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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 278

From:  José Antonio Rey <>
Subject:  Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 278
Date:  Mon, 13 Aug 2012 16:45:42 -0500
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Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 278 for the week August 6
- 12, 2012.

== Links to UWN ==

 * Wiki page:

== In This Issue ==

 * Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown winners
 * Welcome New Members
 * Ubuntu Stats
 * The State of the LoCo
 * Resources for Ubuntu LoCos
 * Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams
 * San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner Wrap-up
 * Successful Ubuntu Hour in Jo'burg today
 * Juju and Nagios, sittin' in a tree.. (Part 1)
 * Oliver Grawert: The Bamboo Feeder - automating continuous ARM image tests
 * Didier Roche: Quickly reboot: developer feedback wrap up and
templates content
 * Mathieu Trudel: Bug 1010724: Why doesn't dnsmasq listen on both IPv4
and IPv6?
 * An Interview with Idleone
 * Nicholas Skaggs: Quality mid-cycle checkup
 * Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #5
 * Jorge Castro: Easier Installation for Everyone With the Ubuntu Button
 * Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Online Tour
 * The Fridge: Interview with Jasna Bencic
 * The Fridge: Ubuntu Manual: Call for Authors
 * Canonical News
 * Ubuntu App Showdown: 15 Hot Apps to Watch
 * Ubuntu Light Themes Updated With New Style For Nautilus, More [Ubuntu
12.10 Quantal Quetzal]
 * In Other News
 * Other Articles of Interest
 * Featured Podcasts
 * 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 ==

=== Announcing the Ubuntu App Showdown winners ===

David Planella of the App Developer blog announces the gold, silver, and
bronze prize-winners of the Ubuntu App Showdown, which had a total of
133 app submissions: Lightread, Fogger, and Picksaw. He describes each
of these applications, and thanks both the participants and the
Application Review Board (ARB).

In addition to these top prizes, there is also an upcoming "community
vote" prize. All participating app developers will also receive a free
Ubuntu t-shirts.

=== Welcome New Members ===

A little late with these announcements from July 30th, but welcome!

 * Stefano Rivera was approved as an Ubuntu Core Developer -
 * Matthieu Baerts was granted PPU upload rights for cairo-dock,
cairo-doc-plug-ins and  latexila -

== Ubuntu Stats ==

=== Bug Stats ===

    * Open (98114) -444 over last week
    * Critical (64) +1 over last week
    * Unconfirmed (48838) -404 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
 * English (United Kingdom) (7794) -176 over last week
 * Spanish (10152) -31 over last week
 * Bosnian (33781) +1 over last week
 * Brazilian Portuguese (33947) -476 over last week

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

=== Ubuntu Brainstorm Top this week ===

 * To use a computer running Ubuntu as a wi-fi repeater -
 * Built-in help features are weak -

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 ===

 * Where is the bootloader stored - in ROM, RAM, or elsewhere?
 * Do I really need the "source code" in software sources?
 * Why isn't VLC the default video player?
 * Is "laptop-mode-tools" still relevant for 12.04 and the 3.x kernels?
 * How do I remove a PPA added via command-line?

Ask (and answer!) your own questions at

== LoCo News ==

=== The State of the LoCo ===

Benjamin Kerensa writes about the status of LoCo teams in the United
States. He shares "troubling" quotes from some unapproved teams he
contacted to learn what has prevented them from becoming approved teams.
In order to address the issues brought up, he suggests: improved
mentoring, better engagement with unapproved LoCos, follow-ups and
health checks of LoCos who are declined approval, and a library of
resources that include a leadership document.

=== Resources for Ubuntu LoCos ===

Benjamin Kerensa informs Ubuntu LoCos about books and other resources
available for Ubuntu events and release parties. Kerensa gives a list of
resources along with contact information for: O'Reilly Books, Apress
Books, Peachpit Books, Focal Press Books,
Pearson/Addison-Wesley/Pretince Hall/SAMS

=== Free Official Ubuntu Book For Approved LoCo Teams ===

Jono Bacon informs approved Ubuntu LoCo teams how to obtain a free copy
of the Official Ubuntu Book. Bacon states: "Prentice Hall is happy to
send each and every approved LoCo team one free copy of The Official
Ubuntu Book. To be entirely clear: this is one copy of the book per
team. This will be a great addition to each team's library of Ubuntu books!"

=== San Francisco Ubuntu Hour and Debian Dinner Wrap-up ===

Elizabeth Krumbach writes about her hosting experiences at the recently
held Ubuntu Hour and Bay Area Debian dinner at San Francisco, and how
Debian dinners help boost Ubuntu Hour attendance.

=== Successful Ubuntu Hour in Jo'burg today ===

Maia Grotepass shares photos from a recent Ubuntu Hour in Johannesburg
and thanks queery1985 for "sharing CDs and for organising the Ubuntu Hour."

== Ubuntu Cloud News ==

=== Juju and Nagios, sittin' in a tree.. (Part 1) ===

Clint Byrum starts a series of posts about Juju and Nagios. In this
first post, he explains Nagios in detail, focusing on two main features
that Nagios provides: service monitoring and resource monitoring. He
then introduces some of the benefits of Juju when configuring Nagios for
service checks.

== The Planet ==

=== Oliver Grawert: The Bamboo Feeder - automating continuous ARM image
tests ===

Oliver Grawert discusses his work and the challenges that were overcome
at a recent sprint with the Canonical QA team setting up and PXE booting
a bunch of pandaboards for testing.

=== Didier Roche: Quickly reboot: developer feedback wrap up and
templates content ===

Didier Roche reports on the recently held Quickly reboot sessions, now
available for viewing on YouTube at the following link: Roche also announces the
next sessions which will focus on templates in Quickly.

=== Mathieu Trudel: Bug 1010724: Why doesn't dnsmasq listen on both IPv4
and IPv6? ===

Mathieu Trudel writes about dnsmasq in Ubuntu currently only listening
on an IPv4 address, stating: "Dnsmasq currently only listens on; that's done on purpose. If the only nameserver you have is, both IPv4 and IPv6 queries will go through it. It doesn't
listen on an IPv6 address." Trudel goes on to say "Letting dnsmasq
listen on IPv6 is definitely something I wouldn't mind to see working;
but it's unfortunately not as simple as adding '--listen-address=::1' to
the parameters passed to dnsmasq by NetworkManager."

=== An Interview with Idleone === interviews Giovanni Chiazzese about his involvement in the Ubuntu
community, interests in Linux, computers, and much more.

=== Nicholas Skaggs: Quality mid-cycle checkup ===

Nicholas Skaggs writes about plans and progress with application
testing, SRU verification, general testing (e.g., day-to-day running of
the development version), calls for testing, QA tracker development,
hardware database, and test cases.

=== Ubuntu TV: Ubuntu TV Weekly Update #5 ===

Jim Hoddap reports about changes in Ubuntu TV project including:

 * Unity 3D status
 * Work continues to progress on this effort. More specific details
coming soon after the changes land in a public launchpad branch
 * Grilo plugin for TMDB has been written. Commit to Grilo upstream
should occur soon.
 * Use the Grilo test GUI to experiment with the plugin
 * Community members can use the TMDB as a template to contribute other
metadata provider plugins (such as TTVDB)

Hoddap also reports on the current status of the project and requests
volunteers willing to join the project.

=== Jorge Castro: Easier Installation for Everyone With the Ubuntu
Button ===

Jorge Castro writes in his blog about the Ubuntu Button, stating "we
have a bunch of places where we could use this button, and it'd be easy
for people to submit edits and make each answer better and better. When
someone google's "How do I install foo on Ubuntu?" it'd be nice to see
that big honkin' button."

=== Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu Online Tour ===

Anthony Dillon writes about his recent work with the Ubuntu online tour
innovations with HTML5 and JQuery. Dillon states: "As a member of the
web team I decided to take on the challenge as a cool way to testing out
some HTML5 and jQuery. The purpose of this blog is to talk about some of
the challenges and thought processes I went through during the build."
Dillon also puts out a call for contributors who have HTML, CSS and
jQuery skills.

=== The Fridge: Interview with Jasna Bencic ===

Elizabeth Krumbach interviews Jasna Bencic about her involvement in the
Ubuntu community, her role in the community, future plans, and much more.

=== The Fridge: Ubuntu Manual: Call for Authors ===

John Xygonakis of the Ubuntu Manual team shares Ubuntu Manual plans for
the 12.10 cycle and puts out a call for authors on the following
sections: Ubuntu Desktop, Working with Ubuntu, Viewing and editing
photos, Reading and compositing mail, Browsing the web, Getting online,
and Learning More.

== Canonical News ==

=== An enterprise summit not to be missed! ===

Cezzaine Haigh writes about Ubuntu Enterprise Summit to be held in
Copenhagen on October 30th. Haigh also emphasizes the summit's three key

 * How flexibility creates business value
 * Choosing which bandwagon to board
 * The way ahead, from client to cloud

=== The future is open cloud ===

Susan Wu writes about increased enterprise interest in open cloud
computing and about its benefits, including reduced costs and increased
flexibility without the risk of vendor lock-in. Wu also mentions Juju
and MAAS, referring them as "technologies are streamlining the
deployment process, making it quicker and simpler than ever to get
applications running in the cloud."

== In The Blogosphere ==

=== Blender and Ubuntu Creating TV Ad Magic in Brazil ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG!Ubuntu! shows how Brazil-based graphics studio
OvniVFX is working in the advertisement industry to create vibrant,
imaginative TV commercials for various clients using only Blender and

=== Ubuntu App Showdown: 15 Hot Apps to Watch ===
Manuel Jose, Tech Drive-in, reviews 15 of the "hottest" apps in the
Ubuntu App Showdown Contest recently held to encourage development in
Ubuntu. More than 150 applications were submitted and 133 qualified for
the final list. At the time of writing, winners had not yet been
announced. Even so, Jose provides an information on how to download the

=== Ubuntu Light Themes Updated With New Style For Nautilus, More
[Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal] ===

Andrew of WebUpd8 reviews the new Ubuntu light themes updated for the
new Nautilus in Quantal Quetzal (Ubuntu 12.10). Changes include the new
Ambiance and Radiance themes for Quantal with new rounded tabs and
larger, more rounded, buttons. He also provides screenshots of the new
themes with Nautilus and non-Ubuntu default programs, such as Epiphany
and Gnome Contacts, Documents, and Applications.

=== Video Review: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ===

Michael Perks of REVIEWLINUX provides a short video demonstration of
Ubuntu 12.04. Perks states: "This is an OS that you will enjoy for years."
=== Ubuntu Delays Wayland System Compositor ===

Michael Larabel of Phoronix writes that according to a blueprint update,
"Ubuntu 12.10 will not be shipping with a Wayland-based system
compositor as was once hoped for, but the experimental system compositor
can be enabled from a PPA in a very primitive state."

=== Ubuntu Desktop Environment Usage Statistics ===

Nitesh from Ubuntu Vibes reports on the usage statistics of the Ubuntu
Desktop Environment. The various desktop environments include Unity,
Classic Gnome, KDE, Gnome Shell, XFCE, LXDE. Results were tabulated
through the Popcorn Project which reported on usage statistics totaling
2,363,432 users of Ubuntu. The usage statistics feature is automatically
activated with the installation of the OS, and it reports on files used
and packages installed.

== In Other News ==

=== Three Top Ubuntu Alternatives ===

Matt Harley of Datamation explores his "top 3" Ubuntu alternatives.
These are derivatives based on Ubuntu, yet having their own unique take
on the Ubuntu base. The three derivatives covered are Linux Mint, with
its simpler UI, software backup, and desktop environment. Then there's
Peppermint Linux OS which, in contrast to Linux Mint, is very
cloud-centric in its preferences in cloud software over local apps. Then
there's Pear Linux 5, which is very Apple-like in its UI and is ideal
for netbooks.

=== Ubuntu 12.10 Might Ship With Nautilus 3.4 Instead Of 3.6 ===

Andrew, WebUpd8, reports on recent comments from Sebastien Bacher,
software engineer at Canonical, that Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal might
go back to Nautilus 3.4, even though Nautilus 3.5 is already in Quantal
repositories. Furthermore Ubuntu might follow the recent forks from
Nautilus, such as Marlin or Nemo.

== Other Articles of Interest ==

 * KDE Running on Windows 8, Replaces Metro [Video] -
 * Intel Continues With Mesa Changes For Valve -
 * Open Source for the Space Age -
 * Steam to move beyond games on Windows. Will it bring productivity
apps to Linux? -
 * ZaReason Launch The First Linux UltraBook -
 * Party like it's 1999: CDE Unix desktop REBORN-

== Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings ==

 * Kernel Team - August 7, 2012
 * QA Team - August 8, 2012
 * Desktop Team - August 7, 2012
 * Security Team - August 6, 2012
 * Server Team - August 8, 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-1524-1] WebKit vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1525-1] Calligra vulnerability -
 * [USN-1526-1] KOffice vulnerability -
 * [USN-1527-1] Expat vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1514-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1529-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1530-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1531-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1532-1] Linux kernel (OMAP4) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1533-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1534-1] Linux kernel (EC2) vulnerabilities -
 * [USN-1535-1] Linux kernel vulnerabilities -

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Updates ===

 * expat 2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * expat 2.0.1-0ubuntu1.2 -

End of life - April 2013 (Server)

=== Ubuntu 10.04 Updates ===

 * nis 3.17-31ubuntu0.10.04.3 -
 * cacti 0.8.7e-2ubuntu0.3 -
 * pango-graphite 0.9.2-3.1ubuntu0.1 -
 * ipsec-tools 1:0.7.1-1.6ubuntu1.1 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-ports-meta -
 * linux-ports-meta -
 * linux 2.6.32-42.95 -
 * linux 2.6.32-42.95 -
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.32 2.6.32-42.44	-
 * linux-backports-modules-2.6.32 2.6.32-42.44	-
 * linux-meta-ec2 -
 * linux-ec2 2.6.32-347.52 -
 * linux-ec2 2.6.32-347.52 -
 * linux-meta-ec2 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu1.1 -

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

=== Ubuntu 11.04 Updates ===

 * koffice-
 * koffice 1:2.3.3-0ubuntu4.1 -
 * linux 2.6.38-15.65 -
 * linux 2.6.38-15.65 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.38-1209.25 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 2.6.38-1209.25 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.04.1 -

End of Life - October 2012

=== Ubuntu 11.10 Updates ===

 * udev 173-0ubuntu4.3 -
 * koffice 1:2.3.3-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * koffice 1:2.3.3-0ubuntu6.1 -
 * pcmanfm 0.9.9-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * xdiagnose 1.6.1 -
 * nis 3.17-32ubuntu1.3 -
 * linux 3.0.0-24.40 -
 * linux 3.0.0-24.40 -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-24.17	-
 * linux-backports-modules-3.0.0 3.0.0-24.17	-
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1214.26 -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.0.0-1214.26 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7ubuntu3.11.10.1 -

End of Life - April 2013

=== Ubuntu 12.04 Updates ===

 * cups 1.5.3-0ubuntu3 -
 * amavisd-new 1:2.6.5-0ubuntu3.2 -
 * apport 2.0.1-0ubuntu12 -
 * libxslt 1.1.26-8ubuntu1.1 -
 * gnome-control-center 1:3.4.2-0ubuntu0.4	-
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.1 -
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.2 -
 * light-themes -
 * sqlite3 3.7.9-2ubuntu1.1 -
 * unity 5.14.0-0ubuntu1 -
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.3 -
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.3 -
 * ibid 0.1.1+dfsg-3ubuntu0.1 -
 * accountsservice 0.6.15-2ubuntu9.3 -
 * python2.7 2.7.3-0ubuntu3.1 -
 * ubuntu-docs 12.04.6 -
 * libvirt 0.9.8-2ubuntu17.3 -
 * psensor -
 * webkit 1.8.1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 -
 * webkit 1.8.1-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 -
 * unity-greeter 0.2.8-0ubuntu1.2 -
 * aptdaemon 0.43+bzr805-0ubuntu3 -
 * cedarview-graphics-drivers	20120717-0ubuntu1 -
 * cedarview-drm-drivers 20120717-0ubuntu1	-
 * cedarview-vaapi-driver 20120608-0ubuntu1	-
 * update-manager 1: -
 * launchpad-integration -
 * nspr 4.8.9-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * update-notifier 0.119ubuntu8.5 -
 * 1:3.3.0-7ubuntu7.1 -
 * software-center 5.2.5 -
 * freerdp 1.0.1-1ubuntu2.1 -
 * compiz 1: -
 * d-conf 0.12.0-0ubuntu1.1 -
 * mythtv	2:0.25.2+fixes.20120802.46cab93-0ubuntu1 -
 * calligra-
 * calligra 1:2.4.0-0ubuntu2.1 -
 * apt-clone 0.2.2ubuntu2 -
 * walinuxagent	1.0~git20120606.c16f5e9-0ubuntu2~12.04.1 -
 * virtinst 0.600.1-1ubuntu3.2 -
 * update-manager 1: -
 * linux 3.2.0-29.46 -
 * linux-armadaxp 3.2.0-1606.9 -
 * linux 3.2.0-29.46 -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.2.0-1417.23 -
 * linux-backports-modules-3.2.0 3.2.0-29.14	-
 * linux-backports-modules-3.2.0 3.2.0-29.14	-
 * linux-armadaxp 3.2.0-1606.9 -
 * linux-meta-armadaxp -
 * linux-meta -
 * linux-meta-armadaxp -
 * linux-ti-omap4 3.2.0-1417.23 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * linux-meta-ti-omap4 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1 -
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.4 -
 * expat 2.0.1-7.2ubuntu1.1 -
 * live-build 3.0~a24-1ubuntu32.4 -
 * xserver-xorg-video-intel	2:2.17.0-1ubuntu4.1 -
 * libxml-sax-perl 0.99+dfsg-1ubuntu0.1	-
 * perl 5.14.2-6ubuntu2.1 -
 * pokerth 0.9.4-1+precise1 -
 * aptdaemon 0.43+bzr805-0ubuntu4 -

End of Life - April 2017

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