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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 76 for the weeks February 3rd - February 9th, 2008. In this issue we cover...

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In This Issue

General Community News (maybe)

MOTU Release Team election

The MOTU UVF team has a new name, the MOTU Release team. This team deals with all "Freeze Exceptions" after the "Feature Freeze" for the Universe and Multiverse repos. There are five nominees for the available positions and the election polls are now open. You can visit the links to vote for or against the nominees. After the polls close, the team should be up and running in about a week.

A special thanks to all the nominees for there interest in this team.

LoCo News

New in Hardy Heron

Clutch BitTorrent WebUI Packaged


JohnDong of the MOTU-P2P team has packaged Clutch, a web-based BitTorrent client that uses a Transmission engine. Clutch features an attractive and interactive AJAX-powered interface (along with a basic HTML fall-back) that make it a compelling alternative to a traditional BitTorrent client. Unlike the already packaged client TorrentFlux which uses an ancient BitTornado engine, Clutch uses the up-to-date lightweight Transmission engine. For the user, this means faster performance, lower memory and CPU overhead, and support for modern encryption, port mapping, and peer exchange resulting in a more efficient torrent download.

All Hardy testers are invited to give the package a try and give feedback. If you experience any problems or have any suggestions about how to make the installation more automagic, please file a bug here:

Launchpad News

Ubuntu Forums News

In The Press

  • Canonical adds Parallels to Ubuntu partner repository - The Ubuntu Linux distribution now includes the Parallels virtualization software in the partner repository, marking the first time that Ubuntu has offered access to commercial software through the package management system. The popularity of Ubuntu puts the distribution in a position of high visibility with commercial software vendors who want to bring their applications to the Linux platform. Canonical offers the opt-in "partner" repository in Ubuntu to provide users with easy access to proprietary and closed-source software. Parallels will be included as a free trial that can be unlocked and transformed into a full version by purchasing a key through Canonical's store. and (note that keys have to be bought and where)

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Meeting Summaries

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Community Spotlight

Firefox 3 for Gutsy

  • firefox-3.0 - (URL not yet available) - As featured in Hardy Heron's latest alpha, the Beta 3 preview of Firefox 3.0 is now available in the Gutsy Backports repository. It is found under the "firefox-3.0" package name and can be installed side-by-side with the Firefox default with Gutsy. Firefox 3 will import and upgrade your Firefox 2 profile upon first launch but it will not modify your existing profile, so feel free to try it out hassle-free. Keep in mind that Firefox 3 is still a beta, the packaging is still in a transitioning phase, and not everything works perfectly. Please file bugs against this package in gutsy-backports, not in Ubuntu! (EDITORS: I thought this backport was worth mentioning, though I wasn't sure where to put it. Please move around and tweak wording as you find appropriate!)

Updates and Security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

Ubuntu 6.10 Updates

Ubuntu 7.04 Updates

Ubuntu 7.10 Updates

Bug Stats

  • Open (#) +/- # over last week
  • Critical (#) +/- # over last week
  • Unconfirmed (#) +/- # over last week
  • Unassigned (#) +/- # over last week
  • All bugs ever reported (#) +/- # over last week

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

Infamous Bugs

Translation Stats

  1. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  2. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  3. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  4. Language (#) +/- # over last week
  5. Language (#) +/- # over last week

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

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