Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 258
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 258 for the week March 19 - 25, 2012.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Freeze is now in effect.
- The Ubuntu User Surveys - Parts 1 and 2
- Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
- Ubuntu Stats
- Is Ubuntu Global Jam an Event for Me?
- Approval / Re-Approval Guidelines Updated
- Egypt LoCo Approved
- Launchpad News
- Ubuntu Cloud Day in India - April 4th, Bangalore
- Contributing to Unity for Artists: SVG Icons
- Ubuntu and Youth Survey
- An Interview with lovinglinux
- Ubuntu Docs: A Call for Help
- A new UI for System Testing
- Kubuntu and the state of free consumer software
- The Pangolin wallpaper selection takes flight
- Unity 5.8 out, ready for beta2!
- Introducing the Subway Juju Charm
- In The Press
- In The Blogosphere
- World Hosting Day Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with Ubuntu
- Other Articles of Interest
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
- Upcoming Meetings and Events
- Updates and Security
- And much much more!
General Community News
Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Freeze is now in effect.
As of writing this post, the Ubuntu 12.04 Beta 2 release was a week away and the archive was put in hard freeze to prepare for it. During the freeze, all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the release team, so if you have fixes which are important to get in, please get in touch as soon as possible (and preferably, get your packages uploaded in parallel!).
The Ubuntu User Surveys - Parts 1 and 2
Gerry Carr, Communications Manager, shares the results of the Ubuntu User Surveys, which surveyed users in English, Spanish and Portuguese and focused on Demographics.
Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
In this exciting Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update the Development News Team gives insight into the daily happenings of developers, while Benjamin Kerensa sits down for an interview with Ubuntu Developer and Ubuntu Desktop Team Member, Martin Pitt.
- Open (91684) + 579 over last week
- Critical (99) - 1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (47498) + 271 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
1. English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
2. Spanish (8214) -261 over last week
3. English (United Kingdom) (23834) -3662 over last week
4. Bosnian (37539) -1 over last week
5. Brazilian Portuguese (42584) +/- 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
Is Ubuntu Global Jam an Event for Me?
Charlene Tessier writes about her experience being the lead for her area's Ubuntu Global Jam event. "Well, first I was told there is a theme - Jam (stuff you put on bread) and Jammies (aka pajamas)? What kind of tech event is this? But that's not all. Let's make it [a] day event with a variety of different activities for all levels of participation," wrote Tessier. "Did anything happen with the theme you ask?" You will have to read the blog post to find out.
Approval / Re-Approval Guidelines Updated
The Ubuntu LoCo Council announces they have released an improved
set of Approval/Re-Approval Guidelines for LoCos that should make the
process more straightforward.
Egypt LoCo Approved
The LoCo Council shares news of the Egyptian LoCo team's approval on March 20th and highlights them as a "great example of a quality application as it even included nice graphs to help visualise some of the plans the LoCo is putting into place."
Why there is always time
Dan Harrop-Griffiths explains why there is always time for usability testing. Testing methods can range from very simple to very complex, and setting up "basic tests with a handful of users, running them and then writing up the results doesn't need to take more than a day or two."
Ubuntu Cloud News
Ubuntu Cloud Day in India - April 4th, Bangalore
Canonical will host the first Ubuntu Cloud Day in Bangalore, India on April 4th. The event is aimed at engineers and developers with a professional interest in using the Ubuntu Cloud as a developer tool. It will be sponsored by Intel and feature keynote speakers from the Canonical team, as well as presentations from Intel and other partners. Registration is required to attend and can be found on the Canonical Blog.
Michael Hall: Contributing to Unity for Artists: SVG Icons
Michael Hall explains how artists can contribute to Unity by submitting SVG icons for Ubuntu applications through the corresponding bug report filed in launchpad.
Jose Antonio Rey: Ubuntu and Youth Survey
Jose Antonio Rey posted an anonymous 3-page short survey to collect data on people ages 13-20 and their participation within the Ubuntu project. The survey is intended to collect statistics on youth participation for a session which may take place during the Ubuntu Developer Summit.
s.fox: An Interview with lovinglinux
lovinglinux talks about becoming interested in computers, Linux and Ubuntu; "I started to play with computers in early 80's, when my parents gave me a TK 85, an unlicensed ZX81 clone. But it wasn't until the early 90's, when I entered the University, that I would start using PC's as we know today, mostly for research and entertainment. I don't know exactly when I became interested in Linux, but I remember a few unsuccessful attempts to use some distributions that I received with computer magazines, until I came in contact with Ubuntu Hardy Heron, back in 2008. I guess many users like me were drawn to Ubuntu because of Vista. Never looked back since then."
Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Docs: A Call for Help
Jeremy Bicha of the Ubuntu Docs Team makes a Call for Help to the Ubuntu Community to complete the 12.04 Documentation Tasks left before release.
Ara Pulido: A new UI for System Testing
Ara Pulido of the Canonical Hardware Certification Team asks Ubuntu Users to test the new UI in Ubuntu Friendly so that it is ready for use come 12.04 release time.
Kubuntu and the state of free consumer software
Jonathan Riddell highlights past announcements about Kubuntu and the state of Free Consumer Software and KDE.
Canonical Design Team: The Pangolin wallpaper selection takes flight
For another cycle a selection of images has been put forward for inclusion in Ubuntu. As there have been some questions on other blogs about the process, I thought it was worth doing a quick refresher. Each release we ask the community contributors whose images were included in the last release if they'd like to help choose the images that should go into the upcoming release.
Didier Roche: Unity 5.8 out, ready for beta2!
Didier Roche of the Unity Team discusses the Unity 5.8 milestone and what new features to expect, including some changes in Multi-Monitor support.
Benjamin Kerensa: Introducing the Subway Juju Charm
Benjamin Kerensa announces the release of the Subway Juju Charm, and also highlights the underlying Open Source project that made it a reality.
In The Press
Ubuntu Linux and Canonical Moving Forward, Two Years After Leadership Change
Sean Michael Kerner of Internet News.com writes "It's a move that today in 2012 is still working out well for Ubuntu and Canonical. I recently got the chance to chat with Silber and she told me point blank that there is no way she is going back to her former position at Canonical, she's loves her job as CEO too much."
Say Hello to Canonical's new Linux desktop: Ubuntu 12.04 beta review
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of zdnet opines about his experience with Ubuntu 12.04 beta. Vaughan-Nichols writes, "Canonical's next long-term support release of its flagship Linux distribution, Ubuntu 12.04 is in late beta. This next release, due out on April 26th, is in beta now. I've been using it for several weeks now and so far, so good." He continues, "I rather like Unity as well. What Ubuntu's developers have really been doing with this release is not so much getting HUD ready, as they have been cleaning Unity up and getting it ready for business users."
Why Linux is Dead on the Desktop
PCWorld Writer Tony Bradley opines about why he feels that Linux cannot compete on the desktop, and cites his struggle and effort to try to use Ubuntu for a month as a factor.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu 12.04 Multi-Monitor Launcher Behaviour Decided
Joey Sneddon discusses the results of a recent Multi-Monitor poll they conducted with the Ubuntu Design Team.
The Smart Login Manager Of Ubuntu
Swapnil Bhartiya discusses some quirks and behavior of the Ubuntu Login Manager (LightDM).
GNOME Classic in Ubuntu 12.04: It's Like Nothing Ever Changed
In this article Joey Sneddon shares great news for users who still enjoy an old-school Classic Panel look, and how to get it setup in Ubuntu 12.04.
15 New Photo Wallpapers Chosen for Ubuntu 12.04
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares the 15 Wallpapers chosen to be included in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
Ubuntu 12.04 to be without Wubi installer
Sam Osborne of imediamonkey discusses the proposed removal of Wubi in Ubuntu 12.04. Osborne writes, "For those unaware, Wubi (Windows-based UBuntu Installer) allows the user to install Ubuntu alongside Windows, without having to partition their hard drive. Put simply, the installer adds an extra boot option at boot up - giving users the option to boot into either Windows or Ubuntu." The article reveals that one of the reasons for this move is to make it possible for Wubi to be maintained and enhanced outside the Ubuntu development cycle.
In Other News
World Hosting Day Dell OpenStack-Powered Cloud Solution with Ubuntu
Martin Stadtler shares the good news that Dell has decided to partner with Canonical to provide an Openstack-powered Cloud Solution.
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, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
End of life - April 2013 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.04 Updates
End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)
Ubuntu 10.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2012
Ubuntu 11.04 Updates
End of Life - October 2012
Ubuntu 11.10 Updates
End of Life - April 2013
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Last edited by elizabeth; April 2nd, 2012 at 10:32 PM.