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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 288

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 288 for the week October 15 - 21, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue
    • Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) released!
    • Not the Runty Raccoon, the Rufflered Rhino or (even) the Randall Ross
    • Raring community skunkworks
    • "in addition to"
    • Welcome New Members and Developers
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #11
    • Call for More Active Community Participation
    • Ubuntu Server Community, You Rule
    • Announcing the Juju web UI
    • The Most Important Thing To Do After You've Installed Ubuntu 12.10
    • Growing Our Design Community
    • Canonical News
    • In The Press
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Featured Audio and Video
    • 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 (Quantal Quetzal) released!

    Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager at Canonical, announces the the release of Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. The release highlights innovations in server, cloud, and desktop versions of Ubuntu. More information on those highlights can be found at:

    Stewart noted in the release announcement that, "The newest Kubuntu 12.10, Edubuntu 12.10, Xubuntu 12.10, Lubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu Studio 12.10 are also released. More details can be found in their announcements:"

    Not the Runty Raccoon, the Rufflered Rhino or (even) the Randall Ross

    Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, announced on his blog the new codename for Ubuntu 13.04--the "Raring Ringtale". Shuttleworth also posted some of the goals that are to be achieved in the following two cycles before the LTS version of Ubuntu 14.04 is released.

    Raring community skunkworks

    Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu, reinforces the openness of Ubuntu development in this blog post. "This would provide early community input and review, without spoiling the surprise when we think the piece is ready. It would allow community members to work on something that will be widely covered at release (at least, on OMG)," wrote Shuttleworth.

    "in addition to"

    Unfortunately, Mark Shuttleworth's invitation for contributors from Ubuntu community and announcement for Ubuntu being even more open was misunderstood. A lot of people understood Shuttleworth's post as if Ubuntu's development is becoming less transparent. Due to the misunderstanding, Shuttleworth wrote another post where he explains his intentions with the original announcement, "What I offered to do, yesterday, spontaneously, is to invite members of the community in to the things we are working on as personal projects, before we are ready to share them. This would mean that there was even less of Ubuntu that was NOT shaped and polished by folk other than Canonical - a move that one would think would be well received. This would make Canonical even more transparent."

    Welcome New Members and Developers

    Results for the 2200 Board Meeting October 18th, 2012:

    Both Ladislav and Bojan are from Serbia, where they are the current LoCo Serbia team admins. They are both very active on promoting Ubuntu and Free Software throughout Serbia.

    Plus, the Developer Membership Board approved Luis Henriques ( ) for linux-* packages upload rights, and Andreas Hasenack ( ) for the landscape-client package upload rights.

    Congratulations to all of them!

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (100893) +569 over last week
    • Critical (91) +3 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (50198) +163 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Quantal

    1. English (United Kingdom) (10140) +610 over last week
    2. Spanish (14730) +723 over last week
    3. English (Australia) (17175) +726 over last week
    4. Brazilian Portuguese (38860) +706 over last week
    5. Bosnian (40613) +204 over last week
    6. French (49488) +565 over last week

    Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal Quetzal", 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

    The Planet

    Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #11

    Jim Hoddap of Canonical reports on the current status of the Ubuntu TV project which includes: Nux, Unity 3D, Lenses and scopes, Metadata, and many other areas.

    As always, Hoddap puts out a call for volunteers to get involved in the Ubuntu TV project with the following, "If you want to get involved, please leave us a comment below so multiple people aren't working independently on the same things."

    Ubuntu TV: Call for More Active Community Participation

    Jim Hoddap of Canonical and the entire Ubuntu TV team put out a call for more active community participation. Hoddap states that there are three specific ways the community can immediately help the Ubuntu TV project:

    • Re-creating the TV user interface using the Nux toolkit (Unity 3D) instead of Qt/QML (Unity 2D).
    • Integrating a full MythTV backend into the TV UI, meaning live TV tuning (EPG) and recording infrastructure.
    • Researching and finalizing the hardware acceleration of GStreamer video sinks for nVidia, Intel and AMD graphic cards.

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Server Community, You Rule

    Jono Bacon writes about his experience with "upgrading a four-year old Ubuntu installation to a current installation via SSH without problem."

    Jorge Castro: Announcing the Juju web UI

    Jorge Castro reports on the new Juju web interface which was demoed at the OpenStack Developer Summit by Mark Shuttleworth. Castro states, "While Juju command line is great for building your own deployment, when you have little boxes you can drag around and connect together it enables people to really model things in a quick and easy manner." The Juju GUI code can be retrieved from the following link: The demo of Juju GUI can be found at the following link:


    Matt Fischer reports about bug triage and a fix of an apport script for lightdm. Fischer writes, "there's no apport script for any of the the greeters, at least not that he knows of for unity-greeter or lightdm-gtk-greeter, but they'd need the same data. The only thing that this script doesn't do is get a screencap/picture." Fischer also notes that people will be able to file bug reports for lightdm by writing a simple command: ubuntu-bug lightdm

    Randall Ross: The Most Important Thing To Do After You've Installed Ubuntu 12.10

    Randall Ross writes about a different type of "thing to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10". He recommends "the only thing you need to do after installing Ubuntu is to install community. Find the people in your town that love it and want it to succeed. Find others that you can talk to face-to-face to share tips, tricks, and your unique knowledge of the amazing things it can do."

    Jono Bacon: Growing Our Design Community

    Jono Bacon blogs about his discussion with Ivo Weevers, head of the Canonical Design Team. "Ivo is passionate about helping the design team at Canonical and the community to work closely together, and we have been discussing what problems we need to solve, and how to resolve them," says Bacon. One of the challenges mention in this post is increasing the Ubuntu Design community and Bacon points out some of the solutions and calls the Ubuntu community to give some feedback.

    Canonical News

    Ubuntu 12.10 breaks down the barrier between the PC and the web

    Canonical announces the desktop version of Ubuntu 12.10, the latest release of the popular open source operating system. As part of Canonical's objective to make all content easier to access, Ubuntu 12.10 introduces innovations that bring together desktop and cloud-based experiences, representing the next stage in the transition to a multi-device, cloud-based world.

    In The Press

    Shuttleworth: Ubuntu 12.10 available with OpenStack "Folsom" today

    Paula Rooney of ZDNet reports about the recently held OpenStack Developer Summit. Rooney states, "Although a total of four Ubuntu releases have incorporated OpenStack, this is the first Ubuntu release that incorporates the new 'Quantum" networking features of "Folsom" as well as multi-cluster support to allow customers to support thousands of nodes on a cloud."

    Asus Deploys New Ubuntu Netbooks (Yes, Netbooks)

    Christoper Tozzi of the Var Guy informs his readers that Asus will be shipping netbooks with Ubuntu preinstalled. For now, netbooks are only available in Germany and Italy. Tozzi speculates why Asus is offering netbooks pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux, "Perhaps the reason is that Asus is unsure how successful the newest version of Windows will prove on its hardware."

    In The Blogosphere

    12.10 Release coverage

    There have been dozens of reviews for the latest release of Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)! The following are a several of them selected by our editors for inclusion this week.

    In Other News

    AMD Catalyst: Ubuntu 12.10 vs. Windows 7

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix compares Ubuntu 12.10 and Windows 7 performances, as he showcases "benchmarks of an AMD Radeon HD 6870 graphics card when running a variety of OpenGL workloads from Ubuntu 12.10, Kubuntu 12.10 (the KDE desktop version of Ubuntu 12.10 to avoid the Unity desktop overhead), and Microsoft Windows 7 Professional x64."

    The development of Ubuntu Tweak is stopped

    Tualatrix Chou, author of the Ubuntu Tweak app announced that development for Ubuntu Tweak has stopped. Chou explained this sudden and unexpected decision with the following, "You may ask why I made this decision to stop the development of Ubuntu Tweak, I may write 10,000 words to describe how I start this project, how I feel happy from this project, how I feel bad from this project... But I just want to say: If making free software is not free any more, why still doing this?"

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Burning Circle Episode 87

    Stephen Michael Kellat brings us news on the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal release, Ubuntu release party plans, who is sticking with Ubuntu and who wandered away, and much more.

    Video: Victor Palau: Nexus 7 Raring to go to Copenhagen

    Victor Palau posts a short demo video of Nexus 7 with Ubuntu on it.

    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

    Ubuntu 10.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.04 Updates

    Ubuntu 11.10 Updates

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates


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