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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #7

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue #7 for the week of July, 15 - 21 2006

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In This Issue

  • Edgy Eft Knot 1 Release
  • The Classroom
  • Ubuntu Magazine Meeting
  • Canonical Commercial Repositories
  • Opera 9 For Ubuntu
  • Hug Day
  • Technical Board Meeting
  • Ubuntu Marketing Team Meeting
  • Lugradio Live 2006

General Community News

Edgy Eft Knot-1 Released

Edgy Eft Knot-1, which will emerge as Ubuntu 6.10 when complete was released on July 20, 2006. Knot-1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Edgy development cycle, as images that are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD-build or installer bugs, while representing very current snapshots of Edgy. You can download it here for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu respectively:

The primary changes from Dapper have been the re-merging of changes from Debian. Common to all variants, we have upgraded the kernel to 2.6.17. In Ubuntu, gnome has been updated to 2.15.4 and GTK+ to 2.10.

Notable Kubuntu changes are listed on

This is quite an early set of images, so you can expect some bugs. Among them are the following (so you don't need to bother reporting these if you encounter them):

  • Installing to LVM volumes is broken and will fail.
  • When shutting down the live CD, the prompt asking you to press enter to confirm that you have removed the CD reads from the wrong terminal. It is at that point safe to press the reset or power button.

If you're interested in following changes, have a look at the edgy-changes mailing list:

The testing area of the Wiki suggests various tests that can be performed on Knot CD releases to try to catch bugs in time to fix them before the final release:

Bug reports should go to Malone:

You can read the full report in its entirety at the following:

The Classroom

The NewUserNetwork announces it's latest project The Classroom. The Classroom will create an educational atmosphere in an IRC channel in the hopes of teaching new users the basics, as well as the advanced tasks involved with using and maintaining their Ubuntu system. Classes will be held in #ubuntu-classroom on the scheduled dates. People interested in instructing can join #ubuntu-nun for further information or check out the New User Network Wiki page. New User Network: The Classroom:

The Ubuntu Magazine Meeting

July 17, 2006 20:00 UTC

The Ubuntu Magazine, a new project of the Ubuntu Marketing Team held a meeting on July 17, 2006. The meeting included topics of a Wiki redesign, project charter, magazine name, as well as some offtopic information concerning future contest possibilities. For more information concerning the meeting, please check out the

Canonical Commercial Repositories

Canonical announced on July 6th, 2006 the creation and implementation of the Commercial Repositories. This is a favorite among many in the community. To enable the repositories, add the following to your /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb dapper-commercial main for more help adding repositories.

Opera 9 for Ubuntu

With the announcement of the new Canonical Commercial Repositories came the news that Opera 9 was the first application available to the Ubuntu Community. For more information regarding this story, please check out the news release at

Hug Day

July 19, 2006

The Ubuntu BugSquad, as well as many other volunteers, worked countless hours committing to bug triage. #ubuntu-bugs on on IRC was the busiest many have seen in a while. People were coming from everywhere to help out knock down the current bug list. When asked about the results of the Hug Day, the following quote was made:

<nixternal> any results from yesterday's 'Hug Day'??? this is for the UWN
<crimsun> "we closed some bugs".

I think he is understating the whole event, but I think that qualifies for a down and dirty interview. When the results become available, they will be posted here in the UWN.

Technical Board Meeting

July 18, 2006 20:00 UTC

Agenda - IRC Log - http//

  • Membership Approvals
    • Master's of the Universe (MOTU)
      • Sarah Hobbs (Hobbsee)
      • Jeremie Corbier (Toadstool)
    • Core Developer
      • Anthony Mercatante (Tonio)
  • Debian Collaboration Team (DCT) was discussed - It is an Ubuntu team aimed at improving collaboration between Ubuntu and Debian by tracking changes in Ubuntu's packages.

Ubuntu Marketing Team Meeting

July 21, 2006 19:00 UTC

  • Spread Ubuntu Design
    • The team went over designs that were committed by various people in the community.
    • One design was chosen, however it was recommended that it be restructured
  • Marketing Wiki page design - Rich Johnson asked for ideas, topics, and content from the community

Lugradio Live 2006

Saturday, July 22, 2006 through Sunday, July 23, 2006

Wolverhampton are you ready? the LUGRadio Live event driven by and for OpenSource is upon us. The following is just SOME of the speakers you can see, or hear:

  • Mark Shuttleworth (sabdfl)
  • Jonathan Riddell (Riddell)
  • Scott James Remnant (Keybuk)
  • Henrik Omma (Heno)

There will be plenty to hear and see, so make sure you check it out.


Security Updates

USN-319-1: Linux kernel vulnerability

USN-313-2: vulnerabilities

USN-319-2: Linux kernel vulnerability

USN-320-1: PHP vulnerabilities


Development Team Meeting

July 20, 2006 15:00 UTC

Agenda - IRC Log - http//

  • Members provided updates on their current tasks
    • Went over Completed tasks as well as the tasks that still need to be finished.
  • Discussion of Knot 2 release/freeze

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

gfxboot-theme-ubuntu 0.1.26

  • Rename identifier for "Install in text mode" from txt_menuitem_install to txt_menuitem_install_text, to avoid clashing with "Install to the hard disk" (closes: Malone #47615)
  • Make "lang" file work with locales that require _CC (pt_BR, zh_CN, zh_TW).


Meeting July 17, 2006

Minutes - IRC Log - http//

  • Kubuntu releases web page
    • CSS templates were tossed around for everyone to look at and decide
  • Kubuntu Artwork Updates
    • Kenneth Wimer (kwwii) provided the current status of Kubuntu art and displayed a possible theme in the works.
  • Firefox & KDE implementation

    • Brandon Holtsclaw (imbrandon) talked about the nsFilePicker.js & a Kubuntu theme for Firefox

  • To-do list, organization, and much more were also discussed
  • Kubuntu Membership Approval
    • Rich Johnson (nixternal)

New Apps In Edgy

More information available at

  • KDE 3.5.3
  • Launchpad Integration
  • K3b 0.12.16



July 19, 2006 20:00 UTC

Agenda - IRC Log - http//

  • The Edubuntu Cookbook has a new name - "Edubuntu Handbook"
  • Edubuntu Documentation
  • Edubuntu School Advocacy


The buzz on the Xubuntu mailing list seems to be about a new logo and artwork. It seems there was some productive discussions that were used to create some of the new logos and artwork they have. I must say they look pretty darn good. If you are interested in checking them out, look at

Bug Stats

Open Bugs: 13,445 Critical Bugs: 22 Unconfirmed Bugs: 7,194 Unassigned Bugs: 8,560

Infamous Bugs

In The Press

Features/Tips Of The Week

Changing the Default Action of your Shutdown Button

Tip provided by Jojoman

This is currently not implamented in the GUI of gnome-power-manager, but will be soon (see [ bug #49214]). The current default option of the shutdown button is to display the "Exit" menu. Some users would just like their computer to shutdown. The following steps show how to set the action of the shutdown button.

  1. Press ALT+F2 (run menu)
  2. Type: gconf-editor

  3. Find the Key: /apps/gnome-power-manager/action_button_power

  4. Change the value to one of these: "suspend", "hibernate", "interactive", "shutdown" or "nothing"

Forward & Back MS Intellimouse Buttons

Tip provided by Steven Harms

Did you know that your "forward" and "back" mouse buttons on Microsoft Intellimice can work in Dapper with the following small changes to your /etc/X11/xorg.conf file? The following changes need to be completed in order for this to work. Remember to restart X when completed:

First step:

cd /etc/X11
sudo gedit xorg.conf

Second step: Use gedit's search and find "Configured Mouse" and replace the section with:

Section "InputDevice"
        Identifier  "Configured Mouse"
        Driver      "mouse"
        Option      "CorePointer"
        Option      "Device" "/dev/input/mice"
        Option      "Protocol" "ExplorerPS/2"
        Option      "ZAxisMapping" "4 5"
        Option      "ButtonMapping" "1 2 3 6 7"

Third step: Save and restart your X server (crtl-alt-backspace)

RSI Prevention - Typing Breaks

Tip provided by John Stowers

Do you know that Ubuntu ships with an included RSI prevention application?. Taking regular breaks from typing helps prevent RSI and other repetitive keyboard use injuries. To enable a typing break reminder perform the following steps;

First step: Open the keyboard preferences application from the "System", "Preferences" menu.

Second step: Select the typing break tab, and place a tick beside "Lock screen to enforce typing break". You may also place a tick beside "Allow postponing of breaks" if you wish to be able to ignore the occasional break reminder.

Third step: A new bar like icon will appear in the notification area. To monitor how long before your next break simply hover the mouse over the new icon.

Application of the Week


Application provided by ["JorgeJuan"]

Unison is an application to synchronize files between machines. It is very efficient because it uses the rsync algorithm and detects it if you rename or move files around. There is a gtk interface as well in unison-gtk, and there is also a MS-Windows version!

I just cannot live without it. I use to have all my important documents in a single folder in my work computer (it is about 800MB). I sync everything with my home computer and laptop whenever I start or stop working. Due to the use of rsync, synchronization takes only a few seconds over a DSL connection and is also very efficient even over a 56k modem line.

rsync alone is very good for synchronizing in one direction (like a backup) but it can be very risky to do two-ways synchronization when you can have files deleted on one side and the other at the same time. Unison takes care of this gracefully and tells you when files have been modified on both sides, so you can select the appropriate version, although this is not a common situation for me. With text files it can also do diffs and merges.

Unison is not officially supported by Ubuntu (it is in Universe). Ubuntu really lacks a synchronization utility (may be there is one I do not know). Unison could be a good choice, although the interface can be improved as well as some behavior, for example: some options can only be set by editing the configuration files and it do not keep partially transferred files or directories, which is very annoying when transferring a new large file or directory for hours and you need to interrupt the process.

All in all, it is a great tool, not in active development, but in active use by the author of the program as stated in its web page.

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