Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 226 for the week July 24 - 30, 2011. In this issue we cover ...
In This Issue
- Unity Progress Report - Alt-Tab style
- New ISO images available : Lubuntu
- Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
- Ubuntu Stats
- [REMINDER] Please file your re-approvals, if your team is due!
- Let There Be Jam!
- Launchpad News
- Stéphane Graber: State of IPv6 in Ubuntu Oneiric
- Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Cloud Days complete, logs available
- Jorge Castro: A retrospective of the first year of Ask Ubuntu
- A big thanks to our 1 million users: have some storage on us!
- 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 - Alt-Tab style
A look at the progress that has been made in Unity for the past week with a special look at the new alt-tab style that will be landing in Oneiric. Unity Contributors contributions, bugs fixed in Oneiric as well as steps on how to get involved round up this report.
New ISO images available : Lubuntu
Julien Lavergne shares the news of the latest ISOs of Lubuntu which are now available at http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/. Julien also mentions that he hopes that the next release of Lubuntu will be the first official release of Lubuntu as part of the Ubuntu family.
Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
Next week the 3rd Alpha of Ubuntu 11.10 is due and everybody is trying to get ready for the release. The switch from Gnome 2.32 in Ubuntu 11.04 to Gnome 3 for Ubuntu 11.10 is going really well with the Gnome 3 team consisting of mostly non-Canonical contributors. Also meet a new contributor, Christian Titze from Germany.
- Open (84306) -88 over last week
- Critical (159) +6 over last week
- Unconfirmed (46566) -161 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 Oneiric
- Spanish: (10568) -3 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) : (50477) +500 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese: (51937) -3239 over last week
- French: (71226) +436 over last week
- German: (75903) -185 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
Streamline boot-up process when using full-disk encryption: http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28317/
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
How to use “grep” command to find text including subdirectories: http://askubuntu.com/questions/55325/how-to-use-grep-command-to-find-text-including-subdirectories
What do “.” and “..” mean when in a folder?: http://askubuntu.com/questions/54900/what-do-and-mean-when-in-a-folder
Is there any Window Manager like the Windows 7's for Ubuntu?: http://askubuntu.com/questions/54881/is-there-any-window-manager-like-the-windows-7s-for-ubuntu
Is the command line structure the same for Linux and Ubuntu?: http://askubuntu.com/questions/55397/is-the-command-line-structure-the-same-for-linux-and-ubuntu
How do I set up an email server?: http://askubuntu.com/questions/54960/how-do-i-set-up-an-email-server
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
[REMINDER] Please file your re-approvals, if your team is due!
Paul Tagliamonte reminds teams going through LoCo team re-approval this cycle to get their applications in soon and offers details for how to get in touch if there are any questions.
Let There Be Jam!
Randall Ross encourages teams to participate in the Ubuntu Global Jam coming up September 2nd - 4th and provides a "Jam-o-meter" to track progress of teams signing up.
No more monthly 90 minute downtime
Starting very soon users of Launchpad will no longer have to suffer the monthly 90 minute downtime that occured every month for schema changes, DB server maintenance and so forth. This maintenance has been reduced to just 6 minutes.
Less mail for mailing list admins
In an effort to reduce the amount of email administrators receive, admins for open teams in launchpad will no longer receive join and leave messages for their teams. In the future they plan to have a subscription facility for team admins that do want these emails.
Approve your own translation imports
"Until today, when you imported a template or translation file into Launchpad for the first time, you'd have to wait for a member of the Canonical Launchpad team to review and then approve that file before your project's translation community could make use of it.
Now, if you're a project maintainer, you can manage your project's translations import queue yourself."
Excerpt from and more information at: http://blog.launchpad.net/translations/approve-your-own-translation-imports
Scott Moser: Updated AWS tools PPA for Ubuntu
Scott Moser offers a quick post to announce the updated Amazon Web Services tools in his Personal Package Archive.
Martin Owens: Ubuntu Contributor Harmony
Martin Owens discusses changes to the Canonical contributor agreement which now make it so they do not call for copyright assignment. He asks for thoughts from the community on this change.
Dustin Kirkland: Getting started with the CloudFoundry Client in Ubuntu
Dustin Kirkland announces the availablity of the CloudFoundry client in the upcoming Oneiric release. He discusses what it is, how to install it, deploying your first applications and more.
Stéphane Graber: State of IPv6 in Ubuntu Oneiric
Stéphane Graber made it a focus of his for the Oneiric development cycle to make sure proper IPv6 support at install time and during regular use of the system. In this post he discusses some of the challenges and outlines their progress.
Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Cloud Days complete, logs available
On July 25-26 Ahmed Kamal assembled a team of Ubuntu cloud experts to do a series of Ubuntu Classroom sessions for the "Cloud Days" event. Technologies discussed include Orchestra, Ensemble, OpenStack and Eucalyptus, logs of all these sessions are now available.
Victor Palau: Ubuntu Pre-installed: Tell me your story
Victor Palau works with hardware manufacturers to improve Ubuntu support. In this post he asks for feedback from the community: "Have you ever bought a system with Ubuntu pre-installed? Where did you get it? What systems was it? How did it go? Could you then upgrade to the next Ubuntu release?"
Jorge Castro: A retrospective of the first year of Ask Ubuntu
On July 29th askubuntu.com celebrated its first anniversary and is now the 4th largest Stack Exchange. Jorge Castro quickly covers the history of the site and goes through a detailed review of statistics detailing how successful the project has been.
Michael Hall: The new direction of Summit development.
Michael Hall discusses past summit.ubuntu.com development and outlines core changes that haven taken place in this cycle, including bug fixes, improvements in setup and branch-based development, testing code, and uds.ubuntu.com website integration.
In The Press
Ubuntu Linux gets serious about business partners
Canonical has introduced a new channel partner program, Ubuntu Advantage, which is designed to help resellers bring a new set of support services for Ubuntu server, desktop and cloud installations. Canonical has also simplified its hardware certification program with only one Canonical-endorsed hardware certification program being available, known as Ubuntu Certified.
Ubuntu dressed in cheap elastic support, sent out in public
To fix a pricing disparity that existed in support contracts between bare-metal servers used inside corporate data centers and virtual servers used in the cloud, Canonical has introduced The Ubuntu Advantage Cloud Guest which lets a company take out one support contract that covers up to 100 virtual machine images running instances of Ubuntu.
Asus Starts Selling €209 Ubuntu-Powered Netbook in Europe
Asus has followed up their launch of the 1215P netbook running Linux in Europe two weeks ago with the luanch of the R011PX running Ubuntu in Germany. The R011PX is available from Amazon for 209 Euros, which is 40 Euros less than its Windows counterpart.
In The Blogosphere
Linux 4 Hope takes old computers, installs Ubuntu, gives them to people in need
"Garron Haun wrote in to us yesterday to let us know about a project he founded called Linux 4 Hope which aims at rejuvenating donated computers by installing Ubuntu, and then giving them to people in need around his local community."
Excerpt from and more information at: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/07/linux-4-hope-takes-computers-installs-ubuntu-people
Lubuntu 11.10 Default Theme "Ozone2" Gets Revamped
The default theme for Lubuntu (a lightweight derivative of Ubuntu that uses LXDE) named Ozone2 will be based on a theme called Zukitwo for the upcoming 11.10 release. The reason for the change is that Zukitwo comes in both GTK2 and GTK3 versions and this will give a more unified look for all applications in the new release.
Revamped Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 11.10
Ubuntu 11.10 has received an updated Session Menu with shortcuts to various settings including 'System Settings', 'Displays' and 'Start-up Applications' to name a few. As with any Alpha release this menu is subject to likely change before the final product ships in October.
Ubuntu 10.04 LTS -- I like it better now than I did then
Blogger Steven Rosenberg explains his growing fondness of Ubuntu 10.04 over the period of its release in which he has some comparisons with his Debian Squeeze install, he also talks about the things he thought shouldn't have been added to this LTS release etc.
Affordable But Capable Ubuntu-powered Laptop Computers
As Ubuntu has grown over the years and gained some prominence, the number of systems with Ubuntu pre-installed has grown. Here is a quick look at 4 different manufacturers offering notebook and netbooks with Ubuntu pre-installed.
In Other News
Indian Judiciary Choose Ubuntu 10.04 (85k PCs)
Ramesh Babu, working as a Judge in Tamil Nadu, India, reported to Ronnie Tucker of Full Circle Magazine that the Supreme Court of India has directed all the Courts (approx 17000 Courts) to move from RHEL5 to Ubuntu 10.04.
Reported to the Ubuntu News Team list by Ronnie here: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2011-July/001356.html
For more information visit http://www.sci.nic.in/e-committee.htm
Review: ZaReason's Verix 2 Linux Laptop Hits the Spot
Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier reviews ZaReason's Verix with Ubuntu 11.04 pre-installed, he discusses the hardware itself and runs tests of applications to review overall performance with the defaults enabled.
A big thanks to our 1 million users: have some storage on us!
Back in May Canonical's Ubuntu One service surpassed the 1 million subscribers mark. To celebrate they are now offering 5G of space to their free customers (up from 2G) and have added space to their paid plans as well. They have also made their Ubuntu One App Developer Program public to ease the development of applications geared toward the Ubuntu One service.
100 Best Free and High Quality Linux Games
Richard at the cahilig.net blog "Open Mind" reviews 100 popular and free high quality games which run on Linux natively.
Full Circle Issue #51 is released
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our half-centenary+1 issue.
- Command and Conquer.
How-To : Program in Python - Part 25, LibreOffice - Part 6, Ubuntu Development - Part 3, and Using KDE (4.6) Part 2.
- Linux Lab - Creating Your Own Repository.
- Review - GRAMPS.
- Top 5 - VOIP Clients.
- I Think - What Distro(s) Do You Use?
plus: Ubuntu Games, My Story, and much much more!
Get it while it's hot!
Full Circle Podcast Episode 22: Mad Max Meets Ben Hur
In this episode, all things Chrome
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-07-26
Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20110726
Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for July 26th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2011-07-26
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for July 29th, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-07-29
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
[USN-1173-1] FreeType vulnerability
- [USN-1174-1] libsndfile vulnerability
- [USN-1175-1] libpng vulnerabilities
- [USN-1176-1] DBus vulnerability
- [USN-1177-1] QEMU vulnerability
- [USN-1179-1] ClamAV vulnerability
- [USN-1180-1] libvirt vulnerability
- [USN-1181-1] libsoup2.4 vulnerability
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
libpng 1.2.15~beta5-3ubuntu0.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-July/012672.html
dbus 1.1.20-1ubuntu3.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-July/012673.html
vzctl 3.0.22-5ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-July/012674.html
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
libpng 1.2.42-1ubuntu2.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012415.html
openbravo-3 3.0.r13141.MP-1-0lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012416.html
dbus 1.2.16-2ubuntu4.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012417.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.15 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012418.html
landscape-client 11.07.1.1-0ubuntu0.10.04.0 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012419.html
openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.04.2+1.8.9 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012420.html
openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.9-0ubuntu1~10.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012421.html
libsoup2.4 2.30.2-0ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012423.html
xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012424.html
libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-July/012425.html
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009549.html
dbus 1.4.0-0ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009550.html
qemu-kvm 0.12.5+noroms-0ubuntu7.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009551.html
openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.8-0ubuntu1~10.10.2+1.8.9 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009552.html
openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.9-0ubuntu1~10.10.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009553.html
libsoup2.4 2.31.92-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009555.html
xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009556.html
opensaml2 2.3-2+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009558.html
libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-July/009559.html
End of Life - April 2012
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu3.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012049.html
dbus 1.4.6-1ubuntu6.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012050.html
openbravo-3 3.0.r13141.MP-1-0natty1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012051.html
qemu-kvm 0.14.0+noroms-0ubuntu4.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012052.html
icedtea-web 1.1.1-0ubuntu1~11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012053.html
libsoup2.4 2.34.0-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012057.html
xml-security-c 1.5.1-3+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012058.html
libapache2-mod-authnz-external 3.2.4-2+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-July/012059.html
End of Life - October 2012
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