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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 277

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 277 for the week July 30 - August 5, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open
    • Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for July 2012
    • Welcome new members
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Event Report - Ubuntu 12.04 Release Party
    • Ubuntu Village @ FOSSCON Sat August 11th
    • Juju Java Cluster - Part 1-3
    • juju deploying CentOS clouds
    • Ricardo Salveti: Pre-built images for XBMC (Ubuntu 12.04 based) with hw acceleration finally available at Linaro
    • Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #4
    • Didier Roche: Time for a Quickly reboot?
    • Jorge Castro: Ubuntu Forums Needs Single Sign On, again
    • Nicholas Skaggs: A video walkthrough of ISO Testing
    • Dustin Kirkland: Introducing overlayroot -- overlayfs + dmcrypt!
    • Charlene Tessier: Achieve Personal Unity - 12.04 Customiztion Guide
    • Nicholas Skaggs: Quality Perceptions Survey
    • Canonical News
    • Road test: Self-driving car heads into city
    • What Is Ubuntu's Target Audience?
    • Faster Zombies!
    • Ubuntu For Android Gets A Video Demo, Looks Awesome
    • How One Teacher Built a Computer Lab for Free
    • 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

    Ubuntu Developer Summit Sponsorship Now Open

    Jono Bacon announces that sponsorship is available for the next Ubuntu Developer Summit, taking place 29th Oct -- 1st Nov at Bella Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark and shares details of how community members can apply for sponsorship.

    Bacon writes: "At the heart of a great UDS is a diverse group of attendees who can bring their experience and expertise to the discussions. You don't have to be technical, or be a programmer or packager to attend -- UDS is open to everyone (including non-Ubuntu folks) and free to attend. We encourage everyone with an interest in Ubuntu to attend."

    The announcement of Copenhagen, Denmark as the next UDS location was also covered throughout the blogosphere:

    Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for July 2012

    The top app downloads for the past month are in, and bring with them a few surprises. For paid applications, popular indie games such as Braid, Super Meat Boy, and Bastion take spots one through three respectively. Nine out of the ten commercial applications are games, with the only exception being Fluendo DVD Player. Command and Conquer, Full Circle Magazine #61, and IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition lead the pack of free apps.

    Welcome new members

    Results from the Membership Board meeting (2 August 2012):

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (98558) -925 over last week
    • Critical (63) +3 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (49242) -813 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Precise

    • English (Australia) (2) +/- 0 over last week
    • English (United Kingdom) (7970) -2800 over last week
    • Spanish (10183) -224 over last week
    • Bosnian (33780) -5 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (34423) -1297 over last weke

    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

    Event Report - Ubuntu 12.04 Release Party

    Shrini of the Indian Linux Users' Group shares a report about the Ubuntu 12.04 event and release party, which was held at MIT Anna University, Chennai, India along with the Ubuntu Tamil team.

    Photos from the event here:

    Full blog post:

    Ubuntu Village @ FOSSCON Sat August 11th
    Ubuntu Pennsylvania will be running an "Ubuntu Village" at the upcoming FOSSCON on August 11th and encourages everyone to bring their own laptops, since the Ubuntu Village is hosting an all-day installfest during the conference. Registrations are available at the following link:

    Besides the invitation for attendees, Ubuntu Village is also calling for volunteers.

    Ubuntu Cloud News

    Juju Java Cluster - Part 1-3

    Robert Ayeres in his series of blog posts, Juju Java Cluster, gives detailed demonstrations:

    • How to deploy Juju cluster with a sample Grails application
    • How to add Memcached service to cluster
    • About Tomcat configuration options that are available including JMX monitoring
    • About session monitoring

    juju deploying CentOS clouds

    Jorge Castro shares information how Francisco Souza at got Juju to work on CentOS, which Souza details in this blog post:

    Castro summarized juju client availability with the following: "Right now for juju we have clients for RPM-based distributions like Fedora, OpenSUSE, and CentOS (thanks to Brandon Holtsclaw)."

    The Planet

    Ricardo Salveti: Pre-built images for XBMC (Ubuntu 12.04 based) with hw acceleration finally available at Linaro

    Ricardo Salveti shares information about pre-built Ubuntu 12.04 based images for XMBC, and their integration with Linaro components and LEB. The current state of pre-built images can be found at the following link:

    More at:

    Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #4

    Jim, senior software engineer on the Ubuntu TV project, shares the current status of the Ubuntu TV project including: Unity 3D transition state, lenses and scopes, Ubuntu TV Test card, and much more.

    Jorge Castro: OnAir Video Online if You Missed It

    The video from the Alpha 2 Ubuntu OnAir Hangout is now online. The video features several developers and community members, and covers questions asked by the community on topics such as Project Sputnik, secure boot, and the upcoming web apps feature in Ubuntu 12.10.

    Didier Roche: Time for a Quickly reboot?

    Despite Quickly's great success during the Ubuntu app showdown, Roche would like that they "step back, look around and restate the project's goals to build an even brighter future for Quickly." He therefore announces the Quickly reboot project.

    Jorge Castro: Ubuntu Forums Needs Single Sign On, again

    Jorge Castro is looking for a volunteer who is experienced with PHP, Single sign on (SSO) and vBulletin (VB) to work on a SSO integration with v.Bulletin 4.x.

    Nicholas Skaggs: A video walkthrough of ISO Testing

    Nicholas Skaggs posted a screencast tutorial on how to perform ISO Testing to help ensure high quality, daily ISO images. The testing takes place inside of a virtual machine, and only takes about twenty minutes.

    Dustin Kirkland: Introducing overlayroot -- overlayfs + dmcrypt!

    Dustin Kirkland shares details about "a new binary package called overlayroot, which is part of the cloud-initramfs-tools source package and project." By implementing "two awesome Linux kernel technologies," overlayfs and dmcrypt Kirkland shares details about the new package and a history of how it came to be developed.

    Charlene Tessier: Achieve Personal Unity - 12.04 Customiztion Guide

    Charlene Tessier announces the availability of the "Achieve Personal Unity - 12.04 Customization Guide" which is meant in particular for users "who have been using Ubuntu for a while and now feel up to the challenge to tinker with it further."


    Lubuntu Blog: Box icon theme

    The new Lubuntu Box icon theme is almost ready, and has now been merged into the repositories. If you're using Lubuntu an update will be available soon that will change the icons to the new ones.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments:Building Maturity

    Jono Bacon shares his thoughts around Ubuntu Accomplishment and goals for that application: quality, visibility and growth. He says, "With these goals we want to take Ubuntu Accomplishments from a casual code-base that generally works, to a professional, rock-solid, predictable, well-tested system that assures a great experience for our users." Bacon also issues a request for volunteers to join the project. To make it easier for volunteers to catch up with what the Ubuntu Accomplishments team is doing, Bacon announces a schedule for new live video sessions.

    Nicholas Skaggs: Quality Perceptions Survey

    Nicolas Skaggs shares his thoughts about Ubuntu's quality and has written a survey to collect information about quality perceptions in the community. Skaggs states "I have my own thoughts about the impact to the ubuntu project this testing has had, and I will continue to share my thoughts to point out the progress we make in this regard. But now, I want your input. I have created a survey to understand the community perspective on how we as a Ubuntu project are doing on quality."

    Paolo Sammicheli: Ubuntu Opportunistic Programming @Europython: The slides

    Paolo Sammicheli shares materials about Ubuntu Opportunistic Programming from his lecture at Europython 2012 where he was one of the speakers.

    Canonical News

    Ubuntu Server 12.04: IAAS we can! Ubuntu Cloud infrastructure

    In another webinar from Canonical, they invite participants to "join Mark Baker and Nick Barcet from the Ubuntu Server and Cloud teams to learn about OpenStack in Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS - and how you can use it to deliver the infrastructure and services you need." The webinar will be held on August 9th - (16.00- 19.00, UK time, 11am Eastern time).

    In The Press

    Road test: Self-driving car heads into city

    "Scientists at the Free Berlin University have been conducting research on one of the worlds first prototypes that can independently maneuver through heavy city traffic." While watching the video you can see that Ubuntu 12.04 is used as a GPS system.

    In The Blogosphere

    What Is Ubuntu's Target Audience?

    Swapnil Bhartiya of Muktware summarises the recent open discussion about Ubuntu's target audience. Bhartiya also pointed out what can be done under Ubuntu through the following topics:

    • Can We Define The PC/Desktop Market?
    • Beyond The Desktop
    • Coming Back To PC
    • 3rd Party Apps
    • Ubuntu Takes Care Of 95% Of My Computing
    • Hardware Support Under Ubuntu

    Like Lubuntu? Help Pick Wallpapers for its Next Release

    Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! invites Lubuntu fans to vote for Lubuntu's next release wallpapers. Sneddon states: "From 29 community-sourced images, users can vote for the five they would most like to see made available in Lubuntu by default. Voting closes on August 20th."

    Ubuntu 12.10 Continues Strong On The PandaBoard ES

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares benchmark results which "build upon the results from earlier PandaBoard ES benchmarking on Phoronix to show the performance of Ubuntu 11.10, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, the earlier Ubuntu 12.10 benchmarks from the beginning of June, and then Ubuntu 12.10 benchmarks using a development build from the end of July."

    Faster Zombies!

    Valve Team shares FPS testing results involving:


    • Intel Core i7 3930k
    • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680
    • 32 GB RAM


    • Windows 7 Service Pack 1 64-bit
    • Left 4 Dead 2
    • Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit

    The focus of the testing was to compare the OpenGL and Direct3D versions of the game Left 4 Dead 2. The results show that the OpenGL version running on Ubuntu is 44.4 FPS faster than Direct3D version, which they attribute to the "underlying efficiency of the [Linux] kernel and OpenGL".

    Ubuntu For Android Gets A Video Demo, Looks Awesome

    Stephen Schenck of PocketNow writes about Ubuntu for Android, which Canonical announced back in February this year. Schenck also shares a Portuguese version of an Ubuntu For Android Demo Video, which was presented at the Forum Internacional Software Livre in Brazil two weeks ago.

    How One Teacher Built a Computer Lab for Free

    Elizabeth of iFixit shares a story about Robert Litt a sixth grade teacher who was struggling with the problem of how to provide computers for underfunded school classrooms with no budget. Following a donation of computers, Litt shares how he learned about Linux, worked with a local Linux Users group and a non-profit who helped him grow his computer lab.

    In Other News

    Android SDK Installer for Linux (Debian/Ubuntu)

    Adnan Hodzic of OMG!Ubuntu! writes about his project, Android SDK Installer for Linux, where he explains what the project is for, and also requests contributors to help him finish it. The project is available at the following link:

    Red Hat and Canonical 'traitors' to open source for working with Microsoft

    Jon Gold of Network World US writes about Theo de Raadt's recent rant where he attacked Red Hat and Canonical for their secure boot solutions. Gold also mentions Stallman's and Torvalds' thoughts concerning secure boot which have been known for quite some time.

    Mid-2012: Arch Linux vs. Slackware vs. Ubuntu vs. Fedora

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix shares a Slackware vs.Ubuntu vs. Fedora comparison. This is not just a basic distribution comparison but "rather a larger Linux distribution performance comparison." In this article Larabel demonstrates benchmark results from "from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, CentOS 6.2, Fedora 17, Slackware 14.0 Beta, and Arch Linux."

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Podcasts

    Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E12 - The Portland Sketch Book

    "Mark Johnson and Tony Whitmore are joined by guest presenters Alan Bell and Andy Piper in Studio A for the twelfth episode of Season Five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!"

    Topics include:

    • Making a Raspberry Pi case out of Lego, seeing the Reduced Shakespeare Company, fondling one's slab and going to the Olympic Opening Ceremony.
    • Andy's experiences at OSCON
    • Their competition to win an EcoPC
    • Interview Jonathan Nadeau from the Accessible Computing Foundation
    • Victoria Pritchard and Robin Catling dust off another audio recording of an episode of 'Tomorrow's Technology Today' from the Herbert Maxwell Fosdyke Curmudgeon Memorial Sound Archive.
    • Ubuntu related news in the bit-about-Ubuntu
    • And more!

    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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