MAR
8
2013

Re-blog: Pau Garcia i Quiles, Mark’s divisive leadership

A repost of elite KDE contributor Pau Garcia i Quiles' blog for Planet Ubuntu

Mark Shuttleworth recently critized Jonathan Riddell for proposing Xubuntu and others join the Kubuntu community. I thought I could make a few amendments to Mark’s writing:
Jonathan Mark says that Canonical Kubuntu is not taking care of the Ubuntu community.
Consider for a minute, Jonathan Mark, the difference between our actions.

MAR
8
2013

Re-blog: Martin Gräßlin Reply to “All the faces of Ubuntu”

A repost of elite KWin maintainer Martin Gräßlin from Planet KDE

Dear Mark Shuttleworth,
so you “have absolutely no doubt that Kwin will work just fine on top of Mir”. This is great and I totally appreciate that you think Mir is a great system. But I’m wondering why you don’t use KWin then, after all it will work fine on top of Mir and is Qt based?

MAR
7
2013

Ubuntu is Many Communities

Some people mis-read (or I mis-wrote) my previous blog as critisising Ubuntu for not caring about its community any more. That's not what I wanted to say and it wouldn't make any sense, Ubuntu is a large community, it can hardly stop caring about itself. Rather I was saying that Canonical has done some moves recently which show a lack of concern for the Ubuntu community. Numerous other blogs on Planet Ubuntu say the same thing today.

MAR
6
2013

An Ubuntu Community that is a Community

If like Martin Owens you're feeling the lack of Ubuntu community and wanting an Ubuntu community that cares about everyone's contribution, doesn't make random announcements every couple of days that have obviously been made behind closed doors and cares about a community made upstream desktop (and err.. whole graphics stack), you'd be very welcome here at Kubuntu. Join us in #kubuntu-devel


The Jonathan Riddell: as featured in Slashdot.

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.

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