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Elena 'valhalla' Grandi: One Liberated Laptop

Planet Debian - Dje, 29/01/2017 - 11:20pd
One Liberated Laptop

After many days of failed attempts, yesterday @Diego Roversi finally managed to setup SPI on the BeagleBone White¹, and that means that today at our home it was Laptop Liberation Day!

We took the spare X200, opened it, found the point we were on in the tutorial installing libreboot on x200, connected all of the proper cables on the clip³ and did some reading tests of the original bios.

While the tutorial mentioned a very conservative setting (512kHz), just for fun we tried to read it at different speed and all results up to 16384 kHz were equal, with the first failure at 32784 kHz, so we settled on using 8192 kHz.

Then it was time to customize our libreboot image with the right MAC address, and that's when we realized that the sheet of paper where we had written it down the last time had been put in a safe place… somewhere…

Luckily we also had taken a picture, and that was easier to find, so we checked the keyboard map², followed the instructions to customize the image, flashed the chip, partially reassembled the laptop, started it up and… a black screen, some fan noise and nothing else.

We tried to reflash the chip (nothing was changed), tried the us keyboard image, in case it was the better tested one (same results) and reflashed the original bios, just to check that the laptop was still working (it was).

It was lunchtime, so we stopped our attempts. As soon as we started eating, however, we realized that this laptop came with 3GB of RAM, and that surely meant "no matching pairs of RAM", so just after lunch we reflashed the first image, removed one dimm, rebooted and finally saw a gnu-hugging penguin!

We then tried booting some random live usb key we had around (failed the first time, worked the second and further one with no changes), and then proceeded to install Debian.

Running the installer required some attempts and a bit of duckduckgoing: parsing the isolinux / grub configurations from the libreboot menu didn't work, but in the end it was as easy as going to the command line and running:

linux (usb0)/install.amd/vmlinuz
initrd (usb0)/install.amd/initrd.gz

From there on, it was the usual debian installation and a well know environment, and there were no surprises. I've noticed that grub-coreboot is not installed (grub-pc is) and I want to investigate a bit, but rebooting worked out of the box with no issue.

Next step will be liberating my own X200 laptop, and then if you are around the @Gruppo Linux Como area and need a 16 pin clip let us know and we may bring everything to one of the LUG meetings⁴

¹ yes, white, and most of the instructions on the interwebz talk about the black, which is extremely similar to the white… except where it isn't

² wait? there are keyboard maps? doesn't everybody just use the us one regardless of what is printed on the keys? Do I *live* with somebody who doesn't? :D

³ the breadboard in the picture is only there for the power supply, the chip on it is a cheap SPI flash used to test SPI on the bone without risking the laptop :)

⁴ disclaimer: it worked for us. it may not work on *your* laptop. it may brick it. it may invoke a tentacled monster, it may bind your firstborn son to a life of servitude to some supernatural being. Whatever happens, it's not our fault.

(edit: added tags)

#coreboot #libreboot

Michael Catanzaro: On Ignorance, Intolerance, and Bigotry

Planet GNOME - Dje, 29/01/2017 - 7:09pd

It seems incredible that lawful permanent residents of the United States are stranded abroad, prohibited from boarding flights home, for such a capricious reason as being unfortunate enough to be traveling at the wrong time. (This is not even to mention the plight of millions of innocent refugees fleeing violence and terror, who are no less deserving of justice.) And yet, here we are.

Who do you know who is affected by Friday’s executive order?

One of my friends in college was of Iranian descent. Years ago, he joined the US army and risked his life fighting for our country in Iraq. Later, he visited his extended family in Iran, fearful that the government would imprison him if it discovered he had served in our army. Now he cannot go back, due to Iran’s entirely-justified reciprocal ban on Americans. When will he be able to see his family again? Will this really only last 90 days?

Who do you know?

I should not have had to detail my friend’s military service or present him as a sympathetic character. It should not matter. Equality is supposed to be one of the uniting principles of our country. We have a long history of failing in this regard, but it has mostly been a history of progress in the right direction. Clearly, that is no longer the case.

So who do you know? If you do not know anyone affected by yesterday’s executive action, perhaps you should think twice before voting for ignorance, irrational fear, hate, and bigotry. Of course I mean that you should think twice before voting for the Republican Party. If you still, after this weekend, do not believe that is what the party now stands for, then you are long overdue for a reality check.

The great irony of the just and tolerant society is that it must refuse to tolerate intolerance. At this, we have failed.

I have never before today been so ashamed of my country. It’s not like we didn’t know this was coming. We have brought it on ourselves via a legitimate democratic election (of which, absurdly, only the winner contends was marred by massive fraud). Donald Trump campaigned on his Muslim ban, and he is only delivering as promised.

Things are going to get much, much worse before they get better, but at least we have some reason for hope. The United States is fortunate in that it has a strong, independent judiciary. It is nothing short of amazing that lawyers representing victims detained at US airports have been able to win multiple injunctions barring their deportation in just one day. (If you’re not already a proud supporter of the ACLU like me, you should fix that right now.) That strong judiciary also protects our First Amendment rights (which do not, by the way, extend to my personal blog; hateful comments here will not be approved). As we enter the post-truth society where Republicans believe a separate set of “alternative facts,” it remains to be seen what all speech can still accomplish, but now is surely the time to find out. Do not remain silent. If you use social media or have a blog, you have a duty now to express your dissent. Do your part to move the needle of public opinion.

You know, you don’t need to know anyone to see that this is wrong.

Thomas Vander Stichele: A morning in San Francisco

Planet GNOME - Dje, 29/01/2017 - 6:07pd

This morning in San Francisco, I check out from the hotel and walk to Bodega, a place I discovered last time I was here. I walk past a Chinese man swinging his arms slowly and deliberately, celebrating a secret of health us Westerners will never know. It is Chinese New Year, and I pass bigger groups celebrating and children singing. My phone takes a picture of a forest of phones taking pictures.

I get to the corner hoping the place is still in business. The sign outside asks “Can it all be so simple?” The place is open, so at least for today, the answer is yes. I take a seat at the bar, and I’m flattered when the owner recognizes me even if it’s only my second time here. I ask her if her sister made it to New York to study – but no, she is trekking around Columbia after helping out at the bodega every weekend for the past few months. I get a coffee and a hibiscus mimosa as I ponder the menu.

The man next to me turns out to be her cousin, Amir. He took a plane to San Francisco from Iran yesterday after hearing an executive order might get signed banning people with visas from seven countries to enter the US. The order was signed two hours before his plane landed. He made it through immigration. The fact sheet arrived on the immigration officer’s desks right after he passed through, and the next man in his queue, coming from Turkey, did not make it through. Needles and eyes.

Now he is planning to get a job, and get a lawyer to find a way to bring over his wife and 4 year old child who are now officially banned from following him for 120 days or more. In Iran he does business strategy and teaches at University. It hits home really hard that we are not that different, him and I, and how undeservedly lucky I am that I won’t ever be faced with such a horrible choice to make. Paria, the owner, chimes in, saying that she’s a Iranian Muslim who came to the US 15 years ago with her family, and they all can’t believe what’s happening right now.

The church bell chimes a song over Washington Square Park and breaks the spell, telling me it’s eleven o’clock and time to get going to the airport.

Julian Fernandes: Hello world!

Planet UBUNTU - Dje, 29/01/2017 - 3:01pd

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Jim Hall: Good usability but poor experience

Planet GNOME - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 10:56md
Usability is about real people using the system to do real tasks in a reasonable amount of time. You can find variations of this definition by different researchers, including more strict definitions that include the five attributes of Usability:

1. Learnability
How easily you can figure out the interface on your own.2. Efficiency
How quickly you can accomplish your tasks.3. Memorability
Having used the software at least once, how easily can you recall how to use it the next time you use it?4. Error rate
When using the software, how often users tend to make mistakes.5. Satisfaction
If the software is pleasing to use.However, that last item is treading on different territory: User eXperience (UX). And UX is different from usability.

If usability is about real people using the software to do real tasks in a reasonable amount of time, User eXperience is more about the user's emotional response when using the software. Or their emotional attachment to the software. UX is more closely aligned to the user's impression of the software beyond usability, beyond using the software to complete tasks.

Usually, usability and UX go together. A program with good usability tends to have positive UX. A program with poor usability tends to have negative UX. But it is possible for them to differ. You can have a program that's difficult to use, but the user is happy using it. And you can have a program that's very simple to use, but the user doesn't really like using it.

Let me give you an example: a simple music player. It's so simple that it doesn't have a menu. There's an "Add songs to playlist" button that seems obvious enough. The play and stop buttons are obvious (a button with the word "Play" to play music, and a button next to it labelled "Stop" to stop playing music.). To change the volume, there's a simple slider labeled "Volume" that has "quiet" and "loud" on each end of the slider.

It's easy to use. The music player is obvious and well-labeled. You can imagine it scores well with Learnability, Efficiency, Memorability, and Error rate.

But it's bare. There's no decoration to it. The program uses a font where the letters are blocky, small-caps, and spaced very close together. It uses the same font in the music list.

And the colors. Everything is white-on-black. The "Play" button is a sort of sickly green, and the "Stop" button is a sort of reddish-brown. The "Add songs to playlist" button is a weird purple. The box that shows the music play list is an eerie green.
Girls Just Want To Have Fun; Cyndi Lauper
Beat It; Michael Jackson &sungplaying
When Doves Cry; Prince
Karma Chameleon; Culture Club
Love Is A Battlefield; Pat Benatar
+Add songs to playlist PLAYSTOP

quiet———█—loud The program works well, but you just don't like using it. Every time you use the music player, your stomach turns. The colors are depressing. As soon as you load your play list and start playing, you cover the window with another window so you don't have to look at the program. After you use it a few times, you switch to another program. Even if the other program isn't as easy to use, at least you'll like using the other music player.

So that's one example of a program that would have good usability but negative UX.

Noah Meyerhans: Call for testing: Stretch cloud images on AWS

Planet Debian - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 10:50md

Following up on Steve McIntyre's writeup of the Debian Cloud Sprint that took place in Seattle this past November, I'm pleased to announce the availability of preliminary Debian stretch AMIs for Amazon EC2. Pre-generated images are available in all public AWS regions, or you can use FAI with the fai-cloud-images configuration tree to generate your own images. The pre-generated AMIs were created on 25 January, shortly after Linux 4.9 entered stretch, and their details follow:

ami-6d017002 ap-south-1 ami-cc5540a8 eu-west-2 ami-43401925 eu-west-1 ami-870edfe9 ap-northeast-2 ami-812266e6 ap-northeast-1 ami-932e4aff sa-east-1 ami-34ce7350 ca-central-1 ami-9f6dd8fc ap-southeast-1 ami-829295e1 ap-southeast-2 ami-42448a2d eu-central-1 ami-98c9348e us-east-1 ami-57361332 us-east-2 ami-03386563 us-west-1 ami-7a27991a us-west-2

As with the current jessie images, these use a default username of 'admin', with access controlled by the ssh key named in the ec2 run-instances invocation. They're intended to provide a reasonably complete Debian environment without too much bloat. IPv6 addressing should be supported in an appropriately configured VPC environment.

These images were build using Thomas Lange's FAI, which has been used for over 15 years for provisioning all sorts of server, workstation, and VM systems, but which only recently was adapted for use generating cloud disk images. It has proven to be well suited to this task though, and image creation is straightforward and flexible. I'll describe in a followup post the steps you can follow to create and customize your own AMIs based on our recipes. In the meantime, please do test these images! You can submit bug reports to the metapackage, and feedback is welcome via the debian-cloud mailing list or #debian-cloud on IRC.

Kubuntu General News: Kubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 released for testers

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 9:58md

Today the Kubuntu team is happy to announce that Kubuntu Zesty Zapus (17.04) is released today. With this Alpha 2 pre-release, you can see what we are trying out in preparation for 17.04, which we will be releasing in April.

NOTE: This is Alpha 2 Release. Kubuntu Alpha Releases are NOT recommended for:

* Regular users who are not aware of pre-release issues
* Anyone who needs a stable system
* Anyone uncomfortable running a possibly frequently broken system
* Anyone in a production environment with data or work-flows that need to be reliable

Getting Kubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2
* Upgrade from 16.10, run do-release-upgrade from a command line.
* Download a bootable image (ISO) and put it onto a DVD or USB Drive

Kubuntu General News: Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 now available in Backports for Kubuntu 16.04 and 16.10

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 9:53md

The Kubuntu Team announces the availability of Plasma 5.8.4 and KDE Frameworks 5.2.8 on Kubuntu 16.04 (Xenial) and 16.10 (Yakkety) though our Backports PPA.

Plasma 5.8.4 Announcement:
How to get the update (in the commandline):

  1. sudo apt-add-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
  2. sudo apt update
  3. sudo apt full-upgrade -y

If you have been testing this upgrade by using the backports-landing PPA, please remove it first before doing the upgrade to backports. Do this in the commandline:

sudo apt-add-repository --remove ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports-landing

Please report any bugs you find on Launchpad (for packaging problems) and for bugs in KDE software.

Lubuntu Blog: Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 released

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 8:15md
The second alpha of the Zesty Zapus (to become 17.04) has now been released! This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu Budgie. Pre-releases of the Zesty Zapus are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent […]

Bits from Debian: Debian at FOSDEM 2017

Planet Debian - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 1:00md

On February 4th and 5th, Debian will be attending FOSDEM 2017 in Brussels, Belgium; a yearly gratis event (no registration needed) run by volunteers from the Open Source and Free Software community. It's free, and it's big: more than 600 speakers, over 600 events, in 29 rooms.

This year more than 45 current or past Debian contributors will speak at FOSDEM: Alexandre Viau, Bradley M. Kuhn, Daniel Pocock, Guus Sliepen, Johan Van de Wauw, John Sullivan, Josh Triplett, Julien Danjou, Keith Packard, Martin Pitt, Peter Van Eynde, Richard Hartmann, Sebastian Dröge, Stefano Zacchiroli and Wouter Verhelst, among others.

Similar to previous years, the event will be hosted at Université libre de Bruxelles. Debian contributors and enthusiasts will be taking shifts at the Debian stand with gadgets, T-Shirts and swag. You can find us at stand number 4 in building K, 1 B; CoreOS Linux and PostgreSQL will be our neighbours. See for more details.

We are looking forward to meeting you all!

Sven Hoexter: Am I a target now?

Planet Debian - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 12:19md

While reading the Tails 2.10 changelog I stumbled upon the fact that Tails now supports exFAT. Since Tails is Debian based I just checked the image and indeed it contains the fuse-exfat package. Do I've to assume that I've now another set of crosshairs on my back just because it's one possible maintainer you could attack to place malicious code into Tails? I'm not sure, and I'm also not sure if it would change much. I've always assumed to be a target just because I'm contributing to Debian, and because I'm working in IT operations. But to be honest so far my contributions to Debian are not on crucial packages and unexpected strange looking NMUs would always raise alarm bells for everyone.

BTW the exfat fuse driver package builds reproducible. Maybe a good opportunity to thank the reproducible build team for this effort!

Ubuntu Insights: Ubuntu Core – how to enable aliases for your snaps commands

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 12:00md

We are happy to announce that a new version of Ubuntu Core, based on snapd 2.21, has been released to the stable snaps channel yesterday.

As with any stable release, your Ubuntu Core devices will update and reboot automatically. If you are using snaps on the desktop, the release will reach you through a snapd package update on Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10 and 17.04.

This release comes with several improvements you can read about in the changelog, but let’s focus on a big feature that will help people who snap very large software, especially software that comes with many commands (such as OpenStack, ImageMagick, most databases…) and their users.

Introducing snap aliases

When you launch a snap from the command line, you need to use the name of the snap, then the name of a command it contains. In most cases, you don’t notice it, because snapd simplifies the process by collapsing <snap-name>.<command-name> into <command-name>, when both are the same. This way, you don’t need to type inkscape.inkscape, but simply inkscape and get a familiar software experience.

But when a snap contains multiple commands, with various names, things can become less familiar. If we take the PostgreSQL snap as an example, we can see it comes with many commands: initdb, createdb, etc. In this case, you have to run postgresql96.initdb, postgresql96.createdb, etc.

The alias feature of snapd lets snaps declare their own aliases, for users to manually enable after install or for snap stores to declare as “auto-aliases” that will be enabled upon install.

How to enable aliases

To have an overview of all available aliases on a system, you can use the snap aliases command.

$ snap aliases App Alias Notes firefox-devel.firefox firefox -

You can see I have a snap with the name firefox-devel, containing a firefox command and a firefox alias.

I can either use firefox-devel.firefox as my command to launch Firefox, or use snap alias <snap-name> <alias> to enable the alias.

$ snap alias firefox-devel firefox $ snap aliases App Alias Notes firefox-devel.firefox firefox enabled

I can now launch my firefox-devel snap with the firefox command.

You can also use snap unalias to disable aliases for a specific snap.

How to declare an alias

Declaring a new alias in your snap is as easy as adding one more entry to your snapcraft.yaml apps keys.

$ cat firefox-devel/snapcraft.yaml [...] apps: firefox-devel: command: bin/firefox aliases: [firefox] [...]

That’s it, heads-on to to make your own snap from scratch and give aliases a try!

Steve Kemp: So I've been playing with hardware

Planet Debian - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 10:22pd

At the end of December I decided I was going to do hardware "things", and so far that has worked out pretty well.

One of the reasons I decided to play with Arduinos is that I assumed I could avoid all forms of soldering. I've done soldering often enough to know I can manage it, but not quite often enough that I feel comfortable doing so.

Unfortunately soldering has become a part of my life once again, as too many of the things I've been playing with have required pins soldering to them before I can connect them.

Soldering aside I've been having fun, and I have deployed several "real" projects in and around my flat. Perhaps the most interesting project shows the arrival time of the next tram to arrive at the end of my street:

That's simple, reliable, and useful. I have another project which needs to be documented which combineds a WeMos D1 and a vibration sensor - no sniggers - to generate an alert when the washing machine is done. Having a newborn baby around the place means that we have a lot of laundry to manage, and we keep forgetting that we've turned the washing machine on. Oops.

Anyway. Hardware. More fun than I expected. I've even started ordering more components for bigger projects.

I'll continue to document the various projects online, mostly to make sure I remember the basics:

Nathan Haines: We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now!

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 9:08pd
We're looking for Ubuntu 17.04 wallpapers right now!

Ubuntu is a testament to the power of sharing, and we use the default selection of desktop wallpapers in each release as a way to celebrate the larger Free Culture movement. Talented artists across the globe create media and release it under licenses that don't simply allow, but cheerfully encourage sharing and adaptation. This cycle's Free Culture Showcase for Ubuntu 17.04 is now underway!

We're halfway to the next LTS, and we're looking for beautiful wallpaper images that will literally set the backdrop for new users as they use Ubuntu 17.04 every day. Whether on the desktop, phone, or tablet, your photo or can be the first thing Ubuntu users see whenever they are greeted by the ubiquitous Ubuntu welcome screen or access their desktop.

Submissions will be handled via Flickr at the Ubuntu 17.04 Free Culture Showcase - Wallpapers group, and the submission window begins now and ends on March 5th.

More information about the Free Culture Showcase is available on the Ubuntu wiki at

I'm looking forward to seeing the 10 photos and 2 illustrations that will ship on all graphical Ubuntu 17.04-based systems and devices on April 13th!

The Fridge: Zesty Zapus Alpha 2 Released

Planet UBUNTU - Sht, 28/01/2017 - 4:23pd

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

― Frank Zapus

The second alpha of the Zesty Zapus (to become 17.04) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Lubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu GNOME, and Ubuntu Budgie.

Pre-releases of the Zesty Zapus are not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Alpha 2 includes a number of software updates that are ready for wider testing. This is still an early set of images, so you should expect some bugs.

While these Alpha 2 images have been tested and work, except as noted in the release notes, Ubuntu developers are continuing to improve the Zesty Zapus. In particular, once newer daily images are available, system installation bugs identified in the Alpha 2 installer should be verified against the current daily image before being reported in Launchpad. Using an obsolete image to re-report bugs that have already been fixed wastes your time and the time of developers who are busy trying to make 17.04 the best Ubuntu release yet. Always ensure your system is up to date before reporting bugs.


Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on LXDE and focused on providing a very lightweight distribution.

The Lubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Lubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu MATE

Ubuntu MATE is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the MATE desktop environment for people who just want to get stuff done.

The Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu MATE 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Kylin

Ubuntu Kylin is a flavor of Ubuntu that is more suitable for Chinese users.

The Ubuntu Kylin 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Kylin 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:


Kubuntu is the KDE based flavor of Ubuntu. It uses the Plasma desktop and includes a wide selection of tools from the KDE project.

The Kubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Kubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu GNOME

Ubuntu GNOME is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the GNOME desktop environment.

The Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

Ubuntu Budgie

Ubuntu Budgie is a flavor of Ubuntu featuring the Budgie desktop environment.

The Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Alpha 2 images can be downloaded from:

More information about Ubuntu Budgie 17.04 Alpha 2 can be found here:

If you’re interested in following the changes as we further develop the Zesty Zapus, we suggest that you subscribe to the ubuntu-devel-announce list. This is a low-traffic list (a few posts a month or less) carrying announcements of approved specifications, policy changes, alpha releases, and other interesting events.

A big thank you to the developers and testers for their efforts to pull together this Alpha release, and welcome Ubuntu Budgie!

Originally posted to the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list on Fri Jan 27 21:16:28 UTC 2017 by Simon Quigley on behalf of the Ubuntu Release Team

Ubuntu Insights: Award-winning drone technology with Ubuntu

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 27/01/2017 - 6:28md

The market for drones is exploding as businesses and individuals embrace them. The global market for commercial applications of drone technology will balloon to as much as $127 billion by 2020 up from £2billion today (PWC.) Aerotenna is one of those innovators making this vision a reality.

Aerotenna’s award-winning technology seeks to solve the UAV autonomous flight-challenges – preventing UAVs from colliding with non-cooperative objects or other UAVs. Check out this video that shows it in action:

Autonomous Collision Avoidance- Mission from Aerotenna on Vimeo.

To learn more about Aerotenna’s award-winning technology download the case-study below. Highlights include:

  • Partnering with Intel® and Xilinx®, Aerotenna developed and released OcPoC with Altera Cyclone and Xilinx Zynq, with an industry-leading 100+ I/Os for sensor integration, and FPGA for sensor fusion, real-time data processing and deep learning
  • One such sensor is Aerotenna’s microwave radar that allows the drone to detect surrounding objects in all light conditions and environments, important for safe flying of UAVs
  • Ubuntu powers the OcPoC giving developers a familiar, extensible platform to build drone solutions based on the powerful combination of multiple sensors and complex robotics algorithms

Download the case study

Rhonda D'Vine: Icona Pop

Planet Debian - Pre, 27/01/2017 - 2:22md

Last fall I went to a Silent Disco event. You get wireless headphones, a DJane and a DJ were playing music on different channels, and you enjoy the time with people around who can't hear what you hear. It's a pretty funny experience, and it was one of the last warm sunny days. There I heard a song that was just in the mood for the moment, and made me looking up the band to listen more closely to them.

The band was Icona Pop, they have a mood enlighening pop sound that cheers you up. Here are the songs I want to present you today:

  • I Love It: The first song I heard from them, and I Love It!
  • Girlfriend: Sweet song, and probably part of the reason they are well received in the LGBTIQ community.
  • All Night: A song/video with a message.

Like always, enjoy!

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Rhonda D&#39;Vine: Icona Pop

Planet UBUNTU - Pre, 27/01/2017 - 2:22md

Last fall I went to a Silent Disco event. You get wireless headphones, a DJane and a DJ were playing music on different channels, and you enjoy the time with people around who can't hear what you hear. It's a pretty funny experience, and it was one of the last warm sunny days. There I heard a song that was just in the mood for the moment, and made me looking up the band to listen more closely to them.

The band was Icona Pop, they have a mood enlighening pop sound that cheers you up. Here are the songs I want to present you today:

  • I Love It: The first song I heard from them, and I Love It!
  • Girlfriend: Sweet song, and probably part of the reason they are well received in the LGBTIQ community.
  • All Night: A song/video with a message.

Like always, enjoy!

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Dirk Eddelbuettel: digest 0.6.12

Planet Debian - Pre, 27/01/2017 - 12:55md

A new release, now at version 0.6.12, of the digest package is now on CRAN and in Debian.

The digest creates hash digests of arbitrary R objects (using the 'md5', 'sha-1', 'sha-256', 'crc32', 'xxhash' and 'murmurhash' algorithms) permitting easy comparison of R language objects.

This release extends sha1 digest methods to even more types, thanks to another contribution by Thierry Onkelinx.

CRANberries provides the usual summary of changes to the previous version.

For questions or comments use the issue tracker off the GitHub repo.

This post by Dirk Eddelbuettel originated on his Thinking inside the box blog. Please report excessive re-aggregation in third-party for-profit settings.

Michal &#268;iha&#345;: stardicter 0.11

Planet Debian - Pre, 27/01/2017 - 12:00md

Stardicter 0.11, the set of scripts to convert some freely available dictionaries to StarDict format, has been released today. There are mostly minor changes and it's time to push them out in official release. The most important being fixed sorting of ascii dictionaries, what did break searching in some programs.

Full list of changes:

  • Improved deaccent filter.
  • Fixed sorting of ASCII dictionaries.

As usual, you can install from pip, download source or download generated dictionaries from my website.

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