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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 235

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 235 for the week September 26 - October 2, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Announcing the Ubuntu App Developer site
    • Nominations for Xubuntu Project Lead 2011
    • Vacant Developer Membership Board seat filled
    • Ubuntu Font Family 0.80 released - with Ubuntu Mono
    • Ubuntu Development Update
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Classroom: Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up
    • Ahmed Kamal: Juju in 11.10 beta2, LXC and OpenStack improvements
    • Amber Graner: What is a Leader? What Motivates People?
    • Jono Bacon: Eric Ward Joining the Community Team at Canonical
    • Ubuntu Women: Prizes for Month of Making! And just 9 days left...
    • Ubuntu Friendly Hardware Certification Program Maturing
    • Ubuntu 11.04 Gets Positive Review On Indian News Station CNN-IBN
    • Ubuntu One now works on Windows!
    • Full Circle Magazine - Issue 53 - Now available
    • 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

    Announcing the Ubuntu App Developer site

    The Ubuntu App Developer site has been launched. To contribute to the ongoing effort to make Ubuntu a target for app development, the site encompasses everything from creation to publication.

    Nominations for Xubuntu Project Lead 2011

    Having served for 3 releases the current Project Lead for Xubuntu, Charlie Kravetz, has come to the end of his term and nominations for the next term are now open.

    Vacant Developer Membership Board seat filled

    Micah Gersten (micahg) has been confirmed as the new member of the Developer Membership Board.

    Ubuntu Font Family 0.80 released - with Ubuntu Mono

    Ubuntu Font Family 0.8 has been released with the notable addition of the "Mono" version of the font and as always you are encouraged to share, modify and remix. See link for download instructions and changelog.

    Ubuntu Development Update

    With only the Release Candidate and the actual release left to come, the release team are staying up 24 hours per day in preparation, and with only two weeks left it is time to get all the release parties organized and registered.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (89000) +608 over last week
    • Critical (166) +59 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46587) +81 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    • Spanish (9542) - 196 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (45940) - 415 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (47088) - 2757 over last week
    • French (71767) - 3130 over last week
    • German (74102) - 3941 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: and

    Ubuntu Brainstorm Top Ideas 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

    Ubuntu Wisconsin on the radio

    Rick Schwai from the Ubuntu Wisconsin LoCo got the opportunity to let listeners of WXPR know about his upcoming presentation, "Introduction to Ubuntu".

    Ubuntu Oregon: Progress Can Be Made

    After joining and finding his LoCo had become dormant, Benjamin Kerensa started of on a difficult journey of getting it back on track. In good news, he discovered it is is possible.

    Ubuntu LoCo Council: Ordering 11.10 CDs is now open

    All approved LoCos can once again place orders for CDs of the up and coming Ubuntu 11.10 release.

    Hajime MIZUNO: Open Source "Small" Conference 2011 Aizu

    In this post Hajimi Mizuno of the Japanese LoCo team writes that despite many 2011 tragedies Aizu, Japan (Earthquake, Tsunami, Nuclear hazard), open source events and LoCo particpation are still going strong.

    Overcoming the "Required" Use of Microsoft in College

    In this interview Daniel Bray (Lupine) of the Ubuntu Florida LoCo Team explains how he was able to use Ubuntu instead of Microsoft to complete his college degree. In an era when almost all schools in the United States require that its students use either Microsoft or Mac based technical solutions, Bray finds a way to exercise his freedom of choice and use Free and Open Source software to complete his degree.

    Launchpad News

    Less mail about translation imports

    Martin Pool writes about the continuing work done toward the goal of launchpad sending less "pointless" email. He gives his reasoning as simple: "pointless e-mails are a pain."

    Deployment reports are now public

    Matthew Revell quotes Steve Kowalik, "Some time ago, I started the process to make these reports public, and I'm proud to announce that today, they are!"

    Launchpad now accepts mail commands from gmail

    According to Martin Pool, "If you use gmail, you should now be able to send commands to Launchpad without gpg-signing." He also writes, "You can use email commands to interact with both bugs and code merge proposals." More information on how to use these commands can be found in this post.

    The Planet

    Ubuntu Classroom: Ubuntu User Days Wrap-up

    The Classroom Team hosted the 4th Ubuntu User Days was held on September 24-25, 2011. If you want to know more about this event the logs to each session are included in this post.

    Ahmed Kamal: Juju in 11.10 beta2, LXC and OpenStack improvements

    According to a post by Ahmed Kamal on the site, "A new version of juju has been merged in Ubuntu 11.10 beta-2, if you're not already running Oneiric beta, you can download the beta-2 ISO and start experimenting. Let's checkout the latest happenings in the juju world." To find about more about Juju and Charms then check out this post.

    Amber Graner: What is a Leader? What Motivates People?

    As part of new community lead leadership initiative (Ubuntu Leadership Team), Amber blogs about what a leader is and outlines 5 skills leaders need to know in order to motivate those they are leading and influencing.

    Canonical Design Team: The new Ubuntu App Developer website

    Inayaili Leon writes about the new Ubuntu App Developer site as, "... a place where developers who want to create Ubuntu applications can find all the information they need and get in touch with the Ubuntu app developer community to share ideas, ask questions and get all the news and events." Leon discusses the planning stages, the research, the brand (developers perspective), testing, as well as the road ahead. Interested in Ubuntu App Development check out this post as well as the new Ubuntu App Developer Site.

    Amber Graner: Interview: John Lenton, Senior Engineering Manager for Ubuntu One

    In this continuing Ubuntu One interview series, Amber Graner talks to John Lenton, Senior Engineering Manager for Ubuntu One. Lenton gives a little about his history with FOSS and how he found his way to Canonical. He addresses reader comments on Graner's blog You-In-Ubuntu about the Ubuntu One proxy issue and gives users and developers links and information on how to participate in the Ubuntu One project and more.

    Jono Bacon: Eric Ward Joining the Community Team at Canonical

    Jono Bacon welcomes Eric Ward, the newest "horseman" to his team. Ward joins the team as the new QA Community Coordinator. In his welcome he interviews Ward about how he got into open source, QA, and why he is looking forward to working in this new position. Bacon also noted that his first day is today (3 Oct 2011) and asks that everyone welcome Ward to the community.

    Ubuntu Women: Prizes for Month of Making! And just 9 days left...

    Elizabeth Krumbach of the Ubuntu Women Leadership team reminds folks that Ada Lovelace Day (7 Oct 2011) is just around the corner and encourages women to post stories about initiatives/projects they have started that are related to Ubuntu. She gives links to the prizes donated by O'Reilly and Ubuntu User Magazine as well as the details on participating in the competition.

    David Henningsson: Independent volume for headphones and speakers

    David Henningsson of Canonical takes a look at the request "to adjust the volume slider up and down as you plug and unplug your headphones, but instead keep separate volumes stored for both." In his post he says, "it's a desirable feature, and we're moving in that direction, but slowly, as the feature is more complex than it seems like at first glance." Henningsson says that is it working for some but not all users in Oneiric - Ubuntu 11.10. To find out more about this feature request check the full Henningsson's full post.

    In The Press

    Canonical launches Ubuntu App Developer platform for curious coders

    Amar Toor of engadget picks up the news of the Ubuntu App Developer site and helps spread the word of its launch stating, "Creating apps for Ubuntu is about to get a lot easier, now that the folks over at Canonical have launched the Ubuntu App Developer platform. On the new site, developers will find guides, tutorials and other resources to help them create apps specifically for the Linux OS, or to port other apps to the platform."

    In The Blogosphere

    Ubuntu Friendly Hardware Certification Program Maturing

    Christopher Tozzi, reviews the Ubuntu Friendly program. Tozzi says, "If Canonical had its way, OEMs would make sure Ubuntu ran well on their hardware before shipping it. But most OEMs don't, so Ubuntu developers have resorted to the next best thing: crowd-sourcing hardware validation to users via the Ubuntu Friendly program, which is almost ready for prime time." In this post he notes that he tried out the Ubuntu Friendly using a KVM virtual machine to review it and concludes, "The Ubuntu Friendly project itself won't revolutionize Ubuntu, but it does represent a smart investment on Canonical's part... It's a win-win."

    Ubuntu 11.04 Gets Positive Review On Indian News Station CNN-IBN

    Joey Sneddon, OMG!Ubuntu! highlights the positive reviews on the Indian News Station CNN-IBN. Sneddon writes, "As part of the stations 25 minute technology segment, 'Tech Toyz', the English language news network featured a short review of Ubuntu 11.04." He also notes so pretty exciting feedback from this review. Check out Sneddon's post on OMG!Ubuntu! for the full write up.

    10 Alternative Web Browsers for Ubuntu Linux

    The Starry Hope website takes a look at 10 alternate Web Browsers for those who may want a break from Firefox in Ubuntu 11.10. Those alternatives include: Arora, Chrome/Chromium, Elinks, Epiphany, Konqueror, Links 2, Luakit, Midori, Opera, and SeaMonkey.

    Xubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 Review

    Jayson Rowe reviews Xubuntu on his "From the Mind of a Nerd" blog. Complete with Screenshots and his impression on the the state of the release. Rowe writes, "Even though I tried Xubuntu simply as a temporary solution until Compiz was fixed, I am now hooked." Find out what else Rowe had to say in the full post.

    In Other News

    Ubuntu One now works on Windows!

    The Ubuntu One team announced on Thursday, 29 September 2011 some very exciting news. "It's been a long time coming but today we are thrilled to tell you that the much anticipated Ubuntu One official client for Windows is now available for download." To find out more about why this is important or to download the client check out this post from the Ubuntu One Team.

    Full Circle Magazine - Issue 53 - Now available

    This month:

    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Program in Python - Part 27, LibreOffice - Part 8, Backup Strategy - Part 1, GRAMPS - Part 2, and Ubuntu For Business & Education - Part 2.
    • Linux Lab - ZoneMinder CCTV - Part 2.
    • Review - Linux Mint 11.
    • I Think - With the rise of internet email, do we still need an email client installed by default?

    plus: Ubuntu Games, My Story, and much much more!

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E16 - Fates Warning

    Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, Tony Whitmore are joined by new guest presenter Anton Piatek in Studio A for episode 16 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week's show:
    • We chat about testing Ubuntu 11.10 on a Mac, launching a Hampshire Wedding Photographer website plug plug, setting up networked scanning and printing in Ubuntu and reading Modern Perl.
    • We chat to Anton about Southackton, a hackspace for Southampton, and his work supporting ~7000 Ubuntu users at IBM.
    • In the news
    • Events
    • We have a Bit About Ubuntu
    • We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve that will allegedly put the contents of a file into your clipboard, but none of us believe Mark when he told us this. So go ahead and knock yourself out with this one, but if it breaks and you lose your documents / photos / cat in an horrific clipboard accident, don't blame us!
    • Finally we have your feedback.

    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


    End of life - April 2013 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2012

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    End of Life - October 2012

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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

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    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Amber Graner
    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Neil Oosthuizen
    • Penelope Stowe
    • and many, many, more

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    Last edited by akgraner; October 10th, 2011 at 11:53 PM. Reason: issue 236 Is available

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