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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #210

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 210 for the week September 5th - September 11th, 2010. In this issue we cover.

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    In This Issue

    • How Ubuntu is Made
    • Daily Dose of Scribus Trunk
    • Edubuntu Gets a New Installer
    • Magic Trackpad Drivers Land in Ubuntu Maverick and Upstream!
    • Making Usability Part of the Development Process
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Free Banner for Approved LoCo Teams
    • OLF Day 1: Ubucon
    • Recent posts from Planet Launchpad
    • Measuring the Value of Canonical’s Launchpad
    • Cleansweep Updates
    • GTK Impression – Nautilus Breadcrumbs
    • New in Quickly for Maverick
    • Ohio Linuxfest 2010
    • Ruby packaging in Debian and Ubuntu: Mythbusting and FAQ
    • Running Ubuntu on an Amazon "micro" Instance
    • Some progress on Daily Builds
    • This week in design – 10 September 2010
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Canonical's Attention to Detail Starting To Show Up Big Time
    • Fluendo DVD Player For Sale in Ubuntu 10.10
    • Linaro Beta Released !
    • OMG! Ubuntu! interviews GNOME co-founder, Frederico Mena
    • TurnKey unveils a new kind of smart backup/restore system, powered by Amazon S3
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security
    • Sneak Peek
    • And Much Much More

    General Community News

    How Ubuntu is Made

    Sean Michael Kerner writes - Recent years have seen the Ubuntu Linux distribution, led by Canonical, experiencing rapid growth in both users and features. With the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat release, set for October, Ubuntu developers will continue to push the boundaries further of both server and desktop Linux. Sitting at the upper rung of Ubuntu's engineering efforts is Matt Zimmerman, Canonical's CTO, who helps to lead Ubuntu's technical direction.

    Daily Dose of Scribus Trunk

    Canonical now uses the desktop publishing tool Scribus for many marketing materials. The Scribus project has made big strides recently, but unfortunately the Scribus package in Ubuntu is a bit dated. Mark discovered that Philip Muskovac is working on having daily PPA builds available, and includes details on where to get it.

    Edubuntu Gets a New Installer

    Edubuntu 10.04 introduced a new GUI LTSP and Netbook interface installation. It was an improvement upon previous implementations, but not all that intuitive. Stéphane covers new improvements coming up in Edubuntu 10.10 that makes LTSP and the new Ubuntu Unity interface easier to install than ever.

    Magic Trackpad Drivers Land in Ubuntu Maverick and Upstream!

    If you’ve read some of my previous posts, you’ll note that I’ve been spending some time adding Magic Trackpad functionality to the current Magic Mouse driver in the kernel. I’m pleased to report that the changes have landed both in Ubuntu and upstream in Jiri Kosina’s HID tree as it awaits merging into Linus’ tree. It will be available in Ubuntu 10.10 and hopefully in Linux 2.6.37.

    Making Usability Part of the Development Process

    Martin writes about his experience of working on the Launchpad team building a new user interface. He wrote a paper that covers the 18 months he's been working on the project that included enhancing the interface to use more dynamic content.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (79302) +428 over last week
    • Critical (30) -1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (38926) +389 over last week

    As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

    Translation Stats Lucid

    1. English (United Kingdom) (4) +/-0 over last week
    2. Spanish (8282) -115 over last week
    3. Brazilian Portuguese (32461) -617 over last week
    4. French (36852) +187 over last week
    5. German (53846) -216 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", see more at:

    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.

    Top 5 Voted New Ubuntu StackExchange Questions This Week

    People Contributing the best questions and answers this week:

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    LoCo News

    Free Banner for Approved LoCo Teams

    Following a work that has been led by the LoCo Council, Canonical agreed to provide some gifts to each approved LoCo team, including a banner. Visit Christophe's post below for details and be sure to sign up soon, the banners and other items are due for shipping in a few months, but arranging it earlier is still better!

    OLF Day 1: Ubucon

    Jacob Peddicord Ohio LoCo team member sums up what he learned at the UbuCon at the Ohio LinuxFest on Friday, September 10, 2010.

    Launchpad News

    Recent posts from Planet Launchpad

    Just a quick look at some of the recent posts to Planet Launchpad:

    Measuring the Value of Canonical’s Launchpad

    Christopher Tozzi writes - Canonical’s most famous project is Ubuntu. But Launchpad, another of the company’s major endeavors, has been around just as long–even though many casual Ubuntu users may not be aware of its existence. Here’s a look at the value Launchpad offers, and where it fits into Canonical’s present and future.

    The Planet

    Nigel Babu: Cleansweep Updates

    • Total bugs with patches: 2196 (-37)
    • Reviewed patches: 420 (+11)

    • Bugs with ‘patch-needswork’: 99 (+5)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-upstream’: 177 (+3)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-debian’: 62 (0)
    • Bugs with ‘indicator-application’: 39 (-2)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-upstream’: 56 (-1)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-debian’: 10 (0)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-upstream’: 18 (0)
    • Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-debian’: 3 (0)

    For more information go to:

    John Baer: GTK Impression – Nautilus Breadcrumbs

    John writes about the latest updates in the GTK Impression theme. In particular, he takes a look at breadcrumbs and how they can be enhanced to not only provide an improved visual style, but also improved functionality and usability.

    Rick Spencer: New in Quickly for Maverick

    Quickly makes application development easier and faster with every Ubuntu release. Rick walks us through some enhancements made in Quickly widgets during the Maverick release cycle, including an enhanced dictionary grid, enhanced couchgrid enhanced gridfilters as well as new widgets.

    Mackenzie Morgan: Ohio Linuxfest 2010

    Mackenzie blogs about her experience at Ohio Linuxfest 2010, which is one of the largest regular Linux related gatherings in the region. She presented on Ubuntu development processes and Linux security myths.


    Lucas Nussbaum: Ruby packaging in Debian and Ubuntu: Mythbusting and FAQ

    Lucas covers the state of the Ruby packages in Debian and Ubuntu and explains how the packages are implemented and how they should be used by dispelling common myths about Ruby in Ubuntu he commonly comes across.

    Scott Moser: Running Ubuntu on an Amazon "micro" Instance

    Amazon announced a new micro instance package that costs just 2 cents per hour. This means that you can try out Ubuntu on EC2 for 2 measly cents. Official images for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS are available and for the more adventurous there are also 10.10 daily builds available.

    Jorge Castro: Some progress on Daily Builds

    Jorge spent some time recently with the Launchpad developers to make working with daily builds a bit easier. The recipe for making daily builds is now pretty straightforward, check Jorge's post linked below for more details.

    Canonical Design: This week in design – 10 September 2010

    • Fixing bugs on the desktop
    • New Wallpaper
    • Slant on the Hebrew Characters for the fonts
    • Design Team Hiring
    • Lilly introduces herself and gives a report on dConstruct
    • Ubuntu Travel Mouse
    • And sharing a cute video

    For more information go to:

    In The Press

    Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition beta review

    Russell Barnes of Linux User Magazine review the Beta release of Maverick Meerkat 10.10' netbook remix. The review includes many of the new features of 10.10, such as the Unity Interface, Mutter and Zeitgeist; many features that are expected to be released with Gnome 3. To read the full review, follow the link below:

    DEB Packages Now Open With Ubuntu Software Center by Default in Ubuntu 10.10

    Canonical makes another small yet significant change in Ubuntu 10.10. Downloaded DEB packages will no longer open with GDebi package installer by default, instead it opens with Ubuntu Software Center!

    In The Blogosphere

    Broadcom swims upstream, tackles Linux WiFi woes with new open drivers

    Ryan Paul writes - Broadcom announced today the initial release of its new open source wireless drivers for Linux. The drivers, which are built using the kernel's own native SoftMAC framework, are currently in the kernel staging tree and are expected to eventually be merged upstream.

    According to a Canonical's Jeremy Foshee, the new drivers will be included in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 release and may be backported to the current stable version. The driver currently supports BCM4313, BCM43224, and BCM43225, but it can be extended in the future to support additional Broadcom hardware components.

    Ubuntu One Music Store in the Wild

    Bob Mattes posts about his first experiences with the Ubuntu One Music Store. Although he originally meant to try it before now, it's only recently that he first actually used it. He was impressed with the range of music and found the interface clear. He does say that he needed to update his Rythmbox from a PPA to stop a pop-up saying he needed to install a plug-in that didn't exist. He also has a warning for US users that while prices are in dollars, the company that provides the music store is UK based so there may still be an international transaction fee, which can be avoided by using paypal. Overall, however, he enjoyed his experience of the music store.

    Broadcom Announces Open-Source 802.11n Driver

    Broadcom announces a new fully open 802.11n wireless driver, bcrm80211; this new driver will be included in the new 2.6.37 kernel tree. While the driver is still a work in progress and lacking many options, none the less this represents a huge step for the Open Source Community and Broadcom's involvement. To read the full article, follow the link below:

    Debunking the 1% Myth

    Caitlyn Martin writes - Linux market share is not tiny. Linux and UNIX have held a majority share of the server room for over a decade. Linux is very competitive in embedded devices. It is also making great strides on the consumer and business desktop, which includes laptops, notebooks and netbooks.
    Let's start with netbooks, the area where Linux has made the biggest inroads. According to ABI Research Linux regained 32% of the netbook market in 2009 despite being next to impossible to find in brick and mortar stores.Dell also reported that nearly a third of their netbook sales in 2009 were systems preloaded with Ubuntu. Recent reports that there was no longer demand for Linux on netbooks and that Dell was dropping Linux proved to be false. Indeed, as of today Dell is offering laptop and desktop models preloaded with Ubuntu in addition to the Inspiron Mini 10n netbook.

    Ubuntu One Blog: Ubuntu One Maverick beta update

    Special thanks go out to the Ubuntu Maverick alpha and beta testers and those that are informing us of Ubuntu One bugs in the release. Our team has been hard at work resolving them so I thought I’d provide a brief summary of a few of the most recent fixes.

    • Ubuntu One is now using the new Ubuntu SSO authentication service. There have been many bug fixes along with this change that will make creating an Ubuntu One account more convenient and signing-in to add a computer more reliable

    • Fixed the application name “Ubuntu One” that we display at
    • Added the Nautilus Ubuntu One ribbon and implemented fixes for when it is visible, how it functions, and some related Nautilus crashing issues
    • Fixes to Nautilus displaying published files
    • Many server side improvements to improve server resource efficiency and enhance desktop sync speed
    • Usability enhancements to the contact picker which will make privately sharing folders using your Evolution address book an easier process
    • The Ubuntu One Music Store is now available to Maverick testers using Rhythmbox. A fix is coming soon for Banshee

    For more information go to:

    In Other News

    Canonical's Attention to Detail Starting To Show Up Big Time

    Tech Drive-In reports on how Canonical's push for enhanced user interface experiences and design detail is starting to really show. They focus on developments such as the rebranding of the Ubuntu brand and changes to the installer to make it even easier for non-technical users. They also mention the redesigns of the sound menu and the Ubuntu Software Center as important positive steps being made.

    Fluendo DVD Player For Sale in Ubuntu 10.10

    Canonical unveiled it's first paid application in the Software Center, Fluendo's DVD Player. Their DVD Player software offers a fully legal alternative to software packages such as libdvdcss-2 bundled into a media player. To read more about Fluendo's DVD Player and their relationship with Canonical; follow the link below:

    Linaro Beta Released !

    More information on Linaro in general and the 10.11 plans can be found at:

    To read the article in full and highlights form the beta release go to:

    OMG! Ubuntu! interviews GNOME co-founder, Frederico Mena

    The OMG! team sit down for an exclusive interview with Frederico Mena, one the founding fathers of GNOME.
    Federico along with Miguel de Icaza worked together in the late 90s to start the GNOME project – the desktop environment that Ubuntu and many other distros use.
    Everyone knows and loves it, but how did it all start?

    TurnKey unveils a new kind of smart backup/restore system, powered by Amazon S3

    This week TurnKey Linux, an Ubuntu based project, officially unveiled
    TKLBAM (TurnKey Backup and Migration), a smart, fully automated backup
    and restore facility powered by the Amazon S3 storage cloud.

    Fully automating the backup and restore process makes it practical for
    the first time to easily test backups "in the cloud", and migrate full
    systems (e.g., servers) anywhere in minutes.

    "We designed TKLBAM to be our ideal open source backup system. Imagine a fully
    automated backup and restore system with no pain. That you wouldn't need
    to configure. That just magically knows what to backup and, just as
    importantly, what NOT to backup, to create super efficient, encrypted
    backups of changes to files, databases, package management state, even
    users and groups."

    Read the announcement and watch the screencast:

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    • Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for September 7th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from September 7th, 1010 -
    • Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for September 7th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for September 7th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Foundations Team Meeting Minutes for September 8th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for September 10th, 2010 -

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    Tuesday, Sept. 14th, 2010

    ==== Asia - Oceania RMB Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

    ==== Developer Membership Board ====

    • Start: 14:00 UTC
    • End: 15:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== Ubuntu Bugsquad Monthly Meeting ====

    ==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

    ==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 18:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

    ==== Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting ====

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

    ==== Weekly Ubuntu Foundations team meeting ====

    • Start: 15:00 UTC
    • End: 16:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: https:/ * Info:

    ==== QA Team Meeting ====

    ==== Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast : Various Topics and Q+A ====

    ==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

    Thursday, September 16th, 2010

    ==== Ayatana UX team meeting ====

    • Start: 12:00 UTC
    • End: 12:30 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: * Introductions * Review team charter * Organize first UX activity * Brainstorm future UX activities

    ==== Americas Regional Membership Board Meeting ====

    Friday, September 17th, 2010

    ==== Maverick Weekly Release Meeting ====

    Saturday, September 18th

    ==== BugJam ====

    • Start: 20:00 UTC
    • End: 22:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-us-dc on Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-bugs. Taste of India
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    === Sunday, September 19th 2010

    ==== Ubuntu Forums Unanswered Posts Team Meeting ====

    Monday, September 20th 2010

    ==== Security Team Catch-up ====

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 17:30 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up. Weekly Ubuntu Security Team catch-up meeting. Anyone is welcome to join if they want to watch, contribute, etc.

    Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04, and 10.10

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

    • None Reported

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

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