Burning Circle

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.

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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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Burning Circle Episode 124

In this week's episode we mention Ubuntu Edge and have a last call for talks for the planned UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest 2013.

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Welcome to the Burning Circle. For release on Monday, July 29th, this is episode 124.

Starting off this week we must mention the Ubuntu Edge project. I wish I had had some advance notice of it before it hit public view. Yes, nothing makes it worse for presenting a podcast when something hits right after release that you know absolutely nothing about.

As to the crowdfunding effort, I neither encourage nor discourage members of Ubuntu Ohio relative to giving. Please give as you feel so moved and as you are so able. In my own instance I am not able to give anything at all due to personal circumstances. Your circumstances are likely rather different.

Right now the crowdfunding effort needs to draw near one million one hundred thousand dollars per day to comfortably make its goal by the target end date. Without a doubt we'll be hearing more about this as time passes by.

We pause for a moment to hear from our dear friends at the United States Census Bureau in Profile America.

Profile America -- Monday, July 29th. Long before there were automobiles in the U.S., good roads were badly needed to get farm produce to market and to allow people to go visiting and shopping without battling mud. An American professor who had emigrated from Belgium -- Edward de Smedt--invented an asphalt mix, which could be applied in sheets to make a smooth surface. His first trial occurred on this date in 1870 on William Street in Newark, New Jersey. Even though de Smedt's technique worked well, even by 1904, there were only 154 miles of paved highway in the entire country. Today, there are over a million miles of urban highways, including more than 59,000 miles of interstate roads and other freeways. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at census.gov.

In other news you have until July 31st to get in speaking proposals for UbuCon at Ohio Linux Fest 2013. So far I have three proposals received. At least two more proposals are needed to help broaden the scope of this a little bit. We've got proposals on using full-disk encryption in Xubuntu, real stories of using Ubuntu Server in the workplace, and a discussion of UEFI with Secure Boot. That's really very narrow topically and we need to broaden this a little. While first priority is given to proposals originating from members of Ubuntu Ohio proposals are accepted from outside the community as well and should be sent to me via e-mail at skellat@ubuntu.com by July 31st.

So far this has been a cooler than average summer. How has your 2013 been? In the Ubuntu realm things have hardly been average.

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