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Ubuntu Weekly News: Issue #62

In this issue we cover the release of Ubuntu 7.10, upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu 8.04, Ubuntu Open Week starting Monday 22nd October, plans by Dell to ship Ubuntu 7.10 on desktops and laptops, and, as always, much much more!
Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #62 for the week
October 14th – October 20th, 2007. In this issue we cover the release
of Ubuntu 7.10, upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu 8.04,
Ubuntu Open Week starting Monday 22nd October, plans by Dell to ship
Ubuntu 7.10 on desktops and laptops, and, as always, much much more!

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== In This Issue ==

* Ubuntu 7.10 Released!
* Ubuntu Developer Summit for Version 8.04
* Ubuntu Open Week Starting Monday 22nd October
* Dell to Ship Ubuntu 7.10 on Desktops and Laptops
* In The Press and In The Blogosphere
* Meetings and Events
* Updates and security for 6.06, 6.10, and 7.04
* Translation stats
* Bug Stats

== General Community News ==

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Released! ===

With much anticipation, the new version of Ubuntu, 7.14 “Gutsy Gibbon”
was released October 18th.

This new release includes many new features like App Armor, deskbar
and tracker, bulletproof X and graphical X configuration, sharing your
computer with fast user switching, desktop effects with Compiz,
better Firefox plugins and Gnash and better hardware support. More
features and other changes are documented at The release
notes can be found at Want to update?
Please see

Of course, not just Ubuntu 7.10 was released. Kubuntu, Edubuntu,
Xubuntu and Ubuntu Server Edition were also released. The Kubuntu 7.14
release notes can be read at and Edubuntu's at

=== Ubuntu Developer Summit for Version 8.04 ===
Planning for Hardy Heron will begin at UDS in Boston, from Monday 29th
October to Friday 2nd November 2007. Ubuntu Developer Summit provides
Ubuntu developers from around the world gather to help shape and scope
the next release of Ubuntu. The summit is open to the public, but it
is not a conference, exhibition or other audience-oriented event.
Rather, it is an opportunity for Ubuntu developers — who usually
collaborate online — to work together in person on specific tasks. A
draft of the schedule is available at

=== Ubuntu Open Week Starting Monday 22nd October ===

What is Ubuntu Open Week? Ubuntu Open Week is a series of online
workshops where you can:
* learn about the Ubuntu landscape
* talk to some of the key developers from the Ubuntu project
* find out about the Community and its relationship with Canonical
* participate in an open Q & A with Mark Shuttleworth, founder fo Ubuntu
* and much, much more

What sessions are available? How do you join in? Click on the link to
see the time table of the programs and how to participate during
Ubuntu Open Week:

=== Dell to Ship Ubuntu 7.10 on Desktops and Laptops ===
No shipping date has been set, but Anne Camden of Dell corporate
communications says preinstalled Ubuntu 7.10 systems will be available
soon. John Hull, Dell's manager of Linux OS engineering, says Dell has
been working to make the upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10 'just work' when
installing on supported hardware. Gathering input from customers,
community and media reviews, and Dell and Ubuntu forums, Dell is using
the information to “test plans, bug fixing efforts, and product
plans.” Dell has been actively supporting the Ubuntu community by
contributing Dynamic Kernel Module Support, “a method to make driver
updates transparent and easy for Linux desktop users,” which is in the
universe repository. For more information, see

== In The Press ==

* Ubuntu Gets Gutsy, But Is Linux Ready? – While Ubuntu continues to
release user-friendly products, Rodney Gedda, at Computerworld, thinks
the “real test will be how well it is adopted by non-technical
consumers”. Among the various improvements, the Firefox plug-in finder
wizard and reduced power consumption in notebook computers, provide a
better user experience. Australian IT consulting firm Look Glass
Solutions Ashley Flynn encourages businesses to use Ubuntu over
Windows, since there is support for the latest Dell hardware.,138625-c,linux/article.html

* The “ooww” stops now – goodbye Windows, hello Ubuntu – Adam Turner,
at ITWire, discusses his transition from Windows XP to Ubuntu. His
main reason for investigating Ubuntu is that “Ubuntu won't grind to a
halt every now and then for no particular reason” and he needs
“something that just works and, so far, Ubuntu hasn't disappointed
me.” Synaptic has impressed Adam the most and learned that “no
question seems to be too stupid and they've all been answered in
places like”

* Canonical's new Ubuntu paves way for server push – Stephen
Shankland covers the work done so far by the Ubuntu Server Team and
its upcoming features. Canonical “is expanding support and development
staff for the server push” and upcoming LTS release. Rick Clark, who
leads the Server Team of eight employees, comes from a financial
services background, giving him experience with performance,
reliability, and virtualization. The Server Team is working with
vendors to support servers not only that are available when Hardy
Heron is released, but also new servers that will be released during
its five-year support cycle. Unlike Red Hat and Novell who sell
fee-only versions of their respective distributions, Mark Shuttleworth
says there will be no separate fee-only version of Ubuntu.

* CICT to computerize 320 public high schools – With the help of the
Department of Education and state-run universities and colleges, the
Commission on Information and Communications Technology in the
Philippines plans to provide 20 desktop PCs, a server, wireless
networking equipment, LCD projector, and a multifunction printer to
320 schools. The PCs will run Edubuntu and include Open Office,
Apache, MySQL, and Firefox. Each school will be required to create its
own website and send at least 18 faculty members to training programs.

* The wide world of pre-installed Ubuntu – Started March 2007,
Canonical's System Builder Program is making sure that “preinstalled
Ubuntu Linux PCs are available throughout the world and not just from
Dell.” Canonical provides many services to partners: configuration
support for system builders, specialized training for technical and
sales teams, hardware certification, strong support in the education
sector with Edubuntu, and complete customization support for
applications, logos, and sound, similar to what was done for Ubuntu
Mobile. Examples of companies using Canonical's partner program to
pre-install Ubuntu include Excimer and NT Computers in Russia,
Navigator in the Ukraine, Inspur in China, and PC House in Sri Lanka,
and various other vendors in Brazil, India, and Taiwan.

* A gutsy new Linux system – Paul Taylor of the Financial Times, has
tried various desktop distributions, but always been disappointed
“be­cause they have been hard to in­stall or lacked the polished
features and interfaces of proprietary operating systems.” This time
he tries out Ubuntu 7.10 and surprisingly has no issues except with
his Nvidia graphics card. Installation of restricted drivers solved
that issue quickly. Paul comments that the “latest Ubuntu version
includes many improvements designed to make the operating system
easier to use, more reliable and more flexible.” New users should feel
comfortable asking questions on the Ubuntu forums since they are
“newbie” friendly and “Ubuntu 7.10 is worth considering if you are
looking to minimise costs or join the open source movement.”

* What's New in Ubuntu 7.10? (a.k.a. Gutsy Gibbon) – Brian De Lacey
provides an overview of Ubuntu, including its origins, the community,
and latest release. Gerry Carr, the Marketing Manger for Canonical,
says that “United States is the largest Ubuntu user base by far, with
Germany second, followed by the United Kingdom, France, and Brazil
clustered at third.” While Ubuntu started as a software project, the
community has grown around the world. Installfests organized by
volunteer Lo Co teams provide a way for people “from remarkably
diverse backgrounds and varied interests” to share their common
interest in Ubuntu. Even though Ubuntu 7.10 has just been released,
the community is already focusing on the upcoming LTS release.

== In The Blogosphere ==

* Linux4 Coffee comments 7 reasons why Ubuntu is so successful: a
vision and a strong background, easy installation, shipit of official
CDs, Synaptic Package Manager, and the community,
user promotion, fragmentation of the “competitors” (other Linux
distributions) when Warty was released. They are definitively other
reasons why Ubuntu remains one of the top Linux distributions, beyond
the scope of the article.

* Ubuntu Plans Eye Candy for Desktop Computers and Beyond – What
would it take to get the hundreds of millions of desktop computer
users to switch from Windows to Linux? The new version of Ubuntu—code
named Gutsy Gibbon—will be introduced sporting the sort of three
dimensional effects that are the trademark of Windows Vista and
Apple's OS X Leopard. According to Mark Shuttleworth, “What's really
interesting is that a lot of consumer electronics products that are
being designed now are essentially a little PC. Once you can take that
kind of capability and stick it in your pocket, it will get

* Dr. Shuttleworth or How we learned to stop worrying and love Open
Source – Ubuntu 7.10 launches, and with it a whole new era in Open
Source operating systems. Sure, it may be just another Linux
distribution but, make no mistake, 7.10 is the tipping point. It's all
about the bling according to Mark Shuttleworth. 3D desktop effects,
improving driver support, Dell's pre-configured machines, a six month
development cycle, and increasing government and business adoption are
what is leading people and business away from the “Windows Genuine

* Mark Shuttleworth talks Ubuntu 7.10(Audio Clip @ Link) – Canonical
is set to ship Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon on Thursday. The latest
version of the popular Linux distribution packs a bunch of new
features. Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth held a conference call with
reporters today in advance of the October 18th release. Canonical
estimates that there are about 6 million Ubuntu users today. Our
favorite part of the audio clip is about 12 and a half minutes in,
when Shuttleworth refers to 3D desktop effects as “bling.” Canonical
estimates that there are about 6 million Ubuntu users today.

* Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) Desktop Edition(Review) – Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy)
Desktop Edition is simply the best desktop operating system that I
have ever used. From installation, to setup, to regular everyday use
Gutsy is just a thing of beauty. Pro's: Installation is fast and easy,
Desktop looks beautiful, Compiz-Fusion makes it out of this world,
Layout is clean, and uncluttered, Restricted Drivers Manager works
great, Apt-Get remains the fastest package manager around, Ubuntu
Repositories havve about every application you could ever want. Con's:
Had to use safe graphics mode for the live installer, and Firewall
application is not included by default. Score 9.5

* Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon: Critical review – Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy
Gibbon has been released today. Borys Musielak has not tested any
alpha or beta versions of the new product from Canonical. He decided
to wait for the Release Candidate, since this has proved to work for
him in the past. In short: it did not disappoint. The new Ubuntu is
more polished, more professional and in general, better than the
previous one, which was already a great OS. Minor glitches? Present,
as always. Borys is happy with Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon. The
installation has been so far very usable — not a single stability
issue during the testing week!

* Ubuntu and the future of the Linux desktop – Matt Asay admits to
being a Linux desktop nonbeliever. It feels a bit like yesterday's
battle fought with the wrong weapons: geekiness rather than ease of
use. There's a chance–still a slim one, but a chance
nonetheless–that Ubuntu will change that. Ubuntu upgrades the Linux
desktop experience in two ways: user interface and form factor. Mark
is fighting the battle on his own turf, not Microsoft's, and he's
doing it with style says Stephen O'Grady. But Ubuntu has a clean
slate, and the Linux desktop nonbeliever in him actually likes it. But
Matt likes Ubuntu's possibly more, because it means he'll be seeing
Linux on devices that I use.

* Gobuntu has already failed – Mark Pilgrim is disappointed with
Canonical. Mark Shuttleworth announced that Ubuntu “Gutsy Gibbon”
would be available in a super-strict, 100% open source flavor (now
called “Gobuntu”). But what's the point of Gobuntu's existence if it
still contains non-free components? Apparently, Canonical even went to
the trouble of removing everything except the
copyrighted-all-rights-reserved image files. Mark Pilgrim is left
scratching his head, wondering why Ubuntu bothered with this “farce”
if they weren't prepared to go all the way?

== In Other News ==

=== Ubuntu – My New Home ===
Kevin Carmony the former CEO of Linspire gives us some of his thoughts
in a post to the Ubuntu Forums. “Now that I'm no longer the CEO of
Linspire, or under any obligation to use that particular distribution,
I thought I should take some time and look around at all the
distributions and decide which one was right for me and my PC. In
addition to already being quite familiar with Linspire and Freespire,
I also looked at Novell/Suse, Red Hat/Fedora, PC Linux, Ubuntu, and
Kubuntu. Well, after all my research, I have to tell you, it was an
easy choice. Ubuntu! I'm excited for the new release in a few days,
which I will use to replace the many Linux desktop and laptop PCs I
own (five). Canonical and Ubuntu have done so many things right. I was
very proud of many of the things I was able to accomplish at Linspire,
but it's no longer the distro for me. I look forward to not only using
Ubuntu on all my PCs, but also becoming an active member of your
community here. Some of my good friends and quality employees have
also left Linspire and joined Canonical, and I get a sense from them
of the excitement, commitment and expectations the Ubuntu team has to
really make open source desktop Linux a reality. This is truly where
it is at!”

=== eSys Intel Celeron PC Base Unit ===

Priced at 139.93 pounds, yet another PC manufacturer is offering
pre-installed Ubuntu Linux computers to the public. This machine is
loaded with Ubuntu version 6.06 but with the release of Gutsy Gibbon
7.10 and the growing numbers of pre-intalled Ubuntu systems hitting
the market on what seems like a monthly basis, Ubuntu stands poised to
make steady progress in the desktop market share.

== Meetings and Events ==

=== Tuesday, October 23, 2007 ===

==== Server Team Meeting ====
* Start: 15:00 UTC
* End: 16:00 UTC
* Location: IRC Channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

==== Kernel Team Meeting ====
* Start: 16:00 UTC
* End: 17:00 UTC
* Location: IRC channel #ubuntu-meeting
* Agenda:

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

=== Security Updates ===

* None Reported since last publication

=== Ubuntu 6.06 LTS Updates ===

* langpack-locales -
* udev 079-0ubuntu35 -
* initramfs-tools 0.40ubuntu33 -
* linux-meta -
* linux-backports-modules-2.6.15 2.6.15-29.1 -
* initramfs-tools 0.40ubuntu34 -

=== Ubuntu 6.10 Updates ===

* tzdata 2007h-0ubuntu0.6.10 -

=== Ubuntu 7.04 Updates ===

* subversion 1.4.3dfsg1-1ubuntu1.2 -
* realplay 10.0.9-0feisty2 -
* tzdata 2007h-0ubuntu0.7.04 -
* libphp-phplot 4.4.6+5.0rc1.dfsg-0.1ubuntu1.1 -
* adept 2.1.2ubuntu26.2 -

=== Ubuntu 7.10 Updates ===

* tzdata 2007h-0ubuntu0.7.10 -
* ubufox 0.4~beta1-0ubuntu4 -
* kdelibs 4:3.5.8-0ubuntu3 -
* gnome-system-monitor 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gnome-desktop 1:2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gnome-session 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gnome-menus 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gnome-games 1:2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gnome-screensaver 2.20.0-0ubuntu4.1 -
* eog 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* epiphany-browser 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* epiphany-extensions 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* file-roller 2.20.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gcalctool 5.20.2-0ubuntu1 -
* gedit 2.20.2-0ubuntu1 -
* gtkhtml3.14 3.16.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gtksourceview2 2.0.1-0ubuntu1 -
* gtk2hs 0.9.12-0ubuntu1.1 -
* rpmstrap 0.5.2-2ubuntu0.1 -
* audacious-plugins 1.3.5-3ubuntu4.1 -
* 1:2.3.0-1ubuntu5.1 -

== Bug Stats ==

* Open (34799) +1217 # over last week
* Critical (18) +6 # over last week
* Unconfirmed (18781) +813 # over last week
* Unassigned (26557) +1097 # over last week
* All bugs ever reported (129961) +2292 # over last week

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

== Translation Stats ==

1. Spanish (17707) -1118 # over last week
2. French (39186) -145 # over last week
3. Swedish (50515) +394 # over last week
4. English-UK (56726) -42 # over last week
5. German (65727) +373 # over last week

Remaining string to translate in Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”, see more

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