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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 282


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 282 for the week September 3 - 9, 2012.

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    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released.
    • Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Reviews
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • SFD Tunisia 2012
    • Local LoCo Team Portal Install
    • Launchpads page performance report now reusable
    • Jonathan Riddell: Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?
    • Michael Hall: How the AppDevUploadProcess was written
    • James Hunt: Call for Testing: Upstart stateful re-exec
    • Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #9
    • Canonical Design Team: 12.10 wallpaper selection finalised
    • Daniel Holbach: Hanging out with Ubuntu developers
    • No Quantal Beta 1 for Xubuntu
    • Thomas Ward: Servers and PHP FPM: The New Method in Quantal
    • Ted Gould: Desktop in the Cloud
    • Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Leadership Election Results!
    • Ubuntu made ... fun! (Book Review: Ubuntu Made Easy)
    • 20 Must Have Ubuntu Apps for Productivity
    • The Five best things coming in Ubuntu 12.10 Linux
    • Canonical Targets Corporate Desktops for Ubuntu
    • Meet The Ubuntu 'Keyboard PC'
    • 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

    Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1 Released.

    Kate Stewart announces the release of Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Beta 1:

    "The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the first beta release of Ubuntu 12.10 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

    Codenamed "Quantal Quetzal", 12.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing new features and fixing bugs.

    For the client, this release now has a consolidated Ubuntu image. There is no longer a traditional CD sized image, DVD or alternate image, but rather a single 800MB Ubuntu image that can be used from USB or DVD. This change does not affect Ubuntu Server, which remains a traditional CD sized image.

    With Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Ubuntu Studio also reached Beta 1 status today. These images, along with Xubuntu will continue to have daily updates for the remainder of the release."

    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...er/001883.html

    Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 1 Reviews

    Several blogs covered the release with details, screenshots and videos. The following are a sampling of those reviews selected by our editors.



    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Results from the 2200 UTC Membership Board Meeting, September 6, 2012:



    https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ub...er/001628.html

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (95376) -836 over last week
    • Critical (73) +8 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46119) -959 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 Quantal

    • English (United Kingdom) (10613)
    • Spanish (12072)
    • English (Australia) (18455)
    • Brazilian Portuguese (37339)
    • German (48988)


    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/quantal/ 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

    SFD Tunisia 2012

    Nizar Kerkeni announces the Tunisia Software Freedom Day 2012. The event "aims to spread the culture of free and open source software and its concepts, to raise awareness of free software and its virtues, and to educate the benefits of using this kind of software everywhere: in education, in government, at home, and in business."

    http://blog.nizarus.org/2012/09/sfd-tunisia-2012

    Local LoCo Team Portal Install

    Elizabeth Krumbach writes about the low number of developers currently contributing to the LoCo Team Portal and gives instructions for how to create a virtual machine with a development version of the portal for development. Krumbach writes that it "would be great to have experienced folks pitching in."

    http://princessleia.com/journal/?p=6662

    Launchpad News

    Launchpads page performance report now reusable

    Robert Collins of Launchpad writes that the " page performance report can now be used on regular Apache log files, rather than just the zserver trace log files that Launchpad's middle tier generates." The code is in the dev-utils project on launchpad, and Collins shares instructions for checking it out and configuring it.

    http://www.advogato.org/person/rober...html?start=166

    The Planet

    Jonathan Riddell: Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?

    Jonathan Riddell shares some comments from a Kubuntu forum thread, which asks users "Why have you stuck with Kubuntu?" Comments include preference for KDE, familiar look, compassionate community and that it "allows me to do more with fewer keystrokes or mouse clicks."

    http://werghdf.blogspot.com/2012/09/...h-kubuntu.html

    Michael Hall: How the AppDevUploadProcess was written

    Michael Hall shares some insights on how the newly proposed specification for developers to get their applications into the Software Center was created. He highlights some of the problems with the previous process and discusses how the team collaborated to put together a possible solution to fix the issues. The spec was released to the community to gain feedback and is not yet final.

    http://mhall119.com/2012/09/how-the-...s-was-written/

    Read Jono Bacon's take where he dives into some of the old issues, and how the new spec addresses them to better serve developers and help move the project forward here: http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/09/06/...-to-the-world/

    James Hunt: Call for Testing: Upstart stateful re-exec

    James Hunt from the Canonical Foundations Team makes a call for testing the new stateful re-exec feature that is hoped to land in Quantal. "If you'd like to help out testing the new "stateful re-exec" feature of Upstart [...], see the details in the link" Hunt says.

    http://ifdeflinux.blogspot.com/2012/...ateful-re.html

    Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #9

    The Ubuntu TV update this week covers some of the latest developments, including work to add the Unity Preview features into the TV, and a shifted focus into fixing bugs following the feature freeze that went into effect last week.

    http://www.doadjustyourset.com/2012/...ekly-update-9/

    Canonical Design Team: 12.10 wallpaper selection finalised

    Canonical has announced the final wallpaper selection for 12.10. The collection includes 11 images submitted by the community. While the winning entries will be included in the 12.10 release, you can view the entire shortlist in the Flickr gallery now.

    http://design.canonical.com/2012/09/...ion-finalised/

    Daniel Holbach: Hanging out with Ubuntu developers

    Daniel Holbach blogs about a new series of Google Hangouts where developers interested in helping to make 12.10 a great release can join to learn more about development and bug fixing. It also serves as a great way to get to know the developers a little better. Sessions start this week and will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays for anyone interested in attending.

    http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/09/...tu-developers/

    No Quantal Beta 1 for Xubuntu

    The Xubuntu team didn't release Beta 1 this cycle citing, among the reasons, a desire to fix several important bugs and reduce the image size in order to make Beta 2 the very best possible. Despite the absence of Beta 1, daily updates will be released and Xubuntu Beta 2 will be released toward the end of the month.

    http://xubuntu.org/news/no-quantal-beta-1-for-xubuntu/

    Thomas Ward: Servers and PHP FPM: The New Method in Quantal

    Thomas Ward writes that the PHP FPM package has been modified in both Debian and Ubuntu to listen on a UNIX socket by default, running at /var/run/php5-fpm.sock, and stresses: "Anyone upgrading to Quantal from Precise or earlier which have servers using php5-fpm assuming that it'll continue to listen on 127.0.0.1:9000 will need to change their configurations to adapt for this change!"

    http://lordoftime.info/?p=39

    Ted Gould: Desktop in the Cloud

    Ted Gould details a new feature in Ubuntu 12.10 that he is excited about: the ability to log in to a remote desktop. By using the guest account feature, users can connect to their remote desktops located anywhere on the Internet. The remote desktop is integrated with your Ubuntu SSO, meaning that a user needs only to provide their SSO to be able to see a list of their available servers to connect to.

    http://gould.cx/ted/blog/Desktop_in_the_cloud

    Ubuntu Women: Ubuntu Women Leadership Election Results!

    Cheri Francis of the Ubuntu Women team announces a tie in the election of an additional member of the Ubuntu Women Leadership team. As a result, both Silvia and Flavia have been added to the team.

    http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2012/09...ction-results/

    In The Press

    Ubuntu made ... fun! (Book Review: Ubuntu Made Easy)

    Sandra Henry-Stocker of ITWire gives a short overview of the new "Ubuntu Made Easy" book released by No Starch Press. "I would recommend this book to anyone who is starting out with Ubuntu (whether new to Linux or not) or anyone looking to get a lot more value out of his/her Ubuntu system. It's well written, easy to understand and thoroughly fun to read."

    http://www.itworld.com/open-source/2...untu-made-easy

    20 Must Have Ubuntu Apps for Productivity

    Matt Hartley of Datamation has a write up of 20 essential productivity applications for Ubuntu users including FocusWriter, Freeplane, gSTM, Unity Mail, Giver, Wake On Plan and Diodon clipboard, and explains "how they lend themselves to a more productive workstation environment."

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

    The Five best things coming in Ubuntu 12.10 Linux

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of ZDNet shares his thoughts on what the five best things coming in Ubuntu 12.10 are: Unity Previews, Online account and Web service desktop integration, Ubuntu One adds file sharing, Ubuntu moves to Python 3 and Unified Unity desktop.

    http://www.zdnet.com/the-five-best-t...ux-7000003927/

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu GNOME Remix Releases First Alpha

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! writes about the new Ubuntu GNOME Remix and its Alpha 1 release. Sneddon points out that this new GNOME-flavoured spin of Ubuntu features: GNOME 3.6. as its default desktop, apps - Web, Abiword, Gnumeric, Evolution, GDM, 'Software' package manager.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/g...releases-alpha

    Ubuntu vs Windows 8

    TuxRadar brings us Mayank Sharma's Ubuntu vs Windows 8 review based on a group testing. Review includes following: desktops (Metro vs Unity), Net loss, background apps, app switching, cloud integration and much more.

    http://www.tuxradar.com/content/ubuntu-vs-windows-8

    Canonical Targets Corporate Desktops for Ubuntu

    Christoper Tozzi from The Var Guy reports on Canonical's selling points. He reports on a survey discussing Ubuntu and employees' work satisfaction, productivity, security, management, and support.

    http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/09/04/...ps-for-ubuntu/

    Libre Office Adds Ubuntu App Menu Support - No Plugin Needed

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! writes about the latest version of Libre Office and its native app menu integration. Sneddon explains the main initial reason for app menu integration was "saving the vertical space for Netbook users."

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/l...-plugin-needed

    Meet The Ubuntu 'Keyboard PC'

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! brings us a specification review of the Ubuntu 'Keyboard PC', which includes internals like CPU, RAM, HDD, and much more.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/09/m...tu-keyboard-pc

    In Other News

    Ubuntu's Unity Is Also Painful For 2D Performance

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix highlights that "besides the Unity desktop and Compiz window manager in Ubuntu impairing the Linux OpenGL performance, the 2D performance is also dramatically affected by this desktop configuration." Latter is based on Phoronix benchmark tests with 2D.

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...tem&px=MTE3NjA

    Tiny cubieboard ARM Platform Offers Solid Specs with Android and Ubuntu Support for $49

    Seth Colaner from HotHardware introduces us to the tiny cubieboard ARM platform, which supports Ubuntu and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. "Those who like to tinker with and build computers have a new toy to play with."

    http://hothardware.com/News/Tiny-cub...upport-for-49/

    Ubuntu Unity Proves Very Slow To KDE, GNOME, Xfce, LXDE

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings benchmarking results which compare the following desktops: Unity 6.4, KDE SC 4.9, KDE SC 4.9 with KWin automatically suspending desktop effects on full-screen applications, GNOME Shell 3.5.4, GNOME Classic 3.5.5, Xfce 4.10, and LXDE 0.5.11.

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

    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

    Security Updates



    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    No 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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