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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 242

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 242 for the week of November 14 - 20, 2011.

    In This Issue

    • Ask Mark, Wednesday, 23 November, 1500UTC
    • Community Council Meeting Time Change
    • 12.04 Ubuntu Developer Summit Proceedings
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Americas Regional Membership Board
    • Community Acknowledgements and Success Stories
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • New Ubuntu LoCo Council Announced!
    • Hadoop World: Ubuntu, Hadoop and Juju
    • Running EC2 Instances on a Recurring Schedule with Auto Scaling
    • Deploying the Minecraft Charm!
    • Pasi Lallinaho: Xubuntu Precise Pangolin roadmap
    • Jono Bacon: Scaling Up
    • Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Outcomes from Precise UDS
    • Brian Murray: Reviewing Bugs We've Reported
    • Scott Lavender: Contributor Developments
    • Canonical Design Team: Getting in touch with us
    • Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Phone, Tablet and TV - discussion opened
    • Raphael Hertzog: People Behind Debian: Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder
    • Rick Spencer: 12.04 Quality Initiatives Update
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Monthly Team Reports: October 2011
    • 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

    Ask Mark, Wednesday, 23 November, 1500UTC

    Jorge Castro reminds everyone that the "Ask Mark" session that normally takes place during Ubuntu Open Week is instead taking place this week on Wednesday November 23, 2011 in #ubuntu-classroom at 1500UTC on Freenode.

    To ask questions participants will also need to join #ubuntu-classroom-chat, which will then get passed onto a bot and onto Mark.

    Castro also gives pointers for asking good questions and more. If you are planning on participating in this "Ask Mark" session take a moment to read this post.

    Community Council Meeting Time Change

    Milo Casagrande on behalf of the CC announced the CC would now meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 1700 UTC in #ubuntu-meeting on Freenode.

    12.04 Ubuntu Developer Summit Proceedings

    Jono Bacon writes, "From 31st Oct 2011 - 4th Nov 2011 the Ubuntu Developer Summit took place in Orlando, Florida, USA. Attracting 800 attendees from 42 different countries, this mix of Canonical employees, volunteers, upstreams, vendors, and partners engaged in 420 sessions across 9 tracks.

    These sessions were used to discuss, design, and plan the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS edition that will be released in April 2012. This post provides a summary of many of the outcomes and decisions finalized at the event."

    He points out highlights from the following areas:

    • The Keynote
    • Desktop
    • Server and Cloud
    • Foundations
    • Hardware
    • Community
    • Design
    • Security
    • ARM
    • Other

    Bacon gives links to the UDS blueprints. Read Bacon's full post to see the summary of all these areas and see where you can participate to help make the next release of Ubuntu a success.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    Five weeks after UDS, Daniel Holbach posts another Ubuntu development update in this continuing series.

    Holbach writes, "To get a good high-level idea of what was agreed on across the board, check out the proceedings of UDS. It contains the key take-aways from all of the different tracks at UDS: Desktop, Server and Cloud, Foundations, Hardware, Community, Design, ARM and others.

    Some major updates like Perl 5.14 and Linux 3.1 (3.2 is expected in the final 12.04 release) have landed and a huge chunk of packages have been merged from Debian already. You can still get involved there.

    Until next week all blueprints have to be done and specifications been written, on 24th November we will have Feature Definition Freeze. The week afterwards (1st December), we hope to get Alpha 1 out the door."

    He also discusses Desktop-y bits in progress, Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day, 20 Ubuntu Weekly Development Updates, Get Involved, Find something to work on, and Getting in touch.

    Welcome New Members

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

    The approval results from the November 17th, 2011, Americas Membership meeting are as follows:

    Community Acknowledgements and Success Stories

    November 20, 2011 marked the appearance of the 1st Annual Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day. The following posts hit the planet as members of the Ubuntu community decided to publicly participate. However these aren't the only people who participated others popped into Ubuntu IRC channels to either publicly or privately thank people, still others sent emails or used Facebook, Google+, Twitter and and more.

    Mark Shuttlework wrote, "In a galaxy of many stars, it's perhaps impolite to single out one in particular." Daniel Holback reminded us, "It's human beings who make Ubuntu!" Readers can read their posts and more in the links below:

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (87914) -222 over last week
    • Critical (125) +1 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46148) -14 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    1. Spanish (9039) -8 over last week
    2. English (Australia) (28006) -13959 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (43275) -209 over last week
    4. Brazilian Portuguese (45417) -108 over last week
    5. Bosnian (63941) -1921 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

    New Ubuntu LoCo Council Announced!

    The Community Council announced the following are the newly appointed LoCo Council Members:

    The CC thanked Laura and Chris for their continued service and commitment and welcomed Paolo and Charles.

    Ubuntu Colombia to Celebrate its 6th Anniversary

    Ubuntu Colombia will celebrate its 6th Anniversary as a LoCo team. The team will celebrate this anniversary on December 10, 2011 at 4pm at University Pilot / Girardot / Cundinamarca.

    (Original post in Spanish)


    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Hadoop World: Ubuntu, Hadoop and Juju

    In this video interview, Barton George catches up with Mark Mimms of the Ubuntu Server Team at Canonical. In this interview Mimms discusses making Ubuntu server better for Hadoop and big data as well as explaining what "charms" are and how Orchestra can be used to spin up OpenStack and more.

    Running EC2 Instances on a Recurring Schedule with Auto Scaling

    In this article, Eric Hammond will "walk through the steps to create an Auto Scaling configuration that runs an instance on a recurring schedule (e.g., four times a day) starting up a pre-defined task and letting that instance shut itself down when it is finished. We tweak the Auto Scaling group so that this uses the minumum cost in instance run time, even though we may not be able to predict in advance exactly how long it will take to complete the job."

    Hammond starts with a high level overview then discusses the Prerequisites, User-data Script, Auto Scaling Group, Clean up, Timing, and Notes.

    Deploying the Minecraft Charm!

    "So, you want to run a Minecraft server in the cloud?", asks Marco Ceppi. Ceppi himself, a moderator for Ask Ubunt and a recent member of the Launchpad Charmers group walks you through how to deploy a minecraft "charm.

    The Planet

    Pasi Lallinaho: Xubuntu Precise Pangolin roadmap

    Looking for a way to get involved with Xubuntu? See this post. The Xubuntu team has started planning for the Precise Pangolin release and are looking for ideas. But hurry the chance to submit ideas ends today, Monday, November 21, 2011. In this post there is a link to the current roadmap and even lists links to action items up for grabs.

    Jono Bacon: Scaling Up

    This blog entry by Jono Bacon kicks off the start of a series of blog posts around the work done at UDS-P a few weeks ago and how those SCALE.

    "I want to frame these blog entries around a set of core themes that we as a community highlighted in our sessions at UDS as areas that we all feel are valuable areas of focus," writes Bacon.

    Those areas include: Success, Constructive, Appreciate, Leaders, Everyone.

    Bacon concludes his post with, "I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas, projects, and approaches about how we can accomplish some SCALE."

    Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Outcomes from Precise UDS

    Looking for information on what the 12.04 release of Kubuntu will be? Maybe you are looking for a way to get involved with this distribution. Check out this post by Jonathan Riddell as he gives links to the various Kubuntu specs, Kubuntu Precise packaging, defaults, quality, muon, Kubuntu Active. That's not all though he also gives links to the following fixes: CJK, Samba filesharing, Qt Accessibility. Riddell invites those who want to get involved to join the team in #kubuntu-devel on freenode.

    Brian Murray: Reviewing Bugs We've Reported

    As a defect analyst and bug triager Bryan Murray knows that developers and triagers can't get get to every bug report and says some bugs may end up sitting in one state or another for a while. In this post he suggests ways that the bug reporters themselves can help improve this situation after the each new release of Ubuntu.

    Want to find out how to track the bugs you've reported, Murray's post explains how to do just that.
    Scott Lavender: Contributor Developments

    Ubuntu Studio Team Lead, Scott Lavender writes in this continuing series on Ubuntu Studio ways in which users can help the next release.

    He puts forward his "Help Wanted" wiki where he wants to qualify ways in which users can help. He points out in this post you don't need to be a developer to help. Another are that he is keen on getting help with is QA ISO testing.

    Lavender includes a link to the Ubuntu Studio QA image testing wiki and invites those who wish to help to test the images that are currently available.

    Canonical Design Team: Getting in touch with us

    The Canonical Design Team wants the Ubuntu Community to know they are available. In an effort to follow up on the feedback from UDS-P the team is looking into restructuring its communication channels. For now members of the team can be reached in #ubuntu-design on freednode and gives a link to their team page with the various IRC nicks. They remind those who would like to contact them to note most of the team is in the GMT+0 timezone.

    Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Phone, Tablet and TV - discussion opened

    Following Mark Shuttleworth's keynote announcement at UDS the Canonical Design Team announces three new mailing list geared toward the open discussion around Ubuntu Phone, Tablet and TV.

    Those mailing lists are and can be joined by following the links provided in this post:

    • Ubuntu Tablet mailing list on Launchpad

    • Ubuntu TV mailing list on Launchpad

    • Ubuntu Phone mailing list on Launchpad

    Raphael Hertzog: People Behind Debian: Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu's founder

    Mark Shuttleworth, interviewed by Raphael Hertzog, explains his motivations when he created Ubuntu and comes back on the nature of the Ubuntu-Debian relationship.

    Rick Spencer: 12.04 Quality Initiatives Update

    In this post Rick Spence updates the community on the Quality Initiatives made in the two weeks since UDS-P. His list includes the following: +1 Maintenance and Daily Quality, Upstream Testing, Distro Acceptance Testing, QA La.

    Find out more about each of these in Spencer's full post.

    In The Blogosphere

    Gaming on Ubuntu 11.10 - Still a long way to go?

    Naweed Chougle runs on 11.10 on an AMD Athlon X2 2.5 GHz processor, with a 2 GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce7050PV graphics card. In this article he tests Extreme Tux Racer, The Open Racing Car Simulator, Tile Racer, Flightgear and X-plane on his machine and offers constructive in this review.

    There is an Ubuntu for Everyone

    In his new blog post, Mohammad Kamil Nadeem explains just how potently Ubuntu epitomises the versatility of Linux.

    Fedora 16 Review: When An Ubuntu User Tries Fedora

    Swapnil Bhartiya, Muktare, writes this review through the lens of a Fedora users turned Ubuntu user turned Fedora user. Bhartiya writes, "Ubuntu 11.10 Led Me To Fedora 16". It's a detailed discussion of the may areas of Fedora complete with various screenshots. This post concludes, "As of now, I am loving Fedora. Soon openSuse 12 will be out and I will be playing with all three top distros -- Ubuntu 11.10, Fedora 16 and openSuse 12. I wish Windows/Mac users had the same 'luxury' too."

    Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS, Kubuntu 12.04 LTS and Lubuntu 12.04 Highlights

    In these articles, Marius Nestor, points out the highlights of the Kubuntu and Lubuntu 12.04 releases as announced by Allison Randall of Canonical.

    Lubuntu 11.10 review - a cure to Ubuntu's Unity blues?

    Russell Barnes, Linux User and Developer Magazine, reviews Lubuntu 11.10 and asks readers, "Could Lubuntu 11.10 prove to be the perfect cure Ubuntu's Unity backlash?" To see his vedict check out his full post at the link below.

    Ubuntu launches at retail in Portugal with ASUS

    John Bernard, announced on the Canonical blog that Ubuntu preloaded on the new ASUS Eee PC 1215P is now on sale in over 100 retail outlets in Portugal.

    In Other News

    Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2011 on December 8th in Taipei

    John Bernard, announced on the Canonical Blog that the Ubuntu Hardware Summit (UHS) will take place on December 8th at the Grand Victoria Hotel in Taipei. Keynotes will come from various Canonical employees and UHS includes presentations on Ubuntu Server, deploying Ubuntu Cloud, QA, power management, hardware enablement and more.

    This is event is sponsored by Canonical and is free of charge; however, to make sure you have a reserved spot reservations must be made by November 29, 2011.

    Roundup of Linux Distributions for the Schools

    This post highlights the GNU/Linux distributions that are gaining ground in schools. Skolelinux, Edubuntu, LinEx, UberStudent, KnoSciences, DoudouLinux, and Qimo are discussed.

    Featured Podcasts

    At Home With Jono Bacon - Weekly Community QA on UStreamTV

    Below is the link to the Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Community Q & A videocast with Jono Bacon. Podcast

    Lococast Ohio Linuxfest 2011 Interview: Michael Fischer
    Monthly Team Reports: October 2011

    See here for the team report for October 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

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