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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 221

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 221 for the week June 14 - 20, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 11.10 Development Update
    • Call for Nominations for the Americas Regional Membership Board
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Michigan LoCo sponsorship of MUG
    • Launchpad News
    • New requirements for Ubuntu Certification
    • An Interview with Alan Bell
    • Delivery channels for OpenStack on Ubuntu
    • Calxeda shows off new partners and will launch with Ubuntu as its OS
    • Ubuntu 11.10 ISOs to be hybrid CD/USB images
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: May 2011
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Help Testing Translations in the New Natty Language Packs

    The next set of translations for Ubuntu 11.04 "Natty Narwhal" are now ready. Please help test them. Also please take special care to test the localization of Firefox since there are changes in how Firefox handles translations. Please ask your teams to test them and provide an indication that they've done so by following some simple steps and submitting a signoff.

    More information can be found at:

    Unity Contributor Report for 14 June

    We've got a bunch of new rockstars since the last status report from 11.04 including Daniel van Vugt, Marius Gedminas, Manuel Nicetto, Jeremy Bicha, Nico van der Walt, and Cameron Heart. Some of the more familiar names like Marco Biscaro, Oliver Sauder, and Andrea Azzarone have also been awesome at fixing bugs. To contribute to Unity, follow the Step by Step Instructions and Wiki Page. This will get the code from Launchpad, set up your development environment, and getting you used to the Launchpad workflow. Then, pick a bug, fix the bug, and get your code into Unity. Join the ~unity-community-hackers team and start digging in. There is now a Weekly Meeting at 000UTC on #ayatana on Freenode IRC if you feel like hanging with us and getting organized and ask questions.

    More information can be found at:

    Ubuntu 11.10 Development Update

    Daniel Holbach writes about a busy week about Oneiric development. Oneiric is still in the development phase, where most of the heavy lifting is being done and where things are still broken. He goes on to say that its still a great time to get involved and fix a few issues early on. Interesting dates coming up in the next few weeks include dh_python2 porting jam on June 23rd and Ubuntu Developer Week coming up from July 11th to 15th. A week full of development tutorials, workshops and interactive sessions. This week, we hear about Abhinav Upadhyay from India and his experience about getting fixes into Ubuntu.
    More information can be found at:

    Call for Nominations for the Americas Regional Membership Board

    The terms of 2 members of the Americas Regional Membership Board shall soon expire, and new members must be selected. Candidates should be Ubuntu Members themselves, and should be well qualified to evaluate prospective Ubuntu Members and decide when to entrust them with the additional privileges and responsibilities that go along with being a member. Please send nominations to ubuntu-membership-boards at (which is a private mailing list accessible only by RMB members) prior to 19:00 UTC 30th June 2011.

    More information can be found at:

    Results of the June 16th Americas Membership Board Meeting

    At the June 16th America's Membership meeting, Brian Thomason was welcomed to official Ubuntu Membership! Brian works for Canonical as Technical Lead for Canonical's ISV Partners and has been with the company since 2007. Much of his work time is devoted to the management of both the Partner Repository and the "For Purchase" section of the Software Center. In addition to that he is also active in the Georgia LoCo where he recently organized the Natty Release Party in Atlanta. You can also see Brian's work in a weekly column for OMG! Ubuntu called "Download of the Week."

    More information can be found at:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (90523) +1148 over last week
    • Critical (149) +14 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (50078) +352 over last week

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

    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.

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

    LoCo News

    Zamboanga City Natty Release Party

    The Philippine LoCo Team will hold two Natty Narwhal Release Parties this June 24, one in Manila and other in Zamboanga City. This will allow the team to maximize efforts and exposure by serving 2 out of 3 island groups. The Zamboanga City event is organized by Yolynne Media and will be hosted by ELearning Centre, Inc. Visit for more infomation.

    More information can be found at:

    Better Late than Never – Natty Release Party [Philippines]

    The folks in the Philippines will kick off June 2011 with Natty Narwhal Release Party. If you’re in the Greater Manila Area and itching to meet up with fellow Ubuntu users, join the party and share your Ubuntu stories over pizza and a bottle of beer (or cup of coffee) on June 24.

    More information can be found at:

    Michigan LoCo sponsorship of MUG

    Recently, the Ubuntu Michigan LoCo took over Michigan!/usr/group (MUG) for a night. Recently, MUG started a sponsorship program targeted at companies. A company can choose to sponsor a meeting for $150 where their sponsorship will be recognized and all of their employees will be full members for the year. The Michigan LoCo put out a call to raise funds to sponsor a meeting and we blasted past the $150 amount and ended up donating $185 to MUG. There were 6 awesome talks by amazing members of the LoCo team. There will be videos of the event posted later.

    More information can be found at:

    LoCo Team Directory Translation Updates

    The LoCo Team Portal team is working on finalizing updates to the LoCo Team Directory to push out a new release in the next week. There have been many changes to the translation strings for the LoCo Team Directory. The team would appreciate it if translators could take a look and update any translation strings that need to be updated prior to then. There could be a secondary release a few days or a week after the initial release if there are enough translations done after that would warrant an update. There are some changes coming up this cycle to the LoCo Team Directory that will create a fair amount of new strings that will need to be translated. Please file bugs on any strings that could be worded differently to make translations easier.

    More information can be found at:

    San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian Dinner

    The San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian dinners in June landed on Wednesday the 8th, which was also World IPv6 Day. There were 7 people at the 6PM Ubuntu Hour at The Roastery on New Montgomery. The conversation included how Ubuntu syncs packages from Debian, the exciting work of the new DEX team and various Ubuntu tidbits. The Debian dinner began at 7PM over at Henry’s Hunan Restaurant on Natoma Street, just across the alley from The Roastery. It was the biggest dinner since November, bringing in 10 people, including 2 Debian Developers (thanks again for coming Devin and Jonathan!).

    More information can be found at:

    Launchpad News

    Farewell, Jonathan

    On Thursday, June 16th, Jonathan Lange, Launchpad Product Strategist announced that he would be leaving Launchpad . He has held this position for four and a half years. Lange will be moving next door to work on the Ubuntu Developer Program from within the Ubuntu Platform team.

    More information can be found at:

    Visualizing Ubuntu Differences Against Debian

    Over the past few months, Launchpad's Red Squad have been working to make it easier to create and manage derivative distributions in Launchpad. They have recently released a beta of a new feature that lets you visualize the differences between Ubuntu's Oneiric series and Debian Sid. There is a new portlet on the distroseries page that will list the numbers of packages in both distributions, numbers only in Sid and numbers only in Oneiric. Clicking on the links takes you to pages that show the differences in more detail and allows you to request debdiffs and add comments on the packages. Bugs on this feature are tracked using the 'derivation' bug tag. Note that this is not meant to be a replacement for MoM – yet.

    More information can be found at:

    Using visibility for rudimentary JavaScript templating

    When designing pages to work with-and-without JavaScript enabled, then you’ll likely be tempted to repeat some of the user-interface text in the template and in the JavaScript file. Especially for text that appears only some of the time. One alternative is to render that text all the time, and only show it some of the time. In Launchpad, you add the "unseen" class to text in order to hide it. In YUI3, it’s easy to add or remove classes using Node.toggleClass(). This adds the 'unseen' class to foo when baz is true, and removes it when baz is false. If the page needs to have more than one instance of the text, this approach doesn't directly apply. However, it’s easy to imagine extending it by using a hidden copy as a prototype and copying it as needed.

    More information can be found at:

    The Planet

    Victor Palau: New requirements for Ubuntu Certification

    At this blog post, Victor Palau reports the changes being made with the Ubuntu Certification procedures. The coverage of Suspend, Resume and boot testing is being revamped. In this article is a list of proposed tests that a system would need to pass to become Ubuntu Certified for the 11.10 cycle.

    More information can be found at:

    Silver Fox: An Interview with Alan Bell

    Silver Fox interviewed UK LoCo Team Leader Alan Bell about his life and involvement with the Ubuntu Project, including his efforts with Ubuntu-For-All and his thoughts on the future of Ubuntu.

    Full interview can be found at:

    Thierry Carrez: Delivery channels for OpenStack on Ubuntu

    Thierry Carrez gives a brief overview of the available ways to acquire OpenStack packages, including various PPA options.

    More information can be found at:

    Matthew Helmke: The Official Ubuntu Book, sixth edition

    The Official Ubuntu Book sixth edition is out, and Matthew Helmke has led the team. In this blog post, you will find the link where this edition can be purchased. This book continues to be a quality introduction to Ubuntu software and the community that surrounds it.

    More information can be found at:

    Elizabeth Krumbach: Buy Ubuntu earrings and help schools using Ubuntu!

    Maile Urbancic, co-founder and former CTO of the non-profit and founder of Boutique Academia, has been granted permission from Canonical to to begin producing Ubuntu earrings. These earings will be sold at for $18, and $6 of that will be graciously donated to has been deploying and maintaining Ubuntu labs in San Francisco Bay Area schools and beyond. "Pick up some earrings for yourself or a loved one, and help out public schools using Ubuntu at the same time."

    More information can be found at:

    In The Press

    Calxeda shows off new partners and will launch with Ubuntu as its OS

    Calxeda, the startup building servers using ARM chips, has launched its partner program, known as Trailblazer. Companies such as Eucalyptus, Gluster, Canonical and Opscode lined up Tuesday behind the ARM-based server company to show their willingness to work with Calxeda’s specialized hardware, which is designed to perform with better energy efficiency. Calxeda also said it would use Ubuntu’s Linux distribution as the operating system for its gear.
    More information can be found at:

    Microsoft eyes Ubuntu and Debian love on Hyper-V

    Microsoft says that its Hyper-V virtualization stack may soon support the Ubuntu and Debian Linux distros as well as CentOS, Red Hat, and SuSE. After adding CentOS support last month, it's looking to support other Linux distros on Hyper-V and also its management software. They think that Ubuntu would be the next big popular thing for them to look at. Requests are primarily coming from web hosters in Europe.
    More information can be found at:

    Ubuntu 11.10 ISOs to be hybrid CD/USB images

    In this article Colin Watson officially announces the availability of hybrid ISO installer images. These hybrid ISO's can be burned to CD like normal, or, they can be copied directly to a USB device without the need for an external solution. Starting on June 16th all of the amd64 and i386 CD images on will be available as hybrid images.

    More information can be found at:

    'Harmony' for open source contributors on horizon

    In an effort to make participation in open source projects easier, Amanda Brock, general legal counsel with Canonical, started Project Harmony in May of 2010. Project Harmony has spent a year collecting feedback on how to refine terms governing contributors to open source projects. This effort is scheduled to be completed on June 23. Version 1.0 of the Project Harmony rules will be officially released soon after.

    More information can be found at:

    PCWorld: Tony Bradley: 30 Days With Ubuntu Linux

    Mentioned in our last issue, Tony Bradley's series continues. Among other things, Tony discusses in detail his conversion from Gnome Classic to Unity and syncing and streaming with Ubuntu One.

    More information can be found at: and

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: May 2011

    See here for the team report for May 2011:

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

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    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

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    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Mike Holstein
    • Nigel Babu
    • Chris Druif
    • Cheri Francis
    • Alan Bell
    • Nathan Handler
    • And many others

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