Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 237
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 237 for the week October 10 - 16, 2011.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) released!!
- Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week: October 17-21, 2011
- Ubuntu ServerGuide community review 100%
- Getting involved with Ubuntu Development – how easy is it really?
- Keeping The Feedback Train Rolling
- Precise open for development
- Welcoming the new Community Council
- Ubuntu Stats
- How to set up a LoCo Check List
- Looking for some LoCo Team Portal Developers
- Ubuntu Release Parties
- Launchpad News
- Accessibility Blog: Oneiric Ocelot
- Canonical Design Team: So you’ve decided to make an Ubuntu promotional video
- Jorge Castro: Let's make it personal.
- Jono Bacon: Weekly Canonical Community Team Meetings Now On IRC
- Daniel Holbach: Meeting your Ubuntu friends elsewhere
- In The Press
- In The Blogosphere
- In Other News
- Ubuntu UK Podcast - Chains of Misery
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Sneak Peek
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
- and much more
General Community News
Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) released!!
Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager at Canonical announced, "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce Ubuntu 11.10, code-named "Oneiric Ocelot". 11.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution."
In addition to Ubuntu 11.10 being released the following new releases of derivative distributions are also available: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Lubuntu!
Ubuntu 11.10 is also now available on two new ARM community-supported
ports--AC100 (Toshiba Tegra 2 Netbook) and MX5 (Freescale i.MX53 QuickStart)
To find out how you can download Ubuntu 11.10 and any of the supported derivative distributions see this annoucement.
Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week: October 17-21, 2011
Ubuntu Open Week is a week of IRC tuition and Q+A sessions all about getting involved in the rock-and-roll world that is the Ubuntu community. We organise this week for the beginning of a new release cycle to help new contributors get involved.
Ubuntu Open Week will take place on October 17-21, 2011 from 1400 UTC to 1800 UTC in the #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat IRC Channels on irc.freenode.net.
Check out the link below to find out more information on the sessions, session leaders, and how you can participate in this exciting week.
Ubuntu ServerGuide community review 100%
Ahmed Kamal of the Canonical Community Team announces community review of the Ubuntu Server Guide is now complete. In this announcement he thanks the reviewers and gives links to the not only the server guide but to the collaboration effort itself.
Getting involved with Ubuntu Development - how easy is it really?
Daniel Holbach of the Canonical Community Team wants to know how well the Ubuntu development documentation is known and working. He sends out a survey to see how much is know and where it can be improved.
Keeping The Feedback Train Rolling
Jono Bacon, Ubuntu Community Manger thanks all Ubuntu members who have responded to the survey. He also thanks those who have emailed him directly. Bacon continues to encourage more feedback from the community and writes, "I am looking forward to presenting this feedback soon and working with our community leaders to help drive some solutions forward to ensure our community remains as fun, inspiring and productive as possible."
Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
Daniel Holbach, Canonical Community Team, post the last of the Ubuntu 11.10 updates as this latest release rolls out the door. In this update he gives links to two site that do a great job explaining and visualising what's new iin Ubuntu 11.10. Holback discusses events which include summaries of the release parties and links to the upcoming Ubuntu Open Week. Holbach reminds people of the development survey and celebrates everyone's contributions. To see a visualization of those who contributed he also adds a collage he created. Also in this update is how to get involved, where you to find something to work on and how to contact Ubuntu developers to get your questions answered.
Precise open for development
Matthias Klose, software engineer at Canonical announced on Friday, Oct 13, 2011, "Precise is now open for development, with syncs from testing starting shortly. The development version starts with an updated GCC (4.6.x, Linaro 2011-10) and binutils (2.22 branch), gnat-4.6 as the default gnat, python2.6 dropped from the list of supported python 2.x versions,merged dpkg, debhelper and cdbs, the swig version updated from 1.3 to 2.0, jpeg8 as the default jpeg version.
In preparation for the LTS, syncs will run from the Debian testing distribution.
If you require a sync request from unstable, please file a sync request (or sync on your own)."
The full announcement can be found at the link below.
Welcoming the new Community Council
Mark Shuttleworth says, "Congratulations to those elected to the 2011-2013 CC, and thanks both to those who were willing to serve and all of those who participated in the poll. We'll use the results of the poll should we need to fill in for any members who cannot for any reason complete their two year term."
- Open (90320) +673 over last week
- Critical (122) -14 over last week
- Unconfirmed (47347) +575 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Translation Stats Oneiric
- Spanish (9117) -83 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (45674) -46 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (45984) 0 over last week
- French (70420) -47 over last week
- German (74148) -27 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations
Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week
Ubuntu Brainstorm is a community site geared toward letting you add your ideas for Ubuntu. You can submit your own idea, or vote for or against another idea. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
How to set up a LoCo Check List
Laura Czajkowski, on behalf of the LoCo Council post how those wishing to set up al LoTeam in their area can do so. Czajkowski reviews naming conventions, and setting up the various team resources. She also notes that if you need help to contact the LoCo Council for help.
Human Leaves Ubuntu
Randall Ross shares a resignation letter from a member of his LoCo community who and puts a call out to the wider Ubuntu community to figure out how this user could have been helped more and perhaps stayed involved.
Looking for some LoCo Team Portal Developers
Jorge Castro describes the community benefits of the LoCo team portal. Castro also puts out a call to the community for more developers for the Python and django based LoCo Team Portal.
Ubuntu Release Parties
Welcome to BerliOS projects
Matthew Revell writes, "It's sad to read that BerliOS will close in December, after nearly twelve years of serving open source projects. One fewer project hosting site means that the open source world is that bit poorer."
While he notes that this is sad for the open source world he adds that those how have been will be looking for a new place to host the projects chould they consider Launchpad, then the launchpad team is there to help them with their transition.
Accessibility Blog: Oneiric Ocelot
The Accessibility team discusses the major changes made to the release with the new default of 2D for accessibility profiles. The post discusses usage of the screen reader, keyboard navigation, the on-screen keyboard, Compiz zoom functionality, the accessibility settings dialog and some outstanding bugs. The post wraps up with an overview from the personas that they've developed for testing and an onward look to 12.04.
Laura Czajkowski: Encouraging Membership
Laura Czajkowski, of the Ubuntu LoCo Council, writes about encouraging more Ubuntu contributors to seek Ubuntu Membership. In this post Czajkowski discusses some of the best practices for existing Ubuntu Members to encourage those around them to apply for Ubuntu Membership.
Canonical Design Team: So you've decided to make an Ubuntu promotional video
The Canonical Design Team has put out a new promotional video for the 11.10 release using all open source tools (and font!). In this video the Design Team shares the tools they used to create the video in an effort to encourage others to create similar promotional videos. They're also asking the community to help translate their video into as many languages as possible.
Martin Owens: Making Sure Ubuntu Works with Hardware
Martin Owens shares his thoughts on the new Ubuntu Friendly program, projects he's seen which were similar, and offers some suggestions to improve the overall usefulness of the program.
Jorge Castro: Let's make it personal.
Jorge tosses out some "food for thought" with the idea of making Ubuntu profiles which are more personal and interesting by adding more visual style to them rather than relying upon the straight facts and text you encounter on launchpad profiles.
Ubuntu Women Month of Making: Vote now!
The Ubuntu Women project collected 6 submissions to their Month of Making showcase and are now ready to give out prizes! This post describes and links to all the submissions and provides a poll where community members can vote for their favorite.
Jono Bacon: Weekly Canonical Community Team Meetings Now On IRC
Jono Bacon says, "...from next week we will be doing exactly this. From next week, our meetings will take place on #ubuntu-meeting every Tuesday at 3pm UTC. I have added the weekly meeting to the Fridge Calendar."
He also adds, "To be completely clear, this IRC meeting will be in the same form as the meetings we have been doing each week -- it is not intended to replace the Community Council, Technical Board or other meetings -- it is just a means for the team to sync up, but with the added value of the wider community being welcome to watch the session and feel free to chime in and contribute."
Daniel Holbach: Meeting your Ubuntu friends elsewhere
Daniel Holbach set up https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Social to make it easier to spot what social media outlets the Ubuntu Community is using. He also welcomes teams and projects to add to the page.
In The Press
Ubuntu 11.10 launch interview- Unity is here to stay
Gareth Halfacree of Linux User talks to Canonical's Gerry Carr about Ubuntu 11.10 'Oneric Ocelot'.
Dreamy Ubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot, slinks into view
Ryan Paul of Ars Technica reviews Uuntu 11.10. In this post Paul writes,
"The developers behind the popular Linux distribution released version 11.10, codenamed Oneiric Ocelot. The update brings a wide range of improvements, including some much-needed enhancements to Ubuntu's Unity shell."
In The Blogosphere
The New Ubuntu
Visual Tour of Ubuntu 11.10 brought to you by OMG!Ubuntu!.
The Ubuntu Online Tour
Try out the new Ubuntu 11.10 desktop in this online tour.
Try Ubuntu Cloud Guest
Try the latest Ubuntu Cloud Guest images for free,
Canonical will pay for you to use Ubuntu Cloud Guest in the cloud for an hour. We will take care of the registration (we need your email), set up and even provide some pre-configured applications to choose from. We really want you to see for yourself.
Ubuntu Friendly - What It Is and How You Can Help
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! encourages Ubuntu User to try the new Ubuntu Friendly Program. Sneddon writes, "Ubuntu 11.10 users are being encouraged to take part in 'Ubuntu Friendly' - a community-drive database of desktops, laptops and netbooks that work well with Ubuntu."
Preparing for UDS P
Brendan Donegan discusses how he is preparring for UDS-P and the two sessions he will be leading. Those session include: Improving automated certification testing of Kernel SRUs and Image creation and publishing for kernel SRU testing. Want to know more about these session then check out Donegan full post.
Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day!
Ahmed Shams of the Egyptian LoCo Team announces UCADay, or Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day. Shams describes the day as, "a special day for Ubuntu Community to thank each other for using or participating to it." Mark your calendar for November 20th and think about who in the community you want to show your appreciation for and like Shams says, "don't forget to Thank yourself."
In Other News
Ubuntu UK Podcast
S04E17 - Chains of Misery - Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are back together in Studio A for episode 17 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
In this week's show:
- We chat about etherwake, vi, wedding photography in New York, netbooks, pop-up books, and backups.
- We discuss what's new in soon-to-be-released Oneiric Ocelot (aka Ubuntu 11.10).
- We confabulate about how to keep the Ubuntu community, and its leaders, engaged. We mention Amber Graner's new Ubuntu Leadership Team - take a look.
- About Ubuntu
- Not about Ubuntu
- We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve from Andrew McCarthy via twitter:
- Your feedback, including a corker of a missive from the Wing Commander.
OGG High - http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/downloa...04e17_high.ogg
OGG Low - http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/downloa...s04e17_low.ogg
MP3 High - http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/downloa...04e17_high.mp3
MP3 Low - http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/downloa...s04e17_low.mp3
For more information go to: http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at fridge.ubuntu.com: http://fridge.ubuntu.com/calendars/
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2012
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
End of Life - October 2012
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2013
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