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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 239

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 239 for the week October 24 - 30, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS-P)
    • Ubuntu Community Survey Results
    • Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Leadership
    • Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Enhancing Recognition and Credit
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Call for LoCo Council Nominations
    • Colin Watson: Quality in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Ubuntu Women Month of Making: Winners!
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments System Spec
    • Daniel Holbach: Planning Ubuntu 12.04
    • Amber Graner: You Matter - 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
    • Mark Shuttleworth: Automated deployment of Ubuntu with Orchestra
    • Dustin Kirkland: Getting Started with Ubuntu Orchestra -- Servers in Concert!
    • Ubuntu Linux will try for the business desktop
    • Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China
    • Review: Edubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot"
    • Ubuntu Software Center Offers Books, Magazines
    • Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, reorganizes
    • White Paper: Secure Boot impact on Linux
    • Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle 54 - Closing Windows
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    • and much much more.

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS-P)

    The Ubuntu Developer Summit for the 12.04 Ubuntu release (UDS-P) will take place from October 31 through November 4, 2011 at the Caribe Royal in Orlando, Florida.

    UDS is the seminal Ubuntu event in which we define the focus and plans for our up-coming version of Ubuntu. The event pulls together Canonical engineers, community members, partners, ISVs, upstreams and more into an environment focused on discussion and planning.

    For those individuals who won't be here in person, yet still want to participate in this planning process, remote participation is possible.

    Find out more about the sessions for each day as well as the details on how you can participate remotely at and

    Stefano Rivera is now part of the DMB

    The Ubuntu Technical Board has added Stefano Rivera to the Developer Membership Board.

    Ubuntu Community Survey Results

    Based on concerns raised in a recent Community Council meeting Community Manager, Jono Bacon, released a survey he developed in collaboration with the Ubuntu Community Council to gather data from Ubuntu Members. Results and his initial commentaries are in.

    Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Leadership

    As part of a series of posts discussing the next steps from the Ubuntu Community Survey Report Jono Bacon looks at leadership within Ubuntu. Bacon's focus is on two main points--how accessible are leadership positions and how effective are the current leaders within the Ubuntu community.

    Ubuntu Community Survey Next Steps: Enhancing Recognition and Credit

    In his ongoing series of posts discussing next steps asrising rom the Ubuntu Community Survey Report, Jono Bacon, looks at ways to enhance recognition for contributions and various ways to give credit where credit is due.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    Only a week into the release cycle of Pangolin and the uploads have already started (921 to be "Precise"). Currently a primary focus is to see what upstream packages have been updated since the Ubuntu 11.10 release.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (91827) +608 over last week
    • Critical (136) +17 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (47307) +200 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    • Spanish (9108) -19 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (45524) -152 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (46057) +5 over last week
    • French (69992) -272 over last week
    • German (74039) +9 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

    11.10 Release Party... That's a wrap!

    Benjamin Kerensa about the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team and its 11.10 Release Party in Portland which was held on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Kerensa says there was a healthy turn out of both Canonical and Ubuntu community indicating this LoCo is continuing to grow.

    Instant Ubuntu Group: Just Add Water

    Randall Ross asks, "What if each one of us who post to mailing lists, forums, and other online places to ask for Ubuntu help were to do one extra thing: State your town/city in the post?" In this post he suggests that by going that extra step and offer assistance in person over coffee or tea, an instant Ubuntu group would be created.

    Call for LoCo Council Nominations

    The Ubuntu LoCo Council has issued a call for nominations. Four of the six current members of the Ubuntu LoCo Council have their terms ending this month. If you or someone you know meets the following requirements please consider nominating them for the council.
    Requirements include:
    • Be an Ubuntu member
    • Be available during typical meeting times of the council
    • Insight into the culture(s) and typical activities within teams is a plus.

    Nominations must be submitted by Friday, November 4, 2011.

    The Planet

    Scott Lavender: The Delicate Art of Falling on your Sword or Find Your Way Through Contrition

    Scott Lavendar looks back at Ubuntu Studio 11.10. In this post he sums up his thoughts on what didn't go right, why it didn't and looks at fixes for the 12.04 release.

    Colin Watson: Quality in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    In this post Colin Watson says, "As is natural for an LTS cycle, lots of people are thinking and talking about work focused on quality rather than features." Watson outlines a laundry list of things he would like to see occur in this cycle. This list includes:

    • Precise to have been more or less continuously usable from Alpha 1 onward for people with reasonable general technical ability
    • Canonical engineering teams outside Ubuntu (DX, Ubuntu One, Launchpad, etc.) to be comfortable with running the development release on at least one system from Alpha 2 onward
    • Installability problems in daily image builds to be dealt with within one working day, or preferably before they even make it to daily builds
    • The archive to be close to consistent as we start milestone preparation, rather than the release team having to scramble to make it so
    • A very significant reduction in our long-term backlog of automatically-detected problems

    Ubuntu Women Month of Making: Winners!

    The Ubuntu Women Project announced The Ubuntu Women Month of Making submissions winners. Winners included: Stefanie Luck--Python-driven bio research on Ubuntu successes; Maile Urbancic-Designer of the Ubuntu earrings. Each winner received a subscription to Ubuntu User Magazine.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments System Spec

    Jono Bacon explores a trophy-like system to reward Ubuntu participants. Bacon gives links to wiki page and blueprint for this system that will be discussed at UDS-P next week.

    Daniel Holbach: Planning Ubuntu 12.04

    Daniel Holbach would like to see Ubuntu becoming better at involving interested users in the development process. In this post he shares with the community his blueprints that will be discussed at UDS-P.

    Amber Graner: You Matter - 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

    Amber Graner announces the 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day to be held on November 20th, 2011. In this post, Graner leads by example thanking some of the people that matters to her in hopes that this will inspire others to think about how they will show others in the Ubuntu community that "They Matter".

    Amber Graner: OMG! Ubuntu!: The Interview!

    Amber Graner interviews OMG! Ubuntu! personalities Joey-Elijah Sneddon and Benjamin Humphrey. The motivation, history, and more behind OMG! Ubuntu are discussed.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Mark Shuttleworth: Automated deployment of Ubuntu with Orchestra

    Mark Shuttleworth writes, "Orchestra is one of the most exciting new capabilities in 11.10. It provides automated installation of Ubuntu across sets of machines." In this post Shuttleworth also discusses automated installations on bare metal and in the cloud using juju, juju charms and other Orchestra tool sets.

    Dustin Kirkland: Getting Started with Ubuntu Orchestra -- Servers in Concert!

    Dustin Kirkland shares a easy to follow how-to for Ubuntu Orchestra.

    Michael Hall: To the Cloud!

    In this post Michael Hall explains how to deploy your own world-accessible WordPress site by test driving the Ubuntu Server Edition on Amazon's EC2 for free.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu Linux will try for the business desktop

    Aiming to make the Ubuntu desktop more attractive for business, Canonical announces, that beginning with Ubuntu 12.04 release, currently on schedule to be release on April 2011, both the server and the desktop versions will now have 5 year support.

    Judging Ubuntu: Failures and Successes

    Bruce Byfield takes a look at Ubuntu's history on its seventh anniversary and records his views on its success and failures.

    Ubuntu members come from Europe and US and want more representation

    The-H takes a look at the major findings coming from the recent Ubuntu Community Survey Report.

    Ubuntu and Dell rekindle their love, in China

    Ubuntu will be available pre-installed on Dell laptops in 220 retail locations spread across China.

    In The Blogosphere

    Review: Edubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Ocelot"

    Have you ever used Edubuntu? Prashanth Venkataram reviews Edubuntu 11.10. In this review Venkataram tells readers about Edubuntu's new features as well as areas it differs from Ubuntu.


    Ubuntu Software Center Offers Books, Magazines

    The Ubuntu Software Center has changed a lot since its introduction in Ubuntu 9.10 and now has a huge selection of free applications, ability to purchase paid Linux applications and more. The latest addition to the Ubuntu Software Center is the ability to purchase electronic books and magazines for Ubuntu machines or e-readers.

    UDS-P: Automated Testing, Benchmarking, Wayland

    Michael Larabel shares some information on the sessions that he is planning on attending from October 31 - November 4th, 2011, at UDS-P in Orlando, FL.

    Ubuntu 11.10 review

    linuxbsdos takes a look at the various installation media offered with Ubuntu 11.10 and gives a quick run through of what is new in the latest Ubuntu release.

    In Other News

    Canonical, Ubuntu Linux's parent company, reorganizes

    Canonical continues to grow and mature, prompting its CEO Jane Silber to announced a new organization structure within Canonical.

    Retail Stores in China

    Canonical and Dell announced a program to sell Ubuntu pre-installed on Dell machines in China. The initial 220 stores will support in-store Ubuntu branding and staff will be educated to assist customers about the benefits of Ubuntu.

    White Paper: Secure Boot impact on Linux

    Canonical and Red Hat issued a join White Paper highlighting the implications and requirements for users and manufacturers in light of the new "Secure Boot" feature required by manufacturers wishing to ship Windows 8 systems.

    Ronnie Tucker: Full Circle 54 - Closing Windows

    The latest edition of Full Circle magazine is now available with a new column giving Linux equivalents of Windows features.

    This month:
    • Command and Conquer.
    • How-To : Program in Python - Part 28, FreeMind, Backup Strategy - Part 2, Apt-Cache NG, and Ubuntu For Business & Education - Part 3.
    • Linux Lab - ZoneMinder CCTV - Part 3.
    • Review - Synergy.
    • I Think - What age do you think the average Linux user is?
    • NEW FEATURE! Closing Windows - My Computer and C:\ drive
    • My Desktop, My Story, and much much more!

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E18 - Age of Innocence

    Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are in Studio A for episode 18 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

    In this week's show:-

    • We chat about installing Oneiric and about getting out and about to the London release party for the Oneiric release, the Ubuntu Happy Hour in Farnborough, and the Science Museum in London.
    • We discuss teaching ICT in schools. And the quiz is back! This episode it's Who Wants To Be A Massive Ubuntu Geek? and it's hosted by Tony.
    • In the news
    • Events
    • A Bit About Ubuntu:-
    • Not about Ubuntu
    • We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve from
    • We have your feedback, including a contemplation of the future from the Wing Commander.
    • And finally, next episode's Pointless-style quiz will be hosted by Mark. Please fill in this survey...

    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

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    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Neil Oosthuizen
    • Philip Ballew
    • Amber Graner
    • And many others

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