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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #37

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #37 for the week April
    15th - April 21st, 2007. In this issue we cover the release of Ubuntu
    7.04 and related press coverage, a week long series of events to
    introduce the diverse Ubuntu community, and a friendly competition
    where individuals and Lo``Cos can win money and prizes.

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    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 7.04 released and related press coverage
    • The Funky Feisty Competition
    • Ubuntu Open Week
    • Bolivian Lo``Co co-hosting a Latin American install fest.

    Ubuntu 7.04 Released

    With much fanfare in the press and blogosphere, the new version of
    Ubuntu, 7.04 "Feisty Fawn" was released April 19th.

    This new release includes many new features like the Windows migration
    assistant, easy installation of multimedia codecs, and networking
    improvements. More features and other changes are documented at The release
    notes can be found at Want to update?
    Please see

    Of course, not just Ubuntu 7.04 was released. Kubuntu, Edubuntu,
    Xubuntu and Ubuntu Server Edition were also released. The Kubuntu 7.04
    release notes can be read at, Edubuntu's at, Xubuntu's at Ubuntu Server Edition's release
    notes can be found at

    7.04 Press Coverage

    As with all Ubuntu releases, the initial press coverage has been strong.

    Zdnet reports the release of 7.04 with much fanfare. It talks about
    features, the ensuing server slowdown due to heavy traffic, Ubuntu's
    foray into the server market share, and possible Dell consideration of
    Ubuntu.
    You can read InformationWeek's take at

    Ubuntu 7.04's advanced server support did not go unnoticed at
    Linuxinsider, which discusses how the server and desktop editions are
    different.

    The press has also been covering 7.04's inclusion of KVM and
    paravirt-ops, designed to help run VMware. You can read more at,

    One area of Ubuntu that has traditionally been seen as weak is the
    server support. With 7.04, major press coverage of the Ubuntu Server
    Edition has started, with Search Enterprise Linux interviewing Jane
    Silber, Canonical director of operation at
    and OpenSPF trumpted support for SPF in Postfix at

    Several news outlets noticed the amazing strain Ubuntu resources took
    as the release happened, with the replacement of the main Ubuntu
    website with a placeholder. Edward N. Albro of PCworld commented on it
    at, as did The
    Register at

    The press has also covered Sun's inclusion of a full Java stack and
    related tools 7.04. It is the first time so many of Sun's tools have
    been integrated into a distribution, making the Java technology
    extremely accessible to Linux developers. While the stack resides in
    multiverse for 7.04, they are expected to move to the main repository
    once Java becomes fully open source. You can read more about it at,, and

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Open Week
    Ever wanted to know how Ubuntu is related to Canonical? Or what
    exactly the MOTUs do and how they do it? Canonical, is holding a
    series of workshops, in IRC, where you can find out the answers to all
    these questions and much more. There is a week long menu of events
    that cover topics from packaging applications, Lo``Co teams, Ubuntu
    Women, an introduction to Launchpad, and a Q&A with Mark Shuttleworth.
    For more information:

    LoCo News

    The Funky Feisty Competition
    Take a picture of yourself or your group (LoCo team, LUG, family,
    class or any other group) celebrating the release of Feisty in an
    interesting way. Be inventive! How about a picture of you in front of
    a famous landmark? Use your imagination - the most interesting
    pictures win! First prize wins $500USD, signed 7.04 CD by Mark
    Shuttleworth, an Ubuntu t-shirt, and the Ubuntu book and the runner-up
    wins $250USD, Ubuntu t-shirt, and the Ubuntu book. The deadline for
    submissions is May 19th. More details at:

    Argentina Local Community Team

    The Argentina LoCo es participating in FLISOL (Festival
    Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre) on Saturday 28th of
    April in Buenos Aires. Anyone is welcome to come, and we'd love to
    meet any ubunteros who happen to be close by. For more information

    Bolivian Local Community Team

    The recently started BolivianTeam is co-hosting this year's
    FLISOL Festival
    Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre
    (latin american
    free software install fest) at the city of Cochabamba. This year the
    BolivianTeam will be installing and configuring Ubuntu's latest
    release Feisty Fawn. There will be also some talks about Free
    Software and Linux.

    Ohio Local Community Team
    For the release of Feisty, the Ohio Lo``Co had their party in Columbus
    on April 21st. Brady Merriweather recorded the event and has posted a
    video of the party on You``Tube. To see the video, go to

    In The Press

    • Stephen Shankland, for CNET, talks about the virtualization

    technologies that will be part of Feisty: paravirt-ops, a layer that
    lets Ubuntu work with VMware; and KVM, which lets Linux host other
    operating systems. Ubuntu is taking a different path from other well
    known distributions who are using Xen. Xen requires a separate kernel,
    while the other technologies can use an ordinary Ubuntu kernel. Read
    the full article:

    • Neal Krawetz, at ExtremeTech, has an extensive overview of Ubuntu.

    He discusses the different parts of the filesystem, along with a
    tutorial of what processes are and what can be done to them. Memory
    usage, network throughput, boot scripts, and schedulers like cron are
    also covered. Read the full article:,00.asp

    • Andreas Proschofsky, at the Austrian derStandard, interviews Mark

    Shuttleworth. Many topics are covered including how Mark thinks Ubuntu
    is on the cutting edge with the integration of Apport. Mark believes
    that even though Ubuntu lacks applications to provide large
    deployments through centralized management, like SUSE does with YAST
    and Zenworks, it is not an obstacle to adopting Ubuntu. He mentions
    that Ubuntu is making inroads in large companies, like Google
    developers using it on their desktops, and Lufthansa pilots using it
    on their laptops. On the commercial side, 70% of Canonical's business
    is from servers and 60% is from North America. Read the full

    • Sean Michael Kerner, at, writes that Sun and

    Canonical consider the inclusion of Java technologies like the
    NetBeans IDE, Glassfish Java Application Server, Java SE and Java DB
    10.2, an important milestone. "We see the Ubuntu developer community
    as a key constituency for a lot of the higher level Sun platform
    technology," says Ian Murdock, chief operating platforms officer at
    Sun, and founder of Debian. While the Sun tools are in the multiverse
    repository, Mark Shuttleworth expects them to move to the main
    repository when Java is fully open source. Read the full article:

    • "La Repubblica" one of the most popular Italian newspaper wrote an

    article in its on-line version announcing the release of Feisty. In
    the article, the ease of installation, the migration tool and the
    absence of costs to use Ubuntu are highlighted. The author explains
    that Ubuntu could exploit the recently announced delay in next Mac OS
    X release and also mentions the fact that Dell has been asked to
    switch back to Windows XP by some user segments. Here is the full
    article (in italian)

    • Canonical has joined the GNOME Foundation's advisory board. The

    board allows members to communicate with and help the overall
    direction of Gnome. Jane Sibler, Canonical's director of operations,
    will represent Ubuntu on the board. Dave Neary, former chairman of the
    GNOME Foundation, says "Since launching the Ubuntu distribution,
    Canonical has been a great proponent of the GNOME desktop and
    community partner. The changes which Ubuntu has brought to the project
    have made the free software user experience better for all GNOME
    users." Read the full article:

    In The Blogosphere

    *Abhishek, at, says that users should look at Ubuntu
    since XP will be retired soon so it does'nt cannibalize the sales of
    Vista. He mentions all the usual support venues like the wiki, forums,
    and IRC. Abhishek also points out the active India Lo``Co. Read more:

    *Eric Brown at his personal blog writes about the great experience he
    had with installing and using Xubuntu on his old Dell laptop when
    compared to using MS Vista. He gushes over features like easy software
    install, great community that helps with any problems, rock hard
    stability, and ease of use while using minimal resources. He concludes
    with claiming that he has become a convert. Read more at

    *Joe Barr, at, describes how to use the StartUp Manager
    (SUM) to change bootloader and splash screen settings in Ubuntu. SUM
    provides an easy-to-use GUI that lets allows advanced users to make
    their Ubuntu installations unique. Read more at:

    *Allison Randal, at O'Reilly, witnesses an act of grassroots Ubuntu
    evangelism when a Starbucks customer asks the manager for help with
    his Feisty upgrade. Read more at:

    *Brian Proffit, the managing editor at Linux Today, comments about
    the big stories of the week including the release of Feisty Fawn. He
    says the Ubuntu sites received a large spike in traffic which caused
    them slow down. Either this shows how popular Ubuntu has become or the
    servers need some work. Read more:

    *Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, at ZDNet, says "I don't want to overhype
    anything but I can say with all honesty that Ubuntu 7.04 is by far the
    best and easiest version of Linux that I've used." Adrian does think
    the descriptions of available updates is too detailed for the average
    user. But still, "Ubuntu represents a huge step in the right direction
    for Linux and offers PC owners a simple (and safe) way to experiment
    with Linux." Read more:

    Meetings and Events

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    ==== Technical Board Meeting ====

    Wednesday, April 25, 2007

    ==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

    Thursday, April 26, 2007

    ==== MOTU Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
    • Start: 21:00
    • End: 23:00
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

    Updates and security for 6.06 and 6.10

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

    • cacti 0.8.6h-1ubuntu3.1 -
    • langpack-locales -
    • app-install-data-commercial 5.5 -
    • libx11 2:1.0.0-0ubuntu9.1 -
    • langpack-locales -

    Ubuntu 6.10 Updates

    • tzdata 2007e-0ubuntu0.6.10~prop1 -
    • python-xlib 0.12-5.1ubuntu0.1 -
    • firestarter 1.0.3-1.2ubuntu3.1 -
    • libx11 2:1.0.3-0ubuntu4.1 -
    • tzdata 2007e-0ubuntu0.6.10 -
    • digikam 1:0.8.2-2ubuntu1.2 -
    • update-manager-core 0.56~edgy4 -
    • update-manager 0.45.3 (source) -

    Bug Stats

    • Open (28130) +626 # over last week
    • Critical (18) +1 # over last week
    • Unconfirmed (13745) +375 # over last week
    • Unassigned (20880) +839 # over last week
    • All bugs ever reported (95642) +2050 # over last week

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    267 views and not a single comment? Come on, people!
    If we didn't want you to comment on the UWN, we wouldn't have put it on the forums!
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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    Wooo Hooo!

    Go feisty!

    That video is awesome of the Ohio Team!

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    More press coverage here:,13...x/article.html

    Matthew Newton at PC World has been singing Ubuntu's praises for well over a year now. His articles are what got me interested way back in 2005. Feisty, for the most part is as usual very good stuff. A few hiccups here and there, but no show stoppers for me at this point. All I can say is keep up the good work, and thanks!
    Last edited by jmagsho; April 25th, 2007 at 03:32 AM.

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    Would be so fantastic if Dell began shipping Ubuntu. I still get annoyed by the forced purchase of Windows XP Home Edition when buying my notebook.

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    Here in Australia nearly all laptops that cannot run Vista are sold with Windows Home Edition it would be great if they packaged a Ubuntu CD with a FAT 32 formatted hard drive and said "go for it,just run the cd and install" maybe then alot more people would relise alot more of microsoft floors and start learning themselves how good linux really is.........

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    Smile Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    Yes, once the vendors/makers embrace it, getting critical mass becomes much easier. Drivers and support suddenly become a smaller issue.

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #37

    Quote Originally Posted by YetAnotherNoob View Post
    Would be so fantastic if Dell began shipping Ubuntu. I still get annoyed by the forced purchase of Windows XP Home Edition when buying my notebook.
    Yea I'd love to see Dell start shipping Ubuntu as their choice of Linux. There's been a lot of news about Michael Dell trying Ubuntu so hopefully that influences his decision. Hopefully they don't decide to include crapware though, just a default install of the distro. I'd hate to see Nero, Real, Adobe and whatever other proprietary products out there on the laptops.


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