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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 286

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 286 for the week October 1 - 7, 2012.

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    In This Issue

    • New Members of the Loco Council
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Call for Quantal Release Parties and Ubuntu's 8th Birthday
    • Burning down critical bugs
    • Openstack on Ubuntu - an update.
    • Matt Fischer: BECOMING A MOTU
    • Jono Bacon: The Canonical Community Team and 13.04
    • Kubuntu:KDE Plasma, Applications and Platform 4.9.2
    • Ubuntu Women: Career Days - October 18th!
    • David Henningsson: Pulseaudio conference - less than a month away!
    • Jono Bacon: 24 Hours Later. PS5,133.70 Raised.
    • Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Online Accounts and the Ubuntu GNOME Remix
    • Jhosman Lizarazo: Ubuntu Quantal Logo
    • Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • 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

    New Members of the Loco Council

    Sergio Meneses shares an announcement of the newest LoCo council members. Meneses says farewell to outgoing members, Paolo and Greg, and welcomes the new members aboard:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (99945) +109 over last week
    • Critical (83) -3 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (50011) -129 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Quantal

    • English (United Kingdom) (9770) -373 over last week
    • Spanish (14104) -36 over last week
    • English (Australia) (16443) -1238 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (37926) -555 over last week
    • Bosnian (42788) -964 over last week
    • French (49788) -321 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", 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

    LoCo News

    Call for Quantal Release Parties and Ubuntu's 8th Birthday

    Benjamin Kerensa gives a reminder about the Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) release party. He highlights instructions about how to throw a party, and how to share it with the rest of the world. Kerensa states: "The key thing is not the venue, it is the people. With a venue and date, you are all set to let the world know about it."

    Launchpad News

    Burning down critical bugs

    Curtis Hovey shares his experience with critical bugs, and points out the Purple Squad's great work, saying they are the best when it comes to closing critical bugs. Hovey states: "Maybe the Purple squad are better maintenance engineers than other squads who work on maintenance."

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Openstack on Ubuntu - an update.

    Chuck Short reports about recent work concerning OpenStack:

    • "Folsom release on Ubuntu 12.10" which includes following projects: "Nova, Swift, Glance, Keystone, Horizon and two new ones (Cinder - block storage, Quantum - SDN)."
    • "Folsom release on Ubuntu 12.04" where is highlighted recently announced Ubuntu cloud archive which enables "releasing the latest version of OpenStack to users who want the stability of an LTS release but need a newer version of OpenStack for their cloud."

    Short also extends a call to testers and bug reporters on 12.04 servers, pointing out that volunteers will need the following in their /etc/apt/sources.list: deb precise-proposed/folsom main. Users who just want to install the latest version of OpenStack on their 12.04 server will need to add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list: deb precise-updates/folsom main

    The Planet

    Matt Fischer: BECOMING A MOTU

    Matt Fischer discusses why he became a 'Master of the Universe' in Ubuntu, and provides information for others who want to get involved. MOTUs are responsible for maintaining the Universe repository, which contains software supported by the community.

    Jono Bacon: The Canonical Community Team and 13.04

    Jono Bacon discusses the progress made by the Canoncial Community Team, and outlines plans for the team during the upcoming 13.04 cycle. He writes about the recent commitment to Quality Assurance, and how the team hopes to expand on that commitment by growing the community of testers, and using the resources more effectively by improving manual and automatic testing. Other targeted areas include: improving the App Developers' experience, continued development on Ubuntu Accomplishments, and further growing Ubuntu's popularity in the cloud with Juju.

    Kubuntu:KDE Plasma, Applications and Platform 4.9.2

    The Kubuntu team announces "packages for the release of KDE SC 4.9.2 are available for Kubuntu 12.04.1 LTS releases" which can be retrieved from the Kubuntu Backports PPA. The packages are also in Kubuntu 12.10 development release.

    Ubuntu Women: Career Days - October 18th!

    Cheri Francis of Ubuntu Women announces a new career day session to be held October 18th at 19:00 UTC in #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat on Francis writes that "Silvia Bindelli (Dolasilla) will be presenting about working as a Software Release Coordinator. The job involves keeping track of both people and technology."

    More information about Career Days can be found at: Also, anyone interested in Career Days can contact Cheri Francis (, and Elizabeth Krumbach (

    David Henningsson: Pulseaudio conference - less than a month away!

    David Henningsson reminds us that the upcoming Pulseaudio conference in Bella Center, Copenhagen, is less than a month away. The event takes place alongside the Ubuntu Developer Summit and Linaro Connect. There is no fee, but attendees must have either a UDS or LC registration to get into the conference area.

    Jono Bacon: 24 Hours Later. PS5,133.70 Raised.

    This past week, the Community Team did a 24-hour marathon to raise money for charity. The event was streamed live via Google+ Hangouts and featured interviews and discussions from many community members. Six charities were benefited, and by the end a total of PS5,133.70 was raised.

    Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Online Accounts and the Ubuntu GNOME Remix

    In this article from Jeremy Bicha, we read about the Ubuntu GNOME Remix project and its goal to bridge the gap between Ubuntu and GNOME. The project seeks to address the issue of including both Ubuntu Online Accounts and GNOME Online Accounts in the 12.10 release, which provides a horrible user experience as well as a headache for GNOME app developers due to the two different APIs.

    Jhosman Lizarazo: Ubuntu Quantal Logo

    With the release of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal approaching, we can see some of the promotional materials appearing, such as this logo on

    In The Press

    Ubuntu has a bigger problem than its Amazon blunder

    Paul Venezia of Infoworld writes about the recent Amazon shopping feature in the Ubuntu 12.10 Unity Dash, and how he believes it is a privacy issue. Venezia goes on to say that Canonical's response to this issue highlights a bigger problem: the threat to its user trust.

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu 12.10 Updates Messaging menu status icons

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! presents minor changes to the Messaging menu status icons which include:

    • "New pips - the small icons that appear on the panel 'envelope' icon to denote your online status."
    • "New status icons" - their visibility is changed
    • "Pipped to the post" -" Messaging Menu will look and behave as it did in Ubuntu 12.04."

    Early Ubuntu 12.10 boot speed results

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix brings us "early look of some Bootchart numbers for two systems running Ubuntu 12.10 development snapshots compared to earlier releases."

    Ubuntu Adds 'Amazon Results' Off Switch, Fixes NSFW Issues

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! informs us about the so-called "Kill Switch" - a feature, which when activated, disables the retrieval of all lenses and scopes results from online sources. Sneddon also writes that there have been improvements to avoid NSFW (Not Safe For Work) content showing up in search results.

    10 Things To Look For In Ubuntu 12.10

    Abhishek Prakash of Make Tech Easier gives us a list of 10 things to look for in Ubuntu 12.10, including: Web Apps, Remote Login, Sponsored Amazon and Ubuntu One suggestions in Unity Dash, Unity Preview, Update Manger revamped as Software Updater, Additional Drivers, Full Disk Encryption, System Settings Options, the loss of the CD-size image and, of course, newly updated packages.

    Unity 6.8.0 Arrives in Ubuntu 12.10 with Performance Fixes

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! introduces a list of changes brought with Unity 6.8.0, which include: bug fixes, faster window scaling during the 'Spread' feature, rendering fixes for previews, and more.

    Ubuntu: Open X Bugs, Nouveau In A "Funky State"

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares highlights from messages by Bryce Harrington, Canonical's Xorg maintainer, "where he described the open bugs for the different open and closed-source graphics drivers plus the X.Org Server."

    Games Dominate Ubuntu's Paid App Chart in September

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! brings us September's 2012 Top 10 Commercial Apps chart:

    • MC Launcher
    • Bastion
    • Sacred Gold (new)
    • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
    • Braid
    • Linux Format Magazine - Issue 163 (new)
    • Fluendo DVD Player
    • Torchlight (new)
    • Cubemen (new)
    • Majesty Gold (new)

    Bluelight Powering Auroville With OpenSource

    Atuljha of Muktware writes about a not-for-profit shop located inside Auroville in Southern India with a diverse team of people from Russia, Gemany, India, France and other countries. This shop manages a Cyber Cafe which is running on Ubuntu, as well as providing consulting regarding IT and Open Source software for Auroville.

    23 Brand New Features in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal [Screenshots Tour]

    Posted by Manuel Jose at Tech Drive-in, we see a feature review complete with screenshots for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 version.

    In Other News

    Best Ways to Read E-books on Ubuntu

    Jun Auza of TechSource brings us Abhishek's chart of the best applications for reading e-books under Ubuntu: Calibre, Evince, Okular, MuPDF and FBReader.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Ohio : Burning Circle, Episode no. 85

    In this podcast, Stephen Michael Kellat brings us news about Ohio's Linux fest and Ubuntu Community Council's draft of the new Ubuntu Code of Conduct.

    Automating an Ubuntu installation

    Nicholas Skaggs of the Ubuntu QA team shares a prototype for automating the Ubiquity installer, testing a "manual" installation.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development 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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