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If you don't grok the acronym, don't worry about it. OK, so I was reading about this Parrot AR Drone I have, how to mod and work with the software on it, and it turns out the sucker can run an Ubuntu chroot, all you have to do is give it some USB storage and […]



Gnome 3 Header Bar + Unity = OK

Are your Gnome 3 apps that use the GtkHeaderBar putting the buttons on the wrong side under Unity, and it's ugly? Open up dconf-editor and set the value in org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout to 'close,minimize,maximize:' Make sure to put the colon at the end, and no spaces between anything! This will swap the buttons to the correct […]

Ubuntu Livepatch

So, we finally released the thing I've been working on for the last six months at Canonical - a live kernel patch service, that allows users to put off rebooting until it's convenient, without being at risk from recently-found vulnerabilities. It's targeted at servers, but desktop users can benefit from it as well. I've been […]

Same Shit, Different Environment

If I worked the way I am being expected to vote, I wouldn't have a job, since #1 and #2 both are horrible choices. Actually, it's pretty similar: #1 is horrifically corporate, very susceptible to viruses, sloppy, easily hacked, and most people hate how it works, but think supporting it should be mandatory. #2 is […]

Sharing Files In Snaps

Since I figured part of this out, I felt like I'd share it. To use the 'content' interface to share files, you need to have special YAML in both the consuming snap and the producing snap. These dictate which paths are shared, and where they show up in the consuming snap's file space. In the […]

How to handle ST partitions on Ubuntu

If you are using an SD-based hard drive with your Atari ST, it is very easy to move files back and forth from Ubuntu using the mformat/mcopy/mdelete/etc series of commands. The magic option is -i; this allows you to specify an image to be used as a FAT disk, and is smart enough to understand […]


Changelog linux (4.2.0-42.49) wily; urgency=low [ Ben Romer ] * Release Tracking Bug - LP: #1597053 ... That feels pretty good.


Is multitasking really that hard? One of the things I've been thinking about a lot is how we've gone from single-program 8-bit computers to these huge, powerful multiprocessor systems, but the method of working with them has gone full-circle back to the single-program interface. Phones, tablets, and even the ugly but commonplace Windows UI have […]