* Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events!
* Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
* Remixing Ubuntu for the Enterprise Desktop
* Ubuntu Stats
* LoCo News
* Ubuntu Cloud News
* Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Status
* Chris Coulson: Why Ubuntu is not using the Firefox ESR
* Canonical Design Team: Ubuntu sound theme design
* Daniel Holbach: New Ubuntu developers in the making
* Will Unity win the battle of the Linux desktop?
* Trimble Yuma: a rugged Ubuntu-based tablet
* Privacy Controls & Minor UI Tweaks Land in Ubuntu 12.04
* Other Articles of Interest
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security
* And much much more
== General Community News ==
=== Ubuntu Global Jam: Call For Events! ===
Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) will take place from 02-04 March 2012. UGJ is
a call to action for Ubuntu users to organize and participate in a
local event designed to be fun and improve Ubuntu at the same time.
Anyone is able to contribute to their local UGJ event and everyone is
welcome and encouraged to get involved.
In his latest Ubuntu 12.04 development update, Daniel Holbach
highlights the Alpha 2 release, encourages users to test this release,
and reminds the community that Feature Freeze is Friday, 17 February
Events in this update cover Ubuntu Global Jam to be held on 02-04
February, 2012, and Holbach links to a video to help get people
started with organizing a local Global Jam.
As usual this update includes a list of items that still need to be
accomplished, how first timers can get involved, and who to contact.
This update also includes interviews from various Kubuntu developers
who look at where this distribution stands and its future.
=== Remixing Ubuntu for the Enterprise Desktop ===
Mark Shuttleworth announced the release of the Ubuntu Desktop Business
Remix which is based on Ubuntu 11.10. The difference in this release
over other Ubuntu releases is that Canonical tailors the Ubuntu
Desktop Business Remix for enterprise environments. There is a
special EULA (End User License Agreement) to sign before this can be
used due to proprietary software additions like VMWare and others.
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Benjamin Kerensa of the Ubuntu Oregon LoCo team shares several tips
for teams seeking to organize an Ubuntu Global Jam in early March. He
includes the following topics: picking a time, finding a venue,
engaging potential sponsors for this event and more.
James Page highlights efforts made by the Canonical Platform Server
Team in automating OpenStack testing in Ubuntu. In this post Page
defines the scope of the work and use of gerrit and jenkins for
Page breaks the post into the following areas: Lab Set-up, Preseeded
LVM Snapshot Installs, Management of Jenkins, Testing OpenStack Essex
on Ubuntu Precise, Build, Deploy, Test, Reporting, Success So Far,
Further Plans for the Lab, References and Credits.
Jorge Castro looks at how to solve the problems which Patrick McKenzie
outlines in his "Why I don't host my own blog anymore" post with a
"turbo charged" juju charm to help deploy a more tailored version of
Wordpress. "Interested in turning a plain boring charm into something
sexy? I've filed the bug here, let us know if you're interested."
Jonathan Riddell, the sole paid developer of the Kubuntu project at
Canonical, announced that Canonical will no longer offer financial
support for the project after the 12.04 release. Canonical will offer
infrastructure support in the same way as the other community flavors
such as Edubuntu, Lubuntu, and Xubuntu, but future development will
rely on the strength of the community.
=== Philip Ballew: We are Ubuntu: My interview with Mike Holstein ===
Philip Ballew talks to UbuntuStudio, NC LoCo, and community
contributor, Mike Holstein in this 'Were are Ubuntu' interview series.
Holstein lets readers know what he does outside the Ubuntu
Community--he's a musician--, what areas of Ubuntu he helps in as well
as how this helps the Ubuntu community. He also answers why he uses
Ubuntu, what inspired him to join the Ubuntu community, what else he
would like to help with, as well as what he brings to the Ubuntu to
make it better.
=== Chris Coulson: Why Ubuntu is not using the Firefox ESR ===
Chris Coulson of the Ubuntu Desktop Team explains why Ubuntu is not
using the Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) in the upcoming
Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release.
Coulson looks at the arguments both for and against using Firefox ESR
and concludes his post with, "It is entirely possible that we might
provide a Firefox ESR build for people who are managing large
deployments of Ubuntu, although the details of this aren't decided
yet. However, this isn't going to be the default browser for our LTS.
If it existed, it would be shipped in a PPA (much like we have been
doing for the Firefox Stable PPA), and we would have to be clear to
users that it wouldn't receive the same level of support we give to
the regular Firefox versions."
The Canonical Design Team is asking for submissions for the Ubuntu Sound Theme.
The ideal length of the startup sound should be around 2 - 4 seconds,
in ogg format at a rate of 320kbps. Additionally, this Ubuntu Sound
Theme submission should encompass the following brand values:
Reliable, Collaborative, Freedom, Precise. The deadline for
submission is Monday, 13 February, 2012.
=== Jeremy Bicha: Ubuntu Classic, Now With Indicators ===
Jeremy Bicha thanks Jason Conti (for the patch) and Ted Gould (for the
merge) as he announces that indicators have now been ported to
gnome-panel 3. Bicha says the themeing is a broken, but that should
get fixed in the coming weeks and notes that patches are welcome.
He also admits that the Classic desktop in 11.04 had issues but now
he'd be happy to recommend 12.04 to "fans" of the GNOME 2 style.
=== Will Unity win the battle of the Linux desktop? ===
Brian Proffitt, ITWorld, writes about the fragmentation of Linux
desktop environments. In this article Proffitt notes, there aren't
single environments anymore, but desktops using common technologies.
He also describes, with references from User Experience (UX) experts,
why Canonical can (and should) win the Linux desktop battle.
=== A tale of two distros: Ubuntu and Linux Mint ===
Terry Relph-Knight, ZDNet, says, "Regardless of operating system, the
user experience is always mediated through the user interface, or UI.
Since Mint is based on Ubuntu, comparisons between the two OSs for
desktop use come down almost entirely to the UI."
In this article Relph-Knight compares and contrasts Ubuntu and Linux
Mint using screencasts and summaries to highlight the UI experience.
=== "We're Going to be Building Awesome Things" - Ubuntu TV Interview
with Canonical's Will Cooke ===
Will Cooke, Engineering Manager for the Product Strategy Team at
Canonical, sheds some light on what he thinks will contribute to the
development of Ubuntu TV and the ultimate, simple TV experience.
Cooke's "love for the telly" mixed with Canonical's recruiting
strategy for the best developers and designers promises "awesome
things" in store for Ubuntu TV. The community response has been
amazing so far, and will continue to drive the success of the project
with help from Jono Bacon's "Experience Teams" idea. Decisions
regarding aspects of the design and hardware specifications will be
kept in-house, but will stay focused on simplicity in an attempt to
bringing back the lean-back experience to TV.
=== Trimble Yuma: a rugged Ubuntu-based tablet ===
SDG Systems announced the release of a water and dust resistant tablet
known as Trimble Yuma which is preloaded with the netbook edition of
Ubuntu 10.04. The tablet features a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.6
GHz Intel Atom processor, 802.11 b/g Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.0, a 32 GB
or 80 GB SSD, SDIO and ExpressCard slots, two cameras and integrated
GPS. The models are currently available for $3,695.
=== Gaming/Graphics Performance On Unity, GNOME, KDE, Xfce ===
Michael Labarel, Phoronix, uses a variety of OpenGL benchmark testing
against Unity, Unity 2D, GNOME Shell, GNOME Classic, KDE Plasma, and
Xfce. Labarel also notes that AMD and NVIDIA graphics were also tested
using both open and closed source drivers as well.
=== No More Dodge Windows in Unity? Global Menu to Become Optional in
Ubuntu 12.04? ===
Manual Jose, Tech Drive In, looks at the option of the Global Menu in
the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS release. Jose looks at both the Ubuntu Design
Team mailing list and comments posted by Mark Shuttleworth in Google+
thread to a post by Alan Pope [Product Strategy Team, Canonical].
"...Global Menu is kind of useless and sometimes even irritating. Now,
we will have to wait and see if these proposed changes are going to
arrive in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin release itself," say Jose in
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