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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #74

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 74 for the weeks
January 13th – January 19th, 2008. In this issue: layout contest for
Kubuntu.org, Ubuntu case studies, mugs from Germany for your Loco
Team, FOSS in Egypt, and much, much more!!

== In This Issue ==

* Mockup Contest for kubuntu.org
* Ubuntu Case Studies
* Mugs from Germany for LoCo Teams
* Ubuntu Forums News
* In The Press & Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Meeting Summaries
* Upcoming Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security
* Bugs & Translation Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Mockup Contest for kubuntu.org ===

Ryan Kavanagh[1] announced a mockup contest for kubuntu.org on his
blog[2]. The aim is to find a new layout for the official Kubuntu
website: http://www.kubuntu.org.

Knowledge in web design is not required. Simply submit a mockup (the
way you think the website should look), which can then be used as a
template. Anybody interested in participating should know how to use a
vector graphics application, such as Inkscape, since SVG is the
preferred format. All entries must be submitted by 24:00 UTC, February
2nd 2008, about two weeks from now.

The prize for this contest is the usage of the winning mockup on the
Kubuntu website.

More information for the contest can be found on

[1] https://launchpad.net/~ryanakca

[2] http://blog.ryanak.ca/archives/44

=== Ubuntu Case Studies ===

Case studies are now available to demonstrate fields and organizations
where Ubuntu is getting involved:

* ”’Oakland University Replaces UNIX with Ubuntu”’ – The School of
Engineering and Computer Science (SECS) now uses Linux for CAD/CAM/CAE
applications. http://www.ubuntu.com/products/casestudies/oakland-university

* ”’Ubuntu supports technology-enabled teaching at The Johns Hopkins
University”’ – John Hopkins uses Ubuntu as the OS platform for its
BigBoard support system.

* ”’Locatrix Deploys Mobile Applications on Ubuntu”’ – Locatrix
uses Ubuntu Linux to enable a social networking community across an
extensive subscriber base.

See all the examples at http://www.ubuntu.com/products/casestudies

=== Mugs from Germany for your LoCo team! ===

The German LoCo (http://ubuntuusers.de/) is organizing a mass mug
purchase and has invited any you or your LoCos to join in. The mugs
are made in a contemporary straight-sided style with an elegant white
finish and your favourite part, an Ubuntu logo. For those with a
dishwasher, your new mug can happily make a trip through that as well.

Time is limited. Julius Boch needs to know by Wednesday, January 23rd
at the latest. Mug ordered will cost between € 3.81 to € 3.13
depending on the total number ordered and will need to be shipped from
Germany before you can enjoy a fine beverage of your choice in them.
You can read the full announcement in a loco-contacts list[1] post by
Julius or contact Julius directly via email: juliux@ubuntu-de.org.

The minimum order per person or LoCo team is 5 mugs, so bang on those
doors and get more of your friends/coworkers/worst enemies involved.

[1] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/loco-contacts/2008-January/001927.html

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===

PartisanEntity is one of the Forums moderators, active in Ubuntu
Muslim Edition wiki translations and in the Phatch project. He works
for the City of Vienna Administration on an EU project and will study
Multimedia Arts soon. Please read the full interview here:

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

The tutorial of this week is “HOWTO: RT2500, etc. wireless cards
[Gutsy Gibbon],” by wieman01. While the thread is specific to a
particular range of hardware, it stands out as a tutorial that’s well
written, concise, clearly documented and constantly maintained. If you
have a Ralink-based wireless adapter, you’ll want to look it over; if
you don’t, it’s still worth reading as an excellent example of a
how-to. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=563547

== In The Press ==

* Everex to make CloudBook UMPC with 9-in. LCD – Everex may not be
releasing its first $399 ultraportable CloudBook until the end of
January, but the Taiwanese PC maker is already talking about a
supersize successor due later this year that will sport a bigger
screen but stay under $500. The first $399 CloudBook is expected to
be available Jan. 25 in Wal-Mart stores and from e-tailers such as
WalMart.com, NewEgg.com and TigerDirect. It will have a 7-in. LCD,
1.2-GHz ultralow-voltage Via processor, 512MB RAM, 30GB hard drive and
will run the gOS operating system, which is based on Ubuntu. One
thing that won’t change is Everex’s commitment to using Linux and
other open-source applications. A $199 desktop PC from Everex called
the gPC also runs gOS.

* The ‘Other’ Open Source Virtualization Option – The Xen hypervisor
may be the poster child for open source virtualization, but it’s not
the only option. Since its launch in late 2005, the SWsoft-backed
OpenVZ project has been gradually growing its presence. This week,
OpenVZ set out to expand its reach by adding support for Ubuntu 7.10.
The same technology that powers SWsoft’s flagship offering, Virtuozzo,
also powers OpenVZ. OpenVZ provides users with access to the code, and
in turn anticipates an open source community will grow around the
product and contribute to the testing, support and development of the
Linux-based virtualization effort. OpenVZ software includes user tools
to help automation of virtual server management.

* Linux PC Models Multiply As Vista Struggles – Until recently, Linux
PCs were about as easy to find in stores as a vinyl record. Now,
personal computers with the Linux operating system pre-installed are
becoming more readily available, thanks to new models from upstarts
and established PC makers — and disappointment with Microsoft’s new
Windows Vista OS. Last month, Dell shipped a pair of systems loaded
with the latest version of Linux available from Ubuntu. The Inspiron
530 N desktop and the 1420 N notebook feature Ubuntu 7.10 and a
built-in software DVD player. In spurning Vista, some PC buyers have
cited concerns about its cost, resource requirements, and
incompatibility with their existing applications. Indeed, the Home
Premium version of Vista, not including a computer, costs more than an
Everex’s gPC. It also requires 15 Gbytes of disk space and a hefty
processor. http://www.informationweek.com/news/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=205604334

* Acer Offers Ubuntu pre-loaded for kiwis – Acer is offering Ubuntu
7.10 as a pre-load on their 14.1-inch Aspire 4315-100508C model with
1,280 x 800 resolution, 1.86GHz Celeron M 540, 512MB memory, 80GB
disk, and DVD optical drive. Better yet, the price is just NZ$699 —
that’s $553 in US greenbacks. The offer appears to be good in New
Zealand only for the moment.

== In The Blogosphere ==

* An Open letter to Mark Shuttleworth – Rick, at DeviceGuru, thinks
that all forms of Ubuntu (i.e. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Edubuntu,
etc.) should be branded as various “Editions” of Ubuntu. The editions
would then be Ubuntu GNOME Edition (aka “Ubuntu”), Ubuntu KDE Edition,
Ubuntu Xfce Edition, Ubuntu Educational Edition, and Ubuntu Server
Edition (as is). Such branding will “maximize [Ubuntu’s] adoption and
success. Given the already fragmented nature of Linux, why fragment a
specific distribution unnecessarily?”

== In Other News ==

=== Ububtu and FOSS Make Strides in Egypt: By Fouad Bajwa ===

After a month in Cairo, Fouad reports that FOSS and Ubuntu are making
strides. He anticipates establishing a Linux Professional Institute.
The community is strong, there are many people and organizations
gearing up for adopting FOSS and pushing the agenda of open innovation
to the next level, breaking the barriers towards accessing knowledge.
Last week, Orbit TV Egypt aired a 20 minute documentary and talk show
on the benefits of FOSS, Linux with a focus on Ubuntu, its Arabic
language capabilities and the opportunities it holds for Egypt and the
Arab world. The most tangible result evolved from a caller from a
Christian Youth initiative that has agreed to train all its members on
Ubuntu as well as provide the first LPI paper based tests in the
region. Read more details by visiting the link.

== Meeting Summaries ==

=== Technical Board ===

A proposal was heard regarding the requirement for Xubuntu packages to
be in main, and an extended discussion followed regarding the
definition of main with respect to support and maintenance commitments
made by Canonical and others on behalf of the Ubuntu project. The
technical board, in consensus with Xubuntu community developers,
resolved that:
*packages seeded for Xubuntu are not required to be in main.
*Xubuntu will continue to be built as usual but including packages
from universe.
*in the Ubuntu 8.10 planning cycle (including UDS), the technical
board discuss in depth how the repositories are organized with respect
to project commitments and make plans to improve this.

Log available at:

=== IRC Team ===

* After confusion around the creation of #kubuntu-kde4, a new
document was discussed as a good reference when creating new channels
to help avoid some of the problems experienced.
* jussi0 and pleia2 were approved to the ubuntu-irc team.

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, January 23, 2008 ===

==== Edubuntu meeting ====
* Start: 20:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

==== Forum Council Meeting ====
* Start: 22:30 TUC
* End: 23:30 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: No agenda listed as of the publication

==== Kubuntu Developers Meeting ====
* Start: 23:00 UTC
* End: 01:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.kubuntu.org/Kubuntu/Meetings

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

=== Security Updates ===

* [USN-568-1] PostgreSQL vulnerabilities –
* [USN-569-1] libxml2 vulnerability –
* [USN-570-1] boost vulnerabilities –
* [USN-571-1] X.org vulnerabilities –
* [USN-572-1] apt-listchanges vulnerability –
* [USN-571-2] X.org regression –

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

* postgresql-8.1_8.1.11-0ubuntu0.6.06.1 –
* libxml2 2.6.24.dfsg-1ubuntu1.1 –
* boost_1.33.1-2ubuntu0.1 –
* libxfont 1:1.0.0-0ubuntu3.4 –
* xorg-server 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.8 –
* xorg-server 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.9 –
* xorg-server 1:1.0.2-0ubuntu10.10 –

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

* postgresql-8.1_8.1.11-0ubuntu0.6.10.1 –
* libxml2 2.6.26.dfsg-2ubuntu4.1 –
* boost_1.33.1-7ubuntu1.1 –
* libxfont 1:1.2.0-0ubuntu3.2 –
* xorg-server 1:1.1.1-0ubuntu12.3 –
* xorg-server 1:1.1.1-0ubuntu12.4 –
* syslog-ng 1.9.11-1.1ubuntu0.1 –
* xorg-server 1:1.1.1-0ubuntu12.5 –

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* postgresql-8.2_8.2.6-0ubuntu0.7.04.1 –
* libxml2 2.6.27.dfsg-1ubuntu3.1 –
* boost_1.33.1-9ubuntu3.1 –
* libxfont 1:1.2.7-1ubuntu1.1 –
* xorg-server 2:1.2.0-3ubuntu8.1 –
* libmail-box-perl 2.068-1build1 –
* xorg-server 2:1.2.0-3ubuntu8.2 –
* apt-listchanges_2.72ubuntu6.1 –
* syslog-ng 2.0.0-1ubuntu0.1 –
* xorg-server 2:1.2.0-3ubuntu8.3 –

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

* postgresql-8.2_8.2.6-0ubuntu0.7.10.1 –
* libxml2 2.6.30.dfsg-2ubuntu1.1 –
* network-manager-applet 0.6.5-0ubuntu11 –
* boost_1.34.1-2ubuntu1.1 –
* avahi 0.6.20-2ubuntu3.2 –
* libxfont 1:1.3.0-0ubuntu1.1 –
* xorg-server_1.3.0.0.dfsg-12ubuntu8.1 –
* esound 0.2.38-0ubuntu4.1 –
* libmail-box-perl 2.070-1build1 –
* update-manager 1:0.81.2 –
* xorg-server_1.3.0.0.dfsg-12ubuntu8.2 –
* apt-listchanges_2.74ubuntu3.1 –
* syslog-ng 2.0.0-1ubuntu1.1 –
* xorg-server_1.3.0.0.dfsg-12ubuntu8.3 –

== Bug Stats ==

* Open (39414) +448 # over last week
* Critical (18) ±0 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (20229) +327 # over last week
* Unassigned (29875) +489 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (146420) +1561 # 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 (12417) -59 # over last week
2. French (37728) ±0 # over last week
3. Swedish (49176) -8 # over last week
4. English-UK (25172) -1592 # over last week
5. German (66433) -223 # 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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