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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 253

From:  Elizabeth Krumbach <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 253
Date:  Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:46:11 -0800
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 253 for the week
February 13 - 19, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Server Survey 2012
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
 * Ubuntu 10.04.4 (Lucid Lynx) LTS released!
 * Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * How are you deploying Ubuntu on AWS?
 * juju Charm School Webinar, March 8th
 * Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Software Center 11.10 - A New Guide
 * Canonical Design Team: Sound theme update
 * Michael Hall: Singlet + Quickly: Better, Faster, Simpler
 * Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance
 * Ubuntu and Slackware Named Top Desktop Linux Distros
 * Contemplating the New Features Expected In Ubuntu's Unity
 * Precise Adds User Safeguards to Compiz App
 * Tweet Stream Added to Ubuntu 12.04 Installer
 * Full Circle Magazine: Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity Special Edition
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: 2012 January
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security
 * And much much more

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu Server Survey 2012 ===

Canonical has released the results from the Ubuntu Server Survey have
been released. Respondents come from across the globe and show it
being used for a  broad range of workloads. Results show popularity of
the extended support releases, for the first time seeing KVM overtake
Xen as the preferred virtualization technology for Ubuntu (with VMWare
remaining at the top) and while there is "significant interest but the
use of Ubuntu Server on bare metal remains the primary use case for
most users today." The full report is available for download.

=== Vacant Developer Membership Board seat filled ===

The Developer Membership Board (DMB) announces that Barry Warsaw has
topped the votes and is now the newest DMB member. Thanks to Michael
Bienia for his many years of service on the DMB and the MOTU council.

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===

In this 12.04 development update, Daniel Holbach highlights the
Feature Freeze while citing some top blog post picks from the Ubuntu
Developer Community.

This update also features a interview with first time contributor Roth
Robert conducted by Benjamin Kerensa.

=== Ubuntu 10.04.4 (Lucid Lynx) LTS released! ===

Release manager Kate Stewart announces 10.04.4, the fourth maintenance
update to Ubuntu's 10.04 LTS release. This is the last planned
maintenance release of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, "which continues to be
supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2013
on desktops and April 2015 on servers."

==  Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==

=== Putting their own money where your mouth is. ===

Jorge Castro discusses his efforts to get ccsm (CompizConfig Settings
Manager) removed by requesting fixes or calling for prompt removal of
the unmaintained tool. He highlights the work of Alan Bell, Andrew
Starr-Bochicchio and Didier Roche who answered his call by getting
some of the required fixes committed and released.

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (89342) +580 over last week
    * Critical (111) -8 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (46999) +425 over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Oneiric ===

 1. English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
 2. Spanish (8576) -89 over last week
 3. English (United Kingdom) (30716) -595 over last week
 4. Bosnian (37554) -275 over last week
 5. Brazilian Portuguese (43504) -8 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 11.10 "Oneiric Oncelot", see
more at: and

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 5 this week ===

## These come from Click on the link on
the left that says "most popular this week" then put the title for the
most popular 5.

 * Attract more games development -
 * Browser AP checker -
 * Ubuntu One support for Thunderbird -
 * I want to be able to dock different applications in the same
Windows -
 * Gaming optimized kernel edition -

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 ===

 * How do I force a user to change the password periodically? -
 * Is there a way to password protect individual folders? -
 * How is Ubuntu more updated than Debian? -
 * When I add myself "vboxusers" group I an no longer in the "admins"
group -
 * How to update VLC to the latest version? -

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== LoCo News ==

=== A new way to Jam ===

Michael Hall discusses the upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam and notes that
in addition to traditional jam topics "we will be reaching out to the
various teams both in Canonical and the Community, and picking some
very specific activities that will directly help them make the Precise
Pangolin the best release of Ubuntu ever" and announces the Global Jam
Dashboard on the LoCo Team Portal, which features an integrated
webchat, updating twitter/ stream, and photo feed.

Visit the Global Jam Dashboard here:

=== Ubuntu Global Jam: 2 - 4 March 2012 & Art Jam ===

LoCo Council Member Charles Profitt shares an announcement about the
upcoming Ubuntu Global Jam March 2-4th and in a follow-up post offers
some ideas for art-related contributions that Global Jam attendees can
make during a Jam.

=== Linaro Dinner, Ubuntu and Debian Evening and Saving Pangolins ===

Elizabeth Krumbach shares photos and reports from a couple recent
Ubuntu California events. First up is a dinner with folks from the
Linaro Connect conference recently held in Redwood City and the second
is an evening which included an Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner.
Krumbach wraps up the post by talking about a website devoted to
saving pangolins.

=== Jam Jam... Ubuntu Global Jam... Waterloo ===

Charles Profitt interviews Darcy Casselman (dscassel) of the Canadian
Loco Team about his work and holding an Ubuntu Global Jams in
Waterloo, Ontario. For others looking to run a Jam Casselman suggests
"Just get started." and give suggestions for venues and how to build a

== Launchpad News ==

=== Reimagining the nature of privacy in Launchpad (parts 1 & 2) ===

Curtis Covey of the Launchpad Team talks about changes in privacy of
bug reports coming to Launchpad.

=== Contacting teams is easier and more reliable ===

Curtis Hovey writes about two improvements to contacting teams to
improve ease and reliability: non-team members now see the "Contact
this team's admins" link and team members can see the "Contact this
team's members" link which will now send emails to the other team
members, rather than the "team email address" which not all team
members may see.

== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== How are you deploying Ubuntu on AWS? ===

Jorge Castro shares some tips by Scott Moser on finding the right AMIs
for Ubuntu and asks the community whether prefer the AMI browser,
Amazon's built in search, or Alestic or something else for finding

=== juju Charm School Webinar, March 8th ===

On 8th March at 5.00pm GMT the team behind juju will be hosting a
Charm School webinar: "This charm school will cover how to create
charms and use them with juju, and how to submit charms to the larger
server community so that your software is easily deployable in the

To sign up go here:

== The Planet ==

=== Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Software Center 11.10 - A New Guide ===

Charlene Tessier blogs about her work on a Ubuntu Software Center
guide for 11.10 in collaboration with Jen Nord and Randall Ross.

=== Canonical Design Team: Sound theme update ===

The Canonical Design Team released a short list of potential start up
sounds to develop into the sound theme for the 12.04 release, along
with a survey for Ubuntu users to pick their favorite. The survey was
closed after receiving more than 2,000 responses.

=== Michael Hall: Singlet + Quickly: Better, Faster, Simpler ===

Michael Hall provides a update to the progress of his project "singlet"
which aims to allow simple and yet rapid Unity lens development.

=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Update ===

Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon provides an update on
his Ubuntu Accomplishments project aimed at recognizing contributions.

=== Canonical Design Team: The Unity design process (and how you can
play a part in it) ===

The Canonical Design Team published an informative article to
de-mystify the Unity design process. Detailed descriptions of how
users can contribute to each step of the process are included.

=== Colin King: RC6 Call for testing in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin LTS ===

Colin King shares a call for testing of a patch that was applied to
3.2.0-17.26 kernel and needs testers who have Sandy Bridge systems.

== In The Press ==

=== Shuttleworth: Don't blow a gasket over enterprise Ubuntu remix ===

Paula Rooney of ZDNet writes that Mark Shuttleworth published a blog
post defending the release of an enterprise remix of Ubuntu Business
Desktop which contains VMware View. She shares that Shuttleworth has
explained that, based on Ubuntu 11.10, the release meets the standards
of the Ubuntu project while catering to the business-oriented
customization needs of enterprise users.

=== Debian, Ubuntu patching up rocky romance ===

Damon Hart-Davis discusses his sitdown with Stefano Zacchiroli, Debian
Project Leader. In the interview the two covered the relationship of
Ubuntu and Debian and Stefano details triaging patches and quality

=== Ubuntu and Slackware Named Top Desktop Linux Distros ===

Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, discusses some of the results from the Members Choice Awards, including Ubuntu's top spot
as favorite Desktop Distro and Debian (which Ubuntu is based on) being
named number one server distribution and number three on desktops.

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Contemplating the New Features Expected In Ubuntu's Unity ===

Christopher Tozzi writes that in spite of a rough reception and "all
that was wrong" when Unity was first released, "Ubuntu developers have
been hard at work improving stability and usability" for the upcoming
12.04 release. He highlights some of the improvements, including
better multi-monitor support, enhanced VMware-Unity integration,
support for virtual drives in the launcher, improvements to
interoperability with Compiz and more.

=== Still using Ubuntu 10.04? You may find this info about backports
of newer kernels very useful. ===

Liam Proven shares some tips with fellow 10.04 users on the benefits
of and how to use newer backported kernels on their system for new and
improved hardware drivers, better shutdown handling and support for
newer modules like those from nVidia.

=== Precise Adds User Safeguards to Compiz App ===
Joey Sneddon shares some new safeguard features added
to CCSM (CompizConfig Settings Manager), the GUI tool for configuring Compiz.

=== Tweet Stream Added to Ubuntu 12.04 Installer ===

An auto-updating Tweet stream was added to the 12.04 Installer. Tweets
containing hashtag #Ubuntu will show up in the final stage of the
install process.

=== Kubuntu 12.04 Alpha 2 With KDE Plasma Netbook - Overview & Screenshots ===

Chris7mas of LXer takes the latest Kubuntu Alpha for a spin with a
focus on the Plasma Netbook interface and shares some of the main
features available, screenshots and his first impressions. Chris7mas
wraps up by saying "Kubuntu Plasma Netbook is pretty cool and
intuitive, offering fast access to common applications, a pretty solid
interface, and the best of them all, it is, as KDE always was, highly

=== HUD, New Video Lens Land in Ubuntu 12.04 Unity Update ===

Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! shares some of the latest developments
with Unity 5.4 including the new Unity Video Lens and the new HUD
interface which has made the move from testing PPA in preparation for
release with Precise. Sneddon also shares screenshots of other new

== In Other News ==

=== Full Circle Magazine: Ubuntu 11.10 and Unity Special Edition ===

Full Circle Magazine (FCM) has released a special edition of collected
articles about 11.10 and Unity, this time much of the material is
original for this edition.

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Debian Wheezy: US$19 Billion. Your price... FREE! -
 * 2012 Linux Job Forecast: Demand is on the Rise -
 * A Look at the Members Choice Awards Winners -
 * Accessibility Leaders in Linux -

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - February 14, 2012
 * QA Team - February 7, 2012
 * Desktop Team - February 14, 2012
 * Security Team - February 13, 2012
 * Server Team - February 14, 2012

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Lubuntu Team - February 15, 2012
 * Ubuntu Studio Team - February 19, 2012

== Monthly Team Reports: 2012 January ==

See here for the team report for January 2012:

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get
your team started:

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

For upcoming meetings and events please visit the calendars at

== Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-1358-2] PHP regression -
 * [USN-1361-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1362-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1363-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1364-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1365-1] Puppet vulnerability -
 * [USN-1366-1] devscripts vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1284-2] Update Manager regression -
 * [USN-1368-1] Apache HTTP Server vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1367-1] libpng vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1367-2] Firefox vulnerability -
 * [USN-1367-3] Thunderbird vulnerability -
 * [USN-1367-4] Xulrunner vulnerability -
 * [USN-1369-1] Thunderbird vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1370-1] libvorbis vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * devscripts_2.10.11ubuntu5.8.04.5_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * libpng 1.2.15~beta5-3ubuntu0.5 -
 * update-manager_0.87.33_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * apache2 2.2.8-1ubuntu0.23 -
 * apache2-mpm-itk 2.2.6-01-1build3.15 -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * media-player-info 16-1~lucid1 -
 * base-files 5.0.0ubuntu20.10.04.5 -
 * dhcpcd 1:3.2.3-5ubuntu0.1 -
 * devscripts_2.10.61ubuntu5.1_i386_translations.tar.gz -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * flashplugin-nonfree-
 * libpng 1.2.42-1ubuntu2.3 -
 * update-manager_0.134.11.2_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * apache2 2.2.14-5ubuntu8.8 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * python-wadllib 1.1.4-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * qemu-kvm 0.12.3+noroms-0ubuntu9.18 -
 * update-manager 1:0.134.12 -
 * mumble_1.2.2-1ubuntu1.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * libvorbis 1.2.3-3ubuntu1.1 -

End of Life - April 2013 (Desktop) - April 2015 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.10 Updates ===

 * puppet 2.6.1-0ubuntu2.5 -
 * vdr_1.6.0-18ubuntu1.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * gypsy 0.8-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * dhcpcd 1:3.2.3-7ubuntu0.10.10.1 -
 * devscripts_2.10.67ubuntu1.1_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu0.2 -
 * update-manager_0.142.23.2_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * apache2 2.2.16-1ubuntu3.5 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * mumble_1.2.2-4ubuntu0.2_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * libvorbis 1.3.1-1ubuntu0.1 -

End of Life - April 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.7 -
 * gypsy 0.8-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * dhcpcd 1:3.2.3-7ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * devscripts_2.10.69ubuntu2.1_armel_translations.tar.gz -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * libpng 1.2.44-1ubuntu3.2 -
 * update-manager -
 * apache2 2.2.17-1ubuntu1.5 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * python-networkx 1.1-2ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * gdevilspie 1:0.5-1ubuntu0.11.04.1 -
 * python-defaults 2.7.1-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * xulrunner-1.9.2_1.9.2.27+build1+nobinonly-0ubuntu0.11.04.1_armel_translations.tar.gz
 * mumble_1.2.3-1ubuntu6.1_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * libvorbis 1.3.2-1ubuntu1.1 -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * puppet 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.4 -
 * gypsy 0.8-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * dhcpcd 1:3.2.3-9ubuntu0.1 -
 * devscripts_2.11.1ubuntu3.1_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * bamf 0.2.104-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * gtk+3.0 3.2.0-0ubuntu6 -
 * brasero 3.2.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * at-spi2-core 2.2.2-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * pithos 0.3.10-1ubuntu3 -
 * rhythmbox 2.90.1~20110908-0ubuntu1.3 -
 * libpng 1.2.46-3ubuntu1.1 -
 * update-manager_0.152.25.8_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -
 * apache2 2.2.20-1ubuntu1.2 -
 * flashplugin-nonfree -
 * nux 1.16.0-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * compiz 1:0.9.6+bzr20110929-0ubuntu6.2 -
 * subversion 1.6.12dfsg-4ubuntu5.1 -
 * nam 1.15~RC4-5ubuntu0.1 -
 * lightdm 1.0.6-0ubuntu1.3 -
 * nautilus 1:3.2.1-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * gzip 1.3.12-9ubuntu1.2 -
 * pbuilder 0.199+nmu3ubuntu3.1 -
 * opendnssec 1.3.0-1ubuntu1 -
 * distribute 0.6.16-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * b43-fwcutter 1:014-9ubuntu0.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.15.901-1ubuntu2.2 -
 * mumble 1.2.3-2ubuntu2.1 -
 * libvorbis 1.3.2-1ubuntu2.1 -

End of Life - April 2013

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