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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 294


    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 294 for the week November 26 - December 2, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Sputnik - Dell's Ubuntu-based developer laptop is here
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Re-approval: a loook back on 2 years of ubuntu-za
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Getting started with Autopilot & Our first Autopilot testcase
    • Simos Xenitellis: Ubuntu usage stats with getclicky
    • Daniel Holbach: 13.04 progress
    • Timo Jyrinki: Game performance improvement for Ubuntu available for testing
    • Ubuntu Women- Where are they now? Follow up with Amber Graner
    • James Hunt: procenv now in Debian and Ubuntu: how you can use it
    • Matt Fischer: Getting Juju With It
    • Xubuntu: FAQ for Xubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal
    • Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for November 2012
    • Randall Ross: Are You an Ubuntu Evangelist?
    • The Cost of Ubuntu
    • Why Cadence Is Canon at Canonical
    • AIR Donates 50 Computers in Gomoa East
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
    • And much more!


    General Community News

    Sputnik - Dell's Ubuntu-based developer laptop is here

    Mark Murphy, Global Alliances Director at Canonical, announces that Sputnik (Dell's Ubuntu based laptop for developers) is available for purchase. "The Dell XPS 13 is a top spec, high-end ultra-mobile laptop, offering developers a complete client-to-cloud experience. It is the result of the Dell's bold Sputnik initiative which embraced the community and received terrific response from developers around the world." For now, Sputnik is available for purchase only in America and Canada. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.dell.com/us/soho/p/xps-13-linux/pd

    http://blog.canonical.com/2012/11/29...aptop-is-here/

    Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

    Jono Bacon unveils his Ubuntu appreciations a little bit later due to his paternal obligations. However, Bacon complement those mentioned in previous editions of the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. Bacon states: "Choosing people for Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day is always tough as we have so many wonderful people who actively participate in our community. From our developers to docs writers to translators to testers to advocates and more, everyone puts their brick in the wall to build a strong, competitive, and proficient Ubuntu. We would be nothing without your contributions."

    http://www.jonobacon.org/2012/11/28/...reciation-day/

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (102524) +105 over last week
    • Critical (92) +7 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (50745) -37 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) (9000) -90 over last week
    • Spanish (13664) -262 over last week
    • English (Australia) (17039) +/-0 over last week
    • Bosnian (35678) -1721 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (38463) -7 over last week


    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 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. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week



    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com

    LoCo News

    Re-approval: a loook back on 2 years of ubuntu-za

    Maia Grotepass of the South African LoCo writes about preparing the reapproval application for the team and reflects upon the progress made in the past two years. She concludes by saying "This community cannot exists without you. This is why I am so happy that different people, all over the country, are doing something, small or big, to be part of this community. Thank you everyone for being a part of ubuntu-za!"

    http://my-ubuntu-day.blogspot.com/20...-years-of.html

    The Planet

    Nicholas Skaggs: Getting started with Autopilot & Our first Autopilot testcase

    Nicholas Skaggs continues writing about the Autopilot test suite for Ubuntu. This week, he gives detailed instructions on how to get started and outlines basic tasks like installing Autopilot to more advanced topics like making an automating test.

    http://www.theorangenotebook.com/201...autopilot.html

    http://www.theorangenotebook.com/201...-testcase.html

    Simos Xenitellis: Ubuntu usage stats with getclicky

    Simos Xenitellis compares statistic analysis web tools gs.statcounter.com and getclicky.com for statistics on Ubuntu usage in Greece and presents results along with their advantages and disadvantages.

    http://simos.info/blog/archives/1290

    Daniel Holbach: 13.04 progress

    Daniel Holbach blogs about Ubuntu 13.04 development and highlights progress in areas where he has been specifically involved:

    • The team working on the Nexus7 is very close to releasing a first 'raring' image for the Nexus7.
    • Automated Testing in Ubuntu has seen a huge boost in this cycle already.
    • New contributors should have a much easier time getting involved in this Ubuntu Development cycle.


    Holbach also announces a new set of UbuntuOnAir hangouts to be held on Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC and Thursdays 9:00 UTC.

    http://daniel.holba.ch/blog/2012/11/13-04-progress/

    Timo Jyrinki: Game performance improvement for Ubuntu available for testing

    Timo Jyrinki posts about problems with Compiz and its features, namely "Unredirect Fullscreen Windows in Compiz's Composite plugin". Jyrinki highlights progress made with Compiz under Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 which includes recent bug fixes, testing and improvements.

    http://losca.blogspot.com/2012/11/ga...or-ubuntu.html

    Ubuntu Women- Where are they now? Follow up with Amber Graner

    Emma Marshall interviews Amber Graner about her involvement with Ubuntu "now and then" projects. Marshall includes links to a previous interview of Graner from 2010.

    http://blog.ubuntu-women.org/2012/11...-amber-graner/

    James Hunt: procenv now in Debian and Ubuntu: how you can use it

    James Hunt covers the procenv utility where he highlights possibilities with this utility, such as:

    • See the environment a "buildd" provides.
    • Compare a buildd environment versus your "normal" workstation environment.
    • Compare a Debian buildd environment with an Ubuntu build environment.
    • Compare an Ubuntu buildd environment with an autopkgtest environment.


    http://ifdeflinux.blogspot.com/2012/...buntu-how.html

    Matt Fischer: Getting Juju With It

    Matt Fischer blogs about his new experience with Juju and Juju charms. It all started in Copenhagen at UDS-R where Fischer had his chance to try Juju in practice and not just in theory. The Juju Charmschool Fischer attended gave him motivation to write his own Juju charm and to continue discovering the capabililities of Juju. Fischer also encourages everybody to start with Juju because contributions are always welcome.

    http://www.mattfischer.com/blog/?p=319

    Xubuntu: FAQ for Xubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    The Xubuntu Team has written a Frequently Asked Questions section on their website for users to solve common inquiries. "In this particular release of Xubuntu we have moved out of Xfce 4.8, into the most recent 4.10, this carries some issues when updating that we would like to help you overcome" states the post.

    http://xubuntu.org/news/faq-1210-quantal-quetzal/

    Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for November 2012

    Barnedhaar shares an Ask Ubuntu update which includes: data dumps, self learners, top contributors, and hottest questions:

    • What is the command line equivalent of copying a file to clipboard?
    • Why limit the number of open files and running processes in Linux?
    • How do I throttle a command in a terminal window?


    http://unbrokenspectrum.wordpress.co...november-2012/

    Randall Ross: Are You an Ubuntu Evangelist?

    Randall Ross writes about the Ubuntu Evangelist team proposed at the last UDS, saying that he has "taken on the responsibility of building this team during the Raring Ringtail cycle, and have begun to do so" and promises more information soon.

    http://randall.executiv.es/evangelist1

    In The Press

    The Cost of Ubuntu

    Bruce Byfield of Datamation brings us a very detailed review of Canonical and its profits. He also brings us his speculations considering Ubuntu's return on investment.

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

    10 reasons to choose Ubuntu 12.10 over Windows 8

    Katherine Noyes of PCWorld writes an article explaining why user should choose Ubuntu 12.10 against Windows 8, including customizability, app selection, cloud integration, and support. 'The timing of this latest Ubuntu release couldn't be better for Windows users faced with the paradigm-busting Windows 8 and the big decision of whether to take the plunge', Noyes states.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20134...windows-8.html

    Why Cadence Is Canon at Canonical

    Jack M. Germain of Linux Insider brings us different points of view regarding Ubuntu's cadence i.e. precise release schedule. This points of view are split under certain domains where cadence is debated: Stability Sells, Rigidity Required, Time Tested, Rhyme With Reason, Seasonal Schedules, Serving Two Masters, Long or Short: Is One Better?, One Size Can't Fit All, Fixed vs. Floating, Which Way to Go? and Need For Speed.

    http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/76628.html

    AIR Donates 50 Computers in Gomoa East

    Daniel Kwaku Ganyoame shares a press release on Modern Ghana which informs us that "Africa ICT Right (AIR), an ICT-oriented non-profit organization has donated 50 computers valued at $12,500 to three schools in the Gomoa East District." The article further notes the computers run Ubuntu Linux.

    http://www.modernghana.com/news/4334...omoa-east.html

    The future of Ubuntu revealed

    Jonathan Roberts of Linux Format interviews Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO, about Unity and the motivation of people to use it and test it, about Ubuntu's openness, Ubuntu's Software Center, and much more.

    http://www.techradar.com/us/news/sof...vealed-1114487

    In The Blogosphere

    RC Mini Racers' Hits Ubuntu Software Center Lands on Ubuntu

    Joey-Elijah Sneddon informs us of the arrival of RC Mini Racers in the Ubuntu Software Center. Sneddon also brings a short game review.

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/11/r...ands-on-ubuntu

    Dell Laptop is $70 Cheaper with Ubuntu Linux

    Christoper Tozzi of the VAR GUY reflects on Dell and its cheaper laptops preloaded with Ubuntu. One of Tozzi's speculations is that the cheaper price is Dell's way of trying to attract more customers to Ubuntu.

    http://www.thevarguy.com/2012/11/28/...-ubuntu-linux/

    Dell's 'Sputnik' Ubuntu Linux ultrabook: First in a new line?

    Katherine Noyes of PCWorld brings us a detailed examination of Dell's new Ubuntu Linux ultrabook, called Sputnik, which includes deploying to the cloud, an interview with Barton George, and much more.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20174...-new-line.html

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine #67!

    This month:

    • NEW! Ubuntu News.
    • How-To : Programming in Python, LibreOffice, and Create a Thief-proof PC.
    • Graphics : Kdenlive, and Inkscape.
    • Web Dev : CRUD Part 3.
    • Book Review -- Think Like a Programmrer.
    • Review: OS4 OpenWorkStation.
    • Closing Windows -- Installing Fonts.
    • What Is -- PGP Encryption.


    plus: Command & Conquer, Linux Labs, Ask The New Guy, My Story, and so much more!

    http://fullcirclemagazine.org/issue-67/

    Ubuntu Prepares To Kill Off Metacity, Ups Compiz

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix reports "Metacity the default GNOME window manager of the former GNOME 2.x days will find itself no longer on the Ubuntu install image and will soon be removed from the Ubuntu "main" archive."

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

    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, 11.10, 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 11.10 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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    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Jasna Bencic
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others


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    Last edited by elizabeth; December 10th, 2012 at 11:09 PM.

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