Issue286


Contents

  1. In This Issue
  2. General Community News
    1. New Members of the Loco Council
  3. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Quantal
    3. Ubuntu Brainstorm Top this week
    4. Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
  4. LoCo News
    1. Call for Quantal Release Parties and Ubuntu’s 8th Birthday
  5. Launchpad News
    1. Burning down critical bugs
  6. Ubuntu Cloud News
    1. Openstack on Ubuntu – an update.
  7. The Planet
    1. Matt Fischer: BECOMING A MOTU
    2. Jono Bacon: The Canonical Community Team and 13.04
    3. Kubuntu:KDE Plasma, Applications and Platform 4.9.2
    4. Ubuntu Women: Career Days – October 18th!
    5. David Henningsson: Pulseaudio conference – less than a month away!
    6. Jono Bacon: 24 Hours Later. £5,133.70 Raised.
    7. Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Online Accounts and the Ubuntu GNOME Remix
    8. Jhosman Lizarazo: Ubuntu Quantal Logo
  8. In The Press
    1. Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder
  9. In The Blogosphere
    1. Ubuntu 12.10 Updates Messaging menu status icons
    2. Early Ubuntu 12.10 boot speed results
    3. Ubuntu Adds ‘Amazon Results’ Off Switch, Fixes NSFW Issues
    4. 10 Things To Look For In Ubuntu 12.10
    5. Unity 6.8.0 Arrives in Ubuntu 12.10 with Performance Fixes
    6. Ubuntu: Open X Bugs, Nouveau In A "Funky State"
    7. Games Dominate Ubuntu’s Paid App Chart in September
    8. Bluelight Powering Auroville With OpenSource
    9. 23 Brand New Features in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal [Screenshots Tour]
  10. In Other News
    1. Best Ways to Read E-books on Ubuntu
  11. Other Articles of Interest
  12. Featured Audio and Video
    1. Ubuntu Ohio : Burning Circle, Episode no. 85
    2. Automating an Ubuntu installation
  13. Weekly Ubuntu Development 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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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 286 for the week October 1 - 7, 2012.

In This Issue

  • New Members of the Loco Council
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Call for Quantal Release Parties and Ubuntu’s 8th Birthday
  • Burning down critical bugs
  • Openstack on Ubuntu – an update.
  • Matt Fischer: BECOMING A MOTU
  • Jono Bacon: The Canonical Community Team and 13.04
  • Kubuntu:KDE Plasma, Applications and Platform 4.9.2

  • Ubuntu Women: Career Days – October 18th!
  • David Henningsson: Pulseaudio conference – less than a month away!
  • Jono Bacon: 24 Hours Later. £5,133.70 Raised.
  • Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Online Accounts and the Ubuntu GNOME Remix
  • Jhosman Lizarazo: Ubuntu Quantal Logo
  • Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder
  • In The Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
  • And much more!

General Community News

New Members of the Loco Council

Sergio Meneses shares an announcement of the newest LoCo council members. Meneses says farewell to outgoing members, Paolo and Greg, and welcomes the new members aboard:

http://lococouncil.ubuntu.com/2012/10/03/new-members-of-the-loco-council/

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (99945) +109 over last week
  • Critical (83) -3 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (50011) -129 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

  • English (United Kingdom) (9770) -373 over last week
  • Spanish (14104) -36 over last week
  • English (Australia) (16443) -1238 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (37926) -555 over last week
  • Bosnian (42788) -964 over last week
  • French (49788) -321 over last week

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 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

Call for Quantal Release Parties and Ubuntu’s 8th Birthday

Benjamin Kerensa gives a reminder about the Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) release party. He highlights instructions about how to throw a party, and how to share it with the rest of the world. Kerensa states: “The key thing is not the venue, it is the people. With a venue and date, you are all set to let the world know about it.”

http://benjaminkerensa.com/2012/10/05/call-for-quantal-release-parties-and-ubuntus-8th-birthday

Launchpad News

Burning down critical bugs

Curtis Hovey shares his experience with critical bugs, and points out the Purple Squad’s great work, saying they are the best when it comes to closing critical bugs. Hovey states: “Maybe the Purple squad are better maintenance engineers than other squads who work on maintenance.”

http://blog.launchpad.net/general/burning-down-critical-bugs

Ubuntu Cloud News

Openstack on Ubuntu – an update.

Chuck Short reports about recent work concerning OpenStack:

  • “Folsom release on Ubuntu 12.10” which includes following projects: “Nova, Swift, Glance, Keystone, Horizon and two new ones (Cinder - block storage, Quantum - SDN).”
  • “Folsom release on Ubuntu 12.04” where is highlighted recently announced Ubuntu cloud archive which enables “releasing the latest version of OpenStack to users who want the stability of an LTS release but need a newer version of OpenStack for their cloud.”

Short also extends a call to testers and bug reporters on 12.04 servers, pointing out that volunteers will need the following in their /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://ubuntu-cloud.archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise-proposed/folsom main. Users who just want to install the latest version of OpenStack on their 12.04 server will need to add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://ubuntu-cloud.archive.canonical.com/ubuntu precise-updates/folsom main

http://zulcss.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/openstack-on-ubuntu-an-update/

The Planet

Matt Fischer: BECOMING A MOTU

Matt Fischer discusses why he became a ‘Master of the Universe’ in Ubuntu, and provides information for others who want to get involved. MOTUs are responsible for maintaining the Universe repository, which contains software supported by the community.

http://www.mattfischer.com/blog/?p=236

Jono Bacon: The Canonical Community Team and 13.04

Jono Bacon discusses the progress made by the Canoncial Community Team, and outlines plans for the team during the upcoming 13.04 cycle. He writes about the recent commitment to Quality Assurance, and how the team hopes to expand on that commitment by growing the community of testers, and using the resources more effectively by improving manual and automatic testing. Other targeted areas include: improving the App Developers’ experience, continued development on Ubuntu Accomplishments, and further growing Ubuntu’s popularity in the cloud with Juju.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/10/03/the-canonical-community-team-and-13-04/

Kubuntu:KDE Plasma, Applications and Platform 4.9.2

The Kubuntu team announces “packages for the release of KDE SC 4.9.2 are available for Kubuntu 12.04.1 LTS releases” which can be retrieved from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. The packages are also in Kubuntu 12.10 development release.

http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kde-sc-4.9.2

Ubuntu Women: Career Days – October 18th!

Cheri Francis of Ubuntu Women announces a new career day session to be held October 18th at 19:00 UTC in #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat on irc.freenode.net. Francis writes that “Silvia Bindelli (Dolasilla) will be presenting about working as a Software Release Coordinator. The job involves keeping track of both people and technology.”

More information about Career Days can be found at: http://wiki.ubuntu-women.org/CareerDays Also, anyone interested in Career Days can contact Cheri Francis (cheri703@ubuntu.com), and Elizabeth Krumbach (lyz@ubuntu.com).

http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2012/10/career-days-october-18th/

David Henningsson: Pulseaudio conference – less than a month away!

David Henningsson reminds us that the upcoming Pulseaudio conference in Bella Center, Copenhagen, is less than a month away. The event takes place alongside the Ubuntu Developer Summit and Linaro Connect. There is no fee, but attendees must have either a UDS or LC registration to get into the conference area.

http://voices.canonical.com/david.henningsson/2012/10/04/pulseaudio-conference-less-than-a-month-away/

Jono Bacon: 24 Hours Later. £5,133.70 Raised.

This past week, the Community Team did a 24-hour marathon to raise money for charity. The event was streamed live via Google+ Hangouts and featured interviews and discussions from many community members. Six charities were benefited, and by the end a total of £5,133.70 was raised.

http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/10/05/24-hours-later-5133-70-raised/

Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Online Accounts and the Ubuntu GNOME Remix

In this article from Jeremy Bicha, we read about the Ubuntu GNOME Remix project and its goal to bridge the gap between Ubuntu and GNOME. The project seeks to address the issue of including both Ubuntu Online Accounts and GNOME Online Accounts in the 12.10 release, which provides a horrible user experience as well as a headache for GNOME app developers due to the two different APIs.

http://jeremy.bicha.net/2012/10/06/ubuntu-online-accounts-and-gnome/

With the release of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal approaching, we can see some of the promotional materials appearing, such as this logo on jhosman.com.

http://jhosman.com/en/ubuntu/ubuntu-quantal-logo/

In The Press

Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder

Paul Venezia of Infoworld writes about the recent Amazon shopping feature in the Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash, and how he believes it is a privacy issue. Venezia goes on to say that Canonical’s response to this issue highlights a bigger problem: the threat to its user trust.

http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/ubuntu-has-bigger-problem-its-amazon-blunder-203467

In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates Messaging menu status icons

Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! presents minor changes to the Messaging menu status icons which include:

  • “New pips - the small icons that appear on the panel ‘envelope’ icon to denote your online status.”
  • “New status icons” - their visibility is changed
  • “Pipped to the post” -” Messaging Menu will look and behave as it did in Ubuntu 12.04.”

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/ubuntu-12-10-updates-messaging-menu-status-pips

Early Ubuntu 12.10 boot speed results

Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings us “early look of some Bootchart numbers for two systems running Ubuntu 12.10 development snapshots compared to earlier releases.”

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTE5ODE

Ubuntu Adds ‘Amazon Results’ Off Switch, Fixes NSFW Issues

Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us about the so-called “Kill Switch” - a feature, which when activated, disables the retrieval of all lenses and scopes results from online sources. Sneddon also writes that there have been improvements to avoid NSFW (Not Safe For Work) content showing up in search results.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/ubuntu-adds-amazon-results-off-switch-fixes-nsfw-issues

10 Things To Look For In Ubuntu 12.10

Abhishek Prakash of Make Tech Easier gives us a list of 10 things to look for in Ubuntu 12.10, including: Web Apps, Remote Login, Sponsored Amazon and Ubuntu One suggestions in Unity Dash, Unity Preview, Update Manger revamped as Software Updater, Additional Drivers, Full Disk Encryption, System Settings Options, the loss of the CD-size image and, of course, newly updated packages.

http://maketecheasier.com/10-things-to-look-for-in-ubuntu-12-10/2012/10/05

Unity 6.8.0 Arrives in Ubuntu 12.10 with Performance Fixes

Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! introduces a list of changes brought with Unity 6.8.0, which include: bug fixes, faster window scaling during the ‘Spread’ feature, rendering fixes for previews, and more.

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/unity-6-8-0-arrives-in-quantal

Ubuntu: Open X Bugs, Nouveau In A "Funky State"

Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares highlights from messages by Bryce Harrington, Canonical’s Xorg maintainer, “where he described the open bugs for the different open and closed-source graphics drivers plus the X.Org Server.”

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTIwMDA

Games Dominate Ubuntu’s Paid App Chart in September

Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! brings us September’s 2012 Top 10 Commercial Apps chart:

  • MC Launcher
  • Bastion
  • Sacred Gold (new)
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Braid
  • Linux Format Magazine – Issue 163 (new)
  • Fluendo DVD Player
  • Torchlight (new)
  • Cubemen (new)
  • Majesty Gold (new)

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/10/games-dominate-ubuntus-paid-app-chart-in-september

Bluelight Powering Auroville With OpenSource

Atuljha of Muktware writes about a not-for-profit shop located inside Auroville in Southern India with a diverse team of people from Russia, Gemany, India, France and other countries. This shop manages a Cyber Cafe which is running on Ubuntu, as well as providing consulting regarding IT and Open Source software for Auroville.

http://www.muktware.com/4497/bluelight-powering-auroville-opensource

23 Brand New Features in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal [Screenshots Tour]

Posted by Manuel Jose at Tech Drive-in, we see a feature review complete with screenshots for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 version.

http://www.techdrivein.com/2012/10/23-changes-to-ubuntu1210-quantal-quetzal.html

In Other News

Best Ways to Read E-books on Ubuntu

Jun Auza of TechSource brings us Abhishek’s chart of the best applications for reading e-books under Ubuntu: Calibre, Evince, Okular, MuPDF and FBReader.

http://www.junauza.com/2012/10/best-ways-to-read-e-books-on-ubuntu.html

Ubuntu Ohio : Burning Circle, Episode no. 85

In this podcast, Stephen Michael Kellat brings us news about Ohio’s Linux fest and Ubuntu Community Council’s draft of the new Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/117

Automating an Ubuntu installation

Nicholas Skaggs of the Ubuntu QA team shares a prototype for automating the Ubiquity installer, testing a "manual” installation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owdb8oMRT8o

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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