MAR
5
2013

13.04 to go Ahead

Of all the nutty things Canonical has done in the last week wanting to drop 13.04 four months into development and two months before release is one of the more anti-social to the community who have been working on it. Fortunately at the "UDS" session today I poked enough and we seem to have consensus that it'll go ahead on the schedule we agreed at UDS last October. Feature freeze on Thursday my friends, two days to go.

MAR
5
2013

Gnome Founder Leaves

Planet Gnome is headed by a curious blog today, Miguel moving to Mac.

"To me, the fragmentation of Linux as a platform, the multiple incompatible distros, and the incompatibilities across versions of the same distro were my Three Mile Island/Chernobyl."

No mention that it was him who started the fragmentation.

I occasionally get moaned at for having a policy of removing unconstructive blogs from Planet KDE. This sort of blog confirm for me why it's not healthy to let anyone post anything on our Planet.

FEB
23
2013

Cool KDE Users

I get nice comments on IRC occationally, here's an especially nice one recently:

Can I thank all the Kubuntu Ninjas for their superlative efforts with Raring (amazingly stable for Alpha 2), KDE SC 4.10 and KDE Telepathy.. it is amazingly smooth and stable, and uses a lot less memory than previous releases.. very impressed..

I was watching a film about the Pirate Bay last night on BBC's Storyville, turns out the people who run The Pirate Bay run KDE.

FEB
21
2013

Sony Pirates KDE Artwork

Sony, the company who created Audio CDs which installed a rootkit on Windows computer to try to stop people copying music has pirated KDE artwork. The preferences-system.png icon from Oxygen is on their Choose your Vaio webpages (next to configure) but impressively is also on the UEFI firmware should you boot up into Assist mode.

FEB
20
2013

A Morning with Windows 8

Microsoft have decreed that every new Windows 8 computer has to come with UEFI, a new firmware to replace the old 80s BIOS. They've also decreed that every new Windows 8 computer has to come with SecureBoot which means it'll only boot an operating system signed by MS. This is only for security of course, nothing to do with making it harder to make competing operating systems, oh no. So I had to hunt out a new laptop to test this on which means going to a real physical shop since no website will list which firmware a computer has it being a most uninteresting feature.

FEB
18
2013

How to Type Kubuntu in Japanese

Oriental and other input methods have long been fiddly in Kubuntu. I'm very pleased to see that ace Kubuntu ninja Michal Zajac has fixed the language packs to set up the input methods correctly when installing a language that needs it.

スナップショット4

FEB
18
2013

nice Kubuntu comment

Aaron's grumpy discussion of how Unity doesn't currently use Qt on the desktop made it to Slashdot got this nice comment in the /. discussion:

'I have been using Kubuntu -- the semi-official KDE Ubuntu -- for years. I like it, it's stable, and the interface with least surprise. It does what I want, when I want, and it doesn't try to "integrate" things that do not need to be, or should not be, integrated.'

Except we're an entirely official flavour, just like Ubuntu Desktop :)

FEB
15
2013

Wow with 4.10

A nice e-mail I received about KDE SC 4.10...

NOV
20
2012

Kubuntu Ninjas

It's Kubuntu Ninja time! We have the tars for the next KDE Software Compilation beta and now we need to package them up. There's an awful lot of them so do come and help. We're in #kubuntu-devel if you fancy helping, just ask how to get started and hang around until someone is available to help. Then you could end up like this good looking bunch seen here at the recent Ubuntu Developer Summit in Copenhagen...

OCT
30
2012

Kubuntu at Ubuntu Developer Summit

It's UDS time again and we're in sunny Copenhagen. You can join in by looking at the sessions and look up on the schedule when to join, then you can listen in to the audio and type into the IRC channel which is projected into each room. The event this time feel bigger than ever using a whole conference venue on the outskirts of town and full of people from Ubuntu and Linaro.

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