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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 243

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 243 for the week November 21 - 27, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Career Days: From Developer to CEO Wrap-up
    • Official UDS-P group photo and personal photo set
    • Edubuntu Council Elections
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Ubuntu IRCC Nominations
    • Building a Precise Pangolin: A summary of UDS success
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Cloud News
    • Randall Ross: Ubuntu Community Lexicon, Part 2 & 3
    • Raphael Hertzog: People behind Debian: Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader
    • Jono Bacon: Canonical Community Team 12.04 Plans
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Career Days: From Developer to CEO Wrap-up

    On Saturday, November 12th, the Ubuntu Women Project welcomed Canonical CEO Jane Silber to the Ubuntu Women Career Days to give an overview of her career in tech--from Software Developer to CEO. Elizabeth Krumbach, summaries Silber's session in this post on the Ubuntu Women Blog. For links to the full IRC Logs and to read Krumbach's post in full, see the link below.

    Official UDS-P group photo and personal photo set

    Sean Sosik-Hamor, official photographer for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS), shares the group photo he took at UDS in early November in Orlando. He also links to the gallery where you can find dozens of other photos from the summit.

    Edubuntu Council Elections

    The Edubuntu Council has put out a call for nominations for the next iteration of the Edubuntu Council. If you're interested, or know someone who is, please send their information to or

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    In this ongoing development update, Daniel Holbach discusses Feature Definition Freeze, highlights posts from Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day and gives the dates for the next Ubuntu Developer Week.

    However, that's not all. Holbach also lets those new to Ubuntu Developement know how to get started, as well as details a few of the bugs that have already been fixed in the "Precise" cycle already.

    Want to get involved, need something to work on, or want to get in touch with developers then read the full post at the link below.

    Ubuntu IRCC Nominations

    Jussi Schultink, Ubuntu IRC Council Chairman, sent out the call for Ubuntu IRC Council nominations.

    If you are interested in the Ubuntu IRC community, feel you have a lot give to it and can help to improve it, please review the Leadership Code of Conduct and update your personal wiki page with:

    • your ideas how to resolve what you feel are the most pressing issues highlighted in the recent IRC team survey
    • endorsements and comments from your peers

    The email as well as more information on the IRCC call for nominations can be found at the link below.

    Building a Precise Pangolin: A summary of UDS success

    Gerry Carr of Canonical summarizes UDS as, "...800 people, from Canonical engineers and employees, Ubuntu community members, partners, ISVs, upstreams and many more gathered to discuss and plan for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.04, code-named Precise Pangolin."

    In this post he also notes that there were over 420 sessions, across nice tracks and discusses the focus on desktop and the cloud, UDS sponsors, Linaro Connect, and the vision of what's next.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (88169) +255 over last week
    • Critical (129) +4 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46175) +27 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    1. Spanish (9073) +34 over last week
    2. English (Australia) (24351) -3655 over last week
    3. Brazilian Portuguese (45405) -12 over last week
    4. English (United Kingdom) (45882) +2607 over last week
    5. Bosnian (65165) +1224 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", 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

    Open Source Conference 2011 Tokyo/Fall

    The Japanese Ubuntu LoCo attended at the Open Source Conference in Tokyo. The LoCo team held a seminar on "Ubuntu 11.10 and ARM Devices" and distributed around 200 CDs.

    Launchpad News

    Ending support for multi-tenancy

    Curtis Hovey writes, "Launchpad is ending support for multi-tenancy for branches and bugs to ensure that projects can manage the disclosure of private information. This is a fundamental change to how launchpad permits communities to share projects. Very few users will be affected by this change, but several communities will need to change how they work with private bugs and branches."

    Customisable bug listings in beta!

    Dan Harrop-Griffiths posts, "The information displayed with bug listings is often not what you want to see - you might not be interested in bug heat and want to see bug age, but it's not there. Looking at this problem, we've come up with a new beta feature: custom bug listings. A lot of you have said that you'd like to be able to filter bugs in a way that works best for you."

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Charm School!

    The juju team will hold a Charm School on December 2, 2011 at 1500UTC in the #juju IRC channel on A "charmer" or juju expert will answer questions about juju and its charms.

    The Planet

    Jason Gerard DeRose: Note on Ubuntu One dropping CouchDB sync

    "In the short run, this has little impact on Novacut," writes Jason DeRose of Novacut. "Because of the scaling difficulties presented by the particular way Ubuntu One needed to use CouchDB, we couldn't reliably sync larger databases like dmedia through Ubuntu One anyway, so we weren't counting on this being available (not that it wouldn't have been nice)."

    DeRose says Novacut will follow U1DB development closely and in the end they may stick with CouchDB at least on the server-side.

    "Regardless, I'm going to be involved with the U1DB efforts where I imagine my experience building "painfully ambitious" desktop apps that use documented-oriented databases will prove useful," concludes DeRose.

    Randall Ross: Ubuntu Community Lexicon, Part 2 & 3

    In this ongoing series of post UDS-P blog articles, Randal Ross disgrams the Ubuntu Community.

    Randall says, "During UDS-P, I asked publicly for a favour: When we speak about community, lets use adjectives. Let's use more than one adjective if one isn't enough. Let's use precise language to help frame the problems we are trying to solve in the Precise cycle.

    To that end, and being a visual thinker, I have begun to map out the Ubuntu community as a first step in developing a lexicon. I hope this will help us frame our discussions and develop a common understanding of what our community looks like."

    Follow along at the links below.

    Jono Bacon: The Ubuntu Commons

    "One of the most wonderful things about Open Source and collaborative community is that every community member participates in a commons; a shared area of community real-estate in which we can all contribute," says Bacon. In this post Bacon takes a look at the Ubuntu "commons".

    He looks at: Our Commons, An Open Commons, Ubuntu for Everyone, and The Opportunity.

    Pasi Lallinaho: Roadmap closed

    The planning period for Xubuntu Precise Pangolin has ended and the team announces it has 15 roadmap items with assignees. There are still four outstanding items that need approval from the community. Find out more about the future of Xubuntu at the link below.

    Raphael Hertzog: People behind Debian: Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader

    Next up in Raphael Hertzog's ongoing People Behind Debian series is Debian Project leader Stefano Zacchiroli. In this interview Zacchiroli talks about who he is, how he started contributing to Debian, his 2nd year as the Debian Project Leader and more.

    Jono Bacon: Canonical Community Team 12.04 Plans

    Jono Bacon tells readers what his team of "horsemen" will be focusing on in this 12.04 cycle and how they can track blurprints and stay on top of their own action items from UDS.

    The Canonical Community Team will be focusing on cloud and juju, App Community growth, developer outreach, translations, upstreams, quality, and more.

    Find out more about the focus areas and which Canonical Community Team Member is responsible for each of those areas in Bacon's full blog post.

    Jono Bacon: Behind The Canonical Community Team

    The "horseman" logo gallops into focus as Jono Bacon highlights the personalities who make up horsepower that drives the Canonical Community Team. The team consists of Jono Bacon, David Planella, Daniel Holbach, Jorge Castro and Michael Hall.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu 12.04 Accessibility Plans

    "Accessibility is a core value for Ubuntu and we have a wonderful Ubuntu Accessibility Team who are passionate about making Ubuntu a truly accessible platform for everyone," writes Bacon. The areas that the Ubuntu Accessibility Team will focus on in the 12.04 cycle consists of: Testing, Development, General Community Work and Kubuntu.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu tells dumped CouchDB: It's not you, it's me

    The fact that UbuntuOne dropped CouchDB (a popular NoSQL option) as it's backend database is attributed, via a quote from Canonical employee John Rowland Lenton that "[The UbuntuOne] situation is rather unique, and we were unable to resolve some of the issues we came across."

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu 11.10 live from USB -- first impressions

    Steven Rosenberg goes through the steps he took to make a 64-bit Ubuntu 11.10 USB image and once booted discusses some of his first impressions. Rosenberg compares Unity and GNOME Shell and discusses the new alt-tab switcher, desktop layout, and offers some suggestions to Ubuntu developers for continued polish.

    7 Hidden Features Of Ubuntu 11.10 You Might Not Know Of

    Well known made an article highlighting features which are hidden for most users and also helps enabling the Global Menu for apps currently lacking them (Google Chrome & LibreOffice). Check them all out for an even more awesome experience with your Ubuntu.

    Will Ubuntu PCs in Retail Succeed Where Mail Order Failed?

    Christopher Tozzi shares some thoughts on Canonical's recent announcements regarding retail sales of Ubuntu in Asia and Europe. Tossi reviews some of the history of Ubuntu sales, including efforts by Dell primarily in the United States and speculates whether the different market and model (stores vs online) will improve their chances. Either way he says "it's reassuring for the open source community to see Canonical continuing to invest in desktop Linux."

    20 Most Highly Rated Applications to Install from Ubuntu Software Center

    Manuel Jose from Tech Drive-In takes you through a summary of the top 20 rated apps in the Ubuntu Software Center. Some old favorites like Stellarium and GIMP are there along with some new goodies.

    Lubuntu 11.10 Review: You Don't Have To Quit Ubuntu

    Swapnil Bhartiya discusses his search for an alternative to the Unity interface which includes testing out other distributions. Bhartiya's review then focuses on Lubuntu to review from the perspective of a home user and including screenshots, a hardware support review, compatibility with Android devices, accessing data over the network and viewing application lists.

    Firefox 8 Finally Lands in Ubuntu 11.10

    Firefox 8 is now available for Ubuntu 11.10 via update manager. The update includes several improvements in memory management, loading times and add-ons.

    Mark Shuttleworth Talks New Icon Theme, Criticisms, GNOME-Shell & Ubuntu on TVs, Phones...

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports from the Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth held in the Ubuntu Classroom channel on November 23rd. Questions covered include "Will 12.04 put an end to the recent criticism of Ubuntu?" "Have you noticed that Ubuntu has dropped in the Distrowatch rankings?" "Do you really think you can compete with iOS and Android on TV/Tablet/Phone?" and more.

    12 Things to Expect in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Juan Auza gives a high-level look at what the major changes in Ubuntu will be for the 12.04 release. Some of the highlighted changes include the (potential) removal of Mono, an improved Unity, and GNOME 3.2.

    Ubuntu Smart TV Discussions Begin to 'Warm Up'

    A follow-up on the UPD-P article, going more in-dept into the forming of the Ubuntu TV project. First mock-up and feature-list and more.

    In Other News

    Thoughts of Thankfulness From Linux Land

    Katherine Noyes from Linux Insider shares a spirit of Thanksgiving, and writes about things that different people are thankful about. Free choice of an operating system, of free apps and amazing people to communicate with are among the things she shares to give thanks for.

    Five Gifts for Linux Lovers

    Looking for an idea for a present for someone who loves Linux? Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols shares five ideas from a credit card that benefits the Linux Foundation to laptops to tablets and links to sites which offer a variety of low-cost gifts.

    Linux syslog may be on way out

    Current syslog technology is text-based and easy to manipulate by individuals looking to cover their tracks through log manipulation. To battle this two Red Hat developers are working on a more secure binary-based replacement for syslog called "The Journal" that will hopefully be ready for Fedora 17.

    Best Linux email client: 5 reviewed and rated

    An in-dept article comparing Linux email clients in their recommended platforms. Read how well the integrating with the desktop is, what the user experience feels and performance handling.

    Five Golden Rules for a Successful Ubuntu Desktop Migration

    Canonical prepares a guide for migration to the Ubuntu Desktop. The guide suggests 5 main steps for successful process: plan ahead, target correct audience, select right apps, build management flows and pilot the project before going live.

    Full Circle Magazine #55 - out NOW!

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

    This month:
    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Program in Python - Part 29, LibreOffice - Part 9, Backup Strategy - Part 3, Audacity Basics, and Quick Home Server.
    • Linux Lab - VOIP at Home.
    • Review - BackTrack vs BackBox.
    • I Think - Did you update your current install or do a fresh install?
    • Closing Windows - Control Panel and Device Manager

    plus: Ubuntu Women, Ubuntu Games, My Desktop, My Story, and much much more!

    Get it while it's hot!

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E20 - Run to the Hills

    Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are in Studio A for episode 20 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week's show:-
    • We chat about using Ubuntu One instead of Dropbox, upgrading a desktop PC from Maverick to Natty, writing the UUPC Christmas panto (oh no we don't...), and working out how to create a PDF from PHP (guess who that was).
    • We nterview Trystan Lea and Glyn Hudson from the OpenEnergyMonitor project who we met at Homecamp 4. We also have the second installment of Podbusters, the quiz with slightly harder questions than it had the first time round.
    • In the news:
    • Events:
    • A Bit About Ubuntu:
    • We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve pointed out to us by Graham Bleach.
    • We have your feedback, including a contribution from someone who is very definitely not the Wing Commander.
    • For more information about the petition to the Dutch government about open standards in schools, see petition, FSFE article (in English), open letter (in English), and follow@janstedehouder on Twitter.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    • None Reported

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

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    • Neline van Ginkel
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    • Greg Grossmeier
    • Alex Lourie
    • Amber Graner
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