Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 239 for the week October 24 - 30, 2011.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS-P)
- Ubuntu Community Survey Results
- Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Leadership
- Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Enhancing Recognition and Credit
- Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
- Ubuntu Stats
Call for LoCo Council Nominations
- Colin Watson: Quality in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
- Ubuntu Women Month of Making: Winners!
- Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments System Spec
- Daniel Holbach: Planning Ubuntu 12.04
- Amber Graner: You Matter – 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
- Mark Shuttleworth: Automated deployment of Ubuntu with Orchestra
- Dustin Kirkland: Getting Started with Ubuntu Orchestra -- Servers in Concert!
- Ubuntu Linux will try for the business desktop
- Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China
- Review: Edubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot"
- Ubuntu Software Center Offers Books, Magazines
- Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, reorganizes
- White Paper: Secure Boot impact on Linux
- Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle 54 – Closing Windows
- Featured Podcasts
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
- and much much more.
General Community News
Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS-P)
The Ubuntu Developer Summit for the 12.04 Ubuntu release (UDS-P) will take place from October 31 through November 4, 2011 at the Caribe Royal in Orlando, Florida.
UDS is the seminal Ubuntu event in which we define the focus and plans for our up-coming version of Ubuntu. The event pulls together Canonical engineers, community members, partners, ISVs, upstreams and more into an environment focused on discussion and planning.
For those individuals who won't be here in person, yet still want to participate in this planning process, remote participation is possible.
Find out more about the sessions for each day as well as the details on how you can participate remotely at
Stefano Rivera is now part of the DMB
The Ubuntu Technical Board has added Stefano Rivera to the Developer Membership Board.
Ubuntu Community Survey Results
Based on concerns raised in a recent Community Council meeting Community Manager, Jono Bacon, released a survey he developed in collaboration with the Ubuntu Community Council to gather data from Ubuntu Members. Results and his initial commentaries are in.
Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Leadership
As part of a series of posts discussing the next steps from the Ubuntu Community Survey Report Jono Bacon looks at leadership within Ubuntu. Bacon’s focus is on two main points--how accessible are leadership positions and how effective are the current leaders within the Ubuntu community.
Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Enhancing Recognition and Credit
In his ongoing series of posts discussing next steps asrising rom the Ubuntu Community Survey Report, Jono Bacon, looks at ways to enhance recognition for contributions and various ways to give credit where credit is due.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
Only a week into the release cycle of Pangolin and the uploads have already started (921 to be “Precise”). Currently a primary focus is to see what upstream packages have been updated since the Ubuntu 11.10 release.
- Open (91827) +608 over last week
- Critical (136) +17 over last week
- Unconfirmed (47307) +200 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 (9108) -19 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (45524) -152 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (46057) +5 over last week
- French (69992) -272 over last week
- German (74039) +9 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 Ideas This Week
File management isn't as easy as it could be - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28802/
Currently there is no keyboard shortcut to maximize the Dash - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28772/
Finding and opening of a certain file takes time with file browser - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28774/
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 can I get in contact with an Ubuntu developer to help with a problem? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/71243/how-can-i-get-in-contact-with-an-ubuntu-developer-to-help-with-a-problem
Why does it take so long for Ubuntu to say “command not found” - http://askubuntu.com/questions/72853/why-does-it-take-so-long-for-ubuntu-to-say-command-not-found
Where is force quit? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/72017/where-is-force-quit
How do I teach bash in Ubuntu some curse words? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/73262/how-do-i-teach-bash-in-ubuntu-some-curse-words
How do I find the amount of free space on my hard drive? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/73160/how-do-i-find-the-amount-of-free-space-on-my-hard-drive
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
11.10 Release Party… That’s a wrap!
Benjamin Kerensa about the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team and its 11.10 Release Party in Portland which was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Kerensa says there was a healthy turn out of both Canonical and Ubuntu community indicating this LoCo is continuing to grow.
Instant Ubuntu Group: Just Add Water
Randall Ross asks, “What if each one of us who post to mailing lists, forums, and other online places to ask for Ubuntu help were to do one extra thing: State your town/city in the post?” In this post he suggests that by going that extra step and offer assistance in person over coffee or tea, an instant Ubuntu group would be created.
Call for LoCo Council Nominations
The Ubuntu LoCo Council has issued a call for nominations. Four of the six current members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council have their terms ending this month. If you or someone you know meets the following requirements please consider nominating them for the council. Requirements include:
- Be an Ubuntu member
- Be available during typical meeting times of the council
- Insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within teams is a plus.
Nominations must be submitted by Friday, November 4, 2011.
Scott Lavender: The Delicate Art of Falling on your Sword or Find Your Way Through Contrition
Scott Lavendar looks back at Ubuntu Studio 11.10. In this post he sums up his thoughts on what didn’t go right, why it didn’t and looks at fixes for the 12.04 release.
Colin Watson: Quality in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
In this post Colin Watson says, “As is natural for an LTS cycle, lots of people are thinking and talking about work focused on quality rather than features.” Watson outlines a laundry list of things he would like to see occur in this cycle. This list includes:
- Precise to have been more or less continuously usable from Alpha 1 onward for people with reasonable general technical ability
- Canonical engineering teams outside Ubuntu (DX, Ubuntu One, Launchpad, etc.) to be comfortable with running the development release on at least one system from Alpha 2 onward
- Installability problems in daily image builds to be dealt with within one working day, or preferably before they even make it to daily builds
- The archive to be close to consistent as we start milestone preparation, rather than the release team having to scramble to make it so
- A very significant reduction in our long-term backlog of automatically-detected problems
Ubuntu Women Month of Making: Winners!
The Ubuntu Women Project announced The Ubuntu Women Month of Making submissions winners. Winners included: Stefanie Lück--Python-driven bio research on Ubuntu successes; Maile Urbancic-Designer of the Ubuntu earrings. Each winner received a subscription to Ubuntu User Magazine.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments System Spec
Jono Bacon explores a trophy-like system to reward Ubuntu participants. Bacon gives links to wiki page and blueprint for this system that will be discussed at UDS-P next week.
Daniel Holbach: Planning Ubuntu 12.04
Daniel Holbach would like to see Ubuntu becoming better at involving interested users in the development process. In this post he shares with the community his blueprints that will be discussed at UDS-P.
Amber Graner: You Matter – 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
Amber Graner announces the 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day to be held on November 20th, 2011. In this post, Graner leads by example thanking some of the people that matters to her in hopes that this will inspire others to think about how they will show others in the Ubuntu community that “They Matter”.
Amber Graner: OMG! Ubuntu!: The Interview!
Amber Graner interviews OMG! Ubuntu! personalities Joey-Elijah Sneddon and Benjamin Humphrey. The motivation, history, and more behind OMG! Ubuntu are discussed.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Mark Shuttleworth: Automated deployment of Ubuntu with Orchestra
Mark Shuttleworth writes, “Orchestra is one of the most exciting new capabilities in 11.10. It provides automated installation of Ubuntu across sets of machines.” In this post Shuttleworth also discusses automated installations on bare metal and in the cloud using juju, juju charms and other Orchestra tool sets.
Dustin Kirkland: Getting Started with Ubuntu Orchestra -- Servers in Concert!
Dustin Kirkland shares a easy to follow how-to for Ubuntu Orchestra.
Michael Hall: To the Cloud!
In this post Michael Hall explains how to deploy your own world-accessible WordPress site by test driving the Ubuntu Server Edition on Amazon’s EC2 for free.
In The Press
Ubuntu Linux will try for the business desktop
Aiming to make the Ubuntu desktop more attractive for business, Canonical announces, that beginning with Ubuntu 12.04 release, currently on schedule to be release on April 2011, both the server and the desktop versions will now have 5 year support.
Judging Ubuntu: Failures and Successes
Bruce Byfield takes a look at Ubuntu’s history on its seventh anniversary and records his views on its success and failures.
Ubuntu members come from Europe and US and want more representation
The-H takes a look at the major findings coming from the recent Ubuntu Community Survey Report.
Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China
Ubuntu will be available pre-installed on Dell laptops in 220 retail locations spread across China.
In The Blogosphere
Review: Edubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot"
Have you ever used Edubuntu? Prashanth Venkataram reviews Edubuntu 11.10. In this review Venkataram tells readers about Edubuntu's new features as well as areas it differs from Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Software Center Offers Books, Magazines
The Ubuntu Software Center has changed a lot since its introduction in Ubuntu 9.10 and now has a huge selection of free applications, ability to purchase paid Linux applications and more. The latest addition to the Ubuntu Software Center is the ability to purchase electronic books and magazines for Ubuntu machines or e-readers.
UDS-P: Automated Testing, Benchmarking, Wayland
Michael Larabel shares some information on the sessions that he is planning on attending from October 31 - November 4th, 2011, at UDS-P in Orlando, FL.
Ubuntu 11.10 review
linuxbsdos takes a look at the various installation media offered with Ubuntu 11.10 and gives a quick run through of what is new in the latest Ubuntu release.
In Other News
Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, reorganizes
Canonical continues to grow and mature, prompting its CEO Jane Silber to announced a new organization structure within Canonical.
Retail Stores in China
Canonical and Dell announced a program to sell Ubuntu pre-installed on Dell machines in China. The initial 220 stores will support in-store Ubuntu branding and staff will be educated to assist customers about the benefits of Ubuntu.
White Paper: Secure Boot impact on Linux
Canonical and Red Hat issued a join White Paper highlighting the implications and requirements for users and manufacturers in light of the new “Secure Boot” feature required by manufacturers wishing to ship Windows 8 systems.
Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle 54 – Closing Windows
The latest edition of Full Circle magazine is now available with a new column giving Linux equivalents of Windows features.
- Command and Conquer.
How-To : Program in Python – Part 28, FreeMind, Backup Strategy – Part 2, Apt-Cache NG, and Ubuntu For Business & Education – Part 3.
Linux Lab – ZoneMinder CCTV – Part 3.
- Review – Synergy.
- I Think – What age do you think the average Linux user is?
- NEW FEATURE! Closing Windows – My Computer and C:\ drive
- My Desktop, My Story, and much much more!
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E18 – Age of Innocence
Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are in Studio A for episode 18 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week’s show:-
- We chat about installing Oneiric and about getting out and about to the London release party for the Oneiric release, the Ubuntu Happy Hour in Farnborough, and the Science Museum in London.
- We discuss teaching ICT in schools. And the quiz is back! This episode it’s Who Wants To Be A Massive Ubuntu Geek? and it’s hosted by Tony.
- In the news
- A Bit About Ubuntu:-
- Not about Ubuntu
- We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve from commandlinefu.com:
- We have your feedback, including a contemplation of the future from the Wing Commander.
- And finally, next episode’s Pointless-style quiz will be hosted by Mark. Please fill in this survey…
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
[USN-1237-1] PAM vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001455.html
[USN-1238-1] Puppet vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001456.html
[USN-1239-1] Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001461.html
[USN-1240-1] Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001459.html
[USN-1241-1] Linux kernel (i.MX51) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001462.html
[USN-1242-1] Linux kernel (Maverick backport) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001457.html
[USN-1243-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001463.html
[USN-1244-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001458.html
[USN-1245-1] Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001460.html
[USN-1246-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001464.html
[USN-1247-1] Nova vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001465.html
[USN-1238-2] Puppet regression - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001466.html
[USN-1248-1] KDE-Libs vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001467.html
[USN-1249-1] BackupPC vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001468.html
[USN-1250-1] Empathy vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-October/001469.html
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
nagios-nrpe 2.8.1-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-October/012692.html
icecc 0.8.0-2ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-October/012693.html
tzdata 2011m~repack-0ubuntu0.8.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-October/012695.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
gnome-utils 2.30.0-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012499.html
aptitude 0.4.11.11-1ubuntu10lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012500.html
acpid 1.0.10-5ubuntu2.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012501.html
xorg-server 2:1.7.6-2ubuntu7.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012502.html
puppet 0.25.4-2ubuntu6.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012504.html
debootstrap 1.0.20ubuntu1.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012505.html
global 5.7.1-1ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012506.html
icecc 0.9.4-2ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012508.html
ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu 22.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012509.html
tzdata 2011m-0ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-October/012512.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
puppet 2.6.1-0ubuntu2.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-October/009629.html
global 5.7.1-1ubuntu0.10.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-October/009630.html
nova 0.9.1~bzr331-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-October/009631.html
libfcgi-perl 0.71-1+squeeze1build0.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-October/009633.html
tzdata 2011m-0ubuntu0.10.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-October/009636.html
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012245.html
isc-dhcp 4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu9.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012246.html
microcode.ctl 1.17-13ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012247.html
puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.6 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012249.html
clamav 0.97.3+dfsg-1ubuntu0.11.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012251.html
gvfs 1.8.0-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012252.html
libfcgi-perl 0.71-1+squeeze1build0.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012253.html
tzdata 2011m-0ubuntu0.11.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-October/012256.html
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
puppet 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011286.html
ubuntu-dev-tools 0.132ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011287.html
unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu2b1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011288.html
cups 1.5.0-8ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011289.html
gedit 3.2.1-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011290.html
lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011291.html
dell-recovery 1.11.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011292.html
samba 2:3.5.11~dfsg-1ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011293.html
accountsservice 0.6.14-1git1ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011294.html
keystone 1.0~d4~20110909.1108-0ubuntu3.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011295.html
network-manager 0.9.1.90-0ubuntu5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011296.html
system-config-printer 1.3.6+20110831-0ubuntu9.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011297.html
ubuntu-system-service 0.1.26.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011298.html
dh-make 0.59ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011304.html
obconf 2.0.3+git20110808-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011299.html
mutter 3.2.1-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011300.html
gnome-shell 3.2.1-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011301.html
rekonq 0.8.0-0ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011302.html
gwibber 3.2.1-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011303.html
apport 1.23-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011305.html
pygobject 3.0.0-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011306.html
nautilus 1:3.2.1-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011307.html
mutter 3.2.1-0ubuntu2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011309.html
ubuntu-docs 11.10.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011310.html
software-properties 0.81.13.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011311.html
sni-qt 0.2.5-0ubuntu3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011312.html
fglrx-installer-updates 2:8.881-0ubuntu6.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011313.html
fglrx-installer 2:8.881-0ubuntu4.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011314.html
lightdm 1.0.5-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011315.html
clamav 0.97.3+dfsg-1ubuntu0.11.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011316.html
libubuntuone 0.11.0-0ubuntu3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011317.html
upstart 1.3-0ubuntu11 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011318.html
pulseaudio 1:1.0-0ubuntu3.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011319.html
botan1.8 1.8.13-1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011320.html
gconf 3.2.2-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011321.html
boinc 6.12.33+dfsg-1.1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011322.html
binutils 188.8.131.5210810-0ubuntu5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011323.html
orchestra 2.21-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011325.html
tzdata 2011m-0ubuntu0.11.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-October/011327.html
Linux 3.1 adds support for OpenRISC, nested virtualization: http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source-software/linux-31-adds-support-openrisc-nested-virtualization-177003
Open Source: You Know, For Kids!: http://www.networkworld.com/community/open-source-for-kids
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