Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 250 for the week January 23 - 29, 2012.
In This Issue
- Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu.
- Ubuntu Developer Week: 31st January-2nd February
- Planet Ubuntu Update
- Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
- Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
- Ubuntu Stats
- SCALE 10x
- Launchpad News
- Hitting the road with juju talks and Charm Schools.
OpenStack Jenkins dashboard available for testing
- juju events for 2012
- Precisely how we’re going to make the wallpapers in 12.04 the best ever!
- Searching Menus
- The HUD: Call For Testers
- software-center now installs language support automatically
- Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8 on Kubuntu
- Ubuntu Brand Guidelines get their own site
- Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps for January 2012
- Quick Team Update
- Retiring the Firefox Stable PPA
- In The Press
- Ubuntu's Already Making Plans For ARM In 2014, 2015
- Ubuntu 12.04 Is ARM-ing Up For Better Performance
- Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization
- Full Circle Magazine #57 – out now!
- Other Articles of Interest
- Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security
- And much much more
General Community News
Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu.
Mark Shuttleworth introduces the Ubuntu community to the HUD (Heads Up Display) -- a feature planned to eventually replace menus in Unity applications. A video demonstrating this future feature is available at the link below.
Ubuntu Developer Week: 31st January-2nd February
Just a reminder that Ubuntu Developer week starts today, January 31st, 2012 and you are invited to join in on these three action-packed days full of tutorial and hands-on session all around Ubuntu development. More information can be found at the link below.
Planet Ubuntu Update
Milo Casagrande on behalf of the Ubuntu Community Council (CC) announces the update to Ubuntu Planet configuration and the removal of former Ubuntu Member blogs from the list. The CC reminds Ubuntu members that the "nick" field is for your Launchpad ID and gives members steps to take in case your blog was removed in error.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
Ubuntu 12.04 is already in its 15th week of development and Daniel Holbach updates the community what accomplishments have been reached in the last week. Holbach gives links to the testing wiki for those who would like to help in that area. He also highlights Mark Shuttleworth’s introduction of the future Heads Up Display (HUD) feature and mentions the new configurable Unity display.
Holbach reminded the community about the Developer Membership Board meeting that was held on Monday, Jan 30th and reminds interested individuals to attend Ubuntu Developer Week which starts today, Tuesday January 31st, 2012.
To find out more about the Ubuntu Development cycle and how you can get involved see the link below.
Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manager, announced that Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) sponsorship requests are now open. In his announcement on Friday, January 27th, 2012 Bacon said the deadline to request sponsorship is Wednesday February 22, 2012.
The next UDS, UDS-Q, will take place at the Oakland Marriott City Center, Oakland, California, USA from the 7th – 11th May 2012.
- Open (88265) +59 over last week
- Critical (112) -2 over last week
- Unconfirmed (46380) +37 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) (2) +/-0 over last week
- Spanish (8738) -54 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (32984) -1387 over last week
- Bosnian (38935) -4661 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (43563) -29 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
Notify user about failing HDD - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29150/
Improving information about data traffic on mobile connections - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29145/
Resizable text selections - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29151/
It should be very easy for users to test latest development kernels - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29149/
Software Cannot Be Uninstalled from the Software Update Notification Window - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/29161/
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 to hide terminal output when executing a command? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/98377/how-to-hide-terminal-output-when-executing-a-command
How much benefit does increasing memory RAM have on the system - http://askubuntu.com/questions/99136/how-much-benefit-does-increasing-memory-ram-have-on-the-system
/var/log/ folder is 39.5GB - http://askubuntu.com/questions/100004/var-log-folder-is-39-5gb
What version of Unity will be used in 12.04 - http://askubuntu.com/questions/98432/what-version-of-unity-will-be-used-in-12-04
How to find all pdf files in the directory and subdirectories? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/100086/how-to-find-all-pdf-files-in-the-directory-and-subdirectories
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team Blog
The new Ubuntu-BR-SC blog announced last week is now underway. The team currently consists of twelve members who who write news, tips, and tutorials in Brazilian Portuguese to support Ubuntu Brazilian Community. The team invites the community to give feedback and participate in this new LoCo team blog.
Elizabeth Krumbach and Philip Ballew in two separate posts, each summarize their experiences at SCALE 10x. From setting up the Ubuntu Booth, participating in the UbuCon, going to dinner with other Ubuntu Community members, reflections on their talks and more.
To find out more about the California LoCo teams participation at SCALE10x see the links below.
Social private teams
Curtis Hovey announced that users can now use private teams in social contexts in Launchpad. Private teams can collaborate with public projects and other teams if they choose to reveal the existence of the private team. More details about these private teams please see the Launchpad blog post.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Hitting the road with juju talks and Charm Schools.
Jorge Castro lists all the places you will be able to find juju talks and Charm schools in 2012. Upcoming events include: Strata, POSSCon, the OpenStack Conference, railsconf, NodeConf, gluecon, Velocity, OSCON, RubyConf, SURGE, QCon, and LISA 12.
OpenStack Jenkins dashboard available for testing
Jorge Castro announces that James Page has set up jobs in the Ubuntu OpenStack QA Lab to start publishing to the public Jenkins QA instance. Now available are automated build testing of all core openstack components triggered from upstream trunk commits.
juju events for 2012
The juju team now has a complete schedule of events for 2012. to see the events calendar and to find out more information please see the link below.
Canonical Design Team: Precisely how we’re going to make the wallpapers in 12.04 the best ever!
Iain Farrell explains how you (the community) can help give Ubuntu 12.04 the most amazing and precisely the best wallpapers yet. Read the comments for an interesting discussion about submissions from deviantArt.
Ted Gould: Searching Menus
Ted Gould talks about the idea behind HUD (Heads UP Display) and how you can find functionality in an application with having to know the data structure. Gould talks about how the HUD works and how the community can make it better.
Jono Bacon: The HUD: Call For Testers
Jono Bacon helps Nicholas Skaggs get the word out about how to test HUD and notes those who wish to help with testing should be running the Ubuntu 12.04 development release.
Martin Pitt: software-center now installs language support automatically
Martin Pitt fixes a 2.5 year old language support bug by rewriting the check-language-support logic. “Today’s language-selector upload provides an aptdaemon plugin which automatically marks corresponding language support packages (translated help, dictionaries, spell checker modules, and translations themselves) for installation for any newly installed package, for all languages that are configured on your system,” says Pitt in his post. To find out more see the link below.
Jonathan Riddell: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8 on Kubuntu
Jonathan Riddell notes that Kubuntu has packages for 4.8 which updates to Plasma workspaces and other KDE Applications. In this post Riddell quotes Kubuntu users from a thread on kde-devel mailing list which highlight the positive benefits from these updates.
Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Brand Guidelines get their own site
Canonical announces the Ubuntu Brand Guidelines site. The site aims to make it easy to find out about the brand guidelines, values, assets and more.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Featured Ubuntu Software Centre apps for January 2012
January’s Ubuntu Software Centre featured apps include: Core Breach, And Yet It Moves, Oil Rush. To find out more about these featured apps as well as how to have your app featured check out this post on the Ubuntu App Developer Blog.
Jono Bacon: Quick Team Update
Jono Bacon reviews how the community team are doing with meeting their goals for the 12.04 cycle. In this post Bacon shows the burndown chart view and goes into more details about the following areas of his team: Developer Growth, Cloud and juju, App Developers, Upstream Relations, and QA. Bacon invites the community to read this post and offer feedback.
Chris Coulson: Retiring the Firefox Stable PPA
“With the announcement that users of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and Ubuntu 10.10 will be upgraded to the latest version of Firefox, we are going to be retiring the Firefox Stable PPA.” writes Chris Coulson.
Coulson also notes that Firefox 10, to be released on Tuesday, January 31, 2012, will be delivered as a security update to all Ubuntu releases which should mean that users will receive the update without having to do anything.
He also asks that should anyone in the community who uses the various support channels notices anyone pointing to the use of the PPA would they remove that reference or correct the post.
In The Press
Ubuntu swaps application menus for HUD control system
BBC news looks at Ubuntu’s decision to replace its application menus for the future Heads-Up-Display (HUD) feature.
Linux users cautiously optimistic about Ubuntu's Head-Up Display desktop
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet says, “Most users seem willing to give Ubuntu Linux’s Head-Up Display interface the benefit of the doubt.” Read the article in full to see all the areas Vaughan-Nichols looks at and advice he gives for those who just the thought of Unity or HUD has them “breaking out in hives”.
In The Blogosphere
DOWNLOAD Ubuntu: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide
In their new guide, MakeUseOf tells beginners how to use Unity, what all that technical jargon like “kernel” and “FLOSS” mean, along with other helpful tips and tricks. You need to “like” them on Facebook or subscribe to their newsletter to get the download.
Ubuntu 12.04 Wallpaper Contest Launched
Joey Sneedon of OMG! Ubuntu! helps get the word out about he recently launched Ubuntu 12.04 Wallpaper contest. The post goes over what can be submitted, the deadline for submissions and links to find inspiration for submissions.
Ubuntu's Already Making Plans For ARM In 2014, 2015
Michael Larabel, Phoronix, covers David Mandala of Canonical's talk at Linux.Conf.Au 2012 where Mandala walked attendees through the history of Ubuntu Linux support for the ARM architecture. Lababel looks at the future of Ubuntu ARM in the 12.04 LTS and beyond.
Ubuntu 12.04 Is ARM-ing Up For Better Performance
Michael Larabel, Phoronix, posts his benchmarks the PandaBoard ES -- a development board based around the Texas Instruments OMAP4660 -- running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ARM. He also looks at the future of Ubuntu ARM and improvements being made in the 12.04 LTS cycle.
Ubuntu 12.04 Adds Launcher Customization
This post highlights the new customization features that are planned for the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.
In Other News
Full Circle Magazine #57 – out now!
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our fifty-seventh issue.
- Command and Conquer.
How-To : Try Enlightenment, LibreOffice - Part 11, Backup Strategy - Part 5, Encrypted USB Stick, and Varnish Web Cache.
- Linux Lab - Mana World Server.
Review - OpenArtist: 5th Incarnation
I Think - SpiderOak Questionnaire.
- Closing Windows - Wireless Networking
plus: more Ubuntu Games, My Desktop (and another extra!), My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!
Google Currents edition: http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAowvZtX/full_circle_magazine_57_lite
Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-57/
Other Articles of Interest
KDE vs. Windows 7 - http://www.datamation.com/open-source/kde-vs.-windows-7-1.html
Linux fate lies in the hands of many - http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/243957/linux-fate-lies-hands-many
Linux / Open Source For Kids: A Feast of Riches - http://blog.worldlabel.com/2012/linux-open-source-for-kids-a-feast-of-riches.html
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
- Edubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
- Kubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
Lubuntu Team - January 25, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu/Meetings/20120125
- Mythbuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
- Ubuntu Studio Team - No new meeting as of this publication
- Xubuntu Team - No new meeting as of this publication
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-1343-1: Thunderbird vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1343-1
USN-1344-1: linux vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1344-1
USN-1345-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1345-1
USN-1346-1: curl vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1346-1
USN-1263-2: OpenJDK 6 regression - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1263-2
USN-1347-1: Evince vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1347-1
USN-1342-1: Linux kernel (Oneiric backport) vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1342-1
USN-1348-1: ICU vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1348-1
USN-1349-1: X.Org vulnerability - http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/USN-1349-1
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
- None Reported
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
xdg-utils 1.0.2-6.1ubuntu3.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012616.html
kickseed 0.54ubuntu1.10.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012617.html
partman-iscsi 14.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012618.html
media-player-info 16-1~lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012619.html
openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~10.04.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012620.html
openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.10-0ubuntu1~10.04.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012621.html
evince 2.30.3-0ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012622.html
linux-lts-backport-oneiric 3.0.0-15.26~lucid1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012623.html
icu 4.2.1-3ubuntu0.10.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2012-January/012624.html
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
curl 7.21.0-1ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-January/009722.html
openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~10.10.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-January/009723.html
openjdk-6 6b20-1.9.10-0ubuntu1~10.10.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-January/009724.html
evince 2.32.0-0ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-January/009725.html
icu 4.2.1-3ubuntu0.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2012-January/009726.html
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
curl 7.21.3-1ubuntu1.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-January/012352.html
openjdk-6b18 6b18-1.8.10-0ubuntu1~11.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-January/012353.html
openjdk-6 6b22-1.10.4-0ubuntu1~11.04.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-January/012354.html
evince 2.32.0-0ubuntu12.4 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-January/012355.html
icu 4.4.2-2ubuntu0.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2012-January/012356.html
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
evince 3.2.1-0ubuntu2.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011790.html
rhythmbox 2.90.1~20110908-0ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011791.html
paprefs 0.9.9-2ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011792.html
gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011793.html
libvirt 0.9.2-4ubuntu15.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011794.html
ruby-sinatra 1.2.6-1ubuntu1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011795.html
bridge-utils 1.5-2ubuntu1.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011796.html
curl 7.21.6-3ubuntu3.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011797.html
openjdk-6 6b23~pre11-0ubuntu184.108.40.206 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011798.html
ghostscript 9.04~dfsg-0ubuntu11.5 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011799.html
icu 4.4.2-2ubuntu0.11.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/oneiric-changes/2012-January/011800.html
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