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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #156

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #156 for the week August 16th - August 22nd, 2009. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu Developer Week, Karmic UNR packages now open for translation, Another reason to become an Official Ubuntu Member, Next Ubuntu Global Jam, Free Art of Community Book for Approved LoCo teams, Ubuntu Arizona Team Installfest, Launchpad screencasts, Ubuntu Forums Community Interview, Computers without internet are no fun, One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 7, Support the Ubuntu Global Jam, and much, much more!

    UWN Translations

    • Note to translators and our readers: We are trying a new way of linking to our translations pages. Please follow the link below for the information you need.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Developer Week
    • Karmic UNR packages now open for translation
    • Another reason to become an Official Ubuntu Member
    • Next Ubuntu Global Jam
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Free Art of Community Book for Approved LoCo Teams
    • Launchpad Screencasts
    • Ubuntu Forums News
    • The Planet
    • In the Press & Blogosphere
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates & Security

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Developer Week

    Announcing the fourth Ubuntu Developer Week! August 31st - September 4th, 2009

    Are you excited about Ubuntu, always had the feeling you want to "give back" in one form or the other and you didn’t know how? Ubuntu Developer Week is the perfect opportunity for you to get involved and get a closer look at what’s happening behind the scenes. Make sure you mark the dates from Monday, 31st August 2009 to Friday, 4th September 2009 in your calendar! Just check out the timetable [1] to learn more about which session is up next. [1]

    How this is going to work? Easy!

    • Just join #ubuntu-classroom on and enjoy and

    participate in the sessions.

    The devs have a put together a great lineup of speakers this time, with a fantastic assortment of topics, all very much focused on a hands-on experience for you: web development, Launchpad hackery, Debian/Ubuntu packaging, development techniques, etc. etc.

    If you are new to Ubuntu development, need more information on the speakers or sessions, check out:

    Ubuntu Developer Week is a fantastic way to learn, get involved, and help make Ubuntu even better. Don't miss out!!

    Karmic UNR packages now open for translation

    Karmic Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) packages are now open for translation. You can start translating them straight away from here:

    Please note that we encourage everyone to translate them in that upstream location before translations flow to Ubuntu.


    • Deadline: the deadline for translations in the upstream project is the 10th of September, which coincides with the UserInterfaceFreeze milestone.
    • Ubuntu translations: after that date, translations will be imported to Ubuntu at and translators will still be able to modify them or do the last fixes before the LanguagePackDeadline. The translations will then be included in language packs.
    • Webfav: we are still working on getting webfav translatable through Launchpad. If it is not possible to do this before the translation deadline, and considering that the package has only got one translatable string, we might consider a workaround to allow new translations of this string.

    For more information please refer to the following links:

    Another reason to become an Official Ubuntu Member

    All Ubuntu Members who have signed the Code of Conduct have been granted SFTP access to a Web-accessible directory on


    • Use of this service should be with the aim of helping Ubuntu in some way

    • Content you upload should be:
    • Free (as defined by Ubuntu)
    • Your personal information and should not be misrepresented as an official part of the Ubuntu project

    • This service is offered gratis and on a best effort basis
    • We will need to apply limitations to your use of this service, including disk quotas (about which, see below) and bandwidth restrictions

    • We reserve the right to remove content which is any of the following:
    • Not related to Ubuntu
    • Clearly offensive
    • Could trigger legal action
    • Otherwise interfere with this or other Ubuntu services

    Please see the Legal Page for the full terms and conditions:

    Quota: This space is subject to quota restrictions. There is a 1GB "soft" quota, with a 1.5GB "hard" limit, and a 7-day grace period. In practice, this means:

    • If the stored data total less than 1GB, nothing special happens.
    • It is impossible to store more than 1.5GB of data.
    • Any amount between 1GB and 1.5GB triggers the "grace" countdown:
    • Once the grace period has expired, further uploads of data will be halted until the account drops below 1GB used for a pre-set period of time.

    Connection information and other questions can be found at:

    For information on becoming an Ubuntu Member see:

    Next Ubuntu Global Jam

    The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 2nd - 4th Oct 2009 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

    The Ubuntu Global Jam incorporates events that have been organized the world over to get Ubuntu contributors and fans together to have a great time and improve Ubuntu. Each event has one or more of our four themes:

    • Bugs - finding, triaging and fixing bugs.
    • Testing - testing the new release and reporting your feedback.
    • Documentation - writing documentation about how to use Ubuntu and how to join the community.
    • Translations - translating Ubuntu and helping to make it available in everyone's local language.
    • Other - other types of contribution such as marketing, packaging, advocacy etc.

    LoCos should not feel required to support all themes, but the Global Jam can be used as an opportunity to introduce members to different aspects of the community.

    More information on preparation, including a Jam Tutorial Video and artwork banners for your website see the link below.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (61240) +543 over last week
    • Critical (33) +5 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (28584) +268 over last week
    • Unassigned (52844) +498 over last week
    • All bugs ever reported (305138) +1942 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Jaunty

    • Spanish (12411) -19 over last week
    • French (39480) -22 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (48523) -30 over last week
    • Swedish (53808) -2 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (53848) -13 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope," see more at:

    Translation Stats Karmic

    • Spanish (19593) -1449 over last week
    • French (58860) +377 over last week
    • Swedish (68401) +244 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (71878) -234 over last week
    • English (Uk) (80850) +281 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 9.10 "Karmic Koala", see more at:

    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.

    LoCo News

    Jono Bacon: Free Art of Community Book for Approved Ubuntu LoCo Teams

    Recently I announced my brand spanking new book The Art of Community and so far the reception has been fantastic! Thanks to everyone who has been spreading the news about the book - continue to do your good thing!

    Well, I am a firm believer that you should look after your own family, and I am a member of the awesome Ubuntu family, so I have managed to swing a sweet deal with O’Reilly, the publishers of the book, to send all approved USA based teams a free printed copy of the book and all other approved teams a free electronic copy of the book. While we wish we could send all approved teams across the world a free printed copy, O’Reilly are only able to cater to USA based teams right now. Damn economy.

    To keep this as simple as possible, you can request your book by following these steps:

    1. The team contact shown on our LoCo Team List (and only the team contact) should send me an email to jono AT ubuntu DOT com with the subject line Free Art of Community Book For LoCo Team (be sure to type this subject line exactly as here or it may slip through the net).

    In your email include all the following details:

    • Your full name.
    • Which team you are from.
    • Your full address (including zip/postal code, region and country).
    • Your phone number, including country and area code.

    2. I will assess whether you will receive a print or electronic edition.

    3. A few weeks after the deadline you should receive your edition of The Art of Community, for free!

    A few notes:

    • Only approved teams are eligible for the free copies of the book.
    • Only the team contact for each team (shown here: can make the request for the book.
    • There is a limit of one copy of each book per approved team.
    • O’Reilly will kindly cover postage, but not any import tax or other shipping fees.
    • When you have the book, it is up to you what you do with it. We recommend you share it between members of the team. LoCo Leaders: please don’t hog it for yourselves! I would also really appreciate if you write a review of the book on your nearest Amazon website.
    • The deadline for getting your requests in Wed 2nd September 2009.

    Make sure you get your requests in by the deadline, anything after that will be sent to the bit bucket.

    If you have any questions or queries, feel free to drop me an email.

    Ubuntu Arizona Team Installfest

    We're teaming up with the Computer Sciences Dept. at the University of Arizona in Tucson for a co-hosted installfest on campus. Recently the Computer Sciences Dept. has made the switch to "Total Ubuntu" for their systems. They are very excited about teaming up the the Arizona team and are talking about making this a regular event. The Arizona team is hoping to have these co-hosted events on campus at least once a month.

    • Date: Saturday August 9th, 2009
    • Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Location: University of Arizona - Gould-Simpson Building - 1040 East 4th Street - 9th Floor Atrium

    More information including a map of location with available parking is at the link.

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad screencasts

    Matthew Revell informs us that Launchpad has added 4 new screencasts to help you learn visually.

    Be sure to check out these highly instructional new videos along with all the other Launchpad Blog news.

    Ubuntu Forums News

    Tutorial of the Week

    August 24, 2009

    This is the second ToW from master_kernel (, a very popular and supported tutorial started in December 2006. Such dedication and popularity had to be recognized. Ever dreamed to compile your kernel? Check the "Master Kernel Thread" and dive! master_kernel will be there to give you a hand. Nice work, see you soon!

    Community Interviews

    Joeb454 ( ) will now be hosting the Interviews after K.Mandla ( and Matthew (( You'll find all the relevant links in Joeb454's blog post. Stay tuned!

    The Squirrels are taking over the forums!

    It all started out of fun. The Staff decided it was time for another theme week on the forums, and Matthew came up with this squirrel picture (you'll find it in one of the threads). We all gimped our avatars, some even changed it for a pic close to their real location. It did not take much time before our very fast community notices and picks up on the idea. Beware, they are coming in..

    First thread:

    Official invasion announcement:

    The Planet

    Daniel Holbach: Computers without internet are no fun

    You probably heard “Computers without internet are no fun” or “Linux/Ubuntu without internet is no fun” before and your might have had the same feeling the last time your DSL provider had an outage. Fact is that a lot of areas around the world don’t have a cheap, reliable or fast internet, or even internet at all.

    The Ubuntu NGO team is trying to make life with Ubuntu easier for organizations working in those areas. Some of you will know how to set up an off-line mirror of the Ubuntu archive, how to set up squid, how to use rsync and so on. Many people don’t. If you have good ideas, know of good documentation, are knowledgeable in that area, please consider joining the team and mailing list. We want to build good documentation and share best-practices, work on small tools to help overcome common problems.

    Another area the NGO team is trying to look into is off-line content. Schools in areas with little or no connectivity would benefit from an off-line Wikipedia or other free content and small scripts to assemble that data, update it and use it with or without a small server would be fantastic. If you know a bit about solutions there or would like to help out. Please consider joining the team and mailing list.

    David Siegel: One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 7

    One Hundred Paper Cuts Round 7 ( drew to a close last week. Here are the paper cuts that were (or were not) addressed:

    The following paper cuts could use a brave soul to push them until they are fixed:

    Now, on to Round 8:

    Nick Ali: Support the Ubuntu Global Jam

    In an effort to help strengthen the communities ties to the Ubuntu Global Jam, Nick suggests adding a banner or badge to our personal or LoCo websites. You can find the original source files under Artwork on the Ubuntu Global Jam wiki page here: The Artwork is attractive and will go a long way towards helping to improve Ubuntu and our community.

    In The Press

    Dell plans to Linux to expand netbook presence

    Agam Shah from Computerworld tells us that in an effort to expand its Linux offerings, Dell is researching new netbook-type devices and will soon offer netbook Linux operating system upgrades. Dell is researching the possibility of offering new Linux-based mobile devices called smartbooks, said Todd Finch, senior product marketing manager for Linux clients, at the OpenSourceWorld conference in San Francisco. The company will also upgrade its Ubuntu Linux operating system for netbooks to the latest version in the next few weeks, he said. Smartbooks are netbook-type devices that are powered by chips designed by Arm. The devices mostly support the Linux operating system and are designed for those who rely on the Web for most of their computing. Dell couldn't say whether it would ultimately offer a smartbook.

    New Ubuntu Installer Coming Soon

    Softpedia's Marius Nestor reports that Canonical is working hard these days to redesign the Ubuntu installer (also known as Ubiquity) into something a little more in tune with our times. Ubiquity now has a "Quit" button during all the installation steps, so you can quit the installer at any time. Moreover, the time zone selection items have been changed a little to reflect the region/zone only, and not the city. The updated installer will display some content, every 20 seconds or so, especially created to introduce new users to the Ubuntu operating system, while installing it. The developers have been quoted as saying, "The technology and design for our slide show is now reasonably established, so it's time to polish up the content and get things rolling towards a release."

    Ubuntu 9.04 Coming Soon to Dell Netbooks

    The Linux Loop recognizes that Dell has been somewhat slow in adopting new versions of Ubuntu. Currently, most of Dell’s Ubuntu computers offer Ubuntu 8.04, which was the last long term support release. Dell has changed their minds, though, at least for netbooks, which will soon offer Ubuntu 9.04, the latest release. Previously, Dell had said they planned to use only the LTS (long term support) releases, since they are supposed to be more stable and are updated and given support for a much longer period of time. It is not yet clear if the decision to upgrade all netbooks to Ubuntu 9.04, which is not an LTS release, will also apply to any other Ubuntu computers.

    Ubuntu netbook is colored to match

    Jonathan Angel of Linux Devices tells us that Berkeley, Calif.-based system integrator ZaReason is selling a netbook that includes Ubuntu, and even is available with a matching "mocha" case. The Terra A20 includes the usual Intel Atom N270 CPU, a 10-inch display, a 160GB hard disk drive, and an optional internal cellular modem. ZaReason's Terra A20 one-ups even Dell by offering pre-installed Ubuntu 9.04 on a netbook that's as full-featured as most any other. According to ZaReason, the Terra A20 is available now, with prices that start at $350 for a 1GB/160GB configuration. Purchasers may select either Ubuntu, Edubuntu, or Kubuntu.

    Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 Benchmarks

    Phoronix's Michael Larabel reports that Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4 was released last week and with all of its updated packages and changes compared to Ubuntu 9.04, Phoronix decided to carry out a fresh round of benchmarks comparing Ubuntu 9.04 to Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4. Besides some of the synthetic graphics test results being lower in Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 4, the rest of the Linux desktop
    benchmarking spectrum experienced the same or better results. With the switch to EXT4 and some other improvements, in a few tests it shows Ubuntu 9.10 really shining.

    In The Blogosphere

    Enhanced Command-Not-Found Hook in Ubuntu 9.10

    Christopher Tozzi of Works With U notes that the "command-not-found" hook in Ubuntu 9.10 has been enhanced to give more information. For example, when trying to run aircrack-ng and it's not on your machine, you would receive the following information:

    The program 'aircrack-ng' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing:
    sudo apt-get install aircrack-ng
    You will have to enable the component called 'universe'
    bash: aircrack-ng: command not found

    It also catches typos, such as typing gdit

    No command 'gdit' found, did you mean:
    Command 'edit' from package 'mime-support' (main)
    Command 'gdis' from package 'gdis' (universe)
    Command 'git' from package 'git-core' (main)
    Command 'gedit' from package 'gedit' (main)
    bash: gdit: command not found

    As Chris says, "The enhancements to this tiny utility in Ubuntu 9.10 go even further in helping users feel comfortable while exploring the command line." His article is at:

    Preview: Ubuntu Experts At Atlanta Linux Fest

    Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, looks at the upcoming Atlantic Linux Fest that will be held on September 19 in Atlanta, Georgia (in the U.S.). In addition to the participation of several distributions, there will be an Ubucon. Ubucon Atlanta will have a number of speakers, including:
    • Pete Graner, the Ubuntu Kernel manager
    • Steve Conklin, also on Kernel team
    • Dan Chen, who works with audio in Ubuntu, is attending
    • John Pugh, the Canonical ISV manager, is attending
    • And several other key Canonical sources may also attend (stay tuned)

    Joe feels this is important for people to understand the over-all "big picture" of Ubuntu's strategy. Read more at:

    Ubuntu 9.10 vs Windows 7: No Ordinary October Showdown

    Joe Panettieri, writing for Works With U, takes note of the fact that Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 are scheduled to be released within days of each other. Generally speaking, Windows 7 has earned positive buzz from testers. However, Ubuntu is aiming for more than just the desktop. Their thrust includes:
    1. Desktops
    2. Mobile (Notebooks, Netbooks, MIDs and SmartBooks)
    3. Servers and Virtualization
    4. Cloud
    5. Training
    7. Channel Partners and Customers

    Joe feels that Ubuntu has become more than just a desktop distribution. See his reasoning at:

    What’s New in Ubuntu 9.10

    Christopher Tozzi, with Works With U, looks at what Ubuntu 9.10 has to offer that's new or changed. Along with the kernel mode setting and GRUB 2, which he had previously discussed, there are:
    1. Ubuntu One - which allows people to share files between computers easily.
    2. Empathy - which replaces Pidgin due to it's lack of support for video chat and convoluted software overhead.
    3. Gnome interface changes - which has undergone some minor tweaking, like the restoration of the System>Shut Down/Log Out menu and the inclusion of the Gnome Control Center in System>Preferences.

    See what Chris has to say at:

    What makes me want to work in the Ubuntu Community

    Helen McCall is a woman of many accomplishments, beginning with mathematical and statistical methods of automated visual identification and finally moving on to Contemporary Circus. Along the way she became interested in Linux, building her own computer and having to compile the versions that were available at the time (1995) and moving to Ubuntu in 2004. As she got involved with Contemporary Circus, she began to have the need to make videos both for training and and artistic production, which led her to a search for good video editing software. One application, called OpenShot[1] showed a great deal of potential. She has since joined Ubuntu Women[2] and found ways to overcome some of her problems, like indexing help files and creating .deb files. Like with any life story, this has no conclusion - only a goal: to become an Ubuntu member.

    1. OpenShot Video Editor:
    2. Ubuntu Women:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    Monday, August 24, 2009

    • None listed as of publication

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    ==== Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting ====

    ==== Technical Board Meeting ====

    • Start: 14:00 UTC
    • End: 15:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== Server Team Meeting ====

    ==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

    ==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 18:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

    ==== Ubuntu Beginners Team Meeting ====

    Wednesday August 26, 2009

    ==== Foundation Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 16:00 UTC
    • End: 17:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== QA Team Meeting ====

    Thursday, August 27, 2009

    ==== Karmic FeatureFreeze ====

    ==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

    • Start: 14:00 UTC
    • End: 15:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== Ubuntu Translations Meeting ====

    ==== MC Meeting ====

    • Start: 16:00 UTC
    • End: 17:00 UTC
    • Location: None listed as of publication
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    Friday, August 28, 2009

    ==== Karmic Weekly Release Meeting ====

    Saturday, August 29, 2009

    • None listed as of publication

    Sunday, August 30, 2009

    • None listed as of publication

    Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 8.10 and 9.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

    • None Reported

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 8.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

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