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It's Really Dead. Get Over It.

There's been some chatter on the interwebs, especially on a popular Ubuntu software-only news site, started evidently by that guy that wants Mono everywhere saying something to the effect that the "Linux Desktop is Dead".

He's right. It's dead. Put it in a coffin. Fill it with lead. Nail it shut. Head over to Marianas Trench (1). Drop it to the bottom of the sea. Fill the trench with rock.

The sooner we all end kernel fixation, the sooner Ubuntu will cross the chasm. Don't be that guy living in the 90's and lamenting about kernels on the desktop. Kernels don't live on desktops. Neither do Colonels.

Echoing Michael Hall's post (with updated terminology):

As long as there is a demand for a "Libre Desktop" OS, there will be people creating it. And right now, those people are amassing around the project that is called Ubuntu, creating something that millions and millions of people enjoy every day.

Now, back to building Ubuntu!

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(1) Marianas Trench is the deepest part of the world's oceans. It is also a a Canadian pop rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia.
(2) The legend of the Challenged Chicken: http://blog.sighworld.com/2011/10/01/ubuntu-challenged-chicken/

Diaspora* Is Now Open, and Community Driven!

Remember when the internet was free? Hint: Parts of it still are.

Yesterday, the project's founder announced that Diaspora* is now a community project and is wide open for everyone. No invites necessary. Just sign up!

In the words of Daniel Grippi:

"Today, the network has grown into thousands of people using our software in hundreds of installations across the web. There are hundreds of pods that have been created by community members, and it has become one of the biggest Github projects to date. It has been translated to almost fifty languages, with hundreds of developers worldwide contributing back to the project."

"Diaspora has grown into something more than just a project four guys started in their office at school. It is bigger than any one of us, the money we raised, or the code we have written. It has developed into something that people all over the world care about and are inspired by."

"Today, we are giving control of Diaspora to the community."

"As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it."

"This is a new opportunity for Diaspora to grow further than ever before. We can’t wait to see what we can do together."

Once you join, be sure to follow #ubuntu.

And how about this for an idea?

I think Wayne's onto something. With all the nifty web integration that will be in 12.10 we have a golden opportunity to lead by example. The world's most popular freedom-centric OS meets the world's most popular freedom-centric social network. Anyone have the skills to make this happen?

See you there.

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Apologies in advance if you hold Facebook stock. ;)

Achieve Unity in German! Vereinfache Dein Leben.

What do you get when you remix UVLC's Unity Orientation Guide with an amazing dose of enthusiasm and multilingual talent? A strong dose of pure amazing!

After the release of our guides, I was fortunate to receive a note from "Fast Edi" Hoffman from Offenburg asking if a German version would be welcomed. Wow. Yes! Yes!!

Here's the result:

In his own words:
Fast Edi - Freedom Fighter!Fast Edi - Freedom Fighter!"Als Freier Software Aktivist bin ich vor kurzem über die praktischen "Guides" der Vancouver Ubuntu-Community gestolpert.

Da ich mit meiner Community versuche, Linux und Freie Software weiter zu verbreiten, sind solche Einsteiger-Leitfäden ideal für Menschen, die bisher nur proprietäre Betriebssysteme verwendet haben. Und da ich kein Entwickler oder "Hacker" bin, möchte ich durch die Übersetzung der Gemeinschaft etwas zurückgeben.

Ausserdem kann ich diese sehr gut geschriebenen Werke in meinen Kursen als Schulungsunterlagen verwenden. Und als Beispiel für die grandiosen Wirkungsweisen Freier Lizenzen und der internationalen Zusammenarbeit der Freunde Freier Software."

Please join me in thanking "Fast Edi" for taking Ubuntu and Unity to an even larger audience, to our German friends on the other side of the chasm.

Outstanding work Fast Edi! Thank you for a job well done! :)

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Surprise Ubuntu Install!

Add this one to the list of reasons people install Ubuntu!

Word to the wise though: Always check the "Ubuntu Certified" and "Ubuntu Friendly" lists before taking that first drink. Don't get hit with your first IUI (Installing Under the Influence).

Got Drunk and installed ubuntu by Azim M

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image Glen Bowman. CC-BY-2.0.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenbowman/

Achieve Unity in Three Easy Guides

Unity. Millions of us use it and love it. It's innovative and beautiful. It's easy.

So if Unity is so easy then why write (or in my case, conceive and edit) a guide (or three) for it? Simple. Not everyone in the world understands Unity. Not everyone in the world knows that it's customizable and flexible. Not everyone in the world feels comfortable with a modern desktop environment. And, many fail to realize that Unity (and Ubuntu) is not just software. This is a bug that our guides are designed to help fix.

Unity Orientation Guide: Get familiar with Unity and become productive quickly.Unity Orientation Guide: Get familiar with Unity and become productive quickly.

Unity: Make It Yours: Use Lenses and Scopes to make Unity do amazing things that other systems can only dream about.Unity: Make It Yours: Use Lenses and Scopes to make Unity do amazing things that other systems can only dream about.

Achieve Personal Unity: Customize Unity to make it behave differently, or just to prove to your friends that you're technically savvy.Achieve Personal Unity: Customize Unity to make it behave differently, or just to prove to your friends that you're technically savvy.

Do you know someone who has never used Ubuntu? Or, do you know someone that has just begun their Ubuntu adventure? Or, do you know someone that uses Unity but begrudges its perceived lack of customizability? These guides are for them.

Do you want to help Ubuntu cross the chasm? Please print these guides and give them to people that you care about. Print them and bring them to your next Ubuntu gathering. Talk about them. Or, just give them to a random person you meet on the street.

Amplify Unity!

False Premises and Nasty Break-ups

Over the weekend, I received an anonymous message (in the sense that I don't know and have never met this person nor do I have his/her return address):

"I just installed Ubuntu a few weeks back and it's been okay up until now, which is why I joined {Ubuntu Vancouver}. Seemed like a pretty straight forward OS.

As of today, dealing with Ubuntu has become a drag. It's not just about learning a new system. It's things like a screen, keyboard, and mouse freeze because I opened two pages instead of one, it's fixes, and no way is there and easy answer through help forums.

I wanted to like Ubuntu, but it's just not user-friendly. Too much time spent on tech fixes.

Suppose you have a problem with your girlfriend. I tell you to see things differently. Oh wait, have you read Spinoza? How about family systems theory? Attachment theory? There's also a fascinating study that was done at SFU years ago to do with rat behaviour that may indirectly be related to your issues....

I'm sorry, what? You don't enjoy studying philosophy, sociology, and psychology? Oh. Well there's another way.

Pay me and I'll tell you how to make your relationship with her better.

Ubuntu needs to be easy for non-geeks or it will never be popular."

Looks like a false premise to me, or multiple premises.

Wikipedia: "A false premise is an incorrect proposition that forms the basis of a logical syllogism. Since the premise (proposition, or assumption) is not correct, the conclusion drawn may be in error. However, the logical validity of an argument is a function of its internal consistency, not the truth value of its premises."

Can you spot the false premise(s) in this note? Better still, can you write a pre-emptive "Introduction to Ubuntu" elevator pitch that would pre-empt this type of break-up message?

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image: Gemma Bou
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gemmabou/

Back From a Short Hiatus

Greetings Planet Ubuntu!

After a short-ish hiatus from blogging, I'm back!

One of my two regular readers might be wondering where I've been.

1) Diaspora* - Posting daily. Do you have an account yet? Ouch! Books thrown at faces help (almost) no one.

2) Building Local Community - Strategizing how we are going to take Ubuntu across the chasm in my city. Or to use a slightly inappropriate military analogy: Ubuntu is a ground campaign, **not** an air campaign. We spread Ubuntu block-by-block, street-by-street, neighbourhood-by-neighbourhood.

3) Guides! - I've been the Editor-in-Chief on *three* brand new Ubuntu guides. (Wait a minute, Randall? Did you say three? I've only seen two...) I've also been reviewing some translated versions. Our guides are about to go international.

4) Tour Guide: A certain mascot has been touring Vancouver and it has been delighful showing him around. Last week, I had to take him on one last trip through my fine city before he hopped the red-eye to Portlandia, home of the "Best of Jam" team.

5) Audio! - I've been in the studio recording and working on a few new projects. More on that soon...

6) Fresh Ubuntu News! - My daily dose of Ubuntu tidbits delivered straight to your Diaspora* stream. **FUN!**

Anyways, it's great to be back.

Cheers,
Randall
Ubuntu Buzz Generator.

Quincy: What's in a Name?

The name Quincy is often associated with "fifth" as in "fifth-born". But, in our Quincy's case, it refers to his five quantal energy states.

Until now we've only seen Quincy in his base (or ground) state. This is how he looks when he's feeling neutral and relaxed.

Can you guess Quincy's other quantal states? Click on Quincy's photo and join the game...

Follow Quincy on D* and Enjoy Freedom at the Same Time

Crashing social faceworking stocks got you down?

Tired of the tumbleweeds on the site from that "large number company in Mountain View"?

Quincy's got your cure right here:

https://joindiaspora.com/i/23e1cee3c647

A growing and thriving Ubuntu contributor and enthusiast community awaits! A community made better by you.

Quincy hopes you'll give it a try.

Join something exciting. Chirp!Join something exciting. Chirp!

UDS Mark Shuttleworth Interview

The awesome Jason Gerard DeRose interviewed Mark Shuttleworth at the Ubuntu Developer Summit (Quantal Quetzal edition) in Oakland California on Friday.

Our mascot Quincy (the most famous Quetzal) invites you to click the video below and watch Mark talk about software instrumentation, developer ultrabooks, high density ARM servers, and his favourite part of UDS-Q.

Thanks for putting this together, Jason. And extra points for not even flinching a bit when Quincy dropped in. ;)

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Reminder: UDS-Q has ended and now I am free to fly! Chirp!

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