* New Membership Board Members
* Humble Indie Bundle 5 comes to the Ubuntu Software Centre
* Ubuntu Stats
* Bug Linking Part 1
* A story of a clinic
* Ubuntu Forums Monthly Report - May 2012
* David Wonderly: Kubuntu Community Update
* Victor Tuson Palau: [A JuJu Adventure] Splitting my charm out
* Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Web Gallery: Django Developers
Needed and Ask Ubuntu Documentation Needed
* Eric Hammond: Installing AWS Command Line Tools Using Ubuntu Packages
* Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for May 2012
* Lubuntu Blog: LXScreenshot & LXFind
* Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Vancouver Simplifies Your Life...Again
* Kubuntu: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8.3 Updates
* Precision and purpose: Ubuntu 12.04 and the Unity HUD reviewed
* Dell: ARM Servers Promote Ubuntu, Hadoop Partnerships
* Ubuntu's HUD: Heuristic Universal Discovery
* Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Review
* Linux4Afrika Training
* Mark Shuttleworth Opens UbuCon Latin America [video]
* In Other News
* Other Articles of Interest
* Weekly Ubuntu Development Team Meetings
* Upcoming Meetings and Events
* Updates and Security for 8.04, 10.04, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04
* And much more!
== General Community News ==
=== New Membership Board Members ===
The Ubuntu Regional Membership Boards were recently merged into
time-based boards and restaffing was done to replace board members
whose membership has recently expired.
=== Humble Indie Bundle 5 comes to the Ubuntu Software Centre ===
Canonical partners with Humble Indie Bundle to bring their newest
games collection to the Ubuntu Software Center. Users pay what
they want for games and part of proceeds go to the charity. Canonical
committed to contribute $100 for every "Humble Indie Bundle 5 game
page on the Ubuntu App Directory that receives 5,000
* English (Australia) (1771) -326 over last week
* Spanish (11437) -18 over last week
* English (United Kingdom) (21391) -9 over last week
* Bosnian (37418) +3 over last week
* Brazilian Portuguese (46986) -121 over last week
Curtis Hovey of the Launchpad team discusses the current state of bug
linking and writes "Launchpad has always recognized that a bug can
affect many project and packages." He notes problems which occur when
considering bugs: bug fixing problems - one bug affects a lot of
projects but linkage is the issue; bug visibility problems -
public/private; duplicate problems. Due to these issues, "Launchpad
team is planning a new feature that will allow someone to link bugs to
each other and describe their relationship. The general idea is that
person can say one bug depends of the fix of another."
Graham Binns shares his experience with the Launchpad clinic session
which was held at UDS-Q. The Launchpad clinic sessions are there for
discussing improving work at Launchpad, lessons learned, and lessons
that are yet to be learned. He describes the first day of the clinic
as busy and got "a bit fuzzy, because I was always answering someone's
question or being root on an EC2 instance for someone else. When Laura
told us that our time was up I was, I have to confess, somewhat
surprised." In all Binns reports that the event was "massively
positive" and "a genuine development community out there for
Launchpad, and people really are keen to make changes."
In this report, s.fox shares details about the new HTML theme for
Forums, the removal of Google analytics, the effort to move tutorials
to a wiki, successful applicants for Ubuntu membership, her
involvement in Jono Bacon's accomplishment system, the next Forum
Council meeting and more.
=== Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Accomplishments Web Gallery: Django Developers
Needed and Ask Ubuntu Documentation Needed ===
Jono Bacon puts out a call for volunteers for two sections of his
Ubuntu Accomplishments project. First, he wants to bring Ubuntu
Accomplishments to the web, saying that the "idea is that a user can
voluntarily show their accomplishments online. When this is enabled
you can browse all of their accomplishments on one page." Therefore he
calls Django developers to involve with project and help out.
Secondly, he has a plan to "get Ask Ubuntu accomplishments into the
0.2. version of Ubuntu Accomplishments which release is planned for
the next week." Due to that, he calls for help with the documentation.
Jono stated: "While we have all the Ask Ubuntu accomplishments working
and all the tests written, we still need help to get the documentation
written for all the badges."
=== Eric Hammond: Installing AWS Command Line Tools Using Ubuntu Packages ===
Eric Hammond gives instructions how to install AWS command line tools
namely, EC2 API and AMI tools, IAM - Identity and access management,
RDS - relational database service, Cloud formation (only on Ubuntu
12.04 LTS Precise), ELB - Elastic load balancer (only on Ubuntu 12.04
=== Barneedhar: Ask Ubuntu update for May 2012 ===
Barneedhar (Dino Joker) reports that May has been a very active month
for the Ask Ubuntu team and announces that they have reached 50,000
questions. He shares some of the "hottest questions" asked in May:
* How to understand the Ubuntu file system layout?
* How do I add DNS server via resolv.conf ?
* Promoting an app in the Ubuntu software center through a ratings
and reviews API
* Is Seagate's new FAST factor boot technology compatibile with Ubuntu
He goes on to discuss Ask Ubuntu integration with the rest of the
community, saying that there are some plans and preliminary actions in
that direction, including an IRC bot setup that posts links to the
questions that have specific tags, currently #ubuntu-community-team,
#juju and and #application-development.
=== Charlene Tessier: Ubuntu Vancouver Simplifies Your Life...Again ===
Charlene Tessier shares that the Vancouver team, in conjunction with
the BCIT Technical Writing Program, has updated the "Ubuntu. Simplify
Your Life " document - a Unity Orientation Guide for Ubuntu 12.04.
=== Kubuntu: Plasma and KDE Applications 4.8.3 Updates ===
The Kubuntu team announces "Packages for the May updates of the KDE
Platform, Workspaces and Applications 4.8.3 are available for Kubuntu
12.04 in the official repositories. As long as the precise-updates
pocket is enabled (this is the default) you should receive this
release as part of your normal system updates."
=== Dell: ARM Servers Promote Ubuntu, Hadoop Partnerships ===
The VAR Guy discusses Dell's cooperation with Canonical and Cloudera
in preparation for the next generation of ARM servers for "so called
'hyperscale' customer environments." He goes on to say that "Dell
believes that ARM based servers are ideally suited for customers
running web front-end and Hadoop environments."
Dean Howell shares his experience with different desktop
environments/operating systems from Mac OS 9 to Ubuntu and its newest
desktop features, namely HUD. He states that "fresh ideas like HUD
are the only thing pushing the Linux desktop forward." Dean also
states that Unity is innovating and, with each release, becomes more
and more compelling.
Silviu Stahle of Softpedia gives a thorough Ubuntu 12.04 review.
Highlights of this review include installation, features, advantages
and disadvantages. Silviu finished the review by saying "It's good,
but it should have been better. I understand it supposed to be Long
Term Support but Canonical shouldn't have used it as an excuse to
limit the number of new features."
Benedict Stein shares new work being done on the Linux4Afrika project.
Recently they have struggled with how to run MS Office 2007 under
Ubuntu as some of the Linux4Afrika partners, such as the government,
still uses it. Benedict also shared information about training
=== Mark Shuttleworth Opens UbuCon Latin America [video] ===
Joey Sneddon of OMG! Ubuntu! Shares the video where Mark Shuttleworth
opens UbuCon Latin America in which Shuttleworth highlights FLOSS
adoption and innovation. With his opening message he encouraged Latin
America to step forward considering FLOSS, including Ubuntu, and to
continue with good work in that direction.
Bruce Byfield of Datamation reviews features in the latest release of
Xfce, 4.10, including moving local help files online, changes to the
Thunar file manager, extra rows available for the panel, the new
settings manager, and more. Byfield goes on to ask "To what extent is
the latest version of Xfce an alternative for those who miss GNOME 2?"
and concludes "Xfce is not splashy. In places, it is almost
old-fashioned or crude. But in the end, what really matters for most
users is that, as the release notes and tour for the 4.10 release make
clear, Xfce is concerned with providing what its users request. It's
an attitude that many feel is rare among Linux desktop alternatives
Hannie Dumoleyn of the Ubuntu Manual team announces that the Ubuntu
Manual Team is seeking editors and proofreaders for the current draft
of Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04, outlining tasks which need to be
completed and explaining how to get in touch to help out.
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