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Benjamin Mako Hill: Another Round of Community Data Science Workshops in Seattle

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 18:19
Pictures from the CDSW sessions in Spring 2014

I am helping coordinate three and a half day-long workshops in November for anyone interested in learning how to use programming and data science tools to ask and answer questions about online communities like Wikipedia, free and open source software, Twitter, civic media, etc. This will be a new and improved version of the workshops run successfully earlier this year.

The workshops are for people with no previous programming experience and will be free of charge and open to anyone.

Our goal is that, after the three workshops, participants will be able to use data to produce numbers, hypothesis tests, tables, and graphical visualizations to answer questions like:

  • Are new contributors to an article in Wikipedia sticking around longer or contributing more than people who joined last year?
  • Who are the most active or influential users of a particular Twitter hashtag?
  • Are people who participated in a Wikipedia outreach event staying involved? How do they compare to people that joined the project outside of the event?

If you are interested in participating, fill out our registration form here before October 30th. We were heavily oversubscribed last time so registering may help.

If you already know how to program in Python, it would be really awesome if you would volunteer as a mentor! Being a mentor will involve working with participants and talking them through the challenges they encounter in programming. No special preparation is required. If you’re interested, send me an email.

Costales: Folder Color y el poder de la comunidad

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 07:12
Como programador, alguna que otra vez me sucedió algo tan especial como ayer...

Un usuario de Folder Color me envió un email solicitando que los iconos dependan del tema, más particularmente del set de iconos Numix.

Algo que a priori creía que no era factible técnicamente (o al menos sin remapear manualmente muchísimos iconos) se resolvió gracias a la comunidad. El usuario me remitió a su pregunta al upstream y ahí la inestimable ayuda de Joshua Fogg de Numix me permitió aprender cómo funcionan los temas en Ubuntu y tras unas horas de desarrollo y pruebas, ¡voalá! Nueva versión, más funcional y bonita que nunca :D ¡Gracias compañeros!

Y así, en este mundillo linuxero: proyecto x proyecto = proyecto3
Sí, al cubo ;) no me equivoqué.

Lydia Pintscher: One thing that would make KDE better

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 05:14

I went to Akademy with two notebooks and a plan. They should both be filled by KDE contributors with writing and sketching about one thing they think would make KDE better. Have a look at the result:

The complete set is in this Flickr album. Check it out! What’s your favorite? What’s your one thing – big or small – that would make KDE better?

(Thanks to Fabrice for the idea.)

Rhonda D'Vine: Trans Gender Moves

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 03:14

Yesterday I managed to get the last ticket from the waitinglist for the premiere of Trans Gender Moves. It is a play about the lives of three people: A transman, a transwoman and an intersexual person. They tell stories from their life, their process of finding their own identity over time. With in parts amusing anecdotes and ones that gets you thinking I can just wholeheartly encourage you to watch it if you have the chance to. It will still be shown the next few days, potentially extending depending on the requests for tickets, from what I've been told by one of the actors.

The most funny moment for me though was when I was talking with one of the actors about that it really touched me that I was told that one of them will be moving into into the same building I will be moving into in two year's time. Unfortunately that will be delayed a bit because they found me thinks field hamster or the likes in the ground and have to wait until spring for them to move. :/

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Costales: Folder Color is themable now

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 23:20
Folder Color has a new improvement: It's themable now! :)

If your custom theme has the "folder-color" icons (read how to create those icons), you'll see them! By example, this is a screenshot with the awesome Numix icons (WIP yet):


Numix icon set

You can watch it in action in this video.


How to install: Here.

I want to thank you to Joshua Fogg from the Numix Proyect for his help & knowledge!! Really thank you ;)

Enjoy it! :)

Ronnie Tucker: KDE Plasma 5 Now Available for Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn)

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 21:56

The new KDE Plasma and KDE Frameworks packages are now out of Beta and users can test them in various systems, including Ubuntu. In fact, installing the latest KDE is quite easy now because there is a PPA available.

A lot of users are anxious to use the latest Plasma desktop because it’s quite different from the old one. We can call it “the old one” even if the latest branch, 4.14.x, is still maintained until November.

The KDE developers split the project into three major components: Plasma, Frameworks, and Applications. Plasma is actually the desktop and everything that goes with it, Frameworks is made up of all the libraries and other components, and Applications gathers all the regular apps that are usually KDE-specific.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/KDE-Plasma-5-Now-Available-for-Ubuntu-14-10-Utopic-Unicorn–462042.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Sam Hewitt: Turkey Soup with Fluffy Dumplings

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:00

It was Turkey Day (more commonly called Thanksgiving) this weekend past in Canada which always means there's an abundance of food and leftovers. As such, I feel there's no better use of your turkey carcass and extra meat than making turkey soup.

Part 1. The Soup
    Ingredients
  • 1 leftover turkey carcass –the body, with most of the meat removed, plus any leftover limbs of the bird, if still available.
  • 1 onion, cut into large chunks
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 kg of cooked turkey meat (or whatever you have left), any skin removed & shredded
  • 2 large carrots, cut into even chunks
  • 1 clove garlic, minces
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt & pepper
  • dumplings, recipe follows.
    Directions
  1. Put the turkey corpse & chopped onion into a pot and cover with stock and water. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour (up to a few hours).
  2. Drain the resulting broth into a large bowl through a large colander to remove the bones & such.
  3. Pour the broth back into the pot through a mesh strainer, to remove the smaller bits from it.
  4. Add the chopped carrot & garlic along with the dried thyme & marjoram and season with salt & pepper, to your taste.
  5. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until the carrot are soft (which may be up to an hour).
  6. Finish soup with dumplings before serving.
Part 2. Fluffy Dumplings
    Ingredients
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or other vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped green onion and/or parsley (optional)
    Directions
  1. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl plus the chopped herbs, if using.
  2. Add the milk & oil and bring it all together into a sticky mass.
  3. Dump out the dough onto a well-floured surface and knead for a few minutes.
  4. Divide the dough in half and roll into long ~1 inch diameter "logs".
  5. Cut the dough logs into to evenly-sized dumplings.
  6. To eat, add to a pot of hot, simmering broth or soup and let cook for at least 15 minutes.

I favour dumplings as the starch element in a soup like this, but you are free to opt them out and use rice, noodles or even chunks of potato.

Martin Pitt: Ramblings from LinuxCon/Plumbers 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 09:54

I’m on my way home from Düsseldorf where I attended the LinuxCon Europe and Linux Plumber conferences. I was quite surprised how huge LinuxCon was, there were about 1.500 people there! Certainly much more than last year in New Orleans.

Containers (in both LXC and docker flavors) are the Big Thing everybody talks about and works with these days; there was hardly a presentation where these weren’t mentioned at all, and (what felt like) half of the presentations were either how to improve these, or how to use these technologies to solve problems. For example, some people/companies really take LXC to the max and try to do everything in them including tasks which in the past you had only considered full VMs for, like untrusted third-party tenants. For example there was an interesting talk how to secure networking for containers, and pretty much everyone uses docker or LXC now to deploy workloads, run CI tests. There are projects like “fleet” which manage systemd jobs across an entire cluster of containers (distributed task scheduler) or like project-builder.org which auto-build packages from each commit of projects.

Another common topic is the trend towards building/shipping complete (r/o) system images, atomic updates and all that goodness. The central thing here was certainly “Stateless systems, factory reset, and golden images” which analyzed the common requirements and proposed how to implement this with various package systems and scenarios. In my opinion this is certainly the way to go, as our current solution on Ubuntu Touch (i. e. Ubuntu’s system-image) is far too limited and static yet, it doesn’t extend to desktops/servers/cloud workloads at all. It’s also a lot of work to implement this properly, so it’s certainly understandable that we took that shortcut for prototyping and the relatively limited Touch phone environment.

On Plumbers my main occupations were mostly the highly interesting LXC track to see what’s coming in the container world, and the systemd hackfest. On the latter I was again mostly listening (after all, I’m still learning most of the internals there..) and was able to work on some cleanups and improvements like getting rid of some of Debian’s patches and properly run the test suite. It was also great to sync up again with David Zeuthen about the future of udisks and some particular proposed new features. Looks like I’m the de-facto maintainer now, so I’ll need to spend some time soon to review/include/clean up some much requested little features and some fixes.

All in all a great week to meet some fellows of the FOSS world a gain, getting to know a lot of new interesting people and projects, and re-learning to drink beer in the evening (I hardly drink any at home :-P).

If you are interested you can also see my raw notes, but beware that there are mostly just scribbling.

Now, off to next week’s Canonical meeting in Washington, DC!

Harald Sitter: Plasma 5 Weekly ISO Revisited

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:38

I am proud to announce that Plasma 5 weekly ISOs have returned today.

http://files.kde.org/snapshots/unstable-i386-latest.iso.mirrorlist

Grab today’s ISO while it is hot. And don’t forget to report the bugs you might notice.

Plasma 5 weekly ISOs bring you the latest and greatest Plasma right from the tip of development.

As some of you might have noticed the previous Plasma 5 weekly ISOs stopped updating a while ago. This was because we at Blue Systems were migrating to new system for distribution level integration. More on this to follow soon. Until then you’ll have to believe me that it is 300% more awesome :)

Lucas Nussbaum: Debian Package of the Day revival (quite)

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 06:05

TL;DR: static version of http://debaday.debian.net/, as it was when it was shut down in 2009, available!

A long time ago, between 2006 and 2009, there was a blog called Debian Package of the Day. About once per week, it featured an article about one of the gems available in the Debian archive: one of those many great packages that you had never heard about.

At some point in November 2009, after 181 articles, the blog was hacked and never brought up again. Last week I retrieved the old database, generated a static version, and put it online with the help of DSA. It is now available again at http://debaday.debian.net/. Some of the articles are clearly outdated, but many of them are about packages that are still available in Debian, and still very relevant today.

Rhonda D'Vine: New Irssi

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 05:39

After a long time a new irssi upstream release hit the archive. While the most notable change in 0.8.16 was DNSSEC DANE support which is enabled (for linux, src:dnsval has issues to get compiled on kFreeBSD), the most visible change in 0.8.17 was addition of support for both 256 colors and truecolor. While the former can be used directly, for the later you have to explicitly switch the setting colors_ansi_24bit to on. A terminal support it is needed for that though. To test the 256 color support, your terminal has to support it, your TERM environment variable has to be properly set, and you can test it with the newly added /cubes alias. If you have an existing configuration, look at the Testing new Irssi wiki page which helps you get that alias amongst giving other useful tipps, too.

The package currently only lives in unstable, but once it did flow over to testing I will update it in wheezy-backports, too.

Enjoy!

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Jussi Kekkonen: Notes about Dell XPS 13 developer edition and Kubuntu

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 01:14

Got new tool, Dell XPS 13 developer edition, running Ubuntu 12.04. Here’s some experiences using it and also a note for future self what needed to be done to make everything work.

After taking restore disc from the pre-installed Ubuntu using the tool Dell provided, I proceeded on clean installing Kubuntu 14.04. I have to say for the size and price of this piece of hardware is rather amazing, only nitpicking could be the RAM capability being capped to 8 GiB. Having modern Linux distribution running smoothly in any circumstances is simply nice experience. I haven’t hit yet for the limitations of the integrated Intel GPU either, which is surprising, or maybe it is just telling my way of using these things. (:

Touch screen is maybe the most interesting bit on this laptop. Unfortunately I have to say the use of it is limited by UI not working well with touch interaction in many cases. Maybe choosing apps differently I would get better experience. At least some websites are working just fine when using Chromium browser.

Note on hardware support

Everything else works like a charm out of the box in Kubuntu 14.04, except cooling. After some searching I found out some Dell laptops need separate tools for managing the cooling. I figured out the following:

I needed to install i8kutils, which can be found in Ubuntu repositories.

Then I made the following contents to /etc/i8kmon.conf

# Run as daemon, override with --daemon option set config(daemon) 0 # Automatic fan control, override with --auto option set config(auto) 1 # Report status on stdout, override with --verbose option set config(verbose) 1 # Status check timeout (seconds), override with --timeout option set config(timeout) 12 # Temperature thresholds: {fan_speeds low_ac high_ac low_batt high_batt} set config(0) {{-1 0} -1 48 -1 48} set config(1) {{-1 1} 45 60 45 60} set config(2) {{-1 2} 50 128 50 128} # end of file

Note that some options are overridden in the init script, for example it does set i8kmon to daemon mode. Timeout of 12 seconds is there because I noticed every time fan speed is set, the speed begins to fall down in ~10 seconds so that in half a minute point you notice clearly the accumulated change on the fan speed. My 12 seconds is just compromise I found working for me well, YMWV etc.

Also to have i8kmon control cooling without human interaction, I needed to enable it in /etc/default/i8kmon

ENABLED=1

That’s it for now, I might end up updating the post if something new comes up regarding hardware support.

Ronnie Tucker: Canonical Details Plans for Unity 8 Integration in Ubuntu Desktop

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 22:55

Ubuntu users now know for certain when Unity 8 officially arrives on the desktop flavor of the distribution.

The Ubuntu desktop flavor hasn’t been the developers’ focus for some time now, but that is going to change very soon. The new Desktop Team Manager at Canonical, Will Cooke, has talked about the future of the Unity desktop and laid out the plans for the next few Ubuntu versions.

Users might have noticed that Ubuntu developers have been putting much of their efforts into the mobile version of their operating system and the desktop has received less attention than usual. They had to focus on that version because most of the things that are changed and improved for Ubuntu Touch will eventually land on the desktop as well.

Not all users know that the desktop environment that is now on Ubuntu Touch will also power the desktop version in the future, and that future is not very far ahead. In fact, it’s a lot closer than users imagine.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Canonical-Details-Plans-for-Unity-8-Integration-in-Ubuntu-Desktop-462117.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Joe Liau: Documenting the Death of the Dumb Telephone – Part 2: Balderdash

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 20:57

Source

Sometimes we need text so that we can document history, such as the death of our beloved smart phones. But, our phones are not smart; smart things do not fill themselves with nonsense. For some reason, the number of chatting, texting, mailing, talking channels is constantly increasing, which is also increasing the amount of “garbage information” that is entering our brains. Sometimes there is so much that I have to cut off myself off from the channels. Maybe my phone shouldn’t have a text function at all! It needs to be saved.

In a future post, I will discuss how we might mitigate this by adjusting our habits, but considering that all of these messages contain text, my smart phone should be able to consolidate, cross-reference, reply in-line, or find a way reduce the number of channels and the number of taps required to explain something.

A smart phone does not walk itself into traffic because it needs to reply to so many messages. Poor phones.

Eric Hammond: Installing aws-cli, the New AWS Command Line Tool

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:54

consistent control over more AWS services with aws-cli, a single, powerful command line tool from Amazon

Readers of this tech blog know that I am a fan of the power of the command line. I enjoy presenting functional command line examples that can be copied and pasted to experience services and features.

The Old World

Users of the various AWS legacy command line tools know that, though they get the job done, they are often inconsistent in where you get them, how you install them, how you pass options, how you provide credentials, and more. Plus, there are only tool sets for a limited number of AWS services.

I wrote an article that demonstrated the simplest approach I use to install and configure the legacy AWS command line tools, and it ended up being extraordinarily long.

I’ve been using the term “legacy” when referring to the various old AWS command line tools, which must mean that there is something to replace them, right?

The New World

The future of the AWS command line tools is aws-cli, a single, unified, consistent command line tool that works with almost all of the AWS services.

Here is a quick list of the services that aws-cli currently supports: Auto Scaling, CloudFormation, CloudSearch, CloudWatch, Data Pipeline, Direct Connect, DynamoDB, EC2, ElastiCache, Elastic Beanstalk, Elastic Transcoder, ELB, EMR, Identity and Access Management, Import/Export, OpsWorks, RDS, Redshift, Route 53, S3, SES, SNS, SQS, Storage Gateway, Security Token Service, Support API, SWF, VPC.

Support for the following appears to be planned: CloudFront, Glacier, SimpleDB.

The aws-cli software is being actively developed as an open source project on Github, with a lot of support from Amazon. You’ll note that the biggest contributors to aws-cli are Amazon employees with Mitch Garnaat leading. Mitch is also the author of boto, the amazing Python library for AWS.

Installing aws-cli

I recommend reading the aws-cli documentation as it has complete instructions for various ways to install and configure the tool, but for convenience, here are the steps I use on Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install -y python-pip sudo pip install awscli

Add your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key to $HOME/.aws/config using this format:

[default] aws_access_key_id = <access key id> aws_secret_access_key = <secret access key> region = us-east-1

Protect the config file:

chmod 600 $HOME/.aws/config

Optionally set an environment variable pointing to the config file, especially if you put it in a non-standard location. For future convenience, also add this line to your $HOME/.bashrc

export AWS_CONFIG_FILE=$HOME/.aws/config

Now, wasn’t that a lot easier than installing and configuring all of the old tools?

Testing

Test your installation and configuration:

aws ec2 describe-regions

The default output is in JSON. You can try out other output formats:

aws ec2 describe-regions --output text aws ec2 describe-regions --output table

I posted this brief mention of aws-cli because I expect some of my future articles are going to make use of it instead of the legacy command line tools.

So go ahead and install aws-cli, read the docs, and start to get familiar with this valuable tool.

Notes

Some folks might already have a command line tool installed with the name “aws”. This is likely Tim Kay’s “aws” tool. I would recommend renaming that to another name so that you don’t run into conflicts and confusion with the “aws” command from the aws-cli software.

[Update 2013-10-09: Rename awscli to aws-cli as that seems to be the direction it’s heading.]

*[Update 2014-10-16: Use new .aws/config filename standard.]

Original article: http://alestic.com/2013/08/awscli

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E29 – The One with the Baby on the Bus

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 12:30

Join Laura Cowen, Tony Whitmore and Alan Pope in Studio L for Season Seven, Episode Twenty-Nine of the Ubuntu Podcast!

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In this week’s show:-

We’ll be back next week, when we’ll be talking about diversity at events like OggCamp and looking over your feedback.

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Nicholas Skaggs: Final testing for Utopic

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 09:44
The final images of what will become utopic are here! Yes, in just one short week utopic unicorn will be released into the world. Celebrate this exciting release and be among the first to run utopic by helping us test!

We need your help and test results, both positive and negative. Please head over to the milestone on the isotracker, select your favorite flavor, and perform the needed tests against the images.

If you've never submitted test results for the iso tracker, check out the handy links on top of the isotracker page detailing how to perform an image test, as well as a little about how the qatracker itself works. If you still aren't sure or get stuck, feel free to contact the qa community or myself for help.

Thank you for helping to make ubuntu better! Happy Testing!

Mythbuntu: Actions required by Nov 1st due to Schedules Direct change

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:24
The following announcement will affect users using the Schedules Direct service to get guide data, including but not limited to USA and Canada.On November 1st, 2014, the existing SD service is changing. 
We have been informed that Gracenote (formerly Tribune Media Services) will be ending the guide data service currently used by most users of Schedules Direct. Their plan is to end support for this service on November 1, 2014.

A service is being developed to mimic the DataDirect feed. It has most, but not all of the data currently in the Data Direct feed and will be updated daily. What does this mean for Schedules Direct?The guide data provider (Gracenote) that Schedules Direct uses is changing how they present the guide data to users. Schedules Direct has taken it upon themselves to write a server side compatibility layer so existing applications will continue to get guide data. This does require a change in the URL that applications use to download which is why an update to MythTV is necessary.What does this mean to you as a user?If you have a paid subscription to Schedules Direct that will continue the way it has worked previously. A simple update to MythTV will be required for users on a supported version of MythTV.
Users that have enabled the MythTV Updates repo and are on a current version of MythTV and a supported version of Ubuntu will receive the fix for this via regular updates. The Mythbuntu team has always recommended enabling the MythTV Updates repo in the Mythbuntu Control Centre and staying up to date on fixes builds. The fix for this issue was added to our packages in the versions in the below table. More information on the Mythbuntu provided MythTV Update repo can be found here
Users on builds prior to 0.27 (eg. 0.26, 0.25) will need to either upgrade to a supported build version (see Mythbuntu Repos) or use one of the workarounds (See MythTV Wiki)
MythTV Version   Fixed in version 0.28 (development)2:0.28.0~master.20141013.4cb10e5-0ubuntu0mythbuntu# 0.27.X2:0.27.4+fixes.20141015.e4f65c8-0ubuntu0mythbuntu# Prior to 0.27.XWILL NOT BE FIXED, please either update or see the MythTV Wiki for a workaround

For more information on this issue, please see the writeup on the MythTV wiki. Questions can be directed to the MythTV-Users mailing list

Randall Ross: Writing About Ubuntu? Own Your Own Content

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 07:15

A friend of mine sent me a link from her "+" account last night, publicizing a fundraising effort...

Admittedly, I've never been impressed with "+", so I rarely (if ever) look at it. Because she was a friend, and I like to help friends, I decided to go in and see what the link was about. I ended up staying longer than I originally planned and took a look around.

What did I see? I saw a lot of people who used to make Planet Ubuntu a lively, exciting, and vibrant place writing prolifically on "+" instead. Sadly and disappointingly, they rarely post on Planet these days.

Are you one of these people?

Friends, do consider the effect of the following:

When you upload, submit, store, send or receive content to or through our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones. This license continues even if you stop using our Services ...
(Source: http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/terms/)

Something smells wrong with this.

Friends, it's really not that difficult to host a blog and to use a more respectful service. I hope you'll consider that one small step in the sprit of not becoming the product, or even better, in the spirit of making Planet Ubuntu *the* place for Ubuntu happenings.

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image by Terry O'Fee
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Jonathan Riddell: Ubuntu's Linux Scheduler or Why Baloo Might be Slowing Your System in 14.04

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 04:35
KDE Project:

Last month I posted about packaging and why it takes time. I commented that the Stable Release Update process could not be rushed because a regression is worse than a known bug. Then last week I was pointed to a problem where Baloo was causing a user's system to run slow. Baloo is the new indexer from KDE and will store all your files in a way you can easily search for them and was a faster replacement for Nepomuk. Baloo has been written to be as lightweight as these things can be using IONice, a feature of Linux which allows processes to say "this isn't very important let everyone else go first".

Except IONice wasn't working. Turns out Ubuntu changed the default Linux scheduler from CFQ to Deadline which doesn't support IONice. Kubuntu devs who had been looking at this for some time had already worked out how to change it back to the upstream defaults in our development version Utopic and in the backports packages we put on Launchpad. Last week we uploaded it as a proposed Stable Release Update and as expected the SRU team was sceptical. We should have been faster with the SRU which is our fault. They're there to be sceptical but the only change here is to go back to using upstream defaults. After much wondering why it was changed in the first place it seems that Unity was having problems with the CFQ scheduler and so it was changed, now we have suggestions that Baloo should be changed to adapt to that which is crazy. Nobody seems to have considered fixing Unity or that making the change in the scheduler in the first place would affect software outside of Unity. We tried taking the issue to the Ubuntu Technical Board but their meeting didn't happen this week.

So alas no fix in the immediate future, if it bothers you best use Kubuntu Backports. When someone on the SRU team is brave enough to approve it into -proposed we'll put out a call for testers and it'll get into -updates eventually. It's what happens when you have a large project like Ubuntu with many competing demands, but it would be nice if the expectation was on Unity to get fixed rather than on Kubuntu to deal with the bureaucracy to workaround their workarounds.

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