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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 245 for the week December 5 - 12, 2011.
In This Issue
General Community News
Top 10 Ubuntu Software Centre app downloads for November
This post on the Ubuntu App Developer site sums up the top 10 commercial and free apps downloaded during the month of November 2011 from the Ubuntu Software Centre.
The top 10 commercial apps downloaded include: Braid, Oil Rush(Pre-ordered Beta), TRAUMA, Fluendo DVD Player, Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, Monster RPG 2, World of Goo, The Clockwork Man: The Hidden World, Uplink, Fluendo Complete Playback Pack. See the complete post for descriptions of each app and more.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
In this installment of the 12.04 Developer updates, Daniel Holbach shares with readers decisions concerning the desktop components being discussed on the developer mailing list including poppler and gobject-introspection bindings and webkit.
Looking a Quality Assurance in Precise, Holbach mentions and links to the improvements to the ISO tracker that were announced.
The highlighted event this week includes a recap from Bug Jam and Squashing Party in Portland, OR.
Those making the first timers lists (first upload into Ubuntu) include Graham Inggs, Alessandro Menti and Benjamin Kerensa.
Another milestone mentioned for the Ubuntu project noted in this update is that bug number 900,000 was filed the first week of December 2011.
Holbach concludes by letting readers know how they can get involved, find something to work and get in touch with developers.
A new site was launched in conjunction with the Ubuntu Hardware summit last week--odm.ubuntu.com. This is a new portal dedicated to hardware manufacturers (ODM and OEMs) and engineers. This new site contains articles of interest to ODM’s and are selected by the Canonical Hardware Enablement team.
Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
Thanks Ubuntu Weekly News Team
Jono Bacon spotlights the Ubuntu Weekly News Team as he gives praise to everyone who gives of their time every week for this amazing project.
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As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
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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
Recaping the Bug Jam and Squashing Party in Portland, OR
Ubuntu Oregon LoCo Team Lead, Benjamin Kerensa, discusses the results of the first joint Ubuntu/Debian event held in Portland, Oregon where attendees spent the day learning about packaging, multiarch implementation and SRU verification.
Debian Developer and Ubuntu contributor Kees Cook also in attendance at this event discussed how he used EC2 instances to deploy build environments.
Steve Langasek, Debian Developer and Ubuntu Foundation Team Manager was on scene as well and in the link below writes about the the successes of this first combined Ubuntu/Debian event. “When all was said and done, we didn't get a chance to tackle any wheezy release critical bugs like we'd hoped. That's ok, that leaves us something to do for our next event, which will be bigger and even better than this one. Maybe even big enough to rival one of those crazy, all-weekend BSPs that they have in Germany..., “ concludes Langasek.
See the links below for more information on the ins and outs of this first time Ubuntu/Debian event in Portland, Oregon.
UK LoCo Christmas Dinner
Visiting Ubuntu Member Martin Owens and UK LoCo member Chris Woollard share details about the UK LoCo Christmas dinner in at Dans Le Noir where dinner was served and enjoyed in complete darkness.
Martin Owens: I Visited the UK LoCo - http://doctormo.org/2011/12/09/i-visited-the-uk-loco/
Chris Woollard: UK LoCo Christmas Dinner @ Dans Le Noir - http://itigloo.com/2011/12/10/uk-loco-christmas-dinner-dans-le-noir/
Custom bug listings – have your say
Dan Harrop-Griffiths, sends out a thank you to those who helped test the beat version of the costum bug listings in Launchpad. He also asks Launchpad users for more feedback. “We want to improve how the default information is displayed to make this tool work better, so we’ve put together a super-quick survey to find out: What information about a bug you most want to see in bug listings; What the default ‘order by’ options should be; If you’d like to see any other ‘order by’ options.
A link to the survey can be found in the full post.
Legacy, performance, testing: 6 months of new critical bugs analyzed
Since the beginning of 2011, more than 800 Critical bugs were fixed, but more than 900 were reported and this post takes a look at the analysis done on new critical bugs filed in a span 6 months.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu and QML
Jono Bacon shares in-depth information about the relationship between Ubuntu and Qt and QML and its integration with Ubuntu.
Scott Lavender: News from the Front or 12.04 Post Alpha1 Status
Scott Lavender shares details of the work the Ubuntu Studio team has been doing so far this cycle. That work includes: improvements to multiarch support, defining scope and content for the website, -lowlatency kernel testing and completing the transition to a clean Xfce experience.
Jono Bacon: Creating Experience Teams
Jono Bacon goes into the bits and pieces about what makes Ubuntu. It turns out Unity is just a small part and it's all about experiences. Learn and discuss more about how users can create new experiences with each other.
Michael Hall: Unity Phone Mockups & More Unity TV Mockups
Two blog posts from Micheal Hall discusses the motivation behind his designs for Ubuntu Phone & TV.
Elizabeth Krumbach: Xubuntu Stickers, Twitter and Site Update
Elizabeth Krumbach tells readers about her first month as the new Marketing and Website Lead of Xubuntu. Krumbach showcases stickers with the Xubuntu logo, the newly created Xubuntu Twitter account @XubuntuLinux and invites others to contribute their marketing ideas.
David Henningsson: Audio debugging techniques
In this post, David Henningsson explains the technical bits about audio debugging. He give detailed information about the structure of the audio stack and how to solve issues related to it.
Chris Coulson: Ubuntu, Firefox updates, beta and why we need you
Chris Coulson describes the process Ubuntu uses to provide the latest version of Firefox for supported releases and mentions the the issue of limited time for testing. In this post Coulson issues a call to the community to help with testing the releases by using the ppa:mozillateam/firefox-next PPA.
Accessibility Team: Embiggen your Unity
The Ubuntu Accessibility Team shares the options in CompizConfig Settings Manager for enlarging the size of Unity launcher icons to make icons easier to recognise and target with the mouse.
Canonical Design Team: Interview with Mr.doob
Christian Giordano, of the Canonical Design Team interviews contributor, Ricardo Cabello (Mr.doob). “He is well known in the web community and he is recently blowing it away with cutting edge online real-time music videos using open web technologies,” writes Giordano. The interview topics include how Cabello got his start with computers and art, where his inspiration comes from and thoughts on Open Source and proprietary tools. http://design.canonical.com/2011/12/interview-with-mr-doob/
Ben Collins: Reviving the Ubuntu PowerPC community effort
Ben Collins writes about his interest in PowerPC on servers and current his efforts to revive the Ubuntu PowerPC community. Collins states that he has sent an email to the Ubuntu PowerPC Architecture Team and notes that the team now has its own mailing list.
In The Press
Alastair Otter from the South African mybroadband publication gives an overview of Mark Shuttleworth’s decision put “Ubuntu everywhere” including telephones, tablets, televisions and more.
In The Blogosphere
Canonical’s Efforts to Educate Large Organizations on Ubuntu
Christopher Tozzi shares with readers some insight into the way Canonical plans to educate businesses and organizations on Ubuntu adoption.
Creative Ubuntu Unity TV Mockups You Must See
As Ubuntu Unity plans to step into Mobile and TV space, individuals can now take a look at some of the design mockups that have been created.
LightScribe in Linux: Make Gorgeous Discs in Ubuntu
In this article from thepowerbase.com, Dean Howell shows us how to use LightScribe hardware and software in Ubuntu to make quality CD and DVD labels.
Italian Rock Band Release Album Recorded Using Ubuntu
Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, highlights, the fact that the début album from Italian rock band ‘Garage Orchestra!‘ was recorded, mixed and mastered using entirely free open-source software.
Sneddon writes, “‘The Decision of Don Rodrigo’, released by Futurebeat Ltd, was recorded at the Italian T.Rex music studio by sound engineer Giorgio Baù.”
To find out more about this band and their use of Ubuntu see the full post.
Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011 | ODM Ubuntu Portal
At Ubuntu Hardware Summit discussion topics included building devices with OEMs and ODMs with Ubuntu based system and support for Utouch gesture along with multi-touch capability. The Ubuntu Kernel team also covered the debugging process for Linux kernel and drivers integration process and more.
In addition to the Ubuntu Hardware Summit, Canonical announced launch of odm.ubuntu.com which aims to provide help to engineering, and developers with manufacturing devices running Ubuntu operating system.
In Other News
Linux Gaming is Alive and Well
Thomas A. Knight blogs dispelling the myth that there is no gaming support Linux. In this post Knight compiles a list of both commercial and non-commercial games that are now available for Linux.
Obsolete Gadgets Play "House of the Rising Sun"
Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Associate Editor for The Atlantic, brings to readers YouTube user BD594’s musical renditions of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. BD594 utilizes older electronics to create the sounds. To listen and watch these videos for yourself see the link below.
Paypal support coming to Ubuntu Software Centre
Paypal support is coming for Ubuntu Pay--the payment service behind Ubuntu Software Centre. This new feature is set to launch before Christmas.
See article for screenshots and more information.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E21 – Dance of Death
Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore and Alan Pope drink tea, eat cake and bring you episode 21 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!.
In this week’s show:
We talk about about what we’ve been doing including playing with live-build, taking Wedding Photos, watching Tony take wedding photos, and getting angry at LoveFilm.
- We have our final quiz of the year.
- In the news
- Command line love.
- We discuss Distrowatch, the media and the beginning of the end of Ubuntu.
- We mention some Ubuntu related news in the Gerald/bit-about-Ubuntu/ecosphere
- Finally we have your feedback.
- Sound effects used in the show
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Kernel Team - December 06, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting#Tues.2C_06_December_2011
Ubuntu QA Team - December 07, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20111207
Ubuntu ARM Team - December 8, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/Meeting/2011/20111208
Ubuntu Desktop Team - December 06, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-12-06
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
Ubuntu Studio Team - December 11, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuStudio/Meetings/2011December11
Xubuntu Team - December 8, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings/Archive/Minutes/2011-12-08
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Other Articles of Interest
“Linux Job Opportunities: A Snapshot” - https://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/185:jennifer-cloer/520760:linux-job-opportunities-a-snapshot
Evolution of shells in Linux - http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-linux-shells/index.html
Intel Linux Devs Begins Looking At 3D Monitors - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTAyNjI
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
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