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    Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 290

    Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 290 for the week October 29 - November - 4, 2012.

    Links to UWN

    In This Issue

    • Raring Ubuntu Developer Summit Complete!
    • Call for IRC Operators
    • Ubuntu Stats
    • LoCo News
    • Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu: Designing for a good purpose
    • Benjamin Kerensa: On Privacy and Unity
    • Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for October 2012
    • Charlene Tessier: A Surprising Ubuntu Conversation
    • James Hunt: Upstart Cookbook Updated for Developers!
    • Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Desktop Core on 32GB Nexus 7 Tablets
    • Raring Ubuntu Developer Summit
    • Canonical News
    • EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a "major privacy problem"
    • Ubuntu summit raises software development kit for OS
    • In The Blogosphere
    • In Other News
    • Other Articles of Interest
    • Ubuntu Developer Summit videos
    • Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Twelve: We're Like the Sugarbabes
    • Upcoming Meetings and Events
    • Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10
    • And much more!

    General Community News

    Raring Ubuntu Developer Summit Complete!

    This past week saw a lot of news coming from sessions at the Ubuntu Developer Summit planning for the Raring Ringtail 13.04 release next May. Check out "The Planet" section of this newsletter for blog posts from several Ubuntu Members who were attending, articles "In the Blogosphere" which cover some of the decisions, and a few videos taken at the summit under the "Featured Audio and Video" section.

    Call for IRC Operators

    Ubuntu IRC council put a call for operators on the following channels:

    #ubuntu, #ubuntu-offtopic, #kubuntu, #kubuntu-offtopic, #edubuntu, #ubuntu-mythtv, #xubuntu, #xubuntu-offtopic, #ubuntustudio, #ubuntu-server, #lubuntu, #lubuntu-offtopic.

    The Ubuntu IRC Council states: "If you're active on our IRC channels and you are available, and if you've been aching to help, you should consider applying!"

    Ubuntu Stats

    Bug Stats

    • Open (101748) +187 over last week
    • Critical (83) +/-0 over last week
    • Unconfirmed (50547) +108 over last week

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

    Translation Stats Quantal

    • English (United Kingdom) (9670) -300 over last week
    • Spanish (14462) -67 over last week
    • English (Australia) (17171) -4 over last week
    • Bosnian (38337) -2276 over last week
    • Brazilian Portuguese (38726) -4 over last week
    • French (48739) -261 over last week

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

    Are Ubuntu LoCo Teams Effective?

    Charles Profitt, lead contact for the Ubuntu New York LoCo team, talks about how a recent article made him step back and take a look at how effective Ubuntu LoCo teams are. While he does not provide an answer, he raises many questions and asks the community to consider them, too.

    Do You Think Ubuntu Local Community Is Dead (In Your City)? Think Again.

    Randall Ross writes about "Cup of Ubuntu" local Ubuntu event in Vancouver which is similar to Ubuntu Hour. Ross also encourages and motivates people to start their own Ubuntu hours in their own cities.

    Rainbow Nation

    Neil Oosthuizen writes about diversity of nations and things that gather people together. In his post he highlights the growth and work the Ubuntu LoCo team in United Arab Emirates.

    LoCo Teams, Communication, and Community

    Jono Bacon reflects on some of the discussions he's participated in via his remote UDS participation and highlights some of the discussion around Ubuntu LoCo teams.

    Ohio IRC Meeting Report for November 1, 2012

    Stephen Michael Kellat shares a team meeting report for a meeting led by Michael Gilbert and Cheri Francis. During this meeting the leads informed the team that the Ohio LoCo team had not been re-approved by the LoCo Council due to inactivity and lack of documentation of events, Kellat outlined steps they are about to take to gain approval again.

    The Planet

    Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu: Designing for a good purpose

    In this blog post, the Ubuntu design team highlights the importance of design along with their goals toward designing for various form factors like mobile devices, TV, and many others. They "believe access to technology is not just a luxury. It is, as these examples demonstrate, essential for satisfying basic human needs today. That's why we consider it a human right."

    Benjamin Kerensa: On Privacy and Unity

    Recently Benjamin Kerensa communicated with the Electronic Frontier Foundation in an effort to provide factual information about privacy issues regarding the shopping lens. He believes at the release of 13.04, many who were critical of the feature will understand the bigger picture as more and more sources are added into the results.

    Canonical Design Team: A fresh-looking Design Blog

    Inayaili Leon, lead web designer at Canonical, reports about the redesigned Ubuntu Design blog and further plans related to design which include Ubuntu font flexibility and small screen experience.

    Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for October 2012

    Barneedhar calls for help at Ask Ubuntu and points out a great number of answered questions related to recent "Ubuntu Nexus project and application development, juju charms and the general troubleshooting."

    Charlene Tessier: A Surprising Ubuntu Conversation

    Charlene Tessier writes how she has met a member of Vancouver LoCo and describes his experience with Ubuntu. Tessier also raises some of the questions about Ubuntu from her discussion with members of the Vancouver LoCo team.


    James Hunt: Upstart Cookbook Updated for Developers!

    James Hunt announces the availability of an update Upstart Cookbook for developers. The cookbook was updated based on the workshop "Hacking Upstart Together" at the Ubuntu Developer Summit. Upstart Cookbook is available here:

    Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Desktop Core on 32GB Nexus 7 Tablets

    Jono Bacon calls on people to test Ubuntu on Nexus 7 which also runs on the newly released 32GB version of the tablet. Included in his post are instructions on how to run Ubuntu on Nexus 7 and how to report a bug if they are found during testing.

    Raring Ubuntu Developer Summit

    This past week, the Ubuntu Developer Summit was hosted in Copenhagen Denmark! The following are blog posts from members of the Ubuntu community covering the event.

    Canonical News

    Canonical joins Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG) and commits Ubuntu Hyperscale Availability for ARM V8 in 2013

    "Canonical continues its leadership of commercial deployment for ARM-based servers through membership of Linaro Enterprise Group (LEG)."

    In The Press

    EFF calls Ubuntu's Amazon search result feature a "major privacy problem"

    Dan Goodin of ArsTechnica reports about EFF's criticism pointed towards Ubuntu 12.10 and its Amazon search result feature.

    Ubuntu summit raises software development kit for OS

    Jason Hidalgo of Engadget reports about UDS-R and some of the decisions made, including: Valve, Nexus 7, and Ubuntu SDK (software development kit).

    In The Blogosphere

    In Other News

    Ubuntu Looks To Improve Its Windows Installer

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes about discussions during the Ubuntu Developer Summit regarding Wubi, the technology used to install Ubuntu as a partition within an existing Windows installation. Larabel writes that plans include "support for burning to a USB stick, integrated CD burning of Ubuntu, a visual refresh to the user-interface, and better uninstall support" and goes on to highlight a wish list item of "having Wubi be able to handle a full-disk encrypted Windows installation."

    Hybrid Graphics In Ubuntu Are Still Lackluster

    Michael Larabel of Phoronix discusses the current dismal support for hybrid graphics in Linux. One of the most interesting points raised is that kernel developers are blocking proprietary drivers from using DMA-BUF which effectively locks out proprietary drivers from being supported with hybrid graphics.

    Canonical Is in a Partnership with Valve and Unity Technologies

    Jason Warner gives a UDS-R interview about one of the most important Linux collaborations. He outlines how the Valve, Unity Technologies, and Canonical are working on a daily basis to bring big games to Linux. Even if you're not a gamer, it is clear that this is a 'big deal' for Ubuntu and is one more step to crossing the chasm.

    Other Articles of Interest

    Featured Audio and Video

    Ubuntu Developer Summit videos

    Every UDS has lots of recorded sessions. Here are some of the UDS-R videos picked up by our editors. The rest of the videos can be found at ubuntudevelopers Youtube channel.

    Full Circle Side-Pod Episode Twelve: We're Like the Sugarbabes

    "In this episode, the old crew re-unite: Wilkins, Catling and Hewitt! With our most packed set of show notes ever!"

    Upcoming Meetings and Events

    For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

    Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.10, 12.04 and 12.10

    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 11.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2013

    Ubuntu 12.04 Updates

    End of Life - April 2017

    Ubuntu 12.10 Updates

    End of Life - April 2014


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    Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

    See you next week!


    The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

    • Elizabeth Krumbach
    • Jasna Bencic
    • Charles Profitt
    • Jim Connett
    • And many others

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