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I'm excited to watch snaps evolve. If you want to be a part of the next phase, here's your chance to show up and make a difference.
 
Here is a chance for you or your project to help shape the snap story! Apply for participation and sponsorship to attend the next snap sprint this summer in Germany.
Shaping up universal snaps. Following the announcement of snaps being supported across a range of key Linux distributions, the development teams working on snaps and Snapcraft are making universal snaps one of the main topics of their next sprint in Heidelberg, Germany, from 18-22 July.
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I just wanted to highlight +Martin Pitt's containing work on autopkgtest. This tool has proved invaluable as a Swiss army knife for testing anything on ubuntu. It's gotten a lovely cli update which should make it easier to grok for new users (as well as folks like me who tend to forget inane syntax).
Historically, the “adt-run” command line has allowed multiple tests; as a consequence, arguments like --binary or --override-control were position dependent, which confused users a lot (#795274, #785068, #795274, LP #1453509). On the other hand I don't know anyone or any CI system which actually ...
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Yay! Nice work Pitti.
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The winners from Uubuntu for #GCI2015 are enjoying a well deserved trip to Google this week as part of there reward. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the students and community as a part of Google Code-In last year. I was impressed by what everyone was able to accomplish.

Congratulations again Matthew and Daniyaal!
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This is good fun, and you don't even need to be yakety for it!
 
For those of you who have been following along with my Unity 8 escapades, I've documented everything that I learned and all of the workarounds that i needed here in this blog post.
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I've been a pbuilder user for years, but since I've had to start really working on some packaging issues, it's been cumbersome. Today I finally took the time to do a full sbuild setup, including using a proxy and /dev/shm. Wow! I've no idea why I waited so long. It was fairly painless to setup, and my disks and network no longer suffer during builds.

I think I'm in love.
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As an AMD user, I guess I was already prepared for this. The open drivers have just worked for me for several releases now. And yes, even for games. Though my steam library isn't exactly pushing the envelope for high fps twitch gaming (it makes me literally ill anyway), everything 'just works'.
 
Here's Timo's explanation of what's actually going on with AMD in 16.04 LTS.

AMD asked Ubuntu to migrate to the open driver stack since they would not support fglrx on 16.04 LTS.  AMD will release their hybrid stack with Pro-graphics support later this year and we need to be ready to support it.
In case someone hasn’t noticed yet, fglrx has been removed from Xenial. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, the driver did not support XServer 1.18 which we wanted to get in…
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Unity8 on the desktop... again...

If it's been awhile since you've tried it out, give it another go! You don't have to leave the safety of xenial, nor impact your current desktop.
Canonical announced a while ago — maybe measurable in multiple dozens of months — that they were rewriting their flagship Unity desktop shell so it can converge the mobile phone and tab…
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oO! It's finally here!
 
We have unleashed the LXD based SDK IDE today. Go for it!
Calling for testers of the new Ubuntu SDK IDE. The next iteration of the Ubuntu SDK IDE. or: here comes LXD. After a long development process we are pleased to announce that the next version of the Ubuntu SDK IDE will go into beta testing phase as of today and it comes packed with a completely ...
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Some first fruits from juju. Get your daily hit!
The Orange Notebook: Getting your daily dose of juju
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+Jorge Castro first command is to install juju. Good stuff!
 
So, +Michael Hall Hall is going to try Unity 8. I'm going to work this week in Windows 10. Let's see what happens! 
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Time for new challenges! Now entering #juju.

/me tightens his QA hat
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I am passionate about ubuntu, open source, forex, sailing, nature and music. My blogs all contain the underlying theme of freedom in living and making choices. Be not afraid to think or believe.
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Pursing a life independent of being controlled by money
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June 28
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Employment
  • Canonical Ltd.
    2012 - present
  • University of Florida
    2010 - 2012