Contributing to the world of snaps

Zygmunt Krynicki wrote about the availability of bite-sized bugs for the snapd project. I took this as an opportunity to go through the snapcraft bugs as well and tag a few as bitesize myself. snapcraft is written in python, nicely commented documented and comes with a comprehensive test-suite. The people working on it are a lovely bunch and very helpful. So if you are interested in publishing software and have some knowledge in how a certain class of projects is built, you could do a lot of good here....

July 7, 2016 · 2 min · dholbach

Snappy Playpen event next Tuesday

Next week on Tuesday, 5th July, we want to have our next Snappy Playpen event. As always we are going to work together on snapping software for our repository on github. Whatever app, service or piece of software you bring is welcome. The focus of last week was ironing out issues and documenting what we currently have. Some outcomes of this were: documentation of some of our best practices, adding a FAQ a list of known issues consolidation in terms of using common parts (launchers, etc....

June 30, 2016 · 2 min · dholbach

Being among the first in a new community

It takes a special kind of people who enjoy being in the first in a new community. It’s a time when there’s a lot of empty canvas, wide landscapes to uncover, lots of dragons still on a map, I guess you already see what I mean. It takes some pioneer spirit to feel comfortable when the rules are not all figured out yet and stuff is still a bit harder than it should be....

June 20, 2016 · 3 min · dholbach

Second week of Snappy Playpen

We are in the second week of the Snappy Playpen and it’s simply beautiful to see how new folks are coming in and collaborate on getting snaps done, improve existing ones, answer questions and work together. The team spirit is strong and we’re all learning loads. Keep up the good work everyone! :-) It’s only Thursday, but let’s have a quick look at the highlights of this week. New snaps Added Tyrant Unleashed Optimizer, by Christian Ehrhardt Added mpv git build, by Alan Pope Added imagemagick6-stable, by Andy Keech Added keepassx, by Leo Arias Added consul, by Leo Arias dcos-cli snap, by Leo Arias deis workflow snap, by Leo Arias Work in progress snaps Some of these snaps still need help, so take a look at the list of our open PRs and dive in....

June 16, 2016 · 2 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Core at UOS 16.05

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is out of the door, we started work on the Yakkety Yak already, now it’s time for the Ubuntu Online Summit. It’s all happening 3-5 May 14-20 UTC. This is where we discuss upcoming features, get feedback and demo all the good work which happened recently. If you want to join the event, just head to the registration page and check out the UOS 16.05 schedule afterwards. You can star (☆) sessions and mark them as important to you and thus plan your attendance for the event....

May 2, 2016 · 2 min · dholbach

Ubuntu 16.04 has landed

Ubuntu 16.04 is out! Ubuntu 16.04 - yet another LTS? Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, aka the Xenial Xerus, has just been released. It’s incredible that it’s already the 24th Ubuntu release and the 6th LTS release. If you have been around for a while and need a blast from the past, check out this video: Click here to view it on youtube. It’s available in /usr/share/example-content on a default desktop install as well....

April 21, 2016 · 4 min · dholbach

Trip report: UbuCon Summit + SCaLE14x

(This trip report was brought to you by the Canonical Community team, i.e. Alan Pope, Daniel Holbach, David Callé, David Planella, Michael Hall and Nicholas Skaggs. Some individual posts might still pop up in the next days… :-)) For a few years, the Californian LoCo team has been involved in SCaLE and held an UbuCon at the event or an Ubuntu-themed day and always an Ubuntu booth. Because of the immense popularity of SCaLE and the level of planning which went into this year’s UbuCon, the Community team decided to get involved and make this the first ever UbuCon Summit....

February 11, 2016 · 4 min · dholbach

Long time no Snappy Clinic

It’s been a while since our last Snappy Clinic, so we asked for your input on which topics to cover. Thanks for the feedback so far. In our next session Sergio Schvezov is going to talk about what’s new in Snapcraft and the changes in the 2.x series. Be there and you are going to be up-to-date on how to publish your software on Snappy Ubuntu Core. There will be time for questions afterwards....

February 8, 2016 · 1 min · dholbach

What's happening at UbuCon Summit

I can’t wait for UbuCon Summit to start. The list of attendees is growing and with some of the folks it’s been ages since I met them in person the last time. For me that’s the number one reason to be there. Catching up with everyone will be great. The schedule for UbuCon Summit is looking fantastic as well. We have many many great talks and demos lined up from a really broad spectrum, there’s going to be much to learn about and there’s going to be more surprises coming up in the unconference part of UbuCon....

January 13, 2016 · 1 min · dholbach

The world of Snappy at UbuCon Summit

I’m very excited about UbuCon Summit which will bring many many Ubuntu people from all parts of its community together in January. David Planella did a great job explaining why this event is going to be just fantastic. I look forward to meeting everyone and particularly look forward to what we’ve got to show in terms of Snappy Ubuntu Core. We are going to have Manik Taneja and Sergio Schvezov there who are going to give the following talk:...

December 22, 2015 · 2 min · dholbach

Snappy Clinic: News from Snapcraft

It’s been a while since our last Snappy Clinic (here’s a link to all videos) and since Ubuntu Online Summit a lot of great things happened in Snapcraft: Summary of changes in Snapcraft 0.5 Summary of changes in Snapcraft 0.6 Among the changes: a nil plugin, support of pip packages, support globs in the copy plugin, a nodejs plugin, add go-packages to the go plugin, countless bugfixes and tests, a more beautiful interface and more documentation....

December 2, 2015 · 1 min · dholbach

Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day

The Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day is a really nice tradition and it’s always to think of somebody I could thank (Thanks Ahmed Shams for setting it up in the first place!). Narrowing down my list of thank-yous to just one or two for a blog post is much harder for me. :-) First I’d like to thank Elizabeth Krumbach. Liz has been all over the place in the Ubuntu world for ages and has helped out in many many forms....

November 20, 2015 · 2 min · dholbach

A snappy UOS summary

Ubuntu Online Summit featured more than 70 sessions this time around and quite a big turnout. You can find the full schedule with links to session videos and session notes in summit.ubuntu.com. Here’s a quick summary of what happened in Snappy Ubuntu Core land: Testing Snappy: In this Show & Tell session Leo Arias showcased a lot of the QA work which has been done on Ubuntu Core along with many useful techniques to run tests and easily bring up Snappy in a number of different scenario....

November 6, 2015 · 2 min · dholbach

UOS Session Roundup for Ubuntu Snappy Core

With Ubuntu Online Summit happening 3-5 November, it is really just around the corner. Time to check out the schedule and see what’s planned. UOS is our online planning and show-and-tell event. We use a mix of Hangouts-on-Air, IRC and Etherpad to organise ourselves. It’s a great opportunity to get to know people, have your say and find out what’s planned the next weeks and months. Register for the event at http://summit....

October 30, 2015 · 3 min · dholbach

Another great Ubuntu release to be proud of!

This morning I chatted with Laura Czajkowski and we quickly figured out that wily is our 23rd Ubuntu release. Crazy in a way - 23 releases, who would’ve thought? But on the other hand, Ubuntu is a constant evolution of great stuff becoming even better. Even after 11 years of Ubuntu I can still easily get excited about what’s new in Ubuntu and what is getting better. If you have read any of my recent blog entries you will know that snappy and snapcraft are a combination too good to be true....

October 22, 2015 · 2 min · dholbach