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Submission + - Building your Ubuntu Snap on-device? There's a better way.

Beacon11 writes: Canonical's Kyle Fazzari writes: "Snapcraft solves a lot of problems when building snaps, but one issue it doesn't solve is cross-building (i.e. building on one architecture while targeting another)." He goes on to describe the painful process of building a large snap on a Raspberry Pi 2 just in order to release an armhf version. Thankfully, nowadays there's a better way. "Snapcraft still doesn't fully support cross-building, but the Launchpad team recently introduced snap builders for several different architectures that run on very high-end hardware-- available for free, for everyone! The only downside is that they aren't very well documented. Maybe I can help with that."

Submission + - Canonical bringing Snappy Ubuntu to phone and desktop

An anonymous reader writes: According to Alejandro Cura in a recent Ubuntu Online Summit session, Canonical knows the current Ubuntu developer's packaging life is hard. Right now, developers need to package as .deb for the desktop, .click for the phone, and .snap for other embedded devices. But soon that will be changing. In the UOS session various Canonical engineers discussed the path toward making the Ubuntu Phone based on Snappy, and Kyle Fazzari demonstrated a prototype that already allows snaps to transparently run on the phone and the desktop. Interested parties can experiment with the prototype.

Comment Re: A page full of marketing buzz (Score 3, Insightful) 59

Since when did I2C and GPIO become marketing buzz? Judging from the title of the post ("status update") I don't think it was meant to tell you everything about snappy. It linked to an older post with more information, but if you really want to learn about it, you'll need to do some work yourself.

Comment Open Source (Score 1) 318

First of all, I get where you're coming from. I've never been as productive as when I'm working from home, and I've never been as happy. To answer your question: You look for jobs you know involve an incredibly distributed workforce. In my experience, many open-source projects run this way. I applied only to companies I knew had globally distributed teams, and I knew I lived in an area where they didn't have an office. The challenge you'll run into with such companies is that you're no longer competing with people in a city radius-- you're competing with the world.

Comment Me (Score 1) 178

I trust myself. Get a plug computer with a few USB3 ports, set up software RAID with external hard drives, and you have a server that can run ownCloud using less power than your desktop when it's off. It's worked for me for years. My family uses ownCloud for shared calendards, uses ownCloud for our contacts, and stores all pictures/music/etc. on ownCloud. Bonus: You can host other websites on there as well (I have a few blogs), keeping even more data to yourself!

Comment It depends on your reasons (Score 2) 700

Both my wife and I were homeschooled, and we both firmly believe it was one of the best things our parents did for us. You can make it work, but make sure your children continue to socialize (e.g. sports and music did it for us). Do it wrong, and you can screw your kids up. That said, public school gone wrong screws kids up, too. But do it right, and your kids can really flourish in an environment that caters completely to their learning style.

You also need to analyze your reasons. Homeschooling isn't easy-- you need to take your reasons seriously enough to be motivated and organized to make sure your kids stay on track. Reasons that don't truly motivate you as homeschooling parents will cause you to lose your drive, at which point they turn into "those homeschoolers."

Submission + - Interesting TSA bomb-defusing techniques (rainveiltech.com) 1

Beacon11 writes: Considering traveling with any amount of jury-rigged electronics? Your success may vary depending on whether or not the TSA personnel looking at your property watch shows like 24, and whether or not your wires are red. Based on the experience of a few engineers who traveled with a stereo vision rig exposing power and synchronization wiring harnesses, the TSA may decide to start clipping wires.

Comment Re:Issue Is... (Score 1) 473

I am a computer engineer with a clearance working for the government, and my wages suck. If you're gonna go this route, at least look at contractors instead. Maybe you won't have to put up with quite as much crap, either.

Comment Re:This is a loaded question (Score 1) 951

I'm in the same boat as fearofcarpet-- I use Linux for speed. All I use Windows for is gaming. Other than antivirus, I actually have nothing else installed-- no cygwin, no bash, no perl, etc. And I'm still not surprised that Windows is slow. Linux and Windows are on separate mechanical hard drives with the same model number-- Linux boots in seconds, Windows boots in minutes. Linux logs in in seconds, Windows logs in (and finishes... whatever it's doing) in minutes. "Running in a dream" is a perfect analogy for Windows.

Comment OpenEmbedded (Score 1) 135

You can't go wrong with OpenEmbedded. BitBake recipes are ideal. It doesn't really sound like you need something as full-blown as Android, but I may be wrong. You say you need app management-- it would be nice to have some more details here, e.g. will the end-user be installing and removing apps on his or her own? I ask because it sounds like it's the only feature specific to Android you would actually use. I bet maintaining a BitBake repo would work just as well in your situation, but I'm just guessing. I would take a look at the Gumstix Overo platform.

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