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Daily News Log

December 18th 2017


December 6th 2017

Thanks all! Keep up the good work.

November 6th 2017

October 23rd 2017

18.04 will not have default wayland but use xorg and have wayland as an option. I don't know the name of the cycle yet but it was committed that as soon as it comes out I will get the nod and post it at UDV.

Thanks for all your fantastic testing!



September 25th 2017

September 4th 2017


August 10th 2017

Regards.. Ventrical

July 27th 2017

July 25th 2017

July 23 2017

June 23 2017

Hi all,


June 13th 2017

News is that gnome-shell is now the default desktop on the artful-desktop .iso so I continue to encourage testers to test the new dailies.


June 2nd 2017


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April 21st 2017

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Mar 20th 2017


Feb 19th 2017

Over a month since my last entry. There have been some problems with unity8 and (as of recent) systemd and userspace bootup times. The bootup times problems seem to have been resolved with an update/upgrade. I must apologize if I have been remiss in my duties as team captain. I have been so busy the past month. I have been doing updates/upgrades of the current development version as frequently as possible. I must admit that the difficulties with testing unity8 have been very frustrating and disappointing and so I am naturally deterred from filing bugs against it.

Today there were several upgrades to mir and libertine packages so perhaps I will check out my unity8 install and see if there have been any fixes.


Jan 8th 2017

Happy New Year to all!! It has been a while since I have authored a blog entry. In Canada we have have this recurrent 'Polar Vortex' as it is called and it has kept me on my toes! I have been updating my installs of ubuntu 17.04 specifically as an early adopter of unity8 and convergence and have not ventured to test other distributions of ubuntu thus far. Testing unity8 is real edge type testing (with paper cuts included)! You can spend one day setting up unity8 and get containers working just swell and then the next day it can break. There is less breakage if you test unity8 with a 17.04 install iso.


I had two pregnant guppies and I have had to watch them give birth back to back so they would not eat their fry. Job well done. Now I have about 30 little swimmers to take care of :).


3rd December 2016

Currently doing some testing on a program called "mkusb" by Ubuntu Member sudodus. It breaks some of the monotony of trying to figure work arounds for mir/containers and unity8. I had been trying to get other team members pumped up and enthused about Libertine and Unity8 desktop but there is no real patch between mir and xapps that will allow for a working desktop . If the devs can at least fix the USB problem then perhaps people may be more inspired to test unity8 and the likes. Things are quiet for the most part on the development forum. it is sort of like a doldrum ... there is not much wind in the sails so to speak.

2nd December 2016

There continues to be problems with reading USB drives from Libertine containers and unity8 desktop. I filed a bug against unity8 because I am not sure what pile to file the bug against. It certainly limits testing of most other xapps at the moment. I cannot test mkusb because unity8/containers (nautilus/audacity/etcc..) cannot read the format of the USB drive and comes back with errors . I already filed a bug against this and it has been reassigned away from unity8 - but Libertine has been included in a change in the bug definition.

Although unity8+mir+containers has come along way it still creates a lot of downtime, not being able to access USB data to test videos and music files using xapps such as audacity, nautilus and vlc. One has to log off and then install those files through the unity7 back door which is really frustrating. I understand that unity8 is still only technical preview but I encourage to team to keep testing unity8 and containers.

1st December 2016

I have been away from testing for a small spell. I have been very busy with other responsibilities but it appears I may have some time to dedicate to testing Zesty for the next few weeks. I have run into some problems with containers and xapps (.DEBs) in that some work great and others just don't work. I had problems with nVidia like most other with Unity8 desktop. Just my opinion but at times it seems like 'convergence' is more like a departure from trusted infrastructures and flowcharts that binded with certain trusted conventions. Throughout my testing from yakkety up to current testing is seems that the unity desktop is getting leaner and some of the more conventional apps have become bleached and sterile from a GUI perspective.

Of course I am confident that these issues will be adressed (as they always are) and that even though there may be some unpleasant breakage in the future, it will all be for the betterment of the next LTS release.

19th October 2016

Zesty Zapus is the codename of the new development cycle. Unity8 on the yakkety cycle presented a lot of frustrating bugs to where , in effect, a workable unity8 desktop with libertine containers was not a viable option up until near the end of the cycle.

Libertine containers , the flagship app of unity8, is much more stable and presents us with a lot of unique opportunities to run concurrent apps from individual containers so we should continue to test it there, on yakkety and also in new zesty cycle.

Don't forget to have fun!

12th August 2016

Regards, Dale

8th June 2016

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7th Dec 2015

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27th Nov 2015

31st October 2015

Thanks to all who replied to the roll call. U+1 is alive and well.

8th October 2015

I was renewed as an Administrator of U+1 testing team by cariboo. Thanks cariboo.

I sent out a test mail to the mailing list. Some people replied back. I apologize if I did not get back to everyone. The basic message I am trying to convey is that the team needs individuals with Moin Moin experience to keep adding links to the Library section and the Instructional Development Section. The idea is to be as current with all the aspects of Ubuntu Development Version testing and keep it updated as fresh as a newly picked bundle of carrots!:) So all are welcome to contribute.

25 Sept 2015

Team Captain dropping in here just to make mention that I am dropping in.:) There has been lots of development with snappy, convergence and other aspects of unity8. I am still trying to recruit others who have a little experience with Moin Moin to help out with the wiki.

8 Sept 2015

I have been busy with real time work throughout the summer and have not had much quality time to spend on the blog or other aspects of this particular wiki although I am actively testing several current wily installs across a variety of form factors. The U+1 wiki has gone through some changes and I feel that we are ready to handle the next cycle of XX (16.04) which will most likely roll into serious convergence and hot development of snappy. All those who contributed to re-structuring the Ubuntu Development Version wiki .. thanks BIG time. I am still hopeful that the KB and library can grow and that others will get involved with some ideas and contributions. Special thanks to grahammechanical, slickymaster, elfy , effenberg and of course Cariboo.

17 August 2015

It has been a while since I have updated the blog. There has not been much to report. There was some discussion on ubuntuforums about snappy development but it went rather silent running. There do not appear to be any super bugs and it has been very quiet. Personally all of my updates on the flavours I test have gone extremely well.

7 July 2015

Adding some instructional links in Instructional Development section.

6 July 2015

Activity is low in the forums. Mid Summer approaches. Waiting for snappy.

19 June 2015

Very quiet in the forums. End of school in North America. Waiting for some movement on snappy-personal. No real show stoppers in development cycle.

9 June 2015

Began the process of populating the Ubuntu Forums portal with current development links.

2 June 2015

Reading a lot of material about Mir, unity-system-compositor, ubuntu-desktop-next and unity8. In the convention of Mir it appears that the concept is dead, especially with unity8 and desktop-next (although there are daily desktop-next builds being put out.However mir and snappy may be the new news that is comming down the pipe. This is a wait an see situation as we have no working snappy .iso yet.

2 June 2015

A lot of work is being done in the library section of the wiki. It seems that some team members have found a way to keep things current and up-to-date. This is important as there are several hundreds of outdated and unkept wikis on a variety of subjects. Even many wikis have not been kept current. We have to be careful about sending newcomers to deprecated wikis.!

29 May 2015

The 'Deployed' subject header in the wiki navbar will be changed to Instructional Development.The current data there is not current and covered in other areas.

29 May 2015

There is a good discussion going on at called Crossroads by zika. He has brought up the topic of how to help newcomers make a transition from one cycle to the next - specifically how to instruct the configuration of the sources.list and directories. A link was pointed to that Cariboo has covered a lot of ground in this area but perhaps there needs to be more visibility and discussion on these items, especially in light of new 'snappy' and convergence.

16 May 2015

Team Reports section has been changed to Ubuntu Forums.

16 May 2015

The library section is looking very good. Thanks grahammechanical and slicky master. (-- dale-f-beaudoin 2015-05-16 11:47:02)

13 May 2015

Elfy gave me some good pointers about links and being more specific at pad.ubuntu. slickmaster has begun adding links to the library. Some topic headers from the NavBar have been removed and other content has been parsed out. (-- dale-f-beaudoin 2015-05-13 17:56:55)

11 May 2015

Effenberg had changed my status from 'approved' to 'administrator'. Thank you effenberg and all. I have been trying to keep the wiki info updated as best as possible. I have also created a devel-testers-wiki as a sort of back up with other instructional development formats to be forthcoming. Ubuntu Development Version is still an active subforum and the team is still functional and input has been great. Things have slowed down during the last cycle of Vivid Vervet but that may have to do with the fact that there was not much breakage with the exception of systemD and the usual nVidia proprietary graphics drivers. Where help is needed is with updating certain parts of *this* wiki and all the different subsets that are outdated. They need updating , parsing , concactating and truncation

17 October 2014

A poll held at ubuntuforums was closed and the title of the discussion was changed to U+1 Discussion. U+1 member and founder , effenberg, is assumed U+1 team leader until end of next cycle. Housekeeping of all aspects of the wiki are in progress.

14 October 2014

  • Effenberg, team Captain is back. Tester wiki data was updated to Utopic in May, 2014
  • Updated the tester wiki to current development cycle , Trusty Tahr. (-- dale-f-beaudoin 2014-02-28 00:45:57)

  • Removed sub-topics under 'Install Settings' as all of those topics are discussed in the link provided.-- twocamels 2012-12-20 15:08:50

05 November 2012

  • I have gradually made the transition in the testers-wiki from Quantal Quetzel to Raring Ringtail and have added some minimal content. (-- twocamels 2012-11-05 15:11:27)

15 April 2012

  • Since I got involved in ISO testing I have become confused as to which test cases I should be running against which ISO images. I found it especially confusing due to the number of ISO images available for all flavours of Ubuntu. I decided to produce some kind of breakdown of the test cases. I have not finished but you can get some idea of what I am trying achieve here -- Breakdown of test cases -- grahammechanical 2012-04-15 23:15:07

14 April 2012

  • Iv'e been busy building systems and working in the field. In between I have been trying to test the daily build using zsync <time permitting>. Just noticed how well Precise works with Dell Dimension 3100, a 6 year old PC . Seems like they were made for each other. I haven't put up any context as of late. I'll be around. (-- twocamels 2012-04-15 01:08:06)

  • We had a problem with the Wiki Top NavBar, in which it displayed wrapped text depending on the browser (tested on IE/Firefox/Chromium). I have changed it's code and it looks like it's fixed. -- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:55:14

  • I'm reviewing text formatting, specially CSS text-align:justify in mostly all areas, to give pages a more professional look, despite MoinMoin limitations. -- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:55:14

  • I think we should add the tutorials (2 iso-testing, 1 rc-testing, 1 VirtualBox) to the Wiki or FAQ areas. It looks more like wiki IMO. -- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:55:14

  • Our MeetBot is running in test mode, fully functional, for 48 hours. A couple more days and I'll upload it to a Data Center cloud server. A problem I'm working on is that no bot can readily output MoinMoin syntax. And I know no automated way to convert pure HTM into MoinMoin or to properly embed HTM in a MoinMoin-based page. -- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:55:14.

  • Development of our Team bugtracker tool is now ongoing. It's basically PHP, to render the page, and it invokes Python (LP API) scripts to get LP info into a MySQL DB. I'm starting to feel confident we can have it running (basic features) before QQ Alpha.-- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:55:14

  • It looks like the default practice in Ubuntu is to have concise Team Reports presented to the CC regularly, which follow some rules. I'm thinking we should use this blog area to keep track of our activities, etc, and create summarized reports in the Team Reports area. So, to adhere to this standard, I might move most of that content to here and create the summarized reports there.-- effenberg0x0 2012-04-14 20:58:17

10 April 2012

  • I have removed the content of the "Activities" area, so it will be ready for Graham's tracker when it becomes ready. Everything there was outdated so it's better to remove anyway.-- effenberg0x0 2012-04-10 18:23:02

  • I feel like it's important to explore this "Blog" area more. See some tests I did at I think I'm gonna implement that system here, to make it easier for people to post without having to know anything about the MoinMoin syntax.-- effenberg0x0 2012-04-10 18:23:02

  • I'm also thinking about the "Blueprints" area of the team page on LP. It a professional way to track ideas (like our "Brainstorming" area), have members accept/refuse/prioritize/start them as projects, delegate and keep track, etc. If people see they can suggest stuff and have the group make them real collectively, it might ignite an increase in participation. Let me know what you guys think about it when we talk. -- effenberg0x0 2012-04-10 18:23:02

8th April 2012

  • I have posted an article in my blog. It pretty much defines the current state of affairs in the U+1 Team. I suggest U+1 members to read it.-- effenberg0x0 2012-04-08 20:28:26

4th April 2012

29th March 2012

28th March 2012

Hi all, ventrical here. Just dropping in to say I got a few things started in the topics menus. The wiki-testers site is beginning to shape up. I also see that Effenberg is still formulating template designs and editing in other content matter that concerns the administrative and goal aspects of the wiki. Great stuff Effenberg!!. If anyone sees something I wrote that needs editing or grammar - go ahead and work on it ! I got a lot of great ideas and intend to spend more time here but I often get called away on service calls - but I'll be around as much as I can.

Have a great day and drop in and leave a note! ps .. I know this may not be the right tree to put this in .. but just for now .. perhaps I'll put in a 'log-chat section.

Looks like Effenberg has given us a lot of space to brainstorm in

Regards, Ventrical

27th March 2012

As a casual tester I tried to use this ISO testing "sprint" to become a casual, but serious tester. I am not sure that I succeeded. But I learnt a lot which I will reflect upon so that I can bring my experiences into the wiki as helpful information.

Regards, grahammechanical

P.S. @ventrical: we are writing this news blog upside down, don't you think? New posts should push the older posts downwards. Yes?

24th March 2012

It's been a few days since I have made an entry in the "daily "news log anyways.. things are really shaping up. I've been busy (as most of you are). Effenberg has made a new ISO Testing Q&A section which is really great.

  • I'm pooped. I put up some info about hardware. Effenberg did a great job with his tutorial on ISO testing.I've been go , go .. going !! I know the rest of ya have been too. This morning ISO was just rocking right out of the gate ! It worked just beautiful .. faster on the CD than it is on the hdd. weird.. I know.

Regards, Ventrical

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