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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 264

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 264 for the week April 30 - May 6, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Quantal open for development
    • Ubuntu Developer Summit: May 7-11
    • Ask Mark & Ubuntu Open Week Days 1-3
    • Welcome New Members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu Serbia presents at Share Conference
    • Launchpad Clinic at UDS-Q
    • Daniel Holbach: The importance of apps in Ubuntu
    • Jason Gerard DeRose: Daily builds are your canary in the mine shaft
    • David Wonderly: Kubuntu: Updates
    • Serge Hallyn: First round of kvm performance tests
    • Daniel Holbach: "After the release" is "before the release"
    • Stephane Graber: LXC in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Lubuntu Blog: New Lubuntu website
    • Xubuntu: FAQ for Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin
    • Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth on shaking up system software
    • Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04
    • Android's new ally against the iPhone: Ubuntu
    • Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin review
    • New Ubuntu 12.04: Any hope against Windows and Apple?
    • Press Reaction to Ubuntu 12.04
    • Ubuntu 12.04 PC OEMs: An Overview
    • Two Years Fly By: Ubuntu Precise Pangolin Pads Into Production
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Podcasts
    • Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Quantal open for development

    Matthias Klose announces the opening of development for Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.10.

    "The development version starts with updated versions of GCC and OpenJDK, some soname changes (boost, hdf5), and some changes with setting the build flags for package builds. We are finally targeting Python3 as the only Python version on the ISO/installation images."

    Ubuntu Developer Summit: May 7-11

    From May 7-11 Canonical will be hosting the Ubuntu Developer Summit for Quantal.

    "The Ubuntu Developer Summit is the event at which we plan for the forthcoming version of Ubuntu. It brings together Canonical engineers, community members, partners, upstream representatives and cloud specialists, in an environment of active debate."

    For more information, including schedule and how to participate remotely visit

    Ask Mark & Ubuntu Open Week Days 1-3

    The Ubuntu Classroom blog shares details and links to logs of the "Ask Mark" session with Mark Shuttleworth where he answers user questions on IRC and various Ubuntu Open sessions held from May 2nd through 4th.

    Welcome New Members

    Results for the EMEA RMB meeting for 1 May 2012.

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (94302) +491 over last week
    • Critical (77) +2 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48148) +36 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (3055) -446 over last week
    • Spanish (12409) -37 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (21832) -150 over last week
    • Bosnian (39680) -392 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (47585) -209 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", 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 Serbia presents at Share Conference

    On April 28th 2012 at the Share Conference in Belgrade, the Ubuntu LoCo team Serbia ( held a presentation of Ubuntu 12.04 that aroused significant interest in the audience. The presentation at this prestigious festival was devoted to 12.04 LTS edition, and the capabilities of this new release of Ubuntu, as well as to recently published statistics on the application of FLOSS solutions in the business environment in Serbia.

    The presentation was held by Bojan Bogdanovic (bojce), team coordinator, Igor Kekeljevic (digitalis_vulgaris)and Ladislav Urosevic (uros). They also answered questions asked by the audience after the presentation. The Share Conference is the biggest and most important conference in this part of Europe on the topics of sharing knowledge, the Internet, and social aspects of modern technologies.

    More about Share Conference here:

    Photo of the Ubuntu presentation:

    Launchpad News

    Launchpad Clinic at UDS-Q

    Laura Czajkowski shares details about the two upcoming Lanchpad bug fixing sessions planned for the Ubuntu Developer Summit. "We'll be there to help you get on the road to getting your bugs fixed, and to offer advice on every step of the Launchpad development process."

    Spring cleaning in Launchpad

    Brian Murray does some Launchpad "spring cleaning" and notes that the quantity of apport-package bugs "decreased by at least 175" when he got through marking duplicates.

    The Planet

    Daniel Holbach: The importance of apps in Ubuntu

    Daniel Holbach expresses his thoughts on the importance of apps in the Ubuntu ecosystem. Referencing the upcoming array of platforms (TVs, Android phones etc.) for Ubuntu, he points out that several important pieces of the puzzle (helper tools, magazines, books, music etc.) are not yet available.

    Chase Douglas: Integration testing for

    Canonical developers Chase Douglas and Thomas Voss have been working to create a test environment for the server. The key goals of the project are to facilitate the writing of test cases, as well as providing more comprehensive bug reporting.

    Jason Gerard DeRose: Daily builds are your canary in the mine shaft

    Jason Gerard DeRose points out that developing good quality software, and ensuring that it works with each Ubuntu release has a lot to do with daily builds and unit tests. In this article, he describes the methods and tools used by the development team of the collaborative video editor, Novacut.

    David Wonderly: Kubuntu: Updates

    David Wonderly shares an update about the status of the Kubuntu project, and assures the community that Blue Systems, the new sponsor of Kubuntu, does not intend to "change anything" about it. The current plan is to make Kubuntu the best KDE-based distro, and to attract lots of new users.

    Stuart Langridge: Ubuntu One Files for the Nokia N9

    Stuart Langridge shares the first step to bring Ubuntu One cloud storage to the Nokia N9 - Ubuntu One Files. Code and a YouTube video showing functionality are available.

    Jono Bacon: Accomplishments Needed: Can You Help?

    Jono Bacon rallies contributors to the Ubuntu Accomplishments system he has been developing by outlining how to write Accomplishments to it.

    Rafal Cieslak: Getting involved in Ubuntu by programming IS EASY!

    Rafal Cieslak shares his experience on code contribution to Ubuntu. The involvement has started with fixing a trivial bug in the Ubuntu Accomplishments System, and quickly expanded to make him one of the main maintainers of the program.

    Serge Hallyn: First round of kvm performance tests

    In continuation of a previous post, Serge Hallyn checks out the performance of the KVM hypervisor on a laptop running 12.04 server, and publishes details of the first round of results.

    Daniel Holbach: "After the release" is "before the release"

    Daniel Holbach congratulates everyone on the release, but reminds us that we're now starting the next release. Holbach shares a graph of the rise in sponsorship requests since release, and urges Ubuntu developers and others who can help with patch review to join in and help to reduce the queue.

    IRC Council: Call for IRC operators

    The Ubuntu IRC Council puts out a call for operator volunteers for several of the core channels they manage.

    Stephane Graber: LXC in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

    Stephane Graber gives a status update on LXC in 12.04, explains that it's safer and easier to use, with no changes required to the system, and gives step by step instructions for deployment with juju.

    Lubuntu Blog: New Lubuntu website

    Lubuntu has a new website with a new design "completely rewritten using the Drupal CMS". Most of the credit for complete redesign and reorganization, which makes it easier to download and explore the documentation, goes to Mario Behling.

    Xubuntu: FAQ for Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    In this post from the Xubuntu team, they several of the most frequently asked questions for Xubuntu 12.04, including: Is there a way to use folders shared from Windows? Thunar loads very slowly on first launch; how do I fix that? How do I configure multiple monitors? How can I edit the applications menu? I can't resize the window because window borders are too tiny, and my theme shows white text on light background. Help!

    In The Press

    Ubuntu's Mark Shuttleworth on shaking up system software

    Mark Shuttleworth talks to the BBC about his current and future aspirations for Ubuntu. Topics range from Ubuntu running on various form factor devices to innovative UIs, and possible patent threats.
    Free as in awesome: our favorite open source apps for Ubuntu 12.04

    Arstechnica's Ryan Paul digs through the Ubuntu Software Center in 12.04 and shares his thoughts on some of the favorite applications including abiword, an alternative to LibreOffice, several image editing applications including Pinta and Inkscape, and more.
    Android's new ally against the iPhone: Ubuntu

    Jason Hiner of CNet reports on Canonical's Ubuntu for Android, which can turn Android phones into desktop computers. Hiner profiles the technology, and speculates that Android may get the next advantage that it needs over the iPhone with this feature.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin review

    Terrence O'Brien of Engadget reports that the new Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is "the best version of Ubuntu yet" and says that it's stable, fast and polished, with much improved power management and Open GL performance.

    New Ubuntu 12.04: Any hope against Windows and Apple?

    James Gaskin from Itworld wonders if the newly released Ubuntu 12.04 is a worthy adversary to contest the dominance of Microsoft and Apple on the desktop.

    In The Blogosphere

    Press Reaction to Ubuntu 12.04

    Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares that overall, it seems Ubuntu 12.04 received positive reviews in the Press and shares details and links of who said what.

    Ubuntu 12.04 PC OEMs: An Overview

    Released on 26 April and already being shipped by some PC vendors, Christopher Tozzi lists OEMs offering Ubuntu on on their hardware.

    Two Years Fly By: Ubuntu Precise Pangolin Pads Into Production

    Carla Schroder says that she has been "holding my breath for two years since the last Long-Term Support Ubuntu release" and now takes a look at the Ubuntu 12.04 release from the consumer, enterprise, server and the future aspects.

    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Quiz

    Vikram Buzz has created a quiz to quickly test your knowledge about 12.04, from release name to default music player to which version of the Linux kernel, and more.

    Ubuntu Review 12.04 'Precise Pangolin' - a controversial release for the makers of Ubuntu?

    Christine Moore, a UKC computer science student, takes Ubuntu 12.04 for a thorough spin and shares her thoughts on installation, user interface, the Software Centre, HUD and more and gives a rating of 8/10, saying overall she "can see many postive improvements have been made to Ubuntu, and some excellent new features added."

    7 Reasons to Like and Dislike Ubuntu Unity

    Bruce Byfield of Datamation has some Unity dislikes and likes. Dislikes include unmovable Launcher, limited Dash results and some features of HUD. Likes include the almost 2D equivalency, Lenses and Scopes and minimalist window indicators and scroll bars.

    Ubuntu Linux 12.04: Microsoft's Worst Nightmare?

    Catherine Noyes of Linux Insider reviews the reaction of the blogosphere to Ubuntu 12.04 and touches upon several areas including whether Canonical has "succeeded" with this release, the "weird GUI" and more.

    Mark Shuttleworth on Ubuntu 12.10 Plans, Netflix & What He Thinks of Windows 8

    Joey Sheddon highlights some of the questions from the IRC user question session with Mark Shuttleworth held on Tuesday, May 1st.

    Ubuntu 12.04: Less Quirky

    Daniel Memetic, who begins his post with "Linux and quirkiness tend to be synonymous," tries to be optimistic about Ubuntu 12.04 by reviewing some of the new features and improvements and shares what some "remaining quirks."

    Ubuntu One: An Unknown But Worthy Contender In Cloud Storage

    Danny Stieben of Make Use Of writes about Ubuntu One for online personal storage. He goes through installation, basic information, selective syncing options, settings, the web interface and some of the advanced features. Stieben says in his conclusing that having " an array of options in front of you can help you make the best decision possible, and Ubuntu One is definitely one that most people should consider, especially if they are users of the Ubuntu distribution"

    In Other News

    Azul Launches Zing 5.2 JVM With Support for Ubuntu Linux

    "Azul Systems announced that its Zing 5.2 Java virtual machine now features support for the Ubuntu Linux distribution." Support will be available at the end of a May. Support will be also available for production servers running, Ubuntu 10.04, on x86-64 processors.

    Scott Sellers, Azul system's president and CEO, states that 'they have seen strong demand from enterprises who want to run Zing, the industry's best JVM for Linux, on the expanding number of Ubuntu deployments.' He also sates that "Ubuntu is now great choice for developers and operators who need Zing's market leading predictable, low latency performance and monitoring for their Java applications."

    Electronic Arts Attending Ubuntu Developer Summit

    Joey Sneddon, of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that game giant Electronic Arts will attend next weeks Ubuntu Developer Summit for a short presentation, and says that the talk "ties in with a rumoured 'deal' between Canonical and a major games publisher."

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Podcasts

    Burning Circle 69

    Burning Circle in their episode 69 mention Ubuntu Open Week which lasted from May 1st through May 4th. They also announced Ubuntu Developer Summit which starts May 7th.

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04

    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 11.04 Updates

    End of Life - October 2012

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2017


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