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Submission + - Q&A: Jonathan Riddell On Stepping Down As Kubuntu Release Manager

itwbennett writes: In a post today, Kubuntu founder Jonathan Riddell announced that with the 15.10 release he is stepping down as release manager. The announcement comes several months after Riddell was forced by the Ubuntu Community Council to step down as Kubuntu's leader — even though Riddell ran Kubuntu for a decade without a formal leader. Swapnil Bhartiya spoke with Riddell about his decision to step away from Kubuntu and his plans for the future.

Comment Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (Score 1) 375

'I believe Alex has mentioned before that "when" Scotland breaks free' Being a skilled professional politician he will have been very careful never to say any such thing

'they'll try and use their current position of being British to just seamlessly slot into NATO and the EU' This is because we are part of these unions and there's no reason to think we'd be kicked out

"I wonder if theyre allowed to stay Nuclear free zone whilst being in NATO." why would it be any different from say Denmark or Norway?

"More likely, the threat to remove the Nuclear weapons is a way of renting out the bases from the new English Commonwealth" the SNP have been very clear they wouldn't do this if they are elected as the first government of an independent scotland

Comment Hope So (Score 4, Interesting) 375

I hope it does mean the end of the weapons of mass destruction we have north of Glasgow, removing Trident is one of the major reasons for voting yes to independence next month. It's a shame this is the only issue that has caused it to be brought up on Slashdot.

In reality the submarines can be housed in England but politically many people in England don't want nuclear bombs next to one of their major cities. That London based politicians think it's fine to put them next to one of Scotland's major cities shows why we need this referendum.

Submission + - Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems ( 1

JRiddell writes: "Kubuntu, the KDE flavour from Ubuntu, has found a new sponsor in Blue Systems. They will be providing more resources than were available by previous sponsor Canonical. The project will remain much the same, community led, KDE focused, Ubuntu flavour. With the new independence it can branch out into new markets such as a Kubuntu Active flavour for tablets."

Comment Too early, wrong server (Score 5, Informative) 243

Hi, I'm the release driver for Beta 1.

Ubuntu Beta 1 is not released yet and will not be released until posted to ubuntu-announce. Until then we might pull the images if we find problems.

This slashdot story is also weirdly linking to the wrong server for Ubuntu, cdimage has only DVDs and other obscure images for Ubuntu, almost everyone will want the CDs. You can find the link to those on the release announcement when it is posted.

Comment Kubuntu not a sinking ship (Score 1) 647

Kubuntu is not a sinking ship, it needs community leadership to take over, I fully expect to be able to do that but of course it'll take a few weeks to sort out, longer than it takes to make a grumpy reference in a Slashdot summary article.

You probably don't know but I have a disability which requires me to me wear an eye patch currently so any sort of pirate reference is in shockingly bad taste :)

Comment Re:Does it matter? (Score 4, Informative) 356

"(for instance: you need to click the tabs in the launcher menu instead of just mousing over them, which is unpleasant)"

we have a policy of having everything go upstream unless there is very good reason. I just checked and the issue you say is not true (now).

"Is there any reason to use Kubuntu instead of just about any other KDE based distro?"

We believe KDE to be the best technology and therefore way to take over the world. Other distros will fill in gaps in KDE's offering with non-KDE apps but we are much more reluctant to do that. If you are interested in having short term solutions go with other distros which ship non-KDE web browsers etc.

Comment NHS Explains (Score 5, Informative) 205

For an excellent overview of this story I recommend this critique of the paper from the English NHS's excellent Behind the Headlines service. Unlike a newspaper it will tell you who did the study, how it was funded, where the data came from and whether the results are worth anything. In this case the data was severaly limited and had put people into either "eating sweets every day" or "not eating sweets" which is very coarse categorising.It also doesn't report the absolute number of children who went on to become adult offenders. In conclusion

"Overall, this study on its own does not provide strong enough evidence to guide childhood dietary advice, although common sense says that eating too many sweets is probably not good for children. Before the newspapersâ(TM) explanation for a link can be believed there must be studies specifically designed to investigate the issue from the outset."

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