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This whole model-driven operations thing is getting awesome. By capturing operations as open source code on a cloud-neutral model, we can level up entire industries by enabling them to collaborate on shared application ops.
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+Mark Shuttleworth​ Sh** on your parents
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Delighted that Ubuntu serves as the OpenStack for Etisalat, underpinning their move to cloud operations at scale. Both the cloud and the network functions running on it are using Juju charms for crowd-sourced operations in collaboration with the rest of the industry.
Etisalat, the Middle East’s leading telecoms provider announced today (download PDF) that it has built and launched its first live Network Function Virtualization telco cloud in Abu Dhabi. The NFV-based telco infrastructure has been built with Quanta servers, Arista switches and Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack, a multi-vendor combination integrated for production for the first time ever [...]
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Node.js, ruby, java, JavaScript are all great languages for app developers but hard to fit into distro packaging because of the way they version and evolve libraries. Now they'll fit perfectly in a snap.
Another app embracing the snap format for universal distribution across Linux OSs. Notes, the slick, cross-platform note-taking app ->

Notes' lead developer says:
" I believe that snap is the step forward that the Linux community has hoped for, for years, bringing the promise of an easy and safe way to install apps across distros and operating systems a reality. "

Available as a standalone download or from the Ubuntu Store!
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+Mark Shuttleworth I didn't mean to imply Arch is perfect, just that it works, is well maintained, and easy to keep well maintained, much thanks to the relatively simple process applied when dealing with application/library upgrades.

I fear Snaps will become as loathed as PPA:s because they're essentially the same concept from the end user's point of view.
You pull something down from an untrusted source, without being able to decide what goes into it, and run it in hopes that it does not nuke your personal files.

There's no guarantee Snaps will make anything stay more current. You can not tell whether any developer producing their own Snap packages will actually keep them up to date. It's the same issue as with any .deb or .rpm.

Snaps are already starting to sound a lot like the management hell produced by having everything containerized by Docker. Nothing gets updated because you fear breaking it. Once the host is broken beyond repair you either re-build all your Docker images (hoping they can be re-built) or ditch Docker entirely.

The day all "interesting" Github project not currently packaged for any distro* are packaged by the developers themselves for mass-distribution, any kind of trust in Snaps will be thrown out the window. You may as well run curl | bash as root, in a cron job.

Please prove me wrong on this. I would love a secure cross-distro packaging format to exist as it'd make things a lot easier for everyone. I just think it's actually possible to do without so many compromises it removes either ease-of-use or the security aspect.

* Anyone could package that software in any of the available formats for any available distribution, given proper instructions. The question is whether they should. Most of the stuff available on like Github is not [yet] intended to be a good stable release. It may just be undocumented random garbage someone put together to see if it works, no concern given to the end user's security. But hey, if it can be "snapped" and gets "containerized", by all means run it just to see what it does.
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Now over 350 snaps, thanks to the many folks contributing to the playpen of sample snaps, launchers for different types of apps, and plugins for snapcraft to handle new and interesting build systems for upstream projects.
Snap! Community weekly update: W26. David Callé david.calle at Mon Jul 4 18:51:51 UTC 2016. Previous message: Shaping up universal snaps; Next message: Future of Launchpad and the Snap Store; Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ] ...
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For every system there's Linux. Try it today! Available at Walgreens, Cisco and other fine stores.
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Love it :) Be interesting to know which GL drivers this works with, I bet it exercises the stack hard.
The times when you'd have to wait until the next OS release to get app updates are gone: you can now get the latest Blender snap and many more directly from the store. Good work +Zack Casey making Blender 2.77 available just a click away!
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+Ruan Strydom and for a little extra CPU the file system can use delta compression to get rid of the extra space.
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Another open snap store, the more the better.
This is really great news! An open snap store that can be used across all distros. I'm excited to see where this goes.
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Here we go, another Canonical waste of FOSS dev time. How long until Flatpak wins out and snap joins the likes of the Ubuntu phone and Upstart? Hey that reminds me, is Mir officially gone yet or you still trying to saddle up that dead horse?
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With MAAS 2.0, bare-metal provisioning and cloud-style operations with physical servers just went HA out of the box. Awesome to see at scale in production.
This week, the result of over a year of work by our engineering team is concluded: the final release of MAAS 2.0 is now available for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, and additionally from our stable release PPA. If you’ve never heard of MAAS before, here’s an introductory slide deck from a recent presentation at the OCP [...]
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Thank you guys, appreciate the sentiment and wish you all the best.
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How many millions of years of evolutionary defences will be wiped out when abuse of the commercial antibiotic causes the emergence of widespread resistance to this very cool thing we apparently can do with our noses.
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Some bacteria and spirochetes resist it naturally since. Well the chinese modified it in ww2 to make biological weapons
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These #Ubuntu Tablet Videos Have Me Super Excited about Unity 8 #linux

Most of you reading this know what Unity 8. You know what it’ll (roughly) look like. And you’ll know the problems its trying to solve. But sometimes, simply knowing what it’s all about is a bit too static. Shouting “OMG! Apps built with adaptive page…
Most of you reading this know what Unity 8. You know what it'll (roughly) look like. And you'll know the problems its trying to solve. But sometimes, simpl
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Each new interface in snapd enables more apps to be run with full confinement, this latest set makes a big difference for media apps like VLC
And here are a few more details about what's new in snapd 2.0.10, written up by +David Callé.
Snapd 2.0.10: new media interfaces, channel switching. If it hasn't already, snapd 2.0.10 should be making its way to your 16.04 systems. Here is what's new! The 2.0.10 release contains a number of improvements and fixes over the 2.0.9 release that was available before. The highlights: ...
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The initial lack of menu is unfortunately a confinement issue that appears in VLC when using the new desktop-launcher (that takes care of desktop integration), a fix from +Didier Roche is waiting to land with the next snapd release. As a workaround, you can right click, start a video or stream and the menu will appear.

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This will make it much easier to tailor the snap launcher, definitely worth reading for your KDE / GNOME desktop snaps.
The unstoppable +Didier Roche wrote about his great work on desktop launchers for snaps. If you're snapping a Desktop app, have a look at this!
Announcing new snap desktop launchers. Background. Integrating desktop applications with snaps has been a little bit challenging in terms of getting them looking and behaving as part of the system. This means following general desktop theming, having global application menu integration, ...
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So if this is a legally binding decision, can we then argue for the same standards for pigs and cows?
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