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Ubuntu at Mobile World Congress 2015

Ubuntu was in "full force" at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. I was very happy to see the awesome booth we had, (which helped offset my disappointment about not being there. Hopefully next year ;) Check this out! What I always enjoy about booth duty at conferences is that moment when people walk up to our booth and say "Hey, I've been enjoying Ubuntu on my laptop for years. It's amazing! Thank you for working on it." It's encouraging and makes up for those days "in the salt mine" when I feel we ...

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On Writing Software for OpenPOWER

We live in exciting times! Not only do we now have an Ubuntu Phone, but we also have Ubuntu running quite nicely on the OpenPOWER platform (which is based on the POWER8 architecture). You might be thinking "So, where are you going with this?" I'm glad you asked :) In just a couple weeks, the very first OpenPOWER Summit will start. Everyone who's involved in the OpenPOWER community will be making the trek to sunny San Jose, CA. If you're writing (or thinking about writing) software that is targeted for the OpenPOWER platform, then you'd be crazy ...

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Watch Jono's "Ubuntu: The Past, Present, and Future."

I just watched Jono's talk from SCALE [1] entitled "Ubuntu: The Past, Present, and Future." It's really quite an interesting talk, so I'm recommending it to you, my dear readers. I think he did a great job describing the key moments in Ubuntu's history. (Click image to view.) Towards the end of the talk, Jono makes some startling predictions. Do you agree with them? -- [1] Just why people insist on naming a conference after a kernel still baffles and disappoints me. Do we name car shows after carburetors? Didn't think so. ;)

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Wrap up of the San Francisco Ubuntu Global Jam at Gandi

This past Sunday I hosted an Ubuntu Global Jam at the Gandi office here in downtown San Francisco. Given the temporal proximity to a lot of travel, I’ve had to juggle a lot to make this happen, a fair amount of work goes into an event like this, from logistics of getting venue, food and drinks, and giveaways to the actual prep for the event and actually telling people about it. In this case we were working on Quality Assurance for Xubuntu (and a little Lubuntu on a PPC Mac). It’s totally worth it though, so I present ...

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Ubuntu Phone: (Some) People Are Missing The Point

I thought i had successfully wrapped up my rant on how "smart" phones aren't, but evidently there's still work to do. Some people don't get what's important or what innovation is. This morning, while looking for Ubuntu Phone un-boxing videos (I found some), I also stumbled on an opinion piece entitled "The first Ubuntu phone is here, and it's lame" by Mike Wehner who has evidently come late to the Ubuntu Phone party. I won't get into all the details but here are select "treasures" from his piece: "Underwhelming." "A soft ball." "A step ...

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