Issue218


Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Announcing the next Ubuntu User Days Event
    2. Results from the December 17th Americas Membership Board meeting
    3. Results from the December Asia-Oceania Membership Board meeting
    4. Welcome new Edubuntu members and an Edubuntu Developer
    5. Announcing Ubuntu IRC Membership
    6. Natty Alpha 1 Released
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Lucid
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
  4. LoCo News
    1. 6th National Conference on Free Software in Tunisia
    2. Ubuntu-California.org Launched!
  5. Launchpad News
    1. Removing team polls
    2. Changing how we track Launchpad’s bugs, questions and blueprints
  6. The Planet
    1. Caching Ubuntu Package Downloads
    2. Sound Indicator news and updates
    3. Natty Translations Plans I-III
    4. Ubuntu Screencasts: How To Sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct
    5. Working together to get Unity ready for Natty
    6. Project Unity L10N
    7. Unity Bitesize Progress Report for 20 December
    8. Checking in with the Artwork Team
    9. No More PS3 CD Builds for Natty
    10. Paul Tagliamonte's "Myth Busted" Series
    11. Ubuntu Translations Interviews: André Gondim (Brazilian Portuguese Translation Team)
    12. AskUbuntu reaches 5000 questions - 11000 answers - 7000 users - 50000 votes
    13. Ubuntu Cloud Screencasts
  7. In Other News
    1. Design Museum exhibition London
    2. Full Circle Magazine - Issue #44
    3. Full Circle Magazine - Issue #43
  8. Featured Podcasts
    1. Ubuntu UK Podcast: S03E23 – Departure of a Grand Old Man
    2. Full Circle Podcast 14: NFC – Nantucket Fried Chicken
    3. Ubuntu Development with Daniel Holbach ustream.tv Launches
    4. Ubuntu Translations with David Planella ustream.tv Launches
  9. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  10. Monthly Team Reports: October 2010
    1. Ubuntu Governance
      1. Americas Regional Membership Board
      2. Developer Membership Board
      3. IRC Council
      4. LoCo Council
      5. Technical Board
    2. Ubuntu Development Teams
      1. Kubuntu Team
        1. Development
        2. Packaging
        3. Community
      2. Xubuntu Team
        1. Bug Triage
        2. Packaging, Development, & Testing
        3. Website & Marketing
        4. Artwork
        5. Community
        6. Documentation
      3. Ubuntu Studio
    3. Ubuntu LoCo Teams
      1. Asturian Team
      2. Belgian Team
      3. Canadian Team
      4. Catalan Team
      5. French Team
      6. Greek Team
      7. Hungarian Team
      8. Ubuntu Ireland
      9. Ubuntu Israel
      10. Japanese Team
      11. Nicaraguan Team
      12. Serbian Team
      13. South African Ubuntu team
      14. Ubuntu Tunisian LoCo Team
      15. Ubuntu United Kingdom LoCo Team
      16. United States Teams
        1. Ubuntu California
        2. Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team
        3. Florida LoCo Team
        4. New York State Team
        5. Virginia Team
    4. Additional Ubuntu Teams
      1. Ubuntu Accessibility Team
      2. Ubuntu Classroom Team
      3. Ubuntu Women Team
  11. Monthly Team Reports: November 2010
    1. Ubuntu Governance
      1. Americas Regional Membership Board
      2. Developer Membership Board
      3. IRC Council
      4. LoCo Council
      5. Technical Board
    2. Ubuntu Development Teams
      1. Xubuntu Team
        1. Bug Triage
        2. Packaging, Development, & Testing
        3. Website & Marketing
        4. Artwork
        5. Community
        6. Documentation
      2. Ubuntu Studio
    3. Ubuntu LoCo Teams
      1. Asturian Team
      2. Australian Team
      3. Belgian Team
      4. Cameroonian Team
      5. Canadian Team
      6. Catalan Team
      7. French Team
      8. Greek Team
      9. Honduras Team
      10. Hungarian Team
      11. Ubuntu Ireland
      12. Japanese Team
      13. Nicaraguan Team
      14. South African Ubuntu team
      15. Ubuntu United Kingdom LoCo Team
      16. United States Teams
        1. Ubuntu California
        2. Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team
        3. Florida LoCo Team
        4. New York State Team
        5. Virginia Team
    4. Additional Ubuntu Teams
      1. Accessibility Team
      2. Ubuntu Classroom Team
      3. Ubuntu Women
  12. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Tuesday, 04 January 2011
      1. Ubuntu Chicago IRC Meeting
      2. Asia-Oceania RMB Meeting
      3. Ubuntu-audio-dev meeting
      4. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      5. Server team IRC meeting
      6. Desktop Team Meeting
      7. Kernel Team Meeting
      8. App Review Board Meeting
      9. LoCo Health Check
      10. EMEA Membership Meeting
      11. Community Council Meeting
    2. Wednesday, 05 January 2011
      1. Ubuntu Cloud Community and Q+A Meeting
      2. Weekly Ubuntu Foundations team meeting
      3. Edubuntu Meeting
      4. Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast: Various Topics and Q+A
      5. QA Team Meeting
    3. Thursday, 06 January 2011
      1. Ayatana UX team meeting
      2. Ubuntu Translations Meeting
      3. Xubuntu Community Meeting
      4. Ubuntu News Team Meeting
    4. Friday, 07 January 2011
      1. Natty Weekly Release Team meeting
    5. Saturday, 08 January 2011
      1. Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting
      2. Washington DC BugJam
      3. DC Loco IRC meeting
    6. Sunday, 09 January 2011
    7. Monday, 10 January 2011
      1. Security Team Catch-up
  13. Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10 in December
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 6.06 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 9.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    6. Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
  14. UWN Translations
  15. Subscribe
  16. Archives and RSS Feed
  17. Additional Ubuntu News
  18. Conclusion
  19. Credits
  20. Glossary of Terms
  21. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  22. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 218 for the month of December 2010.

In This Issue

  • Announcing the next Ubuntu User Days Event
  • Results from the December 17th Americas Membership Board meeting
  • Results from the December Asia-Oceania Membership Board meeting
  • Welcome new Edubuntu members and an Edubuntu Developer
  • Announcing Ubuntu IRC Membership
  • Natty Alpha 1 Released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo News

  • Launchpad News
  • Caching Ubuntu Package Downloads
  • Sound Indicator news and updates
  • Natty Translations Plans I-III
  • Ubuntu Screencasts: How To Sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct
  • Working together to get Unity ready for Natty
  • Project Unity L10N
  • Unity Bitesize Progress Report for 20 December
  • Checking in with the Artwork Team
  • No More PS3 CD Builds for Natty
  • Paul Tagliamonte's "Myth Busted" Series
  • Ubuntu Translations Interviews: André Gondim (Brazilian Portuguese Translation Team)
  • AskUbuntu reaches 5000 questions - 11000 answers - 7000 users - 50000 votes

  • Ubuntu Cloud Screencasts
  • Design Museum exhibition London
  • Full Circle Magazine - Issue #44
  • Full Circle Magazine - Issue #43
  • Featured Podcasts
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Monthly Team Reports: October 2010
  • Monthly Team Reports: November 2010
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10 in December
  • And Much Much More

General Community News

Announcing the next Ubuntu User Days Event

We are pleased to announce that the next Ubuntu User Days (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDays) event is scheduled to take place from Saturday January 29th 2011, 09:45 UTC until Sunday January 30th 2011, 03:00 UTC. To quote the wiki page, "User Days was created to be a set of courses offered during a one day period to teach the beginning or intermediate Ubuntu user the basics to get them started with Ubuntu". Logs (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDaysTeam/lucid) from the last Ubuntu User Days event are also available for anyone who might be interested.

In order for this event to be a success, we need lots of help leading sessions. To volunteer to lead a session, you can contact a member of the Ubuntu User Days Team (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-user-days/+members) by sending an email to theubuntu-classroom at lists.ubuntu.com mailing list or on IRC by stopping by #ubuntu-classroom-backstage on irc.freenode.net. If you are unsure of a topic for your session, you can use the Course Suggestions wiki page (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UserDaysTeam/CourseSuggestions) as a reference. Please be sure to pass this information along to any of your friends who might be interested in either participating or leading a session.

http://ubuntuclassroom.wordpress.com/?p=187 https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-classroom/2010-December/000258.html

Results from the December 17th Americas Membership Board meeting

The approval results from the December 17th Americas Membership meeting are as follows:

Jason Gerard DeRose https://wiki.ubuntu.com/JasonGerardDerose | https://launchpad.net/~jderose

Jason is the lead developer of Novacut Distributed Video Editor, with which he seeks to make Ubuntu premier platform for professional video production. He helped shoot the HD video and led a session on Distributed Media Library at UDS-N. He has been a Debian user since 2000 and started using Ubuntu around the 3rd release, he was also an early adopter of launchpad and bzr for project management.

Congratulations and welcome to this new member!

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2010-December/001225.html

Results from the December Asia-Oceania Membership Board meeting

Adnan Quaium has achieved membership at tonight's Asia-Oceania RMB meeting: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/maqtanim

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2010-December/001223.html

Welcome new Edubuntu members and an Edubuntu Developer

We welcome the following Edubuntu members. They are both existing Ubuntu members who have been involved in Edubuntu and have recently applied for membership:

Belinda Lopez: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BelindaLopez Michael Hall: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/mhall119

Michael Hall also applied for edubuntu-dev status, which allows uploading to the Edubuntu package set. Michael received 4 votes in favour and is now an official Edubuntu Developer.

Thanks to both members for their involvment and we look forward to their continued contributions!

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edubuntu-devel/2010-December/003666.html

Announcing Ubuntu Cloud Portal

Located at cloud.ubuntu.com, the Ubuntu Cloud Portal "helps new-comers to the Ubuntu cloud community quickly find interesting information they may care about such as documentation to read/edit, projects that may interest them and so on. In this first release the following is available."

http://foss-boss.blogspot.com/2010/12/announcing-ubuntu-cloud-portal.html

Announcing Ubuntu IRC Membership

I am pleased to announce that the Ubuntu IRC Council is now ready to start accepting applications for Ubuntu IRC Membership (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc-members). The Ubuntu IRC Members team represents the people who have made a significant contribution to Ubuntu through the IRC medium. Applications to join this team are done through a process (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/Membership#Preparing%20your%20application) very similar to what you might go through (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership#Procedure%20for%20Obtaining%20Membership) to acquire membership from any other board or council in the community.

Please remember, Ubuntu IRC Membership is a way for people to acquire Ubuntu Membership for IRC contributions. Some examples of what these might include are available on the wiki (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/Membership#IRC%20Specific%20Contributions). For more general contributions, you should apply through a Regional Membership Board (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership/RegionalBoards).

By becoming an Ubuntu IRC Member, you gain all of the benefits (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Membership#Benefits%20of%20Membership) granted by normal Ubuntu Membership as well as the privilege of voting in various polls of the Ubuntu IRC community by becoming a member of the ~ubuntu-irc-members team on Launchpad. This includes voting for members of the Ubuntu IRC Council.

If you have any questions about Ubuntu IRC Membership, please feel free to contact a member of the Ubuntu IRC Council (https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-irc-council).

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-irc/2010-December/001174.html

Natty Alpha 1 Released

Alpha 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Natty development cycle. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Natty. You can download it here:

Additional ISOs and torrents are also available.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2010-December/000793.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (80366) -4860 over last week
  • Critical (51) +15 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (45051) +1903 over last week

* Open (80961) -4265 over last week * Open (81824) -3402 over last week * Open (82861) -2365 over last week * Open (84176) -1050 over last week * Open (84815) -411 over last week * Open (85482) +256 over last week * Open (85571) +345 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 (UK) (0) -5415 over last week
  2. Spanish (7572) -2179 over last week
  3. Brazilian Portuguese (28557) -2546 over last week
  4. French (36114) -5231 over last week
  5. Turkish (44680) -7755 over last week

1. English (UK) (0) -5415 over last week 1. English (UK) (2) -5413 over last week 1. English (UK) (0) -5415 over last week 1. English (UK) (1) -5414 over last week 1. English (UK) (1) -5414 over last week 1. English (UK) (1) -5414 over last week 1. English (UK) (1) -5414 over last week Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/maverick/

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

6th National Conference on Free Software in Tunisia

In a series of posts, Nizar Kerkeni discusses the National Conference on Open Source Software in Tunisia on December 15th 2010. His posts also include photos and videos of the event.

Tunisian LoCo meeting with Mark Shuttleworth: http://blog.nizarus.org/2010/12/tunisian-loco-meeting-with-mark-shuttleworth Photos of the National Conference on Open Source Software in Tunisia: http://blog.nizarus.org/2010/12/photos-of-the-national-conference-on-open-source-software-in-tunisia Mark Shuttleworth opening keynote: http://blog.nizarus.org/2010/12/mark-shuttleworth-opening-keynote Badges: http://blog.nizarus.org/2010/12/badges

Ubuntu-California.org Launched!

Elizabeth Krumbach, one of the leadership trio of the Ubuntu California team, talks about the process of creation and launch of the team's new website and ideas for additional components that the team wants to include moving forward.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=3829

Launchpad News

Removing team polls

The Launchpad team announces the removal of team polls, citing problematic user interface and feature set, and lack of popularity (only 500 polls since inception in 2006).

http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=1860

Changing how we track Launchpad’s bugs, questions and blueprints

From today, all Launchpad bugs, code, questions and blueprints are tracked under the onelaunchpad project.

We’ve already moved everything from the individual projects over to the parent launchpadproject. All you need do differently is search/file bugs, questions and blueprints under thatparent Launchpad project, rather than Rosetta, for example.

Don’t worry, though, there are redirects in place so that old links will still work.

There are also a couple of one-time steps you may need to take:

  • Update your bug subscriptions: if you’re subscribed to individual bugs, you need do nothing. If you’re subscribed to all bugs for a particular project, Malone for example, you’ll now need to subscribe to all Launchpad bugs.
  • Check your answer contact status: if you’re an answer contact for one particular application in Launchpad, and want to continue as such, you’ll need to become an answer contact for all of Launchpad.

To start with, bugs that we’ve merged in from one of the old sub-projects will have a tag that shows which project it came from. However, we’re planning to drop those tags once everyone’s settled into using just the one project.

Our code hosting won’t change at all as we’ve always hosted code under the parent Launchpad project.

This new approach will better reflect that Launchpad is one codebase but will also have a big practical benefit: it’ll be easier to find bugs and dupes because everything will be under the same project.

For more, including rationale, read the rest at: http://blog.launchpad.net/?p=1863

The Planet

Caching Ubuntu Package Downloads

Alan Pope has a new server and a household with several Ubuntu systems. In addition to keeping these all updated, in the course of testing he is required to re-download the same packages as he tests different install methods. He discusses his use of the squid-deb-proxy package to cache Ubuntu package downloads, speeding up testing and putting less stress on the repositories.

http://popey.com/blog/?p=1314

Sound Indicator news and updates

In a guest post by Conor Curran on Jorge Castro's blog, he discusses his role as Sound Architect on the DX team within Canonical, and the future of the Indicator Sound, the indicator which sits on the top panel of the Ubuntu desktop.

http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/2420040342

Natty Translations Plans I-III

David Planella has written a series of posts discussing the progress of the translations plans in Natty.

In the first he talks about the launch of Translations Stories where they'd "like to show how translations change people’s lives for the best, and how the work of translators has an impact on that. We’d like to share our excitement and highlight the awesome work translators do, and we thought that articles with translations stories would be the perfect vehicle for that."

He also discusses the steps you can take to contribute.

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/?p=645

In the second he announces Translations Training Sessions. They wish to hold "a series of regular events where translators can just attend and learn, in a hands-on way, all the different aspects of translating our favourite distro. There, they should also be able to ask their questions and discuss any topics related to translations. Another goal is to also provide material for all teams to adapt and reuse for their own training events for new translators"

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/?p=810

In the third he announces the the Ubuntu Translations Portal inital test deployment. "The idea behind the portal is to aggregate all existing content and to be the main entry point to the translations community for new contributors, providing them answers, inspiration and excitement. For experienced translators it will be a central point for resources and news about translating Ubuntu."

His post gives step by step instructions on how to contribute.

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/?p=832

Ubuntu Screencasts: How To Sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct

The Ubuntu Screencasts team has released their latest screen cast - this time walking users through how to sign the Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

"This screencast goes through the steps of signing the Ubuntu Code of Conduct. This is often some ones first time to use a key, so this screencast will take you through the whole process from creating the PGP Key to signing the Ubuntu Code of Conduct."

http://screencasts.ubuntu.com/2010/12/22/004-SigningCoC

Working together to get Unity ready for Natty

Jono Bacon has been working hard to make the transition to Unity a smooth, painless and providing the best user experience possible. He highlights some of the great work that has already been done within the community and explains how you can help out with bug fixing, testing, design and translations.

http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=3151

Project Unity L10N

David Planella reports that Unity is available in more than 60 languages, but there are about 150 translation teams, in this post he explains how you can contribute to translations in your own language.

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/?p=822

Unity Bitesize Progress Report for 20 December

Jorge Castro introduces contributor Stefano Candori, talks about some of the most interesting "bitesize" Unity bugs and explains how you can get involved fixing bitesize bugs.

http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/2392757965

Also check out more Unity progress reports on Jorge's blog Unity Status Report for 14 December: http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/2312609745 Unity Bitesize Bug Report for 7 December: http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/2134565731 Getting Started working on Unity: http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/2084859426

Checking in with the Artwork Team

John Baer showcases some of the exceptional Edubuntu desktop wallpaper submissions.

http://www.projblog.com/?p=2384

No More PS3 CD Builds for Natty

Amber Graner writes that in a post to the ubuntu-devel-announce list, Ubuntu developer Colin Watson announced that the daily PlayStation 3 CD builds have ceased. Reasons cited included changes by Sony which make it more difficult to run Ubuntu on newer systems and lack of developers to keep up with having the builds working properly.

http://www.ubuntu-user.com/content/view/full/1621

Paul Tagliamonte's "Myth Busted" Series

Paul Tagliamonte has written a series of blog entries he calls "Myth Busted" to highlight some of the myths surrounding Ubuntu and the Ubuntu community.

Myth Busted #1: Ubuntu Hackers are Canonical Employees: http://blog.pault.ag/post/2060855360 Myth Busted #2: You need to program to contribute to Ubuntu: http://blog.pault.ag/post/2063914269 Myth Busted #3: Unity is “Lock-in”: http://blog.pault.ag/post/2082819050 Myth Busted #4: By pandering to non-technical users, they will not give back: http://blog.pault.ag/post/2092032342 Myth Busted #5: Ubuntu is linux, linux is all white text on a black screen, don’t give me that! http://blog.pault.ag/post/2109223148 Myth Busted #6: Ubuntu is only for n00bs and not for serious linux users ( n00buntu ): http://blog.pault.ag/post/2338202559

Ubuntu Translations Interviews: André Gondim (Brazilian Portuguese Translation Team)

As a part of the Ubuntu Translations Interviews, this interview features André Gondim, the Brazilian Portuguese translation team coordinator.

http://ubuntu-news.org/?p=3209

AskUbuntu reaches 5000 questions - 11000 answers - 7000 users - 50000 votes

Ralph Janke reports on the success of AskUbuntu.com and offers the following statistics as of December 15th:

  • # of questions: 5028
  • # of answers: 11836
  • # of comments: 17886
  • # of votes: 50577
  • # of badges: 11526
  • # of users: 7349

http://drupal.txwikinger.me.uk/content/askubuntu-reaches-5000-questions-11000-answers-7000-users-50000-votes

Ubuntu Cloud Screencasts

On November 22nd Ahmed Kamal announced that they were looking for volunteers to help create a series of Ubuntu Cloud Screencasts.

http://foss-boss.blogspot.com/2010/11/ubuntu-cloud-screencasts-volunteers.html

There are now 3 such screencasts available at http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntucloud

Ubuntu Server in Amazon EC2 Cloud: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYJLIfVuSMY

Introducing Ubuntu Cloud Portal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QU68TrGXMU

Ubuntu Cloud-Init Technology: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zL3BdbKyGY

In Other News

Design Museum exhibition London

Design Museum London has asked Bruno Maag from Dalton Maag, the firm which designed the new Ubuntu font to put on an exhibition of his work. In collaboration with the Canonical design team, "the exhibition will be in two parts a substantial part of which will be featuring the Ubuntu font."

http://design.canonical.com/?p=16079

Full Circle Magazine - Issue #44

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our forty-fourth issue.

This month:

  • Command and Conquer.
  • How-To : Program in Python - Part 18, Backup With Wubi and Link Shortening with Phurl.
  • Review - Unetbootin.
  • Top 5 - BitTorrent Clients.

plus: Interviews, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-44/

Full Circle Magazine - Issue #43

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our forty-third issue.

This month:

  • Command and Conquer.
  • How-To : Program in Python - Part 17, Virtualize Part 6 - Debian & Xen, and Editing Photos With Raw Therapee.

  • Review - Conky & Untangle.

  • Top 5 - Backup Ideas.
  • Readers Survey 2010 Comments & Replies!

plus: Interviews, Ubuntu Games, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-43/

Ubuntu UK Podcast: S03E23 – Departure of a Grand Old Man

Laura Cowen, Ciemon Dunville, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope and Tony Whitmore get together for the last episode of season 3 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

* OGG download High: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/download/uupc_s03e23_high.ogg * OGG download Low: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/download/uupc_s03e23_low.ogg * MP3 download High: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/download/uupc_s03e23_high.mp3 * MP3 download Low: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/download/uupc_s03e23_low.mp3

In this week’s show:-

  • We talk about what we’ve been doing including playing with Diaspora, desktop coding with QT Quick, changing passwords after the Gawker hack, taking the ITIL exam, having characters in Doctor Who The Four Doctors named after us and geeking out with MQTT.
  • We review our predictions for 2010 from last year, and make new ones for the year ahead.
  • In the News
  • Command Line Love – Check status of Ubuntu One file transfers
  • The Ubuntu UK Podcast Players perform a special version of “Jack and the Beanstalk”.
  • We mention some Ubuntu related news in the Gerald/bit-about-Ubuntu/ecosphere:-
  • Finally we have your feedback

http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/?p=1805

Full Circle Podcast 14: NFC – Nantucket Fried Chicken

In this episode, Narwhals, Wayland and… I almost forgot, Amnesia. With hosts Robin Catling, Ed Hewitt and Dave Wilkins.

OGG: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/podpress_trac/web/1117/1/fullcirclepodcast_ep14_181210.ogg MP3: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/podpress_trac/web/1117/0/fullcirclepodcast_ep14_181210.mp3

http://fullcirclemagazine.org/?p=1117

Ubuntu Development with Daniel Holbach ustream.tv Launches

On November 24th Daniel Holbach announced the launch of a series of ustream videos he'd be doing about Ubuntu Development.

http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=823

The past vidoes are now available for viewing, stay tuned for more!

Ubuntu Development: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11079901 Getting Set Up: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11339458

Ubuntu Translations with David Planella ustream.tv Launches

David Planella has launched a ustream.tv series covering translations, he says " I'll be talking about how Ubuntu is translated, how translation teams work, and whatever else time allows. On later shows I'll focus in more detail on particular subjects (upstreams, best practices, etc. – I'll also take requests!)."

http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/?p=692

The past vidoes are now available for viewing, stay tuned for more!

First Ubuntu Translations Videocast: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11209840 First Steps Translating Ubuntu: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/11466931

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Monthly Team Reports: October 2010

Ubuntu Governance

Americas Regional Membership Board

The approval results from the October 21st Americas Membership meeting are as follows:

Developer Membership Board

Developer Membership Board meeting 2010-10-11 19:00 UTC

  • Chair: Michael Bienia
  • Present: Cody A.W. Somerville, Colin Watson, Stéphane Graber, Soren Hansen
  • Absent: Emmet Hikory
  • Action review:
    • [ACTION] Cody Somerville to send e-mail requesting feedback from developers on Marco Rodrigues application to participate in Ubuntu Development. (→ Didn't happen yet.)
  • Administrative Matters
    • Review Marco Rodrigues participation in Ubuntu Development
      • Further discussion on how to proceed with Marco's request. Deferred without any decision to the next meeting.
  • MOTU Applications
  • Next meeting
    • Date: October 25th 2010, 12:00 UTC
    • Chair: TBD

Meeting Log (http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2010/10/11/%23ubuntu-meeting.html)

IRC Council

  • Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting 2010-10-09 (http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2010/10/09/%23ubuntu-meeting.html)

    • Attendance: nhandler (chair), Seeker, jussi, topyli, tsimpson, rww, Tm_T, ikonia, IdleOne

    • [TOPIC] -offtopic 'support' discussion policy
      • Agreed to defer discussion about the policy until the next meeting due to Pici not being around
    • [TOPIC] All core channel ops should have +o in -ops
      • Agree to treat #ubuntu-ops like other core channels in need of more OPs at least until core-ops are setup
      • It was felt that midnight to 9am UK time is the general area needing more OPs
      • nhandler to send out email about recruiting OPs for #ubuntu-ops
    • [TOPIC] Copying access list of #ubuntu to #ubuntu+1
      • Agreed that being an #ubuntu operator also grants operator access in #ubuntu+1
      • tsimpson to document change on the OP application wiki page, send email to ML, update access lists, and update teams on LP
    • nhandler to do post-meeting tasks
  • IRC Council meeting 31 Oct 2010
    • Attendance: topyli (chair), nhandler, Pici, tsimpson
    • TOPIC: Failure to document blanket ban policy
      • ACTION: Pici to document ikonia's namespace ban proposal
    • TOPIC: Failure to respond / follow up on pending actions
      • Discussed delegation, mailing list responsiveness, and related items. Council admits slowness.
    • TOPIC: High level council overviews
      • Discussed current council's activity
      • Pointed out the Team Reports exist
    • TOPIC: Discussion about approved/non-approved shell hosts access to Ubuntu channels (revisit)
      • ACTION: topyli to send formal agreement to ikonia's suggestion on mailing list
    • TOPIC: Clearing the ban list
      • Decided to clear all old bans without comments on them, giving ops a week's grace time to document important bans
      • ACTION: nhandler to send mail about the sweep

LoCo Council

Technical Board

  • Meeting 2010-10-05
    • Chair: Colin Watson
    • Present: Kees Cook, Matt Zimmerman, Martin Pitt
    • Apologies: Mark Shuttleworth
    • Guests: Michael Vogt, Jamie Strandboge
    • Action review
      • Martin Pitt to ask Martin Pool about bzr self test instructions on installed system -- DONE
      • Kees to add bzr selftest to qa-regression-testing project -- DONE
      • Martin to add bzr microrelease exception to StableReleasePolicy -- DONE

    • Decide/document ubuntu-archive interaction with ARB packages
      • Michael Vogt confirmed that extras.ubuntu.com is a mirror of a PPA owned by the ARB, which means that ubuntu-archive will have no direct interaction with it as it stands.
      • [ACTION] Colin to ensure that documentation on nature of extras.ubuntu.com archive makes it into process docs, and ensure that ARB legality checks are synchronised with those of ubuntu-archive
    • Decide on permission changes documented in Bug: 174375 - Matt Zimmerman
      • The TB voted in favour of Brian's proposal.
      • Martin noted that bug targeting needs to be more open than just release managers (Brian's proposal asks that it shouldn't exclude uploaders). There was no disagreement. The main goal here is to separate the blueprint and bug permissions currently aggregated into ubuntu-drivers.
      • [ACTION] Matt to follow up with Brian on Bug: 174375
    • Chromium security updates (continuation of previous discussion)
      • General consensus seems to be that we can drop the seven-day waiting period on promotion to -updates for chromium-browser, but should not drop -proposed and some kind of verification.
      • While this still seems too immature for main, the security team will need to treat it essentially like the non-free Flash plugin: it's universe and therefore theoretically unsupported by the security team, but in practice we know lots of people use it and act accordingly, running updates through all the usual checklists. Regressions on individual web pages and such won't merit a USN, though.
      • Jamie says that qa-regression-testing has a semi-automatic script which should catch any huge issues here.
      • The board is currently awaiting a proposal from the principal uploader, Fabien Tassin, and a formal vote will wait for that.
    • No new community bugs to look at
    • Next chair: Kees Cook

Ubuntu Development Teams

Kubuntu Team

Development
  • Final release of Kubuntu 10.10|Maverick Meerkat (http://www.kubuntu.org/news/10.10-release)

  • First of several Efika MX Smarttop systems (armel), donated through powerdeveloper.org, for Kubuntu development is operational and available to kubuntu-dev for porting work.

Packaging

Community

Xubuntu Team

Bug Triage
  • Still squashing bugs. This will be an on-going process.

Packaging, Development, & Testing
  • We tested Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate with good results.
  • We released Xubuntu 10.10 on time.
  • Inclusion of Xfce 4.7.x (future 4.8) is being worked on in natty.

Website & Marketing

Artwork
  • We still need a good plymouth theme.
  • Charlie is working with the Ubuntu Artwork Team to draw a specification for xubuntu artwork in Natty Narwhal.

Community
  • We are striving to get more users to blog about Xubuntu. We would like to keep word out of the changes being made, as well as new releases.
  • We are attempting to submit new articles to Ubuntu Weekly News at least once a month about Xubuntu.

Documentation

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu LoCo Teams

Asturian Team

Belgian Team

Canadian Team

Catalan Team

French Team

Greek Team

  • Attendance of Athens Digital Week 2010 (http://www.athensdigitalweek.org/)

  • Forum's poll on success of transition to 10.10 here (http://forum.ubuntu-gr.org/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=14548&p=145558#p145558) (in Greek - translation provided on request)

  • Addition of some more translations to team's wiki, translators busy both in lp and upstream, attempt begun to get closer to 100%.
  • Community members participate in Ubuntu manual project.
  • Preparing for Xmas with the first set of season cards (example (http://yfrog.com/izubuntu2j))

  • ChaniaLUG (in Crete) organised a party 30/10, 14 members attended, had fun with food and drink and distribution of 10.10 CDs

Hungarian Team

Ubuntu Ireland

Ubuntu Israel

  • We are going to unite the DB from the old and new forums.
  • We are going to keep our cooperation with the Ilan Ramon center to help them with ubuntu and more stuff.
  • We got a donation of 100 shekels (about 20 EURO).

Japanese Team

Nicaraguan Team

Serbian Team

  • October 3rd: Regular Team meeting on IRC
  • October 5th: Ubuntu 10.10 Release party scheduled for October 23th. HERE (http://www.ubuntu-rs.org/forum/Thread-Ubuntu-10-10-Party)

  • Oktober 10th: Ubuntu LoCo team participate in BlogOpen festival, Novi Sad, Serbia Link: HERE (http://www.blogopen.rs/)

  • October 23th: Release party successfully finished in Novi Sad capital town of Vojvodina province. Photos : (http://olujicz.ns-linux.org/download/party.tar.gz)

  • October 23rd : Future collaboration with LUGoNS (Linux User Group of Novi Sad) detailed and improved.
  • October month : Further work on translation of Ubuntu Manual continued, less then 150 lines left to go.

South African Ubuntu team

Ubuntu Tunisian LoCo Team

Ubuntu United Kingdom LoCo Team

United States Teams

Ubuntu California

Team meetings:

Team changes:

Release parties:

Ubuntu Hours:

Other events:

Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team

Florida LoCo Team

New York State Team

.:Events:.

  • 2010 10 23 12pm - 4pm cws, deejoe and cprofitt will co-sponsor a Linux Workshop with Interlock Rochester
  • 2010 10 25 through 30 - cprofitt attended UDS

.:Meetings:.

.:Other:.

Virginia Team

Additional Ubuntu Teams

Ubuntu Accessibility Team

Ubuntu Classroom Team

Ubuntu Women Team

Monthly Team Reports: November 2010

Ubuntu Governance

Americas Regional Membership Board

No applicants were present at the meeting on 2010-11-18

Developer Membership Board

Developer Membership Board meeting 2010-11-08 19:00 UTC

  • Chair: Stéphane Graber
  • Present: Benjamin Drung, Cody Somerville, Colin Watson, Emmet Hikory, Michael Bienia
  • Absent: Soren Hansen
  • Action review:
  • Administrative Matters
    • Review Marco Rodrigues participation in Ubuntu Development
      • [ACTION] persia to ask the CC for assistance regarding Marco's request for unban
  • PerPackageUploader Applications

  • MOTU Applications
  • Next meeting
    • Date: November 22nd 2010, 12:00 UTC
    • Chair: Emmet Hikory

Meeting Log (http://irclogs.ubuntu.com/2010/10/11/%23ubuntu-meeting.html)

IRC Council

  • Team Report
    • Locobots replaced with Ubuntulog (in conjunction with LC and canonical sysadmins)
    • Finalised Member approval process and sent to CC for approval
    • Call for new ops for #ubuntu, #ubuntu-offtopic and #ubuntu-ops
    • Call for IRCC nominations
    • Removal of bans without comments
    • Reviewed and worked on shell host ban draft document (not yet completed)
    • Liased with freenode about ways to improve the network (continuing work)
    • Bantracker access added for #ubuntu-women ops
    • 2 Escalated items
  • Meeting Minutes
    • Meeting, 13th November 2010
      • Meeting cancelled because of lack of quorum.
    • Meeting, 28th November 2010
      • Logs available at http://www.novarata.net/mootbot/ubuntu-meeting.log.20101128_1204.html

      • TOPIC: -offtopic 'support' discussion policy
        • ACTION: Pici to write a proposal for offtopic support and mail to the list for comments
      • TOPIC: Ubuntu IRC name space over crowded and managed to different standards beyond that of the Ubuntu IRC principles.
        • ACTION received: ikonia to draft a set of basic guidelines for channel creation
      • TOPIC: Ubuntu operator recruitment process a waste of time, impractical and not required (https://wiki.ubuntu.com/IRC/IrcTeam/OperatorRequirements)

        • VOTE: clarify the process for op applications and remove the wiki page requirement.
          • RESULT: 4 for, 0 against, 0 abstained. Total: 4
      • TOPIC:  Creation of a #ubuntu-ops-backstage channel.
        • AGREED received: Take this proposal to the ubuntu-irc list

LoCo Council

  • We had a LoCo Council meeting on November 16th. Topics discussed:

    • LoCo Team {re}approvals

      • Ubuntu-SE - not approved
      • Ubuntu-VN - not approved

Technical Board

  • Meeting 2010-11-02
    • Chair: Kees Cook
    • Present: Martin Pitt, Matt Zimmerman, Colin Watson, Mark Shuttleworth
    • Apologies: Scott James Remnant
    • Guests: Emmet Hikory
    • Action review
      • Colin to ensure that documentation on nature of extras.ubuntu.com archive makes it into process docs, and ensure that ARB legality checks are synchronised with those of ubuntu-archive. carry over
      • Matt to follow up with Brian on 174375 DONE
    • Dynamic "per package upload permissions" for Debian Developers
      • Supported in theory, formal proposal desired, since the details will be the hard part.
    • Micro release exception request for Chromium
      • Approved and documented.
    • Quarterly Brainstorm review
      • [ACTION] Matt to write up Quarterly Brainstorm review and send to TB mailing list.
    • TB meeting moved to 1500 UTC
    • Next chair: sabdfl
  • Meeting 2010-11-16
    • Chair: Martin Pitt
    • Present: Colin Watson, Kees Cook, Scott James Remnant
    • Guests: Scott Kitterman, Allison Randall, John Lenton, Eric Casteleijn
    • Action review
      • Colin to ensure that documentation on nature of extras.ubuntu.com archive makes it into process docs, and ensure that ARB legality checks are synchronised with those of ubuntu-archive. DONE
      • Matt to write up Quarterly Brainstorm review and send to TB mailing list. DONE
    • KDE micro version update exception
    • couchdb on lucid: backport 1.0
      • https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/technical-board/2010-November/000563.html

      • UbuntuOne cloud servers got updated to couchdb 1.0 to handle the load and SSL

      • According to README and James Westby, the 0.10 -> 1.0 upgrade needs to be done manually for the system wide instance

      • Impact on per-user couchdbs to be clarified
      • API is said to not have changed "much", but any change will break existing couchdb applications, and thus needs to be clarified and evaluated
      • will cause problems with shared home directories and clients with mixed 1.0/0.1 packages
      • To be investigated by U1 team: introduce couchdb-1.0 package into lucid; what other packages need to be changed, what's the impact?
      • To be re-discussed at next meeting with more information on the wiki page
    • ARB exception proposal
      • https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PostReleaseApps/MaverickExceptionsProposal

      • Public python libraries shouldn't be a matter for these packages
      • Private libraries could be kept in the app dir by setting sys.path
        • Can quickly templates be updated in lucid to automatically add the application dir to sys.path?
        • Non-quickly apps would have a requirement to set this up by themselves; is that practical?
      • .pyc files are not a must, so we could ship maverick packages without them
      • general opinion was that making an exception for desktop files only would be okay
      • Some discussion whether using a vendor prefix in /opt would make sense
    • Next chair: sabdfl (carried over)
  • Meeting 2010-11-30
    • Log: http://www.novarata.net/mootbot/ubuntu-meeting.20101130_0859.html

    • Chair: Matt Zimmerman
    • Other members present: Martin Pitt
    • Guests: Allison Randall, John Lenton, Eric Casteleijn, Rick Spencer, Stuart Langridge, Emmet Hikory
    • Action review
      • KDE microversion SRU docs - done
    • couchdb lucid backport SRU - John Lenton (http://www.novarata.net/mootbot/ubuntu-meeting.log.20101130_0859.html#3)

      • Continuation from the previous meeting
      • We enumerated options for the Ubuntu One team to restore lost functionality in Ubuntu 10.04 resulting from the CouchDB 1.0 server-side update. The options supported by the TB members present were:
        • option 1: parallel package couchdb 1.0, update desktopcouch to use it, and release via SRU exception
        • option 3: update couchdb to 1.0 in backports, superseding 0.1 in lucid
        • option 4: do nothing, focus on natty, move on
      • The U1 team will decide which option to pursue based on available resources and business considerations
    • ARB exception proposal - Allison Randal (http://www.novarata.net/mootbot/ubuntu-meeting.log.20101130_0859.html#5)

      • Continuation from the previous meeting
      • Allison's proposal was supported by the TB members present:
        • Allow .desktop files to be installed outside /opt.
        • In Natty, we'll modify Quickly, cdbs, python-support, and related packages o support installation in /opt.
        • For Maverick, accept that .pyc files and version symlinks won't be generated for Python libraries.
        • For Maverick, ARB will perform manual package fixes on proposed applications, to install in /opt and load libraries from /opt.
        • Binaries only in /opt (no exceptions for Maverick), will not be in $PATH.
        • Official install location is /opt/extras.ubuntu.com/ (with version number? i.e. "/opt/extras.ubuntu.com/foo-1.5")

Ubuntu Development Teams

Xubuntu Team

Bug Triage
  • Still squashing bugs. This will be an on-going process.

Packaging, Development, & Testing
  • Inclusion of Xfce 4.7.x (future 4.8) is being worked on in natty.

Website & Marketing

Artwork
  • We still need a good plymouth theme.
  • Charlie is working with the Ubuntu Artwork Team to draw a specification for xubuntu artwork in Natty Narwhal.
  • ochosi is working on updating the faenza icon theme to include all icons.
  • ochosi is updating the bluebird theme to create greybird for possible inclusion in Natty Narwhal.
  • Xubuntu needs an Artwork Lead. Contact us per http://xubuntu.org/devel if interested or email charlie-tca@ubuntu.com

Community
  • We are striving to get more users to blog about Xubuntu. We would like to keep word out of the changes being made, as well as new releases.
  • We are attempting to submit new articles to Ubuntu Weekly News at least once a month about Xubuntu.
  • A community meeting was held on 2010-11-18. It was decided that meetings will be held weekly through December on Thursdays.
  • A community meeting was held on 2010-11-25.
  • Minutes and logs from the meetings are available at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings.

  • Xubuntu needs to nominate and vote for a permanent Project Lead. Nominations are explained in https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/xubuntu-devel/2010-November/007614.html.

Documentation

Ubuntu Studio

Ubuntu LoCo Teams

Asturian Team

Australian Team

Belgian Team

Cameroonian Team

Canadian Team

Catalan Team

French Team

Greek Team

Honduras Team

Hungarian Team

Ubuntu Ireland

Japanese Team

Nicaraguan Team

South African Ubuntu team

Ubuntu United Kingdom LoCo Team

United States Teams

Ubuntu California

Team meetings:

Ubuntu Hours:

Website:

Ubuntu Chicago LoCo Team

Florida LoCo Team
  • Team Meeting held in #ubuntu-us-fl November 16th.

New York State Team

.:Events:.

  • 20101106 6pm - 9pm NY State Ubuntu LoCo Launch Events Combined Launch Events

  • 20101106 6pm - 9pm NY State Ubuntu LoCo Finger Lakes Launch and Holiday Party Barnes and Noble @ RIT

  • 20101106 6pm - 9pm NY State Ubuntu LoCo New York City Area NYU Stern

  • 20101106 6pm - 9pm NY State Ubuntu LoCo Central New York Syracuse

  • 20101120 12pm - 4pm cws, deejoe and cprofitt will co-sponsor a Linux Workshop with Interlock Rochester
  • 20101120 9am - 4pm cprofitt will hold a hands-on lab for educators at NYSCATE 2010 Hands-on Lab

.:Meetings:.

.:Other:.

Virginia Team

Additional Ubuntu Teams

Accessibility Team

Ubuntu Classroom Team

Classes:

Ubuntu Women

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Tuesday, 04 January 2011

Ubuntu Chicago IRC Meeting

Asia-Oceania RMB Meeting

Ubuntu-audio-dev meeting

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Server team IRC meeting

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

App Review Board Meeting

LoCo Health Check

EMEA Membership Meeting

Community Council Meeting

Wednesday, 05 January 2011

Ubuntu Cloud Community and Q+A Meeting

  • Start: 15:00 UTC
  • End: 16:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-cloud on freenode.net
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Weekly Ubuntu Foundations team meeting

Edubuntu Meeting

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

QA Team Meeting

Thursday, 06 January 2011

Ayatana UX team meeting

  • Start: 13:00 UTC
  • End: 13:30 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on freenode.net
  • Agenda: * Introductions * Review team charter * Organize first UX activity * Brainstorm future UX activities

Ubuntu Translations Meeting

Xubuntu Community Meeting

Ubuntu News Team Meeting

  • Start: 23:00 UTC
  • End: Friday, 07 January 2011 at 00:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-news on freenode.net
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Friday, 07 January 2011

Natty Weekly Release Team meeting

Saturday, 08 January 2011

Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting

Washington DC BugJam

  • Start: 21:00 UTC
  • End: 23:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channels #ubuntu-us-dc and #ubuntu-bugs on freenode.net
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

DC Loco IRC meeting

  • Start: 23:00 UTC
  • End: Sunday, 09 January 2011 at 00:00 UTC
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc on freenode.net
  • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

Sunday, 09 January 2011

Monday, 10 January 2011

Security Team Catch-up

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

Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10 in December

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

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