Day 2 of the Developer Summit was sunny and beautiful, as many took advantage of the rooftop garden near the conference rooms. Starting the sessions today were roundtables about many topics including the community, desktop, server, and others. After these followed the usual sessions, as per today’s schedule.
I finally have a few minutes to blog about the Ubuntu Developer Summit now on the morning of the second day. The first day was a blast and a *lot* of information! Basically, as someone described it at the beginning of the day, is its like “speed dating for ideas”. We’re basically sitting around tables with the best minds in the Ubuntu community and hashing out ideas for Ubuntu 8.04.
The future version, Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. This distribution will be a LTS (Long Term Support) release, and it is scheduled for April 2008.The implementation roadmap, as recommended on Launchpad, has some nice elements which will make many Ubuntu users happy. Here are some of these things that might get on Hardy Heron:
The Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) for 8.04 (Hardy Heron), currently underway in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has just finished the first day.
Like previous summits, this UDS starts the first day with an intro talk and then breaks into seperate sessions, usually in tracks such as Server, Mobile, Edubuntu, etc. For a look at what was discussed today, see the day’s schedule.
Your harddisk shouldn’t spin-down/spin-up and/or park/unpark too much causing the mechanics of the harddrive to slowly detiorate. If this is happening you should see your Load_Cycle_Count increasing too fast.
The following things might cause aggressive power management :
The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #63 for the week for the week October 21st - October 28st, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover new MOTU Team members and MOTU council changes, the release of Full Circle Magazine #6, the release of Launchpad 1.1.10, the Ubunteros Tribe on TribalWars, Ubuntu Forum News, and, as always, much much more!
So you just upgraded to Ubuntu Gutsy and you cannot get the Internet to work? You appear to have a LAN connection or Network-Manager is allowing you to connect to your access point, yet when you type in http://www.google.com, the domain will not resolve - it just keeps reading ‘connecting’. Why? Use of of ipv6 - 99% of the time.
Desktop Linux needs drivers. Right? Of course. So why is Novell's Greg Kroah-Hartman, a Linux kernel developer and head of the Linux Driver Project, having to ask people to tell him about devices that need drivers?
If you spend all day in spreadsheets, sooner or later you want something to help you spot what's important or different. The motion study expert Frank Gilbreth told factories to paint parts different colors to help factory workers spot the right pieces more quickly; Calc has roughly equivalent features to help point out the different types of data you're working with.
apt:This! is a Bookmarklet to send package name to The AptURL Protocol Handler. The AptURL Protocol Handler is a program that handles special URLs for installing software on Linux. Ubuntu 7.10+ can use AptURL by default.
Open source software initially was a head-scratcher: “How can you make money selling something for free?” But once open source advocates clarified the meaning of free – “Free as in speech, not as in beer” – the open source economy took off.
What was a big problem, was playing music with my shiny new Ubuntu laptop. In my situation I have a nice stereo set with good speakers. Sitting next to that is my home server, running Ubuntu. I deliberately picked a very small server that does not make noise or suck up much power: the Lex Light.
You probably know by now that Ubuntu comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There's the stripped down Xubuntu for slower-performing systems, Edubuntu for kids and teachers, and Kubuntu with the more Windows-like interface.
With the great success of my post a few weeks back: Ubuntu in a Microsoft world: Part 1 - Email and Calendar came a few questions and concerns. The most common one I’d like to address is this:
How can I have my Sent mail go to my “Sent” folder on the Exchange server?
The answer is really simple. Just follow these steps. (In Evolution):
The 6th Issue of Full Circle, the Ubuntu Community Magazine has been released!
This issue comes with:
One of the pains of installing so many distros is configuring Firefox exactly as I would want it; especially this means loading the right extensions (add-ons). Seriously, there are some firefox extensions (add-ons) that I can’t live without and the following is the list that I need. It’s personal (of course), suited only to my need, so this list is not normative for anyone.
Okay, I admit that I am a bit biased, but after participating in the edubuntu session for Ubuntu Open Week, I decided to install edubuntu 7.10, and I have to say it is really progressing nicely. I’m not exactly new to edubuntu. I have used it in the past and I installed a thin-client recently (7.04) and will set up a new server tomorrow (hopefully) with 7.10 for my school.
Linux-hero wrote about how Ubuntu kills your hard drive. The situation is somewhat less clear than you might think from the article, but the basic takeaway message is that Ubuntu doesn't touch your hard drive power management settings by default. In almost all cases, it's more likely to be your BIOS or the firmware on your hard drive.
I had mentioned my encounter with some new directories in Ubuntu 7.10, the Gutsy Gibbon: Documents, Music, Pictures, Public, Templates and Videos
These showed up on an upgrade from 7.04 Feisty Fawn and on a fresh install of 7.10. On installs of previous versions, there has been the Desktop folder, and I’ve kept that around as a special dir that is actually linked to the desktop somehow. (Saved items in ~/Desktop will show up on the GNOME desktop.)