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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JRiddell Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (375 comments)

'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

about 1 month ago

Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JRiddell Hope So (375 comments)

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.

about a month ago

How Munich Abandoned Microsoft for Open Source

JRiddell Kubuntu (294 comments)

This is one of the major rollouts of Kubuntu and it's lovely they are working with us Kubuntu developers. We have a bug squashing party in the offices of the company incharge of this at the weekend which is a great way to work together.

about 10 months ago

Kubuntu Announces Commercial Support

JRiddell profits to Kubuntu (59 comments)

The nice thing about this deal is that Emerge Open is a non-profit company so any money made goes back into Kubuntu to fund developer travel or hardware. Remember you can always donate too :)

1 year,20 days

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

JRiddell Kubuntu and KDE (243 comments)

Here is the announcement from Kubuntu that confirms we will carry on for 12.04 and thereafter just as we did before. There are other sponsors of Kubuntu besides Canonical and a thriving contributor community.

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

JRiddell Re:AND it's no longer relevant. (243 comments)

Please stay with us. I will be making an announcement soon which will explain how Kubuntu will continue after 12.04 just as it did for 11.10 (when Canonical also did not fund anyone to work on it).

more than 2 years ago

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

JRiddell Too early, wrong server (243 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

GNOME 3: Beauty To the Bone?

JRiddell Kubuntu not a sinking ship (647 comments)

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 :)

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

JRiddell Re:Does it matter? (356 comments)

"I want access to the awesome Ubuntu package repositories, as well as all the PPAs."

I hope and expect the Kubuntu community will continue to provide up to date packages fast

more than 2 years ago

Canonical Pulls Kubuntu Personnel Funding

JRiddell Re:Does it matter? (356 comments)

"(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.

more than 2 years ago

Candy Linked To Violence In Study

JRiddell NHS Explains (205 comments)

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."

more than 4 years ago

Upgrading to Ubuntu Edgy Eft a "Nightmare"

JRiddell dist-upgrade problems (529 comments)

Hi, I make Kubuntu. I'm well aware that dist-upgrade has a lot of problems with upgrading to edgy. That's why porting the upgrade tool from Ubuntu will be a priority for Feisty. In the mean time you can use the Ubuntu upgrade tool on Kubuntu fine or you can dist-upgrade and then explicity tell it to install/upgrade the packages it keeps back.

more than 7 years ago



Kubuntu to be Sponsored by Blue Systems

JRiddell JRiddell writes  |  more than 2 years ago

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."
Link to Original Source

Qt To Be Relicensed As LGPL

JRiddell JRiddell writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JRiddell writes "Nokia are relicencing Qt under the LGPL. This change will make it easier for commercial developers to use Qt and should mean more support for KDE from vendors. "The move to LGPL licensing will provide open source and commercial developers with more permissive licensing than GPL and so increase flexibility for developers. In addition, Qt source code repositories will be made publicly available and will encourage contributions from desktop and embedded developer communities. With these changes, developers will be able to actively drive the evolution of the Qt framework.""

KDE 4.0 Release Starts Something Amazing

JRiddell JRiddell writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JRiddell writes "Several years of design, development and testing came together today for the release of KDE 4.0. This is our most significant release in our 11 year history and marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the start of the KDE 4 era. Join us now in #kde4-release-party on Freenode to celebrate or come to the release event in person next week. Packages are available for all the major distributions with live CDs available currently from Kubuntu and openSUSE. Take the KDE 4.0 Visual Guide to find your way around."

JRiddell JRiddell writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JRiddell writes "KDE Dot News is reporting that KDE is going native for Mac OS X users. 'Just because KDE has been designed to be portable across Linux, FreeBSD and other UNIX/X11 environments for an age now, doesn't mean we aren't up for the occasional challenge. With version 4, Trolltech released Qt for the Mac, Windows and now even embedded environments under the GPL. Since Qt is the base upon which KDE is developed, KDE is now free to offer native support for these platforms.' The article also discusses some of the branding clarifications needed as a result of this port."


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