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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 265

From:  Elizabeth Krumbach <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 265
Date:  Mon, 14 May 2012 18:51:44 -0700
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 265 for the week May 7
- 13, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu Developer Summit for Quantal
 * EA Games and Ubuntu
 * Welcome New Members
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * LoCo News
 * Launchpad News
 * Ubuntu Cloud News
 * Introducing Project Sputnik: Developer laptop
 * Pasi Lallinaho: Brainstorm! Contribute!
 * Alan Pope: Why not contribute to Ubuntu Manual
 * Stuart Langridge: Ubuntu One for Nokia N9
 * Jonathan Carter: Edubuntu Preliminary Plans for 12.10
 * Summaries from the Ubuntu Developer Summit
 * ARM arrives on servers with Calxeda's Ubuntu demo
 * Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin review
 * Project Sputnik: Dell's Ubuntu-based XPS13 laptop for developers
 * Mark Shuttleworth is passionate about Canonical, patents and space
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Featured Podcasts
 * 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 for Quantal ===

The Ubuntu Developer Summit for Quantal Quetzal went from May 7-11th
with Ubuntu developers from all over the world - working on dozens of
projects - coming to Oakland California to collaborate. In this issue
we highlight some posts at the end of the Planet section from
community members who have written about it so far.

=== EA Games and Ubuntu ===

Electronic Arts, a major American developer, marketer, publisher and
distributor of video games, tests the waters by submitting two games
to the Ubuntu Software Center. The game titles are "Command & Conquer
Tiberium Alliances" and "Lord of Ultima" and Jono Bacon notes "Let's
not get side-tracked by the fact that these are web games and not
native to Ubuntu: EA are dipping their toes in Ubuntu as a channel of
opportunity, and let's welcome them with open arms."

=== Welcome New Members ===

Results from the Developer Membership Board meeting, 2012-05-09:

 * Ike Panhc ( |
 * James Hunt ( |

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (94780) +478 over last week
    * Critical (74) -3 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (48304) +156 over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Precise ===

 * English (Australia) (2985) -70 over last week
 * Spanish (12334) -75 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (21456) -376 over last week
 * Bosnian (39200) -480 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (47471) -114 over last week

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin", see
more at: and

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

 * Reduce battery consumption in laptops -
 * Make 64-bit CDs available in the Canonical shop -
 * Download counter in the Ubuntu Software Center -
 * Meta packages are not easily identified -
 * Lockscreen like Loginscreen? -

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 ===

 * Why is Unity 2D being discontinued?
 * Making Games for Ubuntu
 * What is the benefit of sudo over su
 * "rm" doesn't accept internal command as a paramter
 * Banned from Ubuntu forums for spam. Could my Ubuntu have a virus?

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== LoCo News ==

=== UbuConLA 2012 - help needed ===

Martin Albisetti issues a call for help to fund a UbuConLA (Latin
American) and shares a link to the web site set up to gather

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Release Party ===

Adnan Quantum of the Bangladesh LoCo team blogs about the Ubuntu 12.04
release party. The event had to be delayed by two weeks due to
political unrest in the country, and participation was, unfortunately,
hindered by lightning storms in the area. Notwithstanding, those
present had a delicious meal, a friendly chat, and generally, a good

== Launchpad News ==

=== Five kinds of branches ===

Curtis Hovey shares his thoughts on improving the Launchpad branch
page. He proposes to make it more informative, and then goes on to
discuss at length what he'd like to see presented for different types
of branches.

=== Testing descriptions for bug status and importance ===

Launchpad introduces a more descriptive way of triaging bugs. The new
bug status picker focuses more on the status of the bug than the
importance of the bug.

== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Introducing Project Sputnik: Developer laptop ===

Dell plans to evaluate the possibility of building a laptop targeted
at developers. The primary project goals are to identify and cater to
the needs of potential customers, such as integration with Github and
OpenStack, and to improve hardware support. Due to its popularity
among web developers, Ubuntu 12.04 came up as a natural choice of a
pre-installed OS. To gather feedback from the Ubuntu developer, Dell
had a representative and a session at the Ubuntu Developers Summit.

=== Puppet and Juju Sitting in a Tree... ===

Jorge Castro blogs from the UDS trenches to report on the Juju
integration session where Clint Byrum talked about his subordinate
Puppet Charm.

== The Planet ==

=== Pasi Lallinaho: Brainstorm! Contribute! ===

Xubuntu Project Lead Pasi Lallinaho calls for idea contributions to
the roadmap of Xubuntu 12.10. As Quantal is not an LTS, more ambitious
proposals are encouraged, along with active contribution.

=== Dustin Kirkland: Project Sputnik: Developer Focused Dell XPS13 ===

Dustin Kirkland delivers his first impressions on the new developer
focused Dell XPS 13.  Aside from a lack of proper touchpad driver, he
considers the ultrabook to be quite impressive and a real contender to
the Macbook Air.

=== Alan Pope: Why not contribute to Ubuntu Manual ===

Alan Pope notes that the Ubuntu Manual project is looking for some new
contributors, and questions the reasons why people might not be
contributing. He mentions a few common reasons and calls for feedback
as to how they can help people get involved.

=== Stuart Langridge: Ubuntu One for Nokia N9 ===

Stuart Langridge, a Nokia N9 user, writes about his work on creating
an Ubuntu One application for this platform. Announced is the first
version of this app which supports browsing and dowloading your files.
He also mentions that he has a long to-do list ahead and he's planning
on submitting the app to the Ovi Store.

=== Jonathan Carter: Edubuntu Preliminary Plans for 12.10 ===

Jonathan Carter shares plans for the development cycle of Edubuntu.
These include the installer changes, default applications review, Juju
charms for education, and various Desktop and Artwork fixes. There are
also projects on the table that reach beyond the regular six month
release cycle, such as Edubuntu Server and Edubuntu Tablet.

=== Summaries from the Ubuntu Developer Summit ===

The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) for 12.10, Quantal Quetzal, happened
from May 7th through 11th! This UDS was packed full of excitement and
energy. Posts about many of the session tracks can be found in a
number of posts we've seen on the planet since and during UDS-Q. Below
are links from those who took the time to blog about their experience
at this UDS.

==== Charles Profitt ====
 * UDS Day One:
 * UDS Day Two:
 * UDS Day Three: Building a Juju Charm and Ubuntu Accomplishments:
 * UDS Day Four: Code of Conduct Review:
 * UDS Day Five: Sunset Begins:
 * UDS Day Five: Vudu:

==== Elizabeth Krumbach ====

 * UDS-Q in Oakland Day 1:
 * UDS-Q in Oakland Day 2:
 * UDS-Q in Oakland Day 3 and SF Tourism!:
 * UDS-Q in Oakland Day 4 and Ubuntu Women dinner:
 * UDS-Q in Oakland Day 5:

==== Marcin Juszkievicz ====
 * UDS-Q:

==== Randall Ross ====

 * UDS Keynote. Was Quincy There!?:
 * UDS Plenary, with Bdale:
 * UDS Plenary, with Jono:

==== Scott Lavender ====

 * UDS-Q Day 1:
 * UDS-Q Day Two:

==== Ricardo Salveti ====

 * Great start at Ubuntu Developer Summit (Q or 12.10) for ARM:

==== Daniel Holbach ====
 * UDS is a great time...:

==== Grant Bowman ====
 * UDS Lightning Talk - Local Schools:

==== Ian Weisser ====
 * Ubuntu Brainstorm and UDS-Q:

==== Jose Antonio Rey ====
 * Just a few words about UDS.:

== In The Press ==

=== ARM arrives on servers with Calxeda's  Ubuntu demo ===

Calxeda, a server designer from Texas, has demonstrated an ARM based
server prototype at the UDS. Running Precise Pangolin with LAMP,
node.js and Ruby-on-Rails, it is supposed to "consume much less
electricity then similar ones from Intel". Calxeda believes ARM
servers may reach as much as 40% of the total Linux server base in
just three years.

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin review ===

The latest Ubuntu draws praise for its tight cloud integration with
Ubuntu One, a more mature Unity desktop and 5-year support commitment,
amongst others. With these, the article reports that it proves itself
to be an attractive option for consumers and firms who want a proven
Linux alternative to proprietary systems.

=== Project Sputnik: Dell's Ubuntu-based XPS13 laptop for developers ===

Dell aims at developers with an Ubuntu 12.04 powered XPS13 Ultrabook.
The company hopes "to ensure maximum hardware compatibility" and
provide tight integration with Github.

=== Mark Shuttleworth is passionate about Canonical, patents and space ===

Scott Merrill of TechCrunch interviews Mark Suttleworth, the founder
of Ubuntu. The conversation spans from Ubuntu deployment and
competition with Red Hat, to open source communities, software patents
and outer space.

== In The Blogosphere ==

 *  Kubuntu likely to retain name despite new sponsor -
 * Meet VGA Switch, the first open hardware project released by Ubuntu
 * Review of Ubuntu 12.04 -
 * Canonical: Ubuntu To Soon Ship On 5% Of PCs -
 * EA Games Arrive in the Ubuntu Software Center -
 * Precise Pangolin:Ubuntu grows up -
 * UDS-Q News: Unity 2D might go away, more [Ubuntu 12.10] -
 *  Xen Hypervisor Enjoys Enhanced Support In Ubuntu 12.04 -
 * Linux, Ubuntu Discussed on Greek TV [Video] -
 * UDS-Q Summary: Bye-Bye Unity 2D, Hello GNOME-Shell Spin -

== In Other News ==

 * The new Business Desktop Remix is out now -

 * Full Circle Magazine: Ubuntu Development Special Edition -

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * The Document Foundation Announces A Certification Program -
 * Open-source cloud frameworks: A work in progress -
 * Big data, cloud knowledge key in IT Jobs Market -
 * The Debian Administrator's Handbook is available -
 * Top 3 Websites To Check Whether Your Hardware Is Supported By Linux
 * Linux OS is no longer a geeks-only zone and good for a normal user

== Featured Podcasts ==

 * Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E06 - What I Saw in California

== 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 ===

 * [USN-1439-1] Horizon vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1432-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1440-1] Linux kernel (Natty backport) vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===


End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * wicd_1.7.0+ds1-2ubuntu0.1_i386_translations.tar.gz -
 * linux-lts-backport-natty 2.6.38-15.59~lucid1 -
 * linux-lts-backport-natty 2.6.38-15.59~lucid1 -
 * linux-meta-lts-backport-natty   -
 * linux-meta-lts-backport-natty   -
 * linux-ec2 2.6.32-345.48 -
 * linux-lts-backport-oneiric 3.0.0-20.34~lucid1 -
 * linux-meta-lts-backport-oneiric   -
 * adobe-flashplugin -
 * gajim_0.13-0ubuntu2.1_ia64_translations.tar.gz -

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

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * wicd_1.7.0+ds1-6ubuntu0.11.04.1_i386_translations.tar.gz -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.38-1209.23 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.38 2.6.38-15.11  -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.38 2.6.38-15.11  -
 * linux 2.6.38-15.59 -
 * linux 2.6.38-15.59 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta -
 * meld 1.5.0-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * gajim -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * wicd 1.7.0+ds1-6ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * linux 3.0.0-20.34 -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-20.13 -
 * linux-meta -
 * gajim 0.14.1-1ubuntu1.1 -

End of Life - April 2013

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

 * horizon_2012.1-0ubuntu8.1_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * wicd -
 * compiz 1: -
 * unity-lens-applications 5.12.0-0ubuntu1      -
 * unity-lens-music 5.12.0-0ubuntu1 -
 * zenity 3.4.0-0ubuntu3 -
 * unity-greeter 0.2.8-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * gdb 7.4-2012.04-0ubuntu2 -
 * linux-base 3.4ubuntu2 -
 * nvidia-graphics-drivers-updates      295.49-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * seabios 0.6.2-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.2 -
 * gtk2-engines-oxygen 1.2.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * ubuntu-docs 12.04.5 -
 * resolvconf 1.63ubuntu13 -
 * unity 5.12-0ubuntu1 -
 * unity-2d 5.12.0-0ubuntu1 -
 * ubufox 2.0.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.2.0-1413.17 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * at-spi2-core 2.4.1-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * crystalhd 1:0.0~git20110715.fdd2f19-4.1      -
 * gnome-settings-daemon 3.4.1-0ubuntu1.1       -
 * evolution-data-server 3.2.3-0ubuntu7 -
 * ubuntu-sso-client 3.0.0-0ubuntu2 -
 * zenity 3.4.0-0ubuntu4 -
 * xserver-xorg-input-synaptics 1.6.0-0ubuntu1~precise1 -
 * simple-scan 3.4.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * sudo 1.8.3p1-1ubuntu3.1 -
 * python3.2 3.2.3-0ubuntu3 -
 * haskell-hjsmin 0.0.15-1build1 -
 * cntlm 0.91~rc6-0ubuntu2.12.04.1 -
 * hdparm 9.37-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * network-manager -
 * libreoffice 1:3.5.3-0ubuntu1 -
 * hg-git 0.3.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * gwibber-service-sohu 0.8.1-0ubuntu7  -
 * gtkhtml4.0 4.2.2-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * zenity 3.4.0-0ubuntu4 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-3ubuntu54 -
 * meep 1.1.1-7ubuntu0.1 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-3ubuntu55 -
 * emesene 2.12.3+dfsg-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * vino 3.4.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * utouch-geis 2.2.9-0ubuntu3 -
 * update-manager 1: -
 * resolvconf 1.63ubuntu14 -

End of Life - April 2017

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