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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 223

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #223 for June 27 - July 10, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Unity Progress Report - Irish Edition
    • Ubuntu 11.10 Development update
    • Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Released
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo Directory: Now with default team time zones!
    • Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
    • New Forum Council Members
    • Get excited and make things! - Wallpaper edition!
    • Ubuntu Slogan?
    • Ubuntu One Files for Android released!
    • Munich To Migrate 15,000 PCs To Ubuntu
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Unity Progress Report - Irish Edition

    Jorge Castro gives us a Unity progress report and talks about their sprint in Ireland in this article.

    For more information visit:

    Ubuntu 11.10 Development update

    In this post on, Daniel Holbach gives an Ubuntu development update which includes where to look for updates on the upcoming 11.10 release, a "shout-out" to new contributor Sebastian Carneiro from Argentina, and also ways to get invovled with Ubuntu development.

    More information can be found at:

    Also check out the report from the week before:

    Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Released

    Thu July 7th at 15:54:54 UTC, Kate Stewart (on behalf of the Ubuntu release team) announced the release of Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2.

    For more information see:

    Get ready for Ubuntu Developer Week

    Get ready for [[UbuntuDeveloperWeek|Ubuntu Developer Week]] from Monday, 11th July to Friday, 15th July. We will have one full week of online IRC sessions which will introduce you to Ubuntu Development and hacking on Ubuntu-related projects. Sometimes these sessions will take the form of Q&A sessions, sometimes as presentations and sometimes hands-on workshops.

    Here?s the links for the impatient:

    More here:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (90465) -6731 over last week
    • Critical (155) -22 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48384) -1046 over last issue

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

    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.

    Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week

    Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

    LoCo News

    Vancouver's Natty U-Party! (Parts 2-5)

    Randall Ross has been doing a series of posts about Ubuntu Vancouver's U-Party "A Celebration of Ubuntu and Unity", held on June 17th 2011. Parts 2-5 are the latest!

    LoCo Directory: Now with default team time zones!

    Time zones have always been a tricky problem for the LoCo Directory developers to reconcile, this article discusses how they've solved this for event and meeting planning and other new features in the 0.3.3 and 0.3.4 release of the LoCo Directory.

    More information can be found at:

    Inner City Boston Ubuntu Hour 2

    Martin Owens discusses the second inner city Boston Ubuntu Hour and how it's evolved into something more than just an hour of coffee and Ubuntu discussion.

    More information can be found at:

    Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams

    Prentice Hall is offering a free copy of the recently published Official Ubuntu Book to approved LoCo teams. Jono Bacon explains the steps involved in how your team can request a copy.

    More information can be found at:

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad read-only 08.00 UTC 13th July 2011

    Quick note from the Launchpad team about upcoming downtime.

    More information can be found at:

    Interview: Huw Wilkins on Launchpad?s UI

    Huw Wilkins is "Launchpad?s UI guy" and he was interviewed about his current work and upcoming changes to Launchpad's UI. The audio interview can be downloaded as an ogg file.

    More information can be found at:

    Ubuntu Forums News

    New Forum Council Members

    The previous members of the Forum Council have been reappointed and three new members have been appointed: s-fox, Artificial Intelligence and Iowan

    More information can be found at:

    The Planet

    Canonical Design Team: Get excited and make things! - Wallpaper edition!

    Matt Jones of BERG fame came up with a response to the "keep calm and carry on" posters from the Second World War. The response is the "Get Excited and Make Things" poster mentioned in this article by Iain Farrell at This article opens up the wallpaper submissions process for the next release of Ubuntu (Oneiric Ocelot) with this poster and slogan in mind.

    Information on submissions available at:

    Paolo Sammicheli: Ubuntu Opportunistic Programming @Europython: The slides

    Paolo Sammicheli shares links to his slides and a video from his talk on Ubuntu and the Opportunistic Programming at Europython.

    Links can be found at:

    Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Slogan?

    In this blogpost at, the search begins for a one sentence slogan or catch phrase to help a new user understand and become interested in Ubuntu is explored in depth.

    More information can be found at: http://frenchfortunecookie.wordpress...ubuntu-slogan/

    Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ensemble Dublin sprint update

    At, Ahmed Kamal posts an overview of the happenings in the Ensemble space during the recent Ensemble team sprint in Dublin, Ireland.

    More information can be found at:

    Ara Pulido: Ubuntu Friendly Process

    Over at, Ara Pulido gives us an update on the process that the current members of the Ubuntu Friendly Control are working on. This process helps define what it means for hardware to be Ubuntu friendly.

    More information can be found at:

    Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Billboards: Design on a Grand Scale

    In this article, official branding is discussed after spotting a billboard "in the wild" which guides viewers to ?Come visit Canonical and learn more about Ubuntu? in Portuguese.

    More information can be found at:

    Daniel Holbach: Looking for feedback: Sponsorship Process

    Daniel Holbach's blog asks for your comments as a contributor or as a reviewer on the state of the Ubuntu sponsorship process.

    More information can be found at:

    Thorsten Wilms: Ubuntu Friendly Logo 6

    Thorsten Wilms, a freelance designer, shares a logo/sticker design for "Ubuntu Friendly". For more information on Ubuntu Friendly see

    Check the logo out here:

    Daniel Holbach: Need help: video + screencast + chat

    Daniel Holbach discusses the pros of using for screencasting. Here at Daniel's blogpost he asks for some help on how to solve some of the cons.

    More information can be found at:

    Martin Albisetti: Ubuntu One Files for Android released!

    Over at Martin Albisetti's blog, the release of an Ubuntu One app for Andriod is announced. Martin Albisetti is the tech lead for the Ubuntu One web+mobile team.

    More information can be found at:

    Canonical Design Team: What?s round and sticky and how you can make some!

    At author Iain Farrell shares with us how to use the PNGs from to make nifty little round stickers at

    More information can be found at:

    Interested in how they turned out? Check out the follow-up post here:

    In The Press

    Linux 2.6.38 power problems confirmed, but workaround appears

    In this article team has identified the source of Linux power regression problems in Linux 2.6.38. This problem has been known to reduce battery life in Ubuntu 11.04 and Fedora 15. Phronix has found and published a workaround.

    More information on this workaround can be found here

    Surprising Power Consumption Of Ubuntu 11.04 vs. Windows 7

    From, this informative article shares a comparision of the power management of Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1.

    View the full comparison:

    Munich To Migrate 15,000 PCs To Ubuntu

    Swapnil Bhartiya reports at that in Germany, the city of Munich aims to migrate 80 percent of the city's fifteen thousand administration PCs to Ubuntu Linux.

    More information can be found at:

    In The Blogosphere

    "living" solo bass - made with Ubuntu Studio

    On musician/composer Mike Holstein's blog, he shares information about a solo acoustic bass recording called 'living' that was produced entirely using Ubuntu.

    More information can be found at:

    In Other News

    Adobe's Vanishing Linux Air Support: Personal or Strictly Business?

    Linux support for Adobe Air was dropped. Visit this article for the reasons why.

    More information can be found at:

    Linux IT to underwrite open-source adoption

    LinuxIT (Europe) Ltd, a Blended Systems Integrator, aims to kick-start community-based open-source software adoption among UK enterprises. The integrator is offering to underwrite any community-based open-source software that meets the requirements of its verification process.

    More information can be found at:

    Ten Linux apps that need to raise their game

    Jack Wallen of TechRepublic shares this opinion about the awkwardness of several applications in an effort to help developers identify ways to gear the overall functionality towards user friendliness.

    See the complete list:

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E10 ? Sun and Steel

    Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, Tony Whitmore and guest presenter Andy Piper are back once more, pre-recorded in Studio A for episode 10 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week?s show:

    • We talk about what we?ve been doing including playing Proun (the pay what you like game [which runs under WINE on Ubuntu]), Freecycling old kit, reflecting on OggCamp, upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04, making apps stick to the Unity launcher for Laura?s Mum, helping out with curating a list of Android Honeycomb apps on the Xoom Forums and attending an a11y hackday run by DevCSI.
    • We review the HP MicroServer (Mark?s also written some blog posts about it)
    • In the news
    • Events
    • We have an interview with Gemma Cameron by Les Pounder about BarCamp Blackpool and Nottingham. Thanks to Les for providing this content for us!
    • We remind you about the competition to win an audio book from TextBookStuff. Entries to by Sunday 17th July
    • We have a Bit About Ubuntu
    • And we have some Command Line Love
    • Finally we have your feedback.

    Further details and download links can be found at: Episode 18 - Passwords, hashes, and Google+ oh my!

    Join Rick Harding and Craig Maloney as they debate, dissect, and dismantle the current tech issues of the day on the latest Lococast podcast.

    In this podcast:

    • Intro
    • Events
    • PyOhio: July 30,31
    • Ohio Linuxfest: Sept 9,10,11
    • Ubuntu Global Jam: Sept 2,3,4
    • Securing user's passwords in applications
    • Instapaper - FBI had their servers
    • bcrypt
    • scrypt ticket
    • GPUs Discussion
    • Bookie status report
    • Hosted Bookie
    • Weekly Status Reports
    • Twitter: BookieBmarks
    • Google+
    • Books
    • Craig: The Python Standard Library
    • Rick: Start Small, Stay Small, Hands on Node.js, iWoz

    Download or listen here:

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

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    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

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