My Ubuntu Week – Week Ending 24th August 2013

Introduction

This week’s round up is a little later than usual. For those of you wondering what I was doing check out the “Everyday Linux” podcast this Thursday coming (Episode 109).

I had a good week last week with my other blog “Everyday Linux User”. I released an article on the Everyday Linux User blog called “Hey Raspberry PI, where is my cat?” which told the story of how my cat went missing and my bizarre but ultimately successful attempt to find her. I received a lot of good feedback for that post including a message from Liz at RaspberryPI.org.

In addition to this I was asked to be a guest on the Everyday Linux podcast and this was recorded on Sunday night. To top it all off my blog made it through to the final round of the top blogs at www.fossforce.com. Ultimately the Everyday Linux User blog came in 6th and only received 17 votes in the final round of voting but to make it through that far was quite satisfying.

Anyway lets have a look at what happened in the world of Ubuntu in the past week up to the 24th August 2013.

Ubuntu Edge target missed

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I think that is has been obvious for a while that the target was going to fall short of the mark.

The final amount raised was just shy of $13 million which has to be considered something of a success even though it was a long way short of the initial $32 million required.

So what now for Ubuntu?

One of the best articles was on ZDNet.com which went some way to sum up the feelings of Mark Shuttleworth and to give an indication what lies ahead.

 

despite more than 24,000 people backing the idea – some more than once – Shuttleworth says the fact people weren’t willing to stump up means he has to accept that maybe the world doesn’t yet want a single device to act as their phone and PC.

I was listening to the Linux Action Show and they dissected piece by piece the fundraising project and Matt Hartley summed it up by saying that he doesn’t want his phone to be his computer. He is happy for his phone to be his phone and for his computer to be a computer. Co-host Chris made a good point by saying that over the past few years a number of desktops had made their appearance more and more touch screen centric yet one of the more popular desktops is KDE which has bucked the trend.

I can see what Chris is saying. The Metro interface on Windows 8 has not gone down well and there has been constant criticism of Unity and Gnome over the past few years.

Personally though I like Unity and Gnome. I have become adept at using Unity and I would go as far as saying it is the best desktop environment I have used. No it isn’t particularly customisable but it is incredibly intuitive.

Am I ready for a Ubuntu phone? Hell yes. If a phone came out tomorrow that would work both as a phone and a small computing device I would buy it as soon as I could readily afford it. This may not be happening any time soon but there could be a phone running Ubuntu as soon as 2014.

Canonical is aiming for Ubuntu to be available on two “mid-range” and two “high-end” phones in 2014.

Shuttleworth believes that a phone running Ubuntu will be available to buy in the first half of 2014, and a “tablet will take us another six months or so”. His timetable appears to have slipped from earlier in the year, when he said he hoped an Ubuntu phone would be available in January 2014, followed by a tablet in April.

 Ubuntu Developers get 15 minute code review

A story appeared at The Register last week highlighted Ubuntu’s plans to speed up the process for getting applications into the Software Centre.

Packages may not be in the “.deb” format in the future either with a new “Click package” format taking over making it easier to wrap up project code.

Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon here revealed future versions of Ubuntu will feature something called “click packages” – a means of automatically wrapping up your project’s code simply by pressing a button available inside the Ubuntu SDK.

Developers will also be more reliant on the Ubuntu SDK instead of GTK or QT.

Whilst this is great for developers who develop solely for Ubuntu I can see this causing more of a rift with the rest of the Linux community. If I decide to write an application, for example a calendar application, then it would be great to be able to create one .deb package and then it is usable across hundreds of distributions. I can then package it up as an .rpm and that makes it usable on another load of distributions.

If I have to develop using the Ubuntu SDK then my package may not work on other distributions and I may have to develop another QT or GTK version.

And finally…

In case you missed it there was an article released on this blog last week showing you how to add users in Ubuntu using only the graphical tools.

Thankyou for reading.

 

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