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Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 3 Released!
  3. Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
    1. Issue 275 released, thanks Ubuntu News Team!
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Precise
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top this week
    4. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
  5. LoCo News
    1. Ubuntu-Co has a new video about Ubuntu!
  6. Launchpad News
    1. You can hide your bug and question comments
    2. Project maintainer can see private bugs
  7. The Planet
    1. Canonical Design Team: Introducing web apps
    2. Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Ubuntu App Showdown – followup reviews
    3. Didier Roche: Unity Radios lens for quantal
    4. Nicholas Skaggs: Remembering the good ole days
    5. Benjamin Kerensa: Test Your Hardware on 12.04 with Ubuntu Friendly
    6. Nicholas Skaggs: What can webapps do? Help test and see!
    7. Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments: Call For Volunteers!
    8. Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for July 2012
  8. In The Press
    1. Facebook, Last.fm and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu
    2. Dell's Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Thunderbird 15 Beta 1 Adds New Look, Ubuntu One Support
    2. 5 Reasons to consider Ubuntu for your small business
    3. Latest Stable VLC Heading to Ubuntu 12.04, Help Test It Now
    4. Ubuntu App Developer Showdown Likely To Be Repeated
    5. What’s new with Ubuntu?
    6. Alpha 3 articles
  10. In Other News
    1. Interview with O’Reilly Open Source Award Winner Elizabeth Krumbach
    2. Full Circle Magazine #63 - out NOW!
  11. Other Articles of Interest
  12. Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  13. Upcoming Meetings and Events
  14. 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
  15. Subscribe
  16. Archives
  17. Additional Ubuntu News
  18. Conclusion
  19. Credits
  20. Glossary of Terms
  21. Ubuntu - Get Involved
  22. Feedback

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WORK IN PROGRESS

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 276 for the week July 23 - 29, 2012.

In This Issue

General Community News

12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 3 Released!

Kate Stewart announces “Quantal Quetzal 3 image set, which will in time become the 12.10 release.” Stewart recommends this version only for those who are willing to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs. Images for testing are available on the following links:

https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2012-July/000969.html

Release notes available here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QuantalQuetzal/TechnicalOverview/Alpha3

Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

Issue 275 released, thanks Ubuntu News Team!

Elizabeth Krumbach writes about Ubuntu weekly newsletter issue 275 where she thanks everyone who contributed and specifically highlights the work of Jasna Benčić and Matt Rudge. Krumbach states: “Every article collected, summary written and grammar fix helps us get the newsletter out the door each week.” Krumbach also put a call for new volunteers. Everyone who is interested can send an e-mail to the following address: editor.ubuntu.news@ubuntu.com

http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=6529

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (99483) +365 over last week
  • Critical (60) -15 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (50055) +239 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

  • English (Australia) (2) +/- 0 over last week
  • Spanish (10407) -82 over last week
  • English (United Kingdom) (10770) -8840 over last week
  • Bosnian (33785) -3383 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (35720) -10544 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 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

LoCo News

Ubuntu-Co has a new video about Ubuntu!

Sergio Meneses writes about Ubuntu video made by Colombian Ubuntu team. Purpose of the video is “to spread the word about Ubuntu”, its features and possibilities. Video is available in Spanish only.

http://sergioandresmeneses.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/ubuntu-co-has-a-new-video-about-ubuntu/

Launchpad News

You can hide your bug and question comments

Curtis Hovey writes about new hiding comments feature in Launchpad. Now everyone has a possibility to hide their bug and question comments, and only “project maintainer or trusted people delegated to work with private information can see hidden comments.”

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/you-can-hide-your-bug-and-question-comments

Project maintainer can see private bugs

Curtis Hovey compares the old and new Launchpad functionality considering private bugs visibility. Hovey states:” Launchpad tried to ensure that proper people could see the the bugs in the past but the old mechanism was brittle.” Recently, purple squad migrated project configurations to project sharing which “makes all private information visible to project maintainers and ensures that confidential information is disclosed to proper people.”

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/project-maintainer-can-see-private-bugs

The Planet

Canonical Design Team: Introducing web apps

Christian Goirdano explains the reasoning behind introducing webapps to Unity. He reasons that today, web is a major component of our lives, and shell itself is in the best position to provide desktop integration of web. Webapps will be far from being simple web links, and integrate into Unity interface (e.g: via sound menu, Notify-OSD )

http://design.canonical.com/2012/07/introducing-web-apps/

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Ubuntu App Showdown – followup reviews

Michael Hall writes about apps review after the Ubuntu App Showdown. Hall states: “Over the last two weeks we have been working diligently to get all of the app showdown entries reviewed as a part of ARB process so they could be published to the Ubuntu software center.” He reports that half of the apps passed their review but there is a large number of apps that are left to be reviewed and therefore calls, people who participated at the initial app review and those who didn’t, for help. Hall also gave explicit instructions considering app review.

http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/07/the-ubuntu-app-showdown-followup-reviews/

Didier Roche: Unity Radios lens for quantal

Didier Riche shares his work considering radio lens for Quantal Quetzal. Roche states: “You can search through thousands of online available radios, ordered by categories with some contextual informations based on your current language and location.”

http://blog.didrocks.fr/post/Unity-Radios-lens-for-quantal

Nicholas Skaggs: Remembering the good ole days

Quality Assurance team leader Nicholas Skaggs tells about how much has changed in the years. Where in yesteryear everything “just worked” in Ubuntu for the average user, nowadays things suddenly break. However the amazing QA team triage the bugs to where it regresses and the bug get squished upstream. That is the power of community!

http://www.theorangenotebook.com/2012/07/remembering-good-ole-days.html

Benjamin Kerensa: Test Your Hardware on 12.04 with Ubuntu Friendly

Benjamin Kerensa writes about the Ubuntu Friendly program for testing hardware on Ubuntu and encourages users to participate, explaining that you “can help provide data on your hardware by using “Checkbox” to do some system testing which can be found by searching for “System Testing” or by simply running “checkbox-qt” from command-line.”

http://benjaminkerensa.com/2012/07/24/test-your-hardware-on-12-04-with-ubuntu-friendly

Nicholas Skaggs: What can webapps do? Help test and see!

Nicholas Skaggs invites volunteers to help test and locate bugs in Ubuntu Web Apps. Testers can choose testcases that correspond to their version of Ubuntu. And is also a walk-through documentation for new-comers.

http://www.theorangenotebook.com/2012/07/what-can-webapps-do-help-test-and-see.html

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments: Call For Volunteers!

Ubuntu Accomplishments is heading to its 0.3 release. The goals of that release, as Bacon states, includes:

  • quality assurance and stability in the platform
  • ability to provide users accomplishments online
  • expanding range of accomplishments
  • expanding and improving documentation for accomplishments
  • providing greater breadth of translation coverage

Since there is a lot of work to accomplish that goal, Bacon calls for volunteers to help. Volunteer profile, that Bacon requires, includes: programmers, documentation writers, translators, testers, and support.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/07/26/ubuntu-accomplishments-call-for-volunteers/

Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for July 2012

Compliments are paid to the community and moderators of Ask Ubuntu for the high quality maintained on the site. The article also states the 3 hottest question of the month, details of Ask Ubuntu on Google+ and highlights of Ask Ubuntu in its second-year anniversary.

http://unbrokenspectrum.wordpress.com/2012/07/27/ask-ubuntu-update-for-july-2012/

In The Press

Facebook, Last.fm and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu

Gavin Clarke of The Register talks about the new Web Apps feature in Ubuntu. He likened Web apps with pinning websites to the task bar in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer but with more abilities. 40 sites including Facebook and Last.Fm have been made into Web Apps so far with Ubuntu-maker Canonical having more on the way.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/23/ubuntu_web_apps/

Dell's Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures

Katherine Noyes, Tech News World, writes about Dell’s “Linux adventures”. Noyes summarises Linux bloggers opinions about Dell’s ambition bringing Linux to many consumers. Among many of those bloggers, Linux Rants said: "I think it's great that a prominent OEM like Dell is releasing a Linux based laptop. I think they all should, and they should market those computers to the general population. The average consumer would surely be interested in Linux's many advantages if only they knew about them."

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/75739.html

In The Blogosphere

Thunderbird 15 Beta 1 Adds New Look, Ubuntu One Support

Joey Sneddon, OMG!Ubuntu!, writes about Thunderbird 15 Beta 1 release and its features namely:

  • Search bar now sifts through conversations you have, through its built-in IM client which supports Facebook, Google Talk as well as your mails.
  • ‘Do not track’ support.
  • Large file attachments can be added to e-mails using Ubuntu One.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/07/thunderbird-15-beta-1-lands-with-new-look-ubuntu-one-support

5 Reasons to consider Ubuntu for your small business

Armando Roggio, Practical Ecommerce, shares five reasons why to use Ubuntu for small business:

  • Less worry about viruses, trojans and other malware
  • Better performance on older hardware
  • Key software which runs on Windows is possible to run under Ubuntu
  • Lots of helpful free-to-use software
  • It is easy

http://www.practicalecommerce.com/articles/3669-5-Reasons-to-Consider-Ubuntu-for-Your-Small-Business

Latest Stable VLC Heading to Ubuntu 12.04, Help Test It Now

Joey Sneddon, OMG!Ubuntu!, writes about latest stable VLC release which is heading to Ubuntu’s 12.04 Software center. That means, as Sneddon states, that there won’t be need to install unstable PPAs to be up-to-date. Since VLC hasn’t arrived to the Ubuntu software center yet, testing is needed as pointed out by one of the Ubuntu developers Benjamin Drung. Sneddon also pointed out instructions how to test VLC.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/07/latest-stable-vlc-heading-to-ubuntu-12-04-help-test-it-now

Ubuntu App Developer Showdown Likely To Be Repeated

Saurav Modak, Muktware, writes about Ubuntu app developer showdown and big interest for that event. Modak also pointed out Ubuntu on Air event which happened last week on 26th of July. One of the question that was pointed out to Ubuntu developers during Ubuntu on Air session was connected with repeating the Ubuntu app showdown. Ubuntu developers answered that “there is a possibility that Ubuntu app showdown will be repeated due to increased interest for that event.”

http://www.muktware.com/4028/ubuntu-app-developer-showdown-likely-be-repeated

What’s new with Ubuntu?

Jeremy Proome, MyBroadband, writes about current Ubuntu’s, (Precise Pangolin 12.04), features. Proome also writes about features that are going to be brought in the next Ubuntu release namely: new HUD, web apps and highlights Mark Shuttleworth and his keynote at OSCON 2012.

http://mybroadband.co.za/news/software/55493-whats-new-with-ubuntu.html

Alpha 3 articles

There have been several Ubuntu Alpha 3 release articles published online, here’s a quick sampling of ones that caught the attention of our editors:

In Other News

Interview with O’Reilly Open Source Award Winner Elizabeth Krumbach

Swapnil Bhartiya, Muktware, interviews one of the O’Reilly’s open source award winner Elizabeth Krumbach about: her role and responsibilities with Ubuntu, her role at Xubuntu, other project she’s involved in, O’Reilly’s open source award and much more.

http://www.muktware.com/4011/interview-oreilly-open-source-award-winner-elizabeth-krumbach

Full Circle Magazine #63 - out NOW!

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our sixty-third issue.

This month:

  • Command and Conquer.
  • How-To : Beginning Python - Part 35, LibreOffice Part 16, and Linux Astronomy Part 2.

  • Graphics : GIMP Retro Photo, and Inkscape Part 3.
  • NEW! Web Dev series
  • Linux Lab - Making *buntu 12.04 Boot Faster.
  • Review - gPodder.
  • Closing Windows - Share Files/Folders.
  • Audio Flux - some CC music tracks.
  • NEW! Ask The New Guy.

plus: Ubuntu Games, Ubuntu Women, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!

Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-63/

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team 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

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

End of Life - October 2012

Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

End of Life - April 2013

Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

End of Life - April 2017

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Conclusion

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Credits

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  • Elizabeth Krumbach
  • Jasna Benčić
  • J Phani Mahesh
  • Feyisayo Akinboboye
  • Chris Druif
  • John Kim
  • And many others

Glossary of Terms

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Ubuntu - Get Involved

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