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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 261

From:  Elizabeth Krumbach <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 261
Date:  Mon, 16 Apr 2012 14:23:55 -0700
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 261 for the week April
9 - 15, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:
 * Wiki page:
(Spanish Version in progress)

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) end-of-life reached on April 10, 2012
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
 * Ubuntu Teams
 * Welcome new members
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * juju Charm Contest winners!
 * Jorge Castro: Ubuntu OpenWeek call for instructors
 * Daniel Holbach: If only I had known what needs to be done...
 * Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems
 * Didier Roche: Precise Pangolin has now its finale Unity release (5.10)
 * Instagram's $Billion Sale Powered by Ubuntu Linux
 * 20-million new Ubuntu Linux PCs in 2012?
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E04 - Cube Root of Conquest
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: March 2012
 * Upcoming Meetings and Events
 * Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04 and 11.10
 * And much more!

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) end-of-life reached on April 10, 2012 ===

Release Manager Kate Stewart announces the end-of-life for Ubuntu
10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) on April 10th. "The supported upgrade path
from Ubuntu 10.10 is via Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal)" and a link to
the upgrade instructions are included.

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Development update ===

This weekly installment of the 12.04 Development update begins with
"We are almost there." It then runs down some of the latest news from
developers, upcoming events and some open tasks. The spotlight is on
"What to do toward the end of the release cycle?" where they review
some opportunities still available in the development arena even this
close to release.

=== Ubuntu Teams ===

Daniel Holbach announces the completion of a review and revamp of the
Teams page on the Ubuntu Wiki and encourages community members to help
maintain it and add any teams which may have been missed.

=== Welcome new members ===

The approved applicants from the 14th April Asia/Oceania Membership meeting are:

Efren Montales Jr. (kidsodateless)
( |

Eduard Gotwig (gotwig) ( |

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (92963) +328 over last week
    * Critical (83) -8 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (48021) -11 over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Oneiric ===

 * English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
 * Spanish (8125) -22 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (23143) -117 over last week
 * Bosnian (36756) -246 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (42235) -74 over last week

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

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

 * Display downloading speed software center -
 * update-manager should choose automatically a mirror to update in
case of failure -
 * Minor Improvement to Unity Search Results Display -
 * Implementing software RAID at Desktop install is currently very
difficult. -
 * Proxy password setting should be visible in the interface -

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 ===

 * What's the difference between .tar.gz and .gz, or .tar.7z and .7z?
 * Is there a difference between installing an application via Ubuntu
Software Center or a terminal?
 * Why ~/.bash_profile is not getting sourced when opening a terminal?
 * Memory limiting solutions for greedy applications that can crash
 * Can I use linux safely and sell on ebay?

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== LoCo News ==

=== ?coala altfel cu Ubuntu ===

Alexandru Cucu of the Romanian LoCo shares photos from a couple recent
events in schools in Romania where team members discussed alternatives
to proprietary software and gave out CDs with Ubuntu materials.

Original article in Romanian:

=== Ubucon 12 and Release Party 'Precise Pangolin' ===

Marcus Moeller of the Swiss LoCo team announces the first Ubucon in
Switzerland on the 28th of April 2012, and invites people to enjoy
"Ubuntu related talks and Workshops for novice and experienced users."

=== UbuConLA 2012 - A Call For Expositors ===

Guillermo Lisi of the Argentina LoCo invites members of the free
software community from Argentina and Uruguay to submit talks for the
annual Ubuntu conference of Latin America, UbuConLA, coming up on the
1st and 2nd of June  2012 in Buenos Aires.

Original article in Spanish:

=== Join System76 @ Colorado Loco Ubuntu Release Party ===

Emma Marshall of System76 announces a Precise Release Party with the
Colorado LoCo in Westminster at Rock Bottom Brewery on Sunday, April
29th at 7PM.

== Launchpad News ==

=== An introduction to our new sharing feature ===

Curtis Hovey introduces a new sharing/disclosure feature in Launchpad
to "Show you all the people that your project is sharing private bugs
and branches with." Currently available to Launchpad Beta Testers
team, the post goes on to discuss what you'll see and explain why it
was implemented.

== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== juju Charm Contest winners! ===

A few weeks ago, a Charm Contest opened to the community so they could
demonstrate their abilities with juju. Finally, after some waiting
time, the winners have been announced!

== The Planet ==

=== Jorge Castro: Ubuntu OpenWeek call for instructors ===

Jorge Castro has issued a call for instructors to participate in
Ubuntu OpenWeek, a three-day-long series of lessons on various parts
of Ubuntu that take place on IRC. He is interested, in particularly,
for instructors who have never given a workshop before. Those
interested should either sign up for a slot or contact Jorge directly.

=== Daniel Holbach: If only I had known what needs to be done... ===

Daniel Holbach shares a tool that helps developers find opportunities
to contribute to Ubuntu, called Harvest. Harvest is a searchable
website that aggregates the different opportunities, and gives users
the ability to sort through them by type or specific packages.
Comments, suggestions, and bug reports on the new system are

=== Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems ===

After news that Canonical would no longer be commercially supporting
Kubuntu, the community has announced that a new sponsor, Blue Systems,
will be helping to fund the project during the 12.10 cycle starting in
May. They thank Canonical for all of their support, and wish them much
success with Unity. With the new sponsor, they say they will continue
"To follow the same successful formula as it has always had -
community led, KDE focused, Ubuntu flavor."

=== Didier Roche: Precise Pangolin has now its finale Unity release (5.10) ===

The final version of Unity has landed for 12.04, and brings many
important fixes. Thanks to user testing, many issues were taken care
of. Testing will continue, and some fixes will still land before the
official release, but of this release of Unity, Didier Roche writes,
"This finale version of Unity on this quality-based Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
sounds like a perfect timing for a Precise release for the Pangolin."

=== Canonical Design Team: System status menu refinements in Ubuntu 12.10 ===

With the 12.04 cycle drawing closer to official release, the Canonical
Design Team has shown off plans to refine the status menu in 12.10.
The biggest changes include a merging of the session and user account
menus, a vastly improved time and date menu, and a revamped network
menu. Other changes include only having social accounts appear if
they're set up, and a new sync menu that shows the statuses of
applications that sync content online, such as Ubuntu One and DropBox.

=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: How to create a Wikipedia Unity lens
for Ubuntu ===

David Calle, writing for the Ubuntu App Developer Blog, gives detailed
step by step instructions for creating a Wikipedia Unity lens,
including screenshots from his completed lense.

== In The Press ==

=== Instagram's $Billion Sale Powered by Ubuntu Linux ===

Sean Michael Kerner reports "There are a number of components that
contribute to Instagram's success, it's important to realize that
Linux is one of them." Kerner goes on to reveal "Instagram's back-end
is powered by Ubuntu 11.04 running on EC2."

=== Say Goodbye to Ubuntu Linux 10.10 'Maverick Meerkat' ===

Katherine Noyes of PCWorld writes about the end of life of the last
Pre-Unity non-LTS release. "If you're one of the release's holdout
fans--I admit I'm one myself--what that means is that the time has
come to upgrade or move on," writes Noyes.

=== 20-million new Ubuntu Linux PCs in 2012? ===

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes about Mark Shuttleworth expecting
20-million new PCs sold with Ubuntu in the next twelve months.
Vaughn-Nichols wrote, "He wasn't talking about 20-million new copies
of Ubuntu being installed. That's easy to believe." Vaughn-Nichols
continued, "Still, 20-million people buying Ubuntu pre-installed on
their computers in the next twelve months? That's a lot!"

=== Canonical prepping to launch Ubuntu as smartphone OS? ===

A job posting on Canonical's website for "Business Development Manager
(Ubuntu Phone OS)" has led Terrence O'Brien of Engadget to speculate
on Canonical's plans. "Does this mean that Ubuntu is preparing to take
on Android and iOS in the battle for smartphone supremacy (or, more
likely, take on Windows Phone in a competition of also rans)?"

== In The Blogosphere ==

 * Ubuntu 12.04 LTS KVM Virtualization Battles 8.04.4, 10.04.4 LTS -
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Desktops Impact Performance, Power Consumption -
 * Canonical's Quest for Greatness -
 * Top Paid Apps For Ubuntu That Are Worth Your Every Penny -
 * How Canonical's next moves could repaint the Linux landscape
 * Unity 5.10.0 Released [Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin] -

== In Other News ==

 * A sneak peek of Send to Ubuntu One -
 * Full Circle Magazine - Python Special Edition Volume 04 -
 * HPCloud to go in public beta with OpenStack on Ubuntu -
 * Canonical's AWSOME bridges Amazon and OpenStack Clouds -

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * OpenStack Essex Quiz - Part 1 -
 * Five ways to rev up Linux for the car industry -
 * Who Cares About Software Freedom? -

== Featured Podcasts ==

=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E04 - Cube Root of Conquest ===

Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, Alan Pope, and Laura Cowen return again
with the fourth episode of season five of the Ubuntu Podcast from the
UK LoCo Team!

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - April 10, 2012
 * QA Team - April 11, 2012
 * Desktop Team - April 10, 2012
 * Security Team - April 9, 2012

== Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings ==

 * Lubuntu Team - April 11, 2012

== Monthly Team Reports: March 2012 ==

See here for the team report for March 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, 11.04 and 11.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-1419-1] Puppet vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1420-1] NVIDIA graphics drivers vulnerability -
 * [USN-1421-1] Linux kernel (Maverick backport) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1422-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1423-1] Samba vulnerability -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * tiff 3.8.2-7ubuntu3.10 -
 * libpng 1.2.15~beta5-3ubuntu0.7 -
 * tiff 3.8.2-7ubuntu3.11 -
 * gnutls13_2.0.4-1ubuntu2.7_amd64_translations.tar.gz -
 * samba_3.0.28a-1ubuntu4.18_lpia_translations.tar.gz -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * debian-installer 20081029ubuntu102.15 -
 * puppet 0.25.4-2ubuntu6.7 -
 * linux-lts-backport-maverick 2.6.35-32.68~lucid1 -
 * linux-lts-backport-maverick 2.6.35-32.68~lucid1 -
 * linux-meta-lts-backport-natty -
 * linux-lts-backport-natty 2.6.38-14.58~lucid1	-
 * tvtime 1.0.2-5ubuntu2.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-173	173.14.22-0ubuntu11.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers 195.36.24-0ubuntu1~10.04.2 -
 * samba-

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

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.9 -
 * linux 2.6.38-14.58 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.38 2.6.38-14.10 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.38 2.6.38-14.10 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta -
 * gnome-user-docs 3.0.0+git20110406ubuntu12 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-173	173.14.30-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers 270.41.06-0ubuntu1.1	-
 * lxc 0.7.4-0ubuntu7.3 -
 * nis 3.17-31ubuntu0.11.04.2 -
 * samba_3.5.8~dfsg-1ubuntu2.4_powerpc_translations.tar.gz -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * puppet 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.6 -
 * oss4 4.2-build2004-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * mesa 7.11-0ubuntu3.2 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-173-updates 173.14.30-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-173 173.14.30-0ubuntu8.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates 280.13-0ubuntu5.1 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers 280.13-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * telepathy-mission-control-5	1:5.9.1-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * samba_3.5.11~dfsg-1ubuntu2.2_armel_translations.tar.gz -

End of Life - April 2013

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