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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #190

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 190 for the week April 18 - April 24, 2010. In this issue we cover Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, Call for UDS Plenaries and Lightning Talks, Ubuntu Launchpad Single-Sign-On Now Open Source, Mark Shuttleworth promotes Ubuntu Party of Paris, Farewell to the notification area, New Ubuntu Members, Lo``Co Council Meeting, Ubuntu's success at Anime Boston 2010!, LoCo Stories: the Asturian team drives the Asturian Language Academy migration to Ubuntu, Ubuntu Turkey LoCo Team Interviews Canonical CTO, Matt Zimmerman, Ubuntu-NY Lucid release party, Launchpad in the second half of 2010, Full Circle Magazine Podcast Episode 5: Manual Dexterity, Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 RC released on time, OMG Interviews Elizabeth Krumbach, Ubuntu women, learning team, beginners team all star, Ubuntu Women World Play Day Competition – Win a new netbook!, Ubuntu Manual Project To Release Quickstart Booklets For Ubuntu 10.10, Ubuntu: How to Measure Canonical’s Business Progress and much, much more!

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    In This Issue

    • Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
    • Call for UDS Plenaries and Lightning Talks
    • Ubuntu Launchpad Single-Sign-On Now Open Source
    • Mark Shuttleworth promotes Ubuntu Party of Paris
    • Farewell to the notification area
    • New Ubuntu Members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo Council Meeting
    • Ubuntu's success at Anime Boston 2010!
    • LoCo Stories: the Asturian team drives the Asturian Language Academy migration to Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu Turkey LoCo Team Interviews Canonical CTO, Matt Zimmerman
    • Launchpad News
    • Lucid Community Team Review
    • Ubuntu IRC Bots Junior Tasks
    • Ubuntu, the family album
    • Ground Control 1.6 and Website
    • Unleash the Beagles !!!
    • 200 Artist/Designers!
    • In The Press & In The Blogosphere
    • Full Circle Magazine Podcast Episode 5: Manual Dexterity
    • Ubuntu Weekly Videocast
    • Canonical Training Set To Announce New Ubuntu Certified Professional Certification
    • Canonical and MuleSoft partner to improve Tomcat packaging
    • Canonical open sources Launchpad and Ubuntu Single Sign On code
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security

    General Community News

    Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

    The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Ubuntu
    10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop and Server Editions and Ubuntu 10.04
    LTS Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon's EC2, as well as
    Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition. Codenamed "Lucid Lynx", 10.04 LTS continues
    Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source
    technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

    We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for
    testing by any user.

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop Edition and Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition continue
    the trend of ever-faster boot speeds, with improved startup times and a
    streamlined, smoother boot experience.

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server Edition provides even better integration of the
    Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, with its install-time cloud setup.

    Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server for UEC and EC2 brings the power and stability of
    the Ubuntu Server Edition to cloud computing, whether you're using Amazon
    EC2 or your own Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud.

    The Ubuntu 10.04 family of variants, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu
    Studio, and Mythbuntu, also reach beta status today.

    The final release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is scheduled for 29 April 2010 and
    will be supported for three years on desktops and five years on servers.

    Before installing or upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, please review the
    instructions and caveats in the release notes:

    In addition, there are a small number of known bugs in the release candidate
    that will be fixed before the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release, but warrant
    highlighting for your attention:

    The purpose of the Release Candidate is to solicit one last round of testing
    before the final release. Here are ways that you can help:

    • Upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS or Ubuntu 9.10 to the Release Candidate by

    following the instructions in the release notes referenced above.

    • Participate in installation testing using the Release Candidate CD

    images, by following the testing and reporting instructions at

    To upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Release Candidate from Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu
    8.04 LTS, follow these instructions:

    Please download using Bittorrent if possible. See for more information about
    using BitTorrent.

    For a list of mirrors, how you can help with bugs or upgrading please visit the link below:

    Call for UDS Plenaries and Lightning Talks

    Jorge Castro posted to the ubuntu-devel mailing list the the call for UDS the hour after lunch we have plenaries. These are typically broken up into 4 15 minute talks, but can be combined for longer talks for a total of 16 plenaries. If you're interested in giving a talk, sign up here:

    Jorge has also added a "talks you'd like to see" section. This spot is for you to fill out. Please take this opportunity to throw team members under the bus ... er, or rather encourage them to share their knowledge.

    Like last time on Friday instead of plenaries we'll have Lightning Talks. These will be 5 minutes long and we need as many diverse topics as possible. By Friday we'll be dead tired, so if you remember jml's "Code like a Rockstar" pep talk this is exactly the kind of energy we're looking for to motivate everyone to finish off strong. For more information see link below:

    Ubuntu Launchpad Single-Sign-On Now Open Source

    Jono Bacon[1] (Ubuntu Community Manager) announced on his blog [2]:-

    Some time back we made Launchpad available as Open Source, and we have gone on to see a wonderful and thriving Launchpad development community flourish there.

    One component in particular that was not made available as Open Source [3], was the Canonical Identity Provider which is used by the Launchpad Single Sign On and Ubuntu Single Sign on facilities. I am pleased to announce that we are now able to provide this code under an AGPL3 license. Thanks to Stuart Metcalfe who has been coordinating the technical and licensing work to be able to contribute this change.

    You can grab the code from this Launchpad project page [4].

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    Mark Shuttleworth promotes Ubuntu Party of Paris

    Members of the French LoCo Team interviewed Mark Shuttleworth. The link below is a short clip of the interview in which Mark is promoting Ubuntu Party of Paris. The complete interview will be sent in the same place in few days.

    French Version on of Ubuntu Party -

    English Translation of Ubuntu Party -

    Farewell to the notification area

    According to a post made by Matthew Paul Thomas to the Ayatana mailing list Canonical plans on retiring the notification area (a.k.a. "system tray") from Ubuntu by 11.04. To see the overview of the plan please go to:

    Mark S. posted an architectural overview on his site too:

    To see the full mailing list post please go to:

    New Ubuntu Members

    On April 22, 2010 the America's Membership Board welcomed two new members into the Ubuntu Community.

    Please take a moment and welcome the newest members of the Ubuntu Community.

    Marc Randolph: |

    Marc is an active member of the Mythbuntu project where he has made
    wonderful contributions triaging bugs to a manageable level along with
    watching upstream for fixes to those bugs. He is also actively involved
    with the Dallas Lo``Co team.

    Bryan Basil: |

    Bryan is active in many different areas of the Ubuntu community from the
    Answer tracker, translations, the Georgia (US) LoCo team, and writing
    How-Tos on the Forums. He has even started his own computer sales/service
    company which offers Ubuntu installation and support.

    To see the original mailing list post:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (78886) +146 over last week
    • Critical (28) -2 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (35883) -1840 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Lucid

    1. English (United Kingdom) (946) -512 over last week
    2. Spanish (11693) -46 over last week
    3. Brazilian Portuguese (36705) -566 over last week
    4. French (40289) -188 over last week
    5. German (55810) -426 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", 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

    LoCo Council Meeting

    The LoCo Council met in IRC April 20th, and the following topics were covered:

    • Discussed of agenda items
    • Asked Efrain Valles who had been dealing with Ubuntu El Salvador for a update
    • Leadership Code of Conduct not given to LoCo Leads
    • LoCo council to review the terminology and better define the word team and report back

    • Look for more input from the loco contact list on "signing the Leadership CoC"
    • new LoCo Health check which is being run on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in #ubuntu-locoteams

    New LoCo Approved Teams are:
    • North Carolina LoCo was approved
    • Vietnamese LoCo was approved

    Re-approved LoCo Teams include:
    • Finland LoCo
    • Català LoCo
    • DC LoCo
    • Denmark LoCo
    • Russian LoCo
    • Chilean LoCo
    • German LoCo

    For more information on these and other LoCo teams can be found at:

    Ubuntu's success at Anime Boston 2010!

    The Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo team played an instrumental part in the success of Anime Boston 2010.
    Reactions came from people who already used Ubuntu, knew someone who used Ubuntu, had heard of Ubuntu, and even those who had never heard of Ubuntu. Overheard "Who needs Windows 7!?" This comment from passersby at the Anime Boston convention. Along with passing out fliers, about 550 CDs, and 1000 copies of the Ubuntu Manga they even did 5 live installs. Overall, it was quite a success. For more information and pictures of the event please see link below:

    LoCo Stories: the Asturian team drives the Asturian Language Academy migration to Ubuntu

    The Ubuntu Asturian LoCo has prompted the Asturian Language Academy to move to Ubuntu. Asturian is a language used in the Northern region of Spain, and has not achieved formal recognition as a coexistent language. The event that started the migration was a press conference held on April 9th that was covered by television, radio and newspapers. This was a "move that sets an important milestone in the introduction of Ubuntu in the regional government of Asturies, to be hopefully followed by other governmental bodies." The even closed with a demonstration of Ubuntu in the Asturian language. More information is available at the link below:

    Ubuntu Turkey LoCo Team Interviews Canonical CTO, Matt Zimmerman

    Canonical CTO Matt Zimmerman was recently in Turkey, and the Turkey LoCo had an opportunity to interview him. A number of questions were asked, including (but not limited to):
    • Can your briefly tell us what did you present in FSF days?
    • Where do you see yourself in relation to Free Software and Open Source, now and in the past?
    • What are the targets and the plans of Ubuntu project in five years?
    • Ubuntu makes radical changes like moving the window buttons to the left side and removing Gimp from default applications. How do you decide those changes? Do you evaluate all relevant factors like the community’s opinion?
    • Will Canonical make alliances with computer vendors for Ubuntu’s being at many computers, for instance are we going to see the computers that have been installed Ubuntu at Ubuntu Shop?
    • We have lots of ATI driver complaints. Does Canonical take steps in the direction of ATI drivers?
    • Do you have plans for cell phones? In after days, are we going to play music and videos or view pictures that we have transferred to the cloud from our computers by connecting to Ubuntu One account?

    The answers to these and other questions are available at this link.

    Ubuntu-NY Lucid release party

    J Austin Bardo wants to remind everyone that a New York State Release Party for Lucid lynx will happen this Saturday, May 1st at the Waterloo Holiday Inn. We will have a morning install fest starting at 10am, and speakers and party in the afternoon starting 2pm. I hope to see many new and old faces there.

    Also, for the first time, a second event is being planned in New Paltz, NY at Slash Root on Saturday, May 8th. It will be going on during business hours with informative sessions and a best 'Lynx' costume contest.
    For more information see link below:

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad in the second half of 2010

    Want to see what Launchpad is thinking of for the rest of the year? Launchpad’s Strategist, Jonathan Lange suggests four areas that he feels are important to Launchpad users:
    • Privacy and permissions model - "It’s currently tangled up with the way we send emails to people, and we’d love to untangle them."
    • Making Launchpad faster - the Foundations team is already working on this
    • Derivative distributions - Linux distributions that extends or customizes another one, generally Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu Software Center - "Launchpad occupies a special place in the Software Center world, since it can help make it easier to get applications for your desktop and make it easier to develop those applications."

    The Planet

    Jono Bacon: Lucid Community Team Review

    One thing I have been working hard to continue to grow and refine with each cycle is how I manage my team at Canonical, the projects that we are working on, and how we coordinate ours and other projects with the wider community. As I have focused on improving this project management approach, I have been working to help better structure and plan our projects.

    While I started doing this with my team specifically, I was keen to see if I could improve this in the wider community too. As such, at the last Ubuntu Developer Summit I worked to better socialize the idea of teams developing a firm idea of what they want to achieve in a cycle, planning that work out, assigning the work across the wider team and making steady progress on those goals throughout the cycle.

    To do this I encouraged teams to build roadmaps with a core set of goals, divide those goals into blueprints and to track actions inside those blueprints. Some teams embraced this more structured approach and were successful in achieving their goals.

    As part of this work I approved a set of blueprints that I would manage as part of my team. This core set of blueprints, a mix of my team’s and other community goals, set the primary goals and workflow for my team throughout the cycle, and my role was to keep everything on track. Then by using a burndown chart we tracted the progress of the blueprints. this experiment demonstrated to me that the tool is useful for helping raise the opportunity for success.

    As such, in the Maverick cycle I am going to use the same approach, but continue to encourage more community participation in these structured blueprints. I think that the burndown approach not only helps me guide all these projects and keep them on track with a regular flow of achievements, but it also helps raise my visibility on the different actions which helps me easily identify the next pieces of low-hanging fruit and coordinate with the community around completion of those tasks and unblocking any problems.

    For a list of the blueprints for Lucid, and the burndown chart see link below:

    Chris Johnson: Ubuntu IRC Bots Junior Tasks

    The Ubuntu IRC Bots team is looking for volunteers who know python, or are interested in learning python to help out with development of the Ubuntu IRC bots. They recently created a tag called Junior Tasks[1] for people who are interested in getting started with the Ubuntu IRC Bots team. If you are interested in helping out, join in at #ubuntu-bots-devel on freenode and visit the ubuntu-bots project on launchpad[2]. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Nizar Kerkeni: Ubuntu, the family album

    A few days before the release of the new Ubuntu, here’s a guided tour through the Ubuntu family album with some annotations telling my(nizarus) story with the different versions. Included with the annotations are pictures of the animals each release was named for.

    To review and use older versions of Ubuntu: The Ubuntu Museum:

    Martin Owens: Ground Control 1.6 and Website

    DoctorMo is pleased to announce the release of Ground Control 1.6, these feature features minor improvements and fixes but the main change is fixing the launchpad openid problem that stopped all new users of ground control from enjoying the integration. He is also pleased to announce the new ground control website[1] which was very kindly designed by Brett Alton, and produced by himself for this release. You can get the new version 1.6 from the download link on the website, and please use the latest PPA, as the version in Lucid is 1.5 still suffers from the launchpad openid login bug.

    Any thoughts and comments please post them here, but any bugs please post them to the launchpad bug tracker.


    Oliver Grawert: Unleash the Beagles !!!

    Over the last few weeks the mobile (mainly me, Ogra) and the kernel team (mainly amit) of Ubuntu made some effort to bring up an image for the awesome TI OMAP3 Beagleboard. Since we literally only had a few weeks and it is already been late in the release cycle when we started the images will have more rough edges than the other ARM images we provide. Also the board only has 256M of RAM so using a Netbook image, even though it is already slightly optimized for low-end systems and ARM usage it will surely use swap on your system if you try it out. So if you have a Beagleboard, go to any try out one of the images, if you dont have one yet, GET ONE !!! Its fun and you can help out ubuntu on ARM!

    Martin Owens: 200 Artist/Designers!

    According to DoctorMo, a Ubuntu artists community has been developing over the past couple of months. He's very impressed that it now contains 200 members who can post images to the galleries and 268 watchers (people who can’t post but who do see other people’s work). If you have an article or piece of news that you’d like relayed to this burgeoning Ubuntu artists community, do let him know right away and he’ll post it as a blog entry. They’ve already posted entries about GIMP ui changes, inkscape competition and mypaint guides. They are looking for more contributions and sharing of methods, as they don’t get many icon makers either considering the number of them making lovely graphics.

    If you like beautiful wallpapers, visit the Ubuntu Artist group for some great additions to your desktop:

    In The Press

    Ubuntu 10.04 delivers usability, strength

    IT World's Brian Proffitt says what finally convinced him that Ubuntu was worthy of the average desktop user: Proffitt installed it on his Mom's computer. Actually, this happened quite some time ago, so this is not necessarily news. But it's key to note that Proffitt indicated "average" desktop user. While he says he was very willing to recommend Ubuntu for users who just needed to handle day-to-day operations like surfing, e-mail, word processing, and the like, Proffitt was personally holding back from using it himself, preferring instead to use openSUSE, which enabled me to complete more advanced tasks, like video editing and conversion, pretty easily. Earlier versions of Ubuntu gave the feel of a pretty, shiny face over the old existing Linux strengths and limitations. Ubuntu 10.04 delivers a sense of a strong, cohesive operating system underneath. Beauty, for Ubuntu, has at last become more than skin deep.

    Ubuntu 10.04 Release Candidate Available

    Jamie of ZDNet just installed the "desktop" 64-bit release and the "netbook" 32-bit release yesterday. Setting aside the controversy over some of the technical decisions and changes Ubuntu has made, and looking only at installation, cosmetics and simple functionality, Ubuntu has once again done an excellent job. Installation is smooth and easy and most, if not all, of the installation screens have been reworked and significantly improved in terms of both ease of understanding and use. When Jamie compares this RC to a couple of releases ago, it is a huge improvement, and looks very good.

    Ubuntu 10.04 Release Candidate Is Here

    Phoronix's Michael Larabel notes that for those interested, distributions as part of the Ubuntu family (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, et al) have also been updated to their Lucid Lynx release candidate status. The mailing list announcement with all of the download links can be found on the Ubuntu mailing list. [1] By now most everyone should be familiar with Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx", so there is not much more to say. The final release of this Long-Term Support release is expected a week from today.


    50 Places Linux is Running That You Might Not Expect recalls that it was not long ago when Microsoft Windows had a tight stranglehold on the operating system market. Walk into a Circuit City or Staples, it seemed, and virtually any computer you took home would be running the most current flavor of Windows. In the last decade, though, the operating system market has begun to change. Slightly more than 5% of all computers now run Mac, according to Linux is hovering just beneath 1% of the overall market share in operating systems. And although that might sound like a small number, Linux is far more than just a fringe OS. In fact, it's running in quite a few more places than you probably suspect. then goes on to list fifty places where Linux is running in place of Windows or Mac, including places like the French parliament which opted in November 2006 to dump Windows in favor of Ubuntu Linux. According to Macedonia's ministry of education and science, every student in Macedonia uses a computer workstations powered by Ubuntu Linux, as part of that country's "A Computer For Every Child" program. Other places such as the Philippines, Georgia, Google, Wikipedia, and some systems from Dell all use Ubuntu. Follow this link to see a number of other places currently running Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu 10.04 Is Hit By Major X.Org Memory Leak

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix tips us off that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is set to be released next Thursday and a release candidate was just released on April 22nd, but there's some last minute problems within the Lucid Lynx camp. There's a last-minute X.Org Server update that's being looked at as a result of a "major memory leak" that has been found over the past week. An X.Org Server update that was pushed into the Lucid repository last week has resulted in the system being slower and slower as its left on until it reaches a point where the system is no longer usable. The memory leak was tracked down to a set of patches that were made to fix some program crashes when the X.Org Server began supporting GLX 1.4. The bug surrounding this X.Org memory leak is titled GEM objects not deallocated [1] in reference to the Graphics Execution Manager. There's also details surrounding this troublesome regression on the Ubuntu Wiki via the GEMLeak page. [2] A message in regards to this problem has also been written to the ubuntu-devel mailing list [3] classifying this as an urgent problem.


    In The Blogosphere

    5 Ways To Celebrate Ubuntu 10.04’S Release

    OMG!Ubuntu! gives us 5 Ways to celebrate the release of Lucid Lynx:
    1. Show off Ubuntu
    2. Bake the Ubuntu Cookies
    3. Record your first impressions and put them on Youtube
    4. Explore Lucid
    5. Stop by the OMG!Ubuntu IRC Channel

    For more information check out the list and links at

    Ubuntu Lucid Lynx 10.04 RC released on time

    Bob Mattes reviewed the Ubuntu 10.04. He says he doesn't find huge differences from Beta 2. The icons are the same as Beta 2 and the window controls are still all on the left side. He provides a short list of some of the included software and a review of Rythymbox and the Ubuntu One Music store. He shows how easy it is to use the music store and how well it syncs to his MP3 player. He mentions the new Nvidia drivers.

    He also briefly discusses Kubuntu 10.04 and some of the changes, from 9.10, including that, like Ubuntu, the system tray icons now change colors for alerts.

    For the full text of Bob's review see:

    OMG Interviews Elizabeth Krumbach, Ubuntu women, learning team, beginners team all star

    The OMG! Ubuntu! Interview Series talks to Elizabeth Krumbach (Lyz) about her involvement in Ubuntu and her history as a Linux user. She explains why she uses Ubuntu and discusses her work with Ubuntu Women, the Ubuntu Community Learning Team, and the Ubuntu Beginners Team. She also shared with OMG!Ubuntu! what she's looking forward to doing at UDS-M in Brussels and her hopes for Maverick Meerkat.

    You can read more about Elizabeth, including her choice of code name for 11.04 at:!+Ubuntu!%29

    Ubuntu Women World Play Day Competition – Win a new netbook!

    OMG! Ubuntu! reminds the world of the World Play Day competition being sponsored by the Ubuntu Women Project. Take a picture of the girl(s) in your life (toddlers – 12 years old) using Ubuntu. Fill out and sign (or have her parents/guardian fill out and sign) the Model Release Waiver and e-mail the photo and signed waiver to before 23:59 UTC May 14th. Starting on or after May 15th, the photos will be posted for people to vote on. There will be two prizes. The community choice winner will win an Ubuntu powered netbook. A random winner will win an Ubuntu goody bag.

    For more information see

    For the rest of what OMG!Ubuntu has to say about the competition:

    Ubuntu Manual Project To Release Quickstart Booklets For Ubuntu 10.10

    Benjamin Humphrey announces the work being done to keep the Ubuntu Manual up to date. He explains the quality control going into the second edition and states he wants the second edition to be 100% error free. For 10.10 he says that the Ubuntu Manual project will not only keep to its same high quality, but add an Ubuntu Quickstart booklet that can be handed out by LoCo teams and other groups at events. There will also be improvements to Quickstart to make things easier both for the Ubuntu Manual project and to make it easier for other projects to use Quickstart. Benjamin's final goal for the project is to make it more efficient and work hard to make the project as easy as possible for newcomers to get involved with.!+Ubuntu!%29

    Ubuntu: How to Measure Canonical’s Business Progress

    Joe Panettieri of WorksWithU has some suggestions for how Canonical can better estimate its success as a business and share that information. He thinks that the fact that there are an estimated 12 million users of Ubuntu is great, however, would like to see more information out there to build momentum to allow the company to grow more.

    His ideas:
    1. Create some sort of phone home process for Ubuntu so that more accuracy can be achieved in estimating userbase
    2. Start disclosing how many Ubuntu systems are being managed worldwide by the SaaS version of Landscape, or disclose the growth percentage as more systems are being managed.
    3. Open up the information about Ubuntu One. This could mean showing how much storage is being used on a quarterly basis rather than specific information about how many users (or paying users) there are. He also would like to see stats on the Ubuntu One Music Store use as it becomes available.

    For more information on Joe's ideas see:

    Ubuntu Improved Enough… No Desire for Windows anymore!

    Ed Hewitt has the solutions he needs to now be able to use only Ubuntu and not Windows. This has come due to two things. First, he managed to fix a problem he has had for several Ubuntu releases where his monitor has not be detected correctly. After several years of having the problem, he filed a bug when the work around he'd used in the past stopped working. He ultimately, however, decided to see if he could fix it on his own and was successful. The second thing which has made it possible for Ed to say he can stop using Windows is the fact that it looks the Steam gaming platform will be coming to Linux. He's a gamer and it was one of the last things holding him back.

    For more information including how Ed fixed his monitor problems see:

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine Podcast Episode 5: Manual Dexterity

    Full Circle Magazine Podcast Episode 5 is now available in both mpg and ogg formats. In this issue:
    • Various news items
    • INTERVIEW: Simon Wears (aka ‘Munky-Junky’) on Mad``Jam Manchester Bug-Jam
    • REVIEW: KDE SC 4.4
    • TRAILER: OGG-Camp
    • INTERVIEW: Benjamin Humphrey, Ubuntu Manual Project
    • Outro and next episode

    Either format is available for immediate play in your browser, or for download and play at your convenience.

    Ubuntu Weekly Videocast

    Jono's weekly Ubuntu and Community live videocast is now available for your viewing pleasure.

    Featured in this weeks edition:

    • Ubuntu Release Parties Update
    • Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Update
    • I Am Hiring
    • HOWTO: Advocate Ubuntu To Your Friends
    • Q+A – bring you questions – all are welcome!

    Watch this edition, or catch up on any of the earlier releases here:

    Canonical Training Set To Announce New Ubuntu Certified Professional Certification

    Amber Graner, writing in Ubuntu User, notes that a new certification program is being introduced. The Ubuntu Certified Professional (UCP) course will be based on Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx, and joins such other courses offered by Canonical and Authorised Training Partners. This information comes from a telephone interview with Billy Cina, Director of Training for Canonical. Billy says, "No prior Linux experience is necessary; IT/system administration experience is a must". Furthermore, it no longer requires students to take the LPIC-1 exams in addition to the Ubuntu 199 exam in order to become certified.

    Canonical and MuleSoft partner to improve Tomcat packaging

    The H Online reports that middleware specialist MuleSoft, formerly Mulesource, has announced that it has partnered with Ubuntu sponsor Canonical. Under the agreement, Mule``Soft will help to improve the Apache Tomcat packaging for Ubuntu and Debian. COO of Canonical Matt Asay said that, “We share MuleSoft’s goal in improving the experience for users of open source software,” adding that, “The work that MuleSoft is doing will dramatically simplify the installation, configuration and use of Tomcat for the Debian and Ubuntu communities.” The two companies hope that the contributions will improve the "out-of-the-box" usability of Tomcat in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, in Debian 6.0 "Squeeze" and future releases. Improvements to the Tomcat packaging – the latest stable 6.0.24 release – include Authbind as the standard method for binding Tomcat to ports lower than 1024, defaulting the security manager to the disabled state and implementing restarts with the init script. Additionally, the JSVC set of libraries and applications is no longer used by the package.

    Canonical open sources Launchpad and Ubuntu Single Sign On code

    The H Online advises us that Canonical, sponsor of the Ubuntu project, has announced that its Canonical Identity Provider code is now available as open source. The CIP Single Sign On (SSO) authentication software is a component that was not made available last July when Launchpad, the site and software that drives Canonical's open source and project collaboration, was open sourced. Canonical Identity Provider is part of Canonical Identity Systems, which is a series of projects to support Canonical's OpenID-based SSO platform, and is currently used by both the Launchpad and Ubuntu Single Sign On facilities. More details about the Canonical Identity Provider can be found on the project's Launchpad page [1] (login required). Canonical Identity Provider code is released under version 3 of the GNU Affero General Public License [2] (AGPLv3).


    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    Monday, April 26, 2010

    ==== Developer Mentoring Reception Team ====

    ==== Security Team Catch-up ====

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 17:30 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
    • Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up.

    Tuesday, April 27, 2010

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

    ==== Developer Membership Board ====

    • Start: 14:00 UTC
    • End: 15:00 UTC
    • Location: Not listed as of publication
    • Agenda: Not listed as of publication

    ==== 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

    Wednesday, April 28, 2010

    ==== Server Team Meeting ====

    ==== 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 ====

    ==== Jono Bacon @ Home Videocast : Various Topics and Q+A ====

    ==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

    Thursday, April 29, 2010

    ==== Ubuntu Java Meeting ====

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

    Friday, April 30, 2010

    None listed as of publication

    Saturday, May 1, 2010

    ==== BugJam ====

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    • End: 22:00 UTC
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    ==== DC Loco IRC meeting ====

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    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    Sunday, May 2, 2010

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