Monday, 31 August 2015

Ubuntu Q&A 25.08.2015.

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.
Also due to circumstances, this time I was not able to find the exact time in the video wen the question was asked.

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

Due to my other duties I will be unable to make a blog post for at least 2 weeks, so I will miss the next two Q&A's.

What was the problem with the delay of the recent OTA6?
We target about every 6 weeks but we are not strict on that, so if some important fixes pop up they will delay it.

Does canonical have a problem with integrating bountiesource into launchpad?

Launchpad development has become very active lately, git support and commit hooks were added, so you can propose your suggestion to launchpad developers.

Will unity8 support 4k resolutions?
Yes, all of the new elements are entirely scalable. Everything with grid units will work fine. Legacy apps however could be a problem.

Will Libre office be fully integrated into Ubuntu phone?
Yes and no, Libreoffice provides a small LibreOffice kit library, which will be used in the new LO viewer on Ubuntu phone. However the full LO suite will be supported in desktop mode.

Is LXD at a usable state for home users?

Certainly it is stable enough for home users who don't have anything mission critical, however there is no stable LTS release yet.

Will dekko support exchange?
Ask the Dekko developers, not soon, dekko is built on top of the trojita email app which is strongly imap based, they might however add pop 3 support. The better question is why does Exchange not support imap? 

What is happening with the software center,will the desktop and phone use the same service?
Eventually everything will be using the snappy store, except the deb desktop. The store is not going away

Will the phone be updated to 15.10?

Originally not, but lately there were signs that it might be updated.

Why is landcape the default orientation on large touchscreens?
Mostly because they want people to use both portrait and landscape.

How different is mir from wayland technically speaking?
Not very. Wayland is designed around a standard protocol. Mir was designed to not make you care about the protocol. It separates Mir from the interface. Both mir and Wayland use the same api for drivers.

When will the new thin line header land?
It has probably already landed.

Will another tablet be supported in the future?
As soon as an OEM comes along.

Is there any plan to integrate the stupendously hot charmander concept?

Someone from the community is doing it, there is a lot that would have to be reworked to implement it. He should work with the design team.

When reading the API documentation what does "obsolete member" mean?
It meanss that part is being deprecated. 

Will the convergence phone create a black-hole that will suck in my pet dog, called Rodney?
The convergence phone is a dog person.

There was something on Softpedia about switching to Android as base (idk the technical details) to support android apps. Is this being discussed at Canonical?
Look here:
We do not want to be Android copycats. Our goal is to make Ubuntu apps easy to write. The alternative is to become a second rate platform for Android applications and that is a secon rate Android platform. Plus has any platform that has Android application support ever been succesful enough to get a decent market share on the global worldwide market?(No it has not)

What feature in an app or the platform are you most looking forward to as we start converging?
Dekko on the desktop. All those applications on the desktop. He is also looking forward to content hub on the desktop.

Any secret innovations being worked on for the phone?
Pretty much everything is in the open.

When will we be able to package snaps from the SDK?

As soon as snaps become functional enough to replace click.

Is there a move to improve scopes i.e. to show content from youtube inside the scope?
Yes, they are working on it, it might even be in OTA6. They are working with gstreamer to get the videos into the scopes.

When will the Ubuntu SDK be repackaged into a snap so that we can develop from Ubuntu Personal?
Soon, it is one of the target apps.

With content hub and all that sandboxing, how does one make a file manager on Snappy/Click?
The file manager is an exception so the file manager and terminal are the exceptions outside the confinement.

The link to the video:

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