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Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Update
    2. Final schedule for the Membership Board meetings
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Precise
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
    4. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
  4. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu-it Meeting Report
  5. Launchpad News
    1. Bug Linking Part 2
  6. Ubuntu Cloud News
    1. Juju everywhere!
    2. us-east-1 Ubuntu mirrors switch to S3
  7. The Planet
    1. Lubuntu Blog: LXPanel 0.5.10
    2. Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Developer Goings On
    3. Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.08 has been released
    4. Michael Hall: Pkgme help and mentors
    5. Michael Hall: What would you like to see in an Ubuntu TV?
    6. Daniel Holbach: Making Apps in Ubuntu a success
    7. Jonathan Jesse: Another look at Ubuntu and the Enterprise
    8. Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest!
    9. Daniel Holbach: Welcoming new developers
    10. Michael Hall: Why you should ‘Download for Ubuntu’
    11. Oli Warner: Humble Indie Bundle is the single greatest thing to happen to Linux in years
  8. In The Press
    1. Linux gaming on the rise: EA arrives on Ubuntu and Valve plans Steam port
    2. Canonical announces Ubuntu Apps Showdown
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Unity 5.12 Fixes Ubuntu OpenGL Performance Problems
    2. Indie Game ‘Psychonauts’ Added to Ubuntu Software Center
    3. What does Ubuntu look like on a Retina display?
    4. Unity alternatives - the many desktops of Ubuntu
    5. Linux Gaming Update: Carmageddon, Lodestar, From Dust + More
    6. How would you use Ubuntu TV? Canonical wants to know
  10. Other Articles of Interest
  11. Featured Podcasts
  12. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  13. Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
  14. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  15. Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
    3. Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
    6. Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
  16. Subscribe
  17. Archives
  18. Additional Ubuntu News
  19. Conclusion
  20. Credits
  21. Glossary of Terms
  22. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  23. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 270 for the week June 11 - 17, 2012.

In This Issue

General Community News

Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Update

In this update the Ubuntu Developer News Team interviews Clint Byrum, a Ubuntu Developer and Charmer who works on Juju. The post wraps up by explaining how you can get involved, find things to work on and get in touch with the development team for more.

http://fridge.ubuntu.com/2012/06/13/ubuntu-12-10-developer-update/

Final schedule for the Membership Board meetings

C de-Avillez from the Membership Boards announces the final schedules for the newly re-structed time-based membership boards.

  • 1st Thrusday of the month: 22:00 UTC
  • 2nd Wednesday of the month: 12:00 UTC
  • 3rd Thursday of the month: 22:00 UTC
  • 4th Wednesday of the month: 12:00 UTC.
  • as before, there will be no meetings on excess Wednesdays or Thursdays (which is to say, the 5th -- or larger -- one in a month).

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-news-team/2012-June/001581.html

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (#) +/- # over last week
  • Critical (#) +/- # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (#) +/- # 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 Precise

  1. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  2. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  3. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  4. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  5. Language (#) +/- # over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

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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

LoCo News

Ubuntu-it Meeting Report

Andrea Colangelo gives a report on the Italian Ubuntu LoCo Team’s Bi-Annual Meetup and shares photos and more from the event.

http://blog.andreacolangelo.com/2012/06/11/ubuntu-it-meeting-report/

Launchpad News

Bug Linking Part 2

Curtis Hovey of the Launchpad Team announces the Launchpad Team’s plan to launch a new feature allowing descriptive linking of bugs so people working with bugs can better define the relationship between bugs.

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/bug-linking-part-2

Ubuntu Cloud News

Juju everywhere!

First, Brandon Holtsclaw announces initial availability of RPM’s for installing Juju on Fedora and does a call for testing.

http://www.brandonholtsclaw.com/blog/2012/juju-everywhere

And in another post, Jorge Castro announces that Juju is now available in Debian Sid and thanks Clint Byrum for his work on this.

http://www.jorgecastro.org/2012/06/13/juju-now-in-debian-unstable/

us-east-1 Ubuntu mirrors switch to S3

Ben Howard reports that Canonical IS has completed a switch to S3 to back the Ubuntu mirrors in EC2 for the us-east-1 region. “If you are running an instance in Amazon’s us-east-1 region, your EC2 instance is now being served by a higher-speed, hopefully more robust mirror.”

http://utlemming.azurewebsites.net/?p=231

The Planet

Lubuntu Blog: LXPanel 0.5.10

Lubuntu Team announces the release of LXPanel 0.5.10 which features changes to plugins and some basic tweaks.

http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2012/06/lxpanel-0510.html

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Developer Goings On

Jono Bacon points out, in his opinion, most important parts of Ubuntu right now when it comes to application development:

  • Ubuntu Software Center
  • Quickly and pkgme as tools for development
  • Reviewing of submissions by the Application review board
  • Upstream relations, including upstream software experience
  • Getting more developers involved with application development for Ubuntu

http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/06/12/ubuntu-app-developer-goings-on/

Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.08 has been released

Hajime Mizuno talks about the release of "Ubumaga" or Ubuntu Magazine Japan 8 and shares some of the main topics, including new features in 12.04, desktop customization guide and a third installment of their how to use the command line series.

http://d.hatena.ne.jp/mizuno-as/20120612/1339487996

Michael Hall: Pkgme help and mentors

Michael Hall shares the list of backends which should be added to pkgme: Qt/make, Flash, HTML5, Java and lists of people from community as a contact for each previously mentioned backend. Hall says: "For any questions about pkgme itself and what options are available to backends your best bet is to ask James Westby" and for potential mentors in these area asks "please say so in the comments and I will add your name to the list."

http://mhall119.com/2012/06/pkgme-help-and-mentors/

Michael Hall: What would you like to see in an Ubuntu TV?

Michael Hall reports that the Ubuntu TV project team, who are currently in the middle of a port from Unity 2D to 3D, is looking for community input for what they would like to see in an Ubuntu TV. A Wiki page has been set up for people in the community to add their own use cases, particularly in five key areas: local media, online media, controlling Ubuntu TV from another device, live TV, and applications.

http://mhall119.com/2012/06/what-would-you-like-to-see-in-an-ubuntu-tv/

Daniel Holbach: Making Apps in Ubuntu a success

Daniel Holbach of the Community Team discusses the importance of apps in Ubuntu, talks about App Review Board and some of the new tools being developed. Holbach concludes "As you can see, these are very exciting times. We not only review apps and make Ubuntu shine with new gems, but also work on infrastructure and tools which will make the tasks easier for future generations."

http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/06/making-apps-in-ubuntu-a-success

Jonathan Jesse: Another look at Ubuntu and the Enterprise

Jonathan Jesse shares his thoughts on Ubuntu and its support in Enterprise and discusses the importance of Canonical making partnerships with OEMs.

http://jjesse.wordpress.com/2012/06/14/another-look-at-ubuntu-and-the-enterprise

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest!

Jono Bacon writes for the Ubuntu Developer blog to announce a new contest that launches Monday, June 18th. Developers will be given three weeks to create an application and deliver it to the Ubuntu Software Center. Winners will win prizes such as laptops from System76 and Nokia N9 phones, and all entrants will get an Ubuntu t-shirt.

http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/06/announcing-the-ubuntu-app-showdown-contest/

Daniel Holbach: Welcoming new developers

Danel Holbach shares his experience on the Developer Advisory Team and welcomes new contributors who are willing to join in. Holbach stated: "If you would like to work together with us, please get in touch with me or just comment below. If you enjoy interacting with people and have sufficient insight into the Ubuntu development process, we’d be delighted to have you."

http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/06/welcoming-new-developers/

Michael Hall: Why you should ‘Download for Ubuntu’

Michael Hall discusses why upstreams should use the new "Download for Ubuntu" button as part of a campaign to spread it to as many projects as possible. He explains many of the reasons, like being easier for users to install and more appealing, good social exposure for your application, and a promise "that your app is safe and easy to install" on Ubuntu.

http://mhall119.com/2012/06/why-you-should-download-for-ubuntu/

Oli Warner: Humble Indie Bundle is the single greatest thing to happen to Linux in years

Oli Warner talks of how the Humble Indie Bundle has greatly influenced Linux by showing developers and companies that there is a market of gamers that are looking for products for their platform. Humble Bundle makes a large amount of money while giving to charities and developers, and aides in bringing high-quality games to Linux and shares that the "first Bundle raised over a million dollars and they kept doing them. The fifth major Bundle (there have been smaller intermediate ones as well) just finished with over five million dollars."

http://thepcspy.com/read/humble-bundle-single-greatest-thing-for-linux/

In The Press

Linux gaming on the rise: EA arrives on Ubuntu and Valve plans Steam port

Arstechnica's Ryan Paul surveys the current landscape of the Linux gaming. Historically, "the relatively small number of total users and the lack of an effective distribution channel" prevented Linux from becoming an attractive platform for game developers. That has changed, with Canonical offering commercial games through its Software Center, and various game publishers showing interest. Even Valve, with its Steam engine, has plans for Linux now.

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/06/linux-gaming-on-the-rise-ea-arrives-on-ubuntu-and-valve-plans-steam-port/

Canonical announces Ubuntu Apps Showdown

Jon Gold of Network World reports on the Application Development Contest for creating applications using the Quickly development tool. "The resulting apps will be judged by a five-member panel, with the developers of the top three receiving new Nokia N9 smartphones. In addition, second place will get a System76 Lemur Ultra laptop, and the overall winner will get a System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. Moreover, the top three vote-getters in a community poll will also qualify for an N9." http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/061412-canonical-ubuntu-showdown-260212.html

In The Blogosphere

Unity 5.12 Fixes Ubuntu OpenGL Performance Problems

Michael Larabel, (Phoronix), brings a thorough analysis considering Unity 5.12 and OpenGL performance. Larabel stated that Unity 5.12 should fix some of the OpenGL performance problems, (e.g. slowdown performance), many users have experienced and shares results of several tests completed to show this.

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=ubuntu_unity_512&num=1

Indie Game ‘Psychonauts’ Added to Ubuntu Software Center

Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! posts about Indie game Psychonauts. Sheddon states: “Indie game Psychonauts is now available to buy and install through the Ubuntu Software Center”. Sheddon also pointed out required computer specifications if someone wants to run/play the game.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/psychonauts-arrives-in-the-ubuntu-software-center

What does Ubuntu look like on a Retina display?

Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Ubuntu on a Retina display (2880 x 1800 resolution) is “not so awesome” and shares a screen shot of what it would look like. But also says that it“has served to jump-start discussions on how Ubuntu should adapt to such displays. And with the inevitable flood of high-resolution laptop and desktop screens on the way it’s a discussion that is best had sooner rather than later.”

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/what-does-ubuntu-look-like-on-a-retina-display-bad

Unity alternatives - the many desktops of Ubuntu

Fabian A. Scherschel, The H Online, brings a list of desktop environments for “users who want to stay with Ubuntu 12.04 but they prefer other desktop environments instead of Unity.” Thus he gives a detailed comparison among next desktop environments: Gnome 3, Cinnamon, KDE, Xfce, LXDE.

http://www.h-online.com/open/features/Unity-alternatives-the-many-desktops-of-Ubuntu-1614860.html

Linux Gaming Update: Carmageddon, Lodestar, From Dust + More

Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! states that Linux gaming scene appears to be moving along faster and highlights some of the notable gaming news in Linux:

  • Lunduke Titles Go Open Source, Free
  • Memory Owl HD Updates
  • Carmageddon reaches $600k, Is Linux Bound
  • LodeStar: Stygian skies unlikely to reach goal

  • Play Ubisoft’s ‘From Dust ‘ on Linux

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/linux-gaming-update-carmageddon-lodestar-from-dust-and-more

How would you use Ubuntu TV? Canonical wants to know

Christoper Tozzi, The Var Guy, writes about Ubuntu TV and how users, who are interested in the project, can help with their comments. Tozzi stated: “So if you have a brilliant idea how should next generation of Open source TV work - or you just want to make sure your personal needs are taken into consideration - you’re encouraged to share your thoughts.”

http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/06/14/how-would-you-use-ubuntu-tv-canonical-wants-to-know/

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

# Edubuntu Team, Lubuntu, Studio and Xubuntu currently (01/2012) have active regular meetings.

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, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

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Archives

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Additional Ubuntu News

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Conclusion

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Credits

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Glossary of Terms

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Ubuntu - Get Involved

The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

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