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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #82

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 82 for the weeks March
9th – March 15th, 2008. In this issue we cover the Ubuntu 8.04 beta
freeze, Ubuntu Classroom team, the return of Ubuntustats.com, LoCo
projects from the Jordanian, New Mexico, and UK teams, Ubuntu Studio
at Sheffield University, and, as always, much, much more!

== In This Issue ==

* Ubuntu 8.04 Beta Freeze
* Ubuntu Classroom
* Ubuntustats.com Returns
* FLOSS Introduction – The Jordanian Way
* Endorphin Power Company Ubuntu Install and Support
* Ubuntu UK Podcast
* Ubuntu Forums News & Interviews
* Tutorial of the Week
* In The Press & Blogosphere
* In Other News
* Meetings & Events
* Updates & Security
* Bug & Translations

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu 8.04 Beta Freeze ===

Hardy Heron 8.04 LTS is now only one week away from beta release, and
has entered beta freeze. During the freeze, all uploads to main must
be approved by a member of the release team [1], so if you have fixes
which are important to get in, please do get in touch as soon as
possible. Uploads to universe require a manual push through the
queue, but are not subject to release management approval.

[1] https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-release


=== Ubuntu Classroom ===

What is Ubuntu Classroom? It’s a place for users to learn how to give
back to the community. The idea is to show the millions of users of
Ubuntu how they can personally make Ubuntu better. The goal is to help
show users how easy it is to contribute to Ubuntu, and then follow
that up to make sure those same users continue to contribute.

How can you help? We need presenters, bloggers and people to be
available in IRC to help answer questions. Help get this team on track
by volunteering some of you time, you’ll be glad you did!



http://tinyurl.com/2epthg (Ubuntu Classroom planning schedule and events)

=== Ubuntustats.com Returns ===

After a lengthy downtime due to excessive traffic and load to the
server, Felipe Lerena finally managed to put some spare time into
migrating everything to a new server, provided by Mitch Mahan, and
launched UbuntuStats back into the intrawebs. The plan is continue
building, to expand the statistics gathered, and start showing trends
in different areas. Also of importance will be cleaning up the code to
allow other people to contribute code into the project and provide
public snapshots of the database. http://beuno.com.ar/archives/61

== LoCo News ==

=== Ubuntu Jordan LoCo: FLOSS Introduction – The Jordanian Way ===

As part of Ubuntu Jordan LoCo Team continuous efforts to spread
awareness about GNU/Linux, the team organized a public event at The
University of Jordan. A lecture Introducing FLOSS in the Jordanian
way, as well as a brief background of FLOSS history, was given by
Khamis Seksik. The lecture also included Mr. Seksik explaining some
reasons to use FLOSS, as well as information on the selling VS
software, and comparing backward compatibility issues between FLOSS
and other software. It is worth mentioning that next week the Ubuntu
Jordan LoCo Team is scheduled to start giving Ubuntu Desktop Courses
in cooperation with the Jordan University IEEE Student Branch, who was
an important part of this event. Visit the link for pictures of the
event. http://syntux.net/blog/2008/03/13/ubuntu-jordan-loco-floss-introduction-the-jordanian-way/

=== Ubuntu New Mexico LoCo: Endorphin Power Company Ubuntu Install and
Support ===

In September of 2007, Dave Thomas and Eric Krieger were sitting at the
New Mexico Software Freedom Day event when they began tossing around
various thoughts and ideas about open source software. The discussion
eventually landed on the topic of the Philosophy of Ubuntu — “I am
what I am because of who we all are.” A question arose: “How could we,
as a group, give back to our community?” Eric approached his boss at
Charter Bank and asked if they could donate some PCs to a local
non-profit organization. Charter Bank generously agreed to donate
twenty-five PCs, several switches, and a server. It was determined,
after some discussion on the teams email list, that a deserving
organization would be Endorphin Power Company (EPC). EPC is a local
shelter with special focus on the substance-dependent and homeless.
The ultimate goal is to bring a highly functional computer network to
EPC by using Ubuntu and Open Source Software with emphasis on
documentation and training.

To date, the team’s EPC project is progressing nicely. They just
finished setting up and installing the EPC computer lab this past
Saturday. It was a proud day for our Ubuntu community, but this is
only the beginning! The successful installation of the computer lab
has given the team a solid foundation upon which to build. Future
projects include the networking and installation of all of the
computers in the residents’ dormitory rooms, the launching of an EPC
intranet (and associated server applications), and the creation of
internet kiosks within a planned cafe. Additionally, the team will be
holding regular meetings at EPC, and will be giving tutorials by using
the Ubuntu Desktop Course in a series of classes at the new computer
lab. New projects continue to be discussed and will be more fully
developed as our involvement grows.

Project wiki page with pictures here:

Another summary and more pictures can be found on Dave Thomas’s blog:

Contact information

NM LoCo Team contact: mrimbert@ubuntu.com

EPC Project Lead: grammatoncleric@ubuntu.com

NM LoCo IRC channel #ubuntu-us-nm

== New in Hardy Heron ==

=== Technical Board decisions ===

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Ubuntu Technical Board, two technical
decisions were taken with regard to the Ubuntu 8.04 release:

* Automatic indexing in tracker will be disabled for Ubuntu 8.04.
While we value the functionality provided by tracker and intend to
continue to support its rapid development by including it by default
in Ubuntu, the side effects of automatic indexing have a significant
impact on users regardless of whether they make use of tracker’s
search features. Instead, users who desire this functionality can turn
on indexing by changing their preference settings.
* The officially released architectures for Ubuntu 8.04 will be i386
and amd64. The SPARC port will continue to be provided with build
infrastructure, and Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, 7.04 and 7.10 will continue to
enable SPARC deployments well into the future, but there will not be
an official Ubuntu 8.04 release for SPARC.

== Ubuntu Forums News ==

=== Ubuntu Forums Interviews ===

* Hailing from the town of Kottawa, Sri Lanka, PmDematagoda is a
recent addition to the staff, but has at least a decade’s experience
working with PC systems and Windows. A XP virus introduced him to
Linux, and from there, Ubuntu was only a short step away. Read more:
* Cross the line in the forums and you’ll probably face KiwiNZ as a
result. On one hand, he’s the forum strongman — more than likely he’s
the one who’ll press the button that bans you — but on the other hand,
he’s a father of three and an experienced IT manager. An Ubuntu user
since its inception, and a forum member since the earliest days of its
existence, KiwiNZ is the last administrator left to be interviewed.
Read on to learn more about member No. 9.:

=== Tutorial of the Week ===

This week’s tutorial might not be one you need right away, but keep it
mind for the future: OldPink’s “HowTo: Transfer your bootable Ubuntu
installation between hard drives.”

Aside from being exceptionally useful, this is another tutorial that’s
well-designed and easy to follow. Be sure to thank OldPink if it comes
in handy, in the future.

== In The Press ==

* OS Wars: The Battle for Your Desktop – PC Magazine tries to
determine the best operating system for an average user who wants
something secure, easy to install, and easy to master. Mac OS 10.5.1,
Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Ubuntu are put to the challenge.
Upgrades from 7.04 to 7.10 on a pre-installed Dell computers causes
issues, but the use of Live CDs is highlighted. While GNOME is clean,
use of the command line scares away the masses. The variety of
applications on Ubuntu is noted, but the gaming market caters to
Windows. Similarly, Windows has an advantage with devices and drivers,
specifically networking, compared to Mac OS and Ubuntu. Ubuntu and Mac
OS receive high marks for security.

== In The Blogosphere ==

* Talking Ubuntu Linux: Q&A with System76 President Carl Richell –
System76, one of the best-known providers of pre-installed Ubuntu
systems, recently introduced new servers certified to run the
operating system. All About Ubuntu caught up with System76 President
Carl Richell to discuss his views on the Ubuntu server market.
System76 has offered Ubuntu pre-loaded servers since the release of
Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Currently they are providing servers to small
businesses, schools, governments, and enterprises. Business customers
are deploying web applications, email, telephony, and thin clients.
Higher education customers utilize Ubuntu servers for research and
complex calculations. Scientists and students will soon be using
System76 servers for plant genome sequencing. Ubuntu’s early focus on
delivering a stellar desktop operating system has proven extremely
valuable to the server side. Many System76 business customers started
with System76 laptops and desktops, their first Linux computers, and
are now deploying Ubuntu servers. Visit the link to read the entire

* Yes, my grandma can run Ubuntu Linux – Last week Lenovo lent Matt
Asay one of its X61 ThinkPad laptops so that he could give Ubuntu a
try. A week into a new trial with Ubuntu, it was clear that desktop
Linux has come a long way. He found it extremely easy to use, and
states that “this is an operating system that my grandma could (and in
fact, did) use”. This isn’t to say that his week with Ubuntu Linux was
uneventful. He had a few struggles, which he details in the article.
These struggles, however, were almost entirely due to running Ubuntu
on unsupported hardware, and not any fault of Ubuntu (or Linux)
itself. To test how hard it is for an average user to find their way
around Ubuntu, he had his grandmother give it a try. They were able to
accomplish several tasks without even knowing that they were using a
different operating system. All in all, he was very impressed with
Ubuntu. The learning curve required to switch from Windows to Linux is
all of 10 seconds long. His grandma did it. The lady who cuts his hair
did it. Read the whole article, and see pictures of the ladies using
Ubuntu by following the link.

== In Other News ==

=== First episode of Ubuntu UK Podcast: A Little Less Conversation ===
Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the
first episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast. Available in OGG or MP3
formats, this first episode includes:

* A brief intro to the cast, some history of how the podcast was conceived.
* Discussion on Ubuntu’s Brainstorm site.
* Introduction, discussion on why Brainstorm
* Talk about some of the top ideas
* FOSDEM 2008 – Interviews
* Andrew Waffa, developer from the Bongo project
* Becky Hogge of the Open Rights Group
* Jan Claeys from the Belgian Ubuntu LoCo Team
* Pimp the Ubuntu Demo day

=== kubuntu-de.org interview: Tobias König about the development of Akonadi ===

Tobias König is a Computer Science student and one of the core
developers of Akonadi, one of the innovative technologies that will be
implemented in KDE4. Akonadi is not a groupware server. Akonadi is an
intermediate storage and abstraction layer for PIM data. This is
similar to Phonon, for multimedia or Solid for hardware. Akonadi
abstracts the access and maintenance of data for the rest of the
system (i.e. the address book or the calendar). This is achieved by
offering a common interface for all the data. In turn there are
several improvements in comparison to KDE3: (1) PIM data must only be
held once in the memory; (2) there is a central instance which
monitors any change of the data and hence informs all other components
about it; (3) the whole Akonadi framework follows an asynchronous
communication design. This means blocking of the user interface or for
the loading or storing of data cannot occur anymore. The user will
benefit because data that is changed, say in their address book, will
automatically change in their birthday data too. Integration, with
less memory usage. Read the whole interview by following the link.

=== Ubuntu Studio at Sheffield University ===

Adapting to change: Working with digital sound using open source
software in a teaching and learning environment – The music department
at Sheffield University is in the process of installing Ubuntu Studio
(dual boot) on all of their studio computers. This is being lead by
the head of the studios Adrian Moore and one of the department’s
technicians the Dave Moore. They have written a rather objective study
on the feasibility of the switch along with a case study of creating a
composition on Ubuntu Studio. Read the study at

== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==

=== Wednesday, March 19, 2008 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====
* Start: 21:00 UTC
* End: 22:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerTeam/Meeting

=== Thursday, March 20, 2008 ===

==== Ubuntu Chicago Meeting ====
* Start: 19:30 US/CST
* End: 20:30 US/CST
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-chicago
* Agenda: Discussion of UIC’s Flourish open source

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

=== Security Updates ===

* [USN-585-1] Python vulnerabilities –
* [USN-586-1] mailman vulnerability –

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

* python2.4, python2.4 2.4.3-0ubuntu6.1 –
* lighttpd 1.4.11-3ubuntu3.8 –
* mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.22-0ubuntu6.06.7 –
* langpack-locales –
* vlc_0.8.4.debian-1ubuntu6.2 –
* mailman_2.1.5-9ubuntu4.2 –
* phpmyadmin_2.8.0.3-1ubuntu0.1 –
* wml 2.0.8-11ubuntu0.6.06 –

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

* python2.4 2.4.4~c1-0ubuntu1.1 –
* python2.5 2.5-2ubuntu2.1 –
* lighttpd 1.4.13~r1370-1ubuntu1.6 –
* mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.24a-9ubuntu2.3 –
* tzdata 2008a-0ubuntu0.6.10 –
* vlc_0.8.6-svn20061012.debian-1ubuntu1.2 –
* mailman_2.1.8-2ubuntu2.1 –

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* python2.4 2.4.4-2ubuntu7.1 –
* python2.5 2.5.1-0ubuntu1.1 –
* lighttpd 1.4.13-9ubuntu4.5 –
* mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.38-0ubuntu1.3 –
* tzdata 2008a-0ubuntu0.7.04 –
* vlc_0.8.6.release-0ubuntu4.1 –
* mailman_2.1.9-4ubuntu1.1 –
* phpmyadmin_2.9.1.1-2ubuntu1.2 –
* wml_2.0.11-1ubuntu0.1 –
* python-cherrypy 2.2.1-3ubuntu1.7.04 –
* mailman_2.1.9-4ubuntu1.2 –

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

* python2.4 2.4.4-6ubuntu4.1 –
* python2.5 2.5.1-5ubuntu5.1 –
* lighttpd 1.4.18-1ubuntu1.3 –
* mysql-dfsg-5.0 5.0.45-1ubuntu3.2 –
* tzdata 2008a-0ubuntu0.7.10 –
* vlc_0.8.6.release.c-0ubuntu5.1 –
* mailman_2.1.9-8ubuntu0.1 –
* wml_2.0.11-2ubuntu0.1 –
* cherrypy3 3.0.2-1ubuntu0.1 –
* python-cherrypy 2.2.1-3ubuntu1.7.10 –
* mailman_2.1.9-8ubuntu0.2 –

== Bug Stats ==

* Open (39934) -328 # over last week
* Critical (22) -1 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (19347) -215 # over last week
* Unassigned (30706) -113 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (160432) +2275 # 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 Hardy ==

* Spanish (12938)
* English-UK (38910)
* French (41141)
* Swedish (51392)
* Brazilian Portuguese (56321)

Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron,” see more
at: https://translations.launchpad.net/ubuntu/hardy/

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== Glossary of Terms ==

1. FLOSS – Free Libre Open Source Software
1. LTS – Long Term Support
1. PIM – Personal Information Manager
1. SPARC – Scalable Processor Architecture, from Sun Microsystems

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