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Ubuntu Is Hyper-Active At OSCON 379

Posted by kdawson
from the as-one-might-expect dept.
ruphus13 writes "Ubuntu and Canonical have been very active at OSCON this year. They showcased a new distro, announced improvements to their code-hosting platform, and made Mark Shuttleworth available for a couple of talks and panel sessions. Quoting: 'Ubuntu Netbook Remix, a complete distribution designed to run on Atom-based Netbook PCs. The main difference that sets it apart from its big brother Hardy Heron is the Ubuntu Mobile Edition (UME) Launcher, a user interface created specifically for use on the teensy screens and keyboards of today's popular ultra-portable computers.' Canonical also announced Version 2.0 of Launchpad, their code-hosting platform. Enhancements include 'a planned API that'll allow third-party applications to authenticate, query and modify data in the massive Launchpad database, without a user needing to manually access the system via a browser.' Mark Shuttleworth went on to state that Linux's market share will grow when it has better eye-candy than Apple's."
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Ubuntu Is Hyper-Active At OSCON

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  • by Stanistani (808333) on Wednesday July 23, 2008 @05:46PM (#24311487) Homepage Journal

    Microsoft's response will be to add autoinjectors loaded with Ritalin to their base operating system installs.

  • by McGiraf (196030) on Wednesday July 23, 2008 @06:28PM (#24311969) Homepage

    Yes, apt-get is good, but it's not yet in the Mac's "drag-and-drop" league.

    not it's way better.

  • by JohnBailey (1092697) on Wednesday July 23, 2008 @07:08PM (#24312397)

    And yet I still haven't "upgraded" to Vista.

    Funny how that works.

    Shiny... not slimy..

  • by Mr. Picklesworth (931427) on Wednesday July 23, 2008 @09:30PM (#24313605) Homepage

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to be able to demonstrate a Ubunut machine running side by side

    Okay...

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to be able to no idiotic package management

    'Know' idiotic package management?... I'll give this post a chance.

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to remove every single thing in Ubunut that has absolutely nothing to do with photos, mail, webbrowsing, movies

    Yep, he definitely knows about gnome-app-install; and he probably understands apt-get. I guess the question now is whether Mark's user account has administrative access.
    Oh, wait, this is Ubunut! Sorry, I was thinking Ubuntu. Mark is in trouble, then; no way he'll figure out genome-ppa-intslal and pat. You must be on to something! I'll keep reading, see if there's a reason why Mark understanding Ubunut is so important. Perhaps donuts are involved...

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to no freezing or other UI glitches when apps are busy computing like Linux apps do now

    Are you sure you aren't talking about John Hodgman [youtube.com]?!
    [Side note: Yah. I suffer from this as well; heavy I/O stuff is a real pain in the ass right now]

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to be able to same level of fonts and font selection

    What the-?

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to a feature complete and comparable version of OS X's font dialog

    Eh?!

    If Shuttleworth wants anyone to take him seriously he needs to perform the most common actions Apple's target demographic performs everyday: checking/writing Mail, webbrowsing with flash, etc., importing photos

    I believe Mark Shuttleworth is Mark Shuttleworth, so what he does every day is not my problem. Having said that, I think he is a bit beyond the "typical Apple demographic;" on Launchpod he talked about building an in-helmet voice communication thing for snowboarding. Oh, he does programming and bug triaging, too -- even manages the development of Ubuntu!
    Having said that, I am fairly certain that Mark Shuttleworth is able to check his email.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 24, 2008 @12:32AM (#24314787)
    Well, yes, that and the kool aid.
  • by smilindog2000 (907665) <bill@billrocks.org> on Thursday July 24, 2008 @04:56AM (#24315933) Homepage

    "Ubuntu" is a very unfortunate name. It helps promote the distro with the hacker community (as did the soft-porn desktop art), but it's a disaster for business applications. I've promoted Ubuntu for business use over Red Hat now for years (I got really tired of Red Hat putting out unstable Fedora releases and charging for stable but backwards Enterprise crap). The #1 problem I always run into when I say "Try Ubuntu" is the natural question:

    "Ubuntu? What does that mean?"

    Imagine the look on a business guy's face when I explain the name means "'Humanity to others', or 'I am what I am because of who we all are'". I explain that I went to Berkeley, and then everything makes sense to the business guy.

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