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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 238

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 238 for the week October 17th - 23rd, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users
    • Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS
    • Mobile schedule for UDS
    • Seven Years Old
    • Community Council Election Results
    • Mini Leadership Summit at the Ubuntu Developer Summit
    • Ubuntu Packaging Guide - we need help!
    • Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week Summary
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Ara Pulido: The first week of Ubuntu Friendly Beta
    • Jono Bacon: Documenting Great Ubuntu Community Best Practice
    • Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Leadership
    • Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM
    • Myriam Schweingruber: When is a bug report useful?
    • Amber Graner: How to get involved with Ubuntu Weeks and more.
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Tat
    • Dustin Kirkland: The Magic Number 4
    • Ubuntu Cloud
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • Putting bookmark sync to bed
    • Performing autoupdates with Bitrock
    • Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011
    • FlossManuals/Google Documentation Summit
    • Canonical realigns to better serve our customers
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: September 2011
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • and much much more!

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users

    Canonical announces that the Long Term Support (LTS) versions of Ubuntu for desktop users will be supported for five years instead of three years. This change will start for the 12.04 release cycle and will help with the increasing demand for Ubuntu desktops in corporate environments.

    Precision Planning; Prepping for 12.04 LTS

    Mark Shuttleworth lays out some of the upcoming steps in preparation for the upcoming 12.04 release of Ubuntu.

    Mobile schedule for UDS

    Jorge Castro shares the Guidebook mobile application. In this post he shares with readers how and where to get guidebook so UDS-P attendees can not only see the schedule schedule for UDS-P but plan, tweet, and keep their personal schedules updated.

    Seven Years Old

    Jono Bacon writes, "Seven years ago the very first Ubuntu version 4.10, the Warty Warthog, was released" In this post, Jono Bacon looks back ove the past seven years, welcomes the next seven and offers "Thank-you's" for the first seven.

    Community Council Election Results

    The newly elected Community Council consists of

    • Amber Graner
    • Daniel Holbach
    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Laura Czajkowski
    • Mark Shuttleworth
    • Martin Albisetti
    • Milo Casagrande
    • Scott Ritchie

    and the term will be until 2013-10-17.

    Unfortunately had to replace Emmet Hikory with Milo Casagrande
    (who was next in the election results) because Emmet was unavailable.

    Thanks a lot for the hard work of the old CC!

    Mini Leadership Summit at the Ubuntu Developer Summit

    Jono Bacon explains in this blog post the intention of the upcoming Mini Leadership Summit scheduled to take place during the upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, FL. The community survey results suggest that many people feel a sense of leadership, but also feel that improvements could be made to empower them to join in as leaders.

    Ubuntu Packaging Guide - we need help!

    In this post, Daniel Holbach's blogs, some of the in's and out's of packaging that a newcomer might like to check out.

    Ubuntu (11.10) Open Week Summary

    Ubuntu Open Week for the Ubuntu 11.10 was a great success. This week of online tutorial geared toward new Ubuntu users and based on the latest Ubuntu release continued to be popular as attendees asked questions and interacted with the community and the various sessions leaders through out the week.

    There were topics how to get started with Ubuntu development, translations, how to get the most out of Ask Ubuntu, become a more proficient Unity user, leadership, how to find support in Ubuntu, Ubuntu Friendly, Canonical and Community and much much more.
    Don't worry if you missed a session or the whole week you can find all the session titles and logs on the Open Week Wiki.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (91219) +899 over last week
    • Critical (119) -3 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (47107) -240 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    • Spanish (9127) +10 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (45676) +2 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (46052) +68 over last week
    • French (70264) -156 over last week
    • German (74030) -118 over last week

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

    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

    Ubuntu Wisconsin - Friendly Testing

    The Ubuntu WIsconsin team hosted an IRC-based night of Ubuntu Friendly testing on October 18th. The post quickly explains the Friendly program and the simple requirements for doing testing, and as they say "It's fast, easy, and you can do it while watching TV."

    Alan Bell: Free Ubuntu 11.10 CDs for the UK

    Alan announces that the Ubuntu UK team has received their shipment of Ubuntu CDs for the cycle from Canonical and when he's not talking about his chickens he's explaining the procedure for UK residents to request a CD from the team.

    Sergio Meneses: Oneiric Release Party!

    On October 16th the Columbian team hosted an Oneiric release party, complete with discussion of Ubuntu news, how the team can help more with development and Barbecue! Check out the post for a link to their photo gallery from the event.

    Post (in Spanish): http://sergioandresmeneses.wordpress...release-party/

    Elizabeth Krumbach: Northern California Ubuntu Hours and SF Release Dinner!

    This past week in Northern California the team hosted an Ubuntu Hour in San Francisco and Mountain view, as well as a release dinner at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company in San Francisco. A link to a photo gallery with photos from all three events is included at the end of the post.

    The Planet

    Ara Pulido: The first week of Ubuntu Friendly Beta

    Ara shares stats that she has collected from the first week of the Ubuntu Friendly Beta, including over 350 submissions and a quick breakdown of the hardware ratings to date.

    Jono Bacon: Documenting Great Ubuntu Community Best Practice

    Jono revisits the collection of "BuildingCommunity" wiki pages which were started a few years ago, but weren't being regularly updated. Given the growth of the community and the increasing need to support and motivate leaders as well as regular contributors, Jono presents a call to action to tap the resources of our diverse community to revitalize this documentation.

    Charles Profitt: Ubuntu Leadership

    Charles writes about the new Ubuntu Leadership team and reflects upon his own leadership experiences from retail management to work in the US Army. He discusses how the Ubuntu community differs from other leadership experiences and highlights the important ways in which leadership and motivation are the similar regardless of distance, compensation or culture.

    Victor Tuson Palau: Ubuntu 11.10 on ARM

    Victor discusses his experience thus far with Ubuntu on ARM ("It Rocks!") and gives links to ARM hardware that Ubuntu supports, including the Toshiba AC100 Netbook, TI OMAP4 Panda Board and Freescale IMX53 QuickStart Board.

    Myriam Schweingruber: When is a bug report useful?

    Myriam--bug triager, documentation writer and application tester--outlines some key things that make a good bug report. In her post she includes: reporting against currently supported versions of the software, giving instructions so that it's reproducible, giving concise description of the problem in English, being unique, providing a proper backtrace. Additionally she notes that the individual reporting be available to give feedback, be patient and polite with bug fixers. She also includes some bug statistics from the KDE bug tracker.

    Amber Graner: How to get involved with Ubuntu Weeks and more.

    Ahmed Shams interviews Amber Graner about the details and organizing of the Ubuntu Weeks in Ubuntu Classroom held each cycle. Amber then shares her checklist for Ubuntu Open Week which gives a behind-the-scenes look at preparation for these events and an opportunity for more members of the community to get involved.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Tat

    Jono Bacon shares an image of the new tattoo that Benjamin Kerensa of the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team received recently. Benjamin shows off his Ubuntu spirit by getting some new ink: an Ubuntu Tattoo.

    Dustin Kirkland: The Magic Number 4

    Dustin discusses other "4th releases" in operating system history and expresses excitement for this 4th LTS release of Ubuntu. He reflects upon past LTS releases and discusses the historical progression.

    Ubuntu Cloud

    Ubuntu Cloud deployment with Orchestra and Juju

    Ahmed Kamal introduces the new Ubuntu Cloud Infrastructure based on OpenStack which ships in Ubuntu 11.10. He gives tips for developers and testers who want to play with the new infrastructure. There is also a quick rundown of basic requirements for folks who wish to deploy the infrastructure on a production scale.

    Ubuntu Cloud Portal: Ubuntu Cloud in your pocket - Video demo

    Ahmed Kamal demonstrates the basics of using the Ubuntu Cloud Live iso in a youtube video.

    In The Press

    Which Ubuntu Variant is Right For You?

    In this article, Bruce Byfield discusses the different Ubuntu variants and how users can use different desktop interfaces yet still run Ubuntu.

    Ubuntu 11.10 review

    Darien Graham-Smith of PC Pro provides a complete, positive review of 11.10. Discussed is Unity's nicer graphical effects and "prettified" icons. Darien also discusses the improved performance on netbooks, customisable appearance, behaviour of the Launcher and changes in how to access preferences.

    As Ubuntu Linux Turns 7, 'Precise Pangolin' Planning Begins

    Katherine Noyes, PC World, notes that the Ubuntu 12.04 planning is underway, and this release is going to be about polishing and making Ubuntu very stable for all users.

    Vodafone brings ARM and Ubuntu together for South African Webbook

    Terrence O'Brien, Engadget, writes about the south African Company Vodafone which is releasing a Ubuntu powered netbook that features Ubuntu 11.10 and has available data plans to go along with it.

    In The Blogosphere

    Can I Install Amd64 Ubuntu On My Intel 64-bit Machine? [MTE Explains]

    Curious about whether you as a user should be using a 32 or 64 bit proccessor? In this article, Damien Oh discusses the differences between the two and which one is right for you as an Ubuntu user.

    The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

    Looking to set up a Ubuntu-powered desktop featuring applications found in Windows? What about those applications doing what some Windows applications can do? Falko Timme and Christian Schmalfeld show readers how to set up the perfect Ubuntu desktop to help replace Windows.

    How To Enable Ubuntu's Global Menu in Xubuntu 11.10

    Are you an Xubuntu/XFCE user, but have used the Unity interface and liked the global menu idea behind it? This OMG! Ubuntu! article, Joey Sneddon, tells readers how to set up the global menu in Xubuntu.

    Introducing Ubuntu 11.10 Without Unity

    Marius Nestor reviews at a remix version of Ubuntu with the Gnome shell running on top. He notes this is not an official derivative, however, if you would like to try this version out Nestor provides download link in this post.

    Adventures in Ubuntu 11.10 Live

    Here, Dmitry (DarkDuck) reviews booting into a live usb of Ubuntu 11.10 and how it preformed on his machine.

    Unity's Technical Lead Neil Patel Talks Plans For Ubuntu 12.04

    Benjamin Humphrey of OMG! Ubuntu! interviews Neil Patel of Canonical about the upcoming plans for Ubuntu 12.04.

    What about creating the Ubuntu Administrator's Handbook?

    Debian developer Raphaël Hertzog invites people to support the liberation of the Debian Administrator's Handbook, explaining that it could lead to an Ubuntu variant of the book.

    He also provides a special link to the crowdfunding campaign where about 12% of the money raised is given back to Ubuntu.

    In Other News

    Putting bookmark sync to bed

    The Ubuntu One team discuss the reasons behind the decision to no longer support bookmarks sync feature. While the team said there are several reasons for this decision the main reason was, "...the main one being that we felt we were not delivering a quality experience to our users."

    Performing autoupdates with Bitrock

    For those who are unaware, Ubuntu One uses BitRock to create the packages for Windows. One of the new features that's being worked checking to see if there are updates and making sure the user gets notified. In Ubuntu update Manger takes care of that, but in windows something more is needed. Check out this post to find out how Bitrock is being used to accomplish this task.

    Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011

    The Ubuntu Hardware Summit is scheduled to take place at the Grand Victoria Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, on December 8th, 2011.

    In its announcement, Canonical says, "Building on the success of 2010 (over 200 attendees), the 2011 Ubuntu Hardware Summit promises to deliver more. With keynote speeches from various members of the Canonical team, and a more focused technical delivery, register below to avoid disappointment."

    FlossManuals/Google Documentation Summit

    Belinda Lopez discusses attending the Floss Manuals & Google hosted event Documentation Summit. Lopez says the projects involved include: KDE, OpenStreet Map, Sahana and OpenMRS.

    To find out more about this event see Lopez's post in full.

    Canonical realigns to better serve our customers

    Jane Silber, Canonical CEO, writes " order to better meet our customers' and partners' needs, we have brought together the sales and sales support teams of OEM and Corporate Services into a single Sales and Business Development team led by Chris Kenyon." Jon Melamut will lead the Professional and Engineering Services team. Steve George will head up Communications and Product Management teams. Online Services is lead by Cristian Parrino. Silber also points out that Mark Shuttleworth will continue to lead overall Product Strategy.
    To find out more about Canonical's realignment strategy read Silber's post in full.

    Featured Podcasts

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Community Q+A Videocast Today

    This is an hour of Q+A where all questions about Ubuntu, Canonical, or anything else are welcome.

    The Q&A session for Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 can be found at:

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: September 2011

    See here for the team report for September 2011:

    If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10

    Security Updates

    Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    Other Articles of Interest

    UWN Translations

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    Additional Ubuntu News

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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!


    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Amber Graner
    • holstein
    • Philip Ballew
    • And many others

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