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10 years ago today, Mark Shuttleworth made the 4th post ever to the ubuntu-announce mailing list when he wrote: Announcing Ubuntu 4.10 “The Warty Warthog Release” In this announcement, Mark wrote: Ubuntu is a new Linux distribution that brings ... [More] together the extraordinary breadth of Debian with a fast and easy install, regular releases (every six months), a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default and a commitment to security updates with 18 months of security and technical support for every release. So it’s with much excitement, the Ubuntu News team wishes Ubuntu a happy 10th Birthday! Over the years, we’ve had several cakes celebrating releases, here are a sampling we found on Flickr, first from the 8.04 release party in London: And an amazing trio from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada for 9.10, 10.10 and 11.04: And dozens of strictly Ubuntu logo cakes over the years (this one from 2006): With the release of 14.10 just days away, enjoy your release parties and perhaps take some time to reflect upon how far we’ve come in these 10 years! Posted by Elizabeth K. Joseph, on behalf of the Ubuntu News Team [Less]
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Today is Ubuntu’s ten year anniversary. Scott did a wonderful job summarizing many of those early years and his own experience, and while I won’t be as articulate as him, I wanted to share a few thoughts on my experience too. I heard of this super ... [More] secret Debian startup from Scott James Remnant. When I worked at OpenAdvantage we would often grab lunch in Birmingham, and he filled me in on what he was working on, but leaving a bunch of the blanks out due to confidentiality. I was excited about this new mystery distribution. For many years I had been advocating at conferences about a consumer-facing desktop, and felt that Debian and GNOME, complete with the exciting Project Utopia work from Robert Love and David Zeuthen made sense. This was precisely what this new distro would be shipping. When Warty was released I installed it and immediately became an Ubuntu user. Sure, it was simple, but the level of integration was a great step forward. More importantly though, what really struck me was how community-focused Ubuntu was. There was open governance, a Code Of Conduct, fully transparent mailing lists and IRC channels, and they had the Oceans 11 of rock-star developers involved from Debian, GNOME, and elsewhere. I knew I wanted to be part of this. While at GUADEC in Stuttgart I met Mark Shuttleworth and had a short meeting with him. He seemed a pretty cool guy, and I invited him to speak at our very first LugRadio Live in Wolverhampton. Mark at LugRadio Live. I am not sure how many multi-millionaires would consider speaking to 250 sweaty geeks in a football stadium sports bar in Wolverhampton, but Mark did it, not once, but twice. In fact, one time he took a helicopter to Wolverhampton and landed at the dog racing stadium. We had to have a debate in the LugRadio team for who had the nicest car to pick him up in. It was not me. This second LugRadio Live appearance was memorable because two weeks previous I had emailed Mark to see if he had a spot for me at Canonical. OpenAdvantage was a three-year funded project and was wrapping up, and I was looking at other options. Mark’s response was: “Well, we are opening up an Ubuntu Community Manager position, but I am not sure it is for you.” I asked him if he could send over the job description. When I read it I knew I wanted to do it. Fast forward four interviews, the last of which being in his kitchen (which didn’t feel awkward, at all), and I got the job. The day I got that job was one of the greatest days of my life. I felt like I had won the lottery; working on a project with mission, meaning, and something that could grow my career and skill-set. Canonical team in 2007 The day I got the job was not without worry though. I was going to be working with people like Colin Watson, Scott James Remnant, Martin Pitt, Matt Zimmerman, Robert Collins, and Ben Collins. How on earth was I going to measure up? A few months later I flew out to my first Ubuntu Developer Summit in Mountain View, California. Knowing little about California in November, I packed nothing but shorts and t-shirts. Idiot. I will always remember the day I arrived, going to a bar with Scott and some others, meeting the team, and knowing absolutely nothing about what they were saying. It sounded like gibberish, and I felt like I was a fairly technical guy at this point. Obviously not. What struck me though was how kind, patient, and friendly everyone was. The delta in technical knowledge was narrowed with kindness and mentoring. I met some of my heroes, and they were just normal people wanting to make an awesome Linux distro, and wanting to help others get in on the ride too. What followed was an incredible seven and a half years. I travelled to Ubuntu Developer Summits, sprints, and conferences in more than 30 countries, helped create a global community enthused by a passion for openness and collaboration, experimented with different methods of getting people to work together, and met some of the smartest and kindest people walking on this planet. The awesome Ubuntu community Ubuntu helped to define my career, but more importantly, it helped to define my perspective and outlook on life. My experience in Ubuntu helped me learn how to think, to manage, and to process and execute ideas. It helped me to be a better version of me, and to fill my world with good people doing great things, all of which inspired my own efforts. This is the reason why Ubuntu has always been much more than just software to me. It is a philosophy, an ethos, and most importantly, a family. While some of us have moved on from Canonical, and some others have moved on from Ubuntu, one thing we will always share is this remarkable experience and a special connection that makes us Ubuntu people. [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
TL;DR: I apparently typed mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1 at some point. Oops. So I rarely reboot my machines, and last night, when I rebooted my laptop (for graphics card weirdness) Grub just came up with: Error: unknown filesystem. grub rescue> WTF, I ... [More] wonder how I borked my grub config? Let's see what happens when we ls my /boot partition. grub rescue>ls (hd0,msdos1) unknown filesystem Hrrm, that's no good. An ls on my other partition isn't going to be very useful, it's a LUKS-encrypted LVM PV. Alright, time for a live system. I grab a Kali live USB (not because Kali is necessarily the best option here, it's just what I happen to have handy) and put it in the system and boot from that. file tells me its an x86 boot sector, which is not at all what I'm expecting from an ext4 boot partition. It slowly dawns on me that at some point, intending to format a flash drive or SD card, I must've run mkfs.vfat /dev/sda1 instead of mkfs.vfat /dev/sdb1. That one letter makes all the difference. Of course, it turns out it's not even a valid FAT filesystem... since the device was mounted, the OS had kept writing to it like an ext4 filesystem, so it was basically a mangled mess. fsck wasn't able to restore it, even pointing to backup superblocks: it seems as though, among other things, the root inode was destroyed. So, at this point, I basically have a completely useless /boot partition. I have approximately two options: reinstall and reconfigure the entire OS, or try to fix it manually. Since it didn't seem I had much to lose and it would probably be faster to fix manually (if I could), I decided to give door #2 a try. First step: recreate a valid filesystem. mkfs.ext4 -L boot /dev/sda1 takes care of that, but you better believe I checked the device name about a dozen times. Now I need to get all the partitions and filesystems mounted for a chroot and then get into it: % mkdir /target % cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sda5 sda5_crypt % vgchange -a y % mount /dev/mapper/ubuntu-root /target % mount /dev/sda1 /target/boot % mount -o bind /proc /target/proc % mount -o bind /sys /target/sys % mount -o bind /dev /target/dev % chroot /target /bin/bash Now I'm in my system and it's time to replace my missing files, but how to figure out what goes there? I know there are at least files for grub, kernels, initrds. I wonder if dpkg-query can be useful here? # dpkg-query -S /boot linux-image-3.13.0-36-generic, linux-image-3.13.0-37-generic, memtest86+, base-files: /boot Well, there's a handful of packages. Let's reinstall them: # apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-3.13.0-36-generic linux-image-3.13.0-37-generic memtest86+ base-files That's gotten our kernel and initrd replace, but no grub files. Those can be copied by grub-install /dev/sda. Just to be on the safe side, let's also make sure our grub config and initrd images are up to date. # grub-install /dev/sda # update-grub2 # update-initramfs -k all -u At this point, I've run out of things to double check, so I decide it's time to find out if this was actually good for anything. Exit the chroot and unmount all the filesystems, then reboot from the hard drive. ... It worked! Fortunately for me, /boot is such a predictable skeleton that it's relatively easy to rebuild when destroyed. Here's hoping you never find yourself in this situation, but if you do, maybe this will help you get back to normal without a full reinstall. [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
Release week! Already! I wouldn’t call Trusty ‘vintage’ just yet, but Utopic is poised to leap into the torrent stream. We’ve all managed to land our final touches to *buntu and are excited to bring the next wave of newness to users around the world. ... [More] Glad to see the unicorn theme went down well, judging from the various desktops I see on G+. And so it’s time to open the vatic floodgates and invite your thoughts and contributions to our soon-to-be-opened iteration next. Our ventrous quest to put GNU as you love it on phones is bearing fruit, with final touches to the first image in a new era of convergence in computing. From tiny devices to personal computers of all shapes and sizes to the ventose vistas of cloud computing, our goal is to make a platform that is useful, versal and widely used. Who would have thought – a phone! Each year in Ubuntu brings something new. It is a privilege to celebrate our tenth anniversary milestone with such vernal efforts. New ecosystems are born all the time, and it’s vital that we refresh and renew our thinking and our product in vibrant ways. That we have the chance to do so is testament to the role Linux at large is playing in modern computing, and the breadth of vision in our virtual team. To our fledgling phone developer community, for all your votive contributions and vocal participation, thank you! Let’s not be vaunty: we have a lot to do yet, but my oh my what we’ve made together feels fantastic. You are the vigorous vanguard, the verecund visionaries and our venerable mates in this adventure. Thank you again. This verbose tract is a venial vanity, a chance to vector verbal vibes, a map of verdant hills to be climbed in months ahead. Amongst those peaks I expect we’ll find new ways to bring secure, free and fabulous opportunities for both developers and users. This is a time when every electronic thing can be an Internet thing, and that’s a chance for us to bring our platform, with its security and its long term support, to a vast and important field. In a world where almost any device can be smart, and also subverted, our shared efforts to make trusted and trustworthy systems might find fertile ground. So our goal this next cycle is to show the way past a simple Internet of things, to a world of Internet things-you-can-trust. In my favourite places, the smartest thing around is a particular kind of monkey. Vexatious at times, volant and vogie at others, a vervet gets in anywhere and delights in teasing cats and dogs alike. As the upstart monkey in this business I can think of no better mascot. And so let’s launch our vicenary cycle, our verist varlet, the Vivid Vervet! [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
Pinit, Pinterest for WordPress, is a handy plugin that lets you add Pinterest badges to your website quickly and with no effort. Today I released the first complete version of this plugin, which was around since 30/10/2013. Although it had only a few ... [More] widgets and was not so powerful, it has been appreciated by more than 800 people in one year of life. But now it’s time to change! With this new 1.0 release you can leverage the simplicity, lightness and power of Pinit.   Download Pinit Features Pinit 1.0, or Pinterest for WordPress, includes only one widget to let you add three different Pinterest badges to your website’s sidebar: Pin Widget Profile Widget Board Widget Interested in adding badges to your posts and pages too? New in this version are three shortcodes: Pin Shortcode [pit-pin] Profile Shortcode [pit-profile] Board Shortcode [pit-board]   Pinit Shortcodes Usage Here is a little reference for the shortcodes.   Pin Shortcode The Pin Shortcode [pit-pin] lets you add the badge of a single pin to your posts and pages and accepts only one argument: url: the URL to the pin (e.g. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99360735500167749/) Example: [pit-pin url="http://www.pinterest.com/pin/99360735500167749/"]   Profile Shortcode With the Profile Shortcode [pit-profile] you can add a Pinterest profile’s badge to your WordPress. It accepts up to four arguments: url: the URL to the profile (e.g. http://www.pinterest.com/pinterest/) imgWidth: width of the badge’s images. Must be an integer. Defaults to 92. boxHeight: height of the badge. Must be an integer. Defaults to 175. boxWidth: width of the badge. Defaults to auto. Example: [pit-profile url="http://www.pinterest.com/pinterest/" imgWidth="100" boxHeight="300" boxWidth="200"]   Board Shortcode The Board Shortcode [pit-board] lets you add a Board badge to your pages and posts. It accepts the same arguments of the Profile Shortcode: url: the URL to the profile (e.g. http://www.pinterest.com/pinterest/pin-pets/) imgWidth: width of the badge’s images. Must be an integer. Defaults to 92. boxHeight: height of the badge. Must be an integer. Defaults to 175. boxWidth: width of the badge. Defaults to auto. Example: [pit-board url="http://www.pinterest.com/pinterest/pin-pets/" imgWidth="100" boxHeight="300" boxWidth="200"]   Languages Pinterest for WordPress is currently available in 3 different languages: English Italian Serbian (credit: Ogi Djuraskovic) You can submit new translations with a pull request to the GitHub repository or by email to deshack AT ubuntu DOT com.   Conclusion Feel free to submit issues to the GitHub repository or the official support forum. If you like this plugin, you can contribute back to it simply by leaving a review. The post Pinit 1.0: Pinterest for WordPress rewritten appeared first on deshack. [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
Kubuntu 14.10 is due out this week bringing a choice of rock solid Plasma 4 or the tech preview of Kubuntu Plasma 5.  The team has a couple of interviews lined up to talk about this. At 21:00UTC tomorrow (Tuesday) Valorie will be talking with ... [More] Jupiter Broadcasting’s Linux Unplugged about what’s new and what’s cool. Watch it live 21:00UTC Tuesday or watch it recorded. Then on Thursday just fresh from 14.10 being released into the wild me and Scarlett will be on the AtRandom video podcast starting at 20:30UTC.Watch it live 20:30UTC Thursday or watch it recorded. And feel free to send in questions to either if there is anything you want to know.   [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
In 2006, Amazon was an E-commerce site building out its own IT infrastructure in order to sell more books. Now, AWS and EC2 are well-known acronyms to system administrators and developers across the globe looking to the public cloud to build and ... [More] deploy web-scale applications. But how exactly did a book seller become a large cloud vendor? Amazon’s web services business was devised in order to cut data center costs – a feat accomplished largely through the use of Linux and open source software, said Chris Schlaeger, director of kernel and operating systems at Amazon Web Services in his keynote talk at LinuxCon and CloudOpen Europe today in Dusseldorf. Founder Jeff Bezos “quickly realized that in order to be successful in the online business, he needed a sophisticated IT infrastructure,” Schlaeger said. But that required expensive proprietary infrastructure with enough capacity to handle peak holiday demand. Meanwhile, most of the time the machines were idle. By building their infrastructure with open source software and charging other sellers to use their unused infrastructure, Amazon could cover the up front cost of data center development. Source: http://www.linux.com/news/featured-blogs/200-libby-clark/791472-amazon-web-services-aims-for-more-open-source-involvement Submitted by: Libby Clark [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago by nore...@blogger.com (Valorie Zimmerman)
Season of KDE (#SoK2014) was delayed a bit, but we're in business now:http://heenamahour.blogspot.in/2014/10/season-of-kde-2014.htmlPlease stop by the ideas page if you need an idea. Otherwise, contact a KDE devel you've worked with before, and ... [More] propose a project idea.Once you have something, please head over to the Season of KDE website: https://season.kde.org and jump in. You can begin work as soon as you have a mentor sign off on your plan.Student application deadline: Oct 31 2014, 12:00 am UTC - so spread the word! #SoK2014Go go go! [Less]
Posted almost 2 years ago
If you’d like to know the very second FCM is out, and on all of your devices then install Pushbullet and subscribe to the Full Circle Magazine channel: https://www.pushbullet.com/channel?tag=fcm I’m not sure if I can push a 15MB PDF through ... [More] Pushbullet, but I’ll give it a first try when FCM#90 is out (31st). There’s also a Pushbullet subscribe button on the site. [Less]
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I spent a few minutes this morning writing the comprehensive Ubuntu Contributors' Guide. Here it is in all its glory: Yes, that's really all there is to it. It's simple. As obvious as this seems, there are people (names withheld) that will want you ... [More] to believe otherwise. I'll elaborate in a future post. When you encounter them, please forward a copy of this flow chart. Tell them Randall sent you. [Less]