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This is just my day to day ramblings

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I think I have a solution to the rolling and releasing

Thu, 07 Mar 2013 23:22:00 +0000

Post LTS.  You start a rolling release. This gets all the goodness in that you want.  6 months in you take a fortnight out. Week one stabilize, week two ISO testing.  The resulting ISO is then supported with security back ports for the next 6 months till the next ISO is stabilized and so on till you get to the 6 months for the next lts.  Here you go back to the more tried and tested release method so this release is solid, stable and ready for the next 5 years.

This I think gives users a regular cadence they are used to. Gives people like system 76 a regular OEM install it has security back ports from the continuing rolling release.  It gives app devs a set of libs for 6 months that won't change.  And means there is only a fortnight slow down for the devs.

Plus the community driven derivatives can continue to use their current 6 monthly cadence. Everyone is happy :-)

Lighthouse Workday

Thu, 06 Oct 2011 19:44:00 +0000

So today for a change we had the first of a hopefully a monthly get together for home workers of the Midlands.

The Lighthouse some of you might know from LRL. It has a simple usage policy you buy drinks and food from their cafe and you get to use the work area for free.

So first impressions are good, plenty of light, WIFI was now locked so worked well for a change, power was provided as were tables and chairs. It was altogether a pleasant experience.

Bigcalm came across from Telford and together we sat and worked, had a chat about what we did, had a laugh and a joke about the fact that we both ranted at our machines for not doing what we wanted, enjoyed the food and finally had a nice day. My thanks to him for taking the time out to come :) , and my commiserations to the people who wanted to come but then couldn't due to work :(

If your a home worker in the Midlands why not come along to the next one scheduled for Thursday the 17th of November once again at the lighthouse Wolverhampton. If you're interested ping me on freenode username davmor2.


Sun, 21 Aug 2011 21:33:00 +0000

So Canonical sent it's QA team members from across the company to meet up compare notes and make improvements.

This is really good on several levels most important being these are people you work with every day but may never meet. It was good to finally meet up with the Chris's, Diago, Rick, Ursula and my team as always.

It was good to collaborate and hopefull make everyones lives better, oh except for Cr3 who magically needs to make everything work.....Have you done it yet Marc?

Heres to next year when hopefully extra team members from other teams will be able to attend and we can continue to grow the tools and friendships.

Kill the zombies

Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:43:00 +0000

No not applications that refuse to close.

The new game in Ubuntu Software Center is Atom Zombie Smasher it's a tower style game where you need to position your pieces to save the humans. The concepts simple the game is addictive and sometimes frustrating when things don't work the way you planned it.

You can buy it now in the Software Center and enjoy for many, many days, enjoy all you gamers out there.

Did you know.....

Tue, 17 May 2011 19:06:00 +0000

...Ubuntu Software Center (USC) has for purchase games and apps?

Did you know how easy it was to get them? No!
Well here's how, in Natty Narwhal 11.04 Open USC from it's icon in the app launcher and click on the "for purchase" tab in the left hand side of the app then click on an app.
Click on "More info" and then on buy.
Now sign in or up for an Ubuntu Single Sign On Account.
Now type in your name, address and your card details in the secure app.
Now type in your password to install the app and done.

OMG!Ubuntu have been pretty good at reporting on the apps they like and why not, how ever you can have the same impact by simply adding a review to the app you purchased to let other users know what's hot and what's not.

By the way some you might like to look out for:
Uplink: a classic game where strategy and speed will keep you out of prison while you race around hacking the world.

Family Farm: The sims go to farmville you know it can't be bad right :)

Steel Storm2: Top down classic shootem up, it's fast pretty and explosive. Oh did I mention addictive?

Darwinia: One of the prettiest god games I've seen.

Fluendo DVD Player: for everyone that needs to have a good dvd player on their box

Codec Packs: They do what they say on the tin

World of Goo: If you haven't heard of this where have you been in a cave? A great physics based game

and more....

Keep checking in though as USC gets more apps on a fairly regular basis and I'd hate for you to miss out on the one that is perfect for you :)

Now go enjoy you computer in new and funky ways.

Merry christmas and a happy new year

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 10:05:00 +0000

Unity thoughts.....

Sat, 30 Oct 2010 19:13:00 +0000

I like elements of unity and if going forward it can improve on the elements that I don't like so much then it will be awesome, well for me at any rate. I'm not going to make any kinda real judgement though until the ball starts rolling. So many elements will be changed for desktop unity that I think it is unfair for anyone to make rash judgements based on the unity that was designed purely for the netbooks. I think that people are forgetting that whether Ubuntu went with Gnome-shell or Unity-shell there would be a new learning curve for the latest desktop. Unity I think though will be less steep as users have it on their netbooks already but not only that it feels kind of familiar. It would be nice if the search feature did files, applications and web all in one rather than having to have icons for each type of search. With nautilus becoming the file manager again that gets rid of the issues I had, having to breakout of the unity file manager in order to share stuff through Ubuntu one ( an awesome feature by the way guys). The side bar I think is fantastic, as a quick launch mechanism I find it less fussy than some with some nice features. I think the quick menus will just just add to the usefulness. I for one can't wait. After hearing some of the features planned for Natty I can hand on heart say it's gonna rock....... hard! I hope that all of the developers and community are as fired up about this release as I am. It is sounding like it's going to be one of the most dramatic releases to date.....Bring on alpha1

Evolution 2.30

Wed, 26 May 2010 22:28:00 +0000

Wow what an improvement. Well done evolution team can't wait to see the new version if this is a sign of things to come.

I'm throughly impressed, it's much faster a lot more stable.

For those who may of missed it

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 18:58:00 +0000

Ubuntu has today released a new version. Please rise for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)

This is by and far the best Ubuntu Release to date I have no idea how they have done but you know looking at it that it has been a lot of blood sweat and tears.

To that end I want to thank the developers not only of Ubuntu but Gnome, Kde, Debian and all who have made this release possible.

This is the desktop we have all been waiting for now go and use it, see you on the purpler side of life.

Tick Tock, Tick Tock, go the hands on the clock

Thu, 08 Apr 2010 10:12:00 +0000

It's the time of year when the release is close
Nothing is stirring not even a mouse
But along comes a loud mouth... oh wait that is me
To remind everybody, "UBUNTU IS FREE!"

There are many things you can do
With a great OS, like Ubuntu
The lynx is the best, it's better by far
So okay it can't make you coffee or drive your car.

Without further ado I give you this countdown
To remind yourself it is released really soon

Ada Lovelace Day

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 11:45:00 +0000

To be honest I only know a few women in technology circles. So here are the 2 that I have worked with the most:

Laura Czajkowski: She's funny, informative, helpful, organisational etc etc etc everything you expect from an Ubuntu community member. Of course her real star quality is she puts up with me :D

Ara Pulido: Ara is part of Canonical's testing testing team so has also put up with me lots, she is full of incite, helpful, hard working etc etc etc.

Both these Women I have a lot of respect for, I've worked with them, laughed with them, been cheered up by both and seen how much good they do for the Ubuntu Distro, Community and Linux in general.

Thank you both, keep up the good work.

Wow: Guys you rock PPA'S to try

Sun, 07 Feb 2010 23:51:00 +0000

So today I've been playing with some new new software via PPA's, for all the guys doing this many thanks.
Open up Software Sources. Click on add source. Type in ppa:name of ppa. Click on add.

Gnome-shell: 2.29.1~ Looks better, feels faster and more responsive much nicer than earlier attempts. ppa:vperetokin/unofficial-gnome-shell

Epiphany: 2.29.6 Wow is all I can say. As fast as Chrome/Chromium, open source, plugs into seahorse/gnome keyring for password storage, smaller font makes it much better for netbooks. ppa:webkit-team and ppa:webkit-team/epiphany

New Gwibber: Guys this is the release we want, this is awesome, everything is displayed sensibly, everything about it is pretty, great work. ppa:gwibber-daily

To all those involved in the creation of these apps and there improvements, many, many thanks. The work you do is really appriciated and I don't think thank you is said enough. Keep up the good work...

Exceedingly happy

Thu, 28 Jan 2010 15:41:00 +0000

For a long time now I've been doing qa work with Canonical on Ubuntu and the iso's.

Now I have been offered a post with the ISD team at Canonical which sounds like one of the most interesting and exciting roles I've ever had. I can't wait to get stuck in.

I just want to thank everyone at Canonical for giving me a chance and everyone else for their congratulations.

I'll may even let you know more as I do :)

Many thanks again

Come on everyone Join IN!

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 13:26:00 +0000

Hippo birdy 2 ewes
Hippo birdy 2 ewes
Hippo birdy dear Ubuntu
Hippo birdy 2 ewes.

And no you can't use the lines for naming ideas ;)

Congrats to all the people that have been in from the start and secondly to all those that have joined. You've made a consistently usable desktop that goes from strength to strength.

My thanks to you all and I'm sure the thanks of everyone else goes with that.

To Quote The Rock "Final the WUBI is back in Ubuntu"

Wed, 30 Sep 2009 08:24:00 +0000

Big shout out to xivulon, evand and cjwatson if you see these guys at any party buy them a drink they deserve it :)

This cycle wubi working with Ubuntu has been the bane of their existence. Now however it's back baby. It's rocking with all of it's goodness and elegant simplicity.

Wubi is the Windows UBuntu Installer it creates a couple of virtual drives in your windows install and then proceeds to install ubuntu (replace with you desktop of choice) into them. This can then be remove from a windows install simply and easily using the windows add/remove tool. But more important means that if you need windows on your machine for work or college or university etc then you can, but you can also have ubuntu on there with out the hassle of partitioning etc.

This is a great tool if your forced to use windows during the day but need you daily hit of ubuntu at breaks on the train etc. Welcome back wubi :)

New, New, New

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 21:00:00 +0000

I thought I would just say WOW!

There are little touches in Karmic that just make me think why wasn't this in before. This has actual got to the point now where I am seriuosly thinking of upgrading my main box.

Quicky on disc control:
When you have a pen drive that you drop on a copy of Ubuntu (insert your choice of desktop) on, wouldn't it be nice to name it and format it nicely and easily. How about we plug in the drive right click on the drive icon add a label and format the drive at the same time? Well karmic has this and boy you take it for granted once you start using it and move back to a jaunty box and don't.

How about faster Browsing:
With Firefox3.5.2 currently in Karmic I have to admit I'm impressed. It's by and far the fastest Firefox release so congratulations to them. But how about something a little lighter for your netbook, well the latest epiphany now has a webkit gtk backend this is easily as firefox but with one big avantage (in my opinion) on ssd drives it uses less disk swaping so it sits there happily producing pages without many hitches.

Empathy has some really nice touches:
I have to admit at first I thought that empathy was far too basic, it had flashes of genius but wasn't quite there. Well thanks to a lot of usibilty work it is now a lot easier to setup and less confusing, there still some work to be done but I have got to take my hat off to the devs this app goes from strength to strength. I can't wait for the full release of this app, I think it will be a really great start for it and Ubuntu, I can't wait to see what extra features get added for gnome 3.

LRL 2009 Hell Yes Baby

Mon, 07 Sep 2009 10:12:00 +0000

It's true, it isn't a myth, It will Happen.

In a film, once upon a time, a phrase was created for just this occasion "If you build it, they will come"

Well we've done our part!

It's up to you to do yours!

Be there or be as square as the Spectrum Font

Get more news here NOW!!!!!!

Official Ubuntu Server Book

Wed, 19 Aug 2009 09:05:00 +0000

OMG I ordered this book off amazon and I have to say it is a really good read. It is a well rounded book aiming at new sysadmin's but also covering differences between Ubuntu and other server products for senior sysadmins.

It gives a good overall grounding in the description of sometime overwhelming options and puts them in plain English which means the penny drops for a larger number of terms and options in other apps.

There are basic sum ups of the most common services mail, file share, print and web iirc which put everything into plain English once more.

Thanks Guys for this well produced book.


Sat, 06 Jun 2009 22:01:00 +0000

It's late I know but I was on holiday straight after.

Firstly, my wife and I would like to thank everybody that took time out to talk to her (Sue the woman knitting in the atrium).

Secondly, Wow uds was mad. The talks were great and full of information and laughs. But more important were the general sessions.

I mostly followed the QA track, and I was impressed to see how much thought has gone into the whole process. In general it was based on the process of automated testing and automated bug reporting using checkbox and apport. These are 2 awesome tools that are in their infancy still. By all accounts the if the features get added they will instantly mature the apps into a far more robust tools, hopefully with checkbox/apport integration for auto bugrepporting on automatic testing which will be really cool.

Day 1 and 2 in the Big Brother House UDS

Tue, 26 May 2009 18:32:00 +0000

Dear diary,

Today I have been mostly in the QA Track. Hopefully throwing a spanner in the works where possible Helping out ;) Although some of the talks have been slightly more technical for me to get on with on the whole it's been great.

The venue is good apart from room 14 avoid it like the plague (It's like a walk in freezer). The staff and developers are great. I've meet up with some old friends and met new ones too.

It looks like there is going to be a lot of work going on to improve the automated testing suites we currently have and a lot more work going on to import these into checkbox. There should hopefully be some work to get all that info into a database that people can then use in multiple different ways. That's only from the first 2 days, tomorrow is going to be a day I can really get on with as most of the discussions in the qa track apply to me.

First ever flight, UDS and Barcelona

Sun, 24 May 2009 20:41:00 +0000

So my first ever flight was today to get to Barcelona for UDS which starts tomorrow.

Barcelona is an intriging City a nice mix of old and new for a city of it's size.

Just can't wait for tomorrow now :)

So off to UDS...

Wed, 20 May 2009 13:53:00 +0000

So I'm getting too excited now.....

First UDS and I can't wait.

I'm coming over with my better half, if anyone is taking theirs would it possible to meet up and let the better halves go shopping, site seeing together? If this is you feel free to drop me a mail at

Ubuntu One (Am I Missing Something)

Thu, 14 May 2009 22:01:00 +0000

This is my own personal view only. You can tak a fence but a gate is more useful

is a trademark that belongs to Canonical...
That means it can be applied to any SERVICE they choose.

RMS when he first laid out the lay of the land said "And companies can make money from the services they provide".

This is Canonicals first atempt at user level services. I for one think they are doing the correct thing by linking this service to Ubuntu as that is the intended market. New users may know the Ubuntu Name but not that Canonical are their sponsor.

On a final note Why whine? If your not happy with it don't use it, vote with your feet! The fact of the matter is there are propriatary drives in Ubuntu and you choose whether to use them or not, why should this service be any different? To be honest I think that it will still be around it's too useful not to be.

Congratulations Canonical I hope things go well for your infant service and I can't wait to see what other features you'll add.


Mon, 11 May 2009 11:10:00 +0000

So hopefully you will of heard that LRL09 is back again.....

It's happening on the 24th of October at the City Of Dreams (A.K.A. Wolverhampton)

Get there if you can as fun is had by all :) Honest!

Wow Well Done

Thu, 23 Apr 2009 20:56:00 +0000

Jaunty has been one of the most awkward releases to test. Things that worked in the morning might get broken by updates in the afternoon. But as always the Developers have stepped up to the plate and fixed the issues as they arose.

My heart felt thanks go out to those who do stuff I can't. Congratulations, and believe me the journey with all it's ups and downs was well worth it.

Congratulations To Everyone that has worked on jaunty.

Especially the unsung hero's Charlie_tca Xubuntu's official tester, and lately to Jtholmes too (few more edges to knock off but you'll get there :) ), also to all the devs I've winged at over the last several months.

Special mention to Steve Langasek for the multiple re-spins of the iso's I couldn't of tested without them :D