Archive for March, 2011

Lept. Looks pretty good.

About this time in the Maverick development cycle I posted Look before you leap – Kubuntu Maverick (for the record, things were significantly improved by the time Maverick was released, but not great). I’ve been running my netbook on Natty since Alpha 2 and just upgraded my main laptop today. Natty looks pretty good so far. My Kubuntu systems feel faster and I’m so far not seeing any of the stability/performance problems or odd display effects that still trouble my systems on Maverick.

Much improved all the way around. I still recommend looking before you leap (try the system out with a live image to make sure it’s working well), but I’m much more optimistic at this stage of the release cycle than I was last time.


DNS and Python

If you’ve ever needed to care about DNS and Python, you probably know about pydns (python-dns) and dnspython (python-dnspython). Both have been around a long time (dnspython hit 1.0 in 2003 and the origins of pydns are long enough ago that they are lost to the mists of time – I think, from which it is derived was initially developed with Python 1.5). They each have their advantages.
Until recently, if you needed DNS functionality and you’re interested in Python 3, you were out of luck. Last month I had some business travel with long airplane rides that I put to good use and I ported pydns to Python 3. Upstream took the changes and released it as py3dns, so now you have a Python 3 DNS option. Packages are available in Debian Wheezy/Unstable and in Ubuntu Natty as python3-dns. It passes all the tests (better than the existing pydns), but I know test coverage is incomplete, so take it for a spin and let me know if there are problems. The code isn’t pretty (it’s set of minimal changes to get to a working Python 3 port), but it seems to work OK.

Kubuntu on armel in action

I just saw this on Planet KDE and thought it was worth passing along to Planet Ubuntu.

Business value of goodwill

Is the revenue generated for Canonical by Banshee worth the goodwill costs associated with it? Based on reading about Banshee in openSUSE, I’m guessing no.

This isn’t even a case of good business decisions being put ahead of community interest. It’s not very good business at all.

P.S. My guess is there will eventually be a PPA that has this change reverted and people will respond to “If you’d rather the money be donated to Gnome, install Banshee from my PPA”.

Business opportunity in Ubuntu

Two quotes from yesterday’s Community Council meeting:

<sabdfl> Ubuntu service revenue rightfully belongs with Canonical, and we are committed to (and have demonstrated in practice) sharing that with projects which are in the relevant pipe


<mdke> I don’t like reading that Canonical owns Ubuntu. I’d like to see a concept where Ubuntu is a community driven project, with Canonical as the major funder and employee of many developers.
<sabdfl> mdke: i appreciate that’s a noble idea, but i don’t believe it’s workable

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