Burning Circle

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #249

NB: Cross-posted from LISNews.org for the educational benefit of Ubuntu Ohio

This special edition deals with the Groklaw shutdown announced on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. Groklaw is hosted at ibiblio similarly to LISNews and librarian.net. History of the growth of the National Security Agency under both Republican and Democratic Presidents is also discussed.

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Burning Circle Episode 127

This edition is a general round-up that also talks about the presenter's experience attempting a fresh install of the Saucy Salamander alpha from Xubuntu.

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Welcome to the Burning Circle. For release on Monday, August 19th, this is episode 127.

We are heading into another Ubuntu Developer Summit next week. Will you be attending the various video conferences? The work for the next three months will be planned then. Granted, this is going to fall at roughly the same time as the Feature Freeze for the current release cycle but this may yet change again for a future summit's scheduling.

Testing of Mir and XMir, the new display server created to replace the venerable X display server, continues. Now that Mir has mostly landed in the Ubuntu archive more than just the Xubuntu team can play with it. Try it and see what you think. So far driver support is being tested for all sorts of graphics cards and more code is expected to land on August 22nd.

I have had the opportunity to install the latest daily build of the alpha of Xubuntu. I will say I only encountered one bug so far but many more remain possible. When writing the disk image to a USB key, you have to remember to ensure that data flow is consistent while dd is writing. In some cases on machines dd can flake out on you which produces lovely errors in the installer where it complains about a scratched disc. How on earth a USB key can be mistaken for a scratched DVD, I don't know. Once I burned a conventional disc and hooked up the external drive the installation process proceeded well as compared to using a USB key.

Feature Freeze remains set for August 29th. The beta release will be out on September 5th so we will have time to test all the flavors that are out before we head into UbuCon on September 13th at Ohio Linux Fest. A fun period in the second development cycle of the year is coming up.

So far we've been pretty quiet across the state. What is happening where you are? Sound off!

From the south shore of Lake Erie this program has been brought to you over the facilities of the Internet Archive and Ubuntu Ohio. Until next time, we'll be seeing you...

Burning Circle Episode 126

In this week's episode we touch upon letting go, XMir, UbuCon, and reference an article of interest from New Scientist. Some sort of commercial for a music festival airs at the start of the program. Said commercial will be airing on terrestrial radio closer to the festival site from August 20th through August 24th.

Related link: New Scientist: Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch

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Welcome to the Burning Circle. For release on Monday, August 12th, this is episode 126.

Over the past week the Xubuntu community got negative feedback over their testing of XMir. This is unfortunate. The feedback contained significant backlash over the notion of even testing XMir in the first instance.

In the end in the Ubuntu community, the moment does come when you have to let go and move on from instances of ill will, be it real or perceived. 2013 has been a very hard year full of change to adapt to. If you find the changes in the Ubuntu realm hard to cope with, imagine what is coming with the entry into force of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate and what that will do to health care. This is a case of recognizing that however much you may disagree with a decision, the rest of the world is moving on and hopefully you do not get left behind.

We’re coming up on feature freeze soon enough. Lets congratulate the Mir team on landing code in the archive on time. The Xubuntu team has a somewhat informed choice to make coming up later this month that happens to be backed up with empirical evidence. Don’t panic, this is ideally how things should happen.

We’re trundling along towards UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest. Are you coming?

New Scientist is raising the question of building wireless mesh networks so as to rebuild the Internet. While mentioning a few “community wireless” projects, there appears to be Yet Another New Project in the works. Do we have any participation in this here in Ohio especially with the Hyperboria connection layer? A link to the story will be given in the show post.

What is happening at your end of the state? Sound off.

From the south shores of Lake Erie this program has been brought to you over the facilities of the Internet Archive & Ubuntu Ohio by Erie Looking Productions. Until next time, we’ll be seeing you.

UbuCon Announcement

A brief announcement for the UbuCon event being organized by Ubuntu Ohio at Ohio Linux Fest 2013.

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Burning Circle Episode 125

In this week's episode a Call To Arms is issued relative to testing the extra special Xubuntu Xmir live ISO image in non-virtualized environments as further discussed here. The Xubuntu team is facing a decision-making deadline of August 22nd as to what they're going to do relative to XMir.

Also mentioned is the not-insignificant matter that UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest 2013 shall be proceeding as we have secured enough speakers.

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