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September 13th, 2011, 12:58 AM
Title: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 232
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 232 for the week September 5 - 11, 2011.

In This Issue

Ubuntu Development Update
Ubuntu Membership Next Steps
Ubuntu Developer Survey Report and Next Steps
Ubuntu Stats
LoCo News
David Planella: Great Is The Art Of Beginning: Ubuntu App Developer Week Day 1-4
Ubuntu Women: Today Starts The Ubuntu Women Month of Making
Countdown to Ubuntu 11.10: The first beta version arrives
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Monthly Team Reports: August 2011
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, and 11.04
and much more

General Community News

Technical Board is looking for nominations

The term length of five of the six members of the Technical Board will end on 1st October. Elected members will stay on the board for two years.
The nomination period runs from now until 1500 UTC on 13th September 2011. After a quick deliberation period the election will be announced. All Ubuntu developers are eligible to vote. Voting will run for two weeks.


Ubuntu Development Update

In this installment of Daniel Holbach's developer update he discusses organizing release parties, summarizes the Ubuntu Global Jam participation, highlights the sessions for Ubuntu App Developer Week, shows users where they can get involved and more. For those readers looking for a place to get started with development, Holbach's posts are a must read.


Ubuntu Membership Next Steps

Jono Bacon updates the community on the results from the Ubuntu Membership Survey and the subsequent meeting with the Ubuntu Community Council. In this post Bacon notes that the following areas are where improvement can be driven--Setting expectations, How the process works, Mentoring and support, Meeting improvement. More about these findings and links to the survey can be found in Bacon's post.


Ubuntu Developer Survey Report and Next Steps
Jono Bacon presents the link to his report survery to kick off dicussions with the Technical Board and Developmer Membership Board. These discussions will be used to decide how to start improving the issues highlighted.


Ubuntu User Days on September 24-25th: Call for instructors!

Want to help Ubuntu out? Ubuntu User Days are looking for instructors! Contact the Ubuntu User Days team if interested.


Looking for a few good people.

Jorge Castro is looking for "a few good people" who are interested in leading an Ubuntu Open Week session. Ubuntu Open week is a week of online tutorials geared toward new users and contributors and will take place from Monday October 17 - 21, 2011.


Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

Open (89022) -413 over last week
Critical (168) -7 over last week
Unconfirmed (46822) +106 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 Oneiric

Spanish (12663) -1237 over last week
Brazilian Portuguese (51297) -32 over last week
English (United Kingdom) (55298) -2038 over last week
French (79815) +387 over last week
German (82929) -124 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations

Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week

Make software download easy to redistribute to others - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28487/
Quicker skype access in unity - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28495/
Default options of auto-run dialog boxes - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28501/
Extra Pane action improvement - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28507/
Clean up home directories - http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/28504/

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

Why does Ubuntu ask to check my hard drives every so often? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/60249/why-does-ubuntu-ask-to-check-my-hard-drives-every-so-often
What is the meaning of ./ before a given path? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/60277/what-is-the-meaning-of-before-a-given-path
How good are the open-source Nvidia drivers (Nouveau)? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/60850/how-good-are-the-open-source-nvidia-drivers-nouveau
How do I quickly encrypt a file with AES? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/60712/how-do-i-quickly-encrypt-a-file-with-aes
How to remove all files from a directory? - http://askubuntu.com/questions/60228/how-to-remove-all-files-from-a-directory

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

LoCo News

Philip Ballew: Ubuntu Global Jam San Diego wrap-up

Philip Ballew shares some news from the Ubuntu Global Jam that was held in San Diego. From a new Xubuntu user to a new venue, Philip sees San Diego becoming a thriving area for all open source activity.


Maia Grotepass: Oneiric Global Jam in Cape Town

The Global Jam in Cape Town saw a small but dedicated group of bug fixers help to make Oneiric a success.


Efrain Valles: Ubuntu Global Jam Maracaibo: Success!

Confirming bugs and learning how easy it is to do package updates ensured that the Ubuntu Global Jam held in Maraciabo was a roaring success. Oh, and there was pizza.


Stefano Rivera: Ubuntu Global Jam Oneiric

Stefano shares another successful Ubuntu Global Jam story. A small team came together and worked on some build failures for the up and coming Oneiric release.


Slovenian translation team: Slovenian LoCo on a translation spree, again.

The Slovenian Ubuntu LoCo Team has ensured that 100% of Oneiric will have been translated into the Slovene language when they got together in an Ubuntu Global Jam event and translated more than 2000 strings.


Vancouver Got Jammed! (Epilogue)

Randall Ross provides photographic evidence that Ubuntu Global Jams are serious business.


Amber Graner: Ubuntu Friendly at Ubuntu Global Jam in NC

In this summary, Amber Graner sums up her lessons learned at the Ubuntu Global Jam held in Asheville, North Carolina where members of the NC LoCo team joined forces with the Western North Carolina LUG. During this event Graner introduced Ubuntu Friendly and demo'd the beta 1 release of Ubuntu 11.10.


Nizar Kerkeni : Ubuntu Global Jam Tunisia

Nizar of the Tunisia team shares a series of photos from their latest Ubuntu Global Jam.

(french) http://blog.nizarus.org/2011/09/ubuntu-global-jam-en-tunisie

Launchpad News

We're hiring: a Software Engineer and a Usability and Communications Specialist

Canonical is hiring for two roles within the Launchpad team, contact Matthew Revell if you have questions about their Software Engineer or Usability Communications Specialist positions.


Speeding up development

Francis J. Lacoste discusses recent improvements to the Launchpad infrastructure which offer less maintenance downtime and quicker deployment of fixes and changes which require database schema changes.


Ubuntu Forums News

Ubuntu Membership via Forums participation

Being helpful on the Ubuntu Forum as a moderator/administrator? Get your Ubuntu Membership application in place if your not a member yet (and keep up to good work).


Ubuntuforums : changes on accounts permissions.

In a bid to curve the ever present threat of spam, new users to the official Ubuntu Forums have had some permissions curtailed for the first number of posts to be sure of their intentions.


The Planet

Chuck Short: Xen 4.1.1 on Ubuntu

Here is a quick way on installing Xen hypervisor, kernel, and user land tools on Ubuntu.


Victor Tuson Palau: Some possible tweaks to Ubuntu.com/Certification

Victor Palau discusses a wire-frame concept for Ubuntu.com/Certificates he came up with that tries to address the core issues identified from users feedback when accessing the site.


David Planella: Great Is The Art Of Beginning: Ubuntu App Developer Week Day 1-4

In this series of posts David Planella sums up Ubuntu App Developer Week. For anyone who is wondering what this week is about or for those who couldn't participate in the sessions this time around these summaries are perfect for getting you caught up and moving toward Ubuntu App Developement.





Jono Bacon: Menu Discoverability In Ubuntu 11.10

Jono Bacon discusses Menu Discoverability in Ubuntu 11.10 where he gets to the root of some current debates currently happening online about surround this the menu and window controls.


Stephane Graber: Help translate Edubuntu 11.10

With about a month until release day, help is needed with translation efforts for Edubuntu 11.10. Lend a hand if you can!


Jono Bacon: Recording a Screencast In Ubuntu Tutorial

Charles Profitt (in a rather ironic way) recorded a screencast on.... wait for it... how to record a screencast!


Ubuntu Women: Today Starts The Ubuntu Women Month of Making

The Ubuntu Women project has launched a "Month of Making" where they ask women in the community to present their Ubuntu-related projects, creations and anything they've been working on or making. This is inspired by and in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day coming up on October 7th.


Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Node.js and MongoDB on Ubuntu

Want to install Node.js and MongoDB on Ubuntu using Ensemble? Now there is a guide for that.


Michael Terry: Why I Ubuntu

Michael Terry explains why he uses Ubuntu.


Scott James Remnant: A new release process for Ubuntu?

Scott James Remnant floats a proposed Ubuntu release process, somewhat in the theme of Debian, but not a rolling release.


In The Press

Will Ubuntu Again Benefit From Industry Turmoil?

According to Edward F. Moltzen there might be enough turmoil in the IT industry lately that coupled with the worries in the world market the new Unity interface might just be what Ubuntu needs to benefit out of these difficult times.


Countdown to Ubuntu 11.10: The first beta version arrives

ITWorld takes a look at some of the key points of the latest Beta release of Ubuntu 11.10. As the article states, "Following all the controversy and excitement over Ubuntu's Unity interface this spring, I'm excited to see what the final version of Oneiric Ocelot will bring."


In The Blogosphere

Ubuntu 11.10 beta 1 screenshot preview

Join with LinuxBSDos to see, rather than only read, about the latest features in the beta release of Ubuntu 11.10


Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Beta 1 Review And Screenshots Tour

Even more screenshots showing of the latest and greatest features that has made there way into the beta release of the up and coming Ubuntu 11.10


In Other News

Our first App Developer talk

The folks over at Ubuntu One has held there first app developer evening after the July announcement of their App Developer Program.


Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

* Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for September 6th, 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting/2011-09-06

Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for September 6th, 2019: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KernelTeam/Meeting/2011-08-06
Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for September 9th, 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ReleaseTeam/Meeting/2011-09-09
Ubuntu ARM Team Meeting Minutes for September 8th, 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ARM/Meeting/2011/20110908

Monthly Team Reports: August 2011

See here for the team report for August 2011: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/TeamReports/August2011

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BuildingCommunity/TeamReporting

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, 10.10 and 11.04

Security Updates

[USN-1197-3] Firefox and Xulrunner vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-September/001407.html
[USN-1197-4] NSS vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-September/001408.html
[USN-1197-5] CA Certificates vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-September/001409.html
[USN-1200-1] Quassel vulnerability - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2011-September/001410.html

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

bcfg2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/hardy-changes/2011-September/012681.html

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

ecryptfs-utils 83-0ubuntu3. - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-September/012452.html
bcfg2 0.9.6-0ubuntu2. - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/lucid-changes/2011-September/012453.html

End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

prefixsuffix 0.5.0+cvs.2005.06.18-0ubuntu10.10.10.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-September/009582.html
ecryptfs-utils 83-0ubuntu3. - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-September/009583.html
bcfg2 0.9.6-0ubuntu2. - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/maverick-changes/2011-September/009584.html

End of Life - April 2012

Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

prefixsuffix 0.5.0+cvs.2005.06.18-0ubuntu10.11.04.1 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-September/012107.html
ecryptfs-utils 87-0ubuntu1.3 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-September/012108.html
bcfg2 1.1.1-2ubuntu1.2 - https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/natty-changes/2011-September/012109.html

End of Life - October 2012

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