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Canonical Shutting Down Ubuntu One File Services

Beuno Re:like always (161 comments)

Now then, back to complaining about Canonical: they're releasing the code for the backend? Somebody tell me that the front end was just a webdav client and that the backend handled all the locking and synchronization parts so that this isn't a meaningless gesture for customers who are getting cut off with a whole two months' notice to re-design their workflows.

The client is not a simple webdav client, it's a pretty complex piece of code that has been open source since day one:

The server is a complex beast. It's the other side of the syncing protocol, it has a series of workers that do all sorts of tasks on uploaded files to present them back in a scalable, usable way, it handles music purchasing and delivering, performance metrics on the system, sharing between users, and a long etc :)

I don't think users will care about open sourcing any of it, but others might be able to pick up where we left off.

about 6 months ago

Canonical Drops CouchDB From Ubuntu One

Beuno Re:Original message from John Lenton (Canonical) (93 comments)

Because the next release is an LTS, which will now be supported for 5 years. If couchdb is kept for the next release, it will need to be supported to another 5 years.

more than 2 years ago

Google Announces Google CDN

Beuno Re:But what about non-static pages? (205 comments)

After spending a lot of time benchmarking, this only holds true on http. On https, the overhead of the SSL negotiation kills what you gain very quickly.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

Beuno Re:No shit (298 comments)

I don't know what you are talking about. Who is "they"? Google?

Yes, Google and the orginal source, The New York Times.

more than 3 years ago

Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers

Beuno Re:No shit (298 comments)

Also, I would not want to be "modded down" in the workplace for my political views. Slashdot people love free speech - as long as it agrees with theirs.

I don't think they meant it in a "Democrat vs Republican" sense, but rather internal company politics (ie, focusing on certain aspects of the project because it's good for a promotion).

more than 3 years ago

Ubuntu One Gets iPhone App For Contact Sync

Beuno Re:Contacts good, Calendars would be better (115 comments)

If that where the case, then couchdb is not the smartest way to do it, considering that each user has it's own DB. Cross-referencing anything from user to user is incredibly expensive (load-wise) and hard to do ;)
Canonical could be after world domination and selling data to the CIA, or we could be trying to provide a valuable service to users. Who knows.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu One Gets iPhone App For Contact Sync

Beuno Re:Available only to subscribers (115 comments)

No. We partnered with Funambol to provide this service, and it carries a significant cost to both develop and maintain and scale this specific service, as the announcement says.
Supporting hundreds of different mobile phones is an incredibly expensive task, and on top of that we've added a layer that saves those contacts to couchdb and replicates them locally for you, to be used with any application you wish.
While we all love and use free software, it's completely unreasonable to demand that services be provided for free. The service also provides a 30 day free trial, where you can perform a one-time sync if you wish to have a backup of your contacts.

I personally believe that allowing people to sync their contacts from almost any mobile phone into a Linux desktop is a huge step forward.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu One Gets iPhone App For Contact Sync

Beuno Boosting is still on-going :) (115 comments)

Just so everybody is aware, the servers are quite overloaded at the moment, so expect all kinds of timeouts. We didn't expect so many testers :)
We will be slowly bringing it back in it's feet, so patience is welcomed.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

Beuno Re:LOL. (210 comments)

Which marketing department dipshit thought this stupid idea up?

Mark put together this process from the start to ensure a healthy community that could grow. it seems to have worked wonders so far.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu "Memberships" Questioned

Beuno Re:DD (210 comments)

I am a member of one of the membership boards (Americas board)
No, Ubuntu Members are people who contribute to Ubuntu directly, not indirectly. There is a lot of work involved in getting Ubuntu out the door every 6 months, and membership recognizes the people who help do that in a direct way.
That said, upstream developers and Debian developers have the advantage of already knowing how a lot of things work, so they will probably have a higher chance of getting through than anyone else (there are separate councils for community involvement and technical involvement).

more than 4 years ago

Canonical Fully Open-Sources the Launchpad Code

Beuno Re:What does this mean? (104 comments)

Is it the code to the Launchpad site itself? Like I could use a copy of it to manage and track bugs and development on my own projects? Or are they talking about some kind of framework / os that Launchpad runs on?

As far as I can tell from my limited browse of Launchpad, it seems like an alternative to Sourceforge no?

This is the full exact source code runs.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft To Open Source Some of Silverlight

Beuno Always late... (204 comments)

Am I the only one who gets the feeling they keep on arriving too late every single time?

more than 7 years ago



Beuno Beuno writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Beuno writes "It seems the Mozilla Foundation is forcing Debian to stop using the brand "Firefox" unless Debian complies with the policy that requires Mozilla to approve every single change that is done to the source code.
Red Hat and Novell seem to go through this process, but is seems impossible for Debian.
Are they taking things to far or is this a correct move for the Mozilla Foundation?"

Beuno Beuno writes  |  about 8 years ago

Beuno writes "I jumped on the laptop wagon a couple of years ago and never looked back. There is too many advantages of having my PC with me wherever I go, but there is one thing I do miss of having a regular desktop: upgrading it constantly. I used to upgrade my video card, hard drive, RAM and CPU pretty frequently, and now I have to throw away my current laptop and buy a new one if I want to have a newer/different video card. Leaving out the fact that you can upgrade your HD and RAM, I would like to know if the slashdot crowd thinks we'll ever have the same flexibility with laptops."

Beuno Beuno writes  |  about 8 years ago

Beuno writes "From the webpage: The project is currently facing a production capacity problem. We just can't keep up with demand. We can currently produce 60-100 requests a day. Our contributors have been producing an average of 5 requests a day. We have 20,000 requests to fill. That means it will take 307 days to produce these requests. That's a long time, too long. We need to find a way to pump out the requests at much faster pace. The story already went through Digg but they're not even half way there. Maybe the slashdot croud can help them reach their goal. Donate here."


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