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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 254

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 254 for the week February 20 - 26, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Sound theme results
    • Ubuntu in your pocket
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update
    • Awesome Unity Contributions
    • We had a great Fix-It Friday!
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Openstack on Precise Pangolin Christmas is over
    • Daniel Holbach: Making Ubuntu development more personal
    • Brian Murray: Where are the bugs?
    • Michael Hall: Swimming Upstream: What to do next with your Quicklists
    • Stephane Graber: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04
    • Ubuntu's full desktop OS coming to multi-core Android devices
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
    • 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

    Sound theme results

    The Canonical Design team has released the results of the sound theme survey they sent to the community to select a new startup sound for possible inclusion in the upcoming 12.04 release. Over 2000 surveys were completed and the Design Team noted that they were "quite overwhelmed with the encouraging feedback received". a significant amount of feedback as well. Out of the four sounds the community could chose from; sound one was chosen. The Design Team is working to refine the chosen sound based on the survey feedback. More information about these results and to hear the chosen startup sound can be found on the Design Team's blog.

    Ubuntu in your pocket

    Mark Shuttleworth announces plans to show Ubuntu neatly integrated into Android" at Mobile World Congress(MWC) (Barcelona, Spain - 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2012). Shuttleworth says in his post, "This isn't the "Ubuntu Phone". The phone experience here is pure Android". He continues with, "This announcement is playing to a different story, which is the convergence of multiple different form factors into one most-personal device."

    Shuttleworth invites those attending MWC to stop by and give him your feedback on the Ubuntu Phone.

    More information on the Ubuntu on Android can be found at:

    Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition

    Matthew Nuzum announces the Ubuntu 12.04 Countdown banner competition, he says "we'd like to create a new countdown banner to share across the web. If you would like to make a highly visible contribution to Ubuntu, this is your chance." He shares guidelines and details on how to contribute your own banner. The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 12th.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update

    Daniel Holbach and the Ubuntu Developer News Team provide their weekly highlights on the state of 12.04 Development. This issue discusses the UI Freeze, highlights chatter from the Developer Blogsphere and provides an interview with Leanne Ogasawara, Ubuntu Kernel Release Manager, about the Ubuntu Kernel Team.

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) Beta 1 freeze now in effect.

    In preparation for the Beta 1 release, currently scheduled for March 1st, the Ubuntu Release Team has announced the Beta 1 freeze and explains that during the freeze "all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the release team, so if you have fixes which are important to get in, please get in touch as soon as possible."

    Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

    Awesome Unity Contributions

    Jono Bacon thanks community members Nekhelesh Ramananthan, Trenton Fox, Prateek Karandikar, and David Baucum for answering Michael Hall's call to help contribute Unity Quicklists. Bacon notes there is still more work to be done and links to Hall's blog posts which include details for getting involved and helping with Unity Quicklists are included in the full post.

    We had a great Fix-It Friday!

    Daniel Holbach covers work completed in the first Fix It Friday with contributions from Dmitry Shachnev, Michael Hall, David Baucum, bcbc, Paolo Sammicheli, Rigved Rakshit, Barneedhar Vigneshwar, Valdur Kana and Andrew Mitchell.

    More details about the new Fix It Friday can be found on Holbach's blog at:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (89658) + 316 over last week
    • Critical (104) - 7 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46705) - 294 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) +/-0 over last week
    2. Spanish (8515) - 61 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (30287) - 429 over last week
    4. Bosnian (37554) +/- 0 over last week
    5. Brazilian Portuguese (435040) - 387 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

    Montevideo, Ubuntu Welcome Day!!!

    Pablo Rubianes shares photos and details from the first Montevideo Ubuntu Welcome Day which he describes as "a street meeting where LoCo members talk about Ubuntu to regular people who are passing by. Instead of IRC to get new people, we go to look for them!"

    Making Ubuntu better: the Italian team

    Daniel Holbach recently chatted with Andrea Grandi and Paolo Sammicheli about the plans the Italian team has for the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam to be held on 2-4 March. Holbach asks Grandi and Sammicheli about how the event was organised, what they'll be working on and more.

    Ubuntu Malaysia LoCo Team at Penang Matriculation ICT Day 2012

    Khairul Aizat Kamarudzzaman shares photos and details from an Ubuntu booth at Penang Matriculation ICT Day 2012. At their booth they were able to speak with students, lecturers and outside campus visitors about Ubuntu.

    Some upcoming Ubuntu Global Jams

    The following are a sampling of blog announcements from teams around the world planning Global Jams:

    For a full listing of Global Jams (and to see if there is one near you!) go to:

    Jam Jam... Ubuntu Global Jam... Waterloo Pictures

    Charles Profitt shares photos from a past Ubuntu Global Jam in Waterloo, Onatrio, Canada and asks "Thinking of running a global jam?"

    How Ubuntu Michigan runs Jams

    Jorge Castro interviews Craig Maloney, team contact for the Ubuntu Michigan LoCo Team, about Ubuntu Global Jams. Castro notes that the Michigan team invented the idea "Jams" and ask what their "secret sauce" is for making them so successful. Also included in this interview is how this LoCo team deals with having people spread out over a large geographical area, the structure of the event (free-form or task-based) and more.

    How Ubuntu Oregon Runs Jams

    Michael Hall interviews Benjamin Kerensa, contact for the Ubuntu Oregon team about Ubuntu Global Jam activities in Oregon. Hall asks about the team's experience with Jams--How they select a venue and activities; how they get the word out about their Jam; what they have planned for this upcoming Jam.

    Launchpad News

    Reimagining the nature of privacy in Launchpad (part 3)

    The third in a series of privacy posts by the Launchpad team, Curtis Hovey goes into detail about the three kinds of policies they are implementing: proprietary, embargoed security, and user data.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Openstack on Precise Pangolin Christmas is over

    Chuck Short, of the Ubuntu Server Team at Canonical, gives readers (of his personal blog) an update on Openstack and Ubuntu for the Precise release. Short writes about package testing and what he expects to see land in main and supported once 12.04 is released.

    Short also discusses the Openstack juju charms which are available and note the Keystone charms are in progress.

    For Upstream work, Short notes that many bug fixes a have already gone in and he expects to see more for land in time for Openstack's Essex release.

    The Planet

    Martin Pitt: power-usage-report: Find power drain causes
    Martin Pitt writes about a script he wrote to find the causes for power drainage on your system. The script will also give you a power usage report. As of the 21 Feb 2012 Precise update, Pitt's script is now part of fatrace 4.1, and is now available for use.

    To find out more about this script and how it can be used see Pitt's blog post at:

    Daniel Holbach: Making Ubuntu development more personal

    By looking into ways to make the Ubuntu Development process more personal Daniel Hlobach discusses some observations and suggestions for improvement.
    The observations about development in Ubuntu which Holbach lists include: working hard on improving documentation, working on improving the tools, somebody is always around to answer questions, getting better at doing code reviews and providing feedback.

    However, even with all this hard work and improvements it was noted that even more needed to be done. A Developer Advisory Team was created to reach out to: new contributors and thank them for their work as well as get their feedback; individuals who might be ready to apply for upload rights and help them through that process; formerly active contributors who are now inactive, get their feedback and offer help.

    For those who want more information on this process or want to get involved Holbach gives the contact information in the full post.

    Brian Murray: Where are the bugs?

    Brian Murray of the Ubuntu Foundations Team at Canonical has created a chart view of bug tasks opened against a package by team--currently Foundations, Desktop, Server, X-Swat are the views available--for those which have been opened in the past seven (7) or fourteen (14) days. Murray also says he will create these for other teams if they would like them. More information about this tool and to see how the chart is displayed see Murray's post.

    The Fridge: Interview with Gema Gomez-Solano

    Elizabeth Krumbach interviews Ubuntu QA Platform Engineer Gema Gomez-Solano about her work with software. Krumbach asks how Gomez-Solano started her work with QA, open source and involvement with the Ubuntu QA team. In this interview, Gomez-Solano also shares ways that others can get involved with the Ubuntu QA team.

    Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Juju Charm Contest - Help bring Free Software into the cloud

    Jorge Castro announces the first juju charm contest. The contest will start on Monday 27 Feb and remain open for four (4) weeks closing on 23 Mar. Three (3) judges will reviewed the charms that have been submitted to the contest and select one (1) winner and two (2) runner's ups. Prizes include: A $300 Amazon Gift card for the winner and each of the two (2) runner's up will receive one (1) $100 Amazon Gift card.

    For complete contest rules and information on writing charms please the link below:

    Silver Fox: An Interview with Balloons

    In this interview, Silver Fox, talks to Nickolas Skaggs, aka balloons, the QA Community Coordinator on the Canonical Community Team.

    Michael Hall: Swimming Upstream: What to do next with your Quicklists

    In this post Michael Hall encourages developers to submit their Quicklist upstream. He notes in his post that while Unity may be the default desktop for Ubuntu it's also been ported to ArchLinux and [open]SuSe. Hall says Unity is also making its way to Fedora as well, so submitting your Quicklist upstream not only helps Ubuntu but other distro's as well.
    The steps Hall includes to achieving this are: Find your upstream, Talk to your upstream, Submit your changes, Update your merge proposal, Stay involved with your upstream.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Updates

    Jono Bacon updates the Ubuntu community on Ubuntu Accomplishments--a system by which Ubuntu contributors can articulate they contributions in a visible manner through the use of trophies.

    Bacon demos how this Ubuntu Accomplishments work, issues a call for testing, and defines what makes a good or bad trophy.

    Stephane Graber: DNS in Ubuntu 12.04

    Stephane Graber, describes two changes that are happening in regards to DNS resolving in Ubuntu 12.04. Those changes are:

    • Switch to resolvconf for /etc/resolv.conf management
    • Using dnsmasq as local resolver by default on desktop installations

    More information on these changes can be found at the link below:

    In The Press

    Ubuntu for Android: Penguins peck at Nokia's core problem

    Gavin Clarke,The Register, reflects upon hardware requirements for the software which runs on modern day smartphones. He also addresses the Ubuntu for Android announcement by Mark Shuttleworth noting that "...Ubuntu for Android pairs up with Android. Your smartphone runs Android when it's a phone but when you plug into a monitor or dock, Ubuntu kicks in. Plug in a keyboard and you've got Ubuntu - with the phone serving as your desktop computer."

    Ubuntu's full desktop OS coming to multi-core Android devices

    In this article, Michael Gorman, Engadget, writes about the announcement of Ubuntu for Android. Gorman describes Ubuntu for Android as "a customized version of Ubuntu that plays nice with Android, the two OS's sharing data and services while running simultaneously." A video demo is also included.

    In The Blogosphere

    In Other News

    Vodafone chooses Ubuntu One for their App Select store

    Canonical's Ubuntu One team announces that Ubuntu One Files app has been selected by Vodafone for their curated "boutique" app store for Android. It's now available for download via the Vodafone store in UK, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

    Thanks CES...hello MWC!

    The Canonical Ubuntu One (U1) team reflects upon the success of Ubuntu and Ubuntu One at Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Las Vegas in January. In this post the U1 team discuss their plans for Mobile World Congress (MWC) which is being held in Barcelona on 27 February to 1 March 2012. The team notes their focus is shifting to opportunities in wireless markets and they are keen to provide cloud storage with partners with a clear proposition that includes: not creating information silos, use of Ubuntu One APIs for companies to brand their own features on top of Ubuntu One and revenue sharing.

    Full Circle Magazine #58

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

    This month:
    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Beginning Python - Part 30, LibreOffice - Part 12, Backup Strategy - Part 6, Screencast Your Desktop, and The Paperless Office.
    • Linux Lab - Useful Investigative Tools.
    • Review - Linux Mint 12
    • I Think - Which Mobile OS.
    • Closing Windows - Formatting a USB Device

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

    Google Currents Edition:

    ePub Edition:
    coming soon...

    Get it while it's hot!

    Other Articles of Interest

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    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

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    UWN Translations

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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!


    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Benjamin Kerensa
    • And many others

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