02 Sep 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 ‘Yakkety Yak’ Wallpaper Contest

The Ubuntu Free Culture Showcase is an opportunity to show off high quality free culture content in Ubuntu. At the heart of Ubuntu’s ethos is a belief in showcasing free software and free culture, and with each development cycle we open the opportunity for any artist to put their work in front of millions of Ubuntu users around the world.

The Contest description read:

Wallpaper

We’re looking for photographic wallpapers: lovely backgrounds that greet the user on Ubuntu’s welcome screen and at login, and provide a main color for the Unity Dash! We’re also looking for an illustrative wallpaper that plays off the theme “yakkety yak”.

* Images shouldn’t be too busy and filled with too many shapes and colors, a similar tone throughout is a good rule of thumb.
* A single point of focus, a single area that draws the eye into the image, can also help you avoid something too cluttered.
* The left and top edges are home to Ubuntu’s Launcher and Panel so be careful to consider how your images look in place so as not to clash with the user interface. Try them out on your own desktop; see how they feel.
* Try your image at different aspect ratios to make sure something important isn’t cropped out on smaller/ larger screens at different resolutions.
* Take a look at the wallpapers guidance on the Ubuntu Wiki regarding the size of images. Our target resolution is 3840 x 2400. This might result in a centered, 1080×1920 cropped image on Ubuntu phones, so keep this in mind!

Break all the rules except the resolution one! 😀

Rules and Requirements
So what do you need to know to enter?

The most important rule is that all artwork should be original (your own work).

Basic guidelines:

  • Keep it simple: don’t use too many colours, shapes, etc.
  • Use a single point of focus to draw the eye in
  • Remember to factor in Unity desktop elements, e.g., launcher, panel, etc.
  • Design at a minimum resolution of at least 3840 x 2400

Deadline for all submissions is September 29, 2016.

Check out the page here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/ubuntu-fcs-1610/

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28 Aug 2016

Fresh Look At Lubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

Lubuntu is a fast, lightweight and energy-saving variant of Ubuntu using the LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) desktop. It is intended to have low-resource system requirements and is designed primarily for netbooks, mobile devices and older PCs.

The second alpha of the Yakkety Yak (to become 16.10) has now been
released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu Kylin.

Pre-releases of the Yakkety Yak are *not* encouraged for anyone needing
a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into
occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for
Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing,
reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider
testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some
bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in
the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the
Yakkety Yak. In particular, once newer daily images are available,
system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be
verified against the current daily image before being reported in
Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already
been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy
trying to make 16.10 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your
system is up to date before reporting bugs.




 

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05 Jul 2016

Ubuntu Developer Calling For Users To Let Go Of 32-bit Builds

In recent Linux news, many major Linux Distributions are calling for the end of 32-bit build Linux distros and software.

Most recent is a Developer from Ubuntu, Dimitri John Ledkov.

In a webmail post, Ledkov stated:

Let me resurrect this thread. In the context of what we should be
doing in 18.04 and what to do between now and then.

In 2018:
- it will be over 2 years since 3rd party ISVs stopped supporting
software on i386, or even never had it officially
- e.g. Google Chrome, ZFS, Docker, etc
- with both desktop and server software developed, tested and deployed
on amd64 only

And in 2018, the question will come if we can effectively provide
security support on i386.

Between now and 2018, it would be logical to limit amount of new
installations of i386, because cross-grading between i386->amd64 is
not something we can reliably ship.
We must continue provide the i386 port, to support multiarch and 3rd
party legacy application that are only available as i386 binaries.

Building i386 images is not "for free", it comes at the cost of
utilizing our build farm, QA and validation time. Whilst we have
scalable build-farms, i386 still requires all packages, autopackage
tests, and ISOs to be revalidated across our infrastructure. As well
as take up mirror space & bandwidth.

Thus the question is what can we and what should we do to limit i386
installations before they become unsupportable?

It really does cost distributions time to keep 32-bit hardware around as well as to build it.

Having 32-bit users doubles the burden developers face when testing their distro updates.

Dimitri closed it out by saying.

The key point here is lack of upstream software support and upstream
security support on i386, rather than actual hardware being out of
stock and/or old.

In essence this would mean April 2021 as the sunset for i386 as the
host/base OS architecture. And April 2023 to run legacy i386
applications with security support.

Regards,

Dimitri.

Interesting to see where this goes.

 

 

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23 Jun 2016

Mark Shuttleworth Not Sure Other Linux OSes Will Download Snaps From Ubuntu Store

Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu, said in an announcement that snap packages aren’t tied to a specific Ubuntu store.

He informed developers that they can develop their own stores for snap packages and more.

The announcement read:

Hi folks

Since this question has come up a few times and the common answer keeps
missing the point, let me have a go.

The snap *format* is not intrinsically tied to a store. You can stand up
a snap on a system regardless of how it arrived at that system. So the
current store implementation is not particularly relevant, and would not
be a good starting point.

The simplest approach would be to focus on delivering a snap to a system
over HTTPS. Since there are no complex dependency maps, you don't need
the same sort of sophisticated infrastructure that APT or Debs or RPM
do, you just need a webserver and wget.

I think we should do this in the snap code itself so it is more obvious
to people, because folks are hung up about the delivery of snaps from
Ubuntu. I would not expect other distros to want to fetch snaps from
Ubuntu unless there were useful snaps for them there, snaps could easily
be served from Debian.org.

In a sense, snaps are being punished for being ahead - of course there
is a sophisticated store in Ubuntu, we've been doing mobile and IoT and
commercial stores for several years. But that's no reason to denigrate
snaps themselves, quite the opposite.

Mark

 

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20 Jun 2016

My first week with Ubuntu Touch

Since the release of Ubuntu Touch, there has been many articles written on the platform. And the consensus seems to be that it is not ready for prime time. I purchased the BQ Aquarius M10 tablet and I use it as my everyday tablet(I traded in my iPad. Using the Ubuntu Touch device as my everyday tablet has been extremely difficult for one reason in particular. No cloud! While others have focused their reviews on such things as the quality of the M10 or on the speed of the OS, or even the many bugs in the system, I believe that those things pale in comparison to a lack of a cloud. All the aforementioned things can be overlooked as this is a new OS that is groundbreaking. But we cannot over look the lack of a cloud.

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?

Ubuntu One was the infamous cloud that Canonical ran for several years til one day they announced that they were dismantling the program. This was a very bad idea. Canonical did not release any usage stats or numbers on how costly it was to keep Ubuntu One going. We suspected that it must have been low for them to get rid of it. Whatever the case, it seems that it was a poor choice especially considering that they were planning to release a mobile operating system, thus creating an ecosystem. However, they must not understand the notion of a modern tech ecosystem. No cloud, no ecosystem. Tech ecosystems rely on the cloud. Microsoft has Onedrive, Apple has iCloud, Google has Google drive. What does Ubuntu have? Own cloud? Well it’s certainly not there and not integrated.

Without such integration, I firmly believe that this project will fail in it’s current form and be abandoned. Canonical, we must have a cloud. Please bring back Ubuntu One or work in conjunction with Nextcloud. Something has to give.

Now on to the rest of my review…

The M10 tablet looks pretty sleek. Like everyone else, I believe that it seems like a mid range Android tablet in look and feel (Although it feels a bit better in my opinion). The battery life is astonishingly good (not as good as an iPad) and seems to last through the day on a full charge. However, this isn’t fully tested given the sheer lack of apps and the time that it takes for apps to load. Load time for the apps are important as this discourages use throughout the day. waiting up to 10 seconds for an app to load in 2016 makes many users move on to another task and causes distractions, and everyone is easily distracted these days.

Aquarius M10 from BQ

Aquarius M10 from BQ

The OS it self feels much different than Windows, iOS, or even Android. The concept of scopes is brilliant! It took awhile getting used to not having a home screen nor a home button. The touch maneuvers required to operate the device became more and more intuitive over time. I think the scopes method is a good idea and have now fully bought into it. But, there are not many native apps and the web apps seem to perform better than the native apps in terms of load time and crashes. I feel very disconnected from my information on this tablet as there is no cloud! Something as simple as taking down notes is a pain as my notes are stuck in 2005. I can’t put things in notes and move on to another device and pick up where I left off. This was a huge benefit to my previous Apple ecosystem with iCloud. I find myself using the tablet less and less for this very reason alone. With no cloud, I have to revert to devices where I have a cloud.

I haven’t had the chance to explore the apps and web apps as much as I would like, and there isn’t much written yet about the many apps and web apps that are available, so I may be missing some things that would solve my cloud issues. As I discover more about this OS, I will share. I am however fully invested in the Ubuntu ecosystem, mainly because it is the best Linux ecosystem available so far. But Canonical must provide a seamless cloud solution to make this OS into a bonafide ecosystem. See more from me on ecosystems here: Ecosystems.

I am still waiting on an opportunity to purchase an Ubuntu Phone. The Meizu Pro 5 seems like the best option. However they are all out of stock and have been for a few weeks! The OnePlus 3 just dropped and there will be a port for it from UBPorts. Which ever is available first, the port or the Pro 5, I will attain to help make my transition to a full Linux ecosystem.

Stay tuned….

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20 Jun 2016

OnePlus 3 Will Be an Unofficial Ubuntu Phone

It was announced on UBPorts that the OnePlus 3 is on the verge of becoming an unofficial Ubuntu Phone.

To Install Ubuntu Touch onto the phone, you will need to do the following:

1. Install the required tools:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-device-flash phablet-tools

2. Reboot your device into fastboot mode (vol up + power) and Connect your device with an USB cable to your computer.

3. Flash your device using this command: (NOTE! This will wipe your phone!)

sudo ubuntu-device-flash --server=http://system-image.ubports.com touch --channel=ubuntu-touch/stable --device=op3 --bootstrap
SPECS
Dimensions
152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
Weight
158 g
Material
Anodized aluminum
Color
Graphite / Soft Gold
Operating System
OxygenOS based on Android™ Marshmallow

CPU
Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820
Quad Core, Kryo™: 2x 2.2 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz
GPU
Adreno™ 530
RAM
6GB LPDDR4
Storage
64GB UFS 2.0
Sensors
Fingerprint sensor, Hall sensor,
Accelerometor, Gyroscope,
Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor and Electronic Compass

Ports
USB 2.0, Type-C
Dual nano-SIM slot
3.5 mm audio jack

Battery
3,000 mAh (non-removable)
Dash Charge (5V 4A)


Buttons
Hardware keys and on-screen navigation support
Other
Alert Slider
Custom icon packs
Gesture Control (Display On + Display Off)
OnePlus Shelf
Vibration motor
RGB LED notification light

Connectivity

Network
GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

North America model
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/4/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/2/4/5/7/12/17/30
CDMA EVDO: BC0

Europe / Asia model
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/40

China model
WCDMA: Bands 1/2/5/8
FDD-LTE : Bands 1/3/7
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA : Bands 34/39
CDMA EVDO: BC0

Wireless Standard
4G LTE (Cat. 6)
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth
Bluetooth® 4.2
NFC
NFC Enabled
Positioning
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

Audio

Speakers
Bottom-facing speaker
Microphones
Dual-microphone with noise cancellation
Features
OnePlus Music
Technology
Dirac HD Sound®

Display

Size

5.5”

Resolution
1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
401 ppi
Bezel
0.755 m
Cover Glass
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4

Type

Optic AMOLED

Aspect Ratio

16 : 9



Features
Night Mode Display
Dark Theme
System Accent Colors

Rear Camera

Sensor
Sony IMX 298 Sensor
16 MP
1.12 µm
OIS
Yes
EIS
Yes
Autofocus
PDAF
Aperture
f/2.0
Video
4K resolution video at 30fps
Slow Motion
720p video at 120fps
RAW Image support
Yes

Features
Auto-HDR, Dynamic Denoise,
Manual Control,
Clear Image

Front Camera

Sensor
Sony IMX179
8 MP
1.4 µm

EIS
Yes
Autofocus
Fixed Focus
Aperture
f/2.0
Video
1080p video at 30fps
Auto selfie
Smile Capture

Multimedia

Audio Supported Formats
Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA (v9 and v10),
AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, WAV, OGG
Recording: WAV AAC AMR EVRC QCELP
Video Supported Formats
Playback: HEVC (H.265), H.264, MPEG-4, DivX,
Xvid, MPEG-2, MP4, MOV, 3GP, AVI, MKV, ASF
Recording: AVC
Image Supported Formats
Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Output: JPEG

In The Box

1x OnePlus 3
1x Screen Protector (pre-applied)
1x Dash Charge Type-C Cable
1x Dash Charge Adapter
1x SIM Tray Ejector
1x Quick Start Guide
1x Safety Information
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10 Jun 2016

What is the tech ecosystem?

What is a tech ecossytem

What is an Ecosystem

 

I have been a huge fan of the Apple ecosystem for a while now, and I still am. I first want to explain what an ecosystem is and why it is so important. An ecosystem is a collection of software and devices that help to allow for a seamless OS experience. It allows the information user to easily store and retrieve information as well as represent it from any device anywhere. A person fully committed to the Apple ecosystem may have the following devices:

iPhone 6s Plus

Macbook Pro

Apple TV

iPod

iMac

Airport Extreme

iPad

While it may seem as simple as “buy everything that apple makes and you will be better off,” there is more to it than that. The operating system is very important. There was always opportunities to buy every product line up that a company produced, what changed was the internet and the cloud. Cloud connectivity and apps created the ecosystem. This allowed one to store there information on one device and access it on another. It allowed for using an application on one device, and then picking up the work on another device. This was a huge game changer, and many don’t fully appreciate or even realize the value in ecosystems. It’s the software which really defines and ecosystem. I will argue here that for an ecosystem to be developed in its most rudimentary form, there must be a few key software integrations. Let’s take Apple for example. The following software is key to apples ecosystem:

itunes

keychain

a browser, Safari

icloud

productivity software (in the cloud)

Without these basic components, the ecosystem doesn’t really fully exist, and the cloud is the one critical component that brings it all together.
Thus if there were a proper way to name such ecosystems, it would be the name of their respective clouds that should be used. For instance, instead of the Apple ecosystem, we would have the icloud ecosystem; instead of the Windows ecosystem, it would be the OneDrive ecosystem; instead if the Android or Google ecosystem, we would have the Google Drive ecosystem. This begs the question, does Samsung have an ecosystem? Does LG have an ecosystem. Well the term has been used loosely to describe many similar things, but not quite what we’re talking about here. Do we need a new term? As we discuss this issue in further posts, we will establish some well thought out definition and term to define what is being described here.

An ecosystem is software driven and focused and there must be a cloud at it’s center as a driver and engine, to hold all the software together – to be complemented by additional programs like Canada’s best facility management software for business needs, etc. Device classification is important too, especially as the internet of things become more ingrained; but only important as far as software is concerned. For hardware is only a tool of software. It’s the software that is the most important. We will continue to explore the ecosystem, what it is, what defines it, etc….

Windows Ecosystem (OneDrive)

Windows Ecosystem

Windows Ecosystem

Apple Ecosystem (iCloud)

Apple ecosystem

Apple ecosystem

Google Ecosystem (Google Drive)

Google ecosystem

Google ecosystem

 

Ubuntu Ecosystem (No Cloud!!!!!! Where is Ubuntu One!!!!!)

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?

 

 

 

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07 Jun 2016

WATCH: M10 Ubuntu Tablet

 

There are a lot of 2-in-1 tablet and laptop devices on the show floor at Mobile World Congress. With BQ’s M10, you can get a similar mobile productive experience on Ubuntu.

The tablet itself has a desktop mode, that acts similarly to how Windows 10 tablets switch. But if you want more screen real estate, the BQ M10 is compatible with Convergence as it has a Micro HDMI port you can use to plug into a monitor. Turning on a paired Bluetooth mouse and keyboard will activate desktop mode automatically. You’ll see the same Scopes interface from Ubuntu’s mobile devices, albeit slightly tweaked to suit a tablet’s standards.

SPECS:

BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition

The world’s first Ubuntu Tablet is available to buy, direct from the manufacturer, BQ.

  • 10.1 inch multi-touch screen
  • MediaTek Quad Core MT8163A processor up to 1.5GHz
  • High capacity Li-Po battery (7280mAh)
  • Full HD (1080p) camera for super-sharp video recording
  • 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory
  • MicroSD slot for extra storage (up to 64GB)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 5 megapixel front camera
  • Frontal speakers
  • Micro HDMI slot
  • Dimensions: 246 x 171 x 8.2mm
  • Lightweight at only 470g

BUY A TABLET HERE: https://store.bq.com/gl/ubuntu-edition/?utm_source=Ubuntu.com_devices&utm_medium=Button&utm_campaign=m10-ubuntu-edition-canonical&

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06 Jun 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Smart OS

SmartOS is an open-source UNIX-like operating system based on illumos, a community fork of OpenSolaris. It features four technologies – ZFS (a combined file system and logical volume manager), DTrace (a dynamic tracing framework for troubleshooting kernel and application problems), Zones (a lightweight virtualisation solution) and KVM (a full virtualisation solution for running a variety of guest operating systems, including Linux, Windows, BSD and Plan9).

SmartOS is designed to be particularly suitable for building clouds and generating appliances.

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03 Jun 2016

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