Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 240 for the week October 31 - November 6, 2011.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Community mourns the loss of André Gondim
- Ubuntu on phones, tablets, TV’s and smart screens everywhere
- End of support for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Netbook and ARM – 2011/10/29
- UDS Video Interviews
- Community Acknowledgements and Success Stories
- Ubuntu Stats
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Nathan Haines: Ubucon SCaLE10X Needs You!
- David Wonderly: The Ignored Group of Ubuntu
- Daniel Holbach: Survey Summary: Getting involved with Ubuntu development
- Scott Lavender: A Kernel for All Seasons
- Jorge Castro: Power user's team 12.04 roadmap.
Edubuntu: Edubuntu WebLive surpasses 100 000 sessions
- Canonical Design Team: Juju: a logo with a story
- Mark Shuttleworth: Community growth and development
- Summaries from the Ubuntu Developer Summit -P
- In The Press
- In The Blogosphere
- Ubuntu One for Windows Bringing new users to Linux?
- Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux
- Other Articles of Interest
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
- And much more
General Community News
Ubuntu Community mourns the loss of André Gondim
The Ubuntu Project has lost an active member of its community. André Gondim died on 3rd November after fighting with ill health for several months.
André was a major contributor of Ubuntu Brazil, the leader of the Brazilian Translations team and member of the Brazilian Community Council. He was 29 years old and married. Even despite his poor health condition, he was always there to support Ubuntu and the community.
The Ubuntu Project honours his excellent work and strong dedication to Ubuntu and the broader Open Source community. André was always there for others as a friend. He will be sorely missed and his dedication and contributions will serve as inspiration to us all.
Our thoughts are with his wife, his family and friends.
Ubuntu on phones, tablets, TV’s and smart screens everywhere
Mark Shuttleworth (SABDFL) shares with as a look at the year 2014, when Ubuntu will be running on smart phones, tablets, TVs and every and all smart screen devices.
End of support for Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) Netbook and ARM – 2011/10/29
After one and a half years of support Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook and Ubuntu for ARM will no longer be supported. The upgrade path to both are to 10.10 (link to instructions and caveats included.)
UDS Video Interviews
The following people were interviewed by Amber Graner on video this UDS. This is a partial list. All those who were interviewed on Friday, November 4, 2011 will be included in the next UWN edition.
Marc Cluet - System Integration - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/36/943qojLPVyM
Gerry Carr on External Communications - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/34/wCzEIPvPxrw
Jason Warner Ubuntu Desktop - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/33/o1SgMKZ7T9Q
Pete Graner - QA Update - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/25/ct1wgXUHiKU
Randall Ross Vancouver LoCo - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/24/n12JZdNqDS0
Jono Bacon Cycle Update - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/18/TxD3nbBw-z8
Rick Spencer Engineering Update - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/17/q7EI5ed7x4Q
Leanne Ogasawara Kernel Release Manager - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/2/Sekw82JIosA
Marco Ceppi on AskUbuntu - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/1/EM4Ko3Rsxb8
Mark Shuttleworth Interview - http://www.youtube.com/user/ubuntudevelopers#p/u/0/3zYdvIPhR4s
Community Acknowledgements and Success Stories
Awesome Summit work during the UDS-O Cycle
Chris Johnston takes time to recognise the work of Jamal Fanaian, Penelope Stowe and David Callé, Maris Fogels, Danilo Segan, Nigel Babu, Michael Hall and James Westby on the code for summit.ubuntu.com, the site used for scheduling sessions for the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
- Open (92440) +613 over last week
- Critical (115) -21 over last week
- Unconfirmed (46998) -309 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 (9057) -51 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (43474) -2583 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (45559) +35 over last week
- English (Australia) (49824)
- Bosnian (6584)
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
Show number on applications windows on the scale effect +W> - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28862/
Background colour affects readability of text. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28838/
There is no easy-to-use Force Quit application in Ubuntu. - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28840/
using the launcher to switch between apps- needs a proper arrangement - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28847/
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 do I install Ubuntu-Tweak? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/75454/how-do-i-install-ubuntu-tweak
Why is there no lightweight desktop environment, specialized for free developers? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/76867/why-is-there-no-lightweight-desktop-environment-specialized-for-free-developers
How can I prevent someone from resetting my password with a Live CD? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/76987/how-can-i-prevent-someone-from-resetting-my-password-with-a-live-cd
How do I alias as to askubuntu.com in Chromium? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/75769/how-do-i-alias-as-to-askubuntu-com-in-chromium
How can I start gnome-terminal at a particular directory? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/75222/how-can-i-start-gnome-terminal-at-a-particular-directory
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Darcy Casselman: Ubuntu LoCo Teams and the 200 Million
With the 200 million mark that was presented at UDS-O a few months back, LoCo teams need to work as hard as they can to help spread Ubuntu to the masses of people. Darcy suggestions ways in which LoCo teams can help reach this goal.
LoCo Council Oneiric Cycle Review
The LoCo Council was hard at work during the 11.10 cycle, and as you can see by this article, all the terms they re-approved are listed here.
UDS: LoCo Team Guidelines
Charles Profitt presents some population and geographic area statistics to continue a discussion at the Ubuntu Developer Summit regarding the current guidelines for the breakdown of LoCo teams on geographic bounds. He compares a continent, several countries, states and cities in his analysis.
Recognising City Teams
Darcy Casselman discusses the current policy of regional rather than city teams and suggests a structure in which we officially recognise the regional teams and offer city team leaders atonomy within each LoCo team. LoCos can easily do this themselves without any change in general policy.
LoCo Team BBQ: The Rub and The Meat
The Florida LoCo team had a interesting meeting this week, a BBQ. They had all the meat and supplies they used listed in their blog and used this a a great way to get the team together.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Ubuntu is the OS for the Cloud, and here’s why…
Robbie Williamson discusses reasons he feels Ubuntu is “the OS for the cloud” now. Talking points include supporting the latest technologies, Canonical’s “scale-out friendly” support model and Ubuntu’s dependable and transparent release process.
Ubuntu & HP’s project Moonshot
HP has announced their Project Moonshot (press release here: http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/111101xa.html) a programme to accelerate the use of low power processors in the data center. Canonical has been involved in all three elements of their project, leveraging the flexibility of Ubuntu 11.10 Server and work with ARM and Calexda.
Nathan Haines: Ubucon SCaLE10X Needs You!
At SCaLE 10x we will see the annual Ubucon take off again and allow people to give talks about ubuntu and what is currently going on in the Ubuntu world. There is still time to give your idea to the Ubucon people to speak yourself.
Daniel Holbach: Survey Summary: Getting involved with Ubuntu development
Daniel publishes the results from a survey he published in October asking the developer community how easy it was to get involved with Ubuntu Development.
David Wonderly: The Ignored Group of Ubuntu
David explores the open source community culture that Ubuntu shares which tends to ignore the individuals who are simply users of the software produced by projects, not contributors. He suggests we move past this mindset to embrace “just users” in our community discussions.
Scott Lavender: A Kernel for All Seasons
Scott discusses the reasoning behind Ubuntu Studio’s desire for a -lowlatency kernel and some of the challenges involved.
Jorge Castro: Power user's team 12.04 roadmap.
Jorge shares the roadmap for the Ubuntu Power Users Team: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/PowerUsers/12.04RoadMap and invites contributors to comment and “dive right in!”
Martin Albisetti: Ubuntu members over time
Martin presents graph with showing the steady, healthy rise in Ubuntu Members over time.
Edubuntu: Edubuntu WebLive surpasses 100 000 sessions
The Edubuntu project has a live demonstration of Edubuntu on their website and has now surpassed 100,000 sessions. Not to settle for this milestone, they wrap up the post with an invitation for more folks to try it now.
Canonical Design Team: Juju: a logo with a story
The Canonical Design Team presents the story behind the Juju logo, complete with inspirations and drafts.
Mark Shuttleworth: Community growth and development
Reflecting upon Martin Albisetti’s membership graph, Mark discusses the global deepening and strengthening participation in Ubuntu. He stresses that there is no aspect in Ubuntu that a community member cannot influence and discusses some of the collaborative discussions he’s had with both the new Community Council and upstream projects at the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
Summaries from the Ubuntu Developer Summit -P
The Ubuntu Developer Summit for 12.04, Precise Pangolin, happened this week! This UDS was packed full of excitement and energy. Posts about many of the session tracks can be found in the overwhelming number of post we've seen on the planet since and during UDS-P. Below are links from those who took the time to blog about their experience at this UDS.
Amber Graner: UDS Day 1-2
In The Press
100 Best Products of 2011
Selected by experts at PC World this product list highlights “the year's standout hardware, software, and services” and Ubuntu 11.04 comes in at number 82.
Canonical: Mobile OEMs are going to love our Linux
Mark Shuttleworth talks about plans to bring Ubuntu to the Mobile platform by the year 2014. With this plan, Ubuntu will be growing to reach more users at a quick pace.
Xubuntu 11.10 and my Netbook
A netbook has XP replaced with Xubuntu and the blogger discusses how the two compare. Xubuntu wins out in this review.
Shuttleworth: Linux Power Users Aren't too Cool for Unity
Mark Shuttleworth delivered a opening keynote for UDS -P on October 31st that established the direction Ubuntu is headed due to its new desktop shell Unity. He stands firm in using Unity and does not miss a beat when he address concerns with the new interface.
In The Blogosphere
Unity Integration to Run Deeper in Ubuntu 12.04
OMG! Ubuntu! Reports on further Unity integration in the form of more quick-lists for several of Ubuntu’s default applications, including Nautilus and Ubuntu One. They also discuss proposals for new Scopes and Lenses and improved icons.
Banshee, Tomboy And Mono Dropped from Ubuntu 12.04 CD
OMG! Ubuntu! reports that during the wrap-up for UDS it was announced that Banshee would be replaced with Rhythmbox for Ubuntu 12.04. The note-taking application Tomboy will also be dropped from the default install, making the need for mono from the install CD. The post wraps up with a poll to readers regarding the changes.
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Will Have GNOME 3.2
This softpedia post reports that Ubuntu 12.04 will feature the stable and well-tested GNOME 3.2 desktop environment. Other changes include hopes for a calendar for Thunderbird, fixes for “flickering” in the bootup process and availability of a new low-latency kernel package.
Ubuntu 12.04 Developer Summit Summary
Michael Larabel of Phoronix has written several articles throughout the week of the Ubuntu Developer Summit showcasing results from sessions. This article is a summary of those articles, including the keynote, kernel choice, possible X.Org changes, GNOME versions, boot speed and default ISO size.
In Other News
Ubuntu One for Windows Bringing new users to Linux?
Sean Michael Kerner speculates on whether the launch of Ubuntu One for Windows will really increase the interest in Ubuntu the operating system to Windows users, and how many of those users are already Ubuntu users.
Windows 8 plot to lock out Linux
“The drumbeat from Linux advocates about a key security feature in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 8 is getting louder. They call it an anti-Linux plot. But the two leading PC makers disagree with them. I’ve got exclusive details.” (article summary from zdnet)
Other Articles of Interest
Ubuntu 11.10: Xen vs. KVM vs. VirtualBox - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_1110_xenkvm&num=1
Ubuntu Software Centre 12.04 Gets Discussed - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2011/10/plans-for-ubuntu-software-centre-plans-in-12-04-get-discussed/
Canonical to expand Ubuntu for smartphones, tablets - http://www.itworld.com/open-source/217951/canonical-expand-ubuntu-smartphones-tablets
Ubuntu 14.04 to Run on Smartphones, Tablets and TVs - http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/ubuntu_1404_run_smartphones_tablets_and_tvs
Can Ubuntu Linux win on smartphones and tablets? - http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/can-ubuntu-linux-win-on-smartphones-and-tablets/9843
Why Ubuntu Smartphones Could Make Lots of Sense - http://ostatic.com/blog/why-ubuntu-smartphones-could-make-lots-of-sense
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-1252-1] Tomcat vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-November/001470.html
[USN-1253-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-November/001471.html
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
tzdata 2011n~repack-0ubuntu0.8.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-November/012696.html
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
tzdata 2011n-0ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-November/012515.html
facter 1.5.6-2ubuntu2.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-November/012516.html
tomcat6 6.0.24-2ubuntu1.9 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-November/012517.html
piuparts 0.38ubuntu3.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-November/012518.html
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
tzdata 2011n-0ubuntu0.10.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-November/009639.html
facter 1.5.7-1ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-November/009640.html
tomcat6 6.0.28-2ubuntu1.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-November/009641.html
piuparts 0.38ubuntu188.8.131.52 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-November/009642.html
End of Life - April 2012
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
tzdata 2011n-0ubuntu0.11.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-November/012258.html
facter 1.5.8-2ubuntu2.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-November/012259.html
kdeutils 4:4.6.5-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-November/012261.html
End of Life - October 2012
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
tzdata 2011n-0ubuntu0.11.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011349.html
emesene 2.11.7+dfsg-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011350.html
keysafe 0.4.0.2-3ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011351.html
monotone 1.0-2ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011352.html
softhsm 1.2.1-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011353.html
gconf 3.2.3-0ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011354.html
libvirt 0.9.2-4ubuntu15.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011355.html
redhat-cluster 3.0.12-2ubuntu5.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011356.html
indicator-weather 11.05.31-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011357.html
lightdm 1.0.6-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011358.html
jockey 0.9.4-0ubuntu10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011359.html
nautilus-image-manipulator 0.4-1~ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011360.html
bzr 2.4.2-0ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011361.html
lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011362.html
deja-dup 20.1-0ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011363.html
nautilus 1:3.2.1-0ubuntu3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011364.html
kdeutils 4:4.7.2-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-November/011366.html
End of Life - April 2013
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