Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 256
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 256 for the week March 5 - 11, 2012.
In This Issue
- Ubuntu 12.04 Development Update
- Ubuntu User Survey 2012
- Membership changes to Community and LoCo Councils
- Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
- Ubuntu Stats
- LoCo News
- Charm School webinar video available.
- Canonical Design Team: Notes from the Mobile World Congress 2012
- Michael Hall: Faces of Ubuntu: The non-Developers
- Alan Pope: Improved Unity Files Lens Call For Testing
- Mark Shuttleworth: Government use of Ubuntu
- Brian Murray: Confirming a bug task in Launchpad
- Ubuntu for Android is an open-source treat in hands-on video
- How Linux is changing lives in Zambia
- Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer?
- Ubuntu 12.04 .ISO Will Remain CD Sized
- Improving Hardware Support in Ubuntu
- Other Articles of Interest
- Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
- 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
In yet another 12.04 development update, the dev news team gives us an upbeat and informative look at the progress being made and some highlights from Ubuntu Developers. This week features links to current projects worked on by developers throughout the project, some upcoming events, an interview with Thomas Hood, and more.
Welcome New Members
Results for the EMEA Membership Board Meeting March 6, 2012
Ubuntu User Survey 2012
Ubuntu User Survey 2012 was launched this week. Data from this survey should give a better understanding of where users are from, how they discovered Ubuntu, general demographics, and more. The survey, which is offered in three (3) languages - English, Spanish, Portuguese, will run through all of next week with the possibility of remaining open until the week of the 20th.
Once the survey closes, the results will be made publicly available in their entirety for anyone who wants to read them.
Membership changes to Community and LoCo Councils
Elizabeth Krumbach of the Community Council announces that Amber Graner has submitted her resignation to the Community Council due to other obligations. Charles Profitt has accepted a place on the Community Council and in taking on this new role, has stepped down from his position on the LoCo Council. Christophe Sauthier, a former LoCo Council member who stood for re-appointment, has accepted appointment to fill this role.
Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
... for human beings
Mark Shuttleworth emphasizes the purpose and audience of Ubuntu and thanks all of those who have helped Ubuntu on its journey. He goes on to say, "For the first time with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS." Shuttleworth finishes by saying, "Again, thanks to the Ubuntu community, 500 amazing people at Canonical, the contributors to all of the free software that makes it possible, and our users."
Ubuntu Forums and Ask Ubuntu
Jono Bacon thanks "both our Ubuntu Forums and Ask Ubuntu communities" saying "Both are excellently managed and governed communities that provide a great on-ramp for our community [to] learn about Ubuntu, meet other Ubuntu fans, and have fun. Both are important parts of the Ubuntu community."
- Open (90670) + 465 over last week
- Critical (110) + 2 over last week
- Unconfirmed (46982) + 151 over last week
As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad
Translation Stats Oneiric
1. English - Australia (2) +/- 0 over last week
2. Spanish (8476) - 20 over last week
3. English - United Kingdom (29486) - 212 over last week
4. Bosnian (37545) - 11 over last week
5. Brazilian Portuguese (42806) - 167 over last week
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see more at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/oneiric/ and https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Translations
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 ideas. http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/
Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week
Ask (and answer!) your own questions at http://askubuntu.com
Ubuntu-Co Yearly Report - 2011
Sergio Meneses of Ubuntu Colombia (Ubuntu-Co) presents the annual update on the progress of the Ubuntu Community in Colombia, which includes "official community members, Ubuntu Members, followers on social networks, mailing list, web site, project status, events and more."
Global Jam! [Philadelphia]
Jim Fisher of the Pennsylvania LoCo shares the results of the Philadelphia Global Jam at Hive 76, including their work on Bug #1.
Bangladesh: We Jammed for the First Time. We Partied Too!
Randall Ross interviews Md Ashickur Rahman, from Ubuntu Bangladesh about their recent Ubuntu Global Jam. Ross asks for Rahman's thoughts on global jams, what this jam meant for the Bangladesh team, and shares a photo from the event.
A Couple of Precise Jams
Randall Ross shares a couple of his favorite photos from the recent Ubuntu Global Jam in Oregon and Ontario as contenders in his photo contest.
Ubuntu Cloud News
Charm Contest, Week One!
Jorge Castro shares a status update of the first week of the juju Charm contest, including work begun on charms for Firefox Sync Server, PHP Symfony framework and more.
Charm School webinar video available.
On March 8th the Cloud team hosted a webinar version of their juju Charm School which attracted 125 attendees. The video of this webinar is now available.
Canonical Design Team: Notes from the Mobile World Congress 2012
The Canonical Design team shares event photos and reports on Canonical's booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. They were showcasing the Ubuntu for Android prototype as well as Ubuntu TV, and new offerings from Ubuntu One.
Jono Bacon: Ubuntu One for Application Developers
Jono Bacon shares his experience working with Ubuntu One from a developer perspective. He explained how Ubuntu Accomplishments was designed with Ubuntu One as a core piece to sync, verify and validate accomplishments.
Michael Hall: Faces of Ubuntu: The non-Developers
Michael Hall highlighted 3 non-developers who contributed to a variety of Quicklists and patches for Ubuntu 12.04. Hall posted pictures and brief descriptions of the key contributors, offering encouragement for other Ubuntu users to help improve the project.
Alan Pope: Improved Unity Files Lens Call For Testing
Alan Pope issues a call for testing to the Ubuntu community for help to improve the Unity Files Lens. Testing requires installation of the unity-lens-files PPA (personal package archive) which he explains at:
Canonical Design Team: Choosing, moving, wallpapers
The wallpaper contest for the 12.04 cycle was kicked off in January, and has since gained nearly 3,000 submissions. The contest runs until March 15th, when judges will then sort through the candidates to select as many for inclusion in the release as possible.
Michael Hall: Contributing to Unity for non-developers: Package patching
Michael Hall continues his series "Contributing to Unity for non-developers" by discussing package patching. He begins by discussing the important distinction between a code change and a package patch. He then uses the patching tool quilt to walk users through the process of turning a code change into a useful package patch.
Mark Shuttleworth: Government use of Ubuntu
Mark Shuttleworth discusses his interest in hearing from public service officials in order to strike up conversations about how Ubuntu could be used to deliver better software for government use. In this post he covers security certifications, local cultural customization, skills development, and more, closing with an invitation to collaborate: "If this is interesting to you, and you're in a position to participate in building something that would actually get used in such a context, then please get in touch."
Brian Murray: Confirming a bug task in Launchpad
Handling bugs is an important task for the Ubuntu community and they always need more volunteers to assist.
In the first of a series of very short videos, each showing one single aspect of dealing with bugs, Brian Murray explains how to confirm a bug task in Launchpad.
Murray's blog post here: http://www.murraytwins.com/blog/?p=113
Direct YouTube link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vl-cQDAlPFc
In The Press
Ubuntu for Android is an open-source treat in hands-on video
CNET was able to get a hands-on experience with Ubuntu for Android while at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. A detailed video shows how Ubuntu for Android works between the two operating systems, as well as how applications can work between the two experiences.
Ubuntu Linux 12.04 One-Ups Windows and Mac, Shuttleworth Says
Katherine Noyes of PCWorld wrote about Mark Shuttleworth's blog post where he asserted that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS represents the first time "real desktop user experience innovation is available on a full production-ready enterprise-certified free software platform, free of charge, well before it shows up in Windows or MacOS."
"Still, I think it's interesting to hear the magnitude of Shuttleworth's assertions this time around. Ubuntu 12.04, apparently, isn't just another release, in Canonical's view--it's the first solid look at what Canonical wants its distro to be in the coming years, and how it plans to advance in a desktop market still dominated by Windows and Macs," Noyes noted.
How Linux is changing lives in Zambia
Adam Oxford of Tech Radar does an in-depth report of work being done by several organizations in Zambia using open source software to increase communication within developing communities. The goal is to achieve this through broader availability of Internet access and computer labs, computer training, and other services. They have an "Ubuntu Campus" for their small technology training college "named in honour of a certain popular distribution and the ideal behind the name." The article reports that they "also install open source alternatives such as Firefox, Google Chrome, Libre Office, Gimp, Audacity etc. We utilise Ubuntu as our primary distro, though we do keep tabs on other distros."
In The Blogosphere
Is Ubuntu 12.04 a Linux Game Changer?
Matt Hartley of Datamation writes about how, despite being critical of Unity, that Unity offers a stable configurable desktop experience. Hartley says, "Thanks to the HUD (heads up display), more Unity-based configuration options, support for Sandy Bridge, and improved power consumption, Ubuntu 12.04 is shaping up to be a really solid release."
Exclusive Interview With Mark Shuttleworth, HUD, Ubuntu For Android And Much More
In this interview with Mark Shuttleworth, Swapnil Bhartiya asks for Shuttleworth's thoughts regarding how far Ubuntu has come since 2004, the complicated desktop market, the upcoming LTS release, and more. A video of this interview is also included with the post.
Shuttleworth on the Ubuntu Linux 12.04 beta
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports on Mark Shuttleworth's comments in a recent blog post regarding the current status of the Ubuntu 12.04 beta. He mentions the the "push-back" to the new Unity interface and notes that Shuttleworth's post begins by thanking everyone who "stood by Canonical and me as we set out on this adventure," and goes to discuss the advantages for developers, as well as innovating to make the desktop better.
Privacy Settings in Ubuntu 12.04 Gets New Application Usage Dialog
Nekhelesh Raman discusses a new application usage dialogue that has landed in the privacy settings in Ubuntu 12.04, which shows users how often different applications are used. Raman also notes that, aside from some small bugs, "the Privacy Manager is otherwise stable, and provides the user with an array of features to respect his/her privacy."
Ubuntu 12.04 .ISO Will Remain CD Sized
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports on Stephane Graber's explanation that Ubuntu 12.04 LTS will continue to fit on a standard CD, although the file size will increase to 703MB.
Beta 1 reviews
The beta1 reviews keep rolling in! The following caught the attention of our editors:
In Other News
Improving Hardware Support in Ubuntu
In this post at the Canonical blog, Anthony Wong, Project Technical Lead at Canonical, shares a "distilled" version of an "improving hardware support in Ubuntu" presentation he gave at the 2011 Hardware Summit in December. Wong covers collaboration with OEMs, which includes tracking and driving code changes from OEMs to make sure they make it upstream, and shares diagrams to help understand how the process fits in to a release cycle.
Full Circle Magazine - Virtualization Series Special Edition
"The single-topic Special Editions continue with Lucas Westerman's complete series of articles parts 1 through 6."
Other Articles of Interest
Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
Upcoming Meetings and Events
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Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
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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