Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 224 for the week July 11 - 17, 2011.
In This Issue
- Run Ocelot, Run! (Unity Report for 13 July)
- Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
- Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
- Ubuntu Developer Week: Summary Day 1-4 – Outlook Day 2-5
- Ubuntu Stats
- Ubuntu Colombia en la Campus Party 2011
- Better control of your bug mail
- In Response – Ubuntu Slogan
- NGO Team Plans for Oneiric
- Ubuntu Orange is #dd4814
- Ubuntu Cloud Days, 10 days to go
- 12.1-inch netbook runs Ubuntu on dual-core Atom
- Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Review, Screenshots, Download Links
- Gwibber Gets Revamped For Ubuntu 11.10: Faster, Lighter, Prettier
- 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
Run Ocelot, Run! (Unity Report for 13 July)
The Unity team, back from their trip to Dublin, is fresh hacking away at bugs, and new features. With the upcomming release of 11.10 there is plenty for community members and all Ubuntu users to help participate with. There will be many ways to find a bug get your patch into the project.
Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
As unity is being hacked away at, Ubuntu developers take time out for Ubuntu Developer Week where anyone is free to ask the Ubuntu Developers about the precess of making a Ubuntu release. There is a new contributor, Juan Negron, who is interviewed in the article and he has a lot of good information to point out about Ubuntu and Canonical.
Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
Looking to go to the next Ubuntu Developer Summit? Sponsorships are now open from Canonical and waiting for people to apply for them in order to get everyone who needs to be at the summit, there and working.
Ubuntu Developer Week: Summary Day 1-4 – Outlook Day 2-5
Ubuntu Developer week was held from July 12th through 15th and in a series of blog posts Daniel Holbach discusses how each day went and the outlook for the next day.
- Open (88973) -1492 over last week
- Critical (154) -1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (48342) -42 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 Natty
Spanish (7138) -5 over last week
English (United Kingdom) (10102)
Brazilian Portuguese 30214 -5 over last week
French 42561 -2 over last week
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
Make F9 put focus on Status Menus; make F10 put focus on Application Menus - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28287/
More and more laptop come with the nvidia optimus technology. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28260/
Requiring a flickr account should not be essential to submitting new wallpaper - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28255/
Save basket songs of Ubuntu Music Store - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28269/
Creating launchers, starting programs on startup, etc, could be easier - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28285/
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 and Contributors this week
Shut down computer from keyboard - http://askubuntu.com/questions/53263/shut-down-computer-from-keyboard
Does Canonical pay application developers? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52884/does-canonical-pay-application-developers
Why does grub store multiple kernels? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52728/why-does-grub-store-multiple-kernels
Recover deleted data with rm -rf ? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/52693/recover-deleted-data-with-rm-rf
Is it possible to install without a Live CD? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/53276/is-it-possible-to-install-without-a-live-cd
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu Colombia en la Campus Party 2011
Sergio discusses Ubuntu Columbia's participation in Campus Party 2011 and includes a video of his lecture (in Spanish), photos and other details from the event (article is in Spanish).
Better control of your bug mail
Lauchpad has changed how you subscribe to bugs to customize the bug mail you receive. You can now filter to receive all changes including comments, changes that are not comments, or just when the bug is fixed or re-opened. Subscriptions to all bugs of a project can also be customized more easily. All subscriptions can also be changed easily at a later date.
When you are signed into Launchpad you can now go to https://launchpad.net/~ and will be automatically redirected to your launchpad page. If you are not already signed into Launchpad, it will bring you to a sign-in page. This can also be used with bugs, blueprints, translations, and answers or any other place your log-in name would normally go.
Echoes from the Dublin Thunderdome
The Launchpad team was recently in Dublin for their semi-annual all-hands event. During this week they focused on user interface infrastructure resulting in many fixed bugs, improvements in testing, and some back end changes.
Elizabeth Krumbach: Can you write article summaries for Ubuntu Weekly News?
Elizabeth talks about some of the work that goes into publishing the Ubuntu Weekly News (hey, that's us!) each week and does a call for volunteers who can help write article summaries for links collected throughout the week.
Charlene Tessier: In Response – Ubuntu Slogan
In the last issue of UWN we published Charlene's initial call for the need of a Ubuntu slogan. Here she discusses and responds to the the responses her post generated and reviews some of the suggested slogans.
Ubuntu NGO Team: NGO Team Plans for Oneiric
A brief explanation of the purpose and goals of the NGO Team, and an overview of the plans for the 11.10 cycle. Plans include modifications to their case study template, reaching out to community members who have been working with NGO projects and pushing forward on the software packaging front.
Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Orange is #dd4814
What exact color is the ubuntu orange? It's #dd4814! This article and its comments show how the Ubuntu brand is using the color.
Andrew SB: Can i haz answers?
AskUbuntu.com is growing, expanding, and getting more questions, Andrew shares some statistics and talks about how you can help. Also includes a funny picture of a cat.
Jono Bacon: Thunderbird In Ubuntu 11.10
Jono Bacon talks about his switch from Evolution to Thunderbird when he upgraded to 11.10 and how it impacted him as a user.
Ara Pulido: What is a Core Component?
Ara has been hard at work on the Ubuntu Friendly hardware project and in this post discusses and asks "What is a Core Component?" She ends with a request for feedback from the community, including "What components are vital for your laptop/netbook?" and "What components in your desktop you couldn’t live without?"
Harald Sitter: Kubuntu and KDE SC 4.7: A Love Story
In this post Harald discusses the extraordinary effort of the Kubuntu team to bring KDE SC 4.7 to Kubuntu which included the preparation of 130 source packages for upload. He also takes time to thank several individuals who were instrumental in getting this completed.
Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ubuntu Cloud Days, 10 days to go
Ahmed Kamal of the Ubuntu Cloud team reminds the community of Ubuntu Cloud Days coming up on July 25-26.
Ubuntu Women: Hello World!
The Ubuntu Women project has launched a blog! Currently they plan on cross-posting announcements from their mailing list to reach a broader audience and offering guest posts by their members on a variety of subjects.
In The Press
Using Ubuntu on the Desktop
Using Ubuntu on the Desktop is a chapter from the "Official Ubuntu Book, Revision 6" which explains the fundamentals of using and customizing the Ubuntu Desktop, looking at both Unity and the Classic Desktop.
The Five Best Linux Netbook Distributions: 2011 Edition
A lot has happened for netbook distributions since last year with several releases that where not ready now finally hitting the shelves and some others disappearing.
12.1-inch netbook runs Ubuntu on dual-core Atom
The Asus Eee PC 1215P comes with all the bells and whistles one expects from a Netbook with one exception, an unusually large 12.1-inch screen. It will be available with Ubuntu pre-installed in Europe.
Choosing the Best Linux Desktop: KDE, Unity, GNOME
Deciding which desktop to go with has become a complex question. A brief look at the Pro's and Con's of Gnome 2/3, KDE and Unity may assist in making up your mind in the fragmented desktop market.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Review, Screenshots, Download Links
Manuel Jose from Tech Drive-In blog reviews the new Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 release. He notes that although the system in general became snappier, it nevertheless collected few annoying bugs as well. Two of these problems seem to be around keyboard handling, as trivial key combinations behaved for Manuel in a wrong way.
Additionally, Manuel mentions some of the new software packages and software versions in the new Alpha release, such as Gnome 3, Thunderbird and LightDM.
First Ubuntu 11.10 LightDM Greeter (Theme) Screenshot
Web Upd8 overviews the new LightDM and it's default theme in Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 release.
Gwibber Gets Revamped For Ubuntu 11.10: Faster, Lighter, Prettier
Joey Sneddon from OMG Ubuntu reviews the new edition of Gwibber that is coming up in the next Ubuntu release. He overviews the architectural changes, reasons for those. He reviews the application and mentions such features as lower memory use and much nicer graphics.
David Baucum: Features needed in Thunderbird to replace Evolution
David argues in his post, that while "Evolution has a very solid feature set, and great usability and integration, its just some nasty quirks that pop-up from time to time that keep it back". He notes, that changing the email client altogether might be too drastic, but also possibly inevitable in this case.
He also reviews Thunderbird, which is to be the default email client in Oneiric Ocelot. He points out that while Gmail integration was quite easy and straightforward, there's no calendaring application by default, and while Lightning plugins provides that, there's no easily configured synchronization with Google Calendars. In addition, he reviews other features in Thunderbird and explains what features need to be integrated, in his opinion, to make Thunderbird viable replacement option for Evolution.
Unified Messaging Menu / MeMenu Lands In Oneiric, New Power Indicator Available [Oneiric Updates]
Web Upd8 updates us with Messaging Menu / MeMenu being finally added in the last Oneiric Ocelot update. While not fully implementing all the blueprint features, it nevertheless shows what's coming next.
Also, a new Power Indicator, which provides an array of useful features, is available by default now.
In Other News
First Flash 11 beta brings 64-bit support to Linux... finally
Adobe has released the beta of flash. This new version brings native 64-bit to all platforms and allows 64-bit users on Ubuntu so they can have less hassle to use the plug-in on their systems.
Nuxeo Releases New Open Source ECM Packages for Ubuntu Server
The company Nuxeo is allowing their Nuxeo Document Management to be in Ubuntu's software catalog. Due to Ubuntu's growth Nuxeo felt it was time to perform such actions and help out their user base already running Ubuntu.
Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Nine: A Mish-mash of Technologies
In this episode, Social innovation, open data and FOSSbox
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for July 12th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-07-12
Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from July 14th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MobileTeam/Meeting/2011/20110714
Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for July 14th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20110712
Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for July 12th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2011-07-12
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for July 15th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-07-15
Monthly Team Reports: June 2011
See here for the team report for June 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/June2011
If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting
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-1166-1] OProfile vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001369.html
[USN-1169-1] APT vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001370.html
[USN-1159-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities (Marvell Dove) - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001372.html
[USN-1161-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities (EC2) - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001371.html
[USN-1167-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001373.html
[USN-1168-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001375.html
[USN-1170-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001374.html
[USN-1150-1] Thunderbird vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-July/001376.html
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
nginx 0.5.33-1ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-July/012669.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
nuxeo-dm 18.104.22.168-0lucid1 - 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
oprofile 0.9.6-1ubuntu4.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012392.html
libvirt 0.7.5-5ubuntu27.14 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012393.html
sun-java6 6.26-1lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012394.html
python-apt 0.7.94.2ubuntu6.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012395.html
apt 0.7.25.3ubuntu9.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012396.html
debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012397.html
base-files 5.0.0ubuntu20.10.04.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012398.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
pianobar 2010.10.07-1ubuntu0.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009530.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.9 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009531.html
libvirt 0.8.3-1ubuntu19 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009532.html
sun-java6 6.26-1maverick1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009533.html
software-center 3.0.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009534.html
gnome-user-docs 3.0.0+git20110406ubuntu11 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012014.html
ubiquity 2.6.11 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012015.html
gstreamer0.10 0.10.32-3ubuntu3.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012016.html
tomboy 1.6.0-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012017.html
pianobar 2011.01.24-1ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012018.html
libvirt 0.8.8-1ubuntu6.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012019.html
pithos 0.3.9-1~ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012020.html
sun-java6 6.26-1natty1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012021.html
update-manager 1:0.150.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012023.html
q4wine 0.120-r1-3ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012024.html
curl 7.21.3-1ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012025.html
libreoffice-l10n 1:3.3.3-1ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012026.html
libreoffice 1:3.3.3-1ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012027.html
software-center 4.0.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012028.html
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