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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 268


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 268 for the week May 28 - June 3, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • New Membership Board Members
    • Humble Indie Bundle 5 comes to the Ubuntu Software Centre
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Bug Linking Part 1
    • A story of a clinic
    • Ubuntu Forums Monthly Report - May 2012
    • David Wonderly: Kubuntu Community Update
    • Victor Tuson Palau: [A JuJu Adventure] Splitting my charm out
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Web Gallery: Django Developers Needed and Ask Ubuntu Documentation Needed
    • Eric Hammond: Installing AWS Command Line Tools Using Ubuntu Packages
    • Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for May 2012
    • Lubuntu Blog: LXScreenshot & LXFind
    • Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Vancouver Simplifies Your Life...Again
    • Kubuntu: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8.3 Updates
    • Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed
    • Dell: ARM Servers Promote Ubuntu, Hadoop Partnerships
    • Ubuntu's HUD: Heuristic Universal Discovery
    • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Review
    • Linux4Afrika Training
    • Mark Shuttleworth Opens UbuCon Latin America [video]
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    New Membership Board Members

    The Ubuntu Regional Membership Boards were recently merged into time-based boards and restaffing was done to replace board members whose membership has recently expired.

    The following members have been added:

    12:00 Membership Board:



    22:00 Membership Board:



    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ay/001567.html

    Humble Indie Bundle 5 comes to the Ubuntu Software Centre

    Canonical partners with Humble Indie Bundle to bring their newest games collection to the Ubuntu Software Center. Users pay what they want for games and part of proceeds go to the charity. Canonical committed to contribute $100 for every "Humble Indie Bundle 5 game page on the Ubuntu App Directory that receives 5,000 Facebook likes."

    http://blog.canonical.com/2012/05/31...ftware-centre/

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (94900) -90 over last week
    • Critical (69) -1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48455) +125 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 Precise

    • English (Australia) (1771) -326 over last week
    • Spanish (11437) -18 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (21391) -9 over last week
    • Bosnian (37418) +3 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (46986) -121 over last week


    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations

    Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 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

    Launchpad News

    Bug Linking Part 1

    Curtis Hovey of the Launchpad team discusses the current state of bug linking and writes "Launchpad has always recognized that a bug can affect many project and packages." He notes problems which occur when considering bugs: bug fixing problems - one bug affects a lot of projects but linkage is the issue; bug visibility problems - public/private; duplicate problems. Due to these issues, "Launchpad team is planning a new feature that will allow someone to link bugs to each other and describe their relationship. The general idea is that person can say one bug depends of the fix of another."

    http://blog.launchpad.net/general/bug-linking-part-1

    A story of a clinic

    Graham Binns shares his experience with the Launchpad clinic session which was held at UDS-Q. The Launchpad clinic sessions are there for discussing improving work at Launchpad, lessons learned, and lessons that are yet to be learned. He describes the first day of the clinic as busy and got "a bit fuzzy, because I was always answering someone's question or being root on an EC2 instance for someone else. When Laura told us that our time was up I was, I have to confess, somewhat surprised." In all Binns reports that the event was "massively positive" and "a genuine development community out there for Launchpad, and people really are keen to make changes."

    http://blog.launchpad.net/general/a-story-of-a-clinic

    Ubuntu Forums News

    Ubuntu Forums Monthly Report - May 2012

    In this report, s.fox shares details about the new HTML theme for Forums, the removal of Google analytics, the effort to move tutorials to a wiki, successful applicants for Ubuntu membership, her involvement in Jono Bacon's accomplishment system, the next Forum Council meeting and more.

    http://serial-coder.co.uk/blog/2012/...port-may-2012/

    The Planet

    David Wonderly: Kubuntu Community Update

    David Wonderly gave a brief review on what is new in the Kubuntu world. Key points include:

    • Meeting with Canonical
    • Canonical's sponsorship
    • Blue Systems company role
    • Kubuntu's non profit foundation
    • Kubuntu Active (KDE Plasma Active)


    http://www.wonderly.com/?p=160

    Victor Tuson Palau: [A JuJu Adventure] Splitting my charm out

    Victor Palau shares his work on WordPress blog configuration (plug-ins and theme) with juju. Also, he shares his work with already-existing WordPress plug-ins from the charm store.

    http://victorpalau.net/2012/05/29/a-...-my-charm-out/

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Web Gallery: Django Developers Needed and Ask Ubuntu Documentation Needed

    Jono Bacon puts out a call for volunteers for two sections of his Ubuntu Accomplishments project. First, he wants to bring Ubuntu Accomplishments to the web, saying that the "idea is that a user can voluntarily show their accomplishments online. When this is enabled you can browse all of their accomplishments on one page." Therefore he calls Django developers to involve with project and help out. Secondly, he has a plan to "get Ask Ubuntu accomplishments into the 0.2. version of Ubuntu Accomplishments which release is planned for the next week." Due to that, he calls for help with the documentation. Jono stated: "While we have all the Ask Ubuntu accomplishments working and all the tests written, we still need help to get the documentation written for all the badges."

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/05/28/...elopers-needed

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/05/31/...-documentation

    Eric Hammond: Installing AWS Command Line Tools Using Ubuntu Packages

    Eric Hammond gives instructions how to install AWS command line tools namely, EC2 API and AMI tools, IAM - Identity and access management, RDS - relational database service, Cloud formation (only on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise), ELB - Elastic load balancer (only on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise).

    http://alestic.com/2012/05/aws-command-line-packages

    Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for May 2012

    Barneedhar (Dino Joker) reports that May has been a very active month for the Ask Ubuntu team and announces that they have reached 50,000 questions. He shares some of the "hottest questions" asked in May:

    • How to understand the Ubuntu file system layout?
    • How do I add DNS server via resolv.conf ?
    • Promoting an app in the Ubuntu software center through a ratings and reviews API
    • Is Seagate's new FAST factor boot technology compatibile with Ubuntu


    He goes on to discuss Ask Ubuntu integration with the rest of the community, saying that there are some plans and preliminary actions in that direction, including an IRC bot setup that posts links to the questions that have specific tags, currently #ubuntu-community-team, #juju and and #application-development.

    http://unbrokenspectrum.wordpress.co...or-may-2012-2/

    Lubuntu Blog: LXScreenshot & LXFind

    The Lubuntu team shares some new additions to Lubuntu's application lineup: LXScreenshot and LXFind, which are available for testers from a PPA.

    http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2012...ot-lxfind.html

    Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Vancouver Simplifies Your Life...Again

    Charlene Tessier shares that the Vancouver team, in conjunction with the BCIT Technical Writing Program, has updated the "Ubuntu. Simplify Your Life " document - a Unity Orientation Guide for Ubuntu 12.04.

    http://frenchfortunecookie.wordpress...ur-life-again/

    Kubuntu: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8.3 Updates

    The Kubuntu team announces "Packages for the May updates of the KDE Platform, Workspaces and Applications 4.8.3 are available for Kubuntu 12.04 in the official repositories. As long as the precise-updates pocket is enabled (this is the default) you should receive this release as part of your normal system updates."

    http://www.kubuntu.org/news/kde-sc-4.8.3

    In The Press

    Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed

    Arstechnica's Ryan Paul does a thorough review of Ubuntu 12.04. The main point of the review are:

    • Unity, Global Menus, Dash and HUD
    • System Settings
    • Privacy
    • Scrollbars
    • Rhythmbox
    • Testing on Hardware


    http://arstechnica.com/information-t...-hud-reviewed/

    In The Blogosphere

    Dell: ARM Servers Promote Ubuntu, Hadoop Partnerships

    The VAR Guy discusses Dell's cooperation with Canonical and Cloudera in preparation for the next generation of ARM servers for "so called 'hyperscale' customer environments." He goes on to say that "Dell believes that ARM based servers are ideally suited for customers running web front-end and Hadoop environments."

    http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/05/29/...ubuntu-hadoop/

    Ubuntu's HUD: Heuristic Universal Discovery

    Dean Howell shares his experience with different desktop environments/operating systems from Mac OS 9 to Ubuntu and its newest desktop features, namely HUD. He states that "fresh ideas like HUD are the only thing pushing the Linux desktop forward." Dean also states that Unity is innovating and, with each release, becomes more and more compelling.

    http://www.thepowerbase.com/2012/05/...sal-discovery/

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Review

    Silviu Stahle of Softpedia gives a thorough Ubuntu 12.04 review. Highlights of this review include installation, features, advantages and disadvantages. Silviu finished the review by saying "It's good, but it should have been better. I understand it supposed to be Long Term Support but Canonical shouldn't have used it as an excuse to limit the number of new features."

    http://www.softpedia.com/reviews/lin...w-272937.shtml

    Linux4Afrika Training

    Benedict Stein shares new work being done on the Linux4Afrika project. Recently they have struggled with how to run MS Office 2007 under Ubuntu as some of the Linux4Afrika partners, such as the government, still uses it. Benedict also shared information about training efforts.

    http://benste.blogspot.com/2012/05/l...-training.html

    Mark Shuttleworth Opens UbuCon Latin America [video]

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! Shares the video where Mark Shuttleworth opens UbuCon Latin America in which Shuttleworth highlights FLOSS adoption and innovation. With his opening message he encouraged Latin America to step forward considering FLOSS, including Ubuntu, and to continue with good work in that direction.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/m...-america-video

    In Other News

    Is Xfce a GNOME and Unity Replacement?

    Bruce Byfield of Datamation reviews features in the latest release of Xfce, 4.10, including moving local help files online, changes to the Thunar file manager, extra rows available for the panel, the new settings manager, and more. Byfield goes on to ask "To what extent is the latest version of Xfce an alternative for those who miss GNOME 2?" and concludes "Xfce is not splashy. In places, it is almost old-fashioned or crude. But in the end, what really matters for most users is that, as the release notes and tour for the 4.10 release make clear, Xfce is concerned with providing what its users request. It's an attitude that many feel is rare among Linux desktop alternatives today."

    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...acement-1.html

    ubuntu-manual-precise: call for editors

    Hannie Dumoleyn of the Ubuntu Manual team announces that the Ubuntu Manual Team is seeking editors and proofreaders for the current draft of Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04, outlining tasks which need to be completed and explaining how to get in touch to help out.

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ay/001568.html

    Other Articles of Interest



    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, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04

    Security Updates



    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    None.

    End of life - April 2013 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates



    End of Life - October 2012

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates



    End of Life - April 2013

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates



    End of Life - April 2017

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