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What would you like to see for ARM based embedded distro’s?

Written by JamieBennett on November 3rd, 2009 at 8:38 pm in Android,Linux,Maemo,Ubuntu,Ubuntu Netbook Remix

So its that time of year again, we released a great product and instead of being content, we want to make an even greater one next time. It’s scary to think that I leave for the Ubuntu Developer Summit (UDS) next week but as a Canonical employee we are all charged with coming up with great idea’s on how to make our particular field of interest even more awesome than it is now.

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The future of Linux for the mass market?

Written by JamieBennett on October 26th, 2009 at 10:29 pm in Linux,Maemo

There was a little uproar in the open source community here in the UK when the BBC covered the Windows 7 launch. It was rightly pointed out that Apple didn’t get any coverage for Snow Leopard and Linux in general never really gets a shout at all so what’s going on?

Well in the interests of fairness one Canonical employee decided to send the reporter a netbook with a copy of Karmic (the next Ubuntu release) on it.

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ELC2009 Europe

Written by Jamie Bennett on October 21st, 2009 at 1:38 pm in Conference

On the 15th and 16th of October 2009 around 200 people gathered together in the beautiful south-easten French city of Grenoble, situated at the foot of the French Alps, to talk about embedded Linux. Although there were many talks over the two days the underlying theme of the conference seemed to be boot-time reduction and android.

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Maemo Summit 2009

Written by JamieBennett on October 16th, 2009 at 5:21 pm in Maemo


I’m sat in the wonderfully picturesque Grenoble, France, sipping a beer and gazing at the huge mountains around me (but that’s for another post). I’m also reminiscing about the Maemo Summit 2009 so I thought I would put a few comments down.

I’m not going to harp on about how great the summit was, or how cool Nokia are for giving away 300 loan devices to the attendees (although I know at least one person left theirs in the back of a taxi in Amsterdam :() but instead I’ll just commend Nokia for their efforts with the N900. They have worked tirelessly to get a mainstream, Linux based phone to market that is both hugely configurable and extendable. One could harp on about the seeds of Linux based phones being sown with the likes of the LiMo initiative, Open Moko and more recently, Android, but I know of no other company that has advanced many core Linux components with a huge amount of effort and funding than Nokia.

The current device may not be to everyones taste and may not even be ready for mainstream just yet but I raise my glass to you, well done Nokia!

Testing Ubuntu Netbook Remix in a Virtual Machine

Written by Jamie Bennett on September 25th, 2009 at 12:40 pm in Ubuntu,Ubuntu Netbook Remix

So you want to help test the Ubuntu distribution that is customised specifically for netbooks but don’t have a netbook to test it on? That’s not a problem. What you need is a virtual machine and an Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) image.

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New Development Machine

Written by Jamie Bennett on September 23rd, 2009 at 1:40 pm in Uncategorized

Recently I decided to build a new PC which was to become my main development machine. Before I started looking at the price and performance of all the major parts I had a good idea what I wanted, fast CPU, lots of RAM, fairly large hard drive e.t.c. but what I ended up with wasn’t exactly what I first imagined.

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New Ventures Ahead

Written by Jamie Bennett on September 15th, 2009 at 8:15 pm in Ubuntu,Ubuntu Netbook Remix

As a follow-up to my work related post about me losing my job to the economic crisis, I though it would be only fitting to announce my new role, that of Ubuntu Mobile Developer for Canonical. I’m really looking forward to working with a hugely talented team and helping Ubuntu continue to be the first choice OS for Linux based machines.

The State of Android Development, the way I see it

Written by Jamie Bennett on August 20th, 2009 at 12:32 pm in Android

The past couple of weeks I’ve been learning how to develop apps for Google’s Android platform. I’ve looked at it before but only at a high level, these past weeks I have actually been using it for real. So what do I think?

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Maemo Summit registration is now open

Written by Jamie Bennett on July 22nd, 2009 at 1:38 pm in Uncategorized

Registration for the second Maemo Summit, to be held on the 9th, 10th and 11th of October at WesterGasFabriek, Amsterdam is now open. It promises to be a great event just like last year, so go register now!

On a related note, the schedule is filling up but there is still time for you to submit a talk proposal. If you have a cool subject to talk about, either in a lightning session or longer talk format then you should edit the wiki as soon as possible.

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Launchpad is now Open Source!

Written by Jamie Bennett on July 21st, 2009 at 5:40 pm in Uncategorized

Its been done to death already but it deserves more praise, Launchpad, the project hosting infrastructure (and so much more) utilising bazaar has been released as open source. Congratulations to the Launchpad Team!

The announcement can be found here and the new #launchpad-dev channel on freenode should be used for any Launchpad code questions.

This really is a massive move by Canonical and lets hope this furthers the adoption of Linux by making development so much easier.