WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 282 for the week September 3 - 9, 2012.
In This Issue
General Community News
Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released.
Kate Stewart announces the release of the Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1:
“The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.
Codenamed "Quantal Quetzal", 12.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.
For the client, this release now has a consolidated Ubuntu image. There is no longer a traditional CD sized image, DVD or alternate image, but rather a single 800MB Ubuntu image that can be used from USB or DVD. This change does not affect Ubuntu Server, which remains a traditional CD sized image.
With Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 1 status today. These images, along with Xubuntu will continue to have daily updates for the remainder of the release.”
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Reviews
Several blogs covered the release with details, screenshots and videos. The following are a sampling of those reviews selected by our editors. Summary writers: No need for summaries on each of these articles
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Has Firefox 15 - http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-12-10-Beta-1-Has-Firefox-15-290524.shtml
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Available for Download - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/ubuntu-12-10-beta-1-available-for-download
Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Beta 1 Released Video, Screenshots - http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/ubuntu-1210-quantal-quetzal-beta-1.html
Edgy penguins test-fly Ubuntu's Quantal Quetzal - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/07/ubuntu_12_10_beta_1_review/
Welcome New Members and Developers
Results from the 2200 UTC Membership Board Meeting, September 6, 2012:
Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
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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
SFD Tunisia 2012
Nizar Kerkeni announces the Tunisia’s Software Freedom Day 2012. The event “aims to spread the culture of free and open source software and its concepts, to raise awareness of free software and its virtues, and to educate the benefits of using this kind of software everywhere: in education, in government, at home, and in business.”
Local LoCo Team Portal Install
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about the low number of developers currently contributing to the LoCo Team Portal and gives instructions for how to create a virtual machine with a development version of the portal for development. Krumbach writes that it “would be great to have experienced folks pitching in.“
Launchpads page performance report now reusable
Robert Collins of Launchpad writes that the “ page performance report can now be used on regular Apache log files, rather than just the zserver trace log files that Launchpad’s middle tier generates.” The code is in the dev-utils project on launchpad and Collins shares instructions for checking it out and configuring it.
Jonathan Riddell: Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?
Jonathan Riddell shares some comments from a Kubuntu forum thread which asks users "Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?" Comments include preference for KDE, familiar look compassionate community and that it “allows me to do more with fewer keystrokes or mouse clicks.”
Michael Hall: How the AppDevUploadProcess was written
Michael Hall shares some insights on how the proposed new specification for developers to get their applications into the Software Center was created. He highlights some of the problems with the previous process, and discusses how the team collaborated together to put together a possible solution to fix the issues. The spec was released to the community to gain feedback, and is not yet final.
James Hunt: Call for Testing: Upstart stateful re-exec
James Hunt, from the Canonical Foundations Team, makes a call for testing the new stateful re-exec feature, that is hoped to land in Quantal. ‘If you'd like to help out testing the new "stateful re-exec" feature of Upstart [...], see the details in the link’, Hunt says.
Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #9
The Ubuntu TV update this week covers some of the latest developments, including work to add the Unity Preview features into the TV and a shifted focus into fixing bugs following the feature freeze that went into effect last week.
Canonical Design Team: 12.10 wallpaper selection finalised
Canonical has announced the final wallpaper selection for 12.10. The collection includes 11 images submitted by the community. While the winning entries will be included in the 12.10 release, you can view the entire shortlist in the Flickr gallery now.
Jono Bacon: Opening Ubuntu Up To the World
Jono Bacon writes on the recently-drafted specification that details how application developers can get their current stable software into Ubuntu. He discusses some of the old issues and how the new spec addresses them to better serve developers and help move the project forward.
Daniel Holbach:Hanging out with Ubuntu developers
Daniel Holbach blogs about a new series of Google Hangouts where developers interested in helping to make 12.10 a great release can join to learn more about development and bug fixing. It also serves as a great way to get to know the developers a little better. Sessions start this week and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone interested in attending.
No Quantal Beta 1 for Xubuntu
The Xubuntu team didn’t release Beta 1 this cycle, citing a desire to fix several important bugs and reduce image size in order to make Beta 2 the very best possible among the reasons. Despite the absence of Beta 1, daily updates will be released and there will be a Xubuntu Beta 2 released toward the end of the month.
Thomas Ward: Servers and PHP FPM: The New Method in Quantal
Thomas Ward writes that the PHP FPM package modified in both Debian and Ubuntu to haveis listen on a UNIX socket by default, running at /var/run/php5-fpm.sock and stresses: “Anyone upgrading to Quantal from Precise or earlier which have servers using php5-fpm assuming that it’ll continue to listen on 127.0.0.1:9000 will need to change their configurations to adapt for this change!”
Ted Gould: Desktop in the Cloud
Ted Gould details a new feature in Ubuntu 12.10 that he is excited about: the ability to log in to a remote desktop. By using the guest account feature, users can connect to their remote desktops located anywhere on the Internet. The remote desktop is integrated with your Ubuntu SSO, meaning that a user needs only to provide their SSO to be able to see a list of their available servers to connect to.
Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Leadership Election Results!
Cheri Francis of the Ubuntu Women team announces the tie in the election of an additional member of the Ubuntu Women Leadership team. As a result, both Silvia and Flavia have been added to the team.
In The Press
Ubuntu made ... fun! (Book Review: Ubuntu Made Easy)
Sandra Henry-Stocker of ITWire gives a short overview of the new “Ubuntu Made Easy” book released by No Starch Press. “I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting out with Ubuntu (whether new to Linux or not) or anyone looking to get a lot more value out of his/her Ubuntu system. It's well written, easy to understand and thoroughly fun to read.”
20 Must Have Ubuntu Apps for Productivity
Matt Hartley of Datamation has a write up of 20 essential productivity applications for Ubuntu users including FocusWriter, Freeplane, gSTM, Unity Mail, Giver, Wake On Plan and Diodon clipboard, and explains “how they lend themselves to a more productive workstation environment.”
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu GNOME Remix Releases First Alpha
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! writes about new Ubuntu GNOME Remix and its Alpha 1 release. Sneddon points out that this new GNOME flavoured spin of Ubuntu has next features: GNOME 3.6. as its default desktop, apps - Web, Abiword, Gnumeric, Evolution, GDM, ‘Software’ package manager.
Ubuntu vs Windows 8
TuxRadar brings us Mayank Sharma’s Ubuntu vs Windows 8 review based on a group testing. Review includes following: desktops (Metro vs Unity), Net loss, background apps, app switching, cloud integration and much more.
Canonical Targets Corporate Desktops for Ubuntu
Christoper Tozzi from The Var Guy brings Canonical’s selling points considering Ubuntu and employees work satisfaction: productivity, security, management and support.
Libre Office Adds Ubuntu App Menu Support - No Plugin Needed
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! writes about latest version of Libre Office and its native app menu integration. Sneddon explains that the main initial reason for app menu integration was “saving the vertical space for Netbook users.”
Meet The Ubuntu ‘Keyboard PC’
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! brings us spec review of Ubuntu ‘Keyboard PC’ which includes internals like CPU, RAM, HDD and much more.
In Other News
Ubuntu's Unity Is Also Painful For 2D Performance
Michael Larabel of Phoronix highlights that “besides the Unity desktop and Compiz window manager in Ubuntu impairing the Linux OpenGL performance, the 2D performance is also dramatically affected by this desktop configuration.” Latter is based on Phoronix benchmark tests with 2D.
Tiny cubieboard ARM Platform Offers Solid Specs with Android and Ubuntu Support for $49
Seth Colaner from HotHardware introduces us with tiny cubieboard ARM platform which supports Ubuntu and Android 4.0. Ice Cream Sandwich. “Those who like to tinker with and build computers have a new toy to play with.”
Ubuntu Unity Proves Very Slow To KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE
Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings benchmarking results comparingthe following desktops: Unity 6.4, KDE SC 4.9, KDE SC 4.9 with KWin automatically suspending desktop effects on full-screen applications, GNOME Shell 3.5.4, GNOME Classic 3.5.5, Xfce 4.10, and LXDE 0.5.11.
Other Articles of Interest
Linaro 12.08 ARM OMAP4 Performance - http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=linaro_1208_omap4&num=1
A Few Thoughts on Why Businesses Resist Migration to Linux - http://linuxblog.darkduck.com/2012/08/why-businesses-resist-migration-to-linux.html
Belgium Government Open Sources Code Of Voting Machines - http://www.muktware.com/4268/belgium-government-open-sources-code-voting-machines
Linus Torvalds on the Linux desktop's popularity problems - http://www.zdnet.com/linus-torvalds-on-the-linux-desktops-popularity-problems-7000003641/
World's first Linux Ultrabook laptop costs as much as a Windows version - http://www.zdnet.com/worlds-first-linux-ultrabook-laptop-costs-as-much-as-a-windows-version-7000003753/
How would you fix the Linux desktop? - http://www.itworld.com/it-managementstrategy/293349/how-would-you-fix-linux-desktop
Two more tiny, sub-$100 Linux PCs join the fray - http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/262009/two_more_tiny_sub100_linux_pcs_join_the_fray.html
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - September 4, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting#Tues.2C_04_Sep_2012
QA Team - September 5, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120905
Desktop Team - September 4, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2012-09-04
Server Team - September 4, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Server/20120904
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