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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 272


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 272 for the week June 25 - July 1, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 2 Released!
    • Welcome New Members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Jo'burg Ubuntu Hour and CDs across the country
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Cloud News
    • Daniel Holbach: A few days as an ARB helper
    • IRC Council: Join the discussion in #ubuntu-discuss
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Showdown: Gallery Of Progress
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Call for Testing: 12.10 kernel on 12.04
    • Edubuntu: Deployments Page
    • Benjamin Kerensa: Help wanted:Chromium PPA's for Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu App Showdown Week 2 Wrap-Up
    • Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for June 2012
    • Daniel Holbach: Be part of the Ubuntu Apps Sprint
    • Matthew Helmke: The Official Ubuntu Book, seventh edition
    • Helping Zentyal offer an open-source alternative for small businesses
    • Which Linux Is Best for File Servers? Survey Says: Debian and Ubuntu
    • Canonical will use Intel's efilinux in Ubuntu for UEFI secure boot
    • Ubuntu Unity: Making the desktop seriously efficient again
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Full Circle Magazine #62
    • Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 is now available!
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Podcasts
    • 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

    12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 2 Released!

    "Welcome to the Quantal Quetzal Alpha 2 image set, which will in time become the 12.10 release.

    Pre-releases of Quantal Quetzal are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

    Alpha 2 is the second in a series of milestone images that will be released throughout the Quantal development cycle, in addition to our daily development images. The Alpha images are known to be reasonably free of showstopper CD build or installer bugs, while representing a very recent snapshot of Quantal. You can download them here:

    http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/quantal/alpha-2/ (Ubuntu Desktop, Server)"

    More details, including links to the other images released for Alpha 2, available in the announcement here: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ne/000965.html

    Welcome New Members

    Results for the 1200 UTC Regional Membership Board Meeting, Wednesday the 27th of June 2012:



    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...ne/001590.html

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (93853) -457 over last week
    • Critical (70) -4 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48303) -448 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) (518) -935 over last week
    • Spanish (10848) -140 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (20692) +1 over last week
    • Bosnian (37213) +1 over last week
    • German (46313) -180 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 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

    LoCo News

    Jo'burg Ubuntu Hour and CDs across the country

    Maia Grotepass shares a photo from a recent Ubuntu Hour in Johannesburg, South Africa and describes the team's "network of 14 enthusiastic volunteers in all the major centers who are willing to help people get a copy of an iso" in South Africa.

    http://my-ubuntu-day.blogspot.com/20...ds-across.html

    Launchpad News



    Ubuntu Cloud News



    The Planet

    Daniel Holbach: A few days as an ARB helper

    Daniel Holbach describes his experience helping the Ubuntu App Review Board. He notes the fun he had and his observation of the creativity of Ubuntu app developers. He also calls for help for the Board from interested people with packaging experience.

    http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/06/...an-arb-helper/

    IRC Council: Join the discussion in #ubuntu-discuss

    The Ubuntu IRC Council announces the creation of a new channel, #ubuntu-discuss, which is "for discussions that are not support related but are about Ubuntu. These might include speculation about future directions, interesting products with Ubuntu pre-installed, the latest posts on planet Ubuntu or anything else that is Ubuntu related." The post goes on to review the purpose of #ubuntu, #ubuntu-offtopic and some questions which may arise concerning the new channel.

    http://ubottu.com/ircc/2012/06/25/jo...buntu-discuss/

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Showdown: Gallery Of Progress

    Jono Bacon takes the pulse on the Ubuntu App Showdown competition, and shows us the progression of a few of the entries, including the game Let It Flow, development tool Quickly GTK - which includes HUD support, and task manager HumanTask.

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/06/26/...y-of-progress/

    Nicholas Skaggs: Call for Testing: 12.10 kernel on 12.04

    Nicholas Skaggs shares instructions for users who wish to test the 12.10 kernel in 12.04, which will become available during one of the future 12.04 point releases. A new QA Tracker feature is being used for this test; those interested are encouraged to follow the directions on the site, and contact Nicholas and the QA team with any questions.

    http://www.theorangenotebook.com/201...l-on-1204.html

    Edubuntu: Deployments Page

    Jonathan Carter shares news that the Edubuntu website has been upgraded to Drupal 7 and now features a "Deployments" page and writes "We receive on average 2 queries a week via the Edubuntu contact page asking us who uses Edubuntu and where it's deployed, so we thought it'd be a good idea to make it easy for people to report their deployments and let other see where Edubuntu has been installed."

    http://edubuntu.org/2012-06-27/deployments-page

    Benjamin Kerensa: Help wanted:Chromium PPA's for Ubuntu

    Benjamin Kerensa reaches out to the community for help with maintaining the Chromium PPAs in Ubuntu, and gives details on how to contact Micahg to get involved.

    http://benjaminkerensa.com/2012/06/2...pas-for-ubuntu

    Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Ubuntu App Showdown Week 2 Wrap-Up

    Michael Hall reports for the App Developer Blog on the 2nd week of Ubuntu App Showdown interactive video tutorial sessions, and provides links to the archived sessions.

    http://developer.ubuntu.com/2012/06/...eek-2-wrap-up/

    Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for June 2012

    Barneedhar shares some of the latest news from Ask Ubuntu, including some of the "hottest" questions of the month, a new twitter account @askubuntu and tie-ins to the Ubuntu Accomplishments system.

    http://unbrokenspectrum.wordpress.co...for-june-2012/

    Daniel Holbach: Be part of the Ubuntu Apps Sprint

    Daniel Holbach announces the Ubuntu Apps Sprint, from "Monday, 2nd July to Wednesday, 4th July to learn more about Ubuntu apps, get involved in reviewing them and bringing more progress to this effort." Holbach goes on to discuss several of the key challenges facing the community when it comes to having a smooth process for applications being reviewed and accepted into Ubuntu, including technical requirements, the actual submission process which has undergone many changes since creation and the workload of the all volunteer staff on the Application Review Board.

    http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/06/...u-apps-sprint/

    Matthew Helmke: The Official Ubuntu Book, seventh edition

    Matthew Helmke announces the release of the seventh edition of The Official Ubuntu Book, which, he writes "continues to serve as a quality introduction for newcomers to Ubuntu, both the software and the community that surrounds it."

    http://matthewhelmke.net/2012/06/the...venth-edition/

    Canonical News

    Helping Zentyal offer an open-source alternative for small businesses

    Petra Puchelova writes for the Canonical Blog about Canonical's new support of "Spanish partner, Zentyal, in their provision of software and services to small and medium-sized businesses" and shares comments from both Ignacio Correas, CEO of Zentyal and the Canonical's Andrew Cooper, EMEA Channel Manager about the agreement.

    http://blog.canonical.com/2012/06/25...ll-businesses/

    In The Press

    Which Linux Is Best for File Servers? Survey Says: Debian and Ubuntu

    Katherine Noyes of PC World shares results from a recent survey of 100 small and medium-sized business users. The results show that, for file servers, they prefer Debian and Ubuntu distros over RHEL and CentOS distros. The survey was conducted by a cloud storage company named Symform.

    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscente...nd_ubuntu.html

    Canonical will use Intel's efilinux in Ubuntu for UEFI secure boot

    Lawrence Latif of the INQUIRER reports on the news that Canonical will be dropping Grub2, and switch to Intel's efilinux which will allow them to work with Microsoft's new UEFI Secure Boot they are pushing to hardware vendors.

    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/...fi-secure-boot

    Ubuntu Unity: Making the desktop seriously efficient again

    Despite some criticism from some people saying Unity is not a usable desktop environment, Jack Wallen of Tech Republic claims that it is even more efficient then the desktop environments of the past. Wallen's review covers some of the useful default keybindings, how HUD has simplified use of some of his commonly used applications and features of the Dash.

    http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/ope...ent-again/3701

    In The Blogosphere



    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #62

    Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community are proud to announce the release of our sixty-second issue.

    This month:
    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Beginning Python - Part 34, LibreOffice Part 15, and Linux Astronomy Apps.
    • Graphics : GIMP - The Beanstalk Part 3, and Inkscape Part 2.
    • Linux Lab - Tweet Screen Part 1.
    • Review - Installing Software.
    • Closing Windows - Linux Equivalents.
    • Audio Flux - some CC music tracks.


    plus: Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story, and much much more!

    Get it while it's hot! http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-62/

    Google Currents Edition: http://www.google.com/producer/editi...gazine_62_lite

    Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 is now available!

    Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 has been published! You can download a copy of the new manual from our website at http://ubuntu-manual.org/ or purchase a printed copy via http://ubuntu-manual.org/buy/gswu1204/

    Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 is a comprehensive beginner's guide designed for the Ubuntu operating system. It is written under an open source license and is free for you to download, read, modify, and share.

    This manual will help you become familiar with everyday tasks such as surfing the web, listening to music, and scanning documents. With an emphasis on easy-to-follow instructions, it is suitable for all levels of experience.

    Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 is created by a team of volunteer authors and editors. If you'd like to join the team and help produce the next version of the manual, you can find more information at http://ubuntu-manual.org/getinvolved

    Other Articles of Interest



    Featured Podcasts

    Burning Circle Episode 75

    In this episode, Stephen from the Ohio LoCo talks about UEFI and Secure Boot. Also discussed is the idea of asking Canonical to consider releasing a cheap, simple computer based on the PandaBoard with Ubuntu preinstalled to help better incarnate and actualize Ubuntu for those currently outside the Ubuntu community.

    http://ohio.ubuntu-us.org/node/103

    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



    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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    Conclusion

    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!

    Credits

    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Stephen Michael Kellat
    • Jasna Bencic
    • Mathias Hellsten
    • Matt Rudge
    • And many others


    Glossary of Terms

    Other acronyms can be found at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/glossary

    Ubuntu - Get Involved

    The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to get in on all the community fun associated with developing and promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate

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    This document is maintained by the Ubuntu Weekly News Team. If you have a story idea or suggestions for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list at https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/lis...untu-news-team and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuWeeklyNewsletter/Ideas. If you'd like to contribute to a future issue of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, please feel free to edit the appropriate wiki page. If you have any technical support questions, please send them to ubuntu-users@lists.ubuntu.com.

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