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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 274

From:  Elizabeth Krumbach <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 274
Date:  Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:34:18 -0700
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 274 for the week July 9
- 15, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:

== In This Issue ==

 * Ubuntu App Showdown: let the voting begin!
 * New Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 12.10
 * Dell's Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, 'Blows Away' Expectations
 * Thank you Xubuntu social media admins
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Launchpad does not have private projects...yet.
 * Charlene Tessier: Make It Yours - A Guide to Lenses and Scopes
 * Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update
 * Barneedhar: Test Quantal kernels on Precise
 * David Henningsson: Top five wrong ways to fix your audio
 * Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga
 * Must have missing features in Ubuntu
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Featured Podcasts
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * Monthly Team Reports: June 2012
 * 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 App Showdown: let the voting begin! ===

David Planella reports that out of a surprising 150 applicants to the
Ubuntu App Showdown, a remarkable 132 of them have qualified and made
it to the final list, which has now been released. Judges will now
have a full week to test and vote on the apps. Meanwhile, apps will
begin being added to the Software Centre, where users will review and
rate the apps to decide the community portion of the contest.

=== New Session Menu Lands in Ubuntu 12.10 ===

Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, brings comparison between the old and new
session menu under Ubuntu. Sneddon states:"The new applet merges items
from the previously separate User and System menus into one new look,
unified drop-down."

=== Dell's Ubuntu Laptop Program Enters Beta, 'Blows Away' Expectations ===

Katherine Noyes, PCWorld, reports on the success of  Project Sputnik,
the effort that resulted in a prototype open-source laptop based on
Ubuntu 12.04 and Dell's XPS 13 hardware. Now entering the Beta phase,
interested parties are asked to sign up to participate. "We've been
blown away by the number of people who have wanted to be beta
participants," Barton George of Dell explains and goes on to say "if
this gets the traction I think it will, you can bet Dell will start
looking at others who would benefit from a similar solution."

==  Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==

=== Thank you Xubuntu social media admins ===

Xubuntu embraces social media, jumping from zero to four social media
outlets in the past year and thanks the admins who run them. "All of
these resources are linked at the bottom of every page on"

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (98866) +4982 over last week
    * Critical (76) +5 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (49513) +1285 over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Precise ===

 * English (Australia) (3) +1 over last week
 * Spanish (10757) -30 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (19977) -291 over last week
 * Bosnian (37168) +7 over last week
 * German (46264) +7 over last week

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

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

 * Novo Menu Indicator de Rede -
 * Improve the selection of files and folders -
 * a Real Destop blogging client for Ubuntu! -
 * Debug symbols very large--log downloads -
 * Remote ubuntu on any smartphone -

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 select a field/column from the output of `ls -l`?
 * How are packages actually installed via apt-get install?
 * My computer boots to a black screen, what options do I have to fix
 * Are the source repositories required for a normal user?
 * Can I install Portage, Pacman or other package managers on Ubuntu?

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== Launchpad News ==

=== Launchpad does not have private projects...yet. ===

Curtis Hovey writes about problems considering private projects and
Purple squad work progress on the Disclosure feature. Hovey states: "I
think the problem here is that Launchpad squads no longer use
Launchpad to plan and execute work. There is no place for any
interested party to see what the goals of Disclosure is and gauge how
we are progressing."

Hovey also presents a Disclosure draft report, where it is can be seen
what Purple squad is doing, has recently done, and will do next. The
Disclosure draft report is available at

== The Planet ==

=== Charlene Tessier: Make It Yours - A Guide to Lenses and Scopes ===

Charlene Tessier shares a quick-start guide to understanding Unity
lenses and scopes. It covers what each of them are and how users can
take advantage of them.

=== Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update ===

This week's Ubuntu TV update covers news about the port from Unity 2D
to 3D, a working stand-alone mode, and scopes including Video, Music,
DVR, and Pictures, as well as more technical notes about metadata and
removing Qt to make way for Nux.

=== Barneedhar: Test Quantal kernels on Precise ===

Testing Quantal kernels in 12.04 is a great way to help the kernel
team to provide better hardware support in the 12.04 release. The post
outlines the steps necessary to download, install, and test the newer
kernel versions. Any bugs should be reported in launchpad.

=== David Henningsson: Top five wrong ways to fix your audio ===

David Henningsson writes about five common, outdated ways people try
to fix issues with audio. Among the suggestions are not trying to
update ALSA, not purging PulseAudio, and not replacing ALSA with OSS.

== Canonical News ==

=== Changes to Contacts ===

The Ubuntu One team is announcing that they are removing the Facebook
contact import and sync feature in Ubuntu One. They cite turning off
old features reliant on the old infrastructure in favor of moving to a
new syncing infrastrcuture, U1DB. Users who have already added their
Facebook contacts will continue to have access to that information.

== In The Press ==

=== Canonical, the FSF and the Ongoing Secure Boot Saga ===

Linux Inside reports on the continuing back-and-forth between the Free
Software Foundation and Canonical over the proposed plan to overcome
issues with secure boot. Disagreements of licenses and a shift to an
alternate bootloader, as opposed to Grub 2, are among the top issues

=== Must have missing features in Ubuntu ===

Datamation writes on missing features that new users to Ubuntu, or
Linux in general, are expecting when migrating over. One of the
features is system restore, which lets users move back to a known good
working installation of the operating system. Other missing features
include wide-spread inclusions of driver discs with new hardware from
the manufacturers, and the ability to easily install software without
an active Internet connection.

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Thunderfork: Canonical's Chance To Expand Its Ecosystem With Thunderbird ===

Dean Howell, The PowerBase, writes about Canonical's innovations
around the GUI. When considering innovations, Howell gave the most
focus to Thunderbird and its future. Howell states:"Thunderbird
integration in Unity is a hack-job. Forking Thunderbird and bending it
to fit the will of Ubuntu makes sense. Forking the project and making
a version available for Android and iOS to gain adoption, increase
mind-share and raise the visibility of it's cloud services is simply

=== All About Ubuntu One ===

Hoo Ann, Ezine@rticles, posts about Ubuntu one features, and benefits
from its usage namely: storage, online backup, folder/file
synchronisation, availability and approachability from other operating
systems, and music streaming. Ann states: "Ubuntu One with 5GB of free
storage is better than Dropbox and equal to Sugarsync and Google

=== There's no shortage of Asus Ubuntu netbooks in Italy ===

Joey Sneddon, OMG! Ubuntu!, posts about the shortage of ASUS netbooks,
preloaded with Ubuntu, in the UK. Discussing the shortage, Sneddon
mentions that in Italy it is a completely different situation. Since
Sneddon's source is in Italian, he presents some specs of the ASUS
netbooks to make it easier for ones who are not familiar with the
Italian language.

=== Preloaded Ubuntu laptops all set to compete against Windows ===

Vaibhav Panwar, REVTHATUP, posts about: Ubuntu's competition with
Windows, Canonical's partnership with Dell, entrance into new markets
like India and China, and advantages of Ubuntu.

=== India Can Be Ubuntu's Impenetrable Fort ===

Swapnil Bhartiya, Muktware, writes about Ubuntu's entrance into the
India market. Bhartiya looks at the features and benefits that Ubuntu
brings to potential users. He also compares Ubuntu with Windows and he
points out possibilities for those considering installing Ubuntu.

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * Debian Developers Discuss UEFI SecureBoot Plans -
 * Another way Around Linux Windows SecureBoot problem -
 * More Teeny-Tiny Linux PCs are Arriving -
 * Debian Wants To Work With Its Offspring (Ubuntu) -
 * A New 3D Action RPG Game is Coming to Linux -

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

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

== Monthly Team Reports: June 2012 ==

See here for the team report for June 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, 11.10 and 12.04 ==

=== Security Updates ===

 * [USN-1499-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerability -
 * [USN-1500-1] Pidgin vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1502-1] X.Org X Server vulnerability -
 * [USN-1501-1] Nova vulnerability -
 * [USN-1503-1] Rhythmbox vulnerability -
 * [USN-1504-1] Qt vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1506-1] Puppet vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1505-1] OpenJDK 6 vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * gnutls13 2.0.4-1ubuntu2.8 -
 * silo 1.4.13a+git20070930-1ubuntu2 -
 * linux 2.6.24-32.104 -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * pudb 0.92.14-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * redmine 0.9.3-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * mesa 7.7.1-1ubuntu3.1 -
 * vm-builder 0.12.4-0ubuntu0.3 -
 * glib2.0 2.24.1-0ubuntu2 -
 * initramfs-tools 0.92bubuntu78.1 -
 * samba 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3.11 -
 * qt4-x11 4:4.6.2-0ubuntu5.4 -
 * puppet 0.25.4-2ubuntu6.8 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.10.04	-
 * openjdk-6 6b24-1.11.3-1ubuntu0.10.04.1	-
 * icedtea-web 1.2-2ubuntu0.10.04.1 -

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

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * qt4-x11 4:4.7.2-0ubuntu6.4 -
 * puppet 2.6.4-2ubuntu2.10 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.11.04	-
 * openjdk-6 6b24-1.11.3-1ubuntu0.11.04.1	-
 * icedtea-web 1.2-2ubuntu0.11.04.1 -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1213.25 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * rhythmbox_2.90.1~20110908-0ubuntu1.4_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * puppet 2.7.1-1ubuntu3.7 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.11.10	-
 * python-scipy 0.9.0+dfsg1-1ubuntu0.1	-
 * openjdk-6 6b24-1.11.3-1ubuntu0.11.10.1	-
 * icedtea-web 1.2-2ubuntu0.11.10.1 -
 * openjdk-6 6b24-1.11.3-1ubuntu0.11.10.1	-

End of Life - April 2013

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

 * linux-armadaxp 3.2.0-1605.8 -
 * linux-meta-armadaxp -
 * unscd 0.47-2build2.1 -
 * winff 1.4.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * bamf 0.2.118-0ubuntu0.2 -
 * banshee 2.4.1-3ubuntu1~precise1 -
 * juju 0.5+bzr531-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * me-tv 1.3.6-1ubuntu0.2 -
 * evince 3.4.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * gnome-control-center 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.3	-
 * gtimer 2.0.0-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * libfuse-perl 0.09-3ubuntu0.1 -
 * unity-lens-video 0.3.5-0ubuntu1.3 -
 * unity-scope-video-remote 0.3.5-0ubuntu2.1	-
 * libunity 5.12.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * xserver-xorg-input-synaptics	1.6.2-1ubuntu1~precise1 -
 * pudb 2012.1-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * software-center 5.2.4 -
 * xdiagnose 2.5.2 -
 * keystone	2012.1+stable~20120608-aff45d6-0ubuntu1 -
 * vino 3.4.2-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * libvirt 0.9.8-2ubuntu17.2 -
 * epoptes 0.5.5-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * hplip 3.12.2-1ubuntu3.1 -
 * aptdaemon 0.43+bzr805-0ubuntu2 -
 * glance	2012.1+stable~20120608-5462295-0ubuntu2.2 -
 * compiz 1: -
 * pango1.0 1.30.0-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * compiz 1: -
 * compiz 1: -
 * xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.5 -
 * nova_2012.1+stable~20120612-3ee026e-0ubuntu1.2_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * rhythmbox_2.96-0ubuntu4.1_armel_translations.tar.gz-
 * postfix 2.9.3-2~12.04.1 -
 * ubuntuone-storage-protocol 3.0.2-0ubuntu1	-
 * ubuntuone-client 3.0.2-0ubuntu1 -
 * puppet 2.7.11-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * libmusicbrainz 4.0.3-0ubuntu0.1 -
 * aiccu 20070115-14.1ubuntu3.2 -
 * gnome-media 3.4.0-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.12.04	-
 * cgroup-lite 1.1.2 -
 * libfm 0.1.17-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * lxc 0.7.5-3ubuntu60 -
 * gamin 0.1.10-4ubuntu0.1 -
 * fonts-liberation 1.07.0-2ubuntu0.1	-
 * sks 1.1.1+dpkgv3-7ubuntu0.2 -
 * python-distutils-extra 2.34-0ubuntu0.1	-
 * quickly 12.04-0ubuntu4 -
 * telepathy-gabble 0.16.0-0ubuntu2 -
 * gnome-settings-daemon 3.4.2-0ubuntu0.4	-
 * libjpeg-turbo 1.1.90+svn733-0ubuntu4.1	-
 * partman-base 153ubuntu5 -
 * devscripts 2.11.6ubuntu1.3 -
 * qt4-x11 4:4.8.1-0ubuntu4.2 -

End of Life - April 2017

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