Issue227


Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Interview with Cheri Francis on UDS
    2. The Road to Alpha 3
    3. Thunderbird & Evolution Usability Testing
    4. Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3 Released
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Oneiric
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
    4. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
  4. LoCo News
    1. Jono Bacon: Kick Out The Jam
  5. Launchpad News
    1. Fast JSONCache updates now active for improved responsiveness
  6. The Planet
    1. Ubuntu Women: Now on Social Media
    2. Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ensemble Orchestra integration, repos and more
    3. Elizabeth Krumbach: Ubuntu earrings - now in silver!
    4. Matthew East: Ubuntu Membership and Contributions to Upstream Projects
    5. Dustin Kirkland: A Formal Introduction to The Ubuntu Orchestra Project
    6. David Planella: Making Ubuntu a Platform for App Developers The Survey
    7. Valorie Zimmerman: Contributions of Non-Technical People
  7. In The Press
    1. How to customize Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment
    2. Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside
    3. Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 - behind the scenes with Oneiric Ocelot
    4. Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 Has Firefox 6 and Thunderbird 6
  8. In The Blogosphere
    1. Condensed Variant of Ubuntu Font Debuts
    2. Ubuntu Desktop Manager Talks Aiming For Apple, Community Feedback, Unity Polish and More
    3. Many Ubuntu Users Still Hate The Unity Desktop
    4. Ubuntu 11.10 Adds Options to Change Launcher Opacity, Hide Mounted Drives, More
    5. Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 Released - Changes and Screenshots
  9. In Other News
    1. New game titles in the Ubuntu Software Center
  10. Featured Podcasts
    1. S04E12 - More Tea Vicar
  11. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  12. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  13. Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
  14. UWN Translations
  15. Subscribe
  16. Archives
  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 227 for the week July 31 - August 6, 2011.

In This Issue

  • The Road to Alpha 3
  • Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3 Released
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo News

  • Launchpad News
  • Ubuntu Membership and Contributions to Upstream Projects
  • Making Ubuntu a Platform for App Developers The Survey
  • Ubuntu Desktop Manager Talks Aiming For Apple, Community Feedback, Unity Polish and More
  • Ubuntu 11.10 Adds Options to Change Launcher Opacity, Hide Mounted Drives, More
  • 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

Interview with Cheri Francis on UDS

Elizabeth Krumbach interviews Ubuntu contributor Cheri Francis on her experiences at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) held in Budapest this past May.

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2011/07/31/interview-with-cheri-francis-on-uds/

The Road to Alpha 3

All of the work the desktop team has done the past week has landed in the recently released Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3, while the Unity team have been concentrating on feature work and backlog bugs.

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2011/08/04/the-road-to-alpha-3/

Thunderbird & Evolution Usability Testing

This article has highlights from the recent Usability Testing done on both the Thunderbird and Evolution E-mail clients, handled by an external consultant at the Canonical offices in London.

http://design.canonical.com/2011/08/thunderbird-evolution-usability-testing/

Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3 Released

The second of a series of milestone images, Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3, was officially released on the 4th of August; links to installation images are provided.

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-release/2011-August/000295.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (89061) +4755 over last week
  • Critical (183) +24 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (47648) +1082 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

  1. Spanish: (11882) +1314 over last week
  2. Brazilian Portuguese: (53054) +1117 over last week
  3. English (United Kingdom): (54693) +4216 over last week
  4. French: (76170) +4944 over last week
  5. German: (78889) +2986 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

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

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

LoCo News

Jono Bacon: Kick Out The Jam

Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon makes a call to all LoCo Teams to help bring Ubuntu to the masses by arranging Global Jams in their areas. He includes a How-to for throwing a Global Jam.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2011/08/05/kick-out-the-jam/

Launchpad News

Fast JSONCache updates now active for improved responsiveness

You can now get updated copies of the IJSONRequestCache, to make it easier to update your pages on Launchpad.

http://blog.launchpad.net/code/fast-jsoncache-updates-now-active-for-improved-responsiveness

The Planet

Ubuntu Women: Now on Social Media

Ubuntu Women has expanded it’s presence beyond IRC, discussion forums, website, wiki and mailing lists to various social networking mediums. The project is now active on Twitter, Facebook and identi.ca.

http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2011/07/now-on-social-media/

Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ensemble Orchestra integration, repos and more

Ensemble has gotten some additional features in the past week which are explored in this post, including better cobbler and Orchestra integration. There are also several new formulas in the works.

http://cloud.ubuntu.com/2011/08/ensemble-orchestra-integration-repos-and-more/

Elizabeth Krumbach: Ubuntu earrings - now in silver!

Boutique Academia started producing and selling earrings with the Ubuntu logo on them back in June. Now they are available in silver colored rhodium plating in addition to the gold plated original design. $6 per pair of the total price of $18.99 will go in benefit of Partimus.org which puts Ubuntu-based systems in the hands of school children.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=4814

Matthew East: Ubuntu Membership and Contributions to Upstream Projects

A recurring theme on the ubuntu-devel mailing list has been the question if someone contributing to an upstream project should be eligible for Ubuntu Membership. Matthew East given his views on this and the question, which are upstream projects and which are Ubuntu projects?

http://www.mdke.org/?p=118

Dustin Kirkland: A Formal Introduction to The Ubuntu Orchestra Project

Dustin Kirkland has identified that the Orchestra project may not have been communicated clearly enough across the whole Ubuntu landscape and attempts to do so in this post. He gives a quick history of the project before delving into a lot of detail on what exactly Orchestra is.

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2011/08/formal-introduction-to-ubuntu-orchestra.html

David Planella: Making Ubuntu a Platform for App Developers The Survey

David Planella puts a call out to the Application Developer community to participate in a survey that will be used to help make developer.ubuntu.com a truly useful resource for developers.

Read his blog post about it here: http://davidplanella.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/making-ubuntu-a-platform-for-app-developers-the-survey/

Direct link to the survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N9GXFGR

Valorie Zimmerman: Contributions of Non-Technical People

Valorie Zimmerman, Amarok document writer extraordinaire reminds everyone how non-technical people can contribute to their favorite FLOSS projects, and tells about her path that has led her up to writing her blogpost in Berlin.

http://linuxgrandma.blogspot.com/2011/08/contributions-of-non-technical-people.html

In The Press

How to customize Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment

This IT World article offers 5 tips to get the most out of Unity and links to other resources to help users get familiar with the new interface.

http://www.itworld.com/software/188517/how-customize-ubuntus-unity-desktop-environment

Ubuntu: The desktop Linux with the cloud inside

Other operating systems are now pushing for more cloud integration for their desktops, but as this article discusses, Ubuntu already offers several similar services out of the box, and has since 2009. They discuss Ubuntu One and the recent push for the Ubuntu App Developer portal.

http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/ubuntu-the-desktop-linux-with-the-cloud-inside/9335

Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 - behind the scenes with Oneiric Ocelot

Dave Walker gives a behind the scenes tour of the upcoming changes for the 11.10 release. He discusses the move to Thunderbird, the formal dropping of Synaptic from default in favor of the Software Center, which also has significant changes and more.

http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/opinion/ubuntu-11-10-alpha-3-behind-the-scenes-with-oneiric-ocelot/

Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 Has Firefox 6 and Thunderbird 6

This Softpedia article gives an overview of software versions in the latest Alpha 3 release (with screenshots!) and quickly checks in with the development of Kubuntu and Xubuntu.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-11-10-Alpha-3-Has-Firefox-6-and-Thunderbird-6-215227.shtml

In The Blogosphere

Condensed Variant of Ubuntu Font Debuts

A condensed version of the Ubuntu Font Family that consists of one weight “regular” and without accompanying italic has been made available to a private testing PPA.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/08/ubuntu-condensed-font

Ubuntu Desktop Manager Talks Aiming For Apple, Community Feedback, Unity Polish and More

OMG Ubuntu! interviews Jason Warner, the Ubuntu Desktop Manager, about his role, the diversity of the community, processing feedback and polishing Unity to help reach the 200 million user goal.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/08/interview-jason-warner-joey-title-pl0x/

Many Ubuntu Users Still Hate The Unity Desktop

Recently Phoronix asked its readers what do they dislike or hate in Ubuntu and after two weeks collected the responses. While the main annoyance the readers had given in the 13 page discussion thread was Unity, some other popular bugbears were hardware compatibility and packages.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=OTczOQ

Ubuntu 11.10 Adds Options to Change Launcher Opacity, Hide Mounted Drives, More

OMG Ubuntu! explores and offers screenshots for some of the changes 11.10 has in store, including the ability to hide mounted drives in your launcher, Change Launcher Opacity and adjust the edge reveal timeout.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/08/unity-oneiric-changes-august/

Ubuntu 11.10 Alpha 3 Released - Changes and Screenshots

Ubuntu Vibes offers a tour of changes in 11.10, complete with screenshots and a YouTube video covering Unity 2d, the new application switcher and more.

http://www.ubuntuvibes.com/2011/08/ubuntu-1110-alpha-3-released-changes.html

In Other News

New game titles in the Ubuntu Software Center

Two new games for sale have been added to the Ubuntu Software Center, BEEP! by Big Fat Alien (control a “precision robot vehicle” while you explore the unniverse) and Heileen from Hanako Games (an anime adventure set in the New World).

http://blog.canonical.com/2011/08/03/new-game-titles-in-the-ubuntu-software-center/

S04E12 - More Tea Vicar

The latest Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team has been released and is entitled, “More Tea Vicar”. Check the link and join Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore as they talk about projects like the video editor in the making, Novacut, and much much more.

http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2011/08/03/s04e12-more-tea-vicar/

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

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

Security Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

UWN Translations

  • Note to translators and our readers please follow the link below for the information you need.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Translations

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Additional Ubuntu News

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Conclusion

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Credits

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth Krumbach
  • Miia Ranta
  • Neil Oosthuizen
  • Penelope Stowe
  • Nathan Handler
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

Ubuntu - Get Involved

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