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Ubuntu Forums security breach – PLEASE READ

Due to a security breach Ubuntu Forums is down.


Please let your loco members know what they must do if they have an account on Ubuntu Forums.

You can read below the official announcement from


Ubuntu Forums is down for maintenance

There has been a security breach on the Ubuntu Forums. The Canonical IS team is working hard as we speak to restore normal operations. This page will be updated regularly with progress reports.

What we know

  • Unfortunately the attackers have gotten every user’s local username, password, and email address from the Ubuntu Forums database.
  • The passwords are not stored in plain text. However, if you were using the same password as your Ubuntu Forums one on another service (such as email), you are stronglyencouraged to change the password on the other service ASAP.
  • Ubuntu One, Launchpad and other Ubuntu/Canonical services are NOT affected by the breach.

Progress report

  • 2013-07-20 2011UTC: Reports of defacement
  • 2013-07-20 2015UTC: Site taken down, this splash page put in place while investigation continues.

If you’re using Ubuntu and need technical support please see the following page for support:

If you’re looking for a place to discuss Ubuntu, in the meantime we encourage you to check out these sites:


FOSSCON 2013 Sat August 10th – Philly

FOSSCON 2013 is Saturday August 10th in Philadelphia.


FOSSCON is a local convention about Free Open Source Software.


Fosscon will be held at: The Friends Center on Cherry Street, easily reachable from Market East Station and Suburban Station. Both can be reached from Philadelphia International Airport by train.

Ubuntu US PA will be having an all day, distro agnostic Installfest!



Interested in trying Linux? Now’s the time. A convention full of computer and Free Software enthusiasts.

Running linux on a usb drive and ready to move it to your device? Take the plunge. We’ll be here to help you install.

Already installed but need a hand with the basics.
Stop by and we’ll guide you.

What’s this command line stuff I keep hearing about? Come by, and we’ll have a Command line Boot Camp.

Have old equipment lying around that you don’t know what to do with? Stop by and we’ll help you repurpose the old into something new and wonderful.

All distributions of Linux are welcome. All levels of interest are welcome.

Demo machines will be available to try.

Bring your laptop or desktop(only), we’ll have all the other peripherals(Keyboards, monitors, etc) to install Linux on almost anything.




Global Jam March 1st to 3rd

The Ubuntu Global Jam is an incredible opportunity for the Ubuntu community to unite together around the weekend of 1st – 3rd March 2013 to work together to improve Ubuntu. Everyone is able to contribute to the Jam, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to get involved. Curious about how to make a real difference to Ubuntu? This is a great chance to make that difference.

I am unavailable that weekend to have a Philly based event.

Anyone is welcome to have an event.

Tis the Season……for Installfests!

WPLUG – Pittsburgh Area
Saturday December 8th:

What:  Installfest
Where:  Monroeville Public Library, Monroeville, PA
When:  Saturday, December 8th, 2012, 12:30pm -4:30pm

CPLUG – Harrisburg Area
Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 at 6:30pm

What:  Installfest
Where: ITT Tech, Harrisburg Campus
449 Eisenhower Boulevard, Suite 100
Room: Theory 9 or Theory 7 usually, but sometimes we are
in another room.
Directions via Google Maps

Give the gift of Linux this season.


CPOSC Schedule

CPOSC October 27th

What is CPOSC?

The Central PA Open Source Conference (CPOSC) is a small, low-cost, one-day conference about all things Open Source. It was started in 2008 by a few of the members of the Central PA Linux User Group and the Central PA Ruby Meetup.

Saturday, October 27, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EDT)
Harrisburg, PA




Ubuntu Village @ FOSSCON Sat August 11th

Ubuntu Village – All day INSTALLFEST – Bring your or your friends/family laptops or desktops that you would like Linux installed on and the Ubuntu US PA volunteers will assist you with the install.

Also, refurbished Linux laptops will be available (while supplies last) FREE of charge to SUPPORTER registrants to FOSSCON.

These laptops are older and refurbished, and will have minimal RAM and 4 gig hd’s. Power supplies will not be provided, but are available at NTR and online.

Fosscon Registration Info:

NTR info:

Ubuntu Village volunteers needed and welcome.

FOSSCON 2012 – Aug 11th Philadelphia

FOSSCON 2012 August 11th Philadelphia, PA

Hi ubuntu PA. Below is the announcement for fosscon this summer.  Of special note, Ubuntu-us-pa will be hosting an “ubuntu village” room with install and troubleshooting assistance. Get on over and register for the event 🙂

Fosscon 2012 will be held Saturday,August 11th, in the Venturef0rth facility at 417 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA.  This new location provides easy access from Market East station, has elevator access,and cool air conditioning.

This year’s keynote will be provided by Bradley M. Kuhn, Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy,who will be speaking on “Promoting Software Freedom Development  via Non-Profits.”

Fosscon 2012 is a free and open source software conference, and will include six general interest talks and dozens of smaller talks and workshops on topics including development, community building, hackerspace activities,and more. Learn about 3D printing, security,and protecting your privacy.Network with the local tech community and discover new technologies.The Ubuntu PA group will also be hosting an Ubuntu Village, with experts ready to help you dive into an Ubuntu install and troubleshoot issues.

Fosscon is also searching for speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for this year’s event.
For information on speaking, visit
For information on sponsoring,visit
For information on exhibiting, visit
For information on the venue, visit

To register for fosscon, visit Basic admission is free. Paid admission of $25 helps keep fosscon available to those who are unable to supportus in this way, and will also receive a special gift.

Thanks for reading. We hope to see you there!
The fosscon 2012 team.

Help Needed!

We need a Team Reporter.

If your team is not producing monthly reports, see this page to get your team started:

Bug Jam March 2nd to 4th

What the heck is a Bug Jam?


Ok, so now what?

From Friday March 2nd to Sunday March 4th in IRC at #ubuntu-us-pa on
freenode we will be working as a group to help with this event.

On Sunday March 4th from 10am to 6pm at
Hive76 we will have a Bug Event.

If you can get out and join us, please do! No experience necessary.

Heck, even if you want to just hangout, stop on by.

Event info and Registration


Just do it!