Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 281
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 281 for the week August 27 - September 2, 2012.
Links to UWN
In This Issue
- Ubuntu Developer Week - Summary Day 1-3
- Welcome New Members and Developers
- Ubuntu Stats
- Getting more photos on the locoteam portal
- September 8th Ubuntu Global Jam at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco
- Request for LoCo Council Nominations
- Information sharing is now in beta for everyone
- The way to run WordPress in the cloud
- Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for August 2012
- Robert Collins: Why platform specific package systems exist and won't go away
- Randall Ross: Achieve Unity in German! Vereinfache Dein Leben.
- Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #8
- Canonical Design Team: 12.10 shortlist so far
- Daniel Holbach: With UDW over, what's next?
- Ubuntu and Unite 2012
- Ubuntu One added to Thunderbird Filelink
- How Apple killed the Linux desktop
- The truth about Goobuntu: Google's in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux
- Stephen Fry: "I use Ubuntu"
- Canonical Drops Alternate CDs from Ubuntu 12.10
- Encrypted Installation Arrives In Ubuntu 12.10
- 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!
General Community News
Ubuntu Developer Week - Summary Day 1-3
Daniel Holbach brings us a series of blog posts from Ubuntu developer week where anyone interested had the opportunity to learn about developing on Ubuntu, as well as Quickly, app development, and much more.
Logs from Ubuntu Developer Week are available at the following link:
Welcome New Members and Developers
At the Developer Membership Board meeting on 2012-08-27, with 5 voting for, 0 abstaining, and 0 against. Thus, Ken-Yu Lin's application for upload rights to fwts is granted.
- Open (96212) -735 over last week
- Critical (65) +2 over last week
- Unconfirmed -600 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 (United Kingdom) (0) -3710 over last week
- English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
- Spanish (9916) -16 over last week
- Brazilian Portuguese (33473) -89 over last week
- Bosnian (33784) +1 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
Getting more photos on the locoteam portal
Laura Czajkowski writes about how there should be more images on LoCo team portals. Czajkowski states: "It would be really good to see more photos there as I think a photo is worth a thousand words and really conveys the energy that locoteams bring!"
September 8th Ubuntu Global Jam at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco
Elizabeth Krumbach writes about Ubuntu Global Jam, which she will be hosting at the Wikimedia Foundation on September 8th in San Francisco, California. Krumbach points out that the focus of this year's Ubuntu Global Jam will be on ISO testing. Anyone interested in attending Ubuntu Global Jam can RSVP at the following link: http://loco.ubuntu.com/events/ubuntu...a/1918/detail/
Request for LoCo Council Nominations
"LoCo Council is being faced with replacing of two of their current members." Therefore, Chris Crisafulli is sending an e-mail where he calls for "volunteers to step forward and nominate themselves or another contributor for the two open positions." Crisafulli also provides details regarding the current LoCo Council.
Information sharing is now in beta for everyone
Curtis Hovey informs us that "Launchpad's bug and branch privacy features are being replaced by information sharing that permits project maintainers to share kinds of information with people at the project level." Maintainers can also unshare information with people who leave the project. "No one needs to manage bug and branch subscriptions to ensure trusted users have access to confidential information." Everything can be managed with the usage of API scripts.
Ubuntu Cloud News
The way to run WordPress in the cloud
Jorge Castro shares information about Marco Ceppi's finished and improved WordPress Charm along with instructions on how to set up the environment for WordPress deployment. Castro also invites and challenges people to optimize WordPress.
Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for August 2012
Barneedhar reports on the generally favorable feedback for Ask Ubuntu, suggesting that it has become a helpful resource for the public. A list of the top five contributors with the most reputation points in August, and a special thanks to msPeachy for her site edits is also included.
Robert Collins: Why platform specific package systems exist and won't go away
Reflecting upon some of the key points made by Matt Zimmerman at Debconf in 2010, Robert Collins addresses why he believes platform specific package systems exist and won't go away.
Randall Ross: Achieve Unity in German! Vereinfache Dein Leben.
Randall Ross informs us that the Unity guide is now available in German, and he thanks Fast Edi for the effort.
Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #8
Jim Hoddap points out recent changes in the Ubuntu TV project, including: Nux, Unity 3D, Lenses and scopes, Metadata, Community member contributions and UDS-R. Hoddap also calls for volunteers to join the project.
Canonical Design Team: 12.10 shortlist so far
Ian Farrell brings us the shortlist of Ubuntu 12.10 wallpapers and informs us that submissions for Ubuntu 12.10 wallpapers are now closed.
Daniel Holbach: With UDW over, what's next?
Following Ubuntu Developer Week, Daniel Holbach shares further instructions for everyone who wants to learn more about Ubuntu development. Holbach includes details about the Packaging Guide and the Bug Fix Initiative page and invites questions and participation in #ubuntu-motu on irc.freenode.net, and to the ubuntu-motu mailing list.
Ubuntu and Unite 2012
John Pugh shares his experience with Unite - Unity's developer conference, which was held in Amsterdam (21st-24th of August). Pugh starts with game development "which raised the bar for Unity development" and finishes the article with "Unity's new publish-to-Linux feature."
Ubuntu One added to Thunderbird Filelink
Roberta Nilerud informs us that "in June Mozilla Thunderbird added the Filelink feature" to address the problems associated with attaching large files to emails, and Ubuntu One can now be used to host files. From this point forward, people will be able to download content directly from Ubuntu One.
In The Press
PC-in-a-Keyboard Comes with Ubuntu Linux Preloaded
A new PC-in-a-Keyboard, the Diablotek U310 by Liliputing comes pre-loaded with Ubuntu 12.04 for just $239. Hardware includes an Intel Atom D525 1.8ghz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 500GB harddrive.
How Apple killed the Linux desktop
Klint Finely of WIRED magazine writes about how the Linux desktop struggles to keep up with Apple's OS X. Finely points out the thoughts of Miguel de Icaza regarding the failure of the Linux desktop: "The real reason Linux lost is that developers started defecting to OS X because the developers behind the toolkits used to build graphical Linux applications didn't do a good enough job ensuring backward compatibility between different versions of their APIs. For many years, we broke people's code. OS X did a much better job of ensuring backward compatibility."
The truth about Goobuntu: Google's in-house desktop Ubuntu Linux
Steven Vaugn of ZDNet talks about Thomas Bushnell's unveiling of Goobuntu, Google's in-house edition of Ubuntu. Points of interest include a lack of an official desktop environment, Google is a Canonical Ubuntu Advantage customer, confirmed by Chris Kenyon, though he noted that "Google is not our largest business desktop customer."
Canonical thrusts Ubuntu towards the cloud
Shaun Nichols of V3 asserts that "Canonical is making a push to establish itself as a force in the Linux server and cloud computing markets."
The New 'Pure GNOME' Ubuntu Linux Is Coming This Fall
A new flavor of Ubuntu is coming this fall with GNOME 3 at its core. A domain name and basic website have been set up at gnomebuntu.org, though details, including its eventual name, remain elusive due to trademark restrictions.
In The Blogosphere
Ubuntu 12.10 Adds New Photo Lens
Ubuntu 12.10 will include a new Photo Lens, allowing users to search, filter, and view photos via a new, separate lens. Photo Lens can pull photos locally from Shotwell as well as from online accounts including Flickr and Facebook.
Stephen Fry: "I use Ubuntu"
Stephen Fry talks about using Ubuntu because "it seems the friendliest" in a pre-recorded interview for OggCamp 12. He also talks about his journey with computers, which started with a BBC Micro and why he believes Linux has been slow to gain market share.
Touring the Ubuntu Unity Desktop
Armando Roggio of Practicalcommerce has produced a short, three part introduction to Unity focusing on Unity's desktop, Unity's panel, and Unity's launcher. Roggio concludes that "Ubuntu's Unity desktop environment is by no means identical to Windows or OS X, but it is familiar enough that almost anyone will soon be able to use it."
Canonical Drops Alternate CDs from Ubuntu 12.10
Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares information from the Ubuntu-devel list regarding the decrease of Ubuntu alternate CDs. Larabel states that "Canonical wants to drop the number of ISOs they produce and ship -- in order to reduce their support/QA burden and also for lightening up the mirror/FTP servers."
Unity 6.4.0 Lands In Ubuntu Quantal Proposed Repository, Brings Dash Previews
Andrew of Webupd8 informs us how "Unity 6.4.0 has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal proposed repositories today, bringing a huge list of bug fixes." Andrew also gives a preview of some new features in Unity 6.4.0, namely the Dash, Unity webapps technology, and magic lamp animation.
Encrypted Installation Arrives In Ubuntu 12.10
Saurav Modak of Muktware writes about new features introduced in Ubuntu 12.10. Modak discusses the Encrypted Installation feature which will enable users to encrypt the entire installation - not just the home folder.
In Other News
Top 10 Worst Applications for Ubuntu
Datamation's Matt Hartley gives us his personal list of applications, which "quite honestly, leave a lot to be desired." Included in the list are Firefox's extension manager, Cheese, Miro, Epiphany, Gnome Nanny, and more.
Ubuntu provides magic that Windows 8 doesn't
Mihaita Bamburic of BetaNews reviews his own history with Linux, starting with his failure to embrace Red Hat, and his rediscovery of Linux with Ubuntu. Bamburic writes that Ubuntu is "easy to install, easy to use, light on resources, and able to cover basic functionality all without sacrificing its good looks" and that "Windows 8 looks somehow less inspiring."
Full Circle Magazine #64 - out NOW!
Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
are proud to announce the release of our sixty-fourth issue.
- Linux News - Security Alert!
- Command and Conquer.
- How-To : Beginning Python - Part 36, LibreOffice Part 17, and DavMail.
- Graphics : Kdenlive Part 1, and Inkscape Part 4.
- Web Dev : LAMP
- Linux Lab - Tweet Screen The Finale.
- Review - Flirc.
- Closing Windows - Wallpaper and Themes.
plus: Ask The New Guy, Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story,
and much much more!
Get it while it's hot!
Google Currents Edition:
Other Articles of Interest
Burning Circle Episode 80
Steven Michael Kellet shares news covering happenings in America, Software Freedom Day, the zero day exploit for Java, Ubuntu's plan for dropping out alternate CDs, and much more.
Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E14 - Chums of the Camp Fire
"Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen are back in Studio A for the fourteenth episode of Season Five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"
Some of the news that Ubuntu podcast from the UK brings, are:
- Samsung lost a patent case...
- Sadly, Neil Armstrong has died...
- Twitter are a Silver sponsor of the Linux Foundation...
- New photo lens (not that sort) for 12.10...
- Previews in Unity...
- Ubuntu 12.04.01 is out...
- Unity 2d has gone...
- Ubuntu on a computer-in-a-keyboard...
- UDS is going to Copenhagen...
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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Last edited by elizabeth; September 10th, 2012 at 09:36 PM.