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Ronnie Tucker: Ubuntu Online Summit for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet)

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 00:14

The Ubuntu Online Summit is an event that allows the Ubuntu community to contribute to the development of the operating system by taking part in discussions with the developers. It features a lot of topics regarding the system, some more complex than others, but pretty much all of the aspects of the distribution will be covered.

The current summit is scheduled to take place right after the Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) development cycle has started. Users will be able to find out about the features that are going to be integrated in Ubuntu ahead of time, and they will be able to query the developers about any subject. If you have any questions about Ubuntu (not technical support related), if you want to know why something is implemented in a certain way, or you just want some general information, then the Ubuntu Online Summit is the place to ask them.



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Stuart Langridge: What If

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 19:13

I had this thought. Everyone1 wears these fitness wristband things2 now. In the Dresden Files books, Harry Dresden the wizard has a set of magical finger rings which store a little bit of kinetic energy every time he moves his arms. So it’s a tiny bit harder to move them, but not enough that you’d notice, and then he (because he’s a wizard) can release all that energy in one go and use it to do impressive things like punch a car over onto its roof. So, what if you invented a fitness wristband thing which worked like that3 and then you made everyone wear one. Could you use the energy thus accumulated to power the whole of humanity?

We shall leave aside such tedious and boring questions as where all the extra food is coming from to produce this extra energy4, how one collects all the energy thus produced and feeds it into the National Grid5, and whether the wristband company would bother producing Ubuntu drivers. Treat it as a maths problem.

A trick I picked up from the What If xkcd column is Fermi estimation, which Randall correctly uses to mean that you estimate stuff to the nearest order of magnitude to give yourself a rough estimate of an answer, and I am going to misuse to mean making up a bunch of the numbers because maths is a bit annoying. This means that either I’ll be somewhere roughly within the same area6 as the answer (10% chance), or I’ve screwed up some calculation like the number of grams in a kilogram and I’m miles out (90% chance, and feel free to moan at me on twitter if so).

So, basic physics. Raising a 1kg weight 1m requires 10 joules of energy. Let’s imagine that he magic wristband makes moving your arms ten percent harder than it actually is, so when you pick up a 1kg weight and move it 1m it takes you 11J of energy and the extra joule goes into powering humanity so we can stop digging up oil. How much energy do you use moving your arms every day? Well, how much does an arm weigh? An average person weighs about 65kg (it’s around 83kg for men and 70kg for women, but people in the UK are better fed than the world average7, and children weigh less8). The Rule of Nines9 says that each arm weighs about 9% of body weight, as does your head, and legs are 2×9=18%. So an arm weighs about 6kg. I reckon that I move my arm a foot once every 10 seconds or so10, at a guess (this Fermi thing is great, isn’t it?). So that’s 6kg × 0.3m × 6 × 60 ≅ 650J/hour. There are seven billion people in the world, and everyone stays awake for, let’s say, twelve hours a day11, which means that our energy wristbands would collect somewhere around:

7.125 billion people × 650 J/person/hour ≅ 5×1012 J/h ≅ 5×1016 J/year

That’s not actually that bad! 50 petajoules/year of energy just from magic wristbands! Is that enough?

No. World energy consumption figures get disputed a lot, but we are apparently using over 500 exajoules per year. That’s 5×1020 joules, or four orders of magnitude out. That’s not four times as much, that’s ten thousand times as much. That’s the difference between12 shaking Simon Cowell’s hand and hitting him in the face as hard as you can with a croquet mallet. Dammit. I shall not solve the energy crisis today. Back to the drawing board, I suppose.

  1. by which I mean Dan Newns
  2. I don’t, but Dan is wearing enough for both of us, and a netball team besides
  3. how? I don’t know, it’s magic. Imagine that the extra energy is because of friction against the luminiferous aether
  4. from Philpotts the sandwich shop, if there’s any justice
  5. transmission through the luminiferous aether, clearly; Star Trek did this, they just called it “subspace”
  6. by a pretty loose definition of “area”
  7. because we have Philpotts
  8. because they don’t eat enough sandwiches
  9. which I think I picked up from an old Dragon Magazine
  10. spare me the jokes
  11. if they’re lazy, which statistically a few of them must be
  12. although not the most serious consequence of

David Planella: The Ubuntu Scope Showdown – progress showcase

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:15

Over a week ago, we announced the Ubuntu Scope Showdown: a competition to write a scope for Ubuntu on phones in 5 weeks and win exciting prizes.

Scopes are Ubuntu’s innovative take at revolutionizing the content and services experience. For users, they provide quick and intuitive access to content without the need of loading an app. For developers and operators, scopes provide an easy path to surface their content and customize the UX in a way that is very flexible and integrated.

After the initial contest kickoff, we’ve already had a number of participants blogging, sharing updates and teasers about their work. Here’s a peek at some of their progress.

A variety of scopes

In the words of Robert Schroll, of Beru fame, e-mail apps are just passé. So much that he decided to explore an interesting concept: reading your e-mail with a scope. With a nice extra touch: Ubuntu Online accounts integration.

Because e-mail apps are so 90s – the Gmail scope

After listening to one of Daniel Holbach’s mixes, Bogdan Cuza thought they alone deserve a scope, and so the Mixcloud scope was born. The rest, as they say, is history.

Can’t get enough of those Balkan Beats – the Mixcloud scope

You don’t know where to eat tonight? No worries, Sam Segers has you covered. Check out his Google places scope to easily find somewhere new to go.

Your cooking skills not up to your date’s expectations? The Google places scope comes to the rescue

Developer Dan has a treat for all of us movie lovers: the Cinema scope. Features categories and departments, with settings, TV series and genres coming up soon! Check out the details on his blog.

Helping Ubuntu users watch stuff dreams are made of since 2014 – the Cinema scope

Riccardo Padovani is bringing the dark horse -or well, duck?- of search engines into Ubuntu. Armed with the DuckDuckGo scope, get results like a pro with “real privacy, smarter search and less clutter”.

Duck is the new black – the DuckDuckGo scope

A wishlist of scopes

As Alan Pope and Michael Hall, I do have my wishlist of scopes for content that I’d like to have accessible at a flick of the finger on my phone. Maybe someone of you can make our day?

  • 8tracks scope: I love music, and I love mixes. 8tracks is a music streaming service to listen to the mixes their community members create and to get creative submitting mixes. As an avid mixer and listener, I’d be using this all of the time, especially if it came with Online Accounts integration that showed me content relevant to my interests.
  • Ask Ubuntu scope: the biggest Ubuntu Q&A site. I regularly check the ‘application-development‘ tag there to see any new questions and if I can help a fellow Ubuntu developer (and you should too). It’d be absolutely awesome to get those updates easily on my phone screen, with settings to filter on tags and the ability to upvote/downvote questions and answers.

Not sure what to write a scope for yet? Well, check out the ideas over at the Showdown reddit, or let your imagination run wild with a comprehensive list of APIs to get more inspiration!

A prize for your scopes

It’s not too late to enter the Showdown, you too can write a scope and win prizes! Here are some tips to get started:

Looking forward to seeing the next batch of scopes participants come up with!

The post The Ubuntu Scope Showdown – progress showcase appeared first on David Planella.

Randall Ross: Visualizing "Clouds" More Crisply: No More Gobbledygook

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:36

Before I start, let's recap two words that you may have heard recently if you've been around Ubuntu people. I promise this will be the only jargon in this article.

Juju - a tool that makes it easy to get your solution onto a "cloud"
Charm - a description of that solution, shown as a pretty icon, like this:

Ok, with that out of the way...

I've posted a few times recently about Juju which is in my (slightly biased) opinion, the best and easiest way to get tools that solve real problems deployed onto a "cloud".

But what is a cloud? There are too many definitions out there that unfortunately don't make it any easier for people to visualize what a "cloud" is. And, as if to add insult to injury, a bunch of buzzwords and "thickets of gobbledygook "(1) cloud our understanding of "clouds".

Juju simplifies this immensely. But, what if, as a pure thought experiment, we made the canvas that is presented in Juju and that is designed to show the substrate (or fabric) that the "cloud" is built upon a little more representative of the physical reality? In reality, "clouds" are just collections of computers (and things that connect to computers). Maybe we should attempt to depict some of this.

Admittedly, I'm no 3-D artist, but I love to visualize and do mock-ups. In the spirit of giving humans that are building solutions with Juju a more representative view of their canvas what if we displayed something that looked a little more like this?

In this depiction, computers (and computing resources generally) could be represented roughly to scale as 3-D boxes. Height can represent how powerful they are. area might represent how much they cost, or some other measurement. "Big" resources are easily discernible from "small" resources.

Imaine dragging your Juju Charm onto this canvas and then resizing the Charm to cover the resources that you want it to consume. Grab more "small" resources, or grab some of the "big" ones. (In other words, scale out, or scale up.)

What do you think? Does this idea have merit? Does this make is easier for humans to visualize and to understand the "cloud"?

(1) I'll write more on "thickets of gobbledygook" later, but now you know my term for it. And, if you're creating these thickets, please cut it out.

Image by author. Please help him improve it ;)

Svetlana Belkin: Don’t Buy Edimax EW-7811Un 150M 11n Wi-Fi USB Adapter For Linux

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 12:15

The speeds are horrible with this when you are at a distance from the router; like 20 feet away.  Here is proof:

Before (on G network):

After (with it on G network):

What’s funny is that when I connect to a N network the speeds really drop!

I learned my lesson, do your homework and read the reviews on items before buying.  I hope there is a way to increase those speeds on Linux or it’s just the product itself on Linux.

Mattia Migliorini: Install Telegram for Linux as an application

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:43

Telegram is a cloud-based messaging app that focus on security and speed. Its primary competitor is WhatsApp, which cares more about money than users’ privacy. Telegram is free, open source, and cares about the user.

You can find a Telegram app for every mobile platform: Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Ubuntu Touch too (unofficial). Thanks to its openness, we could use it on desktops too, thanks to third party apps like Webogram (Chrome extension), Sigram (Linux native client), and others. Recently the team released the official desktop apps: a web version along with native clients for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X.

SaperBramate tells us more about Telegram, a good read before installing it!

Install Telegram for Linux

You can download Telegram for Linux from the official website. It will detect the operating system you use and offer you a download button that suits your needs.

Once downloaded, you can see that you don’t have a package (.deb, .rpm, or whatever), but a compressed archive (.tar.xz). If you extract the archive, you see two executables: Telegram, the application itself, and Updater, unsurprisingly the executable that lets you update the application. This means that you can’t have an application for Telegram, but only a precompiled binary.


But wait…we’re on Linux!


How to use Telegram for Linux as an application

Being on Linux means that, if you know how to do it, you can do whatever you want. And this is a case in which things are easy, although they might seem scary.

We will make Telegram for Linux available to our user only, to make things easier (i.e. avoid problems with permissions). I also assume that you are using GNOME or Unity, as things will change with other desktop environments.

First of all, extract the archive you downloaded previously from the Telegram website and place it in your home directory. Than open a terminal window and create the only file needed for our desktop environment to recognize Telegram as an application:

nano .local/share/telegram.desktop

This will open the nano editor to create a new file. The contents of the file are like the following:

[Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Telegram Exec=/home/username/Telegram/Telegram Icon=/home/username/Telegram/telegram128.png Type=Application Categories=Network;

Let me explain this a little bit. First of all, we’re adding a new Desktop Entry of Application type. We’re calling it Telegram (the Name property) and setting the path to the executable (Exec) and icon.

But man, I don’t have any telegram128.png in my Telegram folder!

I know, but you can download it here:

Right-click to download

Now, download the icon, save it into your Telegram folder, replace username with your own username in your desktop file’s paths, save it with Ctrl+O, confirm the name with Enter, then exit with Ctrl+X.

You’re done! Easy enough, wasn’t it? Check it out yourself!

The post Install Telegram for Linux as an application appeared first on deshack.

Ubuntu App Developer Blog: New developer guide: Online Accounts

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:50

More content coming up for app and scope developers targeting Ubuntu on devices: this time around Online Accounts!

Learn the concepts on how to write account providers for online services using the Ubuntu Online Accounts API (UOA), and let the API take care of all the complexity and security for you, so that you can concentrate on your code.

Go to the Online Accounts Developer Guide >

Daniel Holbach: Ubuntu Online Summit: 12-14 November

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:36

Yet another Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS) is ahead of us. It’s going to happen from 12-14 November. Participation is open to everyone, so to attend simply:

If you still need to get a session on the schedule to discuss a topic related to your field, create the session soon!

What I love about the Ubuntu Online Summit is that people get together, invite some fresh sets of eyes and brains and figure out together where Ubuntu is going. The sessions are also not too long (1h), so you are forced to come conclusions (and work items!) quickly.

Sessions I’m particularly looking forward to are:

  • 12 Nov
    • 15 UTC – Community Roundtable
    • 15 UTC – Testing Unity 8 Desktop
    • 16 UTC – App/Scope development training events
    • 18 UTC – Community events in Vivid cycle
    • 19 UTC – More appdev/scope code examples
  • 13 Nov
    • 16 UTC – Community Council Feedback
    • 16 UTC – Porting Apps To Ubuntu
    • 18 UTC – Ubuntu Women Vivid Goals
    • 19 UTC – Ubuntu Community Q&A
  • 14 Nov
    • 14 UTC – Transparency and participation
    • 15 UTC – Promoting the Ubuntu phone in LoCos
    • 16 UTC – LoCo Team Activity Review
    • 18 UTC – Ubuntu Touch Component Store

Please note: session times might still be changed, so keep an eye on the schedule. (Also: there’s lots more good stuff!)

Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Michael Hall: My Scopes Showdown Wishlist

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 03:00

A couple of weeks ago we announced the start of a contest to write new Unity Scopes. These are the Dash plugins that let you search for different kinds of content from different sources. Last week Alan Pope posted his Scopes Wishlist detailing the ones he would like to see. And while I think they’re all great ideas, they didn’t particularly resonate with my personal use cases. So I’ve decided to put together a wishlist of my own:

Ubuntu Community

I’ve started on one of these in the past, more to test-drive the Scope API and documentation (both of which have changed somewhat since then), but our community has a rather large amount of content available via open APIs or feeds, that could be combined into making one really great scope. My attempt used the LoCo Team Portal API, but there is also the Planet Ubuntu RSS feed (also feeds from a number of other websites), iCal feeds from Summit, a Google calendar for UbuntuOnAir, etc. There’s a lot of community data out there just waiting to be surfaced to Ubuntu users.

Open States

My friend Paul Tagliamante works for the Sunlight Foundation, which provides access to a huge amount of local law and political data (open culture + government, how cool is that?), including the Open States website which provides more local information for those of us in the USA. Now only could a scope use these APIs to make it easy for us citizens to keep up with that’s going on in our governments, it’s a great candidate to use the Location information to default you to local data no matter where you are.


This really only has a purpose on Unity 8 on the desktop, and even then only for a short term until a normal desktop is implemented. But for now it would be a nice way to view your desktop files and such. I think that a Scope’s categories and departments might provide a unique opportunity to re-think how we use the desktop too, with the different files organized by type, sorted by date, and displayed in a way that suits it’s content.

There’s potential here to do some really interesting things, I’m just not sure what they are. If one of you intrepid developers has some good ideas, though, give it a shot.


Let’s be honest, I love web comics, you love web comics, we all love web comic. Wouldn’t it be super awesome if you got the newest, best webcomics on your Dash? Think about it, get your XKCD, SMBC or The Oatmeal delivered every day. Okay, it might be a productivity killer, but still, I’d install it.

Ubuntu GNOME: Defend GNOME Campaign

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 02:44

Hello Ubuntu GNOME Community,

Sad but true. Everyone I suppose is shocked. I have seen this today on Facebook – Help the GNOME Foundation defend the GNOME trademark against Groupon! – and I still can’t believe my eyes but this is not a joke, sadly .. this is true and official:

“GNOME” has been a familiar name in software for the past 17 years, and a registered trademark since 2006. The GNOME project has been a staple desktop for GNU/Linux and BSD desktops. It was the default desktop for Sun Microsystems workstation class machines, continues to be the default desktop for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server distributions, and it is the default desktop of Fedora and Debian. SUSE Linux Enterprise Point of Service solution for the retail industry is based on GNOME. GNOME technology can be found in TVs, tablets, phones, consumer devices, and in common software everywhere.

Recently Groupon announced a product with the same product name as GNOME. Groupon’s product is a tablet based point of sale “operating system for merchants to run their entire operation.” The GNOME community was shocked that Groupon would use our mark for a product so closely related to the GNOME desktop and technology.

Please read this email from Tobias Mueller.

I have contacted GNOME Foundation by sending this email to the mailing list. And after spreading the word, I sent this email too. I have also contacted Ubuntu GNOME Community and informed everyone via the mailing list and this one as well. This has been done to make sure everyone is informed and updated.

Now, with this post on Ubuntu GNOME Website, even more people within Ubuntu GNOME should be informed. I shall also share this on Ubuntu GNOME Social Media channels.

As mentioned on the emails, if you can’t donate money, kindly donate some of your time to help GNOME Foundation defend the GNOME Trademark against Groupon.

I have created the above banner which could be used on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other site/channel. Please, feel free to use it.

Do not forget to use these hashtags: #DefendGNOME #GNOME

Everyone is invited to help and spread the word.

Thank you for reading and we expect some serious action from your side!

Ubuntu GNOME Community Leader

Leo Iannacone: Goopg – GPG for Gmail in Chrome and Chromium

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 01:04

During the last few weeks I have been working on Goopg, a new extension for the Chrome and Chromium browser which allows one to sign and verify emails directly from the Gmail web page.

It consists mainly in two parts: an extension, which gets information from the Gmail web page, and a plugin (written in python) which silently verifies the emails, signs the outgoing messages and sends them via the Gmail APIs and a SMTP connection. For more information about the architecture, see the project documentation.

To install it you have to:

  1. Install the Goopg extension from the Chrome web store
  2. Install the plugin package using the following PPA:
  3. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-goopg/goopg sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install goopg-chromium

Install the package goopg-chrome if you use Chrome.

The project is Open Source, released under the GPL-3 license and it is not affiliated with Google.

Thanks to Alessio Treglia, Andrea Colangelo, Riccardo Padovani, Mattia Rizzolo for testing and to Paolo Rotolo for the icon.

Future works:

  • Support to Firefox and to other browsers
  • Support to other Operating System, like Mac/OSx
  • Support to encryption/decryption

If you like this project, please consider a donation

Joel Leclerc: Estsaver – A fast, flexible, and beautiful screen saver and locker

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 23:02


Estsaver is a new OpenGL-based screen saver and locking framework, designed to be fast, lightweight, and fully extensible. Like most other frameworks, you can customize the screensaver as you wish, and create your own, but unlike most others, you can also create and customize your own screen locker.

Also, unlike some frameworks (e.g. xscreensaver), estsaver is not daemonized. Run estsaver, and the screensaver will pop up. This allows for trivial integration in any system, and greater flexibility for timing the screensaver.


Currently, no binary builds are provided, but compiling from the source is quick and easy.

Download the latest release from https://github.com/MiJyn/estsaver/releases, extract, and after cding to the right directory run:

mkdir build && cd build cmake .. make sudo make install

You will need to have FGTL (libftgl-dev), Freeimage (libfreeimage-dev) to run it, as well as cmake and build-essential to compile it.


Nothing special, just run estsaver :)


Estsaver using the default settings simply has a plain color background as the screensaver, and only the password mask showing in the locker (with motion blur).

The customized settings use an image instead of a plain color, and the locker has gaussian blur, tint, vignette, username text, motion blur, and halo.

Both are only using the “image” screensaver (which also supports plain color), and the “minimal” screen locker, bundled in with the program.


After first starting up estsaver, it will initialize the configuration files in ~/.config/estsaver. Play around with them, and see what you can do!

Feature requests/issues

If at all possible, file an issue here: https://github.com/MiJyn/estsaver/issues. However, if you don’t have a github account, feel free to comment below.

I’ll read everything, but I might not fix or implement everything suggested (though I will appreciate your bug report/suggestion!) if it doesn’t fit the plans I have for the application. But I am definitely open to considering anything … within reason, of course :P

Svetlana Belkin: Why is my Workflow the Way it is?

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 15:47

As I said in my last post, I’m trying to find a program that suits my workflow in terms of being organized.  In this quote:

My plan on how to use Zim [Wiki] is as followed:

  • I will use notebooks to keep related stuff together.  Example: All of my Ubuntu stuff in a nokebook called, “Ubuntu”.
  • Within notebooks, minus the “Pickle Jar”, I will use pages as major categories.  Example: I have a “Ubuntu Sense” page within my “Ubuntu” notebook.
  • Within major categories (as pages), I will use sub-pages as the “pages”. Example: I have a “Things to Blog On” sub-page in my “Ubuntu Sense” page.
  • [...]
  • I will use a “Pickle Jar” notebook for random thoughts just has David Seah does [both links removed].

The first four are things that seem to stay with me no matter what program I use, so I know those things are set in stone but the program that I use isn’t.

The quote is talking about how I organize things within the notebooks themselves.

Today, I was thinking on why I organize my “notes” this way instead of just having .odt or .txt files.  What I believe is that I taking some of the ideas that I was forced to do in middle school into high school, which was to have binders (or one mega binder) for each subject and within each binder, have a divider for the subcategories that was required for that subject.  Within those dividers, the notes, handouts, ect would be placed.  What I’m doing is trying to recreate that in a digital setting in order to get closer to my “be closely 100% digital”.

Stuart Langridge: Esquire is nothing new

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 13:22

You know how the higher-end men’s magazines — Esquire, GQ, that sort of thing — have feature articles where they reveal the inner secrets of the mob or what it’s like to be a black market gun dealer or the like? This is, I have discovered, not a new thing.

In 1731, which is two hundred and eighty-three years ago as I write this, Edward Cave (who was expelled from Rugby School, and invented his own type of cannon to go on the outside gate of his house) set up The Gentlemen’s Magazine under the implausible pen-name of “Sylvanus Urban” (meaning, roughly, “forest town”). It was the first thing to actually call itself a magazine, and in the very first issue there is an excellent aside (quoted in John Scarne’s Scarne’s Complete Guide to Gambling) describing the employees of a London casino (or “most notorious gaming-house”, as the Magazine had it; all such casinos were illegal at the time). A paper set of the Magazine is as rare as rocking-horse poo these days (even the British Museum’s set is made up of various separate volumes, some reprinted 25 years or more after initial publication), but thanks to the wonders of the internet images are available: the Bodleian Library in Oxford has a set of scans of the first 25 years or so. Below, because it’s excellent, I have transcribed the short section on said notorious gaming-house.

Next time you read something similar on askmen.com or wherever, know that chaps have been interested in this sort of thing for a terribly long time. And that casino jobs really haven’t ever changed that much, including having shills around to fleece you of your hard-earned money. And, don’t complain, since there is a fellow to fight you for being peevish. I suspect he’s not called a Captain at the MGM Grand, though.

It may be ſome ſort of amuſement to preſent our readers with the following liſt of officers eſtablishſed in the moſt notorious gaming-houſes.

  1. A Commiſſioner, always a proprietor, who looks in of a night, and the week’s accompt is audited by him and two others of the proprietors.
  2. A Director, who ſuperintends the Room.
  3. An Operator, who deals the cards at a cheating game called Faro.
  4. Two Crowpees, who watch the cards, and gather the money for the Bank.
  5. Two Puffs, who have money given them to decoy others to play.
  6. A Clerk, who is a check upon the puffs, to ſee that they ſink none of the money that is given them to play with.
  7. A Squib, is a puff of a lower rank, who ſerves at half ſalary, while he is learning to deal.
  8. A Flaſher, to ſwear how often the bank has been ſtript.
  9. A Dummer, who goes about to recover money loſt at play.
  10. A Waiter, to fill out wine, ſnuff candles, and attend in the gaming-room.
  11. An Attorney, a Newgate ſolicitor.
  12. A Captain, who is to fight any gentleman that is peeviſh for loſing his money.
  13. An Uſher, who lights gentlemen up and down ſtairs, and gives the word to the Porter.
  14. An Orderly man, who walks up and down the outſide of the door, to give notice to the porter, and alarm the houſe, at the approach of the conſtables.
  15. A Runner, who is to get intelligence of the justices meeting.
  16. Link-boys, Coachmen, Chairmen, Drawers, or others, who bring the firſt intellggence of the justices meetings, or of the conſtables being out, at half a guinea reward.
  17. Common bail, Affidavit-men, Ruffians, Bravoes, Aſſaſſins, cum multis aliis.

Randall Ross: Juju is... Music!

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 11:01

Many of you who follow my blog have heard me say "Ubuntu is not just software."

Well, by extension, neither is Juju. Juju is part of Ubuntu and like its parent, it's more than bits and bytes.

Today I learned that Juju is not only the coolest and most effortless way to solve problems using private, public, or community clouds, but is also a very talented musician.

Please take a look at this spine-tingling performance by Mojo Juju entitled "I Put A Spell On You". It's guaranted to get you moving on this Monday...


Thanks Mojo for an inspiring and magical performance!

And what about you? If I were to ask you to complete this sentence, what would you say?
"Juju is ________"

The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 391

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 09:02

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #391 for the week November 3 – 9, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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

  • Paul White
  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • John Mahoney
  • Sascha Manns
  • 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 391

The Fridge - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 09:02

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #391 for the week November 3 – 9, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

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

  • Paul White
  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • John Mahoney
  • Sascha Manns
  • And many others

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Kubuntu Wire: Kubuntu Polo Shirts are Shipping

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 07:23

The first batch of the new Kubuntu polo shirts are shipping.  They are being supplied by our friends at the Hungarian Ubuntu Loco Team and HelloTux shop.  Here they are modelled by our good looking Kubuntu users.

Benjamin Kerensa: Happy 10th Birthday Firefox!

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:14
Today is an important day because today we celebrate a decade of Firefox. Yep, that’s right. Firefox 1.0 was released 10 years ago today. I can’t imagine what the Internet would be like today if Firefox had not existed for the past decade, but I can imagine what the future of Firefox looks like and […]

Randall Ross: Remembering Aaron and Meeting Personal Heroes

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 13:10

I didn't know Aaron personally. I'm probably similar to you in that regard. Sure, I was peripherally aware of his work and achievements in spreading freedom the way he knew best. But he really didn't come into sharp focus for me until he died.

That's sad. In retrospect, I really wish I could have been more present and that I had made a point to meet him. In those days, I doubt that I would have had much to offer by way of assistance, but I wish I could have at least said "thank you", and offered words of encouragement.

I don't want this post to be all melancholy. So, here's the positive part. Aaron's early departure from this earth catalyzed me to learn about and to reflect on his work and the work that still needs to be done. It helped me to add a new verse to my personal philosophy. It goes something like this:

"Meet people that are doing great and selfless things for humanity while we still can. Help them where possible. Thank them for what they do. And, if we can't meet them before they depart, honour them and spread the word about them."

Last night, I and several hundred others had the opportunity to honour Aaron at the Internet Archive in San Francisco. We watched Aaron's story and heard from people who knew him. We had a chance to thank him and I am truly thankful that we had this chance.

Come to think of it, Aaron not only raised my awareness about the ongoing battle for freedom, but he also gave me the chance to meet like-minded people and to share stories with people who are working to make the world a better place. (Unsurprisingly, several of the folks I met were doing so with Ubuntu.)

And also quite accidentally, Aaron introduced me to another one of my personal heroes, Ted Nelson .Ted, the inventor of hypertext, the creator of the underlying concepts that became the world-wide web. Ted, we met ever so briefly last night, and unfortunately you had to run off before I could give you a proper thank you. But, I'm happy we at least had the chance to meet and I hope we'll meet again soon.

Aaron, thank you for all you have done. And thank you for giving me the opportunity to make some new Ubuntu friends, and to meet another of my personal heroes.


Who are your personal heroes? Have you met them? I hope you will.

I hope you'll watch The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz


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