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Canonical Design Team: What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas…

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 13:45

Last week a few of us flew to Las Vegas for a Juju sprint at the world-famous Flamingo casino (where Hunter S. Thompson stayed in Fear and Loathing).

It was the first time in Las Vegas for most of us so we weren’t quite sure what to expect…

And while there were plenty of distractions within reach at any stage…

…we managed to get through a large amount of work!

The focus of the sprint was to explore ideas and define specs for work we will be delivering in the next six months. Amongst other things we covered topics such as:

- A new search and browse experience for charms and bundles
- The best way to prioritise and present information to help users to assess and select charms and bundles. For this we employed a mobile-first methodology. Carla will be writing more about this in an upcoming post.
- How to improve the juju service block
- Lots of other exciting features we should be able to unveil soon!

So by the end of the sprint we felt a little bit more like this…

If you want to find out more about Juju visit

Or have a play with Juju itself! Juju is the quickest way to deploy services to any cloud running Ubuntu.

We are currently hiring designers, UX consultants and engineers to work on Juju.  Maybe you could come along to Vegas next time!

Lubuntu Blog: PPA for LTS packages

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:53
As many of you already know, Lubuntu 14.04 is an LTS release. That means we have a lot of time to fix bugs and upload newer packages. Julien Lavergne has recently posted a new PPA for that "maintenance" purpose. If you want to upgrade all your system, including the artwork ;), open a terminal and paste these: sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:lubuntu-dev/staging sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get

Lubuntu Blog: Finishing LXQT

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 12:45
The guys from LXQT desktop (formerly Razor-QT) are finishing all details to make it usable and stable. The new desktop is able to do common tasks, using the file manager and configure the look and feel (even I've had some troubles to enable Box theme). But this promises to be a great desktop, and fast. One polished the RAM consumption (see LXDE blog for details) the DE will be ready for

Rhonda D'Vine: Rhonda's Free Hugging Guidelines

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 10:23

Recently I was wearing my Free Hugs shirt to different Free Software meetings, and I came up with the idea if we are advocating the Free in Software specificly, why not come up with Free Hugging Guidelines, too. So here they are, from now on considered to be named the RFHG.

  1. Free Redistribution

    Your hugs may not restrict any party from passing on the hugs they received from you.

  2. Source Code

    The hugs must be possible to be perceived and understandable in complete. You are not allowed to use any special techniques that can not be perceived.

  3. Derived Works

    Your hugs must be allowed to be modified, and must allow the modified forms of your hugs to be distributed under the same terms as they received them.

  4. Integrity of The Author's Source Code

    While you are allowed to pass on the hugs in modified form, you are not allowed to modify the DNA of the original person you received the hugs from. Genetic modification is out of the scope of the RFHG.

  5. No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups

    While we acknowledge that you might not feel willing to hug everyone, you must apply rules that do not distinquish by rules which would violate The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Furthermore, you have the right to not hug a person if you are not in the mood for it. Please refrain from wearing any Free Hugs markers at those times though.

  6. No Discrimination Against Fields of Endeavor

    The hugs can not be restricted to be used in a specific field of endeavor. For example, you may not restrict the hugs from being passed on only in times of sorrow.

  7. Distribution of Hugs

    The rights attached to the hugs must apply to all to whom the hugs are redistributed without the need for execution of an additional license by those parties.

  8. Hugs Must Not Be Specific to Rhonda

    The rights attached to the hugs must not depend on the hugs being related to Rhonda. If the hugs are extracted from Rhonda and used or distributed without Rhonda nearby but otherwise within the terms of the hug's permissions, all parties to whom the hugs are distributed should have the same rights as those that are granted in conjunction with Rhonda.

  9. Hugs Must Not Contaminate Other People

    If you are contagious (e.g. got the flu, or worse) you have to apply appropriate counter measures to not transfer your illness with your hugs.

  10. Example Hugs

    This Group Hug modification and of course the Free Hugs Campaign are great examples of what we consider Free.

One last note: If you feel like it you don't have to wait until I wear my Free Hugs shirt again. I am fine with receiving (or giving) hugs like almost always. Surprise me. I at least know then that you read the RFHG. :)

Like always, enjoy!

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Diego Turcios: Lets install Atom in Ubuntu 14.04

Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 06:25
I just read that Atom the editor is going open source.

So I just installed it and begin playing with it. Important. This is a beta version

These are the steps for installing Atom in Ubuntu 14.04

First we need to install and configure nodejs.

We need to be sure that we have the following versions of install:

  • node.js v0.10.x
  • npm v1.4.x
  • For doing this we do the following:
    Install Dependencies
    If you get an error like this one "/usr/local/share/atom/atom: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory"
    Do the following:
    Some images

    Valorie Zimmerman: Fermented food - fun new thing

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:38
    Fermented food isn't new, of course, but it is new that I'm doing it. I don't cook or bake much these days, since there is usually just Bob & me to eat it. After reading about how easy it is to make fermented food, though, I decided to try it again. I used to make cultured buttermilk, years ago, but how much buttermilk can one person drink? Also had a yogurt maker, but it made such itty-bitty cups of yogurt, it was just too much trouble.
    I also had a kombucha tea culture going for a long time, but once I got diabetes, I decided that that much sugar was not good for me. This time, I started with kefir, which I tried in Estonia every day for lunch. It was delicious! And it's easy. I ordered "kefir grains" here: Cultures for Health. More about how to make kefir here:

    Looking through this page with lots of links,, I found one for fermented carrots sticks, which looked interesting.


    The recipe is:
    • 6 medium carrots, peeled and cut into sticks
    • 1 tablespoon whey
    • 1 tablespoon sea salt
    • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill, or 1 teaspoon dried
    • 3 cloves of garlic, quartered (optional)
    • Filtered water

    Place the carrot sticks into a quart mason jar (or other quart sized container with a lid that fits snugly) and add the rest of the ingredients, shaking gently to settle the carrots if needed.
    Fill to within one inch of the top with filtered water.
    Cover tightly and allow to sit at room temperature for 4-7 days; you can try them at 4 days and see if you want them to be more sour or not, to get them more sour/soft leave them out at room temperature longer. Because the carrots are more dense, they take longer to ferment than other lactoferments like sauerkraut or pickles. They also stay crunchier, which we like!
    After fermenting at room temperature, keep in your fridge- they last for months!
    I bought a couple of bunches of organic carrots, which filled on smaller jar, and one a bit bigger. I had no whey yet, so I used 2T of salt in the smaller jar, and 3T in the larger.  I used garlic in both jars, and dried dill.

    Once I get some whey from my kefir, I'll try that as well. Can't wait to taste them on Monday! Also, need to get to more canning jars. I know where they are in the garage, but so far, too high to reach, even with a ladder!

    Next up: Sauerkraut. This looks great:

    Nice short list:

    Ronnie Tucker: US Navy Is Switching from Solaris to Linux for Its UAV Program

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 05:26

    The US NAVY has contracted a third-party company to help them switch to Linux for their UAV program – not from Windows, but from Solaris.

    Solaris has been considered for many years one of the most stable solutions available, either if it was for military purposes or for civil applications, such as airports and other branches. This is not one of the most publicized operating systems in the world, but Solaris is actually running on a number critical systems.

    “Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) control experts at the Raytheon Co. Technical Services segment in Dulles, Va., will switch a major unmanned helicopter control system from Solaris to Linux software, and upgrade the system with universal UAV control qualities under terms of a $15.8 (€11.3) million contract.”

    The new system will have to provide some essential features that seemed to be missing on the current platform, such as intuitive controls, automated testing procedures, and support software upgrades in the field.


    Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

    Ronnie Tucker: Robolinux turns your C Drive into a virtual Windows machine you can run in Linux

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 04:15

    Say you want to move from Windows to Linux but there are a few Windows apps that you can’t give up, and they don’t work well under WINE. The developer of Robolinux offers a Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system designed to let you run Windows XP or Windows 7 in a virtual machine.

    The latest version of Robolinux goes a step further: It includes a tool that lets you create a virtual machine by cloning your Windows C: Drive, which means it takes just minutes to create a version of Windows that you can run in virtualization in Linux, and it will already have all of your existing programs and data.

    It lets you do it without using a fresh Windows license key. That can come in handy if your only copy of Windows came with your computer or if you have an OEM license which is only allowed to be installed on a single computer. This tool was developed by Robolinux maker John Martinson, you can also use the software with Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Debian, or 500 other Linux distributions.


    Submitted by: Brad Linder


    Robert Ancell:

    Planet Ubuntu - Fri, 2014-05-09 00:07
    One of the most useful tools I use is This shows statistics for the crash reports that are sent from users machines. Before I would trawl through Launchpad trying to work out which crash reports were more significant. Now we have numbers to see what's important.
    Here is a graph showing the crash reports received for the last six releases over the last year:Some interesting things from the graph:

    • We get more crash reports on weekdays than weekends (see the ripple in the 12.04 and 12.10 lines which otherwise seem quite stable).
    • Apparently people stop using Ubuntu development releases around Christmas (huge dip in the middle of the Ubuntu 14.04 line). Stable releases are unaffected.
    • You can see a step in crash reports for the 14.04 beta release (March). Looks like there was an outage then too as every release has a dip in reports before.
    • It looks like as soon as 14.04 was released (April) there's been a rapid migration from 13.10 users to 14.04 so there is now probably less than half the number of 13.10 users there were before.
    • If you look closely you can also see a slight decrease in crash reports from 12.04 after the 14.04 release, so people are migrating LTS to LTS.
    • I guess the 12.10 users love it because they don't seem to have started migrating at all.
    • We get a huge number of crash reports from release days and these very smoothly drop off over approximately three months. I guess this is due to the bugs being fixed and the users slowly updating.
    • Sorry, I don't get the vertical axis any more than you do other than to say "bigger means more crash reports" (bug). The X axis also show months from 2013/2014 (bug).
    • Not sure why the left hand side is so high - have we really reduced crash reports that much?


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