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  1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 10.04 beta 2 freeze now in effect
    2. Ubuntu 8.10 reaches End-Of-Life April, 30, 2010
    3. Call for Session Leaders for Ubuntu Open Week
    4. 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
  6. New in Lucid Lynx
  7. Launchpad News
  8. Ubuntu Forums News
  9. The Planet
    1. Alan Pope: Ogg``Camp 2010
  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. 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



Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue ## for the week MONTH DAY - DAY, YEAR. 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.

In This Issue

General Community News

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 ( - 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.


Issues which are important for the beta release will be tracked by the release team here:

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:

More information for developers is at the link below.

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 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

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.

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:

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 Centroamerica folks are running a Spanish version as well:

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.

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.

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

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:

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

New in Lucid Lynx

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

The Planet

Alan Pope: Ogg``Camp 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.

What is an Barcamp/unconference? More formal conferences have the usual people speaking every time; an unconference 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 -

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 -

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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:

In The Blogosphere

Canonical: Making Ubuntu Progress with Oracle?

Commodore 64 Resurrected, Runs Ubuntu!+Ubuntu!%29

Meet the New Apps Getting Ready for Ubuntu Lucid 10.04

OMG! Interviews: Chris Johnston from the Ubuntu Beginners Team!+Ubuntu!%29

The Ubuntu Manual Beta available to download; hits writing freeze!+Ubuntu!%29

Ubuntu window buttons staying left, but will be switching order!+Ubuntu!%29

Ubuntu 10.04: Five Changes You May Not Have Noticed

In Other News

Linux on Netbooks Reloads With Ubuntu-based Jolicloud

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

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

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

Community Council Meeting

Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Cameroonian LoCoTeam monthly IRC meeting

Server Team Meeting

Foundation Team Meeting

  • Start: 16:00 UTC
  • End: 17:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

QA Team Meeting

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

Edubuntu Meeting

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Ubuntu Java Meeting

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

Friday, April 9, 2010

Lucid Weekly Release Meeting

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting


  • Start: 20:00 UTC
  • End: 22:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc and IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

DC Loco IRC meeting

  • Start: 22:00 UTC
  • End: 23:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc
  • Agenda: None listed as of publication

Sunday, April 11, 2010

  • None listed as of publication

Community Spotlight

Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10, 9.04, 9.10, and 10.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

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