What's all this new SE business and how does it...
I have put together a guide on how existing Ubuntu teams can use the Stack Exchange, since I am seeing a trend of people who might not be familiar with the concept. We’ll be refining this over time. After you’re ready come join us and help us rock support for users.
Who are your mentors?
Allison Randall has blogged about her new role in Ubuntu; working at Canonical as the Technical Architect for Ubuntu. One thing which I think is awesome is how she mentions people who encouraged her: To give credit where credit is due, there have been 4 great influences on my career over the years, mentors, friends, people who believed in me, encouraged me to dream big dreams and try big things,...
Helping people while on the go!
I am finding that Droidstack is a pretty great way to participate on the Ubuntu Stack Exchange and all the others if you’re on Android.
Application Menu Status for 19 August
Hear ye, hear ye, It’s been a while since the last application menu status. Since the last one the app menu developers have had a sprint, a bunch of other work in Unity, including some holidays as well as a new child process in Ted’s case, so now things can settle and be back to “normal”: Here are the changelogs:...
Google Voice and Video Chat
Wow, I’d like to thank Google for enabling Voice and Video chat in Linux. Thank you for taking the time and effort to support our platform! In Ubuntu we’ve been shipping Empathy, a chat client based on the Telepathy framework, which has supported Video chat over gtalk (a jabber based network) for quite some time (see my answer on Stack Exchange). In case you didn’t know, Empathy...
This afternoon I met Dave Mustaine at the signing for his new autobiography, Mustaine. I was surprised (and elated) to see so many people there for a genre that continually has been written off, even though it’s the greatest form of music we as a species can ever hope to achieve. This, my friends, is the face of pure joy. (Mine, not his, blame the camera guy). More pics here. More pics...
Developers with feet in Debian and Ubuntu
During our Debconf we were wondering how many people shared the common link of being both Ubuntu Developers and working in Debian. The initial list is 62! (Make that 59, see below) Thanks to Lucas Nussbaum and Michel Bienia for this first cut. Ondřej Surý, Fabio Tranchitella, Kees Cook, LI Daobing, Fathi Boudra, Steve Kowalik, Benjamin Mako Hill, Scott Kitterman, Alexander Sack, Colin Watson,...
New Ink: Archaeopteryx
I finally decided which dinosaur to get, say hello to my shiny new Archaeopteryx! More photos here. .
Contributor Spotlight: Bilal Akhtar
Bilal is a contributor to 100 Papercuts, and has recently been approved to universe-contributors. Congrats to Bilal! As it turns out, he’s only 14 years old and already has fixed papercuts! This makes feel both old and remotivated at the same time. :)
Ubuntu-related videos from Debconf 2010
A few of us were in NYC to participate in Debconf 10. This was my third Debconf but the first time I’ve ever spoken at the event, thanks to Zack for convincing me to try it! Unfortunately I had been travelling for quite some time and wasn’t able to attend the entire week. Here are some talks that might be of interest: The Unity Desktop Environment - Mark Shuttleworth Collaboration...
Upstream Contact: Bruno Girin
I met Bruno Girin at GUADEC 2010, where he was chatting with Adam Dingle from Yorba (the guys who make Shotwell) where I learned that Bruno was contributing patches to their project. As it turns out Bruno is an Ubuntu person who stepped up to the plate to work with upstream projects. This is the kind of thing we try to encourage, which is why we love it when people Adopt an Upstream. And to top...
August is for Vacations
After a brutal July full of conferences and sprints I’m going to be out a bunch this month to hit up San Diego and Cancun. If I’m not responsive on IRC or mail then I’ll catch you on the flip side.
Stack Applet, vanity for your SE rep.
Here’s a nice little application that will tell you what your reputation is on any site on Stack Exchange, including Ubuntu. I mailed George Edison (the author) with some tips and stuff, and next thing you know he’s got it up on Launchpad ready to go, so if you want to dive in and start filing and fixing bugs, feel free to hop in. The team PPA isn’t ready yet, so use...
We didn’t ship Tomboy in 10.04 with support for Application Indicators because the experience wasn’t quite there. We lost things like the ability to pin notes, etc. The Rhythmbox and Banshee indicators were the same way, which is why we’re going to be using the Sound Menu. Now we allow people to apply the same great technology (thanks KDE!) on the application’s icon in the...
"Blog about what you're doing"
People have been doing awesome work lately: Cody Russell and Neil Patel have been rocking Unity. Paul Hummer and Aaron Bentley have been doing amazing work fixing tons of bugs so that we can offer people an easy way to offer daily builds. Happiness is seeing the LoCo council working with individual teams through reapproval and the level of detailed work going on there. Three examples. In the...
Here’s the status for this week, as we continue to grind through patches from contributors. 2 patches that need more work, 12 forwaded upstream, 2 to Debian, and one patch accepted (and one rejected) by an upstream. Wanna help? https://wiki.ubuntu.com/OperationCleansweep Total bugs with patches: 2263 (0) Reviewed patches: 347 (+16) —- Bugs with ‘patch-needswork’: 88...
Application Menu Status for 15 July
Hi everyone, Ted and Cody have been busy this week with non-appmenu related business, so the team has decided to skip a release this week since there hasn’t been much work done on the menu. The team is aware of the major issues, like “some apps are slow to draw the menu” like Nautilus, the Epiphany “I think I want to draw the menu but not really” bookmark bug, and...
Web apps, interact with me!
I love web apps. So I wanted to see how Chromium’s latest support for web apps is like. After all, they’re going to have an “app store” of web apps. Here’s what I saw: I hate to be a downer, but a pinned tab with an icon on it and removing the browser chrome doesn’t make it an “application”, if I wanted that I’d browse in full screen all...
Patches and Bugs with Upstreams Extravaganza
Tomorrow is going to be a great day for Developer Week. Starting at 1600 UTC David and Nigel will be going over our continuing effort to get patches reviewed and submitted to upstream projects as part of Operation Cleansweep. After you’ve learned how to review patches, Pedro’s session right after is how to forward those patches (and bug workflow) upstream. Then, at 1800UTC you can...
Ubuntu Stack Exchange Proposal
The Ubuntu Stack Exchange is an idea to have an Ubuntu-specific exchange. If you’re not familiar with how these sites work then look at Stack Overflow, which is probably the most popular, and apparently also popular with programmers. Before the site gets approved we need people to commit to using it (because it wouldn’t make sense if people didn’t use it!). Click here if...