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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #73

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 73 for the week January
6th – January 12th, 2008. In this issue: Hardy Alpha 3 released,
Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course, KDE 4.0, a new member and MOTUs, MOTU
Council election, an upcoming Hug Day, Forums tutorial of the week,
and much, much more!!

== In This Issue ==

* Hardy Alpha 3 Released
* Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course
* Be Free with KDE 4.0
* New Member and MOTUs
* MOTU Council Election
* Hug Day – 16 January 2008
* Launchpad News
* Ubuntu Forums News & Interviews
* Tutorial of the Week
* In The Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security
* Bug & Translations

== General Community News ==

=== Hardy Alpha 3 Released ===
Alpha 3 is the third in a series of milestone CD images that has been
released during the Hardy development cycle. Alpha 3 includes several
new features that are ready for large-scale testing. Please refer to
http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/hardy/alpha3 for information on changes
in Ubuntu and https://wiki.kubuntu.org/HardyHeron/Alpha3/Kubuntu for
changes in Kubuntu. See:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2008-January/000367.html

Pre-releases of Hardy are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable
system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even
frequent breakage.

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course – IT’s HERE!! ===

OK folks the long awaited Ubuntu 7.10 Desktop Course is ready, waiting
and all yours for the taking! Thanks to all the community members who
slogged over writing, reviewing, editing, proof reading and fixing the
layout. This is just the beginning of the project which we hope will
live and evolve with each new Ubuntu release. Yours to develop,
enhance and branch off to your heart’s content! There are 10 lessons
in total. The course is modular – 2 days if all lessons are covered,
however, topics and lessons can be selected as required. There are 2
versions of the course: an Instructor Guide, and a student guide.
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-training-support/2007-December/000077.html

=== Be Free with KDE 4.0 ===
The KDE 4 series has begun with the release of 4.0. It is the start of
something amazing. Packages are available for 7.10 and the development
Hardy version. KDE4 installs to /usr/lib/kde4 and can be installed
alongside your existing KDE 3, see
http://kubuntu.org/announcements/kde-4.0.php. If you want to test KDE
4 without installing packages, try the Live CD:
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/gutsy/kde4/.

=== New Member ===

Jussi Schultink is a contributor of packages to Ubuntu Universe, a
Launchpad Beta tester, and a member of the Ubuntu IRC operator team.
He is also active in the Ubuntu Studio Project, and Cinelerra, a
audio/video authoring tool. https://launchpad.net/~jussi01

=== New MOTUs ===

After rocking work in the MOTU team, with a particular preference for
GNOME- and gstreamer-related packages, Emilio Pozuelo Monfort was
deemed a great addition to the MOTU team. Warm welcome to the team!
https://launchpad.net/~pochu

We have another Italian MOTU to announce. Michele Angrisano put a lot
of work into merges and Universe fixes and just joined the team!
https://launchpad.net/~micheleangrisano

Stephan Hermann put a lot of work into his MOTU comeback. After lots
of Security work and other Universe uploads he is back in the team.
http://launchpad.net/~shermann

=== MOTU Council Election ===

At the recent Community Council meeting, the new process for the
election of Team Council members was agreed on. It’s documented at
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/CommunityCouncil/Delegation. Andrew Mitchell
and Daniel T. Chen both have left the MOTU Council, both had been on
the council from the very beginning and their work and experience
shaped the MOTU Council of today. The Council is looking for two new
members. MOTU Council members will be expected to:

* approve new MOTU members
* resolve conflict in the team
* help to shape new and better ways of working together
* help to keep a friendly and productive atmosphere in the team

If you are a MOTU and you think you have what it takes to do the
above, mail a member of the MOTU Council at
https://launchpad.net/~motu-council/+members and let them know.
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2008-January/024927.html

=== Hug Day – 16 January 2008 ===

The second Hug Day of the new year, on Wednesday, January 16th, will
be targeting OpenOffice.org. There are currently 300 new bug reports
regarding OpenOffice.org and Hug Day will be focusing on reducing that
number.
We’ll do this by following up with reporters, documenting test cases,
confirming bug reports and tagging bugs based on their sub-component.
The list of targeted bugs and tasks is posted at:
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuBugDay/20080116. Our goal is to deal
with all of the bugs on that list. So on 16 January 2008, in all
timezones, we’ll be meeting in #ubuntu-bugs on irc.freenode.net for
another Ubuntu Hug Day.
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-users/2008-January/134271.html

== Launchpad News ==

=== Help Design the New Launchpad Logo! ===

The Launchpad Logo Community Design Contest.

* What: Design a new logo for Launchpad
* When: Now through 31 March 2008
* How: See http://help.launchpad.net/logo for more details and official rules
* Prize: Winner will receive an Ubuntu Messenger Bag
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/launchpad-users/2008-January/002957.html

=== Using Launchpad Feeds in WordPress ===

Matthew Revell gives us an in depth how-to on adding Launchpad feeds
to your WordPress Blog. Visit the link below to find out how to add
this great feature to your blog and help keep the world informed of
all the great Launchpad News.
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/launchpad-users/2008-January/002971.html

== Ubuntu Forums News & Interviews ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===

Popch is a Swiss government IT department head with more than 30 years
of programming and computer experience. Being a volunteer for a local
housing cooperative, Popch is also a valuable, helpful and
knowledgeable community member. Read more here:
http://kmandla.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/an-interview-with-popch/

== Tutorial of the Week ==

The tutorial of the week for Jan. 7, 2008 is PmDematagoda’s
explanation of the Magic SysRq keys — and how to use them to recover
your system, if it becomes unresponsive. Learn about the key
sequences, and how to safely use them, in the tutorial.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=617349

== In The Blogosphere ==

* Two Years of Ubuntu – Koplowicz.com is amazed at how polished and
user-friendly Ubuntu is. It doesn’t come out of the box with a lot of
the software, but it’s super easy to install whatever is wanted. It
even passed the Mother Test – his mother used his Kubuntu laptop for a
month while her desktop was broken, and she was fine with it. A few
months ago he changed from Ubuntu to Kubuntu because he preferred KDE.
He’s been really happy with the Ubuntu community so he stuck with
Kubuntu through Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, and Gutsy Gibbon. Kubuntu isn’t
the most popular distribution, but Ubuntu is, and it’s nice being part
of the popular crowd. http://koplowicz.com/?p=462

* KDE4 with Ubuntu Gutsy (first impressions) – Nethazard writes that
his first impressions of the released KDE4 were positive. Taking into
account that he has tried all the release candidates in Live CD mode,
the quality of this released version is actually usable and
comfortable. The libraries might be of stable release quality, but the
applications are still a bit rough on the edges. While kmenu feels
very Vista-ish, the user gets used to it very easily. The search is
fast and the navigation is not as cumbersome as the Vista menu. He
recommends you set Dolphin as your default file manager. On this
release, the panel is still not that customizable, but at least it
correctly displays the system tray, clock and virtual desktops. While
there are some missing features, there are lots of features he hasn’t
discovered yet and there’s still a lot of polishing to do on it, its
beautiful, fun and safe to use.
http://blog.nethazard.net/2008/01/11/kde4-with-ubuntu-gutsy-first-impressions/

== In Other News ==

* Driver-Free Car Runs Ubuntu Linux – At CES, Michael Larabel has
spotted a very interesting car: the driver-less Carnegie Mellon
vehicle. And it runs Ubuntu!! Sponsors include Google, NetApp, and
Intel, and this car won this year’s DARPA challenge. “This automated
vehicle uses a dozen Intel Core 2 processors, but at the bottom of the
software stack is Ubuntu 6.06 “Dapper Drake” Linux. Ubuntu 6.06 was
chosen for being an LTS (Long Term Support) release. Perhaps next
year’s vehicle will be running Ubuntu 8.04?”
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NjI3NA

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, January 16, 2008 ===

==== Edubuntu meeting ====
* Start: 12:00 UTC
* End: 14:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

=== Thursday, January 17, 2008 ===

==== Desktop Team Development Meeting ====
* Start: 14:00 UTC
* End: 15:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: Beyond the normal reporting by each team member, additional
agenda items will be listed on the
[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting Meeting wikipage].

=== Friday, January 18, 2008 ===

==== MOTU Meeting ====
* Start: 12:00 UTC
* End: 13:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/MOTU/Meetings

=== Saturday, January 19, 2008 ===

==== Chicago Ubuntu LoCo Meeting ====
* Start: 13:00 US/Central
* End: 15:00 US/Central
* Location: 2nd floor, Institute of Design, 125 N, La”””Salle St.
Chicago, Illinois
* Agenda: The meeting is in conjunction with the Chicago GNU/Linux Users Group.

== Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10 ==

=== Security Updates ===

* [USN-560-1] Tomboy vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000646.html
* [USN-561-1] pwlib vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000647.html
* [USN-562-1] opal vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000648.html
* [USN-563-1] CUPS vulnerabilities –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000649.html
* [USN-564-1] Net-SNMP vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000650.html
* [USN-565-1] Squid vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000651.html
* [USN-566-1] OpenSSH vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000652.html
* [USN-567-1] Dovecot vulnerability –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-security-announce/2008-January/000653.html

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

* postgresql-8.1 8.1.11-0ubuntu0.6.06 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012589.html
* tomboy_0.3.5-1ubuntu3.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012590.html
* pwlib 1.10.0-1ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012591.html
* opal 2.2.1-1ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012592.html
* cupsys_1.2.2-0ubuntu0.6.06.6 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012593.html
* cupsys 1.2.2-0ubuntu0.6.06.7 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012594.html
* net-snmp 5.2.1.2-4ubuntu2.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012595.html
* squid_2.5.12-4ubuntu2.3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012596.html
* openssh_4.2p1-7ubuntu3.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012597.html
* linux-backports-modules-2.6.15 2.6.15-51.7 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012598.html
* bind9 1:9.3.2-2ubuntu1.4 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012599.html
* nis 3.15-3ubuntu3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012600.html
* update-manager 0.42.2ubuntu22.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/dapper-changes/2008-January/012601.html

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

* tomboy_0.4.1-0ubuntu3.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008468.html
* postgresql-8.1 8.1.11-0ubuntu0.6.10 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008469.html
* pwlib 1.10.2.dfsg-0ubuntu3.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008470.html
* opal 2.2.3.dfsg-0ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008471.html
* cupsys_1.2.4-2ubuntu3.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008472.html
* net-snmp_5.2.2-5ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008473.html
* squid_2.6.1-3ubuntu1.5 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008474.html
* openssh_4.3p2-5ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008475.html
* bind9 1:9.3.2-2ubuntu3.3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008476.html
* squid 2.6.1-3ubuntu1.6 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/edgy-changes/2008-January/008477.html

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* postgresql-8.2 8.2.6-0ubuntu0.7.04 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008810.html
* tomboy_0.6.3-0ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008811.html
* pwlib 1.10.3-0ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008812.html
* opal 2.2.3.dfsg-2ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008813.html
* cupsys_1.2.8-0ubuntu8.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008814.html
* spe 0.8.2a+repack-1ubuntu0.7.04 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008815.html
* net-snmp_5.2.3-4ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008816.html
* squid_2.6.5-4ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008817.html
* openssh_4.3p2-8ubuntu1.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008818.html
* dovecot 1.0.rc17-1ubuntu2.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008819.html
* bind9 1:9.3.4-2ubuntu2.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/feisty-changes/2008-January/008820.html

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

* opera 9.25-20071214.6gutsy1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010071.html
* tomboy_0.8.0-1ubuntu0.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010072.html
* postgresql-8.2 8.2.6-0ubuntu0.7.10 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010073.html
* pwlib 1.10.10-0ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010074.html
* ghostscript 8.61.dfsg.1~svn8187-0ubuntu3.3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010075.html
* evolution-data-server 1.12.1-0ubuntu2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010076.html
* gdm 2.20.1-0ubuntu2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010077.html
* cupsys_1.3.2-1ubuntu7.3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010078.html
* spe 0.8.2a+repack-1ubuntu0.7.10 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010079.html
* cupsys 1.3.2-1ubuntu7.4 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010080.html
* net-snmp_5.3.1-6ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010081.html
* squid_2.6.14-1ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010082.html
* openssh_4.6p1-5ubuntu0.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010083.html
* php5 5.2.3-1ubuntu6.3 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010084.html
* cupsys 1.3.2-1ubuntu7.5 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010085.html
* dovecot 1.0.5-1ubuntu2.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010086.html
* clamav_0.91.2-3ubuntu2.2 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010087.html
* Abind9 1:9.4.1-P1-3ubuntu1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010088.html
* xserver-xorg-video-intel 2:2.1.1-0ubuntu9.1 –
https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/gutsy-changes/2008-January/010089.html

== Bug Stats ==

* Open (38966) +190 # over last week
* Critical (18) -1 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (19902) +82 # over last week
* Unassigned (29386) +267 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (144859) +1410 # over last week

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started,
please see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BugSquad

== Translation Stats ==

1. Spanish (12476) -113 # over last week
2. French (37728) ±0 # over last week
3. Swedish (49184) ±0 # over last week
4. English-UK (26764) -783 # over last week
5. German (66656) ±0 # over last week

Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”, see more
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/gutsy/

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