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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 253

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 253 for the week February 13 - 19, 2012.

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Server Survey 2012
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
    • Ubuntu 10.04.4 (Lucid Lynx) LTS released!
    • Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Launchpad News
    • How are you deploying Ubuntu on AWS?
    • juju Charm School Webinar, March 8th
    • Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Software Center 11.10 - A New Guide
    • Canonical Design Team: Sound theme update
    • Michael Hall: Singlet + Quickly: Better, Faster, Simpler
    • Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance
    • Ubuntu and Slackware Named Top Desktop Linux Distros
    • Contemplating the New Features Expected In Ubuntu's Unity
    • Precise Adds User Safeguards to Compiz App
    • Tweet Stream Added to Ubuntu 12.04 Installer
    • Full Circle Magazine: Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity Special Edition
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
    • Monthly Team Reports: 2012 January
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security
    • And much much more

    General Community News

    Ubuntu Server Survey 2012

    Canonical has released the results from the Ubuntu Server Survey have been released. Respondents come from across the globe and show it being used for a broad range of workloads. Results show popularity of the extended support releases, for the first time seeing KVM overtake Xen as the preferred virtualization technology for Ubuntu (with VMWare remaining at the top) and while there is "significant interest but the use of Ubuntu Server on bare metal remains the primary use case for most users today." The full report is available for download.

    Vacant Developer Membership Board seat filled

    The Developer Membership Board (DMB) announces that Barry Warsaw has topped the votes and is now the newest DMB member. Thanks to Michael Bienia for his many years of service on the DMB and the MOTU council.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Development update

    In this 12.04 development update, Daniel Holbach highlights the Feature Freeze while citing some top blog post picks from the Ubuntu Developer Community.

    This update also features a interview with first time contributor Roth Robert conducted by Benjamin Kerensa.

    Ubuntu 10.04.4 (Lucid Lynx) LTS released!

    Release manager Kate Stewart announces 10.04.4, the fourth maintenance update to Ubuntu's 10.04 LTS release. This is the last planned maintenance release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, "which continues to be supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2013 on desktops and April 2015 on servers."

    Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories

    Putting their own money where your mouth is.

    Jorge Castro discusses his efforts to get ccsm (CompizConfig Settings Manager) removed by requesting fixes or calling for prompt removal of the unmaintained tool. He highlights the work of Alan Bell, Andrew Starr-Bochicchio and Didier Roche who answered his call by getting some of the required fixes committed and released.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (89342) +580 over last week
    • Critical (111) -8 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (46999) +425 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) (2) +/-0 over last week
    2. Spanish (8576) -89 over last week
    3. English (United Kingdom) (30716) -595 over last week
    4. Bosnian (37554) -275 over last week
    5. Brazilian Portuguese (43504) -8 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

    A new way to Jam

    Michael Hall discusses the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam and notes that in addition to traditional jam topics "we will be reaching out to the various teams both in Canonical and the Community, and picking some very specific activities that will directly help them make the Precise Pangolin the best release of Ubuntu ever" and announces the Global Jam Dashboard on the LoCo Team Portal, which features an integrated webchat, updating twitter/ stream, and photo feed.

    Visit the Global Jam Dashboard here:

    Ubuntu Global Jam: 2 - 4 March 2012 & Art Jam

    LoCo Council Member Charles Profitt shares an announcement about the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam March 2-4th and in a follow-up post offers some ideas for art-related contributions that Global Jam attendees can make during a Jam.

    Linaro Dinner, Ubuntu and Debian Evening and Saving Pangolins

    Elizabeth Krumbach shares photos and reports from a couple recent Ubuntu California events. First up is a dinner with folks from the Linaro Connect conference recently held in Redwood City and the second is an evening which included an Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner. Krumbach wraps up the post by talking about a website devoted to saving pangolins.

    Jam Jam... Ubuntu Global Jam... Waterloo

    Charles Profitt interviews Darcy Casselman (dscassel) of the Canadian Loco Team about his work and holding an Ubuntu Global Jams in Waterloo, Ontario. For others looking to run a Jam Casselman suggests "Just get started." and give suggestions for venues and how to build a community.

    Launchpad News

    Reimagining the nature of privacy in Launchpad (parts 1 & 2)

    Curtis Covey of the Launchpad Team talks about changes in privacy of bug reports coming to Launchpad.

    Contacting teams is easier and more reliable

    Curtis Hovey writes about two improvements to contacting teams to improve ease and reliability: non-team members now see the "Contact this team's admins" link and team members can see the "Contact this team's members" link which will now send emails to the other team members, rather than the "team email address" which not all team members may see.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    How are you deploying Ubuntu on AWS?

    Jorge Castro shares some tips by Scott Moser on finding the right AMIs for Ubuntu and asks the community whether prefer the AMI browser, Amazon's built in search, or Alestic or something else for finding AMIs.

    juju Charm School Webinar, March 8th

    On 8th March at 5.00pm GMT the team behind juju will be hosting a Charm School webinar: "This charm school will cover how to create charms and use them with juju, and how to submit charms to the larger server community so that your software is easily deployable in the cloud."

    To sign up go here:

    The Planet

    Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Software Center 11.10 - A New Guide

    Charlene Tessier blogs about her work on a Ubuntu Software Center guide for 11.10 in collaboration with Jen Nord and Randall Ross.


    Canonical Design Team: Sound theme update

    The Canonical Design Team released a short list of potential start up sounds to develop into the sound theme for the 12.04 release, along with a survey for Ubuntu users to pick their favorite. The survey was closed after receiving more than 2,000 responses.

    Michael Hall: Singlet + Quickly: Better, Faster, Simpler

    Michael Hall provides a update to the progress of his project "singlet"
    which aims to allow simple and yet rapid Unity lens development.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Update

    Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon provides an update on
    his Ubuntu Accomplishments project aimed at recognizing contributions.

    Canonical Design Team: The Unity design process (and how you can play a part in it)

    The Canonical Design Team published an informative article to de-mystify the Unity design process. Detailed descriptions of how users can contribute to each step of the process are included.

    Colin King: RC6 Call for testing in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin LTS

    Colin King shares a call for testing of a patch that was applied to 3.2.0-17.26 kernel and needs testers who have Sandy Bridge systems.


    In The Press

    Shuttleworth: Don't blow a gasket over enterprise Ubuntu remix

    Paula Rooney of ZDNet writes that Mark Shuttleworth published a blog post defending the release of an enterprise remix of Ubuntu Business Desktop which contains VMware View. She shares that Shuttleworth has explained that, based on Ubuntu 11.10, the release meets the standards of the Ubuntu project while catering to the business-oriented customization needs of enterprise users.

    Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance

    Damon Hart-Davis discusses his sitdown with Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian Project Leader. In the interview the two covered the relationship of Ubuntu and Debian and Stefano details triaging patches and quality submissions.

    Ubuntu and Slackware Named Top Desktop Linux Distros

    Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, discusses some of the results from the Members Choice Awards, including Ubuntu's top spot as favorite Desktop Distro and Debian (which Ubuntu is based on) being named number one server distribution and number three on desktops.

    In The Blogosphere

    Contemplating the New Features Expected In Ubuntu's Unity

    Christopher Tozzi writes that in spite of a rough reception and "all that was wrong" when Unity was first released, "Ubuntu developers have been hard at work improving stability and usability" for the upcoming 12.04 release. He highlights some of the improvements, including better multi-monitor support, enhanced VMware-Unity integration, support for virtual drives in the launcher, improvements to interoperability with Compiz and more.

    Still using Ubuntu 10.04? You may find this info about backports of newer kernels very useful.

    Liam Proven shares some tips with fellow 10.04 users on the benefits of and how to use newer backported kernels on their system for new and improved hardware drivers, better shutdown handling and support for newer modules like those from nVidia.

    Precise Adds User Safeguards to Compiz App
    Joey Sneddon shares some new safeguard features added
    to CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager), the GUI tool for configuring Compiz.

    Tweet Stream Added to Ubuntu 12.04 Installer

    An auto-updating Tweet stream was added to the 12.04 Installer. Tweets containing hashtag #Ubuntu will show up in the final stage of the install process.

    Kubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 With KDE Plasma Netbook - Overview & Screenshots

    Chris7mas of LXer takes the latest Kubuntu Alpha for a spin with a focus on the Plasma Netbook interface and shares some of the main features available, screenshots and his first impressions. Chris7mas wraps up by saying "Kubuntu Plasma Netbook is pretty cool and intuitive, offering fast access to common applications, a pretty solid interface, and the best of them all, it is, as KDE always was, highly configurable."

    HUD, New Video Lens Land in Ubuntu 12.04 Unity Update

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares some of the latest developments with Unity 5.4 including the new Unity Video Lens and the new HUD interface which has made the move from testing PPA in preparation for release with Precise. Sneddon also shares screenshots of other new features.

    In Other News

    Full Circle Magazine: Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity Special Edition

    Full Circle Magazine (FCM) has released a special edition of collected articles about 11.10 and Unity, this time much of the material is original for this edition.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings

    Monthly Team Reports: 2012 January

    See here for the team report for January 2012:

    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

    End of life - April 2013 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

    Ubuntu 10.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2012

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    End of Life - October 2012

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013

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