Canonical Voices

What Olli's random thoughts and impressions talks about

olli

Ubuntu 14.04 will be released today and you couldn’t resist the itch to go try the Unity 8 preview session on the Desktop. How underwhelming… there are almost no apps, and some don’t even work and overall it’s actually pretty unexciting… let’s change that in the next few chapters. First things first though… let’s look […]

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olli

Stephen Webb & team have lead an effort to bring Unity 8 to Ubuntu 14.04, which was done in parallel of other great work the team has landed for Ubuntu 14.04, e.g. locally integrated menus, hiDPI support and Mir support in SDL. Just in time for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS the team has landed more improvements to make […]

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olli

Mir and Chromium

Ubuntu’s Display Server Mir is gaining more and more traction and the team is making good progress on the platforms that are at the core of Ubuntu. Mir is proving itself everyday to be the exact technology that Ubuntu needs to power mobile devices. Mir’s features are on par with the requirements that we put […]

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olli

With UDS just around the corner (11-13 March 2014, 2pm-8pm UTC) we wanted to give you a quick update where things stand in the 14.04 cycle. The teams have been busy working towards the goals for the 14.04 cycle, with a focus on the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS release, the App Developer Program and of course Ubuntu for Phones. […]

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olli

I have to try this!

The team is landing Unity 8 in the Ubuntu Universe archive today – great news! Before you are getting your hopes up too high though, it is worth mentioning that the integration of Unity 8 into Ubuntu Desktop is not scheduled to happen for 13.10 but will only be fully integrated for 14.10. The QML […]

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olli

Being edgy

edg·y (/?ej?/) – creatively challenging, of bold or provocative quality Welcome Ubuntu Edge – Canonical is starting a campaign on Indiegogo to crowdfund our vision of future mobile computing. The goal of $32M is bold, the approach of working through crowdfunding provocative. Teams have been working on an industrial design of how we envision the future […]

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It all sounds good in theory… Not too long ago, Mark communicated the vision for Ubuntu and Unity for 2013 as “[...] Unity in 2013 will be all about mobile – bringing Ubuntu to phones and tablets [...]” and my team is responsible for taking Unity to these hardware platforms. What you should expect to […]

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olli

The second iteration of our virtual UDS is coming up tomorrow 5/14 and will go until Thursday 5/16, running from 1400 UTC to 2000 UTC. Out of all the proposed sessions I wanted to highlight the ones relevant to Unity & friends: Content Handling on Ubuntu/Unity General X.Org plans for Saucy Core Apps in Ubuntu Touch […]

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Canonical is hiring and I am looking for 4 roles in my teams: Software Engineer – Unity APIs - join Thomas Strehl’s team and produce APIs everybody wants to use. In this role you will be working on the inner guts of Unity, all the relevant services that drive the Unity UI. The spectrum ranges from […]

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The documentation for Mir is growing and we also have instructions out how to get Mir running on your computer, I wanted to briefly summarize the necessary steps to get Mir up and running and how to go back. Please be warned that while I tried to carefully document all necessary steps you might end […]

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olli

The first neutral (i.e. not published by us) benchmark of Mir is out. Michael over at Phoronix has a good write up of the current state of things and also mentions that the install was smoother than anticipated. The results (~about 10% median, 15% average penalty in FPS, see below) are totally within the expected […]

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olli

Welcome to the HUD

Today we are releasing one of the first projects I was involved in and I wanted to share some of the goodness with you. One of the first topics in my new job was a project called HUD. The project has been talked about in length and design have been created, reviewed and started over […]

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A commitment to Quality

A lot of good things are currently happening around Quality in Ubuntu. Rick just introduced us to all the efforts the Ubuntu team is working on (Upstream Testing, Acceptance Testing, daily ISO builds and integration tests, automated daily Smoke Test …). Jono has hired a Community QA Coordinator to be the interface between Ubuntu, its community and everybody […]

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