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Call for testing: urfkill / Getting flight mode to rock on Ubuntu and Ubuntu Touch

Auteur: 
Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre

Last month, I blogged about urfkill, and what it's meant to be used for.br /br /The truth is, flight mode and proper killswitch (read: disabling radios on devices) handling is something that needs to happen on any device that deems itself mobile. As such, it's one thing we need to look into for Ubuntu Touch.br /br /I spent the last month or so working on improving urfkill.

urfkill : a daemon to centrally control RF killswitches

Auteur: 
Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre

Here's another project of the u-daemon variety. The latest addition to upower, udev, etc.

Hacking with a Samsung ARM Chromebook on Trusty

Auteur: 
Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre

So I decided it was about time to update / reinstall my Samsung Chromebook (the ARM one...) to Trusty, or at least to use Saucy. Turns out it's not that simple.br /br /First, you need to know where to get the right stuff. I installed straight on the device, so chrUbuntu was the obvious choice. It's a pretty nice script that allows you to do just about anything necessary.br /br /1) Bring your Chromebook to developer mode.br /br /I'm not going to give the details. It's findable on the Internet, and unsafe enough that you should only do this if you know what you're doing...

Measuring what the user sees

Auteur: 
William Lachance

I’ve been spending the last month or so at Mozilla prototyping a new project called Eideticker which aims to use video capture data and image/frame analysis for performance measurement of Firefox Mobile. It’s still in quite a rough state, but it’s now complete enough that I thought it would be worth spending a bit of time describing both its motivation and how it works.

About hackers and journalists. Or what does "hacker" actually stand for?

Auteur: 
christina

I've often wondered before why hackers avoid journalists, even the ones with the most positive intentions. I wonder no more. Seriously.

Updates on my ridiculous pet projects

Auteur: 
William Lachance

1. As you may or may not have noticed, hbus.ca has been down for the past few weeks. Halifax updated the data but I didn’t have a chance to update it. Well, I finally did, and hbus is now up in its former glory (minus a small issue with stops named ’6016_merged_3300509′: thanks Metro Transit, time to update that script to massage your data again!) .

Routez opensourced

Auteur: 
William Lachance

Just a quick note to say that I just opensourced the software behind hbus.ca, nicknamed “Routez” under the Affero GPL. You can get the code on github.

Idea #27250: Auto eth0 isn't very user friendly. Many people wont know what it is.

Auteur: 
Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre

bspan style=font-size: large;The Problem /span/bbr /br /In case you didn't already figure it out, the title refers to a quite popular a href=http://brainstorm.ubuntu.com/idea/27250/idea on Ubuntu Brainstorm/a. It also refers to a bug report against NetworkManager in a href=https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/network-manager/+bug/386900Launchpad: bug #386900/a.br /br /This is one issue I'd particularly like to solve soon.

This weekend's GeekFest in Montreal

Auteur: 
Mathieu Trudel-Lapierre

We had a table at this weekend's GeekFest geek festival in Montreal. It was awesome! Tons of people, and even better, tons of interest about Ubuntu and our LoCo team.br /br /We gave out CDs, stickers, some extra FSF stickers I had in my backpack, and generally told people all they wanted to know about Ubuntu, gaming on Ubuntu (we had a demo of World of Goo running on one of the laptops for a good part of Sunday), and the Ubuntu Quebec LoCo team.

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