Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 222 for the week June 19 - 25, 2011.
In This Issue
- Call for Testing Maverick Language Pack Updates
- Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) Development Update
- Ubuntu Oneiric Open for Translation
- Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Graphics Ninjas invited to help
- Ubuntu Stats
LoCo Council Meeting Digest
- Launchpad News
- Ubuntu Certification: What components do we test?
- Accessible Qt now in Oneiric!
- Has Unity Knocked Ubuntu Off Its Pedestal?
- Full Circle Magazine - Issue #50
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
- And much more!
General Community News
Call for Testing Maverick Language Pack Updates
The next set of Maverick translations updates before release are now ready to test. Please help test them, even if you are not a translator you can help them just by using them and giving feedback.
More information can be found at: http://ubuntu-news.org/2011/06/24/call-for-testing-maverick-language-pack-updates/
Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) Development Update
Oneiric development is in full swing and with Feature Freeze still 7 weeks away, most of the intrusive changes are landing in the development release as we speak. Alpha 2 will be released in two weeks which should be a great time to check out what's currently happening. This week Daniel Holbach talks about his own experience and his first steps into the Ubuntu world.
More information can be found at: http://ubuntu-news.org/2011/06/23/ubuntu-11-10-oneiric-development-update/
Ubuntu Oneiric Open for Translation
The current development release of Ubuntu Oneiric is now open for translation. If you are a translator you are invited to work on it until the next User Interface Freeze on the week of the 25th of August.
More information can be found at: http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/ubuntu-oneiric-open-for-translation/
Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Graphics Ninjas invited to help
The Ubuntu cloud team is looking for some adrenaline rushed graphics ninjas to improve their graphics to reflect recent content and events.
More information can be found at: http://cloud.ubuntu.com/2011/06/graphics-ninjas-invited-to-help/
- Open (90506) -17 over last week
- Critical (150) +1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (49430) -648 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
Make it easier for new users to find the correct software - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28148/
Right-clicking on a unity's launcher icon should list opened window titles. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28159/
Add save and load option for backups to the gnome-config-tool (gcontool) - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28151/
Tomboy is great and could even be better - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28155/
Ubuntu One Notes is nice...but could be better - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28154/
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/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
What does a beginner need to know before switching to Ubuntu? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/49827/what-does-a-beginner-need-to-know-before-switching-to-ubuntu
What is the “proposed” repository? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/49691/what-is-the-proposed-repository
Application for taking pretty screenshots (like OS X does) - http://askubuntu.com/questions/50604/application-for-taking-pretty-screenshots-like-os-x-does
What is the default swap size? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/50308/what-is-the-default-swap-size
What is the difference between remove and completely remove in synaptic package manager? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/49890/what-is-the-difference-between-remove-and-completely-remove-in-synaptic-package-m
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Planet Ubuntu Ireland – Lets get chatting
We are redoing the ubuntu-ie website here for the Irish team. We have our own planet and there are many members; it would be great to add more of your blogs on here. You don't have to post about Ubuntu; post about you, what you do, and what projects you're working on. We’re a community and we should get to know our community. You don't have to be currently based in Ireland; lots of us expats want to get in touch and keep up to date with one another.
More information can be found at: http://www.lczajkowski.com/2011/06/23/planet-ubuntu-ireland-lets-get-chatting/
Vancouver's Natty U-Party!
Last Friday evening, Vancouver threw a party in celebration of Ubuntu and Unity. We call our parties "U-Party" to appeal to everyone, not just Ubuntu users. Over the course of the next few days I will be sharing some of the highlights (at least the ones that I'm allowed to share). I will also share some of the ideas that helped make this party special.
More information can be found at: http://randall.executiv.es/uparty-n-1
Ubuntu-ie and Canonical Meet up in Dublin
Next week some of the folks that work in Canonical from Launchpad and the Platform team will be in Dublin on a sprint. The Irish LoCo is having a pub meet up to say hello to some of them. Everyone is welcome to drop in and say hi. It’d be nice to put the names to the faces and well meet the folks who do such a great job on Ubuntu!
More information can be found at: http://www.lczajkowski.com/2011/06/22/ubuntu-ie-and-canonical-meet-up-in-dublin/
The World Needs To Hear You
Ubuntu Community Week is your chance to learn about how Ubuntu communities and LoCo teams work. It's also your chance to showcase the great work your Ubuntu group is doing to help people find Ubuntu, to grow your community, and to make events even more awesome! We have a few slots lefts for presenters, but not many! So, if you have a good Ubuntu story to tell please head on over to the UCW wiki page and nominate yourself to spread your wisdom.
More information can be found at: http://randall.executiv.es/ucw3
LoCo Council Meeting Digest
The following teams were processed at the last LoCo Council meeting: Ubuntu Ireland (Approved), Ubuntu Japan (Approved), Ubuntu Denmark (Approved), and Ubuntu Venezuela (Approved).
More information can be found at: http://ubuntulococouncil.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/loco-council-meeting-digest/
This is the first of our official Ubuntu LoCo Council blog posts. We’ll be doing all sorts of fun community-based posts, updates, and news. We may all be reached on the LoCo Mailing List, “loco-council” <email@example.com>. Keep in mind that we do moderate it, so please don’t worry about the bounce message! We can also be found on IRC, in Freenode/#ubuntu-locoteams. If you would like to ping us, please just ask the bot! All you have to do is say “!lococouncil”, and we get the ping.
More information can be found at: http://ubuntulococouncil.wordpress.com/2011/06/21/ello-world/
Consistent display of tangential links
On Launchpad there are a lot of links that take your focus away from the current task. Usually, these exist to let you get more information on Launchpad or take you off Launchpad to do something like look at upstream information. These links are usually represented one of two ways–a blue link with a globe for something that takes you to a new website, or a blue or green link for an internal link that opens a new window. Everyone’s been bitten by clicking a link while in the process of filling out a form and losing the data they’ve spend five minutes filling out. There is a survey put together showing some rough ideas of how to indicate a link that opens in a new window. It’s a very short survey, and the Launchpad team would love to get your input.
More information can be found at: http://blog.launchpad.net/general/consistent-display-of-tangential-links
Launchpad meet-up Dublin
There is going to be a Launchpad meet-up in Dublin next Wednesday (29th June) from 8pm at the Porterhouse on Nassau Street. Come and meet some of the Canonical Launchpad team, a few other Canonical types and members of the Ubuntu Irish LoCo.
More information can be found at: http://blog.launchpad.net/general/launchpad-meet-up-dublin
Knowing who the user is in Launchpad
The Launchpad team is testing changes to the person picker used on many pages in Launchpad. The general goal is to ensure that you can trust you know who the user you are seeing is. The listing of users shows the unique-name. IRC nicknames were added, since it was common for users to search on them. Those who are active in the project you are working with are shown with the project’s badge to the right of their name. There will be cases where you want to see more details about the user before choosing, so the listing includes a link to see the user’s profile. Person picker defects are being tracked with the person-picker tag.
More information can be found at: http://blog.launchpad.net/general/knowing-who-the-user-is-in-launchpad
Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu Certification: What components do we test?
Victor Palau tells more about certification. Certification is a generic level of functionality to be expected for hardware running on an Ubuntu Release. Part of the challenge is to identify what hardware components should be included in the test. The aim is to cover all widely accepted components, while excluding fringe ones that may only be of interest to a small set of the user base. In the past it has been a bit hard to understand what components were tested for Certification and this has lead to questions like “Why is the finger reader scan not working in this certified system?” when the answer is simply that certification does not test for finger-reading functionality.
More information can be found at: http://victorpalau.net/2011/06/24/ubuntu-certification-what-components-do-we-test/
Kashmiri Arabic script – questions, questions…
Bruno Maag posts this informative update pertaining to the upcoming Ubuntu Font Suite release. Important questions are posed in this article about Kashmiri Arabic script fonts. Please visit this post at the Canonical Design blog if you can offer any helpful suggestions.
More information can be found at: http://design.canonical.com/2011/06/ubuntu-arabic-questions-questions/
Didier Roche: Accessible Qt now in Oneiric!
In this post Didier Roche discusses the addition of QT and accessibility features made available for Unity 2D starting with the Oneiric release cycle.
More information can be found at: http://blog.didrocks.fr/post/Accessible-Qt-now-in-Oneiric%21
Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu Hardware: Debugging Hard Problems
Victor Palau, Platform Services Director at Canonical, shares with us some of the issues as well as some of the ideas for debugging and implementing Suspend(S3) and Hibernate(S4) states.
More information can be found at: http://victorpalau.net/2011/06/21/ubuntu-hardware-debugging-hard-problems/
Sergio Meneses: Was performed successfully UbuntuOpenWeek in Spanish!
In this blog post, Sergio Andres Meneses Echavéz, computer engineering student at the university Francisco de Paula Santander, shares the recent success of 'The Ubuntu Open Week in Spanish'. This event covered issues of interest and news about Ubuntu including the management of wikis, Code of Conduct signing, and a special talk on Unity.
More information can be found at: http://sergioandresmeneses.wordpress.com/2011/06/20/was-performed-successfully-ubuntuopenweek-in-spanish/
Ubuntu Cloud: Ensemble updates and Hit list
Posted by Kim0 at the Cloud Portal, this post lists some useful information about Ensemble, a next generation service orchestration framework. This information includes an overview of the current progress of the project, as well as a current 'hit list' of the issues that need to be addressed.
More information can be found at: http://cloud.ubuntu.com/2011/06/ensemble-updates-and-hit-list/
Juha Siltala: The Grand Review of three new desktops, pt. 2: the Unity experience
Here is an in depth review of KDE4, GNOME3, and Unity. Juha K. Siltala (a researcher and doctoral student at the Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE), University of Helsinki) has created this excellent blog post which gives a great overview of these different technologies.
More information can be found at: http://www.siltala.net/?p=378
In The Press
Browser Ubuntu: Chrome is the new Firefox
Mark Shuttleworth announced that Google Chrome or its open-source cousin, Chromium, is likely to replace Firefox as the default browser in Ubuntu Linux in the 12.04 release cycle.
More information can be found at: http://memeburn.com/2011/06/browser-ubuntu-chrome-is-the-new-firefox/
Has Unity Knocked Ubuntu Off Its Pedestal?
In this article Katherine Noyes of PCWorld notes some of the feedback being given about the new Unity interface Ubuntu ships with by default.
More information can be found at: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/230878/has_unity_knocked_ubuntu_off_its_pedestal.html
Ubuntu sliding in popularity
In this techeye.net article author Edward Berridge discusses possible reasons for the the fall in Ubuntu's popularity at Distro-watch.
More information can be found at: http://www.techeye.net/software/ubuntu-sliding-in-popularity
In The Blogosphere
Testing the new Login Manager for Ubuntu, LightDM
In 11.10 Ubuntu will be switching to the LightDM for a display manager. See some suggested mock-ups and learn how you can now help with testing this new light, themeable display manager.
More information can be found at: http://ubuntu4beginners.blogspot.com/2011/06/testing-new-login-manger-for-ubuntu.html
First Impressions of VirtualBoxed Ubuntu
In this blog post, Josh Braun, Cornell University Ph.D. Candidate, shares his first impressions having recently switched from dual-booting OSX and ubuntu to running ubuntu in virtualbox under OSX.
More information can be found at: http://wideaperture.net/blog/?p=3312
LoCo Council Meeting
Paul Mellors discusses his attendance at his first LoCo Council meeting and the process which teams go through to be re-approved by the council.
More information can be found at: http://paulmellors.blogspot.com/2011/06/loco-council-meeting.html
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine - Issue #50
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our half-centenary issue.
- Command and Conquer.
How-To : Program in Python - Part 24, LibreOffice - Part 5, Ubuntu Development - Part 2, and Use KDE (4.6).
- Linux Lab - Gnome Shell -vs- Unity.
- Review - PAM Facial Recognition.
- Top 5 - USB Installers.
- I Think - Should Ubuntu keep it's current schedule, or switch to a rolling release?
plus: Ubuntu Games, My Story, and much much more!
Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-50/
Ubuntu UK Podcast: S04E09 – Brave New World
Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and guest presenter Alan Bell are back oop North in Studio B (with noisy podcats but no dishwasher) for episode 9 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week’s show:
We talk about monkeying around with a MicroServer (we really must do a segment about them at some point), going to the Doctor Who Experience in London (we don’t reveal any spoilers), and going through 108 locks in one weekend on a canal boat.
- In the news
We give updates on OggCamp11 * We interview actor, director, DRM-free audio books advocate Barnaby Edwards about his new venture, TextBookStuff (which you can get via the Ubuntu One Music Store).
We have a competition to win an audio book from TextBookStuff. Entries to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday 17th July
- We have a Bit About Ubuntu
- ..and a bit that’s Not About Ubuntu
- And we had some Command Line Love
- Finally we have your feedback.
More information is available at: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2011/06/22/s04e09-brave-new-world/
Full Circle Podcast #21: Wibberty Wibberty Woo
In this episode, why do we need Ubuntu? The desktop versus the cloud.
More information is available at: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2011/06/24/full-circle-podcast-21-wibberty-wibberty-woo/
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for June 21st, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-06-21
Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from June 23rd, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MobileTeam/Meeting/2011/20110623
Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for June 21st, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20110621
Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for June 21st, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2011-06-21
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for June 24th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-06-24
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at ubuntu-news.org: http://ubuntu-news.org/calendars/
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
USN-1155-1 NBD vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001356.html
USN-1156-1 tgt vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001357.html
USN-1157-1 Firefox vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001358.html
USN-1157-2 mozvoikko - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001359.html
USN-1149-1 Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001360.html
USN-1157-3 Firefox regression - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001361.html
USN-1158-1 curl vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001362.html
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
curl 7.18.0-1ubuntu2.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-June/012667.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
nginx 0.7.65-1ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012370.html
skype 126.96.36.199-0lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012371.html
curl 7.19.7-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012372.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
skype 188.8.131.52-0maverick1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-June/009518.html
curl 7.21.0-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-June/009519.html
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
skype 184.108.40.206-0natty1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011987.html
curl 7.21.3-1ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011988.html
cups 1.4.6-5ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011989.html
compiz 1:0.9.4+bzr20110606-0ubuntu1~natty2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011990.html
libgpod 0.8.0-2ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011991.html
initramfs-tools 0.98.8ubuntu3.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011992.html
apt 0.8.13.2ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011993.html
multipath-tools 0.4.8-14ubuntu10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011994.html
gwyddion 2.22-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011995.html
epdfview 0.1.7-5ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011996.html
qt4-x11 4:4.7.2-0ubuntu6.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011997.html
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