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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 249

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 249 for the week January 16 - 22, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Vacant Developer Membership Board seat: Call for nominations
    • Java packages in Partner archive to be removed on 2012-02-16
    • New Forum Council Members
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Results for the Americas Regional Membership Board Meeting January 19, 2012
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Forums News
    • Syncing from Debian
    • Ubuntu Certification - Website Improvements
    • Let's chat about Unity
    • Community Team Goings On
    • Hacking On Accomplishments
    • Three Ways to Tweak Ubuntu Linux's Unity Desktop
    • Ubuntu TV vs. Google TV: Battle of the Linux-based Smart TV
    • Get Your Own Private Ubuntu Cloud In 5 Days
    • Lubuntu News Round-Up
    • Full Circle Magazine - Python Special Edition Volume 03
    • Full Circle Podcast Episode 28 A Year in Comedy
    • Updates and Security
    • And much much more!

    General Community News

    Vacant Developer Membership Board seat: Call for nominations

    Stefano Rivera announces an upcoming vacancy in the RMB and opens a call for nominations to fill the vacancy.

    Java packages in Partner archive to be removed on 2012-02-16

    Marc Deslauriers announces that they will simply remove Java Packages in Partner Archive as result of Oracle retiring the Operating System Distributor
    License for Java, rather than replacing them with empty packages as previously stated, in order to prevent unexpected failures.

    New Forum Council Members

    The Ubuntu Forums Council welcomes cariboo907, coffeecat, and overdrank as the newly appointed Forum Council members and thanks retiring Council members bapoumba, jdong, and Joeb45 for their service and dedication.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    Daniel Holbach provides a update on the progress of 12.04 development, including announcing the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Week, Introducing Four New First Time Contributors and a Interview with Alessandro Menti of Ubuntu Italy LoCo.

    Results for the Americas Regional Membership Board Meeting January 19, 2012

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (88206) + 401 over last week
    • Critical (114) - 44 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46343) +169 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    1. English (Australia) (2) -5528 over last week
    2. Spanish (8792) -116 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (34371) -2366 over last week
    4. Brazilian Portuguese (43592) -105 over last week
    5. Bosnian (43596) -7469 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: and

    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.

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Meeting friends in Morocco

    Daniel Holbach shares his experiences with the Morrocan LoCo team and his meetup with Morrocan Ubuntu contributor Adnane Belmadiaf who gave him a tour of the city of Rabat.

    Charles Profitt: and Loco Teams

    Charles Profitt reviews the work he's been doing with AskUbuntu moderator Marco Ceppi to provide a tool for LoCo members to find other AskUbuntu members in their local area. This tools allows AskUbuntu members to find questions asked by users in their local area.

    Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team Releases New Blog Site

    Tiago Hillebrandt, of the Ubuntu-BR-SC LoCo Team announced that the team now has a new blog. This new blog was started to Ubuntu Brazilian users and developers.

    Launchpad News

    New feature - Customise your bug listings

    The Launchpad Orange Squad has adjusted bug listings so that they can now be customized by the user. "You can now sort bugs by criteria such as name, importance, status and age" and adjust criteria as needed. They have also updated how they are displayed and notes that formal user research played an important part in these changes.

    Ubuntu Forums News

    Looking for PHP Developers to assist with forums upgrade

    The official Ubuntu Forums at have a new brand theme designed and are prepped to upgrade to a new version of the vbulletin software. However, vbulletin does not support OpenID and this is a requirement for the upgrade and rebranding to occur so they are in need of PHP developers who can work with the Forums Council and Canonical IS to get this written.

    The Planet

    Daniel Holbach: Syncing from Debian

    Daniel Holbach discusses the announcement from Iain Lane on ubuntu-devel-announce that "syncpackage" now has the ability to directly perform syncs from Debian without having to get the sync through the archive admin queue first. He also tests syncpackage and details the parameters he used.

    Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu Certification - Website Improvements

    Victor Tuson Palau details improvements to the Ubuntu Hardware Certification website that include: displaying what components are included on the certified system in the search results, an icon to indicate whether the system is only certified with a vendor image or with the standard Ubuntu image and a new and simpler search interface.

    Michael Hall: Let's chat about Unity

    Michael Hall announces the move of the #ayatana channel to the more discoverable name #ubuntu-unity for discussions about Unity on

    Jono Bacon: Community Team Goings On

    Jono Bacon reviews some of the progress made by the Community team at Canonical while they attended the recent Ubuntu Engineering Team Rally in Budapest. Tasks tackled included opening up the Application Review Board (ARB) process, QA improvements, plans made for further juju Charm Schools and the next steps for

    Jono Bacon: Hacking On Accomplishments

    Jono Bacon provides updates for the Accomplishments system that he and Stuart Langridge designed. Updates include some new mockups and code which will help drive the system.

    In The Press

    Three Ways to Tweak Ubuntu Linux's Unity Desktop

    Katherine Noyes of PCWorld shares three tools to customize the Unity Desktop--CompizConfig Settings Manager, Ubuntu Tweak 0.6.0 and MyUnity--providing instructions for installing each.

    In The Blogosphere

    New Unity Features: Shortcut Hints Overlay And Launcher Switcher [Ubuntu 12.04]

    Andrew at WebUpd8 discusses and shares screenshots of some features from recent check-ins to the Unity bzr respository. Features include the keyboard shortcut hints overlay which is available by pressing the "Super" (typically "Windows") key and the new launcher switcher.

    Ubuntu TV vs. Google TV: Battle of the Linux-based Smart TV

    Jun Auza of Tech Source compares the Ubuntu TV demo at CES and Google TV on 3 important metrics: Interface, Familiarity and Content.

    Get Your Own Private Ubuntu Cloud In 5 Days

    Marius Nestor at Softpedia shares details from the recently unveiled Ubuntu Cloud Jumpstart service provided by Canonical. Nestor says the program is simple, "During five days, a Canonical services engineer and a Canonical engagement manager will build your private cloud on your own servers."

    More details at:

    Unity's Dash to Ditch Giant Shortcuts

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares details of the new layout that Unity developers are testing for the Unity Home lense which may "display an overview of recent user activity under the headings "Recent Apps" (which won't feature those apps locked to the Launcher), "Recent Files", and 'Downloads'." Sneddon shares the rationale behind this and his own thoughts regarding the change.

    Out of the Gate, Ubuntu TV Is Drawing a Mix of Criticism and Praise

    Sam Dean of OStatic covers the demonstration of Ubuntu TV at CES and shares details and links to some of the mixed coverage from sources like The Var Guy and Arstechnica, as well as some early words about the plans for it from Mark Shuttleworth.

    Lubuntu News Round-Up

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares some of the latest news from the Lubuntu project, including: the move to the Ozone theme which they're working to switch over to GTK3, details about their new searching tool, LXFind, and the new screenshot tool, LXScreenshot.

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine - Python Special Edition Volume 03

    Full Circle Magazine continues their special edition issues with a reprint of the Python articles parts 17 through 21.

    Featured Podcasts

    Full Circle Podcast Episode 28 A Year in Comedy

    This episode contains fewer facts than usual.

    It's a New Year. It's January. We're on something of a break, so that can only mean a cheap, and frankly brain-numbingly lazy, listen back to the year 2011. This could be the best, or worst idea we've ever had.

    Our thanks to all our co-hosts, guests, correspondents and contributors.

    Select brain to 'neutral', put your laughing trousers on stand-by and enjoy.

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Other Articles of Interest

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

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!


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    • Benjamin Kerensa
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    • Amber Graner
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    Last edited by akgraner; February 1st, 2012 at 01:45 AM. Reason: Issue 250 is now available


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