Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 246 for the week December 12 - 18, 2011.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Precise Open for Translation
- Important notice regarding Java packages in Partner archive
- Iso Tracker Live and Available for Manual Testing of Ubuntu Flavor Images
- Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
- Ubuntu Classroom: Call for Instructors: Ubuntu User Days on January 14-15th 2012
- Ubuntu Stats
- Launchpad News
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Software Centre app picks for December
- Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu 12.04: Now With Quieter Logins
- Expect Longer Battery Life with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'
- Ubuntu Cloud Live Offers Private Clouds via USB Drive
- Happy holidays, celebrate with Web Music Streaming!
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: November 2011
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Other Articles of Interest
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
- And much much more!
General Community News
We on the Ubuntu News Team wish each of you a happy and joyous holiday season. The news team will be spending the next two weeks enjoying this season and we hope you will be too.
Enjoy Issue 246 including some holiday-themed articles "In the Blogosphere" and we'll see you in 2012 with Issue 247!
Ubuntu Precise Open for Translation
David Planella announces the opening of translations for the Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin release. Planella shares links to the translation schedule, details for how to get involved and more.
Important notice regarding Java packages in Partner archive
Due to a change in the Oracle Sun Java JDK packages license, many companies no longer have permission to distribute Oracle JDK.
Marc Deslauriers of the Ubuntu Security Team writes in his email to the Ubuntu Security Announce mailing lists, “Due to the severity of the security risk, Canonical is immediately releasing a security update for the Sun JDK browser plugin which will disable the plugin on all machines. This will mitigate users' risk from malicious websites exploiting the vulnerable version of the Sun JDK.”
For more information and details for how to continue using Java on Ubuntu please see the links below.
Iso Tracker Live and Available for Manual Testing of Ubuntu Flavor Images
The ISO tracker for Precise is active and available for testing of the daily builds of all Ubuntu flavors.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
Daniel Holbach’s latest Ubuntu 12.04 development update shares details for where to find updates from various teams, lists tasks which need to be completed and spotlights "Getting fixes into Ubuntu and getting upload rights".
Holbach reminds readers about the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week scheduled for January 30 - February 2nd, 2012.
This update concludes with details on getting involved, bitesize bugs and how to contact Ubuntu developers.
Ubuntu Classroom: Call for Instructors: Ubuntu User Days on January 14-15th 2012
"User Days was created to be a set of courses offered during a one day period to teach the beginning or intermediate Ubuntu user the basics to get them started with Ubuntu." - Ubuntu User Days Wiki page
The Ubuntu Classroom team needs instructors for Ubuntu User Days. Want to be part of this event? See the link below and sign up today.
- Open (87908) -5013 over last week
- Critical (178) +4 over last week
- Unconfirmed (45666) -1225 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
- English (Australia) (5230) +/-0 over last week
- Spanish (8950) +/-0 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (45255) -3 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (45733) +/-0 over last week
- Bosnian (56636) -1282 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
Battery notifier could be more complete - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28984/
Reset Major Ubuntu Configuration to Default - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28973/
Tabbing through focused desktop's programs first/only - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28985/
ThinApps for Ubuntu - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28964/
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/
Top 5 Ask Ubuntu Questions this week
How can I repair grub? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/88384/how-can-i-repair-grub
Where can I find the command line? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/87363/where-can-i-find-the-command-line
How to browse the Ubuntu Software Centre online? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/88926/how-to-browse-the-ubuntu-software-centre-online
How can I find out if a specific program is installed? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/87415/how-can-i-find-out-if-a-specific-program-is-installed
Recursive HTML to PDF - http://askubuntu.com/questions/88047/recursive-html-to-pdf
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
LoCo Council Goings On In 12.04
Jono Bacon reviews the LoCo Council blueprint for this cycle and discusses LoCo Twinning, the loco.ubuntu.com team naming scheme, the policy for handling of large geographic areas, thoughts on city LoCos and team re-approvals.
Greg Grossmeier and Sergio Andrés Meneses appointed to the LoCo Council
Recently Paul Tagliamonte and Leandro Gómez stepped down from their positions on the Ubuntu LoCo council. The Community Council selected Greg Grossmeier and Sergio Andrés Meneses fill fill those vacancies. Thanks to Paul and Leandro for their work over the years and welcome to Greg and Sergio!
Ubuntu at ITT Tech, Linux Format and SCALE
Elizabeth Krumbach shares some of her work in the California LoCo including a recent well-attended Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner, an Introduction to Ubuntu talk for an ITT Tech class in Oakland, upcoming plans for the Southern California Linux Expo (SCLE 10x) in Los Angeles and an extended call for speakers for the SCALE 10x Ubucon scheduled for Friday, January 20th.
Ubuntu Mentors Needed!
Benjamin Kerensa of Ubuntu Oregon has been working with Western Oregon University to provide mentors to students participating in a class covering contributing to Ubuntu. In this post he issues a call to the Ubuntu community for more online mentors meeting the following qualifications: can mentor students in the Pacific Standard Time Zone, speak & write in English fluently, have signed to Ubuntu Code of Conduct, have a good understanding of contributing to Ubuntu through documentation, bug triage, development or LoCo Teams.
New approaches to new bug listings
Aaron Bentley, writes about new features the Launchpad team are working on. Those new items include: Synchronized client-side and server-side rendering, Client-side Feature Flags, History as Model and more. For details on these new items please see the link below.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Ubuntu Hardware Summit
John Bernard briefly covers the third annual Ubuntu Hardware Summit (UHS) which took place in Taipei. Bernard describes UHS as “fast becoming one of the must-attend events within the software, ODM and OEM environments across Taiwan”. All UHS presentations are now available at odm.ubuntu.com by clicking the link to ‘Download material’.
Quick and easy surveys on the cloud with juju and Limesurvey
Jorge Castro shares a juju charm written by Nick Barcet that can be used to quickly deploy a server instance running Limesurvey software. Most surveys are for limited in time and Castro notes that this cloud solution allows users to “fire up an instance, run the survey, get my data back, and then tear the whole thing down.”
Jono Bacon: Nicholas Skaggs Joining The Canonical Community Team
Jono Bacon announces the newest member to join the Canonical Community Team: Nicholas Skaggs. Skaggs will join the team in January 2012 as the QA Community Coordinator. To find out more about Skaggs and the Canonical Community Team see the link below.
Martin Albisetti: Calling all Ubuntu power users: Upgrade to Ubuntu Precise Pangolin today!
Reminding users that there is a focused effort quality and stability for the Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin release, Martin Albisetti, encourages Ubuntu users upgrade to Precise today. “So if you've been unsure about upgrading, please take the plunge and help out in making 12.04 a rock-solid release, “ concludes Albisetti.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Software Centre app picks for December
The December 2011 Ubuntu Software Centre featured apps include: Stellarium, TRAUMA, and OpenShot. More information on these apps can be found at the link below.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: PayPal support lands on the Ubuntu Software Centre
Ubuntu users can now buy commercial apps, ebooks and magazines from the Software Centre using their PayPal account.
Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu 12.04: Now With Quieter Logins
Jeremy Bicha uploaded a new version of libcanberra. This package disables the login sound by default. Check out how users can have more quiet login experience at the link below.
In The Press
New Canonical portal a sign of mobile to come?
Brian Proffit, ITWorld, discusses the new Canonical portal for ODMs and explains why it is important for device manufacturers. Proffit also offers opinion on what this portal could mean for the Canonical’s "Ubuntu on mobile" plans.
Expect Longer Battery Life with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'
Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, looks at Ubuntu Kernel Engineer, Colin King's blog post and offers opinion that based on King's blog post that Ubuntu users can expect improved battery life in the 12.04 LTS release of Ubuntu.
In The Blogosphere
Kubuntu 11.10 Komprehensively Explored!
In this post, Mohammad Kamil Nadeem reviews Kubuntu and gives readers his take on what happens when KDE joins Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Cloud Live Offers Private Clouds via USB Drive
Christopher Tozzi discusses some of the history of the private cloud offerings in Ubuntu and gives details from his test drive of the Ubuntu Cloud Live USB image run in virtualization. The “key to its power is in the “GettingStarted.txt” file on the desktop, which explains clearly, concisely and specifically what to do to finish configuring a private cloud via OpenStack Compute and then start launching instances, all inside the live session” writes Tozzi, and he goes on to say “the tool is a fantastic way of showing off just how terrifically simple it is to create a private cloud using the applications and scripts produced by the Ubuntu cloud community.”
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Will Have a Unity Shortcuts Hint
Marius Nestor of Softpedia reports "a keyboard shortcut hint overlay will be displayed in the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) operating system every time a user presses and holds the Super key" and provides a screenshot and is sure to remind readers that the project is "still work in progress and no final decision has been made on the default shortcut for this overlay hint."
Ubuntu TB Decides On Future Of Non-PAE Kernel
Michael Larabel summaries several of the points from the December 12th Tech Board meeting where the future of Non-PAE Kernels in Ubuntu was discussed and he then summarizes their decision: “The board has decided they will support the non-PAE kernel option until the Ubuntu 12.10 release, so there will still be support in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. The default i386 kernel in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will become the PAE-enabled kernel, but the non-PAE flavor will be available.”
Ubuntu 12.04 Developers Working to Improve Energy Efficiency
Christopher Tozzi references a recent blog post by Ubuntu Kernel Developer Colin Ian King on “Improving Battery Life in Ubuntu Precise 12.04 LTS” and reports that tackling the battery issue in Ubuntu includes a better understanding of which kernels perform better power-wise and a call to the community to help test Aggressive Link Power Management (ALPM) and power.d code on their machines.
A commitment to Quality
Oliver Ries, a Product Strategy Engineering Manager at Canonical, writes about the he Unity Quality Team. He discusses the role of the Quality Engineers whose “main priority is to support their assigned components in creating test frameworks and automated tests, work on integration tests and help us measure the performance of our projects” and the core bug triagers and Quality lead on the team. With “Unity being an open source project the Quality Team is going to follow suit and will work with the community wherever possible” and he goes on to mention ways in which the community can get involved, by visiting the new “The Quality Hour” blog at qualityhour.wordpress.com and by attending IRC-based meetings coming up in January.
Ubuntu-related Xmas Gift Ideas
OMG! Ubuntu! has scoured the web for some great gives you can give your geek friends (or get for yourself). At the time of the original post, it was eleven days before Christmas and the staff at OMG! Ubuntu! found eleven gifts for the season.
Happy holidays, celebrate with Web Music Streaming!
Streaming your own music via the Ubuntu One Music app on the web has finally arrived. It’s one more reason to use the Ubuntu One Music App. Now users can enjoy their musical interests where ever they are located.
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Ubuntu Kernel Team - December 13, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting#Tues.2C_13_December_2011
Ubuntu Desktop Team - December 13, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-12-13
Ubuntu QA Team - December 14, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20111214
Ubuntu ARM Team - December 15, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/Meeting/2011/20111215
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
Lubuntu Team - December 14, 2011 - https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Meetings/20111214
Monthly Team Reports: November 2011
See here for the team report for November 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/November2011
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/
Other Articles of Interest
The 10 Most Important Open Source Projects of 2011 - https://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/196:zonker/524082:the-10-most-important-open-source-projects-of-2011
Most Highly Recommended Books About Linux - http://www.junauza.com/2011/12/recommended-books-about-linux.html
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
USN-1299-1: Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1299-1
USN-1300-1: Linux kernel (FSL-IMX51) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1300-1
USN-1301-1: Linux kernel (Natty backport) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1301-1
USN-1302-1: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1302-1
USN-1303-1: Linux kernel (Marvell DOVE) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1303-1
USN-1304-1: Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1304-1
USN-1305-1: Nova vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1305-1
USN-1307-1: PHP vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1307-1
USN-1308-1: bzip2 vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1308-1
USN-1309-1: DHCP vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1309-1
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
bzip2 1.0.4-2ubuntu4.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-December/012704.html
postgresql-8.3 8.3.17-0ubuntu0.8.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-December/012705.html
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.3-2ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012573.html
libgweather 2.30.0-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012574.html
cluster-agents 1:1.0.3-2ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012575.html
nsd3 3.2.4-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012576.html
bzip2 1.0.5-4ubuntu0.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012577.html
postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012578.html
sun-java6 6.26-2lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012579.html
mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.10.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-December/012580.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.3-3ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009689.html
libgweather 2.30.3-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009690.html
mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.10.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009691.html
php5 5.3.3-1ubuntu9.7 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009692.html
bzip2 1.0.5-4ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009693.html
postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.10.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009694.html
sun-java6 6.26-2maverick1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-December/009695.html
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
nova 2011.2-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012312.html
python-launchpadlib 1.9.7-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012313.html
xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.4-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012314.html
libgweather 2.30.3-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012315.html
mobile-broadband-provider-info 20111113-1ubuntu0.11.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012316.html
php5 5.3.5-1ubuntu7.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012317.html
bzip2 1.0.5-6ubuntu1.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012318.html
postgresql-8.4 8.4.10-0ubuntu0.11.04 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012319.html
isc-dhcp 4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu9.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012320.html
sun-java6 6.26-2natty1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-December/012321.html
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
nova 2011.3-0ubuntu6.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011608.html
at-spi2-core 2.2.2-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011609.html
openbve 188.8.131.52-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011610.html
lxc 0.7.5-0ubuntu8.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011611.html
python-launchpadlib 1.9.8-2ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011612.html
wine1.3 1.3.28-0ubuntu2~oneiric1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011613.html
xfce4-weather-plugin 0.7.4-1ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011614.html
xubuntu-meta 2.138.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011615.html
evolution-rss 0.2.90~20110822-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011616.html
php5 5.3.6-13ubuntu3.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011617.html
bzip2 1.0.5-6ubuntu184.108.40.206 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011618.html
nvidia-common 1:0.2.35.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011619.html
libpst 0.6.41-0ubuntu5.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011620.html
gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011621.html
sysvinit 2.88dsf-13.10ubuntu4.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011622.html
unity-lens-applications 0.4.12-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011623.html
unity 4.24.0-0ubuntu2.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011624.html
xvba-video 0.7.8-1ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011625.html
harpia 1.1-0ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011626.html
polkit-qt-1 0.99.0-3ubuntu0.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011627.html
ubuntuone-client 2.0.0-0ubuntu2.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011628.html
webkit 1.4.3-0ubuntu4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011629.html
postgresql-9.1 9.1.2-0ubuntu0.11.10 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011630.html
isc-dhcp 4.1.1-P1-17ubuntu10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011631.html
postgresql-9.1 9.1.2-0ubuntu0.11.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011632.html
app-install-data-partner 220.127.116.11 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011633.html
vmware-view-client 1.3.0-0ubuntu1+oneiric1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2011-December/011634.html
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