Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 283
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 283 for the week September 10 - 16, 2012.
Links to UWN
In This Issue
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Reaches 220,000 PCs in Schools in Spain
- Ubuntu Stats
- Report UGJ Mexico DF - 08/09/2012
- DiaDev: Ubuntu Global Jam in Maracaibo
- San Francisco Ubuntu Global Jam Wrap-up
- Ubuntu Japanese LoCo attends Open Source Conference Tokyo/Fall
- Reduced Builder Capacity
- [A Juju Adventure] Charming Lamp! and Android ToDo
- Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #10
- Martin Pitt: PostgreSQL 9.2 final available for Debian and Ubuntu
- Fumihito YOSHIDA: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.09 in store now!
- Jono Bacon: Attending The Next UDS Remotely
- The Fridge: Call for contributors to the Ubuntu Server Guide
- Michael Hall: Looking for a few good devs
- Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for August 2012
- Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Packaging Guide is progressing nicely
- Kubuntu: KDE Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform 4.9.1
- Ubuntu One Music Store - now on the web and on your mobile
- Landscape update improves ROI and compliance for Ubuntu in the enterprise
- Now you can have your OpenStack cake and eat it*
- NexPhone Promises One Device for Phone, Tablet and PC
- Ubuntu 12.10 Login Screen Adds Remote Desktop Access
- In Other News
- Other Articles of Interest
- Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E15 - The Man From the Clouds
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Monthly Team Reports: August 2012
- 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
Welcome New Members and Developers
Results from the 1200 UTC Membership Board Meeting, September 12, 2012
Anthony Harrington received an official Ubuntu membership due to his contributions to Ubuntu in British English translation efforts.
Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
Ubuntu Reaches 220,000 PCs in Schools in Spain
Christoper Tozzi of The VarGuy informs us that "Isotrol, a Spanish engineering and technical support company installed an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution on 220,000 workstations spread across 2,000 schools." Tozzi also mentiones that "Canonical provided technical support during the effort in the form of a Premium Service Engineer."
- Open (99707) +4331 over last week
- Critical (91) +18 over last week
- Unconfirmed (49835) +3716 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 Quantal
- English (United Kingdom) (10777) +164 over last week
- Spanish (12384) +312 over last week
- English (Australia) (19244) +789 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (37930) +591 over last week
- German (48998) +10 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal/ 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
Report UGJ Mexico DF - 08/09/2012
Javier Lopez reports how Ubuntu-mx team hosted their third Ubuntu Global Jam. "The event started at 11:00 (utc-6) and finished at 18:00 which means that they have jammed for almost 7 hours." Ubuntu-mx team talked about many different subjects, including: juju, maas, iso adoption procedure, harvest, checkbox, proposed updates, and steps to report bugs.
DiaDev: Ubuntu Global Jam in Maracaibo
Efrain Valles reports about Ubuntu Global Jam held in Maracaibo, Venezuela. Valles highlights how the Venezuela team spent the day learning how to participate, reporting errors, and reviewing the functions. They also participated in Google hangouts with Laura Czajkowski and Daniel Holbach.
San Francisco Ubuntu Global Jam Wrap-up
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about her experiences with this year's Ubuntu Global Jam held in San Francisco at Wikimedia Foundation and focused on ISO testing. Attendees at UGJ San Francisco had organized printout materials for reporting bugs, finding right package, basic Ubuntu live test, Basic Ubuntu Install test, Xubuntu short test, Xubuntu long test, and bug reporting instructions for Ubuntu desktop amd64. Krumbach also gave live demonstrations to attendees which include: ISO tracker tour, a crash course in bug reporting, and package tracker introduction.
Ubuntu Japanese LoCo attends Open Source Conference Tokyo/Fall
Fumihito YOSHIDA reports about the Open Source Conference held in Tokyo where Japanese LoCo team participated as an exhibitor and a speaker. YOSHIDA highlights how "Open Source Conference (OSC) is the greatest open source event of Japan" where exhibitors are mostly comprised of communities and powerful companies like Dell, HP, AMD, Hitachi, Microsoft!, Cytrix, and many others.
Reduced Builder Capacity
Laura Czajkowski informs us that Launchpad builders are currently operating at reduced build capacity. Czajkowski points out that if someone is having any issues with their builds they should ask for help in #launchpad.
A follow up blog post on Sunday, September 16th notes that they "have recovered some of the affected builders, more will be coming back on later this week with the remainder to come in a few weeks when we have new hardware"
Ubuntu Cloud News
[A Juju Adventure] Charming Lamp! and Android ToDo
Victor Palau continues with his series of blog posts considering Juju adventures. The current post series includes:
- Proof that you can access a Juju local environment from the Android Emulator
- Usage of few charms from the charm store plus a custom one, set up a MySQL database that can be exposed through a web service with simple commands/steps
- Development of a TODO list android app
- Connection of android app and web service so they talk to each other.
Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #10
Jim Hoddap discusses the Ubuntu TV project status which includes progress of community member contributions and plans for UDS-R. As usual, Hoddap also calls volunteers to help and involve themselves in the Ubuntu TV project.
Martin Pitt: PostgreSQL 9.2 final available for Debian and Ubuntu
Martin Pitt notes that PostgreSQL 9.2 is available to try it out. A list of new features in PostgreSQL 9.2 can be found at the following link: http://wiki.postgresql.org/wiki/What...PostgreSQL_9.2
Fumihito YOSHIDA: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.09 in store now!
Fumihito YOSHIDA shares that Ubuntu Magazine Vol. 09 has been released and is available in stores. The current issue includes the foolowing topics:
- Challenging translation with Launchpad
- Getting started programing with Scratch
- Ubuntu server for home computing
Jono Bacon: Attending The Next UDS Remotely
Jono Bacon informs that he won't be able to attend UDS-R this year due to the anticipated birth of his first child. Therefore, he will be participating UDS remotely and shares a link detailing how remote participation works.
Congratulations to Bacon and his wife from Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter team!
The Fridge: Call for contributors to the Ubuntu Server Guide
Peter Matulis puts out a call for contributors for the Ubuntu server guide. To kickstart contributions, a sub-page has been created for the Guide here:
Contributors can also help with bug fixing at the following link: https://bugs.launchpad.net/serverguide
Contributors who are familiar with documentation team tools and are willing to help maintain the guide can send an e-mail to Peter Matulis (email@example.com)
Michael Hall: Looking for a few good devs
Application Review Board needs new members. Michael Hall puts out a call for new applicants who meet the following criteria: be an Ubuntu Member, be an Ubuntu Developer, and have created a wiki page for their application. Hall also calls for volunteers (ARB helpers), which don't have as rigorous a criteria as ARB applicants.
Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for August 2012
David Planella of Ubuntu app developers brings us the top 10 downloads for August 2012. Among the top 10 paid apps: Mc Launcher, Quick'n Easy Web Builder, Bastion. On the free side of the top 10: Master PDF editor, Plex Media server, Muktware Ubuntu Manual.
Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Packaging Guide is progressing nicely
Daniel Holbach reports about current state of bug fixing and translations related to Ubuntu packaging guide. Holbach shares of the translation teams' progress and mentions there are still many bugs to be fixed. Thus, Holbach calls for help and highlights main bugs that need to be fixed. However, Holbach is very satisfied with work and progress on Ubuntu packaging guide.
Kubuntu: KDE Plasma Workspaces, Applications and Platform 4.9.1
Kubuntu team announces that "packages for the release of KDE SC 4.9.1 are available for Kubuntu 12.04 and 12.04.1 LTS releases." They can be reached from Kubuntu Backports PPA. Packages are also available at Kubuntu 12.10 development release.
Ubuntu One Music Store - now on the web and on your mobile
Roberta Nilerud announces the launch of a new Ubuntu music store. Nilerud states: "This means you can now purchase all your favourite music from the Ubuntu One Music Store via the web or on your mobile. Watch as the tracks you buy are magically delivered straight to your Ubuntu One personal cloud in an instant."
Landscape update improves ROI and compliance for Ubuntu in the enterprise
"Canonical announces a significant update to Landscape, its enterprise-grade systems management tool for large deployments of Ubuntu desktops, servers and cloud instances. It also reveals the findings of new independent research showing how Landscape can help IT departments cut their costs drastically."
Now you can have your OpenStack cake and eat it*
Mark Baker reports that "Canonical has released the Cloud Archive for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server". Baker states "this is hugely significant step for OpenStack users, because it means they can now access the latest OpenStack releases and betas on a stable and supported platform that is certified with many of the leading server vendors."
In The Press
Ubuntu's Shuttleworth bets on Inktank for cloud storage services
Lee Hutchinson of ARSTechnica reports that Mark Shuttleworth has invested 1 million dollars in Inktank, a "company which provides support and services to enterprises who want to deploy the Ceph open source distributed file system which is designed to run spread out across multiple servers."
NexPhone Promises One Device for Phone, Tablet and PC
Kevin Purcell of GottaBeMOBILE reports about the NexPhone smartphone which becomes a "Tablet, Laptop or a PC." According to Purcell, NexPhone will be running Ubuntu for Android software "which runs on an Android smartphone and gives the user an Ubuntu style user interface."
Five new features in Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' Beta 1
Katherine Noyes of PCWorld brings a list of new features in Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' Beta 1 which includes: full-disk encryption, single consolidated Image, no more Unity 2D, revamped update manager, updated packages.
In The Blogosphere
New Look Default Wallpaper Lands in Ubuntu 12.10
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! informs us about the default Ubuntu wallpaper which lands in the upcomikng 12.10 version of Ubuntu. Sneddon articulates that the old wallpaper "has been replaced by a softer, warmish glow."
Unity Debacle Sets Back Ubuntu On The ARM Desktop
Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings a thorough analysis of the Unity + Compiz experience under Ubuntu 12.10. Larabel points out that "in the x86 world most hardware has open-source 3D drivers that ship 'out of the box' in Ubuntu so user always has 3D hardware acceleration and never has to worry about this Compiz/Unity-over-LLVMpipe" but points out that unlike x86 world, Unity+Compiz experience "in the ARM world isn't quite as smooth."
Ubuntu 12.10 Tries For Last Minute GRUB 2.00
Michael Larabel of Phoronix informs us that Canonical will be doing a "last minute try" to include GRUB 2.0 in Ubuntu 12.10. This is not yet final since developers are still testing it. According to information gathered from Ubuntu-devel mailing list, "So far Quantal GRUB 2.00 package has been tested on BIOS and UEFI systems along with testing on LVM, LVM+crypto, and RAID-1: things seem to work. However, DM-RAID is currently 'problematic', so Colin Watson advises not using it."
Ubuntu 12.10 Login Screen Adds Remote Desktop Access
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! informs us about a new Ubuntu 12.10 feature: login screen remote desktop access. Sneddon highlights that "this feature will allow user to enter a full-screen remote login without needing to login to Ubuntu itself, or install additional apps. It all happens 'out of the box'." Sneddon also points out that there are currently three supported connection types: ICA (Citrux), RDP, VMWare View.
August's Ubuntu App Chart Lacks Ubuntu Showdown Entries - But Why?
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! compares the top 10 downloaded apps in July and August and discusses the lack of new apps from Ubuntu App Showdown on the top 10 list. Based on his analysis, Sneddon doubts "that app developers delivering free apps to Ubuntu have any chance of making the 'Top 10 Free Apps' chart."
Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha 2 Available For Download
Andrew from WebUPD8 informs us that Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha 2 is available for download at the following link:
Andrew also brings us a short tour of this new flavour of Ubuntu, highlighting the following features: applications that user might find, shell that is going to be available, and much more.
My impressions of Ubuntu/Unity - Ubuntu 12.04
Tracy Anne of LXer brings her experiences considering Ubuntu/Unity where she points out her dislikes related to Dash, working with two monitors, and a comparison of Ubuntu Precise Pangolin with Ubuntu Studio. She concludes that "Ubuntu with Unity is a pretty usable system."
In Other News
Ubuntu NVIDIA Graphics Driver: Windows Competitive, But Only With KDE
User timothy of Slashdot informs us about problems with the NVIDIA Linux driver and its appliance on several platforms and desktops.
Steam Beta for Ubuntu May Arrive in October
Kevin Parrish of Tom's Guide predicts that Valve might release Steam for Linux sometime in October. Parrish bases his prediction in a "theory which is based on a mention of the Linux client in the Steam's database records which was spotted last week. The official Linux tag has also now appeared as a search option for Steam Greenlight titles".
Other Articles of Interest
Featured Audio and Video
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E15 - The Man From the Clouds
Some of the news that Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen are bringing in the fifteenth episode, of the Ubuntu podcast UK, are:
- Flattering Broadcom with interest in their Pi chip...
- Phishing vulnerability in Firefox and Opera browsers...
- Nvidia proof-of-concept work on Linux...
- Valve wants to push hardware innovation...
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: August 2012
See here for the team report for August 2012: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/August2012
If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting
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
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
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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