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28Feb/081

Ubuntu Brainstorm Launched!

Just out the oven, Ubuntu Brainstorm, similar to Dell's IdeaStorm has been launched.

Ubuntu Brainstorm

The development team can now take the pulse on the most pressing user issues and propose the ideas as topics at the Ubuntu Development Summits and ultimately as specifications. Ubuntu development is in turn driven by detailed specifications written up in the wiki and tracked as blueprints in Launchpad.

Get on there and start pushing for your idea!

26Feb/080

Off to London

Just closed my suitcase and I'm finishing the final "what did I forget" panic round before heading to the airport.

I'll be in Madrid a few days and then off to the Bazaar sprint.

I'm very excited about attending and meeting the rest of the bazaar dev's.

More updates as soon as I land on the other side of the world.

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20Feb/083

Ubuntu 8.10 to be “Intrepid Ibex”

It's official, the next Ubuntu release will be code named "Intrepid Ibex"

An extract from Mark Shuttleworth's announcement:

"Our desktop offering will once again be a focal point as we re-engineer the user interaction model so that Ubuntu works as well on a high-end workstation as it does on a feisty little subnotebook. We'll also be reaching new peaks of performance - aiming to make the mobile desktop as productive as possible.

A particular focus for us will be pervasive internet access, the ability to tap into bandwidth whenever and wherever you happen to be. No longer will you need to be a tethered, domesticated animal - you'll be able to roam (and goats do roam!) the wild lands and access the web through a variety of wireless technologies. We want you to be able to move from the office, to the train, and home, staying connected all the way. "

Update: Announcement in: https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-devel/2008-February/025136.html

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17Feb/082

Bazaar 1.2 released

Bazaar 1.2 was released a few days ago, get it while it's hot.

Some of the improvements include:

* Formatting of bzr plugins output was changed to be more human-friendly. Full path of plugins locations will be shown only with --verbose command-line option.

* merge command now prefers to use the submit branch, but will fall back to parent branch. For many users, this has no effect. But some users who pull and merge on the same branch will notice a change. This change makes it easier to work on a branch on two different machines, pulling between the machines, while merging from the upstream. merge --remember can now be used to set the submit_branch.

* merge --preview produces a diff of the changes merge would make, but does not actually perform the merge.

* The register-branch command will now use the public url of the branch containing the current directory, if one has been set and no explicit branch is provided.

* bzr annotate has been speed up while using pack repositories by approx 3:2.

* Over a dozen bugfixes

NOTES WHEN UPGRADING:

* Fetching via the smart protocol may need to reconnect once during a fetch if the remote server is running Bazaar 1.1 or earlier, because the client attempts to use more efficient requests that confuse older servers. You may be required to re-enter a password or passphrase when this happens. This won't happen if the server is upgraded to Bazaar 1.2.

You can also take a look at the the full changelog

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6Feb/0821

Argentina to assume everyone is a pirate?

These past few days there has been quite a buzz about a law being discussed to add a tax to all "writable media" (such as CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, flash drives, etc) in order to create a fund to "compensate" and "incentive" artists.

Of course, leaving aside that the funds would be distributed in a very greedy and unhelpful way, it would also assume that anyone who buys a recordable CD is actually going to pirate music/video in some way.

By now I assume you can see how this is wrong on so many levels. I would actually have to pay a tax to record a CD with Ubuntu, or a personal backup, or even just use it as a coaster.

I can't stress enough how absolutely stupid something like this would be, this has already been implemented in Spain and has failed miserably.

A blog has been setup to follow up on the issue, and there is a copy of the proposed law available too (both in Spanish).

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