[Update: Post has been changed to reflect the Mailing List announcement and not the earlier Wiki Page Information] Alpha 2 for Ubuntu 11.04, Natty Narwhal was released today and as with any releases still in development comes with all the usual developers only warnings.Having said that below is the Ubuntu Natty Narwhal Alpha 2 Release Announcement which Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager at Canonical, sent to the ubuntu-devel announce mailing list today.Welcome to Natty Narwhal Alpha 2, whi... more »
According to the Ubuntu wiki pages there will be a weekly question and answer series to be lead by community leaders and Canonical managers. How to participateAll of the sessions will take place over IRC in the #ubuntu-meeting channel on freenode.net. Anyone can participate in these question and answer sessions by logging into the channel and asking questions. Questions should be asked by prefixing it with 'QUESTION' in uppercase letters - this helps the session leader pick out the questions... more »
In this week's audio interview I talk to Jorge Castro of the Ubuntu Community Team at Canonical about the Unity Bite Size Bug Campaign. The Unity Bite Sized Bug Campaign kicked off in early December and since that time Castro has posted numerous status reports on how this latest campaign is shaping up. "For developers we’re kicking off a Bitesize Bug campaign. Over the next few months we will be specifically finding small, easy to digest bugs that are just as important to the experience... more »
Yesterday, I wrote about Cobbler, a linux installation server, originally developer by Red Hat's Emerging Technologies group, that allows users to deploy a large number of Ubuntu Servers in a data center quickly and effortlessly, was accepted into the Ubuntu Archive.Today, I introduce you to Chuck Short, a 35 year old software developer who works at Canonical on the Ubuntu Server Team. "I work from home in Ottawa, Canada. I am considered to be a "Server Generalist" which means... more »
Ubuntu Developer Day will be held in Bangalore, India on January 27th, 2011 and this Canonical sponsored event is set to expand developers productivity on the Ubuntu platform. The event is free but you must register.This event is geared toward engineers and developers who are interested in using Ubuntu as a developer platform as well as those developing applications for the Ubuntu users. Topics currently include how Canonical works with developers, ISVs opportunities, Ubuntu cloud-computing,... more »
In an email to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list, Colin Watson, Ubuntu Developer at Canonical, announced that the daily PlayStation 3 CD builds have stopped for the Natty cycle."Changes made by Sony to the "Other OS" facilities of the PS3 have made it increasingly difficult for people with new systems to run Ubuntu on them, and there seem to be hardly any developers with the interest and ability to keep the CD images working," Watson said in the email. "Building... more »
Starting yesterday, all Launchpad bugs, code, questions and blueprints are now tracked under the one launchpad project.According to the Launchpad blog post, all the individual projects have been moved over to the parent launchpad project and the only difference is instead of searching/fileing bugs, questions and blueprints under the individual project you now use parent Launchpad project."Don’t worry, though, there are redirects in place so that old links will still work, said Launchpad... more »
After UDS-N (Ubuntu Developer Summit for the Natty release), Matt Zimmerman, Canonical CTO, wrote about plans for the Ubuntu Technical Board to begin reviewing brainstorm ideas and responding to those ideas on a quarterly basis.Zimmerman discusses this process in his, Ubuntu Brainstorm Top 10 for December 2010, post today. His post lists the ideas that were reviewed and gives official responses from various developers. "This is the first batch, and we plan to repeat this process each qua... more »
Canonical maintains a list of hardware that is certified for Ubuntu. Victor Palau, Platform Services Manager at Canonical wrote a blog post about Ubuntu certification which caused me to wonder if my Dell, XPS M1330 laptop, running Ubuntu 10.10 was Ubuntu certified. Below are the screenshots and steps I took to find the answer that question.  Step 1. I looked in the list to find the make of my computer. Mine I found... more »
Shown below, is the Ubuntu, Natty Narwhal, Alpha 1 release announcement, that Kate Stewart, Ubuntu Release Manager, Canonical, posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list earlier today.defn Spy Hopping: "A form of cetacean behavior that consists of rising vertically out of the water, head first, and scanning the entire surrounding area while rotating." (Source: Dor) Natty Narwhal is doing a first bit of Spy Hopping, also known as Alpha 1, which will in time become Ubuntu 11.04.... more »

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