Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 262
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 262 for the week April 16 - 22, 2012.
In This Issue
- Code of Conduct Update
- Developer Advisory Team Report 12.04: Feedback from new contributors
- Welcome New Members
- Ubuntu Stats
- "Best of Jam": We Have a Winner!
- 12.04 Presentation for Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG) and upcoming SF Release Party
- Pangolin Release parties - we have 2 - any more?
- Launchpad News
- Ubuntu Cloud News
- Looking towards Xubuntu Q
- New Lubuntu icon theme
- Ubuntu 12.04 is for App Developers
- Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for March 2012
- The Importance Of Application Developers To Ubuntu
- Kubuntu: Moving Forward
- The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Needs You
- Ubuntu wants to be your cloud and data-center Linux
- Is Canonical in ISV trouble?
- Ubuntu nominated in top 5 Linux distros
- In The Blogosphere
- Ubuntu 12.04 LTS certified on HP ProLiant servers: computing for the hyperscale era
- Speakers confirmed for the Ubuntu Cloud Summit
- Other Articles of Interest
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security
- And much more!
General Community News
Code of Conduct Update
The Ubuntu Community Council has been working on a draft for version 2.0 of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct and has put out a call to the community for review and feedback. Feedback will be published on a wiki for public review, and discussion about it will take place at the public Community Council meeting in #ubuntu-meeting on May 3rd.
Developer Advisory Team Report 12.04: Feedback from new contributors
The Ubuntu Developer Advisory Team reached out to many new developers this development cycle and, as a part of that, "solicited feedback about our development process." They have now published a report available in PDF or text and hope "that it will help drive further discussion about our development processes, tools, and documentation in the lead up to UDS and over the course of the next cycle."
Welcome New Members
Results for the Americas Regional Membership Board Meeting April 19, 2012:
- Open (92925) - 38 over last week
- Critical (82) - 1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (47581) - 440 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
- English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
- Spanish (7938) -187 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (23143) +/- 0 over last week
- Bosnian (36057) -700 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (42235) +/- 0 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/
"Best of Jam": We Have a Winner!
Randall Ross shares the winning photograph from his "Best of Jam" photo contest.
12.04 Presentation for Bay Area Linux Users Group (BALUG) and upcoming SF Release Party
Elizabeth Krumbach gives a summary of the Bay Area Linux Users Group presentation on the upcoming 12.04 release with Grant Bowman, including a link to a 12.04 handout printed up for the event. Krumbach goes on to announce the upcoming release party for 12.04 in San Francisco on Thursday, April 26th at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company.
Pangolin Release parties - we have 2 - any more?
Maia Grotepass shares details for the two upcoming Ubuntu release parties in South Africa.
A tale of two travesties
Following some unintentional regressions impacting the browser, Curtis Hovey details his attempts to find an easy and reliable way to develop and test Launchpad with Internet Explorer, used by 4% of Launchpad's users. Given the details of his tests thus far, Hovey asks the community for feedback to help him improve them further.
Setting up commercial projects quickly
Curtis Hovey shares some changes in Launchpad that now make setting up commercial projects easier, including enabling of a short term (30 day) free commercial subscription, and details of some of the private tools available.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju constraints unbinds your machines
Clint Byrum discusses juju's new "constraints" feature and gives examples.
Jonathan Carter: iPads in Education and the Road Ahead for Edubuntu
Jonathan Carter talks about a new trend of educators using iPads as a means of helping students. He raises a concern as to whether such technology actually helps or hinders student success, and examines a common viewpoint from teachers that they are "magical devices that will do a lot of the teaching for them." Jonathan considers how Edubuntu could be made even better for schools, and discusses how it's time for an official Edubuntu device where teachers would be able to "choose which software, ebooks, courseware and other tools are installed on which device."
Pasi Lallinaho: Looking towards Xubuntu Q
Pasi Lallinaho writes that with Precise nearly out the door, the Xubuntu team have started looking ahead to the quickly-approaching Q cycle. The team hopes to focus on some key areas of improvement within the Xubuntu project, including a redefined community, improved communication, a boost in devotion, and better planning. The four-year-old Strategy Document also is in need of a revamp, including an updated mission statement and a focus on clarity.
Lubuntu Blog: New Lubuntu icon theme
The Lubuntu team is showing off a sleek new icon theme that will soon land in Lubuntu. The icons are released under the GPL license and will work in other desktop environments, like Unity and Gnome Shell, as well.
Michael Hall: Ubuntu 12.04 is for App Developers
Michael Hall tells how Ubuntu 12.04 is catering to App Developers to make creating and distributing their applications as simple as possible. He talks about the developer portal, and how it can not only help developers get started writing their applications, but can also make packaging and distributing them a piece of cake. The goal is for Ubuntu 12.04 to be "a rich platform for app developers to target," where the Ubuntu Software Center has "the means of delivering those apps directly to over 12 million users worldwide." As you would expect with the communal spirit of the project, the community of app developers is a great place to communicate with, and gain helpful tips from, other developers, and will hopefully continue to grow through this LTS release and beyond.
Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for March 2012
The top 10 applications downloaded from the Ubuntu Software Center, both commercial and free, have been announced from the month of March. Games like Steel Storm: Burning Retribution, Uplink, and Oil Rush take the top spots for paid apps, while Ryzom, a MMORPG, takes top place for free applications. Digital magazines like Ubuntu User and Linux Format are perhaps the most interesting items, given their new inclusion in the software center.
Jono Bacon: The Importance Of Application Developers To Ubuntu
Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon points out the differences between the developer community and the other communities associated with Ubuntu. He highlights the importance of this community and discusses ways of growing it.
David Wonderly: Kubuntu: Moving Forward
David Wonderly of Kubuntu gives a summary of recent changes to the Kubuntu project, and discusses current concerns about use of the Kubuntu trademark with the move of Kubuntu's sponsorship from Canonical to Blue Systems.
Elizabeth Krumbach: The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Needs You
Elizabeth Krumbach of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team gives an update on progress the news team has made since her last update in August and puts out another call to the community for summary writers and editors.
Jorge Castro: The Eiffel Tower is in London. EDIT: I mean Paris. EDIT: Improving User Support
On the topic of user support, Jorge Castro explains that "one of best things you can do to improve the quality of the site is to get information out of the user." Castro goes on to say that while this is hard, one way to do this is by showing the person how to get the information they need and goes on to explain how to use the AskUbuntu mechanism for improving questions.
In The Press
Ubuntu wants to be your cloud and data-center Linux
ZDNet correspondent Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols takes a look at the latest offering from Canonical called AWESOME (Any Web Service Over Me) that makes it easy to deploy hybrid cloud workloads across both Amazon and Openstack clouds in the attempt to become your cloud solution of choice.
Is Canonical in ISV trouble?
ITWorld takes a deeper look at the recent blog post by Ubuntu Community Manager, Jono Bacon, calling on the creation and development of the developer community in Ubuntu contrasting it to the seeming lack of development from Canonical with regards to the Linux kernel and Gnome etc.
Ubuntu nominated in top 5 Linux distros
In a recent Life Hacker vote on the top Linux distros in regards to ease-of-use, support, functionality, compatibility, and general mix of features Ubuntu was one of the distros chosen in the top 5.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu-Friendly HP Cloud Enters Public Beta
Christopher Tozzi, of the VAR Guy, points out that when HP launches its Cloud platform in May, supported versions of Ubuntu will include Ubuntu 10.04 through Ubuntu 11.10. Also included will be Debian Squeeze and CentOS Versions 6.2 and 5.6. Tozzi also says, "HP promises "to add support for more operating systems as our public cloud offering evolves.""
Tozzi also adds, "More importantly, Ubuntu is the only distribution in the lineup with direct commercial backing, since Debian and CentOS are community projects with arguably less appeal to customers seeking paid support offerings."
Ubuntu in The Wild: Huffington Post
OMG! Ubuntu! highlights another spotting of Ubuntu in the wild, this time from The Huffington Post. In a recent feature of the 'Ten Best Jobs in the US,' the image used is of a girl using Ubuntu on a multi-monitor setup to illustrate the role of a Computer Systems Engineer.
Sizing Up Canonical's Ubuntu One Service
Christopher Tozzi, of the VAR Guy reviews Ubuntu One and compares it to the other file-syncing and streaming services. In this article Tozzi looks at what differentiates Ubuntu One from its competitors.
Ubuntu 12.04 Merchandise Goes on Sale
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! showcases the new merchandise centered around the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04 LTS which is now available in the Ubuntu Shop. New and updated products include a branded flash drive with the 12.04 live installer, stylish new bags, and the official t-shirt for the cycle with the Precise Pangolin design on the front.
Ubuntu Powers Small-Business Desktops in Marseille
After sighting Ubuntu being used in an hotel in Marseille, France earlier in the year Christopher Tozzi, the VAR Guy, takes a look at several reasons why he believes Ubuntu is a viable solution for small business.
Ubuntu, Back Track Linux Appear On Indian TV Serial CID
Appearing in an Indian crime thriller, CID, Ubuntu has makes an appearance in a this local Indian serial TV show. Complete with "computer experts" and "hackers" it looks like Ubuntu is being spotted in "prime time" around the globe. The post includes screenshots of the sightings and descriptions around what takes place in each scene.
OpenStack in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS
Robbie Williamson, Director of Ubuntu Server Engineering at Canonical writes on his blog, "With the release of Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS quickly approaching, the Ubuntu Server Team has been working extremely hard on ensuring OpenStack Essex will be of high quality and tightly integrated into Ubuntu Cloud."
Williamson also introduces the Ubuntu Cloud Achieve and takes time to answer various questions, discusses backports, their plan for ensuring stability and quality, and looks to the future of OpenStack support and maintenance in 14.04.
In Other News
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS certified on HP ProLiant servers: computing for the hyperscale era
In a 19 April press release Canonical announced, "the imminent certification and support of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, a leading Linux-based server operating system, on select HP ProLiant servers. Ubuntu drivers and management software delivered by HP will be included as part of HP ProLiant hardware warranty support. This will include the latest HP ProLiant Generation 8 (Gen8) servers." On the same day as the press release Mark Baker wrote on the Canonical blog what that really means, and why Canonical is excited about this certification.
Baker concludes his post, "The resulting announcement of support for Ubuntu on ProLiant (alongside other Linux platforms) is a signal to organisations of all kinds that the IT landscape is changing."
Speakers confirmed for the Ubuntu Cloud Summit
In a Canonical blog post, Cezzaine Haigh, has confirmed the speakers for the first Ubuntu Cloud Summit to be held on 8 May 2012 at the same venue with the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) and includes:
- Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu
- Kyle MacDonald, Director of Cloud, Canonical
- Stephen O'Grady, Principal Analyst & Co-founder, RedMonk
- John Purrier, Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure, HP
- Randy Bias, CTO, CloudScaling
- Patrick Chanezon, Senior Director of Developer Relations, VMware
- Robbie Williamson, Director of Ubuntu Server Engineering, Canonical
For those who want to participate in the Ubuntu Cloud Summit, registration is still open and details can be found at:
Other Articles of Interest
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors 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, 11.04 and 11.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
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