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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 248

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 248 for the week January 9 - 15, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Xubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu 12.04 will be LTS
    • Ubuntu Success @ CES
    • Another Successful User Days!
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu Hour, SCALE 10x and Ubuntu User Days
    • Just For Learning: an online classroom from Ubuntu Nederland
    • Virtualization & Cloud devroom at FOSDEM
    • juju docs split out from core, contributions can now begin!
    • Ubuntu TV UI at Pandaboard, and next steps
    • Social Ubuntu TV
    • The Importance of Accessibility
    • Ubuntu TV: the case for Unity
    • Unity 5.0 into precise
    • An Interview with Quackers
    • Ubuntu TV unveiled
    • Canonical Maps out Ubuntu Strategy at CES
    • Unity 5.0 Ready for Testing
    • Linux Takes on a Bigger Role at This Year's CES
    • Monthly Team Reports: December 2011
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
    • And much much more!

    General Community News

    Xubuntu, Kubuntu, and Edubuntu 12.04 will be LTS

    Ubuntu 12.04 will be an LTS (Long Term Support) release, but it's up to all the official flavors themselves to decide whether each will be an LTS release or not. The Technical Board approved plans for at 3 year LTS for Xubuntu and 5 year LTS for Kubuntu and Edubuntu during their meeting on January 9th. Details, including links to each proposal are available in the Tech Board meeting notes:

    Ubuntu Success @ CES

    Canonical recaps the successes of its demo at CES. With more than 5000 people stopping by the booth, readers should not be surprised that the supply of Ubuntu CDs and Ubuntu TV promotional material was exhausted.

    Another Successful User Days!

    With another successful Ubuntu User Days come and gone
    we look forward to the next and ask those who attended to
    do a brief survey.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (87805) +141 over last week
    • Critical (158) -15 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46175) +249 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Oneiric

    1. English (Australia) (5230) +/-0 over last week
    2. Spanish (8908) -39 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (36737) -807 over last week
    4. Brazilian Portuguese (43697) -238 over last week
    5. Bosnian (51065) -510 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 Hour, SCALE 10x and Ubuntu User Days

    Elizabeth Krumbach shares with readers the successful Ubuntu Hour held in San Francisco recently. She also gives information on the LoCo team's booth at this years SCALE 10x (Southern California Linux Expo) and talks about the Ubuntu User Days.

    Just For Learning: an online classroom from Ubuntu Nederland

    A dedicated team from the Nederland LoCo has developed a web-based application similar to the well known Lernid application that they describe as perfectly suited to conduct on-line training sessions. It is currently available in English and in Dutch.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Setting Up a Single Node OpenStack Nova Server

    Jeff Kramer with HP announces the publishing of a step-by-step guide for installing OpenStack Compute aka Nova. "This tutorial is for developers, who would like to set up a compute machine on local servers before deploying to the public cloud," writes Kramer.

    OpenStack Compute is a python-based VM management system and readers who are interested can find out more about installing it on a single server can find out more in this article.

    Virtualization & Cloud devroom at FOSDEM

    FOSDEM (The Free and Open source Software Developers' European Meeting) will take place on February 4-5 in Brussels. In the past devrooms were kept to a half to full day, however this year FOSDEM combines Virtualization, Xen and OpenStack devroom requests into one devroom to be open for the 2 full days of the event.

    If you are attending FOSDEM in February and would like to know about the Virtualization and Cloud devroom or the full conference see the link below.

    juju docs split out from core, contributions can now begin!

    Kapil Thangavelu announced that juju docs are now in their own repository and the community is invited to help improve them.

    Links to the juju docs and bzr branch can be found in the link below.

    The Planet

    Ricardo Salveti: Ubuntu TV UI at Pandaboard, and next steps

    Ricardo Salveti shares the steps taken to make the new Ubuntu TV interface work on a Pandaboard and outlines steps needed before video playback will become a reality on this platform.

    Jono Bacon: Social Ubuntu TV

    Readers who are interested in following the progress of Ubuntu TV can now do so by following the Facebook and Google+ pages. See Jono's post for links to both.

    Charles Profitt: The Importance of Accessibility

    In this post, Charles Proffit shares his new understanding of accessibility issues in Ubuntu he gained when he had difficulty accessing and using his computer post surgery.

    Michael Hall: Ubuntu TV: the case for Unity

    "Ubuntu TV shows why Unity was the right choice for Canonical to make," says Michael Hall. In this post, he shares his perspective and how he arrived at that conclusion.

    Didier Roche: Unity 5.0 into precise

    Didier Roche announces the availability Unity 5.0 (latest Unity release). He also shares information gleaned from the most recent call for testing and posts the results (without comment) and link to result-tracker tool.

    Silver Fox: An Interview with Quackers

    Silver Fox is back with a new Ubuntu Community Interview. In this post, her interviewee is Mike Donald, aka Quackers, on the Ubuntu Forums.

    In The Press

    Ubuntu TV unveiled

    Barry Collins of PC Pro interviews Canonical CEO, Jane Silber, and gives readers an overview of plans for Ubuntu TV.

    TV for Human Beings: Ubuntu Linux

    Steven J. Vaughan-Nickols, ZDNet, writes, "I've long thought that Unity, while an OK desktop for non-power desktop users had great potential for tablets, smartphones, and, yes, now TVs."

    See what else Vaughan-Nickols has to say about Ubuntu TV in the link below.

    Ubuntu TV eyes-on

    Sean Buckley, Engadget contributor, notes his disappointment that Ubuntu TV was only demoed as a proof on concept at CES, but says, "A rep showed off the media browser and guide, including the interface for tying in movie rentals and purchases (we guess we know where the Ubuntu One store will be going next). It's all pretty slick and, to be honest, if we could hack this in to the dumb set currently gracing our TV bench we certainly would."

    Included in this post are images and a video of the Ubuntu TV demo at CES.

    Canonical Maps out Ubuntu Strategy at CES

    Sean Michael Kernel, Datamation, notes that more than the Ubuntu TV concept was demoeds at CES, Canonical also showed its In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) systems powered by Ubuntu.

    In The Blogosphere

    Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu Go LTS With 12.04

    In this Phoronix article, Michael Larabel, reviews the Ubuntu
    Technical Board decision to approve the proposals that qualify the Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Edubuntu derivatives to be Long-Term Support (LTS) certified for the Ubuntu 12.04 release and what that means for each of these derivatives.

    Checking Out The Ubuntu TV Prototype

    Michael Larabel, Phoronix, talks about the Ubuntu TV prototype viewed recently at Canonical's CES booth. See this article for pictures of the "TV for human beings".

    Ubuntu Tablet to Compete with Android, iOS

    Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, gives readers a first hand look and the upcoming Android/iOS competing Ubuntu tablet.

    Browse Ubuntu's Software Offerings Online On Any Computer [Linux]

    In this "makeuseof" article, Justin Post shows readers some of the new online offerings made to help new would-be Ubuntu users find their way. A link to an online demo of the Unity interface, as well as an online apps directory similar to the Software Center can be found as well.

    Unity 5.0 Ready for Testing

    Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu! talks about the latest version of Ubuntu's Unity Interface, version 5.0. Information about the number of new features, the testing PPA and screenshots can be found in this article.

    LightDM: Unity Greeter Update Brings Support For Reading User Background [Ubuntu 12.04 Development]

    Andrew, Web UPD8, gives readers information about the new Unity Greeter. He reviews a version that has been released for testing and brings support for reading different user backgrounds and applying them before getting to the desktop.

    Linux Takes on a Bigger Role at This Year's CES

    In this article at PC World writer Katherine Noyes shares her take on the announcement about Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu TV release. She also discusses the Qooq, a touch-screen tablet manufactured by Unowhy, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Hybrid, and the OLPC XO 3.0 tablet.

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: December 2011

    See here for the team report for December 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

    Other Articles of Interest

    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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    Last edited by akgraner; January 26th, 2012 at 01:36 AM. Reason: Ubuntu Issue 249 is now available

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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 248

    Thanks, akgraner.

    There are some really good articles in this issue.
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    Re: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 248

    Thanks! The Ubuntu News Team really appreciates everyone who reads both UWN. Thanks again for following UWN



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