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The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 386

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:04

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #386 for the week September 29 – October 5, 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:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • John Mahoney
  • 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 386

The Fridge - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:04

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #386 for the week September 29 – October 5, 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:

  • Elizabeth K. Joseph
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • John Mahoney
  • 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

Svetlana Belkin: Start Planning For 14.11 UOS

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 13:53

As it was stated some months ago, the next Ubuntu Online Summit (UOS) is in (almost) a month on November 12th to the 14th.  There will be five (5) tracks: app development, cloud development, community, Ubuntu development, and users.  I will be one of the Community track leads.  Since the UOS is (again almost) a month away, we should start planning for sessions.   For the sessions that don’t need a blueprint, you are welcome to use the “propose a session” button on the UOS homepage.  For the ones that require a blueprint, please use this Google Spreadsheet to add your session idea.  Once we know how to name our UOS blueprints, it will be easy to remember what sessions that still need to be proposed.


Julian Andres Klode: A weekend with the Acer Chromebook 13 FHD (AKA nyan-big)

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 09:19

I spent the weekend using almost exclusively my Chromebook 13, on a single charge Saturday and Sunday.

Keyboard

I think I like the keyboard better now than I used to when I first tried it. It gets nowhere near the ThinkPad X230 one, though; appart from the coating, which my (backlit) X230 unfortunately does not have.

Screen

While the screen appeared very grainy to me on first sight, having only used IPS screens in the past year, I got used to it over the weekend. I now do not notice much graininess anymore. The contrast still seems extremely poor, the colors are not vivid, and the vertical viewing angles are still a disaster, though.

Battery life

I think the battery life is awesome. I have 30% remaining now while I am writing this blog post and Chrome OS tells me I still have 3 hours and 19 minutes remaining. It could probably still be improved though, I notice that Chrome OS uses 7-14% CPU in idle normally (and up to 20% in exceptional cases).

The maximum power usage I measured using the battery’s internal sensor was about 9.2W, that was with 5 Big Buck Bunny 1080p videos played in parallel. Average power consumption is around 3-5W (up to 6.5 with single video playing), depending on brightness, and use.

Performance

While I do notice a performance difference to my much more high-end Ivy Bridge Core i5 laptop, it turns out to be usable enough to not make me want to throw it at a wall. Things take a bit longer than I am used to, but it is still acceptable.

Input: Software Part

The user interface is great. There are a lot of gestures available for navigating between windows, tabs, and in the history. For example, horizontally swiping with two finger moves in history, three fingers moves between tabs; and swiping down (or up for Australian scrolling) gives an overview of all windows (like expose on Mac, GNOME’s activities, or the multi-tasking thing Maemo used to have).

What I miss is a keyboard shortcut like Meta + Left/Right on GNOME which moves the active window to the left/right side of the screen. That would be very useful for mult-tasking situations.

Issues

I noticed some performance issues. For example, I can easily get the Chromebook to use 85% of a CPU by scrolling on a page with the touchpad or 70% for scrolling by keeping a key pressed (crbug.com/420452).

While watching Big Buck Bunny on YouTube, I noticed some (micro) stuttering in the beginning of the film, as well as each time I move in or out of the video area when not in full-screen mode (crbug.com/420582). It also increases CPU usage to about 70%.

Running a “proper” Linux?

Today, I tried to play around a bit with Debian wheezy and Ubuntu trusty systems, in a chroot for now. I was trying to find out if I can get an accelerated X server with the standard ChromeOS kernel. The short answer is: No. I tried two things:

  1. Debian wheezy with the binaries from ChromeOS (they have the same xserver version)
  2. Ubuntu trusty with the Nvidia drivers

Unfortunately, they did not work. Option 1 failed because ChromeOS uses glibc 2.15 whereas wheezy uses 1.13. Option 2 failed because the sysfs interface is different between the ChromeOS and Linux4Tegra kernels.

I guess I’ll have to wait.

I also tried booting a custom kernel from USB, but given that the u-boot always sets console= and there is no non-verified u-boot available yet, I could not see any output on the screen :(  – Maybe I should build a u-boot myself?


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Luis de Bethencourt: Building GStreamer for Mac OS X and iOS

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:18
As part of the 1.4.3 release of GStreamer I helped the team by making the OS X and iOS builds. The process is easy but has a long sequence of steps. So it is worth sharing it here just in case you might want to run your own GStreamer in any of these platforms.

1. First, you need to download CMake
http://www.cmake.org/files/v3.0/cmake-3.0.2-Darwin-universal.dmg

2. Add CMake to your PATH
$ export PATH=$PATH:/Applications/CMake.app/Contents/bin

3. Prepare the destination (as root)
$ mkdir /Library/Frameworks/GStreamer.framework
$ chown user:user /Library/Frameworks/GStreamer.framework

4. Check out the GStreamer release code
$ git clone git://anongit.freedesktop.org/gstreamer/sdk/cerbero
$ cd cerbero
$ git checkout -b 1.4 origin/1.4

5. Pin the commits to build
edit config/osx-universal.cbc to have the following:

prefix='/Library/Frameworks/GStreamer.framework/Versions/1.0'

recipes_commits = {
'gstreamer-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gstreamer-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-base-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-base-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-good-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-good-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-bad-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-bad-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-ugly-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gst-plugins-ugly-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gst-libav-1.0' : '1.4.3',
'gst-libav-1.0-static' : '1.4.3',
'gnonlin-1.0' : '1.2.1',
'gnonlin-1.0-static' : '1.2.1',
'gst-editing-services-1.0' : '1.2.1',
'gst-rtsp-server-1.0' : '1.4.3',
}

6. Run the bootstrap
$ ./cerbero-uninstalled bootstrap
$ echo "allow_parallel_build = True" > ~/.cerbero/cerbero.cbc

7. Run the build for OS X. Patience, it needs to build ~80 modules.
$ ./cerbero-uninstalled -c config/osx-universal.cbc package gstreamer-1.0

8. Run the build for iOS. Some extra steps are necessary for this build.
$ ./cerbero-uninstalled -c config/cross-ios-universal.cbc buildone gettext libiconv
$ ./cerbero-uninstalled -c config/cross-ios-universal.cbc package gstreamer-1.0
$ ./cerbero-uninstalled -c config/cross-ios-universal.cbc buildone gstreamer-ios-templates

Fabián Rodríguez: Help FACIL improve MultiSystem with UEFI support and produce up to 350 Live USB keys including multiple GNU/Linux systems

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:11

FACIL, pour l’appropriation collective de l’informatique libre (FACIL), a Quebec-based non-profit, has decided to crowd-fund the development production of a 16 GB USB key bearing the FACIL logo and capable of booting from a selection of free-software operating systems (such as GNU/Linux and BSD) on a large set of target computers, specifically those using UEFI.

Modern systems often won’t boot some Live USB keys created by traditional methods, specially when wanting to combine several systems on one large-capacity USB key. This is a very useful item to add to your advocacy/testing toolkit.

The FACIL key will serve to propagate free software on the computers of ordinary Quebecers all the while providing FACIL with a better source of financing than only selling T-shirts and stickers. This can also be used by any other organization producing their own keys once the project has completed.

The project first consists in developing the prototype of a 16 GB USB key capable of booting different free-software operating systems. The key will be developed using, MultiSystem, an excellent free software application designed to do just that. MultiSystem will have to be modified to allow booting on computers with either a classic BIOS or the more recent UEFI.

The resulting improvements to MultiSystem source code will be integrated into the project itself, meaning any other organization or individual using it will also be able to produce their own custom USB keys and benefit from this.

The next step will be to mass duplicate the USB key image on good quality devices that will bear the FACIL logo.

For more details on the funding needs and how the money will be used if this succeeds, see the project page at Goteo.

We need your support! Please consider donating any amount you can, and share this information with anyone interested in GNU/Linux and in general free open source software advocacy.

I am posting this as the acting president of FACIL, I can relay / answer any questions about the project to those directly involved.



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Valorie Zimmerman: Good Notes

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 01:24
Final lovely quote from Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull. Please get the book for yourself if you want to know how to foster creativity in a community or company.
In the very early days of Pixar, John, Andrew, Pete, Lee, and Joe made a promise to one another. No matter what happened, they would always tell each other the truth. They did this because they recognized how important and rare candid feedback is and how, without it, our films would suffer. Then and now, the term we use to describe this kind of constructive criticism is "good notes." A good not says what is wrong, what is missing, what itsn't clear, what makes no sense. A good note is offered in a timely moment, not too late to fix the problem. A good note doesn't make demands; it doesn't even have to include a proposed fix. But if it does, that fix is offered only to illustrate a potential solution, not to prescribe an answer. Most of all, though, a good note is specific. "I'm writhing with boredom," is not a good note.Catmull quotes Andrew Stanton at length explaining the difference between criticism, and constructive criticism, ending with: It's more of a challenge. "Isn't this what you want? I want that too!" [103]

I think this bit is the key: good criticism focuses on the common goal: a great product. It inspires, rather than creating defensiveness.

I read Reviewboard feedback in a sort of random way, and see a lot of "good note" behavior. But that timely part is sometimes missing. We have some Reviewboard requests languishing, along with patches in bug reports. Fortunately, the Gardening project has sprung up to improve this part of the community. Help out if you have time! https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-gardening and https://community.kde.org/Gardening.

Scarlett Clark: Kubuntu: KDE Plasma 5 beta 1 in next ppa ready for testers. Please read on for known issues.

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 18:29

We have finished packaging Plasma 5 beta 1 and it is in https://launchpad.net/~kubuntu-ppa/+archive/ubuntu/next
I am pleased that kactivities are once again operational!

Some things to be aware of while upgrade/installing:

I had run into an issue on my desktop, I have a Nvidia card and to resolve this bug:
Bug 1377321

You absolutely have to have lightdm installed or you will end up without nvidia drivers. Resulting in a black or no screen.
Evidently, sddm is not supported yet with nvidia, I filed the bug in hopes this will get resolved..
In order to get a functional system I had to chroot into my system from a livecd and reinstall nvidia-331 and allowing it to install
alot of unity/gnome stuff (apparently for lightdm?) and it then booted fine. I hope it gets fixed soon..
Some good instructions to repair your system via livecd chroot can be found here:
http://www.webupd8.org/2014/01/how-to-fix-non-bootable-ubuntu-system.html

Other users that installed new systems (not upgrades) have run into:
Bug 1377269
You will need to force overwrite with:
sudo dpkg -i --force-overwrite /var/cache/apt/archives/libkf5sysguard5-data_4%3a5.0.95-0ubuntu1~ubuntu14.10~ppa4_amd64.deb
I am completely baffled as to how new installs are affected and upgrades are not.

Please, if you are affected by either of these bugs go to the bug and select This bug affects you. Especially the Nvidia one, as we do not have
any control over Nvidia drivers.

My laptop install was relatively pain free. I had to run individual apt-get install on a couple of held packages.
So with that said, the joys of testing software!
If you would like to assist us in making this a great release, please join us in #kubuntu-devel and help us test!

John Baer: 2014 Chromebook Survey

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 17:08

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the 2014 Chromebook survey. The goal of this survey is to gather data on the two most discussed Chromebook topics; features and price.

With that goal in mind, the survey is divided into the following six (6) subjects.

  1. Design
  2. Performance
  3. Visual Experience
  4. Usability
  5. Connectivity
  6. Value/Price

A word of caution about about value and price. Manufactures have done a fantastic job in bringing the price of Chromebooks down but lets be real and agree every feature has a cost. In the circumstance where all of the advanced chromebook features and the lowest price are checked the data only states we want everything at the lowest possible price. However, in the circumstance where key advanced chromebook features and a reasonable corresponding price are checked gives real and valuable data. Do not be concerned about setting a price which may exceed the manufacturer sales target? In that scenario the data would show there is an appreciation for quality and paying extra for quality is acceptable.

The survey is valuable for both Chromebook owners and new buyers.

Other links you may find useful in acquiring additional Chromebook knowledge are as follows.

Start Chromebook Survey

The results will be interesting – enjoy!

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John Baer: Chromebook Survey

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 10/05/2014 - 04:52

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Chromebook survey. The goal of the survey is to shine some light on the two most discussed Chromebook topics; features and price.

With that goal in mind, the survey is divided into the following six (6) subjects.

  1. Design
  2. Performance
  3. Visual Experience
  4. Usability
  5. Connectivity
  6. Value/Price

A word of caution about about features and price. Manufactures have done a fantastic job in bringing the price of Chromebooks down but every feature has a cost. The circumstance where all of the advanced features and the lowest price are checked doesn’t really tell much other than we want everything at the lowest possible price. In the circumstance where key advanced features and a mid-tier price are checked sets the bar at a level which may be obtainable. But what if we set the bar too high? That is to say we price the Chromebook we want at a price which exceeds the manufacturer sales target? Competition will resolve this scenario.

The survey is valuable for both Chromebook owners and new buyers.

Other useful links.

Take the survey

The results will be interesting – enjoy!

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Mattia Migliorini: Ubuntu dual boot: grub doesn’t start

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 10:47

When you want to install Ubuntu in dual boot with Windows 8, you need to take into account that you can encounter some problems. Today I’ll tell you an anecdote and explain how you can fix the following problem: grub doesn’t start on a Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot with Windows 8.1.

The story

A week ago I installed Ubuntu 14.04, codenamed Trusty Tahr, alongside Windows 8.1 on a friend of mine’s computer. I did not install the available updates upon installation, to make it faster. Everything worked well: UEFI did not cause any trouble, both Ubuntu and Windows started as expected. I then installed the Italian locale packages and postponed the updates.

Today I finally found the time to update the installed packages. Once installed, I restarted the computer in order to apply and test the update. And here comes the surprise: grub didn’t start, the pc booted Windows directly.

Solve the problem: grub doesn’t start

We have a problem, but fortunately Windows is not compromised. So, let’s go and fix the problem.

What you need

If grub doesn’t start, we can’t access Ubuntu directly. Here’s what you need:

  • a live Linux distribution either on a CD/DVD or on an USB stick;
  • a little bit of patience.

Nothing else? Exactly, that’s it.

First try: Boot Repair

The first thing you can do is using Boot Repair to reinstall grub with all the options you need. You can find instructions about how to install and use Boot Repair in the Ubuntu Community Help Wiki.

How to solve the problem

Most probably the first attempt with Boot Repair didn’t solve the problem. But we are Linux users, so we can find a solution by searching in the Web and with a little bit of luck.

Boot into your live Linux distro (from now on we’re going to call it just “Live”) and open GParted or any other partition manager it has. Look for your Ubuntu system partition and write down somewhere its file name (that in the form /dev/sdxn, in my case /dev/sda7) and its filesystem. We’ll call it /dev/sda7, but keep in mind to change it when you type down the commands.

Chroot into your system

First things first: chroot into your system to execute the actions needed to fix the issue. Open the terminal, login as root and mount Ubuntu. Replace /dev/sda7 with your partition, and ext4 with the filesystem of your partition.

sudo su cd / mount -t ext4 /dev/sda7 /mnt mount -t proc proc /mnt/proc mount -t sysfs sys /mnt/sys mount -o bind /dev /mnt/dev

If your /boot directory is on a different partition from your /, you’ll also need to mount that partition with the following command (remember to replace ext4 and /dev/sda2:

mount -t ext4 /dev/sda2 /mnt/boot

Now it’s time to move into the mounted system, which is your Ubuntu installation:

chroot /mnt /bin/bash

If it returns the error chroot: cannot run command '/bin/bash': Exec format error, this usually indicates that you booted with one architecture (e.g. 32bit) and are trying to chroot into another (e.g. x86_64), so you need to use a Live that has the same architecture.

At this point it is useful to add a remainder to the prompt:

source /etc/profile export PS1="(chroot) $PS1"

And make sure /etc/mtab is up to date:

grep -v rootfs /proc/mounts > /etc/mtab Change UEFI boot order

Here the point is to change the order in which UEFI boots the system. First of all, have a look at the current order:

efibootmgr -v

This will output something like this:

BootCurrent: 0005 Timeout: 0 seconds BootOrder: 2002,0004,0000,0001,2003,2001 Boot0000* ubuntu HD(2,e1800,82000,0a543b96-7861-11e2-8d38-d60b12dec0bc)File(\EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi) Boot0001* Ubuntu HD(2,e1800,82000,0a543b96-7861-11e2-8d38-d60b12dec0bc)File(\EFI\ubuntu\grubx64.efi)RC Boot0002* EFI Network 0 for IPv6 (7C-05-07-9C-F6-18) ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1c,2)PCI(0,0)MAC(7c05079cf618,0)030d3c000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000004000000000000000000000000000000000RC Boot0003* EFI Network 0 for IPv4 (7C-05-07-9C-F6-18) ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1c,2)PCI(0,0)MAC(7c05079cf618,0)IPv4(0.0.0.0:00.0.0.0:0,0, 0RC Boot0004* Windows Boot Manager HD(2,e1800,82000,0a543b96-7861-11e2-8d38-d60b12dec0bc)File(\EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi)WINDOWS.........x...B.C.D.O.B.J.E.C.T.=.{.9.d.e.a.8.6.2.c.-.5.c.d.d.-.4.e.7.0.-.a.c.c.1.-.f.3.2.b.3.4.4.d.4.7.9.5.}.................... Boot0005* EFI DVD/CDROM (TSSTcorp CDDVDW SN-208DN) ACPI(a0341d0,0)PCI(1f,2)03120a00020000000000CD-ROM(1,11a6,1680)RC Boot2001* EFI USB Device RC Boot2002* EFI DVD/CDROM RC Boot2003* EFI Network RC

Here you can identify the names of the devices and operating systems that are recognized by UEFI. In the example above, we want to prioritize shim, which is the first signed bootloader for Ubuntu, the component responsible for loading grub.

How can we achieve this? By simply typing the following command into our terminal:

efibootmgr -o 0000

Be sure to replace 0000 with the number in BootXXXX on the same line of the file directive \EFI\ubuntu\shimx64.efi.

Conclusion

We did it! Exit your terminal, reboot the computer. If all went well, you will now be able to see grub at the startup.

If something went wrong, please report it in a comment below.

 

Sources:

Photo courtesy of ryneslat

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Jo Shields: The unstoppable march of mobile technology

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 09:23

It’s been more than 2 years since my last post about my smartphone. In the time after that post I upgraded my much loved Windows Phone 7 device to Windows Phone 8 (which I got rid of within months, for sucking), briefly used Firefox OS, then eventually used a Nexus 4 for at least a year.

After years of terrible service provision and pricing, I decided I would not stay with my network Orange a moment longer – and in getting a new contract, I would get a new phone too. So on Friday, I signed up to a new £15 per month contract with Three, including 200 minutes, unlimited data, and 25GB of data roaming in the USA and other countries (a saving of £200,000 per month versus Orange). Giffgaff is similarly competitive for data, but not roaming. No other network in the UK is competitive.

For the phone, I had a shortlist of three: Apple iPhone 6, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact, and Samsung Galaxy Alpha. These are all “small” phones by 2014 standards, with a screen about the same size as the Nexus 4. I didn’t consider any Windows Phone devices because they still haven’t shipped a functional music player app on Windows Phone 8. Other more “fringe” OSes weren’t considered, as I insist on trying out a real device in person before purchase, and no other comparable devices are testable on the high street.

iPhone 6

This was the weakest offering, for me. £120 more than the Samsung, and almost £200 more than the Sony, a much lower hardware specification, physically larger, less attractive, and worst of all – mandatory use of iTunes for Windows for music syncing.

Apple iPhone 6, press shot from apple.com, all rights reserved

The only real selling point for me would be for access to iPhone apps. And, I guess, decreased chance of mockery by co-workers.

Galaxy Alpha

Now on to the real choices. I’ve long felt that Samsung’s phones are ugly plasticy tat – the Galaxy S5 is popular, well-marketed, but looks and feels cheap compared to HTC’s unibody aluminium One. They’ve also committed the cardinal sin of gimping the specifications of their “mini” (normal-sized) phones, compared to the “normal” (gargantuan) versions. The newly released S5 Mini is about the same spec as early 2012’s S3, the S4 Mini was mostly an S2 internally, and so on.

However, whilst HTC have continued along these lines, Samsung have finally released a proper phone under 5″, in the Alpha.

Samsung Galaxy Alpha press shot from samsungmobile.com, all rights reserved

The Alpha combines a 4.7″ AMOLED screen, a plastic back, metal edges, 8-core big.LITTLE processor, and 2GB RAM. It is a PRETTY device – the screen really dazzles (as is the nature of OLED). It feels like a mix of design cues from an iPhone and Samsung’s own, keeping the angular feel of iPhone 4->5S rather than the curved edges on the iPhone 6.

The Galaxy Alpha was one of the two devices I seriously considered.

Xperia Z3 Compact

The other Android device I considered was the Compact version of Sony’s new Xperia Z3. Unlike other Android vendors, Sony decided that “mini” shouldn’t mean “low end” when they released the Z1 compact earlier this year. The Z3 follows suit, where the same CPU and storage are found on both the big and little versions.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press shot from Sony Xperia Picasa album. CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The Z3C has a similar construction to the Nexus 4, with glass front and back, and plastic rim. The specification is similar to the Galaxy Alpha (with a quadcore 2.5GHz Qualcomm processor about 15% faster than the big.LITTLE Exynos in the Galaxy Alpha). It differs in a few places – LCD rather than AMOLED (bad); a non-removable (bad) 2600 mAh battery (good) compared to the removable 1860 mAh in the Samsung; waterproofing (good); A less hateful Android shell (Xperia on Android vs Samsung Touchwiz).

For those considering a Nexus-4-replacement class device (yes, rjek, that means you), both the Samsung and the Sony are worth a look. They both have good points and bad points. In the end, both need to be tested to form a proper opinion. But for me, the chunky battery and tasteful green were enough to swing it for the Sony. So let’s see where I stand in a few months’ time. Every phone I’ve owned, I’ve ended up hating it for one reason or another. My usual measure for whether a phone is good or not is how long it takes me to hit the “I can’t use this” limit. The Nokia N900 took me about 30 minutes, the Lumia 800 lasted months. How will the Z3 Compact do? Time will tell.

Costales: How is the Lubuntu performance into a Cubieboard 2?

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 04:43
Hi! I did a video for appreciating the performance of Lubuntu into a Cubieboard 2.

Cubieboard Pros:
  • Use as server or desktop.
  • A7 Dual-Core CPU, then you can use the native ARM Ubuntu version.
  • 1GB RAM.
  • As desktop it'll works really good for watching show TVs & movies, listening music, view/edit documents, web browsing and chat.
  • As server I have one  without a reboot in months.
  • Power: Just 5V & 2A! Have your home server all the year for a few dollars!
  • Price: ~60$.
  • Works with Lubuntu Desktop or Ubuntu Server!
  • Totally silent, no fans.
  • Really small.
  • Really fast for its specifications, because it uses a NAND memory as hard disk.
  • Connect a SATA hard disk directly to the motherboard (you'll need a more powerful adapter that 1A).
  • 4GB for Ubuntu (2GB free with extra codecs & apps), but you can use a microSD as external storage. I'm using a microSD as /home with all documents.
Cubieboard Contras:
  • It's a little computer. Don't forget it isn't a i7 ;P
  • This is a problem of this distro version (1.07 / Lubuntu 13.04): As server it works perfect, but as desktop, when you open an application some times the screen blinks. The cubieez distro fixed this. I can't research this problem yet. But do not bother, it's happen once in a great while, it isn't happen with videos.
You can watch here the Lubuntu performance:


The Lubuntu version is 13.04 from this image.

If you have any question, please, leave a comment :) Cheers!

Extra info:

Forums Council: LoCo Forums

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/03/2014 - 02:41

Up to now we have happily held areas for any LoCo who wishes us to do so.

Some of these are extremely active, notably the Catalan and Argentina teams areas, many though are unused at all and others show no activity at all since the middle of 2013.

Following a discussion with the LoCo Council and in conjunction with other changes we have been making to the forum, many of these LoCo forums have been archived. All of the posts in the archive area are still readable, but no new posts will be allowed in these archived forums.

If the LoCo Contact for any of the closed areas wants to discuss the situation with regard to their own forum we would be happy to do so.


The Fridge: Nominations open for two positions on the Ubuntu IRC Council

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:13

We are opening nominations for two positions on the Ubuntu IRC Council. We are filling in slots opened by resignations (IdleOne resigned last year, and AlanBell just announced to us he is resigning). We felt we could still perform with four members of the council but not with just three.

Details of the IRC Council can be read on the wiki; a summary of the nomination requirements is below (but all are suggested to read the wiki in full):

Elections of new IRC Council members will be held in the following way:

  1. An open call for nominations should be announced in the IRC Community, and people can nominate themselves for a seat on the council. Everyone is welcome to apply.
  2. To apply for a seat the candidate creates a Wiki page outlining their work in the community, and inviting others to provide testimonials.
  3. When the application deadline has passed, the IRC Council will review the applications and provide feedback on the candidates for the Community Council to review.
  4. The Community Council will identify a shortlist for the board and circulate the list publically for feedback from the community.
  5. The shortlist identified by the Community Council will be voted upon by team members as described at CommunityCouncil/Delegation. Members of the Ubuntu IRC Members Team are eligible to vote.
  6. The Community Council will then finalise the appointment of IRC Council members.

The deadline for the nominations will be announced later on.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-irc mailing list on Thu Oct 2 23:15:11 UTC 2014 by C de-Avillez

Nominations open for two positions on the Ubuntu IRC Council

The Fridge - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 20:12

We are opening nominations for two positions on the Ubuntu IRC Council. We are filling in slots opened by resignations (IdleOne resigned last year, and AlanBell just announced to us he is resigning). We felt we could still perform with four members of the council but not with just three.

Details of the IRC Council can be read on the wiki; a summary of the nomination requirements is below (but all are suggested to read the wiki in full):

Elections of new IRC Council members will be held in the following way:

  1. An open call for nominations should be announced in the IRC Community, and people can nominate themselves for a seat on the council. Everyone is welcome to apply.
  2. To apply for a seat the candidate creates a Wiki page outlining their work in the community, and inviting others to provide testimonials.
  3. When the application deadline has passed, the IRC Council will review the applications and provide feedback on the candidates for the Community Council to review.
  4. The Community Council will identify a shortlist for the board and circulate the list publically for feedback from the community.
  5. The shortlist identified by the Community Council will be voted upon by team members as described at CommunityCouncil/Delegation. Members of the Ubuntu IRC Members Team are eligible to vote.
  6. The Community Council will then finalise the appointment of IRC Council members.

The deadline for the nominations will be announced later on.

Originally posted to the ubuntu-irc mailing list on Thu Oct 2 23:15:11 UTC 2014 by C de-Avillez

Raphaël Hertzog: My Free Software Activities in September 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:20

This is my monthly summary of my free software related activities. If you’re among the people who made a donation to support my work (26.6 €, thanks everybody!), then you can learn how I spent your money. Otherwise it’s just an interesting status update on my various projects.

Django 1.7

Since Django 1.7 got released early September, I updated the package in experimental and continued to push for its inclusion in unstable. I sent a few more patches to multiple reverse build dependencies who had asked for help (python-django-bootstrap-form, horizon, lava-server) and then sent the package to unstable. At that time, I bumped the severity of all bug filed against packages that were no longer building with Django 1.7.

Later in the month, I made sure that the package migrated to testing, it only required a temporary removal of mumble-django (see #763087). Quite a few packages got updated since then (remaining bugs here).

Debian Long Term Support

I have worked towards keeping Debian Squeeze secure, see the dedicated article: My Debian LTS report for September 2014.

Distro Tracker

The pace of development on tracker.debian.org slowed down a bit this month, with only 30 new commits in the repository, closing 6 bugs. Some of the changes are noteworthy though: the news now contain true links on bugs, CVE and plain URLs (example here). I have also fixed a serious issue with the way users were identified when they used their Alioth account credentials to login via sso.debian.org.

On the development side, we’re now able to generate the test suite code coverage which is quite helpful to identify parts of the code that are clearly missing some tests (see bin/gen-coverage.sh in the repository).

Misc packaging

Publican. I have been behind packaging new upstream versions of Publican and with the freeze approaching, I decided to take care of it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped and found numerous issues that I have filed upstream (invalid public identifier, PDF build fails with noNumberLines function available, build of the manual requires the network). Most of those have been fixed upstream in the mean time but the last issue seems to be a problem in the way we manage our Docbook XML catalogs in Debian. I have thus filed #763598 (docbook-xml: xmllint fails to identify local copy of docbook entities file) which is still waiting an answer from the maintainer.

Package sponsorship. I have sponsored new uploads of dolibarr (RC bug fix), tcpdf (RC bug fix), tryton-server (security update) and django-ratelimit.

GNOME 3.14. With the arrival of GNOME 3.14 in unstable, I took care of updating gnome-shell-timer and also filed some tickets for extensions that I use: https://github.com/projecthamster/shell-extension/issues/79 and https://github.com/olebowle/gnome-shell-timer/issues/25

git-buildpackage. I filed multiple bugs on git-buildpackage for little issues that have been irking me since I started using this tool: #761160 (gbp pq export/switch should be smarter), #761161 (gbp pq import+export should preserve patch filenames), #761641 (gbp import-orig should be less fragile and more idempotent).

Thanks

See you next month for a new summary of my activities.

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Julian Andres Klode: Acer Chromebook 13 (FHD): Initial impressions

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 09:10

Today, I received my Acer Chromebook 13, in the glorious FullHD variant with 4GB RAM. For those of you who don’t know it, the Acer Chromebook 13 is a 13.3 inch chromebook powered by a Tegra K1 cpu.

This version cannot be ordered currently, only pre-orders were shipped yesterday (at least here in Germany). I cannot even review it on Amazon (despite having it bought there), as they have not enabled reviews for it yet.

The device feels solidly built, and looks good. It comes in all-white matte plastic and is slightly reminiscent of the old white MacBooks. The keyboard is horrible, there’s no well defined pressure point. It feels like your typing on a pillow. The display is OK, an IPS would be a lot nicer to work with, though. Oh, and it could be brighter. I do not think that using it outside on a sunny day would be a good idea. The speakers are loud and clear compared to my ThinkPad X230.

The performance of the device is about acceptable (unfortunately, I do not have any comparison in this device class). Even when typing this blog post in the visual wordpress editor, I notice some sluggishness. Opening the app launcher or loading the new tab page while music is playing makes the music stop for or skip a few ms (20-50ms if I had to guess). Running a benchmark in parallel or browsing does not usually cause this stuttering, though.

There are still some bugs in Chrome OS:  Loading the Play Books library the first time resulted in some rendering issues. The “Browser” process always consumes at least 10% CPU, even when idling, with no page open; this might cause some of the sluggishness I mentioned above. Also watching Flash videos used more CPU than I expected given that it is hardware accelerated.

Finally, Netflix did not work out of the box, despite the Chromebook shipping with a special Netflix plugin. I always get some unexpected issue-type page. Setting the user agent to Chrome 38 from Windows, thus forcing the use of the EME video player instead of the Netflix plugin, makes it work.

I reported these software issues to Google via Alt+Shift+I. The issues appeared on the current version of the stable channel, 37.0.2062.120.

What’s next? I don’t know.


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Kubuntu: KDE Applications and Development Platform 4.14.1

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 06:10

Packages for the release of KDE SC 4.14.1 are available for Kubuntu 14.04LTS and our development release. You can get them from the Kubuntu Backports PPA.

Bugs in the packaging should be reported to kubuntu-ppa on Launchpad. Bugs in the software to KDE.

Scarlett Clark: Kubuntu: KDE 4.14.1 on Trusty released.

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/02/2014 - 05:44

We are finally catching up! I am pleased to announce I finished backporting KDE 4.14.1 to Trusty Tahr and it is available in the Kubuntu backports PPA.

http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu trusty main

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