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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 276

From:  Elizabeth Krumbach <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 276
Date:  Mon, 30 Jul 2012 14:16:54 -0700
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 276 for the week July
23 - 29, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:

== In This Issue ==

 * 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 3 Released!
 * Issue 275 released, thanks Ubuntu News Team!
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * Ubuntu-Co has a new video about Ubuntu!
 * Launchpad News
 * Canonical Design Team: Introducing web apps
 * Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Ubuntu App Showdown - followup reviews
 * Didier Roche: Unity Radios lens for quantal
 * Nicholas Skaggs: Remembering the good ole days
 * Benjamin Kerensa: Test Your Hardware on 12.04 with Ubuntu Friendly
 * Nicholas Skaggs: What can webapps do? Help test and see!
 * Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments: Call For Volunteers!
 * Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for July 2012
 * Facebook, and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu
 * Dell's Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures
 * In The Blogosphere
 * In Other News
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
 * 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 ==

=== 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) Alpha 3 Released! ===

Kate Stewart announces the "Quantal Quetzal 3 image set, which will in
time become the 12.10 release." Stewart recommends this version only
for those willing to help with testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.
Images are available at the following links:

 * Ubuntu Desktop, Server -
 * Ubuntu Server Cloud -
 * Ubuntu Netboot -
 * Ubuntu Core -
 * Kubuntu -
 * Edubuntu -
 * Lubuntu -
 * Xubuntu -
 * Ubuntu Studio -

Release notes are available here:

==  Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==

=== Issue 275 released, thanks Ubuntu News Team! ===

Elizabeth Krumbach writes about issue 275 of the Ubuntu Weekly
Newsletter where she thanks all contributors and specifically
highlights the work of Jasna Bencic and Matt Rudge. Krumbach states:
"Every article collected, summary written and grammar fix helps us get
the newsletter out the door each week." Krumbach also put a call out
for new volunteers. Anyone interested can send an e-mail to the
following address:

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (99483) +365 over last week
    * Critical (60) -15 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (50055) +239  over last week

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

=== Translation Stats Precise ===

 * English (Australia) (2) +/- 0 over last week
 * Spanish (10407) -82 over last week
 * English (United Kingdom) (10770) -8840 over last week
 * Bosnian (33785) -3383 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (35720) -10544 over last week

For a list of remaining Ubuntu 12.04 "Precise Pangolin" strings to be
translated, go to:

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top this week ===

 * Warn users about external drives that are mounted before installing
Ubuntu -

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 at

=== Ask Ubuntu Top 5 Questions this week ===

 * Opening a file from terminal
 * Where can I find the source code of Ubuntu?
 * How does Middle Click paste work?
 * How do I scan my windows partition for viruses from Ubuntu?
 * Why do I get more free space than ext4 after formatting in XFS?

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu-Co has a new video about Ubuntu! ===

Sergio Meneses writes about an Ubuntu video made by the Colombian
Ubuntu team. The purpose of the video is "to spread the word about
Ubuntu", its features, and possibilities. The video is available in
Spanish only.

== Launchpad News ==

=== You can hide your bug and question comments ===

Curtis Hovey writes about a new "hidden comments" feature in
Launchpad. Everyone can now hide their bug and question comments, and
only the "project maintainer or trusted people delegated to work with
private information can see hidden comments."

=== Project maintainer can see private bugs ===

Curtis Hovey compares the old and new Launchpad functionality related
to private bugs visibility. Hovey states:" Launchpad tried to ensure
that proper people could see the the bugs in the past but the old
mechanism was brittle." Recently, purple squad migrated project
configurations to project sharing which "makes all private information
visible to project maintainers and ensures that confidential
information is disclosed to proper people."

== The Planet ==

=== Canonical Design Team: Introducing web apps ===

Christian Goirdano explains the reasoning behind introducing web apps
in Unity. He reasons that today, the web is a major part of our lives,
and the Unity shell is in the best position to provide desktop
integration with the web. He states web apps will go beyond simple web
links; they will integrate into the Unity interface (e.g: via sound
menu, Notify-OSD)

=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: The Ubuntu App Showdown - followup reviews ===

Michael Hall writes about the apps review stage following the Ubuntu
App Showdown. Hall states: "Over the last two weeks we have been
working diligently to get all of the app showdown entries reviewed as
a part of ARB process so they could be published to the Ubuntu
software center." He reports that half of the apps passed their
review, but a large number of apps still need review. Hall asks for
help from people who both participated in the initial app review and
those who didn't. Hall also gives explicit instructions about how to
conduct the app review.

=== Didier Roche: Unity Radios lens for quantal ===

Didier Roche shares his work on the radio lens for Quantal Quetzal.
Roche states: "You can search through thousands of online available
radios, ordered by categories with some contextual informations based
on your current language and location."

=== Nicholas Skaggs: Remembering the good ole days ===

Quality Assurance (QA) team leader Nicholas Skaggs writes about the
changes in Ubuntu's QA process over the years. Previously, everything
"just worked" in Ubuntu for the average user; now things may suddenly
break. Fortunately, the amazing QA team quickly triages the bugs to
the point of failure, and bugs get squashed upstream. That is the
power of community!

=== Benjamin Kerensa: Test Your Hardware on 12.04 with Ubuntu Friendly ===

Benjamin Kerensa writes about the Ubuntu Friendly program for testing
hardware on Ubuntu and encourages users to participate. He explains
that you "can help provide data on your hardware by using "Checkbox"
to do some system testing which can be found by searching for "System
Testing" or by simply running "checkbox-qt" from command-line."

=== Nicholas Skaggs: What can webapps do? Help test and see! ===

Nicholas Skaggs invites volunteers to help test and locate bugs in
Ubuntu web apps. Testers can choose test cases corresponding to their
version of Ubuntu. Skaggs' article also provides a walk-through for

=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments: Call For Volunteers! ===

Ubuntu Accomplishments is heading to its 0.3 release. The goals of
that release, as Bacon states, include:

 * quality assurance and stability in the platform
 * ability to provide users' accomplishments on-line
 * expanding the range of accomplishments
 * expanding and improving documentation for accomplishments
 * providing greater breadth of translation coverage

Since a lot of work is required to accomplish the goal, Bacon asks for
help from volunteers. The ideal volunteer profiles required by Bacon
includes: programmers, documentation writers, translators, testers,
and support.

=== Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for July 2012 ===

Compliments are paid to the community and moderators of Ask Ubuntu for
the high quality maintained on the site. The article also states the 3
hottest question of the month, details of Ask Ubuntu on Google+, and
highlights of Ask Ubuntu on its second-year anniversary.

== In The Press ==

=== Facebook, and pals to reach deep into Ubuntu ===

Gavin Clarke of The Register talks about the new web apps feature in
Ubuntu. He compares web apps to pinning websites to the taskbar in
Microsoft's Internet Explorer but with more capabilities. 40 sites,
including Facebook and Last.Fm, have been made into web apps so far,
and Canonical indicates that more are on the way.

=== Dell's Increasingly Excellent Linux Adventures ===

Katherine Noyes, Tech News World, writes about Dell's "Linux
adventures". Noyes summarizes Linux bloggers' opinions about Dell's
efforts to bring Linux to many consumers. Linux Rants, one of the
bloggers, said: "I think it's great that a prominent OEM like Dell is
releasing a Linux based laptop. I think they all should, and they
should market those computers to the general population. The average
consumer would surely be interested in Linux's many advantages if only
they knew about them."

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Thunderbird 15 Beta 1 Adds New Look, Ubuntu One Support ===

Joey Sneddon, OMG!Ubuntu!, writes about Thunderbird 15 Beta 1 release
and its features, including:

 * Search bar now sifts through conversations using its built-in IM
client, which supports Facebook and Google Talk as well as your email.
 * 'Do not track' support.
 * Large file attachments can be added to e-mails using Ubuntu One.

=== 5 Reasons to consider Ubuntu for your small business ===

Armando Roggio of Practical Ecommerce shares five reasons why small
businesses should use Ubuntu:

 * Less worry about viruses, trojans, and other malware
 * Better performance on older hardware
 * Key software on Windows is possible to run under Ubuntu
 * Lots of helpful, free-to-use software
 * It is easy

=== Latest Stable VLC Heading to Ubuntu 12.04, Help Test It Now ===

Joey Sneddon, from OMG!Ubuntu!, writes about the latest stable VLC
release soon to be released to the Software Center for Ubuntu 12.04.
Sneddon states that because VLC will be in the Ubuntu Software Center,
there won't be a need to install unstable PPAs to keep VLC up-to-date.
Since VLC hasn't arrived in the Ubuntu Software Center yet, testing is
needed according to Benjamin Drung, one of the Ubuntu developers.
Sneddon also highlighted instructions on how to test VLC.

=== Ubuntu App Developer Showdown Likely To Be Repeated ===

Saurav Modak of Muktware writes about the Ubuntu App Developer
Showdown and the big interests for that event. Modak also discusses
the "Ubuntu on Air" event, which occurred on July 26th. One of the
questions asked of the Ubuntu developers during the "Ubuntu on Air"
session was about repeating the Ubuntu App Showdown. Ubuntu developers
answered that "there is a possibility that Ubuntu app showdown will be
repeated due to increased interest for that event."

=== What's new with Ubuntu? ===

Jeremy Proome, MyBroadband, writes about features in the current
distribution of Ubuntu (Precise Pangolin 12.04). Proome also look
ahead to features that are going to be included in the next Ubuntu
release, like a new HUD and web apps integration. Finally, Proome
highlights Mark Shuttleworth's keynote address at OSCON 2012.

=== Alpha 3 articles ===

There have been several Ubuntu Alpha 3 release articles published
online. Here's a quick sampling of some that caught the attention of
our editors:
 * Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Released - Joey Sneddon talks about the latest
features arriving in Ubuntu 12.10, namely a revamped Nautilus, Linux
kernel 3.5, a splendid loading screen from LibreOffice, a long-awaited
restart button on the Session Manager, and several others.
 * Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Has Firefox 15 and Unity 6 - Marius Nester of
Softpedia reports that Firefox 15 beta, an updated Unity, and
LibreOffice 3.6 RC2 are present in Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3. The
alpha-release also fixes many bugs from Precise.
 * Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 Screenshot Tour - Alpha 3 shows off some of
its many feature. Unity now has an improved HUD with smooth corners
and a refined filter system. Nautilus is packed with greater
functionality thanks to a "settings" button. LibreOffice has a
vibrant, aesthetically pleasant green loading screen.
 * Ubuntu 12.10 Alpha 3 unifies usermenus -  The H Open acknowledges
that Ubuntu 12.10 alpha 3 addresses users' concerns of too many user
menus by unifying them (e.g. "software updater"). However, Ubuntu
12.10 is still having issues with the Ambiance theme for the revamped

== In Other News ==

=== Interview with O'Reilly Open Source Award Winner Elizabeth Krumbach ===

Swapnil Bhartiya of Muktware interviews Elizabeth Krumbach, one of
O'Reilly's Open Source Award winners, about her roles and
responsibilities with Ubuntu, her experiences at Xubuntu and other
projects, O'Reilly's Open Source Award, and much more.

=== Full Circle Magazine #63 - out NOW! ===

Full Circle - the independent magazine for the Ubuntu Linux community
is proud to announce the release of our sixty-third issue.

This month:
 * Command and Conquer.
 * How-To : Beginning Python - Part 35, LibreOffice Part 16, and Linux
Astronomy Part 2.
 * Graphics : GIMP Retro Photo, and Inkscape Part 3.
 * NEW! Web Dev series
 * Linux Lab - Making *buntu 12.04 Boot Faster.
 * Review - gPodder.
 * Closing Windows - Share Files/Folders.
 * Audio Flux - some CC music tracks.
 * NEW! Ask The New Guy.

plus: Ubuntu Games, Ubuntu Women, My Desktop, My Opinion, My Story,
and much much more!

Get it while it's hot!

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * ARM and TSMC Collaborate to optimize next  generation 64 bit ARM
processors for FinFET Process Technology -
 * Dell offers new laptops with Red Hat Enterprise Linux -
 * Seven Expectations of Linux Users -
 * Torvalds and Shuttleworth to speak at LinuxCon Europe -
 * 5 Best New Features of the Linux 3.5 Kernel Release -
 * Windows 8 Is A 'Catastrophe' According To Gabe Newell - Valve
Hedging With Steam On Linux -
 * OpenStack Quantum project aims to define future of networking -

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - July 26, 2012
 * Desktop Team - July 24, 2012
 * Security Team - July 23, 2012

== 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-1513-1] libexif vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1515-1] Linux kernel vulnerability -
 * [USN-1516-1] OpenSSL vulnerability -
 * [USN-1517-1] Mono vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1518-1] Bind vulnerability -
 * [USN-1519-1] DHCP vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * libexif 0.6.16-2.1ubuntu0.2 -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * linux 2.6.32-41.94 -
 * linux-meta-ec2 -
 * linux-ec2 2.6.32-346.51 -
 * libexif_0.6.19-1ubuntu0.1_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
 * libvirt 0.7.5-5ubuntu27.23 -
 * procps 1:3.2.8-1ubuntu4.3 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.10.04	-
 * mono_2.4.4~svn151842-1ubuntu4.1_ia64_translations.tar.gz-
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta-lts-backport-oneiric	-
 * linux-ports-meta -
 * linux 2.6.32-42.95 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.32 2.6.32-42.44	-
 * linux-lts-backport-oneiric 3.0.0-24.40~lucid1	-
 * gnutls26 2.8.5-2ubuntu0.2 -
 * bind9_9.7.0.dfsg.P1-1ubuntu0.6_sparc_translations.tar.gz-
 * linux-ec2 2.6.32-347.52 -
 * linux-meta-ec2 -
 * skype -
 * linux-lts-backport-natty 2.6.38-15.65~lucid1	-

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

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * libexif-
 * nss-pam-ldapd 0.7.13ubuntu0.11.04 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.11.04	-
 * mono-
 * hg-git 0.2.3-1ubuntu0.1 -
 * bind9_9.7.3.dfsg-1ubuntu2.5_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * isc-dhcp_4.1.1-P1-15ubuntu9.4_powerpc_translations.tar.gz-
 * linux 2.6.38-15.65 -
 * skype -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * libexif-
 * ubuntu-defaults-zh-cn 0.4.1 -
 * mesa 7.11-0ubuntu3.3 -
 * nss-pam-ldapd 0.7.13ubuntu0.11.10 -
 * libvirt 0.9.2-4ubuntu15.3 -
 * landscape-client 12.05-0ubuntu0.11.10	-
 * mono-
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-24.17	-
 * linux-meta -
 * linux 3.0.0-24.40 -
 * gnutls26 2.10.5-1ubuntu3.2 -
 * bind9_9.7.3.dfsg-1ubuntu4.3_amd64_translations.tar.gz-
 * isc-dhcp-
 * skype -

End of Life - April 2013

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

 * tomcat7 7.0.26-1ubuntu1.1 -
 * task 2.0.0.release-0ubuntu2.2 -
 * onboard 0.97.0-0ubuntu4 -
 * isc-dhcp_4.1.ESV-R4-0ubuntu5.2_i386_translations.tar.gz-
 * lxc 0.7.5-3ubuntu61 -
 * sysvinit 2.88dsf-13.10ubuntu11.1 -
 * aiccu 20070115-14.1ubuntu3.2 -
 * apport 2.0.1-0ubuntu12 -
 * skype -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.2.0 3.2.0-29.14	-
 * linux-meta -
 * linux 3.2.0-29.46 -
 * kubuntu-docs 12.04.0ubuntu1.1 -

End of Life - April 2017

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