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October 2010

Oracle vs. LibreOffice

A couple of weeks ago the members of the OpenOffice Community Council that are employed by Oracle have set an ultimatum to the rest of the members to step down from the council citing conflict of interest by them (All members not employed by Oracle have joined The Document Foundation which is making available LibreOffice, a fork of OpenOffice which allows easier contributions for community contributors).

Finding opportunities to contribute to Ubuntu - Harvest

As Daniel Holbach has blogged, the harvest tool has been steadily improved and is now available for contributors who are looking for opportunity to help to bring the Ubuntu project forward.

Installing Drupal7 on Ubuntu Lucid Server

Drupal7 has released its second beta and hence I decided to run it for a spin. It is important to find issue now before the release candidates come out.

Ubuntu Hall of Fame Now Showing Weekly Top Ten Contributors from AskUbuntu.com

As Nathan Handler writes in his blog, the Ubuntu Hall of Fame web page shows now also the weekly leading contributors for AskUbuntu.com.

Adding and Deleting Favorites on the "Search & Launch" Activity Page in Kubuntu Netbook Release (Maverick)

Since updating from lucid to maverick, I was not able to add and delete applications to my favorites on the "search & launch" activity page of the netbook plasma.

In order to perform these functions, the page must be unlocked.

This can be done by clicking on the cashew on the bottom left corner of the page and then clicking on "Unlock Page".

AskUbuntu reaches 2000 questions - 5000 answers - 4000 users - 20000 votes

Only 65 days after conception of the private beta after the proposal was accepted on Area 51, and after the successful launch as permanent Q&A site in our new Ubuntu design, we have reached the 2000 question threshold. Those 2000 questions have been answered to 93% with 5000 answers by 4000 users. 20000 votes have been cast for the questions and answers.

Ubuntu (Maverick) wireless interface not connecting

After a reboot the wireless interface on my laptop did not connect any more. In this case, it was an intel 3945 wireless interface, but this workaround may work with other drivers too.

I noticed that I could not scan the interface anymore with "sudo iwlist wlan0 scanning." It would respond with "device or resource busy".

I therefore removed and inserted the device module in the kernel.


sudo rmmod iwl3945
sudo modprobe iwl3945

Ubuntu Canada monthly IRC meeting on October 17, 2010 - 8pm Eastern Time

The monthly IRC meeting for Ubuntu Canada in October will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2010, 8pm Eastern Time.

More information is available in the LoCo directory.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Party in Toronto, Ontario

Ubuntu Canada also organizes an Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat Release Party in Toronto at the linuxcaffe on Sunday, October 17, 2010.

There will be tunes, snacks, David's delicious caffeinated beverages, and a new Ubuntu - what more does a geek need?

Activities will be upgrading, troubleshooting, and socializing from 5PM til 8PM or later.

Details can be found here

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Party in Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario

As previously announced, on October 16, 2010, another occurrence of the already famous Ubuntu release parties will be happening in Kitchener, Ontario in the Kwartzlab. This time, we will be celebrating the release of Maverick Meerkat which will be released on October 10. The event will be organised by the Ubuntu Canada LoCo.

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