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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #50 for the week July 21st - July 27th, 2007. In this issue we cover ...

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In This Issue

General Community News

LoCo News

New in Gutsy Gibbon

Launchpad News

In The Press

  • "Canonical launches Web-based systems management for Ubuntu" - Canonical, the company

behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, announced on July 22 at the Ubuntu Live conference in Portland, Ore., the availability of Landscape, its Web-based systems management program for Ubuntu servers and desktops.

  • Ubuntu Targets IT in Coming Year - In the coming months, Canonical LTD plans to focus on its server software for many of its system improvements. Landscape will help IT administrators evaluate and manage the condition of their servers. Improving Ubuntu's performance while running on VMware will also be a focus. Administrators will then be able to run many instances of Ubuntu in a virtual environment on a single server. As always, luring IT professionals with regular and predictable enterprise releases, is a must.

  • Blindness To Perceptions Of Average User Is Real Linux Handicap - After several posts in which he bashes Linux, Alexander Wolfe of Information Week, is at it again. He thinks that Linux supporters are more interested in preaching to the converted that in doing the hard work required to make the open source operating system attractive to Windows users. It's not about which OS is best, it's about what the average consumer is comfortable with. And the historic hostility of the Linux community is another drawback even though the Ubuntu community is doing a good job of keeping this behavior at bay. Because of these points, he believes Linux will remain mired in its single digit desktop market share. Read the whole article including point and counterpoint by clicking on the link.

  • Build a $250 PC That Doesn't Suck - Building a low cost basic computer that will run todays complex operating systems and software has become so hard to do that most are obsolete before they get built. But by picking easy to use off the shelf components, assembling it yourself, and using the right operating system, everyone should be able to have a system for $250 or less. This system would be capable of handling the demands of the average user for a reasonable period of time. All the hardware components were from The operating system picked was Ubuntu because it offered everything needed for the average computer user at no cost. Get more information by clicking on the link.

In The Blogosphere

  • Shuttleworth says: Ubuntu Is Enterprise Friendly - Mark Shuttleworth's keynote at the Ubuntu Live Conference centered on the fact that the Ubuntu server is capable of bringing the same values of its desktop version to the server market -- ease of use, performance and compatibility. With Linux already driving the enterprise market through thin clients and dedicated systems, Ubuntu needs to maintain its ability to preform well as a virtual machine. Canonical will therefore be putting more resources behind Landscape, a web-based systems management client for small to medium businesses. In his conclusion, Shuttleworth called for the Linux community to hold discussions on setting a predictable release schedule for major distributions to ease collaboration among kernel developers and afford better stability and support for software developers working on the platform.

  • Ubuntu Must Play To Its Strengths To Beat Microsoft - Stephen O'grady said in his keynote address at the Ubuntu Live Conference that he wants to help solve Ubuntu's biggest problem: Microsoft. Playing to Ubuntu's strengths is what will help free software to succeed on the desktop. Two of Ubuntu's key strengths are apt-get for ease of package maintenance, and Ubuntu's strong community enviornment. Things MS has ignored to date.

  • Linus Torvalds announces Linux 2.6.23-rc1 - On time and two weeks after 2.6.22 and with a ton of revisions. It includes updates for most all of the architectures, drivers, filesysytems, VM, networking, and ACPI. It also includes the merge of the cfs scheduler, and the UIO driver infrastructure. Find out more by clicking the link below.

Meetings and Events

Tuesday July 31, 2007

Ubuntu Server Team Meeting

Technical Board Meeting

Community Spotlight

Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, and 7.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

Ubuntu 6.10 Updates

Ubuntu 7.04 Updates

Bug Stats

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Translation Stats

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