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WORK IN PROGRESS
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue ## for the week September 24 - 30, 2012.
In This Issue
General Community News
Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 2 Released!
Kate Stewart announces the “final beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products” and “Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 2 status.”
More information about the new features in Ubuntu and its recognized flavors can be found on the following links:
Instructions for upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10 can be found on the following link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/QuantalUpgrades
Code of Conduct v2: Request for feedback
The Community Council is making a call, looking for feedback on the Code of Conduct v2, for discussion on their next meeting, on the 4th of October. You can send feedback to czajkowski AT ubuntu DOT com for it to get added to the ideas wiki page.
Welcome New Members and Developers
At the 26/09/2012 1200 UTC Membership meeting we welcomed one new Member to our official Ubuntu Membership!
Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
- 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 Quantal
- Language (#) +/- # over last week
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Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal/ 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
New members for Uruguay’s Community Council
Pablo Rubianes informs us that Uruguay Community council got five new members: Daniel mato, Alejandro Esperon (Ratman), Carlos Ney Pastor, Eduardo Ricobaldi and Rubianes himself.
Countdown banner 12.10 from Ubuntu Greece
George Chirstofis of Greek Ubuntu community shares that they have created Ubuntu 12.10 countdown banner. Christofis gives detailed instructions how to download banner, adjust it to wanted language and integrate it on the web site.
Volle Kontrolle Erlangen! Unity Lenses and Scopes, in German!
Randall Ross shares Fast Edi!’s contributions considering spreading the word to his students about Ubuntu and translation of another Unity guide, this time in German.
Washington DC: Sugar Labs DC Xubuntu Deployment
Jeffery Elkner of the Washington DC LoCo and SugarLabs DC shares an article outlining the process he used to review and finally select a Xubuntu 12.04 with Sweets Distribution repositories and “sweets-desktop” package for 30 laptops which will be used to start a program for elementary students in Senegal.
Parallel Testing is live
Laura Czajkowski of Launchpad reports that Parallel Testing is complete and that WebOps have finished parallel testing in buildbot. Czajkowski points out that if some problems occur during the parallel testing usage, people should visit following links for help:
Mercurial Imports will end on October 5th
Matthew Revell of Launchpad shares that “on the 5th of October they’ll be ending their beta of Mercurial imports in Launchpad. On that day existing Mercurial imports will cease and there won’t be any possibility to create new ones.” However, Revell points out that “this doesn’t affect Bazaar, Git, Subversion or CVS imports.” Reason for Mercurial ending is low usage and low quality.
Ubuntu Forums News
Ubuntu Cloud News
How we ran the scheduler for the Linux Plumbers conference
Jorge Castro discusses how Ubuntu’s cloud team, together with Summit OSS maintainer Chris Johnston hosted, deployed and managed Linux plumbers conference schedule via juju. Since Castro and his team are “generalizing this work into a more generic Django charm,” anyone interested can contact Castro. Help is not required just with Django but with “Pyramid, nodejs, Rails and $your_favorite_web_platform” as well.
[Juju Adventure] Live testing
Victor Tuson Palau continues his blog series on demonstrating how Ubuntu is the best environment to write up “connected” or “cloud backend” Android Apps using Juju with “How to test if it all works in a production environment?”
Xubuntu: Offline documentation rewritten for 12.10
The Xubuntu team announces that offline documentation has been refreshed for the 12.10 cycle. Included among the changes are restructured content, updated documentation to reflect new default applications, and completely rewritten sections.
Jono Bacon: More Information About Online Dash Search Privacy
Jono Bacon responds to some of the concern about user privacy that has risen since the inclusion of the ability for the Dash to search external sources for results. After speaking with John Lenton, Senior Engineering Manager, Jono reassures users that no user-identifiable data is retrieved during the search, and that Canonical does not perform any kind of user tracking. They also touched upon concerns about the searches being unencrypted, saying “we are currently working to encrypt these dash searches ready for the release of this feature in Ubuntu 12.10.”
In a later post, Bacon re-enforces that the shopping lens is still under development and testing, and that there will be an option to easily disable it.
Charlene Tessier: In Response – Ubuntu: Re-Doing the Possible
Charlene Tessier writes about problems around Ubuntu usage and adoption and criticism by existing users about recent changes to the operating system, speculating that 99% of people don’t know what Ubuntu is or what is it for. We want to reach all of these other people, so Tessier thinks that solution for the adoption problem is to go out on the street and talk with people who haven’t used Ubuntu yet and see what they like and prefer.
Stéphane Graber: Introducing the python LXC API
Stéphane Graber introduces the python LXC API that makes it easy for developers to work with the LXC library and also accessible from other languages with some bindings and how the initial implementation of the API has been pushed to the LXC staging branch on github and into the LXC package of Ubuntu 12.10.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments 0.3 Released!
Jono Bacon announces the release of Ubuntu Accomplishments 0.3. This update focuses on bringing improvements in quality. Notable new features are an improved My Trophies section, new filters, and social media integration. There has also been a lot of work during this version cycle in creating a web gallery that will, in the future, allow trophies to be viewed or shared online.
Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for September 2012
Barneedhar reports on the generally favorable feedback for Ask Ubuntu, Marco Ceppi, one of the community moderator’s interview by Mark Johnson for OSS Watch, a note on the updated Wikipedia page the list of top five contributors in September, hottest questions of the month and more.
Maia Grotepass: Free Particle Webjay performance on ubuntu at the Wits Art Museum
Maia Grotepass shares details about her work on a the Free Particle Digital art exhibition and highlights Anne Roquigny’s portion of a webjay performance with 6 other artists. Grotepass writes “in previous collaborations I find myself having to span multiple operating systems each with their own idiosyncrasies. This time, to my delight, Anne's entire system runs on ubuntu.”
In The Press
Steam for Linux entering private beta in October for just 1,000 users
A private beta will be available in October for 1,000 users to test Steam for Linux. The initial beta will include a test of the service itself, as well as one game and will work on computers running Ubuntu 12.04 and above.
In The Blogosphere
Intel Atom D525: Ubuntu 10.10 To 12.10
Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings us “benchmarks of ALUSA's Intel Atom Desktop that packs an Intel Atom D525 processor with Intel GMA 3150 graphics, 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB SATA disk. The benchmarks are from Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS, and an Ubuntu 12.10 development snapshot to see how the performance has evolved since this Intel Atom CPU was introduced two years ago.”
Ubuntu 13.04 Release Schedule
Marius Nestor of Softpedia informs us about Ubuntu 13.04 release and its schedule which is pulled from Ubuntu wiki:
- December 6th, 2012 - Alpha 1 release
- February 7th, 2013 - Alpha 2 release
- March 7th, 2013 - Beta release
- April 18th, 2013 - Release Candidate release
- April 25th, 2013 - Final release of Ubuntu 13.04
Ubuntu 12.10 Amazon shopping results to be made optional
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! leads us through the process that the Ubuntu shopping lens went through to get an “off switch” for the results, from first remarks from a Unity developer to code and appearance of this and other elements of the Dash, Lenses and Scopes.
Ubuntu Studio: A Distro for Recording
Dave Delony of Make Tech Easier calls musicians, audio engineers and other “creative” people to use Ubuntu Studio, “customized Ubuntu version geared for creative work: audio, video and graphics” and reviews some of the key applications.
Have You Seen Ubuntu’s New Sync Menu?
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes about Ubuntu’s Sync Menu and the possibilities with Ubuntu One and indicators. Sneddon writes: “Designed to be a one-stop drop-down menu for both mounting the status of, and controlling, downloads, the Sync Menu has the potential to make life that little bit easier.”
Meet The Ubuntu Women - They're More Involved Than You Think
Veronica Henry of ReadWriteWeb shares interview with Ubuntu Women Elizabeth Krumbach and Cheri Francis. Henry points out that Ubuntu women is a “non political organization, so you'll find no mentions of feminism but rather a safe place where women, curious about the Ubuntu developer community can come and ask questions without fear of intimidation or condescension.” Henry also highlights crucial parts of Ubuntu women organization such as mentorship, contributions and education.
Henry points out that as in any part of Ubuntu project, people are welcome to join Ubuntu Women as well. They can do that by “contacting anyone on the leadership team (wiki.ubuntu-women.org/Contacts ) or check out the #ubuntu-women and #ubuntu-women-project IRC channels.”
Ubuntu Server 12.10: What to Expect
Christoper Tozzi of The Var Guy brings us highlights of what we can expect on the Ubuntu server side: “latest release of OpenStack known as Folsom, cloud-init support for config drive v2, cloud images of Ubuntu Server 12.10 will be available for the armhf architecture, 0.48.1 of Ceph the distributed data storage system, packages for floodlight and mininet, Version 7 of the Apache Tomcat Java platform.”
Unity WebApps Available In The Ubuntu 12.10 Official Repositories
Andrew of WebUpd8 leads us through Unity WebApps tour pointing out possibilities such as “tight desktop integration for popular websites like Gmail, Google Plus, Last.fm radio, Facebook, Google Docs and many others.” Andrew also made a little tutorial how to install WebApps via terminal.
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Coverage
There have been a lot of coverage about the 12.10 Beta 2! Here’s a sampling of articles selected by our Editors:
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Released - http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/ubuntu-12-10-beta-2-released
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Available For Download - http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/ubuntu-1210-beta-2-available-for.html
Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Brings an Improved Unity - http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-12-10-Beta-2-Brings-an-Improved-Unity-295257.shtml
In Other News
Canonical Exec: We’re not worried about VMWare joining OpenStack
John Gold of Network World brings us thoughts from different people in open source world regarding VMWare joining the OpenStack. Gold especially highlights thoughts of Canonical’s cloud vice president Kyle McDonald: "This isn't something new to us, this isn't something we don't understand, this isn't a community we're going to seek to control of - we've already been in the OpenStack world, we've already been developing a product."
Full Circle Magazine: issue 65
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our sixty-fifth issue.
- Command and Conquer.
How-To : Python - Part 37, LibreOffice Part 18, and Use Encryption.
- Graphics : Kdenlive Part 2, and Inkscape Part 5.
- Web Dev : CRUD
- Linux Lab
- Book Review - Ubuntu Made Easy.
- Closing Windows - Mapping A Network Drive.
plus: Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!
Get it while it's hot!
now with 'Send to Ubuntu One' delivery!
Google Currents Edition: http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow3qrhAw/full_circle_magazine_65_lite
Other Articles of Interest
Google's Code-in Contest Is Ideal for Teens Interested In Open Source - http://ostatic.com/blog/googles-code-in-contest-is-ideal-for-teens-interested-in-open-source
French government to use PostgreSQL and LibreOffice in free software adoption push - http://www.computerworlduk.com/news/open-source/3400404/french-govt-use-postgresql-libreoficce-in-free-software-adoption-push/
OpenStack Folsom Adds Network Automation, Block Storage and Hyper-V Support http://www.openstack.org/software/folsom/press-release
SubGit 1.0 released - “Stress Free” subversion to Git migration - http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/SubGit-1-0-stress-free-Subversion-to-Git-migration-1717931.html
The Rebirth of Linux - http://www.tech-faq.com/the-rebirth-of-linux.html
Linux-Based Servergy Advances Data Center Efficiency - http://www.linux.com/news/enterprise/cloud-computing/641488-linux-based-servergy-advances-data-center-efficiency-/
Gnome 3.6 released - http://www.webupd8.org/2012/09/gnome-36-released-see-whats-new.html
'Cotton Candy' Linux PC-on-a-stick ships at last - http://www.pcworld.com/article/2010646/cotton-candy-linux-pc-on-a-stick-ships-at-last.html
Tears of Steel: 4th Official Blender Movie released - http://www.techdrivein.com/2012/09/tears-of-steel-fourth-blender-movie-released.html?
Updated Debian 6.0: 6.0.6 released - http://www.debian.org/News/2012/20120929
Linux is Full with Educational Software - http://linuxaria.com/article/linux-is-full-with-educational-software
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Ohio - Burning Circle: Burning Circle Episode 84
Steven Michael Kellet among other news brings us news about the Amazon shopping experience under Ubuntu, and mass market needs which include following questions: How come Ubuntu is not commercialized as Apple or Microsoft where would be explained what Ubuntu is about? Who is responsible for that?
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E16 – In The Amazon Jungle
Some of the news that Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen bring us in the sixteenth episode of Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo, are:
- Github went down but it’s back up again…
- Google might be evil...
- Rackspace are sued for patent infringement…
- Skycon – 6th-7th October – University of Limerick
HackManchester – 27th-28th October – Museum of Science and Industry as part of the Manchester Science Festival
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Kernel Team - September 25, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting#Tues.2C_25_Sept_2012
QA Team - September 26, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/QATeam/Meetings/QA/20120926
Desktop Team - September 25, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2012-09-25
Security Team - September 24, 2012 https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MeetingLogs/Security/20120924
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
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
Ubuntu 12.04 Updates
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