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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 241

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 241 for the week November 7 - 13, 2011.

    In This Issue
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day
    • Welcome New Ubuntu Members
    • UDS Video Interviews Part 2
    • I'm as transparent as aluminum
    • Making All Community Members Feel Valued
    • Building a Culture of Appreciation
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • Ubuntu Cloud News
    • Martin Pitt: 12.04: Testing FTW
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu: More Than The Default Install
    • Rick Spencer: Some Rock Solid things are Quite Beautiful
    • Pasi Lallinaho: Canonical-community collaboration
    • Charles Profitt: UDS-P: Community Bug Involvement
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • What's The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained]
    • GNOME vs. KDE vs. Unity: Performing Seven Basic Tasks
    • Linaro Connect Video Interviews
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    • And much more

    General Community News

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    Daniel Holbach continues updating the community in his ongoing Development Update series. UDS kicked off the current Precise development cycle into high gear and Holbach notes that a total of 1704 packages have been uploaded since October 13, 2011. With two weeks left before the Feature Definition Freeze currently scheduled for November 24, 2011 and Alpha 1 is scheduled shortly there after on December 1, 2011 everything in the current 12.04 LTS release cycle seems to be on track.

    Holbach also links to the UDS video interviews and highlights Ubuntu developer Evan Broder in this installment of the 12.04 Development Update.

    Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

    Daniel Holbach reminds the community to take note of November, 20th as this marks the first annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day. Holbach says, this is the perfect opportunity to make someone's day by letting them know that you appreciate their efforts.

    Welcome New Ubuntu Members

    Congratulations Everyone!

    ==== Americas Regional Membership Board ====

    Results from the October 20th America's Membership Board meeting
    The approval results from the October 20th Americas Membership meeting are as follows:

    All of our applicants at this meeting had really strong testimonials, so I want to thank them and their communities for coming out to support these new members so strongly.

    ==== EMEA Regional Membership Board ====

    The EMEA RMB is delighted to welcome the following Ubuntu contributors as Ubuntu members:

    Also, a special thanks to n0rman who stood in from the Americas board. It was his first ever RMB meeting so I think it was brave of him to do so!

    As a side note, if you don't see results for your teams showing up in UWN then please make sure to send the team an email or drop the link into the #ubuntu-news irc channel on freenode. We can't report it if we don't know about it.

    UDS Video Interviews Part 2

    I'm as transparent as aluminum.

    Jorge Castro of the Canonical Community team list many areas where Canonical does a great job at being transparent to the community. He questions whether its really a matter of communication not lack of transparency. Castro also outlines what he is personally going to do to communicate that transparency. To find out more read Castro's post in full.

    Community Acknowledgements and Success Stories

    Making All Community Members Feel Valued

    Phillip Ballew shares his plans to do a series of blog posts to highlight members of the Ubuntu community. In this series he plans to recognize and share their contributions and stories with the whole of the Ubuntu community.

    Building a Culture of Appreciation

    From Google+: "At the Ubuntu Developer Summit we discussed how to build more of a "appreciation culture" where people can thank and highlight others for their contributions to Ubuntu. So folks, let's have a little fun. In each comment, I want to ask each of you to thank someone and share why you are thanking them. " Check out the link and add your "thank yous" and appreciation to the list.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (88136) -4304 over last week
    • Critical (124) +9 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46162) -836 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    1. Spanish (9047) -10 over last week
    2. English (Australia) (41965) -7859 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (43484) +10 over last week
    4. Brazilian Portuguese (45525) -34 over last week
    5. Bosnian (65862) +59278 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

    Find out more about LoCo Teams and Events

    Just a reminder to those who may not be familiar with the Ubuntu Local Community (LoCo) Team Portal. The LoCo directory as it is often referred to is more than a place to look up whether a LoCo team is approved or not. It's a place where you can see if there are others in your area of the world participating in Ubuntu. There is an Ubuntu LoCo teams blog section where teams are encouraged to write about what they are doing. There is even an events section to see when teams are meeting and what events they are planning or even attending.

    Take a look at this resource and find out how you and your LoCo can participate and share what you're doing with the rest of the Ubuntu LoCo Community.

    Ubuntu Romanian LoCo Team attends OSOM (Open Source Open Mind) 2011

    Members of the Ubuntu Romanian LoCo team attended the 2011 Open Source Open Mind event on October 29th, 2011 in Sibiu. The team sums up their activities at this event and provides pictures from OSOM as well.

    (original post in Romanian)

    Launchpad News

    Removing a project from a shared bug report

    Curtis Hovey reports, soon projects will be able to mark that a certain bug that is shared with another project doesn't affect them. Hovey says to be able to do this you need to be either the project maintainer, bug supervisor, or be the person who added the project to the bug.

    Daily builds of huge trees

    Martin Pool posts that Launchpad has just upgraded their builder machines to Bazaar 2.4, so recipe builds of very large trees will work reliably now. Pool as notes that, "We are going to do some further rollouts over the next week to improve supportability of recipe builds, support building non-native packages, handle muiltiarch package dependencies, improve the buildd deployment story etc."

    Improved performance for personal code pages

    Raphael Badin writes, that a new simplified version of the branch menu which is displayed on the right hand side of personal code pages has just been released. This plus some other optimization is hoped to improve performance for everyone.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Hadoop cluster with Ubuntu server and juju

    Juan Negron shows how he deployed a Hadoop cluster using the power of juju and its charms. In this post Negron shares his experience in detail as he links to documentation and more.

    Painless Hadoop / Ubuntu / EC2

    Mark Mims updates an earlier blog post of his in which he explains how to install Hadoop with Ubuntu and EC2 since the "Ensemble" to "juju" name changes. Mims also discusses changes in the API.

    Monitoring Hadoop Benchmarks TeraGen/TeraSort with Ganglia

    Mark Mims updates an earlier blog post of his (to reflect the changes in names and API since "Ensemble" changed to "juju") in which he explains how to deploy Ganglia alongside Hadoop for monitoring benchmarks like Terasort.

    The Planet

    Martin Pitt: 12.04: Testing FTW

    Martin Pitt points out that the main focus for the up and coming LTS release is bug fixing to ensure a stable and quality product. He also mentions much of the focus during the recent UDS was on processes and tools to achieve this goal. Pitt notes in his post, "Failure is not an option."

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu: More Than The Default Install

    Jono Bacon discusses the issue of software bundled with Ubuntu by default and why today, more than ever, this has become less of an issue as the choices are still available and easier than ever to find and install thanks to the new-look Ubuntu Software Center.

    Rick Spencer: Some Rock Solid things are Quite Beautiful

    A huge junk of time at the last UDS was spent discussing how the next release of Ubuntu will be built, with lots of emphasis on QA building on work already begun in the 11.10 cycle. Included is a lot of detail on how quality will be maintained right through the Precise cycle.

    Pasi Lallinaho: Canonical-community collaboration

    Pasi Lallinaho, current lead of the Xubuntu Project, airs some views and concerns on the recently held Ubuntu Community Survey.

    Charles Profitt: UDS-P: Community Bug Involvement
    Charles Proffit shares how he started a blueprint in the last UDS to address the issue of incomplete bug reports in Ubuntu and users being upset about nothing being done about their bugs. After some discussion on the subject, the angle to to assist people in finding help and not have to suffer though complicated bug reporting process.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu 12.04 to outgrow CD-ROMs

    H-Online reviews changes that are coming to Ubuntu 12.04. First, the change of the image size to 750 MB is discussed, which means that it will no longer fit on one CD. Other changes mentioned in the article include the decisions to set 64-bit images as the default images for users, changes in default applications and the performance fixes for Ubuntu Software Center.

    Ubuntu republic riven by damaging civil wars

    Liam Proven gives an overview of the Ubuntu Project since inception focusing on the desktop environment side of the distro, from its humble beginnings choosing to use the Gnome DE up to Unity. He touches on the remixes and spin-offs that have sprung from Ubuntu and ponders the future of Ubuntu and that of the Linux landscape.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin unveiled

    Ray Walters of ExtremeTech reviews the new Ubuntu 12.04 and expected features. Walters reviews the changes in the default image size and the proposed recommendation of 64-bit for standard download. Walters goes on to discuss the decision to keep Unity as the main environment and expand Ubuntu to other devices such as phones and tablets. Also mentioned are other expected developments, such as using Ubuntu One as a login for the system, performance improvements for Ubuntu Software Center and changes in default applications.

    Seven Changes to Watch for in Ubuntu 12.04 'Precise Pangolin'

    Katherine Noyes of PC World reviews seven of the key things to look for in the next release of Ubuntu. Noyes includes the increased ISO size, a switch back to Rhythmbox, some GNOME 3.4 packages, a speedier Software Center and more.

    In The Blogosphere

    Concerns Over No PAE Kernel In Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Michael Larabel at Phoronix outlines some of the key concerns about support for older hardware surrounding the proposal to drop non-PAE 32-bit kernels for the next release. Larabel also links to a ubuntu-devel discussion on the topic.

    Five Handy Lubuntu Tips

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! offers five tips for using Lubuntu, including how to install the light-weight Lubuntu Software Center, adjusting start up applications and enabling automatic log in.

    Liberate Yourself

    In his new blog, Mohammad Kamil Nadeem explains how Ubuntu can be your key to Linux, FOSS and freedom.

    Ubuntu Friendly: A User-Submitted Database Of Computers That Work With Ubuntu

    Justin Pot explores the new Ubuntu Friendly program, explaining why it's useful, how to check the current database and actually running the tests, including screenshots.

    In Other News

    What's The Difference Between Linux Desktop Environments? [Technology Explained]

    This article reviews what a desktop environment is and goes through the basics of GNOME, Unity, KDE and Xfce and offers comparisons.

    GNOME vs. KDE vs. Unity: Performing Seven Basic Tasks

    In this Datamation article, Bruce Byfield takes the reader through seven basic tasks on three of the top desktop environments for Linux. He includes launching an application, finding an application or file, making an application easy to find, working with menus, manipulating and arranging windows, working with virtual workspaces and customizing the desktop. He offers verdicts on each and wraps up with a final verdict.

    Linaro Connect Video Interviews

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S04E19 - Burning Ambition

    Laura Cowen, Mark Johnson, Alan Pope, and Tony Whitmore are in Studio
    A for episode 19 of season 4 of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!
    In this week's show:-
    • We chat about someone's new job at Canonical, going to a murder mystery party in costume, upgrading RAM in laptops and getting a new Android phone, and playing with Ruby and xvfb. Can you guess who's who?
    • We also interview James Smith from AMEE who we met at Homecamp 4 and we have the second installment of the second wave of The UUPC Quiz - this time brought to you by Mark.
    • In the news
    • Events
    • A Bit About Ubuntu
    • We have a command line lurrrrrrrrve
    • We have your feedback

    Full Circle Podcast Episode 26 Blame it on the Ferrets

    Hosts: Robin Catling, Les Pounder, Dave Wilkin with additional audio by Victoria Pritchard

    • Welcome and Intro
    • Since Last Time
    • Review of Full Circle Magazine #54
    • News
    • Guest Interview - Philippa Hammond - Reading from the Script
    • Guest Interview - Gemma Cameron - Barcamp Blackpool 2011
    • Feedback
    • Outro and wrap

    Other Articles of Interest

    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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