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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 274

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 274 for the week July 9 - 15, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu App Showdown: let the voting begin!
    • New Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 12.10
    • Dell's Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, 'Blows Away' Expectations
    • Thank you Xubuntu social media admins
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Launchpad does not have private projects...yet.
    • Charlene Tessier: Make It Yours - A Guide to Lenses and Scopes
    • Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update
    • Barneedhar: Test Quantal kernels on Precise
    • David Henningsson: Top five wrong ways to fix your audio
    • Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga
    • Must have missing features in Ubuntu
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: June 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

    Ubuntu App Showdown: let the voting begin!

    David Planella reports that out of a surprising 150 applicants to the Ubuntu App Showdown, a remarkable 132 of them have qualified and made it to the final list, which has now been released. Judges will now have a full week to test and vote on the apps. Meanwhile, apps will begin being added to the Software Centre, where users will review and rate the apps to decide the community portion of the contest.

    New Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 12.10

    Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, brings comparison between the old and new session menu under Ubuntu. Sneddon states:"The new applet merges items from the previously separate User and System menus into one new look, unified drop-down."

    Dell's Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, 'Blows Away' Expectations

    Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, reports on the success of Project Sputnik, the effort that resulted in a prototype open-source laptop based on Ubuntu 12.04 and Dell's XPS 13 hardware. Now entering the Beta phase, interested parties are asked to sign up to participate. "We've been blown away by the number of people who have wanted to be beta participants," Barton George of Dell explains and goes on to say "if this gets the traction I think it will, you can bet Dell will start looking at others who would benefit from a similar solution."

    Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

    Thank you Xubuntu social media admins

    Xubuntu embraces social media, jumping from zero to four social media outlets in the past year and thanks the admins who run them. "All of these resources are linked at the bottom of every page on"

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (98866) +4982 over last week
    • Critical (76) +5 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (49513) +1285 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (3) +1 over last week
    • Spanish (10757) -30 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (19977) -291 over last week
    • Bosnian (37168) +7 over last week
    • German (46264) +7 over last week

    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

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad does not have private projects...yet.

    Curtis Hovey writes about problems considering private projects and Purple squad work progress on the Disclosure feature. Hovey states: "I think the problem here is that Launchpad squads no longer use Launchpad to plan and execute work. There is no place for any interested party to see what the goals of Disclosure is and gauge how we are progressing."

    Hovey also presents a Disclosure draft report, where it is can be seen what Purple squad is doing, has recently done, and will do next. The Disclosure draft report is available at

    The Planet

    Charlene Tessier: Make It Yours - A Guide to Lenses and Scopes

    Charlene Tessier shares a quick-start guide to understanding Unity lenses and scopes. It covers what each of them are and how users can take advantage of them.

    Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update

    This week's Ubuntu TV update covers news about the port from Unity 2D to 3D, a working stand-alone mode, and scopes including Video, Music, DVR, and Pictures, as well as more technical notes about metadata and removing Qt to make way for Nux.

    Barneedhar: Test Quantal kernels on Precise

    Testing Quantal kernels in 12.04 is a great way to help the kernel team to provide better hardware support in the 12.04 release. The post outlines the steps necessary to download, install, and test the newer kernel versions. Any bugs should be reported in launchpad.

    David Henningsson: Top five wrong ways to fix your audio

    David Henningsson writes about five common, outdated ways people try to fix issues with audio. Among the suggestions are not trying to update ALSA, not purging PulseAudio, and not replacing ALSA with OSS.

    Canonical News

    Changes to Contacts

    The Ubuntu One team is announcing that they are removing the Facebook contact import and sync feature in Ubuntu One. They cite turning off old features reliant on the old infrastructure in favor of moving to a new syncing infrastrcuture, U1DB. Users who have already added their Facebook contacts will continue to have access to that information.

    In The Press

    Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga

    Linux Inside reports on the continuing back-and-forth between the Free Software Foundation and Canonical over the proposed plan to overcome issues with secure boot. Disagreements of licenses and a shift to an alternate bootloader, as opposed to Grub 2, are among the top issues discussed.

    Must have missing features in Ubuntu

    Datamation writes on missing features that new users to Ubuntu, or Linux in general, are expecting when migrating over. One of the features is system restore, which lets users move back to a known good working installation of the operating system. Other missing features include wide-spread inclusions of driver discs with new hardware from the manufacturers, and the ability to easily install software without an active Internet connection.

    In The Blogosphere

    Thunderfork: Canonical's Chance To Expand Its Ecosystem With Thunderbird

    Dean Howell, The PowerBase, writes about Canonical's innovations around the GUI. When considering innovations, Howell gave the most focus to Thunderbird and its future. Howell states:"Thunderbird integration in Unity is a hack-job. Forking Thunderbird and bending it to fit the will of Ubuntu makes sense. Forking the project and making a version available for Android and iOS to gain adoption, increase mind-share and raise the visibility of it's cloud services is simply genius."

    All About Ubuntu One

    Hoo Ann, Ezine@rticles, posts about Ubuntu one features, and benefits from its usage namely: storage, online backup, folder/file synchronisation, availability and approachability from other operating systems, and music streaming. Ann states: "Ubuntu One with 5GB of free storage is better than Dropbox and equal to Sugarsync and Google Drive."

    There's no shortage of Asus Ubuntu netbooks in Italy

    Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, posts about the shortage of ASUS netbooks, preloaded with Ubuntu, in the UK. Discussing the shortage, Sneddon mentions that in Italy it is a completely different situation. Since Sneddon's source is in Italian, he presents some specs of the ASUS netbooks to make it easier for ones who are not familiar with the Italian language.

    Preloaded Ubuntu laptops all set to compete against Windows

    Vaibhav Panwar, REVTHATUP, posts about: Ubuntu's competition with Windows, Canonical's partnership with Dell, entrance into new markets like India and China, and advantages of Ubuntu.

    India Can Be Ubuntu's Impenetrable Fort

    Swapnil Bhartiya, Muktware, writes about Ubuntu's entrance into the India market. Bhartiya looks at the features and benefits that Ubuntu brings to potential users. He also compares Ubuntu with Windows and he points out possibilities for those considering installing Ubuntu.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: June 2012

    See here for the team report for June 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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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

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