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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 270

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 270 for the week June 11 - 17, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Update
    • Final schedule for the Membership Board meetings
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu-it Meeting Report
    • Bug Linking Part 2
    • Juju everywhere!
    • us-east-1 Ubuntu mirrors switch to S3
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Developer Goings On
    • Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.08 has been released
    • Michael Hall: Pkgme help and mentors
    • Michael Hall: What would you like to see in an Ubuntu TV?
    • Daniel Holbach: Making Apps in Ubuntu a success
    • Jonathan Jesse: Another look at Ubuntu and the Enterprise
    • Linux gaming on the rise: EA arrives on Ubuntu and Valve plans Steam port
    • Canonical announces Ubuntu Apps Showdown
    • Unity 5.12 Fixes Ubuntu OpenGL Performance Problems
    • Indie Game 'Psychonauts' Added to Ubuntu Software Center
    • 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

    Ubuntu 12.10 Developer Update

    In this update the Ubuntu Developer News Team interviews Clint Byrum, a Ubuntu Developer and Charmer who works on Juju. The post wraps up by explaining how you can get involved, find things to work on, and get in touch with the development team for more.

    Final schedule for the Membership Board meetings

    C de-Avillez from the Membership Boards announces the final schedules for the newly re-structed time-based membership boards.

    • 1st Thursday of the month: 22:00 UTC
    • 2nd Wednesday of the month: 12:00 UTC
    • 3rd Thursday of the month: 22:00 UTC
    • 4th Wednesday of the month: 12:00 UTC.
    • as before, there will be no meetings on excess Wednesdays or Thursdays (which is to say, the 5th -- or larger -- one in a month).

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (94461) -60 over last week
    • Critical (71) +4 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (48716) +136 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (1412) -283 over last week
    • Spanish (11199) -108 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (20650) -443 over last week
    • Bosnian (37371) +4 over last week
    • German (46462) -109 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", see more at: and

    Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 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-it Meeting Report

    Andrea Colangelo gives a report on the Italian Ubuntu LoCo Team's Bi-Annual Meetup, and shares photos and more from the event.

    Launchpad News

    Bug Linking Part 2

    Curtis Hovey of the Launchpad Team announces the Launchpad Team's plan to launch a new feature allowing descriptive linking of bugs. This will help people working on them to better define the relationship between bugs.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Juju everywhere!

    First, Brandon Holtsclaw announces initial availability of RPM's for installing Juju on Fedora and does a call for testing.

    And in another post, Jorge Castro announces that Juju is now available in Debian Sid and thanks Clint Byrum for his work on this.
    us-east-1 Ubuntu mirrors switch to S3

    Ben Howard reports that Canonical IS has completed a switch to S3 to back the Ubuntu mirrors in EC2 for the us-east-1 region. "If you are running an instance in Amazon's us-east-1 region, your EC2 instance is now being served by a higher-speed, hopefully more robust mirror."

    The Planet

    Lubuntu Blog: LXPanel 0.5.10

    Lubuntu Team announces the release of LXPanel 0.5.10 which features changes to plugins and some basic tweaks.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu App Developer Goings On

    Jono Bacon points out, in his opinion, the most important parts of Ubuntu right now when it comes to application development:

    • Ubuntu Software Center
    • Quickly and pkgme as tools for development
    • Reviewing of submissions by the Application review board
    • Upstream relations, including upstream software experience
    • Getting more developers involved with application development for Ubuntu

    Hajime MIZUNO: Ubuntu Magazine Japan Vol.08 has been released

    Hajime Mizuno talks about the release of "Ubumaga" or Ubuntu Magazine Japan 8 and shares some of the main topics, including new features in 12.04, desktop customization guide and a third installment of their "how to use the command line" series.

    Michael Hall: Pkgme help and mentors

    Michael Hall shares the list of backends, which should be added to pkgme: Qt/make, Flash, HTML5, Java, and lists of people from the community as a contact for each previously mentioned backend. Hall says: "For any questions about pkgme itself and what options are available to backends your best bet is to ask James Westby" and for potential mentors in these area asks "please say so in the comments and I will add your name to the list."

    Michael Hall: What would you like to see in an Ubuntu TV?

    Michael Hall reports that the Ubuntu TV project team, which is currently in the middle of a port from Unity 2D to 3D, is looking for community input for what they would like to see in an Ubuntu TV. A Wiki page has been set up for people in the community to add their own use cases, particularly in five key areas: local media, online media, controlling Ubuntu TV from another device, live TV, and applications.

    Daniel Holbach: Making Apps in Ubuntu a success

    Daniel Holbach of the Community Team discusses the importance of apps in Ubuntu, talks about App Review Board and some of the new tools being developed. Holbach concludes "As you can see, these are very exciting times. We not only review apps and make Ubuntu shine with new gems, but also work on infrastructure and tools which will make the tasks easier for future generations."

    Jonathan Jesse: Another look at Ubuntu and the Enterprise

    Jonathan Jesse shares his thoughts on Ubuntu and its support in Enterprise, and discusses the importance of Canonical making partnerships with OEMs.

    Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown Contest!

    Jono Bacon writes for the Ubuntu Developer blog to announce a new contest that launches Monday, June 18th. Developers will be given three weeks to create an application and deliver it to the Ubuntu Software Center. Winners will win prizes such as laptops from System76 and Nokia N9 phones, and all entrants will get an Ubuntu t-shirt.

    Daniel Holbach: Welcoming new developers

    Danel Holbach shares his experience on the Developer Advisory Team and welcomes new contributors who are willing to join in. Holbach stated: "If you would like to work together with us, please get in touch with me or just comment below. If you enjoy interacting with people and have sufficient insight into the Ubuntu development process, we'd be delighted to have you."

    Michael Hall: Why you should 'Download for Ubuntu'

    Michael Hall discusses why upstreams should use the new "Download for Ubuntu" button as part of a campaign to spread it to as many projects as possible. He explains many of the reasons, such as being more appealing and easier for users to install, good social exposure for your application, and a promise "that your app is safe and easy to install" on Ubuntu.

    Oli Warner: Humble Indie Bundle is the single greatest thing to happen to Linux in years

    Oli Warner talks about how the Humble Indie Bundle has greatly influenced Linux by showing developers and companies that there is a market of gamers that are looking for products for their platform. Humble Bundle makes a large amount of money while giving to charities and developers, and aids in bringing high-quality games to Linux. He shares that the "first Bundle raised over a million dollars and they kept doing them. The fifth major Bundle (there have been smaller intermediate ones as well) just finished with over five million dollars."

    In The Press

    Linux gaming on the rise: EA arrives on Ubuntu and Valve plans Steam port

    Arstechnica's Ryan Paul surveys the current landscape of Linux gaming. Historically, "the relatively small number of total users and the lack of an effective distribution channel" prevented Linux from becoming an attractive platform for game developers. That has changed, with Canonical offering commercial games through its Software Center, and various game publishers showing interest. Even Valve, with its Steam engine, has plans for Linux now.

    Canonical announces Ubuntu Apps Showdown

    Jon Gold of Network World reports on the Application Development Contest for creating applications using the Quickly development tool. "The resulting apps will be judged by a five-member panel, with the developers of the top three receiving new Nokia N9 smartphones. In addition, second place will get a System76 Lemur Ultra laptop, and the overall winner will get a System76 Gazelle Professional laptop. Moreover, the top three vote-getters in a community poll will also qualify for an N9."

    In The Blogosphere

    Unity 5.12 Fixes Ubuntu OpenGL Performance Problems

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares a thorough analysis considering Unity 5.12 and OpenGL performance. Larabel stated that Unity 5.12 should fix some of the OpenGL performance problems (e.g. slowdown performance) that many users have experienced, and shares results of several tests completed to show this.

    Indie Game 'Psychonauts' Added to Ubuntu Software Center

    Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! posts about Indie game Psychonauts. Sheddon states: "Indie game Psychonauts is now available to buy and install through the Ubuntu Software Center". Sheddon also pointed out the required computer specifications if someone wants to run/play the game.

    What does Ubuntu look like on a Retina display?

    Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! reports that Ubuntu on a Retina display (2880 x 1800 resolution) is "not so awesome" and shares a screen shot of what it would look like. But also says that it "has served to jump-start discussions on how Ubuntu should adapt to such displays. And with the inevitable flood of high-resolution laptop and desktop screens on the way it's a discussion that is best had sooner rather than later."

    Unity alternatives - the many desktops of Ubuntu

    Fabian A. Scherschel, The H Online, has produced a list of desktop environments for "users who want to stay with Ubuntu 12.04 but they prefer other desktop environments instead of Unity." Thus he gives a detailed comparison of alternative desktop environments: Gnome 3, Cinnamon, KDE, Xfce, LXDE.

    Linux Gaming Update: Carmageddon, Lodestar, From Dust + More

    Joey Sheddon of OMG! Ubuntu! states that the Linux gaming scene appears to be moving along faster, and highlights some of the notable gaming news in Linux:

    • Lunduke Titles Go Open Source, Free
    • Memory Owl HD Updates
    • Carmageddon reaches $600k, Is Linux Bound
    • LodeStar: Stygian skies unlikely to reach goal
    • Play Ubisoft's 'From Dust ' on Linux

    How would you use Ubuntu TV? Canonical wants to know

    Christoper Tozzi, The Var Guy, writes about Ubuntu TV and how users, who are interested in the project, can help with their comments. Tozzi stated: "So if you have a brilliant idea how should next generation of Open source TV work - or you just want to make sure your personal needs are taken into consideration - you're encouraged to share your thoughts."

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Podcasts

    Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Eleven: The Tinman, the Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion

    Download the OGG and MP3 versions of the latest Full Circle Magazine podcast:

    Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings

    Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors 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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