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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 271

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 271 for the week June 18 - 24, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • More tasks to sink your teeth in
    • New IRC Council Member: Jussi Kekkonen (Tm_T)
    • Ubuntu App Showdown Week 1 Wrap-Up
    • Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up
    • Welcome New Members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Cloud 12.04: IT at Web Speed
    • Rick Spencer: Let's Roll with 12.10
    • Collin King:Ubuntu ODM portal
    • Andy Whitcroft: Ubuntu Plus One
    • Jono Bacon: Create Your First App For Ubuntu
    • Fumihito YOSHISA: "Ubunchu!" Comics in store now!
    • Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Introduction Kit 12.04 has been released!
    • Canonical News
    • Ubuntu targets the mainstream
    • Shuttleworth on Ubuntu Linux, Fedora, and the UEFI problem
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: May 2012
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    More tasks to sink your teeth in

    Daniel Holbach of the Developer News team posts an update for the "first bug fixing initiative for the quantal release cycle." The post wraps up with ways to get involved, get in touch and find something development-focused to work on.

    New IRC Council Member: Jussi Kekkonen (Tm_T)

    Community Council Member Elizabeth Krumbach announces the appointment of Jussi Kekkonen (Tm_T) to the IRC Council.

    Ubuntu App Showdown Week 1 Wrap-Up

    David Planella shares, on the Ubuntu app Developer blog, a short summary about first week of Ubuntu App Showdown. Planella writes that they ran two days of workshops with live streaming. Workshops are recorded and can be seen at with more workshops in next two weeks. The post wraps up with a list of some of the apps that people are currently working on.

    Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up

    On June 23-24th the Ubuntu Classroom team hosted the Ubuntu User Days. Logs and from this and the version in Spanish (Dia del Usuario Ubuntu) are shared in this event wrap-up.

    Welcome New Members

    Results from the 18 June 2012 Developer Membership Board meeting:

    Results from the 21 June 2012 Membership Board meeting:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (94310) -151 over last week
    • Critical (74) +3 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48751) +35 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (1453) +41 over last week
    • Spanish (10988) -211 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (20691) +41 over last week
    • Bosnian (37212) -159 over last week
    • German (46493) +31 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", see more at: and

    Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 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

    Launchpad News

    Pondering how sharing changes project roles

    Curtis Hovey writes how Launchpad will be changed due to its forthcoming sharing feature. Hovey states: "Sharing will allow maintainers to share kinds of information with users and a team. This feature separates access to private information from bug and branch subscriptions."

    Privacy and security replaced by information type

    Curtis Hovey announces how the "information type" section replaces the "privacy and security" section of bug reports. Hovey states: "This change allows users to clearly state the kind of information a bug or branch contains."

    Easily getting information about duplicate bugs in Launchpad

    Brian Murray shares a story about getting information about duplicate bugs in Launchpad. Murray had a lot of problems finding the right information about a bug and its duplicates. As a result of this struggle he wrote a tool which makes the job easier. Murray states: "It occurred to me that I really wanted to check all the the duplicates and see who the reporter was, so I wrote a tool to do just that."

    Meet John Meinel - Blue Squad leader and Papa Smurf

    Laura Czajkowski interviews John Meinel, current Blue squad leader at Launchpad, about his work on the Launchpad team and at Canonical, experience with Free Software, favorite features of Launchpad and more.

    Fixing a simple bug in Launchpad - A screencast

    Graham Binns shares a screencast about fixing a simple bug in Launchpad.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Ubuntu Cloud 12.04: IT at Web Speed

    A webinar "Ubuntu Cloud 12.04: IT at Web Speed" will be held on June 28th 2012 by Mark Baker. "Baker will discuss the role Ubuntu cloud plays in modernizing today's infrastructure and enables organizations to achieve agility."

    The Planet

    Rick Spencer: Let's Roll with 12.10

    Rick Spencer shares his thoughts about archive freezing, Alphas and Betas, and brings some new ideas, including:

    • Stop with alphas and betas and win back all of the development effort
    • Increase the cadence of ISO testing to whatever we want or whatever the community team can manage
    • Spin a trial ISO near what is now beta time
    • Spin ISOs for release candidates

    Xubuntu: Xubuntu's default theme gets a refresh for Quantal

    Simon Steinbeiss shares information about Xubuntu's theme (Greybird) redesign for 12.10 with regard to color, contrast and desktop environment still using Gtk2.

    Collin King:Ubuntu ODM portal

    Collin King shares information about the new Ubuntu ODM (Original Design Manufacturer) portal. King states: "A new Ubuntu portal is a jump-start page containing links to pages and documents useful for Original Design Manufacturers (ODMs), Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and Independent BIOS vendors."

    Andy Whitcroft: Ubuntu Plus One

    Andy Whitcroft shares his thoughts on and experience with the Ubuntu Plus One team. Whitcroft states: "Overall though it has been a very positive experience, I have learned a huge amount about the archive and packaging in the Ubuntu world, and gained a healthy dose of respect for anyone who voluntarily maintains other peoples packages. All I can really say is a big thank you to those who look after this stuff full time, you are made of strong stuff indeed."

    Jono Bacon: Create Your First App For Ubuntu

    Jono Bacon shares a very detailed "How to create your first app for Ubuntu" tutorial. Bacon states: "In the tutorial I show you how to create a simple web browser by generating a new project, customizing the user interface, writing some code, and then generating a package."

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments 0.2: One Week Later

    Jono Bacon reflects upon the recent release of Ubuntu Accomplishments 0.2 and plans for 0.3 release of Ubuntu Accomplishments namely: web interface, more coverage of community and desktop accomplishments.

    Fumihito YOSHISA: "Ubunchu!" Comics in store now!

    Fumihito Yoshisa shares information about Ubunchu! Comics, Japanese manga series featuring Ubuntu which is now available in book stores in Japan.

    Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Introduction Kit 12.04 has been released!

    Hajime Mizuno shares information about "Ubuntu introduction Kit" 12.04 release, the kit was first Ubuntu book in Japan whose first release was in 2006. The new book is available at bookstores in Japan and on Amazon.

    Michael Casadevall: Announcement of Calxeda Highbank Images for Quantal

    Michael Casadevall announces that initial images for the Calxeda Highbank platform are now available for download together with installation instructions. Casadevall reminds us that Ubuntu 12.10 is still in the Alpha development, thus it is not recommended for usage in production and adds "Highbank support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will be released as part of the 12.04.1 update in mid-August and will join our support for ArmadaXP from Marvell, which was released as part of 12.04."

    Canonical News

    Dell Extends Ubuntu Retail into India

    Following the success of computers preloaded with Ubuntu in Chinese Dell retail stores, Mark Murphy writes that Dell and Canonical now plan to extend to India, saying "...the program will start with a widescale roll out to 850 stores across India."

    Another major game platform to support Ubuntu; Unity 4 to support Ubuntu

    John Pugh shares news that Unity Technologies, the company behind the popular Unity game engine, announced that their next version will support publishing to Ubuntu. Pugh writes "For game developers the gaming engine provides the majority of the technologies required to deliver a game -- including things like sound, graphics and physics."

    An update on Ubuntu and Secure Boot

    Jon Melamut shares that Canonical stands by its commitment to support Secure Boot in the upcoming releases of Ubuntu. "For users who download Ubuntu directly we are working on a revised bootloader for 12.10 to ensure that Ubuntu continues to provide the "it just works" experience that our users expect."

    In The Press

    Ubuntu targets the mainstream

    Tom Henderson, Network/IT World, reviews Ubuntu 12.04 and reports that it is "a much improved product that spans desktops, servers and the cloud in a bid to become the cross-platform mainstream product that Apple's Mac OS might have been." Henderson covers the improvements to the Unity interface, Ubuntu server cloud support, improvements to server deployment, MaaS and Virtualization.

    Shuttleworth on Ubuntu Linux, Fedora, and the UEFI problem

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet, explores the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) replacement for BIOS issue with regard to Linux support by reviewing Red Hat's solution and then sharing comments from Mark Shuttleworth about the approach for Ubuntu. He notes that Shuttleworth is not happy with the current approaches and is quoted as saying "Secure Boot retains flaws in its design that will ultimately mandate that Microsoft's key is on every PC (because of core UEFI driver signing). That, and the inability of Secure Boot to support multiple signatures on critical elements means that options are limited but we continue to seek a better result."

    In The Blogosphere

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Podcasts

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: May 2012

    See here for the team report for May 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, 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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