1. UWN Translations
  2. In This Issue
  3. General Community News
    1. Introducing Jaunty Jackalope
    2. UI Freeze in place, Alpha 6 freeze ahead
    3. Last push for Intrepid documentation
    4. Ubuntu 9.04 Developer Summit Sponsorship
    5. Status of Ubuntu Romanian Localization Team
    6. Ubuntu Developer Week
    7. MOTU
    8. New Ubuntu Members
      1. Asia Oceania Board
      2. America's Board Meeting
    9. Intrepid Spanish Translation
    10. New Ubuntu Cyclists Team
  4. Ubuntu Stats
    1. Bug Stats
    2. Translation Stats Hardy
    3. 5-a-day bug stats
  5. LoCo News
    1. Upcoming Atlanta Linux Fest 20 September 2008
    2. Arizona LoCo participating in ABLEconf(Phoenix)
    3. Ohio Linuxfest almost here...
    4. Berlin LoCo Bug Jams
    5. Ubuntu-NI SFD 2008
  6. In The Press
  7. In The Blogosphere
  8. In Other News
    1. Join us at PostgreSQL Conference: West 08, October 10-12 2008
    2. TurnKey Linux: new project builds Ubuntu based Live CD appliances
  9. Meeting Summaries
    1. Technical Board Meeting Summary
      1. Status of cdrtools discussion
      2. Gobby co-maintenance with Debian
      3. Revisiting limited upload privileges for kernel and printing packages
      4. Board membership/nominations
  10. Ubuntu Server Team: 9/9/08 Meeting
  11. Upcoming Meetings and Events
    1. Tuesday, September 16, 2008
      1. Community Council Meeting
      2. Server Team Meeting
    2. Wednesday, September 17, 2008
      1. QA Team Meeting
      2. ubuntu-pa LoCo Team Meeting
    3. Thursday, September 18, 2008
      1. Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting
      2. Ubuntu Desktop Meeting
      3. Ubuntu Java Meeting
    4. Friday, September 19, 2008
      1. MOTU Meeting
      2. Platform Team Meeting
  12. Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.04, 7.10, and 8.04
    1. Security Updates
    2. Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates
    3. Ubuntu 7.04 Updates
    4. Ubuntu 7.10 Updates
    5. Ubuntu 8.04 Updates
  13. Archives and RSS Feed
  14. Additional Ubuntu News
  15. Conclusion
  16. Credits
  17. Glossary of Terms
  18. Feedback


Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #108 for the week September: Introducing Jaunty Jackalope, UI Freeze in place-Alpha 6 freeze ahead, Last push for Intrepid documentation, Ubuntu 9.04 Developer Summit Sponsorship, Status of Ubuntu Romanian Localization Team, Ubuntu Developer Week, MOTU, New Ubuntu Members, Intrepid Spanish Translation, New Ubuntu Cyclists Team, Atlanta Linux Fest 2008, Arizona LoCo participating in ABLEconf, Ohio Linuxfest, Berlin LoCo Bug Jams, Ubuntu-NI SFD 2008, Technical Board Meeting Summary, Server Team Meeting, and much, much more!

UWN Translations

In This Issue

General Community News

Introducing Jaunty Jackalope

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the name for the proposed Ubuntu release 9.04, and it will be "Jaunty Jackalope." Specific goals for this warrior rabbit will be addressed at the Ubuntu Developer's Summit in Mountain View on the 8th - 12th of December. Included in the new release will be faster boot time and resume time, blurring the difference between web services and desktop applications. The move of all of Ubuntu into Bazaar should provide an intricate pattern of collaboration between developers in a distributed version control system.

The challenge that Mark has set, is to provide customers of the several million devices being shipped with Ubuntu with an experience comparable to Microsoft or Apple. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to shine, and Mark wants to make sure that the very best thinking across the whole open source ecosystem is reflected in Jaunty Jackalope since many people will judge free software as a whole, by what we do.

UI Freeze in place, Alpha 6 freeze ahead

The sixth and final alpha testing milestone for Intrepid Alpha 6 is scheduled for next Thursday, September 18th. Intrepid Alpha 6 will again use a "soft freeze" for main Developers are asked to refrain from uploading packages that aren't essential to the release of the Alpha from Tuesday through Thursday. This is so the archive can be set, and the last show stoppers can be fixed. See the link for further information. The list of bugs targeted for alpha-6 can be found at:

Last push for Intrepid documentation

The User Interface (UI) for Intrepid Ibex is now in a freeze state. This leaves about 3 weeks for errors to be found in the documentation before the string freeze takes place. Here's an opportunity to help make the documentation better. If you have Intrepid installed, please scan the documentation and submit bug reports on any errors, omissions and typos.

Ubuntu 9.04 Developer Summit Sponsorship

Jono Bacon reports that the next Ubuntu Developer Summit will be held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California from Monday, December 8th to Friday, December 12th, 2008. This year, the method of sponsorship has changed. Those sponsored will be expected to choose an idea from Ubuntu Brainstorm to use as the basis of a presentation. Some of the key topics for Ubuntu 9.04 are:

Instructions for requesting sponsorship can be obtained from Jono's blog:

Status of Ubuntu Romanian Localization Team

Adi Roiban has issued the first of a series of updates on the localization of Ubuntu to Romanian. Currently, about 27.5% is done, with most of it Launchpad, and 2 major packages done in Narro. The team has almost all GNOME and configuration utilities translated, including the live cd menu, installation program, and Ubuntu guides. They plan to translate all the GNOME packages and the GNOME GUI, then start working on the Ubuntu Desktop Course.

Ubuntu Developer Week

Ubuntu Developer Week happened from Sept. 1st to Sept. 5th in #ubuntu-classroom on 25 IRC sessions happened with involvement from developers of all sorts of teams. At peak times we had more than 200 participants. Here a quick overview what happened throughout the week.


You can refer to Fabien Tassin as a MOTU now. His application was just approved, and his track record of excellent work on Mozilla related packages spoke for him. Launchpad:

Iulian Udrea's application as a Universe Contributor has been approved. He spent quite some time making Ubuntu better, and has learned a lot in the last weeks and months. Launchpad:

Thierry Carrez (Koon) just joined the Universe Contributors team. He put a lot of good work into several areas in the Server Team, and the feedback of his sponsors was great. Launchpad: Wiki:

MOTU congratulates these 3 on their contributions to the team!

New Ubuntu Members

Asia Oceania Board

Ruben Romero from Oslo, Norway has been approved for Ubuntu Membership. Ruben is the contact person of Ubuntu Ecuador LoCo Team. As a new member, he has been contributing to various projects, notable among them are: Spread Ubuntu and Spanish Documentation for Ubuntu. Launchpad: Wiki:

Rafik Ouerchefani of the Tunisia LoCo Team is a new member. Rafik has the responsibility for Tunisian LoCo Website and its Arabic Forum. He also does some writing about Ubuntu & Free Softwares in magazines. Launchpad: Wiki:

The Asia Oceania board is happy to welcome these newest Ubuntu Members!

America's Board Meeting

David Thomas is a core member of the Ubuntu New Mexico LoCo Team and has been responsible for many of its core functions since joining in 2007. He spoke about Ubuntu at HDI 2008 Conference, where he handed out over 150 Ubuntu CDs. He plans to do more talks in the future, continue to promote the New Mexico LoCo, and get involved in the Ubuntu Security team. Launchpad: Wiki:

David Giard is the founder of the Quebec LoCo Team, and the leader of the LoCo-Drupal Development Team. Starting with the translation of the Canadian site into French, his extensive work with the Quebec team has advocates describing him with such phrases as "unstoppable workhorse". Launchpad: Wiki:

The America's Board is very happy to welcome both these new members to the project!

Intrepid Spanish Translation

With the Ubuntu 8.10 release around the corner, the Spanish speaking LoCos are having a Translation Sprint on September 27th, 2008. Organized by the Ubuntu Spanish Translators (Ubuntu-l10n-es Team), the Intrepid Translation Sprint will gather Ubuntu users from all the Latin American countries and Spain. Wiki:

New Ubuntu Cyclists Team

Greg Grossmeier has formed a new team in Launchpad called Ubuntu Cyclists. While not your regular Ubuntu team that only works toward improving our favorite operating system, this team is "geared" toward gathering cyclists from the Ubuntu community to help them meet and form lasting relationships. Anyone who loves biking in whatever form is welcome to join! Launchpad:

Ubuntu Stats

Bug Stats

As always, the Bug Squad needs more help. If you want to get started, please see

Translation Stats Hardy

Remaining strings to translate in Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron," see more at:

5-a-day bug stats

Top 5 contributors for the past 7 days

Top 5 teams for the past 7 days

5-A-Day stats provided by Daniel Holbach. See

LoCo News

Upcoming Atlanta Linux Fest 20 September 2008

The Ubuntu Georgia US LoCo is sponsoring the Atlanta Linux Fest (ALF) on Saturday, 20 September 2008, at the IBM Hillside Conference Center. ALF will be a non-distro specific event, partly an install-fest along with demonstrations. Scheduled demonstrations include dual-booting, virtualization, privacy and encryption with SSH and GPG, Fedora 10, IBM's Symphony productivity software, and gaming. The Florida and Alabama LoCos will also be attending and helping celebrate Software Freedom Day. Linux books provided by O'Reilly and Peachpit will be given away, along with openSUSE and Ubuntu swag. Nick Ali, who is coordinating the event, says the idea for ALF arose only 6 weeks ago, but is expected to attract well over a hundred attendees.

More information can be found at

Arizona LoCo participating in ABLEconf(Phoenix)

On Sept. 20th, 2008, ABLEconf will be "rockin" in Phoenix, AZ. The Arizona Business and Liberty Experience (ABLEconf) is a Free Software conference organized by a coalition of many Arizona Free Software groups, including the Arizona LoCo team and PLUGAZ. Conference times are 10:00-17:00 local time, and will be held at the University for Advancing Technology (UAT) campus. The 20th was chosen because it's Software Freedom Day, an international celebration for Free Software. Arizona's own John Crawford, Craig Eddy, Kenny and Travis McHenry, among others will be making presentations at the conference. Everyone is invited to attend, and don't forget to stop by the team's Ubuntu booth to experience our idea of fun with Open Source.

Ohio Linuxfest almost here...

The Ohio Linux Fest will be held October 10th and 11th, in Columbus, Ohio. Please check the links for a schedule [1] and a list of speakers [2] available. Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier from openSUSE, and Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, are giving the keynote addresses. In addition to those notables, there will be members of the Michigan LoCo, the Kubuntu maniacs from Chicago, and of course Stephen Stalcup (vorian), Simon Ruiz from Indiana, and Andrew Conkling, among others from Pennsylvania.



Berlin LoCo Bug Jams

Starting on September 25th, 2008, the Ubuntu Berlin LoCo team is going to have regular Bug Jams!

This is the perfect way to get involved, learn more, get to know other Berliner Ubuntu friends, and have fun. Let’s see which LoCos will be next to have regular Bug Jams and/or Packaging Jams.

Ubuntu-NI SFD 2008

The celebration of the worlds biggest FOSS event started early this year in Nicaragua. They launched the SFD event on Debian Day Nicaragua '08 (August 14), at the National University of Engineering (UNI), with an installfest, conferences and guest speakers from Guatemala, El Salvador, Norway, and of course, Nicaragua. They gave a lot of information about the upcoming SFD event, and distributed some brochures.

Two days later, they visited the Central American University (UCA) in Managua, where the local GNU/Linux community had an information stand with flyers and brochures, and three laptops running Ubuntu, openSuse, and Fedora. UCA is the venue of this year SFD.

On September 5th and 6th, it was time for Comtech, the largest technological fair in Nicaragua. They had a stand promoting FOSS and SFD. Sponsorship provided by the Ministry of Industry and Commercefont.

This week, they had three more events. Two conferences about Free Software and a demonstration of Ubuntu at the American University (UAM) in Managua on September 11th. They distributed some Ubuntu CDs, and the next day they had two other conferences. Visit the link for some pics. Great Job Ubuntu-NI!

In The Press

In The Blogosphere

In Other News

Join us at PostgreSQL Conference: West 08, October 10-12 2008

The second annual PostgreSQL Conference West will be held in The Native American Student & Community Center at Portland State University. Already on the schedule is the membership drive for PgUS, the new PostgreSQL non profit association. Also hoped for is a debate and potential election of board members. But they would also like papers:

Then post a submission: Possible talks might be about Ubuntu, PostgreSQL and Drupal.

TurnKey Linux: new project builds Ubuntu based Live CD appliances

The motto of Turnkey Linux is "everything that can be easy, should be easy". TurnKey is trying to make Ubuntu easier to use for certain types of (mostly server) tasks. Public Betas have been released for:

Some of the technical specifications of Turnkey are:

More information can be found at the website:

Meeting Summaries

Technical Board Meeting Summary

Board members: Mark Shuttleworth, Matt Zimmerman Apologies: Scott James Remnant (holiday) Attendees: Oliver Grawert, Emmet Hikory

Status of cdrtools discussion

Mark has offered to obtain a legal opinion from the Software Freedom Law Center, on the condition that Joerg Schilling will agree up front to accept their determination.

We are waiting for Joerg to respond to this proposal. Mark suggested that we also involve Sun in the discussion, as they are shipping cdrtools.

Action: Mark to contact Sun legal regarding cdrtools

Gobby co-maintenance with Debian

Philipp Kern, upstream developer and Debian maintainer of gobby, and MOTU, is interested in helping to maintain gobby in Ubuntu main.

We agreed that this is reasonable, and that Phillipp's existing qualifications are sufficient to grant upload privileges.

Action: Matt to arrange upload rights for gobby for pkern

Revisiting limited upload privileges for kernel and printing packages

The Technical Board granted core-dev privileges to two developers (Tim Gardner and Till Kamppeter) who are interested in working with specific packages in main, with the proviso that they were to follow standard sponsorship processes for other packages.

Now that Launchpad has the capability to implement this type of access control directly, we agreed to transition these developers from ubuntu-core-dev to per-package upload rights.

Action: Matt to follow up with Tim and Till

Board membership/nominations

The Technical Board is in search of new members, and suggestions from the community have been received and reviewed. The next step is to contact the top candidates (most were suggested by third parties) and ask whether they are willing to serve in the position.

Action: Mark to contact the candidates and confirm their interest

Ubuntu Server Team: 9/9/08 Meeting

The Server Team met on Sept. 9th, and the follow are the highlighted topics of that meeting. To see the details of each topic, please visit the link below.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Community Council Meeting

Server Team Meeting

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

QA Team Meeting

ubuntu-pa LoCo Team Meeting

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Ubuntu Mobile Team Meeting

Ubuntu Desktop Meeting

Ubuntu Java Meeting

Friday, September 19, 2008

MOTU Meeting

Platform Team Meeting

Updates and Security for 6.06, 7.04, 7.10, and 8.04

Security Updates

Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates

Ubuntu 7.04 Updates

Ubuntu 7.10 Updates

Ubuntu 8.04 Updates

Archives and RSS Feed

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Additional Ubuntu News

As always you can find more news and announcements at:



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Glossary of Terms

  1. FOSS - Free Open Source Software
  2. MOTU - Master of the Universe
  3. PPA - Personal Package Archive
  4. QA - Quality Assurance
  5. SFD - Software Freedom Day
  6. VM - Virtual Machine


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