Saturday, October 30, 2010

UDS-N Complete!

Today was the last day of UDS for the Natty Narwhal cycle. It's hard to believe this is my 4th UDS already. So what's new in the world of Ubuntu? As always, too much to name! By now, everyone's heard the major announcements I'm sure. We saw a slick demo of Ubuntu Light - coming soon to a Dell computer near you, Unity on the desktop, etc. For the proceedings, take a look HERE.

Also, I highly recommend taking a look at the video if you haven't seen it already.

One of the highlights of the week was getting a Genesi Smartbook. This neat little ARM netbook is extremely thin and lightweight. And thanks to the imx51 ARM processor, consumes very little energy. My laptop battery died earlier in the week, so it was really nice to have this. There are a few issues that need sorting out. Suspend works, resume... doesn't. A few other nagging things, but now that quite a few more developers have these in their hands, I have no doubt these issues will get sorted quickly. Also, the fact they already had the latest Ubuntu release (10.10) installed on them was a really nice touch. One point of frustration I've had for a long time is that we've been working on making Ubuntu run on these ARM development boards, but until you really see it in a final product, doing more realistic testing is really difficult. Having a real device provides that opportunity, and also gives a certain satisfaction that I was on the team that helped make this possible.

So what's next? QA, Linaro, and lots more ARM. I have ideas for some automated testing on ARM I'd like to work on. Now I just need to get my hands on some hardware to test it out and put it into production. Lots of new opportunities, lots of new ideas. After UDS I always seem to have more ideas for things I'd like to do than I possibly have time for, but it keeps things interesting.

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