Issue238


Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users
    2. Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS
    3. Mobile schedule for UDS
    4. Seven Years Old
    5. Community Council Election Results
    6. Mini Leadership Summit at the Ubuntu Developer Summit
    7. Ubuntu Packaging Guide – we need help!
    8. Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week Summary
  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. Ubuntu Wisconsin – Friendly Testing
    2. Alan Bell: Free Ubuntu 11.10 CDs for the UK
    3. Sergio Meneses: Oneiric Release Party!
    4. Elizabeth Krumbach: Northern California Ubuntu Hours and SF Release Dinner!
  5. The Planet
    1. Ara Pulido: The first week of Ubuntu Friendly Beta
    2. Jono Bacon: Documenting Great Ubuntu Community Best Practice
    3. Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Leadership
    4. Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM
    5. Myriam Schweingruber: When is a bug report useful?
    6. Amber Graner: How to get involved with Ubuntu Weeks and more.
    7. Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Tat
    8. Dustin Kirkland: The Magic Number 4
  6. Ubuntu Cloud
    1. Ubuntu Cloud deployment with Orchestra and Juju
    2. Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ubuntu Cloud in your pocket – Video demo
  7. In The Press
    1. Which Ubuntu Variant is Right For You?
    2. Ubuntu 11.10 review
    3. As Ubuntu Linux Turns 7, 'Precise Pangolin' Planning Begins
    4. Vodafone brings ARM and Ubuntu together for South African Webbook
  8. In The Blogosphere
    1. Can I Install Amd64 Ubuntu On My Intel 64-bit Machine? [MTE Explains]
    2. The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)
    3. How To Enable Ubuntu’s Global Menu in Xubuntu 11.10
    4. Introducing Ubuntu 11.10 Without Unity
    5. Adventures in Ubuntu 11.10 Live
    6. Unity’s Technical Lead Neil Patel Talks Plans For Ubuntu 12.04
    7. What about creating the Ubuntu Administrator's Handbook?
  9. In Other News
    1. Putting bookmark sync to bed
    2. Performing autoupdates with Bitrock
    3. Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011
    4. FlossManuals/Google Documentation Summit
    5. Canonical realigns to better serve our customers
  10. Featured Podcasts
    1. Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Community Q+A Videocast Today
  11. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  12. Monthly Team Reports: September 2011
  13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  14. Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
    6. Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
  15. Other Articles of Interest
  16. UWN Translations
  17. Subscribe
  18. Archives
  19. Additional Ubuntu News
  20. Conclusion
  21. Credits
  22. Glossary of Terms
  23. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  24. Feedback

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 238 for the week October 17th - 23rd, 2011.

In This Issue

  • Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users
  • Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS
  • Mobile schedule for UDS
  • Seven Years Old
  • Community Council Election Results
  • Mini Leadership Summit at the Ubuntu Developer Summit
  • Ubuntu Packaging Guide – we need help!
  • Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week Summary
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • LoCo News

  • Ara Pulido: The first week of Ubuntu Friendly Beta
  • Jono Bacon: Documenting Great Ubuntu Community Best Practice
  • Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Leadership
  • Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM
  • Myriam Schweingruber: When is a bug report useful?
  • Amber Graner: How to get involved with Ubuntu Weeks and more.
  • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Tat
  • Dustin Kirkland: The Magic Number 4
  • Ubuntu Cloud
  • In The Press
  • In The Blogosphere
  • Putting bookmark sync to bed
  • Performing autoupdates with Bitrock
  • Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011
  • FlossManuals/Google Documentation Summit
  • Canonical realigns to better serve our customers
  • Featured Podcasts
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Monthly Team Reports: September 2011
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • and much much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users

Canonical announces that the Long Term Support (LTS) versions of Ubuntu for desktop users will be supported for five years instead of three years. This change will start for the 12.04 release cycle and will help with the increasing demand for Ubuntu desktops in corporate environments.

http://www.canonical.com/content/ubuntu-1204-feature-extended-support-period-desktop-users

Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS

Mark Shuttleworth lays out some of the upcoming steps in preparation for the upcoming 12.04 release of Ubuntu.

http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/810

Mobile schedule for UDS

Jorge Castro shares the Guidebook mobile application. In this post he shares with readers how and where to get guidebook so UDS-P attendees can not only see the schedule schedule for UDS-P but plan, tweet, and keep their personal schedules updated.

http://castrojo.tumblr.com/post/11654089782

Seven Years Old

Jono Bacon writes, “Seven years ago the very first Ubuntu version 4.10, the Warty Warthog, was released” In this post, Jono Bacon looks back ove the past seven years, welcomes the next seven and offers “Thank-you’s” for the first seven.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2011/10/20/seven-years-old/

Community Council Election Results

The newly elected Community Council consists of

  • Amber Graner
  • Daniel Holbach
  • Elizabeth Krumbach
  • Laura Czajkowski
  • Mark Shuttleworth
  • Martin Albisetti
  • Milo Casagrande
  • Scott Ritchie

and the term will be until 2013-10-17.

Unfortunately had to replace Emmet Hikory with Milo Casagrande (who was next in the election results) because Emmet was unavailable.

Thanks a lot for the hard work of the old CC!

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2011/10/24/community-council-election-results/

Mini Leadership Summit at the Ubuntu Developer Summit

Jono Bacon explains in this blog post the intention of the upcoming Mini Leadership Summit scheduled to take place during the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, FL. The community survey results suggest that many people feel a sense of leadership, but also feel that improvements could be made to empower them to join in as leaders.

http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=3737

Ubuntu Packaging Guide – we need help!

In this post, Daniel Holbach's blogs, some of the in's and out's of packaging that a newcomer might like to check out.

http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/?p=1082

Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week Summary

Ubuntu Open Week for the Ubuntu 11.10 was a great success. This week of online tutorial geared toward new Ubuntu users and based on the latest Ubuntu release continued to be popular as attendees asked questions and interacted with the community and the various sessions leaders through out the week.

There were topics how to get started with Ubuntu development, translations, how to get the most out of Ask Ubuntu, become a more proficient Unity user, leadership, how to find support in Ubuntu, Ubuntu Friendly, Canonical and Community and much much more. Don’t worry if you missed a session or the whole week you can find all the session titles and logs on the Open Week Wiki.

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/openweekOneiric

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (91219) +899 over last week
  • Critical (119) -3 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (47107) -240 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 (9127) +10 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (45676) +2 over last week
  • English (United Kingdom) (46052) +68 over last week
  • French (70264) -156 over last week
  • German (74030) -118 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

Ubuntu Wisconsin – Friendly Testing

The Ubuntu WIsconsin team hosted an IRC-based night of Ubuntu Friendly testing on October 18th. The post quickly explains the Friendly program and the simple requirements for doing testing, and as they say “It’s fast, easy, and you can do it while watching TV.”

http://anthonyrhook.com/blog/?p=554

Alan Bell: Free Ubuntu 11.10 CDs for the UK

Alan announces that the Ubuntu UK team has received their shipment of Ubuntu CDs for the cycle from Canonical and when he’s not talking about his chickens he’s explaining the procedure for UK residents to request a CD from the team.

http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2011/10/18/free-ubuntu-11-10-cds-for-the-uk/

Sergio Meneses: Oneiric Release Party!

On October 16th the Columbian team hosted an Oneiric release party, complete with discussion of Ubuntu news, how the team can help more with development and Barbecue! Check out the post for a link to their photo gallery from the event.

Post (in Spanish): http://sergioandresmeneses.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/oneiric-release-party/

Elizabeth Krumbach: Northern California Ubuntu Hours and SF Release Dinner!

This past week in Northern California the team hosted an Ubuntu Hour in San Francisco and Mountain view, as well as a release dinner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco. A link to a photo gallery with photos from all three events is included at the end of the post.

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=5184

The Planet

Ara Pulido: The first week of Ubuntu Friendly Beta

Ara shares stats that she has collected from the first week of the Ubuntu Friendly Beta, including over 350 submissions and a quick breakdown of the hardware ratings to date.

http://arapulido.com/?p=567

Jono Bacon: Documenting Great Ubuntu Community Best Practice

Jono revisits the collection of “BuildingCommunity” wiki pages which were started a few years ago, but weren’t being regularly updated. Given the growth of the community and the increasing need to support and motivate leaders as well as regular contributors, Jono presents a call to action to tap the resources of our diverse community to revitalize this documentation.

http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=3753

Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Leadership

Charles writes about the new Ubuntu Leadership team and reflects upon his own leadership experiences from retail management to work in the US Army. He discusses how the Ubuntu community differs from other leadership experiences and highlights the important ways in which leadership and motivation are the similar regardless of distance, compensation or culture.

http://ftbeowulf.wordpress.com/?p=740

Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM

Victor discusses his experience thus far with Ubuntu on ARM (“It Rocks!”) and gives links to ARM hardware that Ubuntu supports, including the Toshiba AC100 Netbook, TI OMAP4 Panda Board and Freescale IMX53 QuickStart Board.

http://victorpalau.net/?p=1259

Myriam Schweingruber: When is a bug report useful?

Myriam--bug triager, documentation writer and application tester--outlines some key things that make a good bug report. In her post she includes: reporting against currently supported versions of the software, giving instructions so that it’s reproducible, giving concise description of the problem in English, being unique, providing a proper backtrace. Additionally she notes that the individual reporting be available to give feedback, be patient and polite with bug fixers. She also includes some bug statistics from the KDE bug tracker.

http://blogs.fsfe.org/myriam/?p=415

Amber Graner: How to get involved with Ubuntu Weeks and more.

Ahmed Shams interviews Amber Graner about the details and organizing of the Ubuntu Weeks in Ubuntu Classroom held each cycle. Amber then shares her checklist for Ubuntu Open Week which gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparation for these events and an opportunity for more members of the community to get involved.

http://akgraner.com/?p=1094

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Tat

Jono Bacon shares an image of the new tattoo that Benjamin Kerensa of the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team received recently. Benjamin shows off his Ubuntu spirit by getting some new ink: an Ubuntu Tattoo.

http://www.jonobacon.org/?p=3749

Dustin Kirkland: The Magic Number 4

Dustin discusses other “4th releases” in operating system history and expresses excitement for this 4th LTS release of Ubuntu. He reflects upon past LTS releases and discusses the historical progression.

http://blog.dustinkirkland.com/2011/10/magic-number-4.html

Ubuntu Cloud

Ubuntu Cloud deployment with Orchestra and Juju

Ahmed Kamal introduces the new Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure based on OpenStack which ships in Ubuntu 11.10. He gives tips for developers and testers who want to play with the new infrastructure. There is also a quick rundown of basic requirements for folks who wish to deploy the infrastructure on a production scale.

http://cloud.ubuntu.com/?p=29523

Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ubuntu Cloud in your pocket – Video demo

Ahmed Kamal demonstrates the basics of using the Ubuntu Cloud Live iso in a youtube video.

http://cloud.ubuntu.com/?p=29535

In The Press

Which Ubuntu Variant is Right For You?

In this article, Bruce Byfield discusses the different Ubuntu variants and how users can use different desktop interfaces yet still run Ubuntu.

http://www.datamation.com/open-source/which-ubuntu-variant-is-right-for-you-1.html

Ubuntu 11.10 review

Darien Graham-Smith of PC Pro provides a complete, positive review of 11.10. Discussed is Unity’s nicer graphical effects and "prettified" icons. Darien also discusses the improved performance on netbooks, customisable appearance, behaviour of the Launcher and changes in how to access preferences.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/software/370621/ubuntu-11-10

As Ubuntu Linux Turns 7, 'Precise Pangolin' Planning Begins

Katherine Noyes, PC World, notes that the Ubuntu 12.04 planning is underway, and this release is going to be about polishing and making Ubuntu very stable for all users.

http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/242237/as_ubuntu_linux_turns_7_precise_pangolin_planning_begins.html

Vodafone brings ARM and Ubuntu together for South African Webbook

Terrence O'Brien, Engadget, writes about the south African Company Vodafone which is releasing a Ubuntu powered netbook that features Ubuntu 11.10 and has available data plans to go along with it.

http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/19/vodafone-brings-arm-and-ubuntu-together-for-south-african-webboo/

In The Blogosphere

Can I Install Amd64 Ubuntu On My Intel 64-bit Machine? [MTE Explains]

Curious about whether you as a user should be using a 32 or 64 bit proccessor? In this article, Damien Oh discusses the differences between the two and which one is right for you as an Ubuntu user.

http://maketecheasier.com/can-i-install-amd64-ubuntu-on-my-intel-64-bit-machine/2011/10/17

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Looking to set up a Ubuntu-powered desktop featuring applications found in Windows? What about those applications doing what some Windows applications can do? Falko Timme and Christian Schmalfeld show readers how to set up the perfect Ubuntu desktop to help replace Windows.

http://www.howtoforge.com/the-perfect-desktop-ubuntu-11.10-oneiric-ocelot

How To Enable Ubuntu’s Global Menu in Xubuntu 11.10

Are you an Xubuntu/XFCE user, but have used the Unity interface and liked the global menu idea behind it? This OMG! Ubuntu! article, Joey Sneddon, tells readers how to set up the global menu in Xubuntu.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/how-to-enable-ubuntus-global-menu-in-xubuntu-11-10/

Introducing Ubuntu 11.10 Without Unity

Marius Nestor reviews at a remix version of Ubuntu with the Gnome shell running on top. He notes this is not an official derivative, however, if you would like to try this version out Nestor provides download link in this post.

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Introducing-Ubuntu-11-10-Without-Unity-228425.shtml

Adventures in Ubuntu 11.10 Live

Here, Dmitry (DarkDuck) reviews booting into a live usb of Ubuntu 11.10 and how it preformed on his machine.

http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2011/10/adventures-in-ubuntu-1110-live.html

Unity’s Technical Lead Neil Patel Talks Plans For Ubuntu 12.04

Benjamin Humphrey of OMG! Ubuntu! interviews Neil Patel of Canonical about the upcoming plans for Ubuntu 12.04.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/neil-patel-precise/

What about creating the Ubuntu Administrator's Handbook?

Debian developer Raphaël Hertzog invites people to support the liberation of the Debian Administrator's Handbook, explaining that it could lead to an Ubuntu variant of the book.

He also provides a special link to the crowdfunding campaign where about 12% of the money raised is given back to Ubuntu.

http://raphaelhertzog.com/2011/10/18/what-about-creating-the-ubuntu-administrators-handbook/

In Other News

Putting bookmark sync to bed

The Ubuntu One team discuss the reasons behind the decision to no longer support bookmarks sync feature. While the team said there are several reasons for this decision the main reason was, "...the main one being that we felt we were not delivering a quality experience to our users."

http://voices.canonical.com/ubuntuone/?p=1282

Performing autoupdates with Bitrock

For those who are unaware, Ubuntu One uses BitRock to create the packages for Windows. One of the new features that’s being worked checking to see if there are updates and making sure the user gets notified. In Ubuntu update Manger takes care of that, but in windows something more is needed. Check out this post to find out how Bitrock is being used to accomplish this task.

http://www.themacaque.com/?p=945

Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011

The Ubuntu Hardware Summit is scheduled to take place at the Grand Victoria Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 8th, 2011.

In its announcement, Canonical says, "Building on the success of 2010 (over 200 attendees), the 2011 Ubuntu Hardware Summit promises to deliver more. With keynote speeches from various members of the Canonical team, and a more focused technical delivery, register below to avoid disappointment."

http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical/news-and-events/events/2011/12/08/live-events/ubuntu-hardware-summit-2011

FlossManuals/Google Documentation Summit

Belinda Lopez discusses attending the Floss Manuals & Google hosted event Documentation Summit. Lopez says the projects involved include: KDE, OpenStreet Map, Sahana and OpenMRS.

To find out more about this event see Lopez’s post in full.

http://dindafoss.wordpress.com/?p=62

Canonical realigns to better serve our customers

Jane Silber, Canonical CEO, writes "...in order to better meet our customers' and partners' needs, we have brought together the sales and sales support teams of OEM and Corporate Services into a single Sales and Business Development team led by Chris Kenyon." Jon Melamut will lead the Professional and Engineering Services team. Steve George will head up Communications and Product Management teams. Online Services is lead by Cristian Parrino. Silber also points out that Mark Shuttleworth will continue to lead overall Product Strategy. To find out more about Canonical’s realignment strategy read Silber’s post in full.

http://blog.canonical.com/2011/10/21/canonical-realigns-to-better-serve-our-customers/

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Community Q+A Videocast Today

This is an hour of Q+A where all questions about Ubuntu, Canonical, or anything else are welcome.

The Q&A session for Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 can be found at:

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17977168

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Monthly Team Reports: September 2011

See here for the team report for September 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/September2011

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 fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/

Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

* ubufox 1.0-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011133.html

UWN Translations

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