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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #201

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 201 for the week July 4th - July 10th, 2010.

    In This Issue

    • Welcome New Ubuntu Members
    • Kubuntu developer wins KDE Akademy 2010 Award
    • The Ubuntu Font
    • Ubuntu Developer Week
    • Indicator Panel Menu Rocks the House
    • Ubuntu Translations Interviews: Milo Casagrande (Italian Team)
    • Ubuntu Closes Root Hole
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned: Massachusetts Team
    • June LoCo Health Check Follow-up
    • New Launchpad Bugs Status: Opinion
    • Cleansweep Progress Report
    • Accessing files made easy – Exploring vs Finding
    • Dear Canonical
    • We’ve packaged all of the free software…what now?
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • How to Install Ubuntu on Your Nexus One/Android!
    • GNOME Amazon Referral Fees June 2010
    • Ailurus - A Useful Ubuntu Tweak Alternative For Beginners
    • Using Bazaar on Subversion Repositories
    • GIMP Plugin Registry 3.5.1 Gets ~129 New Plugins
    • Getting Amarok running in Ubuntu 10.04
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security
    • UWN A Sneak Peek
    • and much much more!

    General Community News

    Welcome New Ubuntu Members

    The approval results from the May 28th Asia-Oceanic Membership meeting are as follows:

    ==== Benjamin Humphrey ====

    Benjamin Humphrey is a 20 year old student from New Zealand. As well as helping out with Ubuntu he has a pilots licence, is a hobbyist photographer and plays several instruments. You might also know him as the founder and leader of the Ubuntu Manual project and a contributor to various other parts of the ubuntu ecosystem. He would love it if you all check out his manual - and the new Support and Learning Center -

    ==== OneLeaf ====

    Oneleaf is a key player in the Ubuntu landscape in China. He is the co-founder of the Ubuntu China LoCo and created the site. He is also an advocate for the use of Ubuntu within the Chinese governement with some excellent success stories. Thanks to all the people who voiced their support for Oneleaf. Its been a while since I've seen that many testimonials for any person. Its a testimant to the work he does within China.

    Kubuntu developer wins KDE Akademy 2010 Award

    Top Kubuntu developer Aurélien Gâteau (agateau) has been honoured with an Akademy Award for 2010. The Akademy Awards are given out each year at the annual KDE Akademy conference; the jury being formed of previous prize-winners.

    Aurélien won the award for his work on Gwenview, the image viewing application which ships with Kubuntu. He was also commended at Akademy for his work in getting the KDE Status Notifier specifications adopted by the Ubuntu project, where they are known under the nameApplication Indicators along with necessary DBusMenu additions.

    To read more about Akademy and Aurélien Gâteau go to:

    The Ubuntu Font

    Ivanka Majic, of the Canonical Design Team, announced on July 7th, 2010 that all Ubuntu Members now have access to the new Ubuntu Font PPA for testing purposes. Ivanka goes on to state that, "The font is scheduled for completion 8th August and this is when we aim to open the beta to everyone."

    If you are an Ubuntu Member and have yet to check out the PPA or if you want to know more about the new Ubuntu Font then go to:

    Ubuntu Developer Week

    Ever wondered how Ubuntu development works? How to get involved yourself? Find out from July 12th 2010 to July 16th 2010!
    The sessions will happen in #ubuntu-classroom and chat in #ubunt-classroom-chat on

    To find out more about the sessions that are being offered in this Ubuntu Developer Week or how you can participate go to:

    Indicator Panel Menu Rocks the House

    Jono Bacon writes about the new Indicator Panel Menu that is scheduled to be shipped in Ubuntu 10.10 version of the Ubuntu Netbook Edition. The article also contains a link to download, test and play with the new panel menu. Don't want to downlaod it but are curious as to what it looks like? Jono provides screenshots in this posts as well. Jono states, " Now I can absolutely see and feel the benefits; I am loving having the menu there and my desktop feels sleeker and more consistent." He also notes that there is still many things that need to be tested and fixed but the pros seem to out weight the cons.

    If you want to know more about the new Indicator Panel Menu go to:

    Ubuntu Translations Interviews: Milo Casagrande (Italian Team)

    Ubuntu is brought to users in their own language by a large community of volunteer translators, who tirelessly work on localizing every part of the operating system on every release.

    In this series of interviews we’ll get to know who they are, about their language and how they work.

    This week we’re introducing you to Milo Casagrande, the Italian translation team coordinator.

    To see all that the Italian Translation team is doing for Ubuntu, what Milo had to say and how you can help go to:

    Ubuntu Closes Root Hole

    User crve, of h-online, discusses a security flaw that was fixed earlier this week.

    crve writes, "A flaw in the module pam_motd (message of the day), which displays the daily motto and other information after login (to the shell), can be exploited under Ubuntu to expand access rights. Attackers can exploit this vulnerability to gain root access. Ubuntu has already provided a patch for the flaw. Operators of multi-users systems should install it as soon as possible because directions are already in circulation via Twitter on how to exploit the flaw to get access rights to the password file /etc/shadow. The file can then not only be read, but changed.""

    crve, also states, "According to the developers, the problem only occurs on Ubuntu; other Linux systems are reportedly not affected. Ubuntu has remedied the flaw by taking root rights away from the module for access to the file (under .cache)."

    To find out more and to read the article in full go to:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (77561) +230 over last week
    • Critical (31) -1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (36889) +4 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) (0) +/-0 over last week
    2. Spanish (9013) -113 over last week
    3. Brazilian Portuguese (34702) -120 over last week
    4. French (38201) -64 over last week
    5. German (54309) -11 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

    LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned: Massachusetts Team

    In the latest LoCo Team interview in this US Teams Interview Series - LoCos, Leaders, and Lessons Learned, Amber Graner talks to Martin Owens of the Ubuntu Massachusetts LoCo Team. Martin talks about the tools the team uses, events they attend as well as help with, and what advice the Massachusetts LoCo Team would give to other teams and community members and much much more!

    To find out what Martin had to say and to read the interview in full go to:

    June LoCo Health Check Follow-up

    LoCo Council Health Check session will be run on the 1st Tuesday of the month in #ubuntu-locoteams from 17:00-19:00 UTC It’s open for everyone to come along and ask questions about how to get the most from your team. If you have suggestions on how to improve the information and also any issues you need clarified.

    To read the minutes from the last Health Check session or to add items for discussion go to:

    Launchpad News

    New Launchpad Bugs Status: Opinion

    From the Launchpad Blog, the new Launchpad bug status "opinion" is explained. The status 'opinion' means there is a difference of opinion around a particular bug and people are free to continue the discussion, but the project or package maintainers need to move to other work and are considering the issue closed. The idea is that bugs can be marked closed, so developers arent wasting time on the them, but discussion can still be on-going. This status 'opinion' is considered an experiment, and will be closely monitored over the next 3 months.

    The Planet

    Nigel Babu: Cleansweep Progress Report

    Total bugs with patches: 2264 (+21)
    Reviewed patches: 331 (+10)

    Bugs with ‘patch-needswork’: 85 (+3)
    Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-upstream’: 127 (+4)
    Bugs with ‘patch-forwarded-debian’: 40 (+2)
    Bugs with ‘indicator-application’: 45 (+2)
    Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-upstream’: 47 (+1)
    Bugs with ‘patch-accepted-debian’: 13 (0)
    Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-upstream’: 14 (+2)
    Bugs with ‘patch-rejected-debian’: 1 (0)


    Seif Lofty: Accessing files made easy – Exploring vs Finding

    Seif Lofty writes, "As part of the Elementary Project we are trying to find easy ways to access the documents, videos, notes, etc…" In this article he gives examples, complete with screenshots of "exploring" and "finding" use cases.

    Want to find out more about this profect or how you can help go to:

    Maia Kozheva: Dear Canonical

    Maia Kozheva writes an open letter to Canonical citing what some have considered a controversial issue with the "closed beta fonts". The letter started a rather insightful conversation that is worth the read, for the full article and the spirited comments go to:

    Matt Zimmerman: We’ve packaged all of the free software…what now?

    Matt Zimmerman takes an in depth look at the various types of package management solutions that are shipped in today's Linux Distros. After a rigourous comparison the short falls are noted and the article ends with examining how these systems can adapt to meet the needs of tomorrow's users. For the whole story, read below:

    In The Press

    Dell cuddles Canonical

    Dell is working with Canonincal to provide "Amazon-cloud-ready" Ubuntu powered servers running on Poweredge C 100, 2100 and 6100 1U-to-4U. This is an effort by Dell to further move into software implementations and not just provide hardware. John Igoe, an employee in Dell's Data Center Solutions Group, has this to say regarding Canonical's involvement; "Canonical has a credible solution with people, based on the Eucalyptus and Amazon cloud."

    For the full story, read below:

    Ubuntu's "Free" Ride Into the Enterprise

    This article compares the methods by which some of the major linux distributions have found their way into corporations as an enterprise solution. Brian Proffitt, the writer, talks about the Ubuntu Advantage Server program and the four major components that go into supporting the enterprise space.


    Ubuntu 10.10 Will Have a Revamped Installer

    Evan Dandrea, Software Engineer on the Foundations Team at Canonical, shared with softpedia some great information about the upcoming changes planned for the Ubuntu 10.04 installer. In this article, we can take a peek at some screenshots of the new installer for the upcoming Ubuntu release (Maverick Meerkat), as well as an outline about some of the key changes in the functionality of the installer, such as a wireless networks section. We are also reminded that the Alpha 2 release is now available for testing purposes if we would like to take a closer look. "The final release of Ubuntu 10.10 will see the light of day on October 10th, 2010. It will be the 13th release of Ubuntu."

    Catching up with Canonical’s CEO, Jane Silber

    LinuxUser interviews Canonical's CEO, Jane Silber. Together they explore some of her history in Canonical and an overview of how she feels regarding her new position within the company. To read more, follow the link:

    Freezing Maverick – behind the scenes on Ubuntu 10.10

    LinuxUser contributor and Canonical Server Team member, Dave Walker, in this article reminds the community about the various Feature Freezes scheduled for Maverick Meerkat 10.10. The article also desribes what each freeze is, who and how it affects each portion of system developement. For the full read, click below:

    In The Blogosphere

    ARM muscling in on desktop space

    Stewart Meagher of analyzes the video interview with one of Canonicals partner engineers. Stewart says, "Jerome Young, a partner engineer at Canonical explains in a video originally posted by Arm Devices that the company is working alongside ARM to develop a new relationship between Ubuntu and the Cortex chips which could give Intel's all powerful x86 architecture a run for its money."

    To find out more about what Jerome had to say to Arm Devices as well as watch the video go to:

    Nokia/Intel/Google/Canonical – openness and professionality in MeeGo, Android, Ubuntu

    Julian Andres Klode writes on his blog regarding the differing approaches that Nokia, Intel, Google and Canonical have. Specifically their relationships with the Open Source Community, etiquette and in general company policies.

    For the full story, and to see how Canonical rates in comparison, read below:

    Patched NotifyOSD Updates: Option To Place The Notifications In Different Screen Corners, Timeout Fix

    WebUpd8 writes about the patched NotifyOSD PPA, wchich was updated to allow further customization. Now you can display notifications in different corners of the screen and it fixes the time out option. The GUI configuration tool was not updated so you need to configure the NotifyOSD position on the screen manually, however WebUpd8 suggests that users do most of their configuration using the GUI configuration.

    BrtFS to butter your files

    The BtrFS file system is coming to Ubuntu 10.10 (maverick). This is the latest file system developed for linux, and will likely replace ext4 soon. Check out this article for more information about BtrFS features such as compression on the fly, easy partition resizing, and snapshot backups as well as better performance on solid state disks. Write performance test results are also available.

    Your Meerkat Needs You! Help Hunt Down Geeky App Descriptions in the Software Centre

    As part of the Papercuts campaign, Maverick Meerkat needs help cleaning up bad written and overtly technical jargon in the application descriptions of the Software Center.

    For more information regarding what the criteria is and how to get involved, read below:

    The Sound Indicator In Ubuntu Maverick Gets New Icons, More

    There's a new version of the Sound Indicator scheduled to be packaged with Maverick Meerkat. The article below has a screen shot of the new panel menu, to see it click below:

    In Other News

    How to Install Ubuntu on Your Nexus One/Android!

    The latest hacker buzz of the week is a step by step guide regarding How-to install Ubuntu on a Nexus One phone. The relatively simple method involves installing Ubuntu into a chroot on the SD Card and using VNC to connect with the X Server. The end result is an Ubuntu desktop running on a phone.

    GNOME Amazon Referral Fees June 2010

    This page shows the Amazon referral fees the GNOME Foundation recieved during the month of May. The total for May is appoximately $186. This is down from $299 in April. There are links to the GNOME Amazon store and Amazon store plugins listed on this page. "Keep on spreading the plugins to friends and family".

    Ailurus - A Useful Ubuntu Tweak Alternative For Beginners

    Ailurus is a great project for the new linux user. The aim is to have a cross-linux application that makes using linux easier for a beginner. Ailurus can be used to display user tips, enable 3rd party repositories, change gnome settings, and can be used along side Ubuntu Tweak. See article for a more ways Ailurus can make life easier for the new linux user.

    Using Bazaar on Subversion Repositories

    Raoul says "Soon after I started developing version 2.0 of OpenLP, we moved OpenLP over to and started using Bazaar for our version control. Over the last (nearly) 2 years of using Bazaar, I've really come to enjoy working with it, and the workflow that the Bazaar integration in Launchpad offers. At work we use Subversion for our version control, and some of Subversion's limitations, compared to Bazaar's features, have been annoying me for a while. Then I learned about the Bazaar-Subversion bridge, and I started using Bazaar to checkout my code from Subversion."

    How does it work? Read further on his site to find out:

    GIMP Plugin Registry 3.5.1 Gets ~129 New Plugins

    WebUpd8 posts about the new GIMP Plugin Registry 3.5 (3.5.1) which has EZ perspective, GIMP-Mask, warming and cooling filers, and Traditional Orton, among other changes.

    Getting Amarok running in Ubuntu 10.04

    In this article, Matthew Casperson shares how to make Amarok 'play nice' in Ubuntu 10.04. Screenshots, installation instructions, and instructions on what other software needs to be installed are meticulously documented. Also, specific tips for setting up Amarok in gnome and ways to deal with KDE specific challenges. "When discussing the merits of KDE vs Gnome, Amarok is one of those applications that gives the KDE guys some ammunition. I don't blame them, because it is a kick *** media player. But with a few small tweaks you can have Amarok up and running in your Gnome based Ubuntu desktop as if it were a native application".

    Featured Podcasts

    The Infernal Boiling Pot

    Laura Cowen, Ciemon Dunville, Tony Whitmore and Alan Pope are back with episode 11 of season 3 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week’s show:

    • We talk about about what we’ve been doing
    • We chat about our O2 Jogglers and invite listeners to tell us what they do with theirs.
    • In the news
    • We mention some upcoming events:
    • We discuss commitment in the community, leaving the project gracefully and managing contributions
    • Command Line Love!
    • We mention some Ubuntu related news in the Gerald/bit-about-Ubuntu/ecosphere
    • Finally we have your feedback.

    At Home With Jono Bacon

    This is the link to Jono Bacon's, Ubuntu Community Manager, weekly videocast. Jono takes any and all questions from the community about all things Ubuntu and more. If you missed last weeks episode you can find it at:

    For more information about At Home with Jono Bacon go to:

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    Monday, July 12, 2010

    ==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

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

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 17:30 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: nothing formal, just a weekly catch-up. Weekly Ubuntu Security Team catch-up meeting. Anyone is welcome to join if they want to watch, contribute, etc.

    Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

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

    ==== Developer Membership Board ====

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

    ==== Ubuntu Bugsquad Monthly Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

    ==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

    ==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

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

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

    Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

    ==== Weekly Ubuntu Foundations team meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

    ==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

    ==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

    Thursday, July 15th, 2010

    ==== Ayatana UX Team meeting ====

    • Start: 12:00 UTC
    • End: 12:30 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: * Introductions * Review team charter * Organize first UX activity * Brainstorm future UX activities

    ==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

    ==== Americas Regional Membership Board Meeting ====

    Friday, July 16th, 2010

    ==== Maverick Weekly Release Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Developer Week ====

    Saturday, July 17th, 2010

    None listed as of time of publication

    Sunday, July 18th, 2010

    None listed as of time of publication

    Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.04, 9.10, and 10.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    UWN Translations

    • Note to translators and our readers please follow the link below for the information you need.

    UWN A Sneak Peek

    This week in Ubuntu was an extremely busy one and while we wished could have included summaries for all the articles here are some Links to articles that are of interest:


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    • Amber Graner
    • Liraz Siri
    • Penelope Stowe
    • Daniel Caleb
    • Mike Holstein
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