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Luca Falavigna: Adventures in cross-chroot creations

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 2014-05-25 20:21

I’ve been playing with qemu-user-static a bit to create a set of porterboxes for my Deb-o-Matic build farm. After reading gregoa’s post on how to create cross-chroot with qemu-debootstrap, I was immediately able to create armel, armhf and powerpc boxes with very little efforts.

I tried to extend the number of porterboxes available by adding mips* and s390x, in order to have all the Linux-based architectures supported in Jessie, but with no luck. Here’s a summary of my attempts.

MIPS*
Chroot creation fails under both mips and mipsel trying to configure libuuid1. The problem is due to the fact libuuid1′s postinst script calls groupadd and useradd. Those two utilities rely on NETLINK sockets, which apparently are not handled by QEMU at the moment. I raised the question upstream to see whether it is possible to solve this problem.

s390x
Chroot creation used to fail with a SIGSEGV. This particular bug has been fixed recently, but it seems it’s not enough to have a working chroot. It fails with some gzip errors, probably because some portions of dpkg-deb are not fully covered by qemu-s390x-static.

Preparing to unpack .../base-files_7.3_s390x.deb ...
Unpacking base-files (7.3) ...
dpkg-deb (subprocess): decompressing archive member: internal gzip read error: '<fd:5>: incorrect data check'
/bin/tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
/bin/tar: Unexpected EOF in archive
/bin/tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
dpkg-deb: error: subprocess tar returned error exit status 2
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/base-passwd_3.5.33_s390x.deb (--install):
subprocess dpkg-deb --control returned error exit status 2


Costales: Programa PADRE: Hacer la Declaración de la Renta 2013 con Ubuntu 14.04

Planet Ubuntu - Sun, 2014-05-25 11:34
El programa PADRE de Hacienda funciona bajo JAVA, concretamente recomiendan la versión 7.

INSTALAR JAVA 7 (REQUISITO PREVIO)

Para saber si lo tenemos instalado, abrimos una Terminal y ejecutamos: "java -version":
costales@dev:~$ java -version
java version "1.7.0_55"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.7.0_55-b13)
Java HotSpot(TM) Client VM (build 24.55-b03, mixed mode)
costales@dev:~$

Si no tenemos instalado JAVA podemos hacerlo ejecutando esto en la misma Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install oracle-java7-installer


INSTALAR PROGRAMA PADRE

Ya con JAVA instalado, descargamos el programa PADRE desde la página oficial o más cómodo desde la Terminal que ya tenemos abierta:
wget http://www.agenciatributaria.es/static_files/AEAT/Contenidos_Comunes/La_Agencia_Tributaria/Descarga_Programas/Descarga/Java/100/2013/Renta2013_unix_1_21.sh

Ahora convertimos ese fichero en ejecutable:
chmod +x Renta2013_unix_1_21.sh

Y lo ejecutamos:
./Renta2013_unix_1_21.sh

Ya sólo nos queda seguir el asistente y en la 3ª ventana marcar: No crear enlaces simbólicos.
Paso 1
Paso 2

Paso 3: Marcar No crear enlaces simbólicos
Finalizando
El programa PADRE ejecutándose en Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty

Ubuntu Women: Phase 2 of ProjectHarvest

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 2014-05-24 21:11

The Ubuntu Women team has decided that Harvest will be re-started and the project is now at Phase 2, code-named Seeking Out Developers.

The Harvest system aggregates information about low-hanging fruit and aims to visualise which packages of the Ubuntu distribution are in a good and which are in a bad shape.

Harvest is a Django-based web application written in Python, code is available here: https://code.launchpad.net/harvest

Over the next few weeks we’ll be working to get instructions up for developers to stand up test environments and getting our roadmap defined for the project based on recent feedback and other outstanding bug reports.

What we need now is you! Python developers who are interested in helping us improve Harvest. Please contact Svetlana Belkin at belkinsa@ubuntu.com if you’re interested in helping out.

Lubuntu Blog: LXQt-Admin: System admin tools for LXQt arrived

Planet Ubuntu - Sat, 2014-05-24 19:50
It’s known that system admin tools for LXQt were lacking. This is no longer true.  A new component lxqt-admin landed int our git repo. Please see the screenshots. :-) These are “desktop-independent” pure Qt tools based on system-tool-backends. lxqt-admin-time: Tool to configure date and time. lxqt-admin-user: Tool to manage users and groups. We know that LXQt is not good enough, but it

Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Scientists Team Update: May 23, 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-23 23:15

Today, the Ubuntu Scientists team had their first meeting.  As I said, this team is fairly new and we finally were able to have a meeting.  I was the chair and two others, Aleo and balachmar, were there.  Even though it was just three people, I would say that we got a lot of work done.  When I started the team, I had no idea on what to have on the team wiki pages but after the meeting along with the help from the others, I know what to write/place.

As a three person team, we have planed for:

  • Monthly Meetings on the same day of the month but the time might be different, and also rotating times/days were looked at
  • We might do a vUDS 14.06 track
  • We are working on the first and last goals, since they are the easiest
  • We have an idea on what pages we should add on our team pages

The main goal for the next meeting is to the get some of the wiki team pages planned and written out.  And to get some contacts from outside organizations that deal with science in the FOSS world.

 


Michael Hall: App Developer Sprint

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-23 21:49

I’ve just finished the last day of a week long sprint for Ubuntu application development. There were many people here, designers, SDK developers, QA folks and, which excited me the most, several of the Core Apps developers from our community!

I haven’t been in attendance at many conferences over the past couple of years, and without an in-person UDS I haven’t had a chance to meetup and hangout with anybody outside of my own local community. So this was a very nice treat for me personally to spend the week with such awesome and inspiring contributors.

It wasn’t a vacation though, sprints are lots of work, more work than UDS.  All of us were jumping back and forth between high information density discussions on how to implement things, and then diving into some long heads-down work to get as much implemented as we could. It was intense, and now we’re all quite tired, but we all worked together well.

I was particularly pleased to see the community guys jumping right in and thriving in what could have very easily been an overwhelming event. Not only did they all accomplish a lot of work, fix a lot of bugs, and implement some new features, but they also gave invaluable feedback to the developers of the toolkit and tools. They never cease to amaze me with their talent and commitment.

It was a little bitter-sweet though, as this was also the last sprint with Jono at the head of the community team.  As most of you know, Jono is leaving Canonical to join the XPrize foundation.  It is an exciting opportunity to be sure, but his experience and his insights will be sorely missed by the rest of us. More importantly though he is a friend to so many of us, and while we are sad to see him leave, we wish him all the best and can’t wait to hear about the things he will be doing in the future.

Canonical Design Team: Making ubuntu.com responsive: approach to content (7)

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-23 14:49

This post is part of the series ‘Making ubuntu.com responsive‘.

If you’re transitioning a fixed-width website into a responsive one with several time and resource constraints, updating all your content to be mobile-friendly will likely not be an option.

It’s important to understand what your constraints are and work within them. This is what makes a good designer great — you could even say it’s the definition of our jobs.

This was certainly our case: very early in the process of converting ubuntu.com into a responsive site we knew we wouldn’t be able to edit the existing content. We did, however, follow a few ‘content rules’, and this is something you can define within your projects too.

Evergreen content

We created the Ubuntu Insights site to hold dated content like case studies, news and white papers, and to keep a constant influx of fresh content into ubuntu.com and other Ubuntu sites. Not only did creating Ubuntu Insights allow us to keep ubuntu.com fresh, it gave us a place to move a lot of the detailed content that previously existed on the main site to. We end up with fewer pages and also with shorter pages, which is one of the challenges of converting a site to be responsive with no content updates: the pages become too long.

The latest iteration of Ubuntu Insights.

We’ve been working on this project for a few months now, and will be releasing its final update soon, which will include a dedicated press area.

No content or information architecture updates

Once you go back to work you’ve completed some time ago, it’s natural that you start seeing lots of things, big and small, you want to improve. However, when the scope of a project is really tight (and which project isn’t?), it’s important not to fall into temptation.

Updating the structure and content of the website in preparation for making it responsive was not an option for us, as that would involve a fair number of people and time that were not at our disposal.

We decided to flag anything we’d want to look at again in the future, but moving things around was out of the question.

A couple of sections of the site were going to suffer some changes that might impact content and information architecture, but those had been flagged at earlier stages, and we knew to only start reviewing and working on those later on in the responsive project.

No hidden content

A decision we made early on was that we weren’t going to hide any content from small screens.

We could still use common patterns like accordions and tabs to show content in a more digestible format, but all content should be available in small screens, just as it would in larger screens.

Accordions chunk the content nicely at smaller screen sizes.

Future plans

Improving the content on ubuntu.com will be a gradual process. As new pieces of content are added and updated, we’re now making sure that content is optimised for a smaller screen experience, being mindful of endless scrolling and keeping the message clear and focused on each page and section of the site.

Looking at mobile first has already pushed us towards simplifying our content. We’re trying to think about shorter, more carefully written text that relies less on images and animations. This includes paring down on charts, cutting out text that really is there to support images, and considering the reason for existence of any new fourth-level pages.

In the future, we’ll likely want to do a content revamp of the entire site, but that’s a huge project on its own and probably one that deserves its own series of posts.

We’d love to hear about your experiences and tips on improving content for a responsive iteration of your sites: add your thoughts in the comments section!

Reading list

Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo: S07E08 – The One with the Yeti

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2014-05-22 20:08

We’re back with Season Seven, Episode Six of the Ubuntu Podcast! Alan Pope, Mark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and Laura Cowen are drinking tea and eating birthday cake (like this one) from Laura’s Mum in Studio L.

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In this week’s show:

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Svetlana Belkin: Ubuntu Ohio Team Update: May 22, 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2014-05-22 14:38

On the behalf of Stephen Michael Kellat (skellat), the Ubuntu Ohio Team has an update to share:

Due to Stephen Michael Kellat’s job and the stress that it produces, he has given the three deputies (under the Delegation of Authority) admin status of the team.  Any issues that arise should be e-mailed to the three deputies, not Stephen Michael Kellat.

Thank you.


Canonical Design Team: Latest from the web team — May 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Thu, 2014-05-22 08:05

We’re fast approaching the summer, and the first few sunny days have already arrived in London. The web team cannot slow its pace though…

In the last few weeks we’ve worked on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’ve had a sprint to clean up our processes and CSS files after the big responsive release last month
  • Ubuntu.com: we’ve updated our Jumpstart service to include the exciting new Orange Box Micro-cluster and Your cloud product pages in preparation for the OpenStack Developer Summit
  • Juju GUI: we’ve finished creating new personas
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Interoperability Lab: we’ve completed the report design
  • Ubuntu OpenStack Installer: the installer was presented at the OpenStack Developer Summit last week, and we’ve done iterations on the designs based on recent user research
  • Fenchurch: we’ve moved Fenchurch into a proper Django project, nearly completed the first phase of a new asset server with a new Juju charm, and set up a new Fenchurch instance for the new legal website
  • Ubuntu Insights: we’ve made the move from Ubuntu Resources to Ubuntu Insights, and launched the desktop version of the site
  • Las Vegas sprint: we worked on updated, mobile-first bundle and charm details pages and started planning for the next cycle
  • Partners: we’ve completed the final UX and copy for this new Ubuntu website

And we’re currently working on:

  • Responsive ubuntu.com: we’re now in the process of updating our web style guide documents before the public release of the new styles
  • Ubuntu Insights: we’re adding the final touches before launching the press centre in the next few weeks
  • Juju GUI: we’re planning the work for the next cycle
  • Fenchurch: we’re working on getting the Juju charms in production for the new legal site, finishing up the asset server and planning the development of our new partners website
  • Partners: we’re currently building the new partners website
  • Legal pages: we’re now in the process of building the new hub that will hold all our legal information
  • Chinese website: we’ve finalised UX and copy for this upcoming Ubuntu site

If you’d like to join the web team, we are currently looking for experienced user experience and web designers to join the team!

The design team getting ready to move desks, at the end of April.

Have you got any questions or suggestions for us? Would you like to hear about any of these projects and tasks in more detail? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph: Ubuntu 14.04 Presentations at FeltonLUG and BALUG

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 2014-05-21 18:11

This past week I’ve had the opportunity to join two separate Linux Users Groups (LUGs) to give presentations on the Ubuntu 14.04.

The talks were a full talk version of the mini talk I gave at the release party in San Francisco last month, covering:

  • Unity Desktop
  • Server
  • Phablet
  • Xubuntu

I’m a member of the Xubuntu team and use it primarily myself, which is why that flavor got special treatment ;)

The first talk was on Saturday for FeltonLUG down near Santa Cruz. Since I had a series of laptops already installed and set up from when we did the release party , I packed them up and brought them along with me.

We had a small group, so the meeting was a bit more on the informal side and folks had a lot of great questions and comments throughout the presentation. Given the group size it was also possible to have everyone give my Nexus 7 with Ubuntu on it a try, which folks had a lot of questions about.

Thanks to Bob Lewis and Larry Cafiero for being such great hosts, at their scenic drive recommendation my husband and I had a wonderful trip up route 1 along the coast on our way home.

Last night I joined BALUG here in San Francisco. I brought along my trusty tahr and pile of demo laptops for this presentation as well.

In addition to the great questions about the direction of Ubuntu in general (desktops! servers! clouds! tablets! phones!) I was really happy to have server folks in my audience for this talk who were eager to hear about the changes to virtualization technologies and such on the server side. I even was able to have a chat with a sysadmin who is doing a lot of virtualization and told me that her team is looking at deploying OpenStack in the near future.

Slides from both presentations are available online, the BALUG one includes some screenshots from Xubuntu since I was using a Unity-based laptop to present there:

The .odp versions of these slides are also available, just swap out .pdf for .odp in each url.

Mark Shuttleworth: Ubuntu is the leading OpenStack distribution

Planet Ubuntu - Wed, 2014-05-21 09:03

Kudos to all the speakers, panellists, designers and engineers who made ODS Atlanta such a great event last week. And thanks in particular to the team at Canonical that helped pull together our keynote, I had a very large number of compliments that really belong to all of you!

For those that didn’t make it, here are a few highlights.

First, Ubuntu is the leading OpenStack distribution, with 55% of all production are using Ubuntu, nearly 5x the number for RHEL. There is a big squabble at the moment between vendors in the RHEL camp; for the record, Canonical is happy to work with vendors of alternative OpenStack distributions on Ubuntu as long as we have a commercial agreement that enables us to support users. Nonetheless, the standard way to do OpenStack starts with Ubuntu followed by the addition of Canonical’s cloud archive, installing OpenStack using those packages.

Second, vendors are focused on interoperability through Canonical’s OpenStack Interop Lab (OIL). We build OpenStack thousands of ways every month with permutations and combinations of code from many vendors. Bring us a Juju charm of your work, sign up to the OIL program and we’ll tell you which other vendors you need to do more work with if you want to be interoperable with their OpenStack offerings.

Third, Juju and MAAS are growing support for Windows and CentOS, with other operating systems on the horizon too (patches welcome!). Thanks to contributions from CloudBase Solutions, you’ll get amazing orchestration of Windows and Linux apps on any cloud or bare metal. If you have a Windows app that you want charmed up, they are the guys to talk to! We did a live on-stage install of OpenStack with Ubuntu KVM and Windows Hyper-V with the beta code, and expect it to land in production Juju / MAAS in the coming weeks.

 

I’m particularly excited about a new product we’ve announced, which is a flat-fee fully managed on-premise OpenStack solution. Using our architecture and tools, and your hardware, we can give you a best-of-breed OpenStack deployment with SLA for a fixed fee of $15 per server per day. Pretty amazing, and if you are considering OpenStack, definitely an option to evaluate.  Give us a call!

Ubuntu Kernel Team: Kernel Team Meeting Minutes – May 20, 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 2014-05-20 17:19
Meeting Minutes

IRC Log of the meeting.

Meeting minutes.

Agenda

20140520 Meeting Agenda


ARM Status

Nothing new to report this week


Release Metrics and Incoming Bugs

Release metrics and incoming bug data can be reviewed at the following link:

http://people.canonical.com/~kernel/reports/kt-meeting.txt


Milestone Targeted Work Items

Here’s our todo list until we formulate a better plan for tracking work
next week at our team sprint:

   apw    core-1405-kernel    2 work items       ogasawara    core-1405-kernel    2 work items   


Status: Utopic Development Kernel

We have uploaded our first v3.15 based kernel, 3.15.0-1.5, to the Utopic
archive. It is currently based on the v3.15-rc5 upstream kernel.
—–
Important upcoming dates:
Mon-Wed June 9 – 11, vUDS (~3 weeks away)
Thurs Jun 26 – Alpha 1 (~5 weeks away)
Fri Jun 27 – Kernel Freeze for 12.04.5 and 14.04.1 (~5 weeks away)

  • NOTE: The PrecisePangolin/ReleaseSchedule notes Kernel Freeze as Aug 9. I believe this should be amended to Jun 27.


Status: CVE’s

The current CVE status can be reviewed at the following link:

http://people.canonical.com/~kernel/cve/pkg/ALL-linux.html


Status: Stable, Security, and Bugfix Kernel Updates – Trusty/Saucy/Precise/Lucid

Status for the main kernels, until today (May. 20):

  • Lucid – Prep week
  • Precise – Prep week
  • Quantal – Prep week
  • Saucy – Prep week
  • Trusty – Prep week

    Current opened tracking bugs details:

  • http://people.canonical.com/~kernel/reports/kernel-sru-workflow.html

    For SRUs, SRU report is a good source of information:

  • http://people.canonical.com/~kernel/reports/sru-report.html

    Schedule:

    cycle: 18-May through 07-Jun
    ====================================================================
    16-May Last day for kernel commits for this cycle
    18-May – 24-May Kernel prep week.
    25-May – 31-May Bug verification & Regression testing.
    01-Jun – 07-Jun Regression testing & Release to -updates.


Open Discussion or Questions? Raise your hand to be recognized

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Sam Hewitt: Strawberry Sorbet

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 2014-05-20 12:00

Hey we're heading towards summer, it's time to make ice cream. Okay, you may not be as adventurous as that –sorbet is less work & equally enjoyable.

Now, you may not have an ice cream machine (and neither do I) but a food processor or blender is a way to cheat that.

You can use these methods with almost any fruit (or combinations of fruit), I just happened to have & use fresh strawberries.

    Ingredients

    Makes about 1 litre

  • 1 pound / 0.5 kg fresh strawberries, leafy parts removed
  • 1/2 a lemon, juice of
  • 150 mL simple syrup or 250 mL strawberry preserves
  • pinch of salt
    Directions
  1. In a food processor blend the strawberries, preserves, lemon juice & salt until smooth.
  2. Transfer to a shallow dish, cover & freeze until completely solid, depending on your freezer: 3-4+ hours.
  3. Break up the frozen sorbet and return to the food processor. Blend until light and smooth.
  4. Return to dish, cover and place back in freezer to set.
  5. If it is too hard before serving, let thaw for 15 minutes or so in your fridge.

Canonical Design Team: Sticky notes and a mobile first approach

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 2014-05-20 11:10

As the number of Juju users has been rapidly increasing over the past year, so has the number of new solutions in the form of charms and bundles. To help users assess and choose solutions we felt it would be useful to improve the visual presentation of charm and bundle details on manage.jujucharms.com.

While we were in Las Vegas, we took advantage of the opportunity to work with the Juju developers and solutions team to find out how they find and use existing charms and bundles in their own deployments. Together we evaluated the existing browsing experience in the Juju GUI and went through JSON-files line by line to understand what information we hold on charms.

We used post-its to capture every piece of information that the database holds about a bundle or charm that is submitted to charmworld.

 

We created small screen wireframes first to really focus on the most important content and how it could potentially be displayed in a linear way. After showing the wireframes to a couple more people we used our guidelines to create mobile designs that we can scale out to tablet and desktop.

With the grouped and prioritised information in mind we created the first draft of the wireframes.

 

In order to verify and test our designs, we made them modular. Over time it will be easy to move content around if we want to test if another priority works better for a certain solution. The mobile-first approach is a great tool for making sense of complex information and forced us to prioritise the content around user’s needs.

First version designs.

Daniel Pocock: Ganglia welcomes Google Summer of Code students for 2014

Planet Ubuntu - Tue, 2014-05-20 07:09

Ganglia has been granted funding for five students in the 2014 Google Summer of Code

The names of the students chosen for the program were announced on 21 April and the official coding period has started this week.

The students are:

Project Student Data science Plamen Dimitrov NVIDIA GPU monitoring Md Ali Ahsan Rana Ganglia/Nagios integration Chandrika Parimoo JMXetric Ng Zhi An Internal Ganglia metrics Oliver Hamm

and the mentoring team consists of Rajat Phull, Bernard Li, Nick Satterly, Robert Kovacs and Daniel Pocock.

The whole Ganglia community congratulates the students on their selection for GSoC this year and is very excited about working with them. We would also like to thank O'Reilly for generously providing the GSoC students with copies of the book Monitoring with Ganglia

If any other member of the community would like to assist formally or informally in the mentoring program, testing any of the projects or anything else please just get in touch with us through the Ganglia developers mailing list or #ganglia on freenode

The Fridge: Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 368

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2014-05-19 23:03

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter. This is issue #368 for the week May 12 – 18, 2014, and the full version is available here.

In this issue we cover:

The issue of The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter is brought to you by:

  • Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
  • Paul White
  • Emily Gonyer
  • Penelope Stowe
  • And many others

If you have a story idea for the Weekly Newsletter, join the Ubuntu News Team mailing list and submit it. Ideas can also be added to the wiki!

Except where otherwise noted, content in this issue is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License BY SA Creative Commons License

Dennis Kaarsemaker: Vim trick: detect filetype after typing #!shbang line

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2014-05-19 20:47

Vim can detect syntax based on filename or on shbang lines, but if you're creating for example a new perl script and you don't want to use the .pl extension, vim will not automatically detect that after you type #!/usr/bin/perl. Instead, you manyally have to type :filetype detect. There must be a better way!

But of course there is a better way, there's vimscript!

function! RedetectFiletype() if getpos(".")[1] == 1 && getline(1) =~ '^#!' filetype detect endif endfunction inoremap <CR>:call RedetectFiletype()<CR>a<CR>

So if you write a new shbang and hit enter, vim will take the hint and try to guess what kind of syntax you will be using.

Tony Whitmore: Mad Malawi Mountain Mission

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2014-05-19 16:59

This autumn I’m going to Malawi to climb Mount Mulanje. You might not have heard of it, but it’s 3,000m high and the tallest mountain in southern Africa. I will be walking 15 miles a day uphill, carrying a heavy backpack. I will be bitten by mosquitoes and other flying buzzy things. It’ll be hard work, is what I’m saying.

I’m doing this to raise money for AMECA. They’ve built a hospital in Malawi that is completely sustainable and not reliant on charity to keep operating. Adults pay for their treatments and children are treated for free. But AMECA also support nurses from the UK to go and work in the hospital. The people of Malawi get better healthcare and the nurses get valuable experience to bring back to the UK.

And that’s what the money I’m raising will go towards. There are just 15 surgeons in Malawi for 15 million people so the extra support is so valuable.

There have been lots of amazing, generous donors already. My family, friends, colleagues, members of the Ubuntu and FLOSS community, Doctor Who fans, random people off the Internet have all donated. Thank you, everyone. I have been touched by the response. But there’s still a way to go. I have just one month to raise £190. So much has been raised already, but I would love it if you could help push me over my target. Or, if you don’t like me and want to see me suffer, help me reach my target and I’ll be sure to post lots of photos of the injuries I sustain. Either way…

Please donate here. Pin It

Jono Bacon: Goodbye Canonical, Hello XPRIZE

Planet Ubuntu - Mon, 2014-05-19 15:15

After nearly eight years of service at Canonical, I will be stepping down as the Ubuntu Community Manager and leaving my fellow warthogs at Canonical on 29th May 2014.

I have always been passionate about two things in my life. Firstly, I want to go to work every day and feel that my efforts are having a wider impact on the world. Secondly, I believe that community and collaboration is at the core what makes us human and what drives us to create beautiful things.

Canonical has provided room for me to explore both of these areas in droves. Free Software is an undeniable power for good in making technology accessible to all. Ubuntu has been at the forefront of this; focusing on simplicity, elegance, and ease of use to make technology as accessible and widely available as possible. Canonical and the Ubuntu Community has also provided an environment in which I could explore the many facets of community building, leadership, and growth…trying lots of ideas, learning from what worked and what didn’t, and evolving what we do.

This has resulted in me having the opportunity to learn from great people, in fun and challenging situations, and to further the art and science of building great communities.

A new chapter

…and this is where a new chapter in my life opens.

Recently I was presented with the opportunity to go and work at the XPRIZE Foundation.

For those of you unfamiliar with XPRIZE, their focus is to solve the major problems facing humanity. This work is delivered by incentivized competitions to solve these grand challenges.

This started with the $10million Ansari XPRIZE that spawned the commercial space-flight industry. Other examples include the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE (to create an affordable handheld device to diagnose health issues), the Google Lunar XPRIZE (to achieve the safe landing of a private craft on the surface of the moon), the Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE (improving our understanding of ocean acidification), and the A.I XPRIZE (create the first A.I. to walk or roll out on stage and present a TED Talk so compelling that it commands a standing ovation).

XPRIZE is an organization with significant ideas and ambitions to have a profound impact on the world. If you want to get a better feel for this, I recommend you watch this video by founder, Peter Diamandis; it is tremendously inspiring.

Peter believes that competition is in our DNA. I believe that collaboration and community is in our DNA. As you can imagine, these concepts are complimentary to each other and this is why I feel like this such a natural fit for me.

As such, I will be joining XPRIZE as Senior Director of Community. I will be there to look at the full breadth of what XPRIZE does and inject community and collaboration into the many different layers from how the prizes are picked, how teams are formed, how R&D is created, how technologies go into production, and more. I am tremendously excited about the opportunity.

Difficult decisions

Although XPRIZE is an exciting (if unknown) road forward, leaving Canonical is bittersweet.

To put this in starker terms, Canonical quite literally changed my life. It helped to transform my career from a position of observation of communities to one of structured best practice. It helped me to think differently, challenge myself, and be open to being challenged by others. It afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, meet incredible people, see incredible things, and ultimately led me to meet my wife, Erica, who has become the corner-stone of our family. This was never a job, it was a way of life, and Canonical provided every ounce of support in helping me to achieve what I did here and to be the best that I could be.

Working with the Ubuntu community has not just been a privilege, it has been a pleasure. One of the many reasons why I love what I do is that I am exposed to so many incredible people, minds, and ideas, and the Ubuntu community is a text-book definition of what makes community so powerful and such an agent for making the world a better place. I will be forever thankful for not just the opportunity to meet so many different members of the global Ubuntu family, but to also continue these many friendships into my next endeavour.

Now, some of you reading this may be concerned by this move. Some of you may be worried that my departure is due to a negative experience at Canonical, or that the community is somehow less important than it used to be. I want to be very clear in responding to this.

I am not leaving Canonical due to annoyance, frustration, bureaucracy, lack of support or anything else negative. I have a wonderful relationship with Mark Shuttleworth, Jane Silber, Rick Spencer and the other executives. I have a great relationship with my peers and my team, and I love going to work every single day. These people are not just colleagues, they are friends. I have long said I have the very best job in community management and I feel as strong about that today as I did when I joined.

I am not leaving Canonical due to problems, I am moving on to a new opportunity at XPRIZE. I actually wasn’t looking for a move; I was quite content in my role at Canonical, but XPRIZE came out of nowhere, and it felt like a good next step to move forward to.

Likewise, I can assure you that the relationship with community at Canonical has not changed at all. Mark Shuttleworth and the rest of the leadership team are passionate about our community and they are intimately aware that our community is critical to the success of Ubuntu.

I believe in Ubuntu as much as I did when I joined. I have long talked about how Free Software and Open Source is only truly game-changing if the technology is simple, powerful, and accessible. Ubuntu is the very best place to get Open Source across the desktop, cloud, and now the mobile space too. Canonical has hired a phenomenal team over the years to drive this, and we are seeing the fruits of this success. I look forward to seeing this story unfold more and more and seeing Canonical achieve wider and wider ambitions.

Before I wrap up, I just want to offer some thanks to Mark Shuttleworth, Jane Silber, Rick Spencer, my team, my peers in the Ubuntu Engineering Management Team, my fellow warthogs at Canonical, and everyone in the Ubuntu community for being so supportive over the years. You all helped me turn my dream into a reality and help me become the person I am today.

I also want to say a special thank-you to Mark who gave me a shot in 2006 and has been a constant beacon of support and inspiration for so many years. I consider Mark a mentor, but more importantly a friend.

We have taken on some tough challenges over the years in Ubuntu, challenges that were necessary for us to grow. I have never questioned Mark’s commitment to our values and our success as a project once, and I am thankful for him to lead Ubuntu towards success; successful projects need leaders who can constantly ask new questions and explore new territory.

You don’t get rid of me that easily

Now, I won’t actually be going anywhere. I will still be hanging out on IRC, posting on my social media networks, still responding to email, and will continue to do Bad Voltage and run the Community Leadership Summit. I will continue to be an Ubuntu Member, to use Ubuntu on my desktop and server, and continue to post about and share my thoughts about where Ubuntu is moving forward. I am looking forward in many ways to experiencing the true Ubuntu community experience now I will be on the other side of the garden.

As I step out of my position at Canonical, I am hugely proud of the accomplishments of my team (Daniel Holbach, David Planella, Michael Hall, Nicholas Skaggs, Alan Pope (and alumni, Jorge Castro, Kyle Nitzsche, Ahmed Kamal)). I can’t think of a better group of people to continue to help our community to do great work and be successful.

So, here is to fun and fond memories, and here is to a new set of challenges helping to create a a better world with XPRIZE. Thanks!

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