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Ubuntu Forums est en maintenance

Il y a eu une violation de la sécurité sur les forums Ubuntu. L’équipe de services informatiques de Canonical travaille fort en ce moment pour rétablir un fonctionnement normal. Cette page sera mise à jour régulièrement des rapports d’étape.
Ce que nous savons:

  • Malheureusement, les attaquants ont obtenu l’identifiant de chaque utilisateur local, mot de passe et adresse email à partir de la base de données des forums Ubuntu.
  • Les mots de passe ne sont pas stockés en texte clair. Toutefois, si vous utilisiez le même mot de passe que sur Ubuntu Forums sur d’autres services (tels que le courriel), vous êtes fortement encouragé à changer le mot de passe sur l’autre service au plus vite.
  • Ubuntu One, Launchpad et d’autres services Ubuntu / Canonical ne sont pas affectées.

Rapport d’activité

  • 20/07/2013 2011UTC: Rapports de dégradation
  • 20/07/2013 2015UTC: Site mis hors-ligne, cette page d’accueil mise en place alors que l’enquête se poursuit.

Quelques pistes pour minimiser les risques à l’avenir:

* Si vous en faites la suggestion à un éditeur de site web, faites-le gentiment 🙂


Ubuntu Spyware: What to Do?

One of the major advantages of free software is that the community protects users from malicious software. Now Ubuntu GNU/Linux has become a counterexample. What should we do?

For the full original English version, see here.

Voici un texte de Richard Stallman. La version originale en anglais est ici.

Update: Une traduction en français est disponible sur Framablog.



If you still want Thunderbird in Ubuntu…

If you’re one of the rare species still wanting Thunderbird in Ubuntu as described in Jorge Castro’s recent post, you can help. I am more worried about Jorge’s other comments, following his logic Ubuntu and free software are only less and less relevant by the day – not a trend I am observing.

Considering Canonical decided to include Thunderbird in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS – which will keep it around for 5 years, Thunderbird is not going away anytime soon. This essentially puts forward software that is considered irrelevant by its employees (dogfood anyone?) and demonstrates improvisation and miscommunication between Mozilla and Canonical. Many are still waiting for an official statement from Mozilla. I’d love to hear a more formal position than Jorge’s on the subject from Canonical too.

I appreciate the cloud, closed web-services and Google Apps may be all the rage (and the money) but for the rest of us, here are a few links to gather forces and continue. Remember this is not a user-centric or technical issue. The issue at hand are the business deals between Mozilla, Google, and Canonical. If anything, the recent Mozilla announcement will help Thunderbird get a better chance at surviving such forces.


Trisquel 5.5 is here – loaded with Freedom and that « classic » feeling

Trisquel GNU/Linux is a Linux distribution using a free version of the Linux kernel as distributed by the Linux-libre project. The main goals of the project are the production of a fully free software (free as in free speech) system that must be easy to use, complete, and with good language support. (from Wikipedia).

Trisquel 5.5 is an Ubuntu derivative based on Ubuntu 11.10 and was released on Monday. I discovered Trisquel through the Free Software Foundation, which distributes it on a nice wallet-USB key to all new members. Trisquel 6.0 will be based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

I started using it as my main OS at home last year (with version 5.0) when the numerous changes brought with Unity, problems with accessibility and increasing UI regressions prompted me to explore other options. As I’ve been choosing my new hardware and peripherals to be supported with free software, there wasn’t any transition or adjustments needed. Even some PPAs I used (notably, LibreOffice) are fully compatible. To my surprise, several fellow Ubuntu users also already knew about it and have been experimenting with it. So if you’re in a similar situation, I’d encourage you to download and try Trisquel some time.

With Ubuntu 12.04 LTS there has been some improvement to get a good fallback mode but I rely on too many things that used to be there and « just work » like multi-monitor support, applets, directory encryption at user creation, etc. and I kept removing non-free features I don’t use like Ubuntu One. I’ve found it’s actually less effort than I thought to push the IT freedom mindset a bit further, use a derivative that chooses a conservative path (even remaining ~6 months behind current Ubuntu releases) and I am learning a lot from Trisquel’s helpful community – particularly hardware! That’s in no small part thanks to Christopher Waid from ThinkPenguin.

Even being a commercial support services customer at Canonical during the last year wasn’t enough to work around some issues. It’s still a great way to bring attention to important issues when you know how to report bugs and can follow-up tightly on such reports. My current job doesn’t leave much time for experimentation and bug-reporting, but I still used 12.04 LTS both at home and at work as my main environments during alpha an beta. Although there are good intentions to help the « old timers », I can’t be always afford such experimentation, and exploring ways to get closer the « 100% free software » experience also means taking the challenge of exploring other options.


Making new Ubuntu users happier

When you upgrade to Ubuntu after release, or when one of your friends, family or colleagues installs it for the first time, I trust they will like many of the new features or just appreciate finding everything they need in their new Ubuntu installation. I also trust in some cases they will encounter some of the known issues which at this point (1 week before release) may not be fixed and may not make it but we need to know about. Imagine when someone mentions an issue and you can say « Yeah, I know about it. » and « I reported that bug » / « It’s in the release notes » / « We’re working on it » … « This morning’s updates fixes it » !!!

Don’t miss this opportunity !!!

Ok, this is not as exciting as getting your fingerprint reader to work or customizing window close/maximize buttons positions…

If you consider using Ubuntu 10.10 when it releases (or already do), upgrading to it, or suggesting anyone around you doing so, this would be a good time to read the Maverick Technical Overview 🙂 Making new (or existing, upgrading) Ubuntu users happier also means knowing about its issues before hand, and deciding if you stick to 10.04 LTS, wait a bit longer before upgrading, or else. How else can you help improve such knowledge ?

As many may know, most of Canonical workforce is distributed, but we often get together in sprints where we attack a specific subject. During this week at the Montreal Canonical office we’re having a special event around the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 release. We’re literally sprinting until Friday, on a very busy week during which we’ll wrap-up all the information we have from weeks of testing, bug reporting/triaging, support issues reported by customers, escalated issues, knowledgebase solutions, and more.

Lots of fun! Specially when Boris is around 😉

For our sprint this week in the Montreal support office, my team is focusing on desktop issues within the following areas, among others:

* Networking (wifi, drivers, sharing, printing..)
* Boot / install / post-install issues (upstart, GRUB*, casper..)
* Video (multi-head, setup, legacy drivers..)

Other teams are focusing on server, cloud, and more. It’s interesting Desktop and « other » areas intersect in what most would generally call « corporate » use of Ubuntu – mass deployments, OEM issues, etc. So we’ve also learned to never underestimate even the tiniest Desktop papercuts 🙂

You can see some of the issues and bugs we consider worth knowing before hand in this Delicious bookmarks feed. If you’re interested in contributing to this list, consider using Delicious and tagging with « maverick » and « bug ». We’ve also chosen some more tags representing tasks around them, for example « relnotes » for those issues already in the release notes and « norelnotes » for those without an entry, but which we consider would benefit from being there. Most importantly, please consider filing a bug against the Ubuntu Release Notes project if you feel something should be there to help evaluating going to Ubuntu 10.10.

You will instantly become a better person, I promise.

Back to what we’re doing this week, this is a bit different than most sprints in that we’re not specifically targeting finding a solution for most issues, but rather workarounds or maybe just even making a small note land in the Maverick Technical Overview (which will later become the Release Notes). Given our workflow, we’re also reporting bugs as we go, but I view that mostly as a labor of documenting existing problems, not necessarily advancing their resolution directly – at least not during this week.

So if you have a particular pet peeve that is not in our release notes or Delicious feed, please let me know, I am always interested and curious to share such information.