Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter #86
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 86 for the weeks April
6th – April 12th, 2008. In this issue we cover: Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
archive freeze, Ubuntu 8.04 LTS LoCo Team CDs, Brainstorm update,
Ubuntu UK Podcast #3, Euro-Parliament testing Ubuntu, and much, much
== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu 8.04 LTS archive freeze
* Ubuntu 8.04 LTS LoCo team CDs
* Brainstorm update
* Ubuntu Stats
* In the Press & Blogosphere
* Ubuntu UK podcast #3
* Euro-Parliament testing Ubuntu
* Upcoming meetings & events
* Updates & Security
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 8.04 LTS archive freeze ===
We are now one week out from the 8.04 LTS release candidate and two weeks
from the final release, so the archive is now frozen and will not thaw again
During the freeze, all uploads to main must be approved by a member of the
release team, so if you have fixes that are important to get in and will
need discussion, please do get in touch as soon as possible. Uploads to
main should at this point focus on release-critical bugs only.
Uploads to universe should follow the guidelines described here:
The list of release-critical bugs that we want to still try to resolve
before the release candidate on April 17 is tracked here:
Additional bugs that are still considered “targets of opportunity” for the
release are found at:
If you have bugs which you believe should be listed there but aren’t yet,
please get in touch with me or another member of the release team.
=== Ubuntu 8.04 LTS LoCo team CD’s ===
Free Hardy CDs are available for all APPROVED LoCo teams. Shipit will
send LoCos a prepared selection of CDs that form the following mix:
* Ubuntu: PC: 230, AMD64: 20
* Kubuntu: PC: 30, AMD64: 15
* Edubuntu: PC: 10
* Server PC: PC: 30
* Server 64bit: PC: 15
* KDE4 Remix: PC: 50
Please note, Shipit can’t allow you to add or remove from this mix -
this is a pre-prepared selection and cannot be adjusted.
To get your Hardy CDs you must first ensure you are an approved team,
and the Team Contact should make the request for the CDs.
To get them, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject
of Request For Hardy CDs: <team name> (e.g. Request For Hardy CDs:
ubuntu-au). You must use that subject format to ensure Shipit picks up
on the email. The email must contain all of the following details:
* Street Address (do not include a POBOX – it must be a real address)
- include your post/zip code!!
* Full International Phone number (including country code)
The team contact must request the CDs, but it is fine to get the CDs
sent to another member of the team if needed.
Each team can have a maximum of one box of CDs.
Orders should be preferably placed before April 18th 2008 to ensure
delivery within two weeks after the Hardy release date. Any later
orders will have an estimated two week delay before they arrive.
Before you submit the email…
* Ensure you are an approved team – see https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamList.
* Ensure the Team Contact requests the CDs.
* Check you have included the stand subject line, as shown above.
* Ensure you have included all of the requested information in the email.
=== Brainstorm Update ===
Across the web, we have seen a lot of interest to the Brainstorm
website in FOSS projects. The project wants to make an open call to
everyone: the project is working on making Brainstorm
“project-neutral,” and anybody wanting to help on the Brainstorm
project is welcome! The stats module is not up and running yet, but
here are a few stats: 14,400 users, 26,000 comments, 700,000 votes,
and 6500 ideas (350 deleted, 1400 duplicates).
* Now, the implemented ideas will be classified by release.
* Many are unhappy with the current duplicate handling system. That’s
also our perception: the duplicate system is fine, but not sufficient:
there should be a way to group similar, but not duplicate ideas.
* Contacting us will now be easier: A “contact us” link have been
added on the footer of the Brainstorm website, and very soon, a
mailing list will be added.
== Ubuntu Stats ==
=== Bug Stats ===
* Open (42442) +756 # over last week
* Critical (29) ±0 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (20342) +357 # over last week
* Unassigned (32899) +645 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (171424) +3054 # 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 ===
This is the top 5, not specific languages, so the languages might
change week to week.
* Spanish (16420)
* French (40068)
* English-UK (47128)
* Swedish (56000)
* Brazilian Portuguese (64517 )
Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron,” see more
== Ubuntu Forums News ==
=== Ubuntu Forums Interview ===
The editor of the weekly Ubuntu newsletter is Nick Ali, known as
boredandblogging.com. Nick was kind enough to answer the questions
himself this time. He lives both in the Atlanta area and in the web
and tries out many distributions (he runs Arch on his EeePC). Another
veteran of the 386 era!
=== Tutorial of the Week ===
The Tutorial of the Week for April 7, 2008, is a true classic –
seldon77′s “Howto: Get a beautiful Conky 1.4.2 setup”. Dating all the
way back to summer of 2006, this one is well crafted and quite
comprehensive, and comes with sample codes and screenshots for setting
up conky with style. With over 600 comments and creeping up on 200,000
views, this thread is a forum standby and probably will be for a long
time to come. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=205865
As a side note, check out this equally venerable ‘Cafe thread, for
more examples of what you can do with conky.
== In The Press ==
* Ubuntu breathes new life into school’s abandoned hardware -
Implementing a kiosk mode Kubuntu set-up allowed Westall Secondary
School, located in eastern Melbourne, to save money, exact greater
control over security measures, and extend the life of older and
discarded hardware without sacrificing performance. The IT department
installed six Kubuntu desktops in kiosk mode on the old gear for its
Web-based student library system. Based on the success of the initial
deployment, another six Kubuntu kiosks are slated for implementation
in the school’s international student lounge.
* Fixing bugs: how distributions react – Reported in September 2006 -
the high frequency of load/unload cycles on some hard drives which
could lead to premature death of the drive. Ubuntu and Debian projects
were both asked about the bug, both projects replied promptly, but
differently. Ubuntu: “The Launchpad service is the source for the
status on the bugs. There is no other source. When/if they are
fixed/progressed in time or 8.04 will be published on Launchpad.” The
Debian project has come up with a workaround according to spokesman
Martin Schulze. The Debian maintainer of the respective package,
acpi-support, Bart Samwel, has been watching the Ubuntu bug report.
Since the bug was reported in Launchpad, that would be the logical
place to discuss the solution. The plan was to reach consensus, then
implement whatever solution is proper. Since no consensus has been
reached until today (April 4) Samwel took matters into his own hands,
and uploaded the fix on November 28, 2007. That version is already
part of lenny, the next stable Debian
* Ubuntu 7.10 vs. Ubuntu 8.04 Benchmarks – Following up on the
December benchmark tests that showed Hardy 8.04 Alpha 2 and Gutsy in
close competition, this article compares Gutsy with the Hardy Beta
release. Comparison tests include: Bootchart, Doom 3, LAME encoding,
timed disk reads, Gzip compression, and Ram speed. On the desktop,
Ubuntu 7.10 and Ubuntu 8.04 Beta performed neck-and-neck with neither
release showing a definitive advantage. While Ubuntu 8.04 may not be
faster than its predecessor, it does boast a number of new features
including virtualization improvements, RandR GUI for office
presentations and of course, long term support. Visit the link to see
all the graphs of the benchmark tests.
* Dutch UMPC runs Ubuntu – Dutch integrator Van Der Led (VDL) Designs
has announced a clone of the Asus Eee PC ultra-mini PC (UMPC)
notebook. The WiFi-enabled “Jisus” UMPC is equipped with a
Chinese-made 1GHz Loongson CPU, has an 8.9-inch display, and runs
Ubuntu. The Jisus is equipped with 512MB RAM, 4GB of flash, Ethernet,
WiFi, a webcam, and stereo speakers. The mini-notebook sports a larger
8.9-inch display, like the newly announced Asus Eee PC 900, but it’s
limited to the original 800 x 480 VGA resolution. The display is
controlled by a Silicon Motions SM712 graphics processor. The Jisus
will be released in Europe on April 25th, and should be in stock by
May 25th, for a price of 300 Euros (currently about $470). Follow the
link to see screen shots of this new product.
* Ubuntu 6.10 Comes to the End of the Line – Nothing lasts forever,
and this is particularly true of patches and tech support for open
source programs like Linux distributions. Many of the Linux distros
out there have a regular pattern whereby older releases are retired as
they get too far behind the current release. Ubuntu 6.10 Linux
distribution from Canonical, will reach its end of life for support on
April 25th. The Ubuntu community and Canonical launched Ubuntu 6.10 a
year and a half ago, on October 26, 2006, and under the agreement that
Canonical made with Ubuntu users, it promises to offer 18 months of
support for each Ubuntu desktop and server release unless it is a
so-called Long Term Support release. Ubuntu’s newest version, Hardy
Heron 8.04 is due out April 24th, so everyone will be able to upgrade
to the latest version on a timely basis, with no gaps in security.
* Ubuntu: Linux for humans – So you’re sick of the old computer and
want a new one. You go to the store, give your specifications, browse
the models and the options for operating systems. The cost of Windows,
an office package, anti virus, software, with renewals adds up. Enter
open source, and Ubuntu specifically. Included are all the essentials
and many extras, and you need no anti virus software since
Ubuntu/Linux isn’t vulnerable. The repositories contain over 20,000
Linux application you can download for free, and the Ubuntu community
provides a vast support network that is friendly and knowledgeable. If
you’re looking for a computer that you can use to surf the net, check
Email, chat, listen to music and watch videos, Ubuntu is for you.
== In The Blogosphere ==
* Ubuntu and the coming Linux popularity contest – Consider what
would happen if an IBM or Sun seriously threw its weight behind
Ubuntu, banishing the “It’s not enterprise-ready” myth forever? I
suspect we’d see widespread, immediate enterprise adoption of Ubuntu.
Why? Because Ubuntu is already being used widely within enterprises.
It’s just not being allowed to carry mission-critical enterprise
applications yet, because those are reserved for the “enterprise Linux
distributions” like RHEL and SUSE. In short, the only thing Ubuntu is
missing is a big brother that will officially declare, “Ubuntu is
enterprise class.” It’s already there, but needs the certification by
A Big Company. IBM, Sun, and others all have their own reasons for
crowning it such. http://blogs.cnet.com/8301-13505_1-9915064-16.html
* Facts on Ubuntu Mobile and Moblin – What are the differences
between Moblin and Ubuntu Moble? Moblin hosts the Mobile & Internet
Linux Project which is an umbrella, open source project focused on the
development of Linux for Intel-based devices. Ubuntu Mobile is built
specifically for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs.) The goal is to
provide full Web functionality including essential closed components
like Flash and Java. Moblin and Ubuntu Mobile are not the same thing
and they are not competitors. They work together, with both
contributing their own set of components. See a breakdown of what
each does here.
* Ubuntu: More doomed than ever… – The ACPI bug Randall C. Kennedy
encountered with Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” has been carried over to
Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron.” In other words, the suspend/resume “black
screen of death” is back, and nastier than ever! Randall says he had
high hopes for “Hardy,” if for no other reason than he expected the
“showstopper” ACPI issues to have been resolved. That Ubuntu 8.04
remains unpalatable because of a stale, well-documented holdover bug
from the previous version is really disappointing.
* Dell: No Plans for Ubuntu Linux Servers – Canonical has plenty of
momentum on the desktop, but as Canonical gears up for a server push,
one key Ubuntu partner plans to sit on the sidelines. Dell has no
plans to ship Ubuntu on its servers according to a Dell source. Dell
does plan to support Ubuntu 8.04 (code-named Hardy Heron) on selected
desktops this spring or summer. It’s hard to blame Dell for taking a
“wait and see” approach on the Ubuntu server. After all, Red Hat and
Novell are both firmly entrenched in the Linux server market. For
Ubuntu to succeed on the server, it will need a critical mass of
integrators, consultants and software developers willing to sell,
service and support Ubuntu-centric systems.
== In Other News ==
=== Ubuntu UK Podcast episode three: Help Me ===
Ciemon Dunville, Alan Pope, Dave Walker and Tony Whitmore present the
third episode of the Ubuntu UK Podcast.
* Command line versus GUI.
* Podcast production.
* In the news:
* Microsoft OOXML ISO Clarification.
* Adobe releases Air for Linux.
* Launchpad supports OpenID.
* UK Conservative & Labour Parties talk about Open Source.
* Ubuntu survives Tipping point “Pwn to Own” contest.
* Ubuntu Live.
=== EU: Euro-Parliament testing Ubuntu, OpenOffice and Firefox ===
The European Parliament’s IT department is testing the use of Ubuntu,
OpenOffice, Firefox and other Open Source applications according to a
letter to Italian MEP Marco Cappato from British MEP James Nicholson.
According to Nicholson the tests show this Open Source configuration
meets the Parliament’s office requirements. However, this does not
mean that Ubuntu will immediate replace the currently used system:
“This depends on long-term developments and needs and functional
requirements of the Parliament. The Parliament will continue to
monitor Open Source developments and if possible will try to use this
type of software.” http://ec.europa.eu/idabc/en/document/7565
=== Ubuntu Leader Praises Windows, Wants its Customers ===
Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Ubuntu, offers kind words for Microsoft’s
Windows – Ed Moltzen think Mark Shuttleworth sounds more like someone
who is plotting to steal customers away from the Windows platform.
Shuttleworth calls Windows “an important platform,” and then praises
an open-source application called WUBI that allows Ubuntu to be
installed onto a Windows PC. What makes WUBI different is that instead
of creating a virtual machine, or installing Ubuntu onto a partition,
it installs it into a file on the PC. According to Shuttleworth: “What
I think is really classy about it is the way it uses the Windows Boot
Manager sensibly to offer you the Ubuntu option. If I was a Windows
user who was intrigued but nervous about Linux, this would be a really
great way to get a taste of it, at low risk. Being able to install and
uninstall a Linux OS as if it were a Windows app is a brilliant
== Upcoming Meetings and Events ==
=== Wednesday, April 16, 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, April 17, 2008 ===
==== Desktop Team Meeting ====
* Start: 13:00 UTC
* End: 14:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/DesktopTeam/Meeting
== Updates and Security for 6.06, 6.10, 7.04, and 7.10 ==
=== Security Updates ===
* [USN-599-1] Ghostscript vulnerability -
* [USN-600-1] rsync vulnerability -
=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===
* opera 9.27-20080331.6dapper1 -
* update-manager-core 0.56~dapper5 -
* gs-esp 8.15.2.dfsg.0ubuntu1 -
* gs-gpl 8.15-4ubuntu3.1 -
=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===
* opera 9.27-20080331.6edgy1 -
* gs-esp 8.15.2.dfsg.0ubuntu1 -
* gs-gpl 8.50-1.1ubuntu1.2 -
=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===
* opera 9.27-20080331.6fesity1 -
* gs-esp 8.15.4.dfsg.1-0ubuntu1.1 -
* gs-gpl 8.54.dfsg.1-5ubuntu0.2 -
* rsync 2.6.9-3ubuntu1.2 -
=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===
* ghostscript 8.61.dfsg.1~svn8187 -
* flashplugin-nonfree 220.127.116.11ubuntu1 -
* rsync 2.6.9-5ubuntu1.1 -
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