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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

Last week saw the release of Launchpad 1.1.7 with a raft of new features, including some of particular interest to the Ubuntu community:

  • Frequently Asked Questions in the Answer Tracker: answer contacts can now mark frequently asked questions and create a canonical answer that is available to anyone using the Answer Tracker. (See the quick-start guide:

  • Teams can now set their default language: teams can become an answer contact for a specific language.
  • Larger font size: visit and you’ll see that we’ve increased the size of the text used on the site, making it easier to read Launchpad’s default text size.

With the release 1.1.7, a major new feature entered beta testing. Personal Package Archives (PPA) allow you to build and publish binary packages for multiple architectures simply by uploading a source package to Launchpad. Each PPA beta tester gets:

  • An APT repository of up to 1 gigabyte for material licensed with an [WWW] OSI-approved licence.
  • Binaries built for x86 and AMD64 architectures.

To join the PPA beta, see the PPA quick-start guide:

As ever, the Launchpad team would love to hear from you. Join them and other Launchpad users on the launchpad-users mailing list:

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.

  • Ubuntu Preparing Managed Services, Small Business Server for VARs - Ubuntu's parent company, Canonical, is preparing a managed service platform that will allow VARs and solution providers to remotely manage Ubuntu based small business servers. This service will be a standard way for solution providers and system integrators to easily manage and support servers either locally or remotely. The exact time frame for the release of this service platform is unknown, but should be sometime within the next year.

  • 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.

  • Ubuntu Live needs a more commercial focus - Robin 'Roblimo' Miller writes that while the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland was a decent first effort, it was no where near as polished as Red Hat's annual meetings. As a result, it left him with a somewhat scattered feeling. He believes that in order for Ubuntu to survive, it is going to have to concentrate more on commercial and income building relationships, similar to what Red Hat has done. You can also watch a Flash Video of Canonical's Marketing Manager Gerry Carr giving his take on the 1st Ubuntu Live Conference.

  • Ubuntu 7.04 - Windows isn't going away anytime soon, but Ubuntu 7.04 is a refreshing Linux-based alternative to Vista. With Vista off to a slow start, and the facts that it is slow, annoying, and downright confusing. Ubuntu may be the alternative you're looking for. Is Ubuntu the right step for you? Mike Spitalieri of Laptop Magazine, answers this question and many more in his informative look at the Ubuntu Operating System.

  • The Next Great Battle - For years, Linux has been either a server platform, or the desktop of the ultra geek. The message from Portland is that Linux as a consumer product IS the next great battle. The perception of Linux being too difficult may change now that vendors are concentrating their efforts on making their products more user friendly. Ubuntu has lead the way in this area and is winning fans with it's easier Linux approach which includes the ability to boot the live CD without having to install anything. Ubuntu is also developing a new application that will be aimed at Windows users. It will allow them to launch a Ubuntu desktop over top of their Windows desktop.

  • It's all about community at Ubuntu Live - If you weren't at the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland, Oregon, then this article is a must read. Joe Brockmeier of covers the hotter Keynotes, How to run Ubuntu on laptops, Tutorials, and the Ubuntu Community. One of the more interesting items in this article however is the one on the future of processors. James Reinder of Intel talks about multi core processors and why they are becoming more and more necessary in todays computing world. The three determining factors are: power, the memory wall, and the Instruction Level Parallelism or ILP wall. While todays processors are dual or quad core chips containing identical cores, the future will have CPU's with multiple cores where some of the cores are smaller and could be used for different functions.

  • What Do We Really Want From Linux? - Serdar Yegulalp of Information Week says his position on Linux is much different than his fellow journalist Alexander Wolfe. He feels that the large number of distributions of Linux is not a bad thing, but can make it hard to pick which one is right for you. Having a version of Linux that the everyday user can feel comfortable with needs to be a goal, but remaking Linux distributions as a whole is not the way to go about it.

  • Ten commandments for Ubuntu - As a keynote speaker at Ubuntu Live, Matt Asay spoke about changing the way we present the Ubuntu Operating System. Instead of getting into debates about the basic differences in operating systems, we need to talk more about the operating experience. Change was the basic concept, and you can see his ideas in the screen shots and slide show in the link below.

  • Dell to expand Linux PC offerings - Mark Shuttleworth, who created a version of Linux software named Ubuntu, said Dell is happy with the demand it has seen for Linux PCs that were introduced in May. -

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.

  • What's New on Ubuntu 7.10 - At the Ubuntu Live Conference in Portland, Matt Zimmerman of Canonical gave the attendees a look at what is coming in Ubuntu's 7.10 Gusty Gibbon. Desktop features include 3D desktop right out of the box and multiple monitor configuration. If you are a laptop user, power profiling features are planned. On the server side of Gutsy, turn-key Web-based administration via the new Landscape management tool and a proactive security tool-set named AppArmor.

  • New Linux computer has 1,024 Dual-Core Processors and 4000 GB of RAM - NASA's new SGI Altix system is expected to be installed in August at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at the Ames Research Center. The new system will be the first supercomputer to operate 2,048 processor cores and 4TB of memory under a single copy of Linux(R) -- creating the largest Linux single system image (SSI) in the world. -

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

  • Open (30965) +361 # over last week
  • Critical (20) -3 # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (15517) +335 # over last week
  • Unassigned (23197) +298 # over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (111507) +1077 # over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats

  1. Spanish (24741) -1177 # over last week
  2. French (38767) 0 # over last week
  3. Swedish (54407) -85 # over last week
  4. English-UK (60210) 0 # over last week
  5. German (63046) -61 # over last week

Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon", see more at:

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