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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #211

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 211 for the week September 12th - September 18th, 2010.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Welcome New Ubuntu Members
    • Welcome New Ubuntu Developers
    • Ubuntu Open Week, request for instructors
    • Ubuntu App Developer Week
    • Archive frozen for preparation of Ubuntu 10.10
    • Fixing Community Processes
    • Reflections on Ubuntu, Canonical and the march to free software adoption
    • Alternative UDS Accomodation
    • Ubuntu Cowntdown 10.10
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Forums News
    • My role in Ubuntu
    • Helping improve Ruby on Debian and Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu Server Guide Retrospective
    • This week in design – 17 September 2010
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Canonical announces provisional Ubuntu Developer Summit tracks
    • A Canonical Controversy
    • Why Red Hat should fear Amazon Linux
    • Bazaar team: want to work on Bazaar?
    • Canonical ISD: Ubuntu Pay is open for translations
    • Ubuntu Hardware Summit in Taipei 11 days away
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security
    • UWN Sneak Peek
    • And much much more

    General Community News

    Welcome New Ubuntu Members

    The approval results from the September 16th Americas Membership meeting are as follows:

    • David E. Rondon

    David has been using Ubuntu since back in 2005, but really got into the LoCo around '07. He's helped organize more than 20 local successful events in Venezuela, and recently started to put together a new regional LoCo. In the future, he plans to continue with his heavy involvement in organizing events and increase translations of the Wayuunaiki language. His application came with strong support from other LoCo members.

    Welcome New Ubuntu Developers

    The following is the results of the Developer Membership Board meeting held on September 14, 2010:

    ==== MOTU ====

    ==== Universe Contributor ====

    ==== Per Package Upload ====

    ==== Kernel Package Set ====

    For more information go to:

    Ubuntu Open Week, request for instructors

    Here at Ubuntu we love to give training sessions over IRC. Since Developer and App Developer Week cover the more advanced end of the spectrum we have something for normal users -- Ubuntu Open Week:

    If you look at the last schedule you'll see that there's still some pretty development focused sessions there:

    I am looking for instructors, specifically those of you who have never taught a class before. Now that developer week is separate, we have some leeway to make these sessions more productive for end users, so I'm looking for some more end-user type questions. So, if you're interested in helping out by teaching a session dive into the prep page: and submit your ideas!

    As always, if your Local Team wants to run a concurrent Open Week in your own native language feel free to branch from this wiki page and arrange something, please let me know so I can help get the word out.

    Here at Ubuntu we love to give training sessions over IRC. Since Developer and App Developer Week cover the more advanced end of the spectrum we have something for normal users — Ubuntu Open Week. We're looking for instructors, specifically those of you who have never taught a class before. Now that developer week is separate, we have some leeway to make these sessions more productive for end users.

    Ubuntu App Developer Week

    Just a reminder that Ubuntu App Developer Week begins on Monday, September 27th and ends on Friday, October 1st, 2010. The line up of sessions proves to be as great as past sessions. These session will run from 1400 UTC to 2000 UTC daily during the last week of September.

    For more information on how you can participate in Ubuntu App Developer Week as well as what sessions are happening and who is leading those sessions please go to:

    Archive frozen for preparation of Ubuntu 10.10

    On Thursday, September 16th Robbie Williamson announced:

    We are two weeks out from the 10.10 release candidate and a little over 3 weeks from the final release, so as many of you have probably already noticed, the archive is now frozen and will not thaw again before release.

    During the freeze, all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the release team, so if you have fixes that are important to get in and will need discussion, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Uploads to main should at this point focus on release-critical bugs only.

    The list of release-critical bugs that we want to still try to resolve before the release candidate on September 30 is tracked here:

    Additional bugs that are still considered "targets of opportunity" for the release are found at:

    For more information go to the original posting at:

    Fixing Community Processes

    Jono Bacon writes - Recently a few people have shared stories with me about how they have run up against processes that felt too complex or overly formal, processes that they feel have got in the way of the just do it philosophy that runs deep in the Free Software culture.

    My view has always been pretty simple here: the whole point of processes is to organize creativity in ways that (a) reduce confusion (b) optimize collaboration and output, and particularly in Free Software, (c) maintain transparency.

    The challenge with projects such as Ubuntu is that our community is huge, and encompasses many different teams, each with their own processes. With this kind of scale it is almost impossible to do a process sanity check with any kind of regularity. As such, we really rely on a Find It And Fix It approach to things. In other words, if you feel a process is to complicated or formalized and actually makes collaboration less attractive, then we need to take a step back, review the process, and improve it.

    The underlying moral of this story is – if you come up against a process that is sub-optimal, we should never, and I mean never, ever, ever, ever just say “well, that is the process and that is how it works”.

    For more information go to:

    Reflections on Ubuntu, Canonical and the march to free software adoption

    Prompted in part by the critique of Canonical’s code contributions to the kernel and core GNOME infrastructure, Mark has been pondering whether or not he feels good about what he does every day and how it's done. He talks about his motivation for working on Ubuntu and some of the project's achievements. It's quite a motivational post and worth a read.

    Alternative UDS Accomodation

    Ubuntu folk will soon be flocking to Florida in the United States for the next Ubuntu Developer Summit. Some people have been fortunate enough to receive sponsorship from Canonical, while others are sponsored by another organisation or are being self-sponsored. Martin has put together details for people who are arranging their own accommodation to make things easier for non-sponsored people to attend.

    Ubuntu Cowntdown 10.10

    The countdown banners for Ubuntu 10.10 are now up. This time, they don’t require JavaScript and thus work fine even on blogs. With only 20 days left to release, now is a good time to add them to your site!

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (79774) +472 over last week
    • Critical (34) +4 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (39090) +164 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) (1) -3 over last week
    2. Spanish (8189) -93 over last week
    3. Brazilian Portuguese (31306) -1155 over last week
    4. French (36695) -157 over last week
    5. German (53634) -212 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.

    Top 5 Voted New StackExchange Questions This Week

    People Contributing the best questions and answers this week:

    For more information visit:

    LoCo News

    Ubuntu LoCo Team Directory - A Call for Translations

    The LoCo Team Directory Dev Team released a new version of the LoCo Team Directory [0] (v0.2.18). With this release there are quite a few new cool features including:

    • The use of real names instead of user names
    • Picture feeds throughout the LoCo Directory
    • Access to the #ubuntu-locoteams channel on freenode directly from the LoCo Directory website
    • Use of the new "Ubuntu Font"

    With all of these changes, there are also a number of changes to the translation strings. We would like to ask your help in updating the translations for the LoCo Team Directory. If you would like to help us translate the Ubuntu LoCo Team Directory, please visit the translations page [1] on Launchpad. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask myself or one of the other LoCo Team Directory Devs [2] or join #ubuntu-locoteams on freenode.


    David Rubin: Ubuntu Books, The Unboxing

    The Ubuntu-ZA team have received their complimentary copies of the Official Ubuntu Book as well as the Official Ubuntu Server Book. David wonders what should be done with the books now that the team has them and lists some suggestions. What do other teams do? Feel free to comment!

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad Blog: Everything in Launchpad

    Matthew Revell and Jono Bacon have been compiling a list of Launchpad features over the last summer. The current list is up on the Launchpad wiki, if you find something that is missing, feel free to add it!

    David Planella: Ubuntu 11.04 Translation plans

    David announces that translation plans for Ubuntu 11.04 are already on the way. He includes way that you can get involved, and points out that his personal focus will be on outreach. He also calls out for suggestions and ideas.

    Launchpad Blog: What's your favourite project in Launchpad

    Launchpad's featured project list is often a great way to find out about new and interesting software projects that are hosted in Launchpad. The Launchpad blog asks "What's your favourite project in Launchpad?". The comments already include some interesting projects, feel free to add yours!

    Brian Murray: Launchpad Greasemonkey Scripts in Chromium Browser

    Brian has been working on getting the Launchpad Greasemonkey scripts on par for the Chromium browser than the Firefox browser. The scripts mostly works, with some minor issues. Brian also provides instructions for obtaining the scripts.

    Ubuntu Forums News

    Joe Barker: New Forum Staff (Again!)

    Joe reports on the new Ubuntu Forum staff that have joined the team. They are pytheas22, BkkBonanza, CharlesA, uRock,, howefield. Congratulations to the new moderator staff and thanks for your great work!

    The Planet

    Multiple Posters: My role in Ubuntu

    This past week many of those who work on Ubuntu at Canonical posted about their role in Ubuntu and related projects. These stories are quite informative and you may find some inspiring as well.

    Lucas Nussbaum: Helping improve Ruby on Debian and Ubuntu

    Lucas created a wiki page that lists improvements and tasks for Ruby in Debian and Ubuntu. He stresses that many pending tasks requires only requires basic packaging skills to solve. If you'd like to get involved in packaging for Ubuntu, this might be a good way to get involved.

    Adam Sommer - Ubuntu Server Guide Retrospective

    Adam looks at the Ubuntu Server Guide development over the last release cycle. Packaged versions have been dropped, cloud sections have been updated and a new section for Puppet has been added.

    Canonical Design Blog: This week in design – 17 September 2010

    This week the big news was all about closure as the final freeze on the desktop for 10.10 is now upon us. This means that we enter a period of bug fixing and the focus of design work shifts more towards 11.04 as we start to prepare for UDS in October... We’ve also been working on the t-shirts for 10.10 to be handed out at UDS – but more on these and an exciting shirt related project soon.

    For more information go to:

    In The Press

    Shuttleworth Responds to Ubuntu's Critics

    OSNews brings us an article regarding Mark Shuttleworth's response to recent criticism that cited Ubuntu and Canonical do not contribute enough code back to their upstream projects. The article continues by detailing the ways in which Ubuntu and Canonical have contributed to the overall progress of Linux. To read the full article, click the link below:

    Windows 7 vs Ubuntu 10.04

    Barry Collins of PCPro Magazine asks the ever popular question: Is Linux finally ready for the desktop? In an attempt to find he pits Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 against each other to find out. To see the results and ready all about the benchmarks, follow the link below:

    Canonical gets physical with Ubuntu Linux

    All of us are used to controlling our desktops with a mouse - but what if you could control your desktop with your body - is the question Canonical has been asking recently. The article below follows some of the comments made by the Canonical Development team and the various ways this may materialize in the Ubuntu of the future. To read more, follow the link:

    Ubuntu 10.10 moves towards completion

    Maverick Meerkat follows the Lucid Lynx 10.04 LTS release so for some this offers a chance to experiment, with a little wider tolerance for more revolutionary features. Ubuntu developer, Dave Walker, talks us through some new features and development background.

    In The Blogosphere

    Belinda Lopez: Getting to the ‘aha’ moments for kids and computers

    We’ve created a generation that is a great consumer of technology but we’re not enabling them with the right tools and skills to help them move from simple consumers to developers of that and even newer technology. Belinda asks whether you can remember the first time you had that 'aha' moment where you first realized that you can make your computer do new things, and whether we should do something to give kids today that same opportunity.

    Ed Hewitt: Dropbox vs Ubuntu One

    On Ubuntu, the two main file syncing services available are Dropbox and Ubuntu One. Ed has been bouncing between these two services since Ubuntu One was released last year. Dropbox has been around since 2007, and has been the leader in this market. Ed decided to write up a a review of both services to compare how they stack up against each other.

    Ubuntu One Evolves for Maverick

    Christopher Tozzi, WorksWithU, looks at the improvements to Ubuntu One in Ubuntu 10.10.
    Ubuntu One, Canonical’s file-sharing service that has until now been little more than a Dropbox copycat, has evolved for Maverick Meerkat in ways that finally help set it apart from its competitors. Here’s a look at some of the updates to the service, and what they infer about Canonical’s longterm plans.

    Traditionally, Ubuntu One has done little more than allow users to store data in the cloud and automatically sync it between different computers. Ubuntu 10.04 added a few new features to the service, like syncing Firefox bookmarks, but in general there’s been little to distinguish Ubuntu One from competitors like Dropbox–other than the latter’s cross-platform support, which Ubuntu One lacked until now.

    For more information go to:

    Unity Netbook Interface Debuts for Ubuntu 10.10

    Christopher Tozzi,WorksWithU writes - It’s been a while since we last took a look at Unity, the new version of Ubuntu customized for netbooks. A lot has changed since then, however, so it’s time for some updates on how the desktop environment is evolving.

    We first blogged about Unity when Canonical introduced it back in May. We made some unfair conclusions at that time, failing to appreciate the extent to which the interface was still in development.

    For more information go to:

    In Other News

    Canonical announces provisional Ubuntu Developer Summit tracks

    Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, unveiled the a list of provisional tracks for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) scheduled for October 25-29, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.

    To be confirmed, along with more announced, in coming weeks, the tracks were made available today on the newly-launched UDS site. The site is a destination for information about the event for the key participants in Ubuntu's development, from Canonical engineers and community members to ISVs and partners.

    For more information go to:

    A Canonical Controversy

    Mark Shuttleworth’s blog was added into Planet Gnome after he made a request for it to be added. Why is this a controversy? Mainly because some people want blogs that are featured on Planet Gnome to be from authors that are active in the Gnome community and to actually blog about Gnome as a topic. If Canonical’s contributions to Gnome are being called into question (as evident from the links in closing thoughts below) then what results is a controversial decision for Mark’s blog to be added in.

    Why Red Hat should fear Amazon Linux

    While Red Hat's leadership in the enterprise Linux market is without question, the cloud tells a different story altogether. Red Hat's cloud strategy has thus far focused too narrowly on customer retention, opening significant opportunities for Ubuntu to gain traction in the cloud -- and gain traction it has, according to EC2 cloud market statistics.

    Bazaar team: want to work on Bazaar?

    We’re looking for a very good software engineer to join the Bazaar team at Canonical, working both on the core tool itself and on how it’s used by Ubuntu developers. We would love to get more applications from people with packaging or distro experience. I want to work with someone who’s very driven, who’ll reach out to their users and not wait to be told what to do, someone who knows the whole environment we work in, and someone who cares about doing good things.

    For more information go to:

    Canonical ISD: Ubuntu Pay is open for translations

    We are pleased to announce that Ubuntu Pay, the new payment service that allows you to buy commercial software (by means of the Ubuntu Software Centre) or subscriptions to services like Ubuntu One (in the near future), is ready to start accepting translations from the community.

    For more information go to:

    Ubuntu Hardware Summit in Taipei 11 days away

    The Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2010, taking place in Taipei on Friday 25th September is almost upon us. There are over 180 registered participants to the show with only a few days left to sign up for a place. Go to to find out more details and to see the finalised agenda. Matt Zimmerman will be in Taiwan for the event delivering his first ever Keynote in the region and there are 16 presentations throughout the day tracks ranging on topics from The Cloud, the state of multitouch and the Ubuntu Roadmap.

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu UK Podcast: The Mysterious Stranger

    Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore and Guest Presenter Mark Johnson (whom you may remember from command line love last time) bring you episode 16 of season 3 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    • What we’ve been doing
    • We discuss telling developers to learn graphical tools to generate mockups is preferable to creating code samples.
    • In the News
    • Upcoming Events
    • We talk to Andrew Wafa about openSUSE and the upcoming openSUSE Conference 2010
    • Ubuntu Related News
    • Listener Feedback

    Ogg High:

    Ogg Low:

    MP3 High:

    MP3 Low: Episode 6 - Ohio Linuxfest Recap/Interviews

    • Intro
    • Feedback:
    • Ohio Linuxfest recap
    • Closed Source Web Apps vs Freedom and Open Web Apps
    • Stormy's Talk
    • Mako's Article
    • Interviews
    • Paul Taglamente & Jacob Peddicord from Ubuntu Ohio Loco
    • Carl Richell - President System 76
    • Books
    • Craig - Python 3 Object Oriented Programming
    • Rick - Art of Community, YUI Learning the Library, Solr Enterprise Search Server
    • Extro

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Links will need be verified on or before Saturday, September 18th, 2010

    • Ubuntu Desktop Team Meeting Minutes for September 14th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting Minutes from September 14th, 1010 -
    • Ubuntu Server Team Meeting Minutes for September 14th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Kernel Team Meeting Minutes for September 14th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Foundations Team Meeting Minutes for September 15th, 2010 -
    • Ubuntu Release Team Meeting Minutes for September 17th, 2010 -

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    Tuesday, 21 September 2010

    ==== Community Council Meeting ====

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

    ==== Technical Board Meeting ====

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

    ==== Desktop Team Meeting ====

    ==== Kernel Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 17:00 UTC
    • End: 18:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== LoCo Council Meeting ====

    Wednesday, 22 September 2010

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

    • Start: 15:00 UTC
    • End: 16:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: https:/ * Info:

    ==== QA Team Meeting ====

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

    ==== Edubuntu Meeting ====

    Thursday, 23 September 2010

    ==== Classroom Team Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Women Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 10:00 UTC
    • End: 11:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-women-project on
    • Agenda: None listed as of Publication

    ==== 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

    Friday, 24 September 2010

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

    Saturday, 25 September 2010

    • None Listed at Time of Publication

    Sunday, 26 September 2010

    ==== Ubuntu IRC Council Meeting ====

    ==== Ubuntu Gaming Team Meeting ====

    • Start: 19:00 UTC
    • End: 21:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting on
    • Agenda: Not listed os of publication

    Monday, 27 September 2010

    ==== Ubuntu App Developer Week ====

    • Start: 16:00 UTC
    • End: 23:00 UTC
    • Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-classroom and #ubuntu-classroom-chat on
    • Agenda: None listed as of publication

    ==== 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.

    Updates and Security for 6.06, 8.04, 9.04, 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 6.06 Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 9.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    UWN Translations

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    UWN Sneak Peek


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