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.
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).
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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
Translation Stats Precise
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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
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
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.
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.
Ubuntu Cloud News
First, Brandon Holtsclaw announces initial availability of RPM’s for installing Juju on Fedora and does a call for testing.
And in another post, Jorge Castro announces that Juju is now available in Debian Sid and thanks Clint Byrum for his work on this.
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.”
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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.”
Other Articles of Interest
Security Flaw in MySQL, MariaDB allows access with any password - just keep submitting it - http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/06/security-flaw-in-mysql-mariadb-allows-access-with-any-password-just-keep-submitting-it/
Debian Project News - June 11th, 2012 - http://www.debian.org/News/weekly/2012/12/
Fedora ARM head claims 64-bit ARM chips will be tipping point - http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2183505/fedora-arm-head-claims-bit-arm-chips-tipping
Linux Foundation Brings Training to the Enterprise - http://www.internetnews.com/blog/skerner/linux-foundation-brings-training-to-the-enterprise.html
Hadoop becomes more business friendly with HortonWorks and VMware partnership - http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/06/hadoop-becomes-more-business-friendly-with-hortonworks-and-vmware-partnership/
Linux creator Linus Torvalds shares Millennium Technology Prize - http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-18423502
Ryan 'Icculus' Gordon explains game development for Linux - http://steamforlinux.com/?q=en/node/56
Skype 4.0 for Linux - http://blogs.skype.com/linux/2012/06/skype_40_for_linux.html
Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Eleven: The Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion
Download the OGG and MP3 versions of the latest Full Circle Magazine podcast: http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2012/06/11/full-circle-side-pod-episode-eleven-the-tinman-the-scarecrow-and-the-cowardly-lion/
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - June 12, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting#Tues.2C_12_June_2012
QA Team - June 13, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120613
Desktop Team - June 12, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2012-06-12
Security Team - June 11, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20120611
Server Team - June 12, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20120612
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
Xubuntu Team - June 13, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Meetings/Archive/Minutes/2012-06-13
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
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