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The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 403

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:05

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #403 for the week February 2 – 8, 2015, 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
  • Leon G. Marincowitz
  • Mary Frances Hull
  • Ian Nicholson
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • 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 403

The Fridge - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 22:05

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #403 for the week February 2 – 8, 2015, 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
  • Leon G. Marincowitz
  • Mary Frances Hull
  • Ian Nicholson
  • Aaron Honeycutt
  • 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

Costales: Entrevista a BQ sobre el Ubuntu Phone

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 14:37
BQ Es el primer fabricante en el mundo que apuesta por Ubuntu Phone en sus dispositivos.
He tenido la oportunidad de poder entrevistar a su Director General Adjunto, Rodrigo del Prado. Sin más preámbulos, aquí tenéis la entrevista.



Rodrigo del Prado, Director General Adjunto de BQ
Costales: ¿Por qué os lanzasteis a comercializar un móvil con Ubuntu?
Rodrigo: Pensamos que cuantas más opciones haya en el mercado, mucho mejor. Canonical es una compañía con la que compartimos valores, como el de que la innovación debe de estar basada en el open source y el de que la experiencia de uso es lo más importante.
Ubuntu es para nosotros un partner maravilloso con quien embarcarse en esta aventura.

Costales: ¿Cual será el número de unidades que pondréis a la venta?
Rodrigo: La próxima semana habrá una flash sale en la que se venderán unidades limitadas. No nos preocupa especialmente el número de unidades que se van a vender.

Costales: Entráis en la gama de entrada. ¿Cuál será el precio?
Rodrigo: La pre-release está lanzada y será de 169,90€.

Logotipo plateado. Foto CC cortesía de Fernando Lanero
Costales: ¿Cuánto vale ahora mismo el modelo con Android?
Rodrigo: 159,90€.

Costales: Me sorprende que sea más caro un móvil con Ubuntu que con Android...
Rodrigo: Es porque son menos unidades fabricadas y también debido a cambios en el hardware.

Costales: ¿Qué hardware es distinto respecto a la versión con Android?
Rodrigo: El cover lens es distinto, porque Ubuntu Phone no necesita botones táctiles capacitivos.

Costales: ¿Vais a modificar el SO como hace Samsung con Google?
Rodrigo: Hemos trabajado conjuntamente con Ubuntu para ofrecer una versión personalizada de Ubuntu para BQ. Esa será la versión distribuida en el terminal.


El pie del arranque lo dice todo :)
Costales: ¿Tendrá arranque dual Android/Ubuntu?
Rodrigo: Será sólo con Ubuntu.

Costales: ¿La distribución será online o en tiendas?
Rodrigo: Online. Está centrado en un cliente que quiere compartir qué tiene de bueno Ubuntu Phone y no preocupado por lo que no tiene. Por ejemplo, si haces un uso intensivo de WhatsApp y tu vida gira alrededor de esa aplicación, hay otras opciones. Empezaremos poco a poco, con clientes que entiendan lo que significa el terminal y amplifiquen el mensaje.
Es una carrera larga, un maratón y acabamos de empezar.

En la presentación de Londres BQ dejó muy claro su compromiso con Ubuntu
Costales: ¿En dónde se venderá?
Rodrigo: En todos los países de Europa en los que actualmente vendemos por Internet. No entraremos en los países donde no podamos ofrecer un servicio postventa de calidad.

Costales: ¿Y América del Sur? Creo que vendéis en Uruguay.
Rodrigo: Sí, vendemos en Uruguay. Pero en principio nos centraremos en Europa.

Costales: Me gustaría ver una campaña como la de Spaniars, pero con Ubuntu. ¿Es posible?
Rodrigo: Sabes que somos una compañía que no nos caracterizamos por hacer mucha publicidad. Sí es cierto que en las Navidades del año pasado queríamos comunicar un terminal concreto, dando un guiño a la gente que confía en BQ.

Costales: Tengo amigos que tienen el Aquaris 4.5 con Android. ¿Estará disponible alguna ROM para flasear el móvil y disfrutar de Ubuntu?
Rodrigo: Se podrán bajar la versión de desarrollo de Ubuntu para el dispositivo, pero no será la misma ROM que la del terminal de Ubuntu Phone.



Costales: ¿Os habéis planteado ofrecer Ubuntu for Android? Vendiendo un dock que permita que el móvil haga de CPU al conectarlo a un monitor.
Rodrigo: Cuando empecé en la Escuela de Telecomunicaciones fué la primera vez que oí hablar de la convergencia. Fue en el 97 y es cierto que hubo convergencia, pero aún debe de haber más. Este SO es un gran paso adelante en ese camino.


Review del móvil WIP ;) Foto CC cortesía de Fernando Lanero
Costales: ¿Sacaréis el BQ E5 con Ubuntu?
Rodrigo: Nos decidimos por el 4.5 porque Ubuntu Phone se maneja desde los cuatro bordes del teléfono y la idea es poderlo manejar con una sóla mano.

Costales: El móvil recibirá las updates directamente de Ubuntu?
Rodrigo: Será el mismo procedimiento que tenemos con Google. Habrá un desarrollo colaborativo de Ubuntu y BQ para adaptar las nuevas versiones a cada terminal concreto y las lanzaremos en cuanto estén disponibles.

Costales: Muchísimas gracias por todo Rodrigo y muchísima suerte.
Rodrigo: Gracias a vosotros. Un placer.

Costales: Acto de presentación del BQ E4.5 Ubuntu Edition en Londres

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:24


Londres... la mega City :) Aproveché los días anteriores al evento para rememorar lugares ya visitados, a expensas de como canta Sabina, de que al lugar donde has sido feliz no debieras tratar de volver...

¡Quiero ver publicidad de Ubuntu ahí! :)Buen diseño, como el de Ubuntu Phone :)¿Puede ser algo más guapo que una Londres invernal?
Curvas hacia el infinito (1)
Curvas hacia el infinito (2)
Curvas hacia el infinito (3)Curvas hacia el infinito (4)
Curvas hacia el infinito (5)Objetivo ;)
Este 6 de Febrero del 2015 quedó grabado a fuego en la historia de Ubuntu, el día en que se presentó el primer dispositivo comercializado con Ubuntu Phone.


Cristian Parrino (Canonical),Jane Silber (Canonical) y Rodrigo del Prado (BQ) presentaron en una Londres invernal el BQ Aquaris 4.5 Ubuntu Edition. Todo un hito que busca un posicionamiento en la convergencia de escritorio, servidores, nube, core, y ahora, móviles. En el acto quedó muy clara la importancia del proyecto para todos ellos, habiendo focalizado Canonical esfuerzos titánicos en esta versión móvil.

Cristian abrió la presentación

Introduciendo el nuevo dispositivo
Canonical & BQ
Rodrigo del Prado confirmó el compromiso de BQ con el proyecto
Después tocó el turno a Jane
Explicándonos la importancia del proyecto
Y cerró Mark, que se resiste a que le conozca :P
¡¡Que nervios!!
¡Toma power!
Tiago, estás para un anuncio :)Tras la presentación conseguí una entrevista a Rodrigo, Director General Adjunto de BQ, que publicaré en breve.
El día cundió y mucho, compartiendo momentos únicos con personas tan interesantes como Cristian Parrino, Jane Silber, David Planella, Jono Bacon, Stuart Langridge, Alan Pope, Simos Xenitellis, Carla Sella, Dario Cavedon, Vincent Jobard, Tiago Carrondo, Sujeevan, Josep Gallart, Lorezo Carbonell o Rosa Guillén entre muchos otros. Una pena no haber podido conocer a Mark :P
Y a la vuelta me esperó en el aeropuerto Fernando Lanero, quien realizó un extraordinario trabajo fotográfico al móvil y que publicaremos en breve.

Fernando Lanero en plena sesión fotográfica
Prepararos para las fotografías, ¡porque son espectaculares!


Aquí disponibles más fotos del evento cortesía de Sujeevan.

Marcin Juszkiewicz: 96boards?

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 02/09/2015 - 09:39

So today Linaro announced their first board from 96boards project. It is named HiKey and is based on HiSilicon cpu for mobile phones.

I had an occasion to see that board during FOSDEM and decided to write something about it after it land on my desk (which will happen sooner or later). But I have read specification for this and next boards and decided to write few words from my perspective.

First thing? Footprint. Good that two sizes are available for designs as not everyone may want to squeeze into small one.

Second? Ports. 2015 year and no Ethernet, no SATA? Sure, first board is based on SoC from a mobile phone but there is no place on small board for them and extended version looks like not allow for extra ports too.

Next? Power supply. 8-18V in a world where everything is on 5V already. The only place where 12V is mentioned in spec is “external fan power”.

So as we are on voltage… Serial at pins and 1.8V level. Nice way of forcing everyone to buy new serial dongle (Arduino ones are 3.3 or 5V).

But assume that we got it powered and have serial connected. How to boot it? According to specs mainline kernel (or AOSP one or LTE one) has to be used. I wonder how HiSilicon cpu is supported in any of those. From what I read during day (on quite slow connection) it is still not in a kernel…

Graphics situation is still shitty. Vendor is allowed to provide binary blobs to get display working. Did they not learnt from OMAP? PowerVR again someone? But sure, plain framebuffer is all you need. OpenGL is for weak.

I prefer not to discuss about selection of signals on low/high connectors. There are more capable people for it. I only wonder why 2mm raster where nearly all boards I had played with had 2.500 one.

I like list of distributions listed as ones to choose. No longer Android/Ubuntu but also Debian, Fedora or OpenEmbedded based one

But give them time. It is just first board and next ones are announced. Marvell will produce one (they are in a Linaro group for it), other will (probably) follow. Hope that there will be something better.

All rights reserved © Marcin Juszkiewicz
96boards? was originally posted on Marcin Juszkiewicz website

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Svetlana Belkin: BIOS Update On My Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p- A Successful One!

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 14:50

The last time wrote about my Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p, was at Christmas time and I talked about a known bug that affects the shutdown process under Ubuntu.  On January 22, 2015, MadMat said that Lenovo released a BIOS update.  I finally decided to make an effort of doing this without bricking my computer (I once read how to do it and chickened out).  But today, I tired to do it and succeeded it at it.  I wrote a comment on the bug page on that says,

If you guys want to do the update, the USB Drive UEFI BIOS Flash Package is your best bet. Make sure you use Windows (didn’t work on Ubuntu and Wine for me) and a program called Rufus that allows you to create a MS-DOS bootable drive. BUT! Don’t stick the files from USB Drive UEFI BIOS Flash Package on it when creating the bootable disk, DO IT AFTER.

This how I did it but I don’t know if there is another way to do it.  If you need to do an update, I would suggest to do it my way.


Randall Ross: Ubuntu Phone: (Some) People Are Missing The Point

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 11:13

I thought i had successfully wrapped up my rant on how "smart" phones aren't, but evidently there's still work to do.

Some people don't get what's important or what innovation is.

This morning, while looking for Ubuntu Phone un-boxing videos (I found some), I also stumbled on an opinion piece entitled "The first Ubuntu phone is here, and it's lame" by Mike Wehner who has evidently come late to the Ubuntu Phone party. I won't get into all the details but here are select "treasures" from his piece:

  • "Underwhelming."
  • "A soft ball."
  • "A step backward."
  • "The specs aren’t exactly impressive."
  • "A phone that is so middle of the road it could be arrested for jaywalking."
  • "Two broken promises in the same press release (referring to Canonical's publicity)."
  • "This first step is more like a stumble."
  • Not quite getting it.
    I don't know Mike, and he's probably a great guy. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt. But, I think Mike and people like Mike are missing the point, and I'm going to call them out.

    Mike and friends, this is not about technical specs and "my gadget is faster and bigger than your gadget." It never was. You're fixated on the wrong stuff. This is not a nuclear arms race in your pocket. There is no monster at the end of this game that you have to kill to win.

    This is about a community (that includes a company) making a phone that dares to disrupt an (at worst) really predatory and (at best) boring status quo.

    You see, the real story is about the people behind the phone and their motives. Offer me a phone with the fastest hardware, the sharpest screen, and the most megapixels. You might think I'd happily accept it. Now, tell me it's powered by code written to exploit its owner and watch how quickly I refuse to accept your gift.

    It's never about the technology. It's about the social contract.

    ---

    I'm not going to link to the original story. If you're curious, a quick search should get you there.

    Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lauramary/

    Carla Sella

    Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:29
    Ubuntu Phone Insider's Event - London UK


    Friday 6th February  at 13:00 at Ham Yard Hotel in London the Ubuntu Phone Insider's Event finally took place.I was so lucky to be invited as an Insider, so let me tell you about this wonderful experience.
    I left Italy on Thursday morning with  +Dario Cavedon as he lives near me so we decided to go to the event together.
    While we were driving towards Marco Polo airport in Venice it started snowing a lot and so our plane left late and we arrived in London two hours later than expected, fortunately in London the weather was fine.


    This is me at Venice airport, it was snowing a lot when we arrived there








     +Dario Cavedon  and +Carla Sella on the plane to London































    Friday morning we went to see Canonical-Ubuntu headquarters in London, +Alan Pope showed us around, that was really a cool experience for us and I wanted to thank Alain for being so kind showing us around.


    me and Alain

    Canonical/Ubuntu headquarters

































    In the afternoon at 13:00 all the insiders moved to the Ham Yard Hotel where the event started, I was so exited that after so long waiting the event finally was going to begin!We first had lunch together, all the insiders with some of Canonical and Community fellows that have been working on the Ubuntu phone in all these years, it was really nice to see the persons I have been working with on IRC and hangouts in person.After lunch we all moved to another room for the presentation of the launch of the first Ubuntu Phone and we were the very first persons to have the Ubuntu Phone world wide, what an honor !!! I was really proud to have been chosen among the others.

    Cristian Parrino  - Vice President, Mobile and Online Services at Canonical

    Rodrigo del Prado from bq












    Jane Silber - Chief Executive Officer at Canonical





































    Well, finally after having received my phone, I could open the box and here is what I found in it:


    The Ubuntu Phone "box, beautiful, indeed!


    Inside: headphones and the bq Aquaris E4.5 box


    The headphones, what a wonderful surprise didn't expect them



















































    Inside theAquaris bq box: charger, usb cord and leaflet with Ubuntu Phone instuctions


    Power button and Volume button
















    SD card slot and headphones jack hole




















    The back of the phone with camera and flash light

















    The bottom of the phone with USB connector and speakers




    The front of the phone 

    Two SIM card holders (the phone is dual SIM)


















    Another nice unexpected surprise in the box was a letter from Mark Shuttleworth:

    Letter from Mark Shuttleworth

    I won't tell you about the specs of the phone as you can find them here:
    http://www.bq.com/gb/products/aquaris-e4-5.html.

    The first thing I noticed switching on the phone was it's speed, indeed the phone was crisp and smooth, I was used seeing Ubuntu Phone on a Nexus 4 while I wrote autopilot tests and here I had a nice surprise finding out how it was faster and more performing.
    After un-boxing our phones we all stayed at the hotel to celebrate and play booling :-).














    I left London with Dario the day after in the afternoon.
    Well guys, stay tuned, I will tell  you more about the Phone in the next days, for now this is all about my experience at the Ubuntu Phone Insider's Event in London. 
    If you want to see more about the phone check this  Ubuntu Phone walkthrough video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TShKZLeZzWE&feature=youtu.be

    Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Ohio UGJ 2015 Summary

    Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 02/08/2015 - 10:19

    As I posted earlier, Ubuntu Ohio had our Ubuntu Global Jam (UGJ) on the 7th of this month.  We had five, including me, who came to the event, which was only on IRC.  Since this was out first UGJ, I allowed everyone to work on something of their own.  All of us worked on bug work.  At the end of the Jam, I asked for stories and I have three to share:

    Zach Villers’ story:

    I tested systemd in 15.04 daily build and filed this bug;

    systemd error when enabling a service that is already started
    Bug #141931

    I also tested systemd’s timedatectl and hostnamectl and found they were
    both working as expected.

    Dave Kokandy worked on old Lubuntu bugs and marked many of them incomplete due to age.

    Last but not least, I worked on Harvest bugs where I found all but six being incomplete or duplicates of other bugs.


    Randall Ross: Why Smart Phones Aren't - Dénouement

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 14:03

    Before today, if you had asked me what I thought of smart phones, you likely wouldn't have been surprised by my answer (unless of course you're trapped in social media space and don't read the Planet):

    "What an utter waste of time."

    You see, "smart" phones were never smart. Clever, maybe. Contrived, definitely. Deceptive, by design. "Smart" was a term invented by a predatory tech industry to dupe you. How does that make you feel?

    It used to be okay to sell people the minimum technological capabilities available and then force them into a never-ending rat race of installing add-ons ("apps") to fix what should have been part of the product in the first place. This process ultimately ended in a phone being too "gummed up" (slow) and power hungry. Sadly, a lot of people accepted this status quo.

    The status quo is the most boring place to be in the world, unless of course you created that status quo and are using your privileged position within it to buy mansions in Los Altos Hills, or to build palaces in the swamp.

    In my "Why Smart Phones Aren't" series, I had expressed my hope that I would actually see a phone that is truly smart in my lifetime. Today, that day has come.

    The Ubuntu Phone has arrived. The world now has the means to finally disrupt an industry that has needed a good shake for at least a decade.

    "Smart" phone, your days are over.

    Daniel Pocock: Lumicall's 3rd Birthday

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 13:33

    Today, 6 February, is the third birthday of the Lumicall app for secure SIP on Android.

    Happy birthday

    Lumicall's 1.0 tag was created in the Git repository on this day in 2012. It was released to the Google Play store, known as the Android Market back then, while I was in Brussels, the day after FOSDEM.

    Since then, Lumicall has also become available through the F-Droid free software marketplace for Android and this is the recommended way to download it.

    An international effort

    Most of the work on Lumicall itself has taken place in Switzerland. Many of the building blocks come from Switzerland's neighbours:

    • The ice4j ICE/STUN/TURN implementation comes from the amazing Jitsi softphone, which is developed in France.
    • The ZORG open source ZRTP stack comes from PrivateWave in Italy
    • Lumicall itself is based on the Sipdroid project that has a German influence, while Sipdroid is based on MjSIP which comes out of Italy.
    • The ENUM dialing logic uses code from ENUMdroid, published by Nominet in the UK. The UK is not exactly a neighbour of Switzerland but there is a tremendous connection between the two countries.
    • Google's libPhoneNumber has been developed by the Google team in Zurich and helps Lumicall format phone numbers for dialing through international VoIP gateways and ENUM.

    Lumicall also uses the reSIProcate project for server-side infrastructure. The repro SIP proxy and TURN server run on secure and reliable Debian servers in a leading Swiss data center.

    An interesting three years for free communications

    Free communications is not just about avoiding excessive charges for phone calls. Free communications is about freedom.

    In the three years Lumicall has been promoting freedom, the issue of communications privacy has grabbed more headlines than I could have ever imagined.

    On 5 June 2013 I published a blog about the Gold Standard in Free Communications Technology. Just hours later a leading British newspaper, The Guardian, published damning revelations about the US Government spying on its own citizens. Within a week, Edward Snowden was a household name.

    Google's Eric Schmidt had previously told us that "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.". This statement is easily debunked: as CEO of a corporation listed on a public stock exchange, Schmidt and his senior executives are under an obligation to protect commercially sensitive information that could be used for crimes such as insider trading.

    There is no guarantee that Lumicall will keep the most determined NSA agent out of your phone but nonetheless using a free and open source application for communications does help to avoid the defacto leakage of your conversations to a plethora of marketing and profiling companies that occurs when using a regular phone service or messaging app.

    How you can help free communications technology evolve

    As I mentioned in my previous blog on Lumicall, the best way you can help Lumicall is by helping the F-Droid team. F-Droid provides a wonderful platform for distributing free software for Android and my own life really wouldn't be the same without it. It is a privilege for Lumicall to be featured in the F-Droid eco-system.

    That said, if you try Lumicall and it doesn't work for you, please feel free to send details from the Android logs through the Lumicall issue tracker on Github and they will be looked at. It is impossible for Lumicall developers to test every possible phone but where errors are obvious in the logs some attempt can be made to fix them.

    Beyond regular SIP

    Another thing that has emerged in the three years since Lumicall was launched is WebRTC, browser based real-time communications and VoIP.

    In its present form, WebRTC provides tremendous opportunities on the desktop but it does not displace the need for dedicated VoIP apps on mobile handsets. WebRTC applications using JavaScript are a demanding solution that don't integrate as seamlessly with the Android UI as a native app and they currently tend to be more intensive users of the battery.

    Lumicall users can receive calls from desktop users with a WebRTC browser using the free calling from browser to mobile feature on the Lumicall web site. This service is powered by JSCommunicator and DruCall for Drupal.

    Joe Liau: I am Ubuntu

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 09:52

    Hello there!

    I’m here. I’m the new face of something that you’ve always known. Or, maybe you don’t know me yet (but you will). I’m from the future. I am the future. I have come to save you from being enslaved by your technology.

    Aquarius

    I’m not a nerd.
    I’m not a geek.
    I’m not a techy.
    I’m not 1337.

    I’m snappy.
    I’m you.
    I’m me.
    I am Ubuntu.

    “Come with me if you want to live.”

    Congratulations, team!

    Chris Wayne: Create an Ubuntu Scope in minutes

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:25

    Ever wanted to write a scope, but don’t know C++ or how to create a click chroot?  Now you can create a scope from a twitter account, youtube channel, or RSS feed in a matter of minutes, no code required!  

    Scope-creator is a command line (for now..) tool that can be used to get a scope running on your phone in minutes, with no C++ knowledge  or tedious source compiling required.

    Installing scopecreator

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cwayne18/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install scopecreator

    Creating a new scope

    Scopecreator can create a new scope based on three templates: twitter (using a list of accounts or twitter lists for content), RSS (using a list of RSS feeds for content), or Youtube (using a list of channels or playlists for content).  Creating a new scope is easy, just run

    scopecreator create [template] [package_name] [scope_name]

    Template is one of:

    • twitter
    • youtube
    • rss

    package_name is your package namespace (from developer.ubuntu.com), and scope_name is the name of the scope you wish to create.  This will create a new directory with the name of the newly created scope.  Next, you must edit the configuration file for the new scope.  To do this, simply cd into the newly created directory, and run

    scopecreator edit config

    This will launch the manifest.json file in your selected editor.  Here you can edit the description of the scope, the maintainer (put in your email that is registered with developer.ubuntu.com), title and version of the scope.

    Next, edit the visuals of your scope (the name, logos, colors, etc).  To do this, run

    scopecreator edit branding

     To change the icon, move your desired icon to the scope’s images/ dir, and make sure that the Icon field is pointing to the correct file.

    Finally, it’s time to edit the content of the scope.  To do this, run

    scopecreator edit channels

    Here you will be prompted with a list of content sources (which will vary slightly based on the chosen template).  Once editing is complete, save and exit, and then all that’s left is to build/install your scope to test it out.  To do this, plug in your phone via usb, make sure developer mode is enabled, and simply run scopecreator build.  That’s it!

    Sujeevan Vijayakumaran: Labdoo Laptop-Donation to a school in Sri Lanka

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:45

    Labdoo is an international project which focuses to bring used laptops to schools in developing countries where those laptops can be used by the pupils.

    Labdoo

    Every year many people are buying new laptops. This is especially the case in industrialized countries. Consequently, there are also many still working laptops which have been used for a couple of years, but no one uses them anymore because they are too slow. At the same time there are many countries where young people don't have access to computers and the internet for educational purposes.

    Labdoo is a project which aims to collect those used laptops and brings it to educational institution, like schools, in developing countries.

    The laptops are collected in so called „hubs“. In those „hubs“ the laptops get prepared, e.g. defective parts are replaced and Edubuntu with a collection of educational software, such as an offline wikipedia and learning software, are installed.

    So for example if there are some defect parts, they got replaced and all laptops get Edubuntu with a collection of educational Software, like an Offline-Wikipedia and Learning-Software.

    The delivery of the laptops to a school is done by volunteerslike all the other work, too. There are many people travelling around the world. Costs are covered by the travelling person, but usually it comes down to just needing some available space in your luggage, which you tend to have. For the Labdoo project it is important that the delivery is as friendly to the environment as possible, thus taking laptops along with your luggage is preferred to sending parcels. Also by delivering these laptops in person you might be able to see happy children.

    If you have a laptop you can contact one of the Labdoo-Hubs. Most of these hubs are located in Germany, Switzerland and Austria, but there are also a few hubs in Spain, USA, UK and a couple other countries. You can donate Laptops (at least Pentium 4), eBook Readers, Tablets and other IT-Devices or parts such as network-hardware, RAM, keyboards, mouses and so on.

    Everyone who donates a laptop gets regular updates about the current status via E-Mail. You e.g. get a notification if the laptop is ready for delivery, on the way to a school or successfully delivered and in use at a school. On the website you can view photos of the delivery, so you can be sure that your donated laptop arrived at a school.

    My Labdoo-Cycle

    Personally I heard about Labdoo back in 2012 in an article on ubuntuusers.de. Additionally I talked to Ralf Hamm, a highly involved person in Germany, at the OpenRheinRuhr in Oberhausen in 2013 and 2014. There he got me motivated to help the project.

    My parents are from Sri Lanka and we were planning a trip to Sri Lanka anyway. This was a perfect situation to contribute to the Labdoo project. I decided to do as much as possible by my own.

    Step 1: Get some laptops

    Firstly I needed a couple of laptops which I could bring to a school in Sri Lanka. This was the easiest part because I knew that I had an old laptop in my office. Therefore I asked my employer, the otris software AG from Dortmund, whether we could donate a few used laptops. This got accepted easily, so my employer donated two laptops. All companies who donated laptops are listed on a donation page on the website of the Labdoo project.

    Step 2: Find a school

    Interestingly enough this was the hardest part. Many schools in Sri Lanka in or around bigger cities already had computers, because the government are slowly rolling out funds for computers. At this step I got help from my mother, who supported and likes my idea. After a few weeks of making many phone calls, my mother finally found a school who really needed Laptops.

    The school „Thadchanamaruthamadhu G.T.M.S“ is far away from the bigger cities in Sri Lanka. It is located roughly 100km air-line distance from Jaffna, in the northern province of Sri Lanka. The school is located in the small town Madhu, which got visited by Pope Francis a few days before I went there.

    Step 3: Preparing the laptops

    Preparing the laptops wasn't hard. The Installation is image-based, so I simply had to download the image from the website and used CloneZilla to install the Edubuntu system.

    Step 4: Transport to Sri Lanka

    The fourth step is the transfer to Sri Lanka. I securely packed the laptops in our luggage. The weight of the laptops and the docking-station was roughly 8kg.

    Step 5: Transport to the school

    The delivery of the laptops took nearly twelve hours. In the early hours of the day we started our trip at 7 am in Jaffna, after a few sight-seeing stops on the way we arrived at the school at midday. The journey was long and stony. Many streets in the area of the school didn't have a solid pavement. It was also laced with road holes. You could say that the school was „in the middle of nowhere“. The way to school was also long for the pupils, because there weren't many houses around the school.

    After we arrived at the school, we were welcomed by the principal. After a short introduction we prepared the handover of the laptops. To my surprise the school made a great effort to say thanks. The whole school met at the schoolyard. This included roughly 300 pupils and 20 teachers. There a teacher and the principal thanked us for the laptops. After that, the principal wanted us to have a word wth the pupils. Due to the basic knowledge of the Tamil language, my dad held a short speech. At the end the pupils thanked us with a "Thank you, Sir". After that I gave the science teacher a short introduction to Ubuntu.

    Conclusion

    The donation and the delivery of the laptops were really interesting. I really want to encourage everybody to help the Labdoo project in any way possible. Everyone who has an old, unused laptop can donate it. Compared to the „One Laptop Per Child“ project, Labdoo focuses on old and already used laptops instead of producing new laptops. It was really cool to see all these happy pupils at the school. I will try to continue to support the Labdoo project personally. One part where everybody can help can help the project is spreading the word. Don't throw away old laptops, donate them! This is not only important for techy-people, it is also good to know for non-techy people.

    Zygmunt Krynicki: Checkbox Enchancement Proposal 8: Certification Status update

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 12:04
    I've sent an update to checkbox-dev mailing list on th progress of implementation of CEP-8. Here's the summary if you want to quickly follow that:
    • spec done
    • need to finish xparsers to handle new override syntax
    • need to finish TestPlanUnit class to have bulk/single update methods to apply all overrides
    • need to think about how to handle multiple test plans in that configuration
    • need to think about how to handle test plan in suspend/resume code (we need to store the one's we're running so that after resume we can still apply overrides to generated jobs)
    • real data for cdts missing
    • real data for 14.04 prototyped, blocked by xparsers, can land after review once unblocked
    If you're interested in the hardware certification process at Canonical, and want to know more check out this message in our mailing list archives or join us on #checkbox on freenode.

    Daniel Pocock: Debian Maintainer Dashboard now provides iCalendar feeds

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 11:55

    Contributors to Debian can now monitor their list of pending activities using iCalendar clients on their desktop or mobile device.

    Thanks to the tremendous work of the Debian QA team, the Ultimate Debian Database has been scooping up data from all around the Debian universe and storing it in a PostgreSQL back-end. The Debian Maintainer Dashboard allows developers to see a summary of outstanding issues across all their packages in a range of different formats.

    With today's update, an aggregated list of Debian tasks and to-dos can now be rendered in iCalendar format and loaded into a range of productivity tools.

    Using the iCalendar URL

    Many productivity tools like Mozilla Lightning (Iceowl extension on Debian) allow you to poll any calendar or task list just using a URL.

    For UDD iCalendar feeds, the URLs look like this:

    https://udd.debian.org/dmd/?format=ics&email1=daniel%40pocock.pro

    You can also get the data by visiting the Debian Maintainer Dashboard, filling out the form and selecting the iCalendar output format.

    Next steps

    Currently, the priority and deadline attributes are not set on any of the tasks in the feed. The strategy of prioritizing issues has been raised in bug #777112.

    iCalendar also supports other possibilities such as categories and reminders/alarms. It is likely that each developer has their own personal preferences about using these features. Giving feedback through the Debian QA mailing list or the bug tracker is welcome.

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    Nicholas Skaggs: Unity 8 Desktop Testing

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 09:29
    While much of the excitement around unity8 and the next generation of ubuntu has revolved around mobile, again I'd like to point your attention to the desktop. The unity8 desktop is starting to evolve and gain more "desktopy" features. This includes things like window management and keyboard shortcuts for unity8, and MIR enhancements with things like native library support for rendering and support for X11 applications.

    I hosted a session with Stephen Webb at UOS last year where we discussed the status of running unity8 on the desktop. During the session I mentioned my own personal goal of having some brave community members running unity8 as there default desktop this cycle. Now, it's still a bit early to realize that goal, but it is getting much closer! To help get there, I would encourage you to have a look at unity8 on your desktop and start running it. The development teams are ready for feedback and anxious to get it in shape on the desktop.

    So how do you get it? Check out the unity8 desktop wiki page which explains how you can run unity8, even if you are on a stable version of ubuntu like the LTS. Install it locally in an lxc container and you can login to a unity8 desktop on your current pc. Check it out! After you finish playing, please don't forget to file bugs for anything you might find. The wiki page has you covered there as well. Enjoy unity8!

    Bodhi.Zazen: KDE Dual Monitors

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 08:46

    I started using various music distros (KXStudio and Fedora Jam). One of the annoyances is that KDE does not remember the settings for dual monitors. Thus every time after logging in the screens need to be fixed. This seems to be a longstanding bug.

    Turns out there is a simple fix, disable “KScreen 2″

    Go to System Settings -> Startup and Shutdown -> Service Manager (on the left) -> disable KScreen 2

    Daniel Holbach: Get trained on Ubuntu’s HTML5 story

    Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 07:08

    Did you always want to write an app for Ubuntu and thought that HTML5 might be a good choice? Well picked!

    We now have training materials up on developer.ubuntu.com which will get you started in all things related to Ubuntu devices. The great thing is that you just write this app once and it’ll work on the phone, the desktop and whichever device Ubuntu is going to run next on.

    The example used in the materials is a RSS reader written by my friend, Adnane Belmadiaf. If you go through the steps one by one you’ll notice how easy it is to get stuff done.

    This is also a good workshop you could give in your LUG or LoCo or elsewhere. Maybe next weekend at Ubuntu Global Jam too?

    Daniel Pocock: Github iCalendar issue feed now scans all repositories

    Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 02/04/2015 - 23:41

    The Github iCalendar feed has now been updated to scan issues in all of your repositories.

    It is no longer necessary to list your repositories in the configuration file or remember to add new repositories to the configuration from time to time.

    Screenshot

    Below is a screenshot from Mozilla Lightning (known as Iceowl extension on Debian) showing the issues from a range of my projects on Github.

    Notice in the bottom left corner that I can switch each of my feeds on and off just by (un)ticking a box.

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