New Kernel Vulnerabilities Affect Ubuntu 11.10

Canonical announced a few minutes ago (March 27th), in a security notice, that a new kernel upgrade for its Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) operating system is available.

How To Change Login Screen Wallpaper on Ubuntu 11.10

The following tutorial will teach Ubuntu 11.10 users how to make their favorite wallpaper appear at the login screen.

Cloudmin 6.2 released

Hi Cloudmin users, Cloudmin version 6.2 is now available for download from our YUM amd APT repositories. New features in this version include : * KVM and OpenVZ virtual systems can now have an IO class set, which controls the priority of their disk IO operations compared to other VMs on the same host. * […]

Best & Worst Case Power Usage On Ubuntu 12.04

Depending upon your hardware, the power consumption when running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS can either be at its best or worst. Here’s a look at the two power consumption extremes of the Precise Pangolin…
Read more at Phoronix

Debian/Ubuntu: Making a Package Repository on Your LAN

This is one of those things that doesn’t get explained much, because it’s almost too simple to document: it’s often useful to keep a few Debian package files (.deb files, used in Debian, Ubuntu, and Linux distributions derived from them) available for installation, either on your local host or on other computers on the same […]

Wine release 1.5.1

The Wine development release 1.5.1 is now available. What’s new in this release (see below for details): – Built-in JavaScript now preferred over Gecko in most cases. – Support for scalable font resources. – Fixes for audio and video playback. – Support for script decoding in JScript. – Various bug fixes. The source is available […]

Full Circle #59 is here for the taking!

This month: * Command and Conquer. * How-To : Beginning Python – Part 31, LibreOffice – Part 13, Portable Linux, Resizing Your VirtualBox Drive, and Create Your Own Greeting Card. * Linux Lab – Foremost for data recovery. * Review – Bodhi Linux * I Think – What turns to/from a distro? * Closing Windows […]

The Debian Project joins the OSI

The Debian Project joins the OSI The Debian Project is pleased to announce that it is joining the Open Source Initiative (“OSI”) [1] as an affiliate. The OSI was founded in 1998 by Eric S. Raymond and Bruce Perens, with the aim of explaining, advocating, and protecting the term “open source”. Debian shares the OSI’s […]

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Beta 2 Released Screenshots, Video

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS beta 2 has been released today, this being the last beta before the final Ubuntu 12.04 release. Let’s take a look at what’s new since beta 1.

Red Hat Earnings End Ubuntu Server Debate

When Red Hat (RHT) announced strong quarterly results yesterday, the figures essentially ended a recent debate about Red Hat Enterprise Linux vs. Ubuntu Server. Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth recently suggested Ubuntu is more popular than RHEL for some server applications. But when it comes down to dollars and cents, business-centric applications, and partner engagement, most […]

Wine 1.5.1 Released

The Wine development release 1.5.1 is now available.
What’s new in this release:

Built-in JavaScript now preferred over Gecko in most cases.
Support for scalable font resources.
Fixes for audio and video playback.
Support for script decodin…

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) Beta 2 Released.

The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the final beta release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products. Codenamed “Precise Pangolin”, 12.04 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution. The team has been hard at work through this […]

Revealed: 75 Percent of Ubuntu Users Also Use Windows OS

Chances are if you’re using Ubuntu you’re a 25-35 year old male living in either the USA or Mexico. At least, those are the findings from the recently-conducted ‘Ubuntu User Survey 2012?. With a response rate of over 17,000, the survey will help …

Documentation Team 1st Quarter 2012 Update

Hello from Jennifer, your friendly Drupal Documentation Team leader! It’s time for a quarterly update on what’s happening in the Documentation team.

First off, I just want to remind everyone that I’m still planning to step down as Documentation Team Leader at the end of 2012. If you’re interested in becoming the co-leader or assistant leader now, and taking over at the end of 2012 as the main team leader, see for more information. It would be good to find someone soon!


  • The Documentation Team is currently holding weekly “Documentation Office Hours”—one-hour IRC meetings on Tuesday afternoon (North American time), open to anyone for questions and discussions about contributing to documentation. This schedule is likely to change soon; join the discussion about a new time for office hours.
  • The API documentation cleanup sprint from last quarter has continued into this quarter. The goal is to bring the Drupal 7 and 8 core API documentation much more in line with our documentation standards. To join in, visit the issue page.

Milestones and Accomplishments

  • Lots of content was updated on this quarter. Of particular note:
    • There used to be a “Community and Support” link in the top navigation of; now there are separate Community and Support links, and the Support page has been completely redone (a redesign of the Community page is also in the plans). Hopefully this will help people new to Drupal connect with the help they need to get started. Thanks to Lisa Rex, David Hernandez, and others for making this happen!
    • The Omega theme project organized a group to update the Omega section of the Community Documentation.
    • The Media module project organized a group to update the Media documentation.
    • An effort is underway to create a Mobile section in the documentation.
    • We started a New Contributor Tasks section on This is a place where people new to contributing to Drupal can go to find meaningful and doable tasks to start with. If you have ideas for the section, there’s a page describing how to add to it (with templates), and a suggestions page too.
    • 712 different contributors made a total of 3976 revisions to documentation pages on Wow! (I have a new statistics page that totals this up). Apologies if your project didn’t make it into the list above — there’s a lot going on and I can’t keep track of it all!
  • Neil Drumm and I (with the help of other patch contributors) are continuing to make updates to the software for This quarter, there were major improvements to the linking and references features of the site — check it out if you haven’t been there lately! If you would like to work on the API module, check out the issue queue ( or find jhodgdon in IRC to get oriented.
  • I was given permission to commit Drupal Core 7/8 documentation and coding standards patches in February, and to help out in case of “Core Is Broken!!” emergencies. Hopefully this will lessen the burden on Angie, Nat, and Dries, freeing them up to concentrate on bugs that improve the Drupal software functionality.

Docs Infrastructure

Last year, the Docs Team (or at least its leadership) got a bit discouraged about Documentation infrastructure improvements taking quite a while to get deployed to But now there’s a new process for getting improvements deployed, and Neil Drumm is working on them with hours funded by the Drupal Association. So, I’d like to get us working on improvements to “docs infrastructure” (tools, navigation, etc. for Drupal documentation writers and users) again.

I started working on that this quarter, and several small things were deployed. That went well, so there are now more in progress. Two that we hope to get done soon are a Docs Team effort to have better navigation for Community Docs, and LoMo’s project to replace the Books page with a content type/View. Join in the discussion and/or help out!

And as a preview, this summer I would like to really get working on the “curated docs” we’ve been talking about for a year or more… Watch for updates!

Next Steps

If you’re interested in helping with Drupal documentation:

Ultimate Edition 3.2 Screenshot Tour

Ultimate Edition 3.2 was built off Ubuntu 11.10 ‘Oneiric Ocelot’. All updates fully upgraded, old kernels purged, new initrd and vmlinuz rebuilt. Ultimate Edition 3.2 is unlike any Linux distro I have seen. Ultimate Edition 3.2 has GNOME 3, GNOME Classic, GNOME fallback, Unity, Unity 2D, and XMBC selectable via login screen. A crisp new […]

On Old Hardware, Think Twice About Ubuntu 12.04

With the official release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS "Precise Pangolin" being less than one month away, the feature freeze having long passed, and the kernel freeze being imminent, it’s time for the usual biannual Ubuntu Linux benchmarking festivities at Phoronix. In the coming days and weeks there will be numerous articles looking at the performance […]

Achieving eCommerce Success – A Forum for Merchants

eCommerce Forums are coming to a city near you!
eCommerce is no longer an alternate sales channel – it’s a vital element in any retail sales strategy. We are holding forums in cities around the world to meet with merchants and discuss what is possible…

Magento Preview Version CE – Now Available!

We are excited to announce the release of Magento Community Preview Version CE
Before you begin downloading this preview version of our latest Community software from our download page or via SVN, we need to stress that it’s likely unsta…

GNOME 3.4 released

GNOME 3.4 Released ==================== Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 3.4, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform free desktop and of its developer platform. This timely release marks the first birthday of GNOME 3. GNOME 3.4 is the second major update of GNOME 3. It builds on the foundations that we […]

Mark Shuttleworth Explains Smarter Notifications for Ubuntu

Today, March 27th, Mark Shuttleworth posted on his blog some interesting information about how the notification system in the Ubuntu operating system will work in the near future.