Ancient Turtles, do not mess with them.
And I don’t mean the cute little Logo turtle. Check out Archelon. (The smaller one on the bottom left is a less-interesting Elasmosaurus). In case you can’t figure it out, here’s another image for scale:
Upstream related videos from UDS
Along with the last set, here are more videos from UDS that might be interesting to upstream projects: Thunderbird on Ubuntu Launchpad and Upstreams OpenStack Packaging Thunderbird in Message Indicator Ubuntu One Integration with Shotwell Transition to Firefox 4 in Natty - I posted this one already but you can never have enough Firefox!
Last set of UDS Videos uploaded
The last set of videos from UDS have been posted! This includes my favorite part of UDS, the Lightning Talks. Remember we kick people off after five minutes so they’re kind of high stress. Apparently my crutch word is “ummm”. Aurelien did a Qt Creator demo, but also make sure you see Ryan Paul’s Qt demo, I talk about askubuntu.com with Robert Cartaino, Colin Watson does one...
Getting patch contribution back into shape.
Jono’s blogged about what we’re doing to keep the sponsorship queue healthy. It can be a real bummer when contributions are ignored so I am glad we’re taking a more proactive stance on the problem and setting aside time for people to do it. You can find out more about the Sponsorship Process here. Another important element to accepting gifts is Operation Cleansweep....
Make it really easy to fix bugs on Ubuntu
Jono Lange has some ideas on how to make bugs easier to fix in Ubuntu. Right now, when you run the script on your Ubuntu desktop, your cursor becomes a cross-hair. When you click on an application, start-hacking will tell you the source package that the application belongs to and where you can get the source (both Ubuntu source and latest upstream if available.) There are tons of places we...
QA tracking for Unity
Thanks to the hard work of Brian Murray we now have a section for Unity on http://status.qa.ubuntu.com And here it is for the package level: You’ll notice the “bitesize” section, more on this next week
My quick boxee box impressions
There’s plenty of reviews out there on the new Boxee Box, here are my highlights: The UI is too slow, the thumbnails take forever to refresh (it’s as if they’re not cached?) It has played every thing I’ve thrown at it, it doesn’t break a sweat with 1080p at all (and all this over powerline ethernet!) They updated the UI and kind of buried your local content behind...
Inside the Banshee Awesome Factory
Thanks to PiTiVi I was able to take the webm files from GUADEC and put together a video of Gabriel’s Banshee talk. Those of you wondering how to make Banshee extensions (Stuart!) will want to pay attention around the 5 minute mark, where he goes into an example on how easy it is to make an extension. So, go forth and make great extensions!
Why should I ever bother filing another bug?
Here’s a person upset about how bugs are handled in Fedora. Here’s a person upset about how bugs are handled in Ubuntu. Things I’ve learned here: People have no idea (or care) where the problem comes from, they don’t care if it’s “upstream” or “distro”, they just want their software to work, and they don’t care who fixes it. ...
Smart Playlists ftw.
As I mentioned in my last screencast; I prefer to have Banshee doing all my hard work for me. A great way to do this is via smart playlists. The problem is that they are very powerful and if you’re not overly clever off the top of your head you might feel stuck. Luckily there are some handy smart playlists already included! In Banshee do Media -> New Smart Playlist Go ahead and...
Things I didn't know about Ubuntu, part 78.
Steve Beattie points out that Jockey has a text interface as well; for those moments when you’re staring at a console. To think I would fire up elinks to get the driver after navigating the nvidia site and then scp over an old Xorg.conf.
How I use Banshee
I have a friend who is trying out Banshee and had some questions on how to use it effectively. So I came up with this:
Unity Status update
Neil Patel has posted a status update of how Unity is coming along; for those of you chomping at the bit for compiz-powered goodness.
Here’s a bunch of summaries from the UDS Proceedings. Sorry they’re not more organized. UPDATE: As many of you have pointed out, these are raw and in some cases don’t even make sense since they’re pasted in from people furiously typing into gobby documents. They’ll be polished as the week progresses.