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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 273


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 273 for the week July 2 - 8, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team Blog Launches New Visual Identity
    • Launchpad News
    • EC2 S3 Mirrors globally available
    • Lucas Nussbaum: Introducing the Debian Maintainer Dashboard -- help needed!
    • Lubuntu Blog: Quantal UI Improvements
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Call for Testing: 12.10 kernel on 12.04 -- Part Deux
    • Daniel Holbach: Making better apps possible
    • Jonathan Carter: Facebook ads for MOTU?
    • James Henstridge: u1ftp: a demonstration of the Ubuntu One API
    • Ubuntu server 12.04: Fast and flexible
    • Why Google and Ubuntu don't say "Linux"
    • Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • 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!


    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (93884) +31 over last week
    • Critical (71) +1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48228) -75 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) (2) -512 over last week
    • Spanish (10787) -61 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (20268) -424 over last week
    • Bosnian (37161) -52 over last week
    • German (46257) -56 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 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

    Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team Blog Launches New Visual Identity

    Tiago Hillderbrandt presents a new design for Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team's blog, called Ubuntu Way.

    http://tiagohillebrandt.eti.br/blog/...-identity.html

    Launchpad News

    Meet Vincent Ladeuil who works in the Blue Squad on Launchpad

    Laura Czajkowski interviews Vincent Ladeuil, one of the current Blue Squad maintainers, about his work at Canonical, role/work at Launchpad, free software experience and much more.

    http://blog.launchpad.net/meet-the-d...d-on-launchpad

    Meet Martin Packman in the Blue squad

    Laura Czajkowski interviews Martin Packman, one of the current Blue Squad maintainers, about his work at Canonical, role/work at Launchpad, free software experience and much more.

    http://blog.launchpad.net/meet-the-d...the-blue-squad

    We're hiring software engineers to work on cloud projects in Canonical

    Laura Czajkowski announces that Launchpad is hiring software engineers to work on cloud projects in Canonical. Czajkowski states: "Alongside four or five other engineers, you'll be part of an agile engineering squad, in Canonical's Launchpad team, working in either a new development or maintenance role on a different cloud-related project every six to nine months. Your work will touch projects such as OpenStack, MAAS, AWSome and the Launchpad SaaS developer tools platform."

    http://blog.launchpad.net/were-hirin...s-in-canonical

    Are you a technical writer -Want to work with amazing people and great team- Come join us

    Laura Czajkowski announces that Launchpad is hiring technical writers. Czajkowski states: "As technical writer in Canonical's Launchpad team you'll find the best way to ensure that users and developers of our software understand its benefits and how to use it. Whether it's traditional documentation, screen casts or blog posts, you'll find it easy to choose the right medium and you'll have all the skills necessary to produce compelling, involving and effective content."

    http://blog.launchpad.net/were-hirin...m-come-join-us

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    EC2 S3 Mirrors globally available

    Ben Howard writes that in "an effort to improve reliability of the Ubuntu archive mirrors, Canonical undertook a project to host the archives utilized by EC2 instances with Amazon's S3" and announces that, following the move of us-east-1 to Amazon S3, all remaining EC2 regions have now been migrated to S3.

    http://utlemming.azurewebsites.net/?p=451

    The Planet

    Lucas Nussbaum: Introducing the Debian Maintainer Dashboard -- help needed!

    Lucas Nussbaum introduces Debian Maintainer Dashboard. Some of the dashboard's features include:

    • Reports buildd issues (failed builds)
    • Upstream status monitor that works (UDD has its own)
    • Knows about teams' VCS (if your team uses PET) and displays the current version in the VCS
    • Lists packages you maintain or co-maintain, and also the packages you showed interest in by subscribing to them on the PTS


    Nussbaum also writes how he needs help with web design. So, anyyone who is interested can contact him for further information.

    http://www.lucas-nussbaum.net/blog/?p=722

    Lubuntu Blog: Quantal UI Improvements

    The Lubuntu Artwork Team is working toward revamping many of the UI elements, including an improved icon theme and a redesigned GTK2/GTK3 theme. The Wallpaper Contest is still ongoing, and submissions are still being accepted through Flickr.

    http://lubuntublog.blogspot.com/2012...rovements.html

    Nicholas Skaggs: Call for Testing: 12.10 kernel on 12.04 -- Part Deux

    Nicolas Skaggs announces a call for kernel testing, together with instructions. Skaggs states: "As announced earlier the kernel team is looking for some folks to help bring the 12.10 kernel to 12.04. Once 12.10 has been released, the team wants to enable newer hardware support via the kernel for the LTS version of the desktop."

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

    Daniel Holbach: Making better apps possible

    Daniel Holbach posts about the recent Ubuntu Apps Sprint and covers their progress, including:

    • Number of bugs fixed in arb-lint.
    • Smaller issues in packaging which were related to bugs in python-distutils-extra are fixed.
    • Problems with apport hooks in apps which are now solved.
    • Allison's Trello board set up and review of many apps.


    http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/07/...apps-possible/

    Jonathan Carter: Facebook ads for MOTU?

    Jonathan Carter writes about ways how to attract more people to Ubuntu as a MOTU and discusses his experience with a Facebook ad where he states: "The ad was displayed a total of 20,661 times. That's what Facebook considers it's "outreach". So out of the 129,520 users who were targeted, it was displayed for 20,661 of them. 59 people clicked on the link (that's about as far as you can get with $25).

    Did it get more people interested in contributing to Ubuntu? I have no idea. This experiment was mostly to see what $25 gets you in ads."

    Carters says he still prefers Google+ as the way for attracting more people to Ubuntu since, as he writes, there are more geeky people who are eager to share information.

    http://jonathancarter.org/2012/07/04...-ads-for-motu/

    James Henstridge: u1ftp: a demonstration of the Ubuntu One API

    James Henstridge shares a small program he wrote to showcase the power of the Ubuntu One API. The program makes a users' files available via a FTP daemon running on localhost, meaning that a users' files can be made available by use of a file manager or FTP client without needing the actual Ubuntu One client installed.

    http://blogs.gnome.org/jamesh/2012/07/05/u1ftp/

    Canonical News

    Ubuntu server 12.04: Fast and flexible

    Canonical announces a webinar on the deployment of Ubuntu server.
    "Join Matthew Revell and Mark Baker from the Ubuntu Server team to learn about ... new technologies and how they can help you benefit from the same infrastructure as the world's leading web scale companies."

    http://www.canonical.com/about-canon...t-and-flexible

    In The Press

    Why Google and Ubuntu don't say "Linux"

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet has some thoughts of why Ubuntu and Google "don't use the "L" word" and writes "You see this isn't about reality. It's about perception. Canonical and Google rather than try to fight how Linux is seen by most people ... have chosen to dodge the Linux brand issue entirely."

    http://www.zdnet.com/why-google-and-...ux-7000000221/

    Shuttleworth: Why Windows 8 made us ditch GPL Linux loader

    Gavin Clarke of The Register reports on Mark Suttleworth's explanation as to why they decided to switch from the GPL licensed GRUB2 boot loader to Intel's efilinux. Clarke writes: "According to Shuttleworth, this decision was taken because there is too much uncertainty surrounding the terms of the FSF's GPL v3 and its implications for Ubuntu's secret signing key."

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07...responds_uefi/

    In The Blogosphere

    Does Ubuntu Need More "Apps"?

    The VAR Guy shares thoughts about the tech ecosystem that is pushing "App" development and Canonical's own recent push to add more "Apps" to the Ubuntu operating system. He expresses concern over changing Ubuntu's packaging and software-distribution system to accommodate the new "App" developers.

    http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/07/01/...eed-more-apps/

    Ubuntu Security: Is There a Threat?

    Matt Hartley of Datamation writes about some of the threats that exist on Ubuntu (and Linux) when it comes to keeping the system secure. Hartley covers the danger of unknown commands, antivirus software to help protect Windows systems your Linux machine may share a network with: firewalls, file sharing, updates and encryption and more.

    http://www.datamation.com/open-sourc...-threat-1.html

    Software Updater updated with refreshed look in Ubuntu 12.10

    Razvi of iloveubuntu.com covers the renaming of Update Manager to Software Updater, including screenshots of style changes also made with this new version.

    http://iloveubuntu.net/software-upda...ok-ubuntu-1210

    Ubuntu Shaped Crop Circles Appear in Italy

    Joey Sheddon, OMG! Ubuntu, posts about Ubuntu-shaped impressions which appeared in wheat fields in Italy. There are questions about who could have possibly done it. Sheddons states: "So what is causing the grain-groping geometry? UFOs? Aliens? Pranksters? The answer as to what is making them - and why they chose to draw the Ubuntu logo - remains a mystery."

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/07/u...ppear-in-italy

    ARM Wrestling: Fedora 17 vs. Ubuntu Linux

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix installs ARM versions of Fedora and Ubuntu on a PandaBoard and shares benchmarks. He concludes "While Fedora 17 on ARM is progressing nicely, unfortunately due to the OMAP4460 PandaBoard ES not being properly supported with its default kernel for the PandaBoard, the performance is sub-par to Ubuntu. However, as ARM hardware becomes increasingly common for low-powered desktops, it will be interesting to see how the major Linux distributions wrestle it out on the ARM front."

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...restling&num=1

    Red Hat & Ubuntu's UEFI solutions not good for FOSS

    Chris Hall of FOSS Force writes about concerns with both Red Hat and Ubuntu's UEFI solutions, and says "Instead of cooperating with Microsoft's bid to put a lock on the operating system market, we should be fighting them. For starters, it would appear there are some antitrust issues that could possibly be pursued. Maybe Google could put some pressure on companies making Android ARM devices to just say no to Secure Boot without an easy-to-use "off" button."

    http://fossforce.com/2012/07/red-hat...ons-good-foss/

    In Other News

    4 Fine Linux ARM Distros

    Carla Schroder writes for Linux.com writes about the increase in interest in ARM for linux and shares details about "four good distros cram-full of ARM fun:" Arch Linux, Ubuntu, Debian and Fedora.

    https://www.linux.com/learn/tutorial...x-arm-distros-

    Other Articles of Interest



    Featured Podcasts

    Fullcircle Podcast Episode 29 - The Great Train Poddery

    Full Circle presents their newly formatted podcast hosted by members of Blackpool LUG. Topics in this show include:

    • Raspberry Jam Manchester Review
    • CHUG - An Impromptu Recording
    • Tony's Interviews From the Event
    • ROUNDTABLE INTERVIEW - The Hosts and Ben Nuttall
    • Linux News
    • Review of Full Circle Magazine issue #61
    • Feedback, plans for the future and upcoming events


    More details and podcast downloads in OGG and MP3 format available here:

    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/2012/0...train-poddery/

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E10 - The Tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan

    "Alan Pope & Mark Johnson (with the spirit of Tony Whitmore and Laura Cowen egging us on via IRC) move to Studio B for the tenth episode of Season Five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"

    Topics included:

    • Writing Unity Lenses and ASP pages.
    • Review the games available via the Humble Bundle and via the Ubuntu Software Centre.
    • Interview Michael Hall about the Ubuntu App Developer Showdown
    • Victoria Pritchard and Robin Catling dig up another audio recording of an episode of 'Tomorrow's Technology Today' from the Herbert Maxwell Fosdyke Curmudgeon Memorial Sound Archive.
    • Details about their competition to give away one of a brand new highly sought after Raspberry Pis
    • News and upcoming events


    More details and podcast downloads in OGG and MP3 format available here:

    http://podcast.ubuntu-uk.org/2012/07...the-patty-pan/

    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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    • Nathan Dyer
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