In This Issue: Ubuntu 6.10 release candidate out, Mark Shuttleworth's announcement naming Ubuntu 7.04, A feel-good “Thank You!” for Edubuntu, Edgy Changes, Oracle relationship speculation and much more.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue 19 for the week of
October 15 – 21, 2006. In this issue we cover Mark Shuttleworth's
Edgy+1 announcement and BBC interview, speculations about an Oracle
partnership, planning for Edgy release parties, and more!
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== In This Issue ==
* Ubuntu 6.10 release candidate out
* Mark Shuttleworth's announcement naming Ubuntu 7.04
* A feel-good “Thank You!” for Edubuntu
* Edgy Changes
* Oracle relationship speculation
* Mark's BBC interview
* Finding and scheduling release parties
* The Free Software and Open Source Symposium
* A check-in with 6.06 LTS
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu 6.10 release candidate released ===
The Ubuntu 6.10 release candidate was announced by Tollef Fog Heen on
October 19th. The last expected release before the final button is
pushed on October 26th, the release candidate allows the last bug
fixes checks to be done for final release. You can read more at
The Xubuntu 6.10 release candidate was announced a few days later by
Jani Monoses. You can read more at
=== Ubuntu 7.04 named ===
On October 18th, Mark Shuttleworth announced the codename for the
sixth release of Ubuntu, “The Feisty Fawn”. The name is meant to
embody the spirit of courage and restless exploration of a young deer
as Ubuntu continues to develop better hardware support in all
configurations and investigate brand new developments on the desktop.
Read more at https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel-announce/2006-October/000212.html.
=== Kids say thanks ===
A before/after-school club in England thanks Edubuntu for making it
possible for their kids to have access to a computer. See the forums
post at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=280193.
=== Ubuntu presentation by the Canonical tech support team in
Montreal, Canada ===
Last week, a local advocacy group for open computing,FACiL, presented
Jeff Bailey and his technical support team for Canonical in Montreal.
Jeff presented Ubuntu LTS in both french and english, answering
questions and giving insights about the current and future plans for
technical support. The video is available in Ogg Theora format, thanks
to Fabian Rodriguez from the Ubuntu-Quebec Loco Team and Gulus.
More info: http://www.ubuntu-qc.org/node/36
The video: http://gulus.usherbrooke.ca/pub/autres/presentations-ubuntu-qc
=== Accessibility development mailing list created ===
The last meeting of the Ubuntu Accessibility Team included the
decision to create a new mailing list dedicated to the development of
accessibility features. The old list will continue, but will be more
focused on general discussion and support, and hopefully be less
intimidating for new list users, while the new one will be able to
really dig into deeper-level development discussion.
== Changes In Edgy ==
This week was pretty quiet, as the release candidate slowed the
uploads to main and universe to almost a crawl.
Ubuntu artwork underwent its final change this week, with many
different packages uploaded for various pieces. Daniel Holbach
uploaded edgy-wallpapers 0.7 with a new default wallpaper,
edgy-community-wallpapers 0.4, edgy-wallpapers 0.8,
edgy-community-wallpapers 0.5, human-cursors-theme 0.4 and
edgy-session-splashes 0.4. usplash-theme-ubuntu 0.3 was uploaded by
Tollef Fog Heen while edgy-gdm-themes 0.7 found it was into Ubuntu via
Just in time for the final release, Chuck Short uploaded xen-3.0
3.0~rc5 and then the final xen-3.0 3.0.3 this week.
Jani Monoses uploaded a number of Xubuntu packages this week,
including xubuntu-default-settings 0.22, which add a trash applet and
enabled accessiblity support, xfdesktop4 22.214.171.124svn+r23428, an SVN
snapshot for bugfixes, xubuntu-meta 2.22 adding gnome-app-install
(more commonly know as Add/Remove) and gcalctool to xubuntu-desktop
and finally orage 126.96.36.199svn+r23486, another SVN snapshot for bug
There were a few multimedia applications uploaded this week by
Sebastian Droege, including banshee 0.11.1, banshee-official-plugins
0.11.1, thoggen 0.6.0 (which ported thoggen to gstreamer 0.10), and
Raphael Pinson uploaded some new Ichthux packages, this week,
including ichthux-default-settings 1:6.10, with a new theme and
ichthux-meta 1.0ubuntu3, which adds ichthux-doc and
=== Rebuilding all packages on i386 ===
Lucas Nussbaum rebuilt all the pakcages on i386 to uncover problems in
the archives. More information about the project can be found at
For the hasty, you can view the failed builds at
http://tiber.tauware.de/~lucas/ftbfs/20061019/00FTBFS-List.txt and the
build logs at http://tiber.tauware.de/~lucas/ftbfs/20061019/.
== In The Press ==
Speculation about an Oracle/Canonical partnership has heated up this
week with numerous articles appearing throughout the world's tech
''In an interview with CNET News, Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO
of Ubuntu Linux developer Canonical, would not comment on the question
of whether an Ubuntu Linux partnership with Oracle is in the
''What is one to make of a “no comment” answer to a direct question?''
''If Canonical wasn't working with Oracle on some sort of Ubuntu plan,
he would have said no. Why would Shuttleworth leave the question open
to speculation if nothing was happening?''
''The obvious conclusion would seem to be that something is happening.
Oracle and Canonical are either in discussions or a deal has already
Oracle OpenWorld is this week so the question will likely be answered
soon. Read more at http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/6517/983/
Meanwhile, Mark was also recently interviewed by the BBC's Gareth
Mitchell for ''Digital Planet''. You can see what they have to say
about Mark and Ubuntu and hear the interview at
== Meetings and other similar events ==
October 15th through 21st saw the following meetings:
* Community Council
Due to the extra work going into 6.10 “Edgy Eft” for its imminent
release, the Developer and Technical Board meetings that would
normally have taken place this week and next will not be held. Those
meetings will resume in November after the release.
All meetings take place in #ubuntu-meeting on irc.freenode.net. To
check on time and dates for upcoming meetings, please review the
calendar at http://fridge.ubuntu.com/event.
== Upcoming Events ==
=== Edgy Eft Release this week! ===
Of course, the big news will be the release of Ubuntu 6.10 “Edgy Eft”,
due this coming Thursday, October 26th. To find a release party near
you to celebrate with fellow Ubunteros, or to announce a party of your
own, head on over to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/EdgyReleaseParties – and
start burning those new CDs to give to all of your friends!
Additionally, the following meetings are scheduled for the week of
October 22nd through the 28th:
* Accessibility Team
* Magyarországi Ubuntu Konferencia 2006
* Chicago Loco Meeting
If you are in the Chicago land area (Chicago, Illinois USA), on
October 28, 2006, from 11:00am to 8:00pm CST, sign-up and stop by.
Information can be found at http://chi.ubuntu-us.org. Hope to see you
No meetings are currently scheduled for the week of October 29th
through November 4th.
Meetings take place in #ubuntu-meeting on irc.freenode.net
The Ubuntu Bug Squad will also be hosting another Bug Day this coming
Wednesday, October 25th, all day in all timezones. To find out what
this is all about and see how you can help, take a look at
UbuntuBugDay and drop by #ubuntu-bugs on freenode.
On Tuesday the 24th, Firefox 2.0 will reach final release. It will be
available on http://www.getfirefox.com/ around 11:00 PM GMT.
Seneca College's 5th Annual Free Software and Open Source Symposium
will take place October 26th and 27th in Toronto. Registration is
closed, but they may take a few walk-ins. See
http://cs.senecac.on.ca/fsoss/2006/ for more information.
The UbuntuDeveloperSummitMountainView is also growing closer on the
horizon, beginning November 5th.
== Feature Of The Week: Scribus ==
Scribus is an open-source, cross-platform desktop publishing
application. It has a very user-friendly interface but also includes
professional-grade tools like advanced color controls and convenient
If you've been looking for something to use the next time you slap
together a newsletter for your campus student group, and need to be
able to do complex page formatting and work with people using Windows
too you can suggest Scribus. While this is a very simple example and
hardly touches on its capabilities, take a look:
To give it a try: ''sudo apt-get install scribus''
To find out more (and the link to give your Windows and Mac friends):
== Security Updates ==
USN-368-1: QT vulnerability http://www.ubuntu.com/usn/usn-368-1
== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ==
=== Proposed ===
* dpkg 1.13.11ubuntu7~proposed
=== Backports ===
* apt-cacher 1.5.3~dapper1
* git-core 1.4.1-1~dapper1
* phpgroupware 0.9.16.011-2~dapper1
* proftpd 1.3.0-9~dapper1
* gnomebaker 0.6.0-0ubuntu2~dapper1
* ktorrent 2.0.3-0ubuntu4~dapper1
== Bug Stats ==
* Open (16935) – 363 extra open bugs since UWN #18
* Critical (15) – 2 fewer critical bugs since UWN #18
* Unconfirmed (8612) – 211 extra unconfirmed bugs since UWN #18
* Unassigned (12331) – 357 extra unassigned bugs since UWN #18
* All bugs ever reported (60973) – 840 new bugs since UWN #18
Check out the bug statistics: http://people.ubuntu-in.org/~carthik/bugstats/
=== How to Help Kill a Bug that Annoys You ===
There are times when an application does not work as expected. In some
cases this is a bug. Report them, this makes your software better.
Additionally, you can help out at the UbuntuBugDay on Wednesday.
=== When to find bugs ===
The best time to find a bug is early in the programs lifecycle as it
is being prepared for the next release, not right at the start but the
first snapshot that is taken of the development cycle. You should look
at the critical applications in your distro that you use and check
they work during the beta cycles. This allows developers iron out the
issues before the next release. With the exception of the LTS software
we don't expect to see problems resolved after a release is issued,
unless it is a security issue. (More information here:
=== How to report them ===
The report should be done as soon as the program terminates incorrectly.
What you need to report.
Information about what you as the user were doing or trying to do
before the error occurred. What the expected behaviour was, what the
actual behaviour of the program was. What error messages if any
occurred, all of them is a good starting point.
To report bugs on Ubuntu, get an account on [WWW]
http://launchpad.net, find the package in the version of ubuntu you
have and share the information you have. It is better to report half
correctly and let someone else come along and confirm it.
Your first step in this location is to check that the bug has not been
reported already. If it has then confirm it for your platform and so
Comments can be added after the initial edit, in fact you may be asked
for more detail after you report.
Have a look at a few bugs on launchpad to get a feeling for what is usual.
=== What NOT To Do ===
You should not simply report that “Program X is broken”, this is not a
fault report, it is in fact a “faulty bug report”, which means that it
is useless. It lacks the essential ingredient, appropriate
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