Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 278
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 278 for the week August 6 - 12, 2012.
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In This Issue
- Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown winners
- Welcome New Members
- Ubuntu Stats
- The State of the LoCo
- Resources for Ubuntu LoCos
- Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
- San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner Wrap-up
- Successful Ubuntu Hour in Jo'burg today
- Juju and Nagios, sittin' in a tree.. (Part 1)
- Oliver Grawert: The Bamboo Feeder - automating continuous ARM image tests
- Didier Roche: Quickly reboot: developer feedback wrap up and templates content
- Mathieu Trudel: Bug 1010724: Why doesn't dnsmasq listen on both IPv4 and IPv6?
- s.fox: An Interview with Idleone
- Nicholas Skaggs: Quality mid-cycle checkup
- Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #5
- Jorge Castro: Easier Installation for Everyone With the Ubuntu Button
- Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Online Tour
- The Fridge: Interview with Jasna Bencic
- The Fridge: Ubuntu Manual: Call for Authors
- Canonical News
- Ubuntu App Showdown: 15 Hot Apps to Watch
- Ubuntu Light Themes Updated With New Style For Nautilus, More [Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal]
- In Other News
- Other Articles of Interest
- 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
Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown winners
David Planella of the App Developer blog announces the gold, silver, and bronze prize-winners of the Ubuntu App Showdown, which had a total of 133 app submissions: Lightread, Fogger, and Picksaw. He describes each of these applications, and thanks both the participants and the Application Review Board (ARB).
In addition to these top prizes, there is also an upcoming "community vote" prize. All participating app developers will also receive a free Ubuntu t-shirts.
Welcome New Members
A little late with these announcements from July 30th, but welcome!
- Open (98114) -444 over last week
- Critical (64) +1 over last week
- Unconfirmed (48838) -404 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) (3) +1 over last week
- English (United Kingdom) (7794) -176 over last week
- Spanish (10152) -31 over last week
- Bosnian (33781) +1 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (33947) -476 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
The State of the LoCo
Benjamin Kerensa writes about the status of LoCo teams in the United States. He shares "troubling" quotes from some unapproved teams he contacted to learn what has prevented them from becoming approved teams. In order to address the issues brought up, he suggests: improved mentoring, better engagement with unapproved LoCos, follow-ups and health checks of LoCos who are declined approval, and a library of resources that include a leadership document.
Resources for Ubuntu LoCos
Benjamin Kerensa informs Ubuntu LoCos about books and other resources available for Ubuntu events and release parties. Kerensa gives a list of resources along with contact information for: O'Reilly Books, Apress Books, Peachpit Books, Focal Press Books, Pearson/Addison-Wesley/Pretince Hall/SAMS
Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
Jono Bacon informs approved Ubuntu LoCo teams how to obtain a free copy of the Official Ubuntu Book. Bacon states: "Prentice Hall is happy to send each and every approved LoCo team one free copy of The Official Ubuntu Book. To be entirely clear: this is one copy of the book per team. This will be a great addition to each team's library of Ubuntu books!"
San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner Wrap-up
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about her hosting experiences at the recently held Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian dinner at San Francisco, and how Debian dinners help boost Ubuntu Hour attendance.
Successful Ubuntu Hour in Jo'burg today
Maia Grotepass shares photos from a recent Ubuntu Hour in Johannesburg and thanks queery1985 for "sharing CDs and for organising the Ubuntu Hour."
Ubuntu Cloud News
Juju and Nagios, sittin' in a tree.. (Part 1)
Clint Byrum starts a series of posts about Juju and Nagios. In this first post, he explains Nagios in detail, focusing on two main features that Nagios provides: service monitoring and resource monitoring. He then introduces some of the benefits of Juju when configuring Nagios for service checks.
Oliver Grawert: The Bamboo Feeder - automating continuous ARM image tests
Oliver Grawert discusses his work and the challenges that were overcome at a recent sprint with the Canonical QA team setting up and PXE booting a bunch of pandaboards for testing.
Didier Roche: Quickly reboot: developer feedback wrap up and templates content
Didier Roche reports on the recently held Quickly reboot sessions, now available for viewing on YouTube at the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nIyFxdTEpU. Roche also announces the next sessions which will focus on templates in Quickly.
Mathieu Trudel: Bug 1010724: Why doesn't dnsmasq listen on both IPv4 and IPv6?
Mathieu Trudel writes about dnsmasq in Ubuntu currently only listening on an IPv4 address, stating: "Dnsmasq currently only listens on 127.0.0.1; that's done on purpose. If the only nameserver you have is 127.0.0.1, both IPv4 and IPv6 queries will go through it. It doesn't listen on an IPv6 address." Trudel goes on to say "Letting dnsmasq listen on IPv6 is definitely something I wouldn't mind to see working; but it's unfortunately not as simple as adding '--listen-address=::1' to the parameters passed to dnsmasq by NetworkManager."
s.fox: An Interview with Idleone
s.fox interviews Giovanni Chiazzese about his involvement in the Ubuntu community, interests in Linux, computers, and much more.
Nicholas Skaggs: Quality mid-cycle checkup
Nicholas Skaggs writes about plans and progress with application testing, SRU verification, general testing (e.g., day-to-day running of the development version), calls for testing, QA tracker development, hardware database, and test cases.
Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #5
Jim Hoddap reports about changes in Ubuntu TV project including:
- Unity 3D status
- Work continues to progress on this effort. More specific details coming soon after the changes land in a public launchpad branch
- Grilo plugin for TMDB has been written. Commit to Grilo upstream should occur soon.
- Use the Grilo test GUI to experiment with the plugin
- Community members can use the TMDB as a template to contribute other metadata provider plugins (such as TTVDB)
Hoddap also reports on the current status of the project and requests volunteers willing to join the project.
Jorge Castro: Easier Installation for Everyone With the Ubuntu Button
Jorge Castro writes in his blog about the Ubuntu Button, stating "we have a bunch of places where we could use this button, and it'd be easy for people to submit edits and make each answer better and better. When someone google's "How do I install foo on Ubuntu?" it'd be nice to see that big honkin' button."
Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Online Tour
Anthony Dillon writes about his recent work with the Ubuntu online tour innovations with HTML5 and JQuery. Dillon states: "As a member of the web team I decided to take on the challenge as a cool way to testing out some HTML5 and jQuery. The purpose of this blog is to talk about some of the challenges and thought processes I went through during the build." Dillon also puts out a call for contributors who have HTML, CSS and jQuery skills.
The Fridge: Interview with Jasna Bencic
Elizabeth Krumbach interviews Jasna Bencic about her involvement in the Ubuntu community, her role in the community, future plans, and much more.
The Fridge: Ubuntu Manual: Call for Authors
John Xygonakis of the Ubuntu Manual team shares Ubuntu Manual plans for the 12.10 cycle and puts out a call for authors on the following sections: Ubuntu Desktop, Working with Ubuntu, Viewing and editing photos, Reading and compositing mail, Browsing the web, Getting online, and Learning More.
An enterprise summit not to be missed!
Cezzaine Haigh writes about Ubuntu Enterprise Summit to be held in Copenhagen on October 30th. Haigh also emphasizes the summit's three key topics:
- How flexibility creates business value
- Choosing which bandwagon to board
- The way ahead, from client to cloud
The future is open cloud
Susan Wu writes about increased enterprise interest in open cloud computing and about its benefits, including reduced costs and increased flexibility without the risk of vendor lock-in. Wu also mentions Juju and MAAS, referring them as "technologies are streamlining the deployment process, making it quicker and simpler than ever to get applications running in the cloud."
In The Blogosphere
Blender and Ubuntu Creating TV Ad Magic in Brazil
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! shows how Brazil-based graphics studio OvniVFX is working in the advertisement industry to create vibrant, imaginative TV commercials for various clients using only Blender and Ubuntu.
Ubuntu App Showdown: 15 Hot Apps to Watch
Manuel Jose, Tech Drive-in, reviews 15 of the "hottest" apps in the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest recently held to encourage development in Ubuntu. More than 150 applications were submitted and 133 qualified for the final list. At the time of writing, winners had not yet been announced. Even so, Jose provides an information on how to download the apps.
Ubuntu Light Themes Updated With New Style For Nautilus, More [Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal]
Andrew of WebUpd8 reviews the new Ubuntu light themes updated for the new Nautilus in Quantal Quetzal (Ubuntu 12.10). Changes include the new Ambiance and Radiance themes for Quantal with new rounded tabs and larger, more rounded, buttons. He also provides screenshots of the new themes with Nautilus and non-Ubuntu default programs, such as Epiphany and Gnome Contacts, Documents, and Applications.
Video Review: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Michael Perks of REVIEWLINUX provides a short video demonstration of Ubuntu 12.04. Perks states: "This is an OS that you will enjoy for years."
Ubuntu Delays Wayland System Compositor
Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that according to a blueprint update, "Ubuntu 12.10 will not be shipping with a Wayland-based system compositor as was once hoped for, but the experimental system compositor can be enabled from a PPA in a very primitive state."
Ubuntu Desktop Environment Usage Statistics
Nitesh from Ubuntu Vibes reports on the usage statistics of the Ubuntu Desktop Environment. The various desktop environments include Unity, Classic Gnome, KDE, Gnome Shell, XFCE, LXDE. Results were tabulated through the Popcorn Project which reported on usage statistics totaling 2,363,432 users of Ubuntu. The usage statistics feature is automatically activated with the installation of the OS, and it reports on files used and packages installed.
In Other News
Three Top Ubuntu Alternatives
Matt Harley of Datamation explores his "top 3" Ubuntu alternatives. These are derivatives based on Ubuntu, yet having their own unique take on the Ubuntu base. The three derivatives covered are Linux Mint, with its simpler UI, software backup, and desktop environment. Then there's Peppermint Linux OS which, in contrast to Linux Mint, is very cloud-centric in its preferences in cloud software over local apps. Then there's Pear Linux 5, which is very Apple-like in its UI and is ideal for netbooks.
Ubuntu 12.10 Might Ship With Nautilus 3.4 Instead Of 3.6
Andrew, WebUpd8, reports on recent comments from Sebastien Bacher, software engineer at Canonical, that Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal might go back to Nautilus 3.4, even though Nautilus 3.5 is already in Quantal repositories. Furthermore Ubuntu might follow the recent forks from Nautilus, such as Marlin or Nemo.
Other Articles of Interest
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
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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