Server Bug Zapping – eucalyptus and euca2ools

Posted March 22, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: ubuntu

So far, the KVM and Samba bug zapping weeks have been a success!

Next week, we will be focusing on Eucalyptus, Euca2ools, and UEC in
general. In fact, Mathias Gug, Scott Moser, and I will be on-site at
Eucalyptus Systems in Santa Barbara, California. We’re going to spend
the whole week working on UEC, ensuring that the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Cloud
offering is the best damn Linux hosted Cloud Computing platform in the

Call For Participation

If you have any vested interest in the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud, please
give us hand next week!

Take a look at the open bugs against:

* eucalyptus:
* euca2ools:
* cloud-init:
* cloud-utils:

Help us reproduce those, or let us know if they’re fixed. Come hang out
in #ubuntu-server next week.


Call for Community help: Website Localization Project

Posted March 22, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: ubuntu

It a my pleasure to announce a new project to better the
website experience, specifically for users who prefer a language other
than English. The new project, called Website Localization [1] will put
a short (4-5 word) message on any
<> web page directing users to more resources in
their preferred language.


This project has two main parts to it. The first part of the Website
Localization project is the technical aspect of the project. It is the
goal of the project to create a script that will pull out of a users web
browser their preferred language. The second part of this project is
creating landing pages for as many resources as possible. This part of
the project will be done by Lo“Cos and the i18n team. The landing pages
will be on the wiki, and will be ever changing to direct users to the
best information that we can give them. The goal is to have the project
completed and implemented by the
end of May.

Chris Johnston is heading the project, but he can’t do all of this
himself, so he is going to need help from the Ubuntu community. At this
point, he needs some assistance with the technical side of
the project. He needs a few people to create the script that will detect
the users preferred language, and then show them a link to the landing
page in their language. If you have the skills needed to help out with
this Website Localization project, please send Chris an email with your
name, launchpad account, a little bit of information about the
experience you have and your general ability (time zone, and anything
else that may help him out). His goal is to get a group of a few people
to work on the technical aspect of this project and have a meeting in
the next few weeks to discuss the project in a little more detail, and
determine the best way to make this happen.

Ubuntu Global Jam: time is ticking

Posted March 22, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: ubuntu

=== Ubuntu Global Jam: time is ticking ===

The countdown has started for the Ubuntu Global Jam. It’s less than 10
days until Ubuntu teams around the globe show off some community power
and join the fest to make our favourite OS even more awesome.

For the late-comers:

* WHAT: Ubuntu Global Jam –
* WHEN: Weekend of the 26th to 28th of March 2010
* WHERE: Everywhere around the world! Check out your nearest Lo“Co

There are plenty of activities to choose this time (Bugs, Testing,
Upgrade, Documentation, Translations, Packaging). Be creative!

* Bugs:
* Testing:
* Upgrading:
* Documentation:
* Packaging:

And do remember to add your event to the Lo“Co Directory as well.

If you’ve never run a jam, do join us on IRC in #ubuntu-locoteams and
ask questions, or even better, check out Jono’s videocast and the easy
steps on how to organize and run one. We’ve also been running some
training sessions on IRC you might find interesting.

Contribute to OpenOffice QA Team

Posted March 8, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: Uncategorized

How to start…
Contributing is easy as 1,2,3!

Welcome to the Quality Assurance of!

Contributing and helping in a large project like OOo is simpler than you think…. The first thing is to register as an user. You can do so on the Register page.
Supporting the Quality Assurance of is graduated in 3 Participation Steps:

  1. The first participation step (““Report bugs”) is meant for newbies to acquire general knowledge about issues in common. Participants on the first stage are able to find and write issues themselves. The link holds all the information you need to know for starting to contribute.
  2. The second step (“Manual testing”) is meant for participants with more skills. You are able to do manual testing on your own. You can execute and write Test-Case-Specifications (TCS) and submit issues found when dealing with Test-Case-Specifications.
    The page contains all information needed to contribute to the second participation step.
  3. In the third participation step (“Join QA”) you can apply to join the QA Team of OOo at one of the “OOoQA-Teamleads”. You have now collected enough knowledge about issue handling to confirm issues and close them by yourself. Having reached this stage of participation brings a lot of advantages: you have direct contact to the StarOffice/ developers and Quality Assurance engineers, you will get listed as a direct member of the Quality Assurance Team, you will be able to send own issue right to the responsible engineer, you get direct responsibility, more rights (like “canconfirm”) and more weight in decisions.

DFD 2010: Free your documents, save your information!

Posted March 8, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: Uncategorized

Will you be able to read your documents 20 years from now? Every day, millions of computer users like you edit text and spreadsheets, take pictures and record audio and video. What if you couldn’t read your private letters anymore, or even open that album with pictures from your honeymoon? What if you couldn’t exchange those files with friends, because the software used by each one of you can’t talk to each other? To help you make your documents future-proof, we celebrate Document Freedom Day on March 31.

Any person can save documents in open document formats, which are based on Open Standards, and be sure that people will be able to read those files, independently of the software they use. Anyone can build applications that read and write files in these formats. The Internet was built upon Open Standards, and that’s why you see so much innovation online.

On Document Freedom Day, we will raise awareness for Open Document Formats and Open Standards by organizing activities all over the world together with partner organizations and volunteers.

During the whole month of March, we will spread the word on open document formats and Open Standards. We will publish information, talk to the press, tell our friends about it, and spread the DFD logo all over the Internet.

There are many ways to take part on this campaign, so pick one and join us:

  • Put a banner in your website, linking to DFD website. You can find banners in our Artwork Website.
  • Publish a blog post on Document Freedom Day, or Open Standards, and spread the word about the campaign. Send us      a link, and we’ll include it in the DFD website.
  • Use your microblog to spread DFD news and articles! Tag them using !dfd or #dfd2010
  • Organize an activity in your city on March 31st. For ideas on activities, check the Document Freedom Day website.
  • Donate money to DFD. Your contribution makes Document Freedom Day possible!
  • Become a partner organization. Contact our Campaign Team on how to do that.

Want to find out more about Open Standards?

Document Freedom Day is about helping you to really own your data. You shouldn’t be tied to particular applications for living your life in the digital world, and you shouldn’t have to use any specific software to deal with your government, your school or anyone else.

For more information on Document Freedom Day, visit our website:


Fernanda Weiden
DFD Campaign Coordinator
Email: weiden -at-
Tel:   +41 76 4021866

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Ubuntu Manual Project To Do List

Posted March 3, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: Uncategorized

Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04 is a complete beginners manual for Ubuntu, featuring comprehensive guides, How Tos and information on anything you need to know after first installing Ubuntu.

Designed to be as user-friendly and easy to follow as possible, it should provide the first point of reference to any Ubuntu newcomer with lots of information in one easy to access PDF file. Plus, every six months there will be a new revision released to coincide with each new release of Ubuntu.

The manual is written and maintained by the Ubuntu Manual Team.

We need your contribution.


1. More authors for Chapter 4, 6, 9 and 10
2. Python developers for Quickshot*
3. Editors for the entire manual
4. Translators**
5. Web developers (look in /website in the branch)

Think you can help with any of these or anything below? Join #ubuntu-manual on and away you go.

Read more at:


Get involved with Nagios!

Posted March 1, 2010 by tshrinivasan
Categories: Uncategorized

Nagios® is a system and network monitoring application. It watches hosts and services that you specify, alerting you when things go bad and when they get better.

Getting Involved

The Nagios project is looking for new people to get involved and help out the project in various ways. We’re looking for you!

Here’s how you can help:

  1. Check out the list of “open positions” (below) the project is looking to fill
  2. If you’d like to help out or claim an open position…
    1. edit the section and add your name and email address so others can see you want to be involved
    2. Send an email to
    3. We’ll get back to you with details on next steps for the role you’d like to fill

Currently Open Positions

Nagios GUI Team

The Nagios Gui team is looking for:

  • PHP developers with experience on object oriented php development using the mvc paradigm. You need to have experience with modern web technologies such as ajax as well. An extra plus is if you have experience with the Kohana framework.
  • Translaters. Do you want Nagios in French, Swedish or perhaps simplified Chinese, go a head. Ninja uses gettext for multilingual support.

It’s also good if you have experience or are willing to put effort into testing. We really need your help here!

Jeffrey Negro –

Nagios Binary Builds

We’d like to add community-contributed binary builds of Nagios, the Nagios plugins, and various Nagios addons to the Nagios downloads page. If you’ve got access to one of the following systems, and would like to participate, please do! The Nagios developers don’t have direct access to these systems, so we require your assistance to deliver these to the community. Here’s a list of systems we’d like to have binaries created for:

  1. AIX
  2. Solaris
  3. Irix
  4. HP-UX

We’ll give participants an easy method to upload daily binary builds to Nagios Exchange. NOTE: It probably makes the most sense to have people who contribute in the Tinderbox setup (see below) auto-upload their compiled binaries.

Want to contribute? Add your name and contact details here, along with the operating systems you’d be interested in building binaries for.

Edit Guntram Blohm: I can provide some Irix work (Irix 6.5.22, with gcc). I already compiled nrpe and most of the plugins, and i’m in the process of getting the core to run. After that i’ll try to make tardist files of everything, and then i’ll be ready to upload and submit patches. I might be able to get tinderbox running as well, but that depends on how new the perl needs to be.

2nd Edit Guntram Blohm: Unfortunately, i didn’t get a reply to my mail to yet. Still, i have working versions of nagios, plugins, and nrpe for IRIX, that you can download at Still interested in making this “official” if any of the nagios developers reads this. —

Nagios RPMs/Packages

We’d like to provide up-to-date RPMs and packages of Nagios, the Nagios Plugins, and Nagios addons. Many Linux distros (e.g. Debian) provide packages, but the version shipped with the distros often lag when compared to the most current versions available. We’d like to work with community members who are interested in automatically generating RPMs and packages on a daily basis. This will make installing the latest version of Nagios easy for new users – a definite must!

We’ll give participants an easy method to upload daily package builds to Nagios Exchange.

Want to contribute? Add your name and contact details here, along with the operating systems/distributions you’d like to create/build packages for.

If you are a current port/package maintainer, please get in touch with Ethan at egalstad at to join a special mailing list to coordinate things and share ideas.

Tinderbox Clients

We’re in the process of building a new Nagios Tinderbox server at The Nagios Tinderbox server will allow developers to see how Nagios, the Nagios plugins, and various Nagios addons compile under different operating systems and distributions. We need all types of systems for running these tests, so if you’ve got some spare CPU cycles, please consider getting involved.

We’re looking for people with the following systems to volunteer to participate:

  1. AIX
  2. HP-UX
  3. Solaris
  4. Irix
  5. RHEL
  6. SuSE
  7. Fedora
  8. CentOS
  9. Ubuntu Server
  10. Ubuntu Desktop
  11. Debian
  12. FreeBSD
  13. OpenBSD
  14. NetBSD

NOTE: It probably makes the most sense to have people who contribute in the Tinderbox setup to auto-upload their (successfully) compiled binaries, so we have OS/distro-specific binaries that are available for the community to download (read further up the page for information on this).

Want to contribute? Add your name and contact details here, along with the operating systems/distributions you can add to the Tinderbox tests.

Performance Testing

It would be nice to have a team of people that coordinated efforts for Nagios performance testing. Many users ask “How many services/hosts can I monitor with Nagios on this ACME server?” The answer depends on things like: check interval, types of checks (Perl, SSH, etc.), network bandwidth, whether graphing/trending is used, DB backends, etc.

Ideally, a set of performance test scripts could be developed that would allow anyone to run the tests on their local box. In the short term, they could report their findings on the Wiki somewhere. In the long run, it would be nice to have a facility available to auto-report the findings to DB on, so they could automatically be published for everyone to see.

Interested in helping with performance testing? Add your name and contact details here, along with the operating systems you’d be interested in building binaries for.

For more details,