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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 263

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 263 for the week April 23 - 29, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) released!
    • Quality has a new name
    • Ubuntu OpenWeek, 2-4 May on Freenode
    • Membership Boards: Restaffing and Reorganization
    • Welcome New Members
    • Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Get the Ubuntu Online Tour on your LoCo site
    • Contributing to Launchpad
    • OpenStack in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS
    • Announcing the UDS Juju Charm Contest for UDS attendees
    • MAAS, Juju, AWSOME - Making the Complicated; Simple!
    • Python 3 on the desktop for Quantal Quetzal
    • Hello Unity, episode 3 & 4
    • Xubuntu Artwork Update: Unity Support
    • An Interview with Coffeecat
    • I'm an Ubuntu Developer Summit local!
    • Revamping Launchpad Translators
    • Ubuntu 12.04 - Jane Silber talks Unity, community and 'continuous computing'
    • 5 reasons to be excited about Ubuntu 12.04
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Android Files update - get plugged into Instagram and more!
    • Canonical To Launch Partner Program
    • Full Circle #60 - Fifth Birthday Edition!
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) released!

    Release Manager Kate Stewart announces the availability of the new version of Ubuntu:

    "The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) for Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products.

    Codenamed "Precise Pangolin", 12.04 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this cycle, introducing a few new features and improving quality control."

    More details, including features, upgrade instructions, download links and links to release notes for Ubuntu and the flavors are available here:

    Quality has a new name

    Mark Shuttleworth discusses the continuing efforts to expand the level of quality into the next Ubuntu release cycle and announces the codename for the next release: Quantal Quetzal.

    Last Development Update of 12.04

    The Dev News team reports on statistics about Ubuntu 12.04 that Kate Stewart, Ubuntu release manager, has shared. She has pointed out how many uploads and uploaders were in this cycle, the visibility of changes, and their contributors.

    Although everybody is celebrating the Ubuntu 12.04 release, work on the next release (12.10) has already started. There is already discussion about which boost library to use started by Scott Kitterman. There are also plans about moving to Python 3 for the desktop image started by Barry Warsaw.

    To round out the development update, this week the Ubuntu Algorithms Team recently hosted their first Ubuntu Classroom IRC-based class where they estimate they had about 35 active participants.

    Ubuntu OpenWeek, 2-4 May on Freenode

    Mark Shuttleworth will be doing an "Ask Mark" session on Tuesday, May 1st at 21:00 UTC. Then, from May 2nd through 4th the community will be hosting the Ubuntu Open Week IRC workshop in #ubuntu-classroom on Community members from throughout the Ubuntu project will be presenting on such topics as: scaling WordPress with juju, Ubuntu development, starting and expanding local Ubuntu Hours, and how to contribute to Ubuntu translations.

    Jorge Castro blogs about it here:

    Direct link to the schedule here:

    Membership Boards: Restaffing and Reorganization

    The Community Council has been working with the Regional Membership Boards to increase their success and effectiveness, and have decided to move away from region-based boards to time-based boards. The new boards will meet at 12:00 and 22:00 UTC and they are currently recruiting Ubuntu Members who fit the qualifications outlined in the announcement to fill 10 open spots on these new boards.

    Welcome New Members

    From the Developer Membership Board Meeting on April 23, 2012:

    Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Jono Bacon shares thanks and acknowledgements for all the work on the Ubuntu 12.04 release. Bacon writes that the "focus on quality was firm and unrelenting; initiatives such as gated trunks, acceptance criteria, automated testing, and a strong focus on growing a testing community and widening our manual tests, all contributed to delivering a solid release." He also highlighted great focus on growth of some parts of the community in initiatives like the Developer Advisory team, application developer focused outreach, and our continued growth of the Juju charm community.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    Open (93811) +886 over last week
    Critical (75) -7 over last week
    Unconfirmed (48112) +531 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (3501)
    • Spanish (12446)
    • English (United Kingdom) (21982)
    • Bosnian (40072)
    • Brazilian Portuguese (47794)

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", 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

    Get the Ubuntu Online Tour on your LoCo site

    David Planella shares a project which Ant Dillon, of Canonical's web design team, has made available to LoCo Teams: localized versions of the Ubuntu Online Tour. Anyone interested in localizing or using Ubuntu online tour on their own language has the possibility to adapt it and use it. Planella writes that it presents "a web-based first impression of Ubuntu to new users, now in their language." He includes instructions for installing and reporting issues.

    12.04 Release Party: San Francisco Edition

    Elizabeth Krumbach shares photos from the Ubuntu 12.04 release party in San Francisco this past Thursday.

    Launchpad News

    Contributing to Launchpad

    Launchpad team shares instructions for how to get involved and contribute to the Launchpad project. As an open source project. "you can actively get involved in improving it and the community of Ubuntu platform developers is always interested in helping peers getting started."

    Ubuntu Forums News

    Ubuntu Forums Monthly Report - April 2012

    Ubuntu Forums Council Member shares a monthly report for April from the Ubuntu Forums team, including: 7 new Ubuntu Members via the forums membership process, 24748 new users registered, 68707 new posts and 14988 new threads created.

    They have decided that, as community has grown and continues to grow, tutorials and tips are going to be migrated to the community wiki. This way users and contributors will have an easier way to change/update/adapt new material. There is also a plan for increasing community interaction via the Ubuntu Forums IRC channel, the Precise development subforum has been moved to archive, and a new subforum for Quantal Quetzel has been created.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    OpenStack in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

    As server edition gets five years of maintenance/support it is very good for companies running production deployments, writes Robbie Williamson. However, with this plan, users of OpenStack in 12.04 today will have to use the Essex edition of OpenStack released with 12.04 during this whole period. OpenStack team has come up with a new option for users of the LTS server edition: Canonical's Ubuntu Cloud Archive. Williamson writes that users "can elect to enable this archive, and install newer releases of OpenStack (and the dependencies) as they become available up through the next Ubuntu LTS release (presumably 14.04)" and offers a chart and a FAQ section to help illustrate and explain some of their decisions.

    juju client now available for Mac OSX

    The Mac port for juju has been published by Brandon Holtsclaw. Jorge Castro writes that it "will enable Mac users to deploy to their Ubuntu Servers from the comfort of their home operating system."

    Announcing the UDS Juju Charm Contest for UDS attendees

    Jorge Castro announces that Ubuntu Developer Summit attendees will have a chance to win one of three Dell XPS 13 ultrabooks by entering the Juju charm contest. The post also contains a link to step by step instructions for writing charms and contest rules.

    MAAS, Juju, AWSOME - Making the Complicated; Simple!

    Amber Graner interviews Dave Walker, Jorge Castro, Francis Locaste and Matt Revell from the Ubuntu Server Team. Topics include MAAS, Juju, AWSOME, Ubuntu server and cloud information and her article includes links to more information regarding these topics.

    The Planet

    Barry Warsaw: Python 3 on the desktop for Quantal Quetzal

    Barry Warsaw discusses some plans, and work that needs to be done regarding Python 3 in Quantal Quetzel, as it is a release goal to ship with only Python 3 on the CD (even if Python 2.7 will still be available in the repository). Warsaw stresses "We need your help!" and provides a list of tasks that community members can assist with.

    Ubuntu Accomplishments: The Road To 0.1

    Jono Bacon shares an update on the Ubuntu Accomplishment system and provides a video demo of the current status. He also shares details on how community members can help with testing.

    Michael Hall: Hello Unity, episode 3 & 4

    Michael Hall shares that the Hello Unity application now has two new features: sound menu and quicklists. Hall does a feature roundup of what the application now supports and provides a link to the source and .deb package for the project.

    Xubuntu: Xubuntu Artwork Update: Unity Support

    Simon Steinbeiss has started to work on support for Unity in Greybird, the default Xubuntu theme and provides screen shots of how it looks. He also shares details of how users can try it themselves by using a tool such as My Unity, GNOME Tweak tool or Ubuntu tweak to install the theme. An Interview with Coffeecat

    In this post, interviews one of the longest standing members of Ubuntu Forums. He discusses his journey with ubuntu from 5.04 to now, and his involvement in the Ubuntu community.

    Martin Pitt: QA changes for Ubuntu 12.04

    Martin Pitt shares some of the QA changes which were made in the 12.04 cycle. Pitt states that investment in a stable + 1 team has made significant changes and also made many things easier. Changes or improvements that he has noticed include: better general software stability, more daily development testers who provide bug reports and patches, daily dist-upgrade tests and automatic CD image builds which "dramatically reduced both the cost of fixing regressions as well as the emergency hackathons during milestone preparations."

    Ante Karamatic: Ubuntu 12.04 HA infrastructure

    Ante Karamatic shares some details of the HA infrastructure for Ubuntu 10.04 and 12.04. The Ubuntu HA infrastructure uses Pacemaker and GFS2 and OCFS2 shared filesystems on top of shared storage. He shares a link to the current cluster documentation, and explains that they are also planning to make instructions on wiki for DRBD, cLVM and migration scenarios from 10.04 to 12.04 and from 10.04 with a PPA to 12.04.

    Elizabeth Krumbach: I'm an Ubuntu Developer Summit local!

    Elizabeth Krumbach writes about her experience of being at Ubuntu Developer Summits (UDS) as a non-local and how valuable information from the local teams was to her visit. This time she is a local for the UDS in Oakland coming up on May 7-11 and reports on plans the Ubuntu California team is making for UDS, including evening events, and a page created for attendees with detailed public transit information.

    Milo Casagrande: Revamping Launchpad Translators

    Milo Casagrande puts out a call to the community for more translators, and shares resources for how to start getting involved.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu 12.04 - Jane Silber talks Unity, community and 'continuous computing'

    Rory MacDonald of Linux User speaks with Canonical CEO Jane Silber where she discusses her role in Canonical (and also Mark Shuttleworth's role), how Canonical compares with other companies, Unity and Canonical's strategy goals, which include Canonical's plan to push Ubuntu onto other areas, such as TVs, smartphones and cars.

    5 reasons to be excited about Ubuntu 12.04

    Rob Zwetsloot highlights 5 features to look forward to with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Included are the Unity Dash improvements, the implementation of the HUD, increased ARM support, server upgrades and increased stability overall.

    Which Linux distro is fairest of them all? Ubuntu, survey says

    Katherine Noyes of PC World notes that Ubuntu swept home Lifehacker's distro popularity contest: Ubuntu and its variants got over 51 per cent of the votes.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Delivers 5 Years of Enterprise Linux Desktop Support

    Sean Michael Kerner of Datamation writes about the lengthened support for the desktop version of Ubuntu. For the first time this will be five years of support - the same as that for servers. Kerner shares comments from Steve George, VP of Communications and Products at Canonical, that reveal the five year support is due to customer request, especially from companies. He also shares that, with this new version of Ubuntu comes new possibilities like: easier access to non-Linux applications, embedded remote desktop (Citrix server).

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS: Like it or not, this Linux grows on you
    Scott Gilbertson of The Register reviews Ubuntu 12.04 and highlights many of its features including the HUD, new privacy settings and the Software Center. Especially praised is the HUD, with its fast search and overall contribution to a better, unified desktop experience.

    In The Blogosphere

    If my mother-in-law can use Ubuntu Linux, anyone can

    This article written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols shares the story of giving his mother-in-law a computer with Ubuntu on it. "One of the great Linux desktop myths is that it's hard to use. People still think that you need to be some kind of mad computer wizard to use Linux. What nonsense. Desktop Linux has been as easy to use as any of the mainstream desktop operating systems for over a decade. How easy is it? My 79-year old mother-in-law, Hulvia, can use it."

    Getting Help With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin

    Andrew, from Begin Linux, provides a list of tutorials and help sites he has found useful to help users become more familiar with and fix problems which arise when using Ubuntu.

    Next Ubuntu Q to bring font, icon, Quantum Openstack service to Linux

    Paula Rooney of ZDNet shares and discusses some of the features Ubuntu 12.10 will have, as disclosed by a blog post by Mark Shuttleworth: new design, font and icon innovations, Quantum - virtualized networking.

    Ubuntu Linux Seeing HUGE Demand for OpenStack

    Sean Michael Kerner, Internet News, shares that although OpenStack is relatively new, Chris Kenyon, Vice President, Sales and Business Development at Canonical, stated that "there is a huge interest for OpenStack from cloud providers and enterprises." Kerner goes on to say "Big names are also backing Ubuntu's OpenStack efforts too. HP is basing its' OpenStack cloud on Ubuntu as is AT&T and Ericsson."

    Muktware Ubuntu Manual

    Muktware reports that the "two month journey" with the goal of releasing the Ubuntu 12.04 manual for beginners on the same date as Ubuntu 12.04 has succeeded. The aim of this manual is to make Ubuntu, and open source in general, accessible to non-Linux users and newcomers to open source. The manual is available for download as a PDF.

    12.04 Release coverage

    There have been dozens of reviews for the latest release of Ubuntu, 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)! The following are are a few selected by our editors for inclusion this week.

    In Other News

    Android Files update - get plugged into Instagram and more!

    Ubuntu One Files for Android app has been updated. The Canonical Voices blog reports their "favorite new addition is that the U1 Files app now supports auto-upload from other photo apps you use." It also includes UI improvements and more settings which will help you control when data is used for various tasks.

    Canonical To Launch Partner Program

    S. Ramdas, CRN, reports that Canonical hopes to lure strong partners with a new, competitively priced channel program in India, centered on Ubuntu Advantage enterprise services.

    A Precis for Precise

    Jane Silber writes that, with "support guaranteed for five years, certification on a wide range of hardware and the option of enterprise-grade commercial services, Ubuntu is a proven, cost-effective enterprise platform that can be relied on for the long term for their desktop, server, and cloud needs."

    System76 now ships Ubuntu 12.04 on all products

    Emma Marshall at System 76 informs us that "Precise Pangolin" is now supported. All their systems now ship with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed and earlier models are ready to be upgraded.

    Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS: certified, available and ready for the hyperscale world

    According to the Canonical blog, with the release of 12.04 Ubuntu becomes the first enterprise Linux distribution to include OpenStack for deploying a private cloud. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS server edition has support until 2017, and brings features like: cloud, deployment and service orchestration technologies.

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS aims to conquer the enterprise desktop

    The Canonical blog states that Canonical's goal for desktop users is "to work more productively on latest PCs laptops and thin clients". They feel that they have a very good chance to succeed in a desktop world, since they have very good relationships with hardware vendors like Dell, HP and Lenovo. Not only that, Ubuntu for desktops is certified for many laptops and desktops thanks to "Canonical's close relationships with OEMs."

    Full Circle #60 - Fifth Birthday Edition!

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

    It's our birthday! Five years and going strong.

    This month:
    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Beginning Python - Part 32, LibreOffice - Part 14, and Prey.
    • NEW! Graphics : GIMP - The Beanstalk Part 1, and Inkscape - An Introduction to the SVG file format.
    • Linux Lab - Serial Port.
    • Review - Desura.
    • I Think - Will You Upgrade To 12.04?
    • Closing Windows - Sound Settings

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

    Google Currents Edition:

    Get it while it's hot. PDF and EPUB Editions!

    Other Articles of Interest

    * ARM profits rise 22 per cent as margins increase -

    Featured Podcasts

    Burning Circle 68

    In this episode of The Burning Circle, podcast of the Ohio LoCo, they include a reading of the latest draft of the Ubuntu Code of Conduct 2.0.

    Ubuntu UK podcast - S05E05 - A Charming Fellow

    In this podcast topics topics include: How to install Ubuntu, Juju and 12.04 LTS (interview made with Jorge Castro). There were some great news namely: open source driver for Qualcom, Canonical job ads are popular, Microsoft's section for open technologies.

    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, 11.04 11.10 and 12.04

    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

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2017


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    Last edited by elizabeth; May 7th, 2012 at 06:28 AM.
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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 263

    Congrats Elizabeth to you and the Newsletter team. Keep up the good work. I must admit I look forward to reading the Newsletter each week to see what's going on.

    One suggestion I rather like the format of it over at the Wiki so are you able to place a link at the top from this page over to the wiki version for your readers?

    Cheers Rod
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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 263

    Sure! Added it manually this week and added to my todo list to add it to the script I use to generate the forums version.
    Elizabeth Krumbach // pleia2 //

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 263

    Quote Originally Posted by rod40cool View Post
    Congrats Elizabeth to you and the Newsletter team. Keep up the good work. I must admit I look forward to reading the Newsletter each week to see what's going on.
    +1 -- thank you.
    Quote Originally Posted by elizabeth View Post
    Sure! Added it manually this week and added to my todo list to add it to the script I use to generate the forums version.
    Also +1 -- thank you again.
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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 263

    Thank you madam


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