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Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #42

In this issue we cover Dell's long awaited release of computers with Ubuntu preinstalled, the newly created Wine team, a new planet has been added to our blog solar system for US LoCos and an interview with Corey Burger.
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #42 for the week May
21st – May 27th, 2007. In this issue we cover Dell's long awaited
release of computers with Ubuntu preinstalled, the newly created Wine
team, a new planet has been added to our blog solar system for US
LoCos, an interview with Corey Burger, the newly approved Community
Council member, a quick summary on the new procedure to become an
Ubuntu Core Developer, and the spotlight is on the Catalan Team this
week which was recently officially approved.

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== In This Issue ==

* Dell computers with Ubuntu available
* New Wine and Wine-doors Team
* New Planet for US LoCos
* Ubuntu featured on PC World 2007 Awards
* Special discount for Ubuntu Live
* Interview of the Week with Corey Burger
* Team of the week: Catalan Team
* New section: Did you know…?
* UWN needs you

== General Community News ==

=== Dell computers with Ubuntu available ===

The long awaited release of Dell computers preinstalled with Ubuntu
was this week, with Dell announcing three different models, two
desktops and one laptop. All three laptops contain mostly Intel parts,
with the two desktops using Core 2 Duos. All models are priced about
$50 USD cheaper than the equivalent Vista models. Currently they only
available in the US, although Dell representatives in at least Canada
and Australia have confirmed that they will be available in those
countries. You can see more at and you can
purchase the models at

=== New Wine and Wine-doors Team ===
Stephan Hermann has created an ubuntu-wine team that will be
responsible for maintaining Wine pn Ubuntu. Stephen also created a
team to maintain the wine-doors tool. Wine-doors is package management
tool designed to make installing Windows applications on Linux,
Solaris, and other Unix systems, easier. While wine-doors levarages
code from Wine, it plans to support Cedega and Crossover Office in the
future. Read more:
For the ubuntu-wine Launchpad team, see
For wine-tools, see

=== New Planet for US LoCos ===
A planet has been created for aggregating blogs of all approved US
LoCo teams. If your LoCo has a team blog, that blogs about what your
team is doing for Ubuntu and in the Ubuntu community, then it would be
a perfect fit for the planet. This is only meant for team blogs, not
individuals, and teams approved by the Ubuntu Community Council. To
read the planet, see

=== Ubuntu places #16 on list of best products from PC World 2007 Awards ===
Up from 27th place last year, Ubuntu 7.04 placed 16th in the 2007 PC
World Awards. Calling Ubuntu “fast and friendly” and “a Linux
distribution both newbies and geeks can use”, PC World also noted the
Dell deal. You can see the award page at,131925-page,16-c,electronics/article.html
and PC World's review of 7.04 at,130110/article.html.

=== Ubuntu Live upcoming, Ubuntu members to get discount ===
The Ubuntu Live conference is coming up soon, on July 22 through 24 in
Portland, Oregon. The conference is designed for community members,
developers and users of Ubuntu to network and learn more about Ubuntu,
how it works and how to contribute. Run by O'Reilly Media, Ubuntu
members have been offered a %35 discount off the admission price, they
merely need to cite the code “ubu07ucm” while registering at

=== An Open Letter to the Open Source Community ===
Melissa Draper sent an open letter to the community this week
expressing her concern about behaviour that discourage women from
participating in the Open Source community in general. Read the full
letter at:

== Interview of the Week ==
This week we interview ''Corey Burger'', one of the recently appointed
Community Council members, and head of the Marketing Team.

UWN Reporter: Since when have you been member of the Ubuntu community?
Corey Burger: In October 2004, while running Red Hat 8, I was looking
for a new distribution and heard of this new Ubuntu, just having heard
of the recently released the RC for Warty Warthog. I downloaded it
right away, wiped out my Red Hat install and fell in love. About a
month later, I heard of the first development conference, the one in
Mataro, Spain and decided to use some of my hard earned money to ship
myself to it. While there I met the incredible team that had been
collected and was made to feel very welcome, despite having no coding

UWN: What do you think the next year will look like for Ubuntu?
C.B.: I suspect we will see the first million desktop deal publicly
announced (There may already be a million desktop deal out there, just
not announced). I suspect that Ubuntu on the server will truly come
into it's own. I suspect we are going to bigger and noisier and
cooler. I wouldn't be shocked to see a few surprising announcements
about partnerships this year, good ones the community is not
expecting, not semi-evil ones like the Novell-MS one. All in all, I
expect to see lots more the same as last year, only bigger and better.

UWN: What do you think can be improved in the Ubuntu community?
C.B.:We just need more people and we need more communication between
the various teams that are already rocking on so many cool projects
all over the world. We need to hear about how the people in Venezula
are talking to their government and how the people in Eastern Europe
are pushing into schools. Nothing breeds success like hearing about
other people doing amazing things. We also need to help struggling
projects get off the ground, provide them with cool resources and
mentoring to get them going.

UWN: What are you most active in the community?
C.B.: Aside from my Community Council membership, which I suspect will
eat a fair amount of my time, I am very active in the Marketing Team,
helping keep various projects working, connecting people to existing
projects and generally cheerleading. I am also the nominal head of
Ubuntu Canada, where I attempt to bridge the massive geography Canada

== In The Press ==

* PC World lists their top 20 products of the year. Ubuntu 7.04 comes
in at #16. with PC World saying “Ubuntu has solidified itself as the
one Linux distribution that Linux geeks love and newbies can
comfortably use. Even Dell turned to the 7.04 version of Ubuntu when
it announced its intention to preload some systems with Linux.” See
more at,131925-page,16-c,electronics/article.html

* John K. Waters, at, wonders if Ubuntu is the Linux OS for
law firms. John says the “distro really shines is on the desktop.”
Pointing out that security and package updates do not require a
subscription support service, Ubuntu also comes with an office
productivity suite, integerated email and calendaring applications,
note-taking program, browser, photo editor and a media player. John
notes that Canonical has many key relationships with vendors that
provide valuable business applications like IBM's DB2 database,
VMware's VMI and Para-Ops, SugarCRM, and a variety of Sun's Java
tools. Along with well known companies using Ubuntu, like Google and
Siemens, Dell's decision to sell Ubuntu pre-installed is “the sexiest
endorsement of this distro.” Read the full article:

* Matthew Newton, at PC World, describes how the user can try out KDE
and Xfce if they installed Ubuntu with a Gnome desktop. Matthew
provides instructions on how to install kubuntu-desktop and
xubuntu-desktop on an existing Ubuntu installation. Links are provided
to Psychocat's Ubuntu Installation Guide as well as
The Psychocat guide provides an illustrated step-by-stop guide, while is useful for finding troubleshooting advice. Read the
full article:,132030-c,linux/article.html

* Wired asks if Ubuntu is for the non-geek computer user. It
describes how Linux “costs nothing, and it's also free of corporate
control and restrictions on how you can use your media.” The security
company Panda Software is mentioned sayng there are “300 pieces of
malware targeting Linux systems, versus more than 100,000 for Windows
machines.” Wired provides a list of common applications that the user
would be likely use: OpenOffice, Firefox, and Evolution. The Ubuntu
Forums is listed as a resource to determine if digital cameras will
work and Rhythmbox and gtkpod are provided as alternatives to iTunes.
Read the full article:

== In The Blogosphere ==

* The Ubustu Feed has created an install guide for Ubuntu Studio. It
provides instructions on how to partition disks and three methods of
installation: (1) how to install with the official DVD; (2) how to
install without a DVD burner; and (3) how to add Studio to an existing
Ubuntu install. The guide uses screenshots and videos to guide the
user through the process.

* Grant Robertson, at Download Squad, thinks the attention received
by the Dell/Ubuntu relationship has been incredibly positive. The
reviews from PC World and Wired are encouraging while lower prices on
the same models with Windows Vista should make a difference. The
current success of Ubuntu and “just a few more breakaways could
catapult Canonical's Feisty Fawn into the annals of history, and the
living rooms of many a consumer.”

== Developer News ==

There is a new way for users to become core developers, those that
work on the main and restricted repositories, involving the new MOTU
council, to remove the backlog with the Technical Board. With the new
procedure, which can be viewed at, the MOTU Council first
collects all the information about the prospective core developer and
then passes that information on the Technical Board.

Another change this week in the form of a proposed new mentoring
structure for prospective MOTU. The new procedure will help work on
documentation for new users and most importantly, team up prospective
new MOTUs with existing developers, to help them get over the learning
curve. The new procedure can be seen at and as this is the final
call for comments, mail those to the MOTU list at

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Sunday, May 27, 2007 ===

==== LoCo Team Meeting ====
* Start: 14:00
* End: 15:00
* Location: #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

==== Georgia US LoCo meeting ====
* Start: 19:00
* End: 20:00
* Location: #ubuntu-georgia
* Agenda:

==== Catalan LoCo meeting ====
* Start: 20:00
* End: 21:00
* Location: #ubuntu-cat
* Agenda:

=== Tuesday, May 29, 2007 ===
==== Kernel Team Meeting ====
* Start: 15:00
* End: 16:00
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

==== Community Council Meeting ====
* Start: 21:00
* End: 23:59
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

=== Wednesday, May 30, 2007 ===
==== Edubuntu Meeting ====
* Start: 12:00
* End: 14:00
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

==== Xubuntu Developers Meeting Meeting ====
* Start: 20:00
* End: 22:00
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

=== Thursday, May 31, 2007 ===
==== Ubuntu Development Team Meeting ====
* Start: 16:00
* End: 18:00
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting

== Community Spotlight ==

== Team of the week: Catalan Team ==
On May 15th, Catalan LoCo Team obtained officiality. We worked hard to
achieve this, and we are very proud to have been the first Lingual-
and Cultural-based Ubuntu LoCo. Moreover, this has also had some
impact in Catalan technical media.

But the beginings were not that good. In May 2005, I put the team on
the LoCo Team List, my first mistake was not to spread this decision,
hoping for everyone entering Ubuntu website to find it easily. So, few
people knew about it and the Team was not able to get along. One and a
half years later, Ubuntu was really at the top of GNU/Linux distros
and passing by the wiki page, I put an “abandoned project” note.
Curiously, at that moment six people interested in the project
contacted me and, on the other hand, people from my LUG made
commentaries on the same direction, so thanks to our contacts we put a
mailing list online, on a university server, and this time I spread
the word in a few free software lists. In a week, we were more than
100 people on the list.

The needs for a Catalan LoCo Team were obvious: we are in a
technologically advanced region of Europe and, although not well
positioned in free software matters at administration and political
level, we have had for many years ago people very involved with the
free software movement, who have done great work spreading, raising
awareness, translating and even developing.

Ubuntu Catalan User community gathers Catalan-speaking users of Ubuntu
in all its varieties. The scope of the Catalan LoCo Team is mainly the
Catalan Countries, that is, the territories where Catalan is
traditionally spoken, where members and volunteers are spread
practically all over their geography.

To join the Catalan Team, head over to their team on Launchpad:

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

=== Security Updates ===

* USN-465-1: PulseAudio vulnerability –
* USN-464-1: Linux kernel vulnerabilities –
* USN-463-1: vim vulnerability –
* USN-462-1: PHP vulnerabilities –
* USN-460-2: Samba regression –
* USN-459-2: pptpd regression –

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

* pptpd 1.2.3-1ubuntu0.2 –
* php5 5.1.2-1ubuntu3.8 –
* linux-source-2.6.15 –

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

* php5 5.1.6-1ubuntu2.5 –
* vim 1:7.0-035+1ubuntu5.1 –
* linux-source-2.6.17 –
* asterisk 1: –

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* vpnc 0.4.0-2ubuntu1.1 –
* samba 3.0.24-2ubuntu1.2 –
* php5 5.2.1-0ubuntu1.2 –
* vim 1:7.0-164+1ubuntu7.1 –
* adept 2.1.2ubuntu26.1 –
* linux-restricted-modules-2.6.20 –
* linux-source-2.6.20 2.6.20-16.28 –
* asterisk 1:1.2.16~dfsg-1ubuntu3.1 –
* linux-meta –
* pulseaudio 0.9.5-5ubuntu4.1 –
* linux-meta –

== Bug Stats ==

* Open (30450) -189 # over last week
* Critical (33) +10 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (15289) +53 # over last week
* Unassigned (22955) -56 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (102847) +1219 # over last week

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

Check out the bug statistics:

== Did you know… ==
Did you know that the current Community Council is composed of:
Benjamin Mako Hill, Corey Burger, Daniel Holbach, James Troup, Jerome
S. Gotangco, Mark Shuttleworth, Matthew East and Mike Basinger?

== UWN needs YOU ==
The Marketing Team is looking for people curious and involved in the
community to cover the “Specification Spotlight”, “Feature of the
week” and “Team of the week” sections. It would mainly involve in
digging for something interesting each week and writing a nice
paragraph or two each week. If you think you're up to the task, please
send a quick email to our mailing list
( and let us know.

== Archives and RSS Feed ==

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== Additional Ubuntu News ==

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== Conclusion ==

Thank you for reading the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter.

See you next week!

== Credits ==

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

* Martin Albisetti
* Nick Ali
* Corey Burger
* And many others

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