Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Ubuntu Q&A 11.08.2015

Hello everyone.
I have decided to start a new miniseries on this blog. This is the third post I am making inside of this series and this time I will write about the Q&A that happened last week. This miniseries will be overviewing the regular weekly Q & A's held by the Canonical community team. I don't promise to do this miniseries regularly because of my own time constrictions. I also will not write about every question that was asked, I will only write about questions and answers which I consider interesting. And I will only indirectly report what was asked and how it was answered. You can find those details in the video of the sessions themselves. I will however put a link to the videos(if I forgot the link, please tell me so in the comments). So let's start with the first question.

Note:If you have any questions yourself, after reading this, please don't ask me, instead join the Q&A sessions which happen every Tuesday on 15:00(UTC) on http://ubuntuonair.com/

15:00 When is ubuntu phone arriving in India?
Soon, BQ will launch there in about 2 weeks.

15:40 When ubuntu phone is supposed to be shipped worldwide, including the usa, that has limited bandwidth to choose from, how is it going to play with the duopoly of At&t and Verizon?
BQ will function in a way that it will not work with the fastest network, so it will be a bit limited. BQ is already shipping to many countries outside europe, You just have to make sure that your carrier supports 900mhz, 2100mhz and hspa+ mobile signals.

19:00 Is the Ubuntu phone still on road to full convergence where you hook up a keyboard or a mouse to it?
Yes, definitely, there were many demos, right now they have a walking desktop, major improvements will come in the next month.

21:05 If I bought David ice cream, would I get the content hub documentation sooner?
Yes, there are content hub tutorials being worked on, they will come quite soon, hopefully in a few weeks.

25:15 What is Canonicals plan to monetize Ubuntu on the desktop?
Canonical provides a lot of enterprise support, they also provide a lot of training and maintenance to paying customers. They also give custom engineering services and they get some money from affiliations.

35:00 with the way snappy separates the system and applications, is something like tripwire still important for file system integrity? 
With snappy you should be relatively certain that your file system has not been tampered with. Whatever you install on the phone, it should not be able to modify anything else on the phone(if you got it trough the official store).

38:00 How many supplies of ice cream do I need to get scopes in javascript officially supported?
The engineers have said that there is already a project like that with it's own ppa and clcik packages for it. However the project is still too young for official support, but hopeflly official support will come soon.

 40:00 Will we be able to install Ubuntu phone on non-Ubuntu phones?
There exists a porting guide. For some devices it was already done. It can be either easy or difficult depending on the device. But there are some very good ports out there( i.e for Nexus devices or the OPO).

44:40 Will snappy allow developers to just update  pre-determined parts of the package or will the users have to download everything again?
Snappy works in a way that special libraries and modules must be shipped in the package itself, a good tool to help with this is snapcraft,. It allows you to write very concise recipes. However there are still discussions going on about decoupling with the help of hashes, but it is not implemented yet.

47:30 There was recently a person that was unhappy that his published application in the software center was not released for 14.10 and 15.04 and that his emails were ignored for months, he is not the first to complain about this, I have been told that click and snappy will be the solution here, but snappy is not ready yet, and the deb based USC will be in 16.04 and supported for five years, if someone wants to sell software on the Ubuntu desktop what should he do until snappy is ready?
The problem with software shipped as .deb is that it needs a lot of care. Another problem is that it has root access during installation. For those and various other reasons, the queue in the USC was just piling up. Now the priorities have shifted to snappy. But there are still a number of ways to get your software into Ubuntu. One way is to put your software into the Debian archives, which has the added bonus that your software will be available for Debian as well. You can also contact employees from Canonical to get your software into Ubuntu. However those mentioned until now are only good for open source applications. A way that works for paid for applications is that you can sell and publish your .debs on your own or a third party website.
But snaps and click are just around the corner.

54:04 What do I do if I want to sell software on the ubuntu desktop? So the best approach ATM is 3rd party distribution, so through itch.io or the humble store?
Yes that is the best approach.

54:30 Recently MS has launched sway as an improvement over power point, will Linux developers make ther own alternative?
They would certainly love it. It is possible to generate html5 presentations. And there exists an Inkscape plugin for that as well as smaller applications for that.

Now I have finally catched up to the latest Q&A. Expect my next blog post about this the next week. :D
Remember, today is yet another session, so go ahead and ask your questions there.

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