Issue35

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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #35 for the week April 1st - April 8th, 2007. In this issue we cover ...

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In This Issue

  • Feisty Herd 6 Cancelled
  • Feisty frozen for release candidate preparation
  • Licensing of the Documentation wiki discussed
  • Launchpad open for beta testing
  • Migrating from Windows keeps getting easier

General Community News

Feisty Herd 6 Cancelled

Tollef Fog Heen, Ubuntu Release Manager, has announced there will be no Herd 6 since the kernel will be frozen soon and the Feisty release candidate will be available April 12th. You can read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2007-April/000272.html.

Licensing of the Documentation Wiki Discussed

Matthew East of the Documentation Team announced that after much discussion with the Community Council, the licensing for the Ubuntu Help Wiki will now be the Creative Commons By Attribution Share Alike 2.5. It should noted that this doesn't include the regular wiki at http://wiki.ubuntu.com, merely the help wiki at http://help.ubuntu.com/community. If you have any concerns about this relicensing, please contact the community council at community-council@lists.ubuntu.com. You can read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-doc/2007-April/008367.html or https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WikiLicensing.

Problems with archiving of Ubuntu lists

Because of the high volume of traffic on the ubuntu-bugs and desktop-bugs mailing lists, the archiver is having problems backing up the rest of the mailing lists. For now, ubuntu-bugs and desktop-bugs will not be archived, so the rest of the mailings lists on lists.ubuntu.com can be backed up. Canonical would like to know if subscribers of the ubuntu-bugs and desktop-bugs lists are interested in their respective archives and why, since all bugs are already available on Launchpad. You can read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023542.html

New in Feisty Fawn

Feisty frozen for release candidate preperation

Colin Watson, acting release manager, has announced that the Feisty code base is frozen in preparation of the April 12th release candidate, and final release on April 19th. While the universe repository is still open, only release-critical bugs will be accepted to the main repositories. Important issues for Feisty can be tracked at https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+milestone/ubuntu-7.04. You can read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2007-April/000274.html.

Ext4 support dropped in Feisty

The ext4 file system will not be included in Feisty. While it is not likely to corrupt files, it is not believed to be stable yet. Announced at: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-discuss/2007-March/000672.html

NetworkManager release notes discussed

There has been a discussion about problems encountered by Edgy users, with manually configured networks, upgrading to Feisty. While the Feisty network manager is installed by default and should ignore the manual configurations, the interfaces should be set to "automatic." This will be documented in the release notes. You can read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023537.html.

Development News

Help wanted with OpenOffice.org bugs

An OpenOffice upstream bug team member is needed to join the newly formed OpenOffice project on Launchpad. The member should have a login to the OpenOffice.org bug tracker, so Ubuntu bugs that are triaged as upstream OOo issues can be properly reported. Read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023534.html.

Experimental Feisty+1 toolchain packages

The toolchain packages have been updated for Feisty+1 and should install on top of a current Feisty chroot/installation. The updates involve gcc, glibc, and gcj. There is a performance drop when switching to the new gcc libraries which is known and accepted by the gcc developers. Warning: The toolchain packages are very experimental and installation will likely cause most systems to become unstable. Read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023529.html

BugHelper reports

BugHelper reports contain bug information and bugs that you can help fix. They are updated hourly and available at http://daniel.holba.ch/bugs/. Clue files are used to search for bugs fitting pre-defined patterns. Documentation for writing and adding clue files are available at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugHelper. Read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2007-April/023523.html

Launchpad News

Canonical has started public beta testing of Launchpad 1.0. Launchpad is a web application that helps track communications between many free software communities. With the tool, its possible to coordinate and collaborate work among projects that have shared code. Launchpad features an interface that allows branding and emphasizes current activity of projects. Launchpad allows for team management, tracking bugs, hosting code, translations, feature and ideas tracking, and community support. Besides Ubuntu, well known projects like Zope, SilverCMS, and Jokosher use Launchpad. Read more: http://www.ubuntu.com/news/LaunchpadRelease (official press release), http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/103 (Mark Shuttleworth's blog)

In The Press

Bill Bennett, in The Sydney Morning Herald, talks about the result of running Ubuntu alongside Windows XP for months. He explains how Linux can revive an old computer and that Ubuntu runs faster and smoother on his two-year-old PC compared to Windows XP and Vista. Read the full article: http://www.smh.com.au/news/home-office/linux-reloaded/2007/03/31/1174761806748.html

Marius Nestor, at Softpedia News, writes about the beta version of Feisty. He includes many screenshots along with discussions of the migration assistant, restricted drivers manager, network manager tool, Beagle, the redesigned help center, codec installation, and plug and play network sharing with Avahi. A quick overview on the new features introduced in Feisty. Read the full article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/What-Should-You-Expect-from-Ubuntu-7-04-50206.shtml

Michael Stutz, in CIO, talks about what enterprises need to look for when selecting a Linux distribution. Stutz says that Ubuntu has been a success on the desktop and the partnership with Sun will win over a few clients. The full article at: http://www.cio.com/article/100652/Choosing_a_Linux_Distribution_for_Enterprise_Work

Marius Nestor, at Softpedia News, comments on what he loves and hates about Ubuntu. Marius suggests creating an Ubuntu+Kubuntu LiveCD and making the GNOME desktop more Windows-user friendly. Read the full article: http://news.softpedia.com/news/What-Do-You-Love-and-Hate-About-Ubuntu-51188.shtml

William West, at mercator.net, discusses how Ubuntu derivatives can help parents protect their children from offensive content on the Internet while providing all the tools to do their homework. West covers web filters and Open Office, along with how to customize Ubuntu. While West talks about specific Ubuntu derivatives, all the filtering tools can be installed on any standard Ubuntu installation. Read the full article: http://www.mercatornet.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=518

In The Blogoshpere

John M. Reese, from LeetCode.net, has a detailed overview with screenshots of the Gnome enhancements in Feisty. He covers network settings, restricted drivers, desktop effects, HPLIP toolbox, sessions, and themes. It's been dugg over 1000 times. http://www.leetcode.net/2007/04/11-things-you-havent-seen-yet-in-ubuntu-feisty-fawn

Sarah, at 3till7.net, talks about the ease of using Ubuntu. She mentions the simplicity of installing by using the LiveCD and how Synaptic makes installing applications very easy. Sarah says that average people like her mom and dormmates have used Ubuntu successfully and can find help quickly on the Ubuntu Forums and wiki. Read more: http://www.3till7.net/2007/04/05/the-ease-of-linux-with-a-focus-on-ubuntu/

Clivecooper.co.uk talks about transitioning from Windows to Ubuntu. The site discusses why a user would want want to move to Linux, why Ubuntu, how to install Ubuntu, and Linux equivalents of common Windows applications. Read more: http://www.clivecooper.co.uk/

Meetings and Events

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Technical Board Meeting

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Edubuntu Meeting

Launchpad Users Meeting

Thursday, April 12, 2007

MOTU Meeting

Development Team Meeting

Ubuntu Development Team Meeting

  • Start: 21:00
  • End: 23:00
  • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

Friday, April 13, 2007

Forum Council Meeting

Community Spotlight

Easier Migration from Windows to Ubuntu

The Windows Migration Wizard is a new migration tool which imports all your Internet Explorer favorites, Firefox bookmarks, desktop wallpaper, AOL IM contacts and Yahoo IM contacts. This offers easier and faster migration for new users of Ubuntu and individuals wanting to run a dual partition. In addition to single accounts, you can migrate several users' settings in Ubuntu. This has been added in Ubiquity, Ubuntu's installer, and it shows the commitment to making Linux as easier to use as possible. You can read the specification at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MigrationAssistance

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Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

Ubuntu 6.10 Updates

Bug Stats

  • Open (26749) +966 # over last week
  • Critical (22) +3 # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (12928) +762 # over last week
  • Unassigned (19451) +960 # over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (91297) +2736 # over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HelpingWithBugs

Check out the bug statistics: http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~carthik/bugstats/

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