Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #223 for June 27 - July 10, 2011.
In This Issue
- Unity Progress Report – Irish Edition
- Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
- Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Released
- Ubuntu Stats
LoCo Directory: Now with default team time zones!
Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
- New Forum Council Members
- Get excited and make things! – Wallpaper edition!
- Ubuntu Slogan?
- Ubuntu One Files for Android released!
- Munich To Migrate 15,000 PCs To Ubuntu
- Featured Podcasts
- 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
Unity Progress Report – Irish Edition
Jorge Castro gives us a Unity progress report and talks about their sprint in Ireland in this ubuntu-news.org article.
For more information visit: http://ubuntu-news.org/2011/07/06/unity-progress-report-irish-edition/
Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
In this post on ubuntu-news.org, Daniel Holbach gives an Ubuntu development update which includes where to look for updates on the upcoming 11.10 release, a "shout-out" to new contributor Sebastian Carneiro from Argentina, and also ways to get invovled with Ubuntu development.
More information can be found at: http://ubuntu-news.org/2011/07/07/ubuntu-11-10-development-update-2/
Also check out the report from the week before: http://ubuntu-news.org/2011/06/30/ubuntu-oneiric-development-update/
Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Released
Thu July 7th at 15:54:54 UTC, Kate Stewart (on behalf of the Ubuntu release team) announced the release of Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2.
For more information see: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2011-July/000868.html
Get ready for Ubuntu Developer Week
Get ready for Ubuntu Developer Week from Monday, 11th July to Friday, 15th July. We will have one full week of online IRC sessions which will introduce you to Ubuntu Development and hacking on Ubuntu-related projects. Sometimes these sessions will take the form of Q&A sessions, sometimes as presentations and sometimes hands-on workshops.
Here’s the links for the impatient:
How to join in: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek/JoiningIn
Timetable of the sessions: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuDeveloperWeek
- Open (90465) -6731 over last week
- Critical (155) -22 over last week
- Unconfirmed (48384) -1046 over last issue
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
There appears to be no way of modifying the pointer - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28241/
Adding description for "Apps Available for Download" in unity Programs launcher - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28234/
Linked notifications - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28227/
First Console tty1 should have more priority for debug - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28225/
Unity Side-bar Scrolling is Too Slow - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28221/
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
Can I open Microsoft Word and Excel files? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52126/can-i-open-microsoft-word-and-excel-files
Is it possible to install a .deb from a URL? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/51854/is-it-possible-to-install-a-deb-from-a-url
How to use Skype? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/51991/how-to-use-skype
What is the difference between Ubuntu and Debian server? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52066/what-is-the-difference-between-ubuntu-and-debian-server
What is apt-fast and should I use it? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52243/what-is-apt-fast-and-should-i-use-it
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Vancouver's Natty U-Party! (Parts 2-5)
Randall Ross has been doing a series of posts about Ubuntu Vancouver's U-Party "A Celebration of Ubuntu and Unity", held on June 17th 2011. Parts 2-5 are the latest!
LoCo Directory: Now with default team time zones!
Time zones have always been a tricky problem for the LoCo Directory developers to reconcile, this article discusses how they've solved this for event and meeting planning and other new features in the 0.3.3 and 0.3.4 release of the LoCo Directory.
More information can be found at: http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=4596
Inner City Boston Ubuntu Hour 2
Martin Owens discusses the second inner city Boston Ubuntu Hour and how it's evolved into something more than just an hour of coffee and Ubuntu discussion.
More information can be found at: http://doctormo.org/2011/07/02/inner-city-boston-ubuntu-hour-2/
Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
Prentice Hall is offering a free copy of the recently published Official Ubuntu Book to approved LoCo teams. Jono Bacon explains the steps involved in how your team can request a copy.
More information can be found at: http://www.jonobacon.org/2011/07/05/free-official-ubuntu-book-for-approved-loco-teams/
Launchpad read-only 08.00 UTC 13th July 2011
Quick note from the Launchpad team about upcoming downtime.
More information can be found at: http://blog.launchpad.net/notifications/launchpad-read-only-08-00-utc-13th-july-2011
Interview: Huw Wilkins on Launchpad’s UI
Huw Wilkins is "Launchpad’s UI guy" and he was interviewed about his current work and upcoming changes to Launchpad's UI. The audio interview can be downloaded as an ogg file.
More information can be found at: http://blog.launchpad.net/podcast/interview-huw-wilkins-on-launchpads-ui
Ubuntu Forums News
New Forum Council Members
The previous members of the Forum Council have been reappointed and three new members have been appointed: s-fox, Artificial Intelligence and Iowan
More information can be found at: http://blog.joeb454.com/2011/07/new-forum-council-members/
Canonical Design Team: Get excited and make things! – Wallpaper edition!
Matt Jones of BERG fame came up with a response to the "keep calm and carry on" posters from the Second World War. The response is the "Get Excited and Make Things" poster mentioned in this article by Iain Farrell at design.canonical.com. This article opens up the wallpaper submissions process for the next release of Ubuntu (Oneiric Ocelot) with this poster and slogan in mind.
Information on submissions available at: http://design.canonical.com/2011/07/get-excited-and-make-things-wallpaper-edition/
Paolo Sammicheli: Ubuntu Opportunistic Programming @Europython: The slides
Paolo Sammicheli shares links to his slides and a video from his talk on Ubuntu and the Opportunistic Programming at Europython.
Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Slogan?
In this blogpost at frenchfortunecookie.wordpress.com, the search begins for a one sentence slogan or catch phrase to help a new user understand and become interested in Ubuntu is explored in depth.
More information can be found at: http://frenchfortunecookie.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/ubuntu-slogan/
Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ensemble Dublin sprint update
At cloud.ubuntu.com, Ahmed Kamal posts an overview of the happenings in the Ensemble space during the recent Ensemble team sprint in Dublin, Ireland.
More information can be found at: http://cloud.ubuntu.com/2011/07/ensemble-dublin-sprint-update/
Ara Pulido: Ubuntu Friendly Process
Over at arapulido.com, Ara Pulido gives us an update on the process that the current members of the Ubuntu Friendly Control are working on. This process helps define what it means for hardware to be Ubuntu friendly.
More information can be found at: http://arapulido.com/2011/07/04/ubuntu-friendly-process/
Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Billboards: Design on a Grand Scale
In this article, official branding is discussed after spotting a billboard "in the wild" which guides viewers to “Come visit Canonical and learn more about Ubuntu” in Portuguese.
More information can be found at: http://design.canonical.com/2011/06/fisl-billboards/
Daniel Holbach: Looking for feedback: Sponsorship Process
Daniel Holbach's blog asks for your comments as a contributor or as a reviewer on the state of the Ubuntu sponsorship process.
More information can be found at: http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=1031
Thorsten Wilms: Ubuntu Friendly Logo 6
Thorsten Wilms, a freelance designer, shares a logo/sticker design for "Ubuntu Friendly". For more information on Ubuntu Friendly see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFriendly.
Check the logo out here: http://thorwil.wordpress.com/2011/06/29/ubuntu-friendly-logo-6/
Daniel Holbach: Need help: video + screencast + chat
Daniel Holbach discusses the pros of using ustream.tv for screencasting. Here at Daniel's blogpost he asks for some help on how to solve some of the cons.
More information can be found at: http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=1034
Martin Albisetti: Ubuntu One Files for Android released!
Over at Martin Albisetti's blog, the release of an Ubuntu One app for Andriod is announced. Martin Albisetti is the tech lead for the Ubuntu One web+mobile team.
More information can be found at: http://beuno.com.ar/archives/254
Canonical Design Team: What’s round and sticky and how you can make some!
At design.canonical.com author Iain Farrell shares with us how to use the PNGs from design.canonical.com/brand to make nifty little round stickers at MOO.com.
More information can be found at: http://design.canonical.com/2011/06/whats-round-and-sticky-and-how-you-can-make-some/
Interested in how they turned out? Check out the follow-up post here: http://design.canonical.com/2011/07/my-stickers-have-arrived/
In The Press
Linux 2.6.38 power problems confirmed, but workaround appears
In this DesktopLinux.com article Phoronix.com team has identified the source of Linux power regression problems in Linux 2.6.38. This problem has been known to reduce battery life in Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15. Phronix has found and published a workaround.
More information on this workaround can be found here http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS7241828987.html
Surprising Power Consumption Of Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Windows 7
From Phronix.com, this informative article shares a comparision of the power management of Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1.
View the full comparison: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=windows_ubuntu_pow&num=1
Munich To Migrate 15,000 PCs To Ubuntu
Swapnil Bhartiya reports at Muktware.com that in Germany, the city of Munich aims to migrate 80 percent of the city's fifteen thousand administration PCs to Ubuntu Linux.
More information can be found at: http://www.muktware.com/news/28/2011/1578
In The Blogosphere
"living" solo bass - made with Ubuntu Studio
On musician/composer Mike Holstein's blog, he shares information about a solo acoustic bass recording called 'living' that was produced entirely using Ubuntu.
More information can be found at: http://www.mikeholstein.info/2011/07/living-solo-bass-made-with-ubuntu.html
In Other News
Adobe's Vanishing Linux Air Support: Personal or Strictly Business?
Linux support for Adobe Air was dropped. Visit this linuxinsider.com article for the reasons why.
More information can be found at: http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Adobes-Vanishing-Linux-Air-Support-Personal-or-Strictly-Business-72785.html
Linux IT to underwrite open-source adoption
LinuxIT (Europe) Ltd, a Blended Systems Integrator, aims to kick-start community-based open-source software adoption among UK enterprises. The integrator is offering to underwrite any community-based open-source software that meets the requirements of its verification process.
More information can be found at: http://www.channelweb.co.uk/crn-uk/news/2083157/linux-underwrite-source-adoption
Ten Linux apps that need to raise their game
Jack Wallen of TechRepublic shares this opinion about the awkwardness of several applications in an effort to help developers identify ways to gear the overall functionality towards user friendliness.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E10 – Sun and Steel
Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, Tony Whitmore and guest presenter Andy Piper are back once more, pre-recorded in Studio A for episode 10 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week’s show:
We talk about what we’ve been doing including playing Proun (the pay what you like game [which runs under WINE on Ubuntu]), Freecycling old kit, reflecting on OggCamp, upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, making apps stick to the Unity launcher for Laura’s Mum, helping out with curating a list of Android Honeycomb apps on the Xoom Forums and attending an a11y hackday run by DevCSI.
We review the HP MicroServer (Mark’s also written some blog posts about it)
- In the news
We have an interview with Gemma Cameron by Les Pounder about BarCamp Blackpool and Nottingham. Thanks to Les for providing this content for us!
- We have a Bit About Ubuntu
- And we have some Command Line Love
- Finally we have your feedback.
Further details and download links can be found at: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2011/07/06/s04e10-sun-and-steel/
Lococast.net Episode 18 - Passwords, hashes, and Google+ oh my!
Join Rick Harding and Craig Maloney as they debate, dissect, and dismantle the current tech issues of the day on the latest Lococast podcast.
In this podcast:
PyOhio: July 30,31
- Ohio Linuxfest: Sept 9,10,11
- Ubuntu Global Jam: Sept 2,3,4
- Securing user's passwords in applications
- Instapaper - FBI had their servers
- scrypt ticket
- GPUs Discussion
- Bookie status report
- Hosted Bookie
- Weekly Status Reports
- Craig: The Python Standard Library
- Rick: Start Small, Stay Small, Hands on Node.js, iWoz
Download or listen here: http://lococast.net/archives/503
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from June 30th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MobileTeam/Meeting/2011/20110630
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for July 1st, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-07-01
Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for July 5th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-07-05
Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for July 5th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2011-07-05
Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from July 7th, 2011 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MobileTeam/Meeting/2011/20110707
Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for July 7th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20110705
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for July 8th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-07-08
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-1160-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001363.html
[USN-1149-2] Firefox regression - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-June/001364.html
[USN-1163-1] Bind vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001365.html
[USN-1164-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities (i.MX51) - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001367.html
[USN-1165-1] QEMU vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001368.html
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
bind9 1:9.4.2.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.8 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-July/012668.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
multipath-tools 0.4.8-14ubuntu4.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012373.html
adobe-flashplugin 10.3.181.34-0lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012374.html
pkgsel 0.25ubuntu7.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012375.html
parted 2.2-5ubuntu5.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012377.html
ia32-libs 2.7ubuntu26.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012378.html
commons-csv 0.1-SNAPSHOT+svn678580-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-June/012379.html
evolution 2.28.3-0ubuntu10.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012380.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012382.html
nuxeo-dm 188.8.131.52-0lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012384.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.12 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012385.html
jabberd2 2.2.8-2ubuntu4.0.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012386.html
python-apt 0.7.94.2ubuntu6.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012387.html
dbconfig-common 1.8.44ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012388.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.13 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012389.html
ldm 2:2.1.1-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012390.html
ubiquity 2.2.26 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012391.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
multipath-tools 0.4.8-14ubuntu184.108.40.206 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-June/009520.html
adobe-flashplugin 10.3.181.34-0maverick1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-June/009521.html
initramfs-tools 0.98.1ubuntu6.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009523.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009524.html
bind9_9.7.1.dfsg.P2-2ubuntu0.4_amd64_translations.tar.gz - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009525.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.8 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009526.html
oprofile 0.9.6-1.1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009527.html
jabberd2 2.2.8-2ubuntu220.127.116.11.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009528.html
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
bzr-builddeb 2.7.3ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011998.html
banshee 2.0.0-2ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/011999.html
clipit 1.3.12-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/012000.html
adobe-flashplugin 10.3.181.34-0natty1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/012001.html
dpkg 1.16.0~ubuntu7.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/012002.html
g15daemon 18.104.22.168-8.1ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-June/012003.html
xserver-xorg-video-ati 1:6.14.0-0ubuntu4.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012005.html
soprano 2.5.63+dfsg.1-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012006.html
nautilus-sendto 2.32.0-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012007.html
banshee 2.0.1-1ubuntu1~natty2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012008.html
qemu-kvm 0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu4.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012010.html
oprofile 0.9.6-1.1ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012011.html
jabberd2 2.2.8-2ubuntu4.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012012.html
pyabiword 0.8.0-6build2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012013.html
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