lucid is shaping up beautifully, but there’s still a lot to be done to make it the LTS we all want. Thanks to everyone who is bringing their time, energy and expertise to bear on making it outstanding. And I’m looking forward to the release parties, the brainstorming at UDS, and further steps on our mission to bring free software to the world, on free terms.

http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/336

Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect

Two weeks in from 10.04 Beta 1, we are now also 1 week out from 10.04 Beta 2, scheduled for April 8 (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LucidReleaseSchedule) - which means it's time for another beta freeze to start.

During the freeze, all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the release team [1], so if you have fixes which are important to get in, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Uploads to universe require a manual push through the queue, but are not subject to release management approval.

[1] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-release

Issues which are important for the beta release will be tracked by the release team here: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+bugs?field.milestone=21447

If you have bugs on this list, please fix them at the earliest possible opportunity, or (in consultation with other developers and the Ubuntu QA team) un-milestone them if they are not required for beta. If you have bugs you think should be on this list, talk with the Ubuntu QA team or the Ubuntu release team about having them milestoned.

Please also do not lose sight of the list of bugs affecting the release as a whole: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/+bugs

More information for developers is at the link below.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2010-April/000697.html

Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010

Ubuntu announced its 8.10 release almost 18 months ago, on October 30, 2008. As with the earlier releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 18 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 8.10 will reach end of life on Friday, April 30, 2010. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 8.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 8.10 is via Ubuntu 9.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/JauntyUpgrades. Note that upgrades to version 9.10 and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an upgrade first to 9.04, then to 9.10. Both Ubuntu 9.04 and Ubuntu 9.10 continue to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes. All announcements of official security updates for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing list, information about which may be found at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/ubuntu-security-announce.

Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to customize or alter their software in order to meet their needs.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2010-March/000130.html

Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week

It's that time again folks. The time where your inbox and IRC client are flooded with myself and/or akgraner asking you to lead an OpenWeek Session. OpenWeek has grown since it's inception, so much so that we even have a program guide and want to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to run a session if they'd like. We're going to be doing this in a "Call for Papers" this time around. The information is here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek/Prep

Once you've decided that you want a session please send either of us an email with your Name, Topic, Summary of Session, Bio, and Photo so we have something nice for the program guide.

Since Lucid is an LTS we are expecting tons of people with lots of questions, which is why we purposely put OpenWeek right after the release; remember OpenWeek is for end users so you don't have to be a hardcore developer to run a session so we'd like to see as many new people volunteering to be tutors as possible. Time to share your knowledge! If you need ideas for sessions take a look at some of the past Ubuntu Open Week sessions http://wiki.ubuntu.con/OpenWeek

If you are a Spanish-speaker the Ubuntu Centro-America folks are running a Spanish version as well: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuOpenWeek_ES

If your Local Team is interested in running your own OpenWeek in a different language then get in touch with us, and we'll help you get organized! Thanks in advance and we can't wait to see our inboxes filling up with submissions and ideas! We're also idling in #ubuntu-locoteams if you want to talk or need help.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2010-March/004226.html

Ubuntu Manual Team call for help

The Ubuntu Manual Team urgently needs help translating the manual and taking screenshots in time for Lucid. We have three weeks to get the manual in as many languages as possible (currently we have support for 50) and to get 2500 screenshots. We've made it really easy to help and it's definitely going to a great cause.

If you've got a blog or use Facebook, or Twitter, or are part of a LoCo community, please spread the word and help us. We have the infastructure in place to handle hundreds of contributors and we've done a tonne of work to make it this far - now we need you and a bit of your time.

See this post for more information, and use it as a template to re-post on your blogs, planets, Facebook etc.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news/2010-April/000259.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (77646) +594 # over last week
  • Critical (26) −1 # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (37067) +113 # 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 Lucid

  1. English (United Kingdom) (2654) +2199 # over last week
  2. Spanish (13495) +480 # over last week
  3. Brazilian Portuguese (42762) +1137 # over last week
  4. French (42796) +1589 # over last week
  5. German (62485) +277 # over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/lucid/

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

LoCo Directory: Team Events app Rocks!

The LoCo Directory is an effort to integrate the work done by LoCo Communities all around the globe. It has been an effort of ideas that originated back in 2005 and has slowly but surely become a ver interesting community tool for learning from each others experiences as LoCo Teams.

The LoCo Directory developer team has moved LD to version 0.2.2 with event management for local communities. It is a great achievement. One learns a lot by working with code that comes from many parts of the world.

Today, we have a simple event manager with Launchpad OpenID integration to handle team events. It is by no means perfect, but there are people working to make it better every day. writing blueprints, translating, reporting bugs, and writing code.

Thanks to all the people who have helped shape the LoCo Directory to what it is today and may this be a taste of what is yet to come.

http://effiejayx.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/loco-directory-team-events-app-rocks/

Ubuntu Ireland Global Jam Review

Last weekend saw the Ubuntu Ireland team take part in the Ubuntu Global Jam. They did it slightly differently as they are of the opinion if an event doesn’t fully work for your team tweak it a bit, and it’ll work just as good. They did just that, they invited many of the different user groups to come along and work on their projects together. This was great as they got to hear about all the other things they were doing and interest in projects were increased. More information about the Jam at the link below.

http://www.lczajkowski.com/2010/04/01/ubuntu-ireland-global-jam-review/

Help Translate the main LoCo Council page

David Planella has been working with Laura Czajkowski to set up the main LoCo Council page for translations on the wiki, and he is pleased to announce that you can start translating it to your own language, so that it is also useful for everyone in your LoCo whose mother tongue is not English.

The LoCo Council is at the heart of the governance of the Ubuntu LoCo community, and with such a diverse community as ours, it just makes sense to reflect this diversity in a set of translations for everyone.

Here’s how you can translate the LoCo Council page to your language:

  • Add your language, and a link to the page where you want to put the translation to the table on top of https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil (David added some few languages already for your convenience)

  • David recommends creating a subpage named after the two-letter or threee-letter code for your language (e.g. LoCoCouncil/th for Thai).
  • Copy the content of the original English page to your new page
  • Translate!
  • Save your translation and you’re done

David also created the Catalan translation to give you an example: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil/ca

Remember that we’ve got other LoCo Council pages which can be translated. In particular the LoCo team re-approval one would be quite interesting to have available in anyones native language: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoCouncil/LoCoTeamReApproval

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/translate-the-main-loco-council-page/

LoCo Team contact Change in Ubuntu Israel

The LoCo Council would like to extend the announcement of a new LoCo Team Contact in the Ubuntu Israel LoCo Team. Dor Dankner will be leading the Israel LoCo. The LoCo Council and the LoCo Team Community would like to wish Ddorda and the Israel Team all the best in times to come.

http://effiejayx.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/loco-team-contact-change-in-ubuntu-israel/

New in Lucid Lynx

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

The Planet

Marin Albisetti: Ubuntu One contacts, now with merging!

While we slowly ramp up to release mobile phone contact sync, using my own contacts as test data I realized that once I had merged my phone’s address book and Thunderbird’s address book, I had quite a few contacts duplicated due to them having different names with different information in them. So I had one of those “you know what would be cool…?” kind of moments, and started working on a feature that would let me merge contacts on the web, saving me hours of copy-n-paste. A few weeks later, an initial pass at that feature has rolled out! Yay agile software development! Screenshots at the link below.

Plans for the future are:

  • Allow conflict resolution when the contact has 2 fields that are the same but have different values
  • Allow editing the contact in the merge preview
  • Allow merging from the contacts page instead of a separate page
  • Use this same mechanism when conflicts arise in couchdb merging contacts

Also, contact syncing from thousands of mobile phones will be opened up for a public alpha very very very soon. Stay tuned!

http://beuno.com.ar/archives/178

Alan Pope: OggCamp 2010

OggCamp is a free software / free culture un-conference organized by the presenters of the Ubuntu UK Podcast and Linux Outlaws. This year's OggCamp will take place at The Black-E in Liverpool, UK on the 1st and 2nd of May 2010, 10am - 5pm (roughly) both days. It'll be 2 full days of Free Software, Free Culture and Free Thinking. We have a large venue booked and expect 200-300 people. If you want a chance to meet others who are passionate about technology and share ideas this is a great chance. We have many top FOSS developers from around the world joining us.

ENTRY TO OGGCAMP IS COMPLETELY FREE! If you want to get a feel for the event, have a look at our recap of OggCamp 2009. http://oggcamp.org/2009/

What is an Barcamp/unconference? More formal conferences have the usual people speaking every time; an un-conference is an opportunity to interact with new and interesting people. There won't be a published list of speakers before the event, everyone generates content on the day. That can include you! The schedule is decided by the attendees and we'll have a voting system for that. See what others are already proposing - http://ideas.oggcamp.org/talks

What Is An Ogg? Ogg Vorbis is a completely open, patent-free, professional audio encoding and streaming technology with all the benefits of Open Source. OggCamp is about technology, Open Source and Freedom, but also about music, art, politics, community, creativity and much more. We chose to use the term Ogg because for us it reflects all these things pretty neatly.

Get Involved! Please add your own ideas for talks and activities to our public wiki – help make the event what you want it to be! It doesn't even have to be about technology strictly, it could be anything. We have about 60 slots available and all are welcome - ideas.oggcamp.org

OggCamp 10 is preceded by a special free culture gig on Friday April 30th 8pm (the night before). It'll be at the Bad Format Social Club in Liverpool. Kick off the weekend in style with live music from David Rovics, Attila The Stockbroker and Rathole Radio host (and Linux Outlaw) Dan Lynch, among other guests. Tickets are £5 in advance and can be bought from the website right now. http://ratholeradio.org/gig

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2010-March/000911.html

Jono Bacon: Thanks Evolution Developers

Yesterday I started using Evolution instead of Thunderbird 3 in Lucid, and I justed wanted to tell the Evo team that they have done a wonderful job. I stopped using Evo due to performance problems, but many of those issues seem to have gone. I am really enjoying my use of it. I don’t think the Evo team get enough credit for their incredible and hard work on it, so I just wanted to share some public kudos. Thanks, folks! Screenshot at the link below.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2010/04/02/thanks-evolution-developers/

Efrain Valles: Kubuntu Netbook Edition ScreenKast

I am having a great time with Kubuntu Netbook Edition 10.04 Lucid Lynx beta 2. I am currently testing some of the things and filling a few bugs. I have been having such great experience, I though I would share with you some of it by making a small screencast, or should I say screenKast. Enjoy the Vid: http://blip.tv/file/3433621

http://effiejayx.wordpress.com/2010/04/02/kubuntu-netbook-edition-screenkast/

At Home With Jono Bacon Podcast

In this edition of "At Home With Jono Bacon" the following topics are covered:

  • Ubuntu Developer Summit update
  • Ubuntu Global Jam Retrospective
  • Ubuntu Open Week / Ubuntu LoCo Learning Days

  • LoCo Council Elections kicking off

  • Planning for the 10.10 cycle
  • Q+A

Jono reminds us that in every show he have a Q+A section but he is keen to cover tutorial topics and overviews of key elements involved in Ubuntu and general community management. To ensure this is as transparent as possible, he has created a wiki page where anyone can go and suggest topics for him to cover in the show. Go and add your ideas and while he won't guarentee he will cover them all, he will do his best to get through them.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2010/03/31/at-home-with-jono-bacon-videocast-31st-march-schedule/

Ubuntu One Blog: Better sounding music in Rhythmbox (Matt Griffin)

The Ubuntu One Music Store sells high quality MP3 songs – most at 256 kbps and some at 320 kbps. One way to enhance your music even further is by using an equalizer. Rhythmbox doesn’t include this functionality out-of-the-box but I found a great plugin that does a fantastic job.

Jorge at The Road to Elysium writes about the rbeq project. I tested it out over the weekend and was very impressed. Unlike some other equalizer plugins I’ve tried, you can make changes without restarting Rhythmbox and can even save presets. The plugin worked well most of the time though I occasionally experienced Rhythmbox crashes. Follow Christopher Kruse at the Corner of Seven blog for news on future updates.

I also made an rbeq equalizer presets file that adds to the existing equalizer settings. After installing rbeq, copy this file to ~/.gnome2/rhythmbox/plugins/rbeq, remove the ‘.txt’ from it, and restart Rhythmbox. I’ve found that the ‘presets’ file sometimes gets deleted so you may want to keep a backup handy.

http://voices.canonical.com/ubuntuone/?p=300

In The Press

7 Things That Are Easier To Do In Ubuntu Than In Windows

Justin Pot of MakeUseOf thinks that when the average computer user hears about Ubuntu or Linux, the word “difficult” comes to mind. This is understandable: learning a new operating system is never without its challenges, but Pot would like to say that using Ubuntu is actually easier and better than using Windows. Once you do get used to Ubuntu, you’ll realize that in some ways Ubuntu is simply better than Windows in terms of ease of use. Pot gives the following examples:

  • Finding & Installing Software

  • Initial Setup
  • Installing Drivers
  • Using The Menu
  • Changing Your Theme
  • Getting Updates
  • Sharing Your Wireless Connection Via Ethernet

Ubuntu has become easier to use every year, and Pot thinks it even inspired a few of the changes in Windows 7. This isn’t a bad thing: competition makes everything better. Whenever new improvements are introduced to the operating system market, eventually everyone wins. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/7-easier-ubuntu-windows/

Groundwork Adds Ubuntu Appliance to Lineup

CTO Edge's Mike Vizard relays word that looking to ride the growing wave of interest in the Ubuntu version of Linux distributed by Canonical, Groundwork Open Source today released a version of its network and application monitoring tool running on an appliance powered by Ubuntu. David Dennis, senior director of marketing and business development for Groundwork, said the company is seeing more data centers move to add support for the Ubuntu flavor of Linux as of late. In addition, he noted that a recent alliance between Canonical and Dell to create a platform for cloud computing environments creates additional opportunities for the new version of the appliance. The Ubuntu version of the Groundwork appliance is available now. http://www.ctoedge.com/content/groundwork-adds-ubuntu-appliance-lineup

IBM, Canonical to sell Ubuntu-ready netbooks in Africa

Eric Brown of Desktop Linux tells us that IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics announced they will market an Intel Atom-based netbook in emerging markets. The Simmbook will be preloaded with the cloud-oriented IBM Client for Smart Work Linux distro, based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and will first be made available in Africa for just $190. In addition to selling in Africa, the Linux-ready Simmbook will also be available in India, Thailand, and Vietnam. The announcement was made in South Africa, which appears to be the initial target of the netbook package. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, stated "It's exciting to see how computing is changing the lives of people in Africa and the new Simmbook provides a real testament of how important it is to get low-cost computing into Africa's economy." The new Simmbook preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work can be purchased online directly from Simmtronics. http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS5247302500.html

Ubuntu implements units policy, will switch to base-10 units in future release

Neowin's Sadat Karim reports the info that Ubuntu's future 10.10 operating system is going to make a small, but contentious change to how file sizes are represented. Like most other operating systems using binary prefixes, Ubuntu currently represents 1 kB (kilobyte) as 1024 bytes (base-2). But starting with 10.10, a switch to SI prefixes (base-10) will denote 1 kB as 1000 bytes, 1 MB as 1000 kB, 1 GB as 1000 MB, and so on. This new counting will finally put them in line with the standard Greek meaning of "kilo" as 1000 and will seek to alleviate the confusion that regular consumers often have when buying a new hard drive. http://www.neowin.net/news/ubuntu-implements-units-policy-will-switch-to-base-10-units-in-future-release

Mac OS X 10.6.2 vs. Ubuntu 10.04 Performance

Michael Larabel of Phoronix states that while Phoronix is just weeks away from delivering the most comprehensive Mac OS X vs. Windows 7 vs. Linux benchmarks, Apple has just released the major Mac OS X 10.6.3 update. Phoronix has published an extensive set of tests comparing the performance of Mac OS X 10.6.2 against a development build of Ubuntu 10.04. For now, Mac OS X as of the 10.6.2 release seems to have the stronger performance advantage over Ubuntu 10.04 in general. The OpenGL gaming performance between the two was tight, but with Mac OS X 10.6.3, it may turn out to be Apple's advantage, and in the other areas, the Snow Leopard operating system most commonly came out ahead. This though could all change around again by the time Ubuntu 10.10 is released late into the year. http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=mac1062_ubuntu1004&num=1

Ubuntu 10.10 Is The Maverick Meerkat

Phoronix's Michael Larabel acknowledges that we already know the Ubuntu 10.10 release schedule with the official release coming on the 28th of October, but now we know the codename for this Ubuntu 10.04 LTS successor. Ubuntu 10.10 is being named the "Maverick Meerkat", according to a blog post this morning by Mark Shuttleworth. From Shuttleworth's blog post it looks like he and Canonical will be pushing for greater social networking integration within Ubuntu, continued speed improvements for netbooks / mobile devices with a speedy Internet experience, and more. "Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10." http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=ODExOQ

Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Dies On April 30th. Long Live Lucid!

Sean Michael Kerner of Internet News states that the Ubuntu 8.10 Linux distribution, code named the Intrepid Ibex will reach its end-of-life on April 30th. The Intrepid release reaches the end after 18 months of life which began in October of 2008. The end of Intrepid in the same week that next big Ubuntu release - the Lucid Lynx is set for release. Unlike Interpid which was a regular release, the upcoming Lucid release is an LTS (Long Term Support) release and will have three years of support on the desktop and five on the server. http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner/2010/03/ubuntu-810-intrepid-dies-on-ap.html

Ubuntu Unravelled

Linux User and Developer's Dave Walker is aware that nearly all people in the Linux ecosphere are familiar with what Ubuntu is. However, it is my impression that many people, including some Ubuntu users, do not know how the distribution is made. Most are familiar with the principle that Ubuntu is largely based upon the Debian distribution, but not a great deal beyond this. Walker goes on to walk us through the development process for how an Ubuntu release is made. Click on this link to learn more about this process: http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/opinion/ubuntu-unravelled/

In The Blogosphere

Canonical: Making Ubuntu Progress with Oracle?

http://www.workswithu.com/2010/03/29/canonical-making-ubuntu-progress-with-oracle/

Commodore 64 Resurrected, Runs Ubuntu

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/03/commodore-64-resurrected-runs-ubuntu.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28Omg!+Ubuntu!%29

Meet the New Apps Getting Ready for Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

http://www.techdrivein.com/2010/03/meet-new-apps-getting-ready-for-ubuntu.html

OMG! Interviews: Chris Johnston from the Ubuntu Beginners Team

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/03/omg-interviews-chris-johnston-from.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28Omg!+Ubuntu!%29

The Ubuntu Manual Beta available to download; hits writing freeze

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/ubuntu-manual-beta-available-to.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28Omg!+Ubuntu!%29

Ubuntu window buttons staying left, but will be switching order

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/ubuntu-window-buttons-staying-left-but.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28Omg!+Ubuntu!%29

Ubuntu 10.04: Five Changes You May Not Have Noticed

http://www.workswithu.com/2010/04/01/ubuntu-10-04-five-changes-you-may-not-have-noticed/

In Other News

Ubuntu-UK Podcasts

It seems the UWN missed having the last two UK podcasts announced in our publication. We apologize for this unintended oversight on my part. I(We) believe that the Ubuntu-UK podcasts are very informative and useful to our growing Ubuntu Community. To catch up on any podcasts we missed announcing, please follow the link below and enjoy the continued contributions of the Ubuntu-UK podcast team.

John Crawford aka johnc4510 Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Editor

http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/

Linux on Netbooks Reloads With Ubuntu-based Jolicloud

http://www.linuxplanet.com/linuxplanet/reports/7023/1/

Meeting Summaries: <MONTH> <YEAR>

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Monday, April 5, 2010

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.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Edubuntu/Ubuntu Collab. BugDay

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Technical Board Meeting

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  • End: 15:00 UTC
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Desktop Team Meeting

Kernel Team Meeting

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Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting

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Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast : Various Topics and Q+A

Edubuntu Meeting

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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Lucid Weekly Release Meeting

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Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting

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  • Start: 20:00 UTC
  • End: 22:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc and IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
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DC Loco IRC meeting

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