Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 289 for the week October 22 - 28, 2012.

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In This Issue

  • Ubuntu Core On The Nexus 7
  • Raring Ringtail Ubuntu Developer Summit
  • Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) end-of-life reached on October 28, 2012
  • Welcome New Members and Developers
  • Ubuntu Stats
  • Charles Profitt: Ubuntu 12.10 Launch Party
  • Pablo Rubianes: Great Ubuntu participation on Latinoware
  • Launchpad Workshop at UDS-R
  • Private projects for beta testers
  • Brian Quigley: DuckDuckGo, Now in Ubuntu 12.10!
  • Canonical Design Team: The UDS Design Track
  • Thierry Carrez: The value of Open Development
  • Chris Wilson: PaperCuts-R: It all starts now!
  • Daniel Holbach: Leadership Mini-Summit at UDS
  • Victor Tuson Palau: What does it take to run Ubuntu Desktop on mobile devices?
  • Colin Watson: Automatic installability checking
  • Stephen Michael Kellat: Whose English?
  • Alan Bell: OpenERP and Ubuntu Unity Desktop Integration
  • Steve Langasek: SecureBoot in Ubuntu 12.10
  • Get the lowdown on enterprise computing at Ubuntu Insights
  • In The Press
  • In The Blogosphere
  • In Other News
  • Other Articles of Interest
  • Featured Audio and Video
  • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
  • Monthly Team Reports: September 2012
  • Upcoming Meetings and Events
  • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
  • And much more!

General Community News

Ubuntu Core On The Nexus 7

Jono Bacon writes about plans for the Ubuntu core on Nexus 7 project. Bacon pointed out very clearly: "This is not going to be a tablet Unity interface running on the 8/16GB Nexus 7, but instead will focus on getting the current Ubuntu Desktop running on the Nexus so that we can ensure pieces such as the kernel, power management and other related areas are working effectively on a tablet device."

Along with the project description, Bacon provides information for potential project contributors (testers and developers) and points out the UDS-R session schedule for getting Ubuntu core on Nexus 7.

Raring Ringtail Ubuntu Developer Summit

In a four day event for Ubuntu contributors in Copenhagen, Denmark from 29th Oct - 1st Nov 2012 developers will get together to plan the next release of Ubuntu! More details of how you can participate in person or remotely at

Jono Bacon has also written a post about how to participate:

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) end-of-life reached on October 28, 2012

Kate Stewart sends out a note "to confirm that the support period for Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) formally ends on October 28, 2012 and Ubuntu Security Notices no longer includes information or updated packages for Ubuntu 11.04."

Welcome New Members and Developers

Results from the 1200 UTC Regional Membership Board Meeting, Wednesday the 24th of October 2012:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

  • Open (101561) +668 over last week
  • Critical (83) -8 over last week
  • Unconfirmed (50439) +241 over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Translation Stats Quantal

  • English (United Kingdom) (9970) -170 over last week
  • Spanish (14529) -201 over last week
  • English (Australia) (17175) +/-0 over last week
  • Brazilian Portuguese (38766) -94 over last week
  • Bosnian (40613) +/-0 over last week
  • French (49000) -488 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", see more at: and

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top ideas 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.

Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

LoCo News

Charles Profitt: Ubuntu 12.10 Launch Party

Charles Profitt reports on Ubuntu Quantal release party which was held by Ubuntu-Us-NY team. Profitt notes that Ubuntu-US-NY's parties in the past were too tech oriented; therefore they decided to make this one more social. "The result was an outstanding turnout that included several new attendees."

Pablo Rubianes: Great Ubuntu participation on Latinoware

Pablo Rubianes writes about his experiences spending time with Ubuntu-BR team at Latinoware 2012. Rubianes highlights that Latinoware 2012 "was a busy event for 4200 people, their stand was always full, people asking for cds, lanyards, tshirts or solutions for some ubuntu problems, they end up really tired but it was a great experience!"

Launchpad News

Launchpad Workshop at UDS-R

A Launchpad workshop is going to be offered at UDS-R that will help contributors learn more about fixing bugs and working with Launchpad. Developers will be given advice about the entire bug-fixing process. Those wishing to attend need to list their names and the IDs of the bugs they wish to work on in the workshop.

Private projects for beta testers

Deryck Hodge of Launchpad shares that current and potential Launchpad beta testers can start trialing private projects on Launchpad. Since this feature is still in beta state, Hodge encourages testers to start using it and provide feedback and bug fixes. Hodge warns that people should not start trialing their super secret projects yet, they should instead start trialing some projects that are rather safe or not so delicate.

The Planet

Brian Quigley: DuckDuckGo, Now in Ubuntu 12.10!

Bryan Quigley reports that DuckDuckGo, a search engine that uses a secure HTTPS connection by default, is now an included search option in Firefox in Ubuntu 12.10.

Canonical Design Team: The UDS Design Track

Ivo Weevers writes about the design track at UDS, which includes sessions on fonts, a Juju GUI redesign, and many other topics. There will also be two external speakers, one from Lego and one from a design company, who will discuss their design experiences and their work with communities.

Thierry Carrez: The value of Open Development

Thierry Carrez compares open and closed development with opinions about which method is a better option for a successful project.

Chris Wilson: PaperCuts-R: It all starts now!

Chris Wilson shares that the Hundred Paper Cuts "R" Cycle is now under way. Contributors are needed for bug hunting, triaging, fixing, and testing. This cycle efforts will be focused on several projects, including Rhythmbox, Nautilus, and Unity.

Daniel Holbach: Leadership Mini-Summit at UDS

Daniel Holbach writes about the Leadership Mini-Summit, which will be held at UDS-R in Copenhagen. "One thing we also would like to change since last time is to make it a bit less heavy on governance-related bits and pieces, but more open to general team leadership."

Victor Tuson Palau: What does it take to run Ubuntu Desktop on mobile devices?

Victor Tuson Palau writes that a large focus for the R cycle is examining how to make Ubuntu run well on mobile devices. Memory management and battery life are important aspects for the developers to consider, as well as functionality and performance. Palau also posts the blueprints for the related UDS-R sessions.

Colin Watson: Automatic installability checking

Colin Watson informs us that he "finished deploying automatic installability checking for Ubuntu's development release." Watson highlights that they will be opening the archive for general development once glibc 2.16 packages are ready and notes the next step which is to focus in autopkgtest results.

Stephen Michael Kellat: Whose English?

Stephen Michael Kellat writes about how the Ubuntu community is made up of people with many diverse backgrounds, and although there are unique colloquialisms and idioms, the large community maintains effective communication. He mentions that, throughout the upcoming cycle, we need to be aware of how we talk to each other about Ubuntu, as well as how we communicate Ubuntu to others.

Alan Bell: OpenERP and Ubuntu Unity Desktop Integration

Alan Bell shares some recent changes in Ubuntu, such as Amazon integration and the new Steam announcement. He also stresses the business aspect of Ubuntu by mentioning the OpenERP web application and its possibilities.

Steve Langasek: SecureBoot in Ubuntu 12.10

Steve Langasek discusses that the 12.10 release is the first version of Ubuntu that supports Secure Boot out of the box. He reviews how it works, some of the issues with it, and plans to address them moving forward.

Canonical News

Get the lowdown on enterprise computing at Ubuntu Insights

Sonia Quarti points out Ubuntu's Insights offering of news, whitepapers and other information for "business people who may not have a technology background, but who are increasingly faced with decisions that involve enterprise computing." Ubuntu Insights include the following offerings: cloud and the enterprise data center, open cloud computing and Windows 8 migration.

In The Press

Don't like Ubuntu's Unity? Try the new GNOME Remix instead

Katherine Noyes from PCWorld talks about "Ubuntu GNOME Remix", an unofficial Ubuntu flavor that aims to bring a pure GNOME desktop experience to Ubuntu users.

Googler loads Ubuntu on an ARM-based Samsung Chromebook, gives solace to the offline among us

A Google employee has successfully loaded Ubuntu onto the new ARM-based Samsung Chromebook by installing it to an SD card. Running Ubuntu from an SD card is slower than the internal flash storage and requires experience with using Linux terminal commands, but the employee has posted the directions on his Google+ page for those interested in installing it for themselves.

In The Blogosphere

Meet The $799 All-in-One Ubuntu PC from System76

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares the news that Ubuntu PC maker System76 has launched the first All-in-one Ubuntu desktop model called the Sable Complete with a base price of $799. He includes a comparison between the Sable Complete, a Vizio, and Mac all-in-one and plans to review the Sable Complete in November.

Edubuntu, Canonical and the Education Channel

Christopher Tozzi, The VAR Guy, writes about the official Ubuntu Flavor, Edubuntu, and how the active project continues to target education while Ubuntu moves to mobile and business markets. Tozzi goes on to talk about some of the upcoming plans for Edubuntu development.

Valve To Speak Next Week At Ubuntu Summit

Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares that Andrew Bliss from Valve will speak in UDS-R on the recent efforts by Valve for Linux.

Canonical hires 'Faenza' Designer to Work on New Ubuntu Icon Set

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! writes that Matthieu James, the developer for the popular icon theme "Faenza" has been employed by Canonical to work on the new icon theme for Ubuntu.

Can Canonical Put Ubuntu on Phones, Tablets and TVs?

Christopher Tozzi touches on the mobile future of Ubuntu, highlighting what he thinks should be done to achieve success by spreading Unity across a variety of platforms.

Mark Shuttleworth: "I Really Screwed Up"

Joey-Elijah Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on remarks made at the bi-annual Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth, where Shuttleworth admits he "really screwed up" an announcement on community-developer changes in 13.04. Shuttleworth explains "It never even occurred to me that people would interpret [that] as aiming to be MORE CLOSED when the obvious intent was to open everything up, while still preserving the delight of the reveal."

In Other News

Thank you, Ubuntu Tweak will continue

Tualatrix Chou, the author of Ubuntu Tweak, a popular tool for customizing Ubuntu had recently stopped development due to lack of resources. However, mass user outcry encouraged Chou to continue development.

Samsung's ARM-powered Chromebook runs Ubuntu

Trent Nouveau of TG Daily shares how Olof Johansson managed to load up Ubuntu on a $249 laptop before Samsung's Chromebook has been officially shipped. Nouveau highlights that person "doesn't have to replace Chrome as an OS to run Ubuntu, but rather, the Linux variant can be written to an SD card, while the Chromebook is booted from a removable storage card." Still, there is a caution from Johansson that if a person doesn't know what is she doing it is better to wait for refined instructions.

Ubuntu 12.10 Virtualization vs. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, CentOS 6.3

Michael Larabel from Phoronix compares virtualization performance on KVM between Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS release and the RHEL-based CentOS 6.3.

Ubuntu 12.10: Windows 8 for the open source crowd?

John Breeden II of GCN highlights changes to desktop, server and cloud in Ubuntu 12.10. Breeden states: "I've always thought that Ubuntu was one of the cleanest flavors of Linux, but it wasn't always the most cutting-edge. The release of Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu Server 12.10 could change that, adding more Internet capabilities to the desktop and more cloud optimization to the server side." Breeden then reflects on comments from Canonical CEO Jane Silber that that the new desktop version of Ubuntu is a good alternative to Microsoft Windows 8.

Full Circle Magazine #66 - out NOW!

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

This month:

  • How-To : Use LaTeX, LibreOffice Part 18, and Do Quick Reinstalls.
  • Graphics : Kdenlive Part 3, and Inkscape Part 6.
  • Web Dev : CRUD Part 2
  • Reviews - Nexus 7 tablet & Peppermint Three OS.
  • Closing Windows - File Associations (Open With).
  • NEW! What Is - UEFI
  • Ubuntu Games - Torchlight

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Other Articles of Interest

Featured Audio and Video

Burning Circle 88

Stephen Michael Kellat from the Ohio LoCo talks about the LoCo reapproval process by reading out a message from Cheri Francis of Ohio's LoCo Council, he also discusses first impressions of Xubuntu 12.10 on the BeagleBoard-xM, looks at packages set to be yanked from Debian Wheezy if they don't get outstanding blocker bugs fixed, and discusses the matter of the "skunkworks" Ubuntu development.

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E18 - Secret Societies and Subversive Movements

"Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are Pope-less but, nevertheless, are back in Studio A for the eighteenth episode of Season Five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"

Topics include:

  • Secure Boot saga continues
  • Dur na na duh, de duh, de duh, boottime!
  • Firefox will block dodgy plugins that need updating
  • Mono 3.0 released
  • CEEFAX switched off after 38 years
  • Upcoming events
  • Quantal Quetzal (12.10) released
  • Pretty web interface for Juju
  • Ubuntu 13.04 will be called Raring Ringtail
  • Ubuntu TV team needs you

And more!

Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

Monthly Team Reports: September 2012

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

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

Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

End of Life - April 2014


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