* UDS registration opened on March 12th
* Ubuntu 12.04 Development update
* Welcome New Members
* A quick thank you
* Ubuntu Stats
* Yet More Precise Jams
* Work items in blueprints
* Ubuntu Cloud Guest images in Amazon's quickstart launcher
* Didier Roche: New, shiny, Unity 5.6 released!
* Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu vs RHEL in enterprise computing
* Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Active is Activated
* Daniel Holbach: Making sure code gets reviewed in Ubuntu
* Canonical Design Team: Task switching in Ubuntu, and a introduction
to 'The Spread'
* Mythbuntu: Mythbuntu changing to LTS only releases
* Has Canonical Found the Keys to the Computing Kingdom?
* Is Ubuntu becoming a big name in enterprise Linux servers?
* In The Blogosphere
* Other Articles of Interest
* Featured Podcasts
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Weekly Official Ubuntu Flavors Team Meetings
* Monthly Team Reports: February 2012
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 10.10, 11.04 and 11.10
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== UDS registration opened on March 12th ===
The UDS registration form is now open. UDS is an open event, which
brings together Canonical engineers, community members, partners,
upstream representatives, and cloud specialists, in an environment of
active collaboration and debate.
The Ubuntu Development News team shares some stats (as of publishing
on Thursday, March 15): "42 days until Ubuntu 12.04, the sixteenth
Ubuntu release and fourth LTS will be released. This makes six weeks
in which the following things are going to happen: one week until Beta
2 Freeze and docs will be frozen, two weeks until Beta 2 gets out,
three weeks until the kernel is frozen, four weeks until we hit Final
Freeze and it will be hard to squeeze fixes in."
Among other things, links to blog posts from developers throughout the
community are presented, a list of upcoming events, a spotlight on
"Putting the Ubuntu Development process to the test" and ways to get
involved with development are included in this update.
== Community Acknowledgments and Success Stories ==
=== A quick thank you ===
Dougie Richardson tells a story about his need for a newer version of
a piece of software than was available via the Ubuntu repositories,
and discovering the Ubuntu Packaging Guide. In this post he thanks the
authors of the guide and says it's "great when you want to try
something, find comprehensive instructions and can wrap it up in a few
1. English (Australia) (2) +/-0 over last week
2. Spanish (8475) -1 over last week
3. English (United Kingdom) (27496) -1990 over last week
4. Bosnian (37540) -5 over last week
5. Brazilian Portuguese (42584) -222 over last week
Charles Profitt reports that helping a SUSE user to repair an
installation and assisting with the setting up of a proxy and firewall
server utilising Ubuntu server, Dans Guardian and Squid is all in a
days work at a monthly Linux Workshop in New York.
Matthew Revell discusses the use of blueprints in the community, and
the addition of support for blueprint work in Launchpad itself, which
will be a text box with syntax-checking specifically for work items.
=== Ubuntu Cloud Guest images in Amazon's quickstart launcher ===
Jorge Castro shares that, since many people provide Ubuntu AMIs on
AWS, the Ubuntu Cloud team has now branded the official Ubuntu images
as "Ubuntu Cloud Guest". Other images that are based on Ubuntu are
simply branded as "Ubuntu". Official images are also using the Orange
Circle of Friends, the rest are using the Black Circle of Friends.
They hope this makes it easier for people to differentiate between
official AMIs and AMIs provided by others.
Didier Roche announces that a new version of Unity, 5.6, landed in
Precise this week. He notes that there are "tons of bug fixes and
miscellaneous improvements," including "a patch in compiz that
enhances its performance for more than 51%."
=== Ubuntu Classroom: IRC Operator Class: IRC Basics & Working with
Network Services, Aliases and More! ===
The first of a series of "fun and interesting classes on being in IRC
Operator" was held recently by Mia Ranta focusing on IRC basics for
Ubuntu IRC Operators. Link to the logs of this first session
=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Updates ===
Jono Bacon updates the community about the current status of Ubuntu
Accomplishments. He gives a video demo of the working system, and
writes about the work going into making it as easy as possible to
contribute documentation to the project.
=== Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu vs RHEL in enterprise computing ===
Mark Shuttleworth noted that the trend for large-scale enterprise web
server workloads indicates that Ubuntu is now being adopted over RHEL.
In addition there is a wider community response to the goal of
cadence, with the example of OpenStack's Essex. Shuttleworth wrote,
"OpenStack's Essex release is lined up to be a perfect fit for 12.04
LTS. That is not a coincidence, it's a value to which both projects
are committed. Upstream projects that care about their users and care
about being adopted quickly, want an effective conduit of their
goodness straight to users."
=== Jonathan Riddell: Kubuntu Active is Activated ===
Jonathan Riddell announces daily builds of the new Ubuntu flavor for
Tablets: Kubuntu Active. "Images are for i386 only for now, ARMv7
should be added when we know it's a bit more stable and have testers."
=== Daniel Holbach: Making sure code gets reviewed in Ubuntu ===
Daniel Holbach describes the sponsorship queue process that new
contributors go through to contribute newly packaged software to the
Ubuntu repository. He presents a graph showing the status of the queue
and notes that new requests come in and the queue is reviewed on a
regular basis, with approximately 50 requests in the queue at any
given time. This number is still higher than they'd like, so he asks
the community "If you can review code, please help out."
=== Ubuntu App Developer Blog: Top 10 Ubuntu app downloads for February 2012 ===
The top 10 Ubuntu app downloads from February have been announced.
Real-time naval strategy game "Oil Rush" tops the list, with familiar
favorites like Braid, World of Goo, Core Breach, and Trauma also in
the running. Aside from games, both Fluendo DVD Playback and Fluendo
Complete Playback Pack are among the top downloads for the month.
=== Canonical Design Team: Task switching in Ubuntu, and a
introduction to 'The Spread' ===
Canonical shows off a revamped way of managing open windows and tasks,
called "The Spread." It features a slicker design, better app
integration, filter options, and is designed to work between
workspaces and multiple monitors.
=== Mythbuntu: Mythbuntu changing to LTS only releases ===
The Mythbuntu team announces that "starting with the 12.04 release we
will be moving to LTS only releases. Mythbuntu ISOs will only be
released for LTS releases. MythTV packages will still be provided in
the Ubuntu and Mythbuntu repositories for every Ubuntu release (both
LTS and non-LTS)." The post goes on to detail what this means for
users, rationale for the change, and how to get involved.
=== Has Canonical Found the Keys to the Computing Kingdom? ===
Katherine Noyes of Linux Insider speculates about the future of Ubuntu
and Canonical. After major announcements like Ubuntu TV and Ubuntu for
Android, the question of whether Ubuntu is "the next Apple" is raised.
In contrast, several critics voice their opinion that the Ubuntu
project may be making mistakes by moving too quickly.
=== Shuttleworth: Ubuntu rockets up at enterprises ===
Timothy Prickett Morgan of The Register reports on some of the
comments from Mark Shuttleworth's recent blog post regarding the
growth in Ubuntu and Debian over RPM-based alternatives. Morgan
explores how W3Techs, the source of the statistics Shuttleworth bases
his post around, are collected and discusses how the trend of Open
Stack with Ubuntu may change the landscape.
=== Is Ubuntu becoming a big name in enterprise Linux servers? ===
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols of zdnet writes about how Ubuntu is the top
operating system in the Amazon EC2 cloud. Vaughan-Nichols writes, "In
my own research, I found that Cloud Market, a group that scans the
Amazon EC2 cloud use, shows Ubuntu is the top operating system with
almost 12-thousand instances. Generic Linux comes in second trailing
by thousands, and Windows is far behind in third with 3.58-thousand
instances. Combining RHEL with its clone, CentOS, the Red Hat family
came in with about 2.3-thousand."
=== Ubuntu For Android Can Disrupt The Enterprise Market ===
Swampnil Bhartiya of Muktware writes about how Ubuntu for Android has
the potential to impress the enterprise market. He discusses how it
makes sense to be able to have one device that fills all the needs of
businesses: a phone, a mobile device, and a desktop.
=== Canonical To Organize Ubuntu Cloud Day In India ===
Swampnil Bhartiya of Muktware reports on the recently announced Ubuntu
Cloud Day presented by Canonical in Bangalore, India. "The event aims
to introduce developers and engineers to the Ubuntu Cloud, which is
fast gaining popularity across the world. With keynote speeches from
various members of the Canonical Cloud team, as well as hands-on
technical sessions, the day is designed to deliver an enriching
experience for any developer to rapidly be brought up-to-speed on
Ubuntu Cloud and the latest developments in the same."
=== Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S05E02 - Raspberry Jam ===
In this episode "We talk about about what we've been doing: Upgrading
Mumbuntu and the kids' netbooks to 12.04, retuning MythTV, trying
Pinterest, fixing a broken server, going to London Green Hackathon,
improving a personal cloud". The podcast also contains their second
debate in the series, this time talking about Raspberry Pi, as well as
talk about news and events, and more.
The Ubuntu community consists of individuals and teams, working on
different aspects of the distribution, giving advice and technical
support, and helping to promote Ubuntu to a wider audience. No
contribution is too small, and anyone can help. It's your chance to
get in on all the community fun associated with developing and
promoting Ubuntu. http://www.ubuntu.com/community/participate