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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 261

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 261 for the week April 9 - 15, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) end-of-life reached on April 10, 2012
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Ubuntu Teams
    • Welcome new members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • juju Charm Contest winners!
    • Jorge Castro: Ubuntu OpenWeek call for instructors
    • Daniel Holbach: If only I had known what needs to be done...
    • Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems
    • Didier Roche: Precise Pangolin has now its finale Unity release (5.10)
    • Instagram's $Billion Sale Powered by Ubuntu Linux
    • 20-million new Ubuntu Linux PCs in 2012?
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E04 - Cube Root of Conquest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: March 2012
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04 and 11.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) end-of-life reached on April 10, 2012

    Release Manager Kate Stewart announces the end-of-life for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) on April 10th. "The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 10.10 is via Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)" and a link to the upgrade instructions are included.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    This weekly installment of the 12.04 Development update begins with "We are almost there." It then runs down some of the latest news from developers, upcoming events and some open tasks. The spotlight is on "What to do toward the end of the release cycle?" where they review some opportunities still available in the development arena even this close to release.

    Ubuntu Teams

    Daniel Holbach announces the completion of a review and revamp of the Teams page on the Ubuntu Wiki and encourages community members to help maintain it and add any teams which may have been missed.

    Welcome new members

    The approved applicants from the 14th April Asia/Oceania Membership meeting are:

    Efren Montales Jr. (kidsodateless) ( |

    Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) ( |

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (92963) +328 over last week
    • Critical (83) -8 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48021) -11 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    • English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
    • Spanish (8125) -22 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (23143) -117 over last week
    • Bosnian (36756) -246 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (42235) -74 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

    ?coala altfel cu Ubuntu

    Alexandru Cucu of the Romanian LoCo shares photos from a couple recent events in schools in Romania where team members discussed alternatives to proprietary software and gave out CDs with Ubuntu materials.

    Original article in Romanian:

    Ubucon 12 and Release Party 'Precise Pangolin'

    Marcus Moeller of the Swiss LoCo team announces the first Ubucon in Switzerland on the 28th of April 2012, and invites people to enjoy "Ubuntu related talks and Workshops for novice and experienced users."

    UbuConLA 2012 - A Call For Expositors

    Guillermo Lisi of the Argentina LoCo invites members of the free software community from Argentina and Uruguay to submit talks for the annual Ubuntu conference of Latin America, UbuConLA, coming up on the 1st and 2nd of June 2012 in Buenos Aires.

    Original article in Spanish:

    Join System76 @ Colorado Loco Ubuntu Release Party

    Emma Marshall of System76 announces a Precise Release Party with the Colorado LoCo in Westminster at Rock Bottom Brewery on Sunday, April 29th at 7PM.

    Launchpad News

    An introduction to our new sharing feature

    Curtis Hovey introduces a new sharing/disclosure feature in Launchpad to "Show you all the people that your project is sharing private bugs and branches with." Currently available to Launchpad Beta Testers team, the post goes on to discuss what you'll see and explain why it was implemented.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    juju Charm Contest winners!

    A few weeks ago, a Charm Contest opened to the community so they could demonstrate their abilities with juju. Finally, after some waiting time, the winners have been announced!

    The Planet

    Jorge Castro: Ubuntu OpenWeek call for instructors

    Jorge Castro has issued a call for instructors to participate in Ubuntu OpenWeek, a three-day-long series of lessons on various parts of Ubuntu that take place on IRC. He is interested, in particularly, for instructors who have never given a workshop before. Those interested should either sign up for a slot or contact Jorge directly.

    Daniel Holbach: If only I had known what needs to be done...

    Daniel Holbach shares a tool that helps developers find opportunities to contribute to Ubuntu, called Harvest. Harvest is a searchable website that aggregates the different opportunities, and gives users the ability to sort through them by type or specific packages. Comments, suggestions, and bug reports on the new system are appreciated.

    Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems

    After news that Canonical would no longer be commercially supporting Kubuntu, the community has announced that a new sponsor, Blue Systems, will be helping to fund the project during the 12.10 cycle starting in May. They thank Canonical for all of their support, and wish them much success with Unity. With the new sponsor, they say they will continue "To follow the same successful formula as it has always had - community led, KDE focused, Ubuntu flavor."

    Didier Roche: Precise Pangolin has now its finale Unity release (5.10)

    The final version of Unity has landed for 12.04, and brings many important fixes. Thanks to user testing, many issues were taken care of. Testing will continue, and some fixes will still land before the official release, but of this release of Unity, Didier Roche writes, "This finale version of Unity on this quality-based Ubuntu 10.04 LTS sounds like a perfect timing for a Precise release for the Pangolin."

    Canonical Design Team: System status menu refinements in Ubuntu 12.10

    With the 12.04 cycle drawing closer to official release, the Canonical Design Team has shown off plans to refine the status menu in 12.10. The biggest changes include a merging of the session and user account menus, a vastly improved time and date menu, and a revamped network menu. Other changes include only having social accounts appear if they're set up, and a new sync menu that shows the statuses of applications that sync content online, such as Ubuntu One and DropBox.

    Ubuntu App Developer Blog: How to create a Wikipedia Unity lens for Ubuntu

    David Calle, writing for the Ubuntu App Developer Blog, gives detailed step by step instructions for creating a Wikipedia Unity lens, including screenshots from his completed lense.

    In The Press

    Instagram's $Billion Sale Powered by Ubuntu Linux

    Sean Michael Kerner reports "There are a number of components that contribute to Instagram's success, it's important to realize that Linux is one of them." Kerner goes on to reveal "Instagram's back-end is powered by Ubuntu 11.04 running on EC2."

    Say Goodbye to Ubuntu Linux 10.10 'Maverick Meerkat'

    Katherine Noyes of PCWorld writes about the end of life of the last Pre-Unity non-LTS release. "If you're one of the release's holdout fans--I admit I'm one myself--what that means is that the time has come to upgrade or move on," writes Noyes.

    20-million new Ubuntu Linux PCs in 2012?

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about Mark Shuttleworth expecting 20-million new PCs sold with Ubuntu in the next twelve months. Vaughn-Nichols wrote, "He wasn't talking about 20-million new copies of Ubuntu being installed. That's easy to believe." Vaughn-Nichols continued, "Still, 20-million people buying Ubuntu pre-installed on their computers in the next twelve months? That's a lot!"

    Canonical prepping to launch Ubuntu as smartphone OS?

    A job posting on Canonical's website for "Business Development Manager (Ubuntu Phone OS)" has led Terrence O'Brien of Engadget to speculate on Canonical's plans. "Does this mean that Ubuntu is preparing to take on Android and iOS in the battle for smartphone supremacy (or, more likely, take on Windows Phone in a competition of also rans)?"

    In The Blogosphere

    In Other News

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E04 - Cube Root of Conquest

    Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen return again with the fourth episode of season five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: March 2012

    See here for the team report for March 2012:

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04 and 11.10

    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 11.04 Updates

    End of Life - October 2012

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013


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