Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 5
Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 5 for the week of June 25, 2006 - July 1, 2006
You can always find this and other Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issues at: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter
In This Issue
- Edgy release schedule
- Dapper backports is open for business
- Ubuntu marketing team gearing up
- Pictures from UDS Paris (and personal ramblings)
- Artist in Chief appointments
- Weekly development meeting review
- Ubuntu Dapper installfest in Taiwan
- Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CDs arriving
- Bug fixes and security updates
- and much more
General Community News
Edgy Release Schedule
Wondering when The Edgy Eft will be released? No need to keep scratching your head. As expected The Edgy Eft will be released to the world in October of 2006, making it Ubuntu 6.10. The Edgy Eft development cycle is going to be a fast one, with only around four months until it's release. Check out the Edgy release schedule at:
Dapper Backports is Open For Business
The Ubuntu Backports Team is now accepting and processing requests for the dapper-backports repository. This allows for someone to request that a newer version of a package from Edgy be recompiled for use on Dapper. In practice, this allows Dapper to remain reasonably up-to-date while still having a stable base, until the next version of Ubuntu comes out. Backports is geared towards personal desktop users who would like the latest and greatest software (instead of the versions shipped and no longer updated for 6 months) while not wanting the instability associated with development releases.
Backports is managed through Launchpad in the dapper-backports product, allowing close integration with the rest of Ubuntu. To file a backport request, simply open up a bug ticket at:
describing what version and what package you want backported.
When newly backported packages are built and available in the repositories, the Backports team will announce them in the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, just as security updates are announced now.
Ubuntu Marketing Team Gearing Up
The Marketing Team has found new life around its first-ever IRC meeting and has resolved organizational issues. Three projects have been launched and are quickly picking up momentum and they are:
- Ubuntu Magazine
- Media Relations Project
You will be able to read about these projects from their respective wiki pages and more about the meeting in its minutes, all linked from the https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MarketingTeam wikipage.
Pictures From UDS Paris (and personal ramblings)
Were you unable to attend UDS? Never fear, the pictures from the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Paris are here along with some personal accounts of the summit. Check out pictures of all the fun:
The following are some articles written by community members.
Benjamin Mako Hill writes: Ubuntu Developer Summit Paris: New alliances, new horizons - http://trends.newsforge.com/trends/06/06/28/192244.shtml?tid=138&tid=25&tid=3
Paul Sladen writes: Ubuntu Developer Conference - Paris - http://lwn.net/Articles/188905/
Many attendees also blogged about their experience. Here are their stories:
Jonathan Carter: http://jonathancarter.co.za/?p=36
Simon Law (day 0): http://sfllaw.livejournal.com/231994.html
Simon Law (day 1): http://sfllaw.livejournal.com/232408.html
Tollef Fog Heen: http://err.no/personal/blog/
Many of these and more personal accounts can be found at:
There are some additional Kubuntu specific accounts below in the Kubuntu section as well.
Artist in Chief Appointments
Mark Shuttleworth has appointed Frank Schoep (Ubuntu) and Ken Wimer (Kubuntu) to the new positions of "Artists in Chief" for the upcoming Edgy Eft release.
These AICs have the authority to decide the final images selected for:
- login background
- login splash
- desktop wallpaper
as well as a variety of other artwork.
We congratulate Frank and Ken, and look forward to seeing the Edgy artwork. Check out the official announcement at:
Weekly Development Meeting
The weekly Dev Team IRC meetings resumed on Thursday after an off-line one was held last week in Paris.
The developers caught up on the status of the specifications ("specs") that were discussed in Paris. A large number are already drafted and approved, ready to be implemented. Some specs are still in the drafting phase, and these need to be completed and approved by next week's meeting if they are to be included in the tracked development pipeline for Edgy Eft.
Work has started on several implementations and the following specs are already implemented: optimized-live-cd-layout-for-faster-boot, ubuntu-meta-from-bzr, dash-as-bin-sh.
Ubuntu Dapper Installfest In Taiwan
We're pleased to inform you that the Ubuntu Taiwan community is having an Ubuntu installfest and release party in Taipei on July 4, 2006. It will be their first major event since the creation of the community web site one year ago.
They're excited and full of energy! The installfest will take place at Mix Coffee & Tea, a cafe with free wireless access.
If you're a newbie on Ubuntu or an Ubuntu power-user in Taiwan, bring your laptop with you and join 93 others who have signed up for the fun!
The event is co-hosted by TOSSUG, the Taipei Open Source Software User Group, which provides local support and organised the venue and sponsors. OSSF provides the required server, network and staff on the spot.
For more information, please go to:
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS CDs Arriving
Ubuntu users have started to receive their Ubuntu 6.0.6 LTS CDs in the mail. They come with stickers too! Take a look:
Security vulnerabilities found in the following packages have been fixed in all affected Ubuntu releases:
KDE 3.5.3 Enters Edgy
KDE 3.5.3 has started to enter Edgy. Initial versions of the Qt package were binary incompatible so make sure you've upgraded to the fixed Qt 3 3.3.6-2ubuntu2 and associated KDE versions.
Qt 4 was also updated to include all the safe patches from KDE's qt-copy.
There are still many KDE packages yet to be updated or merged, if you want to help sign yourself up to packages on
and ping Riddell on IRC to coordinate.
Kubuntu Developer Interviewed on Podcast
UbuntuOS launched their new extended Podcast with an interview with Kubuntu developer Jonathan Riddell talking about the plans for Kubuntu Edgy. The interview starts 1 hour 10 minutes in.
Several Kubuntu and KDE developers were at the Ubuntu Developers Summit in Paris. A number of specifications were approved and more are being reviewed for approval. If you are interested in helping with more than packaging and bug fixing in Kubuntu take a look at some of the specs and see which you can help with.
Some of the KDE developers blogged about their experiences:
Feature Of The Week - gLabels
gLabels is a business card & label design program. If you've ever fiddled around in a spreadsheet or a graphics application trying to get labels or cards to exactly match a pre-cut sheet, you know how time-consuming & irritating it can be. gLabels has you covered - it's got hundreds of templates included, sorted mostly by Avery's product numbers, which even non-Avery products often refer to.
To install gLabels in Ubuntu: Applications->Add/Remove... then simply search for "glabel", or look for it under the Office category. gLabels is in the Universe repository, so you'll need to have the "Show unsupported applications" box checked in Add/Remove Applications.
You can do basic drawing & text work directly in gLabels, and import existing images for your labels or cards. gLabels can also do barcodes, should you need those, and it can merge existing data from a variety of other sources - useful for the semi-automated production of mailing address labels, for example.
If the massive list of included templates still doesn't have what you need, gLabels has a very nice template-making wizard included so you can create your own templates very easily. One drawback is that there's no easy way to edit existing templates, although if you're feeling adventurous they're all fairly simple XML files that could be hand-edited in your favorite text editor.
Submitted by Brian Burger (Madpilot)
Additional News Resources
As always you can find more news and announcements at:
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