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Rhonda D'Vine: 2016 Resolutions

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 18:51

People these days often do think about what worked well in the last year that they are proud of, what didn't work so well and what they plan to change the coming year. For me a fair amount of the resolutions were about my name. One of them was getting rid of my old name from the Debian—Project Participants page. Actually, I started with it on new year's eve already:

DatePackageVersion Dec 31abook0.6.1-1 Jan 01tworld1.3.2-1 Jan 01blosxom2.1.2-2 Jan 02netris0.52-10 Jan 03t-prot3.4-4 Jan 04rungetty1.2-16 Jan 05tworld1.3.2-2 Jan 06tetrinet0.11+CVS20070911-2 Jan 07xblast-tnt-musics20050106-3 Jan 08xblast-tnt-sounds20040429-3 Jan 09xblast-tnt-levels20050106-3 Jan 10xblast-tnt-images20050106-3 Jan 11tetradraw2.0.3-9 Jan 12ldapvi1.7-10

So far I've done a fair amount of my job. There are eight source package left to get tweaked. Those might be a bit more difficult and require more attention though. What I also did during those efforts: Convert all packages to source format 3.0 (quilt), and use a dh style debian/rules file. The latter enabled the packages to build reproducible too, which is also an added benefit. So this is a win situation on many levels.

One of the most prominent reasons why I didn't convert to a dh style debian/rules file yet was that I considered it making easy things easy and difficult things difficult. Finding out what to override and how to do that was something I was unable to figure out, and speaking with people didn't help me there neither. Only recently someone told me that there is dh binary --no-act to figure out what would be called, and then you just prefix it with override_ in debian/rules to get to where you want to go. This worked extremely well for me.
I'm personally still not a big fan of source format 3.0 (quilt) with respect to that it insists on patches to be applied and leaves them that way after building the source package, which makes it difficult to deal with when having upstream source in the VCS too, but I managed to find my way around so many things in the past that I can live with that. The benefit of not having to repack upstream source if it isn't in .gz form is a far bigger benefit.

So, I hope to stay productive and be able to get the remaining package also adjusted and fixed. Guess that's doable until the end of the month, and getting rid of all reproducible build bugreports against my packages along that lines. I will check those packages that carry my name already too after my old name is gone from the overview page.

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Jonathan Riddell: Guest Blog: Dolphin Survey

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 01/12/2016 - 03:13

Guest Blog for Arnav Dhamija, first year computer science undergraduate at BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus.

Hey everyone, I am a first year undergraduate student at the university and I have an idea I want to use for the GSoC with KDE to make Dolphin an even better file manager. My project idea revolves around making file selections from multiple directory trees as easy as possible.

A full description of my project can be found here: https://git.reviewboard.kde.org/r/126622/

And the user survey link for features and usability improvements can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L9LDW2P

TIA for the feedback : )


The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 449

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:34

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #449 for the week January 4 – 10, 2016, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Paul White
  • Walter Lapchynski
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 449

The Fridge - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:34

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #449 for the week January 4 – 10, 2016, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Simon Quigley
  • Chris Guiver
  • Paul White
  • Walter Lapchynski
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Stuart Langridge: Book review: Adaptive Web Design by Aaron Gustafson

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 16:14

There’s been a lot of talk over the years and especially recently about progressive enhancement: building things for the Web that work, that are available to all, whether that’s people in a bad cellphone area or people on dodgy hotel wifi or people with a Windows phone or cognitive issues or Safari on some retina screen in a coffee shop. And one of the lead voices in that discussion has been Aaron Gustafson who has just written a book. It’s called Adaptive Web Design: Crafting Rich Experiences with Progressive Enhancement, Second Edition. Bit of a mouthful as a title, but it’s worth it. I won’t give a tldr because it’s not too long and I did read it, but the short version is: this book is worth your time. And I was sent a free copy to review, I should note.

It surprised me to discover that it’s not actually really a technical book. Well, it is of course — it’s useless to you if you’re not building things for the Web, and it’s full of code snippets — but it’s not just about HTML or about server technologies or whatever. It’s got lots of advice on how to write copy, on design, on how to think about building the Web. It’s not, if I’m honest, a single book putting together and proposing a single idea; it’s more a collection of related relevant stuff that broadly fits under the heading. It’s “How To Do My Job, by Aaron Gustafson”, if you will.

I agree with most of it. Making your Web stuff available to everyone is not just a conversation about the technology; it does involve thinking about all of your design and your technology and your strategy and your copy. Technology is the least important bit, most of the time.

I have a few complaints, mind. Some minor nitpicking and some… well, some a bit more serious.

On the nitpicking front, the clear leader is that all the links in the book (I have the epub ebook version) are to shortened perma.cc URLs. In any book this would annoy me; in one such as this which waxes rhapsodic about the Web as a platform it’s practically criminal. I have no idea where these links go. Yes, it’s a link archiving service, but being able to see what the link actually is is also important! And, as Pat Lauke notes, sometimes the service goes down, which it did over New Year 2015. Full credit to Aaron for getting on their case, and it came back after some time, but in the interim I was entirely lost. Yes, there’s a risk — nay, a certainty — that over time the book will become less and less useful as the links therein head off to the 404 Promised Land. But perma.cc is a single point of failure; it fails, as we’ve seen; and even if it doesn’t, it’s useless without the Internet. I feel strangely reluctant to visit links with no indication whatever of what they’re for; I feel the same way about URL shortened links. At least if I had the URL I could punch it into archive.org, and maybe making sure they were all there would have been a better use of time.

There’s also a little bit of a tendency to go for the sonorous quotable soundbite even if it undermines the point: as an example, take “The purpose of design is not to make something pretty; it’s to clarify.” Nice quotable sentiment, but no it isn’t. It’s to do both. The aesthetic usability effect is a real thing. People like things more when they’re pretty, and they objectively find things easier to use when they’re pretty, all else being equal. Certainly being pretty at the expense of clarity is a bad thing (Aaron himself says rather elegantly that “beauty has its place, but a beautiful, unusable thing is not design; it’s art”) and you can doubtless name a number of products which do exactly that. But being clear and not pretty is just as bad, because then nobody uses your thing.

There are places where warnings are given but solutions are not. “Remember Jason Samuels and the 1,000 different screen sizes he was seeing every quarter? You can’t design every one of those experiences”, says our author. But the counter argument is: we’ll design the important ones (which normally means “the designer’s iPhone and the designer’s high dpi macbook”) and the rest aren’t important. Having more ammunition to counter this claim would have been nice. The next page actually gives such designers the excuse they need by saying that it’d be foolish to not do this! “That content is largely lost to history because the format evolved in a way that made newer versions of Word incapable of reading those older files.” Agreed entirely. Now, how do we stop people repeating the same mistake by buying an iPhone? There’s the aesthetic usability effect again.

But there is a larger complaint, and it’s related to the desire to make important-sounding pronouncements. Firstly, though, cards on the table: I am at least as guilty of this as Aaron is, and likely more. So know that I say it with love.

You see, there’s very little in the way of problems, things to be overcome in our industry, in building for the web, that we honestly don’t know how to solve. There’s not much where everyone’s scratching their heads and saying, well, this is just difficult, sorry. Most things are known. Some are known better than others, and some are certainly explained better than others; doing that explanation is why books such as this exist. But that ain’t the secret. The secret is that most people who work on the web aren’t Aaron. They don’t know; they don’t follow; they don’t read. And a part of that is because some of them don’t care, but most people do. No, the reason most web developers don’t leap into action to make great things is that most of what we say just doesn’t seem relevant to them. It’s all well and good saying “start by writing the kind of copy you want to read”, but what do you do when you’re writing the safety manual for an airport? Or a table of delivery instructions? And when last time you did this you put in a bit of a joke to make the copy better and nearly got fired for it? I’ve heard a bunch of people — to be clear, not Aaron — say “well, just don’t take on clients with boring work” or “quit your job and do something you enjoy instead”. Would that everyone were that lucky, Mr Rock Star Consultant Bloke. And there’s a touch of this attitude in some of this book: “We often use fake text… while we are waiting for ‘final, approved copy’ (as though such a thing exists).” You know, I know, everyone knows that there isn’t any magic anointed “final approved copy”, but that doesn’t mean that a developer can act like they know that. Superstar consultants can. People on the front lines normally can’t, even if they know it for the truth. And I think this prevailing attitude — the “if you don’t like your job, quit and get a better one” — turns off people in our industry who want to do better but don’t have the free hand that, say, I do. This is something I want to work on in myself during 2016.

But all this is beside the point. The book is worth it. Whatever you do on the web there’ll be something in this book you didn’t know and will be better off for knowing. Jeremy’s datalist trick? Well impressed. That feels like Duff’s device must have done to C people. PageRank being named for Larry rather than because it ranks pages? Blimey. So, good work, Aaron. People: read this book.

Scott Kitterman: Python3.5 is default python3 in sid

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 15:40

As of today, python3 -> python3.5.  There’s a bit of a transition, but fortunately because most extensions are packaged to build for all supported python3 versions, we started this transition at about 80% done.  Thank you do the maintainers that have done that.  It makes these transitions much smoother.

As part of getting ready for this transition, I reviewed all the packages that needed to be rebuilt for this stage of the transition to python3.5 and a few common errors stood out:

  1. For python3 it’s {python3:Depends} not {python:Depends}.
  2. Do not use {python3:Provides}.  This has never been used for python3 (go read the policy if you doubt me [1]).
  3. Almost for sure do not use {python:Provides}.  The only time it should still be used is if some package depends on python2.7-$PACKAGE. It would surprise me if any of these are left in the archive.  If so, since python2.7 is the last python2, then they should be adjusted.  Work with the maintainer of such an rdepend and once it’s removed, then drop the provides.
  4. Do not use XB-Python-Version.  We no longer use this to manage transitions (there won’t be any more python transitions).
  5. Do not use XB-Python3-Version.  This was never used.

Now that we have robust transition trackers [2], the purpose for which XB-Python-Version is obsolete.

In other news, pysupport was recently removed from the archive.  This means that, following the previous removal of pycentral, we finally have one and only one python packaging helper (dh-python) that supports both python and python3.  Thanks to everyone who made that possible.


[1] https://www.debian.org/doc/packaging-manuals/python-policy/

[2] https://release.debian.org/transitions/html/python3.5.html

Stuart Langridge: SCaLE 14x plans

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 11:38

In a week and a half I am flying out to Pasadena to the SCALE14x conference. I will be there from the evening of Wed 20th Jan 2016 to Sun 24th Jan 2016.

SCALE is a tremendous conference, as I have mentioned many times before. This is a busy year for me, so I wanted to share what I will be up to:

  • Thursday 21st January 2016 at 4pm — Ubucon developer track. I’m doing a talk named Beyond building Ubuntu phone apps , which covers the things that you do with your app after you’re excited that you could build it at all; analytics, in-app payments, advertising, all the things that other platforms will expect, but done in a way that fits the Ubuntu vibe (at least a bit).
  • Friday 22nd January 2016 at some point (you’ll know as soon as I do) — Alan Pope and I are talking about marvin, a cloud service where you can upload your Ubuntu phone apps and have them run on a bunch of phones to confirm they work
  • Friday 22nd Jan 2016 at 8pm — Ballroom DE. Bad Voltage: Live — yes! The live show of the podcast. Come join us for a fun, informative, and irreverent live Bad Voltage performance. There will be free beer, lots of prizes (including a $2200 Pogo Linux workstation, Zareason Strata laptop, Amazon Fire Stick, Mycroft, Raspberry Pi 2 kit, plenty of swag and more), and plenty of audience participation and surprises. If you’re not sure if you’re coming to SCaLE yet, then (1) this ought to be enough to swing the balance, (2) how are you not sure?, and (3) you can save money on your SCaLE ticket by using our discount code, yes indeed.
  • Sat 23rd Jan 2016 at 8pm — Ballroom DE. The Weakest Geek. In which I am a participant. Should be fun, I do believe…!

I am looking forward to seeing you all there and if you would like have a meeting while I am there, then… well, I’ll be in the bar, most likely. Track me down for a chat. Or drop me a note.

(With apologies to Jono for stealing his format and, like, half his words…)

Jono Bacon: SCALE14x Plans

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:48

In a week and a half I am flying out to Pasadena to the SCALE14x conference. I will be there from the evening of Wed 20th Jan 2016 to Sun 24th Jan 2016.

SCALE is a tremendous conference, as I have mentioned many times before. This is a busy year for me, so I wanted to share what I will be up to:

  • Thurs 21st Jan 2016 at 2pm in Ballroom AUbuntu Redux – as part of the UbuCon Summit I will be delivering a presentation about the key patterns that have led Ubuntu to where it is today and my unvarnished perspective on where Ubuntu is going and what success looks like.
  • Thurs 21st Jan 2016 at 7pm – in Ballroom DEFLOSS Reflections – I am delighted to be a part of a session that looks into the past, present, and future of Open Source. The past will be covered by the venerable Jon ‘Maddog’ Hall, the present by myself, and the future by Keila Banks.
  • Fri 22nd Jan 2016 at 10.30am – in Ballroom DE – Ubuntu Panel – I will be hosting a panel where Mark Shuttleworth (Ubuntu Founder), David Planella (Ubuntu Community Manager), Olli Ries (Engineering Manager), and Community Council and community members will be put under the spotlight to illustrate where the future of Ubuntu is going. This is a wonderful opportunity to come along and get your questions answered!
  • Fri 22nd Jan 2016 at 8pm – in Ballroom DEBad Voltage: Live – join us for a fun, informative, and irreverent live Bad Voltage performance. There will be free beer, lots of prizes (including a $2200 Pogo Linux workstation, Zareason Strata laptop, Amazon Fire Stick, Mycroft, Raspberry Pi 2 kit, plenty of swag and more), and plenty of audience participation and surprises. Be sure to join us!
  • Sat 23rd Jan 2016 at 4.30pm – in Ballroom HBuilding Awesome Communities On GitHub – this will be my first presentation in my new role as Director Of Community at GitHub. In it I will be delving into how you can build great communities with GitHub and I will talk about some of the work I will be focused on in my new role and how this will empower communities around the world.

I am looking forward to seeing you all there and if you would like have a meeting while I am there, please drop me an email to jono@github.com.

Kubuntu Wire: Call for Testers for Plasma 5.5.3 on Kubuntu Wily (15.10)

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:19

Please join us on #kubuntu-devel on Freenode IRC.

Costales: Apps for @Ubuntu #Phone by @bqreaders

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 04:08
It's lovely to see how BQ believes in Ubuntu Phone :)

In this official video (in Spanish, you can use the Youtube subtitles) BQ will show you a few apps for our Ubuntu Phone :)

Aplicaciones para Ubuntu Phone

And remember that you can buy an Ubuntu phone here.
Share it! :)

Alessio Treglia: Filling old bottles with new wine

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 01:29


They are filling old bottles with new wine!” This is what the physicist Werner Heisenberg heard exclaiming by his friend and colleague Wolfgang Pauli who, criticizing the approach of the scientists of the time, believed that they had been forcibly glued the notion of “quantum” on the old theory of the planetary-model of Bohr’s atom. Faced with the huge questions introduced by quantum physics, Pauli instead began to observe the new findings from a different point of view, from a new level of reality without the constraints imposed by previous theories.

Newton himself, once he theorized the law of the gravitational field, failing to place it in any of the physical realities of the time, he merely…

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Daniel Pocock: FOSDEM RTC Dev-room schedule published

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 23:09

If you want to help make Free Real-time Communication (RTC) with free, open source software surpass proprietary solutions this year, a great place to start is the FOSDEM RTC dev-room.

On Friday we published the list of 17 talks accepted in the dev-room (times are still provisional until the FOSDEM schedule is printed). They include a range of topics, including SIP, XMPP, WebRTC and peer-to-peer Real-time communication.

RTC will be very prominent at FOSDEM this year with several talks on this topic, including my own, in the main track.

Alessio Treglia: A WordPress Plugin to list posts in complex nested websites

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 01/10/2016 - 02:06


List all posts by Authors, nested Categories and Titles is a WordPress Plugin I wrote to fix a menu issue I had during a complex website development. It has been included in the official WordPress Plugin repository. The Plugin is particularly suitable to all multi-nested categories and multi-authors websites handling a large number of posts and complex nested category layout (i.e.: academic papers, newpapers articles, etc). This plugin allows the user to place a shortcode into any page and get rid of a long and nested menu/submenu to show all site’s posts. A selector in the page will allow the reader to select grouping by Category/Author/Title. You can also manage to install a “tab” plugin (i.e.: Tabby Responsive Tabs) and arrange each group on its specific tab.

Output grouped by Category will look like:

CAT1 post1 AUTHOR SUBCAT1 post2 AUTHOR post3 AUTHOR SUBCAT2 post4 AUTHOR ... ...

while in the “Author” grouping mode, it is:

AUTHOR1 post1 [CATEGORY] post2 [CATEGORY] AUTHOR2 post1 [CATEGORY] post2 [CATEGORY] .....

The plugin installs a new menu “ACT List Shortcodes” in Admin->Tools. The tool is a helper to automatically generate the required shortcode. It will parse the options and display the string to be copied and pasted into any page.

The Plugin is holding a GPL2 license and it can be downloaded from its page on WP Plugins.


Daniel Pocock: Comments about people with mental illness

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 01/09/2016 - 10:00

A quote:

As the Buddha said 2500 years ago... we're all out of our fucking minds. (Albert Ellis)

There have been a few occasions over the last year where people suffering mental illnesses have been the subject of much discussion.

In March 2015 there was the tragic loss of Germanwings flight 9525. It was discovered that the co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, had been receiving treatment for mental illness. Under strict privacy laws, nobody at his employer, the airline, had received any information about the diagnosis or treatment.

During the summer, the private mailing list for a large online community discussed the mental illness of a contributor to a project. Various people expressed opinions that appeared to be generalizations about all those with mental illness. Some people hinted the illness was a lie to avoid work while others speculated about options for treatment. Nobody involved mentioned having any medical expertise.

It is ironic that on the one hand, we have the dramatic example of an aircraft crashing at the hands of somebody who is declared unfit to work but working anyway and on the other hand when somebody else couldn't do something, the diagnosis is being disputed by people who find it inconvenient or don't understand it.

More recently, there has been openly public discussion about whether another developer may have had mental illness. Once again, there doesn't appear to be any evidence from people with any medical expertise or documentation whatsoever. Some of the comments appear to be in the context of a grudge or justifying some other opinion.

What's worse, some comments appear to suggest that mental illness can be blamed for anything else that goes wrong in somebody's life. If somebody is shot and bleeds to death, do you say low blood pressure killed him or do you just say he was shot? Likewise, if somebody is subject to some kind of bullying and abused, does this have no interaction with mental illness? In fact, Google reveals an enormous number of papers from experts in this field suggesting that mental illness can arise or be exacerbated by bad experiences. Although it may not have been clear at that point in time, when we look back at Alan Turing's death today, suicide was not a valid verdict and persecution was a factor.

Statistics tell us that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health problem in the UK each year. In the USA it is 26% of the adult population, each year. These may be long term conditions or they may be short term conditions. They may arise spontaneously or they may be arising from some kind of trauma, abuse or harassment in the home, workplace or some other context.

For large online communities, these statistics imply it is inevitable that some participants will be suffering from mental illness and others will have spouses, parents or children suffering from such conditions. These people will be acutely aware of the comments being made publicly about other people in the community. Social interaction also relates to the experience of mental illness, people who are supported by their community and society are more likely to recover while those who feel they are not understood or discriminated against may feel more isolated, compounding their condition.

As a developer, I wouldn't really like the idea of doctors meddling with my code, so why is it that some people in the IT and business community are so happy to meddle around in the domain of doctors, giving such strong opinions about something they have no expertise in?

Despite the tragic loss of life in Germanwings 9525, observing some of these other discussions that have taken place reminds me why Germany and some other countries do have such strict privacy laws for people who seek medical treatment.

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Colin King: FIXME and TODO comments in the Linux kernel source

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 06:36
While looking at some code in the Linux Kernel this morning I spotted a few FIXME comments and that got me wondering just how many there are in the source code.  After a quick grep I found nearly 4200 in v4.4.0-rc8 and that got me thinking about other similar comment tags such as TODO that are in the source and how this has been changing over time.

So the trends are certainly upwards, but then again, so is the size of the kernel source:

Note: Data gathered using sloccount on the lines of C in the kernel source.

Using the sloccount data I then calculated the number of FIXME and TODOs per 1000 lines of code to see what the underlying trend is:

So FIXMEs are actually dropping in relative terms to the size of the kernel where as TODOs are increasing.

Of course, these statistics are bogus because it is dependent on kernel developers adding and removing FIXMEs and TODOs in a consistent manner, however, it is interesting to see how many comments exist and hence how much work has been tagged in comments as work to be done later. I wonder how this compares to other large open source projects.

Ubuntu Studio: Project Lead Vote Dates

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 04:55
We have decided on the dates for the the new project lead vote. The vote will take place during the week from 1st to 6th of February. Only active Ubuntu Studio contributors will be allowed to vote. New candidates will be accepted up until the week before the vote (Jan 26th), so that the Ubuntu […]

Dirk Deimeke: Linkdump 01/2016 ...

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 21:02

Neues Jahr, neues Lesefutter!

A quick look back on Linux and open source 2015, nice - not complete and not objective - summary about Linux in 2015.

Take a look, it is really enlightening, Only stupid people start companies.

7 Wahrheiten über das Selbstständigsein, die einem keiner sagt, ja, es ist nicht nur Kohle schöffeln.

Dinge, die wir uns schon immer gefragt haben, ich stimme nicht in allen Punkten zu, Blog - Was ist das eigentlich?

Setting a DevOps mindset for 2016 should not only be a new year challenge.

Hach ja, wenn es gesunden Menschenverstand gäbe - sowohl auf Arbeitnehmer-, wie auch Arbeitgeberseite - müsste man gar nicht darüber diskutieren, Stempeluhr in der Schweiz – unbegrenzte Ferien im Silicon Valley.

Das Schriftlichkeitsprinzip (Notizmanagement) ist ein guter Plan, vieles prägt sich einfach besser ein.

Nothing special about this, but it is a good summary, What Is EDC?: The Beginner's Guide to Everyday Carry.

How to use Linux IP Command - it is not that difficult.

"Prüfet alles und behaltet das Beste" (nie kritiklos alles hinnehmen, immer den für Dich selber relevanten Kern suchen): Effizienz – das Zauberwort für stressfreies Arbeiten.

The Other Side of Documentation - I know exactly one solution to solve this problem, it is called "Wiki".

Kubuntu Wire: Care to help test?

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 16:47

Please join us on #kubuntu-devel on Freenode IRC

Jono Bacon: We Need Your Answers

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 16:00

As I posted about the other day we are doing Bad Voltage Live in Los Angeles in a few weeks. It is on Fri 22nd Jan 2016 at 8pm at the SCALE14x Conference in Los Angeles. Find out more about the show here.

Now, I need every one of you to help provide some answers for a quiz we are doing in the show. It should only take a few minutes to fill in the form and your input could be immortalized in the live show (the show will be recorded and streamed live so you can see it for posterity).

You don’t have to be at the live show or a Bad Voltage listener to share your answers here, so go ahead and get involved!

If you end up joining the show in-person you also have the potential to win some prizes (Mycroft, Raspberry Pi 2 kit, and more!) by providing the most amusing/best answers too. Irrespective of whether you join the show live though, we appreciate if you fill it in:

Go and fill it in by clicking here

Thanks, everyone!

Rhonda D&#39;Vine: Chipzel

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 01/07/2016 - 07:28

Happy new year everyone! Let's start with another round of nice music, this time it is coming from Chipzel who is a great chiptune composer. Given that I'm coming from a c64 background I love chip tunes, and she does a really great job in that area. Check it out!

  • Focus: The first tune I heard and I still like it. I had it as ringtone for a while. :)
  • To The Sky: Nice one too, always set your high goals.
  • Interstellaria OST - Credits: While listening to the soundtrack I thought I might give the game a try, too.

And like always, enjoy!

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